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North Carolina Campus Compact is one of 34 state and regional affiliates of national Campus Compact. Founded in 1985 by the presidents of Brown, Georgetown and Stanford Universities and the president of the Education Commission of the States, our national coalition has grown to include nearly 1,100 colleges and universities committed to the public purposes of higher education. In 2014, Dr. Andrew Seligsohn took over as president of the national network, headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts. Since then Campus Compact has moved to implement a new strategic plan, improve public communication, and update a keystone document in the run-up to a 30th anniversary event in 2016.
The Compact’s new strategic plan reaffirms our mission and calls on us to build upon our strong foundation of work to expand and deepen our efforts and impact both locally and nationally. The plan provides a roadmap to catalyze collaboration, develop the field and its leaders, and leverage resources to further advance civic engagement in higher education. Over the next five years, our network will focus efforts to:
- Establish meaningful, reciprocal community partnerships – support and highlight strong, sustainable, democratic partnerships between higher education and community organizations for positive impact on society
- Improve college access and retention – demonstrate that civic engagement is a vehicle for positively impacting an individual ability to access and achieve post secondary education
- Enhance college readiness in K to 12 education – improve and strengthen young people’s ability to have successful college careers
- Better prepare college students for their careers and for society – educate the next generation of citizens to be active and responsible participants in our democracy
Dr. Seligsohn and the national team have also been working to improve public communication. This spring, national unveiled an updated logo and website, www.compact.org. In his new blog, Public Purpose, Seligsohn reflects on the role of Campus Compact and wrestles with the issues of the day in higher education. For example, in one recent post, Dr. Seligsohn considers what we know about the “nuts and bolts” of university : community partnerships, citing an article in the Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement by UNC Charlotte researchers Morrell, Sorensen, and Howarth. The authors describe employing graduate students to support action research partnerships in Charlotte communities.
In addition to making new plans and raising new voices, national Campus Compact is engaging institutional leaders to affirm and extend one of the organization’s founding documents, the original Presidents’ Declaration on the Civic Responsibility of Higher Education. This spring, state affiliates — including NC Campus Compact — began working with member presidents and chancellors to outline “action commitments” that build on the promise of the Presidents’ Declaration. This new statement will be affirmed by the leaders of member institutions at a summit of chancellors and presidents celebrating Campus Compact’s thirtieth anniversary in March of 2016. As part of its summit planning, the national office has issued a Call for Proposals.
A number of ongoing projects supported by the national office are worth noting. A new report – Three Decades of Institutionalizing Change – shares the results of the 2014 survey of Campus Compact member institutions. (In an upcoming NC Campus Compact news post, we’ll break down the North Carolina results and compare with national responses.) National is accepting nominations for the 2015 Thomas Erlich Faculty Award for Service through May 22. And a nationally-supported program, “Connect 2 Complete,” designed to increase retention of at-risk community college students through peer mentoring and community engagement, was spotlighted last month in the Chronicle of Higher Education.
Executive Director Leslie Garvin is excited about these new directions. “With the strong leadership of the national staff and Board, Campus Compact is poised and ready to reclaim our position as the premiere national organization promoting the public purposes of higher education,” says Garvin. “I think our statewide Compact is already strong, but given the critical challenges so many communities face, we can continue to benefit from innovation and leadership from national.”
Through Campus Compact, colleges and universities pledge their commitment to educating engaged citizens – but how can teachers help students learn to think in ways that prepare them for active participation in a democratic society?
At the intersection of political and moral philosophy and pedagogy, a new special issue of the online journal Partnerships offers a critical examination of the challenge of teaching democratic thinking– the challenge, as guest editors Stephen Bloch-Schulman and Patricia Rogers write, of “how to prepare students for the kind of politics that would counteract the larger forces that lead to thoughtlessness.”
