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                 The College of Saint Rose has been named to the 2014 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll With Distinction for engaging its students, faculty and staff in meaningful service that achieves measurable results in the community.

                 This is the first time that the College has been awarded the Honor Roll With Distinction and the third time that Saint Rose has been named to the President’s Honor Roll. The designation is one of the highest honors a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement.  The President’s Honor Roll recognizes Saint Rose in the Education and Interfaith Community Service categories.

According to the Corporation for National and Community Service, “Honor Roll With Distinction” goes to colleges and universities that display strong levels of institutional commitment, provide a compelling case for partnerships that produce measurable impact in the community, and have a Federal Work-Study community service percentage of 15 percent or above.

                 “This honor affirms what drew me to Saint Rose in the first place: the ability of our students, faculty, staff and administrators to work together as a community dedicated to the Saint Rose mission, a constant that defines our character and sets us apart from many other institutions across the higher education landscape.  We are so proud of our Honor Roll With Distinction recognition – and owe much of that to the students themselves,” said Saint Rose President Dr. Carolyn J. Stefanco.

Prominent examples of the College’s commitment to the community locally and regionally include:

Friday Knights – a unique recreation and social skills development program for children with autism spectrum disorders.  The twice-monthly, two-hour program is equal parts recreation for 200 children, respite for their parents and real-life experience for 200 Saint Rose students, many but not all future educators, who give up part of their Friday evenings to volunteer as counselors and supervisors.

Reach Out Saint Rosea campus-wide community service day held each September.  In 2013, more than 750 enthusiastic members of the Saint Rose community participated in service activities ranging from making meals at shelters and picking vegetables, to cleaning up neighborhoods, attending to people in need of attention and aiding the ongoing recovery in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene.  More than 50 agencies benefited directly as a result.

After-School Program for Refugee Children – the College offers both community service and service learning opportunities for students to work with refugee children at the Emmaus United Methodist Church, helping with homework, assisting in learning English and teaching about the culture of their new community.  In addition, a mix of art and art education students are engaged in helping students with very limited English skills develop their vocabulary through making and discussing art.

• Emery Center Clinics – providing a wide variety of services to children and families in the Albany City Schools, including literacy evaluation and tutoring, free hearing screenings in area Head Start programs, fluency program for people who stutter, social and adaptive behavior tutoring for children with autism, and speech and language services for preschoolers.  Students work with children in their homes, day care centers and Head Start programs. They also work with family members and caregivers to provide strategies for carryover of skills into the everyday setting.

• Help Yourself After-School Academy – an after-school program founded by Roger Hull, president of the Help Yourself Foundation, to inspire at-risk elementary and middle school students to envision themselves as able to attend college; to improve their performance in school; to be connected to college and university campuses through caring mentors, a “corps” of local school teachers, college students, faculty and staff volunteers who teach in after-school academies; and to ensure the support of pupils' primary caretakers at home.  More than 100 Saint Rose student mentors and graduate assistants participate in this program, which serves ethnically diverse, economically disadvantaged children.

• Better Together – a student-led movement toward greater interfaith cooperation and dialogue.  Student-led events and activities allow for people of various faith backgrounds to engage with one another and work together in order to build a better community.  Saint Rose is one of only seven locations in New York for Better Together and the only one in Albany. 

                 “Service and higher education go hand in hand,” said Wendy Spencer, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service. “These schools are inspiring young leaders to roll up their sleeves and work alongside community members to solve problems. By recognizing the institutions who are leading the way to achieve meaningful, measurable results for the communities they serve, we also highlight the vital role all colleges and universities play in addressing community challenges and placing more students on a lifelong path of civic engagement.”

Inspired by the thousands of college students who traveled across the country to support relief efforts along the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina, CNCS has administered the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll since 2006 and manages the program in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, as well as the American Council on Education and Campus Compact.

More information on eligibility and the full Honor Roll can be found at

The College of Saint Rose ( is a dynamic, progressive college in the heart of New York’s capital city where teaching is the first priority.  With a rigorous liberal education curriculum, 70 undergraduate majors, 53 master’s degrees and 25 graduate certificates, and a mission of service to the urban community, the Saint Rose experience empowers students to improve themselves and the world around them.

The President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll honors the nation’s leading higher education institutions and their students, faculty and staff for their commitment to bettering their communities through service. These are institutions that reflect the values of exemplary community service and achieve meaningful outcomes in their communities.

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) is a federal agency that engages more than five million Americans in service through Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, the Social Innovation Fund and other programs, and leads President Obama’s national call to service initiative, United We Serve.


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