Gannon University Named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll

President’s Community Service Honor Roll logoPosted: February 23, 2015

Gannon University was named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll With Distinction for general community service and for education community service.

The honor, given by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), recognizes institutions of higher education that demonstrate a commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement, and raise the visibility of effective practices in campus-community partnerships.

Gannon University joins 769 higher education institutions in the U.S. that were so honored, acknowledging the University's strategic goal of engaging in the community. Last year, Gannon students, faculty and staff contributed more than 95,000 hours in service to the community, an increase of more than 30 percent over the preceding year.

Earlier this year, the University was among the 240 U.S. colleges and universities selected by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching to receive its 2015 Community Engagement Classification.

"Through the years, we've challenged students, faculty and staff to become active agents for change in the community, and they have always responded with vigor and enthusiasm," said Erika Ramalho, Gannon University's director of community and government relations. "We're honored to have been recognized for our efforts by being named to the President's Honor Roll."

CNCS, the federal agency for volunteering and service, has administered the award since 2006 in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, as well as the American Council on Education, Campus Compact and the Interfaith Youth Core. The CNCS engages more than five million Americans in service through its AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, Social Innovation Fund and Volunteer Generation Fund programs, and leads the President's national call-to-service initiative, United We Serve.