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October 2015
Food Insecurity Learning Community Last Call!

Next week is the launch of the Food Insecurity Learning Community. If you are interested in participating in this effort to strengthen NC higher education's role in addressing food insecurity, contact Leslie Garvin today! We anticipate monthly conference calls and sharing of resources and information via an an online platform. 
NC Campus Compact News

2016 PACE Conference  
Registration is now Open!
Deadline:  January 15
February 10, 2016
High Point University

The plenary sessions will feature Drs. Edward Zlotkowski, Patti Clayton, and Sarah Stanlick facilitating in-depth dialogues grounded in the "Service-Learning Community Engagement Future Directions Project" they are leading. The day will also include 25 workshops. 

Registration fees:
$100 pp/Campus Compact member institutions 
130 pp/non-member institutions

PACE Call for Proposals
Deadline: November 9

Faculty, staff, administrators, and community partners are invited to submit workshop proposals for this day-long event. PACE seeks to inform and advance the research and practice of community engagement by sharing research findings, innovative program design and partnership models, effective curricular and co-curricular models, and best practices. 
Robert L. Sigmon Service-Learning Award
Deadline: December 18, 2015

The Robert L. Sigmon Service-Learning Award recognizes one faculty person on a member campus who has made significant contributions toward furthering the practice of service-learning. A committee, composed of practitioners in the service-learning field who live and work outside of North Carolina, selects the winner based on significant service-learning experience, community and student impact and institutional impact. 

Civic Engagement Professional of the Year Award
Deadline: December 18, 2015
Civic Engagement Professional of the Year Award recognizes a staff person at an NC Campus Compact member campus that has worked towards the institutionalization of service, created and strived towards a vision of service on their campus, supported faculty and students, and formed innovative campus-community partnerships. 

2016 Civic Engagement Institute
"Democratic Education: 100 Years Beyond Dewey"
February 9, 2016, High Point University
(Members only event) 
On October 15 we invited the Chief Academic Officers from each NC Campus Compact member institution to identify a Team Leader.  The deadline is
October 30 for them to send the name of the Team Leader to  Rene Summers
Role of the Team Leader
  • Assemble a team (up to 10 individuals per institution)
  • Facilitate team registration
  • Disseminate pre-Institute materials/readings
  • Convene team in advance of the Institute to discuss campus goals for the event
  • Disseminate post-Institute materials/readings
  • Convene the team after the Institute to debrief learning and continue the conversation
 Featured Speakers
  • Edward Zlotkowski, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Bentley College
  • Steve Dubb, Ph.D., Director of Special Projects and Senior Advisor to the President, The Democracy Collaborative
The day will also include workshops facilitated by state and regional scholars and practitioners.
Registration is $100 per person. Institute registration closes on January 15.

Winter Network Meetings, Jan. 5 or Jan. 7, 2016, Free but RSVP!
Network meetings give civic engagement professionals (faculty and staff) from member campuses a chance to engage in dialogue and learning. As we kick off a presidential election year in 2016, our morning session will focus on fostering student electoral engagement and will feature guest experts from  Democracy NC and the national Campus Vote Project. We encourage you to attend and forward this invitation to other faculty/staff on your campus (political science department, student government advisers) who might be interested in this topic. In the afternoon, we'll have lunch, network updates, and member campus highlights.

January 5 @ Warren Wilson College, Asheville
January 7 @ NC State University, Raleigh
Daily Schedule: 10 AM - 3 PM
Cost: Free for faculty/staff from member campuses, lunch is provided, must RSVP!

NC Institute for Political Leadership's Collegiate Leadership Program, April 2016
NC Campus Compact is teaming up with the NC Institute for Political Leadership tooffer college students a special training on political leadership. The two sessions - one in the west and one in the east - will be held in early April. The NCIOPL is a non-partisan, non-profit organization founded in 1987 to educate future political and community leaders in campaign strategy, ethical decision-making, and governance. NCIOPL's collegiate leadership program is a one-day workshop that serves as an introduction to politics and public service, consistent with the organization's philosophy of cooperative and collaboration leadership.
This promises to be a great session for undergrad or graduate students who are interested in public service, political office, and community leadership. In addition to structured training and planning activities, students will hear from a panel of  current and former elected officials who are IOPL alums.
Details and registration information coming soon!
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Guilford College and Warren Wilson College Make List of Top 30 Sustainable College Run Farms

College Values Online released a ranking of college run farms that demonstrate sustainability. This sustainability was measured in terms of significant student involvement, environmentally friendly methods, diversity of production, connection with college instruction, and farm sales targeting both the college and surrounding community. 

