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Loyola University Chicago Receives Presidential Award for Commitment to Community Service
University Just One of Six to be Recognized Nationwide
CHICAGO, May 18, 2011 — Loyola University Chicago has received the Presidential Award in the 2010 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). This honor is the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to community service.
The CNCS recognized more than 600 colleges and universities for their impact on issues related to literacy, neighborhood revitalization, supporting at-risk youth, and more. Of that total, 511 were named to the Honor Roll, 114 received the recognition of Honor Roll with distinction, 11 were identified as finalists, and just six received the highest honor, the Presidential Award.
The Presidential Award recognizes high impact service-learning programs and community work study programs, as well as institutional structures for service, such as the programs within Loyola’s Center for Experiential Learning (CEL). Loyola received the Presidential Award in the Promise Neighborhoods Model category, which is characterized by coordinated, wrap-around, youth-focused services that work together to support the educational and social needs of children. The implementation and overall success of Loyola’s Target New Transitions (TNT) programs, its Madonna Scholars High School Intervention program, and the Center for Experiential Learning’s curriculum, which includes 82 service-learning courses and translates to 75,735 hours of community engagement for students, were among the many factors earning the University the coveted Presidential Award.
“This award demonstrates national recognition of our University-wide commitment to service,” said Patrick Green, director of the CEL. “It is really about faculty, staff, and students living the mission of the University, ‘to expand knowledge in the service of humanity through learning, justice, and faith.’”
The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, launched in 2006, annually recognizes institutions of higher education for their commitment to and achievement in community service. The President’s Honor Roll increases the public’s awareness of the contributions that colleges and their students make to local communities and the nation as a whole.
For a full list of award recipients and more information about the Honor Roll, visit www.nationalservice.gov.
About Loyola University Chicago
Committed to preparing people to lead extraordinary lives, Loyola University Chicago, founded in 1870, is the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic university. Enrollment is nearly 16,000 students, which includes almost 10,000 undergraduates hailing from all 50 states and 82 countries. The University has four campuses: three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy. Loyola also serves as the U.S. host university to The Beijing Center for Chinese Studies in Beijing, China and now features an academic center in Saigon-Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Loyola’s 10 schools and colleges include arts and sciences, business administration, communication, education, graduate studies, law, medicine, nursing, continuing and professional studies, and social work. Loyola offers 71 undergraduate majors, 71 undergraduate minors, 85 master’s degrees, and 31 doctoral degrees. Loyola is consistently ranked among the “top national universities” by U.S.News & World Report, and the University is among a select group of universities recognized for community service and engagement by prestigious national organizations, such as the Carnegie Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service. For more information about Loyola, please visit LUC.edu.