The Digest E-Newsletter
Uniting campuses * Empowering students * Impacting communities
January 2015
In This Issue
March 26, 2015 at Elon University
sponsored by NC Campus Compact 
Facilitated dialogue on "The Changing World of Work: What Should We Ask of Higher Education?" 

Come learn about this new guide for promoting dialogue about the value of higher education!  The dialogue will be facilitated by Dr. Harry Boyte, founder of the Center for Democracy and Citizenship, now the Sabo Center for Democracy and Citizenship at Augsburg College, where he is Senior Scholar in Public Work Philosophy. In 2011-12 Boyte was National Coordinator of the American Commonwealth Partnership, a coalition of colleges and universities promoting the idea of higher education as a public good. An edited book collection from the ACP, Democracy's Education: Public Work, Citizenship, and the Future of Colleges and Universities, is forthcoming from Vanderbilt University Press.

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NC Campus Compact News

National Campus Compact Member Survey


Thank you to the 21 member institutions who completed the national Campus Compact member survey!  


Congratulations to NC Central University and Western Piedmont Community College! They each won the drawing for one free registration to the PACE conference.  Member campuses who completed the national Campus Compact member survey were eligible for the contest.  




Pathways to Achieving Civic Engagement (PACE)Conference

February 18, 2015, Elon University, Elon, NC

Registration Deadline: February 9, 2015


This is the 17th year of this conference 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.


Keynote "Beyond Service and Service-Learning" 

Dr. Rick Battistoni, Professor of Political Science and Public and Community Service Studies, and Director of the Feinstein Institute for Public Service, at Providence College. He will discuss 


The 2015 conference includes 34 workshops in the following tracks:

  1. Research & Theory
  2. Pedagogy
  3. Capacity-building, institutionalization
  4. Community-Campus Partnerships for Health* 

*This year NC Campus Compact is excited to partner with Community-Campus Partnerships for Health (CCPH) to host a track of four workshops related to their mission to promote health equity and social justice through partnerships between communities and academic institutions.

[Please share with faculty and staff in health-related fields]


Learn more about the conference and register  here.  Registration is $100 per person.     


2015 Civic Engagement Institute (NC Campus Compact Members Only)
"A Common Agenda, Collective Impact: Campus, Community, Compact" 
Registration Deadline: February 9, 2015


The 2015 CEI is design to help participants gain an understanding of collective impact definitions, best practices, and effective models. 


Featured Speakers

  • Robert Albright, M.B.A., Associate Director of the Collective Impact Forum, an initiative of nonprofit consulting firm FSG and the Aspen Institute Forum for Community Solutions
  • Byron P. White, Ed.D., Vice President for University Engagement and Chief Diversity Officer, Cleveland State University 

The day will also include workshops featuring regional collaborations as well as challenges, data, and strategies to enhance community partnerships. 


Click here for the list of current team leaders.  If your campus is not represented contact Leslie Garvin as soon as possible.   



2015-16 VISTA Host Site Applications due Feb. 20


NC Campus Compact is now accepting applications from member campuses and community-based agencies seeking to become a VISTA Host Site in 2015-16. Organizations currently hosting an NC Campus Compact VISTA should submit a CONTINUATION application. Organizations not currently hosting one of our VISTAs should submit a NEW application. The deadline for all applications is Feb. 20, 2015. Preference is giving to continuing host sites.


If your organization has not already submitted a letter of intent to apply, you should contact VISTA Program Coordinator Chad Fogleman/336-278-7197 as soon as possible at  to discuss your proposal.

Learn more and access the application.


NASCE Discount for Members!


NASCE is a web-based survey administered by the Siena College Research Institute that measures an institution's overall levels of community engagement by evaluating the rate, frequency, and depth of student community service across 9 areas of human need, and assessing student motivations for, obstacles to, and perceptions of service. To date, the instrument has been completed by more than 30,000 college students from over 60 institutions.


For more information, including free access to a NASCE webinar, visit the website or contact Pete Cichetti or 518-782-6997.


They are still recruiting for the Spring cohort.  NC Campus Compact members receive a discounted rate. 



