* WHO :* West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie E. Tennant, Center for Civic Engagement officials, West Virginia University students and employees

* WHAT :* Presidents Volunteer Service Awards ceremony

* WHEN :* Today (Thursday, Feb. 19) at 7 p.m.

* WHERE :* Mountainlair ballrooms, Downtown Campus

* PARKING :* Lair garage (Display press parking pass)

* ADDITIONAL INFORMATION :* Nearly 220 individuals will receive Presidents Volunteer Service Awards this year. They are given to students, faculty and staff who completed at least 100 hours of community service between January and December 2008. The hours could be from community service or service-learning courses. There are three award levels: bronze, 100-174 hours; silver, 175-249; and gold, 250 or more.

Tennant will give the keynote address. All honorees will be recognized with a pin, certificate and letter signed by former President George W. Bush. In 2003, Bush created the Presidents Council on Service and Civic Participation to find ways to recognize the valuable contributions volunteers are making in our nation. The council created the Presidents Volunteer Service Award program as a way to thank and honor Americans whoby their demonstrated commitment and exampleinspire others to engage in volunteer service.