University of Tulsa receives national recognition for community service

Monday, March 01, 2010


TU has been named to the 2009 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, for commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement.

The University of Tulsa has been named to the 2009 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, a federal recognition for a college or university’s commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement.

The Corporation for National and Community Service, which administers the annual Honor Roll award, recognized colleges and universities for their impact on issues from poverty and homelessness to environmental justice.

The following are some highlights of the TU service-learning initiative:

  • University of Tulsa students, faculty and staff volunteer more than 100,000 hours annually.
  • Service-learning is heavily integrated into the TU curriculum, and is a cornerstone of the award-winning Tulsa Undergraduate Research Challenge (TURC). 
  • Community service is an integral part of the student experience. Each year, the entire undergraduate freshman class and first year law students perform community service throughout Tulsa. 
  • Each spring, TU students organize a service-learning day to help Tulsa residents and organizations with a variety of needs.

To better support its commitment to service, TU provides several service programs under its Office of University and Community Engagement.

In 2009, The University of Tulsa launched True Blue Neighbors, a partnership with the Kendall-Whittier neighborhood that shares the university’s resources and people to help improve the quality of life in one of Tulsa’s most economically challenged areas.

The Corporation for National and Community Service oversees the honor roll in collaboration with the Department of Education, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Campus Compact and the American Council on Education. Honorees are chosen based on a series of selection factors including scope and innovation 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.

The Corporation for National and Community Service is a federal agency that engages more five million Americans in service through its Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and Learn and Serve America programs, and leads President Obama's national call to service initiative, United We Serve. For more information, visit NationalService.gov.

About The University of Tulsa
Ranked among the top 100 universities in the nation, The University of Tulsa is a private institution providing comprehensive educational opportunities to more than 4,100 graduate and undergraduate students in the arts, business, engineering, the sciences and law. TU has one of the nation’s most academically distinguished student bodies who thrive in the university’s rigorous programs that feature personalized attention, small class sizes and low student-to-faculty ratio.

Contact:
Amethyst Cavallaro
918-631-2656
cavallaro@utulsa.edu

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