The Communicator

 Summer 2014
In This Issue
2014 Heartland Regional Conference
Dr. Barbara Jacoby at TEDxUMD
Voter Registration Contest
The Civic Constitution Conference Call Opportunity
Campus Compact Membership Survey
CNCS Programs
Service-Learning and Student Retention
Voluntary Tracking and Management Tools
Oxfam America Hunger Banquet
Bike & Build -- Pedaling for Affordable Housing
Seventh Annual Oklahoma Service Learning Conference
Start the Party... Dance Events for Children's Hospital Foundation
Gulf-South Summit on Service-Learning & Civic Engagement Through Higher Education
2014 Heartland Regional Conference
October 2-3, Lincoln, Nebraska
Campus Compact Heartland Conference

It's not too late! You can still register to attend the Heartland Conference in Lincoln, NE, Thursday and Friday, October 2-3, 2014. This conference will bring together individuals from across the nation to explore different perspectives on service-learning and civic engagement alongside colleagues from Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri, and Oklahoma. The event provides an opportunity for engagement professionals and community partners to share program models, best practices, and network with one another.


Tania D. MitchellThe keynote address will be given by Tania D. Mitchell, an assistant professor in the department of postsecondary teaching and learning at the University of Minnesota's College of Education and Human Development. Dr. Mitchell will speak on Civic Identity in the Real World: Preparing Students for Lives of Service After College, discussing the results of research on whether and how community engagement experiences in college inspire students to pursue professions related to social justice and community engagement. Dr. Mitchell came to the University of Minnesota in 2012 from Stanford University, where she spent five years leading an innovative program-based service learning and community engagement initiative for the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity.


In twenty different concurrent sessions participants will share research results on issues such as community partner relationships, social justice, certificate of civic engagement program, rural programs in agribusiness and environmental studies, global service-learning, criminal justice programs, and many other areas.


For information on registration, lodging, and the full program, go to: Contact Debbie Blanke at, Debbie Terlip at, or Lisa Walker at with any questions.

Dr. Barbara Jacoby at TEDxUMD
Why2: Navigating the Quarterlife Crisis

An eminent civic engagements scholar offers a new TEDx talk on student development. In this TEDx talk, Dr. Barbara Jacoby invites us to explore the quarterlife crisis, one of life's major crossroads and the transition into adulthood. To watch the video, visit


Dr. Jacoby is Faculty Associate for Leadership and Community Service-Learning at the Adele H. Stamp Student Union - Center for Campus Life at the University of Maryland, College Park. She facilitates initiatives involving academic partnerships, service-learning, and civic engagement. She is a Fellow of the University's Academy for Excellence in Teaching and Learning and was a Center for Teaching Excellence - Lilly Fellow during the 2007-08 academic year. She served as Senior Scholar for the Adele H. Stamp Student Union from 2005-2011, Director of the Office of Community Service-Learning from 2003 to 2005, Director of Commuter Affairs and Community Service from 1992 to 2003, and Director of the Office of Commuter Affairs from 1983 to 2003, all at the University of Maryland. Additionally, Dr. Jacoby has served as Campus Compact's Engaged Scholar for Professional Development. She is also Senior Scholar for the National Clearinghouse for Commuter Programs, and was Director of the National Clearinghouse for Commuter Programs from 1983 to 2003.

Voter Registration Contest
iVote logo

The Voter Registration Contest was restructured this year to run from July 1st through October 10th, to allow for maximum utilization of campus efforts to get students registered over back-to-campus and orientation events. This period encompasses Constitution Day on Sept. 17th, during which institutions may wish to enhance efforts in keeping with the federal observance requirement of citizenship and civic focus for the students. The deadline of October 10th, 2014 is the Oklahoma State Election Board registration deadline in order to vote in the November 4th general election.


The Contest has also been expanded to include recognition of and awards for registration of out-of-state students registering to vote in other states. For out-of-state students, the choice of whether to register in Oklahoma or out-of-state is personal. For purposes of this contest, registrations in Oklahoma are counted as In-State Registrations, and registrations in other states are counted as Out-of-State Registrations.


Six awards will be presented for in-state registrations for first place and runner up in each of 3 categories of institutions:

  • Red (small institutions) 1 - 3,000 FTE
  • White (mid-sized institutions) 3,001 - 7,000 FTE
  • Blue (large institutions) 7,001 - 30,000 FTE


Two awards will be presented for out-of-state registration of out-of-state students: 


  • Liberty (institution with the greatest overall number of out-of-state students registering)
  • Equality (institution with the highest proportion of its out-of-state students registering)


Results are determined by the proportion of registered students to institution full time enrollment. Institutional categories are based on the criteria used to structure Oklahoma Campus Compact membership dues using full-time enrollment. Voter registration drives may be organized by individual students or campus student organizations. Registration conducted by outside groups will not count toward the contest. Voter registration applications are available at:


  • county election boards

  • post offices

  • tag agencies

  • libraries


and many other public locations, or may be downloaded from the Oklahoma State Election Board website:


"Oklahoma registered voters" will be counted as college/university students who have fully completed a voter registration application and submitted it to the campus voter registration volunteers, who then submit the completed forms to the County Election Board. The choice for out-of-state students of whether to register in Oklahoma or in their home state is a personal one. For purposes of this contest, registrations in Oklahoma are counted as In-State Registrations, and registrations in other states are counted as Out-of-State Registrations. In order to effect a record of registrations, it is recommended that the institution designate an office site with available computers at which out-of-state students may come and register to vote.


