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NC Campus Compact is now accepting applications from candidates for 2014-2015 AmeriCorps VISTA positions. Our next VISTA cohort will begin in early August, 2014 and serve for one full year.
To learn more about our program and the application process, visit our FAQ page for Prospective VISTAs.
Please visit our position listing on my.americorps.gov when you are ready to create your AmeriCorps application and begin our application process.
NC Campus Compact AmeriCorps*VISTA members work with community agencies and college campuses to develop a partnership that addresses local needs in one of three areas: education (especially K-12 success or access to post-secondary education), economic opportunity (especially housing or financial literacy), or healthy futures (especially food security). The specific nature and objectives of the project vary depending on host site. Most VISTA members share work time between campus and community partner offices, and thereby gain experience in both non-profit and higher education arenas.
- Assess community and agency needs and identify assets
- Recruit and train volunteers
- Develop data systems to manage people and performance
- Create policies and procedures that increase agency effectiveness
- Support citizen and student leadership and participation in service
- Seek new resources through fund-raising and grant-writing
- Facilitate service-learning placements, community-based research, and co-curricular opportunities that support communities
- Promote AmeriCorps, VISTA, and national service
Program Benefits include: Living Allowance, Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend, Health Coverage, Relocation Allowance, Training, Childcare assistance if eligible
Applicants must be:
- U.S. Citizen or lawful permanent resident
- College graduate (or Bachelors degree expected by May 2014)
Strong candidates will have:
- passion for the VISTA mission of fighting poverty and strengthening communities
- strong interest and experience in community service
- experience working with volunteers, especially college students
- proven leadership and project management skills
- proven networking, communication, and organization skills
- ability to work with people from diverse cultures and backgrounds
- ability to work independently and as part of a team
- ability to engage others
Help fight poverty by harnessing the power of higher education! Apply today to join the NC Campus Compact VISTA team!
Incoming board chair Nido Qubein thanks outgoing chair Kenneth Peacock at the 2014 PACE Conference.
Dr. Nido Qubein, president of High Point University, has been elected to serve as the new chair of the North Carolina Campus Compact executive board. Qubein will begin a three-year term in July. The board is made up of presidents and chancellors from the nearly 40 colleges and universities that are part of the statewide network.
North Carolina Campus Compact elects a chair who has not only contributed greatly to higher education, but has placed a focus on service at an institution of higher education and in their own lives.
Qubein will be the third member president to hold the post. Elon University President Leo Lambert became the first board chair when the state organization was founded in 2002. In 2008, Appalachian State University Chancellor Kenneth Peacock assumed leadership of the board. Peacock will step down this summer.
Qubein became president of High Point University in 2005 and has since transformed HPU’s academic programs and facilities. Since he began his tenure at HPU, undergraduate enrollment has more than tripled, and many new academic initiatives such as the Service Learning program have been launched at HPU. Through this program and numerous other service endeavors, the HPU family contributes more than 100,000 hours of service to the community each year.
A successful entrepreneur and philanthropist, Qubein tells students in his President’s Seminar for freshmen and seniors to focus the efforts of their lives in three areas: one-third on learning, one-third on earning, and one-third on serving. Amidst his successful career, he dedicated time to serve as a director or chairman of many organizations including YMCA of the USA, which oversees 2,600 YMCA’s across the country, the High Point Chamber of Commerce, the United Way of Greater High Point, and the High Point Community Foundation.
“I have observed and admired President Qubein,” says Peacock. “His vision and transformational leadership will make an invaluable difference for our state’s Compact, an organization that positively impacts the lives of so many people.”
NC Campus Compact is one of 34 state affiliates of national Campus Compact, headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts. The national organization was created in 1985 by the presidents of Brown, Georgetown and Stanford Universities and the president of the Education Commission of the States. Campus Compact now has 1,200 member presidents and chancellors nationwide.
