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Feb. 15, 2008
Contact: Andi Witczak, Center for Service Learning, (785) 864-0965.

KUís Center for Service Learning honored for distinguished community service

LAWRENCE — The Corporation for National and Community Service named the University of Kansas to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for exemplary service efforts and service to disadvantaged youth.

“The University of Kansas is pleased to be recognized on the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll,” said Chancellor Robert Hemenway. “This honor is shared by the students, faculty and staff who continue to believe that one of the primary missions of public education is to be in partnership with others to address community needs and enhance the lives of all people. This award recognizes the many hours of service given that go above and beyond the requirements of the classroom or job. I am pleased that we can recognize our students’ and colleagues’ work in this way.”

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 innovativeness 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.

The application, which was compiled and submitted by KU’s Center for Service Learning, highlights some of the valuable service work completed by university students during the 2006-07 school year. More than 6,000 KU students participated in community service last year, with approximately 1,700 students participating in academic service learning. Together, the students completed more than 100,000 hours of service to Kansas and places around the United States.

Among the programs highlighted were the Muslim Student Association’s Fast-a-Thon, the Ecumenical Christian Ministries’ Fair Trade Holiday Market, the KU chapter of Up ’Til Dawn, the Alternative Breaks Program, Jubilee Café, Preparing for College Success’ March to College Day, the Panhellenic Adopt-a-School Program and the Department of Applied Behavioral Science’s Truancy Diversion and Prevention Program. These programs were highlighted for their meaningful contributions to international issues and at-risk youth.

“College students are tackling the toughest problems in America, demonstrating their compassion, commitment and creativity by serving as mentors, tutors, health workers and even engineers,” said David Eisner, CEO for the Corporation of National and Community Service. “They represent a renewed spirit of civic engagement fostered by outstanding leadership on caring campuses.”

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.

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