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Black Hills State University receives President's Honor Roll Award for Community Service

Black Hills State University was recently named to the national President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by the Corporation for National and Community Service. This is the second consecutive year BHSU has been nationally recognized for its exemplary service efforts and service to disadvantaged youth.

“I’m proud of our students who continue to show interest and dedication 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 creative and meaningful service projects. In turn the service opportunities provide life-changing learning experiences for our students as well.”

Schallenkamp noted that a group of BHSU students will once again dedicate their spring break volunteering. This year in recognition of the growing concern for sustainability, the BHSU volunteers will focus their efforts on environmental issues in the Pacific Northwest and will return to the BHSU campus with renewed energy and dedication to meeting the University’s commitment green initiatives.

BHSU Community Service Program this year included Make A Difference Day, a national day of service that has continued to grow in size and impact every year; the Red Shirt Table Cultural Holiday Exchange, a toy and school supply drive for students on the Pine Ridge Reservation; and the Alternative Spring Break Trip, an annual volunteering trip planned by the Community-University-Resource-Exchange (C-U-R-E) Office that provides students with the opportunity to discover a new part of the United States as well as to complete a week of intense volunteer work.

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, and the Department of Education, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, USA Freedom Corps, and the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation.

In congratulating the winners, U.S. 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.”

“There is no question that the universities and colleges who have made an effort to participate and win the Honor Roll award are themselves being rewarded,” said American Council on Education President David Ward. “Earning this distinction is not easy.  But now each of these schools will be able to wear this award like a badge of honor.”

The Honor Roll is jointly sponsored by the Corporation, through its Learn and Serve America program, and 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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