Wesleyan Recognized for Community Service

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

West Virginia Wesleyan College was named to the 2014 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, one of 690 institutions of higher education to receive this honor. This designation is the highest honor a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement.

“We are honored to receive this prestigious award and owe much of it to the students themselves,” said Pam Balch ’71, president of the College. “They are the energy driving our commitment, and they are the ones who make it all happen.”

Wesleyan’s Center for Community Engagement & Leadership Development seeks to support the mission of the College by providing opportunities for transformative learning and community engagement with the intent to promote positive social change. WE LEAD initiatives, Wesleyan Service Scholars, and several service opportunities are available to all Wesleyan students.

Inspired by the thousands of college students who traveled across the country to support relief efforts along the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina, the Corporation for National and Community Service has administered the award since 2006 and manages the program in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, as well as the American Council on Education and Campus Compact.

More information about Wesleyan’s community service efforts can be found at http://www.wvwc.edu/campus/communityEngagement/. More information on eligibility and the full list of Honor Roll recipients can be found at nationalservice.gov.

West Virginia Wesleyan is a private residential college that offers 47 undergraduate majors, 34 minors, and graduate programs in athletic training, business administration, education, English creative writing, and nursing.  Wesleyan is a first-tier college in the southeastern region in the most recent U.S. News and World Report Best Colleges. The College was again listed as a “Best in the Southeast” school in the Princeton Review and was ranked the 27th best baccalaureate college by The Washington Monthly. Wesleyan was also ranked 38th for Best Value Colleges for Homeschoolers by BestValueSchools.com.

The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll honors the nation’s leading higher education institutions and their students, faculty and staff for their commitment to bettering their communities through service. These are institutions that reflect the values of exemplary community service and achieve meaningful outcomes in their communities.

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) is a federal agency that engages more than five million Americans in service through Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, the Social Innovation Fund and other programs, and leads President Obama’s national call to service initiative, United We Serve.