Constant efforts to provide students with opportunities to give back to the community recently paid off for Fort Hays State University when it was named on the President George W. Bush's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.
The honor roll is a recognition program of the Corporation for National and Community Service. It is designed to increase public awareness of the contributions that college students are making in their local communities and across the country through volunteer service. This year’s special emphasis is on recognizing service activities performed in response to the Gulf Coast hurricanes of 2005.
FHSU is one of six colleges and universities in Kansas to receive this honor. Other Kansas schools include Bethel College in North Newton, Butler County Community College in El Dorado, Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, the University of Kansas in Lawrence and the University of Saint Mary in Leavenworth.
All accredited degree-granting colleges and universities in the United States were eligible to apply based on student service that took place during the 2005-2006 academic year.
All colleges and universities listed on the honor roll were selected based on three main criteria: the level of student participation in service activities; the dollar amount of funds raised and dollar value of material support provided for hurricane relief; and the level of effort, innovativeness and effectiveness of service projects.
“This is a huge honor for the university as a whole and for each of its service-based programs,” said Dr. Curt Brungardt, director of FHSU’s Center for Civic Leadership.
The CCL houses several of these service-based programs, including Tigers in Service, a program matching students with volunteer opportunities on and off campus; the Kansas Youth Leadership Academy, instilling leadership skills in Kansas youth; the American Democracy Project, seeking to increase the number of undergraduate students who understand and are committed to engaging in meaningful civic actions; LEAD, providing leadership training and development activities for FHSU students and communities throughout the state of Kansas; and Service-Learning, involving students in projects outside of the classroom to enhance their learning and growth while simultaneously benefiting the community.
For more information, contact Brungardt at (785) 628-5592 or firstname.lastname@example.org.