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AZ/IL: MWU Earns National Award for Community Service

March 02, 2009

by Jill Blair-Smith

Midwestern University (MWU) was named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for exemplary service to America's communities. This is the second year in a row that University has earned this honor from the Corporation for National and Community Service in collaboration with the Department of Education, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation. The Community Service Honor Roll is the highest federal recognition a school can achieve for its commitment to service and civic engagement.

"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.

"In this time of economic distress, we need volunteers more than ever. College students represent an enormous pool of idealism and energy to help tackle some of our toughest challenges," said Stephen Goldsmith, vice chair of the Board of Directors of the Corporation for National and Community Service, which oversees the Honor Roll. "We salute Midwestern University for making community service a campus priority, and thank the millions of college students who are helping to renew America through service to others."

Honorees for the award were chosen based on a series of 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.

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