Etcetera - 04/11/12

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The federal Corporation for National and Community Service named Whitman College to the 2012 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the sixth time.

The annually compiled honor roll recognizes colleges and universities for "exemplary, innovative, and effective community service programs," according to its website.

Whitman's community service coordinator Kelsie Butts, Class of 2011, said three programs in particular helped Whitman stand out: Its Mentor Program, the college's largest volunteer outreach effort; College Coaches, which pairs Whitman students with Walla Walla High School students; and this year's pilot civil rights teaching initiative, Whitman Teaches the Movement.

"Our students work hard to be actively engaged in the community and are always seeking ways to improve our outreach to the Walla Walla Valley," Kelsie said in a release. "It's nice when they can be nationally recognized for the many ways they give back."

Kelsie said 450 Whitman students engage in at least 20 hours of community service each semester, tallying 18,000 hours annually.

Launched in 2006, the Community Service Honor Roll is the highest federal recognition a school can achieve for its commitment to service-learning and civic engagement. Honorees are selected based on a number of factors, including scope and innovation of service projects, percentage of student participation, incentives for service and the extent to which the school offers academic service-learning courses.

Unclear details from a secondary source led to inaccurate reporting in a column item Sunday about former Walla Wallan Amy Wilkinson. She graduated from eighth grade at Rogers Elementary in 1996 and from Walla Walla University in 2004. "If only I'd graduated middle school in 2004 -- I'd still be 20 years old," she joked.

Mallory Livingston, a first-year honor student at Eastern Oregon University in La Grande, nominated Norbert Rossi for an Inspirational Teacher Award.

Mallory and 10 other students named 11 educators from Oregon, New Mexico, Washington, California and Nevada for the honor.

Students who maintained dean's list standing during fall term could nominate a teacher who influenced them on their road to higher education and academic excellence.

EOU presents the awards annually in recognition of outstanding teachers who encourage and represent the importance of higher education to their students.

Norb is director of choirs at Walla Walla High School where Mallory graduated in 2011. She is the daughter of Paula and Jeff Livingston.

Contact Annie Charnley Eveland at 526-8313.

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