2017-2018 Events and Opportunities Preview

The 2016-2017 academic year is just wrapping up, but we already have some great plans for 2017-2018! Check them out and make plans to join us and make the most of these opportunities. Events Preview June 6-7, 2017, Midwest Campus Compact Conference Loyola University, Chicago August 2017, Network Retreat TBD, Des Moines September 22, 2017, Workshop with Dr. Stephen Black University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls November 3-4, 2017, Iowa Student Civic Action Academy Grand View University, Des Moines February 2018, Network Retreat TBD March 25-28, 2018, National Campus Compact Conference Indianapolis, Indiana May 2018, Engaged Campus Awards and Summit…

First generation civic-minded professionals

“No veas para atrás” [don’t look back], “no tienes excusa” [you have no excuse], “si tenemos que vender la casa la vendemos” [if we have to sell the house, we will]. These are some of the phrases that several of our Iowa College AmeriCorps Program (ICAP) and AmeriCorps VISTA alumni heard growing up. Even more so as they were about to graduate high school and travel the unknown world of college. We  wanted to better understanding how first-generation Latino students think about their preparation to become civic-minded professionals, so we asked Yvette Bahena, ICAP alum and current grad student pursuing…

Iowa Campus Compact Recognizes Colleges and Universities Making Community Impacts

For immediate release (Des Moines, IA): Iowa Campus Compact (IACC) today announced the winners of the 2017 Engaged Campus Awards. Those nominated included students, organizations, faculty, staff and alumni who have built community-campus partnerships, community service programs, service-learning courses, and lead institutional engagement. More than 50 nominations were received from 14 colleges and universities across the state. “These honorees are using creativity, hard work and innovation to better connect communities and campuses in ways that deepen student learning and impact critical needs,” said Executive Director Emily Shields. Eight awardees were selected by a panel of reviewers. They include a Drake…

Vote now for the Network Choice Award!

For the second year in a row, Iowa Campus Compact is asking our network to help us select a student organization or student-led project that is making an impact on community needs as the winner of the Network Choice Awards. This year, five organizations are competing: Central College Intercultural Educators is a student organization that engages the campus around issues of inclusivity and the common good by sponsoring activities, events, and speakers. Drake University Next Course Food Recovery was founded by students in 2014 to reduce food waste through food recovery and composting programs on Drake’s campus, and by spreading…

Are you a civic-minded professional?

To understand the civic mission of higher education, it’s important to consider the goals. One goal is graduating students who can successful contribute in the workforce and in their communities. These are civic-minded professionals. The term has been used by researchers at Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis who created a scale to measure what they define as: A civic-minded professional is one who is skillfully trained through formal education with the ethical disposition as a social trustee of knowledge, and the capacity to work with others in a democratic way to achieve public goods. At Iowa Campus Compact, we define it…

Registration is now open for Midwest Campus Compact Conference

Registration is now open for the 2017 Midwest Campus Compact Conference – Doing Democracy: Asset-Based Engagement and Culture Change. Join us June 6-7, 2017 at Loyola University in Chicago, IL. Our nation is wrestling with racial divides, political polarization, and economic inequality that endanger our democracy. As we advance higher education’s public purposes–and gather in Chicago, home of the Asset-Based Community Development Institute–a focus on our campuses’ and communities’ strengths is critical. Full schedule now available The schedule includes a keynote by Dr. Byron White of StrivePartnership on the value of using an asset-based approach for higher education community engagement. Six Deep…

Campus Compact Announces 2017 Newman Civic Fellows

For immediate release: 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. Seven fellows from Iowa colleges and universities were selected. The Newman Civic Fellowship is a one-year fellowship for community-committed college students from Campus Compact member institutions. Iowa Campus Compact is excited to congratulate the following public problem solvers: Cristina Heschke, Buena Vista University; Gabriella Gugliotta, Drake University; Angela Lose, Grand View University; Angela Richardson, Loras College; Sydney Samples, Simpson College; Melanie Majeed, University of Northern…

Student social entrepreneurs address food waste, insecurity on campus

College cafeterias are known for their abundance with a dizzying array of choices. At the same time, college students are increasingly going hungry. A recent study by the Association of Community College Trustees found that two in three community college students are food insecure. Rates are also high on other campuses with another recent study showing at least 30% food insecurity. Student social entrepreneurs on several campuses across the state are taking action. Students are taking the lead to create their own solutions and help their peers. Mercy College’s Taylor Coakley, Student Senate President, alongside Catherine’s Cabinet. At Mercy College…

Join a National Storytelling Movement

Iowa Campus Compact is excited to announce the renewal of our partnership with The Facing Project, a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit that connects people through stories to strengthen communities. The Facing Project uses a train-the-trainer model to work with colleges and universities to equip faculty, staff, and students with the tools and resources necessary to organize and share the stories of local citizens through the talent of student writers and actors. The stories are compiled into a book, brought to life on stage through a community theatre event, and then used in your community for advocacy, programming, and awareness. Since its…

Alternative spring travels offer service, build skills

Alternative breaks have a long tradition in Iowa with almost every college and university offering some form of travel and community service during spring and other school breaks. Often touted for their unique opportunity to give back, these trips also have an impact on the futures of the students who participate in them. University of Iowa students working on a garden. This year, several trips have already occurred and some are happening this week and next. Students are returning to find themselves changed with new ways of thinking about concepts they are learning in the classroom and, in some cases,…

