The Communicator

 Spring 2015
Oklahoma Campus Compact Newsletter
In This Issue

2015 Heartland Conference and Request for Proposals


Mark your calendars for the 2015 Heartland Campus Compact Regional Conference, to be hosted October 29-30 at the Embassy Suites Kansas City - Plaza Hotel in Kansas City, Missouri.  Cohosted by the Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Oklahoma Campus Compacts, this conference provides an opportunity for engagement professionals and community partners to share program models, best practices, and network with one another. Registration will open May 4th. Please watch your email and the Heartland Conference website at: and the Oklahoma Campus Compact website at:


Bauback Yeganeh

Keynote Speaker


Bauback Yeganeh is the founder and principal of Everidian, an organization-effectiveness consulting firm. His work enhances and sustains organizational performance through executive coaching, executive education, and strategy execution. Bauback has provided consultation to businesses across multiple industries including business software and services, financial services, biotechnology, manufacturing, health care, and telecommunications. His client list also includes government agencies and global NGOs focused on development and human rights. Bauback has worked in North and South America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.


Bauback regularly partners in leader development endeavors with Duke Corporate Education, Case Western Reserve University, and UNC Executive Development. He founded and leads the Mindfulness Executive Education Program at Case Western Reserve University, and has served as an Adjunct Professor at Elon University and American University. Bauback holds a Ph.D. in organizational behavior from Case Western Reserve University, an M.S. in organization development from American University, and a B.A. in (industrial/organizational) psychology from the University of Maryland. He is an author of forward thinking articles on mindfulness and intentional leadership, a guitarist, and a music enthusiast.


 Request for Proposals


The Request for Proposals for concurrent sessions on civic and community engagement will be posted in April on the Heartland Conference website at: and on the Oklahoma Campus Compact website at: Faculty, students, administration and staff members of Oklahoma institutions of higher education have a strong record of participation in this regional event. We encourage you to consider submitting a session proposal!

Carnegie Community Engagement Classification

Join Oklahoma Campus Compact in congratulating our hard-working colleagues at Oklahoma State University and the University of Central Oklahoma for putting Oklahoma on the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification map. Oklahoma State University and the University of Central Oklahoma are the first institutions in the state to receive th e Carnegie Community Engagement Classification. This elective classification involves data collection and documentation of important aspects of institutional mission, identity and commitments, and requires substantial effort in     vested by participating institutions. Nationally 361 campuses hold the Community Engagement Classification, with the recognition on a five-year cycle. The next opportunity for institutions to apply for classification will be the 2020 cycle, which will open in 2018.

Newman Civic Fellows


Eleven promising student leaders who have demonstrated an investment in their community were nominated by their college and university presidents to be a Newman Civic Fellow. These students are a part of the record 201 students from 36 states plus the District of Columbia who comprise the 2015 Newman Civic Fellows. The students were nominated as the best-of-the-best, students who represent the next generation of public problem solvers and civic leaders. They serve as national examples of the role that higher education can-and does play in building a better world.


The Oklahoma Newman Civic Fellows will be recognized for their contributions at the April 9th Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education meeting and awarded a $500 scholarship. The Campus Compact Newman Civic Fellows program is supported by the KPMG Foundation. 



Carly Anderson

Connors State College
Carly Anderson, a student at Connors State College, is an exceptional leader and advocate for students with special needs. She saw a need for her special needs friends to interact with their peers and have a level of social acceptance in an area deemed essential - athletics. Many classmates would beg to play sports only to be told they were not allowed. Carly is extremely determined and found the support she needed to hold her first "Carly's Champions for Life Day Camp." Her passion and exceptional leadership skills created a level of engagement and commitment from volunteers at her high school and Connors State College and garnered numerous donations from community businesses to host a gymnasium full of special needs student athletes. Her potential for inspiring others and creating a continuing program is to be admired and respected. Carly will continue to grow and cultivate a spirit of community engagement at her higher education institutions, her workplace, and her community. She will create champions in the many lives she comes in contact with, not only the special needs people she has a heart for, but also the volunteers she engages.

-Tim Faltyn, President


Some people talk about doing something, and others "do" something about it. I have a friend who is autistic and strongly desires to play team sports each time a new season begins. I decided other students with special needs surely felt the same and founded Carly's "Champions for Life" Day Camp. I approached area businesses and asked for donations and then came up with a budget for the day camp. I wanted each camper to have a t-shirt, a medal, and a drawstring bag. I involved my college, Connors State College, and they provided the drawstring bags and sent ambassadors from all student organizations to help cheer on the campers while they played the different sports such as basketball, kickball, and soccer. I coordinated with members of my local school organizations and my school's faculty to assist with the camp. I delegated duties of coaching, being in charge of games, and assisting with lunch. The day was a success, and the students had such fun while some even were sad to leave. My hope is for this day camp to be an annual event because there is a need for these children to have their day of fun and accomplishment!

