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Notre Dame of Maryland University Named to President’s Community Service Honor Roll

December 9, 2014

Notre Dame of Maryland University has been named to the 2014 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll in recognition of its community outreach partnerships, which resulted in more than 104,000 donated service and service learning hours in the 2013-2014 academic year, the equivalent of $2.3 million.

Administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service, the annual President’s Honor Roll recognizes colleges and universities for exemplary, innovative and effective community service programs. Honorees are chosen based on a series of selection factors including scope and innovation of service projects, percentage of student participation in service activities, incentives for service, and the extent to which the school offers academic service-learning courses.

“I am so proud of our students, faculty and staff for this recognition of their service,” said President Marylou Yam, Ph.D. “This is a legacy handed down to us by the School Sisters of Notre Dame, who founded this university 120 years ago to educate women and men as leaders to transform the world. This tradition of service continues today in all four of our schools: Arts and Sciences, Education, Nursing and Pharmacy.”

Notre Dame was one of 765 other U.S. colleges and universities included on the 2014 list of honorees.

“As a community, we are highly engaged in the greater Baltimore community and abroad and this honor highlights all the phenomenal service and civic engagement that is woven through the fabric of Notre Dame,” said Melissa Lees, director of campus ministry and service. “Service is not simply something we say we do, but being named to the Presidents Honor Roll shows is who we are at our core.” 

In the academic year recognized by the President’s Honor Roll, nearly half of all Notre Dame students participated in service at least once. During the fall of 2013, first-year students alone completed 1,023 service hours and 29 service projects at 12 sites, including outreach programs such as My Sister’s Place, Beans & Bread and Our Daily Bread. For the past two years, the entire freshman class participated in Project Homeless Connect, a project of United Way of Central Maryland in which hundreds of volunteers help register underserved people for a variety of services at a one-day event at the Baltimore Convention Center.

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Notre Dame of Maryland University was founded 120 years ago by the School Sisters of Notre Dame. Based on the progressive vision that education can transform the world, we prepare compassionate leaders who change lives. Visit our website, ndm.edu, for more information.