TWC earns place on National Honor Roll for Community Service

Posted on: March 25, 2013

Tennessee Wesleyan College was named to the 2013 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.

   

Tennessee Wesleyan College 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. 

“Being named to the Honor Roll recognizes the commitment of the TWC family to making a lasting, positive impact in our community,” said Mandie Thacker Beeler, TWC director of the center for servant leadership. “This award celebrates the collective efforts of faculty, staff, students, and numerous community partners to engage in the servant leadership process and give back to a world that has blessed us so richly.”

The 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll recognizes institutions of higher education that 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

“This is a tremendous honor,” said Dr. Harley Knowles, TWC president. “I could not be more proud of how our faculty, staff, and especially our students, give of themselves to serving this community.  Community service provides students a wonderful chance to learn about how they can be a force for positive change.”

Community service is a cornerstone of a Tennessee Wesleyan College education. Established in 2010, TWC’s Center for Servant Leadership has encouraged and cultivated Tennessee Wesleyan students to be true servant leaders. During the Center’s inaugural Day of Service event in 2011, 150 faculty, staff, students, and community partners came together to serve a combined 750 hours, participating in 14 projects in the local community in just one day.

During the college’s second Day of Service, held in 2012, more than 250 TWC faculty, staff, and students performed an overall 1,315 hours of service, volunteering at 20 different projects throughout the local community. In the 2012 school year, 598 TWC students volunteered 10,362 hours of community service.

“Service-learning is a permanent part of my teaching philosophy, as well as my own personal philosophy,” said Stephanie Huskey, TWC assistant professor of exercise and sports sciences. “I believe that TWC students see more of the results and the benefits of volunteering because the work that they do is in a smaller community. Our students continue learning even after a service project is complete.”

For more information about Tennessee Wesleyan College’s community service efforts, visit twcnet.edu/academics/service. More information on eligibility and the full list of Honor Roll awardees can be found at nationalservice.gov