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BHSU again recognized nationally for exemplary community service actions

For the third consecutive year, Black Hills State University has been named to the national President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.
Black Hills State University students volunteer at the Wildlife Sanctuary for Make a Difference Day.  This is one of many community service projects that contributed to being named to the national President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.

For the third consecutive year, Black Hills State University has been named to the national President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. This designation, by the Corporation for National and Community Service, recognizes BHSU nationally for its exemplary community service efforts.

“I’m proud of our students who are so dedicated to community service activities,” Dr. Kay Schallenkamp, BHSU president says. “BHSU students transform lives in this community, as well as the state and region, through their ongoing innovative service projects. The service activities provide life-changing learning experiences for our students as well.”

Throughout the year, more than 650 BHSU students participated in variety of community service projects including Make A Difference Day, a national day of service that has continued to grow in size and impact every year; and the Red Shirt Table Cultural Holiday Exchange, a toy and school supply drive for students on the Pine Ridge Reservation. Schallenkamp noted that a group of BHSU students will once again dedicate their spring break volunteering.  Approximately 4,668 hours of community service were recorded by BHSU students this year.

A new student organization, known as the Jacket Volunteers, has just been established. The group of students is dedicated to pursuing community service and service-learning activities. In addition, many of the first year general studies courses incorporate class projects that include service-learning activities.

Recent studies have underlined the importance of service-learning and volunteering to college students.  “In this time of economic distress, we need volunteers more than ever. College students represent an enormous pool of idealism and energy to help tackle some of our toughest challenges,” said Stephen Goldsmith, vice chair of the Board of Directors of the Corporation for National and Community Service, which oversees the Honor Roll. “We salute Black Hills State University for making community service a campus priority, and thank the students who are helping to renew America through service to others.”

Launched in 2006, the Community Service Honor Roll is the highest federal recognition a school can achieve for its commitment to service-learning and civic engagement. Honorees for the award were chosen based on a series of selection factors including scope and innovativeness 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.

The Honor Roll is jointly sponsored by the Corporation, through its Learn and Serve America program, the Department of Education, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, USA Freedom Corps, and the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation.

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