Simpson Earns Recognition for Community Service

By Ben Rodgers, ‘15

Simpson College has been recognized on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition that a college can receive for its role in promoting community service.

Simpson received an honorable mention designation and is one of 16 other Iowa colleges to be recognized.

“Community service is a part of our culture here at Simpson,” said Stephanie Neve, Simpson’s assistant chaplain and service coordinator. “I think it’s a part of who we are.”

Newsweek magazine certainly thought so when it named Simpson as one of the top 25 service-oriented colleges in the country.

The president’s Honor Roll reviews several factors, including the number of students active in community service and volunteering; the amount of hours they volunteer; and three projects for which the school is especially proud.  Schools then have to calculate the impact of their community service.

A large number of Simpson’s student population takes part in community service.

“In some way, shape or form most students take part in community service, whether it’s with RLC (Religious Life Community), Greek life, classes or athletic teams,” Neve said.

Simpson also provides a number of ways for students to perform community service, including First Year Day, Campus Day, RLC service sites and a Habitat for Humanity chapter.  The three big service projects that Simpson highlights are the Alternative Fall and Spring Break, tutoring and student teaching services provided by the education department, and SARA (Sexual Assault Response Advocates).

With a large number of students serving and number of different ways for them to volunteer, Simpson totaled 44,726 hours for the 2010-2011 school year.

Neve said she is proud that Simpson has been recognized on the Honor Roll.

“By receiving this award it helps show the impact we’ve had on the community,” she said. “It also helps tell the story of service at the school and helps market the community service programs.”

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