Presidents and Chancellors that join the Compact commit their institutions to becoming “engaged campuses.” The only coalition that brings together the diverse collection of North Carolina colleges and universities around a common commitment to higher education’s civic purposes, North Carolina Campus Compact is a powerful ally in making the case for civic engagement, public service and campus-community partnerships – and for sustaining the momentum for higher education’s public service role in North Carolina.
North Carolina Campus Compact has named the recipients of its annual community engagement awards, recognizing one university chancellor, one faculty member, and two campus administrators in the state.
UNC Charlotte Chancellor Philip L. Dubois won the Leo M. Lambert Engaged Leader Award, honoring an engaged college or university president or chancellor. UNC Charlotte Professor Jim Cook received the Robert L. Sigmon Award for outstanding achievements in service-learning teaching and community impact. Two administrators – UNC Greensboro’s Dr. Emily Janke and High Point University’s Reverend Joseph Blosser – were recognized for building strong community engagement programs.
UNC Charlotte Chancellor Philip Dubois with Elon University President Leo Lambert
The awards were presented at the Compact’s annual PACE Conference (Pathways to Achieving Civic Engagement), held at UNC Wilmington on February 5th. The conference drew nearly 300 faculty, staff, and administrators – including 15 college and university presidents – as part of a two-day event exploring research and best practices in higher education community engagement. The awards were presented by Appalachian State University Chancellor Kenneth Peacock, who chairs the organization’s executive board.
The Leo M. Lambert Award goes to one college or university leader in the state who is committed to creating and sustaining efforts that deeply impact community and campus. Fellow presidents and chancellorsnominate and select the Lambert winner. Chancellor Dubois became the third winner of the award, named for ElonUniversity President Leo Lambert. Previous honorees are Chancellor Linda Brady (2012) of UNC Greensboro and Chancellor Harold Martin (2013) of NC A&T State University.
Since becoming the fourth UNC Charlotte chancellor in 2005, Dubois has overseen dramatic growth in enrollment, capital construction and academic programs. Moreover, he has worked to ensure the university acts on its mission to address “the cultural, economic, educational, environmental, health, and social needs of the greater Charlotte region.”
Fellow chancellors praise Dubois’s commitment to helping UNC Charlotte become a driver of economic and workforce development. The chancellor helped establish new university/industry partnerships like the Energy Production and Infrastructure Center (EPIC), created to meet a growing demand for power engineers. He has overseen creation of a new, interdisciplinary program to offer research and training in Data Science and Business Analytics (DSBA) and the re-launch of the university’s business incubator, Ventureprise. Dubois has worked to physically connect the university to the city, opening UNC Charlotte Center City and building support for the expansion of the region’s light rail system.
Dubois has also supported the university’s community development activities. He has championed UNC Charlotte’s “Governor’s Village” partnership with four Charlotte Mecklenburg schools that serve large numbers of economically disadvantaged students, and he supported the creation of a unique work-study program for military veterans. Over the past year, Dubois visited communities throughout the region for “county days,” meeting with civic, business, and educational leaders to share ideas and gather feedback to inform the university’s continued engagement.
Robert Sigmon and James Cook.
PHOTO BY: Jeff Janowski/UNCW
UNC Charlotte Professor Jim Cook was honored with the Compact’s Robert L. Sigmon Award for achievements in community-engaged teaching and impact. The annual Sigmon 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. NC native Robert Sigmon, for whom the award is named, pioneered the approach in the 1970s.
Over his 30 years at UNC Charlotte, Cook has led the creation and evaluation of projects and partnerships that meet Charlotte’s most pressing human needs, secured millions of do
llars in grant funding to support these projects, and trained students to be both system-wide change agents and skilled individual practitioners. Cook helped found Mecklenburg County’s Homeless Services Network; led the evaluation and improvement of the MeckCARES partnership among local child-services agencies; and led a HUD-funded effort that resulted in the creation of the Community Development Academy, which increased the university’s support for low-income neighborhoods and families. Scores of students worked as volunteers, interns and researchers to support these and other community-based projects.
