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McKeen Center for the Common Good Receives Presidential Community Service Award

Story posted March 09, 2010

The Joseph McKeen Center for the Common Good has been named to the 2009 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction, the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement.

Joseph McKeen Center for the Common Good

Check out the Joseph McKeen Center for the Common Good Web site, offering continuously updated content regarding community service opportunities, a schedule of events and other happenings.

Bowdoin was one of only two colleges in Maine, and among 700 colleges and universities nationwide, recognized by the Corporation for National and Community Service, which administers the annual Honor Roll award recognizing an institution's impact on issues from poverty and homelessness to environmental justice.

"Bowdoin's place this year on the President's Honor Roll is a tribute to the students, faculty, staff and alumni who have worked over the past decade to make public engagement an important part of the Bowdoin experience, and to alumni who have contributed generously to establish the McKeen Center as a place in which community connections are made," says Director of the McKeen Center for the Common Good Susie Dorn.

"It is, however, to our students and the community agencies with whom they partner that we owe the further honor of 'distinction' in this regard. On a daily basis, they are the ones working together to explore and address the issues that concern us all through service, courses and community-based research, making a difference in the lives of others while applying the values of a liberal arts education."

The Honor Roll includes six colleges and universities that are recognized as Presidential Awardees, with an additional 115 named to the Distinction List and 621 schools named as Honor Roll members.

"Congratulations to Bowdoin College's Joseph Mckeen Center for the Common Good and its students for their dedication to service and commitment to improving their local communities," said Patrick Corvington, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service.

"Our nation's students are a critical part of the equation and vital to our efforts to tackle the most persistent challenges we face. They have achieved impactful results and demonstrated the value of putting knowledge into practice to help renew America through service."

Honorees are chosen based on a series of selection factors including the 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.

See the full list of Honor Roll recipients.

About the Corporation for National and Community Service

The Corporation for National and Community Service is a federal agency that engages more five million Americans in service through its Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and Learn and Serve America programs, and leads President Obama's national call to service initiative, United We Serve.

The Corporation oversees the Honor Roll in collaboration with the Department of Education, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Campus Compact and the American Council on Education.

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