Obama singles out UCSD, Cal Western for community service efforts

City News Service

Two institutions of higher learning in San Diego were named Wednesday to President Barack Obama's Community Service Honor Roll With Distinction.

The president lauded UC San Diego and Cal Western School of Law for their support of volunteering, civic engagement and service learning.

A total of 15 colleges in California and 114 nationwide were recognized

by Obama.

"Giving back is a tradition of UC San Diego," said Penny Rue, the university's vice chancellor of student affairs. "Community engagement and public service are ingrained in the educational experience at our university."

UCSD was honored for Teams in Engineering Service, in which students with technical and creative skills help nonprofit organizations; offering a community service minor at Thurgood Marshall College; and a community service program called "Alternative Breaks," which sponsors international trips to perform charity work.

   
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