Liza Newman, Program Director for Marketing and Member Relations
I’ve unearthed some treasures while preparing for our 20th anniversary year. The treasures weren’t buried in the earth, but instead in some very deep filing cabinets. Among the items that I dug up were the 1995-1996 Indiana Campus Compact Annual Report and a stack of old hard copy newsletters. In the one of the newsletters, I found a 2001 acceptance speech from Nicole Hallet, that year’s recipient of the Richard J. Wood Community Commitment Award.
J.R. Jamison, Associate Director
Engaging with your community is a rewarding experience that deepens your students’ learning and enriches your teaching. I know you’ve heard this a million times, and you wouldn’t be reading this if you didn’t, even if just a smidgeon, believe in the power of engagement. These efforts, though, aren’t necessarily free—like everything else in life, engagement in and with your community can come with a price tag.
But what is the price of becoming an engaged scholar? This truly depends on your dream.
Linh Preston, Fund Development Associate
Over the last few months, I hope we’ve started to pique your interest in the 20th Anniversary and Service Engagement Summit 2013 and you’ve already blocked the dates on your calendar. Conferences, including ours, allow time for thinking deep, sharing best practices, and connecting with peers from campuses across the state. It is a time to be inspired and plan action. It is a time to read through all those pamphlets in your attendee folder. Wait. What?
Michelle Clemons, Program Associate, Campus Election Engagement Project.
It’s always interesting to me how little I remember about the days I know changed my life forever. We rarely stop during an event and think, “This moment will shape my life forever.” When I was in seventh grade, I sat inside the Auditorium at Kouts Jr./Sr. High School as a mock Democratic National Convention was held. Twenty years later, I no longer remember a whole lot of details about that day.
Susan B. Hyatt, IUPUI, Department of Anthropology
In Spring 2010, I was thrilled to open an email message from Maggie Stevens from the Indiana Campus Compact, notifying me that I had been chosen as that year’s winner of the Hiltunen Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Scholarship of Engagement. This was, needless to say, a great honor for me but even more importantly, it was validation that the time I had spent, working collaboratively with students and with community-based organizations in Indianapolis, was recognized and valued by others.