26 February 2010

And the award goes to...

We have exciting news! Salt Lake Community College has been named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. In the words of Patrick Corvington, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service, "The Honor Roll is the highest Federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement." Pretty sweet, huh?

The Honor Roll was established in 2006 as a way to recognize the transformative work of colleges and universities across the country to engage students and faculty with our community. The Thayne Center for Service & Learning has been named to the Honor Roll every year since 2006. In this most recent round, the 2009 Honor Roll, 736 colleges from across the country were recognized.

You can read more about the work of these colleges on the Learn and Serve America website. You can also check out the impressive numbers the Thayne Center has reported for the last three years by reviewing our Impact Summary.

As Director Corvington recognizes: "Imagine a problem facing a community -- unemployment or homelessness, poverty or environmental degradation -- and there’s a good chance a group of college students is finding a way to tackle it. [...] I cannot overstate the important role that colleges and universities play in the broader national service movement. These institutions’ commitment to service can have an impact on students throughout their entire lives."

And we cannot state how lucky we are to work with such motivated students, dedicated faculty, and innovative partners. Thank you! This honor belongs to all of us.

For the visual learners in the crowd:

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