(December 15, 2014)

Centenary named to President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll

SHREVEPORT, LA — Centenary College has been named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by the Corporation for National and Community Service for the eighth year in a row. The list recognizes the nation's higher education institutions that reflect the values of exemplary community service and achieve meaningful outcomes in their communities.

Students sort donated baby clothing during the 2014 World House Service Day

"The Office of Global Engagement is very honored to once again be a part of the Presidents Honor Roll," said Assistant Director of Community Engagement LaToya Hemphill. "Criteria used for selection to the Honor Roll are rigorous, and we are very excited to have been chosen once again. The Office of Global Engagement will capitalize on this momentum to continue to promote service learning. We appreciate all of the current academic partnerships we have cultivated on campus and look forward to expanding opportunities for our students so that they may fully immerse themselves as active citizens and promoters of positive change in the community."

A total of 766 higher education institutions were named to this year's Honor Roll. Combined, the Honor Roll awardees engaged 3.1 million students in community service for a total of 118 million service hours. The economic impact of this service is valued at 2.5 billion dollars.

The coming year will pave the way for many more service opportunities for students including MLK Service Day. On January 19, Centenary community members will paint, clean, and make other repairs to local schools and non-profit organizations in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Later, on March 21, Centenary will hold its eighth annual BIG Event—one of the largest multi-institutional, one-day, student-run service projects in the nation.

The President's Community Service Honor Roll is an initiative of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), a federal agency that oversees national service and promotes volunteerism. 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.