Recent Stories on the NC Campus Compact Newsfeed


Winter network meetings focus on social justice


President of Davidson County Community College Joins Compact's Executive Board


15 NC schools receive Carnegie Foundation's 2015 Community Engagement Classification


Welcome our new Executive Director Leslie Garvin


President's Honor Roll recognizes 28 NC colleges and universities


Hunger Solutions Webinar Series - Webinar Three 
"Senior Hunger"
Monday, January 26, 2015 (2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.)

Featuring: Audrey Edmisten, RD, LDN, MPH, NC Division of Aging and Adult Services 

The third installment in NC Campus Compact's Hunger Solutions Webinar Series will highlight the challenges of poverty and food insecurity facing NC's rapidly growing older adult population.  Participants will learn about the various food, energy, and nutrition assistance programs available to assist seniors and have a chance to ask questions and discuss how they can help alleviate senior hunger.

Register here by 10:00 a.m. on Monday, January 26th to receive the access information.


This 3-part webinar series explores ways to help solve the problem of hunger in our state, with special emphasis on models for student-led engagement at colleges and universities. The series is sponsored by AARP-NC. 


You can learn more about the series and view the recordings from the two previous webinars on "Community Gardens" and "Campus Kitchens and Food Recovery" here

UNC Greensboro Welcomes Kristina Snader!
Kristina Snader is the new Assistant Director for Community Engagement at UNCG

Kristina earned her M.Ed. in Student Affairs Practice in Higher Education from the University of Virginia. She also holds a B.A. in Justice Studies from James Madison University. In her new role she builds community partnerships with non-profits, schools, and government agencies and provides leadership for co-curricular service programs including service trips, servGSO one-time events, campus wide days of service, and the Civic Engagement Fellows program. A two-time AmeriCorps VISTA, Kristina has experience working in the non-profit sector and has served in both the Office of Community Engagement at The College of William & Mary and the Bonner Center for Community Service and Learning at Guilford College. Through her professional and volunteer experiences, Kristina has learned the power of community partnerships to both create positive social change and transformative learning experiences. She can be contacted at

Submitted by Dr. Cathy Hamilton, Director, Office of Leadership and Service-Learning.
Grants and Funding Opportunities
For colleges/universities and your non-profit partners 
Walmart Foundation State Giving Program 
Deadline (Cycle One): January 30

The Walmart Foundation State Giving Program awards grants to nonprofit organizations at the state and regional level that give individuals access to a better life. There are four funding cycles per year; nonprofit organizations in each state have two opportunities per year to apply. Applications will be accepted in all four funding cycles for programs within the scope of one of the following Focused Giving areas: Career Opportunity or Hunger Relief and Healthy Eating. Organizations seeking funding for programs outside of the Focused Giving areas, and whose programs address the unmet needs of underserved low-income populations, can apply in cycles three and four only.

Grants range from $25,000 to $250,000, with an average size of $40,000. 

Campus Kitchen Launch Grants

Deadline: February 1 


The Campus Kitchens project has numerous $5,000 launch grants available to schools across the country to help with the planning and implementation of a Campus Kitchen. The Campus Kitchens Project is a national non-profit that empowers student leaders to create innovative and sustainable solutions to hunger. 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. 


Deadline: February 13


Grassroots Grants from The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company are awarded to local communities to help bring edible gardens, flower gardens and public green spaces to neighborhoods across the United States. Any non-profit organization that is helping to foster community spirit and public service is eligible to apply for up to $1,500 for community gardens and green spaces.

Opal Apple Youth Make a Difference Grants

Deadline: February 28


Funding is available for youth-based initiatives serving their communities where youth, ages 6 - 25, take leadership roles in the initiative. Grants will be awarded in the range of $5,000 - $20,000. The initiatives chosen will address one or more issues of food security, nutrition, agriculture, and food politics and education.

The Service Year + Higher Ed Challenge ($100,000 in prizes!)
Application Deadline: March 6

The Franklin Project, the National Conference on Citizenship and the Corporation for National & Community Service announced the Service Year + Higher Ed Challenge on January 15th. The effort challenges higher education institutions to create innovative new service year opportunities connected to academic credit for their students. 

All post-secondary education institutions are welcome to apply and compete for $100,000 in prizes. The top three finalists in each category (public universities, private universities and community colleges) will receive a stipend to travel to the Aspen Institute's headquarters in Washington, DC, on April 15th to pitch their ideas in-person to a distinguished panel of judges, higher education and national service experts and potential donors. Generous support from the Lumina Foundation has made the prize possible. 

