Rhodes Named to Presidential Honor Roll For Community Service

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Publication Date: 2/9/2009

Rhodes College has been named to the 2008 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction. This honor recognizes Rhodes’ leadership in helping to build a culture of service and civic engagement on campuses and in America’s communities. In all, 635 schools are listed on the third annual Honor Roll with 83 noted for  distinction. Six schools have received Presidential Awards.  A full list is available at www.nationalservice.gov/honorroll.

“I am extremely pleased that community service at Rhodes has received this recognition,” says college president William E. Troutt. “It reinforces both the commitment of the 80% of our students engaged in significant community service and our curriculum that recognizes the synergistic relationship between classroom learning and learning beyond our gates.”

Honorees for the Honor Roll were chosen based on factors including scope and innovation of service projects, percentage of student participation in service activities, incentives for service, and the extent to which the school offers academic service-learning courses.

“In this time of economic distress, we need volunteers more than ever. College students represent an enormous pool of idealism and energy to help tackle some of our toughest challenges,” said Stephen Goldsmith, vice chair of the Board of Directors of the Corporation for National and Community Service, which oversees the Honor Roll in collaboration with the Department of Education, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the President′s Council on Service and Civic Participation.