MU honored with prestigious community service

Melissa Wardell, Interim Director of MU’s ELCM program.

Maria Barcoski
News Writer

In early March, Millersville University was announced as one of the universities on the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction.
Millersville University has been the recipient of this prestigious community service award several times. Since its establishment in 2006, Millersville has been named on the Honor Roll eight times, including thrice “with distinction.”
According to The Corporation for National and Community Service website, the award aims to annually distinguish “the role colleges and universities play in solving community problems and placing more students on a lifelong path of civic engagement by recognizing institutions that achieve meaningful, measureable outcomes in the communities they serve.”
Millersville is one of five universities in Pennsylvania to receive this prestigious award. 690 colleges throughout the country were named to the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, and 113 earned the additional Honor Roll with Distinction Award.

Melissa Wardell, Interim Director of MU’s ELCM program.
Melissa Wardell, Interim Director of MU’s ELCM program.

Melissa Wardwell, Interim Director of Experiential Learning and Career Management (ELCM), explains that this award “is recognition from the highest levels of the federal government of Millersville University’s commitment to service and civic engagement on our campus and in our nation.”
MU’s application for this award showcased several community projects including Day of Caring, Dr. Kerrie Farkas’ Advanced Writing Memoirs Project at Water Street Ministries, the Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) Costa Rica project, Color of Teaching, Study Buddies, and the After School Corps. By submitting the number of Millersville students who completed academic service learning hours and extra-curricular community service hours and the total number of service hours completed, MU was considered for this prestigious honor.
With plenty of opportunities to get involved in community service, Millersville University encourages its students to participate actively in the community. “Our faculty, staff and students work very hard to make a difference in the Lancaster community in which they live,” says Wardwell.
To participate in some of the service opportunities MU has to offer, students can connect with Volunteer Central. This resource facilitates civic engagement services including community service, service-learning, and federal work study opportunities.
One event hosted by Volunteer Central in collaboration with PSECU and the Center for Student Involvement and Leadership is “Into the Streets,” which takes place Saturday, April 20. This is the perfect opportunity for students to serve the Lancaster community.
In addition, “the AmeriCorps program, which is part of the Corporation for National and Community Service, recently granted Millersville University with 10 part-time AmeriCorps positions for the 2013-2014 academic year,” explains Wardwell.
“This award will allow 10 Millersville students to earn scholarship money while performing a significant amount of service hours within the Millersville community. Students selected to participate will complete 300 or 450 service hours and receive awards in the amounts of $1,100 or $1,400.”
More information about the AmeriCorps position can be obtained by contacting the ELCM office.