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UT Arlington honored for distinguished community service

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Thursday, March 27, 2008

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Media Contact: Susan Slupecki

ARLINGTON - The University of Texas at Arlington has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for exemplary service efforts and service to disadvantaged youth.

Launched in 2006, the Honor Roll's Presidential Award, given each year to only a handful of institutions, is the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement.

UT Arlington was named particularly for its student involvement in volunteer activities, service-learning classes and internships that contributed to more than 120,000 service hours to our local, national and international communities.

A sampling of those projects includes one service-learning capstone course in which engineering students’ design and fabrication projects resulted in the creation of a large automated swing for severely handicapped high school students; a neck brace for long-term spine stabilization; an electronic remotely controlled bone extender to extend the length of deformed legs or arms in young people; a bar to correct club feet in infants; and an electronic-assisted hearing protection device.

In a sophomore English class, UT Arlington students mentored and taught poetry writing to middle level at-risk students at a local non-profit agency. In a music service-learning class, ten students spent four weeks in Ghana working 28 hours a week researching and teaching. And a business operations management service-learning class created efficient management strategies for a local non-profit agency. In response to the needs of that agency, these business students also were able to obtain more than $125,000 in additional funding requests to serve more youths in the area.

Also, nearly 500 student volunteers spend one Saturday morning each year in April performing services in the community for the “Big Event.”

“We are honored and proud that our students have been recognized for their remarkable service to our community and beyond,” said UT Arlington President James D. Spaniolo. “Our students lead by example, creating a culture of caring and compassion that serves them throughout their live and that ultimately makes our world a better place for everyone.”

The Honor Roll is a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service, and is sponsored by the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation, the USA Freedom Corps, and the U.S. Departments of Education and Housing and Urban Development.

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