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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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President’s Honor Roll recognizes 28 NC colleges and universities

HonorRolllogo2014The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll annually highlights the role colleges and universities play in solving community problems and placing students on a lifelong path of civic engagement by recognizing institutions that achieve meaningful, measurable outcomes in their communities. The 2014 Honor Roll recognizes 28 colleges and universities in North Carolina, including 20 NC Campus Compact member schools.

The Corporation for National and Community Service has administered the Honor Roll since 2006, in collaboration with other federal agencies and partners, including national Campus Compact. This year, the Honor Roll recognizes schools in four categories: general community service, interfaith community service, community service that advances economic opportunity, and education-related community service. Over 700 schools are listed, including those receiving special distinction. Institutions may be recognized in multiple categories.

Eight North Carolina schools appear on the Honor Roll with Distinction, five in General Community Service and three for Interfaith Community Service. Six are current members of North Carolina Campus Compact. Several campuses made in the Honor Roll in more than one category, including Elon University and Duke University, the only North Carolina schools recognized in all four categories.

North Carolina colleges and universities on the 2014 Honor Roll with Distinction (Category):

  • Elon University (Interfaith Community Service)
  • Duke University (Interfaith Community Service) 
  • Gardner-Webb University (Interfaith Community Service) non-member
  • Mars Hill University (General Community Service) non-member
  • North Carolina Central University (General Community Service)
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (General Community Service)
  • University of North Carolina at Greensboro (General Community Service)
  • Warren Wilson College (General Community Service)

North Carolina colleges and universities on the 2014 Honor Roll (Category):

  • Cabarrus College of Health Sciences (General Community Service) non-member
  • Campbell University (General Community Service)
  • Central Piedmont Community College (General Community Service, Education)
  • Charlotte School of Law (Economic Opportunity) non-member
  • Davidson College (General Community Service, Education)
  • Duke University (General Community Service, Economic Opportunity, Education)
  • East Carolina University (General Community Service)
  • Elon University (General Community Service, Economic Opportunity, Education)
  • Fayetteville State University (General Community Service)
  • Gardner-Webb University (General Community Service, Economic Opportunity) non-member
  • Guilford College (General Community Service)
  • Halifax Community College (General Community Service) non-member
  • Johnson & Wales University – Charlotte (General Community Service) non-member
  • Johnson C. Smith University (General Community Service) non-member
  • Lenoir-Rhyne University (General Community Service)
  • Mid-Atlantic Christian University (General Community Service) non-member
  • North Carolina State University (General Community Service, Economic Opportunity)
  • Pfeiffer University (General Community Service, Economic Opportunity, Education)
  • University of North Carolina at Charlotte (General Community Service)
  • University of North Carolina at Greensboro (Economic Opportunity)
  • University of North Carolina at Pembroke (General Community Service)
  • University of North Carolina at Wilmington (General Community Service, Education)
  • Wake Forest University (General Community Service, Education)
  • Western Carolina University (General Community Service)

This is a true testament to the community engagement impact North Carolina colleges and universities are making across our state. Again, congratulations to all our member campuses!

While the Honor Roll recognizes outstanding colleges and universities across the country, four schools are designated as recipients of the 2014 President’s award, the highest honor a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement. The 2014 Presidential Award winners are: California State University, Dominguez Hills in Carson, Calif.; Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa; University of Nebraska Omaha in Omaha, Neb.; and Wheelock College in Boston, Mass. The institutions were recognized for their achievements in general community service, interfaith community service, economic opportunity, or education.

For more information about the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, read the CNCS Press Release.

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Carolina Center for Public Service Celebrates 15 years

CCPS15thOn November 14, the Carolina Center for Public Service at UNC-Chapel Hill celebrated its 15th anniversary with a reception honoring students, faculty, staff, and community partners. Home to UNC’s APPLES Service-Learning Program, the Buckley Public Service Scholars Program, and the Thorp Faculty Engaged Scholars, the Center works to help UNC fulfill its promise as the first public university. To learn more about the Center, its work, and the celebration, read the write-up: “Carolina Center for Public Service Celebrates 15th Anniversary.” View photos of the event here.

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New Fall 2014 issue of Partnerships now available online

Partnerships Logo_P onlyThe 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 (Vol. 5, No. 2, 2014) has articles on international service-learning, a community-based research project at an urban elementary school, and service-learning in a rural setting. The journal is hosted online by our friends at UNC-Greensboro Libraries and edited by UNCG Professor Dr. Spoma Jovanovic.

In her introduction to the fall 2014 issue, Jovanovic urges us to:

“Read carefully about these service-learning experiences and you’ll be introduced or reacquainted with garbology, constructive reciprocity, humus, the adaptive cycle, and the Big Blue Bus. The articles recount the activities of 5th grade researchers, community partners, 1960s and 21st century student learners, global partnerships, and talented professors. Between the lines, you’ll find best practice tips, theoretical inspiration, and social justice possibilities for community engagement.”

Partnerships recognizes that successful engaged learning depends on effective partnerships between students, faculty, community agencies, administrators, disciplines, and more. The journal’s general call for submissions invites authors to submit:

  • Research Articles reflecting diverse methodologies and theoretical perspectives.
  • Essays that contribute new knowledge, address currentissues, highlight unique perspectives, or offer critical reflection, anchored in a literature base.
  • Empirical Studies of partnership evaluations or assessments.
  • Book Reviews of new volumes in the field and of interest to our readers.

Learn more about Partnerships, including the process for submitting manuscripts and reviews.

Partnerships is sponsored in part by NobleHour.

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Eighteen college students honored for community impact

Eighteen dedicated college students will be honored as Community Impact Student Award winners on Saturday, November 8th, during our annual student conference. These service leaders will join more than 200 students honored since the award was first presented in 2006.

The Community Impact Student Award recognizes one outstanding student from each member campus for leadership and innovative approaches to community engagement. Students are nominated by a faculty or staff member from their school.

Among this year’s winners are Holly Riley, a Music Education major who started an afterschool music program at a local Boys and Girls Club; Stefanie Vorleiter, an International Business major whose Campus Civitan Club raised thousands of dollars for local nonprofits; and Antonio Monroe, a Criminal Justice major who organized a community forum on police-community relations.

All of the 2014 award winners are seniors, except for Warren Wilson College honoree Jasmine Woo, a junior. Eleven of the 18 winners are North Carolina natives.

All but three winners will attend North Carolina Campus Compact’s annual student conference on November 8 at NC State University in Raleigh. Now in its 21st year, the 2014 CSNAP Conference (Citizenship, Service, Networking, and Partnerships) will convene 180 student leaders from 25 campuses in 5 states, offering participants a slate of workshops focused on leadership best practices and community issues.

Several award winners will also share their passion and experience as workshop presenters during the event.

2014 Community Impact Student Award winners

Appalachian State University Melissa Lee
Central Piedmont Community College Jonathan Huynh
Duke University Amee Tan
East Carolina University Zachary Baker
Elon University Meredith Berk
Fayetteville State University Antonio Monroe
High Point University Stefanie Vorleiter
North Carolina Central University Bianca Todd
North Carolina State University Alzebeth Roman
The University of North Carolina at Asheville Stephanie Watkins- Cruz
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill J. Jacob Hinton
The University of North Carolina at Charlotte Jameka Parker
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro Holly Riley
The University of North Carolina at Pembroke Ja’Kayla Hill
The University of North Carolina at Wilmington Vanessa Kopp
Wake Forest University Kristen McCain
Warren Wilson College Jasmine Woo
Western Carolina University Matthew Chevalier
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Western Carolina senior wins Barnhill “Trailblazer” Award

WCU-Aaron_3 Western Carolina University senior Aaron Marshall has been recognized as the 2014 recipient of the John H. Barnhill Civic Trailblazer Award. North Carolina Campus Compact presents the award annually to one college student in the state who has created and led innovative projects that address community needs.

While at Western Carolina, Marshall has developed his passion for serving people in communities hard hit by disasters or chronic poverty, first by working as a volunteer and later in the role of servant leader. Along the way, he combined community service with his academic studies, motivated his peers to join in the work, and created new programs and partnerships that will continue to engage students and impact communities even after he leaves Cullowhee.

“Aaron is one of the most outgoing, forthright, and passionate young leaders I’ve had the privilege of knowing,” Chancellor David Belcher wrote in support of Marshall’s nomination. “He is a difference-maker.”

Since he first traveled on fall break service trip his freshman year, Marshall has become an avid promoter and organizer of the Center for Service Learning’s alternative break program. He became the Center’s first student alternative break coordinator in 2013, helping to double the number of service trips, train new student leaders, and generate more applicants than available slots. Over the past two years, Marshall has led 5 trips involving 60 student volunteers, including a disaster relief trip to New York in the wake of Super Storm Sandy. For that trip, Marshall worked with the Center’s director Dr. Lane Perry to make the experience part of a new credit-bearing service learning course, “Leadership in Civil Society.”

Marshall has also committed himself to active citizenship. Since 2012, he has been involved in civic engagement efforts on campus, including through initiatives associated with North Carolina Campus Compact’s non-partisan Campus Election Engagement Project-NC. For the 2014 effort, Marshall has led the development of an online voter education platform and organized a crew of student volunteers to visit classrooms and conduct voter education and registration drives on campus, resulting in over 300 new voters registered.

Marshall’s service ventures include work as a volunteer and organizer with Team Rubicon, a non-profit disaster response organization that mobilizes military veterans and civilian volunteers on disaster response teams that bridge the gap between first responders and traditional disaster relief organizations. Marshall has worked with the group on more than a dozen deployments.

A Sociology major with a minor in emergency disaster management, Marshall’s service passions have sparked academic explorations. In 2013, Marshall won the university’s Discovery Forum prize for his social entrepreneurship project on the use of technology to mitigate inefficiencies in international aid. He adapted the idea to win a place in the Clinton Global Initiative University, where he developed a plan for the SAPPER project – Southern Appalachia Poverty and Place Effect Research. When implemented, the project will equip military veteran combat engineers with technology to map and assess substandard residential housing, in order to improve the coordination of repair operations.

Marshall was featured this spring in an article in Western Carolina: The Magazine of Western Carolina University- “The Marshall Plan.”

“In all cases, Aaron started at the ground level and came in a first time volunteer,” says Perry. “Then, over time, through service that was above himself he rose to the next occasion and moved up to obtain greater and greater responsibility.”

The Barnhill Award is named for John H. Barnhill, who founded innovative student service programs while a student at Elon University, and who later became the founding executive director of North Carolina Campus Compact.

Marshall will be honored at North Carolina Campus Compact’s annual student conference on November 8 at NC State University in Raleigh. Now in its 21st year, the 2014 conference will convene 180 student leaders from 25 campuses in 5 states, offering participants a slate of workshops focused on leadership best practices and community issues.

North Carolina Campus Compact is a collaborative network of colleges and universities with a shared commitment to educating engaged citizens and strengthening communities. Guided by an executive board of presidents and chancellors, the Compact builds capacity of member schools through professional development and resources related to civic and community engagement. NC Campus Compact was founded in 2002 and is hosted by Elon University.

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Campus Election Engagement Project-NC challenges students to register, vote

CEEP_Checkbox Logo_croppedWith the 2014 midterm elections fast approaching, NC Campus Compact is challenging college students to register and turnout on November 4. Since July, the Compact has been providing resources and training for student leaders and campus groups in our role as statewide facilitator of the Campus Election Engagement Project (CEEP), a nonpartisan national effort to involve college students in elections. Already, the initiative has granted nearly $10,000 to Student Government Associations and other groups to support voter engagement activities on 16 North Carolina campuses. Over 50 individuals from 26 campuses have participated in voter engagement trainings offered by the Compact and its partners.

“Some key changes to North Carolina’s election process – including a shortened early voting period – will go into effect in the 2014 midterms,” said NC Campus Compact Interim Executive Director Leslie Garvin, who directs the voter engagement project. “So part of our goal is to get that information out. But our main mission is simply to encourage students to be active citizens.”

Campus groups have been busy conducting voter outreach and registration drives across the state. Elizabeth City State University outpaced four other campuses in a voter registration contest held on National Voter Registration Day, September 23. ECSU SGA President McKinley Strother led a team of ECSU students who collected 68 voter registration forms, earning the school a $450 prize. Earlier this fall, ECSU’s Student Government Association also received a $300 grant from CEEP.

Historically, voter turnout in midterm elections is low, especially among college-aged youth. Just 23% of North Carolina registered voters aged 18-29 voted in the 2010 midterm elections, according to the Center for Information on Civic Learning and Engagement. This rate was roughly on par with the national average but still 28 points below that for voters over 30.

North Carolina’s voter registration deadline is October 10. The state’s early voting period begins October 23 and ends on November 1.

On election day, campuses and students can take part in the NC Student Voting Challenge. After voting, students will take a “selfie” wearing their “I voted” sticker, and post the photo to Instagram with the hashtag #NCVotingChallenge. The campus with the most entries will earn a $450 prize for its voter engagement coalition.

Many campus leaders are primed to mobilize peers this election season after participating in the Compact’s voter engagement training series, delivered this summer with the help of several partner organizations. NCPIRG delivered “Understanding the New North Carolina Voting Law,” the Fair Elections Legal Network presented on its “Campus Vote Project,” and TurboVote shared information about its new voter engagement services. The Compact has also collected a trove of state-specific and campus-oriented election resources on our CEEP-NC webpage.

The following member campuses received Voter Engagement Coalition grants or Student Government Association grants:

Bennett College
Davidson College
East Carolina University
Elizabeth City State University
Elon University
Fayetteville State University
Meredith College
Pfeiffer University
Pitt Community College
Queens University of Charlotte
UNC Chapel Hill
UNC Charlotte
UNC Greensboro
UNC Wilmington
Wake Forest University
Western Carolina University

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