Since the beginning of the Office of Community Service Learning in 1991, the University of Redlands has embedded service into the student experience. More recently, these endeavors were recognized nationally.
The University of Redlands has been repeatedly named as an institution “with distinction” for outstanding programs in disaster relief and service to children, also being named one of the first 64 institutions in the country to receive the Carnegie classification for both service learning and community partnerships.
For the fifth consecutive year the University has been placed on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with distinction. This year’s distinction recognized the University in the area of providing access to college. The University offers various programs such as CHAMPS (College, High School, Alliance, Mentoring, Program and Service), Big Buddies, REACH (Read, Empower, Attain, Create and Hope), Jasper’s Corner Homework Club, and a variety of additional tutoring outlets.
Outstanding Student Organizations in Service 2011-2012
Outstanding Organization in Community Service: Congratulations WRW for going above and beyond the call of service by dedicating time as mentors and role models to programs such as REACH, Juvenile Hall, Micah House, Franklin Elementary School, and the Stillman House. WRW has continued to embrace strong relationships with some of our community partners in Redlands such as Redlands Day Nursery and Redlands Family Services.
Outstanding Fraternity in Community Service: Congratulations Chi Rho Psi for participating in over 1,000 hours of community service during the year, working with programs both on and off campus such as Big Buddies, CHAMPS, "Movember", The Boys and Girls Club of Redlands, and Mustard Seed Tutoring Center. Chi Rho Psi was one of the first organizations to develop a community garden plot with intentions to feed the hungry, another reminder of their dedication to service.
Outstanding Sorority in Community Service: Congratulations Beta Lambda for their continued commitment to service. The women of Beta Lambda have participated in over 1,000 hours of community service this year working on campus with programs such as Big Buddies, Orientation Mentors, and as role models to our local youth in CHAMPS. Beta Lambda has also served off campus through projects such as the Sylvan Rose Garden, beach cleanups, and they have built a lasting relationship with Childhelp USA.
ASUR President's Sustainable Service Award: Congratulations RYG for receiving this award. The President's Sustainable Service Award is awarded by the Office of CSL to an organization that has established a close partnership with a non-profit organization. The award gives $1000, half of it going to the organization and the other half doing to their non-profit. RYG over the year dedicated over 200 hours to the Stillman Transitional Home. RYG dedicated every Sunday to the young men at the Stillman House, taking them to various locations to play sports, games, or engage them in team building activities. RYG has been working in the Stillman House for several years now and continues to maintain and develop their partnership with the organization.
Outstanding Student and Campus Service Awards
Ann S. Lucas Community Service Summer Internship Program
The Ann S. Lucas Community Service Summer Internship Program encourages Redland's students to pursue outreach work with children in urban areas during summer months. A stipend of up to $3,000 is awarded to a student completing service at an agency serving under-served and under-represented children within any urban area in the United States. The 2012 recipients were Stephanie Byers who served locally in Redlands at Micah House and Carla Griego who served in New Mexico at the Albuquerque Christian Childen's Home.
The 2013 applications can be picked up in the community Service Leaning office and will be reviewed in February.
Taylor Family Community Service Award
This award honors students who have made service a constant in their lives. The recipient embraces the spirit and art of service through involvement in civic duties such as fundraising, volunteer work, service membership, and leadership by involving others in service. The 2011-2012 award recipient was Britney Lovell.
Frank J. Rice Memorial Service Award
Honoring the late Frank J. Rice, University of Redlands alumnus and founder of the Los Angeles Men’s place (LAMP), a shelter housing mentally ill men and women on Skid Row in downtown Los Angeles, this award has been presented for the past thirteen years. The recipients are University employees who best exemplify the vision of Mr. Rice by embracing the spirit of giving throughout the year. Past recipients have been:
2012 – Catherine Walkor
2011 – Eugene Jackson
2010 – Kathie Jenni and Lawry Finsen
2009 - Dr. Chris Walker
2008 - Les Canterbury
2007 - Dr. James Appleton and Nadean Davidson
2006 - Jeff and Susan Martinez
We invite you to nominate a University colleague for the 2012 Frank J. Rice Award.
2007 Presidential Award
In 2007, the University of Redlands was selected as one of three institutions in the country to receive the President’s Award for Service to Children from Disadvantaged Circumstances by the Corporation of National and Community Service in Washington D.C. The award recognized the efforts of student organizations doing outreach service for children in marginalized neighborhoods as well as the universities efforts in creating mentoring and tutoring programs. Redlands was selected from over 500 institutions. .
Redlands has become one of only four other colleges to have received this honor while also winning the President’s Award for Outstanding Service. Redlands has embraced the methodology of service learning and engagement as a mutually beneficial model of civic responsibility that encourages lifelong civic engagement, strengthening communities for the common good.