Thursday Update * September 11, 2014 

Day of Service and Remembrance  

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"Raise Your Voice and Take Action"
CSNAP Student Conference 
November 7-8, 2014 at NC State University 

The 2014 CSNAP (Citizenship, Service, Networking and Partnerships) conference marks the 21st anniversary of this event. CSNAP is the largest annual conference in the Southeast developing college students to be effective leaders and participants in civic/community engagement.


Now more than ever, young leaders are necessary to address the pressing issues facing our nation and world.  Our theme this year reflects the critical need for thoughtful voices to bring attention to the challenges but also the need for strategic action to address them. Participants will be introduced to the issues underlying the need for service and to best practices that build their understanding of how to engage, while networking with other students who are leading community engagement work on their campuses. 


Friday night includes a group service project, dinner, and reflection. Saturday includes plenary sessions and workshops. Continental breakfast and lunch are provided. 


Featured Speakers:

The registration deadline is October 13th.  The cost is $60 per person for Saturday and $10 for Friday.

Call for Proposals
Deadline: October 3rd


NC Campus Compact seeks workshop proposals with the following outcomes:

1) Develop leadership skills of students to manage campus-community civic engagement programs

2) Provide models of civic/community engagement projects or programs. We are especially interested in models that are unique, innovative, sustainable, and replicable.

3) Demonstrate the effective use of the arts and/or social media to draw attention to/give voice to social issues.

3) NEW THIS YEAR - Priority will be given to workshops that help students understand how to be effective activists, advocates, and policymakers on the front line of social change.


Learn more and submit a proposal  here. 

NC Campuses Against Hunger Conference Cancelled

After careful consideration and deliberation, it is with much regret that we announce the cancellation of the 3rd annual NC Campuses Against Hunger Conference, September 26-27, 2014 at Appalachian State University.  While we know  there is great enthusiasm for the topic, we did not receive enough registrations in time to make it a viable event. 


However, we are pleased to share that we plan to launch an NC Campuses Against Hunger 2014-15 Webinar Series (free) featuring several of the speakers and workshop facilitators who were scheduled to present at the conference.  We will send details about the webinar series soon.  Thank you for your support of the conference in previous years and we encourage you to remain involved in the following ways.


-       Submit entries to the NC Campuses Against Hunger blog.

-       Visit the NC Campuses Against Hunger website for hunger-related resources.


Conference sponsors: 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.

Executive Director Search Launched

A national search for the next Executive Director of North Carolina Campus Compact was launched formally this week.  Qualified candidates may apply here (this link contains the job description) or forward nominations to the chair of the search committee, Dr. Smith Jackson, Vice President for Student Life at Elon University, CB 2188, Elon, NC 27244, or via email to


Applications received by October 15 will receive priority consideration. Tentative start date of January 1, 2015. 

Student Awards - Call for Nominations!

The Community Impact Student Award 

Nomination Deadline - October 3rd

Each NC Campus Compact member institution can select one student who exhibits outstanding leadership and innovative approaches in their community service or service-learning endeavors on their campus and within their community. Each campus can determine their own process for selecting their awardee.


Learn more here.


The John H. Barnhill Civic Trailblazer Award
Nomination Deadline - October 3rd



This award recognizes one student who demonstrates innovation in civic engagement, creating foundations that expand partnerships amongst communities, campuses, and individuals. The award is named in honor of John Barnhill, NC Campus Compact founding Executive Director.

  • Open to students at all NC Campus Compact member institutions in their final year
  • Can be current nominees or former winners of the Community Impact Student Award   

Learn more here.


Both awards will be presented on November 8, 2014 during the CSNAP Student Conference in Raleigh.  


The William Jefferson Clinton Hunger Leadership Award 
Nomination Deadline - November 2nd


This cash award, which will be presented during the 2015 Universities Fighting World Hunger Summit at the University of Guelph on February 20-22, 2015 recognizes outstanding students who have demonstrated leadership in areas related to food insecurity, malnutrition, and poverty and who are committed to a life of service in one of these areas or a related discipline.  This award is given annually  by Stop Hunger Now and the North Carolina State University Center for Student Leadership, and Ethics and Public Service. For more information, click here or contact Jan Rivero at or Amanda Itliong at

Campus Election Engagement Project-NC (CEEP) Election Related Updates

Grant Recipients to be Announced Tomorrow


Friday we will announce the recipients of the $750 mini-grants to support fall 2014 Voter Engagement activities.  If your institution missed this opportunity, please contact Leslie immediately.  


