Truman Included on 2008 President’s Honor Roll

Truman has been included on the 2008 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, released earlier this year. Launched in 2006, the Honor Roll recognizes colleges and universities nationwide that support innovative and effective community service and service-learning progress.

In 2007 Truman received an AmeriCorps VISTA grant, which placed a VISTA (Volunteer in Service to America) Member on campus to work with faculty and students to facilitate service experiences that tie back to university-wide learning objectives.  Eugenia Siegel, the current VISTA, is stationed in The Center for Teaching and Learning as Truman’s Service-Learning Coordinator. She prepared Truman’s application for the Presidential Honor Roll, using information gathered from service-learning course projects, Service-Learning Advantage student organization initiatives, and Truman volunteer information.

The service-learning projects cited for the Honor Roll included:

•  ENVS 200: Introduction to Environmental Studies (Fall 07)
Students increased awareness of Controlled Animal Feeding Operations on campus and in the community through a series of publicized events and print materials.

•  NU 311: Human Nutrition (Spring 08)
Students wrote nutritionally balanced recipes and provided recipe books to the Food Pantry in Kirksville.

•  BIOL 444: Grassroots Environmentalism (Fall 07)
Students established a recycling program at Novinger public schools and educated elementary, middle and high school students about the importance of recycling.

•  BSAD 360: Marketing Research (Fall and Spring, 07-08)
Students conducted a local business needs assessment and provided a report of findings to area businesses.

  Beta Alpha Psi’s Volunteer Tax Assistance Program (Service-Learning Advantage, Spring 08)
Students offered voluntary tax preparation to members of the campus and Kirksville community.

The Honor Roll is a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service, and is sponsored by the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation and the U.S. Departments of Education and Housing and Urban Development, in partnership with Campus Compact and the American Council on Education.

The Corporation for National and Community Service is a federal agency that improves lives, strengthens communities and fosters civic engagement through service and volunteering. Each year, the Corporation engages four million Americans of all ages and backgrounds in service through its Senior Corps, AmeriCorps and Learn and Serve America programs.

For more information, visit  On campus, contact Eugenia Siegel ( or visit

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