MELBOURNE, FL —Florida Institute of Technology has again been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. This is the sixth consecutive year that the university has earned this national recognition for its exemplary community efforts.
“Civic engagement is not simply taught; it is lived,” said Florida Tech President Anthony J. Catanese. “The university is pleased to receive this national honor for our dedication to our community and to making the world a better place. Our students, faculty and staff engage very seriously in this commitment to helping others.”
The 2012 Honor Roll recipients were announced this spring at the American Council on Education’s 94th Annual Meeting in Los Angeles, Calif.
An example of Florida Tech’s community involvement is that from January through December 2011, 811 individual student, staff and faculty volunteers donated more than 21,000 community and campus service hours. These volunteers assisted 51 local and national non-profit organizations through service and fundraising, collecting over $30,000, with Greek Life, Residence Life, and the Campus Services Department leading many of the on-campus service and philanthropy efforts. In academic year 2011-2012, local organizations such as the Brevard Zoo, the Islamic Society of Brevard County, and the South Animal Care and Adoption Center benefited from the campus community’s generous donations of time and talent.
The Corporation for National and Community Service, which leads President Obama’s national call to service initiative, United We Serve, administers the annual Honor Roll award. It recognized 642 colleges and universities for their impact on issues from poverty and homelessness to environmental justice.
On campuses across the country, thousands of students joined their faculty to develop innovative programs and projects to meet local needs using the skills gained in their classrooms. Business students served as consultants to budget-strapped nonprofits and businesses, law students volunteered at legal clinics, and dozens of others organized anti-hunger campaigns.
For more information, visit www.NationalService.gov/HonorRoll.