Warren Wilson College (ranked #7) and Guilford College (ranked #28).

DukeEngage Celebrates One Million Hours of Service

During summer 2015 one of the 430 undergraduate volunteers, serving in the U.S. or around the world, served DukeEngage's millionth hour in the field. To celebrate they held a networking reception and photo awards ceremony on September 21 for program alumni - students, staff and faculty who played a role the program at some point since its inception in 2007.

DukeEngage empowers students to address critical human needs through immersive service, in the process transforming students, advancing the University's educational mission, and providing meaningful assistance to communities in the U.S. and abroad. The program provides one-time funding for Duke undergraduates who wish to pursue an immersive (minimum of eight weeks) service experience by meeting a community need locally, in the U.S. or internationally.

Think Tank on Social Innovation feat. DukeEngage- Live Stream Oct. 26
On Monday, October 26, national Campus Compact will live stream the proceedings of the "Think Tank on Social Innovation and Civic Engagement in Higher Education" hosted by the  Gephardt Institute for Civic and Community Engagement of Washington University and DukeEngage of Duke University. The event will feature scholars, students, and practitioners who will share perspectives on these approaches to social change that continue to ascend on our campuses. The think tank will grapple with where these approaches intersect and where they diverge. The live stream is free and open to anyone; registration is required.
From our NC network, DukeEngage's Eric Mlyn, Assistant Vice Provost for Civic Engagement and Peter Lange, Executive Director, DukeEngage, are featured presenters.
The Think Tank live stream will run from 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM CDT on Monday, October 26 and will be broken into four distinct webinars, each requiring a separate registration.

National Campus Compact News
Check out Universities Power Up For Public Service a recent article in Forbes Magazine featuring Campus Compact.
Campus Compact's 30th Anniverrsary Conference
"Accelerating Change: Engagement for Impact"
March 21-23, 2016, Boston, MA
The program features Robert Putnam, Peter and Isabel Malkin Research Professor of Public Policy at Harvard University and author of Our Kids and Bowling Alone as the keynote speaker. The leading national organizations in higher education engagement will offer sessions documenting the diversity and richness of efforts to advance the public purposes of higher education. Dozens of sessions will showcase the latest work by established and emerging scholars and practitioners. 

There are also three embedded institutes (see below).  They offer the opportunity to experience the conference with a cohort of colleagues with shared interests. 
  1. Diving In: Campus Compact's Institute for New Civic and Community Engagement Practitioners - This institute is designed for new civic learning and community engagement practitioners. 
  2. Diving Deep: Campus Compact's Institute for Experienced Civic and Community Engagement Practitioners - This institute is designed for experienced practitioners interested in exploring new territories, surfacing assumptions, and exploring on a deeper, personal level, what it means to be a leader and professional in civic and community engagement work. 
  3. Libraries & Service Learning - This institute is designed for those who are interested in current and potential partnerships between academic librarians, faculty who teach service learning courses, service learning professionals and community partners. 
Learn more and register  
State & National Community Engagement Events

Institute for Emerging Issues #YouthEngageNC Summit
November 6, 2015 (9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.)
Locations: Asheville, Greenville, & Raleigh

This first-of-its-kind convening for all North Carolinians passionate about intentionally fostering successful engagement among youth (ages 16-24).  

2015 Rowan-Cabarrus Service-Learning Symposium
November 17, 2015Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, Kannapolis, NC
(10:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.)
Registration Fee: $10
3rd Annual Appalachian Summit on Service-Learning Pedagogy and Practice
February 6, 2016 at Carson-Newman University, Jefferson City, TN
Registration Deadline: January 29 

IMPACT National Conference: Community Service|Service-Learning|Civic Engagement 
February 18-21, 2016, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Early Registration Deadline: January 15

14th International Conference Community-Campus Partnerships for Health (CCPH)
"Journey to Justice: Creating Change Through Partnerships"
May 11 - 14, 2016, New Orleans, LA
Registration Deadline: May 4

NC Campus Compact's Executive Director, Leslie Garvin, is a member of the Conference Planning Committee.

