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…

Engaged Scholar Faculty Digest, Fall 2018

In This Issue: Upcoming events and other opportunities Calls for journal and conference proposals Resource spotlight: Civic Agency Curriculum News and research Upcoming Events and Opportunities Join a community of practice: This year we are partnering with Minnesota and Wisconsin on regional Communities of Practice. These will be virtual learning communities on specific topics related to community engagement and service-learning. Sign-up ends September 14th! Showcase your students: The second annual Civic Action Academy is coming up November 9-10 at Drake University. We are seeking proposals from interested students in all disciplines. Presentations can either be individually or a group. This is an opportunity for students at any stage of their…

Join us in November for the Greatest Keynote in the Universe

Registration is now open for the second annual Civic Action Academy! This is a unique professional development opportunity for students interested in learning new ways of making a difference and building skills through civic and community engagement. The event will be held November 9 and 10, 2018 at Drake University in Des Moines. Students from across the Midwest and beyond (undergraduate and graduate) are invited to learn from professional across sectors. Sessions will offer skill-building in civic action including philanthropy, nonprofit leadership, dialogue, advocacy and more. Students will also have a chance to learn what others are doing on other…

Constitution Day: Making the Most of a Federal Requirement

Why Constitution Day? According to the US Department of Education, “Each educational institution that receives Federal funds for a fiscal year is required to hold an educational program about the U.S. Constitution for its students.” Most institutions receive some form of federal funding or subsidies, so they must meet this Congressional mandate. While there is not mandate on how this requirement is met, it must somehow relate to the Constitution. This gives colleges and universities the opportunity to plan a creative, unique program that best fits their students. This year’s holiday is on Monday, September 17, which commemorates the signing of the…

Announcing the 2018-2019 Engaged Scholar Research Fellows

Iowa Campus Compact is excited to announce the 2018-2019 of Engaged Scholar Research Fellows. The program, in its second year, supports Iowa faculty in the scholarship of community-engaged teaching and learning. Each scholar will receive support for completing and publishing their research. This includes  sponsored participation in the 2018 Pen to Paper Writing Retreat being held this August in Seattle, Washington. This event is an academic writing retreat designed to guide faculty, professional staff, graduate students, and community partners working on (or planning for) journal manuscripts and registration is still open. Dr. Inbal Mazar is an Assistant Professor of Spanish at Drake…

Accepting Nominations: Principal Community Scholars

Iowa Campus Compact today announced the opening of the nomination process for the 2018-2019 Principal Community Scholars Program. The program, funded by Principal®, provides scholarships to college students in business and related fields who complete community projects. The skills students can build through these experiences will help to prepare them for their careers and future civic involvement. The nomination process is open to undergraduate students at Campus Compact member institutions in the Midwest and those designated as serving minority students throughout the country. Students can be nominated by any faculty or staff member willing to serve as their advisor. Nominations are due September 28, 2018…

2018 Network Choice Awards

Each year, we select three student organization finalists for the Network Choice Award. Who wins is up to you! This award recognizes student organizations or student-led projects with demonstrated impacts on community needs. This year’s finalists are below. Vote today by “liking” your choice’s picture on our Facebook page by April 23rd at Noon. Coe College I’m First Coe College “I’m First” First Generation Student Club         Drake University “Food For All” culturally diverse food drive by Alpha Phi Omega (a service fraternity), Alpha Kappa Psi (a business fraternity), and Kappa Alpha Theta (a social sorority) Simpson…

Save the Date: 2018 Iowa Civic Action Academy

Save the Date for the second annual Iowa Civic Action Academy! This is a unique professional development opportunity for students interested in learning new ways of making a difference and building skills through civic and community engagement.  Students from across the state and beyond (undergraduate and graduate) are invited to learn from professionals across sectors. Sessions will offer skill-building in civic action including philanthropy, nonprofit leadership, dialogue, advocacy and more. Students will also have a chance to learn what others are doing on other campuses and network with peers. When: November 9-10, 2018 Where: Drake University, Des Moines, IA Registration:…

Latest Compact Nation Podcast Features Iowa’s Mandi McReynolds

The latest episode of the national Compact Nation Podcast features a discussion about corporate social responsibility and community engagement with Compact Nation Podcast co-host Emily Shields and Mandi McReynolds, Director of the Foundation and Community Relations at Principal Financial Group, a global company based in Des Moines, Iowa. McReynolds is a former higher education community engagement professional at both Drake University and Coe College and talks about her transition to the corporate sector. The two also discussed similarities and differences between the sectors and ideas for building strong private-public partnerships. Plus, in pop-culture corner, co-hosts pretend to understand Bitcoin and blockchain, discuss the power of forgiveness, and…

Meet the 2018 Iowa Newman Civic Fellows

Campus Compact, a Boston-based non-profit organization working to advance the public purposes of higher education, has announced the 268 students who will make up the organization’s 2018 cohort of Newman Civic Fellows. The Newman Civic Fellowship is a one-year fellowship for community-committed college students from Campus Compact member institutions. The fellowship honors the late Frank Newman, one of Campus Compact’s founders and a tireless advocate for civic engagement in higher education. In the spirit of Dr. Newman’s leadership, Campus Compact member presidents and chancellors are annually invited to nominate one community-committed student from their institution for the fellowship. These nominees…

2018 Top Eight

It’s 2018 and we can’t wait to make great things happen. Here are the top eight things we are looking forward to! 1. Network Retreats Every fall and spring we have a drive-in retreat for staff, faculty and others leading community engagement on their campus. It’s great learning (and a lot of fun). Register to join us February 15th! 2. Awarding Awards Every year, the best part of our job is recognizing the great work happening across the state. Now’s the time to get your nominations in for Newman Civic Fellows and the Engaged Campus Awards! 3. Meeting Virtually Isn’t…

Campus Compact and Tyson Foods Announce Nonprofit Grantees

For immediate release, December 18, 2017: Campus Compact and Tyson Foods today announced the nonprofit organizations that were selected to receive the first grants for their new Summer Community Internship Program. Grantees from communities in Iowa and Illinois will receive funding to support a full-time college student intern for eight weeks in the summer of 2018. This will provide an invaluable opportunity for select college students to gain professional experience in nonprofits while making a positive impact in local communities. In Iowa, 15 organizations in Council Bluffs, Sioux City, and Storm Lake and border communities of Omaha and South Sioux…

Commitment to Place

Colleges and universities have long touted their positive impact on the world through research, the education of students, and solutions to many of our greatest challenges. At the same time, they are sometimes criticized for distant “town-gown” relationships. To address this challenge and improve learning outcomes and research, Iowa’s college and universities are investing new efforts to impact communities and neighborhoods closer to home. Dubbed “The Neighborhood University” model in one national publication and sometimes also referred to as “anchor institutions” or “place-based engagement,” these efforts include everything from focusing student volunteer efforts in specific areas to research partnerships to…

Meet This Year’s Principal Community Scholars

Twenty-five college students from Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin have been selected for the 2018 class of the Principal Community Scholars Program. This year’s scholars proposed projects designed to engage their peers and their institutions. These projects tap into a variety of skills that can be offered by college students and will impact causes ranging from education to environmental sustainability. Learn more about each of their projects Sumayo Saed, ’19 – Augsburg University, Minnesota This scholar will involve convening informal dialogues with Muslim student groups and Christian neighbours for relationship building and education about Islam.   Jacob Jensen – Buena Vista…

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