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MSU named to president’s higher education community service honor roll

July 20, 2015 -- MSU News Service

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Montana State University was recently named to the 2014 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll in the category of general community service, for its commitment to improving the quality of life of off-campus community residents, particularly low-income individuals.

MSU was one of 770 colleges and universities nationwide, and one of only three in Montana, to be recognized for its service to the community.

In 2014, over 5,200 MSU students engaged in community service, giving 309,000 total service hours, through programs such as the MSU Compact Service Corps Program, MSU America Reads*America Counts and MSU Engineers Without Borders, according to Kathy Tanner, director of the Office of Activities and Engagement, which facilitates community service activities at MSU. Among other projects, students, faculty and staff helped provide medical and mental healthcare services, helped local students from pre-K through grade 8 improve their literacy and math skills, and continued to help research, design, develop and implement safe drinking-water wells and sanitary latrines at school locations in Kenya.

“It’s such an honor,” Tanner said of the honor roll recognition. “Our students are so amazing, and they really do work hard when it comes to the community. It’s just wonderful for them to be recognized at such a high level.”

The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll recognizes higher education institutions that reflect the values of exemplary community service and achieve meaningful outcomes in their communities. It also highlights the role colleges and universities play in solving community challenges. As a result of their efforts, more students are likely to pursue a lifelong path of civic engagement that achieves meaningful and measurable outcomes in the communities they serve, according to Robert Bisi with the Corporation for National & Community Service.

Kathryn Tanner (406) 994-6902, or ktanner@montana.edu