Texas Tech University Again Earns Spot on Honor Roll for Commitment to Service Learning,
February 20, 2009
Texas Tech was one of 20 institutions of higher education in Texas selected by the
Corporation for National and Community Service.
For the second consecutive year, Texas Tech University earned a spot on the 2008
President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.
The university was one of 20 institutions of higher education in Texas selected for
the honor roll by the Corporation for National and Community Service.
"One of our goals at Texas Tech University is to provide our students with more than
an education by creating opportunities for involvement in social and community service
activities," said Chancellor Kent Hance. "I want to commend the students and professors
whose efforts have earned Texas Tech a place on this honor role. Their work builds
on Texas Tech University's recognition in 2006 by the Carnegie Foundation as the first
university in Texas to earn its new elective classification for 'Community Engagement.'"
The honor roll recognition was announced Feb. 9 by the Corporation for National and
Community Service at the 91st Annual Meeting of the American Council on Education
in Washington, D.C. School of Art faculty member Carla Tedeschi
, associate professor in communication design, helped secure this prestigious award
for the second year in a row.
She and her students volunteered countless hours at the Lubbock Animal Shelter and prepared
numerous public service campaigns that spoke out about animal abuse.
"We have designed and volunteered if possible
for organizations such as the SPCA for years," Tedeschi said. "But when the pit bull attacks started
and the controversy about the shelter happened, we knew we had to do something more
In addition to Tedeschi, four other Texas Tech professors and their classes completed
projects to earn this ensemble award, which was coordinated by Irene Arellano, Texas
Tech service learning coordinator. Other professors honored in this award include
Laura Lowe, assistant professor in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work;
Heidi Brady, associate professor in the Department of Animal and Food Sciences; Karen Meaney,
associate professor in the Department of Health, Exercise and Sports Sciences, and
Joaquin Borrego, associate professor in the Department of Psychology.
Carol Edwards, dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts, said earning a spot
on the honor roll two years in a row demonstrated Texas Tech's commitment to seeking
an active role in the community at large.
"The School of Art has a commitment to service and community engagement and this award
honors that commitment," Edwards said. "We have a goal of providing our students with
the opportunity to develop their creative and artistic talents in addressing social
issues and supporting community-based programs. This award is recognition of the
quality of our programs and the learning experiences that our students receive when
they are a contributing factor in supporting and giving back to their communities."
The President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, launched in 2006, recognizes
colleges and universities nationwide that support innovative and effective community
service and service-learning programs. Honorees are chosen by displaying leadership
to build a culture of service and civic engagement on their campuses.
Texas Tech's commitment to community service will continue March 27 during Community
Engagement Conference. The event will address ways to promote the rich and diverse
array of research, teaching and service
activities that address the societal needs and public good of Texas, the surrounding
states and the world.
All conference sessions will be held at the Student Union Building on the Texas Tech
University campus. The noon luncheon and keynote will be held at the Merket Alumni
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CONTACT: Carol Edwards, dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts,
(806) 742-0700, or firstname.lastname@example.org;Siobhan Dugan
, public affairs specialist, Corporation for National and Community Service,
(202) 606-6707, or email@example.com