Point University Earns Place on National Honor Roll for Community Service
Publication date: March 14, 2013
Point University was named to the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. This designation is the highest honor a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement. The University was one of 14 institutions in Georgia given the distinction this year.
“Point University is committed to the idea that every believer is a minister,” said Wye Huxford, Vice President for Spiritual Formation at the University. “We also are intentional when it comes to the idea that an important part of any education that includes biblical studies must be the expression of what we believe. The most obvious sign of our commitment to Christ is our service to others.”
Point University’s service to the community includes a large number of individual and small group projects, including internships in locations ranging from a local hospice to a village in Africa; volunteering at local nursing homes and Christian summer camps; and a campus-wide recycling effort led by student volunteers. The University also requires each student to complete a significant cross-cultural experience before graduation, which often includes a community service component.
Most notable, however, are the University’s semiannual ministry days. Each semester, a day is set aside for the entire campus community to serve the community together. Classes are cancelled and offices are closed while faculty, staff and students spend the day working together on a variety of projects. Locations and organizations that students, faculty and staff have served through ministry days include the Atlanta Mission in inner-city Atlanta, Circle of Care Center for Families and Boys and Girls Club of America in the Greater Valley Area, Woodland Christian Camp in north Georgia, Friends of Disabled Adults and Children (FODAC) in Stone Mountain, as well as other organizations and independent projects, such as picking up litter and cleaning up local nature trails.
“Recognition by CNCS by being included among colleges and universities whose community service is outstanding only confirms what I already know,” Huxford stated. “Point University is committed to serving the world in the name of Christ. This recognition makes me grateful that I am privileged to be a part of such a committed group of believers.”
More information about the Point University’s community service efforts can be found at point.edu. More information on eligibility and the full list of Honor Roll awardees can be found at nationalservice.gov.
-Weslynn Biggers, Communications Specialist