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Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus Named to President’s Honor Roll

Institution earns high marks for its commitment to community service

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Brian Harmon,Director of Public Relations
Brooklyn Campus,
Long Island University
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Brooklyn, N.Y. – For its high level of dedication in serving local communities, Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.

The U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Housing administer the President’s Honor Roll together with Learn and Serve America at the Corporation for National and Community Service. The Honor Roll recognizes a wide variety of higher education institutions for their community service programs and community partnerships. Students and faculty members from virtually every department at the Brooklyn Campus took part in community service programs in 2009.

“Service is paramount at our institution. Our students have a wide array of opportunities to participate in community service and meaningfully contribute to the quality of life of our neighbors,” Brooklyn Campus Provost Gale Haynes said. “Having the Brooklyn Campus included on this prestigious list is an honor we proudly and humbly accept.”

In a letter to Provost Haynes, Patrick Corvington, chief executive officer of the Corporation for National and Community Service, said the Brooklyn Campus “plays a critical role in expanding the opportunity for citizens to serve…and demonstrates that service is a crucial tool for addressing the challenges that the nation faces.”

The Campus initiated the following community service efforts during 2009.

  • The Campus designed a community-based fitness class, partnering with the Brooklyn Parkinson Group to improve the fitness, quality of life, and well-being of people suffering with Parkinson’s disease.
  • All 650 students in the undergraduate Nursing program are required to complete 100 hours of community service.
  • Seventy students and 12 faculty members participated in SWEAT (Swimming for Wellness, Exercise and Aquatic Therapy), a program that helps people with multiple sclerosis experience the physical and social benefits of aquatic exercise.
  • In the Campus’ GEAR UP program, more than 250 Brooklyn Campus student tutors and mentors, worked with some 900 local high school students in an effort to increase the number of low-income, mostly minority high school students who are prepared to enter and succeed in college.

The Brooklyn Campus is distinguished by…
dynamic curricula reflecting the great urban community it serves. Distinctive programs encompass the arts and media, the natural sciences, business, social policy, urban education, the health professions and pharmacy, and include the Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, the Ph.D. in Pharmaceutics, the D.P.T. in Physical Therapy and the Pharm.D. in Pharmacy. A vibrant urban oasis in downtown Brooklyn, this diverse and thriving campus offers academic excellence, personalized attention, small class size and flexible course schedules. In 2006, a $45-million Wellness, Recreation and Athletic Center was opened to serve the Campus and the surrounding community. In 2007, the Cyber Café was launched, providing a high-tech hot spot for students and faculty members to meet and eat.

Posted 06/07/2010

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