Two Q&A conference calls will also be held on February 19th and 26th - please register on the "about" page if interested.

The BUILD Health Challenge

Deadline (2nd round): April 10   


The BUILD Health Challenge is a national program designed to support community collaborations that are working to give everyone a fair chance to be healthy. Specifically, the Challenge provides awards to strengthen partnerships among hospitals, nonprofit organizations, local health departments, and other community organizations to improve the health of low-income neighborhoods within cities with populations greater than 150,000. One-year planning grants of up to $75,000 and two-year implementation grants of up to $250,000 are available. 

Fellowships and Internships

Student Action with Farmworkers (SAF) 

Into the Fields Summer Internship 

Sowing Seeds for Change Health Fellowship

Deadline: Februrary 4th  


SAF provides opportunities for students and farmworkers to learn about each other's lives, share resources and skills and build diverse coalitions working for social change. In addition to working full-time with a farmworker agency, program participants can perform in the Theater Group or complete a Documentary Project with farmworkers using photography and audio recordings. Participants also organize community engagement projects and community health projects. 

Qualified applicants are current college students or recent graduates (within 1 year) and must speak high-intermediate to advanced Spanish. SAF preferences students from the Southeast and students from farmworker families- especially those involved in the CAMP program. SAF also preferences applicants who will have use of a vehicle for the duration of the program.


Institute on Philanthropy and Voluntary Service Internship Program 

Priority Application Deadline: February 10th  


This comprehensive package includes a guaranteed internship placement, courses for transferable credit, furnished housing, a variety of guest lectures and briefings, as well as opportunities for professional development and networking. Students intern with a nonprofit organization and work on the front-lines to solving local and national issues.


Given their demonstrated commitment to service, they grant special scholarship consideration to Campus Compact students. Currently seeking interns for Summer 2015 ~ Two program options: 4-week or 8-week. 


2015 - 2016 Master of Education in Community Engagement Fellowship program

Application Deadline: February 15th  


The School of Education and Social Policy at Merrimack College offers these full-tuition fellowships. Fellows do a yearlong practica and earn a Master of Education degree (M.Ed.) in one year.  This unique, 36-credit graduate program is grounded in social justice and emphasizes service learning and community development. The program prepares students with fundamental skills for a number of career directions and employment opportunities for outreach and partnership in schools, colleges, and community organizations.  Individuals with an interest in diversity, grassroots community organizing, and leadership are encouraged to apply.


American Council of Learned Societies Public Fellow

Deadline: March 17th 


The program will place 22 recent humanities PhDs in two-year positions at partnering nonprofits and government agencies, where the fellows will participate in the core work of these organizations while benefitting from professional mentoring and career development opportunities. Fellows receive a stipend of $65,000 per year, as well as individual health insurance and additional funds toward professional development.


Applicants must possess US citizenship or permanent resident status and have a PhD in the humanities or humanistic social sciences conferred between June 1, 2012 and May 31, 2015. 

Awards and Contests


Submission Deadline: January 31


LEAD360 is a two-phase challenge. For Phase 1, The Jefferson Awards Fooundation is seeking the most innovative BIG IDEAS of young people ages 5-25 to change the face of three chosen areas: Hunger & Poverty, Education & Literacy & Health & Wellness. 


Once submissions close, The Jefferson Awards will conduct regional and national voting to determine the top 5 finalists in each of the 3 areas of care (15 total finalists!) and conduct a online voting contest via their web site and social media channels.


The online voting will determine which three visionary ideas will be supported by JAF and powered by the country in Phase 2 to create meaningful impact.  The Jefferson Awards will galvanize individuals, organizations, companies, sports teams, universities and communities to participate in the three winning projects. Over the course of an entire year, they will track the collective impact of these projects all over the country. Those who do the most will become Jefferson Award winners.


MacJannet Prize for Global Citizenship

Nomination Deadline: January 23rd  


The MacJannet Prize was established by the Talloires Network and the MacJannet Foundation to recognize exceptional student community engagement initiatives at Talloires Network member universities and contributes financially to their ongoing public service efforts. 


