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July 15, 2009

Media Contact: Hannah Buchanan
Public Affairs Specialist
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The University of Texas at Tyler

UT Tyler Receives Recognition for its Community Service

The University of Texas at Tyler has received federal recognition from the United States Department of Education for outstanding community service, President Rodney Mabry announced.

The university was named to the U.S. Corporation for National and Community Service President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for service efforts accomplished last year. UT Tyler was one of 635 schools recognized by the corporation.

“It is an honor to be recognized for our commitment to service and to our community,” said Ona Tolliver, UT Tyler Office of Student Life and Leadership director. “We are proud of our diverse group of student, faculty and staff volunteers who have made this recognition possible. Our individual students, student organizations, student athletes and Greek community all contribute countless hours to serving Tyler and our surrounding community.”

The university’s community service highlights in 2008 include:

  • From Aug. 30 – Sept. 4, UT Tyler served as a special needs shelter for about 200 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, and other responsibilities needed.


  • The UT Tyler baseball team and coaches visited children in local area hospitals as part of the annual, nationally-recognized Cards for Kids Program, which the university began in 2004.
  • UT Tyler held a volunteer fair for local non-profit agencies. During the 2008 fall semester, more than 500 students volunteered a total of 8,717 service hours to eight agencies, including Habitat for Humanity of Smith County, Salvation Army, Junior Achievement, American Cancer Society, Meals on Wheels, Literacy Council of Tyler, Northeast Texas Child Advocacy Center and Discovery Science Place.
  • UT Tyler nursing students and faculty also participated in the Christmas Shoe Box. An annual international program, volunteers prepare shoe boxes filled with donated toys, school supplies, toothbrushes, and other items for children living in developing countries.
  • UT Tyler students are involved with the Peltier Reading Program at the Boys and Girls Club of East Texas. The program provides reading intervention assistance to children in Tyler’s at-risk communities.

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. The honor roll is sponsored by the Corporation for National and Community Service, the U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation.

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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