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February 11, 2009

Media Contact: Hannah Buchanan
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The University of Texas at Tyler

UT Tyler Named to National Honor Roll for Community Service

The University of Texas at Tyler has been named to the Corporation for National and Community Service President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for exemplary service efforts and service to America’s communities in 2008, Dr. Howard Patterson, vice president for student affairs, announced.   

UT Tyler was one of 546 schools across the country named to the Honor Roll. Overall, 635 schools were recognized. The corporation honored six schools with Presidential Awards. In addition, 83 were named as Honor Roll with Distinction members. To view a complete list of 2008 awardees, visit http://www.nationalservice.gov/honorroll.

“We are proud of the service contributions that our students provide,” said Dr. Lou Ann Berman, assistant vice president for student life. “The leadership of our faculty and staff facilitates an ongoing commitment for fulfilling the mission of UT Tyler to provide meaningful community service opportunities that enhance the lives of others, while enriching the education experience of our students. This recognition will inspire us to continue seeking new volunteer opportunities through service-learning in our classrooms that will soon include service opportunities beyond our national borders.”

The UT Tyler Office of Community Relations connects university students to community service opportunities on campus, in the surrounding East Texas area and across the U.S.

Among various highlights in 2008, UT Tyler served as a special needs shelter for Hurricane Gustav evacuees from Beaumont. UT Tyler nursing students and faculty volunteered to assist with medical needs. Hundreds of students, faculty and staff also volunteered for meal service, laundry, visiting and many miscellaneous responsibilities needed for assisting the 200 evacuees.

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 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.

“We salute UT Tyler for making community service a campus priority and thank the millions of college students who are helping to renew America through service to others,” said Stephen Goldsmith, vice chair of the Board of Directors of the Corporation for National and Community Service, which oversees the Honor Roll.

The Corporation for National and Community Service is a federal agency that improves lives, strengthens communities and fosters civic engagement through service and volunteering. It administers Senior Corps, AmeriCorps and Learn and Serve America, a program that supports service-learning in schools, institutions of higher education and community-based organizations.

For more information, visit http://www.nationalservice.gov.

One of the 15 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler offers excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. Nearly 90 undergraduate and graduate degrees are available at UT Tyler, which has an enrollment of more than 6,000 high-ability students at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine.


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