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Jacqueline Molik Ghosen

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The University at Buffalo has been named to the 2009 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement.

It is the third year in a row that UB has received the honor, presented by the Corporation for National and Community Service in collaboration with the Department of Education, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Campus Compact and the American Council on Education.

"UB is very pleased to receive this prestigious award, and we are proud of the students, faculty and staff who offered their time and talents to support the community in which they study, work and live," said Marsha Henderson, UB vice president for external affairs. "This award reflects UB's commitment to Western New York and its people, and to providing support and services that reach our entire community."

UB was recognized for several of its community service programs, including:

The Corporation for National and Community Service, which administers the annual Honor Roll award, recognized more than 700 colleges and universities for their impact on issues from poverty and homelessness to environmental justice.

Honorees are chosen based on a series of selection factors including the scope and innovation of service projects, percentage of student participation in service activities, incentives for service and the extent to which the school offers academic service-learning courses.

The University at Buffalo is a premier research-intensive public university, a flagship institution in the State University of New York system and its largest and most comprehensive campus. UB's more than 28,000 students pursue their academic interests through more than 300 undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs. Founded in 1846, the University at Buffalo is a member of the Association of American Universities.