West Liberty University was named to the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll recently. This designation is the highest honor a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement.
“We are pleased to achieve this honor and I personally thank our students and staff for their hard work and dedication in the area of community service. This designation is something we can all take pride in,” said Vice President of Community Engagement Jeff Knierim.
The 2013 Honor Roll recipients were announced at the American Council on Education’s 95th Annual Meeting, Leading Change, on March 4, 2013, in Washington, D.C.
West Liberty projects submitted for consideration of the award included the service trip to the tornado-devastated region of West Liberty, Ky., when students and staff packed up and traveled to the stricken region to help out in the clean up and recovery after the 2012 storm.
The ongoing community outreach of the dental hygiene department was another project that illustrated WLU’s commitment to service. Dental hygiene students completed a total of 800 cumulative community service hours during the 2011-2012 academic year.
Finally, the Hilltoppers Choose Hope service project was included in the award consideration. This project consisted of a 12-hour walkathon that raised more than $5,800 for the Schiffler Cancer Center patient support fund.