West Virginia Wesleyan College Earns Place on National Honor Roll for Community Service

Friday, March 8th, 2013

West Virginia Wesleyan College was named to the 2013 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.

“West Virginia Wesleyan College has a long history of service-learning and believes strongly in preparing our graduates to be active leaders and participants in an ever-changing world,” said Pam Balch ’71, President of the College. “We are honored to receive this prestigious award and owe much of it to the students themselves. 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.

“Congratulations to West Virginia Wesleyan College, its faculty and students for its commitment to service, both in and out of the classroom,” said Wendy Spencer, CEO of CNCS.  “Through its work, institutions of higher education are helping improve their local communities and create a new generation of leaders by challenging students to go beyond the traditional college experience and solve local challenges.”

Inspired by the thousands of college students who traveled across the country to support relief efforts along the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina, CNCS 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 44 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 guide and is listed as the 12th best baccalaureate college in The Washington Monthly.

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.