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Utah State University Gets Highest National Honor for Community Service

Students snap a photo after packaging food for needy families and homeless shelters during the USU 2016 Alternative Spring Break trip to Seattle.

Utah State University received the Presidential Service Honor Roll for 2015, the first time the university has received the honor. The Honor Roll’s Presidential Award is the highest federal recognition an institution can receive for its commitment to community, service-learning and civic engagement.

The award recognizes institutions of higher education that support exemplary community service programs and raise the visibility of effective practices in campus community partnerships.

“As a land-grant university, Utah State has always maintained a strong commitment to community engagement and service,” said USU President Stan Albrecht. “Service enriches the student learning experience, teaches civic responsibility and strengthens communities, and we at USU are always pleased when our students, staff and faculty are involved in service and recognized for their efforts.”

Leading these efforts at USU is the Center for Civic Engagement and Service Learning. During the 2014-15 academic year, more than 3,100 USU students served 23,500 hours, engaging with local, regional, state and international communities. USU leads the state in the number of opportunities AmeriCorps provides through campus programs.

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) has administered the award since 2006 in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, as well as the American Council on Education, Campus Compact and the Interfaith Youth Core.

More about the work being completed on campus or information on how to get involved can be found online.

Contact: Kristin Brubaker, USU Center for Civic Engagement and Service-Learning, Kristin.brubaker@usu.edu

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