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Otterbein University a Finalist for the Presidents Award for Economic Opportunity Community Service

December 8, 2014

President's Honor RollWesterville, OH—The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) has named Otterbein University a finalist for the President’s Award for Economic Opportunity Community Service. This nationwide designation is part of the 2014 Presidents Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, and recognizes the institution and its students for their commitment to volunteer service.

Otterbein also was recognized “With Distinction” for its commitment to General Community Service and Education Community Service. This is the eighth consecutive year Otterbein has been recognized on the Honor Roll with Distinction. Otterbein won the President’s Award for General Community Service in 2007 and was a finalist for the President’s Award in 2006 and 2012.

In total, more than 760 higher education institutions were named to this year’s Honor Roll. From that group, four schools are selected to receive the President’s Award in one of four categories – general community service, economic opportunity, education, and interfaith community service. An additional 16 schools are named as finalists for the President’s Award, the highest federal honor a higher education institution can receive for its commitment to community service. A complete list of this year’s winners can be found at www.nationalservice.gov/HonorRoll.

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 15 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/cce.

The Corporation for National and Community Service is a federal agency that engages more than five million Americans in service and champions community solutions through its AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, Social Innovation Fund, and Volunteer Generation Fund programs, and leads the President's national call to service initiative, United We Serve. For more information, visit  www.NationalService.gov.

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