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Network honors university president, faculty, staff with 2015 engagement awards

Presidents Lambert and Hatch (L-R) Photo: Scott Muthersbaugh

Presidents Lambert and Hatch (L-R) Photo: Scott Muthersbaugh

North Carolina Campus Compact is proud to announce the recipients of our 2015 engagement awards. Each year, our network recognizes outstanding individuals for their efforts to advance the field of civic and community engagement in our state. This year we honor one president, one faculty member, and two staff administrators who work to realize their college or university’s commitment to becoming an “engaged campus.”

The recipient of the 2015 Leo M. Lambert Engaged Leader Award is Wake Forest University President Nathan Hatch. The 2015 Robert L. Sigmon Service-Learning Award goes to UNC Greensboro Assistant Professor of Interior Architecture Travis Hicks. The Civic Engagement Professional of the Year Awards recognize staff members in two separate categories: Lane Perry of Western Carolina University is the 2015 “Emerging Leader” honoree, and Dena Shonts of Central Piedmont Community College is this year’s “Sustainer.”

HPU's Nido Qubein and Elon's Lambert present Engaged Leader Award to Hatch. Photo: Scott Muthersbaugh

HPU’s Nido Qubein and Elon’s Lambert present Engaged Leader Award to Hatch. Photo: Scott Muthersbaugh

Each award recipient was honored during a special ceremony earlier this week at the network’s annual Pathways to Achieving Civic Engagement (PACE) Conference. High Point University President Nido Qubein, chair of the Compact’s executive board, presented the awards.

Leo M. Lambert Engaged Leader Award

Named in honor of Elon University’s president Dr. Leo Lambert, who was the first NC Campus Compact Executive Board Chair, the Lambert Engaged Leader Award is given annually to one North Carolina college or university leader who is committed to creating and sustaining efforts that deeply impact community and campus. The honoree is nominated and selected by fellow presidents and chancellors whose institutions are members of the Compact network.

Since becoming the 13th president of Wake Forest University in 2005, Dr. Nathan O. Hatch has overseen a strategic focus on the university’s mission, Pro Humanitate (“For Humanity”). During his tenure, Wake has developed new programs to educate the whole person, reinvent the 21st century liberal arts education with an emphasis on personal and career preparedness, and build community through a three-year residency requirement. Dr. Hatch established the Office of Personal Career Development with a mandate to develop mentoring, course offerings, lectures and retreats that help students think through larger questions about how values should shape professional choices. In 2014, Hatch saw the creation of the Pro Humanitate Institute, which brings together many of Wake’s community engagement efforts, furthers the university’s commitment to the common good, and creates new opportunities for student learning in and out of the classroom.

Within the greater Winston-Salem community, President Hatch is recognized as an influential leader. A board member of the United Way of Forsyth County, he served as chairman of the 2010 United Way Campaign. He is a vocal ally of numerous community-based efforts that are transforming the city as it moves from a manufacturing-based economy to an information-based economy.

Wake Forest University became a founding member of North Carolina Campus Compact in 2002 under President Thomas K. Hearn, Jr.

Robert L. Sigmon Service Learning Award

Hicks and UNCG colleague Emily Janke. Photo: Scott Muthersbaugh

Hicks and UNCG colleague Emily Janke. Photo: Scott Muthersbaugh

The Robert L. Sigmon Service-Learning Award recognizes one faculty member in the state for significant contributions to the practice of service-learning, a pedagogical strategy that links community service to classroom study and reflection. North Carolina native Robert Sigmon, for whom the award is named, pioneered the approach in the 1970s.

Assistant Professor Travis L. Hicks is the tenth Sigmon winner, and the second from UNCG. Dr. Spoma Jovanovic, a professor in the department of communication studies, received the award in 2012. The award was first presented in 2006.

