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March 3, 2010

Media Contact: Hannah Buchanan
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UT Tyler Named to 2009 Community Service Honor Roll

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The University of Texas at Tyler has been named to the Corporation for National and Community Service 2009 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for exemplary community service efforts, Dr. Howard Patterson, vice president for student affairs, announced.

UT Tyler was one of 621 schools across the country named to the Honor Roll. Launched in 2006, the Community Service Honor Roll is the highest federal recognition colleges and universities can achieve for commitment to service-learning and civic engagement.

Honorees 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.

“UT Tyler’s students have always played a major role in serving the community in which we live, and we have been selected to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the second year in a row,” said Patterson.

In 2009, UT Tyler students completed 18,092 community service hours. Among highlights, students assisted area groups such as the Literacy Council of Tyler and Habitat for Humanity of Smith County and participated in the national cancer research fundraiser Relay for Life.                 

“It is truly an honor to be recognized for our service and for our willingness to make a difference in the community,” said Ona Tolliver, UT Tyler Office of Student Life and Leadership director.

Within the student life and leadership office, the university’s Office of Community Relations connects university students to local and national community service opportunities.

To view a complete list of 2009 awardees, visit http://www.nationalservice.gov/honorroll.

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. More than 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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