Allen College Named to Service Honor Roll

April 4, 2012

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For 2nd Consecutive Year, Allen College
Named to President’s Higher Education Community Service
Honor Roll with Distinction

WATERLOO, Iowa — For a 2nd consecutive year, Allen College has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction. Being named to the honor role is the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to community service.

“We are very pleased to be recognized for the second consecutive year for the service Allen College provides to Cedar Valley citizens and organizations,” said Allen College chancellor Dr. Jerry Durham. “Our community is a better place because of the dedication to lives of service by our students, faculty and staff.”

Allen College was named to the 2012 honor roll based on the service hours and activities performed during the 2010-2011 academic school year. During that academic year, 317 of the 477 enrolled students were engaged in community service activities for a total of 5,555 hours. Allen College submitted three community service-learning projects for award consideration. They included partnering with Buchanan County, Iowa, to increase immunization rates; the ACE-SAP (Allen Community Engagement-Salvation Army Program) free clinic in Waterloo; and tutoring students in math and reading skills at George Washington Carver Academy in Waterloo.

Allen College has previously established 24 community partners that are the focus of service-learning and service projects developed by Allen College students. Partners include: Adopt-a-Highway, Allen Hospital, Cedar Valley Support Services; Beyond Pink Team; Washington Carver Academy; Walter Cunningham School of Excellence, Hawkeye Valley Area Agency on Aging; Salvation Army; Habitat for Humanity; House of Hope; Family and Children’s Council; Alternatives Pregnancy Center; Seeds for the Fatherless; UNICUE’s Talent Search; Iowa State Extension; Jesup Community Schools; Strengthening Families; Lego League; Boys and Girls Club; Buchanan County Public Health Dept.; ACE-SAP free clinic; Junior Achievement of Eastern Iowa; Northeast Iowa Food Bank; Character Counts: Young Leaders of Character.

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), which has administered the Honor Roll since 2006, recognized 642 colleges and universities for their impact on issues from literacy and neighborhood revitalization to supporting at-risk youth. Of that total, 513 were named to the Honor Roll, 110 received the recognition of Honor Roll with distinction, 14 were identified as finalists and five received the Presidential Award. Campuses named to this year's Honor Roll reported that nearly one million of their students engaged in service-learning and more than 1.6 million participated in other forms of community service, serving a total of more than 105 million hours.

“Through service, these institutions are creating the next generation of leaders by challenging students to tackle tough issues and create positive impacts in the community,” said Robert Velasco, acting CEO of CNCS. “We applaud the Honor Roll schools, their faculty and students for their commitment to make service a priority in and out of the classroom. Together, service and learning increase civic engagement while fostering social innovation among students, empowering them to solve challenges within their communities.”

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.

Allen College has offered nursing education since 1925 and became a degree-granting institution in 1989. Allen College offers Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN); Master of Science in Nursing (MSN); Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP); Associate of Science in Radiography (ASR); and Bachelor of Health Sciences (BHS) programs. For more information on Allen College, call 319-226-2000 or visit www.allencollege.edu.

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) is a federal agency that engages more than five million Americans in service through its Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and Learn and Serve America programs, and leads President Barack Obama’s national call to service initiative, United We Serve. For more information, visit NationalService.gov.

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