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…

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….

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…

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…

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…

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.  …

Campus Compact and Principal Announce First Class of Community Scholars

For immediate release, January 23, 2017: Twenty college students from Iowa and California have been selected for the first class of the new Principal Community Scholars Program. The recipients were selected by Principal, Iowa Campus Compact, and California Campus Compact after being nominated by faculty or staff from their college or university and a rigorous review process. Spring 2017 Principal Community Scholars (read more about each one here): Vicente Argueta, Simpson College Hawi Awash, Dominican University of California Shubhi Badjatiya, Saint Mary’s College of California Vy Le, California State University, Fullerton Lindsey Graham, Buena Vista University Miranda Hammes, Mount Mercy…

Call for Nominations: 2017 Engaged Campus Awards

Iowa Campus Compact member faculty, staff, students, groups, projects, and partners eligible for statewide awards. In the last three years, the Engaged Campus Awards have recognized nearly 100 faculty, staff, students, groups, and partnerships across the state. This has included a faculty member teaching servant leadership, a student organization supporting Special Olympics, and a community member building interfaith alliances (read more about last year’s winners). The fourth annual Engaged Campus Awards will build on the success of past awards with a few changes to encourage an even broader range of honorees, streamline the nomination process, and garner more recognition for…

Iowa Campus Compact Accepting Applications for New AmeriCorps and VISTA Host Sites

For immediate release, November 10, 2016: Iowa Campus Compact (IACC) announced today the opportunity for higher education members and community organizations (including nonprofits and governments) to apply to host AmeriCorps and VISTA National Service members. Higher education institutions can apply to host part-time AmeriCorps members, full-time AmeriCorps members, and/or full-time VISTA members. Nonprofit and government organizations that partner with higher education institutions can apply to host full-time VISTA members. All members focus on capacity building and the VISTA program is also specifically an anti-poverty initiative. Host sites receive support and provide a $6,000 cost share as well as documented in-kind…

Higher Ed Institutions in Iowa Awarded Service Project Grants to Honor MLK

Six colleges and universities in Iowa have been awarded MLK Day of Service Community Partnership Project grants, which provide funding for service projects that work toward alleviating hunger and supporting veterans. The institutions are among 40 colleges and universities in the U.S. awarded grants by Iowa Campus Compact (IACC). More than 60 institutions applied for the competitive grants. The 2016-17 grant recipients from Iowa include: Buena Vista University Central College Coe College Drake University Grand View University University of Northern Iowa “Iowa Campus Compact is excited and thrilled to fund these MLK Day of Service projects that value civic learning…

Fall Civic Ambassadors Ready to Create Engagement Opportunities

Iowa Campus Compact’s fourth cohort of the Civic Ambassadors Network began last month with a retreat to kick off the semester. We welcomed 8 Ambassadors from 5 member campuses to our new home at the Iowa Center for Higher Education. This cohort of Civic Ambassadors will all complete a project on their campus that creates civic engagement opportunities for their peers. This includes creating a one-time event on campus to creating an on-going opportunity for students to read to local elementary students. Meet our Fall 2016 Civic Ambassadors! Angela Lose- Grand View University: Angela’s goal is to convene a volunteer fair…

Principal and Campus Compact Announce New Partnership

For immediate release: Iowa and Calfornia Campus Compact today announced a new partnership with Principal® to create a Principal Community Scholars Program. The program, being piloted in Iowa and California, will provide scholarships to college students in business and related fields across both states. Lindsay Moser, University Relations and Recruiting Manager at Principal shared, “We are proud to partner with Iowa and California Campus Compact to pilot this program.  It is thrilling to see an experiential learning program be available to students who are diverse with interest in business and global development. Programs like these build a critical pipeline for…

Iowa Colleges and Universities Receive National Recognition

For the second year in a row, an Iowa higher education institution was one of four national winners of the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. The University of Northern Iowa was selected as this year’s Presidential Winner in the Economic Opportunity focus area. Last year, Loras College received this honor for Interfaith Community Service. Both are members of Iowa Campus Compact. Dr. Julianne Gassman and Kristina Kofoot accept the award on behalf of the University of Northern Iowa in Washington, DC last Friday. On Friday, Dr. Julianne Gassman and Kristina Kofoot accepted the award on behalf of the…

Outreach Program Offers Resources for Dialogue and Action on Hunger

This blog is a guest post by Rick McNary, Vice President of The Outreach Program. McNary, who works closely with Universities Fighting World Hunger and partnered with them to start the Kansas Hunger Dialogue, has a passion to engage college students in the fight against hunger. Outreach founders, Floyd and Kathy Hammer, were on hand at the United Nations Charter signing of Presidents United to Solve Hunger (PUSH), an initiative to engage presidents on campuses across the U.S. Last year, The Outreach Program, a nonprofit based in Des Moines, Iowa that engages volunteers across the U.S. to package meals for…

MLK Day of Service Grants Available

Iowa Campus Compact is announcing its application for the 2016 MLK Day of Service Community Partnership Project. The mini-grant project is focused on supporting service projects that work toward alleviating hunger and supporting veterans. All National and State Campus Compact members are eligible to apply for mini-grants ranging from $1,000 to $3,000 to support MLK Day of Service projects in these areas. Interested applicants can view technical assistance webinar information, application details, and the application on the program’s website at http://www.mlkdaygrants.org/ Applications are due by midnight CST on Friday, September 30, 2016. Applicants will be notified no later than Monday,…

Seeking conference planning committee members

Iowa Campus Compact is excited to announce a new collaboration that will expand and improve our annual regional conference. In 2017, rather than holding a sixth Upper Midwest Civic Engagement Summit, we will work with Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin 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. We are forming a planning committee with Campus Compact member institution staff and faculty from across the Midwest now. Planning committee members will meet this fall and early in 2017 to review…

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