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Halifax Community College named to Presidential Honor Roll

for Community Service

The Corporation for National and Community Service honored Halifax Community College recently with a place on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for exemplary service efforts and service to America’s communities.   

“I am very proud of the many contributions our students make to the Roanoke Valley through their participation in community service activities,” said HCC President, Dr. Ervin V. Griffin, Sr.  “I hope this recognition from the President’s Honor Roll for Community Service will inspire more of our students to participate in community activities that will make the great quality of life in the Roanoke Valley even better.  I salute all of them for bringing this wonderful recognition to HCC,” said Griffin.

Launched in 2006, the Community Service Honor Roll is the highest federal recognition a school can achieve for its commitment to service-learning and civic engagement. Honorees for the award were chosen based on a series of selection factors including 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.

HCC was named to the Presidential Honor Roll for Community Services for two outstanding programs implemented last year. The Minority Male Mentoring Program was cited for the development of the Men to Men Conference that involved area high school and middle school students that encouraged high school completion, ethical behavior and academic achievement. NFL All Pro Troy Vincent served as the keynote speaker and more than 300 students participated in the conference. In addition, Minority Male Mentoring Program members participated in a program of reading to elementary school children in the region. Seven members of the Men of Distinction participated in the program that impacted more than 125 elementary students in the service region.

The HCC Healthy Smiles Dental Health program was also cited for work with low income children. Supported by a five-year grant, this program provides clinical experience to dental hygiene students and provides quality health care to low-income, K-5th grade students in the region. Eighteen dental hygiene students worked for 16 weeks on a total of 430 young children.  The program was supported by a supervising dentist and three dental hygiene instructors. The children received free dental exams including X-Rays, and referrals were made to a local dentist for follow up work.  Most students had never seen a dentist before the visit. Collaborations for this project include the regional elementary schools, the local community health center, and the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust in Winston-Salem.

“In this time of economic distress, we need volunteers more than ever. College students represent an enormous pool of idealism and energy to help tackle some of our toughest challenges,” said Stephen Goldsmith, vice chair of the Board of Directors of the Corporation for National and Community Service, which oversees the Honor Roll. “We salute Halifax Community College for making community service a campus priority, and thank the millions of college students who are helping to renew America through service to others.”

Overall, the corporation honored six schools with presidential awards. In addition, 83 were named as Honor Roll with Distinction members and 546 schools as Honor Roll members.  In total, 635 schools were recognized. A full list is available at www.nationalservice.gov/honorroll.

The Honor Roll is a program of the corporation, in collaboration with the Department of Education, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation. The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll is presented during the annual conference of the American Council on Education. 

“I offer heartfelt congratulations to those institutions named to the 2008 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. College and university students across the country are making a difference in the lives of others every day – as are the institutions that encourage their students to serve others,” said American Council on Education President Molly Corbett Broad.

Recent studies have underlined the importance of service-learning and volunteering to college students. In 2006, 2.8 million college students gave more than 297 million hours of volunteer service, according to the corporation’s Volunteering in America 2007 study. Expanding campus incentives for service is part of a larger initiative to spur higher levels of volunteering by America’s college students. The corporation is working with a coalition of federal agencies, higher education and student associations, and nonprofit organizations to achieve this goal.

The Corporation for National and Community Service is a federal agency that improves lives, strengthens communities, and fosters civic engagement through service and volunteering. The corporation administers Senior Corps, AmeriCorps and Learn and Serve America, a program that supports service-learning in schools, institutions of higher education and community-based organizations. For more information, go to www.nationalservice.gov.


Men of Distinction

Dental Hygiene