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Loyola named to 2006 Presidentís Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll

Loyola press release - October 23, 2006

Loyola University New Orleans has been named to the 2006 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for General Community Service. The honor roll is an initiative of Learn and Serve America, a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service.

Since 1990, Learn and Serve America has allocated thousands of dollars in grant money to help incorporate community service in the classroom through service learning. The organization brings together schools, faith-based and other community organizations, and institutions of higher education to provide for both immediate and long-term needs in the community. The group recently established the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll to promote President Bush's commitment to the civic engagement programs of the nation's colleges and universities. The award program brings attention to the aid college students provide their local communities and through volunteer service.

Loyola was recognized with distinction for its student commitment to community service through volunteerism and service learning. Between 50 to 60 percent of students are involved in community service at Loyola, through programs such as Loyola University Community Action Program (LUCAP), the Law Clinic, The Social Justice Scholarship (SJS) Program, Shawn M. Donnelly Center for Nonprofit Communications, First-Year Experience, The Loyola New Orleans Alliance for Hope (NOAH) Project, Loyola Corps, and service learning courses on campus. Loyola offers between 23 to 28 service learning courses per semester.

More than 500 applications were received for the honor roll in its inaugural year. The three highest awards in the General Community Service Honor Roll category were given to California State University, Monterey Bay; Elon University; and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.

Presented in concert with Campus Compact, the 2006 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll is sponsored by the Corporation for National and Community Service, the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation, the USA Freedom Corps, and the U.S. Departments of Education and Housing and Urban Development. Additional information on the award program can be found at http://www.learnandserve.gov/about/programs/. More information on Loyola's service learning program can be found at http://www.loyno.edu/~srvlearn/