Wingate receives national recognition

Wingate, NC – For the second consecutive year, Wingate University has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.

The Honor Roll, sponsored by the Corporation for National and Community Service, is the highest federal recognition a school can achieve for its commitment to service-learning and civic engagement. Honorees are chosen based on 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.

Wingate was one of 26 institutions in North Carolina listed as an Honor Roll member.

This year, Wingate students volunteered more than 5,000 hours of community service helping with such projects as Habitat for Humanity, a local Halloween Carnival, Social Justice Sewing group, an alternative spring break and working with relief teams in Haiti.

For the fall semester of 2009, 407 Wingate University students, faculty and staff accumulated 1,662.75 community service hours impacting 21 community agencies and 1,195 clients.

Wingate’s freshmen class accumulated over 1,500 hours in the construction and development of homes with Habitat for Humanity. This spring some 45 students, five faculty and staff members spent their spring break serving others in Washington, D.C., Florida and Tennessee.

Also, after the earthquake struck Haiti, a group of second-year physician assistant (PA) students, accompanied by PA Medical Director Dr. Roy Blank, responded by offering medical relief and supplies. The group joined a team of surgeons, nurses and practicing physician assistants on a week-long journey to the country.

“In this time of economic distress we need volunteers more than ever,” said Stephen Goldsmith, vice chair of the Board of Directors of the Corporation for National and Community Service. “College students represent an enormous pool of idealism and energy to help tackle some of our toughest challenges. We salute Wingate University for making community service a campus priority, and thank the millions of college students who are helping to renew America through service to others.”

Recent studies have underlined the importance of service-learning and volunteering to college students. In 2006, 2.8 million college students gave more than 297 million hours of volunteer service, according to the Corporation’s Volunteering in America 2007 study. Expanding campus incentives for service is part of a larger initiative to spur higher levels of volunteering by America’s college students.

Founded in 1896, Wingate University is a private four-year co-educational institution of 2,159 students offering active learning opportunities through personalized instruction, world travel, career discovery, and community service.

Wingate offers 34 undergraduate majors in arts and sciences, business, communication, education, fine arts, music, and sport sciences. It also offers graduate degrees in accounting, business, education, physician assistant studies and sport administration. In addition, the school awards the Doctor of Pharmacy and the Doctor of Education degrees.

Bulldog student-athletes compete in 19 NCAA Division II sports. Wingate University has won the South Atlantic Conference Echols Athletic Excellence Award for the past three years.

Jennifer Gaskins
Director of Marketing & Communication
Wingate University