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CSNAP Student Conference Registration Deadline - Monday, October 13th!


2014 CSNAP (Citizenship, Service, Networking and Partnerships) Student Conference 

November 7-8, 2014, NC State University, Raleigh, NC

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

The theme "Raise Your Voice and Take Action" reflects the critical need for thoughtful youth 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.Special guests include Jason Lee, Founder and Executive Director of the Jubilee Project, and Josephus III and the Poetry Project.


Register and learn more  


Campus Election Engagement Project-NC Updates


The midterm election is just 26 days away! Tomorrow, Friday, October 10th, is the regular voter registration deadline. However, the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling last week reinstated same-day registration during the early voting period which had previously been eliminated in the 2013 NC election law overhaul. In response, NC Attorney General Roy Cooper filed an appeal with the Supreme Court.  If the ruling is overturned then same-day registration may not be allowed as a result, it is best to encourage students to postmark their voter registration forms tomorrow. 


Visit the CEEP-NC website here for election related information and resources.


Pathways to Achieving Civic Engagement (PACE)Conference

February 18, 2015, Elon University, Elon, NC

Call for Proposals
Deadline: November 7th


This annual conference, now in its 16th year, is for community engagement faculty, staff, researchers, community partners, and graduate students who want to gain skills, knowledge and best practice models for a spectrum of civic engagement pedagogies and activities.  We are seeking workshop proposals in the following tracks: 

  • Capacity-building, institutionalization: Integrating community engagement across campuses; best practices for engagement including risk management, community-campus partnerships; assessment of impact; building the engaged campus; promotion and tenure practices
  • Pedagogy: Service-learning, community-based research; social entrepreneurship; philanthropy; discipline-specific examples; new and diverse contexts for curricular engagement; engaging faculty
  • Research and theory: Research and scholarship deepening understanding of community engagement, trends, and innovations

Call for Proposals 

Conference website  

Registration opens October 20th.  


The Campus Compact Annual Survey Returning Soon!   


Although on hiatus this past year, the Campus Compact's member survey is will return this fall. This survey is the most comprehensive and widely distributed review of service, service-learning, and civic engagement in higher education. Through this instrument, we are able to calculate student and faculty involvement in service and service-learning, measure campus infrastructure for community engagement and more. More information coming soon.  


Recent Stories on the NC Campus Compact Newsfeed


Campus Election Engagement Project-NC challenges students to register, vote


NC campuses work to monitor, measure community engagement 


Four NC schools ranked among top 20 for service-learning


General C.E. News

Wake Tech Community College Launches Service-Learning Faculty Fellows Program


Congratulations to the Wake Technical Community College Service-Learning Program which has been awarded internal funding for faculty-led bench-marking initiatives to implement a Service-Learning Faculty Fellows Program! While it is known that service-learning is a high-impact educational practice with potential to greatly affect students' academic outcomes, such outcomes are conditional upon strong faculty commitment and deliberate implementation. Modeled on similar stipend-supported programs at colleges and universities across the country, Wake Tech's program will offer faculty support in developing their first service-learning courses or in deepening their professional development in service-learning pedagogy through a year-long series of readings, discussions, and curriculum development.


Community engagement project announced at Cornell University

A new initiative at Cornell University aims to give all undergraduate students experience-based learning opportunities by 2025. The university will spend $150 million over the next decade to implement the "Engaged Cornell" program, which will place students in volunteer jobs, research projects and other community involvement opportunities. The Ithaca Journal (N.Y.)
Grants and Funding Opportunities
For colleges/universities and your non-profit partners 

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

Deadline: October 15th               

Office Depot Foundation Grants for Education, Capacity Building, and Disaster Preparedness and Response

Deadline: October 31st


Research on Critical Issues in Advancing Community-Engaged Scholarship Grants

Deadline: November 20th [NEW] 

The Center for Engaged Democracy is requesting proposals for research in any of these three research priorities areas - student outcomes, leadership, and structures of inclusion. CED will support research through three research grants of up to $5,000 per research project. The research is to be completed by August 2015 for presentation at the 2015 Lynton Colloquium in September 2015.

