Pacific students work on a Habitat for Humanity home as part of the MOVE experience. by Steve Yeater

Pacific students work on a Habitat for Humanity home as part of the MOVE experience. That program, along with dozens others, landed Pacific on President Obama's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.

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Community Engagement

Pacific Achieves President’s Honor Roll for Community Service and Civic Engagement

by Patrick GiblinMar 19, 2012

For the second time in four years, University of the Pacific was named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, which recognizes universities who are active within their community and give back to the local area. This award is the highest federally recognized achievement for a university's commitment to its community.

The President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll was established in 2006. This program was established in recognition of the thousands of college students who assisted in the relief efforts of Hurricane Katrina, demonstrating the power of college students' commitment to civic engagement.

This year, Pacific was recognized for these efforts by President Obama as a part of the 2012 Honor Roll recipients, demonstrating the impact and effort of the Pacific community. The University was previously recognized in 2009.

"Community service is a tradition that Pacific students, faculty, and staff take great pride in being a part of," said Elizabeth Griego, vice president of Student Life at Pacific. "The Pacific community is deeply committed to the many ways the University serves the Stockton area."

Pacific's commitment to community outreach is demonstrated at each campus; however, registered community service hours logged by undergraduates at the Stockton campus alone exceeds 10,000 hours each year.

Pacific offers several community programs where students volunteer in the community, such as cleaning up Stockton area waterways, tutoring, or assisting other students in gaining skills to transition to higher education. Some of the programs that are offered through Pacific are the Summer Success Leadership Academy, MOVE (Mountains Ocean Valley Experience), and the Student Financial Aid and College Awareness Workshop. 

 "These opportunities benefit the community, but also influence the volunteers," said Erin Rausch, director of Pacific's Center for Community Involvement. "Pacific students are able to gain enrichment from the community, and gain experience outside of the classroom."

For more information about the President's Honor Roll visit http://www.nationalservice.gov/about/initiatives/honorroll.asp.

For more information about Pacific's Center for Community Involvement visit http://www.pacific.edu/Community/Center-for-Community-Involvement.html