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Santa Clara University Makes Presidential Honor Roll for Community Service
Monday, Mar. 18, 2013
SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 13, 2013—Santa Clara University has again ranked among the nation’s most service-oriented institutions of higher learning. The Corporation for National and Community Service named SCU to the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, which honors schools that excel in “placing students on a lifelong path of civic engagement by engaging them in meaningful service that achieves measurable results in the community.” This is the seventh consecutive year the University has received this award.
Santa Clara University students participated in over 133,000 hours of service during the 2011-2012 school year. That’s up from 119,000 hours the year before. Several programs offer students and others opportunities for active engagement, research, and service oriented-learning, such as:
For example, “Exploring Society Through Photography” is a visual arts course taught by lecturer Renee Billingslea. Students develop a relationship with an underserved member of the community, often at a local homeless shelter or elderly home, and take their portrait. The imagery creates a striking reminder to promote social change and justice.
The School of Engineering’s Engineering Month was another highlight of this year's service hours. Engineering students volunteering at the Third Street Community Center getting young kids excited about science, technology, and engineering.
The Presidential Honor Roll is based on a series of factors, including the scope and innovation of service projects, the extent to which service-learning is embedded in the curriculum, the school’s commitment to long-term campus-community partnerships, and measurable community outcomes as a result of the service. For a full list of recipients and descriptions of their service, visit http://www.nationalservice.gov/about/initiatives/honorroll.asp.