Doane College solidified its reputation for service with national community service honors.
Doane was named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for 2006. Doane also received a distinction for Hurricane Relief Services for its hurricane relief efforts following the Gulf hurricanes of 2005.
An estimated 175 Doane students participated in organized community service projects in 2006, each contributing more than 30 hours.
Thirty students volunteered a total of 650 service hours in the Gulf Coast, including the 14-day service-learning course "Disaster Mitigation and Conservation Biology." Led by two faculty members, the group studied and volunteered in Waveland, Miss., and New Orleans, helping rebuild homes and an elementary school.
According to Doane Chaplain Rev. Karla Cooper, the trip was part of an estimated $130,000 in hurricane relief services provided by Doane. Doane also raised about $210,000 in cash and in-kind donations to contribute to hurricane relief efforts.
This was the first year of the President's Honor Roll, which recognizes outstanding community service by institutions of higher education nationwide. It is an initiative of the Corporation for National and Community Service and is co-sponsored by the U.S. Departments of Education and Housing and Urban Development, the USA Freedom Corps and the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation.
A study conducted in conjunction with the awards shows that community service by college students increased about 20 percent between 2002 and 2005, and that more than three million students volunteer each year.
More information on the program and the 2006 honorees is available at http://www.nationalservice.gov/.
Doane will add to its volunteer efforts in the Gulf Coast later this month. Doane students, Rev. Cooper and assistant professor of education Linda Kalbach will return to New Orleans as part of the college's Alternative Spring Break program.