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March 2017

March Virtual Network Coffee

March 2 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Zoom web conference

The first Thursday of each month, we host a statewide virtual “coffee.” Peers in community engagement from across the state can join in for facilitated reflection on our common challenges and opportunities with the goal of generating new ideas and connections. Each month, attendees will be asked to share their thoughts and ideas in these areas: Puzzles: Questions about community engagement for which you have no answer Risks: Issues or challenges you are concerned about being able to address Appreciations: Events, programs, outcomes, or other occurrences that you want to celebrate and share with others Wishes: Ideas for the future on which  you might want to collaborate Register to receive the log-in link.

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Giving Voice Communications Strategy Launch Webinar

March 6 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Zoom web conference

In our most recent strategic planning process, our members voiced concern that the civic mission of higher education could be lost to only private, career-oriented goals for higher education. A change in public opinion on this topic can best be achieved if we work together and speak with one voice. This will elevate our cause and bring hundreds of individual stories together into one larger and more powerful story. To achieve this goal, we are launching the “Giving Voice to the Civic Mission” campaign. We will craft specific messages that help tell the story of the civic mission to specific audiences and provide our member campuses with the tools to engage those messages and localize them. Join us at 3 pm on Monday, March 6th for a webinar on Zoom web conference. As we launch this strategy we are seeking to engage campus community engagement staff, communications staff and others in a conversation about our plans so you can learn…

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Webinar: The Power of Storytelling to Impact Community Change

March 7 @ 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm
Zoom web conference
Iowa Campus Compact Webinar

Facilitators: J.R. Jamison & Kelsey Timmerman, Co-Founders and Chief Story Telling Officers, The Facing Project Description: Though the world is connected more than ever before, empathy for our neighbors is slowly disappearing. Indiana Campus Compact Executive Director J.R. Jamison and New York Times Bestselling author Kelsey Timmerman co-founded The Facing Project as a way to (re)connect people through stories to strengthen communities. What initially started out as a one-off project that paired writers with storytellers to create connections across difference, and to help put a personal face on poverty, the model grew into a few more projects and then into a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit. The Facing Project is now connecting writers, storytellers, artists, educators, and community leaders in over 100 communities across the country. Hailed by The Huffington Post, Harlem World Magazine, NPR, and Soul Train as one of three oral history projects to watch, The Facing Project provides a model, tools, and a platform for communities to arm themselves with…

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Cedar Rapids Area AmeriCorps Networking Event

March 24 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Cornell College,
600 1st Street SW
Mt. Vernon, 52314
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Please join our AmeriCorps networking event! Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cedar-rapids-area-americorps-networking-event-tickets-31972838621 The agenda includes: Fun team building interactive activities/trainings surrounding civic responsibility The opportunity to network with other AmeriCorps members in different programs The opportunity to learn about other potential national service positions in our state Light refreshments

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Western Iowa AmeriCorps Networking Event

March 31 @ 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Buena Vista University,
Storm Lake, IA United States
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Please join our AmeriCorps networking event! Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/western-iowa-americorps-networking-event-tickets-31979088314 The agenda includes: Fun team building interactive activities/trainings surrounding civic responsibility The opportunity to network with other AmeriCorps members in different programs The opportunity to learn about other potential national service positions in our state Light refreshments

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April 2017
Free

Eastern Iowa AmeriCorps Networking Event

April 4 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Loras College,
1450 Alta Vista Street
Dubuque, 52001
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Please join our AmeriCorps networking event! Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/eastern-iowa-americorps-networking-event-tickets-32266491946 The agenda includes: Fun team building interactive activities/trainings surrounding civic responsibility The opportunity to network with other AmeriCorps members in different programs The opportunity to learn about other potential national service positions in our state Light refreshments *NOTE:  This event will lead into the City of Dubuque’s annual Mayor’s Day event which includes the recognition of national service members.

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Des Moines Area AmeriCorps Networking Event

April 7 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Iowa Center for Higher Education,
2500 Fleur Drive
Des Moines,
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Please join our AmeriCorps networking event! Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/des-moines-area-americorps-networking-event-tickets-31978730243 The agenda includes: Fun team building interactive activities/trainings surrounding civic responsibility The opportunity to network with other AmeriCorps members in different programs The opportunity to learn about other potential national service positions in our state Light refreshments

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May 2017

4th Annual Engaged Campus Awards and Summit

May 3 @ 11:30 am - 4:00 pm
Des Moines Botanical Garden,
909 Robert D. Ray Dr
Des Moines, IA 50309 United States
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Engaged Campus Awards and Summit

The 2017 Engaged Campus Awards will be held on Wednesday, May 3, 2017. The event will be held at the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden. This year, our annual awards event will also be a summit on the civic mission of higher education. The awards lunch and keynote will be from 11:30 to 1:00 pm with opportunities for further networking and learning during an afternoon summit. The annual Engaged Campus Awards recognize individuals and groups in Iowa higher education for their work toward the Iowa Campus Compact mission of deepening and strengthening campus civic and community engagement. More information, including award nomination forms, is available online.

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Webinar: Liberating Service Learning

May 15 @ 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm
Zoom web conference
Iowa Campus Compact Webinar

Facilitator: Randy R. Stoecker, University of Wisconsin - Madison Description:  “Institutionalized service learning,” has its priorities reversed. It starts by focusing on student learning, then on “service,” then on “community” and only then on any kind of social change. In “liberating service learning” I reverse that prioritization to start with change, then community, then “service” and finally learning, and also develop new philosophical foundations and practices for each concept. This webinar will show the problems with the institutionalized service learning and the potential of liberating service learning.

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June 2017

Midwest Campus Compact Conference

June 5 - June 7
Loyola University Chicago,
1032 W. Sheridan Rd
Chicago, IL 60660 United States
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Iowa Campus Compact is excited to announce a new collaboration that will expand and improve our annual regional conference. In 2017, state affiliates in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin are collaborating to offer the Midwest Campus Compact Conference. Please save June 5-7, 2017, for a conference focused on asset-focused culture change and community engagement, hosted by Loyola University Chicago. The call for session proposals is now open. Proposals are due February 17, 2017. Learn more. More conference details and registration will be announced early in the new year.  

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November 2017

Iowa Civic Action Academy

November 3 - November 4
Grand View University – Student Center,
1200 Grandview Ave
Des Moines, IA 50316 United States
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Save the Date for our inaugural Iowa Civic Action Academy. This is a new, professional development opportunity for students interested in learning new ways of making a difference and building skills through civic and community engagement. It will be held November 3 and 4, 2017 at Grand View University in Des Moines. Students from across the state (undergraduate, graduate, and beyond) are invited to learn from professional across sectors. Sessions will offer skill-building in civic action including philanthrophy, nonprofit leadership, dialogue, advocacy and more. Students will also have a chance to learn what others are doing on campuses across the state and network with peers. Sponsorship opportunities are available, please contact Justin Ellis at jellis@iwcc.edu. Registration and opportunities to present will open later this year.

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