Kathleen McCauley, coordinator of experiential education; Sr. Mary Ann McCarthy, OSF; Dr. Rosalie Mirenda, president of Neumann University; and
Sr. Pat Hutchison, OSF, director of the Neumann Institute for Franciscan Studies, announce Neumann’s selection to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll at a recent awards ceremony on campus.
The Corporation for National and Community Service and the U.S. Department of Education recently recognized Neumann University for its work in four urban areas; Philadelphia, Chester, Wilmington, DE, and Camden, NJ. Neumann students are engaged in service programs to help rebuild communities, serve the poor, and academic service learning.
“Through service, these institutions are creating the next generation of leaders by challenging students to tackle tough issues and create positive impacts in the community,” said Robert Velasco, Acting CEO of CNCS. “We applaud the Honor Roll schools, their faculty and students for their commitment to make service a priority in and out of the classroom. Together, service and learning increase civic engagement while fostering social innovation among students, empowering them to solve challenges within their communities.”
Neumann students and student athletes volunteered their time at places such as House of Joseph, Wilmington, DE; Heart of Camden, Camden, NJ; Drexel Neumann Academy, and Anna’s Place, Chester, PA; St. Francis Inn, Philadelphia, PA: and the Assisi House, Aston, PA. There were 1,418 students engaged in general community service, totaling 4,029 hours. There were 144 students engaged in service with a special focus area, the Drexel Neumann Academy, totaling 624 hours of service.
Neumann University is committed to the core values of reverence, integrity, service, excellence, and stewardship. Neumann’s mission is to “educate a diverse community of learners based upon the belief that knowledge is a gift to be shared in the service of others and that learning is a lifelong process.”
The President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll recognizes higher education institutions that reflect the values of exemplary community service and achieve meaningful outcomes in their communities. Inspired by the thousands of college students who traveled across the country to support relief efforts along the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina, the initiative celebrates the transformative power and volunteer spirit that exists within the higher education community.