Accepting Nominations: Principal Community Scholars

Iowa Campus Compact today announced the opening of the nomination process for the 2018-2019 Principal Community Scholars Program. The program, funded by Principal®, provides scholarships to college students in business and related fields who complete community projects. The skills students can build through these experiences will help to prepare them for their careers and future civic involvement. 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 to serve as their advisor. Nominations are due September 28, 2018…

2018 Network Choice Awards

Each year, we select three student organization finalists for the Network Choice Award. Who wins is up to you! This award recognizes student organizations or student-led projects with demonstrated impacts on community needs. This year’s finalists are below. Vote today by “liking” your choice’s picture on our Facebook page by April 23rd at Noon. Coe College I’m First Coe College “I’m First” First Generation Student Club         Drake University “Food For All” culturally diverse food drive by Alpha Phi Omega (a service fraternity), Alpha Kappa Psi (a business fraternity), and Kappa Alpha Theta (a social sorority) Simpson…

Save the Date: 2018 Iowa Civic Action Academy

Save the Date for the second annual Iowa Civic Action Academy! This is a unique professional development opportunity for students interested in learning new ways of making a difference and building skills through civic and community engagement.  Students from across the state and beyond (undergraduate and graduate) are invited to learn from professionals across sectors. Sessions will offer skill-building in civic action including philanthropy, nonprofit leadership, dialogue, advocacy and more. Students will also have a chance to learn what others are doing on other campuses and network with peers. When: November 9-10, 2018 Where: Drake University, Des Moines, IA Registration:…

Latest Compact Nation Podcast Features Iowa’s Mandi McReynolds

The latest episode of the national Compact Nation Podcast features a discussion about corporate social responsibility and community engagement with Compact Nation Podcast co-host Emily Shields and Mandi McReynolds, Director of the Foundation and Community Relations at Principal Financial Group, a global company based in Des Moines, Iowa. McReynolds is a former higher education community engagement professional at both Drake University and Coe College and talks about her transition to the corporate sector. The two also discussed similarities and differences between the sectors and ideas for building strong private-public partnerships. Plus, in pop-culture corner, co-hosts pretend to understand Bitcoin and blockchain, discuss the power of forgiveness, and…

Meet the 2018 Iowa Newman Civic Fellows

Campus Compact, a Boston-based non-profit organization working to advance the public purposes of higher education, has announced the 268 students who will make up the organization’s 2018 cohort of Newman Civic Fellows. 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. In the spirit of Dr. Newman’s leadership, Campus Compact member presidents and chancellors are annually invited to nominate one community-committed student from their institution for the fellowship. These nominees…

2018 Top Eight

It’s 2018 and we can’t wait to make great things happen. Here are the top eight things we are looking forward to! 1. Network Retreats Every fall and spring we have a drive-in retreat for staff, faculty and others leading community engagement on their campus. It’s great learning (and a lot of fun). Register to join us February 15th! 2. Awarding Awards Every year, the best part of our job is recognizing the great work happening across the state. Now’s the time to get your nominations in for Newman Civic Fellows and the Engaged Campus Awards! 3. Meeting Virtually Isn’t…

Campus Compact and Tyson Foods Announce Nonprofit Grantees

For immediate release, December 18, 2017: Campus Compact and Tyson Foods today announced the nonprofit organizations that were selected to receive the first grants for their new Summer Community Internship Program. Grantees from communities in Iowa and Illinois will receive funding to support a full-time college student intern for eight weeks in the summer of 2018. This will provide an invaluable opportunity for select college students to gain professional experience in nonprofits while making a positive impact in local communities. In Iowa, 15 organizations in Council Bluffs, Sioux City, and Storm Lake and border communities of Omaha and South Sioux…

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…

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