Four and a half years ago Hicks left a successful private sector career to teach full-time in UNCG’s Department of Interior Architecture. Already, his community-engaged approach has shaped his department’s culture, activities, and vision. Examples of design projects carried out by Hicks’ students include a homeless shelter for a High Point church, a greenhouse for Steelman Park in Greensboro, and a redevelopment plan for the Greensboro neighborhood of College Grove.

Hicks was instrumental in launching the Center for Community-Engaged Design (CC-ED) in April 2014, at a new location in the Glenwood neighborhood near UNCG. The interdisciplinary research center fosters community/university partnerships for meaningful research and design. There, students and faculty collaborate with community members and partner organizations, engaging stakeholders in design processes to address critical issues in underserved areas.

For his outstanding work in interior design education, the Council for Interior Design Accreditation awarded Hicks the prestigious 2014 CIDA Award of Excellence. In 2012, he received the university’s Mary Francis Stone Teaching Excellence Award, and he won the College of Arts & Sciences Teaching Excellence Award in 2013.

Civic Engagement Professionals of the Year

The Civic Engagement Profession of the Year Award recognizes a staff person for efforts to institutionalize a campus-wide vision of service, support the engagement of faculty and students, and form innovative campus-community partnerships. The award may be presented to both an “Emerging Leader” – with less than 5 years of professional work in the field – and to a longer-tenured “Sustainer.”

Perry and WCU colleague Dr. Carol Burton. Photo: Scott Muthersbaugh

Perry and WCU colleague Carol Burton. Photo: Scott Muthersbaugh

The 2015 “Emerging Leader” Professional of the Year, Dr. Lane G. Perry, III, joined Western Carolina University in 2012 as the director of the Center for Service Learning. Since then, Perry has fostered new collaborations to create and expand programs that link student learning and community service. He spearheaded creation of the Provost’s Advisory Board for Community Engagement and saw the number of service-learning courses grow from 14 documented classes in 2010 to over 50 courses today.

In 2013, Perry received a matched grant valued at $18,000 from the American Association of Colleges & Universities to develop the Ripple Effect Learning Community, an interdisciplinary program that has served 42 first-year WCU students over the past two years. Perry also supported a partnership between a Western entrepreneurship professor and Habitat for Humanity. The connection led to new Habitat projects in Jackson County, a campus Habitat chapter, and a new business plan for a local Habitat Restore. Also in 2013, Perry was elected to the board of the International Association for Research in Service Learning and Community Engagement.

In a letter nominating Perry for the award, one senior colleague wrote: “Lane’s energy, expertise, entrepreneurial spirit, and integrity are unparalleled.”

Civic Engagement "Sustainer" Dena Shonts

Civic Engagement “Sustainer” Dena Shonts

The 2015 “Sustainer” Professional of the Year is Dena K. Shonts, director of service-learning at Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) in Charlotte. Since joining the student life staff at CPCC in 2004, Shonts has embodied the school’s growing support for academic service-learning and community engagement. Shonts became the college’s first dedicated service-learning coordinator in 2005 and became its first director of service-learning in 2008. She now oversees 4 professional staff serving all six CPCC campuses. Shonts has worked with more than 50 instructors from departments and disciplines as diverse as human services, biology, and welding; and she has cultivated learning partnerships with 100 community organizations. Her team oversees 25 community-based work study students each semester, and she has instituted numerous college-wide service programs and events, including an annual volunteer fair, MLK Day of Service, and alternative breaks.

“She has added so many programs to CPCC and has helped us grow as an institution,” said one nominator, “creating a true community college experience that encompasses not only academics, but a desire to make our community better.”

Shonts’s efforts have helped Central Piedmont appear on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll in six of the last seven years the award was given, making CPCC the only community college in North Carolina so distinguished. The school was one of just two North Carolina community colleges to make the Honor Roll in 2014.

Any North Carolina Campus Compact member campus representative may nominate outstanding faculty and staff for the Sigmon Service-Learning Award or the Civic Engagement Professional of the Year Award. The call for nominations for these awards is issued in late November/early December with a deadline to submit nomination packets in early January.

