Oglethorpe awarded honor roll distinction, sets 2nd service day

For the second consecutive year, Oglethorpe University has been named to the U.S. President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for distinguished community service and for exemplary service to disadvantaged youth.

Launched in 2006, the Community Service Honor Roll is the highest federal recognition a school can achieve for service-learning and civic engagement. Schools receiving distinguished service recognition provided exceptional community service over the past year, contributing time, resources, energy, skills and intellect to serve America.

Over the past year Oglethorpe University’s Center for Civic Engagement has sponsored and organized the university’s service efforts. Currently, the center is sponsoring the second annual Day of Service on March 28, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Oglethorpe students, faculty, staff, admitted students and alumni will complete projects at the Dunwoody Nature Center and MedShare International.

At the nature center volunteers will remove invasive plant species and cut, chemically treat and plant trees. At MedShare International volunteers will help sort unused medical supplies at the Decatur warehouse.

Other projects undertaken at Oglethorpe include volunteering with PATH Academy, the Hands On Atlanta Day, Centennial Place Elementary, the Villages of East Lake, the Boys and Girls Club of Metro Atlanta and Rivers Alive. Students also helped refugees of Hurricane Katrina and ran a children’s soccer camp in Louisiana. Oglethorpe’s Center for Civic Engagement also partnered with four Atlanta Public Schools.

The Honor Roll is jointly sponsored by the Corporation for National and Community Service, the Department of Education, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, USA Freedom Corps and the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation.

Oglethorpe’s Center for Civic Engagement is an initiative to integrate classroom learning with experiences throughout Atlanta, supporting the community while strengthening the university’s academic offerings.

AGS teachers earn service awards

Two Atlanta Girls’ School (AGS) teachers, Bradley Cartwright and Kerry Smith, have received the 2008 Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Service Award from the Rollins School of Public Health and the Goizueta Business School of Emory University.

The award recognizes members of the community who raise awareness of social injustice, speak on behalf of justice, celebrate diversity and impel action in building a better future for all mankind. Cartwright and Smith jointly received the award in the “Innovation for Change” category. The “Innovation for Change” award specifically recognizes individuals that apply innovation and creativity to address societal issues.

Cartwright currently teaches world studies at AGS. Smith currently teaches history at AGS.