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FAU’s Weppner Center for Civic Engagement & Service Named to 2009 Presidential Honor Roll for Community Service

BOCA RATON, FL (March 15, 2010) – Florida Atlantic University’s Weppner Center for Civic Engagement & Service was recently honored by The Corporation for National and Community Service with a place on the 2009 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for exemplary service efforts and service to America’s communities.  The Center was recognized for its service learning curriculum at the university, creative community service programs for students and student participation in those programs.

“FAU’s Weppner Center for Civic Engagement & Service is pleased to be on the 2009 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll,” said Nori Carter, director of the Weppner Center. “Our commitment to serving the community is evidenced by the time invested from our faculty, staff and students in volunteer programs and academic service-learning course projects. We are honored to receive this recognition and continue to make strides toward servicing the needs in our community.”

Launched in 2006, the Community Service Honor Roll is the highest federal recognition a school can achieve for its commitment to service-learning and civic engagement. Overall, the Corporation honored six schools with Presidential Awards, 114 as Honor Roll with Distinction members and 620 schools as Honor Roll members.  In total, more than 700 schools were recognized.

“Congratulations to the awardees and students for their dedication to service and commitment to improving their local communities,” said Patrick Corvington, chief executive officer of the Corporation. “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 though service.”

The Honor Roll is a program of the Corporation, in collaboration with the Department of Education, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation. The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll is presented during the annual conference of the American Council on Education.

The Corporation for National and Community Service is a federal agency that improves lives, strengthens communities, and fosters civic engagement through service and volunteering. The Corporation administers Senior Corps, AmeriCorps and Learn and Serve America, a program that supports service-learning in schools, institutions of higher education and community-based organizations.

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