UM-Dearborn has been named to the 2009 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement

March 8, 2010

DEARBORN / March 8, 2010---The University of Michigan-Dearborn and its students are leaders in utilizing community service to impact the life, economy and culture of the metropolitan Detroit region.    

That’s why the university has been named to the 2009 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement.  The award is administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service.

UM-Dearborn was honored for its annual Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Day, a collaborative effort that brings together hundreds of volunteers from the university, United Way for Southeastern Michigan, Henry Ford Community College, Lawrence Technological University, Madonna University, Oakland University and Oakland Community College.

“Our campus is known across the U.S. for the collaborative effort involved in MLK Day and the ability to mobilize more than 500 students and volunteers in the region,” said Jonathan Larson, who manages student programs in UM-Dearborn’s Student Activities Office.  “We work for months to plan the event, so it’s wonderful to be recognized in this way and for the service we strive to provide to the metropolitan community.”

In addition, the UM-Dearborn was recognized for its participation in the United Way’s Alternative Spring Break program as well as the campus’s Civic Engagement Project, a program that nurtures action in the community while fostering a vision of higher education through academic service-learning courses and other faculty initiatives.    

“Congratulations to UM-Dearborn and its students for their dedication to service and commitment to improving their local communities,” said Patrick Corvington, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service. “Our nation's students are a critical part of the equation and vital to our efforts to tackle the most persistent challenges we face. They have achieved impactful results and demonstrated the value of putting knowledge into practice to help renew America through service.”


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About University of Michigan-Dearborn
The University of Michigan-Dearborn is celebrating its 50th anniversary throughout the 2009/2010 academic year. Founded in 1959 with a gift of just over 200 acres of land and $6.5 million from the Ford Motor Company, UM-Dearborn has been distinguished by its commitment to providing excellent educational opportunities responsive to the needs of southeastern Michigan. The university has 8,700 students pursuing undergraduate, master’s, doctoral and professional degrees in the liberal arts and sciences, engineering, business, education, and public administration. With a faculty devoted to teaching, and students committed to achievement, UM-Dearborn has been shaped by its history of interaction with business, government and industry in southeastern Michigan, and is committed to responding to the needs of the region in the future.
 

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