July 28, 2014  

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Southern Miss Makes President’s Community Service Honor Roll

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Southern Miss students spent part of their 2012 spring break on a community service project at the Hattiesburg zoo. (University Communications photo by David Tisdale)

The University of Southern Mississippi has joined more than 640 institutions of higher learning from across the country on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for 2012.

Southern Miss was named to the prestigious Honor Roll for its work in a variety of service activities, including volunteerism and academic service learning. Southern Miss works with more than 100 community partners in the Pine Belt region and beyond.

“The return of Southern Miss to the President’s Honor Roll is a positive reflection of our caring and action oriented students and faculty,” said Dr. Joe Paul, vice president for student affairs. “Student volunteerism is at an all-time high and our community service learning faculty fellows are making a tremendous impact in enriching the learning of their students.”

Southern Miss documents more than 50,000 service hours each year with an economic impact to the region exceeding $1 million. The Office of Community Service Learning at Southern Miss leads the way by programming volunteer events and alternative break trips; training faculty on the concept of academic service-learning and hosting federal work study and AmeriCorps programs that engage students in tutoring and mentoring children in the community.

The 642 universities and colleges honored were named to the Honor Roll by the Corporation for National and Community Service and the U.S. Department of Education. The President’s Honor Roll recognizes higher education institutions that reflect the values of exemplary community service and achieve meaningful outcomes in their communities.

To see the entire list of Honor Roll schools, visit www.nationalservice.gov/honor roll. To learn more about the Office of Community Service Learning at Southern Miss, call 601.266.5074 or visit: http://www.usm.edu/ocsl/