Wingate receives National Recognition for Community Service

Students volunteer at Carolina Equine Rescue and Assistance
Wingate, N.C. – As colleges across the country honor their graduates this commencement season, the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) honored Wingate University as a leader among institutions of higher education for their support of volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement. Wingate University was admitted to the 2010 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for engaging its students, faculty and staff in meaningful service that achieves measurable results in the community. This is the third year in a row that the University has received this honor.

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.

Wingate students logged more than 15,000 hours of community service and raised over $14,000 in 2010. This year's honor is based on several projects including volunteering at Carolina Equine Rescue & Assistance, a horse rescue farm in Union County. Students raised awareness during Hunger and Homelessness Week by working at a community shelter in Monroe, organizing a food pantry and serving meals.

Alternative spring break opportunities enabled student volunteers to help the homeless in Washington, D.C., work with Habitat for Humanity in Ocala, Fla., assist a food bank in Charleston, S.C. and work with children in Palmetto, Ga. A Social Justice Sewing Group met weekly for various sewing projects to benefit the community, like Christmas stockings, mini felt stuffed animals and puppets.
"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 Wingate University 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.”

Wingate University
Founded in 1896, Wingate University is a private comprehensive university with more than 2,300 students on two campuses in Wingate and Matthews, North Carolina. The University offers 34 undergraduate majors, 37 minors and career concentrations, numerous pre-professional programs, graduate degrees in business, accounting, physician assistant studies and sports administration, and doctorates in pharmacy and education.

Wingate students gain the tools and support they need to excel in academics and apply that learning toward an extraordinary career and life. The campus community offers in-class learning, out-of-class experiences, strong mentors, a competitive yet caring environment and rewarding community service opportunities for a complete educational experience.

Wingate student athletes compete in 19 NCAA Division II sports, and the University has won the South Atlantic Echols Athletic Excellence Award for the past five years.

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