SUNO named to President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll - Friday, June 04, 2010
Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO) has been named to
the 2009 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. The honor
was bestowed upon the University by the Corporation for National and Community
Service for service to the local communities. SUNO received word of the
honor in late May.
The Corporation for National and Community Service, which administers the
annual Honor Roll award, recognized more than 700 colleges and universities for
their impact on issues from poverty and homelessness to environmental justice.
On campuses across the country, thousands of students joined their faculty to
develop innovative programs and projects to meet local needs using the skills
gained in their classrooms. Business students served as consultants to
budget-strapped nonprofits and businesses, law students volunteered at legal
clinics, and dozens of others organized anti-hunger campaigns.
"Congratulations to Southern University at New Orleans 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."
The Honor Roll includes six colleges and universities that are recognized as
Presidential Awardees, with an additional 115 named to the Distinction List and
621 schools named as Honor Roll members. Honorees are chosen based on a series
of selection factors including the 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
"SUNO is honored to have received this recognition. Many of the academic
programs that we offer reflect service to the larger community, and this honor
encourages us to strive to serve even more. We are extremely proud of our
students, faculty and staff who participated in the process which yielded this
great achievement," said Victor Ukpolo, SUNO's Chancellor.
College students make a significant contribution to the volunteer sector. In
2009, 3.16 million students performed more than 300 million hours of service,
according to the Volunteering in America study released by the Corporation.
Each year, the Corporation invests more than $150 million in fostering a
culture of service on college campuses through grants awarded by its programs;
the education awards that AmeriCorps members receive at the conclusion of their
term of service to pay for college; and through support of training, research,
recognition, and other initiatives to spur college service.