-Carly Anderson



Roxanne Cobb
Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City

Roxanne Cobb, a Crime Victim/Survivor Services major at Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City, demonstrates unwavering support of those who are victims of crime. In addition to pursuing a career in victim services with the goal of becoming a victim's advocate, Roxanne volunteers countless hours to organizations and agencies that support crime victims, especially those of human trafficking. Roxanne works tirelessly on behalf of others, while at the same time maintaining a high GPA and being active on campus. Roxanne was elected by her peers to serve as vice chair of the Student Association for Victim Interests and Empowerment. Also this year, Roxanne demonstrated her leadership skills by organizing a Human Trafficking Awareness campus event to promote awareness of the atrocities of human trafficking to students, faculty and staff. She truly demonstrates purposive civic engagement as she focuses on making the world a better place.

-Natalie Shirley, President


I am currently enrolled at OSU-OKC to complete my A.A.S in Crime Victim/Survivor Services. This will give me the foundation to start working as a victim's advocate. I also volunteer with Beautiful Dream Society (BDS), a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to fighting exploitation, instilling value, and empowering vulnerable people worldwide. I have worked over 150+ hours with BDS. I have also completed close to 60 hours of additional service learning hours with the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board as an intern. There I was able to learn more about the judicial side of what victims of crime endure. I will soon volunteer with The Spero Project, a Food Co-Operative which serves families in the Lyrewood Community and Tulakes Elementary School in Northwest Oklahoma City. With the Spero Project, I will be able to work directly within the community to assist those that live in our under-resourced neighborhoods.

-Roxanne Cobb



Christopher Dowling

University of Central Oklahoma


Christopher Dowling, a senior accounting major at the University of Central Oklahoma, has made a huge impact on campus. His tireless work on issues of hunger, food insecurity, and poverty has made a palpable impact on campus. His effort to help strengthen the food pantry on campus has made a difference in the lives of many students at UCO who rely on the pantry for a steady diet. He also realizes that the food pantry is a Band-Aid solution to the problem of poverty in the U.S. and, as such, Chris plans to use the skills he possesses as a leader and motivator to continue to build relationships and work to alleviate the impact of poverty.

-Don Betz, President


I've been fortunate enough to have joined the Big Brothers and Big Sisters of OKC and developed a relationship with a young man who seems to have changed my life for the better. My time with Cameron reminds me that whether it be conquering 3rd grade or pursuing our career and other life goals, we're capable of far more than we think with a little faith in ourselves and the support of our friends. My relationship with the University of Central Oklahoma Volunteer Service Learning Center has taught me the need for reflection in service learning. By better understanding our passions and abilities, we put ourselves and those around us in a better position to find a solution to the social injustices we've chosen to end.

-Christopher Dowling



Rhetta Farrill

East Central University


Rhetta Farrill is a social entrepreneur and a sophomore at East Central University in Ada, where she has a history of identifying groups in need and then coming up with ways to improve their situations. She has led efforts and has also, as a volunteer, added greatly to the efforts of others. She is particularly interested in improving the welfare of children and her efforts have resulted in thousands of dollars' worth of aid to children. She has worked with several partner organizations to improve conditions for adults and families. Although only a sophomore, Rhetta is becoming recognized on the campus and in the community as an energetic, caring leader who can get things done. She leads by example and, whether she is leading a project or helping with one, no one works harder, longer or more effectively than she does. Rhetta is an inspiration to those around her and, no doubt, will continue to be far into the future as she seeks to improve conditions for children and adults in need through her involvement and her efforts to get others involved.

-John Hargrave, President


Since I was little, I have found joy in helping others. From staying after events to help clean up, to volunteering at anything I could find, I stayed busy from a young age. I carried on my passion for serving others into my collegiate life at ECU. I worked with the Department of Human Services to organize a toy and book drive that engaged the community at a grassroots level and provided Christmas gifts to local foster children. I also am involved at ECU as the Secretary of the Business Leaders Association and an active member of Enactus. In addition to school volunteerism, I have worked over 50 hours at our local soup kitchen, and I mentor at-risk youth at church on both Sundays and Wednesdays. As our church's J12 youth pastor I organize and participate in events and fundraisers for our ministry. I have also spearheaded two food drives that provided over 50 families with assistance over the holidays. I believe my studies in management will give me an education that I can give back to my community forever through a purpose-filled career and continuing to work to make my community an even brighter place.

-Rhetta Farrill.



