UTSA is on 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll

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(March 21, 2013) -- The University of Texas at San Antonio was named in the 2013 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, one of the highest honors a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement. Among 690 institutions this year, it is the fourth year for UTSA to be listed.

In the award application, UTSA highlighted programs including Alternative Spring Break (coordinated by the Inclusion and Community Engagement Center), the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance 7 in Seven Project, and the Inspire U Mentoring Project (coordinated by the Office of P-20 Initiatives).

The application highlighted the university's commitment to community engagement with initiatives such as the Institute for Economic Development, Prefreshman Engineering Program; annual service programs that collect for the San Antonio Food Bank at the President's Holiday Breakfast and United to Serve, UTSA's annual day of service; and student organizations, service-learning classes, and individuals who give back dozens to thousands of hours of community service each semester.

"Congratulations to UTSA, its faculty and students for its commitment to service, both in and out of the classroom," said Wendy Spencer, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). "Through its work, institutions of higher education are helping improve their local communities and create a new generation of leaders by challenging students to go beyond the traditional college experience and solve local challenges."

Inspired by the thousands of college students who traveled across the country to support relief efforts along the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina, CNCS has administered the award since 2006 and manages the program in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, as well as the American Council on Education and Campus Compact.

>> For more information about UTSA community service efforts, visit the UTSA Inclusion and Community Engagement Center website. Learn more about eligibility and see the full list of Honor Roll awardees at the CNCS website.