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Service-Learning Program Receives Honor Roll with Distinction Recognition

Published Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014

Wayne State College was named to the Honor Roll with Distinction for the fourth consecutive year by the Corporation for National and Community Service.

Wayne State College was named to the Honor Roll with Distinction for the fourth consecutive year by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), a federal agency that helps more than 5 million Americans improve the lives of their fellow citizens through service.

The Wayne State College 2014 award covers Service-Learning by an estimated 1,000 students completed in the 2012-2013 academic year, ending June 30, 2013. The award highlights the role colleges and universities play in solving community problems and placing more students on a lifelong path of civic engagement by recognizing institutions that achieve meaningful, measurable outcomes in the communities they serve.

One third of the Wayne State College undergraduate population participates in Service-Learning. Service-Learning projects reached across academic disciplines from art to sociology, providing more than 14,000 hours of service to meet the needs of area nonprofits and regional businesses. The hours of service included two AmeriCorps Service Scholars, who led the Wayne Community Activity Center's after-school program.

The application requires that three projects be used as models to illustrate the campus Service-Learning program. Faculty projects submitted as exemplars included: Dr. Laura Dendinger's business communications course, which for more than 13 years has consistently had students participate in meaningful service that enhanced their course curriculum; Dr. Marilyn Mudge and Liesel Powicki's Literacy Assessment course; and Sandy Driskell's general studies courses for freshmen, sophomores and transfer students that are designed to assist in improving learning efficiency and effectiveness for all facets of college.

The application also asks for an accounting of other service and this includes information gathered from athletics, clubs and organizations, and the Multicultural Center.

Only three Nebraska higher education institutions were named to the General Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction category: Creighton University, University of Nebraska - Lincoln and Wayne State College. More than 600 schools applied for the National Presidential recognition and were awarded.

“I am very lucky and honored to work with amazing students, faculty and staff members, and administrators that make the Service-Learning program at WSC a success,’’ said Wayne State Service-Learning coordinator Lisa Nelson.

Established in 1993, CNCS is a federal agency that engages more than 5 million Americans in service through its core programs - Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and the Social Innovation Fund - and leads the president’s national service initiative, United We Serve.  As the nation’s largest grant maker for service and volunteering, CNCS plays a critical role in strengthening America’s nonprofit sector and addressing our nation’s challenges through service.

CNCS harnesses America’s most powerful resource – the energy and talents of citizens – to solve problems. From grade school through retirement, CNCS empowers Americans and fosters a lifetime of service. 

For information: Wayne State College Service-Learning Coordinator Lisa Nelson, linelso1@wsc.edu or 402-375-7182.

For more information, please visit: http://www.nationalservice.gov/special-initiatives/honor-roll