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Saint Xavier University named to national honor roll

Schools recognized for community service

Chicago (March 27, 2007) – Saint Xavier University has been named to the first-ever President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for “extraordinary and exemplary contributions to meeting critical local and national needs through community service and service-learning.” 

The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll responds to President Bush’s call to service by building on and supporting the civic engagement mission of the nation’s colleges and universities. The new recognition program is designed to increase public awareness of the contributions college students make within their local communities and across the country through volunteer service. 

Pursuant to the Universities Rebuilding America Partnership announced by the Corporation for National and Community Service and the Department of Housing and Urban Development last fall, the Honor Roll program’s special emphasis this year is on recognizing service activities performed in response to the Gulf Coast hurricanes of 2005. The program also identifies and promotes community service model programs and practices in higher education.

Gulf Coast-related service that Saint Xavier took part in included admission and forgoing tuition payments for displaced students; waste removal; rebuilding and restoration of homes; fundraising; and assistance with restoration of health, education and social services.

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Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1846, Saint Xavier University was the first Mercy college in the United States and is Chicago’s oldest Catholic university. Serving approximately 5,700 students at its campuses in Chicago, Orland Park and its Loop location, the University offers 35 undergraduate majors; more than 40 graduate program options in arts and sciences, business, education and nursing; and a variety of program options in continuing and professional studies. Recognizing Saint Xavier’s excellence in education, U.S. News and World Report has ranked SXU consistently among the Best Colleges in the Midwest.

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