April 12, 2013
Westerville, OH—Otterbein University has been recognized with distinction on the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll through the Corporation for National and Community Service.
This is the seventh year Otterbein has been recognized on the Honor Roll with Distinction. Otterbein was one of the first institutions to receive the additional honor of winning the President’s Award for General Community Service for the 2007 Honor Roll and was a finalist for the President’s Award in 2012.
“Otterbein’s students are dedicated to community service at an extraordinary level, and we strive to provide them with a diverse range of opportunities to serve, from our weekly student-led service programs to our wide array of service-learning courses. Receiving this recognition from the White House for seven consecutive years, including the 2007 President’s Award, reminds us each year that our national reputation for service is as strong as our reputation among our local community partners,” said Otterbein President Kathy Krendl. “Otterbein students graduate knowing how to be responsible citizens of any community and how to make a difference.”
Established in 2006, the Honor Roll with Distinction recognition is one of the highest awards a school can achieve for its commitment to service-learning and civic engagement. The Honor Roll recognizes higher education institutions that reflect the values of exemplary community service and achieve meaningful outcomes in their communities. Honorees for the award were selected based upon numerous factors including scope and innovativeness 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.
Each year, Otterbein’s Center for Community Engagement’s (CCE) engages students and faculty in distinctive new civic programs to strengthen our community. The CCE coordinates student volunteerism, service-learning and community-based action research programs, providing students with experiential landscapes to apply their knowledge to pressing issues locally and globally. Eighty percent of Otterbein’s students participate in community service, contributing over 75,000 service hours to the community each year. As part of its curriculum, Otterbein offers more than 75 service-learning courses enrolling 1,200 students. In addition to 14 weekly student-led service programs, the CCE also coordinates two community plunges annually, the MLK Day-of-Service, Bring Your Conscience to Work Non-Profit Fair, Service Saturdays over J-term, and the Van Sant Leadership Program for aspiring student leaders. Otterbein students also have the opportunity to volunteer internationally through the Senior Year Experience (SYE) classes. Students have recently traveled to Costa Rica, Africa, and Trinidad to volunteer their time and services.
For more information regarding service-learning courses and community service programs at Otterbein University, visit www.otterbein.edu/academics/cce.