Additionally, Cook has helped develop a Ph.D. program in health psychology, a community psychology M.A. program, and a community psychology learning community for undergraduates. A former student, who now heads the program evaluation group at the Yale School of Medicine, says: “In 2 short years I completed a class requirement with a community agency, was on the board of directors at another, and became connected to the UNC Urban Institute. . . . I know that Jim provided me with an excellent foundation in community psychology and community-engaged work.”
The Compact also honored two campus administrators, UNC Greensboro’s Dr. Emily Janke, and High Point University’s Dr. Joe Blosser.
Linda Brady and Emily Janke.
PHOTO: Jeff Janowski/UNCW
Dr. Emily Janke received the network’s Civic Engagement “Sustaining” Professional of the Year. The award recognizes one staff person in the state for efforts to institutionalize a campus-wide vision of service, support the engagement of faculty and students, and form innovative campus-community partnerships. The “Sustainer” designation honors a staff person with 5 or more years of professional work in the field.
Since coming to UNCG in 2008, Janke has spearheaded efforts to understand the scale and deepen the impact of the university’s community engagement. Now the director of UNCG’s Institute for Community and Economic and Engagement (ICEE) and an associate professor of peace and conflict studies, Janke has led professional development for faculty and students on topics related to community partnerships, chaired the university’s engagement advisory committee, promoted the recognition of community engagement in promotion and tenure decisions, and chaired two UNC system task forces to develop and pilot engagement metrics for the 16-campus system. She has also led the design and development of UNCG’s “Collaboratory,” a searchable, online database that collects community-engaged projects and partnerships from all departments and campus units.
In commending Janke’s work, Chancellor Linda Brady called her a “transformational change agent” whose ability to collaborate with others “is key in our operationalizing a comprehensive vision of UNCG as an engaged institution.”
Joseph Blosser and Nido Qubein.
PHOTO: Jeff Janowski/UNCW
Reverend Joe Blosser was recognized as the Civic Engagement “Emerging Leader” of the Year. The “Emerging Leader” designation honors a staff person with fewer than 5 years of professional work in the field.
Since joining the university in 2011 as the Robert G. Culp, Jr. Director of Service Learning, Blosser has led the rapid expansion of service-learning and engagement opportunities. He secured over $110,000 in funding to support the service learning program, including a Think BIG Award to fund an interdisciplinary, experiential learning project involving 300 students during the 2012 presidential election. Under his direction, course development grants and training for faculty have more than doubled the number of “SL designated” courses and the number of enrolled students in the past two years.
In 2013, Blosser spearheaded the creation of a Bonner Leaders program at HPU to support the experiential learning of low-income and minority students and establish ongoing partnerships with local non-profits. In 2014, he oversaw the integration of community service into the university’s annual MLK Day event, resulting in 400 volunteers working at 13 community sites.
According to a colleague, Blosser’s work is moving HPU’s service-learning program from a curriculum-specific approach “to a more holistic approach that is creating a culture of ethical leadership and service.”
More information about North Carolina Campus Compact’s annual community engagement awards, including past recipients and nomination process, can be found on our Awards page.
Wilmington, NC – North Carolina Campus Compact sponsored two regional conferences this week at UNC Wilmington: the Civic Engagement Institute and the PACE Conference. Together, the events drew over 400 faculty, campus administrators, and community representatives – including 15 college and university presidents and chancellors – to explore strategies that will improve connections between higher education institutions and local communities.
At the Civic Engagement Institute, held on Tuesday, 215 participants sought to align higher education economic development and community engagement activities. On Wednesday, the PACE Conference (Pathways to Achieving Civic Engagement) drew 265 faculty and staff from over 40 different campuses in 9 states. PACE attendees shared research, model programs, and best practices that involve students in community-based learning.
Now in its 16th year, the PACE conference is also a chance for the Compact to recognize outstanding leaders in higher education community engagement.
