Loyola Marymount University (LMU) has earned the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for exemplary student service efforts.

LMU’s Center for Service and Action was specifically recognized for its commitment to serving disadvantaged youth through mentor programs with local elementary and middle school students. Pam Rector, director of the center, said that for the 2007-08 school year, LMU students completed over 160,000 hours of service through the center.

The Community Service Honor Roll is the highest federal recognition a school can achieve for its commitment to service-learning and civic engagement. LMU was chosen based on the strength and innovativeness 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, according to the Center for Service.

“Being selected to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll is a wonderful recognition for the Center for Service and Action,” said Rector. “LMU and CSA encourage students to have direct personal contact with the poor and marginalized through service opportunities and community based learning courses.”

The Center for Service and Action was founded in 2000 with the purpose of promoting, coordinating and supervising volunteer service with charitable agencies among LMU undergraduates. Today, the program offers a variety of service opportunities for LMU students with a database of over 350 nonprofit organizations.