Meet the 2019 Engaged Campus Award Winners and Finalists

The Engaged Campus Awards are designed to recognize the achievements of students, faculty, staff, alumni, community organizations, and AmeriCorps members for their work advancing the civic mission of higher education through community engagement and partnerships that positively impact students and communities.   Civic Mission Leadership A faculty or staff member who has demonstrated leadership for higher education civic engagement and has worked to give voice to the civic mission of higher education. Winner: Brie Swenson-Arnold Brie Swenson-Arnold is an Associate Professor of History and the Director of Thursday Forum, a local community education program at Coe College. She specializes in…

Now Hiring: Summer Reading Corps Positions

Iowa Campus Compact is seeking student applicants for the Summer Reading Corps AmeriCorps Program! Summer Reading Corps provides an invaluable opportunity for nonprofits in the state of Iowa to expand their reach to deliver reading programs to children, teens, and adults in their community. The program provides the agency with a nine-week paid full-time AmeriCorps volunteer to deliver local summer reading programming. Students interested in applying for these positions should follow the link after each description to learn more and apply. Positions serve 9 weeks during the summer to help develop or implement summer literacy programs across the state of…

Now Hiring: Summer VISTA Positions

Organizations have been selected and are now hiring for the 2019 Summer VISTA program. Iowa Campus Compact’s VISTA Summer Associates will be placed in community agencies and on college campuses to work on projects including the development of new curricula for youth programming, developing new partnerships with community agencies who serve youth, recruiting volunteers to serve youth over the summer, developing strategies to retain those volunteers, and providing direct tutoring and mentoring services to Iowa’s youth. Students interested in applying can review position descriptions and contact vistaleader {at} compact(.)org. Applications will be considered by the host sites on a rolling basis until May…

Request for Proposals: Campus Compact Evaluation

Iowa Campus Compact is requesting proposals from evaluation consultants for two new projects. Funding for the evaluations is generously provided by Volunteer Iowa through the Corporation for National and Community Service. The deadline to submit proposals for either project is March 29, 2019. Proposals should be submitted in writing to Justin Ellis by email (jellis {at} compact(.)org) or mail (1111 9th St, Suite 225, Des Moines, IA 50314). Questions can be directed to Justin Ellis (jellis {at} compact(.)org or 515-505-3670). Details on each RFP can be found in the following files: Request for Proposals: Civic Competencies Evaluation (PDF) (Updated to list correct deadline of…

Iowa Campus Compact Welcomes Des Moines Civil and Human Rights as Newest Partner

Iowa Campus Compact is pleased to welcome Des Moines Civil and Human Rights as the newest partner in our mission to strengthen community-campus relationships. The organization will serve as a site for our VISTA Community Corps program. “Unique projects like this allow our partners to meet very specific needs in their communities while building capacity for their organization is a sustainable way,” Emily Shields, Executive Director. The VISTA Community Corps strives to eliminate poverty through campus-community partnerships by placing full-time capacity building support in community-based organizations and higher education institutions. VISTA members serve at 10 host sites across Iowa, focusing…

Announcing the Engaged Scholars Initiative

For immediate release: Today, Campus Compact of the Midwest announced the Engaged Scholars Initiative (ESI). The initiative will select and support a small cohort of engaged scholars and scholar-practitioners who can advance co-created knowledge, critically engaged pedagogies, institutional change, and collaborative action to address societal issues. Michigan State University, the University of Kansas, and the University of Minnesota are strategic partners for the initiative, providing critical leadership and in-kind and financial support. Campus Compact is now seeking applications from scholars interested in participation. The initiative was also recently launched in the organization’s Eastern Region, with twelve scholars selected in late…

Now Hiring: Tyson Community Internship Program

Nonprofit organizations have been selected and are now hiring for the 2019 Summer Community Internship Program. This is the second year of this program, which provides a valuable opportunity for college students to gain professional experience in nonprofits while making a positive impact in local communities.   In Iowa, 18 organizations in Council Bluffs, Sioux City, and Storm Lake and border communities of Omaha and South Sioux City, Nebraska will have 22 funded positions.  Students interested in applying can review job descriptions and apply through an online form as soon as possible. Applications will be considered by the organizations on…

