Midwestern University (MWU) was recently named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for exemplary service to America's communities. This is the third year in a row that University has earned a spot on the honor roll, which is the highest federal recognition a college or university can achieve for its commitment to service and civic engagement. The award is presented by the Corporation for National and Community Service in collaboration with the Department of Education, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Campus Compact, and the American Council on Education.
"Service, dedication, and caring are the foundation of our entire academic community," said Kathleen H. Goeppinger, Ph.D., President and CEO of Midwestern University. "I take pride in our outreach to the entire community."
Midwestern University has a strong tradition of community service on both the Downers Grove, IL and Glendale, AZ campuses. Midwestern University students coordinate health fairs in underserved neighborhoods; provide health care at homeless shelters and inner-city clinics; organize fundraisers for public service agencies; conduct high school physicals; and give presentations on health-related topics at local schools. The MWU faculty and staff are also active in the community, whether it is serving on local nonprofit boards, judging school science fairs, volunteering at local agencies, or providing free health lectures for the community.
"Congratulations to Midwestern University and its students for their dedication to service and commitment to improving their local communities," said Patrick Corvington, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service. "Our nation's students are a critical part of the equation and vital to our efforts to tackle the most persistent challenges we face. They have achieved impactful results and demonstrated the value of putting knowledge into practice to help renew America through service."
Honorees for the award were chosen based on a series of factors including the scope and innovation of service projects, the percentage of student participating in service activities, incentives for service, and the extent to which the school offers academic service-learning courses.
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