A Dozen Reasons to Attend the MWCC!

April 11, 2019

Attention! Early Bird Special Pricing for the Midwest Campus Compact Conference Ends April 22!

Don’t wait until the last minute! Early Bird Special pricing for the 2019 Midwest Campus Compact Conference: Dispatches from the Midwest: Community, Collaboration, and Critical Perspectives (May 29 – 31, 2019, University of Minnesota in Minneapolis) will close Monday, April 22.

Need a reason to go? The Campus Compacts of the Great Plains, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma, and Wisconsin have created a dozen reasons to go. And you need not be a member of Campus Compact to join us.

A Dozen Reasons to Attend

  • Network with people from around the Midwest and your own backyard.
  • Recharge your enthusiasm for civic and community engagement and gain new insights for yourself and to take back home and make your programming, leadership, and campus community partnerships stronger and better.
  • Explore the diverse and beautiful University of Minnesota campus in Minneapolis.
  • Take a deep dive into learning with some of the country’s top experts in one of the six pre-conference sessions that focus on student leaders, community colleges, service learning-community partnerships, intentional dialogue, documenting community engagement impacts, supporting quality service learning courses.
  • Enjoy the Weisman Art Museum during the social hour.
  • Rev up your skills for Collaborating Across Difference to Advance Equity with Sindy Morales Garcia, Community Initiatives and Kirsten Johnson, Amherst H. Wilder Foundation.
  • Celebrate a healthy breakfast with the 2018 Thomas Ehrlich Civically Engaged Faculty Award Presentation to Eva Zygmunt, Ball State University.
  • Engage with Nancy Thomas, Tufts University’s Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life around Increasing Student Political Learning and Participation in Democracy.
  • Connect with conference sponsors and talk about new and innovative ideas with them: The Collaboratory, Give Pulse and the College Election Engagement Program (CEEP).
  • Take advantage of the special 50% discounted rate for Americorps members, students and community agencies.
  • Celebrate the warmth of spring in Minneapolis!
  • Make a weekend of it (either end of the conference) with these great options and more
    • With more shoreline on the Mississippi River than any other city in the US, cruise on a river boat, take a leisurely walk, or ride a bike by the river and take it all in.
    • Mall of America is an easy train ride away. With over 520 stores to choose from, it will be easy to shop ‘til you drop. Shopping not to your liking? Enjoy seven acres of amusement rides, a 1.3-million gallon aquarium filled with 10,000 sea creatures, or just people watch with a pretzel in hand.
    • Nerd out at the Minnesota Science Museum, right across the road from the POL Conference and listed as one of Nat Geo’s Top 10 Science Museums in the US.
    • See a show at one of the many historic theaters and show houses located in Minneapolis or St. Paul. Or catch a live concert in one of the local parks. Rice Park right in the heart of St. Paul and across the street from the River Center is older than Central Park in New York City, NY.
    • The Twin Cities Metropolitan area is a foodie’s paradise. Sample cuisine from all over the world; from Hot Dish to Pad Thai, we have it all.
    • St. Paul used to be known as a mobster’s paradise during Prohibition with visits by Al Capone and John Dillinger on the books. Re-live some history while exploring Wabasha Caves or exploring the hidden secrets and hideouts around St. Paul.
    • Visit elegant Summit Avenue; the longest preserved Victorian avenue in the US. In addition to being the site of the Governor’s Residence, many famous people called this stretch home at one point in time including railroad tycoon James J. Hill, entertainer Garrison Keillor, and authors F. Scott Fitzgerald and Sinclair Lewis.
    • Grab a bite to eat at the iconic Mickey’s Diner, a local favorite that has been featured in three movies: “The Mighty Ducks”, Jingle All the Way” and “A Prairie Home Companion.”
    • Take in a Minnesota Twins game if you are in town May 24-28.

Learn more about the program and register today: https://midwest.compact.org/program/

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