Service Learning Champions

Architecture and Interior Design Club members and volunteers take a break while building a playground in Syracuse. Back row (left to right): Jeff Anthony, student; Maria Malagisi of OCC's Career and Applied Learning Center; Gary Thurston, student. Front row (left to right): Arsen Aliyev, student; Jessica Salisbury, student; Gordana Dimitrevsky, student; Krystal Tyrell, student; Teresa Godiers, Architectural Technology & Interior Design Department Chair.

Architecture and Interior Design Club members and volunteers take a break while building a playground in Syracuse during the 2012-13 academic year. Back row (left to right): Jeff Anthony, student; Maria Malagisi, OCC’s Career and Applied Learning Center; Gary Thurston, student. Front row (left to right): Arsen Aliyev, student; Jessica Salisbury, student; Gordana Dimitrevsky, student; Krystal Tyrell, student; Teresa Godiers, Architectural Technology & Interior Design Department Chair.

OCC’s dedication to community service has earned it a place on the Corporation for National and Community Service’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. The award is in recognition of OCC students achieving meaningful, measureable outcomes in the communities they serve and a clear commitment to community service and service learning.

For the 2012-13 academic year 1,570 OCC students engaged in community service of any kind, contributing a total of 84,359 hours to the communities they serve. OCC was one of only 19 SUNY campuses singled out for its contributions to the community.

“Participating in community service is an important part of any college experience, and a hallmark of our strategic plan,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. “Each of our SUNY campuses has an astounding array of options for students as well as faculty and staff to give back to their local communities, and to have a greater impact on communities across the country and abroad. Congratulations and thank you to each of the campuses recognized by the President’s Honor Roll this year.”

College students make a significant contribution to their communities through volunteering and service, according to the most recent Volunteering and Civic Life in America report. In 2012, 3.1 million college students dedicated more than 118 million hours of service across the country — a contribution valued at $2.5 billion.

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