The Digest E-Newsletter
Uniting campuses * Empowering students * Impacting communities
May 2014 
In This Issue
Quick Links
NC Campus Compact News

Parting Words from Dr. Lisa Keyne, Executive Director (2006-2014)

I appreciate all of the well wishes I have received as I depart North Carolina Campus Compact. As I pack up my office and talk to colleagues, I am reminded of so many special times during the past eight years. I have images of campus visits during which I witnessed creative, innovative work between communities and campuses; committed staff people wearing three or four hats on campus to ensure this work happens; AmeriCorps*VISTA members building deep collaborations between campuses and communities; and conferences at which we all connected and re-energized for another term of developing graduates and strengthening communities.


Together we have learned about how to deepen this work, sustain efforts, manage during challenging economic periods, and celebrate the achievements and impact. We  recognized ten years as a Compact. We have gotten better at building partnerships, mobilizing students and monitoring and measuring impact. New partners have joined our work, and colleagues from across the country inform our practice.  Presidents meet yearly to think strategically about how to lead engagement. A new fully online journal contributes new thought and theory, while our conferences draw many from across the state as well as beyond state lines. Deliberative Dialogs have built civic understanding. 


And individual campuses have grown and strengthened their engagement efforts.  The Carnegie Classification for Community Engagement, the President's Honor Roll, and the other national awards received by our member institutions recognize the excellent work being done on member campuses.  One of our recent speakers described North Carolina Campus Compact as "the gold standard" for a state Compact.  Because our campuses are committed to doing this work in an excellent fashion, and because they support other campuses in substantive ways, we are a strong, and healthy collective.  My wishes are that these collaborations and partnerships will continue long-term.


On June 2 I begin my new position as Chief Strategy Officer for The Community Engagement Collaboratory, a web-based software application that tracks partnership and public-service activities between universities and communities. The Collaboratory was created at UNCG and is being commercialized by Tree Top LLC, my new employer. I will stay connected in North Carolina through an appointment as Senior Scholar to University of North Carolina Greensboro's Institute for Community and Economic Engagement (ICEE). TreeTop and UNCG are joining forces to establish an international database and research program that will ensure data captured on The Collaboratory informs the future of community engagement scholarship and practice.  I look forward to helping our North Carolina campuses consider these resources to build your work!


DO stay in touch!  I look forward to hearing of your journey and engagement. 



Greetings from Interim Executive Director, Leslie Garvin    


I truly appreciate the outstanding work of Lisa Keyne to build and sustain our Compact here in North Carolina. She will certainly be missed as a powerful motivator and friend.  One only needs to take a quick glance at our website to see the fruit of her leadership these past 7 1/2 years.


I am excited to serve during this time of change and believe my nearly nine years with the Compact will allow us to remain strong and viable during this busy time of transition.  As usual this time of year, we are in the process of selecting and hiring our next cohort  of full-time AmeriCorps VISTA members and anticipate placing 20 individuals on campuses throughout the state. This summer we reinstated our AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Associates program where we are placing 18 current college students on six campuses to support programs that provide academic enrichment or food and nutrition education for children and youth.  The Campus Election Engagement Project is ramping up as we help our member campuses mobilize students to participate in the midterm elections, and we are in the midst of planning our annual CSNAP student conference, the 2015 Civic Engagement Institute, and the PACE Conference. On top of all that, we are excited to once again serve as a sponsor for the NC Campuses Against Hunger Conference, to be held at Appalachian State University in September 2014.


As details arise, we will keep you posted on the progress of the national search for our next Executive Director. This search will be led by our outstanding Executive Board comprised of 9 Presidents and Chancellors.  In the meantime, we are grateful for our powerful network of institutions, as together we continue to unite campuses, empower students, and impact communities. 


NC Campus Compact Seeks New VISTA Leader 

nullNC Campus Compact is seeking qualified candidates to be our next VISTA Leader. This new position will join our current VISTA Leader in supporting a 22-member VISTA cohort serving at campus and community-based sites across North Carolina. All our VISTA members work to strengthen a partnership between a campus and a key community organization serving low-income people. Projects address K-12 education, food security, or economic opportunity.


The VISTA Leader will work with the Program Coordinator to: 1. Enhance member communication through online and face-to-face meetings and social media, 2. Develop member professional development plan and resources, 3. Coordinate new VISTA recruitment and selection, 4. Collect and analyze member progress reports and performance evaluations, 5. Conduct site visits and project monitoring, 6. Advise members to ensure project success, 7. Engage VISTA alumni.


QUALIFICATIONS: Must have completed one full year of VISTA service and a Bachelor's degree or equivalent professional work experience to apply! Must be U.S. Citizen or have permanent legal resident status. The ideal candidate will have knowledge of higher education community engagement, strong writing and organizational skills, and full proficiency in MS Office programs. Interest and experience in recruiting, training, and managing volunteers; project planning; and managing social media preferred.


BENEFITS: Education award upon successful completion of service,  Housing support,  Health Coverage,  Living Allowance,  Training,  Relocation Allowance,  Childcare assistance if eligible. 


The start date for this position is flexible based upon the availability of the qualified candidate, but August 2014 start is strongly preferred. VISTA Leaders serve for one full-year term.


To apply please send a letter of interest and a current resume to Chad Fogleman. 



Recent Stories on the NC Campus Compact Newsfeed


Executive Director Lisa Keyne accepts new position, departs NC Campus Compact

Campus food pantries serve NC students in need


UNC System creates new Engagement Council

General C.E. News

Innovation U. 2.0 Conference:  Reinventing University Roles in a Knowledge Economy

June 24-25, 2014, Research Triangle Park Foundation Conference Center, Raleigh, NC

Only 175 slots available!

Registration fee is $100, but increases to $125 after June 1st 
Universities are being scrutinized more than ever for their social relevance, though many universities are already experts at transforming their intellectual resources into economic impacts.  The Innovation U. 2.0 initiative identifies the 12 best practice universities (which includes NC State) at generating economic impact from their intellectual capital.  The initiative consists of two parts. The first is a report that analyzes the best practice universities (  The second part is  this conference consisting of regional and national speakers to discuss the lessons learned from the book.  

Learn more

(Two opportunities to share with your nonprofit partners)

NC Nonprofits Days 
June 2-3, 2014 
Join the NC Center for Nonprofits at the McKimmon Center in Raleigh, NC for "The Learning Day" on June 2 to hear from legislative leaders about their priorities for the 2014 short session, get tips on effective advocacy from experts from Raleigh and Washington, and learn the latest on public policy issues that will affect nonprofit. Then, come to the Legislative Building on June 3 to put your new and improved advocacy skills into action! The cost to attend on June 2 is $60 for current Center Members, $75 for Center Associates and Sustainers, and $150 for all others. It is free to attend on June 3.

Learn more

NCTech4Good Conference
June 5- 6, 2014,  Friday Center, Chapel Hill

This conference is designed for nonprofit professionals, volunteers, and consultants working with nonprofits. The conference offers technology sessions on everything from databases to social media. Don't see a session that answers your need? You can pitch an idea during the opening session to have it voted on and added to the program. Beth Kanter, an international leader, trainer, and author in nonprofits' use of social media, will conduct this year's Pre-Conference Workshop, Becoming A Networked Nonprofit: Digital Strategies for Community-Based Nonprofits, on June 5. Beth will also be the Keynote speaker on Friday, June 6. The cost is $75.  
Learn more
Grants and Funding Opportunities

Funding to Develop a Regional Training Center on University-Assisted Community Schools
Deadline: June 16th at 6:00 p.m. ET


The Netter Center for Community Partnerships is pleased to announce this request for proposals. Funding is for three years at $50,000 per year.


The goals of the regional training center will be to:

  1. Develop further the funded university's engagement in its own university-assisted community school initiative, particularly the coordination of the university's resources;
  2. Provide training and technical assistance on the university-assisted community school model to interested universities and colleges and their school and community partners in a multi-state area. 
  3. Work with other higher eds in the funded university's immediate region to enlist their participation in the local initiative.

Download the full RFP here


True Hero Grants

Deadline: June 30th

Grants up to $2000 to support student-driven community improvement projects. 

Learn more


Home Depot Community Impact Grants Program

Deadline: August 15th

Grants of up to $5,000 are made in the form of gift cards for the purchase of tools, materials, or services to organizations using volunteers to improve the physical health of a community.  

Learn more

Awards, Contests, and Fellowships

Partners of the Americas Legislative Fellows Exchange Program  

Deadline: June 8th

The Legislative Fellows Program is a US Department of State-funded exchange program implemented by Partners of the Americas that aims to bridge civil society and government. US Fellows undertake two-week fellowships in one of the participating countries in Latin America & the Caribbean. Applicants should be mid-level professionals between the ages of 25 and 40. They do not need to speak Spanish or Portuguese to participate.  


Point of Light Award 

Deadline: Rolling 

The power of the individual to spark change and improve the world - that's what the Daily Point of Light Award celebrates. Nominate a local hero for a Daily Point of Light Award. Winners get formally recognized by Points of Light, a media advisory sent to their community, a certificate signed by President George H. W. Bush - and a bit of the world's spotlight. 

Publications and Resources
recent Gallup Poll  results reveal that graduates attribute Experiential Learning to improved well being. 

For the first time in U.S. history the nation's high school graduation rate rose above 80 percent, according to the 2014 Building a GradNation report.


AAC&U, in collaboration with the Research Institute for Studies in Education (RISE) at Iowa State University, invites institutions to sign up now for the 2015 administration of the Personal and Social Responsibility Inventory (PSRI).  Developed as part of AAC&U's Core Commitments Initiative, and now administered at Iowa State, the PSRI illuminates five key dimensions of personal and social responsibility:

  • striving for excellence;
  • cultivating academic integrity;
  • contributing to a larger community;
  • taking seriously the perspectives of others; and
  • developing competence in ethical and moral reasoning and action.  

Fees for participation are $3,000 plus a non-refundable registration fee of $300.       

Calls for Proposals/Papers

Undergraduate Journal of Service Learning and Community-Based Research Volume 3 (for undergraduates) 

Deadline: June 15th 


The Student Coalition for Action in Literacy Education (SCALE)  
Read.Write.Act Virtual Conference, November 7-8, 2014

Deadline: July 1st      


eJournal of Public Affairs: Special Issue on Global Engagement: Educating Globally Competent Citizens in Colleges and Universities   Deadline: July 15th

National Civic Engagement Events

Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC) 

"What Works Webinar" Thursday, June 5th at 1:00-2:00 p.m. ET (FREE)


This webinar will discuss best practice approaches for measuring the impact of anchor institutions. Gain actionable insights that will include:

  • How a community and an anchor institution can benefit from shared value strategies
  • How shared value anchor strategies differ from corporate social responsibility 
  • Useful metrics for measuring community impact 
  • Metrics for analyzing the return to anchors 
  • The benefits and challenges associated with collecting and publicizing impact data

Featured presenters:

Kim Zeuli, Senior Vice President and Director of Research and Advisory Practice, ICIC Ted Howard, Founder and Executive Director, The Democracy Collaborative Anthony Sorrentino, Executive Director, Office of the Executive Vice President, University of Pennsylvania


Register here  


Midterm Election Engagement


vote button NC Campus Compact is pleased to again serve as the host for the Campus Election Engagement Project (CEEP) in North Carolina to engage students in the midterm elections this fall. Stay posted to the website for news and information. 


If you would like to be added to the mailing list, please send an email to Leslie Garvin. Mini-grants will be available in the fall. Stay posted for details. 


Important Election Related Dates: 


2014 National Voter Registration Day is September 23rd!

Oct. 10 - Deadline to register to vote in general election 

Oct. 23 - Nov. 1 - Early voting period for general election

Oct 28 - Last day to request absentee ballot for general election

                       Visit the
for a complete list of upcoming events.


Former NC Campus Compact VISTA Launches National Social Media Campaign


Jamarl Clark, former AmeriCorps VISTA (2008-09) who served in the NC Campus Compact state office, has launched the  #WeInspire6314 campaign encouraging the world to take time out of their schedule to inspire someone around them on Tuesday June 3, 2014 from 5:30pm - 7:30pm.


Clark is urging people to send an email, text, call and use social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter in an effort to encourage the world to inspire someone else.


To participate, use the hash tag #weinspire6314 to share a picture or a story of you doing something inspirational. 


#weinspire6314 Promo I
#weinspire6314 Promo I


Stay Connected

Like us on Facebook    Follow us on Twitter 

Copyright © 20XX. All Rights Reserved.