March 28, 2012
WEST HAVEN, CONN. -- The University of New Haven -- for the fifth year in a row – has been honored by The Corporation for National and Community Service and the U.S. Department of Education for its commitment to community service and service learning.
The designation is sponsored by the president of the United States and administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS).
The recognition was given this year to 513 institutions of higher education throughout the country that have engaged students, faculty and staff in substantial, relevant and meaningful service to communities.
UNH’s Community Service Office estimates that nearly 1,720 students volunteered more than 22,017 hours during the 2010-11 academic year. More than 40 percent of the students completed at least 20 hours of service in both the fall and spring semesters.
“This award demonstrates how hard-working and community-service minded our students are. We are grateful to them and to the dedicated faculty members who instill in the students a desire to give back,” said UNH President Steven H. Kaplan. “The University of New Haven is known for experiential education and community service and we are delighted that they have done so much. Community service allows our students an opportunity to use their skills to make a difference.”
In its application for the designation, UNH highlighted several programs:
- 10 UNH students worked on two Sundays a month with St. Mary’s Church of New Haven to prepare deliver and serve food at the Immanuel Baptist Shelter and Soup Kitchen
- 27 students worked on projects during the Alternative Spring Break Program including nine who volunteered at local Habitat for Humanity building sites and cleaning the playground and gymnasium for the West Haven Child Development Center; six who worked at New Haven Reads; five at Christian Community Action; four at the New Haven Children’s Museum; and three at Life Haven, a temporary shelter for homeless, pregnant women in New Haven
- A number of students tutor and serve as mentors to young people in neighborhoods in West Haven throughout the school year.
UNH student volunteers organized by the Office of Student Activities cleaned up West Haven's beaches after Tropical Storm Irene.
The President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll recognizes higher education institutions that reflect the values of exemplary community service and achieve meaningful outcomes in their communities. Inspired by the thousands of college students who traveled across the country to support relief efforts along the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina, the initiative celebrates the transformative power and volunteer spirit that exists within the higher education community.
“Through service, these institutions are creating the next generation of leaders by challenging students to tackle tough issues and create positive impacts in the community,” said Robert Velasco, acting chief executive officer of CNCS. “We applaud the Honor Roll schools, their faculty and students for their commitment to make service a priority in and out of the classroom. Together, service and learning increase civic engagement while fostering social innovation among students, empowering them to solve challenges within their communities.”
The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) is a federal agency that engages more than five million Americans in service through its Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and Learn and Serve America programs, and leads President Barack Obama’s national call to service initiative, United We Serve.
The University of New Haven is a private, top-tier comprehensive institution recognized as a national leader in experiential education. Founded in 1920 on the campus of Yale University in cooperation with Northeastern University, UNH moved to its current West Haven campus in 1960. The University provides its students with a unique combination of a solid liberal arts education and real-world, hands-on career and research opportunities. UNH enrolls approximately 6,400, including nearly 1,800 graduate students and more than 4,600 undergraduates – the majority of whom reside in University housing. Through its College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business, Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences, Tagliatela College of Engineering, and University College, UNH offers 75 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. UNH students have access to more than 50 study abroad programs worldwide and its student-athletes compete in 16 varsity sports in the NCAA Division II’s highly competitive Northeast-10 Conference.