Carnegie Mellon University

Honored for Community Service

02-09-2009

Honored for Community Service

Carnegie Mellon has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for exemplary community service efforts by the Corporation for National and Community Service.  Launched in 2006, the Community Service Honor Roll is the highest federal recognition a school can achieve for its commitment to service-learning and civic engagement.

The Leonard Gelfand Center for Service Learning and Outreach, under the direction of Assistant Vice Provost for Educational Outreach Judith Hallinen, supports more than 75 university-wide programs for K-12 students and teachers aimed at improving and enhancing the teaching and learning process. Carnegie Mellon students, faculty and staff are active participants in its many outreach initiatives, which include certification and professional development programs for teachers and administrators; tutoring, mentoring and enrichment courses for students; and activities for students aimed at improving local communities. The center works to connect university students to volunteer and paid positions that allow them to develop expertise while meeting the needs of local agencies and individuals.

Hallinen said she documented more than 88,000 hours of service to the community during the last academic year. The information she submitted to the Corporation for National and Community Service included data from programs and activities across campus, including the Center for Economic Development at the Heinz College, the Technology Consulting in the Community computer science class, the undergraduate service requirement at the Tepper School, the Toys for Tots and Pencil for Pupils drives in the College of Engineering, and service activities coordinated by the Office of Student Affairs.

“The strength of Carnegie Mellon is directly tied to the strength of our region,” Hallinen said.  “Community service and service-learning activities provide opportunities for students to develop their expertise and provide a positive impact on the community at the same time.  It is wonderful to see that the efforts of faculty, staff and students from across the university have been recognized through Carnegie Mellon's inclusion on the Community Service Honor Roll.”

Carnegie Mellon is among 546 schools named to the honor roll. For more on the Gelfand Center, visit the center's Web site.

Bruce Gerson