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Walsh Receives National Recognition for Community Service

What's New, 2012-04-18

Walsh Named to 2012 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll

Walsh University was recently honored as a leader among institutions of higher education for the second consecutive year for its support of volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). Walsh was admitted to the 2012 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for engaging its students, faculty and staff in meaningful service that achieves measurable results in the community.

The Corporation for National and Community Service, which has administered the Honor Roll since 2006, admitted a total of 642 schools to colleges and universities for their impact on issues from literacy and neighborhood revitalization to supporting at-risk youth. Of that total, 513 were named to the Honor Roll, 110 received the recognition of Honor Roll with distinction, 14 were identified as finalists, and five received the Presidential Award. Collectively, the campuses named to this year's Honor Roll reported that nearly one million of their students engaged in service learning and more than 1.6 million participated in other forms of community service, serving a total of more than 105 million hours. For a full list of recipients, visit NationalService.gov/HonorRoll.

Service to others has been a part of the mission of Walsh University ever since the Brothers of Christian Instruction founded the University in 1960. Service permeates student life and institutional culture with Walsh students serving the local region and neighbors as far away as Uganda. Core values – excellence, integrity, service – drive the deeply rooted mission of "educating its students to become leaders in service to others." To prepare students to address local needs and to extend community beyond borders, every entering undergraduate student since 2005 has taken a service learning course. Internationally, students in the Masters of Counseling and Human Development Program have helped to train Ugandan counseling para-professionals in handling war-related trauma and crisis intervention. Locally, the Office of Social Outreach links students, faculty/staff and agencies for fall/spring break service trips, Harvest for Hunger, blood drives, Adopt-a-Family, mentoring programs, and nursing home outreach. Service is a mandatory part of the Walsh education from the athletic department to the classroom, and is strongly encouraged for all employees as well.

Below are descriptions of the projects highlighted in Walsh's Honor Roll application this year.

  • Issues in Global Healthcare course: In May 2011, students in this nursing course traveled to Tanzania to examine how governmental, financial, spiritual and cultural aspects of Tanzanian society impact nursing education and healthcare practice. Walsh students served over 200 men, women, and children in Tanzania hospitals. They also shared their knowledge and experiences with over 300 Tanzanian nursing students.
  • Nursing with Families II course: students focused on learning communication and therapeutic nursing interventions with children and families. Course work included a service learning project Family Health and Wellness Fair for elementary children, their families and the community. Student teams staged booths on nutrition, bike safety, hand washing, reading, internet safety, dental care, sports safety, low cost activities, etc.
  • Psychology of Violence course: In 2011, students brought awareness to the issue of bullying with student-created presentations for students, parents, and teachers to increase understanding of the issue and prevention techniques. Walsh students served a total of over 600 students and parents.
  • Ziika Micro Finance Project: In May 2011, a group of Walsh undergraduate students, staff, and faculty members traveled to Kisubi, Uganda to conduct a Business IDEA Workshop with the women involved in the Ziika Micro-Finance Project. The long term goal of the project is for the Ziika women involved to create sustainable, income-producing businesses to support their daughters' primary and secondary education.

CNCS oversees the Honor Roll in collaboration with the U.S. Departments of Education and Housing and Urban Development, Campus Compact, and the American Council on Education. Honorees are chosen based on a series of selection factors, including the scope and innovation of service projects, the extent to which service-learning is embedded in the curriculum, the school's commitment to long-term campus-community partnerships, and measurable community outcomes as a result of the service. For a full list of recipients and descriptions of their service, visit www.NationalService.gov/HonorRoll.