Newman University has been named to the 2010 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for its commitment to and achievements in service to America’s communities. Newman, which was also on the 2008 honor roll, is one of only six colleges and universities in Kansas and the only university in Wichita selected for inclusion on the 2010 honor roll. Nationwide, only 641 colleges and universities were selected for their impact on issues ranging from literacy and neighborhood revitalization to supporting at-risk youth.
Launched in 2006, the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll is the highest federal recognition a school can achieve for its commitment to service-learning and civic engagement. Honorees are chosen based on several 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 the service. The program is administered by The Corporation for National and Community Service, in collaboration with the U.S. Departments of Education and Housing and Urban Development, Campus Compact, and the American Council on Education.
Newman students collectively perform thousands of hours of service work each year. Among the many service projects undertaken recently are holiday season toy and food drives for needy families in the area, annual trips to Crownpoint, N.M., and Guaymas, Mexico to perform work for underprivileged families, and building houses for Habitat for Humanity.
Learn more about the program here.