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Challenge shoots for 186,400 hours of community service

At the University of Denver, community service is a way of life that starts with the University’s vision — to be a great private university dedicated to the public good — and continues through the lives of students, alumni, faculty and staff.

As part of its sesquicentennial year celebration, the University is emphasizing service to communities via the 1864 Service Challenge, a web-centered initiative that urges Pioneers — students, alumni, faculty and staff — to join forces to shoot for a combined yearlong total of 186,400 service hours to reflect the University’s founding in 1864. Participants can log their hours — and track their individual or group totals — at the 1864 Service Challenge site, which is part of the sesquicentennial website.

“Universities have choices about how they are going to connect with communities,” says Anne DePrince, director of the University’s Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning (CCESL). “One choice is simply not to connect, and another choice is to say, ‘we have a lot of capacity on campus because of the people who are here, and getting out of your house and serving is bringing that capacity into action.’ You can contribute by doing service, and you also have this really unique opportunity to learn on the ground. Service is a way of continuing a DU education.”

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