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Editorial: Student volunteering commendable

Last Modified: Saturday, March 30, 2013 6:45 PM

A recent survey by the University of Louisiana System’s nine schools showed that 25 percent of students and employees performed volunteer service during 2011-12.

It is highly commendable that such a large number of students and employees are giving back to the communities where these universities are located.

McNeese State University has long been a positive and uplifting part of Southwest Louisiana, so it is no surprise that it ranked very high in the number of hours its students and employees contributed to volunteering.

McNeese’s 2,593 students and 353 employees logged in 72,429 volunteer hours in the time period surveyed.

The totals for all the system’s universities are 25,000 students and 1,900 faculty and staff logged more than 564,000 volunteer hours.

“Serving-learning is strong in the University of Louisiana System as evidenced by these survey results. It is important that our students not only gain classroom knowledge, but that they also learn the value of giving to their communities,” said UL System President Sandra Woodley.

Other universities in the survey were: Grambling State, 4,931 students, 251 employees, 103,640 hours; Louisiana Tech, 4,594 students, 149 employees, 44,705 hours; Nicholls State, 869 students, 140 employees, 13,633 hours; Northwestern State, 2,173 students, 260 employees, 57,324 hours; Southeastern Louisiana, 2,997 students, 447 employees, 45,389 hours; Louisiana-Lafayette, 4,860 students, 117 employees, 163,089 hours; Louisiana-Monroe, 779 students, 115 students, 33,339 hours and University of New Orleans, 1,635 students, 66 employees, 30,498 hours.

Grambling, Louisiana Tech, Southeastern, and ULL were named to the honor roll this year. This national recognition program began in 2006.

The UL System is administering a $30,000 grant from Keep Louisiana Beautiful that funded recycling awareness projects on all nine campuses in the fall and will fund campus/community litter abatement projects this spring as part of the Great America Cleanup.

The UL System and all the students and employees taking part in volunteer programs are serving their communities well and setting a good example for us all.

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This editorial was written by a member of the American Press Editorial Board. Its content reflects the collaborative opinion of the Board, whose members include Bobby Dower, Jim Beam, Crystal Stevenson and Donna Price.

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