Thursday Update * June 12, 2014

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Register for the Fall Regional Network Meetings


Register here. Deadline: July 15th

Engage in dialogue with other members as well as the NC Campus Compact staff and gain in-depth information on a particular topic. The agenda includes a professional development session, lunch, business meeting (in which NC Campus Compact staff share updates about our work), and an opportunity for member campuses to share highlights. 


August Network Meetings (10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.)

Eastern Region, August 5, 2014
UNC Greensboro, Greensboro, NC

Western Region, August 7, 2014
Appalachian State University, Boone, NC 



Professional Development Topic:

Julie Plaut, Executive Director and John Hamerlinck, Associate Director of Minnesota Campus Compact, will discuss their new publication "Asset-Based Community Engagement in Higher Education." This book contains thoughtful essays and case studies that explore the opportunities at the intersection of campus-community partnerships and Asset-Based Community Development. One chapter "On the Path to Neighborhood Transformation: Social Capital, Physical Improvements, and Empowerment in Partnership," is written by Janni Sorensen and Tara Bengle, faculty at UNC Charlotte.


We strongly encourage you to read the book prior to attending. The book is regularly $15 but NC Campus Compact members can receive a 20% discount with a special code. Email Rene Summers to access the special offer. 



Learn about the New North Carolina Voting Law in July 9th webinar
Understanding the New North Carolina Voting Law (for administrators and faculty)
vote button

July 9, 2014 (2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.) [FREE]


NC Campus Compact is working with one of our coalition partners, NCPIRG, who runs a great non-partisan youth mobilization effort during elections, to host a series of webinars so that administrators and faculty are on board and know about the election law changes so we can mobilize students to participate in the midterm elections.  

Register here.


Please share this opportunity broadly. We would like to have as many of our universities' faculty and administrators on board so we can help young people navigate the voting process easily.

If you would like additional information on the webinar trainings please contact Irene Cadwell with NCPIRG
or Leslie Garvin


For more election-related resources, please visit the Campus Election Engagement Project-NC website.

NC Campus Compact Seeks New VISTA Leader

NC 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 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.


Click here for the full description. 


NC Campus Compact News

In case you missed it, below are the most recent articles on the NC Campus Compact "News" blog.


Leveraging Resources for Long-term Impacts: VISTA Quarterly Report


Programs that nurture, recognize engaged graduates


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

Save the Date: 2014 NC Campuses Against Hunger Conference
(September 26-27 at Appalachian State)

The first Hunger Conference was held at Elon University in 2012, the 2013 conference was at Wake Forest University.  The 2014 event is sponsored by Appalachian State University's Watagua Global Community, University College, and the ACT office, NC Campus Compact, WFU Institute for Public Engagement, , NCSU CSLEPS, Stop Hunger Now, and Universities Fighting World Hunger.


Below is an important note from Dr. Clark Maddux, chair of the 2014 Hunger Conference Host Committee. 




We are planning for this year's NC Campuses Against Hunger conference, to be held on 26 & 27 September at Appalachian State University, but we wanted to give you some advance notice of activities and plans we have for this year.


First, our theme this year is "Hunger and . . ."  We want to examine the factors that contribute to food insecurity, as well as factors that might alleviate and contribute to solving problems of hunger.  So, keynote addresses, activities, and breakout sessions will address issues such as the relationship of hunger to issues of public education, hunger and government policy, hunger and family, hunger and (fill in the blank).


Like last year, we will send a message to your chief academic officers later this summer.  For now, we want to remind you that our aim is to have every campus attending bring a team consisting of administrators, faculty, students and community partners.  Ideally, teams would consist of 5-8 people engaged with hunger issues from your campus.  Your local director of service-learning, civic engagement, or community relations would be good members of your team, as well as students, faculty, and staff interested in these issues.


While you are establishing your teams, below are five ways you are invited to take action this year.


1. Contribute to the blog.  

We are creating a blog (ready by mid-June) to establish an ongoing forum for sharing ideas about what we are doing on our individual campuses and local best practices. We invite every attendee and Campus Compact member institution to contribute.


2. Suggest breakout session workshops.  

We have room and time for 3 to 4 additional workshops, and hope you will consider what your institution might like to facilitate that will complement the theme.


3.Create a poster.

We hope that one student from each institution will bring a poster that outlines a special and unique program on that campus.  We will display these posters during one of our large group sessions and ensure time for participants to ask questions and discuss ideas that these posters inspire.


4. Watch "A Place at the Table" available on Netflix and other streaming services.

We encourage every campus to have at least one member of its team view this film and participate in the guided reflection during one of the breakout sessions.


5. Prepare a "pitch."

During our first group session we invite one member from every campus to briefly (in 3-4 minutes) "pitch" an idea or program of their campus and allow the conference participants (in 4-5 minutes) to ask questions, make suggestions, and, in general, create an atmosphere of collaboration and dialogue. As always, we want this time to be a period during which our students take prominent leadership roles and become invested in these issues that affect us all.


We will continue to keep you informed in the upcoming months and invite you to make suggestions that will contribute to the success of this dialogue. In the meantime, if you have suggestions or questions, please ask Deborah Donnett or myself.  




