Commitment to Place

Colleges and universities have long touted their positive impact on the world through research, the education of students, and solutions to many of our greatest challenges. At the same time, they are sometimes criticized for distant “town-gown” relationships. To address this challenge and improve learning outcomes and research, Iowa’s college and universities are investing new efforts to impact communities and neighborhoods closer to home. Dubbed “The Neighborhood University” model in one national publication and sometimes also referred to as “anchor institutions” or “place-based engagement,” these efforts include everything from focusing student volunteer efforts in specific areas to research partnerships to…

Meet This Year’s Principal Community Scholars

Twenty-five college students from Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin have been selected for the 2018 class of the Principal Community Scholars Program. This year’s scholars proposed projects designed to engage their peers and their institutions. These projects tap into a variety of skills that can be offered by college students and will impact causes ranging from education to environmental sustainability. Learn more about each of their projects Sumayo Saed, ’19 – Augsburg University, Minnesota This scholar will involve convening informal dialogues with Muslim student groups and Christian neighbours for relationship building and education about Islam.   Jacob Jensen – Buena Vista…

Campus Compact and Principal Announce Class of Community Scholars

For immediate release, November 7, 2017: Twenty-five college students from Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin have been selected for the 2018 class of the Principal Community Scholars Program. The recipients were selected after being nominated by faculty or staff from their college or university and a rigorous review process. The program is designed to encourage student leadership to meet community needs. Selected students will receive a $1,000 scholarship from Principal upon completion of a service project. This is the second year of the program, which last year supported twenty students in Iowa and California “This year we focused on students in…

Iowa Campus Compact Hires Three New Staff Members

Iowa Campus Compact today announced three staff hired for newly-created positions designed to boost nonprofit partnerships, research, and election engagement. These new positions reflect an increase in resources and interest in community-campus partnerships as a vehicle for student education, civic engagement, and nonprofit capacity-building. Monique Ellefson began work this week as the AmeriCorps VISTA Program Coordinator. She served as the IACC VISTA Leader in 2013-2014 before earning her Masters of Science in Education at Indiana University. Monique got her start as an impassioned student leader at the University of South Dakota, which led her to serve as an AmeriCorps VISTA…

2018 Engaged Campus Awards Process Announced

Iowa Campus Compact (IACC) today announced plans for the 2018 Engaged Campus Awards. This will be the sixth year of this awards event, which recognizes students, staff, faculty, alumni and community organizations for their work in community engagement. Since the launch of the awards in 2013 they have grown considerably with more than 130 total nominations and 26 awards. This year, to continue to build on this success, IACC staff conducted an extensive review process that included interviews with staff and faculty from across member institutions. As a result of that review, we learned several important things that will help…

Innovative New Partnership with Tyson Foods

New program will support community organizations through college student internships For immediate release, October 12, 2017: Campus Compact today announced an award from Tyson Foods that will bring together college students and local nonprofits. The Tyson Foods Summer Community Internship Program will provide an invaluable opportunity for select college students to gain professional experience in nonprofits while making a positive impact in local communities. The program provides full-time college students an eight-week paid summer internship to assist community organizations and gain experience with diverse social issues. Tyson Foods is underwriting this program, which will launch in the summer of 2018…

Building Partnerships with Refugees

Earlier this year, potential new travel restrictions led Iowa colleges and universities to act to reassure international students and scholars they are welcome here. Iowa’s colleges and universities continue to find new ways to partner with and support refugee, immigrant and international populations on campus and in local communities. One example is the Refugee Summit 2017 being hosted this Friday and Saturday at Mercy College of Health Sciences in Des Moines. Other examples include partnerships between organizations, courses, and refugee populations. The Refugee Summit is a partnership with the United Way and the Refugee Alliance of Central Iowa (which is…

Civic-Minded Professional: Hailey Boudreau

Civic-minded professional Hailey Boudreau graduated from Iowa State University with a BS in dietetics in May 2013. After finishing her accredited internship also through ISU in October 2014, she became a registered dietitian in November 2014. She has been a Hy-Vee dietitian since January 2015.  She is also a dietitian for Camp Hertko Hollow, diabetes camp for kids and teens, the social chair for the American Diabetes Association Young Professional group of Central Iowa, helps with marketing for the Iowa Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She also volunteers her time to bake once a week with a young woman with…

2017-2018 webinar Series

California, Utah, and Campus Compact of the Mountain West have pulled together content and facilitators that highlight innovations and deep thinking in strategic priority areas for the Campus Compact network and specific programs and initiatives that are making waves at member institutions. All webinars begin at 2:00 pm Central time. Click on the webinar titles for detailed information and to register. If the webinar has already occurred, click on the webinar title to view the recorded webinar. October 24, 2017 Realizing Sustainable Campuses, Resilient Communities and Meaningful Student Career Pathways Stephen Miller, Deputy Director at Strategic Energy Innovations Jake Pollack,…

Fighting Sexual Assault on Campus

Iowa Campus Compact member colleges and universities work to engage with off-campus communities to solve problems and meet needs. They are also working to address issues on campus and doing both in a way that creates learning opportunities for students. One critical example of this is the prevention of sexual assault, with campuses working to engage and empower students to lead change. The Center for Violence Prevention at the University of Northern Iowa first started their Mentors in Violence Prevention Program in 1993 and seeks to empower both men and women as bystanders giving students the “tools to lead with…

