Iowa Colleges and Universities Receive National Recognition

For the second year in a row, an Iowa higher education institution was one of four national winners of the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. The University of Northern Iowa was selected as this year’s Presidential Winner in the Economic Opportunity focus area. Last year, Loras College received this honor for Interfaith Community Service. Both are members of Iowa Campus Compact.

Dr. Julianne Gassman and Kristina Kofoot accept the award on behalf of the University of Northern Iowa in Washington, DC last Friday.
Dr. Julianne Gassman and Kristina Kofoot accept the award on behalf of the University of Northern Iowa in Washington, DC last Friday.

On Friday, Dr. Julianne Gassman and Kristina Kofoot accepted the award on behalf of the institution in a Washington, DC ceremony. Gassman is an associate professor and administrative fellow for community engagement. Kofoot is in her second year as an Iowa Campus Compact VISTA national service member at UNI. In addition to UNI’s presidential award, they were also a finalist for education. In the year for which the award was given, over 78% of UNI students volunteered through a variety of partnerships. This included a neighborhood small business expo called EntreBash!, a program in which 41 business exhibitors participated and 25 additional businesses and residents received counseling on growing or starting a small business.

In total, 13 Iowa Campus Compact member institutions were recognized this year. Buena Vista University, Central College, Loras College, and Wartburg College all received honors with distinction. The Honor Roll is a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service and offers four levels including President Winner, Finalist, Honor Roll with Distinction, and Honor Roll. A complete list of Iowa Campus Compact member institution recognition is below.

  • Allen College – Honor Roll for General Community Service
  • Buena Vista University – Honor Roll with Distinction for General Community Service and Interfaith Community Service; Honor Roll for General Community Service and Economic Opportunity
  • Central College – Honor Roll with Distinction for General Community Service, Education, and Interfaith Community Service
  • Clarke University – Honor Roll for General Community Service
  • Coe College – Honor Roll for General Community Service
  • Cornell College – Honor Roll for Education
  • Drake University – Honor Roll for General Community Service, Economic Opportunity, and Education
  • Grand View University – Honor Roll for General Community Service
  • Loras College – Honor Roll with Distinction for Interfaith Community Service; Honor Roll for General Community Service and Economic Opportunity
  • Mount Mercy University – Honor Roll for General Community Service
  • Simpson College – Honor Roll for General Community Service
  • Wartburg College – Honor Roll with Distinction for General Community Service and Interfaith Community Service
  • University of Northern Iowa – Winner for Economic Opportunity; Finalist for Education

We congratulate each of these honorees on this well-deserved recognition of their efforts to educate students for active citizenship and positively impact their communities through community engagement.