ODU Named to President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll
Old Dominion University was named on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the second consecutive year.
“Community service and civic engagement have been priorities at Old Dominion for many years and formally became a part of our strategic plan four years ago,” President John R. Broderick said. “This award is validation of the exceptional work being done every day by ODU’s students, faculty and staff to help improve the quality of life in Hampton Roads and beyond.”
The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Department of Housing and the American Council on Education and Campus Compact, announced ODU in the 2013 honor roll at the American Council on Education annual conference in Washington, D.C.
ODU is among 690 higher education institutions across the country that were included on the honor roll, which allows the highest branches of the federal government to recognize “exemplary” commitment to service and civic engagement.
“Communities are strengthened when we all come together, and we are encouraged that these institutions and their students have made service a priority,” U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said regarding the honor roll
Duncan thinks civic engagement should be an essential component of every student’s educational experience.
“Through reaching out to meet the needs of their neighbors, these students are deepening their impact, strengthening our democracy and ultimately preparing themselves to be successful citizens,” Duncan said.
During 2012, ODU provided a total of 376,234 service hours with 11,389 of nearly 25,000 students engaged in community service. An additional 54,000 hours of service were also contributed to more than 800 organizations by ODU faculty and staff.
Service projects highlighted in ODU’s Office of Community Engagement honor roll application include Rock and Wrap It, Haul for Hunger and Dental Health Promotion and Disease Prevention.
By: Derek Page
Mace & Crown