College Named to Sixth Consecutive President's Honor Roll for Service

Students Logged 15,520 Hours of Community Service and Raised $14,816

March 29, 2012

The Obama White House recognized Wilmington College’s leadership in helping to build a culture of service and civic engagement as WC was selected for membership in the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.

Dating back to the George W. Bush Administration, this marks the sixth consecutive year the College has earned this honor.

Wilmington College students engaged in 15,520 hours of voluntary service during the 2010-11 academic year and raised $14,816 in philanthropic funds.

The federal recognition is based upon criteria that includes the scope and innovativeness of service projects, percentage of student participation and extent to which the school offers academic courses with service learning components.

Tara Lydy, director of WC’s Center for Service and Civic Engagement, said a key factor is the significant number of faculty members that have incorporated service learning into their courses.

“Through our partnership with Ohio Campus Compact and the AmeriCorps*VISTA program, we have been able to dedicate staff time to serving and assisting our faculty with course conversion,” she said.

In recent years, the academic areas of social sciences, athletic training, sport management, biology, values & ethics, education, history, music and global issues all have incorporated service into course requirements.

“Also, a number of our sports teams have embraced community service,” Lydy said, adding that Greek organizations accounted for nearly two-thirds of the community service hours.

Numerous College organizations and teams are currently engaged in raising funds and gathering teams for the annual Collegiate Relay for Life, which has become one the semester’s signature events over the past five year’s. Last year, they raised $7,000 for cancer research.