Culver-Stockton College was admitted to the 2012 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction. Culver-Stockton was one of 110 schools nationwide to receive the honor with distinction, one of five from the state of Missouri and the only college within the tri-state area. The distinction is an indication that Culver-Stockton College displays a strong institutional commitment to service and has formed compelling partnerships that produce measurable results in the community; including Extreme Dome Makeover, which coordinates nearly 400 student, faculty, staff and community volunteers to complete home renovations and service work throughout the Canton community. “We are extremely proud of this recognition,” said Richard Valentine, college president. “Community service and service learning are important components of the experiential education provided to students at Culver-Stockton College.”
In addition, Culver-Stockton’s student-led Up ‘til Dawn chapter, named 2010 Program of the Year by CNCS, raises thousands of dollars each year for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The institution also hosts an annual mission trip to locations including Mexico and Texas, where students, faculty and staff spend days helping renovate homes and completing other projects for families in need. On campus, C-SC’s Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) hosts an annual canned food drive benefiting area food pantries; and other student-led organizations coordinate collection efforts for Toys for Tots, fundraisers for cancer research, and countless other worthwhile causes.
“The Honor Roll of Distinction schools should be proud of their work to elevate the role of service-learning on their campuses,” said Robert Velasco, Acting CEO of CNCS. “Galvanizing their students to become involved in projects that address pressing concerns and enrich their academic experience has a lasting impact – both in the communities in which they work and on their own sense of purpose as citizens of the world. I hope we’ll see more and more colleges and universities following their lead.”
The President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll recognizes higher education institutions that reflect the values of exemplary community service and achieve meaningful outcomes in their communities. Inspired by the thousands of college students who traveled across the country to support relief efforts along the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina, the initiative celebrates the transformative power and volunteer spirit that exists within the higher education community. For a full list of recipients, visit www.NationalService.gov/HonorRoll.
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1) Recipient families posted signs thanking 2011 EDM volunteers.
2) Students work on home renovations during the second annual Extreme Dome Makeover hosted in August 2011.
3) Members of C-SC's Up til Dawn chapter rally to raise support for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
4) C-SC's sororities and fraternities held a carnival to raise funds for various philanthropic organizations.
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