Student Community Service and Outreach Garner National Award for Second Straight Year
Monday, February 9 2009
Feb. 9, 2009
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Written by Brandi Hayes
MOSCOW, Idaho – The University of Idaho was named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for service efforts to America’s communities. The honor was announced at the 91st Annual Meeting of the American Council on Education earlier today.
The Corporation for National and Community Service presented the University of Idaho with a spot on the list, a third time for the university. 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. This year 2,250 students engaged in some 70,500 hours of service.
“I’m very proud of the hard work and dedication that the students at the University of Idaho put toward volunteerism,” said Josh Dean, coordinator for the Associated Students of the University of Idaho Center for Volunteerism and Social Action. "This is a great honor."
Honorees are chosen based on several factors, including extent and innovation of service projects, percentage of student participation in service activities and number of opportunities are available for academic service-learning courses.
ASUI offers many different ways for students to give back to the community, the nation and the world. Programs like Alternative Winter and Spring Break takes students across the country and around the world with the goal of serving and learning within different communities. Students give back to the community by delivering meals through a program called Vandal Community Tables, and through Kids on Campus program. There are many more programs and ways students engage in volunteerism at the University of Idaho. For more information about these and other programs provided visit www.asui.uidaho.edu/Volunteer
“In this time of economic distress, we need volunteers more than ever,” said Stephen Goldsmith, vice chair of the Board of Directors of the Corporation for National and Community Service, which oversees the Honor Roll. “College students represent an enormous pool of idealism and energy to help tackle some of our toughest challenges. We salute the University of Idaho for making community service a campus priority, and thank the millions of college students who are helping to renew America through service to others.”
Overall, the Corporation honored six schools with Presidential Awards. In addition, 83 were named as Honor Roll with Distinction members and 546 schools as Honor Roll members. In total, 635 schools were recognized. A full list is available at www.nationalservice.gov/honorroll
The Honor Roll is a program of the Corporation, in collaboration with the Department of Education, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation.
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Founded in 1889, the University of Idaho is the state’s flagship higher-education institution and its principal graduate education and research university, bringing insight and innovation to the state, the nation and the world. University researchers attract nearly $100 million in research grants and contracts each year; the University of Idaho is the only institution in the state to earn the prestigious Carnegie Foundation ranking for high research activity. The university’s student population includes first-generation college students and ethnically diverse scholars. Offering more than 150 degree options in 10 colleges, the university combines the strengths of a large university with the intimacy of small learning communities. For information, visit www.uidaho.edu
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The University of Idaho helps students to succeed and become leaders. Its land-grant mission furthers innovative scholarly and creative research to grow Idaho's economy and serve a statewide community. From its main campus in Moscow, Idaho, to 70 research and academic locations statewide, U-Idaho emphasizes real-world application as part of its student experience. U-Idaho combines the strength of a large university with the intimacy of small learning communities. It is home to the Vandals. For information, visit www.uidaho.edu