Partnerships: A Journal of Service-Learning and Civic Engagement is a peer-reviewed, online journal hosted by the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and sponsored in part by NobleHour. Join more than 1500 subscribers in exploring the latest issue. (Readers must create a free account to access full-text articles.) The newest edition — Volume 6 Number 1 (2015) — includes:
- “Community Building in the Classroom: Teaching Democratic Thinking through Practicing Democratic Thinking” by Danielle Lake (Grand Valley State University)
- “What Kind of Community? An Inquiry into Teaching Practices that Move beyond Exclusion” by Stephen Bloch-Schulman (Elon University), J. F. Humphrey (North Carolina Agricultural and Technological State University), Spoma Jovanovic (University of North Carolina at Greensboro), Hollyce “Sherry” Giles (Guilford College), Dan Malotky (Greensboro College), Audrey Campbell (Bennett College)
- “From Teaching Democratic Thinking to Developing Democratic Civic Identity” by Robert Bringle (Appalachian State University), Patti Clayton (PHC Ventures), Kathryn E. Bringle (Burke Rehabilitation Hospital)
- “Bringing Organizations Back In: Perspectives on Service-Learning, Community Partnership and Democratic Thinking in a Voter Engagement Project” by Jennifer Jackman and Tiffany Gayle Chenault (Salem State University), Joy Winkler (University of Massachusetts Boston)
- “Service-Learning and the ‘Real World’ of Classroom Politics” by Oren Abeles (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
- “Rooting the Study of Communication Activism in an Attempted Book Ban” by Spoma Jovanovic (University of North Carolina at Greensboro), Mark Congdon Jr.(University of Maine), Crawford Miller (York Street CrossFit), Garrett Richardson (Young Innovators, Inc.)
- “‘The Science of Liberty is Not So Simple': Teaching Democratic Thinking in Revolutionary France” by Adrian O’Connor (University of South Florida St. Petersburg)
- “I Am Not Trying to Be Defiant, I Am Trying to Be Your Partner: How to Help Students Navigate Educational Institutions That Do Not Value Democratic Practice” by Stephen Bloch-Schulman (Elon University), maggie castor (University of British Columbia)
- “Asking Another Question: Democratic Thinking Inside and Outside the Classroom – A Forthcoming Interview with Elizabeth Minnich and Si Kahn” by Stephen Bloch-Schulman (Elon University)
CALL FOR MANUSCRIPTS
Partnerships is now accepting submissions for the 2016 spring/summer issue. Manuscripts will be sent out for peer review upon receipt, pending the editor’s initial review. Our multidisciplinary, open access periodical provides scholars a forum for publishing research surrounding campus-community partnerships and collaborations in service-learning and community engagement projects. Research articles reflect diverse methodologies and theoretical perspectives. Essays that contribute new knowledge, address current issues, or highlight unique perspectives, anchored in a literature base, are also accepted for publication consideration. All work submitted should be original material not under review elsewhere, with a recommended length of 8-13 single spaced pages excluding abstract and references. Learn more about the journal and its submission guidelines.
Today, April 7, more than 2,600 mayors and local officials across the country are acknowledging the power of national service. These leaders know that service – including AmeriCorps and AmeriCorps VISTA – can be a cost-effective strategy to address local challenges. By unleashing the power of citizens, national service programs have a positive and lasting impact – making our cities and counties better places to live.
The 2015 Mayors and County Day of Recognition for National Service is led by the Corporation for National and Community Service, the National League of Cities, and Cities of Service. Last year, in the second-annual Mayors Day event, 1,760 mayors representing more than 110 million citizens participated.
This year in North Carolina, 49 local officials from 43 cities and counties have signed on to recognize the value of service. Our own North Carolina Campus Compact AmeriCorps VISTA members are making a difference in several of these communities. We thank all these leaders for supporting national service. A few examples can show why local officials would take this stance.
In the Town of Chapel Hill, Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt recognizes the value of national service. There our VISTA member Matt Kauffmann serves at the Community Empowerment Fund (CEF), training college students as mentors to CEF clients experiencing homelessness. Matt has matched 230 volunteer mentors with CEF clients, who are breaking the cycle of poverty with CEF assistance. At the Marian Cheek Jackson Center, VISTA member George Barrett has helped preserve community in the historically black neighborhood of Northside. At the Jackson Center, George has worked with UNC Chapel Hill law students to create a wills clinic that teaches home owners how to keep homes in their family. George has led volunteer teams to make repairs to 19 houses in the neighborhood, ensuring the safety of long term residents.
