Allen College Receives National Recognition for Community Service

May 27, 2011

WATERLOO, Iowa — Allen College has been admitted to the 2010 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with distinction for its strong institutional commitment to service and compelling campus-community partnerships that produce measurable results for the community. This marks the second consecutive year Allen College has been honored; last year the College was admitted to the 2009 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. 

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), 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. 

“Congratulations to Allen College and its students for their dedication to service and commitment to improving their local communities,” said Patrick A. Corvington, CEO of CNCS. 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.” 

“We are so proud of the service our generous and caring students have provided to the Cedar Valley,” said Allen College chancellor Dr. Jerry Durham. “Most of our undergraduate nursing students and many of our health science students at Allen College have volunteered their time, energy and expertise to better our community.” 

The award was based on the service hours and activities performed during the 2009-2010 academic school year. During that academic year, 273 of the 477 enrolled students were engaged in community service activities for a total of 3,221 hours. Allen College submitted three community service projects for award consideration. They included the Partnering with Junior Achievement through Learning and Serving, the ACE-SAP (Allen Community Engagement-Salvation Army Program) Free Clinic and the Matter of Balance Program for the Aging Adult affiliated with Hawkeye Valley Area Agency on Aging. 

In addition, Allen College has established 20 community partners for the 2009-2010 school year. These partners are the focus of service-learning and service projects developed by Allen College students. Partners include: Cedar Valley Support Services: Beyond Pink Team; Carver Washington Academy; Walter Cunningham School of Excellence, Hawkeye Valley Area Agency on Aging; Salvation Army; Habitat for Humanity; Family and Children’s Council, Alternatives Pregnancy Center; Seeds for the Fatherless; UNICUE’s Talent Search; Iowa State Extension, Strengthening Families and Lego League; AHEC Nurse Day Camp; Boys and Girls Club; Hawkeye Valley Agency on Aging; Buchanan County Public Health Dept.; ACE-SAP Clinic; Junior Achievement of Eastern Iowa; Northeast Iowa Food Bank; and Character Counts: Young Leaders of Character. 

A total of 851 institutions applied for the 2010 Honor Roll, a nine percent increase over last year, a sign of the growing interest by colleges and universities in highlighting their efforts to engage students in making a difference in the community. 

On campuses across the country, millions of college students are engaged in innovative projects to meet local needs, often using the skills learned in classrooms.  In 2009, 3.2 million college students dedicated more than 307 million hours of service to communities across the country, service valued at more than $6.4 billion. Business and law students offer tax preparation and legal services, and college student volunteers provide meals, create parks, rebuild homes after disasters, conduct job training, run senior service programs, and much more. 

CNCS is a strong partner with the nation’s colleges and universities in supporting community service and service-learning.  Last year, CNCS provided more than $215 million in support to institutions of higher education, including grants to operate service programs and the Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards for college tuition and student loan repayment.  CNCS is a catalyst for service-learning programs nationwide that connect community service with academic curricula. Through these programs, in classes, and in extracurricular activities, college students serve their communities while strengthening their academic and civic skills. 

CNCS oversees the Honor Roll in collaboration with the U.S. Departments of Education and Housing and Urban Development, Campus Compact, and the American Council on Education. Honorees are chosen based on a series of selection factors, including the scope and innovation of service projects, the extent to which service-learning is embedded in the curriculum, the school’s commitment to long-term campus-community partnerships, and measurable community outcomes as a result of the service. For a full list of recipients and descriptions of their service, visit

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) is a federal agency that engages more than five million Americans in service through its Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and Learn and Serve America programs, and leads President Barack Obama’s national call to service initiative, United We Serve. For more information, visit

Allen College has offered nursing education since 1925 and became a degree-granting institution in 1989. Allen College offers Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN); Master of Science in Nursing (MSN); Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP); Associate of Science in Radiography (ASR); and Bachelor of Health Sciences (BHS) programs. For more information on Allen College, call 319-226-2000 or visit


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