FALL 2016 KICK-OFF
LAUNCH THE ACADEMIC YEAR WITH SUPPORT FROM INDIANA CAMPUS COMPACT
Greetings, Partners & Friends:
Whether we want to believe it or not, another academic year has begun and fall is just around the corner. I continue to be amazed by how fast August comes each year, and I often wonder how summer can pass by so fast when it seems as if May were just a few short days ago. When I reflect on where the time has gone, I can tell you that here at Indiana Campus Compact the team and I have counted down the days of summer by planning out the next year and putting together resources and programming to help you—our partners—kick the year off right.
We will continue with our traditional offerings, such as the FREE Networking Retreat that will occur September 30th at Bradford Woods as well as our Grant Programs that will provide $100,000 this year to partner campuses, and we will offer some new and exciting opportunities including the Campus Election Engagement Project and expanded offerings to strengthen your knowledge of and skills for assessment and planning around community engagement activities and outcomes. Regardless if you are new to the partnership or a seasoned veteran, there is something for everyone over the next year. Click on the headlines below to learn more.
Three tracks will provide the opportunity to network intimately with community engagement colleagues from around the state. Track 1 will be a day-long Deep Dive Session on StrengthFinder led by Kelly Jo McNemar, Executive Director of West Virginia Campus Compact. Track 2 will consist of three faculty and staff peer-led workshops designed to provide participants with time to reflect, rejuvenate, and re-group. Track 3 will be workshops exclusively for students focusing on planning and implementing service opportunities. Registration now open.
In partnership with author Paul Loeb and Ohio Campus Compact, the Campus Election Engagement Project will offer grants up to $1,000 to support nonpartisan election engagement efforts on Indiana Campus Compact partner campuses. Applications now available.
Building on the principles laid out in Campus Compact’s 30th Anniversary Action Statement of Presidents and Chancellors, we will provide a number of workshops and webinars to support institutions developing robust Campus Civic Action Plans. Three face-to-face workshops for campus teams will be held on September 19th-20th in Princeton, New Jersey, October 13th-14th in St. Louis, Missouri, and October 17th-18th in San Diego, California. Two webinars are planned for August 26th and 30th (Introduction to Campus Civic Action Planning) and September 9th (Embedding Service Engagement in Higher Education: A Rubric for Institutional Planning). More webinar opportunities will be released as the fall semester unfolds.
We are accepting applications for Best Practices in Assessing Community Engagement (BPACE or Bee Pace). The ideal participant for BPACE is a faculty or staff member who is engaging students in/with the community and are interested in measuring civic outcomes (civic knowledge, civic identity, civic skills, etc.) as a result of participating in a course, program, and/or co-curricular service experience. Participants will identify strategies and tools for assessment as they create a comprehensive assessment plan for their course or program.
PEN TO PAPER: A WRITING RETREAT FOCUSED ON WRITING WITH, FOR, AND ABOUT SERVICE AND ENGAGEMENT—OCTOBER 20TH-21STIN WILLIAMS BAY, WISCONSIN, ON LAKE GENEVA
In partnership with Campus Compacts in Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin, Indiana Campus Compact will present Pen to Paper to provide time, space, and resources to help faculty, professional staff, graduate students, and community partners working on (or planning for) journal manuscripts or book chapters related to service-learning and community engagement. During this two-day retreat, participants will discuss ideas with editors from major publications in the field, explore publishing outlets, receive mentoring from Senior Faculty Coaches, share ideas with peers, and have the time to write and revise. Registration will open late August.
Indiana Campus Compact identifies and recognizes excellence in engaged teaching, scholarship, and practice. We focus attention on work that creates impact for students and communities. We believe in students as developing practitioners, and thus we celebrate achievement by students alongside the accomplishments of established professionals. Nominate a student, faculty or staff colleague, or your campus for one of our awards. Due December 16, 2016.
This year the Summit will focus on the role of social justice in higher education through the lens of power, privilege, and the coming together of communities. We are delighted to have Kimberly Dark, an award winning writer, storyteller, and performer, and Ashley C. Ford, a writer and teacher who is currently co-editing the anthology Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture with Roxane Gay, as our two keynotes. The Summit will include the Annual Awards Gala, Deep Dive Workshops, and breakout sessions. Don’t miss out on submitting a proposal to present – due November 11, 2016.
CONNECTING CAMPUSES WITH COMMUNITIES—THE SERVICE-LEARNING INSTITUTE & RESEARCH ACADEMY, MAY 15 – MAY 19, 2017, INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA
This two-part event will offer tracks for faculty, staff, and graduate students on service-learning course design and research project development. Participants may choose to attend the Institute, the Academy, or both. Registration will open in December.
From service-learning course development to community service projects to social ventures, Indiana Campus Compact will award $100,000 this year to support faculty, staff, and students on partner campuses.
THE COMPACT NATION PODCAST
Launching in late-August, the Compact Nation Podcast will be available to partner campuses for FREE though iTunes. This once a month download will explore candid conversations with thought-leaders in the field, book reviews, and discussions on issues facing higher education and our communities. The first episode will feature Timothy Eatman, Co-Director of Imagining America. I am honored to be the co-host of this national podcast along with Emily Shields, Executive Director of Iowa Campus Compact, and Andrew Seligsohn, the President of Campus Compact. We will provide a link and more information in the coming weeks.
This is just a sneak peek into what is in store for the upcoming academic year. More opportunities are on the horizon, and I look forward to unveiling each of those to you as we move forward together in partnership over the next year.
Thank you for your continued commitment to community engagement and Indiana Campus Compact.
J.R. Jamison, Executive Director