LOUISVILLE, KY. – June 1, 2011 – Galen College of Nursing has been named to the 2010 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement.
The Corporation for National and Community Service, which administers the annual Honor Roll award, recognized more than 700 colleges and universities for their impact on issues ranging from poverty and homelessness to environmental justice. On campuses across the country, thousands of students joined their faculty to develop innovative programs and projects to meet local needs using the skills gained in their classrooms.
Galen students, faculty and staff engaged in more than 7,000 hours of charity- and service-related causes in 2010, including the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night Walk, Center for Women & Families, Salvation Army health screenings and distributing food to the hungry, Haiti earthquake relief efforts through Supplies Over Seas, American Red Cross blood drives, volunteer work with the Special Olympics, public health fairs and much more.
“At Galen, our students, faculty and staff believe in giving back,” Mark Vogt, President of Galen, said. “We are about nursing, and that’s what nurses do – they help make a difference in the lives of others. But in general, at Galen we feel it’s important that our students engage in community-based service efforts because it helps to create a more wellrounded educational experience while also providing something immediately positive.”
“As members of the class of 2011 cross the stage to pick up their diplomas,” said Patrick A. Corvington, Chief Executive Officer of CNCS, “more and more will be going into the world with a commitment to public service and the knowledge that they can make a difference in their communities and their own lives through service to others, thanks to the leadership of these institutions. Congratulations to Galen College of Nursing and its students for their dedication to service and commitment to improving their local communities.”
The Corporation for National and Community Service, which has administered the Honor Roll since 2006, admitted a total of 641 colleges and universities for their impact on issues from literacy and neighborhood revitalization to supporting at-risk youth. Of that total, 511 were named to the Honor Roll, 114 received the recognition of Honor Roll with distinction, 11 were identified as finalists, and six received the Presidential Award.
About Galen College of Nursing
Founded over 20 years ago, Galen College of Nursing is one of the largest private nursing schools in the United States. With a focus solely on nursing education, the College offers practical/vocational nurse (PN/VN) and associate degree nursing programs to students on its campuses in Louisville, Ky., San Antonio, Texas, Tampa Bay, Fla., and Cincinnati, Ohio. Galen is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. For more information about Galen College of Nursing, visit our website.
The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) is a federal agency that engages more than five million Americans in service through its Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and Learn and Serve America programs, and leads President Barack Obama’s national call to service initiative, United We Serve. For more information, visit NationalService.gov.