The Communicator

 Fall 2014
In This Issue
President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll
2014 OkCC State Awards
2014 Voter Registration Contest Winners
Newman Civic Fellows
Annual Campus Compact Membership Survey
Save the Date
Community Engagement Software
Service-Learning Course
Stephen Black at TedX
Service-Learning List Serv
Call for Proposals
Books and Journals
Greetings Campus Compact Colleagues
Dr. Debbie Blanke

We have seen very busy summer and fall semesters for civic engagement and service learning in Oklahoma. I want to thank all those who traveled to Lincoln, Nebraska in October for the Heartland Conference. We had 30 representatives there, which was a great showing for Oklahoma, and provided about one-third of the participants from the four states (Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska). The conference provided good information to bolster your campus efforts, and I especially want to thank those attendees for great feedback on some Oklahoma issues and planning for the spring workshop.


As you will note in this newsletter, Oklahoma Campus Compact recognized some exceptional efforts across our state with the state awards and the voter registration contest winners. We appreciate the efforts of all of our member institutions, but especially want to congratulate some outstanding accomplishments by our award winners.


As we move into the spring semester, we hope that you will mark your calendars to participate in the spring workshop on February 27, 2015 as we follow up on the momentum from the Heartland conference activities. The workshop will be in the State Regents' office building, with information on topics and speakers coming soon. As always, the Oklahoma Campus Compact staff is ready and available to you to assist in any way we can, so please call on us as needed. See you all in February!



Honors and Awards
President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll

Join us in congratulating the Oklahoma Campus Compact member institutions which qualified for the 2014 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, with special kudos to:

  • Oklahoma City University, recipient of the Honor with Distinction for Interfaith Service

  • Rose State College, recognized for both General Community Service and for Education Community Service.

The Honor Roll with Distinction recognition is given to applicants that display strong levels of institutional commitment, provide a compelling case for partnerships that produce measurable impact in the community, and have a Federal Work-Study community service percentage of 15 percent or above. Oklahoma City University is only the second Oklahoma institution of higher education to achieve this status.

OkCC Members on the 2014 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll  


Interfaith Service Honor with Distinction

  • Oklahoma City University

Education Community Service

  • Rose State College

General Community Service

  • East Central University
  • Northeastern State University
  • Northwestern Oklahoma State University
  • Oklahoma City University
  • Rose State College
  • Southeastern Oklahoma State University
  • University of Central Oklahoma
  • University of Tulsa

In all, eight institutions in the state earned recognition on the Presidential Honor Roll this year. The Honor Roll recognition is given to institutions that demonstrate relevant and meaningful service and achieve measurable impacts in the community. The President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll was established in 2006 in collaboration between the White House, US Department of Education, and the Corporation for National and Community Service to annually highlight the role colleges and universities play in solving community problems and placing more students on a lifelong path of civic engagement by recognizing institutions that achieve meaningful, measureable outcomes in the communities they serve.

The Presidents Honor Roll recognizes higher education institutions in the four categories: general community service, interfaith community service, economic opportunity, and education. The website for the Honor Roll is, with some additional information available at
. Although the Corporation has not yet set an exact date for opening the spring application process, we do know that the application will remain exactly the same and that due date will again be in early April. OkCC will again help distribute information about technical assistance webinars once the dates have been determined.


2014 OkCC State Awards

 Two worthy individuals and one outstanding campus-community partnership were recognized at the Campus Compact Heartland Conference in Lincoln, Nebraska and honored at the December Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education meeting for their achievements in community engagements.


Community Engagement Professional of the Year

Dr. Aliya Chaudry, Langston University
Dean, School of Physical Therapy, and Founder and Chair of the Oklahoma Service-Learning Conference


Dr. Chaudry is a state and regional leader in service-learning. Not only does she effectively employ service-learning in her physical therapy courses at Langston University, for the past eight years she has almost single-handedly planned, organized, implemented and hosted an annual Oklahoma Service-Learning Conference where faculty and students share their experiences. Dr. Chaudry was one of the first recipients of the Oklahoma Campus Compact Service-Learning Incentive Grants. She has presented and written extensively on service-learning and has inspired a whole generation of her students to be of service to their communities. Very few educators in higher education are more passionate about service-learning than Dr. Chaudry.


