College recognized for community service

July 29, 2011
Contact: Karen B. Eldridge, Director of Communications
865.981.8207; karen.eldridge@maryvillecollege.edu

Washington, D.C. – The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) announced recently that Maryville College had been named to the 2010 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for engaging its students, faculty and staff in meaningful service that achieves measurable results in the community.

2010 marks the fifth consecutive year that the College has been recognized by the organization.

The CNCS, which has administered the Honor Roll since 2006, admitted a total of 641 colleges and universities for their impact on issues from literacy and neighborhood revitalization to supporting at-risk youth. Of that total, 511 were named to the Honor Roll, 114 received the recognition of Honor Roll with distinction, 11 were identified as finalists, and six received the Presidential Award.

Maryville College was one of only 16 colleges and universities in Tennessee named to the Honor Roll.

“As members of the class of 2011 cross the stage to pick up their diplomas, more and more will be going into the world with a commitment to public service and the knowledge that they can make a difference in their communities and their own lives through service to others, thanks to the leadership of these institutions,” said Patrick A. Corvington, Chief Executive Officer of CNCS. “Congratulations to Maryville College and its students for their dedication to service and commitment to improving their local communities. We salute all the Honor Roll awardees for embracing their civic mission and providing opportunities for their students to tackle tough national challenges through service.”

College advocates for children

According to Maryville College president Dr. William T. “Tom” Bogart, MC students engage the local community with an average of 1,000 hours or more of service a week through both direct volunteering and academic research.

“Our students provide an incredible array of service, and in my first year as president of Maryville College, I have been impressed by the positive impact they make in Blount County and beyond,” Bogart said. “I applaud the work of the Office of Community Engagement, particularly director Preston Fields, who makes sure that our faculty and staff, as well as our students, are aware of needs throughout our community and opportunities for our campus to meet those needs.”

In the 2010-2011 academic year, the Maryville College community adopted a “Year of the Child” theme and focused educational programming, service opportunities and other initiatives on children’s issues. Fields said that the College will continue the theme in the 2011-2012 year with broadened training and strengthened relationships with its community partners.

“The community has proven itself to be a passionate and effective advocate on behalf of children in our region,” he said. “With one in five American children living in poverty, we recognize that children are the most vulnerable to the effects of economic instability.

“Maryville College is committed to working with our non-profit partners to advocate on behalf of the most at-risk members of our community during these tough economic times.”

CNCS supports community service and service-learning

The Corporation for National and Community Service is a strong partner with the nation’s colleges and universities in supporting community service and service-learning.

Last year, CNCS provided more than $215 million in support to institutions of higher education, including grants to operate service programs and the Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards for college tuition and student loan repayment. CNCS is a catalyst for service-learning programs nationwide that connect community service with academic curricula. Through these programs, in classes, and in extracurricular activities, college students serve their communities while strengthening their academic and civic skills.

CNCS oversees the Honor Roll in collaboration with the U.S. Departments of Education and Housing and Urban Development, Campus Compact, and the American Council on Education. Honorees are chosen based on a series of selection factors, including the scope and innovation of service projects, the extent to which service-learning is embedded in the curriculum, the school’s commitment to long-term campus-community partnerships, and measurable community outcomes as a result of the service. For a full list of recipients and descriptions of their service, visit www.NationalService.gov/HonorRoll.

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


Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state's third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for offering its students a rigorous and highly personal experience that includes an undergraduate research requirement, Maryville College is a nationally ranked institution of higher learning that successfully joins the liberal arts and professional preparation. Total enrollment for the fall 2014 semester is 1,213.