In the City of Greensboro where Mayor Nancy Vaughan supports service, UNCG VISTA Kali Hackett has worked to strengthen an ongoing partnership with the Interactive Resource Center. At the IRC, Kali has worked with clients and staff to develop a new financial literacy program which began this month, and she has helped streamline volunteer management processes. At UNCG, Kali helped organize campus-wide service events — including Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week and Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service — that have engaged over 140 campus and community volunteers.
Mayor Bill Benicini acknowledges the difference service makes in the City of High Point. There, High Point University VISTA members Anna Mahathey, Adekemi Ademuyewo, and Shannon Barr are working to help low-income communities access resources. Anna has been working with West End Ministries for two years to improve services and plan a community garden. Having secured land for the garden, Anna is now working with a community-led team to design the space. Adekemi and Shannon are working with the Washington Street Project, supporting two afterschool programs with the help of faculty from High Point University. Our VISTAs have recruited over 50 HPU student volunteers to work as tutors and have worked on Washington Street to establish relationships and trust. In January, the VISTA team organized an MLK Day of Service event that engaged over 600 college and community volunteers in service projects throughout the city.
Other participating officials from localities where our AmeriCorps VISTA members serve include:
Asheville Mayor Esther
Boone Mayor Andy Ball
Elon Mayor Jerry Tolley
Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane
Wilmington County Manager Chris Couriet
Winston-Salem Mayor James Allen Joines
NC Campus Compact member campuses know that civic and community engagement is a win-win: college students who are engaged achieve greater academic success, gain real-world skills, and learn the duties of citizenship; and communities take advantage of higher education resources to solve problems and improve local quality of life. Our AmeriCorps VISTA members work every day to make this happen in cities and counties throughout the state.
Thanks to all the mayors and local officials who have acknowledged their efforts!
Boston, MA – The national Campus Compact network has recognized three North Carolina students as 2015 Newman Civic Fellows: UNC Charlotte’s Sarah Whitmire, Elon University’s Nicole Molinaro, and UNC Asheville’s Runda Alamour. These students are among the 201 Newman Fellows from 36 states and the District of Columbia to be honored for making an investment in their communities through service, research, and advocacy.
Newman Civic Fellows are nominated by college or university presidents whose institutions are part of the Campus Compact network. This year saw a record number of students recognized.
“These students represent the next generation of public problem solvers and civic leaders. They serve as national examples of the role that higher education can—and does—play in building a better world,” said Dr. Richard Guarasci, chair of the Campus Compact board and president of Wagner College (NY).
Elon University Newman Fellow Nicole Molinaro
Elon University senior Nicole Molinaro has distinguished herself through service and advocacy related to international human rights and democratic participation. She taught English in Palestine and interned with social justice organizations in Jordan. At Elon, she led voter engagement campaigns and was president of the model United Nations.
In his nomination, President Leo Lambert praised Molinaro’s “deep” involvement in international social issues as well as her “intellectual curiosity, personal charisma, dedication to justice and ability to inspire her peers.”
UNC Asheville senior Runda Alamour is committed to education that respects differences and
UNC Asheville Newman Fellow Runda Alamour
builds community. As president of the statewide Student North Carolina Association of Educators, she has tutored in local schools, organized anti-bullying workshops, and led rallies in support of NC public education. Recently, Alamour organized a campus vigil and community conversation in honor of students killed in Chapel Hill.
“Whether it is in the classroom, in the community, or in statewide programming, Runda epitomizes the equity and advocacy that she so deeply values,” said UNC Asheville Chancellor Mary Grant.
UNCC Newman Fellow Sarah Whitmire
UNC Charlotte’s Sarah Whitmire is a third-year student who stands out for her on-campus and community-based health research. She has worked with faculty, with practitioners in Carolinas Healthcare System, and most notably with a group of women experiencing homelessness through a two-year community-based research project.
UNC Charlotte Chancellor Philip Dubois wrote, “Although she has explored the relationship between health behaviors, education, and outcomes in multiple settings, she has always been driven to understand the intersection between the patient, the protocol, and the system.”
Named in honor of Dr. Frank Newman, one of the founders of Campus Compact, the award is sponsored by the KPMG Foundation. In keeping with their generation’s emphasis on networks over hierarchies, Newman Civic Fellows will share ideas and materials to further their work through an exclusive online community especially for Fellows.
