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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Iowa Campus Compact Hires Three New Staff Members

Iowa Campus Compact today announced three staff hired for newly-created positions designed to boost nonprofit partnerships, research, and election engagement. These new positions reflect an increase in resources and interest in community-campus partnerships as a vehicle for student education, civic engagement, and nonprofit capacity-building. Monique Ellefson began work this week as the AmeriCorps VISTA Program Coordinator. She served as the IACC VISTA Leader in 2013-2014 before earning her Masters of Science in Education at Indiana University. Monique got her start as an impassioned student leader at the University of South Dakota, which led her to serve as an AmeriCorps VISTA…