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Newsweek Names Morehouse One of the Nation's Top Service-Minded Institutions

By ADD SEYMOUR JR.

(Oct. 19, 2010) -- For Richard Williams, going out into the community to serve others – be it mentoring high school students or serving food to the homeless – is not something used to pad his resume. The junior psychology major said it is a welcomed part of being a Man of Morehouse.

“When you arrive at Morehouse, you are told that you have a responsibility to the world,” he said. “It’s really a culture.”

Williams, who is part of the College’s Bonner Office of Community Service, is a prime example of why Morehouse was named by Newsweek magazine as one of the nation’s Top 25 Schools for the Service-Minded in its annual College Rankings: The Best Schools in America issue.

The magazine focused on the nation’s top institutions, particularly those with high academic standards and a wide range of degree programs. The editors looked at colleges and universities that prepared students to be successful in life educationally, socially and in other aspects of life.

“Morehouse College is a school steeped in tradition – including a long history of service,” the article states. “Morehouse men are all about giving back to their community. A residential campus within a city of 500,000, 75 percent of the student body volunteers.”

Williams, who is from Moncks Corner, S.C., mentored Atlanta high school students this summer among his many community service activities. He also is a campus organizer for Advocates For Youth, a Washington, D.C.-based organization that educates young men about sexual health and education.

Helping others is something Williams and other Morehouse students take seriously.

“Community organizations and people volunteering to help had a direct effect on my life,” he said. “I feel like now I have a personal responsibility to do the same.”

To see all of the rankings, go to http://education.newsweek.com/choosing-a-school/college-rankings.html.

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