Awards, Contests, Fellowships, and Internships

3rd Annual "My Fresh Page Project" Competition
Submission Deadline - October 24th  


The YMCA will award a total of $20,000 in support of small ideas that impact communities in big ways. Applicants may submit their projects in one of three prize categories  (i.e., $5,000 prize, $1,000 prize, and $500 prize).  Any project submitted by an individual or a group that benefits a community is eligible for consideration.


The William Jefferson Clinton Hunger Leadership Award 

Nomination Deadline - November 2nd

This cash award 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 NC State University Center for Student Leadership, and Ethics and Public Service.  


2015 Gulf-South Summit Awards 
Nomination Deadline - November 5th 



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

Open to undergraduate and graduate students at two- and four-year colleges and universities in North Carolina, this prize, sponsored by the State Employees' Credit Union and the Institute for Emerging Issues, 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.

Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation Summer Internship
Application Deadline: January 5th  


The Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation offers one internship each summer to an undergraduate or graduate student who desires experiences related to philanthropy, the non-profit sector, public policy, advocacy and/or community service in North Carolina.  Interns have the opportunity to assist staff in researching issues and projects related to the long-term goals of the Foundation as well as projects of personal interest.  


North Carolina natives, residents, and/or students (both graduate and undergraduate) attending accredited colleges or universities in the state are eligible to apply.

Publications and Resources

Recent Publications:

"Making the Connection: the Service Learning Revolution" is Now Available

This film, created by educators as a resource for educators, is the end result of two years of gathering interviews and research. The film presents discussion by all of the participants -- the trainers and instructors, the students, and the community partners receiving the service - of Service Learning as a teaching strategy. The film presents "chapters" based on particular impacts: community and personal growth impact, career choice impact, civic engagement impact, social issues impact, career preparedness impact, and financial impact (on the community). Because instructors and administrators have varying needs, Making the Connection: the Service Learning Revolution is available in two running times: 44 minutes, and 15 minutes and is available for purchase for individual viewing (downloading or streaming format), or for group presentations as an educational licensed DVD.

Calls for Proposals/Papers

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


International Symposium on Service-Learning

"Service-Learning as a Global Interdisciplinary Movement: Transforming Communities and Higher Education"
May 28-30, 2015, University of Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN
Deadline: October 15th


2015 Gulf-South Summit on Service-Learning & Civic Engagement through Higher Education

March 11-13, 2015, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Little Rock, AR

Deadline: October 17th


2015 International Higher Education Teaching and Learning Association (HETL) and the Department of Postsecondary Teaching and Learning Conference

"Learning without Borders"

September 22-25, 2015, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Deadline: October 27th


The Journal for Civic Commitment (JCC) Spring 2015 Issue 

Deadline: October 31st


Conference on Community Writing

"Building Engaged Infrastructure"
University of Colorado Boulder
October 16-17, 2015
Deadline: December 5th



2015 Edition of the Journal of Public Scholarship in Higher Education (JPHSE) 

The Journal of Public Scholarship in Higher Education is an academic peer-reviewed journal with a focus on community/civic engagement published by Missouri Campus Compact. JPSHE aims to advance the status and prospects for publicly engaged teaching and research in the academy by showcasing the new disciplinary and/or pedagogical knowledge generated by engagement with the community.


Deadline: November 1st 

Missouri Campus Compact is soliciting higher education faculty and staff with a terminal degree who have a background in community/civic engagement research and/or practice to serve as reviewers.. Reviewers must be committed to assisting with the progression of the field of public scholarship and be able to devote time to the review process. Previous experience with publishing or serving as a peer-reviewer is recommended.  


Call for Manuscripts Deadline: February 1st 

JPSHE welcomes diverse manuscripts, from empirically-based examinations to critical reflection pieces, theoretical investigations, commentaries, case studies, and pedagogical and research designs. All submissions must identify implications for the growth and viability of public scholarship in the academy. 


