UMass Amherst Receives President’s Honor Roll Award for Community Service

AMHERST, Mass. – The University of Massachusetts Amherst has been named to the 2007 U.S. President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for service-learning programs across the campus.

“We are delighted to receive this recognition,” said John Reiff, director of the UMass Amherst Office of Community Service Learning at Commonwealth College, the honors college. “It acknowledges the amazing work that UMass Amherst faculty, students and staff have done to build sustainable programs that add value to our nearby communities.”

The service programs integrate community service and academic work. Among the programs cited is Student Bridges, a student-initiated and student-funded outreach project that builds reciprocal relationships between UMass Amherst and its surrounding communities. Student Bridges collaborates with schools and community organizations to increase access to higher education for residents in Holyoke, Mass.

Launched in 2006, the Community Service Honor Roll is the highest federal recognition a school can achieve for its commitment to service-learning and civic engagement. Honorees were chosen based on a series of selection factors including scope and innovativeness 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.

Overall, the Community Service Honor Roll awarded six schools with Presidential Awards. In addition, four schools were recognized as Special Achievement Award winners, 127 as Honor Roll with Distinction members and 391 schools as Honor Roll members. A full list is available at www.nationalservice.gov/honorroll.

The Community Service Honor Roll is named by the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency that improves lives, strengthens communities, and fosters civic engagement through service and volunteering. The corporation administers Senior Corps, AmeriCorps and Learn and Serve America, a program that supports service-learning in schools, institutions of higher education and community-based organizations. For more information, go to http://www.nationalservice.gov.

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