Six A-Sun Members Earn Membership to Presidential Community Service Honor Roll

Friday, March 23, 2012

MACON, Ga. – Six Atlantic Sun Conference member institutions were named to the 2012 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) and the U.S. Department of Education recently honored the nation’s leading colleges and universities as well as students, faculty and staff for their commitment to bettering their communities through community service and service learning. Approximately 640 schools were named to the Honor Roll.

The 2012 A-Sun honorees include Belmont University and Florida Gulf Coast University – who were named to the list with distinction – along with East Tennessee State University, Lipscomb University, University of North Florida and Stetson University. At least one member of the A-Sun has earned membership with distinction every year since the Honor Roll was created in 2006. Stetson has enjoyed membership to the Honor Roll in each of its six years of existence.

This year marks the second time that six A-Sun schools have been selected in the brief history of the honor. That number also places the A-Sun among the top half of Division I conferences recognized, as a total of 12 out of 31 conferences had six or more schools on the Honor Roll.

Below are the A-Sun schools that have historically enjoyed membership to the Honor Roll.

2006-07: Stetson*, ETSU, Mercer

2007-08: Stetson*, FGCU, Belmont, ETSU, Lipscomb

2008-09: Stetson*, ETSU*, Lipscomb*, FGCU, Mercer, Belmont

2009-10: Stetson*, Kennesaw State, Belmont, ETSU, Lipscomb

2010-11: FGCU*, Belmont*, Stetson, Kennesaw State, ETSU

*Honor Roll with Distinction

The 2012 Honor Roll recipients were announced at the American Council on Education’s 94th Annual Meeting Ahead of the Curve on March 12, 2012, in Los Angeles, CA. Four levels exist for honorees: Five Presidential Awardees, 14 Honor Roll Finalists, the Honor Roll with Distinction and the full Honor Roll.

The President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll annually highlights the role colleges and universities play in solving community problems and placing more students on a lifelong path of civic engagement by recognizing institutions that achieve meaningful, measurable outcomes in the communities they serve.

The Atlantic Sun Conference is an NCAA Division I league with 10 member institutions committed to Building Winners for Life. The A-Sun meets the challenge of maintaining the highest standards in academic and athletic achievement with a true balance between student and athlete. Headquartered in Macon, Ga., the A-Sun boasts six of the top eight media markets in the Southeast. The A-Sun includes a blend of the most prestigious and dynamic private and public institutions in the region: Belmont University, East Tennessee State University, Florida Gulf Coast University, Jacksonville University, Kennesaw State University, Lipscomb University, Mercer University, University of North Florida, University of South Carolina Upstate and Stetson University. Northern Kentucky University will become the A-Sun’s newest member on July 1, 2012.