A commitment to caring

While juggling studying, sports and a host of other curricular and co-curricular activities, Lycoming College students performed more than 20,000 hours of community service last year. Through course-centered service-learning, community service organizations and campus-wide efforts, Lycoming’s commitment to fostering an attitude of service has earned the College a place on the 2010 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.

To be admitted to the Honor Roll, a school must demonstrate that its students, faculty and staff are engaged in meaningful service that achieves measurable results in the community. The College’s mission includes a call to “elicit social responsibility” and to “develop and strengthen virtues and traits of character that enable, ennoble and emancipate the human spirit while deepening commitment to those values that undergird civilization.”

Remaining true the College’s mission, 350 Lycoming students completed more than 20,000 hours of direct service in 2010, and 175 participated in service learning projects as part of their classroom experience. Lycoming’s chapter of College’s Against Cancer raised more than $15,000 for the American Cancer Society, and business management students raised more than $13,000 for various local agencies.

During their first year, the Class of 2014 completed more than 1,300 hours of service toward the Freshman Community Service commitment with organizations such as Special Olympics, Divine Providence Hospital and the American Red Cross.

The Clean Water Institute monitored 39 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.

And, organizations that have become an integral part of campus life – groups like tutoring programs, Circle K, Big Brothers/ Big Sisters and the College’s fraternities and sororities – continued to impact both Lycoming students and those they assisted.

Lycoming was one of 641 colleges and universities in the U.S. recognized by the Corporation for National and Community Service, which has administered the Honor Roll since 2006.

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