SGA Grants Available!


Today we released the applications for Student Government Associations to apply for a $300 grant to support student voter engagement.  Please pass this link along to SGA leaders/advisors.

The application deadline is next Thursday, September 18th


SGA Student Vote Training

Saturday, September 20th at Duke University

Register now: 


This training will teach student government members how to run effective nonpartisan voter registration and get-out-the-vote drives on campus.  In addition to voter registration and GOTV skills, participants will learn about coalition building, generating media and visibility, and more.


The event is sponsored by NCPIRG New Voters Project, Rock the Vote, North Carolina Campus Compact, the Campus Election Engagement Project, and the Student Government Resource Center.  The training is being hosted by the Duke Student Government.


Please forward this invitation to anyone connected with student government.  Please contact James if you have questions about the training or would like more information.


James Dubick, Student Government Resource Center



Quick Guide for College Student Midterm Election Engagement in
North Carolina

Download this  one-page document we created which provides relevant information in a quick and easy format.


Upcoming Dates  

September 17th  - Constitution Day and Citizenship Day 
September 23rd  - National Voter Registration Day

October 10th - NC Voter Registration Deadline 


  • Election-related news and resources are available on the CEEP-NC website.
  • If you want to receive the monthly CEEP-NC newsletter, send an email to Leslie Garvin .
Relevant Links

Civic Engagement Jobs

National Civic Engagement Calendar

Partnerships: A Journal of Service-Learning and Civic Engagement 

 NC Campus Compact VISTA blog 

Happy Anniversary AmeriCorps!

In 1993 President Bill Clinton signed the National and Community Service Trust Act of 1993, creating AmeriCorps and the Corporation for National and Community Service to expand opportunities for Americans to serve their communities. VISTA and the National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) become part of AmeriCorps.On September 12, 1994, the first swearing-in ceremony occurred ushering in the first official AmeriCorps class. 


Tomorrow, September 12, 2014, there will be a simultaneous swearing-in of AmeriCorps members in every state and  territory at the same time. This event will feature a "sworn-in again" component for AmeriCorps alums who  can recommit their pledge.

Four Presidents will also commemorate the 20th anniversary of AmeriCorps. President Obama and President Clinton will deliver remarks at the White House while President George H.W. Bush will participate in a pledge ceremony in Kennebunkport, Maine. President George W. Bush and Laura Bush filmed a video that will be shown at pledge ceremonies across the country.


NC Campus Compact has been proud to sponsor AmeriCorps programs since 2003.


Meet the 2014-15 NC Campus Compact VISTA Cohort!

In August we welcomed a new AmeriCorps VISTA cohort consisting of 15 new members and five returning members. Learn more here.


General Engagement Events, News & Resources


NC Campus Compact Seeks 2 VISTA LEADERS

NC Campus Compact is seeking qualified candidates to fill 2 VISTA Leader positions that will support our 2014-15 VISTA cohort. One will be our Leader/Professional Development Specialist. The other will be our Leader/Performance Measurement Specialist. We would love to have a recent NC Campus Compact VISTA alum fill one or both of these positions. 


See the full position descriptions and access online applications here. In addition to the online AmeriCorps application, you must also send a letter of interest and a current resume to Chad Fogleman.  



U.S. News and World Report Service-Learning Rankings


This year four NC institutions made the list of the top 20 service-learning programs. This is the most of any state and they are all members of NC Campus Compact. 


Learn more.


Fourth Annual President's Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge Gathering

September 22 - September 23, 2014, George Washington University, Washington, DC
Registration deadline: September 15th


The event is designed to be helpful to institutions of higher education that are just beginning programs in interfaith/community service and those with long traditions in this work. Participants will have opportunities to tell stories about what is happening on their campus, learn about best practices, and celebrate ongoing work so that they will return to their campus inspired to take the President's Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge to the next level.


Sponsored by the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, the U.S. Department of Education, and the Corporation for National and Community Service.


Learn more


Purdue Launches New Service-Learning Journal


The Service-Learning branch of Purdue's Center of Instructional Excellence recently released the inaugural issue of the Purdue Journal of Service-Learning and International Engagement. This multi-disciplinary Open Access journal is available in print and online, is dedicated to undergraduate and graduate students who conduct projects with strong service-learning and academic civic engagement aspects. By involving students in an intensive writing activity and showcasing the opportunities available at Purdue, the journal will enhance the use and effectiveness of the pedagogy of service-learning as a high-impact learning methodology.


Learn more



Anchor Institutions Task Force (AITF) Annual Conference
November 17-18, 2014, University of Chicago


The AITF is a growing network of over 400 members, which serves as an ongoing think tank promoting the role of anchor institutions in community and economic development.  The anchor institutions field continues to grow throughout the U.S., with an increasingly number of institutions of various shapes and sizes identifying as anchor institutions and envisioning ways to leverage their commitment to place to strengthen their local democratic participation. 


Learn more  


U.S. K-12 Public Schools Are Now 'Majority-Minority


A milestone is expected to be reached this fall when minorities outnumber whites among the nation's public school students for the first time, U.S. Department of Education projections show. This is due largely to fast growth in the number of Hispanic and Asian school-age children born in the U.S., according to a Pew Research Center analysis of Census Bureau data.


Read more




Interested in Global Service-Learning?  Sign-Up for  


A coalition of universities is leading efforts to ensure the development of rigorous research and evidence-based methods at the nexus of global learning, community-university partnership, and community-driven development. The initiative gathers open-access, peer-reviewed journal articles, practitioner tools, and challenging blog posts at Together, these resources are intended to improve community and student outcomes in global service-learning, international education, and civic engagement programming, domestically and abroad.


The website currently organizes more than 300 different resources that relate to community-engaged, cross-cultural education processes. The collection of these resources in one location brings together the insights of several discrete fields, particularly international education and service-learning. This resource-gathering is coupled with the introduction of provocative questions in related blog posts, from scholars and practitioners representing diverse institutions and organizations.


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Sign up to receive emails on the right side of the blog page.  

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New White Paper, "Infogagement: Citizenship and Democracy in the Age of Connection" from PACE (Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement) 


This paper, written by Matt Leighninger, the Executive Director of the Deliberative Democracy Consortium, grew out of PACE's  'Information and Engagement Project', a two year conversation at PACE that involved multiple convenings across the country and dozens of interviews with leading thinkers and practitioners in the fields of journalism, civic technology and public engagement. In these conversations they explored how new and old forms of information delivery could encourage more civic engagement, particularly among previously disengaged populations. 


Download here.  



Free Volunteer Engagement Webinar Series, the organization that offers a variety of online services to support a community of nonprofit, volunteer and business leaders committed to civic engagement, is offering a 21-part free webinar series focused on volunteer engagement. Topics include "The Ethics of Volunteer Engagement", "Engaging Volunteers on Facebook", "Writing Accurate and Useful Volunteer Position," just to name a few

Click here for the complete list and to register.  Be sure to share with your community partners!


Calls for Proposals/Submissions


The K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award

Nomination 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.)  

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

April 9-11, 2015, Washington D.C.
Deadline: October 3rd


18th Annual Continuums of Service Conference

"Seeking Solutions to Complex Challenges Through Inquiry and Engagement"
April 8-10, 2015, Long Beach, CA    

Deadline: October 13th 


Gulf-South Summit on Service-Learning & Civic Engagement through Higher Education
March 11-13, 2015, Little Rock, AR

Deadline: October 17th


Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) 2015
March 6-8, 2015, University of Miami, Miami, FL 
Early Decision Application Deadline: October 17th


Call for Peer-Reviewers 

The Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement (JHEOE) seeks scholars and practitioners to serve as peer-reviewers for research articles focused on community engagement issues in higher education. To express your interest in serving as reviewer for the journal's research section, please complete the Google form located at this link.

Grants and Funding - 
For institutions and community partners 

Tom's of Maine 50 States for Good Grants  

Deadline: September 30th


This program will provide grants of $10,000 each to a grassroots nonprofit organization in every state and the District of Columbia. The grants must be applied directly to current or future community events or projects and cannot go toward staff salaries or administrative costs. Eligible organizations must be registered nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations and have operating budgets under $2 million. 

AARP Campus Kitchen Launch Grants 

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
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. 
2015 SECU Emerging Issues Prize for Innovation
Deadline: December 1st  

The State Employees' Credit Union and the Institute for Emerging Issues are proud to sponsor a contest that rewards North Carolina's young adults for investing in their communities and taking initiative to solve local problems.

Open to undergraduate and graduate students at two- and four-year colleges and universities in North Carolina, the prize will reward proposals that address critical issues affecting our state's future economic competitiveness and well-being.

Student teams will present innovative solutions to challenges facing N.C. communities in one or more of the following areas: economy, education, the natural and built environments and health. The first place winner will receive $50,000; the runner-up $25,000; two "fan favorites" $10,000 each; and one of IEI's choice $5,000.

Learn more