The engagement of Oswego’s students in the community and professors’ use of service learning in classes earned the college recognition on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the fourth consecutive year — recognition Oswego has won every year since the list's inception.
The federal Corporation for National and Community Service bills the honor roll as “the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service learning and civic engagement.”
Students contributed about 24,300 hours of service last year, according to data collected by the college’s Center for Community Service and Service Learning. Student-athletes raked leaves for senior citizens and shaved their heads for a cancer-fighting fundraiser. Accounting students helped hundreds of taxpayers file their tax forms, education students tutored at-risk youth and mentored teenage children of migrant farm workers, students in a gerontology class volunteered in nursing homes, and other students organized anti-hunger campaigns and food drives.
“Every semester we are reaching out to get involved in as many community service projects as we can,” said Erica Mallery, who has worked weekly with Adopt-a-Grandparent since her sophomore year. “Every semester we have more and more students who sign up to become involved, and you can definitely see a ripple that we've created in the community.”
Video: Students and staff talk about the rewards of volunteering in the local community and elsewhere.