Bwog doesn’t know whether this New York Times story about engineers earning credit for service projects in Harlem was originally supposed to run yesterday, but, regardless, we doff our collective (and imaginary) caps to the Grey Lady for its sense of timing.

In short, the engineering school allows students to earn class credit while doing public service at the same time. While this is currently the only project on such a large scale numbers-wise, the Times reports that “at Columbia, other academic departments are now considering integrating service into the curriculum, and community projects have become a key part of the university’s sales pitch to prospective students.”

Other highlights include an appearance by Jack McGourty, a one-sentence mention of today’s “service fair,” and the man behind ServiceNation declaring that “the millennial generation is the greatest serving generation since the greatest generation.” Bwog is happy to score one for optimism.