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…

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….

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