UT Named to President's Honor Roll for the Fourth Time

Published: May 18, 2011
For the fourth 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 as a leader among institutions of higher education for its support of volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement, and highlights its work engaging students, faculty and staff in meaningful service that achieves measurable results in the community.

Through the PEACE (People Exploring Active Community Experiences) Volunteer Center, UT actively recruits students, staff and faculty to participate in co-curricular service-learning projects, such as Big Brothers and Big Sisters mentoring, the annual Into the Streets Orientation Service Project and Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, and alternative break programs. More than 1,500 students, faculty and staff participate in these community outreach programs annually.

UT is among more than 511 institutions of higher education that were recognized as honor roll members by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS).

In its application, UT focused on the development of the Service-Learning Committee, a Halloween for Hunger service event, an alternative spring break trip to the Florida National Marine Sanctuary in Key West and a curricular service-learning course “Development Strategies and Projects in Africa.”

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

“The honor roll designation conveys UT’s commitment to engaging students in the community, locally and globally,” Frisque said.

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. Annual honorees are chosen based on a series of selection factors, including the scope and innovation of service projects, the extent to which service-learning is embedded in the curriculum, the school’s commitment to long-term campus-community partnerships and measurable community outcomes as a result of the service.

CNCS oversees the Honor Roll in collaboration with the U.S. Departments of Education and Housing and Urban Development, Campus Compact, and the American Council on Education. For a full list of recipients and descriptions of their service, visit www.NationalService.gov/HonorRoll. For more information about the community service efforts at UT, e-mail peace@ut.edu.

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) is a federal agency that engages more than five million Americans in service through its Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and Learn and Serve America programs, and leads President Barack Obama’s national call to service initiative, United We Serve. For more information, visit NationalService.gov.