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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).
ECU’s Dr. Rebecca Dumlao, 2013 Sigmon Service-Learning Award Winner, with Duke’s Dr. Betsy Alden, the inaugural winner, and UNC’s Dr. Rachel Willis, the 2007 recipient, and ASU Chancellor Kenneth Peacock.
A Nobel Prize, an Oscar, the Robert L. Sigmon Service-Learning Award… awards matter! These honors signify individual excellence and tangible accomplishments, they raise the profile of important work, and they broaden support for similar – and even more ambitious- endeavors. They also inspire others working in the civic engagement field to persevere and excel.
On every one of our 37 member campuses, exceptional faculty and staff devote years – even careers – to developing programs, curricula, and community-based partnerships that advance student learning and create positive change. Part of our work at NC Campus Compact is sharing their stories and recognizing their achievements within North Carolina and beyond. But we need your help. You can give something back to an outstanding faculty or staff member by nominating him or her for one of our statewide awards. Winners are recognized at our annual PACE Conference.
Recent faculty winners include Dr. Rebecca Dumlao of East Carolina University (2013), UNC Greensboro’s Dr. Spoma Jovanovic (2012), and Dr. Della Pollack of UNC Chapel Hill (2011).
The Civic Engagement Professional of the Year Award (CEPY) recognizes a staff person at a member college or university for outstanding efforts to institutionalize community engagement; support faculty, students, and community partners; and create a culture of service on campus. Recent staff winners include Ms. Elaine Madison (Duke University, 2013), Mr. Aubrey Swett (UNC Pembroke, 2012), and Ms. Mary Morrison (Elon University, 2011).
Acknowledge and celebrate the work of engaged faculty and staff on your campus by submitting a nomination to the Sigmon Award (for faculty) or the CEPY Award (for staff). All nominations must be received by NC Campus Compact by 5 PM, January 10, 2014.
If you have questions about the awards or nomination process, please contact NC Campus Compact’s Associate Director, Leslie Garvin at lgarvin(@)elon.edu.
The week before Thanksgiving is a time when many college campuses focus on the needs of community members who are struggling to find food and shelter. Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week, an event co-sponsored by the National Coalition for the Homeless and National Student Campaign Against Hunger & Homelessness, takes place this year November 16-24; and many of our VISTAs are leading or supporting related programs on their campuses.
At Western Carolina University, VISTA Willie Jones coordinated a week of events, including an Everything Drive to collect donations for United Christian Ministries and the Community Table, an Oxfam Hunger Banquet, and a five-day interactive poverty simulation called Live Below the Line. Willie also helped organized a partnership with Aramark, so that for every $100 spent on Nov. 18 at the campus convenience, Aramark would donate a turkey to the Community Table.
In Boone, VISTA Brittany Johnson of the Hospitality House is working with Appalachian State University’s ACT office to organize the 3rd Hunger Games, which raises canned food donations to support Hospitality House’s Bread of Life Community Kitchen. Already, 1600 cans have been collected. The Hunger Games event takes place this Friday at 5 p.m. on Duck Pond Field off of Stadium Drive in Boone. Read the High Country Times article on the event.
At UNC-Greensboro, VISTA Devin Corrigan has worked with a team of student leaders to coordinate a week-long slate of events, including a panel discussion with local advocates, non-profit staff, and community members facing challenges of hunger and homelessness; a campus/community food drive to collect canned food items for the Spartan Open Pantry, UNCG’s students/staff food bank; and a Thursday evening service event at Second Harvest Food Bank in Winston-Salem. Devin’s VISTA work supports a partnership between UNCG and the Interactive Resource Center, a day-center in Greensboro serving people at risk of homelessness, and she drew on this relationship in planning the week.
At Wake Forest University, VISTA Anna Donze has coordinated a screening of the documentary Inocente (Wed., 7 PM, Byrum Welcome Center), which tells the story of an undocumented 15-year old girl’s struggle with homelessness and the San Diego arts organization that offers her a creative outlet. The film ties the issue of homelessness to Anna’s work with her community partner, El Buen Pastor Latino Community Services, and an on-campus group, NERD (Network for Educational Resources and Development), a coalition of WFU student service organizations involved in community-based mentoring and tutoring. Among other WFU Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week events is Campus Kitchen‘s annual Turkeypalooza. Check out the Channel 14 local news story on Turkeypalooza!
