WSU Recognized Nationally for Community Service

OGDEN, Utah – For the fourth 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.

"Weber State University serves a unique educational role by blending traditional liberal arts education with experiential learning to effectively meet local educational needs," said Ryan Thomas, associate provost. "Being nationally recognized for the fourth consecutive year as part of the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll is a wonderful national acknowledgment 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 2008-09 academic year, 4,799 WSU students worked on service-learning projects or volunteered in the community, totaling more than 97,000 service hours.

Service projects included efforts to benefit the local homeless population, special needs support for people with disabilities including Special Olympics events, and efforts to increase environmentally friendly practices.

"Congratulations to Weber State University and its students for their dedication to service and commitment to improving their local communities," said Patrick Corvington, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service. "Our nation's students are a critical part of the equation and vital to our efforts to tackle the most persistent challenges we face. They have demonstrated the value of putting knowledge into practice to help renew America through service."

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
801-626-6890 • kpetersen3@weber.edu
Author:
Travis Clemens, assistant director of Media Relations
801-626-7948 • travisclemens@weber.edu