Outstanding Community & Campus Collaboration Award


The University of Central Oklahoma and the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma for Campus Food Pantries

Dr. Sharra Hynes, Director, Volunteer & Service-Learning Center, University of Central Oklahoma, and Mr. John Bobb-Semple, Project Manager, Community Initiatives, Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma


The University of Central Oklahoma worked with Mr. John Bobb-Semple of the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma to build the Central Food Pantry. Mr. Bobb-Semple is a former president of the Oklahoma Student Government Association and of the University of Central Oklahoma student government. In his capacity as Project Manager of Community Initiatives, Mr. Bobb-Semple has reached out to numerous colleges and universities, giving selflessly of his time and interest in assisting campuses to help fight hunger among students and community members. The Volunteer and Service-Learning Center at UCO partnership helps to ensure that the basic needs of students are met to enable them to perform to the best of their ability academically, and to enlighten and involve the entire campus in a critical community issue.  The RFBO work with UCO, as well as its desire to expand to other college campuses, show that it is committed to educating students who will be tomorrow's leaders about the issue of poverty and hunger in order to improve communities and lives.

Excellence in Community-Based Teaching and Scholarship Award


 Dr. Michele Eodice, University of Oklahoma
 Associate Provost for Academic Engagement and Director of the Writing Center

In her capacity as Director of the University of Oklahoma Writing Center, and Associate Provost for Academic Engagement, Dr. Michele Eodice has fostered academic service-learning on campus and reached out to promote teaching, research, and professional development to the greater service-learning higher education community in the state. Last year Dr. Eodice volunteered her office's resources to successfully continue the annual Membership Survey for Oklahoma Campus Compact when the national Campus Compact survey was on hiatus for a year. She encouraged and supported faculty in participating in the Strategic Synergies Grant from the National Science Foundation through the University of Hawaii and Hawaii/Pacific Island Campus Compact in the STEM fields, and hosted a faculty workshop on campus. She has supported and hosted the annual Oklahoma Service-Learning Conference begun by Langston University. Dr. Eodice is an outstanding leader and supporter of academic service-learning.

2014 Voter Registration Contest Winners
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Congratulations to Oklahoma's higher education institutions for setting a new record in an off-presidential election year for both institutional participation and student registration in the Oklahoma Campus Compact Voter Registration Contest! 21 members of Oklahoma Campus Compact participated by registering 3,312 in-state and out-of-state students to vote during the contest.


Students, staff, faculty and administrators from most of the seven winning institutions were able to travel to Oklahoma City for the presentation of awards at the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education December meeting recognizing their diligent efforts in registering students to vote in 2014. More than 27,000 students have been registered to vote as part of the contest since its inception in 2003.


Join us in congratulating the winners of the 2014 Voter Registration Contest!


Winners for In-State Student Registration

Eastern Oklahoma State College won the small institution category (RED) by registering 11.2% of its students. Carl Albert State College was the runner up with 8.2% of its students registered (CASC President Ivey transported the award to campus earlier.)


East Central University triumphed in the mid-sized institution category (WHITE) by registering 6.8% of its students. Dr. Pappas successfully employed a peer-to-peer outreach approach with her students. The NOC campuses made runner up by registering 5.3% of their students.






The University of Central Oklahoma won the large institution category (BLUE) by registering 4.9% of its students. Oklahoma State University was the runner up with 2.6% of its students registered, with its award being shipped.


Winners for Out-of-State Student Registration


Two new categories were established this year for the competition. Institutions who witnessed out-of-state students registering to vote in their states in an institutional office counted these out-of-state student registrations. The University of Oklahoma registered 101 out-of-state students for the highest number for the LIBERTY award.


Eastern Oklahoma State College registered the highest percentage of out of state students at 0.1% to capture the EQUALITY award.


Newman Civic Fellows


The Campus Compact Newman Civic Fellows Award process will open in January. This award honors inspiring college student leaders who have demonstrated their investment in finding solutions to the challenges that face our communities throughout the country. One student may be nominated by each Oklahoma Campus Compact member institution president. OkCC adds a small scholarship and recognition by the State Regents. More information about this honor will be available on the Oklahoma Campus Compact website at Please watch your email for the announcement for the nominations. Here is what we know of the Newman Civic Fellows application timeline:

  • Call for Nominations - Sent to presidents & chancellors January 8th
  • Notification of Nomination Period - Sent to institutional community service directors January 15th
  • Reminder - Sent to presidents and community service directors week of February 19th
  • Notice of Nominations to Close - Sent March 4th
  • Announcement of Newman Civic Fellows - Sent week of March 23rd
    • Presidents and Chancellors, along with state offices, will be notified first, and students notified two days later
  • Certificates Distributed - Sent week of March 30th.
Annual Campus Compact Membership Survey

The national Campus Compact survey resumed this fall. 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 benefits. Results allow campuses to compare their progress with state and national trends and help all of us better articulate the value of engagement to elected officials, funders, and the media. For the first time, institutions will receive a copy of their responses immediately upon submitting their survey.