At UNC-Pembroke, VISTA Dalton Hoffer has worked with a team of student mentors to host a community Thanksgiving dinner at his community partner, the Pembroke Housing Authority. Student volunteers will decorate gingerbread houses with children, then serve a dinner to the children and their families. Dalton expects about 100 community members to attend.
If your campus also recognizes Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week, please email us to share your story.
The new edition of our online, peer-reviewed journal Partnerships: A Journal of Service-Learning and Civic Engagement is now available. Access to the full-text articles is free, but viewers must register. The current issue has articles on applying motivation theory to campus/community collaboration, on linking service-learning and human rights, and more. National civic engagement expert Peter Levine also contributes a piece, “The Civic Mission of Higher Education at a Time of Democratic Discontent.” The journal is hosted online by our friends at UNC-Greensboro Libraries and edited by UNCG Professor Spoma Jovanovic.
Partnerships recognizes that successful engaged learning depends on effective partnerships between students, faculty, community agencies, administrators, disciplines, and more. The articles in this peer-reviewed journal focus on how theories and practices can inform and improve such partnerships, connections, and collaborations. Studies co-authored by faculty, students, and/or community partners; or examining practices across disciplines or campuses; or exploring international networks are all encouraged.
In addition to the journal’s ongoing call for submissions, the current issue also announces a Call for Submissions for a Special Issue to be published in 2015 – Spaces of participation and democratic engagement: the public life of higher education re-considered – with Guest Editors Brandon W. Kliewer of Florida Gulf Coast University and Judith Ramaley, President Emerita, Portland State University and Winona State University. Abstracts are due March 15, 2014, final drafts on October 30, and the issue will appear in Summer 2015.
On November 2, nearly 200 students gathered at Central Piedmont Community College’s downtown Charlotte campus for the 2013 CSNAP Conference. The annual event, which gives participants a chance to explore “Citizenship, Service, Networking And Partnerships” (CSNAP), featured student “changemakers” from 3 NC campuses, issue experts from Charlotte-area non-profits and social enterprises, a slate of 23 skill-building workshops, and closing remarks from Duke’s Sanford School of Public Policy Professor Tony Brown. Along the way, local advocacy group DRUMSTRONG shared it’s blend of rhythm and cancer awareness, and North Carolina Campus Compact recognized 20 students from 19 campuses for outstanding leadership and community impact.
Students from 27 campuses in 3 different states attended the day-long event, which was sponsored by NC Campus Compact, CPCC and the Duke Endowment. The theme for the event was “Be the Change.”
“We had a great line-up of experts on issues that students care about: children’s rights, the environment, poverty,” said conference organizer and NC Campus Compact Associate Director Leslie Garvin. “And this year we received more workshop proposals than ever before, so I knew the quality of the workshops would be high.”
For conference participants who arrived on Friday evening, CPCC and Queens University of Charlotte organized hands-on service at Second Harvest Foodbank of Metrolina followed by dinner and reflection at Queens. Almost 50 volunteers spent 2 hours in the warehouse at Second Harvest, sorting food, paper products and housewares.
“We were so lucky to have great staff and student hosts at CPCC and Queens this weekend,” said Garvin. “Their involvement made the conference better for everyone.”
This year marked the 20th anniversary of the student conference, which has become the largest gathering in the Southeast for college students seeking to be more effective community engagement leaders. The event was first organized in 1993 by NC Campus Volunteers, a student-led organization that sponsored the conference until 2002 when NC Campus Compact was formed. Each year, the conference is hosted by a different member campus across the state. The event was renamed CSNAP in 2012.
Appalachian State University senior Amanda Moore is the recipient of the 2013 John H. Barnhill Civic Trailblazer Award. Given annually by North Carolina Campus Compact, the Barnhill Award recognizes one college senior in the state who has created and led innovative projects that address community needs.
In her four years at Appalachian State, Moore has gone from small-town volunteer to an activist and organizer who calls herself a “global citizen.” She became involved in community service as a high-school student in Bayboro, NC (population 750), but she credits an alternative break trip to Costa Rica her freshman year with sparking her interest in human rights.
The trip “literally changed my life,” Moore recalls. “I had never been out of the country before, so this experience opened up my eyes and helped to provide me with direction for the rest of my college career.”
