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Feb. 11: Carnegie Mellon Receives President's Honor Roll Award For Spearheading Successful "Toys for Tots" Campaign

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Carnegie Mellon Receives President's Honor Roll Award
For Spearheading Successful "Toys for Tots" Campaign

PITTSBURGH — Carnegie Mellon University's College of Engineering was named today to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for exemplary service efforts and service to disadvantaged youth.

"We are pleased with this distinguished designation, and we are extremely proud of the selfless volunteer service our engineering students perform daily to make the global community a better place for all of us to live and work,' said Pradeep K. Khosla, dean of Carnegie Mellon's College of Engineering.

Launched in 2006, the Community Service Honor Roll is the highest federal recognition a school can achieve for its commitment to service-learning and civic engagement. Honorees for the award were chosen based on a series of selection factors including scope and innovativeness of service projects, percentage of student involvement, incentives for service and the extent to which the school offers academic service-learning courses.

Carnegie Mellon engineering students were honored for participating in the nationwide U.S. Marine Corps' "Toys for Tots" campaign.  The students delivered more than three dozen barrels of toys via classic cars to Marine Corps personnel last December.  Toys for Tots was established in 1947 by the U.S. Marine Corps to help less fortunate children during the holiday season.

"It's all about service learning, and I think our students used both passion and drive to collect and help deliver the toys for such a worthy cause," said Pamela Golubski, award nominator and associate director for the first-year experience in the College of Engineering.

Andrew Goldberg, a sophomore mechanical engineering major from North Attleboro, Mass., said service learning allows him to accept others for who they are, and not for what they have.

"This service learning project really encourages students to become more worldly and appreciative of the world. I think the long term benefits of this type of learning help you become more open to new ideas about the world, your community and yourself," said Sandeep 'Sunny' Atluri, a sophomore electrical and computer engineering major from Cupertino, Calif. Both Alturi and Goldberg were members of the College of Engineering's First-Year Advisory Board, which supports and promotes events that benefit first-year engineering students.  

"There is no question that the universities and colleges who have made an effort to participate and win the honor roll award are themselves rewarded," said David Ward, president of the American Council on Education.  "Each school will be able to wear this award like a badge of honor."

Overall, 528 schools were recognized. A full list of the award winners is available at www.nationalservice.gov/honorroll.

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