Dr. Clark Maddux

Director of Civic Engagement

Adjunct Associate Professor of University College

Appalachian State University

Awards and Contests


Mario Savio Young Activist Award 

The Mario Savio Young Activist Award is presented each year to a young person (or persons) ages 16-26, with a deep commitment to human rights and social justice and a proven ability to transform this commitment into effective action. 

Learn more



2014 Peter F. Drucker Award for Nonprofit Innovation

(Share with your nonprofit partners)
Deadline: July 1st


The award, which includes an unrestricted cash prize of $100,000, recognizes an existing program that has made a difference in the lives of the people it serves and is granted to the nonprofit organization that best demonstrates innovation.   
Learn more


General Engagement News & Resources

Independent Sector Releases New Values for Volunteer Time


Each year, Independent Sector crunches the numbers and releases a new estimate for the value of an hour of volunteer time. The amount is based on the hourly earnings (approximated from yearly values) of all production and non-supervisory workers on private non-farm payrolls (based on yearly earnings provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics). Independent Sector indexes this figure to determine state values and increases it by 12 percent to estimate for fringe benefits.


In 2013, the national amount is $22.55 per hour. The NC rate for 2013 is $21.04. Using one or the other for your own calculations of the financial impact of your volunteer program is considered industry standard, as long as you remain consistent throughout the years.  



Pitzer College 50th Anniversary Engaged Faculty Collection: 

Community Engagement and Activist Scholarship


 This Anthology features some of Pitzer College's most beloved and radical professors offering powerful analysis and critical reflections on the scholarship of engagement and community-based education. The chapters in this digital book cover a diverse range of social issues and community partnerships. 



Social Media 2014 Statistics


If you are still not convinced that social media is a worthwhile investment for your civic engagement program, you might want to glance at this infographic




June 2014 issue of Academic Matters: The Journal of Higher Education, published by the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations, is devoted to the topic of "Rethinking Town and Gown." 



CIRCLE Launches 2014 Election Center with New & Updated Research    

CIRCLE's new 2014 Election Center brings together relevant research and analysis about young people's political engagement. Along with our new state-by-state, interactive voting map, the 2014 Election Center includes detailed data about youth participation in the 2010 and 2012 elections, youth demographics, and guides on how to understand youth voting statistics and why the youth vote matters. 

Calls for Proposals/Submissions


Undergraduate Journal of Service Learning and Community-Based Research 

Volume 3 
(for undergraduates)
Deadline: June 15th

Learn more


National Center for Science and Civic Engagement
The 2014 Washington Symposium and Capitol Hill Poster Session
September 28-30, 2014

Deadline: July 1st

Learn more



The Student Coalition for Action in Literacy Education (SCALE)  

Read.Write.Act Virtual Conference, November 7-8, 2014

Deadline: July 1st 

Learn more 


University Social Responsibility Summit and International Service Learning Conference [New!]

November 19-21, 2014, Hong Kong Polytechnic University , Hong Kong, China
Deadline: July 15th

Learn more 


eJournal of Public Affairs 

Special Issue on Global Engagement: Educating Globally Competent Citizens in Colleges and Universities
Deadline: July 15th
Learn more   

The Service-Learning and Experiential Education SIG of the American Educational Research Association 

Advances in Service-Learning Research series
Call for Chapters & Reviewers for the 2015 volume

Service-Learning to Advance Social Justice in a Time of Radical Inequality

Edited by Alan S. Tinkler, Barri E. Tinkler, Jean R. Strait & Virginia M. Jagla

Intent to submit deadline: July 15th


Intent to submit a manuscript, including a working title and 100-150 word abstract, should be sent to Alan Tinkler (

Grants and Funding


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


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.

Funding is for three years at $50,000 per year.Download the full RFP here


True Hero Grants

Deadline:  June 30th


True Hero is an organization dedicated to recognizing students doing community service work and awarding grants to the schools and organizations that support these projects. Students propose service projects that are then put to a national vote. Winning entries can receive up to $2000.


Learn more


Programs to Reduce Obesity in High Obesity Areas (New!)

Deadline: July 23rd 


The purpose of this CDC pilot project is to fund Land Grant Colleges and Universities to conduct intervention strategies through existing cooperative extension and outreach services at the county level. These strategies will improve physical activity and nutrition, reduce obesity and prevent and control diabetes, heart disease, and stroke in areas where adult obesity rates are high. Residents of these communities may have less access to healthy foods and fewer opportunities to be physically active. If improvements are made and continued, these programs can have long-term positive impacts on the health of residents in these counties. The initiative can reinforce the health of the community as a critical determinant of individual health and well-being.


Eligible applicants are Land Grant Colleges and Universities that have counties in their state with an obesity prevalence over 40%, as determined by CDC's county level data estimates in the 2012 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System. To reach the maximum number of eligible counties, no more than one Land Grant College and University from an eligible state will receive funding. However, to maximize the reach and impact of federal funding to as much of the population as possible, funding preferences may be given to applicants serving multiple counties.


Learn more 


Home Depot Community Impact Grants Program

Deadline: August 15th


Grants support nonprofit organizations and public service agencies that are using the power of volunteers to improve the physical health of their communities. Grants of up to $5,000 are made in the form of The Home Depot gift cards for the purchase of tools, materials, or services.


Learn more