Moore went on to start the school’s Amnesty International and International Justice Mission chapters, coordinate the university’s first Social Justice Week to address topics like the death penalty and drug policy, and work with faculty to establish a campus Center for Social Justice and Human Rights. She has led students on domestic and international service trips like the one that inspired her, worked with non-profits in Eastern Europe and Southeast Asia, and conducted research in the area of genocide studies, presenting her work at a meeting of the Association of Genocide Scholars in Italy.
Her work has benefitted the Boone area as well. She completed 300 hours of AmeriCorps service with the local Humane Society, and organized an annual “Walk-A-Puppy” fundraiser to support the organization. She was one of the first participants in the university’s Board Fellows program, which places undergrads on the advisory boards of local non-profits. Moore was a board member of Horse Helpers, which rescues abandoned and neglected animals, and she supported the organization by coordinating service-learning projects and spearheading a $10,000 fundraising campaign.
Moore has been involved with numerous other civic ventures through Appalachian and the Community Together (ACT), the office that coordinates the university’s community service and service-learning programs. A double major in Communications and Global Studies with a 3.99 GPA, Moore will graduate as the university’s first “Citizen Scholar” in December. Her future plans include graduate school and work for an organization dedicated to human rights.
“Amanda knows that her education brings with it responsibilities to improve the world… and she has never hesitated to act on that knowledge,” says Dr. Clark Maddux, Director of Civic Engagement at ACT.
The Barnhill Award is named for John H. Barnhill, who founded innovative service programs while a student at Elon University and who later became the founding executive director of North Carolina Campus Compact. The award is presented at the Compact’s annual CSNAP conference for students involved in community service. Now in its 20th year, the conference will be held November 2 at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte. Over 175 student leaders from 27 campuses in 3 states will attend.
Later this week in Philadelphia, two engagement experts from NC Campus Compact member campuses will present at the third annual Easter Region Campus Compact conference. Dr. Emily Janke, Director of UNC Greensboro’s Institute for Community and Economic Engagement and Dr. Lane Perry, Director of Western Carolina University’s Center for Service-Learning will both present during the three-day event.
UNCG’s Janke will lead a session on the UNC system-wide metrics for community engagement and economic development, and she will be one of three panelists during a plenary on campus-wide assessment. Western’s Perry will join several other experts to deliver a session examining the role of higher education in disaster response.
Hundreds of campus leaders, including university presidents, faculty, administrators, and staff from Maine to Florida will attend the conference, which offers dozens of workshops and panels exploring topics ranging from developing high school student leadership programs to rewarding faculty who conduct community-based teaching and research. The event will be held October 23 -25.
North Carolina Campus Compact is one of 11 state Compacts in the eastern region who collaborate on the conference. Representatives from High Point University and Meredith College are also scheduled to attend. Visit the conference website for more info on 2013 gathering and materials from past conferences.
Identifying Pulse Points: System-wide Indicators of Impact
Emily M. Janke, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Peace and Conflict Studies, Director, Institute for Community and Economic Engagement (ICEE), University of North Carolina Greensboro
In May 2012, University of North Carolina (UNC) President Tom Ross commissioned two multi-campus task forces to develop concise sets of indicators that all 16 UNC campuses could use to assess “progress in community engagement and economic development.” The challenge was that the metrics be meaningful to the extent that they demonstrate the commitment and impact of the UNC system to the State of NC, but that they also be feasible given the fiscal and personnel realities of campuses. This workshop will discuss the interconnections between community engagement and economic development, the criteria used to establish system-wide metrics on community engagement and economic development for the North Carolina System, and practical issues faced and solutions created to collect data across and within campuses.
Also a panelist on campus-wide assessment moderated by Barbara Holland
igher Education as Partner in Disaster Response: A Campus Panel and
Carrie Williams Howe,
Executive Director, Vermont Campus
Director, Center for Civic Engagement, Alfred State
VP for Student Affairs, Alfred State College;
ector, Center for Civic Engagement, Binghamton University;
Center for Service-Learning, Western Carolina University
hen disasters hit local communities, many campuses ask what they can do to
help. In the absence of readily available guidance or advance preparation, they are
often forced to create programs and policies on the fly. This panel seeks to share
and compare campus experiences in disaster response and to explore effective
means for making promising practices available to the field.