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Emmaus Bible College Earns Place on National Honor Roll for Community Service

Dubuque, Iowa – Emmaus Bible College was named to the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. This designation is the highest honor a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement. It is the 6th consecutive year that Emmaus has received this honor.  

"Service is central to the mission of Emmaus Bible College, and we believe strongly in preparing our graduates as  servant-leaders in their churches, ministries, workplaces, and communities,” said Lisa Beatty, Vice President for Academic Affairs. “We’re honored to receive this prestigious award for the sixth consecutive year, and we owe much of it to our committed students, faculty, and staff. They put legs to their learning and serve the Dubuque and surrounding communities with energy and passion."

Every full time student at Emmaus participates in the for-credit Servant-Leader Training (SLT) program, providing a minimum of thirty hours of service each semester. Students regularly exceed this requirement, averaging forty to forty-five hours of service per student per semester in recent years. Examples of Servant-Leader Training activities include visiting retirement communities, tutoring, working in elementary classrooms, serving in prison ministries, and assisting in after-school clubs. On Service Day every fall, faculty, staff, and students work together to complete service projects in the community. Emmaus serves an average of fifteen venues annually, including the YMCA camp, local schools, the local pregnancy center, a women’s shelter, and Dubuque Leisure Services. Organizations express gratitude for the service provided by the Emmaus community and continue to request these services. Community members frequently contact Emmaus to request student assistance for service projects due to their appreciation of the services students have provided in the past.

“Congratulations to Emmaus Bible College, its faculty, and students for its commitment to service, both in and out of the classroom,” said Wendy Spencer, CEO of CNCS. “Through its work, institutions of higher education are helping improve their local communities and create a new generation of leaders by challenging students to go beyond the traditional college experience and solve local challenges.”

Inspired by the thousands of college students who traveled across the country to support relief efforts along the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina, CNCS has administered the award since 2006 and manages the program in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, as well as the American Council on Education and Campus Compact. 

More information about the Emmaus Bible College community service efforts can be found at www.emmaus.edu. More information on eligibility and the full list of Honor Roll awardees, can be found at nationalservice.gov.  

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The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll honors the nation’s leading higher education institutions and their students, faculty and staff for their commitment to bettering their communities through service. These are institutions that reflect the values of exemplary community service and achieve meaningful outcomes in their communities.