CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Dec. 17, 2014 – Southeast Missouri State University has been selected for inclusion on the 2014 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. The Corporation for National and Community Service distributes the award as a way of recognizing the colleges and universities that actively give back to the community.
“The inclusion in the Honor Roll provides evidence of our campus commitment to community service and provides recognition for the work of so many students, faculty and staff in helping improve our communities,” said Dr. Bruce Skinner, assistant vice president for Student Success and Auxiliary Services at Southeast.
Service completed during the 2012-2013 year was submitted for consideration for the 2014 Community Service Honor Roll. According to Michele Irby, director of Campus Life and Event Services at Southeast, 81,620 service hours contributed by 5,712 students were recorded during the year.
According to Irby, three Southeast projects were submitted as outstanding examples of community engagement, including:
- The Missouri Mission of Mercy Dental Clinic held May 3-4, 2013 at the Show Me Center. The event offered free dental cleanings, fillings and extractions. More than 1,000 volunteers participated in this project.
- The Hoover Center provides service to 12 local senior adults, four days a week. These services allow seniors to stay active and help remain functional in their homes. Services provided include transportation, educational sessions, exercise classes, craft projects, hot lunches and snacks.
- The Center for Speech and Hearing provides diagnostic and intervention services for communication disorders for all ages as a service to the region. During the 2012-2013 year, 162 clients were served with 2,305 student clinical hours and 1,186 faculty observation hours.
“I give back because I enjoy helping others in any way I can,” said Jessica Mues of St. Peters Missouri, a senior exceptional education major at Southeast. “As college students, I feel at times we think we can’t make a difference, but we have the ability to make a difference in the lives of others through volunteering.”