Lycoming College has been named to the 2013 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. To be admitted, a school must demonstrate that its students, faculty and staff are engaged in meaningful service that achieves measurable results in the community.
Lycoming was one of 690 colleges and universities in the U.S. recognized by the Corporation for National and Community Service, which has administered the Honor Roll since 2006.
"We congratulate the awardees and the students for their dedication to service," said Wendy Spencer, CEO of CNCS. "These institutions have inspired students and faculty alike to roll up their sleeves and work alongside members of the community to solve problems and improve their neighbors' lives."
During the 2011-12 school year, which was the criteria for the Honor Roll, more than 400 Lycoming students were involved in direct service and completed in excess of 20,000 hours of volunteer work. In addition, 136 students took part in service learning activities that were integrated into course content, according to Jeffrey LeCrone, director of the Community Service Center.
During their first year, members of the class of 2014 completed more than 1,300 hours of service toward the Freshman Community Service commitment with organizations such as Special Olympics, Habitat for Humanity and the American Red Cross.
Lycoming's chapter of College's Against Cancer raised more than $24,000 for the American Cancer Society, and business management students raised more than $13,000 for various local agencies.
The College's Clean Water Institute monitored 40 Pennsylvania streams, and students, faculty and staff participated in events such as Recyclemania, Habitat for Humanity's Shack-A-Thon, Toys for Tots and the annual Relay For Life.
Each year, Lycoming students, faculty and staff are regularly engaged in Big Brothers Big Sisters, Circle K, Habitat for Humanity, and various tutoring and mentoring programs with students in local elementary and high schools.
"Communities are strengthened when we all come together, and we are encouraged that these institutions and their students have made service a priority," said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. "Civic engagement should be a key component of every student's education experience. Through reaching out to meet the needs of their neighbors, these students are deepening their impact, strengthening our democracy and ultimately preparing themselves to be successful citizens."