WC Earns Eighth Presidential Designation for Service

March 4, 2015

Higher Education Honor Roll Recognizes Commitment to Serving Others

Obama Administration again recognized Wilmington College’s leadership in helping to build a national culture of service and civic engagement.

The College was named a member of the 2014 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. This marks its eighth year of receiving such a White House designation that dates back to the recognition program’s genesis when it was launched by the Bush Administration.

Tara Lydy, director of WC’s Center for Service and Civic Engagement, said she is thrilled the College has been so consistently honored for its service to the community.

“Service and civic engagement are integral components of a Wilmington College education,” she said. “These actions foster the development of personal values, social responsibility, leadership development and a sense of caring for others.”

The College received the honor in recognition of its dedication to service as evidenced by the nearly 18,000 hours of voluntary service completed during the 2013-14 academic year.

Also, Lydy noted another key factor in earning the award is the significant number of faculty members that have incorporated service-learning components into their courses.

Lydy noted that students were engaged in service projects for such annual events as National Hunger Awareness Month, National Random Acts of Kindness Week and Collegiate Relay for Life, but most of the hours were logged as a result of regular visits throughout the year to help out at local food pantries and working with youth in the community.

Also, members of the College’s fraternities and sororities contributed a significant percentage of that voluntary service and raised tens of thousands in cash and in-kind gifts for charities and not-for-profit organizations.