Saint Mary's Among Top 17 Colleges Recognized For Community Service By President Obama

MORAGA, Calif. (May 13, 2011) - Saint Mary's College has been named a Presidential Award finalist on the 2010 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). The College was one of 17 institutions of higher education from across the nation considered for a Presidential Award, the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to community service.

The President's Community Service Honor Roll recognizes higher education institutions that reflect the values of exemplary community service and achieve meaningful outcomes in their communities. This is the fifth year in a row Saint Mary's College has been recognized by the CNCS, which administers the national program to acknowledge community service.

Honorees are chosen based on a series of 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. Of 641 colleges the CNCS considered for their community service, 11, including Saint Mary's, were identified as Presidential Award Finalists and six received the Presidential Award.

"Commitment to service, social justice and concern for the poor are essential elements of the College's mission and these concerns are woven into the academic experience of our students," said Brother President Ronald Gallagher. "We are extremely proud to receive recognition at the presidential level for our commitment to community service in the Bay Area and internationally."

Saint Mary's was recognized for its Lasallian mission, which encompasses social justice and service to the poor, the College's commitment to community engagement learning goals within its core curriculum and two ongoing civic engagement initiatives.

"Our Trans Global Executive MBA program in the School of Economics and Business Administration, in which faculty and students work at the graduate level across the world to empower non-profit agencies was one of our noted efforts," said Marshall Welch, the director of the Catholic Institute for Lasallian Social Action (CILSA). "Another effort is our ongoing partnership with the Alameda Point Collaborative, a housing community for the formerly homeless located on the decommissioned Alameda Naval Air Station, where our students focus on direct service, capacity building and empowering residents," said Welch. "We're very pleased to be recognized for Saint Mary's overall commitment to community engagement."

The Chief Executive Officer of CNCS Patrick Corvington offered congratulations to Saint Mary's College and its students for their dedication to service and commitment to improving their local communities. "We salute all the Honor Roll awardees for embracing their civic mission and providing opportunities for their students to tackle tough national challenges through service," said Corvington.

The 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. The federal agency 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 a full list of recipients and descriptions of their service, visit


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