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June 4, 2010
SUNO named to 2009 President’s Higher
Education Community Service Honor Roll
NEW ORLEANS, LA.
– Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO) has been named to the 2009
President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. The honor
was bestowed upon the University by the Corporation for National and Community
Service for service to the local communities. SUNO received word of the
honor on May 26, 2010.
for National and Community Service, which administers the annual Honor Roll
award, recognized more than 700 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. Business students served as consultants to
budget-strapped nonprofits and businesses, law students volunteered at legal
clinics, and dozens of others organized anti-hunger campaigns.
to Southern University at New Orleans 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.”
The Honor Roll
includes six colleges and universities that are recognized as Presidential
Awardees, with an additional 115 named to the Distinction List and 621 schools
named as Honor Roll members. 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.
"SUNO is honored to have
received this recognition. Many of the academic programs that we offer
reflect service to the larger community, and this honor encourages us
to strive to serve even more. We are extremely proud of our students,
faculty and staff who participated in the process which yielded this great
achievement,” said Dr. Victor Ukpolo, SUNO’s Chancellor.
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. Each year, the
Corporation invests more than $150 million in fostering a culture of service on
college campuses through grants awarded by its programs; the education awards
that AmeriCorps members receive at the conclusion of their term of service to
pay for college; and through support of training, research, recognition, and
other initiatives to spur college service.