News from the Hilltop
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Feb. 26, 2010
Birmingham-Southern named to President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll
BIRMINGHAM, Ala.— For the fourth straight year, Birmingham-Southern College has been named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to service-learning and civic engagement. The college, primarily for its Bunting Center for Engaged Study and Community Action, was recognized by The Corporation for National and Community Service for exemplary service efforts and service to America's communities.
Kristin Harper, director of the Bunting Center, said that service is a way of life at BSC.
The Bunting Center currently has 10 community partners, with students serving as tutors and mentors for elementary and middle school-aged youth, building homes for families living in poverty, serving meals to the area's homeless and working to ensure that local high school students are equipped to go to college. The Bunting Center also offers interim and alternative spring break trips with emphasis on learning through service.
College students make a significant contribution to the volunteer sector; in 2009, 3.16 million students performed more than 300 million hours of service, according to the Volunteering in America study released by the Corporation for National and Community Service. The corporation oversees the Honor Roll in collaboration with the Department of Education, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Campus Compact and the American Council on Education.