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UWRF Named to President's Community Service Honor Roll

March 1, 2010--The University of Wisconsin-River Falls has been named to the 2009 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the fourth straight year.

The prestigious honor is the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement.

“Congratulations to UW-River Falls and its students for their dedication to service and commitment to improving their local communities,” says Patrick Corvington, CEO of The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). “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 achieved impactful results and demonstrated the value of putting knowledge into practice to help renew America through service.”

Honorees are chosen based on the 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.

"UWRF's inclusion on the Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll is a testament to our faculty, staff, and student's dedication to serve others locally, nationally and abroad,” says Blake Fry, special assistant to the chancellor. “Most striking this year was the number and scale of the service programs we have in place.  The application provided by the Corporation for National and Community Service did not provide space enough for us to detail all of the outstanding service projects we encountered."

At UWRF and other campuses across the country, thousands of students joined with faculty to develop innovative programs and projects to meet local needs using the skills gained in their classrooms.

Students at UWRF served as consultants to budget-strapped nonprofits and businesses, helped rebuild homes in the Mississippi Delta after Hurricane Katrina, and organized anti-hunger campaigns with Heifer International, among other programs.

More than 3,000 of UWRF’s students engaged in community service last year, attaining a combined total of nearly 60,000 hours of service. 

CNCS administers the award in collaboration with the Department of Education, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Campus Compact, and the American Council on Education. This year, they recognized more than 700 colleges and universities for their impact on issues from poverty and homelessness to social justice and the environment.

For more information on CNCS and the Honor Roll, visit www.nationalservice.gov.


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