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Robert Morris University Named to Community Service Honor Roll

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Pittsburgh – The Corporation for National and Community Service has named Robert Morris University to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement. This is the fourth time RMU has earned this distinction.

Honorees are chosen based on a series of selection factors including the scope and innovation of service projects, percentage of student participation in service activities, incentives for service, and the extent to which the school offers academic service-learning courses.

“Community service is one of the largest components of the Student Engagement Transcript (SET) program at Robert Morris,” said Shari Payne, dean of engaged learning. “We are happy to be recognized on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.”

As part of its commitment to engaged learning and changing lives, RMU involves students in a variety of community service projects. The specific projects that were honored this year include:

  • Lambda Pi Eta, the National Communication Honor’s Society, sponsored a book drive in the fall for Worldwide Books. The group collected hundreds of books from faculty, staff, and students in order to promote global literacy.  
  • The Sport Management Program annually organizes and volunteers at the Special Olympics of Western Pennsylvania Regional Bowling Sectional.  
  • A partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh, the Felician Sisters and the Mooncrest Afterschool Program, in which more than 30 RMU students serve as mentors and role models for elementary age children in Moon Township.

The Corporation for National and Community Service, which administers the annual Honor Roll award, recognized more than 700 colleges and universities for their impact on issues from poverty and homelessness to environmental justice. The Corporation oversees the Honor Roll in collaboration with the Department of Education, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Campus Compact and the American Council on Education.

The Corporation for National and Community Service is a federal agency that engages more five million Americans in service through its Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and Learn and Serve America programs, and leads President Obama's national call to service initiative, United We Serve. For more information, visit www.nationalservice.gov.

ABOUT ROBERT MORRIS UNIVERSITY
Robert Morris University, founded in 1921, is a private, four-year institution with an enrollment of approximately 5,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The university offers 60 undergraduate and 20 graduate programs. An estimated 22,000 alumni live and work in western Pennsylvania.