Michael Ferguson
Tulsa Community College


Michael Ferguson is a Human Services major at Tulsa Community College. He is compassionate, confident, and courageous in his endeavors to serve veterans. Michael has overcome many obstacles in his life and in his service to our country. Michael's willingness to continue the battle to make the world a better place is inspiring to the whole community of TCC. He is a leader among the students and respected by faculty and staff. Community leaders admire his vision and tenacity in his quest to serve the underserved. Michael strongly believes his life was spared in various accidents and other dangerous events to make a difference. He has not strayed from this course even when powerful obstacles appeared in his path. Michael is the epitome of what it means to serve others. His spirit of perseverance and dedication to the helping profession is unsurpassed.

-Leigh Goodson PhD, President & CEO


I am a disabled veteran with a dream to enable other veterans to overcome drug and alcohol addiction. I want to help create positive change in veterans' lives. To facilitate this, I enrolled in the Alcohol and Chemical Dependency Program. I have assumed a leadership position in the Peer Mentoring office by providing encouragement and guidance to fellow Human Services students. I continue to coach new peer mentoring students and I am serving my second semester as Total Addiction Counseling and Knowledge from Life Experience (TACKLE) president. In that capacity, I administered a luncheon to the staff of Operation Hope Prison Ministries to thank them for their service to the community. This spring we will do a project with the youth of Palmer Drug Abuse. I have participated in the Point in Time homeless count, Narcotics Anonymous, Alcoholics Anonymous, and Celebrate Recovery meetings to understand the needs of the clients I will serve. An official with the Department of Corrections has encouraged me to lobby for legal exceptions for veterans so they may enter Veterans Treatment Court instead of prison. It was during an internship that a big dream formed in my heart to open a sober-living facility to assist veterans in trouble, coming out of prison and experiencing homelessness.

-Michael Ferguson

Josi Hasenauer

Northwestern Oklahoma State University

Hasenauer, a senior at Northwestern Oklahoma State University, exhibits outstanding campus and community involvement. She is serving as an AmeriCorps Tutor at Alva Middle School and will become a social sciences teacher after she graduates. She served as an intern for Senator Mike Johanns (Nebraska) in Washington D.C. this past summer and is passionate about investing time in the lives of students. She has adopted the motto of one conversation, one problem, one smile at a time to change the world.

-Janet Cunningham, President


When I was younger, I always told my friends and family I was going to be President of the United States. I thought if I was President then I could change the world. I now know I don't need a title to change the world or a person's life. What I do every day on campus, in schools, and in the community is changing the world one conversation, one problem, one smile at a time. Through tutoring students at the middle school, I am changing lives of students by encouraging them to believe in themselves, work hard, find value in the little things (even the negatives count), and show them how fun learning can be. I am changing people's lives by investing my time and energy to support their dreams, see them for who they are, and listen to them. As we develop in this technological age, we need to remember that just because we are more technically advanced does not replace the need for relationships with God, family, friends, and people. Not only does it make us emotionally and physically healthy, but also allows us to solve problems by going beyond a single person's ability.

-Josi Hasenauer



Raleigh Jobes
Rogers State University

Austin Jobes, a fourth year student at Rogers State University, is determined to lead others for the benefit of all. This year he will graduate with a degree in Medical/Molecular Biology, but his passion for social change and involvement is exemplified by his decision to pursue a master's in sociology. Austin leads by example, energetically and enthusiastically working for the improvement of local communities. He has been an active member of the President's Leadership Class the past four years, and as President this past year has deepened that organization's emphasis on community service. This has resulted in increased service to a number of existing community groups (directly addressing important issues), but has also helped prepare future leaders to focus on civic engagement. Austin has consistently demonstrated the potential to make significant contributions in the future while making a real difference today.

-Larry Rice, President


Growing up in small town rural Oklahoma gave little insight to common problems facing humanity and challenged little the civic moral duties I now feel obligated to. Through various classes, study abroad opportunities, and insightful discussions with professors, the naiveté washed away and left me eager to help create a brighter future for others. Through my undergraduate career, opportunities arose calling for action which could not be ignored. I appreciate the opportunity to serve as vice president and then president of the President's Leadership Class (PLC). Leading the way in helping to restructure the PLC, we are now focused on applying students' time to civic engagement and solving social issues, which not only benefit community members directly, but also expands self-awareness in relation to the community. When discussing and directing volunteer opportunities with the group of 40 students, we are like our own small non-profit organization determined to make a difference. The community, students, and I have benefited from various civic engagements such as creating a Go Green Campaign supplying bikes for students to rent with proceeds donated to ecological initiatives in the community and with the on-campus 100-acre nature conservation, just to name two.

