Edgewood College: Named to Presidential Honor Roll for community service

Third Consecutive Year Student Engagement Noted

Contact: Ed Taylor, Director of Marketing & Communications 608-663-2333

Madison, Wis. (May 24, 2011) – The Corporation for National and Community Service has honored Edgewood College with a place on the 2010 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for exemplary service efforts and service to America’s communities. This marks the third consecutive year the College has been so recognized.

This year’s award specifically recognizes three areas of the life of the College: The Human Issues Program, Student Civic Leadership Programs, and Fine Arts Outreach Projects.

The Human Issues Program is an academic program designed to link students’ educational experiences to real, personal, and community-based issues. Human Issues is a general education capstone requirement for undergraduate students, and can be met by completing a Human Issues course, or faculty-mentored independent study project. The Program challenges personal values and society as a whole. Students investigate an issue through examination of diverse

conflicting perspectives, and inquiry into complex questions.

Student Civic Leadership Programs include Edgewood College’s Community Scholars Program, the AmeriCorps’s Midwest Campus Compact Citizen-Scholars, and Servant Leader Interns. Each program strives to develop informed, engaged, just and compassionate leaders through student involvement in community service.

Fine Arts Outreach Projects include the Theater Department’s focus on community involvement through exploration of social issues. Faculty and staff intentionally select shows with significant social themes, and then present the issues during select public and K-12 school performances through ‘talkbacks’ to foster dialogue on the topics. In the visual arts, students in the Art Therapy and Graphic Design programs work with multiple community partners. The students gain valuable experience, and the partners are able to further their impact on the community.

About the Community Service Honor Roll

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. Honorees for the award are chosen based on a series of selection factors including scope and innovation of service projects, percentage of student participation in service activities, incentives for service, and the extent to which the school offers academic service-learning courses.

About Edgewood College

Located in Madison, WI, Edgewood College is a liberal arts Catholic college in the Dominican tradition, with 2,400 undergraduate and graduate students. It offers more than 40 academic and professional programs, including master’s degrees in business, education, nursing, and other fields, and a doctoral degree in educational leadership. For more information about Edgewood College, please visit http://www.edgewood.edu, or call Ed Taylor in Marketing & Communications at 608-663-2333.