Chancellor Philip Dubois of UNC Charlotte received the 2014 Leo M. Lambert Engaged Leader Award for supporting his university’s civic and economic engagement in the Charlotte region. Fellow chancellors and presidents selected Dubois, who became the third winner of the award, named for Elon University President Leo Lambert. Previous honorees are Chancellor Linda Brady (2012) of UNC Greensboro and Chancellor Harold Martin (2013) of NC A&T State University.
UNC Charlotte Professor Jim Cook was honored with the Compact’s Robert L. Sigmon Award for achievements in community-engaged teaching and impact. The annual award, named for North Carolina native and service-learning pioneer Robert Sigmon, recognizes one faculty member in the state.
Award winners Emily Janke and Joseph Blosser pose with Lisa Keyne during the 2014 PACE Conference at UNCW. PHOTO BY: JEFF JANOWSKI/UNCW
The Compact also honored two campus administrators. UNC Greensboro’s Dr. Emily Janke was recognized as the network’s Civic Engagement “Sustaining” Professional of the Year, and High Point University’s Reverend Joe Blosser was recognized as the Civic Engagement “Emerging Leader” of the Year.
At PACE, fifty-six presenters led 30 breakout sessions on topics ranging from how universities can better work with local non-profits to the challenges of measuring student development and community change. National expert Gail Robinson led a special track for community college faculty and staff, and Dr. Jody Kretzman, co-founder of the Asset-Based Community Development Institute, delivered remarks and workshops on the academy’s role in identifying and building on a community’s existing strengths to “co-produce” vibrant, healthy communities.
“Being here, I’m just really excited because I’m seeing now the language and the models and the processes for the things that I had wanted to do, but didn’t know how to execute,” said Marissa Nesbit, a first-year faculty member at East Carolina University. Nesbit plans to integrate community learning and service in her dance education courses.
During the PACE closing session, Dr. Barbara Holland delivered remarks. Holland also became an “Honorary Tar Heel,” receiving a plaque and letter from Governor Pat McCrory recognizing her contributions to higher education and community engagement. For more than a decade, Holland has been a international leader in her field and has consulted with several NC colleges and universities to improve their community engagement practice.
On Tuesday, the Civic Engagement Institute drew a mix of faculty, economic development professionals, and college administrators who explored the links between campus community engagement and economic development. Thirty-four presenters led 26 breakout sessions. An opening plenary session featured four different speakers, each representing a different perspective on the day’s theme.
UNC Wilmington Chancellor Gary Miller shared his experience working with business, government, and community leaders to tackle local issues. Allan Freyer, a policy analyst at the NC Justice Center’s Budget and Tax Center, highlighted recent trends in the state economy and emphasized the need for economic development policies that target rural areas and growing jobs with higher wages.
Leslie Boney, from UNC General Administration, shared what he learned from recent “listening sessions” conducted with business leaders across the state, who emphasized the importance of graduates having, in addition to technical competence, “soft skills” like self-motivation, effective communication, and adaptability.
Suggesting that “community engagers are from Venus and economic developers are from Mars,” Boney argued, “We need graduates who understand ‘Mars skills’ – like how to drive off of data to build an economy that works, even as they use skills from Venus to build an economy that works for all.”
Finally, two local government officials from the Town of Williamston, NC spoke of their community’s effort to promote economic development through a focus on sustainability. Partnering with NC State University and Audubon International’s sustainable communities program legitimized the effort with residents, said Tom Ward, the town’s sustainability coordinator. Ward explained, “We were able to help people understand sustainability on their own terms: ‘leaving the woodpile as high as you found it.’”
UNC Greensboro’s Cathy Hamilton, director of the Office of Leadership and Service-Learning, found the institute “electrifying.”
