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National recognition for community service


National recognition for community service

As colleges across the country honor their graduates this commencement season, the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) honored Elizabethtown College as a leader among institutions of higher education for their support of volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement. Elizabethtown College was admitted to the 2010 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for engaging its students and faculty and staff members in meaningful service that achieves measurable results in the community. 

The Corporation for National and Community Service, which has administered the Honor Roll since 2006, admitted a total of 641 colleges and universities for their impact on issues from literacy and neighborhood revitalization to supporting at-risk youth. Of that total, 511 were named to the Honor Roll, 114 received the recognition of Honor Roll with distinction, 11 were identified as finalists, and six received the Presidential Award.

"As members of the class of 2011 cross the stage to pick up their diplomas, more and more will be going into the world with a commitment to public service and the knowledge that they can make a difference in their communities and their own lives through service to others, thanks to the leadership of these institutions," said Patrick A. Corvington, chief executive officer of CNCS.

“Congratulations to Elizabethtown College and its students for their dedication to service and commitment to improving their local communities.  We salute all the Honor Roll awardees for embracing their civic mission and providing opportunities for their students to tackle tough national challenges through service.”

Molded by a commitment to "Educate for Service," Elizabethtown College is a community of learners dedicated to educating students intellectually, socially, aesthetically, and ethically for lives of service and leadership as citizens of the world. The College believes that learning is most noble when used to benefit others and affirms the values of peace, non-violence, human dignity, and social justice.

“Elizabethtown College students are the heart of the programs developed and maintained by the center for community and civic engagement,” said Nancy A. Valkenberg, director of Civic Engagement at Elizabethtown. “Our motto -- Educate for Service -- is a meaningful part of an E-town education. Every year new opportunities are available to partner with schools and nonprofit agencies in the community. We have been on the President’s National Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll every year since its inception in 2006.

“We take education seriously and share our learning with others,” she said. “Elizabethtown College has students participating with Americorp’s Scholars in Service to Pennsylvania program, academic service learning, Moving Forward Together mentoring program with Milton Hershey School, the Called To Lead program through the College’s chaplain’s office, after-school programs, grandparenting in nursing and retirement facilities and volunteer opportunities with more than 90 community partners. “

CNCS oversees the Honor Roll in collaboration with the U.S. Departments of Education and Housing and Urban Development, Campus Compact and the American Council on Education. Honorees are chosen based on a series of selection factors, including the scope and innovation of service projects, the extent to which service-learning is embedded in the curriculum, the school’s commitment to long-term campus-community partnerships, and measurable community outcomes as a result of the service. For a full list of recipients and descriptions of their service, visit


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