The Compact’s executive board nominates and selects the Lambert Engaged Leader honoree.

In early autumn, North Carolina Campus Compact recognizes engaged college students with our Community Impact Student Awards and the John Barnhill Civic Trailblazer Award.

 

 

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Changing World of Work dialogue will explore role of higher education

office imageGiven momentous changes in the economy and in the workplace, what should we expect of American higher education in the 21st century? Do our colleges and universities bear some responsibility for the challenges facing young graduates today? And do we still look to those institutions to be the engines of social progress and economic development they have been in the past?

In January, education leaders and scholars launched a nationwide effort to spark local conversations around these questions. Led by the National Issues Forums Institute, the American Commonwealth Partnership at Augsburg College, and the Kettering Foundation this effort responds to concerns voiced by thousands of citizens in more than 160 forums where participants considered the future of higher education.

On March 26, North Carolina Campus Compact will host the first statewide, facilitated dialogue on “The Changing World of Work: What Should We Ask of Higher Education?” Led by Dr. Harry Boyte, Senior Scholar in Public Work Philosophy at Augsburg College, the session will engage higher education representatives from NC Campus Compact member schools and prepare them to host their own campus-community dialogues later this year.

Dr. Boyte is founder of the Center for Democracy and Citizenship at the Humphrey School of PUblic Affairs, now part of the Sabo Center for Democracy and Citizenship at Augsburg College. Boyte is also a Senior Fellow at the University of Minnesota Senior Fellow at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs, and Visiting Professor at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in South Africa.

He has authored numerous books on democracy and community organizing. His most recent is an edited volume, Democracy’s Education: Public Work, Citizenship, and the Future of Colleges and Universities, a collection of essays by leading university presidents, policy makers, faculty, students, community organizers and public intellectuals on how educators can be agents– rather than victims– of change.

The North Carolina Campus Compact event is free and open to member campuses only. Each campus may send two representatives. Participating schools must commit to hosting their own dialogue on this topic sometime in 2015. To RSVP to this special invitation, please email Rene Summers (summerre[@]elon.edu).

Cosponsors of the Changing World of Work project include the American Democracy Project, Campus Compact, Imagining America, The Democracy Commitment, Minnesota AARP, Service Employees International Union (SEIU), the American Library Association’s Center for Civic Life, and the Joffre T. Whisenton Public Scholars Program.

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Campus Compact VISTAs lead 1300 volunteers on MLK Day of Service

On Monday, January 19th, we celebrated the life and legacy of one of the most prominent role models of this country-Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. In addition to being the leader in the fight against racial inequality, Dr. King is also a preeminent figure in the fight for social and economic equality. On MLK Day, communities across the nation came together in a day of service to continue Dr. King’s dream of a just society.

Our AmeriCorps VISTAs have each dedicated a year of service to fight poverty all across North Carolina. For the past few months, many of our members have been planning MLK Day of Service projects to mobilize students and community members for not only a day of service, but to use this day as a catalyst for a long term increase in community-engagement. This year, our VISTAs provided service opportunities for over 1300 volunteers who served for a combined 4600 hours.

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UNCA volunteers encourage reading.

At UNC Asheville, VISTA Jess-Mara Jordan serving with the Key Center, mobilized over 140 volunteers who worked at nine different service project sites From organizing donations at Habitat ReStore, making arts and crafts for children, to beautifying the streets in Downtown Asheville, the volunteers collectively served for approximately 900 hours. Jess-Mara also spoke of how it warmed her heart to see “everything and everyone, including our new Chancellor, come together for my second MLK Day of Service at UNC-Asheville. Last year was record-breaking and it felt great to see so many people invested in service but to see that the culture has not only remained, but is still growing has made every late night and every little detail worth it.” Read the UNCA News Feature.

VISTAs Kemi Ademuyo, Anna Mahathey, and Shannon Barr of  High Point University‘s Campus Support Program’s Office coordinated an entire weekend of events. On Monday, January 19th, 679 volunteers decided to make it a day ON and volunteered at 20 different community sites in High Point, collectively serving over 2000 hours in a single day. Volunteers participated in a street clean up, packing essential items for the homeless, preparing and cleaning a community garden at the Macedonia Family Resource Center, painting and sprucing up various churches and spending time with senior residents at the Piedmont Christian Home. They also packed over 20,000 meals with Stop HungerNow and hosted a field day at the Hartley YMCA for the children. Our Executive Director Leslie Garvin stopped by to help out as well. The volunteers and their projects were also featured on the local news here.

VISTA Hannah Paek at East Carolina University‘s Volunteer and Service-Learning Center coordinated a Day of Service with the vision of celebrating Dr. King’s legacy of creating a “Beloved Community.” Over 240 volunteers led by student leaders participated in an opening ceremony which included a screening of the I Have a Dream speech, serving at 10 project sites and a closing ceremony which allowed the volunteers to share their visions and hopes of a “Beloved Community.” The volunteers were featured in this news segment.

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6th annual MLK Day Read-In.

VISTAs Naijla Faizi and Natasha Vos with Wake Forest’s Pro Humanitate Institute collaborated with Winston-Salem State University and Hand-On Northwest NC to host the 6th AnnualRead-In. Over 160 volunteers participated to work with 115 elementary school aged children. The children were encourage to read, learn the history of the civil rights movement and each were presented with three free books. Naijla worked with several on-campus and off-campus organizations to make the Read-In a success. She collaborated with the sororities at Wake Forest University who hosted a book-drive for the Read-In that collected enough books for not only this year, but also the next! Our own VISTA Leader Catherine Casteel dropped in to participate in the Read-In.

VISTA Kali Hackett at UNC Greensboro Office of Leadership and Service-Learning coordinated 9 projects with 70 volunteers throughout the city. In addition to mural painting at Youth Focus, street cleanup, baking goodies for hospice patients, some of the volunteers also participated in the Day of Service event hosted by the Greensboro Volunteer Center at the Four Seasons Mall. NC Campus Compact Program Coordinator Chad Fogleman also stopped by to participate in a service project with the volunteers.

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ASU students work at Hospitality House.

VISTA, Brittany Johnson with the Hospitality House of Boone, led a team of 20 volunteers who cleaned, painted and did minor repairs at the Welcome Home Thriftique as part of the MLK Challenge. The volunteers also got a chance to visit the Hospitality House and learn about its services. Brittany shared that “My favorite thing about this day of service is that students choose to have a day on rather than take a day off for the sake of helping others. The students who volunteered at the Thriftique were so excited to dive into the work needed. Their teamwork and passion made a huge difference for our project. I was thrilled to be able to share our cause and purpose with them. These student volunteers accepted and completed the challenge, proving that anything is possible and how working together can create change.”

Our VISTAs continue Dr. King’s legacy day in and day out, as they tirelessly work to build the capacities of their community organizations and universities for the growth of a more engaged and better-served society. They believe, as Dr. King did, that “All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.”

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Winter network meetings focus on social justice

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHow do we define difference and diversity? When when we talk about inclusion, who is in the “unnamed center”? And how do concepts of social justice inform our community engagement work?

Over 55 staff and faculty from 21 campuses explored these questions during our winter network meetings at Catawba Valley Community College (Jan. 8) and Duke University (Jan. 14). The interactive sessions were led by Dr. Silvia Bettez, UNC Greensboro associate professor of Education and author of a 2011 book, But Don’t Call Me White: Mixed Race Women Exposing Nuances of Privilege and Oppression Politics.

Dr. Bettez made her scholarly points as she facilitated peer sharing, surprised us with an online awareness test, and opened up discussions of power and privilege through an exercise drawn from Augusto Boal’s Theater of the Oppressed.

