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February 10, 2009

Lafayette’s Volunteer Service and Civic Engagement Recognized Nationally

College is named to President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll

Lafayette’s volunteer service and community engagement have been recognized nationally with the naming of the College to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.

The honor roll, inaugurated this year, is designed to increase public awareness of the contributions that college students are making in their local communities and across the country through volunteer service. Created in response to President Bush’s call to service, it builds on and supports the civic-engagement mission of the nation’s colleges and universities.

“Congratulations to Lafayette,” said David Eisner, chief executive officer of the Corporation for National and Community Service. “This distinction recognizes your students, faculty, and staff for helping to build a culture of service and civic engagement in our nation.”

Lafayette president Daniel Weiss said, “I am pleased that Lafayette has received this recognition for civic engagement and volunteer service in Easton and beyond through a variety of academic, co-curricular, and extracurricular programs. As we chart the future of the College we are guided by the conviction that Lafayette serves its educational mission best when it fosters a relationship with the surrounding community and invests in strengthening the city.”

More than 500 colleges and universities applied for the honor roll in its first year. In addition to the Corporation for National and Community Service, sponsors include the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation, USA Freedom Corps, and U.S. Departments of Education and Housing and Urban Development.

In October the Corporation for National and Community Service released the most comprehensive national report ever conducted on college students’ civic engagement, showing that it has risen significantly in recent years.

“More and more we see colleges working to improve their communities and encouraging an ethic of service by their students. These efforts are fueling a growing movement of college student service that will benefit our nation for many years to come,” Eisner said.

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