BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — Florida Atlantic University continues to gain national attention — this time, for its Weppner Center.
Florida Atlantic University's Weppner Center for Civic Engagement and Service recently received recognition from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) for its commitment to service and civic engagement on campus, in the community and the nation. The honor reflects the high level of participation by FAU students in innovative community volunteer programs and service-learning projects.
“We are honored to be named to the 2013 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll,” said Nori Carter, director of the Weppner Center. “It speaks to the high caliber of FAU’s faculty, staff and students who give tirelessly of their time, gifts and talents in service both to our campus and our community.”
The Honor Roll, established in 2006, was inspired by the efforts of thousands of college students who came to the aid of Gulf Coast communities after Hurricane Katrina. It is the highest recognition a school can achieve for its commitment to service learning and civic engagement. The program aims to increase public awareness of the role colleges and universities can and do have in solving the problems facing American communities and the world at-large.
“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,” said Robert Velasco, acting chief executive officer of CNCS. “We applaud the Honor Roll schools, their faculty and students for their commitment to make service a priority in and out of the classroom.”
FAU first achieved this service recognition in 2006, then in 2008 and each year since (except in 2011 as the award program was not offered that year). The University was chosen for its service-learning curriculum, creative community service programs for students and participation in those programs.
The CNCS is a federal agency that oversees the Honor Roll in collaboration with the Department of Education, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Campus Compact and the American Council on Education. Actively engaging more than 5 million Americans in service through its Senior Corps, AmeriCorps and Learn and Serve America programs, the CNCS also leads U.S. President Barack Obama’s national call to service initiative, United We Serve. For more information about the CNCS, visit www.nationalservice.gov.