Students’ community service earns honors for UT Martin
Posted: Wednesday, May 25, 2011 12:11 pm
The Messenger 05.25.11
Community service projects carried out by University of Tennessee at Martin students have been as varied as the individuals involved.
A children’s art program, the Freshmen Service Experience and Martin Luther King’s Day of Service were among the projects that engaged students.
The time spent volunteering added up, with 34,397 hours of service logged during fiscal year 2009-10. A total of 1,274 UT Martin students were engaged in academic service-learning and 5,489 students involved in other community service.
As a result of the collective “good works,” the university recently was named to the 2010 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll — the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement.
“We are honored to receive the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll designation and thereby join a small number of outstanding institutions throughout the nation,” UT Martin Chancellor Tom Rakes said. “This particular community service recognition reflects a national level perspective, involving the type and extensive nature of the work our faculty, students and staff are doing to improve the well-being of others.”
The Corporation for National and Community Service, which administers the annual Honor Roll award, recognized 641colleges and universities for their impact on issues from poverty and homelessness to environmental justice. On campuses across the country, thousands of students joined their faculty to develop innovative programs and projects to meet local needs using the skills gained in their classrooms.
“Congratulations to UT Martin and its students for their dedication to service and commitment to improving their local communities,” said Patrick Corvington, Corporation for National and Community Service CEO. “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.”
Honorees are chosen based on a series of selection factors, including the scope of 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 the service.
“It is gratifying to see our campus once again recognized for its many contributions to the region we serve,” Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Jerald Ogg said. “Our faculty have a rich tradition of creatively linking the learning and service components within their classrooms, which means our graduates are prepared to quickly assume leadership roles in the communities they join.”
College students make a significant contribution to the volunteer sector; in 2009, 3.2 million students performed more than 307 million hours of service. Last year, CNCS provided more than $215 million in support to institutions of higher education, including grants to operate service programs and the education awards that AmeriCorps members receive at the conclusion of their terms of service to pay for college.
The corporation oversees the Honor Roll in collaboration with the Department of Education, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Campus Compact and the American Council on Education.