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2011.05.16 > For Immediate Release
contact: Charley Reed - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2129 - email: cdreed@unomaha.edu

UNO's Community Service Efforts Honored with Presidential Distinction

Omaha - The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) was honored on May 12 as a "Finalist" for the 2010 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. UNO was one of 11 finalists and one of six in the “General Community Service” category.

The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), is the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to community service.

This year, CNCS, which has administered the Honor Roll since 2006, admitted a total of 641 colleges and universities, out of 851 applicants, for having a positive impact on their communities. Of that total, 511 were named to the Honor Roll with others being given special recognition in the “Honor Roll With Distinction,” “Finalist” and “Presidential Award” categories.

UNO’s placement as a finalist is higher than last year, when UNO was named to the 2009 Honor Roll in the “Honor Roll With Distinction” category.

"Being selected as a finalist for the Presidential Award places UNO among the top 20 universities in the nation for service learning, community service and civic engagement initiatives,” said Paul Sather, director of UNO’s Service-Learning Academy.

The Service-Learning Academy has been consistently honored for the significant number of high quality service-learning courses offered each semester as well as their work in the Omaha-Council Bluffs area through projects like Seven Days of Service, Three Days of Service, Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service and World AIDS Day.

“This recognition is a statement about all of the creative and meaningful community outreach work accomplished by UNO faculty, staff, students and our many loyal community partners for the last decade," Sather said.

CNCS oversees the Honor Roll in collaboration with the U.S. Departments of Education and Housing and Urban Development as well as Campus Compact and the American Council on Education. Honorees are chosen based on a series of selection factors, including the scope and innovation of service projects, the extent to which service-learning is embedded in the curriculum, the school’s commitment to long-term campus-community partnerships, and measurable community outcomes as a result of that service.

"As members of the class of 2011 cross the stage to pick up their diplomas, more and more will be going into the world with a commitment to public service and the knowledge that they can make a difference in their communities and their own lives through service to others, thanks to the leadership of these institutions," said Patrick A. Corvington, chief executive officer of CNCS. "Congratulations to UNO and its students for their dedication to service and commitment to improving their local communities. We salute all the Honor Roll awardees for embracing their civic mission and providing opportunities for their students to tackle tough national challenges through service."

For a full list of recipients and descriptions of their service, visit http://www.nationalservice.gov/honorroll. For more information on UNO’s Service-Learning Academy, contact Paul Sather at 402.554.6019 or by email at psather@unomaha.edu

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