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DU receives national honor for community service and service learning

May typically is the time of year when students receive recognition for their academic achievements. This year, the University of Denver also is being honored.

DU was named to the 2010 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS).

The honor recognizes DU as a leader among higher education institutions for supporting students, faculty and staff in volunteerism, service learning and civic engagement.

Out of 851 colleges and universities that applied, 511 were admitted to the 2010 honor roll. CNCS selects institutions based on several criteria, including the school’s commitment to long-term community partnerships, measurable outcomes of community service and the extent to which service learning is embedded in a school’s curriculum.

During the 2009–10 academic year, more than 1,400 DU students were involved in service learning and at least 4,000 students performed community service, which amounted to more than 540,000 hours to help their communities.

“Congratulations to the University of Denver and its students for their dedication to service and commitment to improving their local communities,” says Patrick Corvington, chief executive officer of CNCS. “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.”

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  1. Mellissa Jessen says:

    Congratulations to the students, faculty, and staff of DU for this wonderful achievement! The amount of service (over 540,000 hours) provided to the community over the past academic year certainly makes me proud to be an alumna of DU.

    I hope that the magazine has plans to expand on this achievement by including future articles on what those 5,400 students did through service last year. What exactly did those 540,000 hours look like? I know for a fact that community engagement and service-learning in higher education can have life changing impacts for both the students involved and those that they served. Tell us about it!

    Congratulations, again to all students, faculty, and staff involved in service at DU! Keep up the good work.
    -Mellissa Jessen, MA, 2007

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