Rollins-teers honored for community service

Rollinsteers do clean up work

The 365 RSPH students who took part in Rollins-teer Day last August did more than serve the Atlanta community.


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They helped Emory achieve the 2008 Presidential Award for General Community Service—the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for volunteerism, service learning, and civic engagement.

Emory is one of only three colleges and universities to earn this annual distinction from the Corporation for National and Community Service. The award also earned Emory a place on the 2008 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, recognizing U.S. colleges and universities for innovative and effective community-service and service-learning programs. In March, U.S. Congressman John Lewis cited Emory and the honor roll in the Congressional Record.

Kara Brown Robinson, assistant dean for student affairs/admissions, and Kristin Unzicker, Rollins-teer program coordinator and assistant director of international affairs/special programs, joined other Emory representatives for the award ceremony at the American Council on Education Annual Conference in Washington, D.C., in February. Both serve as liaisons to Emory’s Office of University-Community Partnerships, charged with creating a continuum of engaged scholarship and service for all students.

During 2008, Emory students completed nearly 150,000 hours of service with more than 200 community partners. As part of this effort, the Rollins-teers worked with 20 community partners and contributed 1,460 service hours to prepare meals for people living with HIV/AIDS, repair senior citizens’ homes, pack dozens of boxes of medical supplies to ship overseas to clinics, clean up streams, and more. Established in 2007, Rollins-teer Day proved so successful that it evolved into the Rollins-teer Service Learning Program so that RSPH students can provide community service throughout the academic year.

Such programs attract "students who seek an education beyond the traditional classroom setting," says Emory President James Wagner. "We are committed to providing our students with a world-class education and the opportunity to improve the human condition in myriad ways."

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