Mercer honored with federal designation for service

Mercer University received the highest federal recognition for community engagement, announced Monday by the Corporation for National and Community Service. Mercer was named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for 2008.

“This award confirms Mercer’s deep commitment to community engagement. It was difficult to select only a few projects for our President’s Honor Roll application because Mercer faculty and students are so involved in community outreach,” said Mary Alice Morgan, Mercer’s senior vice provost for service-learning. “From individual students working on a Habitat for Humanity house to Mercer’s international outreach through Mercer On Mission, the university models what it means to be a good citizen.”

It marks the second time Mercer has earned the honor. It was also named to the first honor roll in 2006.

Mercer students amassed more than 103,000 hours of community service last year, an average of about 14 hours per student.