National Civic Engagement Events


Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) 2015
March 6-8, 2015, University of Miami, Miami, FL 
Early Decision Deadline Next Friday, 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. 

Contributing to and Utilizing the National Service-Learning Clearinghouse Webinar

Tuesday, October 21
11:00 a.m. CST

In the Winter of 2014, the National Youth Leadership Council launched the new National Service-Learning Clearinghouse in the GSN. The Clearinghouse is an unbiased showcase of resources and research for the service-learning field. Come learn how you can contribute to this library and support its vibrancy.

Register here

                       Visit the
for a complete list of upcoming events.


Make a Difference Day Coming October 25th! 

Is your campus participating in Make a Difference Day?  Register your project for a chance to:

  • Receive one of thirteen $10,000 donations from Newman's Own
  • Gain publicity for your project through USA WEEKEND and 600 newspapers nationwide. 

You'll also get access to other resources that will help you make your project a success, including a marketing guide, a volunteer leader guide, and tips for raising awareness on social media.

Opportunity for Reflection: "Bedrooms of Children Around the World"
The Bedrooms Of Children Around The World
The Bedrooms Of Children Around The World


Pfeiffer University Professor Reflects on his Experience Participating in Maine Campus Compact's Fusion Project Summer 2014

Matt Belles, Assistant Professor in the Division of Education at Pfeiffer University, participated in the Fusion Project sponsored by Maine Campus Compact, May 27-June 9, 2014. Through this faculty development project, faculty learned how to infuse service-learning components into online courses to give students hands on, real-world experience to strengthen learning, create connections to the larger community, and improve student retention rates.Below is his overview of the experience.



The Fusion course utilizes an in-depth approach to progressive service learning in an online environment.  Online learning can be a challenge for many, and the concept of online service learning is an even greater stretch.  However, the robust Fusion model and current landscape of technologies does make online service learning achievable.  The name itself, Fusion, describes the process of bringing together the online learning and service learning experiences.  The Fusion model contains a remarkable eight-block blueprint for online service learning.  These eight blocks are grouped into four distinct units.  Unit One is project design, which sets the tone for the service learning project.  The most important step in this unit is to fully describe both your class and expected outcomes from the project.  Unit Two expands upon your outcomes to describe the scope of the project.  This includes community partner relations, partnership agreements and project management plans.  The third unit makes the critical step into preparing learners.  Tending to the needs of online learners, building an online community and describing student competencies around the service experience are all significant in the learning process. The final unit culminates this work into elegant accountability practices.  Here is where the work needed to measure your outcomes, reflect on the class accomplishments and celebrate success in the course are all described.


Two significant contributions in the Fusion model are the advanced use of technology and a problem-centered approach.  A full complement of technology is necessary to drive the learning and service components.  This includes a basic learning management system (blackboard, moodle, google classroom, etc.) as well as other video and audio programs.  The Fusion course uses Google Hangouts, Audacity and Screencast-o-matic to accompany the online modules. These technologies provide support when needed while also requiring accountability for completing each task.  It is important for these technologies to be structured within a problem-centered approach to service learning.  This is accomplished by creating an actual problem statement between the class, the instructor and the community partner.  This step ensures the purchase on the expected outcome and provides a substrate for guidance throughout the course.

The Fusion process impressed upon me the importance of maintaining a progressive vision for service learning within the online class environment.  Following the blueprint improves the service learning experience while allowing for explorations in alternate techniques.  My most significant service learning course uses a personal learning approach.  This approach applies current health promotion theories to the personal interests of each student in the course. Students then create, implement, reflect and share on a health promotion strategy following work I designed utilizing the blueprint.  This technique introduces students to a multi-level experience process.  First, students are exposed to the traditional classroom experience. Second, they receive a synchronous online experience. Lastly, they participate in a personal experience based on their interests to improve the health of a small group.  These three integral concepts fuel each other to establish a remarkable learning experience for the student.

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