  • ANY registration should be counted, whether first-time, change of voting precinct, party affiliation, etc.

  • SENSITIVITY should be exercised toward those not eligible to vote, e.g., former felons, underage, non-resident, etc.


Given the residential mobility of college students during the course of their education, consideration of approaching all students to register or reregister is recommended. Additionally, Oklahoma regularly purges voter registration rolls of those failing to participate in general elections over a number of years.


Note: When it comes time to vote, students voting in person will need to be cognizant of the Oklahoma voter ID law and carry their voter registration card with them to the voting booth as proof of identity. If something like a driver license is offered for ID in lieu of the voter registration card, the address on the license must match the address on the voter registration records. However, students without acceptable proof of identity at the voting booth should be able to vote by provisional ballot.


Each campus is responsible for counting and, for in-state registrations, submitting the completed registration applications to its County Election Board.Only registrations made and reported during the Contest period will count toward the Contest results. All reports of registration are self-reported, meaning the institutional representatives are responsible for monitoring the total for both in-state and out-of-state registrations.


For more information see the Oklahoma Campus Compact website at: Additionally, the Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning and Engagement at Tufts University (CIRCLE) is a prolific source of state-by-state longitudinal youth data on voter turnout and registration rates, analysis on why young people don't vote, state civic education policies, and much more on youth voting. To use this resource go to:  

The Civic Constitution
Conference Call Opportunity

Minnesota Campus Compact hosts conference call discussions with authors of recently published books relating to civic engagement as part of their Engaged Scholarship Series. September's call is with Elizabeth Beaumont, author of The Civic Constitution: Civic Visions and Struggle in the Path toward Constitutional Democracy. The call is September 19, 2014, from 2:00-3:00 p.m. Central Time. Individuals from any Campus Compact member institution may participate for free. For more information, or to register visit, or contact John Hamerlinck, Associate Director, Minnesota Campus Compact at

Campus Compact Membership Survey
Updated Survey Going Forward

Campus Compact logo The national Campus Compact Membership Survey will return this fall with enhancements! It will continue to gather the data that has been collected in the past to measure the growth of the field and the impact of the Compact. The 2014-2015 academic year will be the culminating year of the survey as it has existed for 30 years, and will provide the opportunity, as part of its 30th anniversary in 2015-2016, to offer an updated survey that reflects the changes in the field and Campus Compact's role in advancing it. Conducted each year since 1986, Campus Compact's member 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, understand faculty roles and rewards, determine alumni engagement, and receive valuable feedback about Campus Compact member services. Results allow campuses to compare their progress with state and national trends and help all of us better articulate our case to elected officials, funders, and the media. The survey allows the Compact to demonstrate progress toward our mission of supporting growth and depth in higher education civic engagement..

CNCS Programs
Please watch your mail for notice on upcoming opportunities in both of these programs from the Corporation for National and Community Service. Information on past participation of Oklahoma institutions in these programs is available on the Oklahoma Campus Compact website at
Logo: Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service Challenge Grants

President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll


NSU students volunteer for MLK Day of Service
Northeastern State University students queue up to volunteer
for the 2014 MLK Day of Service in Tahlequah
Service-Learning and Student Retention

For a useful article on the value of service-learning to improved student-faculty ties and student satisfaction with the institution, see "The Role of Service-Learning on the Retention of First-Year Students to Second Year" in the Spring 2010 issue of the Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning.

Voluntary Tracking and Management Tools

Few things are more frustrating than the lack of useful, affordable software to capture community engagement opportunities, activities, and outcomes.  Many institutions acknowledge a need for better interdepartmental and programmatic activity in community engagement, along with a way to keep track of the community engagement activities that take place across the campus.

Until we reach the ultimate standard, below is a list of volunteer tracking and management sites culled from the list serve discussions. Another is in development from TreeTop Commons, a firm that creates cloud-based software to empower community engagement, and we hope to bring you information on it soon.


Voluntary Tracking and Management
Bright Impact -    
Collegiate Link -   
NobleHour -   
GiveGab -   
OrgSync  -   
MyVolunteerPage -  
CoMesh -   
HandsOn Connect -     
Lyon Software/CBISA -  
Give Pulse -  
Volunteer Reporter -
My Service Log -
Service-Learning Pro -  
Samaritan Technologies -
Vlogistics -
The Community Engagement Collaboratory (coming soon) -  


Event Sign-Up
Volunteer Sign-up -
Event Brite -

Oxfam America Hunger Banquet

Logo: OXFAM America What if it only took one meal to make a real difference? Join other students and educators who are committed to changing the world: host an Oxfam America Hunger Banquet on your campus. At this interactive event, the place where you sit and the meal that you eat are determined by the luck of the draw- just as in real life some of us are born into relative prosperity and others into poverty. It is a memorable experience that goes beyond anything you'll find in a classroom. And it's a chance to give back by helping others see hunger in a whole new light. Bring your community together to fight hunger.


