Thursday, October 27, 2016

Columbia, SC -- October 27, 2016 -- Benedict College is a recipient of the 2015 President’s Honor Roll administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), a federal agency charged with improving lives, strengthening communities, and fostering civic engagement through service and volunteering. CNCS is responsible for leading President Barack Obama’s national call to service initiative. This award is one of the latest presidential awards that the College has received. Benedict has been ranked with distinction on the President’s Honor Roll for the last two years and a recipient since 2009.

The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll recognizes institutions of higher education that support exemplary community service programs and raise the visibility of effective practices in campus community partnerships. The four President’s Honor Roll categories are General Community Service, Interfaith Community Service, Economic Opportunity, and Education. Of the institutions admitted to the Honor Roll, some receive the “With Distinction” honors, a designation denoting the institution displays strong levels of commitment and produces measurable impact in the community.

The Benedict College Service-Learning and Leadership Development Program (SLLD) has earned the Honor Roll’s “With Distinction” designation in the Interfaith Community Service category. This category identifies colleges and universities demonstrating participation of campus and community faith-based organizations, including cooperation of faculty, staff, and students of diverse faiths and secular perspectives in projects that tackle community challenges. The Benedict College SLLD program was established in 1995 by President David H. Swinton. The program assist students with the donation of 120-hours of service to the community which is a requirement for graduation.

“Benedict College’s selection as a winner of the 2015 President’s Higher Education and Community Service Honor Roll in the Interfaith Service category is a real honor,” said Mrs. Tondaleya Jackson, Director of Service-Learning, and Leadership Development at Benedict College.  “As Director of the College’s Service-Learning and Leadership Development Program, it is encouraging to know the work we do in this Program is award worthy and recognized nationally. I am honored to lead Benedict College’s efforts and look forward to keeping Benedict College a premiere institution which provides service-learning with distinction.”

The Benedict College Service-Learning and Leadership Development Program staff are instrumental in implementing the College’s civic engagement accomplishments. The Staff members provide faculty and students with opportunities to engage in viable service projects that are academically sound and positively impact the lives of both the service provider and service recipient.

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Contacts:
Kymm Hunter, Assistant Vice President for Communications and Marketing; 803.705.4519 Kymm.Hunter@benedict.edu
Carolyn Wigfall, Communications and Marketing Manager; 803.705.4366 Carolyn.Wigfall@benedict.edu

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