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FGCU Receives Honor Roll with Distinction Award for Community Service
5/20/2011

FORT MYERS, FL - The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) named Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for exemplary service efforts and service to disadvantaged youth May 12.

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. FGCU is the only university in the State of the University System to receive the Honor Roll designation with Distinction.

"Interim director of the Office of Service-Learning and Civic Engagement Jessica Rhea and her staff have done an outstanding job in championing our service-learning program at FGCU, and this award is further testament to the work that they have accomplished," said Associate Provost and Associate Vice President for Office of Curriculum and Instruction Peg Gray-Vickrey.

The Honor Roll is jointly sponsored by the Corporation, through its Learn and Serve America program, and the Department of Education, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, USA Freedom Corps, and the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation.

The Corporation for National and Community Service is a federal agency that improves lives, strengthens communities, and fosters civic engagement through service and volunteering. The Corporation administers Senior Corps, AmeriCorps and Learn and Serve America, a program that supports service-learning in schools, institutions of higher education and community-based organizations.

Service projects highlighted in this year's application were the Wings of Hope Program, created and directed by Ricky Pires, the 350.org and Campus Trail Clean-Ups, organized by FGCU faculty Annette Snapp and Sarah Davis respectively, and FGCU's "Campaign for Fair Food," where students partnered with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers in a grassroots movement to change the way the tomato industry treats farm workers and to increase their sub-poverty wages.

Rhea attributes this award and the success of FGCU's Office of Service-Learning and Civic Engagement to FGCU's commitment to the University's Guiding Principle that states "Informed and engaged citizens are essential to the creation of a civil and sustainable society." She thanks the exceptional faculty of FGCU and its passionate students who are willing to offer their time, energy, and knowledge to bring about positive change in our community.

For more information about the award or the Office of Service-Learning and Civic Engagement at FGCU, contact Jessica Rhea at (239) 590-7016.

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