Palm Beach Atlantic University was named to the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. This designation is the highest honor a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement.
“Palm Beach Atlantic has a long history of service-learning and believes strongly in preparing our graduates to be active leaders and participants in an ever changing world,” said President William M. B. Fleming, Jr. “We’re honored to receive this prestigious award – and owe much of it to the students themselves. They’re the energy driving our commitment and they’re the ones who make it all happen.”
Through a signature program called Workship, Palm Beach Atlantic University students have donated more than 2.55 million community service hours since the University was founded in 1968. This is the seventh straight year that Palm Beach Atlantic has been recognized with this honor.
|Junior Franqui Carver visits a veteran at the Lourdes-Noreen McKeen Residence to present gifts made by PBA students during the Sept. 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance 2012.|
“I gain life through serving the community,” said Franqui Carver, a junior biology major from Edgewater, Fla. “Jesus says that His followers need to serve others before themselves; that is what I intend to do. Little did the disciples and I know that when we serve like Jesus did, we would receive so much joy. It gives me joy knowing that I helped someone have a better day because I used my talents to assist them. It gives me greater joy when I have the opportunity to introduce those I am serving to God’s love and Jesus’ friendship.”
“Congratulations to Palm Beach Atlantic, its faculty and students for its commitment to service, both in and out of the classroom,” said Wendy Spencer, CEO of CNCS. “Through its work, institutions of higher education are helping improve their local communities and create a new generation of leaders by challenging students to go beyond the traditional college experience and solve local challenges.”
Inspired by the thousands of college students who traveled across the country to support relief efforts along the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina, CNCS has administered the award since 2006 and manages the program in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, as well as the American Council on Education and Campus Compact.
More information about the Palm Beach Atlantic University community service efforts can be found at http://www.pba.edu/workship. More information on eligibility and the full list of Honor Roll awardees, can be found at nationalservice.gov.
The President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll honors the nation’s leading higher education institutions and their students, faculty and staff for their commitment to bettering their communities through service. These are institutions that reflect the values of exemplary community service and achieve meaningful outcomes in their communities.
The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) is a federal agency that engages more than five million Americans in service through Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, the Social Innovation Fund and other programs, and leads President Obama’s national call to service initiative, United We Serve.