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December 19, 2014

Avila University Earns National Community Service Recognition for Sixth Consecutive Year

The President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll

Washington, D.C. – Avila University was named to the 2014 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. This designation, administered by The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) and the U.S. Department of Education, is the highest honor a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement.

Avila University was awarded for the sixth consecutive year to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for its work in serving the dear neighbor without distinction, one of the key missions of the university and a pillar of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, who sponsor the university.

“Avila has a long history of service-learning and believes strongly in preparing our graduates to be active leaders and participants in an ever-changing world,” said S. Marie Joan Harris, CSJ, Ph.D., Avila’s provost and vice president for academic affairs. “We’re honored to receive this prestigious award and owe much of it to the faculty and students themselves. They’re the energy driving our commitment, and they’re the ones who make it all happen.”

The President’s Honor Roll recognizes higher education institutions whose community service efforts achieve meaningful outcomes in their communities. CNCS, which has administered the Honor Roll since 2006, admitted more than 700 colleges and universities for their impact on issues from literacy and neighborhood revitalization to supporting at-risk youth. With more than 4,500 institutions of higher education in the U.S., that puts Avila among an elite 15 percent of universities and colleges receiving this honor.

Serving the dear neighbor always has been integral to Avila’s stated mission. Upon arrival at the school as new students, the entire class, along with student mentors, faculty and staff, are loaded onto buses and taken to an area food bank. Avila’s Campus Ministry annually is the largest and most active group on campus. And, in 2012, Avila began sponsorship of Jerusalem Farm, a Catholic service retreat in urban Kansas City, Mo.

Since 2006, CNCS has administered the award and manages the program in collaboration with the U.S. Departments of Education and Housing and Urban Development, Campus Compact, and the American Council on Education. Honorees are chosen based on a series of selection 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.

More information about Avila University’s community service efforts can be found at More information on eligibility and the full list of Honor Roll awardees can be found at


About Avila University
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.

The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll honors the nation’s leading higher education institutions and their students, faculty and staff for their commitment to bettering their communities through service. These are institutions that reflect the values of exemplary community service and achieve meaningful outcomes in their communities.

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) is a federal agency that engages more than five million Americans in service through Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, the Social Innovation Fund and other programs and leads President Obama’s national call to service initiative, United We Serve.

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