Oct 17, 2006    #156
Contact: Nick Barron

UMKC receives Presidential distinction

The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) has been named to the first United States President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, with distinction for general community service, for its effective contributions as a vibrant part of the Kansas City community.

UMKC is one of just over 100 universities and colleges from across the country to receive the recognition.

“Being included in this Honor Roll is a national recognition of UMKC’s historical engagement with our community,” Provost Bruce Bubacz said. “UMKC and our region have developed a collaborative culture that benefits both us and our neighbors. It is wonderful to be recognized for these activities in which we take so much pride.”

Of UMKC’s many community-oriented activities, five were highlighted as examples of the University’s devotion to Kansas City: the Sojourner's Free Health Clinic, students’ volunteering in Operation Breakthrough, the work of the Omega chapter of Kappa Epsilon and the Children and Family Legal Services Clinic.

UMKC’s dedication to positively affecting urban environments reaches beyond the Kansas City area, as evidenced by the University’s work in wake of Hurricane Katrina.

Descriptions of the previously mentioned community services are available here. Details of UMKC’s hurricane relief efforts can be found here.

The honor roll comes less than two months after UMKC was listed in the top 25 of universities who make positive contributions to their communities. Click here for more on that story.

The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), one of four University of Missouri campuses, is a public university serving more than 14,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. UMKC engages with the community and economy based on a three-part mission: visual and performing arts, health sciences, and urban affairs.

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