OVU honored for community service

VIENNA – Ohio Valley University is well known in the area for its community service, but now the university is receiving recognition on a national level.

The Corporation for National and Community Service recently named OVU to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for 2013. This is OVU’s second consecutive year on the list. The Honor Roll highlights colleges and universities that reflect the values of exemplary community service and achieve meaningful outcomes in their communities.

The honorees are selected based on several criteria, including scope and innovation of service projects, the extent to which service-learning is embedded in the curriculum, the school’s commitment to long-term campus and community partnerships, and measurable community outcomes as a result of the service.

“It is a great honor to be recognized for community service at Ohio Valley University, as community service is the very heart of our mission,” Kathy Muller, OVU dean of student success, said.

The Office of Student Success at OVU helps organize and implement many of the opportunities for community service. Some of these activities include American Red Cross Blood Drives, Relay for Life, service days throughout the community, working at the Salvation Army, visiting nursing homes and working to improve area parks.

“We are so proud of the staff of the Office of Student Success for their dedication to seeking and finding opportunities for OVU students to fulfill the mission goal of ‘service to God and humanity’ and creating avenues for and encouraging students to pursue these opportunities. They are transforming lives,” said Jim Bullock, OVU vice president for academic affairs.