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University Honored With Civic Engagement Award

Sept. 15, 2014

Cal State Fullerton is one of five colleges and universities to be honored with the 2014 Higher Education Civic Engagement Awards, an annual recognition of higher education institutions for their leadership and innovation in civic engagement. The awards, from the Washington Center and New York Life Foundation, will be presented during the Washington Center's annual awards luncheon Sept. 29 in Washington, D.C.

"Community engagement within diverse communities is a hallmark of California State University, Fullerton," said President Mildred García. "The Washington Center Award is not only the most selective of the various honors and rankings the institution has earned in this arena, but also a key benchmark towards our goal to become the model comprehensive university of the nation."

The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars, in partnership with the New York Life Foundation, established the award to celebrate institutions in the higher education community that are reaching beyond their own campuses to achieve sustainable civic impacts.

Cal State Fullerton strives to be a center of activity for the intellectual, cultural and economic development of its region. With more than 13,000 students engaged in the community through courses and volunteer service, the University maintains reciprocal community partnerships across a diverse range of fields. For instance, the Urban Agriculture Community-Based Research Experience comprises several community partnerships that offer students and faculty research and service opportunities to advance healthy and sustainable nutrition and agriculture to address issues like obesity, diabetes and hunger.

"Cal State Fullerton is a shining example of how universities are taking the traditional curriculum model and incorporating initiatives that teach self-awareness, community engagement and lifelong leadership skills," said Mike Smith, president of the Washington Center. "Cal State Fullerton is a true leader within the academic community."

Shari McMahan, deputy provost, and Dawn Macy, director of the Center for Internships and Community Engagement, will accept the award on behalf of the University.

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