Southeast Serves, a division of Southeast Missouri State University’s Campus Life and Event Services, has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the second year in a row.
Southeast Serves is a program that provides students, faculty, and staff with the opportunity to engage in community service both on and off campus. Southeast was honored for service hours performed between July 1, 2014, and June 30, 2015. During that period, 4,964 Southeast students served 79,488 hours in an effort to improve the lives of the people of southeast Missouri.
According to Joanna Shaver, coordinator of campus programming, said three University-led projects benefitting the local community were highlighted in the honor roll application. These included: “Empty Bowls,” which supported the Salvation Army’s efforts to fight hunger; “Don’t Dump, Donate,” which provided students leaving residence halls a chance to donate their unwanted items; and “Southeast Serves Week,” which gave students multiple opportunities to donate hours to service projects throughout the Cape Girardeau community.
“We are proud that the dedication of our students has been recognized on a national level,” Shaver said. “They are making an impact and their service is definitely appreciated.”
The President’s Higher Education Community 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 President’s Honor Roll recognizes higher education institutions in four categories: general community service; interfaith community service; economic opportunity; and education. Southeast was recognized in the general community service category.
“We’re currently collecting fall 2016 hours,” Shaver said. “Volunteering to serve others is an important part of the campus culture here at Southeast.”
For more information about Southeast Serves, please visit their website at www.semo.edu/serve.