UVU Named to Prestigious Federal Honor Roll
April 15, 2010
For Immediate Release
For more information: Alexis Palmer (801) 863-8681
University Marketing & Communications: Brad Plothow, (801) 863-7149
Written by: Karissa Neely (801) 863-6351
Utah Valley University not only expects high achievers, but is also a high achiever on the nation’s honor roll.
UVU was recently named to the 2009 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement.
The Honor Roll includes six colleges and universities that are recognized as Presidential Awardees, with an additional 115 named to the Distinction List and 621 schools named as Honor Roll members. Honorees are chosen based on a series of selection factors, including 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.
“This is the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement. Utah Valley University has now received this recognition three years in a row,” said Betsy Ward, executive director of Utah Campus Compact in Salt Lake City. “This is a well-deserved honor and reflects the value that [UVU] places on service. It also speaks highly of the leadership shown by Alexis Palmer and Trudy Christensen at the Volunteer & Service-Learning Center, as well as the dedication of [UVU’s] service-learning faculty, the passion of [UVU’s] students and the support shown by administrators.”
“Trudy and Alexis both do a truly outstanding job. It is wonderful to see their work, and that of the rest of the institution, so recognized,” said UVU President Matthew S. Holland.
The Corporation for National and Community Service, which administers the annual Honor Roll award, recognizes these colleges and universities for their impact on issues from poverty and homelessness to environmental justice. On campuses across the country, thousands of students joined faculty in developing innovative programs and projects to meet local needs using the skills gained in their classrooms. Business students served as consultants to budget-strapped nonprofits and businesses, law students volunteered at legal clinics while dozens of other students organized anti-hunger campaigns.
“Congratulations to UVU and its students for their dedication to service and commitment to improving their local communities,” said Patrick Corvington, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service. “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.”
College students make a significant contribution to the volunteer sector: in 2009, 3.16 million students performed more than 300 million hours of service, according to the Volunteering in America study released by the Corporation. Each year, the Corporation invests more than $150 million in fostering a culture of service on college campuses through grants awarded by its programs.