The 2014 Annual Membership Survey will remain open through January 5, 2015, 10:59 pm CST. Campus Compact members traditionally maintain one of the highest state participation rates, valuing the survey not only for its resulting comparative data at the state level, but also for the organizational and coordinating opportunities afforded on campus in compiling the data and response. Data collection enables evaluation of campus engagement efforts, internal and external information-sharing, and greater clarity in higher education and among partners about the purposes and impact of engagement. A pdf of FAQs, and the link to the actual survey can be found on the Campus Compact website at Any institutional representatives having technical difficulties may contact Lisa Keyne at Questions about the survey itself should be directed to Maggie Grove at

Save the Date for 2015 Annual OkCC Workshop



Campus Compact Webinar on Community Engagement Software Tools

The state Campus Compacts of California, Minnesota, and the Mountain West (Colorado and Wyoming) offer an exciting opportunity to participate in a webinar January 22nd on tracking tools for higher education service-learning and community service programs.  This area is one of those most frequently mentioned for frustrations experienced by Oklahoma higher education community service directors and service-learning coordinators.


Track.Serve.Report. Which Tracking Tool is Best for Your Campus? is free to all members of Campus Compact, which includes all of the OK public institutions, 8 private institutions, and one tribal institution in Oklahoma.  See the OkCC membership list here to find your institution: For more information and to register go to: For questions call the Mountain West Campus Compact at 303-458-4193.


Campus Compact Designing and Delivering a Service-Learning Course on YouTube

An excellent resource for design and delivery of service-learning courses is now available through a different medium than print. Designing and Delivering a Service-Learning Course is a YouTube video in 6 modules (plus an Introduction) offered through the Campus Compact website. This online resource of approximately 1.5 hours is presented by Dr. Matt Roy, Assistant Provost and Director of the Leduc Center for Civic Engagement at UMass Dartmouth, and Dr. Dwight Giles, Professor, College of Education and Human Development at UMass Boston and Senior Associate with the New England Resource Center for Higher Education. Find the 6-part series at:


Stephen Black TedX Talk on Campus Community Collaborations

Those who heard Stephen Black's keynote address at the 2013 Heartland Conference in Tulsa will recall his inspiring delivery on the role of campus-community collaboration. Hear him again, or for the first time, on the Transformative Potential of Campus-Community Collaborations on TedX Talk at In recent decades, society has witnessed a fundamental shift in how we "sort" ourselves into like-minded groups, neighborhoods, and online communities. Stephen Black argues that the future of moral progress is incumbent upon developing empathy and compassion for those unlike ourselves.

Higher Education Service-Learning List Serv

One of the richest resources for accessing information on issues, professional development opportunities, publications and job openings is the Higher Education Service-Learning list service maintained by the National Youth Leadership Council. Anyone interested in subscribing to the list serv can visit this group at


2015 Upper Midwest Civic Engagement Summit

Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin Campus Compact invite proposals for the Upper Midwest Civic Engagement Summit, which will take place June 9-10, 2015, at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota. Each session proposal should relate to the 2015 summit theme: The Global Is Local: Civic Engagement across Cultures, Communities, and Nations. Join colleagues from across the Upper Midwest for critical reflection, learning, and dialogue. We encourage you not only to save the date, but also to consider proposing a session (or even two!). The deadline for submissions is February 13, 2015; the planning committee will review all proposals and contact presenters no later than March 13, 2015. For more information about the Summit and how to submit a proposal, please visit

The Community College National Center for Community Engagement 24th Annual International Conference

This event will be held on May 19 - 21, 2015 at the DoubleTree Paradise Valley Resort in Scottsdale, AZ. The theme for the conference is Authentic Leadership in Service Learning and Civic Engagement. For complete details on the Call for Proposals please visit the website at The Call for Proposal deadline is January 15, 2015. The submission form may be found at For further information contact:


Lyvier Conss, Executive Director

Community College National Center for Community Engagement

145 N. Centennial Way, Suite 204

Mesa, AZ 85201

480-461-6281 phone

480-844-3226 fax

Journal of Public Scholarship in Higher Education 

The Journal of Public Scholarship in Higher Education is soliciting manuscripts for the 2015 edition. The Journal of Public Scholarship in Higher Education is an academic peer-reviewed journal with a focus on community/civic engagement. 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. Missouri Campus Compact has published 4 volumes, beginning in 2011 all in print form. Starting with the 2015 volume, JPSHE will be hosted online in an open access format.


The JPSHE provides a venue for higher education faculty and administrative leadership to reflect on the ways that community engagement affects work in higher education. The 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. For more information, please see the JPSHE website at or contact the editors at The deadline for the Call for Manuscripts is February 1, 2015.



