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Notre Dame named finalist on 2010 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll

Published: May 17, 2011

Author: Julie Hail Flory

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The University of Notre Dame has been selected as a finalist by the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll as one of six institutions in higher education with an outstanding commitment to general community service. The Honor Roll is released annually by the Corporation for National and Community Service. Hundreds of institutions are listed, but Notre Dame is among only 17 to receive special recognition.

“Community service is an integral part of our mission at Notre Dame,” said Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., Notre Dame’s president. “Whether it is engaging with the local community or across international boundaries, I’m proud of our students and employees for their dedication to serving others as a way to live out their faith.”

Community service and community engagement efforts at Notre Dame range across University units. They include mentoring by student-athletes; teacher professional development in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM); tutoring and arts programming at the Robinson Community Learning Center (RCLC); and service through student clubs and organizations.

Last year alone, Notre Dame’s Center for Social Concerns (CSC) estimates that 3,332 Notre Dame students gave 100,224 hours of service at 58 local community agencies, an eight-percent increase in the number of students from the previous year. Nationally, 1,032 students took part in service-learning courses at more than 300 sites as part of the CSC Summer Service Learning Program or the Social Concerns Seminars. All of these efforts would not be possible without the insight, expertise and commitment of community partners locally and nationally.

Launched in 2006, the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll annually recognizes institutions of higher education for their commitment to and achievement in community service. The President’s Honor Roll increases the public’s awareness of the contributions that colleges and their students make to local communities and the nation as a whole.

Contact: Jay Brandenberger, director of research and assessment, Center for Social Concerns, 574-631-5293, jbranden@nd.edu

Originally published by Notre Dame News at newsinfo.nd.edu on May 17, 2011.