UC Riverside Named to President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll With Distinction

Second consecutive year that UCR has received recognition for students' volunteering efforts

MBA Student Association - Keep Riverside Clean & Beautiful

The UCR MBA Student Association participated in the Keep Riverside Clean & Beautiful project. (Photo courtesy of Diana Colgrove)

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RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) — The University of California, Riverside has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) and the U.S. Department of Education. The award recognizes higher education institutions that reflect the values of exemplary community service and achieve meaningful outcomes in their communities.

The 2012 Honor Roll recipients were announced at the American Council on Education’s 94th Annual Meeting Ahead of the Curve on Monday March 12, 2012, in Los Angeles, CA. UC Riverside was also named to the honor roll in 2010. (The award’s annual release date was changed, resulting in there not being a 2011 award.)

“Land grant universities were founded 150 years ago with the notion of supporting the communities and the people they serve,” said UC Riverside Chancellor Timothy P. White. “Our students contribute daily to this mission and make me extremely proud. Although so many of our gifted students are from relatively low income families, they still find time to give back to their community through volunteerism and service while studying and working a job. At UC Riverside, our slogan is ‘Living the Promise.’ These students not only live their own promise, they help others to live theirs.”

UCR Students at Save Your Melon

MBA students Diana Colgrove, Blake Coffin, Susanne Teng, and Pimsai Mukdasakul at the First Flight with the Anaheim Ducks Event. They assisted the Orange County Department of Education to educate kids about the importance of wearing a helmet in the "Save Your Melon" exhibit. (Photo courtesy of Diana Colgrove)

“Through service, these institutions are creating the next generation of leaders by challenging students to tackle tough issues and create positive impacts in the community,” Robert Velasco, acting CEO of CNCS said in a prepared statement. “We applaud the honor roll schools, their faculty and students for their commitment to make service a priority in and out of the classroom. Together, service and learning increase civic engagement while fostering social innovation among students, empowering them to solve challenges within their communities.”

According to the 2010 UC Undergraduate Experiences Survey (UCUES), UC Riverside students averaged 3.5 hours of volunteer or community service work per week, compared to a system-wide average of 2.7 hours per week. The survey also showed that 57% of UCR students served as volunteers, compared to a system-wide average of 51%. In addition, 6.2% of UCR undergraduates spent 11 to 20 hours per week performing community service while 2.1% of spent 21 or more hours per week. Both percentages are highest among all UC campuses.

A total of 5,885 or UCR’s 16,232 undergraduate students participated in the 2010 UCUES.

Andrew Furness, Alexandra "Sasha" Prokuda, Brian Gray, Sarah French, Brachi Schindler, Breanna Harris, Anne Jacobs, Heather Hulton, Rebecca Swab, Juan Pablo "JP" Perea-Rodriguez, and Alejandro Cortez (alumnus; partially hidden), immediately after judging a local science fair.

The university, which had a fall 2011 enrollment of 20,956, over 370 registered student organizations with between 10,000 and 12,000 members. Many of these groups are devoted to community service.

“Community service is not a requirement at UCR and this milestone reflects our students’ inherent passion to give back to their communities,” Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs James Sandoval said. “It is exceptionally rewarding to know that the investment the State of California is making to educate our students will benefit society in deep and meaningful ways for years and decades to come.”

A total of 642 schools were named to the honor roll, with 110 receiving the honor roll with distinction. University of California schools that also received honor roll with distinction honors were UCLA and UC San Diego. UC Berkeley, UC Davis and UC Santa Barbara were also named to the honor roll. For a full list of recipients, visit www.NationalService.gov/HonorRoll.

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