Now Hiring for Unique Full-Time Opportunities Across Iowa

Iowa Campus Compact (IACC) is seeking dynamic, hard-working, civic-minded professionals for 12 AmeriCorps VISTA positions at 11 colleges, universities, nonprofit, and governmental organizations across the state as part of the Iowa Campus Compact AmeriCorps VISTA project. Members will work full-time for a year and provide support for capacity building service projects that work toward alleviating poverty through education and economic opportunity.   Members receive a living stipend during their year of service, and a nearly $6,000 education award upon completion. They can also access other benefits like health care, child care, housing in some cases, and student loan deferment.  …

The secret behind Dance Marathon

When Jess Short was a student at Grand View University, her mom though she was spending too much time on Dance Marathon. “My mom thought I should be spending more time working or studying,” said Short, who graduated in 2015. “After I got my first job, she said she understands now why my Dance Marathon experience was important. I wouldn’t be who I am today or the professional I try to be without those experiences.” Dance Marathons are yearlong, student-run fundraising campaigns that culminate in an 8 to 24-hour event where students stay on their feet dancing. All funds raised are donated…

Civic-Minded Professional: Taylor Kinn

Taylor Kinn arrived at Cornell College to start her freshman year just weeks after devastating floods hit Cedar Rapids and surrounding communities. She immediately got involved and continued to find community experiences through her first-year living and learning community, “Connect Floor,” and as co-founder of a chapter of Colleges Against Cancer/Relay For Life. These opportunities not only gave Kinn the chance to pursue her passion for helping others. They’ve had tangible benefits as well, helping her build invaluable transferrable skills. These include organization, time management, event planning, conflict resolution, problem solving, management, fundraising, volunteer coordination, and attention to detail. “I utilize these skills daily…

Civic-Minded Professional: Stefanie Rosenberg Wager

Stefanie Rosenberg Wager serves as the social studies consultant at the Iowa Department of Education, and it’s her job to think about how Iowa is educating students for their role as citizens in our democracy. As a state and national civic education leader, she has come to see the link between civic education and preparing for a career and life. “Being well-rounded is so important in today’s world,” said Rosenberg Wager. “Being a civic-minded professional is a key part of being a well-rounded person. Students have to think about the world around them and not only how to navigate that world,…

Civic-Minded Professional: Natali Justiniano-Pahl

Natali Justiniano-Pahl has two business cards. The traditional card lists her job title, while the other says “Community Leader.” This symbolizes her commitment to community and the value she places on community experiences in her life and career. “Each phase of my life has offered different opportunities and ways of giving back,” said Justiniano-Pahl, who started volunteering alongside her family and then became involved in managing local parks, mentoring children, and, eventually, teaching business skills to high school students. She has become an active member serving on community boards, including the United Way. “These opportunities have really allowed me to understand the diversity…

Civic-Minded Professional: Jim Tagye

Jim Tagye has more than 20 years of experience in public relations, communications, and marketing. He has working in publishing, for a multinational company, and in higher education, but when he thinks back to his college experience and how he started to build the skills he has today, he’ll tell you about the time he pretended to be a drunk driver. “I personally collaborated with the president of the university, local first-aid responders, and other businesses to execute a realistic alcohol-related mock accident on campus,” said Tagye. The event was part of a larger initiative aimed at creating healthier and safer…

Civic-Minded Professional: Alayna Bailey

When Alayna Bailey graduated from Central College in 2014, she had the skills and connections to get hired right away, and she credits her community engagement experiences directly with that outcome. “Service learning is how I ended up where I am today,” said Bailey, who is now Wellness and Lifestyle Director at a Des Moines retirement community. “I was able to make connections and relationships with staff and residents, and when an opportunity for employment arose, I was selected to join the team.” Bailey says her service learning courses and community engagement experiences, which included volunteering and internships with her…

Civic-Minded Professional: David McInally

Iowa Campus Compact Board Chair and Coe College President David McInally’s background and experience gives him a unique perspective on the role community experiences can play in building civic and career skills. As a first-generation college student (and the first male in his family ever to finish high school) he saw college as a way out. “Community experiences were central to developing my ability to frame and solve problems, to manage projects independently, to communicate effectively, and to work with groups of diverse people,” recalls McInally. “Community experiences also developed my work ethic and confidence at entering unfamiliar or uncomfortable…

Civic-Minded Professional: Brianne Sanchez

Des Moines University Community Relations Manager and Iowa Campus Compact Committee Member Brianne Sanchez has built both new connections and skills through her community experiences. “Community involvement isn’t just one section of my life and career. It’s the whole thing,” said Sanchez. “By bringing my whole self to roles I hold at work, as a volunteer and as a parent, I’m constantly making connections, learning, and growing.” Sanchez’s role in community experiences started young with Girls Scouts and continued into college when she chose to enter a service-oriented “living-learning community” at the University of Missouri. Her career took a path…

Civic-Minded Professional: Kevin Coriolan

As a student at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa, Kevin Coriolan credit community experiences with helping him to build what he calls “cultural intelligence.” Experiences like volunteering at the local Hispanic celebration connected him with populations of people he wouldn’t otherwise have met as a traditional college student. “As someone who currently works at a university with people ranging in age, race, gender, and education, I appreciate that I was exposed to people different from me through my community engagement experiences,” said Coriolan, who now serves as Director of Student Activities at Charleston Southern University.  He also credits…

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