Start your semester off with a service engagement plan and the tools you need to implement it. You'll find links to member benefits, grants, events, and awards in the letter below from Indiana Campus Compact Interim Executive Director J.R. Jamison.
Greetings, Members and Friends:
A time of change is occurring as I write this letter: summer is quickly turning to fall as a new academic year begins, students are arriving on campuses—some for their first time away from home, and new partnerships among campuses and community partners are taking flight.
As many of you now know, this is a year of change as well for Indiana Campus Compact. As of August 11, 2014, I will be serving as your Executive Director for the next year. I look forward to how we will work together as a compact among colleges/universities in Indiana to be committed to our communities through reciprocal partnerships—or as I like to call it, one community.
To help move that vision forward, we offer member benefits at every level of the institution to ensure support is in place to make the magic happen. Sometimes that comes in the form of dollars, and other times the support offered is through professional development.
For students, faculty, and professional staff, seed money to start a service-learning or service engagement project can be made possible through our Service Engagement Grants. For researchers, funds to examine the deep impact of service engagement on community-campus partnerships can be found in our Sponsored Research Grants. For administrators, developing a campus plan to better weave service engagement throughout the fabric of the institutional culture can be funded through our Engaged Campus Grants.
And let’s not forget the professional development that goes beyond grant dollars (though we know those are so important!).
On September 26th we will host our Networking Retreat at Bradford Woods near Martinsville, Indiana. This opportunity is open to any Indiana Campus Compact member, and it is a reconfiguration of the Regional Networking Meetings. What’s changed is we will no longer have two meetings (north and south), and we will return to one large meeting in the fall. Additionally, there will be two tracks: One for practitioners who want to do big picture thinking and planning for the sustainability of the work, and another track for those who desire multiple workshops and breakout sessions. We are delighted to have the Center for Civic Reflection, Indiana Humanities, Oren Pizmony-Levy from Columbia University in New York, and an inter-campus and community partnership team between IU Bloomington, Ivy Tech Community College-Bloomington, and their community partners on board to partner on this program.
We will continue to provide our Civic Leadership Institute for students, the Service Engagement Summit, Connecting Campuses with Communities: The Service-Learning Institute and Research Academy, and Pen to Paper: Writing with, for, and about Service Engagement. We will release more information about all of those events as we get into the fall semester.
As we do every year, we will recognize the outstanding men and women who dedicate their time and their talent to improve people's lives with the Indiana Campus Compact Service Engagement Awards. Applications aren't due until January 15, 2015, but I encourage you to seek out those who make the campus-community connections happen and think about nominating them for an award.
Lastly, as we move into the fall semester, we will begin the strategic planning process for Indiana Campus Compact. We have contracted with Stephen Hundley who has led plans for colleges, universities, and nonprofit organizations. The Board and I will work with Stephen and our members to develop a plan that will provide a solid road map for community-campus engagement in the state of Indiana through the next three to five years. As with any strategic planning process, our main goal is to build off of our current strengths and think big about the possibilities for the future.
As a compact among campuses to be engaged with their communities, the voices of our members will be ever important. As we go throughout the next year, I invite you to contact me—I’d love to hear your thoughts on our work. You can reach me at 317-274-6500.
Thank you for your commitment to Indiana communities and to the future of our world. Together, we are better than we are as one single unit. Together we are the Compact.
All the best—
Interim Executive Director