A Perfect 10: LSU Receives 10th Honor Roll Recognition in 10 Years for Community Service
BATON ROUGE – Once again, LSU was named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by the Corporation for National & Community Service, or CNCS. Recognized in the areas of education, economic opportunity and general community service, this award for community engaged work completed during the 2013-2014 school year marks the 10th year in a row LSU has received recognition on the Honor Roll.
The 2015 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll highlights the role colleges and universities play in solving community challenges and placing more students on a lifelong path of civic engagement by recognizing institutions that achieve meaningful, measureable outcomes in the communities they serve. Inspired by the thousands of college students who traveled across the country to support relief efforts along the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina, CNCS has administered the award since 2006 and manages the program in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, as well as the American Council on Education and Campus Compact. LSU has received the recognition every year since inception.
One goal of LSU Flagship 2020 is to promote engagement of faculty, staff and students in the transformation of communities. Service at LSU is fostered through sustainable collaborations between community partners and campus entities, including the following examples that were highlighted in LSU’s application:
- Service-learning students in Christina Armistead’s English classes provide opportunities for international students to improve their conversational skills through language exchanges, creating a more welcome environment for international students while English students gain skills in cultural competence.
- The LSU Community Playground Project takes designs for playgrounds co-designed by school children and biological engineering, service-learning students and brings them to life through fundraising, volunteer administration, and project management.
- Community Bound is an annual, one-day service plunge program designed especially for first-year LSU students. The university works in close collaboration with the East Baton Rouge Parish Public School System, Aramark, City Year Baton Rouge and Volunteers in Public Schools to and execute fixup projects for approximately 25 local public K-12 schools to help ready them for the new school year.
- During the Greek Week Habitat Build, more than 2,300 Greek affiliated students came together and volunteered a total of 3,600 hours to build two Habitat for Humanity homes. This project was made possible by the students’ own fundraising efforts, which totaled over $150,000.
Twenty student organizations list their primary purpose as service. In 2013-14, Greek organizations contributed 31,205 service hours and raised $549,419 for philanthropic efforts. LSU student-athletes contributed 4,732 hours of community outreach. Additionally, 147 service-learning courses were taught to 4,158 students, whose work resulted in positive impacts for more than 77 non-profit groups. Collectively, LSU students contributed approximately $1,490,665 to the state economy through service efforts.
LSU is among eight institutions of higher education in Louisiana to receive the award this year. The other Louisiana institutions are Centenary College of Louisiana, Grambling State University, Loyola University New Orleans, Our Lady of the Lake College, Southeastern Louisiana University, Tulane University and Louisiana Tech University.
The full list of honor roll awardees can be found at http://nationalservice.gov.
The Center for Community Engagement, Learning and Leadership, or CCELL, promotes community engagement by serving as a clearinghouse for service-learning pedagogy and community partnerships; promotes scholarship by informing and helping to coordinate planning, research, pedagogy and assessment associated with service-learning and civic engagement; and enhances student learning and leadership skills by facilitating service-learning and related student initiatives.
For more information on CCELL, visit www.lsu.edu.
Contact Kristin Menson
Center for Community Engagement, Learning and Leadership
LSU Media Relations