Doane Makes National Community Service Honor Roll
Doane College was recently named to the 2009 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. This is the third consecutive year that Doane has earned this honor - the highest federal recognition a college can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement.
Among Doane's many service projects in 2009 was a chemistry public school outreach program to underserved middle-and-high-school students. Doane students in the program returned to their rural hometowns twice a year to describe research experiences and perform demonstrations. The college students serve as role models to the younger students and continue to keep in touch through e-mail and other communication means.
The program also brought 10 eighth-grade students to campus weekly to learn about chemistry. Many of the activities can be performed at home, giving the middle-school students the chance to also teach family members and friends about science.
The Corporation for National and Community Service, which administers the annual Honor Roll, recognized more than 700 colleges and universities for their impact on issues from poverty and homelessness to environmental justice.
Honorees are chosen based on a series of selection factors, including the scope and innovation 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.
Nationally, 3.16 million students performed more than 300 million hours of service in 2009, according to the Volunteering in America study released by the Corporation, which oversees the honor roll in collaboration with the Department of Education, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Campus Compact and the American Council on Education.