Engaged Campus Awards

The fourth annual Engaged Campus Awards will build on the success of past award events with a few changes to the categories and processes. These changes were made to encourage an even broader range of honorees, streamline the nomination process, and garner more recognition for the community engagement work happening across the state. Read about last year’s honorees.

Individuals can be nominated for any of these Engaged Campus Award categories:

  • Civic Mission Leadership: a faculty or staff member who has demonstrated leadership for higher education civic engagement and has worked to give voice to the civic mission of higher education.
  • Student Leadership: a student leader with demonstrated accomplishments in engaging students in meaningful service and civic engagement.
  • Community Leadership: an alumnus of a member institution making strong contributions to their community and demonstrating the values of the civic mission of higher education.
  • Emerging Leadership: a new person in the field who is making unique and innovative contributions that demonstrate strong future potential.

Groups and/or projects can be nominated for any of these Engaged Campus Award categories:

  • Community Partnership: a campus-community partnership or collaboration that is deep, reciprocal, and transformational.
  • Emerging Innovation: a recent project, program, or initiative making unique and innovative contributions that demonstrate strong future potential.

Two other categories offer additional nomination opportunities:

  • Network Choice Award: student organizations or student-led projects can be nominated in late April, allowing our network to select a winner via online voting.
  • National Service Member of the Year: individual AmeriCorps and VISTA members (in IACC programs) who have made significant contributions to building a community partner or campus department’s capacity.

Nomination applications for these categories will be evaluated by outside reviewers. All eligible nominations will receive recognition. Awards will not necessarily be given each year in each category.

The nomination process is closed for all categories except Network Choice. You can still submit student organizations or student-led projects for this by midnight on April 14th!

Awards will be presented at the Annual Engaged Campus Awards and Summit on May 3, 2017.

Who can be nominated?

  • Individual nominees must be affiliated with an Iowa Campus Compact member institution as an employee, volunteer, student, alum, or community partner.
  • Group nominees must also be affiliated with a member institution and can be any recognized campus organization or campus-community partnership.
  • Network Choice Award nominees must be student organizations or student-led projects affiliated with an Iowa Campus Compact member institution.
  • National service member of the year nominees must be a current member in good standing or have successfully complete their term in 2016-2017 program year with either the Iowa College AmeriCorps Program or the Iowa Campus Compact VISTA Program (this includes part time, full time and summer members).

Who can make nominations?

  • Nominations can come from employees, students, alumni and community partners of Iowa Campus Compact member institutions (self-nominations accepted).

To make a nomination, submit the following information using the online form.

Background information on nominee individual or group (limit 250 words). For the Network Choice Award, this should be a compelling narrative that can be used for online voting.

Engaged Campus Award individual and group nominators will answer the following questions (each limited to 500 words):

  • Summarize the relevant accomplishments of the nominee
  • Describe the ways in which the nominee exemplifies the selected award category
  • Describe what makes the nominee’s contributions unique

National Service Member of the Year nominations will answer the following questions:

  • Nominees service site(s) and locations
  • A brief narrative describing the service site(s) need, the member’s capacity building intervention, and the changes that resulted (limit 500 words)

A picture of the nominee (jpg or png format).

  • For the Network Choice Award, please include a picture that shows the work of the group and/or project and will be shared on the online voting platform
  • For the National Service Member of the Year Award, please include picture of the nominee in their national service gear or with the AmeriCorps or VISTA logo

January 5, 2017: Open nomination process and promote

April 7: All nominations due

April 10-21: Outside review and selection

April 17-21: Network Choice online voting

April 24: Winners announced

May 3, 2017: Engaged Campus Awards and Summit, Des Moines

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