Awards, Contests, Community Engagement Scholarships & Fellowships
Gulf-South Summit Awards
Deadline: November 6
  1. Outstanding Practitioner Contributions to Service-Learning in Higher Education
  2. Outstanding Community Partner Contributions to Service-Learning in Higher Education
  3. Outstanding Faculty Contributions to Service-Learning Instruction in Higher Education
  4. Outstanding Student Contributions to Service-Learning in Higher Education
  5. Outstanding Service-Learning Collaboration in Higher Education
Learn more 
Summer 2016 Institute on Philanthropy & Voluntary Service 
Application Deadline: December 10 (to receive a 5% tuition discount)  
This is an academic internship program for undergraduates passionate about service and interested in a summer experience making a community impact. 

  • Guaranteed Internship - Competitive placements with local and national nonprofit organizations
  • Classes - 3- 9 transferable credits, selected from a range of course options (accredited by George Mason University)
  • Housing - Furnished on-campus housing in the heart of DC, at George Washington University
  • Leadership & Professional Development - Mentoring and career building activities including seminars, site briefings, and guest lectures
  • Community Involvement - Hands-on service projects, fundraising activities and briefings at local nonprofit agencies
Nominate a Top Student Today!
Consider nominating top students for special scholarship consideration. They award close to a million dollars annually and preference is given to nominated students.

Generous U Contest
Deadline: March 11 

Generous U awards a $10,000 Prize (and a runner-up prize) to college students who propose ways of increasing philanthropy on their campus. Eligible student groups should submit an Intent to Apply and then prepare a proposal and short video, demonstrating how your group increases philanthropy and/or philanthropic values on your campus. 

Featured Opportunity for Recent Alums

Duke Endowment 2016-18 Fellowship
Application Deadline: January 4, 2016 at noon 

This Fellowship is a two-year, full-time position for those who have demonstrated an interest in the nonprofit sector and exhibited leadership potential in their civic and/or professional lives.
  • Past or current residents of North Carolina or South Carolina, or
  • Graduates of a college or university located in North Carolina or South Carolina
  • Have at least one to two years of work experience after obtaining an undergraduate degree, and/or have a graduate degree
Calls for Proposals and Submissions
Deadline: October 30 

Deadline: November 9  

Community-Campus Partnerships for Health is seeking an experienced professional to serve as Editor of CES4Health: Community Engaged Scholarship for Health, a free online mechanism for peer-reviewing, publishing and disseminating products of health-related community-engaged scholarship that are in forms other than journal articles. 

February 18 - 21, 2016, U Mass, Amherst, Amherst, MA
Deadline: November 15

2016 Appalachian Summit on Service-Learning Pedagogy & Practice
February 6, 2016,Carson-Newman University, Jefferson City, TN 
Deadline: November 23
Grants and Funding Opportunities
For colleges/universities and your non-profit partners

Deadline: November 30
Scope: The entries will be judged according to the following criteria: 25% identification of a national or community service need, 25% organization of the volunteer project to effectively address the need of the project, 25% overall performance on volunteer project on Make A Difference Day, and 25% estimate of long-term impact of the volunteer project on initially identified need.
 Make a Difference Day is October 24. 
Amount: Each awardee will receive a $10,000.00 grant awarded to their favorite 501 (c) (3) charity, the grant may not be split among more than one charity.
Eligibility: U.S. residents who are 8 years or older at the time of entry. 

Deadline: Rolling  

Eligibility:  Grassroots organizations, groups, and collectives led by and for young people of color and low-income communities are encouraged to apply. Priority is given to organizations with budgets under $500,000 that are based in areas with limited access to philanthropic resources. 
Publications & Resources 

Over the course of this last spring and summer, staff from the California Campus CompactCampus Compact of the Mountain West, and Community-Campus Partnerships collaborated with faculty, staff, and community partners representing Campus Compact & CCPH members from across the country to re-design the existing faculty training resource through CCPH into the EFI Curriculum.
The EFI Curriculum is a resource for intensive faculty development specific to service-learning course design (or re-design), including units focused on cultural competence, partnership development, sustainability and institutionalization of engagement, in addition to units on course design and assessment. 
We encourage you to explore the EFI Curriculum and integrate this resource into your programming as it's appropriate and useful. 

