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UW-Eau Claire named to Community Service Honor Roll

March 15, 2012
Honor Roll logoEAU CLAIRE — For the fifth time since 2006, the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire has been recognized for its outstanding community service programs by a federal agency charged with fostering an ethic of volunteerism and service in America.

UW-Eau Claire was among about 500 public and private colleges, universities and professional schools named to the 2012 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by the Corporation for National and Community Service.

 Don Mowry
Dr. Don Mowry
The program is designed to increase public awareness of the contributions that college students are making within their communities and across the country through volunteer service.

"I am very pleased that the extraordinary community service provided by our students, faculty and staff to our community has again been recognized," said Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich. "Our service-learning, integrated in large part into our curriculum, is truly unique, and it makes our university an essential support for the community agencies and organizations that serve the Chippewa Valley."

Launched in 2006, the Community Service Honor Roll is the most prestigious federal recognition a higher education institution 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 year the honor roll shifted its emphasis from hours of service and numbers of students serving to actual impacts and outcomes experienced by the community, said Dr. Don Mowry, director of UW-Eau Claire's Center for Service-Learning.

"We are very pleased that we can demonstrate significant community benefits from such programs as the Early Childhood Literacy Intervention Program, Services and Evaluation (ECLIPSE) for preschool students from low-income families; the Blugold Beginnings: College and Career Readiness program for area youth; and the Health Care Administration capstone practicum, which directly benefits vulnerable, long-term care residents in facilities throughout the Midwest," Mowry said.

The Corporation for National and Community Service oversees the honor roll in collaboration with the Department of Education, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Campus Compact and the American Council on Education.

Details about UW-Eau Claire's Center for Service-Learning can be found on its website.

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