ASC Receives National Recognition for Community Service, Named to President’s Honor Roll

President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll logoAlfred State College has been named to the 2009 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement.

The Corporation for National and Community Service, which administers the annual Honor Roll award, recognized more than 700 colleges and universities for their impact on issues from poverty and homelessness to environmental justice. On campuses across the country, thousands of students joined their faculty to develop innovative programs and projects to meet local needs using the skills gained in their classrooms. Business students served as consultants to budget-strapped nonprofits and businesses, law students volunteered at legal clinics, and dozens of others organized anti-hunger campaigns.

“Congratulations to Alfred State and its students for their dedication to service and commitment to improving their local communities,” said Patrick Corvington, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service. “Our nation’s students are a critical part of the equation and vital to our efforts to tackle the most persistent challenges we face. They have achieved impactful results and demonstrated the value of putting knowledge into practice to help renew America through service.”

The Honor Roll includes six colleges and universities that are recognized as Presidential Awardees, with an additional 115 named to the Distinction List and 621 schools named as Honor Roll members. Honorees are 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 extent to which the school offers academic service-learning courses.

“We are pleased and proud to have been named to the President’s Honor Roll for Community Service,” said Alfred State College President Dr. John M. Anderson.  “This recognition lets our students know that their contributions matter.

“Our students are continually partnering with local villages, community organizations, and non-profit groups, to help implement the college’s community service strategy.  The electrical students and faculty installed an off grid photovoltaic (PV) array at the National Arboretum in Washington, DC, and also taught contractors in Washington, DC, on photovoltaics use.

“ASC students participate in local projects as part of their course work. With our students supplying a large percentage of the labor, we help local entities secure grants for improvements. The students in our Building Trades Department provided the majority of the labor for the historic restoration of the Alfred Village Hall in 2006. This facility was renovated to house the new Police Station, Village Clerk offices, and a new auditorium - a $1,000,000 project. Building Trades students volunteered with a community group to save and restore a large Victorian home in Alfred. This home had fallen into disrepair.  Had this non-profit group not had our help, the house would have been torn down and the Village would have lost part of its historic heritage.  Much of this was volunteer work done evenings and weekends. Our heavy equipment operations program worked with Habitat for Humanity for their houses. We renovated the Alfred Montessori School and built the new Wellsville Montessori School.

“We are integrating cutting edge technology into our curriculums by building a 2,250- square-foot green home on campus that will be used for educating our students, local contractors, and the public on green building technologies. We have a weatherization course that helps contractors expand their businesses and help workers become more employable. Some of our other service activities include:

  • Culinary Arts students and faculty, in cooperation with St. Bonaventure University (Olean) participate once a month in feeding community patrons at the Warming House – a public hunger outreach program.
  • ASC opens its facilities to some 800+ western NY Skills USA high school competitors with our faculty and students volunteering as judges in the many areas of competition.  Our students not only receive outstanding technical education, but they learn to give back and support their local communities by typically conducting two to three projects each year for the public good”.

College students make a significant contribution to the volunteer sector; in 2009, 3.16 million students performed more than 300 million hours of service, according to the Volunteering in America study released by the Corporation. Each year, the Corporation invests more than $150 million in fostering a culture of service on college campuses through grants awarded by its programs; the education awards that AmeriCorps members receive at the conclusion of their term of service to pay for college; and through support of training, research, recognition, and other initiatives to spur college service.

The Corporation oversees the Honor Roll in collaboration with the Department of Education, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Campus Compact, and the American Council on Education.

The Corporation for National and Community Service is a federal agency that engages more than five million Americans in service through its Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and Learn and Serve America programs, and leads President Obama's national call to service initiative, United We Serve. For more information, visit www.nationalservice.gov.