The Community-Campus Partnerships for Health (CCPH) Annual Award

Deadline:  February 16th 

This award recognizes exemplary partnerships between communities and academic institutions that are striving to achieve the systems and policy changes needed to overcome the root causes of health, social, environmental and economic inequalities.


Applicants need not be members of CCPH. To make your application as strong as possible, we recommend reviewing answers to frequently asked questions about the award and the most frequent reviewer concerns and comments on those applications not selected.

2015 Newman Civic Fellows

Deadline: March 4th 


Campus Compact is seeking nominations of undergraduate students who are proven leaders with both the motivation and ability to make substantial contributions toward public problem solving. They will have also gone beyond traditional service activities in their community involvement. Each president and chancellor can nominate one student to become a Newman Civic Fellow who will then represent your school in a national group of student leaders. Students will receive an award certificate and an invitation to join the Newman Civic Fellows online network. They will also be featured prominently on the Campus Compact national website and invited to participate in state-specific activities as appropriate.


2015 Generous U competition

Deadline: March 13th 


Generous U,sponsored by the Sillerman Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy awards a $10,000 Prize (and a runner-up prize) to college students who propose ways of increasing philanthropy on their campus. 

Publications and Resources
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Making College Happen

This new site from Campus Compact lists resources that will help campuses become maximally effective in supporting college readiness and success in their communities.  


Connect2Complete Evaluation Report: Executive Summary 

This report summarizes the findings from quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis undertaken to assess the outcomes of the Connect2Complete (C2C) pilot project (2012-2014). The C2C pilot project combines service-learning and peer advocacy for low-income community college students in developmental education classes. This C2C strategy encourages community college students' academic, personal, and psychosocial development, social integration, strengthening of cultural identity and civic consciousness-all key factors for student success and persistence.

Latest issue of Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement Available!

Volume 18(4), December 2014 features two North Carolinians: 1) Susan Harden of UNC Charlotte and Audrey Jaeger of NC State. 

  • The Engaged Dissertation: Exploring Trends in Doctoral Student Research            Audrey J. Jaeger, Jeremy B. Tuchmayer, Shauna M. Morin  pp. 71-96 [research article]
  • Deepening Community Engagement in Higher Education: Forging New Pathways          Susan Harden  pp. 259-264 [book review]

"Meeting Evolving Nonprofit Regulations and Standards in 2015"
Thursday, January 29th, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. ET

Free webinar

[Share with your nonprofit partners]


Nonprofit accounting expert, Jackie Tiso, will demonstrate how nonprofits can leverage their accounting systems to effectively meet and comply with ever evolving regulations and standards.


Participants will learn:

  • What key new regulations and standards you need to worry about
  • How to implement internal controls to ensure accountability
  • How to provide transparency to show compliance with funder requirements
  • Why cloud financials makes accountability easier than ever with lower cost and increased ease of use

Sponsored by The NonProfit Times.  Register here


Relevant Articles/Publications:

  • Volunteering and Civic Life in America 2014 - study shows that 1 in 4 Americans volunteered through an organization and two-thirds helped their neighbors last year (Released by the Corporation for National and Community Service and the National Conference on Citizenship).
  • The latest edition of the National Council on Teacher Quality's Yearbook  finds Indiana, New York, North Carolina, Rhode Island, and Texas led the pack in preparing new teachers responsible for teaching to the college and career standards states adopted. The Yearbook provides a state-by-state review as well as a policy issues overview. In overall ratings.
Calls for Proposals/Papers

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

Deadline: February 1 

2015 Intercollegiate Community Engagement Institute (CEI)
May 21-22, 2015, Spokane, WA
Deadline: February 1 


Conference on Community Writing
"Building Engaged Infrastructure"

October 16-17, 2015, Boulder, CO

Deadline: February 2


Agents of Change Conference
March 27-28, 2015, Gannon University, Erie, PA 

Deadline: February 6  


2015 Upper Midwest Civic Engagement Summit

"The Global Is Local: Civic Engagement across Cultures, Communities, and Nations"
June 9-10, 2015, Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, MN 

Deadline: February 13 


Citizen Science: Theory and Practice (new journal!)
Deadline: March 31

Community Engagement Compendium: Local is Global


The University of North Georgia is issuing a Call for Papers for an open access community engagement compendium. This compendium will undergo rigorous blind peer review to ensure the quality of the scholarship.


