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August 2014 
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NC Campus Compact Hosts Regional Network Meetings in August


Over 60 civic engagement administrators representing 25 member institutions attended NC Campus Compact's fall regional network meetings on August 5th and 7th.  Thanks to UNC Greensboro and Appalachian State University for hosting the events!  


Participants explored asset based community development during the professional development session facilitated by Dr. Julie Plaut and John Hammerlinck from Minnesota Campus Compact, editors of the recent publication Asset-Based Community Development in HIgher EducationDr. Janni Sorensen and Tara Bengle, from UNC Charlotte, who authored a chapter, also presented. 


Learn more about the meeting here.


During her presentation, Dr. Plaut referenced a "Community Impact Statement" co-created by Susan Gust that suggests questions for potential partners to work through before embarking on a collaborative project.  It is available here.  There's a related article in the Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement, 11(2), 155-169: Gust, S. & Jordan, C. (2006) The community impact statement: A prenuptial agreement for community-campus partnerships. 


3rd Annual NC Campuses Against Hunger Conference*
September 26-27, 2014 at Appalachian State University
Registration deadline - September 16th


Please note that while While "NC" is in the title and we feature a lot of NC models, the content is relevant to anyone involved in hunger alleviation efforts.


This conference will examine the factors that contribute to food insecurity, as well as factors that might alleviate and contribute to solving problems of hunger.  We ask every campus attending to 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.


  • Service project - meal packing for local food pantries
  • "Campus Pitch" - a student from each campus team will provide a  4-5 summary of what their campus is doing to address hunger, followed by audience questions and dialogue
  • Poster Session
  • Workshop breakout sessions featuring campuses and organizations throughout the state

Featured Plenary Speakers:

Learn more  here.  

Click  here to register. The cost is $125 per person.


VISTA Updates

nullNC Campus Compact Welcomes VISTA Cohort 

Earlier this month, 20 VISTA members began serving their one year term of service at sixteen sites across the state supporting community engagement projects that address local, poverty-related needs. Learn more.


NC Campus Compact Still Seeking New VISTA Leader 

NC Campus Compact is seeking qualified candidates to be our next VISTA Leader to support the 2014-15 VISTA cohort. See the full position description 
here.To apply please send a letter of interest and a current resume to Chad Fogleman.  


NC Campus Compact is Offering Mini-Grants for Fall 2014 Voter Engagement activities
Deadline: September 5th 


Through the Campus Election Engagement Project - NC (CEEP-NC) initiative, NC Campus Compact member institutions can apply for a mini-grant to support college student engagement in the midterm elections. Learn more here.


Not planning to be involved in promoting election engagement?  We encourage you to read Civic Engagement and Higher Education: It Is Not Only About Tutoring, a February 2014 article in the Huffington Post by Eric Myln, Duke University, and Amanda Moore, Washington University in St. Louis. 



Recent Stories on the NC Campus Compact Newsfeed


Campus staff explore asset-based engagement at summer network meetings


High Point University President Qubein begins term as NC Campus Compact Board Chair


AmeriCorps VISTA:  The Key to Opportunity

Leveraging Resources for Long-term Impacts: VISTA Quarterly Report


Programs that Nurture, Recognize Engaged Graduates 

General C.E. News
Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) 2015
March 6-8, 2015, University of Miami, Miami, FL 
Application Now Open
Early Decision Deadline: October 17th

The meeting, hosted by President Clinton and Chelsea Clinton, will bring together more than 1,000 innovative student leaders to make Commitments to Action that address some of the world's most pressing challenges. More than $500,000 in funding will be available to select CGI U 2015 students to help them turn their ideas into action. Applicants must be 18 years of age or older and enrolled in an institution of higher education at the time of the CGI U meeting in order to apply. 

