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…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

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