USF on Community Service Honor Roll
Statement as issued Monday by the university:
March 11, 2013 FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The University of Saint Francis (USF) has been listed on the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by the Corporation for National and Community Service.
The honor roll selection is recognition from the highest levels of government of the exemplary community service and meaningful community outcomes contributed by higher education institutions. USF is the only Fort Wayne institution of higher learning to be so listed.
“As a Catholic university, the concept of service is deeply embedded into our school’s fabric,” said Katrina Boedeker, director of the USF Center for Service Engagement. “The university’s Franciscan value of service to one another, society and the Church underlies the creation of our Center for Service Engagement three years ago. The center connects our students to meaningful service opportunities which may be tied to course material or simply be for the common good. It also helps interested faculty members create partnerships with agencies where students can practice what they have learned in the classroom in a real-world setting.”
USF was selected for the President’s Community Service Higher Education Honor Roll for its commitment to service engagement at every level, including academic service-learning (a teaching pedagogy in which service in the community is linked to academic course content), and co-curricular service and service-learning. Seventy-nine percent of faculty and staff members reported serving a combined 4,613 hours, and USF students contributed 254,299 hours of service to the community through university initiatives in 2011-2012, the academic year upon which the award was based.
Projects submitted for the honor included the provision of local and international health screenings and education, alleviating food insufficiencies through work with local food banks, and community health holistic nursing and advocacy services.
“This award speaks strongly of the mission of the University of Saint Francis,” said university President Sister M. Elise Kriss, OSF. “It demonstrates the relationship between service and the university’s Catholic social teaching. We are proud of the honor, which so clearly recognizes our dedication to our values.”
The formal announcement of the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll took place at the American Council on Education annual conference in Washington, D.C. on Monday. The honor roll was launched in 2006 to annually highlight the role colleges and universities play in solving community problems and placing more students on a lifelong path of civic engagement.