“It’s been really different from other institutes that I’ve attended in the range of perspectives… multiple languages, multiple disciplines, multiples lens. I’ve been in this business a long time, and it’s exciting to hear new ideas about how community engagement could move forward through the kind of collaboration and coalition building that makes a difference for everyone.”
The Civic Engagement Institute and PACE Conference will be held again in 2015 on the campus of Elon University in Elon, NC. The events are scheduled for February 17-18, 2015.
This Monday, January 20th, marked the 21st annual holiday celebrating one of America’s greatest role models, Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. King not only fought for racial equality, but also strove against wealth inequality, and believed in the power of education and access to education to create a more just society.
Checking in volunteers at UNCP
For months, North Carolina Campus Compact VISTAs have been planning to launch various MLK Day projects state-wide, not only as one time events, but as platforms to increase volunteer engagement in their local communities in the long-term. This week we want to highlight projects supported by our VISTAs. Collectively, our VISTAs mobilized over 1200 volunteers who served over 2700 hours, all in ONE day!
VISTA Dalton Hoffer with UNC Pembroke‘s Office for Community and Civic Engagement organized various volunteer opportunities throughout Robeson County. Over 200 volunteers worked at 10 community partner sites on 13 projects. Projects ranged from feeding 100 people at a soup kitchen, making 140 food bags for BART (Borderbelt AIDS Resource Team) clients, hosting 11 kids at a reading party, building a ramp for an elderly woman, cleaning local churches, and making 156 hygiene bags for clients for the Rape Crisis Center to name a few. Our own Associate Director (and MLK Day grant coordinator) Leslie Garvin pitched in at Pembroke.
VISTA Shifra Sered in East Carolina University‘s Volunteer and Service-Learning Center organized five different project sites in the City of Greenville. Exactly 100 volunteers showed up in all and worked 250 hours at 8 different community sites.
Stopping hunger at HPU
VISTA Anna Mahathey with High Point University‘s Campus Support Program’s Office organized thirty-five volunteer opportunities for HPU students and community members throughout the City of High Point. Approximately 400 volunteers showed their servant hearts in High Point, collectively serving 1690 hours at 13 different community sites. Volunteers worked with 25 children at the Read-in/Field Day event, and 60 children at the Zumba-thon, where volunteers also made 33 blankets for the elderly in the community. Volunteers also cleaned a mile of roadways, cleaned and beautified 40 feet of median, prepared, packaged, and distributed 360 meals to a local homeless shelter, and packaged 20,000 meals with the help of Stop Hunger Now. VISTA Program Coordinator Chad Fogleman stopped by to help out. You can see some of these volunteers on the news here.
Building raised beds in Wilmington.
VISTAs Erin O’Donnell & Melissa Rogan with Feast Down East worked with volunteers to give Wilmington’s LINC Urban Farm some TLC. Thirty-six volunteers worked a total of 141 hours to build 54 4′x4′ raised beds, and clear space for the beds to be placed. Timothy White of Food Corps said of the event, “not enough can be said about the fantastic partnership that made this all happen. The organizing efforts of FoodCorps, AmeriCorpsVISTA, Cape Fear Crop Mob and Feast Down East truly show that many hands make light work.”
This cohort of NC Campus Compact VISTAs are part of a tradition of Campus Compact VISTAs leading MLK Day projects. You can read about our 2012-2013 VISTAs’ MLK Day projects here and here.
Our VISTAs have done an outstanding job of collectively mobilizing over one-thousand volunteers for a single day of service. More amazing though, is the work that each of our VISTAs does to build the capacity of their community organizations and universities to better work together to serve the community. Martin Luther King Jr. “refused to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation”, just as our VISTAs refuse to believe it. And so these emerging leaders continue Dr. King’s legacy and vision, knowing all too well that “we cannot walk alone.”
NCSU’s Tom White discusses the university’s role in economic development.
In their daily work of managing community engagement programs and service-learning courses, faculty and administrators may not ponder how their work connects to the bigger economic picture in the state. The NC Campus Compact winter network meetings posed this question by bringing two top economic development experts to discuss their work and key role colleges and universities play.
