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March 1 , 2010

CSU Dominguez Hills Named to Presidentís
Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction

(Carson, CA) – California State University, Dominguez Hills has been named to the 2009 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction, the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement.

  President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), which administers the annual Honor Roll award, recognized more than 700 colleges and universities for their impact on issues from poverty and homelessness to environmental justice.

CSU Dominguez Hills was one of only 16 universities in California and only 115 institutions nationwide to be named to the Honor Roll’s “with distinction” list, which is given to campuses that ranked the highest in the Honor Roll’s selection criteria. Honorees for the Honor Roll are chosen based on a series of selection factors including the scope and innovation of service projects, percentage of student participation in service activities, incentives for service, and the extent to which the school offers academic service-learning courses. Click here for a full list of recipients.

“I am very proud of our students, faculty and staff for their commitment to this very diverse community,” said CSU Dominguez Hills President Mildred García. “Community engagement is an integral component of our students’ educational experience and vital to our role as a community partner, and I am extremely honored that their efforts are being recognized in this way.”

College students make a significant contribution to the volunteer sector: in 2009, 3.16 million students performed more than 300 million hours of service, according to the Volunteering in America study released by CNCS. At the CSU Dominguez Hills campus, students, faculty and staff engaged in service to community in many ways in the past year, from organizing toy, food and clothing drives for people in need, such as residents of disaster-ravaged Samoa or Haiti, or training students to present gang prevention programs at local Boys and Girls Clubs and parks and recreation departments, to helping at voter education and registration booths, or painting murals to liven up the walls at a local health center.  

The Honor Roll is a program of CNCS and is supported by the U.S. Departments of Education and Housing and Urban Development, Campus Compact, the American Council on Education, and other higher education associations. Each year, CNCS invests more than $150 million in fostering a culture of service on college campuses through grants awarded by its programs; the education awards that AmeriCorps members receive at the conclusion of their term of service to pay for college; and through support of training, research, recognition, and other initiatives to spur college service. For more information, visit www.nationalservice.gov.



About CSU Dominguez Hills -- California State University, Dominguez Hills is a highly diverse, urban university located in the South Bay, primarily serving the Los Angeles metropolitan area. The university prides itself on its outstanding faculty and friendly, student-centered environment. Known for excellence in teacher education, nursing, psychology, business administration, and digital media arts, new degree programs include computer science, criminal justice, recreation and leisure studies, social work, and communication disorders. On campus is the Home Depot Center, a multi-purpose sports complex that hosts world-class soccer, tennis, track and field, lacrosse, and cycling.



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