HATTIESBURG, MS. (WDAM) - This year Southern Miss learned they were in selective company when it comes to a focus on community service work.
The university is one of over a hundred schools nationally that were given the Carnegie Foundation's Community Engagement Classification for 2010. Southern Miss's work with volunteerism began twenty years ago and has evolved into the Office of Community Service Learning. That department helps students with volunteer work and educates faculty members on how they can incorporate service learning into their classes.
Dick Conville is the faculty liaison at Southern Miss for the Office of Community Service Learning. He said the classification puts Southern Miss in a whole new league when it comes to civic engagement.
According to Conville, "It's a tribute to something that started here twenty years ago with a humble student volunteer office and has grown and grown and grown into this office. In which last year logged over 40-thousand hours of student volunteer service."
Since 2006, Conville says a total of three hundred eleven universities have received the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification.