Missile-ruined buildings and Baghdad International Airport were a constant backdrop for Dilks during his time in Iraq.
Alumna Nancy Latner BA’07 (left) was recognized for her volunteer work by Dr. Magaly Spector, vice president for diversity and community engagement.

The final tally: 11,111 hours, or a cumulative 463 days.

That’s how much time 29 members of the UT Dallas family spent performing community service last year. In recognition for their efforts, the students, staff, faculty and alumni recently were honored with the President’s Volunteer Service Award at a reception hosted by the Office of Diversity and Community Engagement.

Created in 2003 by the Council on Service and Civic Participation, the President’s Volunteer Service Award promotes a service ethic and recognizes Americans who give back to their communities. The award includes a certificate of achievement, a President’s Volunteer Service Award lapel pin, a note of congratulations from the president of the United States and a letter from the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation.

During the last year, Nancy Latner BA’07 has logged more than 500 volunteer hours at area organizations, including the Urban League of Greater Dallas and the SPCA of Texas, where she helps with fundraising events and recruiting new volunteers. “My parents were great philanthropic role models and made me aware of how lucky I am,” Latner said. “They also taught me the importance of helping the poor and fighting discrimination.”

Latner focused on others as a student at UT Dallas: Her honors thesis explored discrimination in the corporate environment. “Now my real focus is on organizations that can provide life-altering changes for people,” Latner said. In addition to serving on the Dallas County Historical Foundation Board, Latner is on the board of directors for the Dallas Arboretum, a spokeswoman for UNICEF and a member of the Genesis Women’s Shelter League.

During his time in Baghdad, Dilks worked with some of the highest-ranking military commanders, including David H. Petraeus, Commanding General of Multi-National Forces in Iraq
Twenty-nine students, employees and alumni gave equivalent of 463 days of service.

Any individual, family or group can receive presidential recognition for annual commitments to volunteer service.  Individuals who serve a minimum of 100 hours in a one-year period are eligible; families or groups must serve at least 200 hours. Since UT Dallas began coordinating with the program in 2006, 431 University volunteers have logged more than 75,000 hours of service.

“The President’s Volunteer Service Awards recognize the significant contribution of time and talent that UT Dallas faculty, staff and students provide to our region to make a difference in the lives of others. This is an important way that our University affirms its commitment to public service and connects us to the community,” said Raul Hinojosa, director of community engagement.

Volunteers gave their time to causes ranging from teaching chess in after-school clubs to granting wishes through the Make-a-Wish Foundation. The University’s Living Learning Communities also contributed 2,994 hours of service last year, raising UT Dallas’ service to 14,105 hours.

Media Contact: Karah Hosek, UT Dallas, (972) 883-4329, karah.hosek@utdallas.edu
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