For the fourth consecutive year, Millsaps College has been named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll in recognition of the College's effort to engage students, faculty and staff in meaningful service that achieves measurable results in the community.
It is the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement.
"We're proud to be recognized nationally for some of the most important work that our Millsaps' students do within our community," said Millsaps College President Robert W. Pearigen. "Millsaps has a history of and commitment to community service that is a part of our culture."
Millsaps College has several teams and initiatives that focus on creating volunteer opportunities for students in the community. The Faith & Work Initiative coordinates service-learning activities between academic classes and K-12 education as well as the North Midtown neighborhood just west of the College. Millsaps' 1 Campus, 1 Community program channels the College's diverse community service efforts in two strategic directions: K-12 public education and the North Midtown area.
The College's community service efforts can be seen in programs such as the 100% Adopt-a-Class program at Brown Elementary School that has resulted in more than 600 hours and $15,000 in volunteer, academic and enrichment resources being directed to the school. Every student at the school received the attention of Adopt-a-Class volunteers, whether in one-on-one tutoring sessions, small-group projects, all-class enrichment activities, or special events such as Fall Carnival, the Science Fair or field trips to the Natural Science Museum.
The student-led Campus Ministry Team coordinates community service opportunities with local agencies and organizes yearly service trips. The College also has ongoing partnerships with local organizations including Operation Shoestring, the Bethlehem Center and Stewpot; Gleaners, a feeding organization; Grace House, a home for people with AIDS; and Good Samaritan, a social service agency that addresses many needs.
The Corporation for National and Community Service, 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.
"As the class of 2011 crosses 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 community 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 Millsaps 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."