UB receives 2012 President’s Higher Education Community Service Award

UB receives 2012 President’s Higher Education Community Service Award

The University of Bridgeport announced today that it has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by the Corporation for National and Community Service.

Awarded annually since 2002, honor roll awards recognize those colleges and universities that work to address social needs and reflect the values of exemplary service by making meaningful outcomes in their communities.

Each year, UB students donate 10,000 volunteer hours throughout Connecticut by volunteering at local shelters, preparing meals for the elderly and homeless, mentoring children, and providing other critical services and through outreach events like Day of Service, which is held each year to help area agencies in honor of the late Martin Luther King Jr.

“We are thrilled with this honor as it recognizes the many significant contributions our students make to those in need in the greater Bridgeport community.” said Assistant Dean of Students, Edina Oestreicher. “Most notably, it acknowledges our ongoing commitment to our community as this is the third year in a row UB has achieved this recognition.”

In addition to their social-outreach efforts, students and professors from the University’s health sciences programs provide $1.4 million worth of affordable and/or free naturopathic, dental hygiene, acupuncture, and chiropractic services to patients in Connecticut that otherwise would be too costly for many. And research by UB faculty and students in fields from biomedical engineering to business, education, and science are leading to the development of solutions to some of society’s most pressing problems.
Media contact: Leslie Geary, (203) 576-4625, lgeary@bridgeport.edu