The University of Dubuque has been named to the 2013 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.
“It is an exciting honor for the University of Dubuque to receive this distinction again,” said Danielle Kuboushek, assistant director of student activities and a member of the team in charge of applying for this honor roll on behalf of the University. “Service is an important part of the University of Dubuque’s Mission, woven through our campus culture. The award recognizes the time and passion our students, faculty, and staff have poured into serving the community in numerous ways and venues, including class projects, student organization fundraisers and programs, ventures during New Student Orientation, and individual efforts.”
“Congratulations to the University of Dubuque, its faculty and students for its commitment to service, both in and out of the classroom,” said Wendy Spencer, CEO of CNCS. “Through its work, institutions of higher education are helping improve their local communities and create a new generation of leaders by challenging students to go beyond the traditional college experience and solve local challenges.”
Inspired by the thousands of college students who traveled across the country to support relief efforts along the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina, CNCS has administered the award since 2006 and manages the program in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, as well as the American Council on Education and Campus Compact.
Numerous academic initiatives at University of Dubuque are designed to provide students opportunities to use the skills they learn in the classroom to meet real needs in the community. The University’s commitment to service begins for all first-year students each August with a workday at the Mines of Spain, a local nature preserve. As part of their sophomore seminar, students research and assist a local community service agency. Throughout their years at UD, students also participate in service projects planned in residence life, as Wendt Character Scholars, in the athletic program, with their fraternities or sororities, in campus ministry, and across the curriculum.
The President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll honors the nation’s leading higher education institutions and their students, faculty and staff for their commitment to bettering their communities through service. These are institutions that reflect the values of exemplary community service and achieve meaningful outcomes in their communities.
The Corporation for National and Community Service 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 Obama's national call to service initiative, United We Serve. For more information, visit www.nationalservice.gov.