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UWRF List on President's Community Service Honor Roll

FEB. 23, 2009--The Corporation for National and Community Service honored the University of Wisconsin-River Falls with a place on this year's President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for exemplary service efforts and service to America's communities.   

Special Assistant to the Chancellor Blake Fry said inclusion is an honor.   "UWRF's inclusion on the Honor Roll for the third straight year is a testament to the spirit of service and community among our faculty, staff and students,” said Fry. “In the face of increasing workloads and decreasing state support, our campus community has remained committed to serving western Wisconsin, the St. Croix Valley and the Twin Cities metropolitan area."

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.

“ 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.   “We salute the University of Wisconsin-River Falls for making community service a campus priority, and thank the millions of college students who are helping to renew America through service to others. College students represent an enormous pool of idealism and energy to help tackle some of our toughest challenges.”

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 .

The honor roll is a program of the corporation, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation. The President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll is presented during the annual conference of the American Council on Education.  

The Corporation for National and Community Service is a federal agency that fosters civic engagement through service and volunteering. It 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, visit


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