2020 Award Winners

April 14, 2020

For immediate release: Iowa & Minnesota Campus Compact (IAMNCC) today announced the winners of the 2020 Presidents’ Engaged Campus Awards. This year’s awards include over 100 honorees selected by 38 of our member college and university presidents. Awardees were selected for their role as student leaders, civic leaders, and community-campus partnerships. There were also four selective award categories for Emerging Innovation, Community Collaboration, Alumni Leadership, and Civic-Minded Employer.

Awards events to be held in April and May had to be canceled. Online recognition will occur from April 17th to May 5th and will include video messages for and by awardees, virtual message boards, pictures, and descriptions of awardees. These will be shared on our websites and social media.

“This year is a particularly important time to recognize the amazing collaborations happening between communities and campuses,” said Emily Shields, Executive Director. “The current crisis makes the important public role of colleges and universities even more evident and these examples demonstrate what’s possible.”

Each president or chancellor from an Iowa or Minnesota Campus Compact member campus was able to selectone recipient (individual or group) in each of the following three categories.

Presidents’ Student Leadership Award: This award is for an individual student or a student organization that models a deep commitment to civic responsibility and leadership, evidenced by initiative, innovative and collaborative approaches to addressing public issues, effective community building, and integration of civic engagement into the college experience.

Presidents’ Civic Engagement Leadership Award: This award is for a member of the faculty, administration, or staff or for a group (e.g., advisory committee, task force, project team) that has significantly advanced their campus’ distinctive civic mission by forming strong partnerships, supporting others’ civic and community engagement, and working to institutionalize a culture and practice of engagement.

Presidents’ Community Partner Award: This award is for a community-based individual or organization that has enhanced the quality of life in the community in meaningful and measurable ways and has engaged in the development of sustained, reciprocal partnerships with the college or university, thus enriching educational as well as community outcomes.

Learn more about the Presidents’ Awards honorees.

For selective award categories, we accepted nominations from member campuses and partners. Nominations were scored by independent reviewers and twelve were selected.

Emerging Innovation: A recent project, program, or initiative making unique and innovative contributions that demonstrate strong future potential, including student-led projects.

  • Iowa Western Community College Greenhouse Initiative, Iowa Western Community College, Council Bluffs, Iowa
  • Engaged Citizen Corps, Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa

Community Collaboration: A collaboration co-created with community organizations, leaders, and/or partners that is deep, reciprocal, and transformational.

  • Grinnell Education Partnership, Grinnell, Iowa

Civic-Minded Employer: An Iowa or Minnesota business nominated by a member institution for its commitment to corporate social responsibility and employee engagement in the community.

  • Foster Group, Des Moines, Iowa, nominated by Simpson College

Alumni Leadership: An alum of a member institution making strong contributions to their community and demonstrating the values of the civic mission of higher education.

  • Maria Garcia, ‘12 Graduate of Buena Vista University, Storm Lake, Iowa
  • Kellie Markey, ‘88 Graduate of Central College, Pella, Iowa

Learn more about the Selective Award honorees.

Iowa & Minnesota Campus Compact strengthens the capacity of colleges and universities to fulfill the public purposes of higher education through its network of 58 campuses. This includes educating students through community and civic learning experiences and making an impact in communities through reciprocal partnerships that address community-identified goals. IAMNCC creates partnership opportunities, supports quality programming through professional development, and promotes the importance of the civic mission.

Learn more about Minnesota’s honorees.