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UNI honored for community service

CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) -- The University of Northern Iowa has been named to the 2009 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.

Honorees are chosen based on a series of selection factors including the scope and innovation of service projects, percentage of student participation in service activities, incentives for service and the extent to which the school offers academic service-learning courses.

Special projects for which UNI has been recognized in 2009 include:

- Special Olympics, where more than 800 students and faculty assisted with events involving 25 teams from Northeast Iowa.

- UNI American Humanics Program, which partnered with the Black Hawk County Long-Term Disaster Relief Committee to serve victims of the 2008 summer floods and tornadoes.

- Relay for Life of UNI, where 96 students formed 89 teams that raised a total of $67,475.

- Partnership with Salvation Army Waterloo-Cedar Falls, which offers year-long educational programs to 100 K through sixth grade students.

- Partnership with Central Middle School in Waterloo where UNI middle-level education majors tutor and teach students.

College students make a significant contribution to the volunteer sector; in 2009, 3.16 million students performed more than 300 million hours of service, according to the Volunteering in America study released by the Corporation.


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