Making a Difference

Assumption College has been named to the 2009 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement.

The Corporation for National and Community Service, which administers the annual Honor Roll award, recognized more than 700 colleges and universities based on 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.

“Community service is a vital element of Assumption College's mission and the Honor Roll recognizes our contributions to the people of Worcester “ said Assumption President Francesco Cesareo. “Our goal at Assumption is not only to provide our students with an outstanding education, but also to help them develop as compassionate individuals.

Winning this award is also a tribute to the many faculty, administrators and staff who coordinate and participate in the service learning program and community service activities. In particular, I want to recognize Susan Perschbacher, professor of Sociology and director of the Community Service Learning (CSL) Program, Susan Hayes, coordinator of CSL, Susan Sabelli, clinical coordinator for Human Services & Rehabilitation Studies, Carleen Roy-Butler, coordinator of Community Volunteer SUVs (the Reach Out Center), and the Campus Ministry staff for their tremendous leadership in implementing the academic programs and community service volunteer programs. Paul Belsito, executive assistant of government and community relations and Landy Johnson, director of grant development were instrumental in compiling the application for this award.”

Currently, 1095 Assumption students, about half of the undergraduate population, participate in academic service learning and community service programs. Assumption students volunteer in organizations throughout the community, offering their knowledge, skills and dedication in order to make a difference in the lives of others.
Four other area schools were also named to the Honor Roll. Clark University, The College of the Holy Cross, Worcester State College and Mount Wachusett Community College were each recognized for their community service activities.

Kimberly Dunbar, Director of Public Affairs, Assumption College @AssumptionNews