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ACU recognized nationally for emphasis on community service

By Lynne Bruton - director of public relations Abilene Christian University



Abilene Christian University has been named to the 2007 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, which recognized institutions of higher education that exhibit leadership in helping to build a culture of service and civic engagement on campuses and throughout the nation.The President’s Honor Roll, which is largely sponsored by the Corporation for {{more}} National and Community Service through its Learn and Serve America program, highlights colleges and universities with innovative and effective community service programs. ACU supports service in a variety of ways through the Volunteer and Service-Learning Center and the Service Action Leadership Team. “Service Saturdays, service-learning courses, Spring Break Campaigns and Weekend Campaigns are just some of the way students connect to make a difference,” said Nancy Coburn, director of the Volunteer and Service-Learning Center at ACU. “One of the really great things is that the Abilene community and so many others across the country and even around the world have come to count on our students’ care and sacrifice to be Jesus to the world.”According to Coburn, more than 2,800 students participated in community service during the 2006-07 school year, totaling 40,000 hours of work in the community. Service projects included the Welcome Week service project in the community surrounding ACU, Spring Break Campaigns all over the nation and the world and ACU for Abilene Service Day, which teams students up with ministries all over Abilene.”Most students underestimate the degree to which they will be changed while serving, when they hope to have an effect on someone else’s life,” said Coburn. “Whether it’s developing a meaningful relationship with someone so different from them, or realizing that someone in need really isn’t so different after all, students see the world and themselves differently as a result of service experiences.”To find out more about ACU’s preparing leaders through service-learning programs, visit

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