Bethany College Receives National Recognition for Community Service 

BETHANY, W.Va. — The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) recently named Bethany College a national leader among institutions of higher education for its support of volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement. Bethany was admitted to the 2010 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for engaging its students, faculty and staff in meaningful service that achieves measurable results in the community. 

Dr. Scott D. Miller, President of Bethany College, stated, “By drawing upon our unique and extensive resources, Bethany College is in a significant position to serve the greater community in diverse and meaningful ways.” He added, “We are pleased to continually strengthen and expand our ongoing relationships with key community groups — and to allow our students to gain first-hand experience of the vital relationship between learning and service.”

Bethany College’s commitment to community service is evidenced through a wide variety of programs, including the following:

· Science Day, which draws more than 200 attendees to campus annually and gives local high school students a glimpse of their future educational opportunities in math and science through campus tours and live classroom instruction.

· Community and campus-wide events to assist with global disaster relief efforts through fundraising activities such as Huts to Haiti, and Project RED Week, which featured information and a speaker from International Relief and Development.

· Relay for Life, sponsored by senior Kalon Scholar Service Leaders to raise money for cancer research.

· Speak Out Day, which features presenters representing more than 10 languages and raised money for Haiti relief, as well as drew attention to the diversity of languages and cultures represented on campus and in the region.

· Spring Into Service, a community-wide clean-up project organized in conjunction with Global Youth Service Day and sponsored by Bethany’s Kalon Scholar Service Leaders.

· Boomer and Books Program, for which student athletes travel to local elementary schools and read to students and answer questions about the importance of education.

· Regular service as the host location for a wide variety of community groups and activities, including Youth on Mission volunteers who assist local soup kitchens, church projects and adult centers; Community Action Head Start annual conference; Social Work Conference, which attracts 100 social work professionals each November; West Virginia Governor’s Honors Academy; Neighborhood Academy and Learning Is for Everyone, summer educational sessions for upcoming first-generation college students; and residential camping and sports clinic experiences serving area youth.

CNCS, which has administered the Honor Roll since 2006, admitted a total of 641 colleges and universities for their impact on issues from literacy and neighborhood revitalization to supporting at-risk youth. Of that total, 511 were named to the Honor Roll.

"As members of the class of 2011 cross the stage to pick up their diplomas, more and more will be going into the world with a commitment to public service and the knowledge that they can make a difference in their communities and their own lives through service to others, thanks to the leadership of these institutions," said Patrick A. Corvington, Chief Executive Officer of CNCS. “Congratulations to Bethany College and its students for their dedication to service and commitment to improving their local communities. We salute all the Honor Roll awardees for embracing their civic mission and providing opportunities for their students to tackle tough national challenges through service.”

A total of 851 institutions applied for the 2010 Honor Roll, a nine percent increase over last year, a sign of the growing interest by colleges and universities in highlighting their efforts to engage students in making a difference in the community.

For a full list of recipients and descriptions of their service, visit www.NationalService.gov/HonorRoll.

CNCS is a federal agency that engages more than five million Americans in service through its Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and Learn and Serve America programs, and leads President Barack Obama’s national call to service initiative, United We Serve. For more information, visit NationalService.gov.

Bethany College is a small college of national distinction located on a picturesque and historic 1,300-acre campus in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia. Founded in 1840, Bethany is the state’s oldest private college.