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Bethel Recognized in Presidential Community Service Honor Roll

For the second consecutive year, Bethel received recognition in the 2009 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by the Corporation for National and Community Service.

The Honor Roll, launched in 2006, recognizes colleges and universities nationwide that support innovative and effective community service and service-learning programs. The Honor Roll's Presidential Award, given each year to only a handful of institutions, is the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service learning and civic engagement.

Six colleges and universities will receive top honors during the American Council on Education Annual meeting in Phoenix, Ariz., in March and the National Conference of Volunteering and Service Conference in New York City in June. Bethel’s recognition from the highest levels of the federal government acknowledges the commitment to service and civic engagement on its campus and throughout the nation.

“Serving others is central to a Bethel College education. A student cannot escape the opportunity to experience servant leadership during their time at Bethel. It is germane to our mission. Receiving this honor simply affirms the attainment of this priority objective. Serving others is Bethel College’s legacy!” says Dennis Engbrecht, Ph.D., senior vice president and vice president for student development.

Bethel’s vision is focused on expanding three core values: vibrant community, excellence in teaching and learning, and service to others. There are many different ways students can engage in voluntary service. All students, faculty and staff are encouraged to volunteer their service to the community during college-sponsored “Service Days.” Students are also encouraged to be a part of short-term mission teams, called task force teams, during spring and summer breaks. In the past two decades, about 130 task force teams have travelled internationally with more than 1,500 student participants.

For a complete list of colleges and universities named to the third annual honor roll, visit www.nationalservice.gov/honorroll.

The Honor Roll is a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service, and is sponsored by the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation and the U.S. Departments of Education and Housing and Urban Development, in partnership with Campus Compact and the American Council on Education.

The Corporation for National and Community Service is a federal agency that improves lives, strengthens communities and fosters civic engagement through service and volunteering.

Bethel College is an accredited Christian college offering associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in more than 70 areas of study. The current enrollment of more than 2,100 includes students from 34 states and Puerto Rico, 19 countries, more than 25 denominations and 16 percent from culturally diverse backgrounds. Scholarships are available based upon a variety of factors including academic achievement, talent in the arts or athletics, ethnicity and church affiliation. In addition to its beautifully wooded 75-acre main campus in Mishawaka, Ind., Bethel also offers specific academic programs at sites in Elkhart, Ind., Fort Wayne, Ind., Dowagiac, Mich., and St. Joseph, Mich. Nursing programs are also offered in cooperation with Grace College in Winona Lake, Ind.