The College of New Rochelle Named to President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for Fifth Straight Year

12 January 2015
The College of New Rochelle Named to President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for Fifth Straight Year

The College of New Rochelle Named to President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for Fifth Straight Year
New Rochelle, NY, January 9, 2014- NEW ROCHELLE, NY—For the fifth year in a row, The College of New Rochelle (CNR) has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. Over 3,300 CNR students completed 171,760 hours of service in the 2012-2013 academic year, the year for which the recognition is received. The Honor Roll is the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement. 
Launched in 2006, the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll annually highlights the role colleges and universities play in solving community problems and placing more students on a lifelong path of civic engagement by recognizing institutions of higher education that support exemplary community service programs and raise the visibility of effective practices in campus community partnerships.  
Director of Campus Ministry Dr. Helen Wolf remarked, “Students at CNR are regularly engaged in service activities through curricular, co-curricular, and extra-curricular experiences that value service to society and self.  They live the mission of the College, Serviam, ‘I will serve.’ I am inspired by them as they commit themselves to service, especially to the marginalized and disenfranchised.”
The College of New Rochelle was recognized for three specific programs.
·         Sonia Kovalevsky Math Day for High School Girls: This event was coordinated by twelve School of Arts & Sciences’ Math Department students who collaborated with the Association for Women in Mathematics to host female high school students from three New York City high schools: St. Catherine Academy, the Academy of Mount Saint Ursula, and the Bronx Academy. CNR students hosted sessions and conducted seminars, assisted by faculty, adjunct faculty and staff members. Math Day activities included speakers, seminars, math contests, a career panel, and in-service instruction on the use of graphing calculators. Session topics included polynomials, variables, dividends, and decimals as they relate to cryptography, blood spatter analysis, chemistry, and graph theory.
·         CNR Children’s Summer Program: Thirteen Graduate School (GS) students from The College of New Rochelle facilitated two summer enrichment programs in collaboration with the Ward School (K-6) of New Rochelle, NY for children ages 3 to 8 during CNR’s Summer Session II semester.  The day for 6- to 8-year olds mirrored a typical classroom schedule with daily lessons taught in literacy, math, social studies, science/nature, creative arts, and music and movement. Students worked on skills in reading comprehension, listening, solving data collection through graphing, using graphic organizers, and also enjoyed nature walks, themed art projects, and sing-along games.
·         Dominican Republic Art Therapy Service Trip:  During last year’s March spring break, fifteen Graduate School art therapy students traveled to La Romana in the Dominican Republic in conjunction with the FUCPE project (a Spanish acronym for Foundation to Project Growth and Hope in the Community). During their stay, the CNR graduate students conducted art therapy groups for children and parents, to bring new techniques and a fresh perspective that would benefit teachers and families of the economically impoverished community in meaningful ways. While the children were engaged with breakfast and art, a professional nutritionist presented daily nutrition workshops. The community received approximately 900 pounds of donated items brought by the CNR team including art materials, educational supplies, clothing, and personal hygiene items – all made possible through fundraising efforts of the students.
In addition, CNR students annually participate in numerous service activities. Among them are conducting Midnight Runs to New York City to help the homeless, serving meals at HOPE Soup Kitchen, teaching ESL at the Adult Learning Center, and volunteering with seniors in assisted living programs in New Rochelle.  The College’s yearly Advent celebration incorporated collections for women’s shelters and social service agencies.   Student leaders incorporated a day of service into their August training session, taking time to help out at soup kitchens and social service agencies. CNR’s student clubs and athletic teams fed the homeless, tutored children, held drives for needed items, and fundraised for breast cancer and domestic violence advocacy groups. Campus Ministry student interns facilitated a yearly College-wide community service day, collections of needed items, and social justice programming. During last year’s spring break 2013, students and faculty worked on continuing recovery efforts for victims of Hurricane Sandy in Brooklyn and Staten Island. 
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The first Catholic college for women in New York State, The College of New Rochelle was founded in 1904 by the Ursuline Order.  Today, it comprises the all-women School of Arts & Sciences, and three schools which admit women and men: the School of New Resources (for adult learners), the School of Nursing and the Graduate School.  The main campus of the College is located in lower Westchester County, 16 miles north of New York City.  The College maintains five other campus locations in New York City for the School of New Resources in Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Manhattan.  Visit the College’s website at