Susquehanna University: Top Community Service School
It’s impressive when one college community aims to log 10,000 service hours in a single month. It’s even more impressive when they exceed that goal by over 7,000 hours. SU SERVE takes place every year during the month of April and finds Susquehanna students, alumni, faculty, staff, parents and friends pledging their time to volunteering around the world. Some engage in specific efforts organized by alumni both in Selinsgrove and throughout the United States, and still others offer up volunteer hours of their own choosing. What’s the secret to their impressive results? According to Becky Deitrick, director of alumni relations, it’s this: Susquehannans are already active in service anyway.
“We knew going into this that alumni were already leading lives of service,” she says. “They carried that tradition forward. They could participate from wherever they live and work. Most continued on with the service projects they would have done anyway in their own communities.”
Long-running efforts such as SU SERVE, along with a host of local and global service-learning programs, have earned Susquehanna consistent national recognition for its dedication to community service, including from four of the past five U.S. presidents.
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