SUNY Cobleskill Earns Place on National Honor Roll for Community Service
March 8, 2013
SUNY Cobleskill 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.
“From the day new students arrive on campus, SUNY Cobleskill emphasizes service-learning and believes strongly in preparing our graduates to be active leaders and participants in an ever-changing world,” said Steven Ackerknecht, Vice President for Student Affairs. “We’re honored to receive this prestigious award – the Cobleskill campus and surrounding community have worked collectively together to engage students in the spirit of civic engagement, and I like to acknowledge our students for making a difference. They’re the energy driving our commitment and they’re the ones who make it all happen.”
The College’s Center for Community Engagement has been the key department coordinating community service activities with the support of various campus offices and student organizations. Initiatives have included Hurricane Sandy clean-up efforts, blood drives, voluntary support at Special Olympics events, food drives, county wide fundraisers, village clean-up days and animal shelter support among many other activities.
“Congratulations to SUNY Cobleskill, its faculty and students for its commitment to service, both in and out of the classroom,” said Wendy Spencer, CEO of CNCS. “Through its work, institutions of higher education are helping improve their local communities and create a new generation of leaders by challenging students to go beyond the traditional college experience and solve local challenges.”
Inspired by the thousands of college students who traveled across the country to support relief efforts along the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina, CNCS has administered the award since 2006 and manages the program in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, as well as the American Council on Education and Campus Compact.
More information about the SUNY Cobleskill community service efforts can be found http://www.cobleskill.edu/community/comm_eng/index.asp. More information on eligibility and the full list of Honor Roll awardees, can be found at nationalservice.gov.