The Corporation for National and Community Service has named Robert Morris University to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement.
This is the third consecutive year that RMU has received this honor. Honorees are chosen based on a series of selection factors including the scope and innovation of service projects, percentage of student participation in service activities, incentives for service, and the extent to which the school offers academic service-learning courses.
“This distinction demonstrates our sustained commitment to community service and our many contributions to the Pittsburgh region,” said RMU President Gregory Dell’Omo. “We call on our students to be good citizens, not only during their time at RMU but throughout their lives.”
As part of its commitment to engaged learning and changing lives, RMU involves students in a variety of community service projects. The specific projects that were honored this year were:
• A public relations service learning course in which students partnered with the Coraopolis Community Development Foundation to conduct a community needs assessment to guide revitalization.
• The partnership between the RMU student chapter of the American Marketing Association and the Storehouse for Teachers, which provides free classroom supplies to low-income school districts. RMU students crafted a marketing plan and hosted a kick-off event for the new organization.
• A partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh, the Felician Sisters and the Mooncrest Afterschool Program, in which more than 30 RMU students serve as mentors and role models for elementary age children in Moon Township.
“Congratulations to Robert Morris University and its students for their dedication to service and commitment to improving their local communities,” said Patrick Corvington, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service. “Our nation’s students are a critical part of the equation and vital to our efforts to tackle the most persistent challenges we face. They have achieved impactful results and demonstrated the value of putting knowledge into practice to help renew America through service.”
The Corporation for National and Community Service, which administers the annual Honor Roll award, recognized more than 700 colleges and universities for their impact on issues from poverty and homelessness to environmental justice. The Corporation oversees the Honor Roll in collaboration with the Department of Education, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Campus Compact and the American Council on Education.
The Corporation for National and Community Service is a federal agency that engages more five million Americans in service through its Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and Learn and Serve America programs, and leads President Obama's national call to service initiative, United We Serve. For more information, visit www.nationalservice.gov.