WSU Recognized Nationally for Community Service

OGDEN, Utah – For the fifth 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 fifth 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 2009-10 academic year, 5,142 WSU students worked on service-learning projects or volunteered in the community, totaling more than 106,040 service hours. 

Service projects included efforts to increase access to community dental health and mentoring “at-risk” youth in local school districts. They also included summer programs teaching science and art to youth in local parks in partnership with Ogden School District’s free lunch program. 

“As members of the class of 2011 cross the stage to pick up their diplomas, more and more will be going into the world with a commitment to public service and the knowledge that they can make a difference in their communities and their own lives through service to others, thanks to the leadership of these institutions,” said Patrick A. Corvington, CEO of the Corporation for National Community Service. “Congratulations to Weber State University and its students for their dedication to service and commitment to improving their local communities. We salute all the honor roll awardees for embracing their civic mission and providing opportunities for their students to tackle tough national challenges 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

Author:
Colette M. Williamson, office of Media Relations
801-626-7212 • colettemethot@weber.edu