Tom White, Director of the Economic Development Partnership at NC State, and Adrienne Cole, Executive Director of Wake County Economic Development, teamed up to share their experiences as “economic development 101.” The sessions introduced some of themes and topics that will be explored at the upcoming Civic Engagement Institute in Wilmington, NC on February 4th.
Dr. White’s perspective is shaped by years of work in state government at the NC Department of Commerce,the Durham Chamber of Commerce and in higher education at NC State, where he works with faculty experts and campusleaders to connect the land-grant university’s expertise to support the expansion of home-grown businesses, retain business assets, and attract new business investment to the state.
Drawing on a professional background that includes stints in rural NC county management, urban economic development, and work for a for-profit, multinational corporation, Ms. Cole explained the process of attracting new businesses to the region and factors companies consider as they make decisions about coming to NC. Though much public attention is paid to incentives, Cole said these programs are less important to many companies – especially early in the site selection process – than access to talent, a “cluster” of competitors and similar businesses in the area, available properties and sites, costs, and quality of life.
Together White and Cole shared case studies that illustrate how various community, educational, and business representatives take a team-based approach to developing strategic “clusters” of related businesses. They also explored the distinction between shorter-term economic growth objectives and longer term, capacity-building aspects of economic development and how the real-world experience students get through service-learning and internships boosts talent and workforce development in the region.
Because local expertise and talent development plays a key role in attracting new businesses to NC, a partnership of universities developed the ReachNC database, which contains searchable profiles of over 9,000 academic experts representing 19 NC universities. Economic developers across the state can use the database to connect higher education assets to their business development plans.
The western meeting, hosted by Catawba Valley Community College at the school’s Corporate Development Center, included a special guest: Bob Skillen, head of VX Aerospace in nearby Morganton, NC, whose company is developing a new aviation product with help from innovation funds, technology, and expertise from graduate students in NCSU aerospace engineering programs.
The eastern region meeting, hosted by Wake Technical Community College, included remarks by WTCC President Stephen Scott, who is part of the team on various economic development projects as he works to develop curricula and programs at Wake Tech that can be workforce development assets for targeted industries.
Altogether, over 60 community engagement administrators and service-learning directors from 21 different NC campuses joined the two meetings.
After the economic development discussion, campus representatives shared campus-community engagement highlights. Below is a brief round-up of selected campus sharing.
Western Carolina shares civic engagement highlights.
Engagement offices at both Elon and UNC-Chapel Hill are celebrating milestone anniversaries this year. In the fall, Elon celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Elon Volunteers! service program. This year UNC-Chapel Hill will celebrate the 25th anniversary of its APPLES Service-Learning Program, the 15th anniversary of the Carolina Center for Public Service, and the 10th year of the Buckley Public Service Scholars Program.
In addition, Elon’s upcoming Intersect: Diversity & Leadership Conference (Feb. 21-22) will focus on social change and will feature as keynote the journalist and immigrant activist Jose Antonio Vargas, . Non-Elon participants are welcome with $50 registration fee.
Several campuses reported successful on-campus food pantry programs. Catawba Valley CC opened its Bucks Cupboard pantry last year; Durham Tech draws on a strong partnership with a nearby community garden to obtain fresh produce for its food pantry, now in its second year; Wake Tech just opened an on-campus food pantry after collecting 2,000 pounds of food during a fall donation drive; and UNC-Charlotte’s career office has started a clothing closet for students. UNC-Pembroke opened a CARE Resource Center this fall to serve students and community members with a food pantry and clothing closet, and additional life skills programs are planned to meet community member needs and engage UNCP students.
Several campus staff will present at regional and national conferences, including Gulf-South Summit (Pfeiffer’s Ashely Oliphant, Warren Wilson’s Cathy Kramer) and the Engagement Academy at Virginia Tech for provosts and presidents (UNC-Greensboro’s Emily Janke).
