For the third year in a row, College of Saint Mary’s has made the U.S. President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction, as recognized by the Corporation for National and Community Service.
College of Saint Mary has been on the Honor Roll every year since 2008. There are three categories of recognition, including Honor Roll, Honor Roll with Distinction and Presidential Awardees.
College of Saint Mary is the only Catholic and private university in Nebraska to be listed on the Honor Roll “with distinction” in 2013.
· CSM students, from Spring 2012 to Spring 2013, provided 18,786 hours of service impacting 125 communities
· Thirty-nine different courses, involving an average of 555 students, have a service learning component
· “Spirit of Service” seeks to foster taking hold in class and spreading across campus and into the community
The Spirituality & Peacebuilding class sent six students to El Paso during this past week's spring break. Students learned about nonviolent ways of dealing with conflicts, such as conflict mediation, restorative justice and nonviolent resistance.
The trip then focuses on traveling to the border of the United States and Mexico to learn more about immigration and border issues and the violence that is currently so prevalent in Mexico and other parts of Central and South America.
Students learned about the living experiences of immigrants, how the judicial and legislative systems are responding to them and what nonprofits along the border are doing to help them. It was a trip about consciousness raising in relation to these issues.
Additionally, a group of nine CSM students through Campus Ministry went during spring break to Flagtap, Kentucky for their Workfest Alternative Spring Break, working deep in the poverty-stricken Appalachian region.
They were working on homes in Kentucky by building new and repairing existing ones. Projects the students partook in included roofing, hanging drywall, flooring, painting, siding, window replacement, insulation, underpinning and new home construction.
Each spring as a community, College of Saint Mary staff, students and faculty gather together for a Spirit of Service Day. Now in its 16th year, Spirit of Service Day, scheduled for April 11th impacts between 30-40 organizations whose focus is primarily women and children.