Texas Tech University Again Earns Spot on Honor Roll for Commitment to Service Learning, Civic Engagement

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 possiblefor 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 to help." 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 Center. Find Texas Tech news, experts and story ideas at www.media.ttu.edu. CONTACT: Carol Edwards, dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts, (806) 742-0700, or carol.edwards@ttu.edu;Siobhan Dugan, public affairs specialist, Corporation for National and Community Service, (202) 606-6707, or sdugan@cns.gov