2019 Engaged Campus Awards Include Categories for Employers, Alumni

Iowa Campus Compact today announced plans for the 2019 Engaged Campus Awards. This will be the seventh year of this awards event, which recognizes students, staff, faculty, alumni and community organizations for their work in community engagement. Since the launch of the awards in 2013 they have grown considerably with more than 175 total nominations and 34 awards. New Award for “Civic-Minded Employers” This year a new award category recognizes work in connecting community engagement and career and workforce preparation. In the past few years, we have developed messages and resources on the goal of educating students for their work as…

Iowa Campus Compact Welcomes Kirkwood Community College as Newest Member

DES MOINES, IA: Today, Iowa Campus Compact is pleased to announce Kirkwood Community College as the newest member of its statewide coalition of 21 colleges and universities. This coalition represents presidents from every sector of higher education. Members of the compact are committed to the public purpose of higher education, including civic engagement and service-learning opportunities that engage students and impact communities. Kirkwood’s membership comes as a part of prior involvement with The Democracy Commitment (TDC), an effort dedicated to advancing the civic power of community college students, faculty, and staff, which recently became an initiative of Campus Compact. The…

Campus Compact Selects Students as Principal Community Scholars

Eleven college students from Iowa and Minnesota have been selected for the 2019 class of the Principal Community Scholars Program. The recipients were selected after being nominated by faculty or staff from their college or university. The program is designed to encourage student leadership to meet community needs. Selected students will receive a $1,000 scholarship from Principal upon completion of a service project. This is the third year of the program, which has engaged nearly 50 students across the Midwest and in California. “This year’s class of scholars are committed to their communities and to using business skills to improve the…

Summer 2019 nonprofit support applications open

Campus Compact announces three summer opportunities for nonprofits in and around the state of Iowa build capacity through targeted support from college students. Campus Compact is the recipient of funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service, Volunteer Iowa, and Tyson Foods to improve the capacity of nonprofits through summer internships and AmeriCorps positions. Tyson Community Internship Program (10/26 deadline) The program provides full-time college students an approximately eight-week paid summer internship to assist community organizations and gain experience with diverse social issues. Tyson Foods is underwriting this program, which will offer internships in Summer 2019 in Chicago, Illinois, and…

Nonprofits Eligible for Tyson Community Internship Funding

Campus Compact today announced the second year of an award from Tyson Foods that will bring together college students and local nonprofits. The Tyson Foods Summer Community Internship Program will provide an invaluable opportunity for select college students to gain professional experience in nonprofits while making a positive impact in local communities. The program provides full-time college students an approximately eight-week paid summer internship to assist community organizations and gain experience with diverse social issues. Tyson Foods is underwriting this program, which will offer internships in Summer 2019 in Chicago, Illinois, and Sioux City, Storm Lake and Council Bluffs in Iowa. Iowa and Illinois…

Iowa Campus Compact Welcomes New Staff Members

Iowa Campus Compact today welcomes two staff hired for positions designed to boost nonprofit partnerships and student opportunities through AmeriCorps programs. These positions reflect an increase in resources and an interest in community-campus partnerships as a vehicle for student education, civic engagement, and nonprofit capacity-building. Carly Bahnsen joined Iowa Campus Compact as a Program Coordinator in September 2018. She works primarily to support our new Summer Reading Corps program and the Iowa College AmeriCorps Program (ICAP). She graduated from the University of Iowa with a Bachelor’s Degree in Linguistics. Carly is an avid Hawkeye fan who, prior to joining the IACC team,…

