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Wednesday, March 5, 2008

UNCP earns President’s Community Service Award

The University of North Carolina at Pembroke has been named to the 2007 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, according to an announcement from the University’s Center for Leadership and Service.

Tom Corti

Tom Corti

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It is the second consecutive award for UNCP from the American Council on Education that celebrates and honors civic engagement by institutions of higher education. It honors universities for its students’ volunteering and community service work and faculty involvement in service learning.

More than 500 UNCP students logged more than 10,000 volunteer hours in 2007. It is good news worth celebrating said Dr. Tom Corti, associate vice chancellor for Student Development.

“The data show our students are reaching out and giving back to the community,” Dr. Corti said. “The UNCP student of today has a keen sense of community service and a belief that they have a responsibility to contribute beyond the boundaries of the campus. We are so very proud of our students. They exemplify a strong sense of civil responsibility and duty that we value as an institution.”   

The honor roll is sponsored by the Corporation for National and Community Service through its Learn and Serve America program, the Departments of Education and Housing and Urban Development, USA Freedom Corps and the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation.

Aubrey Swett

Aubrey Swett

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The award is a tribute to UNCP’s students and faculty, said Aubrey Swett, director of the Center for Leadership and Service.

“I am very impressed with the response of our students and their willingness to volunteer for community service,” Swett said. “A culture of volunteerism and service is gaining momentum across campus.

The University has recognized community service as an integral part of student life and development, Swett said.

“All our offices – including Student and Greek life and the new Center for Service Learning in the Office of Academic Affairs – are working to develop more relevant opportunities through their programs,” he said.

To contact the Center for Leadership and Service, please call 910.521.6163 or email

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