Hiram College has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for 2013, recognizing “the role colleges and universities play in solving community problems and placing more students on a lifelong path of civic engagement.”
The Honor Roll, launched in 2006 by the Corporation for National Community Service (CNCS), recognizes institutions that achieve meaningful, measurable outcomes in the communities they serve.
The 2013 Honor Roll recipients were announced at the American Council on Education’s 95th Annual Meeting Leading Change on March 4, 2013, in Washington, DC., even as a group of 16 Hiram students and two faculty members were spending their spring break in High Point, N.C., building homes for the needy as part of Hiram’s yearly participation in Habitat for Humanity’s collegiate challenge program.
“Community service is an essential part of Hiram’s educational mission,” said Thomas V. Chema, Hiram’s president. “The sound academic foundation students receive through our liberal arts tradition, encourages them, not only to make contributions to society outside of the classroom, but to take a leadership role in doing so. We are honored to be recognized for our students’ efforts.”
The CNCS is a federal agency that engages more than 4 million Americans in service through Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and the Social Innovation Fund, and leads President Obama’s national call to service initiative, United We Serve. Participants in CNCS programs mentor and tutor at-risk youth, rebuild communities struck by natural disasters, help seniors live independently, support veterans and military families, and more. Based on principles of local control, competition, accountability, and public-private partnership, CNCS provides a “triple bottom line” return on investment: benefiting the recipients of service, the people who serve, and the larger community and nation.
For many years Hiram students and alumni have participated individually and in groups in a wide range of community service projects, both at home and abroad, including group service projects across the U.S., in Central America, the Caribbean Region, and Africa.