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University of Houston-Clear Lake
News Release
Thursday, July 07, 2011

UH-Clear Lake receives national distinction for second year

HOUSTON — University of Houston-Clear Lake has been named to the 2010 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by the Corporation for National and Community Service, the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to community service. This marks the second year UH-Clear Lake received the honor.

The corporation recognized 641 colleges and universities for their impact on issues from literacy and neighborhood revitalization to supporting at-risk youth. UH-Clear Lake is among 511 colleges and universities throughout the country named to the Honor Roll for its various community service initiatives.

“Providing service to the community has been a long-standing commitment for UH-Clear Lake, reinforcing our goal of being a community-minded, partnership-oriented university,” says UH-Clear Lake President William A. Staples. “Our centers and programs are outstanding resources for the community in which we live. We feel honored to be recognized for this service.”

Several community service initiatives supported by UH-Clear Lake were recognized including the Center for Student Leadership, Involvement and Community Engagement, which provides students with a way to foster learning and personal development through leadership training and community service. The center coordinates volunteer opportunities for students with agencies such as the Habitat for Humanity and United Way.

UH-Clear Lake’s Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities offers assessment and intensive behavioral and other therapies for autistic children and their families, while the Psychological Services Clinic, provides individual, couple, family and group therapy.

The McWhirter Professional Development Laboratory School, a partnership with Clear Creek ISD, offers research-based professional development and education practice to improve student achievement. To increase educational opportunities for first-generation low-income students, UH-Clear Lake’s STEP or Success Through Education Programs provide a seamless path for students to graduate high school, attend college and return to their home communities as teachers.

Celebrating Our Elders is a unique college transition and mentoring program that assists disadvantaged and first-generation students. Since its inception, Celebrating Our Elders has distributed approximately $159,000 in scholarship funds to 270 first-generation Hispanic and African American students.

“UH-Clear Lake is pleased to be named to the honor roll for the second year, as we continue to strive to make community service an important part of our students’ education,” says UH-Clear Lake Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs Mrinal Mugdh.

UH-Clear Lake’s sister institution, UH-Downtown, also made the honor roll for the second year.

The Corporation for National and Community Service reported that in 2009, 3.2 million college students dedicated 307.3 million hours of service to communities across the country, which represents 27 percent of college students. Overall, 63.4 million Americans, age 16 and older, volunteered in 2009. The corporation oversees the Honor Roll in collaboration with the Department of Education, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Campus Compact and the American Council on Education.

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