Civic engagement isn’t just about being informed

An idea from Iowa Campus Compact in 28 seconds. This blog is a part of our “An Idea from Iowa Campus Compact Series” which highlights articles, research, best practices, or other resources in civic engagement. A figure from Marcia’s article which highlights the percentage of cities that provided civic engagement opportunities in 2006 and 2009. Marcia Godwin of the University of La Verne posted a bunch of research on the rates of civic engagement in US cities during the recent recession on the London School of Economics and Political Science blog. Her point? Cities increased their use of civic engagement tools in order…

Faculty member engages community to make teaching fun

Katelin Gannon describes her choice to include service in her classroom as a “no-brainer.” For Iowa Campus Compact, it was also a “no-brainer” to select her for the 2015 Engaged Campus Scholarship Award.Gannon has worked as a lecturer of Exercise Science and an assistant soccer coach at Central College since 2010. She holds a Master’s degree in exercise physiology. She has included service-learning in her courses all five years of teaching and engaged in service-learning scholarship since 2012. Central College’s Katelin Gannon received the 2015 Engaged Campus Scholarship Award for demonstrating her leadership and innovation in engaged scholarship. “Ms. Gannon creates an…

“Dr. Joe” Moravec walks the talk of Mercy College of Health Sciences’ mission

Since 2004, Dr. Joseph Moravec has served as Professor of Philosophy and Theology at Mercy College of Health Science (MCHS) in Des Moines. “Dr. Joe” as he’s known by many, has gone above and beyond his job description to ensure that the college is meeting its mission through the integration of civic engagement, service-learning, and servant leadership into the experiences of his students and colleagues. “Dr. Moravec has contributed to a collegial and caring environment in fostering positive and unique mission and community-focused student learning at Mercy College,” said Mercy College President and Iowa Campus Compact Board Chair Barbara Decker. “From…

Iowa State University’s Susan Erickson makes magic happen

This blog is one in a series over the next few weeks featuring our 2015 Engaged Campus Award winners. M. Susan Erickson gets to make magic happen. In her role as coordinator of the PLaCE (Partnering Landscape and Community Enhancement) Program at Iowa State University she brings together communities who need development and design services and students who need to learn to provide those services. She also often gets to involve one of ISU’s extension offices in this work in what she calls a “trifecta.” The PLaCE Program was founded in 2001 and Susan has been the coordinator from the…

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