UT Makes President's Honor Roll for Community Service

Published: Mar 3, 2010
For the third year in a row, The University of Tampa has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for distinguished community service. The award recognizes UT’s work on service-learning programs and volunteer opportunities for students, faculty and staff.

UT, through the PEACE (People Exploring Active Community Experiences) Volunteer Center, actively recruits students to serve as big brothers or sisters, mentors or one-time volunteers with Big Brothers and Big Sisters. Additionally, PEACE coordinates the annual Into the Streets and Martin Luther King Jr. days of service and UT’s alternative break programs. More than 1,000 students, faculty and staff participate in these community outreach programs annually.

UT is among more than 700 institutions of higher education recognized as honor roll members by the Corporation for National and Community Service.

The colleges and universities were honored in two categories: general community service and service to youth from disadvantaged circumstances. In its application, UT focused on its Spartan Mentor Program, the international alternative break to the Dominican Republic and a juvenile delinquency service-learning project.

Megan Frisque, UT’s assistant director of civic engagement, said she was pleased UT received the designation.

“The honor roll designation helps communicate to others our commitment to volunteering, social justice and civic engagement,” Frisque said. “It links to the mission of the University by encouraging students to be productive and responsible citizens.”

Launched in 2006, the Community Service Honor Roll is the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement. It annually recognizes institutions of higher education for their commitment to and achievement in community service. Honorees are 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.

The Honor Roll is jointly sponsored by the corporation, through its Learn and Serve America program, and the Department of Education, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Campus Compact and the American Council on Education.

For the complete list of Honor Roll recipients, visit www.learnandserve.gov. For more information about the community service efforts at The University of Tampa, visit the PEACE Web site.