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Golden opportunity for service

June 15, 2010

The traditions of community service run deep at Chapman. Now there’s another way to acknowledge all that good work.

The Department of Student & Campus Life has become a certifying organization for the prestigious President’s Volunteer Service Award, a national program that recognizes outstanding commitments to volunteer service.

The department applied for certification as a means of further honoring the many service hours contributed by Chapman students, faculty, staff and families, said Chris Hutchison, director of student civic engagement.

“It’s a way to recognize, appreciate and thank those who do volunteer community service,” Hutchison said.

There are four categories and three levels of the award, varying by age and hours served within a 12-month period. Chapman’s reporting period is May 1 through April 30 – so remember to count your summer service! Categories include Kids, 14 and younger; Young Adults, 15 to 25; Adults, 26 and up; and Families and Groups. Levels include bronze, silver and gold. Visit the program website to learn more about the program and how to submit hours.

Submitted hours will also count toward Give a Little Bit, a campaign to log 150,000 service hours to celebrate Chapman University’s 150th anniversary in 2011.

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