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Loyola named to President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll

| By Nick Alexopulos
Community Service Honor Roll 2015

Loyola University Maryland has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the ninth straight year. The award is the highest federal recognition an institution can receive for its commitment to community, service-learning, and civic engagement.

“This recognition reminds us once again that we need look no further than our own Loyola community for inspiration to embrace the challenge to serve,” said Rev. Brian F. Linnane, S.J., president of Loyola. “I am so proud by the way that our students, faculty, staff, and administrators approach service through mind, body, and spirit, answering the call to do more for those who are the most vulnerable and the most marginalized in our world.”

Loyola students engaged in nearly 63,500 hours of service during the 12-month period covered in the 2015 Honor Roll application, which also highlights three major service projects of each institution’s choosing. This year Loyola highlighted service work through the writing department’s Bridges program, York Road Initiative, and Center for Community Service and Justice’s (CCSJ) partnership with the Refugee Youth Project (RYP). CCSJ began its partnership with RYP in 2006 and continues that partnership today through both service-learning and co-curricular service. RYP is an afterschool and summer school program run by Baltimore City Community College in conjunction with local refugee resettlement agencies, serving more than 300 refugees between the ages of 4 and 21. During the application period, Loyola students engaged with 90 refugees over more than 1,000 hours.

The Honor Roll is administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), a federal agency that engages more than five million Americans in service through its core programs—Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and the Social Innovation Fund—and leads President Obama’s national call to service initiative, United We Serve. As the nation’s largest grantmaker for service and volunteering, CNCS plays a critical role in strengthening America’s nonprofit sector and addressing the nation’s challenges through service.

More information about the Honor Roll, including a full list of this year’s winners, is available at nationalservice.org.

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