President's Honor Roll Includes UT for Community Service Efforts

Published: Feb 19, 2008
 The University of Tampa has been named to the 2007 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by the Corporation for National and Community Service for distinguished community service in recognition of UT’s work with Big Brothers and Big Sisters, its days of service and its alternative break programs.

Through the P.E.A.C.E. (People Exploring Active Community Experience) Volunteer Center, UT actively recruits students to serve as big brothers or sisters, mentors or one-time volunteers with Big Brothers and Big Sisters. Additionally, P.E.A.C.E. coordinates the annual Into the Streets and Martin Luther King Jr. days of service and our alternative break programs. Hundreds of students, faculty and staff participate in these community outreach programs annually.

UT is among 391 institutions of higher education that were recognized as honor roll members.

Casey Stevens, 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,” Stevens 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.

“This honor highlights The University of Tampa’s culture of community service and leadership, in which we teach students to be engaged citizens,” said Dr. Ronald L. Vaughn, president of UT.

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.