UTM recognized for students’ service
Posted: Wednesday, March 21, 2012 12:00 am
Over the past year, numerous service-learning projects at the University of Tennessee at Martin gave students the opportunity to give back to their community while gaining valuable experience and perception.
Students acted as positive role models for children from low-income families through the Martin Housing Authority Health and Nutrition summer project. Public relations majors gained invaluable experience serving as publicists for local profit and non-profit businesses, and several areas in the community around the UT Martin campus were cleared of trash during the schools second annual observance of the Martin Luther King Day of Service.
The time spent volunteering added up, with 40,355 hours of service logged during fiscal year 2010-11. A total of 614 UT Martin students were engaged in academic service-learning and 5,760 students were involved in other community service.
As a result the university recently was named to the 2012 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 be among those nationally recognized for community service,” said UT Martin Chancellor Tom Rakes. “Our faculty, students and staff recognize the importance and value of service learning and community focused learning.”
The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), which administers the annual Honor Roll award, recognized 642 colleges 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.
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.
According to the annual CNCS Volunteering in America report, 3.1 million college students dedicated more than 312 million hours of service to communities across the country, service valued at more than $6.6 billion. Published in The WCP 3.20.12