The Daily New Rochelle: The College of New Rochelle Gets Presidential Award

The Daily New Rochelle
June 7, 2011
By James Plunkett

For the second year in a row, the College of New Rochelle was named to the 2010 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for its commitment to volunteering, civic engagement, and service-learning.

Three of the school’s programs were recognized - Innovation in Early Childhood Education, where the college partnered with a local elementary school to work on an intervention program, the Wellness Coaches Program, which sponsors student leaders to educate peers and the Summer Learning Project, which was a partnership with The Ward School.

The award was first administered in 2006. Since then, 511 colleges and universities have been named to the Presidential Community Service Honor Roll.

The College of New Rochelle has also worked with other local agencies that support the community. Students work with Midnight Runs to New York City to improve the life of the homeless. They have also served meals at HOPE soup Kitchen, worked for Habitat for Humanity of Westchester, taught English as a Second Language and helped with assisting the elderly in several senior service centers in the area.

The Corporation for National and Community Service oversees the Honor Roll with the help of the United States Department of Education and other agencies. Honorees are chosen on the basis of their scope and innovation and the extent to which service-learning is in each college’s program.

The College of New Rochelle began as the first Catholic college for women in New York. Since its founding in 1904, it has branched off into three schools that serve both men and women. The main campus is located in Westchester County and five other satellite campuses are spread throughout New York City.