Simpson named to Presidential Honor Roll for community service second year in a row
For Immediate Release
REDDING, Calif. – The Corporation for National and Community Service honored Simpson University with a place on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for exemplary service efforts and service to America’s communities. This is the second year the university has received this distinction.
Launched in 2006, the Community Service Honor Roll is the highest federal recognition a school can achieve for its commitment to service-learning and civic engagement. Honorees for the award were chosen based on a series of factors, including scope and innovation of service projects, percentage of student participation in service activities, incentives for service, and the extent to which the school offers academic service-learning courses.
In October 2009, 180 Simpson University students, staff, and faculty participated in the Annual Creek Clean-Up day in Redding, removing invasive and non-native vegetation from the south side of the Sacramento River Trail. In May 2008, nearly 50 Simpson University students assisted the National Park Service in Northern California in upgrading and developing park trails near Castle Crags. The students were commended for their work and asked to return the following year. Students have volunteered for Redding’s Annual Day of Service for the past four years. In 2007, the city of Redding reported that Simpson students removed 12 tons of debris from the Parkview Neighborhood; and in 2008, over 100 students volunteered by cleaning creek beds and banks of Churn Creek and Clover Creek from Highway 44 to the Sacramento River. Students are also being recognized for the time they invested in the next generation of Hmong leaders in the U.S. For eight weeks during the summer of 2008, Simpson students held youth leadership retreats for Hmong young people ages 10 to 25 in Wisconsin, Texas, Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Colorado, Iowa, and Kansas. The team gave presentations and facilitated building exercises to over 2,000 Hmong people.
Dr. Larry McKinney, president of Simpson University, said, “Simpson University has a long-standing tradition of serving the community and providing local and global outreach. I am pleased that our university has received this recognition for a second year in a row, and I believe it is a reflection of the impact our students have made.”
The Honor Roll includes six colleges and universities that are recognized as Presidential Awardees, with an additional 115 named to the Distinction List, and 621 schools named as Honor Roll members.
College students make a significant contribution to the volunteer sector; in 2009, 3.16 million students performed more than 300 million hours of service, according to the Volunteering in America study released by the Corporation. Each year, the Corporation invests more than $150 million in fostering a culture of service on college campuses through grants awarded by its programs; the education awards that AmeriCorps members receive at the conclusion of their term of service to pay for college; and through support of training, research, recognition, and other initiatives to spur college service.
The Corporation oversees the Honor Roll in collaboration with the Department of Education, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Campus Compact and the American Council on Education.
Contact: SU Public Relations