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The University of South Carolina Upstate was named to the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS).  This designation is the highest honor a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement.

“USC Upstate has a long history of service-learning and believes strongly in preparing our graduates to be active leaders and participants in an ever changing world,” said Chancellor Tom Moore. “We’re honored to receive this prestigious award – and owe much of it to the students themselves. They’re the energy driving our commitment and they’re the ones who make it all happen.”

Among the USC Upstate campus community service initiatives are Christmas in Action, Boys and Girls Club, Hatcher Gardens, The Haven, Children’s Shelter, The Soup Kitchen, Clifton Cemetery, Big Brothers Big Sisters, United Way, Habitat Humanity, Backpack Buddies, Mobile Meals of Spartanburg, and Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.

“Congratulations to USC Upstate, 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.

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