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VSU Named to President’s Community Service Honor Roll

Published date: March 27, 2013

The Corporation for National and Community Service has named Virginia State University to the 2013 U.S. President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.  The designation represents the highest honor a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement.  This is the first time VSU has been named to the Honor Roll.

“I am enormously proud of the faculty, students and staff of Virginia State University,” said VSU President Keith T. Miller.  “This honor demonstrates VSU's commitment to civic engagement.  It reinforces our role as a leader in Central Virginia.  At VSU, we are Building a Better World.”

According to the Independent Sector, the authoritative voice on value of volunteerism and civic engagement, in 2011-12, the VSU campus community engaged in approximately 42,189 hours of community service and service- learning, with an estimated value of $919,298 to the regional economy.   

VSU recently hired Anne-Marie Turnage as Director of Service Learning and Civic Engagement.  She said the University is committed to being civically engaged.  “I am honored to work with students and faculty who are so dedicated to serving others,” she said.  “Volunteering and service-learning allows students to develop better communication and problem solving skills; to be more informed and engaged citizens; and be prepared to perform in, as well as contribute to, our global society.” 

The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, launched in 2006, annually highlights the role colleges and universities play in solving community problems and placing more students on a lifelong path of civic engagement by recognizing institutions that achieve meaningful, measureable outcomes in the communities they serve.

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) is a federal agency that engages more than five million Americans in service through Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, the Social Innovation Fund and other programs, and leads President Obama’s national call to service initiative, United We Serve. 

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