FAYETTE, Iowa (March 1, 2010)—Upper Iowa University has been named to the 2009 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.
The Corporation for National and Community Service 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. This year, the organization recognized more than 700 colleges and universities for their impact on issues from poverty and homelessness to environmental justice out of over 4,000 U.S. college campuses.
“Congratulations to Upper Iowa University and its students for their dedication to service and commitment to improving their local communities,” said Patrick Corvington, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service. “Our nation’s students are a critical part of the equation and vital to our efforts to tackle the most persistent challenges we face. They have achieved impactful results and demonstrated the value of putting knowledge into practice to help renew America through service.”
Honorees are chosen based on a series of selection factors including the scope and innovation of service projects, percentage of student participation in service activities, incentives for service, and the extent to which the school offers academic service-learning courses. Six colleges and universities were recognized as Presidential awardees, 115 were named to the Distinction List, and 621 schools were named as Honor Roll members.
“It is indeed an honor to be named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll,” said President Alan G. Walker. “Volunteerism, social responsibility, and community awareness are important layers to academic learning and key to helping to shape our students into tomorrow’s leaders.”
In 2009, Upper Iowa University students, faculty and staff participated in the annual Fayette Appreciation Day clean-up, held numerous food and clothing drives, collected care packages for its military students serving overseas, painted houses, and collected teddy bears for local hospitals.
College students make a significant contribution to the volunteer sector; in 2009, 3.16 million students performed more than 300 million hours of service, according to the Volunteering in America study released by the Corporation. For more information, visit www.nationalservice.gov.
Monica Bayer Heaton
Executive Director of Communications and Marketing
About Upper Iowa University
Founded in 1857, Upper Iowa University is a private, not-for-profit university providing undergraduate and graduate degree programs and leadership development opportunities to over 6,600 students—nationally and internationally—at its Fayette campus and learning centers worldwide. Upper Iowa University is a recognized innovator in offering accredited, quality programs through flexible, multiple delivery systems, including online and independent study. For more information, visit www.uiu.edu.