Saint Mary's College of California has received a prestigious national honor with a place on the 2009 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction. The College was the only institution of higher education in the Bay Area to receive the mark of distinction from the Corporation for National and Community Service, which administers the national Honor Roll.
The Community Service Honor Roll is the highest federal recognition a school can achieve for its commitment to service-learning and civic engagement. This is the fourth year in a row Saint Mary's College has been recognized by the Corporation for National and Community Service, which administers the national program to acknowledge community service.
"We are deeply honored by this award," said Brother President Ronald Gallagher. "It reflects the ongoing commitment our students, faculty and staff have to civic engagement, community based learning and making a difference by working with our community partners."
Honorees were chosen based on a series of selection factors, including the scope and innovation of service projects, percentage of student participation in service activities, incentives for service and the dedication a school has made to civic engagement and academic service-learning courses.
The Honor Roll announcement occurs during the tenth anniversary year of the Catholic Institute for Lasallian Social Action (CILSA), the College's academic center for service and social justice education. "The award recognizes the success of Saint Mary's approach to incorporating community engagement into the academic curriculum," said CILSA's director Marshall Welch. "As a result, our students not only perform service, many are transformed by it and are inspired to change society for the better."
The Honor Roll includes six colleges and universities that were recognized as Presidential
Awardees. 115 were named to the Distinction List and 621 schools were named as Honor Roll members.
The CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service Patrick Corvington congratulated all of the colleges and universities that made the Honor Roll. "Our nation's students are a critical part of the equation and vital to our efforts to tackle the most persistent challenges we face," said Corvington. "They have achieved impactful results and demonstrated the value of putting knowledge into practice to help renew America through service."
Saint Mary's College of California was founded in 1863 and is based in Catholic, Lasallian and liberal arts traditions. The college currently enrolls more than 3,800 students in undergraduate and graduate programs. For more than 140 years the College has been guided by the Christian Brothers, the Catholic Church's oldest order dedicated exclusively to teaching.
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