MSU Named to National Honor Roll for Community Service

Midwestern State University was named to the 2012 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, one of 513 higher education institutions nationwide, and one of 23 in the state. This is MSU's first time to be named to the Honor Roll. 

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), a federal agency, administers the honor roll in recognition of colleges and universities that make a significant influence on their communities. MSU's Office of Student Development and Orientation submitted the application to the CNCS for the recognition. 

Student Development and Orientation Coordinator Dominique Calhoun said that projects with Big Brothers and Sisters of North Texas, the Wichita Falls Area Food Bank, and Habitat for Humanity, along with health fairs and projects by student and Greek organizations helped MSU accumulate an estimated 175,000 community service hours, proving its commitment to serving the community. 

"It's exciting that MSU's students, faculty, and staff are being nationally recognized for their hard work and philanthropic efforts," Calhoun said. "Creating and maintaining a culture of service is part of the university's core value system." 

According to information from the CNCS, the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll recognizes higher education institutions that reflect the values of exemplary community service and achieve meaningful outcomes in their communities. The honor roll is part of the CNCS's commitment to engage millions of college students in service and to celebrate the role of higher education in strengthening communities. Honorees are chosen based on the scope and innovation of service projects, percentage of student participation, and other factors. 

Campuses named to this year's honor roll reported that nearly one million of their students engaged in service learning and more than 1.6 million participated in other forms of community service, serving a total of more than 105 million hours. For a full list of recipients, visit www.NationalService.gov/HonorRoll.