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FAU Named to U.S. President’s 2013 Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll

Honor Marks University’s Fifth Consecutive Year of Achievement

BOCA RATON, Fla. (April 12, 2013) Florida Atlantic University's Weppner Center for Civic Engagement and Service recently received recognition from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) for its commitment to service and civic engagement on campus, in the community and the nation. The honor reflects the high level of participation by FAU students in innovative community volunteer programs and service-learning projects.

“We are honored to be named to the 2013 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll,” said Nori Carter, director of the Weppner Center. “It speaks to the high caliber of FAU’s faculty, staff and students who give tirelessly of their time, gifts and talents in service both to our campus and our community.”

The Honor Roll, established in 2006, was inspired by the efforts of thousands of college students who came to the aid of Gulf Coast communities after Hurricane Katrina. It is the highest recognition a school can achieve for its commitment to service learning and civic engagement. The program aims to increase public awareness of the role colleges and universities can and do have in solving the problems facing American communities and the world at-large.

“Through service, these institutions are creating the next generation of leaders by challenging students to tackle tough issues and create positive impacts in the community,” said Robert Velasco, acting chief executive officer of CNCS. “We applaud the Honor Roll schools, their faculty and students for their commitment to make service a priority in and out of the classroom.”

FAU first achieved this service recognition in 2006, then in 2008 and each year since (except in 2011 as the award program was not offered that year). The University was chosen for its service-learning curriculum, creative community service programs for students and participation in those programs.

The CNCS is a federal agency that oversees the Honor Roll in collaboration with the Department of Education, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Campus Compact and the American Council on Education. Actively engaging more than 5 million Americans in service through its Senior Corps, AmeriCorps and Learn and Serve America programs, the CNCS also leads U.S. President Barack Obama’s national call to service initiative, United We Serve. For more information about the CNCS, visit

For more information about FAU’s Weppner Center, contact Nori Carter at 561-297-3607 or


Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University, with an annual economic impact of $6.3 billion, serves more than 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students at sites throughout its six-county service region in southeast Florida. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The University is placing special focus on the rapid development of three signature themes – marine and coastal issues, biotechnology and contemporary societal challenges – which provide opportunities for faculty and students to build upon FAU’s existing strengths in research and scholarship. For more information, visit

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