CSU, Chico News

CSU, Chico Named to President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll For Sixth Time in Seven Years

Date: 03-20-2013

Joe Wills
Public Affairs

California State University, Chico has been named to the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for 2013, the sixth time in seven years.

“The Honor Roll recognizes higher education institutions that reflect the values of exemplary community service and achieve meaningful outcomes in their communities,” said Wendy Spencer, chief executive officer of the Corporation for National and Community Service, in a letter to Honor Roll recipients. “Your selection to the Honor Roll is recognition from the highest levels of the federal government of your commitment to service and civic engagement on your campus and in our nation.”

The Corporation for National and Community Service is a federal agency that involves more than four million citizens in service through programs such as Senior Corps, AmeriCorps and the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.

The Honor Roll designation follows a year in which CSU, Chico students, faculty, staff and alumni logged thousands of volunteer hours for the University’s 125th anniversary My Service Counts campaign. More than 170,000 hours were counted by year’s end, exceeding the target of 125,000 hours.

CSU, Chico has long been acknowledged a national leader in community service. In 2006, the University was among the first group of U.S. colleges and universities to receive the new Community Engagement Classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

Below are some of CSU, Chico’s achievements in community service:

  • Annually, about 3,000 students from Community Action Volunteers in Education volunteer hours as classroom aides, tutors and many other much-needed capacities. CAVE celebrates its 47th anniversary in 2013.
  • Thousands of Butte County residents have been assisted by the student-run Community legal Information Center (CLIC), which celebrates its 43rd anniversary on campus this year.
  • Victory Media, publisher of G.I. Jobs,; Military Times EDGE; and Military Advanced Education have all named CSU, Chico to their 2013 lists of schools doing to most to embrace America’s veterans as students.
  • Hundreds of incoming freshmen each year learn to get involved with the Chico community through the successful Town Hall Meeting and Great Debate programs.
  • Chico was the top collegiate fundraiser for the fifth time in six years for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in 2012. In 2010, Chico celebrated being the fastest school to reach $1 million in donations.

The President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, begun in 2006, annually highlights the role colleges and universities play in solving community problems and placing students on a lifelong path of civic engagement.