The focus of this compendium is the linkage between local, regional, national, and international engagement. How does local engagement impact national engagement? How can lessons learned from international engagement activities cross over to local engagement projects?


The editors encourage submissions related to the following:

  • Outcomes of regional engagement initiatives
  •   International impact of local and regional engagement projects
  •   Mandatory vs. Volunteer Engagement
  •   How to measure scholarly engagement
  •   Community Engagement and P&T


Please submit all papers to


Proposal Criteria:

  • All submissions must be original unpublished work.
  • Papers must be between 5,000-9,000 words in length.
  • Citations must follow MLA or APA standards.
Featured Event

3rd International Service-Learning Summit

"Global Community Partnerships"
March 4-6, 2015

Durham, North Carolina


This two-day meeting engages participants in a purposeful dialogue about the field of global, immersive service. This year's theme will be explored through a deliberate look at effective practice and community outcomes and perspectives.  Participants will have the opportunity to hear from two theme-focused panels, analyze case studies and contribute to a growing community of practice. Small group discussions, facilitated dialogue, and consensus-building activities will enable participants to network, problem-solve and leave with new ideas. 


Featured keynote speakers include: Mark Gearan, President of Hobart and William Smith Colleges and former director of the Peace Corps and Caryn McTighe Musil, Senior Scholar and Director of Civic Learning and Democracy at the Association of American Colleges and Universities.


Register today! Invite your community partner to join you.


The Summit is sponsored by DukeEngage at Duke University, Washington University, the Buffet Center at Northwestern University, and the Henry Luce Foundation and will be held at the Durham Convention Center. 

National Civic Engagement Events


IMPACT National Conference

February 19-22, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA


This conference brings together college students, nonprofit professionals, campus administrators, and team of service members to share experiences, stories, and resources in their work for social change.  The keynote speakers are Wendy Spencer, CEO, the Corporation for National and Community Service; Franky Carrillo, activist who was wrongly incarcerated for 20 years; and Robert Egger, Founder of  D.C. Central Kitchen, the model for the Campus Kitchens Project.


The William & Mary Active Citizens Conference

"Educating, Uniting, and Inspiring Active Citizens"

February 21, 2015, Williamsburg, VA


Join students, faculty, and community leaders coming together to  learn about the best practices for impacting community and mobilizing social change. 


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

"Building Bridges between Education and Engagement"

March 11-13, Little Rock, AR

Early-bird registration extended to Friday Jan. 23!

The mission of the Gulf-South Summit is to promote networking among practitioners, research, ethical practices, reciprocal campus-community partnerships, sustainable programs, and a culture of engagement and public awareness through service-learning and other forms of civic engagement. 


18th Annual Continuums of Service Conference

"Seeking Solutions to Complex Challenges Through Inquiry and Engagement,"
April 8-10, 2015, Long Beach, CA
Registration Deadline: April 6th  

This conference brings together civic engagement and service-learning administrators, faculty, students, and community partners to focus on the critical processes of inquiry and engagement in shaping how higher education and communities identify and respond to the complexities of the 21st century. 


7th Annual Connecting Campuses with Communities 
May 11-15, 2015, I
ndiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) 

The conference is a two-part event that focuses on building a network of scholars and practitioners and offers the following opportunities: 1) 
The Service Learning Institute is ideal for those interested in gaining strategies used to improve the quality of a service learning course and 2) The Research Academy is designed to strengthen one's research on service learning while advancing their scholarship of teaching and learning.


Two new additions for this year worth noting:

1. Graduate student scholarships - 2 graduate students will be offered complimentary registration. This is ideal for someone working on a thesis or dissertation related to service-learning or community engagement. Or, those interested in learning about best practices with service learning. 


2. Groups of 3 or more will receive a $50 per person discount on registration.




Global Health & Innovation Conference
March 28 - March 29, 2015, 
Yale University, New Haven, CT


This 12 annual conference, presented by Unite For Sight, is the world's largest global health conference and social entrepreneurship conference.  This must-attend, thought-leading conference annually convenes 2,200 leaders, changemakers, students, and professionals from all fields of global health, international development, and social entrepreneurship.  



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