Anchor Institutions Task Force Literature Review 
This newly released literature review describes a range of trends in the expanding field, while focusing on the role of anchor institutions in community and economic development. It includes a combination of books and articles by scholars and practitioners, along with reports, working papers, and media articles published in 2013 and 2014.

The 2015 Opportunity Index 

The annual Opportunity Index measures state and county levels of economic, education and civic factors that expand opportunity. A key finding in the 2015 Opportunity Index reflects a slight decrease in the number of disconnected youth over the past five years, youth disconnection rates remain higher than they were pre-recession - 13.8 percent compared with 12.9 percent in 2007. Disconnected youth are young adults ages 16-24 who are not in school or working. 

The Importance of Reporting Community Impact in Institutions of Higher Learning

This white paper from Lyon Software provides a set of concrete arguments for why institutions of higher education should consider measuring and reporting their community impacts.

MLK Mini-Grants Available for Colleges & Universities 
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All National and State Campus Compact members are eligible to apply for mini-grants ranging from $500 to $2,000 to support MLK Day of Service projects focused on supporting service that alleviates hunger and supports veterans.  
NC Campus Compact is a subgrantee of Iowa Campus Compact along with Campus Compact of the Mountain West, New York Campus Compact, and Wisconsin Campus Compact, through funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service
Interested applicants can view RFP details and the application on the program's website http://www.mlkdaygrants.org.  Applications are due by midnight Friday, October 31st/1:00 a.m. Saturday (EST). 
Iowa Campus Compact hosted two technical assistance webinars. View the recordings here. 
The MLK Day Community Partnership Project will provide mini grants to colleges for service projects that leverage volunteers to organizations that work to mitigate food insecurity, such as collecting donations for food banks, helping establish community gardens, or packaging meals for donation, among others. Mini grantees will also support veterans by connecting them with community or campus services, or supporting community organizations that serve veterans.
NC Campus Compact is managing the Southern Region which includes Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia. Southern region grants are available in the increments below, with the volunteer expectations listed.
You should include the grant level, for which you are applying, in the Project Description section of the application and tailor your budget accordingly.
$500  = minimum of 50 volunteers
$1000 = minimum of 100 volunteers
$2000 = minimum of 150 volunteers
You can learn more about the Southern Region project here.  

Need an Idea for an MLK Project?  Consider An Outreach Program Super Mini-Pack!

Outreach Program will help you engage your volunteers in a festive event which provides them the joy of helping provide meals to students on your campus, kids in your schools, and families in your community. This project is a good fit with the MLK Day Mini-Grants being offered.

$2,000 includes:   
  • All needed equipment and supplies for one packaging line   
  • Training Video    
  • Food Safe Certification Training   
  • Hunger Education Event Guidance and materials   
  • Ingredients for 4,000 to 6,000 nutritious *Mac & Cheese meals created by Iowa State University's Food Science Dept. (number of meals dependent on shipping charges to your location) 
Check out How It Works here
A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don't necessarily want to go, but ought to be."
-- Rosalynn Carter, fomer first lady
Social Media Highlights
student volunteers from @UNCP_CCE help flood victims in South Carolina #EngagedCampus:
Our friends @ElonVolunteers publish new book of #AlternativeBreak student reflections: https://www.elon.edu/E-Net/Article/121796 ... via @ElonNews

Spoma Jovanovic @UNCG helps educators explore "Educating for democracy: students having their say!" #NCSLC15@ncslc
Declining student resilience = my friend's granny's view that younger folks are "wiser but weaker!" http://bit.ly/1ivYS4C @psychtoday

Congratulations to our friends at member school 
Durham Technical Community College for receiving a "Great Pantry Make-over" from Food Lion last week. The Inter-Faith Food Shuttle nominated DTCC's Campus Harvest Food Pantry for the make-over program. We are excited to see this service grow, especially since DTCC's pantry was supported in its early years by an outstanding NC Campus Compact AmeriCorps VISTA.

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