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Gonzaga Earns National Recognition for Community Service

Gonzaga students pitched in to help with Gonzaga’s Martin Luther King Day of Service at the Northeast Community Center in Hillyard by cleaning the neighborhood earlier this year. Gonzaga’s AmeriCorps and VISTA staff organized the clean-up. Photo by Rajah Bose.

Zags pitched in to help with Gonzaga’s MLK Day of Service at the Northeast Community Center in Hillyard by cleaning the neighborhood. Gonzaga’s AmeriCorps and VISTA staff organized the clean-up. Photo by Rajah Bose.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Corporation for National and Community Service has selected Gonzaga University for its 2010 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its institutional support and commitment to volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement. Gonzaga and Western Washington University in Bellingham were the only universities in Washington state tabbed for the Honor Roll with Distinction.

The organization, which has administered the Honor Roll since 2006, admitted a total of 641 colleges and universities nationwide for their  impact on issues from  literacy and neighborhood revitalization to supporting at-risk youth. Of that total, 511 were named to the Honor Roll,  114 earned recognition of Honor Roll with Distinction, 11 were identified as finalists, and six received the Presidential Award.

The organization praised Gonzaga’s compelling campus-community partnerships that produce measurable results for the community.

“As members of the class of 2011 cross the stage to pick up their diplomas, more and more will be going into the world with a commitment to public service and  the knowledge that they can make a difference in their communities and their own lives through service to others, thanks to the leadership of these institutions,” said Patrick A. Corvington, chief executive officer of CNCS, a federal agency. “Congratulations to Gonzaga University and its students for their dedication to service  and commitment to improving their local communities.”

A total of 851 institutions applied for the 2010 Honor Roll, a 9-percent increase from the previous year, a sign of the growing interest by colleges and universities in highlighting their efforts to engage students in making a difference in the community.

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