Allen College Named to Service Honor Roll

March 29, 2013

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For Fourth Consecutive Year, Allen College Named to President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll

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

“We are very pleased to be recognized again 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.”

As in past years, the College was named to the 2013 honor roll based on the service hours and activities performed during the previous academic school year. During the 2011-2012 academic year, 340 of the 551 enrolled students were engaged in community service activities for a total of 9,771 hours.

Allen College submitted three community service-learning projects for award consideration. They included the Allen College Engagement-Salvation Army Partnership (ACE-SAP) Free Clinic in Waterloo, which provides free healthcare to the underserved; the Allen College Service Honors Students Night Out for Kids Fundraiser for the Allen Child Protection Center in Cedar Falls; and fundraising efforts for George Washington Carver Academy, a science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) school in Waterloo.

Allen College also served additional community partners during the 2011-2012 academic year through service-learning and service projects developed by Allen College students. Partners include: AHEC-Northeast Iowa Area Health Education; Allen Women's Health Center; Alternatives Pregnancy Center; American Red Cross; Beyond Pink Team; Boys & Girls Club; Buchanan County Public Health Department; Cedar Valley Community Support Services; Cedar Valley Hospice; Family and Children's Council; Hawkeye Community College; Hawkeye Valley Area Agency on Aging; House of Hope; Institute for Character Development (YLC); Iowa Heartland Habitat for Humanity; Iowa State Extension; Jesup Community Schools; Junior Achievement of Eastern Iowa; Northeast Iowa Food Bank; Seeds for the Fatherless; Tripoli Girls Making a Difference; UNICUE Healthcare Careers; Volunteer Center of the Cedar Valley; Walter Cunningham School for Excellence; Wartburg College; and Waterloo Community Schools.

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), which has administered the honor roll since 2006, recognized 690 colleges and universities for their impact on issues from literacy and neighborhood revitalization to supporting at-risk youth. Combined, the honor roll awardees engaged 3.1 million students in community service for a total of 118 million service hours. That’s $2.5 billion in value to communities across the country.

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 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 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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