“We are proud to support Campus Compact in bringing attention to these extraordinary students,” said Bernard J. Milano, president of the KPMG Foundation and Campus Compact board member. “KPMG seeks a diverse talent pool of students who share our values, one of which involves service to the communities in which we live and work.”
Learn more about the national Campus Compact and the 2015 Newman Civic Fellows.
Last week we celebrated AmeriCorps Week, an annual recognition of AmeriCorps alums, programs, and members who get things done to make our communities better! North Carolina Campus Compact has been a proud AmeriCorps VISTA program sponsor since 2003, and our VISTA members past and present have worked to develop many successful campus community partnerships. But our program is not the only AmeriCorps project in North Carolina that furthers the public service mission of higher education. Several college and universities sponsor their own unique AmeriCorps programs.
In the eastern part of the state, at least three prominent university-sponsored AmeriCorps programs are getting things done. At UNC Wilmington, the Quality Enhancement for Non-profit Organizations (QENO) project sponsors an AmeriCorps VISTA program that places members at human service non-profits in New Hanover and surrounding counties to build organizational capacity and strengthen volunteer management processes. At Fayetteville State University, an AmeriCorps VISTA project sponsored by the Office of College Access Programs places members at local high schools and youth development agencies to support college access programming for low-income youth. Finally, at East Carolina University’s College of Education, an exciting state AmeriCorps program called Operation Link mobilizes AmeriCorps members to work with elementary and middle school children of military families on STEM and robotics programs.
UNC-Chapel Hill hosts two prominent AmeriCorps programs: the NC Literacy Corps and the College Advising Corps. The NC Literacy Corps is hosted by UNC’s SCALE, the Student Coalition for Action in Literacy. Literacy Corps members serve as tutors, teachers, and program developers at campus and community-based literacy organizations across the state. The College Advising Corps is also hosted by UNC-Chapel Hill, though the organization works through 24 partner colleges and universities across the country to place recent graduates at underserved high schools as near-peer college access mentors and advisors. In North Carolina alone, the Carolina Advising Corps serves over 50 high schools across the state. Most of the advisor positions are AmeriCorps placements.
UNC Greensboro’s Center for New North Carolinians sponsors the AmeriCorps ACCESS project, which places AmeriCorps members at non-profit agencies in 8 counties to help immigrant and refugee families access human services, become economically self-sufficient, and build bridges between immigrant and mainstream communities.
Finally, a number of campuses across our state are home to Bonner programs, many of which are supported by AmeriCorps Education Award funds. These competitive merit and need-based scholarships focus on developing the next generation of community service leaders by placing undergrads in volunteer roles at local non-profits. AmeriCorps affiliated Bonner programs in North Carolina are currently active at Warren Wilson College, Mars Hill College, and Pfeiffer University.
No doubt there are countless other examples of connections and partnerships between AmeriCorps programs and colleges and universities in our state. The Corporation for National and COmmunity Service, the federal agency that manages AmeriCorps, compiles a complete profile of North Carolina’s AmeriCorps programs. Together, we are all working to get things done.
CCPH’s Faye Ziegeweid delivers a session at PACE. Photo by Scott Muthersbaugh.
Recent winter weather did not stop more than 170 participants from attending the 2015 Pathways to Achieving Civic Engagement (PACE) Conference at Elon University on Wednesday, Feb. 18. Faculty, staff, administrators and community members representing 28 institutions in 6 states spent a winter day warmed by the friendly exchange of new ideas and best practices. Nearly thirty workshops, delivered by state and national experts focused on service-learning pedagogy, institutional strategies for campus-community engagement, and research into community-based learning and service.
Highlights of the event included a provocative address by Dr. Rick Battistoni, Director of the Feinstein Institute for Public Service at Providence College; a special track of workshops in partnership with Community-Campus Partnerships for Health on topics related to higher education engagement with public health issues; and presentation of the Compact’s annual civic engagement awards. For more information and photos, view our complete PACE 2015 highlights.
Special thanks to Elon University for hosting and to our lead conference sponsor, the Community Engagement Collaboratory.
The 2016 PACE Conference will be held on February 10 at High Point University.
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
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
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 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
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.