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Otterbein University Recognized By President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll

October 26, 2016
Otterbein University

Otterbein is on the “Honor Roll with Distinction” in the General Community Service category and on the “Honor Roll” in the Education and Economic Opportunity categories.

Westerville, OH—Otterbein University has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. The President’s Honor Roll recognizes institutions of higher education that support exemplary community service programs and raise the visibility of effective practices in campus community partnerships.

Otterbein was recognized on the “Honor Roll with Distinction” in the General Community Service category and on the “Honor Roll” in the Education and Economic Opportunity categories. Otterbein has been recognized on every Honor Roll since the program was established in 2006. Otterbein won the President’s Award for General Community Service in 2007 and was a finalist for the President’s Award in 2006, 2012 and 2014. The President’s Award is the highest federal honor a higher education institution can receive for its commitment to community service.

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 more than 70,000 service hours to the community each year. As part of its curriculum, Otterbein offers more than 96 service-learning courses enrolling 1,200 students. In addition to 13 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, 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 http://www.otterbein.edu/cce.    

The Corporation for National and Community Service has administered the Honor Roll since 2006 in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, as well as the American Council on Education, Campus Compact, and the Interfaith Youth Core. For more information, visit www.nationalservice.gov/HonorRoll.

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