West Virginia University was named to the Presidents Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the seventh straight year.

The honor roll was launched by former President George W. Bush to honor colleges and universities that support innovative, effective and exemplary community service programs. WVU has made the honor roll each year since its creation.

“The best gift we can provide our University is recognition of hard work. For the seventh year, we are very proud of our faculty, staff, and students for proving that Mountaineers are dedicated to service,” said Dr. Kristi Wood-Turner, Director of the Center for Civic Engagement.

The Corporation for National and Community Service deemed WVU as a leader among institutions of higher education, and admitted the University into the honor roll for engaging its students, faculty and staff in meaningful service that achieves measurable results in the community.

In 2010, around 19,000 WVU students engaged in some form of community service and/or academic service learning. Around 4,500 of those students put in at least 20 hours of community service.

The CNCS, which has administered the honor roll since 2006, admitted a total of 641 colleges and universities for their impact on issues from literacy and neighborhood revitalization to supporting at-risk youth. Of that total, 511 were named to the Honor Roll, 114 received the recognition of honor roll with distinction, 11 were identified as finalists, and six received the Presidential Award.

“Congratulations to West Virginia University and its students for their dedication to service and commitment to improving their local communities,” said Patrick A. Corvington, Chief Executive Officer of CNCS. “We salute all the Honor Roll awardees for embracing their civic mission and providing opportunities for their students to tackle tough national challenges through service.”

A total of 851 institutions applied for the 2010 Honor Roll, a 9 percent increase over last year. In 2009, 3.2 million college students dedicated more than 307 million hours of service to communities across the country, service valued at more than $6.4 billion.

For a full list of recipients and descriptions of their service, visit www.NationalService.gov/HonorRoll.



CONTACT: Brett White, Center for Civic Engagement
304-293-8762, Brett.White@mail.wvu.edu

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