Announcing Second Civic Action Academy Keynote

Iowa Campus Compact is proud to announce that Nancy Mwirotsi will serve as the second keynote for the upcoming Civic Action Academy. Photo credit: Technology Association of Iowa Mwirotsi is the founder of Pursuit of Innovation 515, known as Pi515, a program that teaches STEM skills to low-income children, mainly refugee in the Des Moines metro. She has inspired and provided a pathway for many to attend college; in 2016, all five seniors in her program entered college to study STEM fields. She was recently named a Catalyst by the Technology Association of Iowa. She will talk about her experience as an…

Connect From Your Desk This Fall

Too busy for conferences, meetings, and networking? We have your answer with our Fall 2018 virtual learning line-up. The 2018-2019 webinar series takes the great and varied work happening on the ground around the country and brings it straight to your desk. Topics touch on issues of relevance to faculty, staff, students, and their partners in education and community building. Be sure to tune in to each session for information, tools, and resources to support and inspire you. First up are two great University of Northern Iowa faculty members: University Junctions: Connecting writing and service-learning across campus. Learn to connect writing and…

Board Elects New Member

This month the Iowa Campus Compact Board elected Allen College President Jared Seliger to a three-year term. In May, the board re-elected Loras College President Jim Collins for another three-year term and elected Jim Wohlpart to a two-year term as board chair. Wohlpart is Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University of Northern Iowa. Seliger was selected by the Allen College Board of Trustees to be the institution’s third president beginning January, 2018. Previously, he had served as the director of Allen College’s nuclear medicine technology program from 2008-2017 and as associate chancellor from 2015-2017. He earned a…

Communicating Effectively About Community Engagement in Higher Education

A new toolkit produced by Minnesota Campus Compact offers ideas and for telling the story of community engagement in higher education. The guide to “Communicating Effectively About Community Engagement in Higher Education” was developed by communications and community engagement professionals from across the state. The toolkit offers four key messages that can be used to guide communications efforts: Reaching out beyond campus is something colleges and universities and their students do every day. Hands-on community engagement enhances students’ learning and prepares them for work, life and citizenship. Community engagement work requires deep and mutually beneficial partnerships. Colleges and universities play a vital role…

Meet the National Service Members Changing Iowa

This year we have nine full-time members of our VISTA Community Corps and eight full-time members of the Iowa College AmeriCorps Program serving at 18 college, university and nonprofits sites all across Iowa. The Iowa Campus Compact VISTA Community Corps strives to eliminate poverty through campus-community partnerships by placing full-time capacity building support in nonprofit organizations and higher education institutions. Our sites for 2018-19 are: Catherine McAuley Center focused on economic opportunity (we’re still recruiting!) Cedar Rapids Public Library focused on education Central College focused on education City of Dubuque Human Rights Department focused on education (w’ere still recruiting!) The Harkin Institute at…

Meet our 2018-19 VISTA Members

The Iowa Campus Compact VISTA Community Corps strives to eliminate poverty through campus-community partnerships by placing full-time capacity building support in nonprofit organizations and higher education institutions. Members serve full-time for one year and earn a living allowance and education award upon successful completion. Meet Our New VISTA Members: Lindsey Beck Service Site: Catherine McAuley Center Hometown: Cedar Rapids, IA College and Degree: Iowa State University, Nutritional Sciences Learning experience that changed/impacted you: I worked in an assisted living facility helping to plan fun, nutrition related events for the residents. I was able to plan an “unusual foods” presentation and taste-test that the…

Meet Our 2018-19 AmeriCorps Members

The Iowa College AmeriCorps Program (ICAP) strives to increase levels of college student volunteering for the purpose of building capacity for local nonprofits in their community. Members serve on campus full-time for 11 months coordinating opportunities and building capacity. They earn a living allowance and education award upon successful completion. Meet our 2018-2019 full-time members: Brook Boyd I serve because I want to improve society’s views of today’s youth. #WeServeIowa Service Site: Clarke University Hometown: Clarion, IA College and Degree: Morningside College, BS in Biology and Chemistry Learning experience that changed/impacted you: Learning experience that impacted me was euthanizing a family pet. I did not…