“I did love the presentation,” said Kristina Snader, who was attending her first Compact network meeting as UNCG’s new assistant director of Community Engagement. “My undergrad degree was in social justice so I enjoy thinking about these questions. And in my position I’m on the lookout all the time for creative ways to teach our students these concepts.”

Network meetings are free to staff and faculty from NC Campus Compact member campuses. Another favorite part of the day is the campus sharing session, where representatives from each school discuss new community engagement efforts.

“I get so nerdily excited over meetings like this,” confessed Kate Johnson, associate director of Community Service at Appalachian State.

In keeping with the meeting theme, several schools discussed plans to highlight social justice issues on campus. Appalachian State will build on its social justice coffee hour series to create a social action plan that can guide the school’s response to events and issues of the day and integrate these concerns into service and engagement programming. (UNC Asheville also has a social justice coffee hour.) Western Carolina University’s Social Justice Institute (coincidentally) took place last week, and NC A&T State University is planning a diversity conference for October 17. Elon’s Kernodle Center is also thinking about social justice and planning to align its work using an issue-based structure.

Campuses also shared exciting new ways of connecting with community partners. Warren Wilson College teamed with UNC Asheville and Mars Hill to host successful “community partner happy hours” last fall to encourage faculty networking with community nonprofit staff. The group is planning more gatherings this spring, including sessions on advocacy and course development. Central Piedmont Community College is hosting free, professional development workshops where local non-profit staff can take advantage of some of the college’s leadership and career service trainings. Duke University is hosting a special gathering of its domestic and international Duke Engage partners prior to the International Service-Learning Summit at Duke in early March.

During lunch, NC Campus Compact’s new executive director Leslie Garvin shared information about upcoming events and new initiatives, including plugs for the Civic Engagement Institute on “Collective Impact” (Feb. 17) and the annual PACE Conference for Service-Learning Faculty (Feb. 18). Garvin also introduced a new effort among the network’s community college members to develop a set of community engagement metrics tailored to the community college environment; and she encouraged schools to take advantage of a new online toolkit from national Campus Compact, “Designing and Delivering a Service-Learning Course.”

The summer network meetings are planned for early August 2015. For more information about the NC Campus Compact network, please contact Leslie Garvin.

Upcoming Network Events:

Jan 21 National Issues Forum Institute (NIFI) national conversation live broadcast: The Changing World of Work – What Should We Ask of Higher Education?
https://www.nifi.org/en/groups/stream-changing-world-work
Feb 6-7 Habitat for Humanity of NC, Campus Chapter Summit, Elon, NC
More info: http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=ej98z6iab&oeidk=a07ea9zg11332ad0c70
Contact: Evan Small (Elon)
Mar 4-6 International Service-Learning Summit, Durham, NC
More info: http://globalsl.org/3rd-international-service-learning-summit-march-4-6-duke-university/
Contact: Eric Myln, Elaine Madison (Duke)
Mar 11-13 Gulf South Summit, Little Rock, AR
More info: http://www.gulfsouthsummit.org/
Contact: Cathy Hamilton (UNCG)
Mar 16 Measuring and Monitoring Initiative Webinar: Assessing Community Partner Outcomes, featuring Barbara Holland (2 -3:30 PM)
Contact: Leslie Garvin (NC Campus Compact)
Feb 27-28 UNC-Chapel Hill APPLES Service-Learning Program 25th Anniversary Event
More info: http://ccps.unc.edu/apples/
Contact: Leslie Parkins (UNC-Chapel Hill)
Jan 21 National Issues Forum Institute (NIFI) national conversation live broadcast: The Changing World of Work – What Should We Ask of Higher Education?
https://www.nifi.org/en/groups/stream-changing-world-work
Feb 6-7 Habitat for Humanity of NC, Campus Chapter Summit, Elon, NC
More info: http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=ej98z6iab&oeidk=a07ea9zg11332ad0c70
Contact: Evan Small (Elon)
Feb 27-28 UNC-Chapel Hill APPLES Service-Learning Program 25th Anniversary Event
More info: http://ccps.unc.edu/apples/
Contact: Leslie Parkins (UNC-Chapel Hill)
Mar 4-6 International Service-Learning Summit, Durham, NC
More info: http://globalsl.org/3rd-international-service-learning-summit-march-4-6-duke-university/
Contact: Eric Myln, Elaine Madison (Duke)
Mar 11-13 Gulf South Summit, Little Rock, AR
More info: http://www.gulfsouthsummit.org/
Contact: Cathy Hamilton (UNCG)
Mar 16 Measuring and Monitoring Initiative Webinar: Assessing Community Partner Outcomes, featuring Barbara Holland (2 -3:30 PM)
Contact: Leslie Garvin (NC Campus Compact)
Oct 17 NC A&T State University Social Justice Conference, featuring Lee Mun Wah.
Contact: Ferreli McGilvary (NC A&T)

