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June 9, 2011

Birmingham-Southern named to President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for fifth straight year

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—For the fifth 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.

"Service-learning is integrally tied to the mission and ethos of Birmingham-Southern," said Kristin Harper, director of the Bunting Center. "Our students understand service as an important part of their overall learning experience at BSC, and they are eager for opportunities to help others in our local community and beyond during their four years here."

Harper said that the students often serve side-by-side with faculty and staff, citing a recent Disaster Relief Work Day sponsored by the college for the entire campus community.

The Bunting Center currently has 10 community partners providing opportunities for students to serve the less fortunate, including First Light Women's Shelter, Habitat for Humanity, Woodrow Wilson Elementary School, Urban Kids, and Hispanic Interest Coalition, among others. The Bunting Center also sponsors, Fall Outreach Day and Alternative Spring Break and Interim Term service-learning opportunities.

More than 70 percent of the study body connects annually to the broader world through service work. Service begins as early as opening of school orientation and continues through the ongoing projects.

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