Serving the Community

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Apr. 10, 2013

Serving the Community

Trinity University named to President's Higher Education Honor Roll for the 5th Year

Students painting fence

By Camden Joubert '16

SAN ANTONIO - Service is one way in which Trinity University students can develop as individuals and as responsible global citizens. By completing more than 100,000 hours of community service, Trinity students helped earn the University a place on the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the 5th year.

Students paintingTrinity students volunteer at more than 50 community agencies and partners every semester, including the San Antonio Food Bank, the Medina River Natural Area, and dozens more where they perform volunteer work, academic service-learning, and internships that assist or serve the public. One example is an art student interning at a museum which is open to the public. During the 2011-2012 school year, a total of 1,980 students performed 102,766 hours of volunteer work.

Edwin Blanton, coordinator for Community Service & Engagement in Trinity's Office of Campus & Community Involvement, highlighted three community service agency projects:

• The San Antonio AIDS Foundation. Members of the Trinity University Volunteer Action Community (TUVAC) volunteered to decorate for holidays and held an ice cream social. Other students participated in additional activities.

• Seton Home, which supports teenage mothers so they can complete their education and prepare for the workforce. A total of 36 Trinity staff members and four students took part in the United Way Days of Caring. Volunteers painted a mural, sorted clothing, and mulched plants, among other activities.

• The China in the Schools program, sponsored by East Asian Studies at Trinity (EAST). Students first enrolled in the internationally acclaimed service-learning program at Lingnan University in China and then returned to campus to present details about service projects and Chinese culture at local high schools.  

President's Higher Education Community Service Honor RollLaunched in 2006, the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll is the highest federal recognition a school can achieve for its commitment to service-learning and civic engagement. Honorees are chosen based on a series of selection factors, including scope and innovation of service projects, percentage of student participation in service activities, and incentives for service.

Trinity University is a nationally recognized liberal arts and sciences institution noted for its exceptional faculty and commitment to the comprehensive preparation of its talented student body. It is a learning community that has charted its course with a steadfast commitment to excellence since it was founded in 1869.



Camden Joubert, a first year student from Houston, is a writer in the Office of University Communications.