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Mars Hill University Named to President's Community Service Honor Roll

Mhu Students Work In Community Garden
Students from Mars Hill University work at the community garden at Mars Hill Elementary School. They are (l-r) Hunter Weatherford, Kehlyn Jarvis, April Eubanks, Jenna Greene, Caitlin Deaver, and Fallon Hyder.

Mars Hill University has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for 2014.

Since the inception of the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll in 2006, Mars Hill University has been named to the honor roll five times, including twice being named to the honor roll with distinction.

The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll recognizes institutions of higher education that support exemplary community service programs and raise the visibility of effective practices in campus community partnerships.

The Honor Roll’s Presidential Award is the highest federal recognition an institution can receive for its commitment to community, service-learning, and civic engagement.

The Corporation for National & Community Service has administered the award since 2006 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, Campus Compact, and the Interfaith Youth Core.

Community engagement through service to others is a vital part of the mission of Mars Hill University, according to Deb Myers, director of MHU's Center for Community Engagement.

“Community engagement connects Mars Hill University students to our community, both locally and globally,” she said. “Through service, students have the opportunity to positively impact the community in which they live while developing critical thinking and problem solving skills. Additionally, students apply classroom learning to real life experiences, improve interpersonal skills, and develop a lifelong commitment to make a difference in their community.”

Mars Hill achieved honor roll with distinction status in the category of general community service. Nationwide, 121 other institutions received the same designation. The Honor Roll also recognizes institutions in the areas of: interfaith community service, economic opportunity, and education.

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