Campus: MONTEREY BAY -- October 24, 2006

CSUMB receives Presidential Award for community service

California State University, Monterey Bay is one of three recipients of the Presidential Award as part of the first President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.

President Dianne Harrison picked up the award Oct. 17 in Chicago.

"I am thrilled to have CSUMB receive this prestigious award," Dr. Harrison said. " It represents national recognition for the work that our faculty and students have contributed to our surrounding communities. It is important as part of our campus vision that students experience and appreciate what civic engagement, social justice and being an active member of the community is all about. It also helps our communities appreciate the positive role that students, faculty and the institution can play as key participants in making our communities better places to be for all of the citizenry."

CSUMB is the only university in California, and one of the few nationally, to have made service learning a graduation requirement for all students. Last year, 1,600 CSUMB students enrolled in service learning courses, contributing nearly 57,000 hours of service to more than 250 schools, non-profit organizations and government agencies in the tri-county area.

A total of 492 institutions - including private and public schools, four-year institutions, professional schools, and community colleges - were named to the Honor Roll. Those schools chronicled a broad variety of service programs and activities that have strengthened neighborhoods around them and in the Gulf region.

For their efforts, six schools received the President's Honor Roll top award. In addition to CSUMB, Elon University of North Carolina and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis received top honors for community service. Louisiana State University, Tulane University, and Jackson State University were recognized for providing outstanding hurricane relief.

"CSUMB truly sets an example for college civic engagement," said Stephen Goldsmith, chairman of the Board of Directors of the Corporation for National and Community Service, which fosters a culture of volunteering and service in America. "Community service is of growing importance on college campuses across the country, and CSUMB is a model for how to achieve success through service."

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