To help make your Hunger Banquet event a success, Oxfam has compiled some tips and techniques for planning your event from start to finish. Download Oxfam's free tools to get started:  

Bike & Build - Pedaling for Affordable Housing

Here is another great service opportunity for Campus Compact members' students. Bike & Build is a nonprofit organization that engages young adults in service-oriented, cross-country cycling trips to raise money and awareness for affordable housing organizations. Its riders, ages 18-28, ride in teams of about 30 on one of nine trips each summer. Along the way they stop and volunteer with housing organizations like Habitat for Humanity, Rebuilding Together, and other small nonprofits. The money the riders fundraise is then granted out to these same organizations. Bike & Build anticipates donating just shy of $600,000 in 2014. It is a wonderful way for college students to serve and meet other civically engaged young adults from around the country.


Trip Leader applications for 2015 will be online in October and rider apps will be online in early November. Those interested can visit:


Questions about this program may be addressed to:


Justin Villere, Director of Operations and Outreach

Bike & Build, Inc.

6153 Ridge Ave

Philadelphia, PA 19128


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Bike and Build. Pedaling for Affordable Housing.
Seventh Annual Oklahoma Service Learning Conference

Plan to join your colleagues at the Seventh Annual Oklahoma Service Learning Conference. This conference is a collaborative effort supported by Langston University, Oklahoma Campus Compact, University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City University, Oklahoma State University, and other institutions of higher education across the state. Empowering Students to Create Their Circle of Civic Engagements will be held on Friday, November 7, 2014, from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, at the School of Social Work at the University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK, 73019.


Proposals are sought from faculty for 30-minute platform presentations and for poster presentations in Service-Learning or Community Engaged Scholarship.  Projects may be in the Discovery, Teaching, Integration, and/or Application areas of scholarship. The abstract should be related to a service-learning activity/project that is original and has not been previously presented. The deadline for submission of proposals is September 15, 2014. Abstracts should be submitted electronically to: Dr. Elicia Pollard at, and include the following components:

  • Title of project
  • Semester the service learning project was conducted Community partnership development
  • Project goals and objectives
  • Description of the project including the role of students
  • Results
  • Reflection
  • Dissemination of results
  • Length should not exceed 2 pages
Start the Party
Dance Events for Children's Hospital Foundation

Children's Hospital Foundation logo.Dance events are held nationwide with college students to raise money for the Children's Hospital in their community. The students begin the planning in the fall and spend the year learning invaluable leadership and life skills while raising funds and interacting with children's hospital patients and families. The year culminates in the spring with a 12-40 hour long event where students stay on their feet through dancing, games and entertainment in celebration of the total amount raised that year.


Dance Events have become a tradition on campus and in the community at both the University of Oklahoma (founded in 1996) and Oklahoma State University (founded in 2011). Each event is entirely student-run, and all donate 100% of their funds raised directly to Children's Hospital Foundation. Last year, OU raised over $318,000 and OSU raised over $75,000 for the CHF.

  Students at a dance party event.


Children's Hospital Foundation will give students the tools and training they need to create a Dance Event, and will be available at all times to help advise and guide students in the following ways:

  • Help with creating a mission statement, organizational structure, brand, goals, plan, and more

  • Schedule weekly meetings in person, on the phone or through skype

  • Hold a Dance Event 101 retreat covering all the basics of starting their event, with required attendances from Dance Event committee members

  • Connect you with Children's Hospital patients "Miracle Kids" in your local community

  • Schedule "Miracle Kids" who will interact with students year-round to serve as an ambassador for Children's Hospital Foundation, by attending fundraisers, speaking engagements, and other fun activities planned by dance event committee members.

Children at a dance party event.


Since all of your funds stay local, it will be a good idea to involve Children's Hospital Foundation from the start. Bring a new tradition to your campus and help children in your area have a brighter future!


Start the Party contacts:


Linzy Hall, Senior Development Officer, CMN Hospitals



Kathy McCracken, Executive Director, Children's Hospital Foundation


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

The call for program proposals is now available for next year's Gulf-South Summit on Service-Learning & Civic Engagement through Higher Education: March 11-13, 2015 in Little Rock, AR. Proposals may be submitted for individual presentations, panel discussions, interactive workshops, and posters; deadline for submission is October 17. See details at While this conference has historically attracted people from the Gulf-coast and Southern/Eastern parts of the US, it has a growing national presence, and is well worth being aware of as a venue for presenting and networking. The request for presentation proposals is also available via the main website at

  Save the Date. Gulf-South Summit. March 11-13, 2015. Little Rock, Arkansas.

Dr. Debbie Blanke, Executive Director
Oklahoma Campus Compact and
Associate Chancellor for Academic Affairs
Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education 


Ms. Debbie Terlip, Associate Director
Oklahoma Campus Compact and
Student Relations Liaison
Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education