Arlington, VA – Marymount University has been named to the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll
by the Corporation for National and Community Service
(CNCS) for engaging its students, faculty, and staff in meaningful service that achieves measurable results in the community. This is the university’s fifth consecutive year on the Honor Roll.
According to CNCS, “A total of 690 higher education institutions were named to this year’s Honor Roll. Combined, the Honor Roll awardees engaged 3.1 million students in community service for a total of 118 million service hours. That’s 2.5 billion dollars in value to communities across the country.”
As a Catholic university, Marymount has a strong focus on service. Volunteerism is encouraged through the university’s Spirit of Service scholarships, courses that include a service-learning component, and volunteer activities organized by the Campus Ministry Association and other student organizations.
In academic year 2011-12, more than 1,500 Marymount students gave over 21,000 hours of service in the DC region and beyond. Local volunteer efforts included tutoring children, judging science fairs, spending time with senior citizens, distributing food to the homeless, providing health care services, helping clean up the watershed, and conducting food and fund-raising drives.
In addition, faculty and students in Marymount’s physical therapy and health sciences programs worked with the Arlington County School System to develop recess and nutrition programs to help address the causes of childhood obesity. The university’s athletic teams also worked with Arlington youth on developing skills and love of sports.
On campus, Marymount students organized two major community-service events: Halloweenfest for disadvantaged children in the fall, and the Special Olympics Regional Basketball Tournament in the spring.
MU students also do service work abroad. Examples this past year included teaching hands-on math and science instruction methods to teachers in Bumwalukani, Uganda; providing physical therapy services to children in orphanages and residents of impoverished communities in Costa Rica; and working on turtle conservation in Belize.
Marymount University President Matthew D. Shank notes, “At Marymount, we talk about our ‘common ground’ – the shared values that unite a diverse campus community. One of these is a commitment to service. I find that, no matter where in the world our students are from, no matter what their backgrounds are, these young people are compassionate and idealistic. They want to make a positive difference, and they realize that reaching beyond themselves to help others is one of the best ways to do that.”
CNCS oversees the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll in collaboration with the U.S. Departments of Education and Housing and Urban Development, Campus Compact, and the American Council on Education. Honorees are chosen based on a series of selection factors, including the scope and innovation of service projects, the extent to which service-learning is embedded in the curriculum, the school’s commitment to long-term campus-community partnerships, and measurable community outcomes as a result of the service. For a full list of honorees and descriptions of their service initiatives, visit the National Service Honor Roll