Introducing the Compact Nation Podcast

“Have you heard the joke about the three community engagement directors getting into an elevator?” –Andrew Seligsohn, Campus Compact President, in Episode 1, Compact Nation Podcast Tune in monthly for conversations with leading community engagement professionals, book and literature reviews,  discussions of important topics in the field, and maybe the answer to what happens when a few community engagement professionals step into an elevator–or start a podcast. Meet Your Hosts: Emily Shields: Emily J. Shields has served as executive director of Iowa Campus Compact (IACC) since 2011. She is the co-chair of the National Campus Compact Network Operations Committee and serves…

Iowa Campus Compact Awarded National MLK Day of Service Grant

Iowa Campus Compact announced today that it was awarded a federal grant to manage a national 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. National and State Campus Compact members will be eligible to apply for mini-grants ranging from $500 to $2,000 to support MLK Day of Service projects in these areas. A formal request for proposals (RFP) will be announced on the project’s website in early October. To stay up to date on the MLK Day of Service Community Partnership Project please follow the…

2016-2017 Engaged Scholar Faculty Fellows Selected

Five faculty from across the state have been selected for the 2016-2017 class of Iowa Campus Compact’s Engaged Scholar Faculty Fellows. This will be the fourth year of the program, which promotes community-engaged scholarship and teaching. Selected fellows participate in a learning community throughout the year while launching or enhancing a service-learning course or other community-engaged research or project. They also receive a $1,000 stipend to support their efforts. Dr. Heather Brady, Grand View University Dr. Heather Brady is an Associate Professor of Liberal Arts, teaching community engagement courses related to global awareness. She has taught French language, culture and…

Iowa Campus Compact honors higher education community engagement across the state

Iowa Campus Compact (IACC) today announced the winners of the 2016 Engaged Campus Awards. In this third year of the awards, a record number of nominations were received: 39 in total from 14 colleges and universities across the state. Those nominated represent an impressive breadth and depth of higher education and community partnerships, community-engaged scholarship, service-learning, and community service. “Every year these awards present a wonderful opportunity for us to recognize the deep campus and community partnerships across the state that are fueling deeper student learning and strong community impacts,” said Executive Director Emily Shields. “We are thrilled to get…

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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