Election engagement organizer position available

Iowa Campus Compact (IACC) is partnering with the Campus Election Engagement Project (CEEP) to support colleges and universities in Iowa with nonpartisan election engagement efforts. The two organizations are seeking a student organizer (either undergraduate or graduate) that will be charged with working to increase electoral engagement on Iowa campuses. This work will include the following: Working with campus students, staff and faculty to support efforts that increase student turnout Integrating voter registration on campuses Developing approaches and resources for greater faculty involvement Creating templates for campus election websites Supporting student government efforts Tracking electoral participation Most importantly, the organizer…

Principal Community Scholars Program Expands, Accepting Nominations

Iowa Campus Compact today announced the expansion of a partnership with Principal® on the Principal Community Scholars Program. The program, which was piloted last year in in conjunction with California Campus Compact, provides scholarships to college students in business and related fields who complete community projects. This year, the program will expand and provide more scholarships to students in a greater geographic area. The nomination process is open to undergraduate students at Campus Compact member institutions in the Midwest and those designated as serving minority students throughout the country. Students can be nominated by any faculty or staff member willing…

How to Help: Higher education and disaster recovery

As Hurricane Harvey takes its toll, many are looking on and wondering how to help. Iowa’s higher education institutions have a long tradition of supporting disaster response and recovery from stepping up in situations like the floods that hit Cedar Rapids and other areas in 2008 to traveling to help in communities hit by Hurricane Katrina every year for 10 years following the event. There is little doubt this disaster will provide another example of the ways college students and institutions of higher education can make an impact. Already, campuses are considering whether to send students to Houston for alternative…

Fall 2017 Virtual Learning and Connection Opportunities

In 2017, Iowa and Minnesota Campus Compact are pairing up to offer member staff, faculty, students, and community partners more opportunities to connect across the region using web video conference technology. These meetings will be engaging and interactive and offer the opportunity to meet new people, make connections, and get new ideas and resources. We will offer monthly meetings on topics relevant to a variety of community engagement priorities as well as affinity group calls once a semester for people at similar campus types to discuss common challenges and opportunities. Minnesota Campus Compact will facilitate the affinity group calls for…

Keynote Speaker Announced for Iowa Civic Action Academy

Iowa Campus Compact today announced the first keynote speaker for the upcoming inaugural Iowa Civic Action Academy. The Academy will take place November 3 and 4, 2017 at Grand View University in Des Moines. Students from across the state (undergraduate, graduate, and beyond) are invited to connect with peers and learn from professionals about social change and civic action. Registration is now open! Introducing Vanessa McNeal Vanessa McNeal The opening keynote speaker will be Vanessa McNeal. Vanessa is a Davenport, Iowa native. She is a graduate of Iowa State University and also recently received her Master’s Degree is Social Work…

Now Hiring – AmeriCorps VISTA Program Coordinator

Love national service and higher education community engagement and have skills in grants management? We are seeking a highly detail-oriented person to join our team. Apply by August 18, 2017! Job Title: Iowa Campus Compact Program Coordinator Organization: Iowa Campus Compact Location: Iowa Center for Higher Education, Des Moines Job-Type: Full-Time Compensation: $30,000-35,000 annually Benefits: Full benefits through Iowa Western Community College (host institution) Reports To: Executive Director Application Deadline: August 18, 2017 Desired Start Date: September 2017 (flexible) JOB DESCRIPTION The Program Coordinator will primarily coordinate the Iowa Campus Compact VISTA Community Corps. The program includes 12-20 members serving…

New Members Elected to Iowa Campus Compact Board of Directors

For immediate release: Four new members of the Iowa Campus Compact Board of Directors were elected in May and begin their three year terms of service this week. Two of the members represent a commitment from the organization’s leadership to add different voices to the board representing community and partner organizations. President Angela Walker Franklin from Des Moines University and President Steven Titus from Iowa Wesleyan University are the two new president members of the board. A new partner member of the board is Lindsay Moser, University Relations and Recruiting Manager at Principal. Also joining the board is Dr. Stacy…

Meet our new AmeriCorps VISTA members

This year, we have eleven new AmeriCorps VISTA members beginning service around the state. Welcome to the #CompactNation! Lena Haan, Mercy College of Health Sciences, Des Moines Hometown: Cascade, Iowa College and Degree: Gonzaga University, a Bachelor’s in Psychology and Criminal Justice. Learning experience that changed/impacted you:  Working at the Salvation Army food pantry and talked to some refugees from Syria. Why did you choose to serve? I always wanted to join the AmeriCorps and PeaceCorps. I love helping people and want to make a difference. What is your favorite quote? “Every individual matters. Every individual has a role to play. Every individual makes a…

Inaugural Principal Community Scholars Achieve Results

The first year of the innovative new Principal Community Scholars Program ended with successful outcomes for the student involved and those impacted by their community projects. All 20 of the selected scholars from across Iowa and California successfully completed the program, the goal of which was to build their leadership skills, confidence and efficacy and help them to see themselves as community leaders. In post-program surveys, students agreed that they would not be more likely to involved themselves in community service in the future. They also increased their understanding of how to use their knowledge and skills to make a…

Announcing the 2017-2018 Engaged Scholar Research Fellows

Iowa Campus Compact is excited to announced its first class of Engaged Scholars Research Fellows. This program builds on previous faculty fellowships with an added emphasis on the production of scholarship that moves higher education community engagement and service-learning field forward. Each scholar will receive support for completing and publishing their research. Brie Swenson-Arnold is an Associate Professor of History at Coe College. Her teaching and research focus on early America, the Civil War, African American history, women’s and gender history, and public history. She collaborates with students, museums, schools, and other partners to promote public understanding of the past….

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