 

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President of Davidson County Community College joins Compact’s Executive Board

DCCC Logo White RGBNorth Carolina Campus Compact is excited to announce that Dr. Mary E. Rittling, president of Davidson County Community College, has joined the Executive Board. Rittling will serve a 3-year term as one of 10 presidents and chancellors who guide our statewide network.

Davidson County Community College (DCCC) joined the Compact in 2007, and is one of four community colleges among the network’s 35 current member institutions. The Compact is the only collaborative in the state focused exclusively on promoting the public service mission of higher education; and one of the only groups that connects public, independent, and community colleges and universities.

Two other board members represent community colleges: Dr. William Ingram, president of Durham Technical Community College, and Dr. Scott Ralls, president of the NC Community College System.

Dr. Rittling became the third president of DCCC in 2003, after holding senior administrative posts at West Virginia University and at the State University of New York at Delhi. DCCC serves nearly 17,000 students each year at two campuses and three satellite education centers in Davidson and Davie counties.

The other North Carolina Campus Compact Executive Board members are: Dr. Nido Qubein, president, High Point University (Chair); Dr. Jo Allen, president, Meredith College; Dr. James A. Anderson, chancellor, Fayetteville State University; Dr. David Belcher, chancellor, Western Carolina University; Dr. Leo Lambert, president, Elon University; Dr. Harold Martin, chancellor, N.C. A&T State University; Dr. Carol Quillen, president, Davidson College; Dr. Smith Jackson, vice president for Student Affairs, Elon University (Ex Officio); and Ms. Leslie Garvin, executive director, NC Campus Compact (Ex Officio).

North Carolina Campus Compact member schools share a commitment to educating engaged citizens and strengthening communities. Founded in 2002 and hosted by Elon University, the Compact supports faculty, staff, and students through professional development and resources related to civic and community engagement. Membership is open to the presidents and chancellors of all regionally or nationally accredited institutions and systems of higher education in North Carolina. Learn how your institution can become a member.

Member schools are also part of national Campus Compact, which includes more than 1,100 college and university presidents representing 6 million students across the country.

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15 NC schools receive Carnegie Foundation’s 2015 Community Engagement Classification

Carnegie_CEC_digital_sealwebThe Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has selected 240 U.S. colleges and universities to receive its 2015 Community Engagement Classification. In North Carolina 18 institutions have now received the classification, including 17 current NC Campus Compact member schools.

Nationally, 83 institutions are receiving the classification for the first time this year, including North Carolina A&T State University and Warren Wilson College.

One-hundred, fifty-seven (157) institutions that were originally classified in 2006 or 2008 completed the process to be re-classified in 2015. Thirteen NC schools were among this group that successfully renewed their Community Engagement Classification.

These 240 institutions join the 121 schools that earned the classification during the 2010 selection process, bringing the total number of “Community Engagement” classified schools to 361. The table below shows the 18 NC institutions recognized by Carnegie, along with the year(s) in which the school achieved classification.

