UT Named to President's Honor Roll for Community Service

Published: Feb 26, 2009
For the second 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 P.E.A.C.E. (People Exploring Active Community Experiences) Volunteer Center, actively recruits students to work with agencies like Big Brothers and Big Sisters, and coordinates the annual Into the Streets and Martin Luther King Jr. days of service and alternative break programs. Hundreds of students, faculty and staff participate in these community outreach programs annually.

UT is among 635 institutions of higher education that were recognized as honor roll members by the Corporation for National and Community Service.

Megan Frisque, UT’s assistant director of civic engagement, said she was pleased that 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 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 innovativeness 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, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, USA Freedom Corps, and the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation.

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, e-mail peace@ut.edu or visit www.ut.edu/peace.