Former First Lady Christie Vilsack to speak at event on interfaith, service, and diversity on college campuses

For immediate release: April 11, 2016 Contact: Emily Shields, eshields {at} iwcc(.)edu, 515-321-6024 Former Iowa First Lady Christie Vilsack will speak at an event tomorrow about interfaith, service, and diversity efforts on college campuses. Vilsack, who is now Senior Advisor for International Education at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), will share information about the Global Book Fund. She will also moderate a panel of the presidents of Central College, Des Moines University, Mercy College of Health Sciences, and Simpson College. She will be joined by Ken Bedell, who is a senior advisor at the U.S. Department of Education. He will…

Iowa college students receive national recognition for civic engagement leadership

Five Iowa students were nominated by their college and university presidents for the 2016 Campus Compact Newman Civic Fellows Award for their excellence in civic engagement leadership. These students are among the 218 students chosen nationally to receive this award, which honors the late Frank Newman, one of Campus Compact’s founders and a tireless advocate for the civic engagement of higher education. ​The 2016 Iowa recipients were Nichole Wiese of Buena Vista University, Laura Leben of Drake University, Rachel Kilburg of Loras College, Shelby Yates of University of Northern Iowa, and Jamie Harrings of Warburg College. These students were selected for…

Two New Members Elected to Iowa Campus Compact Board

Two new members were elected during yesterday’s Iowa Campus Compact Board of Directors meeting. Dr. Ashley Farmer-Hanson is chair of the Deepening Member Capacity Committee and Assistant Dean for Student Life and Director of Civic Engagement at Buena Vista University. Dr. Jerry Parker is chair of the Giving Voice to the Civic Mission Committee and is Associate Dean of Students at Drake University. “Both of these higher education leaders have a long history of supporting Iowa Campus Compact and civic engagement on member campuses,” said Executive Director Emily Shields. “They will bring unique perspectives and ideas as we embark on…

Seeking Summer of Service Host Sites

Iowa Campus Compact is seeking host sites for the 2016 Summer of Service program. Applications to host one or more Summer AmeriCorps VISTA or ICAP members are being accepted through March 31, 2016. Applicants will be notified of award on a rolling basis through Thursday, April 7, 2016. Host sites are required to pay $250 per member position. Organizations interested in applying should review the application and instructions on the IACC website. AmeriCorps members serving in the Summer of Service program must be currently enrolled at an institution of higher education in the state of Iowa or have recently graduated….

Iowa Higher Education Collaboration Receives National Funding

A collaboration of three Iowa colleges and universities was selected as one of nine national grant recipients for an initiative to advance civic learning and student success across the education continuum. A consortium of four organizations—Campus Compact, the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities (CUMU), Education Commission of the States (ECS), and Generation Citizen—is supporting the grants. Dozens of institutions of higher education across the country applied and only one Iowa institution was selected. Mount Mercy University will lead the project, which also includes Coe College, Cornell College, Iowa BIG, Cedar Rapids Community School District, and the United Way of East Central Iowa. All three higher education…

Dubuque National Service Partnership Wins Harkin Award

The Dubuque National Service Partnership (DNSP) was recognized today by the Corporation for National and Community Service as aSpecial Partnership Honoree for Excellence in AmeriCorps Programming and Service. The award is in honor of retired US Senator Tom Harkin and recognizes outstanding and innovative programs and high quality and meaningful AmeriCorps service experiences. Loras College President and Iowa Campus Compact Board Member Jim Collins represented the partnership at a ceremony today in Washington, DC. Iowa Campus Compact nominated the Dubuque National Service Partnership in recognition of its uniquely collaborative approach and outstanding service to the community. The partnership includes AmeriCorps members serving through…

Iowa Campus Compact expands student AmeriCorps opportunities

Iowa Campus Compact is excited to share news about its Iowa College AmeriCorps Program (ICAP). Beginning this October, we will be offering a new opportunity for Iowa college students to serve in the Des Moines and Iowa City community. We’re calling it Community ICAP. What is Community ICAP? Building off of Summer ICAP’s success, Community ICAP will expand IACC’s impact on nonprofit capacity and provide meaningful service opportunities to college students. IACC will work directly with community organizations to provide a unique opportunity for students to serve in AmeriCorps. Students will need to serve a minimum of 300 hours (about 10 hours per…

Presidents of Loras College and the University of Northern Iowa Elected to Iowa Campus Compact Board

Iowa Campus Compact announced today that President Jim Collins of Loras College and President Bill Ruud of the University of Northern Iowa have joined its board of directors for three-year terms. These presidents join a board that includes five other college and university presidents from across the state. Loras College has been a long-time member of Iowa Campus Compact and was recently selected as the national winner of the President’s Higher Education Honor Roll for Interfaith Service. The University of Northern Iowa joined the Compact in 2011, and has been recognized on the President Higher Education Honor Roll as a Finalist…

Iowa Campus Compact selects 2015-2016 Faculty Fellows

Iowa Campus Compact has selected four faculty members from across the state to serve as the 2015-2016 Engaged Scholar Faculty Fellows. The fellows will join in a learning community to improve their engaged scholarship knowledge and skills and will create a new or improved course or scholarship project. This year’s Fellows: Andrea Bixler, Associate Professor of Biology, Clarke University Emily Bowman, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Coe College Laura Delaney, Assistant Professor and Physician Assistant, Des Moines University Jill Smith, Lecturer in Management and Organizations, Tippie College of Business, University of Iowa This is the third cohort of Faculty Fellows selected…

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