Spring Hill College earns place on National Honor Roll for Community Service

Fri, 03/08/2013 - 2:15pm
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MOBILE, Ala. – Spring Hill College was named to the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. This designation is the highest honor a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement. 

The President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, launched in 2006, annually highlights the role colleges and universities play in solving community problems and placing more students on a lifelong path of civic engagement by recognizing institutions that achieve meaningful, measureable outcomes in the communities they serve. The 2013 Honor Roll recipients were announced at the American Council on Education’s 95th annual meeting on March 4, 2013, in Washington, DC.

Spring Hill College forms leaders engaged in learning, faith, justice and service for life. This is our promise statement and a hallmark of Jesuit education. Spring Hill College integrates service into the academic curriculum through service-learning courses. Examples include the Partners in Science program, where SHC students conduct hands-on laboratory activities with Palmer-Pillans Middle School science students, and Community Through Design, where graphic design students create brochures and logos for local nonprofits.

The Albert S. Foley, S.J., Community Service Center sponsors tutoring programs at eight elementary schools, three middle schools and two high schools in the Mobile County Public School System. About one in four Spring Hill students receives a service scholarship, which requires three hours of community service through the Foley Center each week.

Our students give up their Mardi Gras breaks to serve others in Central America and the Caribbean through Campus Ministry’s International Service Immersion Program. Many students who have participated in immersion trips continue service after graduation by entering the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, L’Arche USA, and other volunteer programs. 

The Rev. Richard P. Salmi, S.J., president of the college, instituted an annual service day for faculty and staff in 2010, and the Office of Alummi Programs hosted alumni days of service for the Mobile community and Washington, D.C. area alumni.

Other examples of service on campus include learning communities dedicated to service, and athletic teams and Greek organizations take on service and philanthropy projects each year.

The college participates in the Commitment to Justice in Jesuit Higher Education project, which places student service experience and service learning at the heart of the mission of Jesuit education today.

For more information on eligibility and the full list of Honor Roll awardees, visit www.nationalservice.gov.