Iowa Campus Compact Recognizes Community-Campus Collaborations

April 24, 2018

For immediate release April 24, 2018 (Des Moines, IA): Iowa Campus Compact (IACC) today announced the winners of the 2018 Engaged Campus Awards. Nearly 50 nominations were received from 12 colleges and universities across the state. Those nominated include students, organizations, faculty, staff and alumni who have built community-campus partnerships, community service programs, service-learning courses, and lead institutional engagement.

“Our member colleges and universities are committed to strong community partnerships,” said Executive Director Emily Shields. “These awardees represent the kinds of people, projects, and collaborations we need to move Iowa forward.”

This years awardees include:

  • Civic Mission Leadership: Dr. Theresa Donofrio, The Esther and Robert Armstrong Assistant Professor of Rhetoric, Coe College
  • Community Leadership: Carrie Romo, Alumna, Central College
  • Emerging Leadership: Eric Rucker, Director of the Simpson Youth Academy, Simpson College
  • Student Leadership: Jane Nguyen, Honors Student, University of Iowa / Co-Founder, Conversation Center / Co-Founder and President, aKDPhi Sorority
  • Emerging Innovation: Community Energy & Climate Action, University of Northern Iowa Conservation Corps
  • Community Partnership: Layers of Maquoketa Steering Committee and the University of Iowa
  • Community Partnership: Des Moines Area Religious Council and Drake University
  • National Service Members of the Year: Kelly May, Part-time Iowa College AmeriCorps Program Member, Coe College and Alexzandra Tillman, Full-Time Iowa College AmeriCorps Program Member, Iowa Western Community College

Additionally, three student organizations were selected for our Network Choice Award social media competition. Each had one week to secure the highest number of Facebook “likes” to win. The winner was Coe College’s “I’m First” First Generation Student Club.

Read more about each of these awardees.

Awards will be presented at the annual Engaged Campus Awards and Summit on May 9, 2018 at Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The event is sponsored by Coe College and the University of Northern Iowa and will include a keynote speech by Kent Koth, founding director of the Seattle University Center for Community Engagement. Koth is a native Iowa who graduated from Grinnell College and is a recognized leader in the field of higher education community engagement. and a colleague, Erica Yamamura, have recently written a book Place-Based Community Engagement in Higher Education: A Strategy to Transform Universities and Communities and he is developing a national network of faith-based universities engaging in place-based community engagement.

Iowa Campus Compact (IACC) is a statewide association of college and university presidents providing leadership for the civic mission of higher education and strengthening the capacity of our member colleges and universities to prepare all students to become engaged citizens. See below for a list of all honorees and learn more at