UNC Wilmington Named to 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll once again includes the University of North Carolina Wilmington among its list of colleges and universities noted for “solving community problems and placing more students on a lifelong path of civic engagement.”  UNCW has been included each year since the list’s inception in 2006.

As UNCW was pleased to announce in January, nearly half of UNCW’s 13,000 students provided some type of community service in 2010-11 through a number of academic, athletic and campus leadership programs. The total economic impact of their service approaches $3.9 million, based on national measurements of the value of volunteerism.  Overall, UNCW students, faculty and staff actively participate in more than 700 community partnerships, according to data gathered by the Chancellor’s Office of Community Partnerships.

“Our students and faculty love this community and I cannot say enough about the immeasurable value that their contributions make to improve the lives of others,” said Jenni Harris, assistant to the chancellor for community partnerships.  “We are fortunate to live and work in such a great region and are always looking for new opportunities to develop partnerships to fill any service gaps.”

The Corporation for National and Community Service presents the Honor Roll annually to recognize higher education institutions that reflect the values of exemplary community service and achieve meaningful outcomes in their communities.  UNCW’s Center for Leadership Education and Service (CLES) compiled, verified, and submitted the university’s community service hours for the award.  The Center encourages students to “volunteer, become a leader, and make a difference at UNCW and beyond.”

For more information: James Jarvis, Office of University Relations, jarvisjd@uncw.edu or 910.962.7259