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…

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…

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…

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…

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:…

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…

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…

Campus Compact and Principal Announce Class of Community Scholars

For immediate release, November 7, 2017: Twenty-five college students from Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin have been selected for the 2018 class of the Principal Community Scholars Program. The recipients were selected after being nominated by faculty or staff from their college or university and a rigorous review process. 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 second year of the program, which last year supported twenty students in Iowa and California “This year we focused on students in…

2018 Engaged Campus Awards Process Announced

Iowa Campus Compact (IACC) today announced plans for the 2018 Engaged Campus Awards. This will be the sixth 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 130 total nominations and 26 awards. This year, to continue to build on this success, IACC staff conducted an extensive review process that included interviews with staff and faculty from across member institutions. As a result of that review, we learned several important things that will help…

Innovative New Partnership with Tyson Foods

New program will support community organizations through college student internships For immediate release, October 12, 2017: Campus Compact today announced 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 eight-week paid summer internship to assist community organizations and gain experience with diverse social issues. Tyson Foods is underwriting this program, which will launch in the summer of 2018…

2017-2018 webinar Series

California, Utah, and Campus Compact of the Mountain West have pulled together content and facilitators that highlight innovations and deep thinking in strategic priority areas for the Campus Compact network and specific programs and initiatives that are making waves at member institutions. All webinars begin at 2:00 pm Central time. Click on the webinar titles for detailed information and to register. If the webinar has already occurred, click on the webinar title to view the recorded webinar. October 24, 2017 Realizing Sustainable Campuses, Resilient Communities and Meaningful Student Career Pathways Stephen Miller, Deputy Director at Strategic Energy Innovations Jake Pollack,…

Election engagement organizer position available

Iowa Campus Compact (IACC) is partnering with the Campus Election Engagement Project (CEEP) to support colleges and universities in Iowa with nonpartisan election engagement efforts. The two organizations are seeking a student organizer (either undergraduate or graduate) that will be charged with working to increase electoral engagement on Iowa campuses. This work will include the following: Working with campus students, staff and faculty to support efforts that increase student turnout Integrating voter registration on campuses Developing approaches and resources for greater faculty involvement Creating templates for campus election websites Supporting student government efforts Tracking electoral participation Most importantly, the organizer…

Principal Community Scholars Program Expands, Accepting Nominations

Iowa Campus Compact today announced the expansion of a partnership with Principal® on the Principal Community Scholars Program. The program, which was piloted last year in in conjunction with California Campus Compact, provides scholarships to college students in business and related fields who complete community projects. This year, the program will expand and provide more scholarships to students in a greater geographic area. 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…

Fall 2017 Virtual Learning and Connection Opportunities

In 2017, Iowa and Minnesota Campus Compact are pairing up to offer member staff, faculty, students, and community partners more opportunities to connect across the region using web video conference technology. These meetings will be engaging and interactive and offer the opportunity to meet new people, make connections, and get new ideas and resources. We will offer monthly meetings on topics relevant to a variety of community engagement priorities as well as affinity group calls once a semester for people at similar campus types to discuss common challenges and opportunities. Minnesota Campus Compact will facilitate the affinity group calls for…

Keynote Speaker Announced for Iowa Civic Action Academy

Iowa Campus Compact today announced the first keynote speaker for the upcoming inaugural Iowa Civic Action Academy. The Academy will take place November 3 and 4, 2017 at Grand View University in Des Moines. Students from across the state (undergraduate, graduate, and beyond) are invited to connect with peers and learn from professionals about social change and civic action. Registration is now open! Introducing Vanessa McNeal Vanessa McNeal The opening keynote speaker will be Vanessa McNeal. Vanessa is a Davenport, Iowa native. She is a graduate of Iowa State University and also recently received her Master’s Degree is Social Work…

Now Hiring – AmeriCorps VISTA Program Coordinator

Love national service and higher education community engagement and have skills in grants management? We are seeking a highly detail-oriented person to join our team. Apply by August 18, 2017! Job Title: Iowa Campus Compact Program Coordinator Organization: Iowa Campus Compact Location: Iowa Center for Higher Education, Des Moines Job-Type: Full-Time Compensation: $30,000-35,000 annually Benefits: Full benefits through Iowa Western Community College (host institution) Reports To: Executive Director Application Deadline: August 18, 2017 Desired Start Date: September 2017 (flexible) JOB DESCRIPTION The Program Coordinator will primarily coordinate the Iowa Campus Compact VISTA Community Corps. The program includes 12-20 members serving…

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