Pepperdine University was recently named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for 2013 by the Corporation for National and Community Service.
The annual recognition program, launched in 2006, 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 that achieve meaningful, measureable outcomes in the communities they serve. It celebrates the work of students, faculty, staff, and alumni who support local communities through service. Honorees are chosen based on a series of selection factors including scope and innovation of service projects, percentage of student participation in service activities, incentives for service, and the extent to which the school offers academic service-learning courses.
"This recognition illustrates that our mission of preparing students for lives of purpose, service, and leadership moves beyond being just words, to finding expression in concrete acts of service and care for our community," says Brad Dudley, associate dean of students for Career Services & Civic Engagement at Seaver College.
Pepperdine has amped up its commitment to service in recent years under President Andrew Benton's leadership, particularly with the founding of the Waves of Service movement, which celebrates, supports, and connects Pepperdine alumni committed to volunteerism and careers of service worldwide. The vision of Waves of Service is to become the world's most active alumni service movement.
Current students also contribute to Pepperdine's vision of service through volunteer efforts hosted by the graduate schools and the Pepperdine Volunteer Center, including long-term commitments to local community needs, like the 100 Jumpstart Corps members who serve in local preschools, as well as special events such as Step Forward Day and the spring break group efforts of Project Serve.