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COLUMBUS, Miss. – For the third consecutive year, Mississippi University for Women has been recognized on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.

The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, launched in 2006, annually highlights the role colleges and universities play in solving community problems and placing more students on a lifelong path of civic engagement by recognizing institutions that achieve meaningful, measureable outcomes in the communities they serve.

Honorees are chosen based on a series of selection factors, including the scope and innovation of service projects, the extent to which service-learning is embedded in the curriculum, the school’s commitment to long-term campus-community partnerships and measurable community outcomes as a result of service.

“We are truly honored by this recognition. I am very appreciative of all faculty, staff and students for their commitment to community service and dedication to making a difference,” said Dr. Jim Borsig, MUW president. “Community service is important in developing leadership skills among our students. It is also an opportunity for faculty and staff to demonstrate leadership through service on campus and in the community.”

MUW students, faculty and staff completed 256,000 hours of community service in 2011-12.

Those programs included weekend service trips to assist with disaster recovery and low income housing projects as well as service learning projects that assisted in health care and education throughout the Golden Triangle.

In his February inaugural address, Borsig challenged all in The W family to expand the university’s commitment to service, especially in outreach to public schools.

Jessica Harpole, MUW director of student life, said, “The Office of Community Service is excited that the dedication of our students, faculty and staff has been recognized through the service honor roll, and we will work to continue this strong tradition of service to our community this year.”

The Corporation for National and Community Service oversees the Honor Roll in collaboration with the U.S. Departments of Education and Housing and Urban Development, Campus Compact and the American Council on Education.

CNCS is a federal agency that engages more than five million Americans in service through its Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, Learn and Serve America programs and leads President Barack Obama’s national call to service initiative, United We Serve. For more information, visit NationalService.gov.

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