North Carolina ranks 5th in the number of schools classified, behind only California, Massachusetts, New York, and Pennsylvania.

While the Foundation’s other classifications rely on national data, Community Engagement is an “elective” classification—institutions participated voluntarily by submitting required materials describing the nature and extent of their engagement with the community, be it local or beyond.

Institution Years Classified
Appalachian State University 2008; 2015
Duke University 2008; 2015
East Carolina University 2008; 2015
Elizabeth City State University 2010
Elon University 2006; 2015
Gardner-Webb University 2010
North Carolina A & T State University 2015
North Carolina Central University 2008; 2015
North Carolina State University 2006; 2015
Pfeiffer University 2008; 2015
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 2006; 2015
University of North Carolina at Charlotte 2008; 2015
University of North Carolina at Pembroke 2008 (O&P only); 2015
University of North Carolina Greensboro 2008; 2015
University of North Carolina Wilmington 2008; 2015
Wake Forest University 2010
Warren Wilson College 2015
Western Carolina University 2008; 2015

Read the Carnegie Foundation’s Press Release here.

The Carnegie Foundation provides a complete list of all Community Engagement classified institutions.

Higher education institutions in North Carolina continue to demonstrate an outstanding commitment to community engagement and outreach, and NC Campus Compact is proud to continue to support and celebrate these efforts.

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Welcome our new Executive Director Leslie Garvin!

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Leslie Garvin will begin work as the Compact’s ED on Jan. 1.

ELON, NC – Leslie Garvin has been selected as the new Executive Director of North Carolina Campus Compact. The Compact’s long-time Associate Director, Garvin filled the role of Interim Executive Director since June. After a comprehensive and highly competitive national search, Garvin emerged as the top choice for the permanent position.

Dr. Nido Qubein, President of High Point University and Chair of the Compact’s Executive Board, announced Garvin’s selection, effective January 1.

“I am confident Leslie will provide outstanding leadership to the Compact,” said Qubein. “Her background in community leadership will be an asset in developing professional, civically engaged students across the state.”

Since joining the Compact as Associate Director in 2005, Garvin has played a key role in starting or expanding the network’s community service and professional development programming. She served as Program Director on three AmeriCorps grants that engaged hundreds of college students in community service; and she managed a 3-year grant to support MLK Day of Service activities on 180 campuses across the Southeast. She acts as lead coordinator for the Compact’s three major civic engagement conferences and bi-annual network meetings, which together attract nearly 700 participants each year. Garvin will be the Compact’s third executive director, succeeding Dr. Lisa Keyne, who left the post in May 2014, and Mr. John Barnhill, who founded the organization in 2002.

Prior to joining North Carolina Campus Compact, Garvin worked in the community development field in St. Louis, Missouri. She served as Director of Projects and Volunteer Administration at Faith Beyond Walls (now Interfaith Partnership of Greater St. Louis) from 2002 through 2005, and as Community Programs Manager and Trainer for the Coro Leadership Center from 2000 through 2002. Garvin is also a proud alumna of the AmeriCorps program, having served in St. Louis with an AmeriCorps pilot project, Summer of Safety, in 1994.

From 1994 through 1998, Garvin managed Songtalk Publishing Company in Washington, D.C., where she worked with Sweet Honey in the Rock, the Grammy Award-winning female vocal ensemble, and with Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon, a founding member of the SNCC Freedom Singers.

Her current community involvement includes serving on the Leadership Team of The Queens Foundation, the Education Panel Review Team for the United Way of Greater High Point, as the Puppet Ministry Coordinator and Coach at Deep River Church of Christ, and as the Higher Education Representative for the NC Service-Learning Coalition Board.

She holds two degrees from Washington University in St. Louis: a Bachelor of Arts with College Honors, with majors in Political Science and African American Studies, and a Masters of Social Work, with a concentration in Social and Economic Development.

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