UVU Honored for Community Service and Engaged Learning
May 23, 2011
For Immediate Release
University Marketing & Communications: Mike Rigert (801) 863-6807
Written by: Jim Rayburn (801) 863-8504
Utah Valley University is one of three Utah institutions of higher education to be honored by the Corporation for National & Community Service for its support of volunteerism, civic engagement and service learning.
The CNCS, which has administered the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll since 2006, recognized UVU as one of 114 colleges and universities on its Honor Roll With Distinction. Also on that list are Brigham Young University and Westminster College.
“This validates that we’re doing more as an institution to remain engaged in the community, which is part of our mission,” said Alexis Palmer, director of UVU’s Volunteer & Service-Learning Center. “It shows that our program is doing exceptional work and is in fact considered among the best in our region.”
This marks the fifth straight year that the CNCS has honored UVU, but the first time UVU has attained the Honor Roll With Distinction level.
“We look at this honor as kind of a benchmark, and that by reaching this benchmark we know that our efforts are exceptional. This shows that we are doing the things that we need to be doing,” Palmer said.
UVU has more than 200 courses incorporating service-learning into its curriculum. Through UVU’s Volunteer & Service-Learning Center more than 11,000 participants put in more than 100,000 volunteer hours in 2010 — an estimated value of more than $2 million to the community. For example, each student in an Introduction to Social Work class worked 20 hours for a human service agency. Students in University Student Success mentored potential students traditionally underserved by higher education. Environmental health students helped community organizations comply with health regulations.
UVU’s Service Council also helped more than 40 local organizations with projects ranging from blood and food drives, tutoring, Habitat for Humanity, home repair for the elderly, staffing events for charitable organizations and service expeditions to national parks throughout Utah.
For more information contact Mike Rigert, UVU communications manager, at 801-863-6807.
Utah Valley University is located in Orem, Utah, and is home to nearly 33,000 students. UVU began as a vocational school during World War II, and in the seven decades since has evolved into a technical school, community college, state college and, finally, a comprehensive regional teaching university. UVU is one of Utah’s largest institutions of higher learning and offers programs ranging from career training to high-demand master degrees, with emphasis on undergraduate education.