Date: February 1, 2011
Contact: Carol Connelly, Director,
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PNC is Invited to Join The Talloires Network
Westville Purdue University North Central has accepted an invitation to join the Talloires Network. This is an international association of institutions of higher education committed to strengthening the civic roles and social responsibilities of higher education in an effort to build a global movement of engaged universities.
The Talloires Network represents a unique opportunity for universities around the world to strengthen their contributions to social advancement and the well being of their communities. It envisions universities around the world as a vibrant and dynamic force in society, incorporating civic engagement and community service into their research and teaching missions.
PNC joins 190 member institutions in 58 countries that make up the Talloires Network. These member institutions are seen as global leaders in higher education civic engagement.
It is a tremendous honor to be invited to join this elite group of educational leaders, said PNC Chancellor Dr. James B. Dworkin. As a member of the Talloires Network, PNC is part of a global movement of universities committed to the civic roles and responsibilities of higher education. We are thrilled to be part of this esteemed group. This does, however, represent a remarkable challenge to continue to uphold the expectations of this distinction.
PNC encourages its students to take part in all types of academic service learning, internships, co-curricular, practicum and clinical experiences, independent research and volunteer community service opportunities. Sixteen of its 19 baccalaureate degree programs offer students a service component as part of the program of study.
This past year, about 1,200 PNC students donated more than 8,200 hours of service in the community.
In June the Talloires Network will convene the higher education leaders at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid in a dynamic discussion about the future of civic engagement, community outreach and social responsibility in higher education. The gathering will also celebrate the fifth anniversary of the founding of the Network in Talloires, France in 2005.