Guam – Guam Community College students’ community service efforts have landed GCC a spot on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the third consecutive year.
The 2012 Honor Roll, issued by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), recognizes higher education institutions for their support of volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement. GCC was also admitted to the 2010 and 2011 Honor Rolls for engaging its students, faculty and staff in service learning projects that made a difference in the island community.
“Our students, led by the outstanding faculty here at GCC, continually amaze us with their commitment to these service learning projects,” said Dr. Mary Okada, GCC president. “They are always eager to apply the skills they learn in the classroom to activities that benefit the community.”
[From left: Etsuko Haga, GCC Japan Club student; Doreen J. Blas, advisor; students Yoko Oguma and Marydel Abrincia; Minako Tenorio of the Japan Club of Guam; and advisors Frank Blas and Catherine Leon Guerrero display the GCC Japan CLUB’s (Customs, Language, Understanding, Beliefs) monetary donation of $861 to the Japan Club of Guam for Japan disaster relief last March]
GCC service learning project highlights included recycling efforts conducted by GCC’s Ecowarriors that resulted in nearly 300 pounds of aluminum and plastics being kept out of Guam’s landfill after the Liberation Day Parade; the Japan CLUB and Criminal Justice Department raising nearly $1,000 for victims of the Japan earthquake/tsunami disaster; and Visual Communications students creating posters, brochures and web testimonial videos for the Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Guam program.
“I’m really proud of all of our students,” said Wes Gima, Visual Communications adjunct instructor and GCC program specialist. “The students involved in the Big Brothers Big Sisters project maintained a professional demeanor, were mindful of the project deadlines, and the materials they created exceeded all expectations — they were both culturally relevant and very polished,” he said.
During Academic Year 2010-2011 (the period covering the 2012 Honor Roll), GCC’s faculty engaged 538 GCC students in 51 service learning projects. This student number represents approximately 22 percent of GCC’s student population.
“Through service, these institutions are creating the next generation of leaders by challenging students to tackle tough issues and create positive impacts in the community,” said Robert Velasco, acting CNCS CEO. “We applaud the Honor Roll schools, their faculty and students for their commitment to make service a priority in and out of the classroom. Together, service and learning increase civic engagement while fostering social innovation among students, empowering them to solve challenges within their communities.”
Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll honorees are chosen based on a series of selection factors, including the 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-community partnerships, and measurable community outcomes as a result of the service.
For a full list of recipients, visit www.NationalService.gov/HonorRoll.
Honor Roll Effort
. The Japan Club, together with the Criminal Justice and Social Science Department, collected donations from the campus community for 3 weeks following the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. Their efforts were among the many service learning projects at the College that landed GCC on the 2012 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.
Big Brother Big Sister Guam poster created by GCC VisCom students as part of a service learning project.