Grants and Funding Opportunities
For colleges/universities and your non-profit partners 

Heineman Foundation Seed and Start-Up Funding
Deadline: September 1st


Grants provide seed money to start-up projects and new projects within existing nonprofits organizations in just a few selected states, including NC.General areas of interest include: programs that enable economically challenged women to enter and remain in the workplace; environmental research that helps prevent water degradation; live music performance for education and outreach; research into prevention and treatment of childhood illnesses; programs that enable youth to think, create, and communicate effectively; and programs that promote high achievement in music, science, and literature.   


Campus Kitchen Launch Grant 

Deadline: September 30th 

$5,000 grants are available for students on a campus considering starting a Campus Kitchen chapter. Campus Kitchen students rescue food that would have gone to waste from their on-campus dining hall cafeterias and use that food to prepare and serve balanced nutritious meals food insecure residents in their communities.       


Ben & Jerry's Foundation Grassroots Organizing for Social Change Program

Deadline: October 15th               

Grants, up to $20,000 for a one-year period, support non-profit grassroots, constituent-led organizations across the country that are using direct action, grassroots community-organizing strategies to accomplish their goals. Proposals should align with the Foundation's broad interests in social justice, environmental justice and sustainable food systems.  


Office Depot Foundation Grants for Education, Capacity Building, and Disaster Preparedness and Response
Deadline: October 31st


The Foundation provides grants averaging $1,000 in three distinct categories: 

  1. "Giving Children Tools for Success" supports activities that give young people tools to succeed in school and in life through education and inspiration. 
  2. "Building Capacity to Serve Communities" targets programs that help nonprofit organizations to serve the needs of their communities efficiently through innovation and collaboration. 
  3. "Disaster Preparedness, Relief, Recovery, and Rebuilding" supports efforts that help people and communities prepare for disasters and rebuild and recover when disasters occur. 
Cisco Corporate Social Responsibility
Deadline: Ongoing

Priorities: Cisco Product Grants focus on underserved populations where we can have the most impact: critical human needs, access to education, and economic empowerment.
Grant Range: Up to $50,000
Awards, Contests, and Fellowships

Laura W. Bush Traveling Fellowship
Deadline: September 22nd

The fellowship, throught the State Department, is intended for American college students who have not been afforded many opportunities to travel abroad. Applications are being accepted to help fund innovative travel around the world by young people who use education, natural sciences, social and human sciences, culture, and/or communication and information to build strong ties among nations.   


The K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award

Call for Nominations
Deadline: October 1st


This award recognizes graduate students who show exemplary promise as future leaders of higher education; who demonstrate a commitment to developing academic and civic responsibility in themselves and others; and whose work reflects a strong emphasis on teaching and learning.  All doctoral level graduate students who are planning a career in higher education are eligible, regardless of academic department. Graduate students in fields where the Master's degree is the terminal degree, such as the MFA in art, are also eligible. (Nominees must hold student status in January 2015.) 

Make A Difference Day Awards Program 

Make A Difference Day 2014 is October 25th.  Each year USA Weekend and Newman's Own award $140,000 total in grants to fourteen outstanding people who lead Make a Difference Day projects. Award-winners can use their grant money to expand their Make a Difference Day projects, or donate them to a charity of their choice. Stay posted to their website for details!

Publications and Resources
North Carolina ranked 34th in the Nation for Overall Child Well-Being

The 2014 KIDS COUNT Data Book examines 16 measures of child well-being in four categories ranking states from 1 to 50 according to their outcomes for children. North Carolina ranks 34th in the nation for overall child well-being, faring among the worst states for Economic Well-Being (38), and performing only slightly better for Family and Community (36), and Health (32). North Carolina received its highest rank in Education (28). 

The new report,  Redefining Research Ethics Review: Case Studies of Five Community-Led Models highlights diverse approaches communities can take to reviewing, shaping and approving research before it has even begun. Based on findings from a National Collaborative study supported by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Community-Campus Partnerships for Health is hosting a free webinar with the report's authors, scheduled for September 23rd from 3:30-5 pm ET. Register here

The Historical Report of Opportunity, a recently released report and online tool by Opportunity Nation, looks at how states have fared since 1970 on key economic, educational and civic factors.

