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St. Thomas Aquinas College Named to Presidential Honor Roll For Community Service

(SPARKILL, NY – May 16, 2011)– The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) honored St. Thomas Aquinas College with a place on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for exemplary service efforts and service to America’s communities, announced Dr. Margaret M. Fitzpatrick, S.C., College President.

“I am so proud of our students, faculty and staff here at St. Thomas for receiving this recognition for the fifth consecutive year.  Their hard work and dedication is a model for all of us.  Giving back through various community service efforts has enhanced our students’ overall learning experience and extended it beyond the classroom and into our society.  It is truly an honor for our institution to receive this recognition,” said Dr. Fitzpatrick.

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.

"As members of the class of 2011 cross the stage to pick up their diplomas, 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," said Patrick A. Corvington, Chief Executive Officer of CNCS.  “Congratulations to St. Thomas Aquinas College and its students for their dedication to service and commitment to improving their local communities.  We salute all the Honor Roll awardees for embracing their civic mission and providing opportunities for their students to tackle tough national challenges through service.”

St. Thomas Aquinas College has over 40 student clubs and activities on campus.  The Spartan Volunteers is one of the most active co-curricular organizations on campus and encompasses a broad assortment of service opportunities.  These include teaching English to immigrants, outreach to the homeless, working with the elderly in the community, and volunteering for Habitat for Humanity.

A total of 851 institutions applied for the 2010 Honor Roll, a nine percent increase over last year, a sign of the growing interest by colleges and universities in highlighting their efforts to engage students in making a difference in the community.

About 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.

About St. Thomas Aquinas College
St. Thomas Aquinas College is an independent liberal arts college located in Sparkill, NY which provides education at the undergraduate and graduate levels.  The College’s 2,700 full and part time students can choose from more than 100 different majors, minors, specializations, and dual degree programs across five divisions: Humanities; Business Administration; Social Sciences; Natural Sciences & Mathematics; and Teacher Education programs. For more information visit www.stac.edu.

 
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