18th Annual Continuums of Service Conference

The 2015 Annual Continuums of Service Conference, "Seeking Solutions to Complex Challenges Through Inquiry and Engagement," will be held April 8-10, 2015 in Long Beach, California. The 2015 Annual Continuums of Service 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. For more information, please visit

2015 PACE (Pathways to Achieving Civic Engagement) Conference

2015 marks the 17th year of North Carolina Campus Compact's annual 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. The 2015 keynote speaker is 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. For over 25 years, Rick has been a leader in the field of community-based learning, especially as it relates to questions of democratic civic education and engagement, highlighted in 2013 by his receipt of the Thomas Ehrlich Civically Engaged Faculty Award. He will discuss "Beyond Service and Service-Learning."


The February 18, 2015 conference includes 32 workshops in research and theory, pedagogy, capacity-building, institutionalization, and community-campus partnerships for health. This year North Carolina 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.


Learn more about the conference and register at



The 2015 SENCER Summer Institute will be hosted by Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Massachusetts from July 30 - August 3, 2015. The program for this year's Institute will include a rich mix of all-Institute plenary sessions, workshops on effective pedagogies, examples of successful campus and community applications, and opportunities to meet formal and informal educators, administrators, students, and others from across the country interested in contributing to a civically engaged society and the improvement of s cience, tec hnology, engineering, and mathematics education.


As is the custom, SENCER will program sessions directly responsive to the particular needs identified by those selected to attend. It invites you to use the SSI 2015 application forms to tell it the ideas and suggestions you have for the Institute. Participation in the Institutes is by invitation to teams (four or more people), groups (two or three people), and individuals following a competitive application process. Applications are open now, and the deadline to apply for participation in the Institute is March 13, 2015.


Please contact Kyle Simmons, NCSCE Faculty Development Events Coordinator, at with any questions you may have about the Institute or see 

Modeling Mathematics

Designing an airport screening system, controlling ocean debris, and identifying criminals in a conspiracy network-these are just a few problems teams have competed to solve at the Interdisciplinary Contest in Modeling (ICM). A new book, published by the Consortium for Mathematics and its Applications (COMAP), outlines the history of the contest and serves as a great resource for anyone interested in mathematical models and interdisciplinary education. What does it take to be outstanding at mathematical modeling, and how does modeling relate to real world issues across disciplines of study? For 16 years, teams of high school students and college undergraduates have competed in the COMAP ICM to find out. The Interdisciplinary Contest in Modeling: Culturing Interdisciplinary Problem Solving presents a history of the ICM, including descriptions of past problems, a list of outstanding teams, and commentary from participants, advisors, judges, and directors. Also included is advice on how to prepare a team for the contest and how to develop curricula on modeling, as well as discussions on the current state of interdisciplinary education. To find this book see Further information on civic engagement in the science and mathematics disciplines visit the Science Education for New Civics and Engagement Responsibilities website at  

Service Learning at the American Community College

Service-Learning at the American Community College is now available. The book includes the chapter "Connect2Complete: Combining Service-Learning and Peer Advocates to Increase Student Success in Development Education" which is co-authored by Shana Berger, C2C Program Director at Campus Compact and Donna Duffy, Professor of Psychology at Middlesex Community College in Bedford and Lowell, Massachusetts. The book examines theoretical and empirical studies of service-learning at community colleges and makes the argument that service-learning can have a profound impact on the students who experience it. See this link for more information

Partnerships: A Journal of Service-Learning and Civic Engagement

 North Carolina Campus Compact's peer-reviewed, online journal is hosted by the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Access to the full-text articles in the journal is free, but viewers must register. The current issue has articles on international service-learning, a community-based research project at an urban elementary school, and service-learning in a rural setting. Access the journal at 

Food Recovery Network

 Here is information on yet another program using surplus food on college campuses to fight hunger. The Food Recovery Network (FRN) has programs at more than 95 colleges in 26 states, Puerto Rico and Washington D.C. and has recovered over 400,000 pounds of food. The organization is supported by Chartwells in addition to Sodexo, Bon Appetit, and many independent dining providers. Find more information on the website at or contact Kevin Finkelstein, New Chapter Coordinator at FRN, at or 914-330-1113.

Service-Learning Internships in Washington, D.C.

The Institute on Philanthropy & Voluntary Service is an academic internship program for undergraduates passionate about service and interested in a summer experience making an impact. The program equips students with the practical and ethical tools needed to strengthen their leadership and professional skills. For more information, visit the website at or contact Jesse Schaefer, IPVS Program Manager, at or 202-986-0384.


The Institute on Philanthropy and Voluntary Service offers students a chance to spend either 4 or 8 weeks taking action while getting a hands-on learning experience in the nation's capital. Program components include: an internship of competitive placement with local and national nonprofit organizations; classes for up to 9 credits, selected from a range of course options (accredited by George Mason University); furnished on-campus housing in the heart of D.C. at George Washington University; mentoring and career building activities including seminars, site briefings, and guest lectures; and hands-on service projects, fundraising activities and briefings at local nonprofit facilities.

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