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UW-Eau Claire's Community Service Programs
Recognized by National Agency a Second Time

RELEASED: Feb. 18, 2008

Student Jeremy Clements volunteering at local school
Jeremy Clements, a UW-Eau Claire senior kinesiology major, volunteers at Longfellow School in Eau Claire. UW-Eau Claire has been recognized for the second consecutive year for its commitment to service-learning and civic engagement. (UW-Eau Claire photo by Rick Mickelson)

EAU CLAIRE — For the second consecutive year, 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 127 public and private colleges, universities and professional schools named in the 2007 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for General Community Service, compiled by the Corporation for National and Community Service.

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

UW-Eau Claire joined UW-Madison and Marquette University as the only three schools in Wisconsin named to the 2007 Honor Roll with Distinction. Among the other 127 schools named to the list are Stanford University, George Washington University, the University of Notre Dame, University of Minnesota, Hamline University, DePaul University, Cornell University, Duke University, Ohio State University and Oberlin College.

During the past year, the university community has been working to develop a strategic plan for the future and a major focus of the proposed plan is to maintain and enhance the university's commitment to community service and connected learning, said Dr. Donald Mowry, director of the Center for Service-learning at UW-Eau Claire.

"Our campus not only seeks to educate students for a life of engaged, responsible and ethical citizenship, but as an institution it also seeks to collaborate with external communities at the local, regional state, national and international levels to address and meet pressing societal needs," Mowry said. "To be recognized for a second year 'with distinction for general community service' is a reflection of the combined efforts of students, community partners, staff, faculty and administrators to make our world a better place."

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 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.

Presented in concert with Campus Compact, the 2007 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll is jointly sponsored by the Corporation for National and Community Service through its Learn and Serve American program, the U.S. departments of Education and Housing and Urban Development, USA Freedom Corps and the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation. More information can be found at at their Web site.

Details about UW-Eau Claire's Center for Service-Learning can be found at their Web site.

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