International Volunteer Tourism, edited by Katey Borland, Associate Professor of Comparative Studies at the Ohio State University and Abigail E. Adams, takes a critical look at the increasing popularity of international service trips and offers insights into increasing the effectiveness of such programs and ways to focus on meaningful social change.  

Civic Seed is an innovative, multiplayer game developed by Tisch College to effectively prepare students for work in the community. The interactive game guides students to access their own motives, values, and identities; consider the assets and characteristics of the communities where they work; and to collaborate in developing solutions. By completing the game, students receive a certificate that can be used as a qualification by community organizations, create a civic e-portfolio, and access a library of resources.

Calls for Proposals/Papers
Learning the Language of Global Citizenship: Strengthening Service-Learning in TESOL (upcoming publication)
Deadline: September 1st 

National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA)
19th Annual Conference
March 20-21, 2015, Washington, DC 

Deadline: September 10th


26th Annual National Service-Learning Conference: More Powerful Together

April 9-11, 2015, Washington D.C.
Deadline: October 3rd
National Civic Engagement Events

AmeriCorps Turns 20!

On September 12th AmeriCorps members and alumni across the country will recreate the first pledge ceremony from September 1994 to celebrate 20 years of excellence in national service. Learn more and find a local celebratory event.


See if you can spot Leslie Garvin, NC Campus Compact Interim Executive Director, in this flashback photo from 1994, taken in St. Louis. She participated in the Summer of Safety, the pilot initiative that launched AmeriCorps.  

Minnesota Campus Compact's Engaged Scholarship Webinar Series

"The Civic Constitution: Civic Visions and Struggle in the Path toward Constitutional Democracy"
featuring author Elizabeth Beaumont 

September 19, 2014 (2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.)


Individuals from any Campus Compact member institution can participate for free. Register here. 

NCoC's 2014 Annual Conference on Citizenship

Friday, October 10 - Washington, DC

Learn best practices for corporate citizenship, preview civic innovations in technology, and explore how communities are using civic health data to inform and support on-the-ground work.   


2014 National Conference on Dialogue & Deliberation
"Democracy for the Next Generation" 

October 17-19, 2014
Washington, DC

The theme invites practitioners to build on all the innovative practices and tools that have been invigorating the dialogue and deliberation community in recent years. Now more than ever, it is imperative to bring this work to a much larger stage in order to build a stronger democracy that is able to address society's most pressing challenges. Learn more




7th annual Global Service-Learning Institute
"Advancing Community Driven Global Service-Learning: Promising Practices"

November 5-7, 2014
Stella Maris Retreat and Renewal Center, Skaneateles, NY

The event will build upon established institute strengths in global service-learning pedagogy and program development, while also integrating more explicit attention to best practices in community-based planning, community development, and movement-building within global service-learning. 

Campus Compact Members: $195.00
Non-Members:  $295.00
Lodging available for $75.00 per night

Learn more 

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for a complete list of upcoming events.


NC Campus Compact AmeriCorps VISTA Helps Start Thriftstore in Boone!

Since 2013, NC Campus Compact VISTA Brittany Johnson has been tasked with providing an earned income funding source for Hospitality House to act as a resource for services to meet client needs and to serve as a job skills training program and facility for residents and outreach clients. Hospitality House of Boone serves people at-risk of or experiencing homelessness in Watauga County. Hospitality House is partnering with Appalachian State's ACT office on this VISTA project. 


This past July, with Brittany's leadership and the supervision of Hospitality House director of development Todd Carter, the Welcome Home Thriftique opened. Interim Executive Director, Leslie Garvin, and Program Coordinator, Chad Fogleman, were pleased to visit the store on August 7th following the western regional meeting. Congratulations Brittany - we are pleased you are returning for a second VISTA term!  



Read an article in the Watauga Democrat hereBrittany was also featured on "Good Times with Good People" on the Mountain Television Network. 

Happy International Service Learning Week! 
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