University Recognized for Community Service

February 9, 2009

OGDEN, Utah – For the third consecutive year, the Corporation for National and Community Service has named Weber State University to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for exemplary service efforts and service to disadvantaged youth.

"Weber State University is a unique institution that successfully blends traditional liberal arts education with training in applied skills to effectively meet local educational needs," said Ryan Thomas, associate provost. "Being nationally recognized for the third consecutive year as part of the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll is a wonderful external recognition of the deep and continuing commitment of the university to prepare its students to strengthen the community."

Launched in 2006, the Community Service Honor Roll is the highest federal recognition a school can achieve for its commitment to service learning and civic engagement. Honorees for the award were chosen based on a series of selection factors including scope and innovation of service projects, percentage of student participation in service activities, incentives for service, and the extent to which the school offers academic service-learning courses.

WSU's Community Involvement Center was established on campus as a resource for faculty, students and community partners in 2007. The center houses the AmeriCorps Education Award Program, Volunteer Involvement Program and helps facilitate service-learning projects in curriculum. During the 2007-08 academic year, more than 3,100 WSU students worked on service-learning projects or volunteered in the community, totaling more than 82,000 service hours.

"In this time of economic distress, we need volunteers more than ever. College students represent an enormous pool of idealism and energy to help tackle some of our toughest challenges," said Stephen Goldsmith, vice chair of the Board of Directors of the Corporation for National and Community Service. "We salute Weber State University for making community service a campus priority, and thank the millions of college students who are helping to renew America through service to others."

The honor roll is jointly sponsored by the corporation, through its Learn and Serve America program, and the Department of Education, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, USA Freedom Corps and the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation.

The Corporation for National and Community Service is a federal agency that improves lives, strengthens communities and fosters civic engagement through service and volunteering. The corporation administers Senior Corps, AmeriCorps and Learn and Serve America, a program that supports service learning in schools, institutions of higher education and community-based organizations. For more information, go to nationalservice.gov.

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Contact:
Ryan Thomas, associate provost and dean of undergraduate degrees
801-626-7931 • ryanthomas2@weber.edu 

Brenda Kowalewski, co-director, Community Involvement Center
801-626-7737 • bkowalewski@weber.edu

Kari Petersen, co-director, Community Involvement Center
801-626-6349 • kpetersen3@weber.edu
Author:
Travis Clemens, assistant director of Media Relations
801-626-7948 • travisclemens@weber.edu

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