MARCH 28, 2008

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RSC receives national honor

Photo of Rose State College service learning coordinator with student, Stacy Swalls.
Rose State College Service Learning Coordinator pictured with student Stacy Swalls.

Rose State College has received national recognition for extraordinary contributions to community service, and was one of only 127 colleges and universities from across the United States named to the 2007 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with “Distinction.”

The Honor Roll is presented in cooperation with the Campus Compact, a national coalition of nearly 1,000 college and university presidents. It is jointly sponsored by the Corporation for National and Community Service, the Department of Education, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), USA Freedom Corps and the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation.

Rose State was the only college in the state to be listed on the Presidential Honor Roll with “Distinction” and shares the honor with such notable schools as Stanford University, Marquette University, Cornell University and the University of Norte Dame.

“The College is pleased to have our Service - Learning Program recognized. The Service Honor Roll with Distinction is a great reward for the time and effort Service - Learning Coordinator Sherri Mussatto and faculty mentors have invested. The projects have been of the highest quality and Rose State College will continue to promote and reward the students and their professors,” Rose State College President Terry Britton said.

One of the 2007 RSC projects was the beautification of the Atkinson Heritage Center. The home is the former home of the founder of Midwest City and is owned by the RSC Foundation. Students spent a total of 96 hours on the project witch included researching and looking through old photos of the original landscaping. They raised money though a silent auction to buy flowers and shrubs and then planted them. The landscaping is now fully restored to the former beauty it once held in the 1950’s.

“Educating students for citizenship and the workforce are the key responsibilities of American higher education, and these colleges and universities are doing an excellent job of fulfilling that role,” U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings said when announcing the winners of the Honor Roll.

For more information on Service-Learning at RSC, visit www.rose.edu and look under Service Learning or call Sherri Mussatto, Service Learning Coordinator at 405-733-7503.