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
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.
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.
The University of Texas at Arlington is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer.