Eleven NC students named Newman Civic Fellows

The Newman Civic Fellows programs recognizes outstanding student leaders from across the Campus Compact network. National Campus Compact, a Boston-based non-profit organization working to advance the public purposes of higher education, has announced the 273 students who will make up the organization’s 2017 cohort of Newman Civic Fellows. The national group includes 11 students from North Carolina colleges and universities. The Newman Civic Fellowship is a one-year fellowship for community-committed college students from Campus Compact member institutions. The fellowship honors the late Frank Newman, one of Campus Compact’s founders and a tireless advocate for civic engagement in higher education. The…

The present – and future – of alternative breaks

March is spring break time — a perfect time to invite our network to this year’s Civic Engagement Administrator Conference: “The Future of Alternative Breaks.” Held June 6-7 at Elon University, this year’s CEAC (we pronounce it “See-ack”) will offer keynote and breakout sessions that push the boundaries of the alternative service trip model. The call for workshop proposals is open now through April 21. Topics of interest include: Pre-trip orientation/preparation and post-trip re-entry/transition Building sustainable/reciprocal community partnerships Student leadership models and training Reflection tools & tips Co-curricular and academic/credit-based models Assessment Research and Theory Equity and Inclusion Workshop contacts will be notified…

Engaged Faculty Scholars program supports research, collaboration

The Engaged Faculty Scholars program supports two NC faculty members for one year as they work to deepen the practice of community engagement at their own campus and support the development of community-engaged teaching at another school in the network.  We are currently accepting applications from faculty ready to take on this role in the 2017-18 academic year. Our current Engaged Faculty Scholars — Dr. Maggie Commins of Queens University and Dr. Cara Kozma of High Point University — are more than half-way through their term. Both are carrying out individual research and working together to support faculty service-learning practice at Davidson…

AmeriCorps Week honors those who serve

This week we are celebrating AmeriCorps Week and honoring the one million individuals who’ve served as AmeriCorps members since the program’s founding in 1994. We are especially grateful for our 14 current AmeriCorps VISTA members and more than 200 alumni of our program, who have made lasting contributions to the field of campus-community engagement in North Carolina – from supporting a Campus Kitchen project or campus food pantry, to coordinating an MLK Day of Service event, to breaking ground on a community garden, to brokering a new service-learning class. Our VISTAs have also strengthened non-profit organizations like Feast Down East, Community Empowerment Fund,…

Social Change Forum explores connections between community engagement and social innovation

On February 14 at Duke University, nearly 100 faculty and staff from 19 colleges and universities gathered to explore how “both sides of the house” — community engagement and social entrepreneurship — could learn from the other and thereby achieve greater community impact and deeper student learning. Dr. David Scobey speaks at the Social Change Forum. “I see both common ground and creative tension between community engagement and social innovation — and both the commonalities and the tensions seem to me a good thing,” declared Dr. David Scobey in his plenary remarks, “Social Innovation and Community Engagement: Collaborations, Disagreements, and the Value…

2017 Engagement Awards honor leaders with combined 90 years of experience in higher education

On February 8 at NC A&T State University, North Carolina Campus Compact convened 35 college and university presidents and chancellors and some 30 other campus officials for its annual Presidents Forum. The event was a chance for these leaders to explore issues related to higher education’s public purposes, but it was also an opportunity to honor three outstanding individuals with the network’s 2017 Engagement Awards. Together, the honorees have nearly 90 years of experience, marked by commitment to their institutions, their communities, and the work of campus-community engagement. The 2017 Engagement Award recipients are Dr. William Ingram, president of Durham Technical…

HPU President Qubein Announces Challenge Gift to Create NC Campus Compact Endowment

President Nido Qubein. Photo: High Point University Last week before a group of fellow college and university presidents and chancellors, High Point University President Nido R. Qubein announced High Point University will make a challenge gift of $200,000 to support the work of North Carolina Campus Compact. The gift will go toward creating an endowment to help ensure the long-term sustainability of the network. “Campus Compact is a catalyst for campus and community partnerships,” Qubein said. “HPU appreciates that through Campus Compact, universities can maximize their roles as anchor institutions in their cities and continuously enhance their communities. For years…

NC campuses honor MLK through service

Through MLK Day of Service grants and its AmeriCorps VISTA program, NC Campus Compact supported the efforts of several member campuses that sought to honor Dr. King’s legacy by fighting poverty and building the beloved community through service. Three NC universities – NC Central University, Pfeiffer University, and UNC Greensboro – put federal grant funding to work in honor of MLK Day. Each school received up to $3000 in grant funding last fall as part of the MLK Day of Service Partnership Project, which is sponsored by the federal Corporation for National and Community Service and administered by Iowa Campus Compact. At NC Central,…

Two students receive support to serve during alternative spring break

Two students were recently named recipients of a Marshall Alternative Service Experience Scholarship: Yaqueline Yañez of William Peace University and DaQuane Cherry of Central Piedmont Community College. Each student received a $250 award to help fund their participation in an upcoming alternative break service trip. Both Yañez and Cherry were recognized at the CSNAP Student Conference, held last month at UNC Asheville. The alternative break scholarship is a gift of Aaron Marshall, who created the program in partnership with NC Campus Compact in 2015. Marshall is a graduate of Western Carolina University, where he took part in nine alternative break service trips. He…

Elon senior honored as Barnhill Civic Trailblazer

Elon senior Jenny Fukunaga is the 2016 Barnhill Civic Trailblazer. Even before her first day of class at Elon University, our 2016 John H. Barnhill Civic Trailblazer Jenny Fukunaga made a special effort to explore the local community. She traveled to Elon to take part in a summer program that lets incoming students spend a week volunteering in nearby Burlington and Alamance County. “I am from Los Angeles and I knew going to school all the way across the country would be a big jump for me,” she says. “I knew I would get to know campus through regular orientation…

Student leaders from 25 campuses honored for community impact

North Carolina Campus Compact has honored 25 students selected by their campuses to receive a 2016 Community Impact Award. Eighteen of the recipients were recognized at the CSNAP Student Conference held recently at UNC Asheville. 1st row (L-R): Yanez, Leeper, Wilson, Gillette, Gladney, Nelson, Page, Yarbough, Woodson / 2nd row (L-R): Garcia, Myhand, Tesoriero, Slater, Fukunaga, Pittman, Cherry, McKenzie The 2016 Community Impact Award winners are: Appalachian State University – Evan Montpellier Evan is a senior geography major from St. Catharines, Ontario. Bennett College – Kaylah Stevenson Kaylah is a senior business administration major from Philadelphia. Central Piedmont Community College -…

CSNAP offers inspiration, reflection, and practical next steps for growing community engagement

The annual CSNAP Student Conference brought more than 160 students, faculty, staff, and community advocates together for a day of reflection and learning. True to its name, the event touched on topics related to “Citizenship, Service, Networking, And Partnerships” in 14 morning workshop sessions and an afternoon “social change showcase” featuring eight organizations that mobilize college students to address community issues. This year’s conference was hosted by UNC Asheville, and 23 NC campuses were represented by participants. UNCA Chancellor Mary Grant welcomes students to CSNAP. Photo: Amy Jessee. UNC Asheville’s chancellor Mary Grant welcomed participants to the Saturday session, reaffirming her long-time commitment…

Post-election reflections and resources from Campus Compact

In the wake of this week’s election, national Campus Compact has reaffirmed our commitment to strengthening democracy. Dr. Andrew Seligsohn, president of national Campus Compact, argues that we must “fortify the institutions in our society committed to openness, diversity, human dignity, and truth.” In a recent blog post, Dr. Seligsohn recalls the history of own family’s struggle for democracy and humane values, and concludes: “All of us who work every day to ensure that higher education rises to the challenge of its public purposes now must gather our own strength in our own ways. Then we must get back to work…

Final tips for GOTV, Election Day, and Beyond

We’ve compiled resources and suggestions to help our engaged campuses support students’ civic participation before and after the election. GOTV & VOTER EDUCATION NC Early Voting ends Saturday, Nov. 5 at 1 p.m. Students can register and vote during early voting. Please encourage your students to early vote by providing them info about the nearest early voting site, required documentation (especially for 1st time voters in a county), and non-partisan candidate guides (see below). Find NC voter resources here: ncvoter.org Plan campus GOTV events and check GOTV Tips and Ideas from CEEP – most important: encourage students to make a…

Latest edition of Partnerships journal now available

The latest edition of Partnerships: A Journal of Service-Learning and Civic Engagement (Volume 7, No. 2) is now available online. This election season reminds us that for our country to operate at its potential, we must build partnerships across partisan lines, between differing world views, and among diverse populations. We have plenty of such positive examples, role models, and programs operating in communities across the country as detailed in the articles and book reviews in this issue. In both domestic and international arenas, our featured scholars recognize that dialogue, problem solving, and collaborative goal-setting set the stage for ethical and effective…

NC Central, UNC Greensboro, Pfeiffer awarded grants to support MLK Day of Service

Three North Carolina universities – NC Central University, Pfeiffer University, and UNC Greensboro – have been awarded grants as part of the MLK Day of Service Community Partnership Project, which provides funding for service projects that work toward alleviating hunger and supporting veterans. These schools, all members of North Carolina Campus Compact, are among 40 colleges and universities across the U.S. that will be part of the project, which is funded by the federal Corporation for National and Community Service and administered by Iowa Campus Compact (IACC). The 2016-17 grant recipients include: American University Center for Community Engagement & Service Bard…

19 member schools named to President’s Honor Roll, Duke and Elon honored in all categories

Congratulations to the nineteen NC Campus Compact member campuses named to the 2015 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll! The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, launched in 2006, annually highlights the role colleges and universities play in solving community problems and placing more students on a lifelong path of civic engagement by recognizing institutions that achieve meaningful, measurable outcomes in the communities they serve. Twenty-six North Carolina institutions were named to the 2015 honor roll, three with distinction.  Nineteen are NC Campus Compact members. Once again, in addition to general community service, there were three special categories:…

NC College Voter Summit prepares students to #votehot

On September 10, nearly 60 student leaders from 17 NC campuses gathered at Elon University for a full Saturday of training on best practices for non-partisan voter engagement. In whole group and break-out sessions led by veteran organizers from Democracy NC, the Campus Vote Project, and NC PIRG, students dug into such topics as: working with your local board of elections, effective use of social media, and using voter pledges to get-out-the-vote. Democracy NC organizer Marcus Bass kicked off the morning by telling the story of voting in the United States, drawing a line from the Founding Fathers, through the women’s suffrage and civil…

CEEP Student Fellows lead efforts to engage college student voters

This summer — with support from the national Campus Election Engagement Project and Ben & Jerry’s “Democracy in Your Hands” initiative — we welcomed 5 student leaders to our EE Fellows Program. They joined a group of 12 student fellows who began working last spring to support non-partisan, campus-based efforts to engage student voters this fall and to institutionalize programs and processes to sustain future democratic participation on their campus. Learn more about these democratically-dedicated election energizers below. DaQuane Cherry Central Piedmont Community College Advisor: Jenn Marts DaQuane is a second-year student at Central Piedmont CC. He hails from Elizabeth City, NC and…

Welcoming the new VISTA Program Coordinator

Last month, NC Campus Compact welcomed Amber Rhodes as our new VISTA Program Coordinator. Amber brings knowledge and experience from two completed VISTA service terms. She served her first year as a MT Campus Compact VISTA with Montana College Access Network in Helena, MT. Her second term was spent with the Asheville City Schools Foundation in Asheville, NC supporting public schools in the community. She is a Greensboro, NC native and an alumna of UNC Greensboro (’11 and ’14). As VISTA program coordinator, Amber will support a cohort of 15 full-time VISTA volunteers building campus-community partnerships at 11 campus and…