UNH Manchester Nationally Recognized for Community Service

Thursday, March 29, 2012

UNH Manchester has been named to the 2012 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement. The college received the award in 2009 as well.

UNH Manchester was admitted to the Honor Roll in March for its work in education, community service, and community based research. The college was among only six institutions in New Hampshire and one of 513 across the US to receive this distinction.

“Preparing students to participate in our democracy and providing them with opportunities to take on local and global issues in their course work are as central to the mission of education as boosting college completion and closing the achievement gap,” said Eduardo Ochoa, the U.S. Department of Education’s assistant secretary for postsecondary education. “The Honor Roll schools should be proud of their work to elevate the role of service-learning on their campuses. Galvanizing their students to become involved in projects that address pressing concerns and enrich their academic experience has a lasting impact – both in the communities in which they work and on their own sense of purpose as citizens of the world. I hope we’ll see more and more colleges and universities following their lead.”

During the 2011-2012 academic year, more than 240 UNH Manchester students engaged in nearly 4,500 hours of service to the community. Projects included a First Year Service day at the NH Food Bank; the annual Warmth from the Millyard program which provides warm clothing to NH citizens; and the Undergraduate Community-Based Research Course in which students act as problem solvers to assist a community organization to better serve its clients.

UNH Manchester is a vital part of the educational, economic, and cultural life of central and southern New Hampshire and northern Massachusetts, serving the needs of a diverse urban population and bringing the resources of the state's flagship university to the urban center. UNH Manchester is committed to the economic growth and welfare of the region, encouraging students to connect their work in the University with their lives in their communities.

The Corporation for National and Community Service, which has administered the Honor Roll since 2006, admitted a total of 642 schools to colleges and universities for their impact on issues from literacy and neighborhood revitalization to supporting at-risk youth. Of that total, 513 were named to the Honor Roll, 110 received the recognition of Honor Roll with distinction, 14 were identified as finalists, and five received the Presidential Award. For a full list of recipients, visit www.NationalService.gov/HonorRoll.

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) is a federal agency that engages more than five million Americans in service through its Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and Learn and Serve America programs, and leads President Barack Obama’s national call to service initiative, United We Serve. For more information, visit NationalService.gov.