Maryville receives national recognition for service work


ST. LOUIS — Maryville University has been selected for the 2012 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the third consecutive year from the U.S. Department of Education and the Corporation for National and Community Service.

“Maryville takes great pride in being named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll,” said Maryville President Mark Lombardi, Ph.D. “It shows the campus-wide commitment to service learning. Our students learn in and outside of our classrooms; through these experiences, they realize they can make a difference in the world around them, and they do.”

Each fall Maryville sets aside one day for Maryville Reaches Out when students, faculty, staff and alumni volunteer across the Greater St. Louis area. In 2010, volunteers took part in more than 75 community service projects that day. The award recognizes those efforts and others

Alden Craddock, director of the Center for Civic Engagement and Democracy at Maryville said the award is significant. “Being selected for the President’s honor roll is a national recognition of Maryville’s commitment to community service and engagement,” he said. “It really speaks to the many ways that our faculty, staff and students demonstrate that “LIVE Maryville” is more than a slogan, it is our commitment to make a positive impact on our community.”

Other Maryville service projects that helped Maryville qualify include accounting students who, as part of a class project, assist area residents in filing their income taxes and Maryville’s Coalition to End Interpersonal Violence. Professor Kim Temme organizes the income tax assistance project at St. Louis County Library locations each year. Assistant Professor of Psychology Carrie Ellis-Kalton works with students to combat violence by arranging on-campus speakers, fundraisers to benefit area shelters and other activities.

The Corporation for National and Community Service announces the annual Honor Roll award recipients, recognizing colleges and universities for exemplary, innovative, and effective community service programs. In the St. Louis area, only two other schools, Saint Louis University and Washington University, received the 2012 honor.

About Maryville University

Maryville University, founded in 1872, moved to the national universities category of U.S. News & World Report this year. It is one of three institutions in the Greater St. Louis Area ranked in the division. In October, Maryville was named one of the Top 100 Private Universities in the U.S. for Best Value by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance.