Colleges honored for Civic Engagement Work – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
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Colleges honored for Civic Engagement Work

Hobart and William Smith Colleges have been named to the 2007 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for all the civic engagement work that takes place on and off the campus.

Only 100 of 528 schools were listed on the honor roll “with Distinction” for activities during the 2006-07 year; this is the second year HWS has been so honored. HWS is one of only six private, liberal arts colleges and one of only a dozen colleges and universities in New York so honored.

“College students are tackling the toughest problems in America, demonstrating their compassion, commitment and creativity by serving as mentors, tutors, health workers, and even engineers,” said Liz Seale, Chief Operating Officer of the Corporation for National and Community Service, who announced the awards at the recent annual meeting of the American Council on Education.

In congratulating the winners, Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings said, “Americans rely on our higher education system to prepare students for citizenship and the workforce. We look to institutions like these to provide leadership in partnering with local schools to shape the civic, democratic and economic future of our country.”

Learn and Serve America is a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service. Launched in 2006, its Honor Roll recognizes colleges and universities that support innovative, effective, and exemplary community service programs. Honorees were selected based on a series of factors, including scope and innovation of service projects, percentage of student participation in service activities, incentives for service, and the extent to which the school offers service-learning courses.

Check out the program at Honor Roll 2007

The Colleges' commitment to service is known throughout the Finger Lakes and across higher education: from raking leaves from the lawns of elderly Genevans to painting buildings and rooms to preparing and serving hot, nutritious lunches to hungry children to helping kindergarteners with reading and counting to coaching basketball at the Boys and Girls Clubs, students faculty and staff of Hobart and William Smith are committed to helping improve the lives of those around them.