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Rockford College Receives National Recognition for Community Service

Wednesday, June 15, 2011  
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE    June 15, 2011   
CONTACT: Rockford College Communications Office, 815.226.3374, relliott@rockford.edu
  
Washington, D.C. – As colleges across the country honor their graduates this commencement season, the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) honored Rockford College as a leader among institutions of higher education for their support of volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement. For the third consecutive year, Rockford College was admitted to the 2010 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for engaging its students, faculty and staff 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. Rockford College is one of only 20 colleges and universities named in Illinois.

"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. 

Rockford College’s commitment to service goes back to the college’s very beginnings 164 years ago. The example was set by three trustees who in 1847, with the city yet unincorporated, mortgaged their homes so a female seminary could be created – establishing a legacy of lasting service to the Rockford region. That dedication to service continues today through campus organizations like the Jane Addams Center for Civic Engagement (JACEE), named after Rockford College alumnae and Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Jane Addams. The center works to inspire students to be aware, active and engaged citizens through peace and global citizenship, public life and social activism, and meeting the needs of its neighbors. The JACCE utilizes the talents of 10 Fellows who provide at least eight hours of service each week on campus and two hours each week off campus. JACEE Fellows also engage other RC students to conduct activities and events that account for more than 7,000 volunteer hours, equal to $135,000 in labor for local non-profits.

Rockford College President Robert L. Head, Ph.D., adds, "Rockford College takes seriously its responsibility to develop our students and the communities we serve through meaningful engagement. Our goal is to provide students opportunities to connect with the community through civic engagement, internships, student research and community based learning in ways that not only enrich their academic experiences, but elevates the quality of life for all citizens.”

A total of 851 institutions applied for the 2010 Honor Roll, a nine percent increase over last year, a sign of the growing interest by colleges and universities in highlighting their efforts to engage students in making a difference in the community.

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 www.NationalService.gov/HonorRoll.


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