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UofL earns national recognition for community service programs

by Erman,Linda last modified Jun 16, 2010 01:21 PM

March 1, 2010

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The University of Louisville has received kudos for its community service programs and was the only school in Kentucky to earn the “with distinction” designation as part of its membership on the 2009 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.

University officials learned last week that the Corporation for National and Community Service named UofL to the honor roll for its volunteerism, community-based learning and community engagement programs. Honorees are selected based on the scope and impact of their service projects and student participation.

“Our campus community represents an enormous pool of talent and energy and we are harnessing that power to tackle some of society’s toughest challenges,” said UofL provost Shirley Willihnganz. “We are honored to receive this prestigious recognition for the great work done by our employees and students.”

Nationwide, 742 schools were recognized. Of those, only 115 received the distinction status. UofL also was named to the 2008 honor roll, but this is the first year the university earned the “distinction” status.

UofL’s Office of Community Engagement estimates that 7,917 students dedicated 145,055 hours of community service during 2009. The nomination for the award focused on four projects. They included:

  • Audiology in Rural Kentucky – students and faculty provided screenings and hearing services to people in some of Kentucky’s poorest counties.
  • Empower – Department of Fine Arts students introduced art and photography to children at St. Joseph Children’s Home giving them a venue for creative and social expression.
  • The College Prep (TCP) Scholars Program – UofL students served as mentors to middle school students encouraging them to set goals and attend college.
  • Developing Parental Support for Children’s Early Language Development – College of Education students provided language screenings to children from birth to age five to help families identify and intervene early to improve language skills.

UofL was also named one of America’s Top 25 “best neighbors” in a national survey that was unveiled last October.

For more information about UofL’s community service programs and membership on the honor roll, contact Henry Cunningham, director of Student Engagement at 502-852-6026 or hrcunn01@louisville.edu

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