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Villanova University Earns Place on National Honor Roll for Community Service

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Villanova, Pa. – Villanova University has been named to the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. This designation is the highest honor a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement. 

“Service to the community is central to the Villanova experience and the Augustinian mission of the University,” said the Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA, PhD, Villanova University President. “We are honored to be recognized for our campus-wide commitment to service. Villanova students are passionate and enthusiastic about contributing to the community locally and globally, and it shows through their active participation and leadership throughout the year.”

Villanovans provide more than 220,000 hours of service annually in communities locally, regionally and globally. In addition to participating in weekly outreach opportunities at Philadelphia area social service and charitable organizations, Villanovans participate in a wide variety of long-term mentoring and service-break experiences as well as ongoing Habitat for Humanity projects. Villanova holds one of the largest single-day service events in the region, the St. Thomas Day of Villanova Day of Service, which honors the University’s patron saint known for his great charity to the poor and marginalized. Additionally, the University hosts Special Olympics Pennsylvania’s (SOPA) Annual Fall Festival, which is the largest student-run Special Olympics event in the world. 

“Congratulations to Villanova University, its faculty and students for its commitment to service, both in and out of the classroom,” said Wendy Spencer, CEO of CNCS.  “Through its work, institutions of higher education are helping improve their local communities and create a new generation of leaders by challenging students to go beyond the traditional college experience and solve local challenges.”

Inspired by the thousands of college students who traveled across the country to support relief efforts along the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina, CNCS has administered the award since 2006 and manages the program in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, as well as the American Council on Education and Campus Compact. More information on eligibility and the full list of Honor Roll awardees, can be found at

About Villanova University: Since 1842, Villanova University’s Augustinian Catholic intellectual tradition has been the cornerstone of an academic community in which students learn to think critically, act compassionately and succeed while serving others. There are more than 10,000 undergraduate, graduate and law students in the University's five colleges – the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Villanova School of Business, the College of Engineering, the College of Nursing and the Villanova University School of Law. As students grow intellectually, Villanova prepares them to become ethical leaders who create positive change everywhere life takes them.

About the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll: The President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll honors the nation’s leading higher education institutions and their students, faculty and staff for their commitment to bettering their communities through service. These are institutions that reflect the values of exemplary community service and achieve meaningful outcomes in their communities.

About the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS): The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) is a federal agency that engages more than five million Americans in service through Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, the Social Innovation Fund and other programs, and leads President Obama’s national call to service initiative, United We Serve.