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UI Receives Federal Recognition for Service-Learning, Community Efforts

October 12, 2016

For the sixth year in a row, the University of Idaho has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll in recognition of its service-learning and community efforts.

The list of recipients for 2015 was released in September. Established in 2006, the is the highest federal recognition that an institution of higher education can receive for its commitment to community, service-learning and civic engagement.

“This institutional accomplishment would not be possible without the exceptional commitment of faculty, instructors and staff at our institution, who work extremely hard to include service projects in their courses as well as outside of class,” said Sandra Reineke, who directs the Service-Learning Center at UI and is a faculty member in the departments of Politics and Philosophy in UI’s College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences. “I am incredibly proud of the many, many students who engage in community service each year.”

The Service-Learning Center promotes service-learning as an integral aspect of education and fosters university engagement within the larger community. It provides services, resources and support to students, faculty and staff desiring to participate in or organize service-learning experiences. The center administers over 100 academic service-learning courses each year.

During the 2014-15 academic year, more than 4,000 students engaged nearly 120,000 hours of academic and extra-curriculuar community projects through the Service-Learning Center and UI’s Center for Volunteerism and Social Action, which facilitates volunteerism through a variety of activities, including the Serving Your New Community program during new student orientation, Make a Difference Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service and Saturday of Service, as well as regional, national and international alternative service break trips.

“The University of Idaho is a community. Vandals embrace their local and UI community through their service efforts,” said Natalie Magnus, program coordinator for the Center for Volunteerism and Socail Action. “Each year, during only four large days of service the Center for Volunteerism and Social Action coordinates, UI students provide an estimated $109,000 of economic impact on the Palouse, with the majority of this work in Moscow.”  

UI was honored in both the general and education categories for the 2015 Honor Roll.

A full list of award recipients is available at .

Media Contact:
Sandra Reineke, Ph.D.
Faculty Fellow Service-Learning, Service-Learning Center, University of Idaho
[email protected]

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