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  Avila receives national honor for community service    
                   
  Kansas City, MO    
February 9, 2009
 
 

Avila University was named to the 2008 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by the Corporation for National and Community Service.

This recognition is awarded by the highest levels of the federal government to institutions exemplifying outstanding commitments to service and civic engagement both on campus and in the community. This year, 635 colleges from across the nation were named to the third annual honor roll.

“Avila students, faculty and staff have always distinguished themselves in their quiet, humble service to and engagement with the community,” said Avila University President Ron Slepitza, Ph.D. “It is nice to receive this national recognition for these efforts. Service to the ‘dear neighbor’ is at the core of who we are as an institution sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet.”

Honorees for the award were chosen based on a series of selection factors, including 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.

The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, launched in 2006, recognizes colleges and universities nationwide that support innovative and effective community service and service-learning programs. The honor roll is a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service, collectively sponsored by the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation, the U.S. Departments of Education and Housing and Urban Development.

For a complete list of colleges and universities named to the third annual honor roll, visit www.nationalservice.gov/honorroll.

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Avila University is a private, co-educational, values-based liberal arts institution founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, offering undergraduate, graduate, and adult degree programs. Avila University is located at 119th and Wornall Rd in southwest suburban Kansas City, Mo.