Published: February 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.
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.