President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll Application Submitted


rivercleanKeene State College students contributed  119,559 hours of service during the 2014-15 academic year. The total hours include student community service work, service-based trips, service learning courses, clinical hours, and some internships that meet the criteria for community service. This year, as directed by the Corporation for National and Community Service, nursing students’ and other clinical placement hours were added to the count for academic service-learning. The total number of students who engaged in  community service of any kind was 1714 students.

In this year’s application we featured three exemplary projects that occurred in 2014-15: The Alternative Break trip to the Dominican Republic working on Wine to Water; the student response and reparations to the riots during the Pumpkin Festival; and our Architecture students’ service-learning project designing a new Recreational Center/Senior Center for the City of Keene.

  Community Service hours Service-learning course hours Service related internship hours Clinical placement hours Total
2014-2015 11,543 35,083 42,735 30,198 119,559

In evaluating the breakdown of the numbers, we see that while our total number of students who engaged in co-curricular community service is up, the average number of hours per student is down. Students and student organizations are asked to self-report, thus it is difficult to know whether service hours were actually down, or service was simply not reported. Faculty, staff, and student organizations can help our effort by directing students to GiveGab through the KSC Community Service Office to report their community service hours  We already know that, co-curricular community service hours are up for the 2015-2016 academic year. Read more about some of our Service-learning projects.

Thanks to those whose work and guidance contributed to our completing this application: Jessica Gagne Cloutier, Vicki Warzecha, Elizabeth Nieckoski, Cathy Turrentine, Sue Castriotta and our student assistant Shannon Kane.