Warren Wilson College and Western Carolina both shared new campus-wide programs to support student development. At Warren Wilson, where service joins work and academics are part of the school’s “educational triad,” the college recently implemented the “Community Engagement Commitment,” a re-designed, developmentally appropriate approach to the service experience of all WW students. At Western Carolina, the Center for Service-Learning helped establish the Lily Community Engagement Award to recognize engaged students. A pilot program this fall involved 500 students and generated important data about student service activity and reflection.
Duke University’s Service-Learning office made an effort last fall to promote the work of students and faculty with “10 Days of Visible Community Engagement.” UNC-Wilmington is looking forward to hosting the Civic Engagement Institute and PACE Conference next month.
UNCG shared big news on the promotion and tenure front. In 2010, the university-wide promotion and tenure policy was revised to include community engagement in these decisions. Now in 2014, 100% of UNCG departments have guidelines that are aligned with the university-wide policy.
Many schools are planning major events for the upcoming MLK Day of Service, and many are in the process of preparing applications to the Carnegie Engagement Classification and the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. A number reported the recent creation of service-learning course designations or the implementation of co-curricular service activity tracking systems. Campuses participating in NC Campus Compact’s Monitoring and Measuring Impact Initiative reported progress on cross-departmental conversations that seek to understand and connect various engagement efforts.
The Fall Network Meetings – open to faculty staff from NC Campus Compact member campuses – are planned for August 5 at Appalachian State and August 7 at UNC Greensboro.
Where can faculty go to learn about integrating community engagement into their teaching? What about those with years of experience in service-learning pedagogy? What if a campus is just starting a community engagement program? Or perhaps an institution is ready to take well-developed programs to the next level?
NC Campus Compact’s annual PACE Conference (Pathways to Achieving Civic Engagement) supports the learning of almost 300 experienced scholars and novice practitioners with a variety of sessions that highlight model programs, explore new research, and share best practices in service-learning and student engagement. PACE 2014, held in Wilmington on Feb. 5, offers one of the strongest line-ups of workshops and presenters in the 16-year history of the event. Registration is open now!
PACE will feature several special guests, including Harris Wofford, former U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania and now senior adviser to the Aspen Institute’s Franklin Project. The Franklin Project seeks to expand the role of national service in American civic life, and Mr. Wofford has spent a career developing programs that engage young people in service. Among his many accomplishments, he was a special assistant to President John F. Kennedy and the first CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service.
Wagner College President Richard Guarasci will share how he’s helped build campus-wide “ownership” for community engagement at his institution in New York City. Dr. Guarasci will also join NC Campus Compact presidents and chancellors to discuss institutional leadership during the Presidents Forum held during PACE.
Dr. Barabara Holland, former director of the National Service-Learning Clearinghouse, will headline a track of workshops and presentations that tackle the challenge of assessing the impact of engaged campuses. These sessions build on the work of NC Campus Compact’s ongoing “monitoring and measuring” virtual learning communities and will include examinations of the UNC system metrics for engagement, the Carnegie Classification measures, and other systems for evaluating the success of engagement programs.
Community college faculty and staff can follow a special 4-session track that considers engagement in community college setting. Gail Robinson, former director of service-learning for the American Association of Community Colleges, will lead this track. Her recent work includes research and support for AACC’s Horizons campus grantees, including Western Piedmont Community College.
In addition to these special offerings, PACE will feature nearly 35 workshops led by faculty and staff from across NC and the nation, along with presentations of NC Campus Compact’s annual awards for outstanding faculty, staff, and campus leaders.
Registration for PACE is open now! Participants from our member campuses pay a special rate of $100 (non-member registration is $130.) Register by January 3 to avoid a late registration fee of $25. Information about lodging can be found on the conference page.
For questions about PACE, please contact Associate Director and conference coordinator Leslie Garvin (lgarvin(@)elon.edu).