-Raleigh Jobes


Michael Larson

Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology

Michael has volunteered over 250 hours in Oklahoma for 4-H and FFA. In addition to this service, he works with the Ronald McDonald House, with the DHS adopt a snowflake program, and raises money for CHANGE for Change, an organization that raises money for underserved Oklahomans. He is dedicated to impacting society on a local, state, and national level. Through his work with 4-H, underprivileged Oklahomans and his willingness to help out classmates, Mr. Larson is a true representative of OSUIT and the spirit of a global technical education.

-Bill Path, President


I believe in helping out my fellow citizens. As such I planned Change for CHANGE! Every piece of change counts! It's simple, CHANGE the life of a child, family or fund research by collecting loose "change" at meetings, events and activities for the Oklahoma Children's Hospital Foundation. Our goal is to help the Foundation to raise the funds necessary to bring services to rural Oklahoma. Think how many more youth can be served with something like loose change. It is my desire to give back to rural children through 4-H, FFA, and supporting under served populations.

-Michael Larson



Tyler Parette

Oklahoma Christian University


Tyler Parette's commitment to making our world a better place is evident in all he does. He is brilliant, articulate, thoughtful, a strong leader, and lives a life of character. Through his highly coveted internship at the Oklahoma Public Policy Institute, Tyler is serving on the front lines of addressing the most important social issues of our time. In addition, Tyler has made sure throughout his college career that he is equipped and ready to tackle these issues by proactively seeking countless internships, study-abroad opportunities, prestigious scholarships, and organizational leadership positions. He has armed himself with the skills necessary to be a powerful force for good in our society, and we have no doubt that he will be tremendously successful in this aspiration.

-John deSteiguer, President


It is hard to put into words how much I have grown in the past four years. My college career has shaped me in ways I could never imagine. I have been afforded opportunities to travel the world, to experience other cultures, to study at leading institutions, and to learn from distinguished educators. These opportunities have encouraged me to think critically and take an active role in my education. I have made it a personal goal to make the most out of my education by supplementing classroom time with experiences that have helped me directly apply my studies. I have an internship with a leading political think tank and currently spend half of each week at the State Capitol engaged in the political process. This experience has served to strengthen my understanding of how the political process works and continues to provide connections and opportunities for my pursuits after graduation. I have learned to search for ways to engage and interact with as many people as possible, and in turn as many ideas and worldviews as possible. This intentionality has certainly provided a platform from which I can carry a lifestyle of learning into my future.

-Tyler Parette



Kristen Ryan

Rose State College


Kristen Ryan is a student leader that impacts not only Rose State College, but the entire community in which she lives. In addition to serving the college as a President's Leadership Scholar and executive member of the student senate, Kristen has also devoted her life to assisting individuals with limited resources. Last summer, Kristen decided to move out of her own home and live amongst the community in a depilated apartment complex. Kristen created programming to engage the children who were left alone all day and served as a mentor, making herself available at all times. Through her experience, she realized that distributing canned goods, coats, and shoes may help provide for a temporary need but most importantly, children with scarce resources need to be loved and invested in daily. Kristen Ryan is a woman of great character -honest, hardworking and genuine. She is an exceptional student, speaker, advocate, and difference maker and has never wavered in her dedication, her passion and her ambition for service to others. She is dedicated to making a difference in the world by making her community a stronger place.

-Jeanie Webb, President


A Newman Civic Fellow should be represented by only the most motivated, service-oriented and well-rounded students this nation has to offer. I am one of those students. Even before the leadership opportunities I have had since entering college, I sought out leadership roles, not for the sake of honoring myself, but for the sake of benefitting and advancing the whole. From being the captain of my high school drum line to being the Worship Leader at my church and serving as the secretary of the National Honor Society, I began recognizing my potential to lead people to success in causes worth pursuing. Upon entering college, I was awarded a Leadership Scholarship which has opened innumerable doors for me to exercise leadership on my campus. Beyond that, however, taking all of the qualities associated with an effective leader about which I have been learning, I have been blessed with opportunities to act as a leader in my community, such as in leading bible studies for underprivileged children living in OKC and leading groups of prospective teachers at literacy promotion events at elementary schools in my area. I consider every opportunity to serve others as another stone in my path.

-Kristen Ryan


Addi Shamburg

Northern Oklahoma College


Addi Shamburg, a student leader at Northern Oklahoma College, shares her battle with Hodgkin's Lymphoma, a cancer that attacks the immune system, in an effort to educate audiences ranging from elementary students to community leaders. Her servant's heart and propensity for public speaking have started a revolution of cancer awareness coupled with ADDItude at our college and across northwest Oklahoma. Despite lengthy stints at M.D. Anderson during the school year, Addi has returned to spread the word about cancer. She informs about the disease's ability to strike at any age and the physical battles she fights on a daily basis. More importantly, Addi advocates that the disease can be battled with a positive ADDItude. Her positive thinking has forever transformed and united our community in the fight against cancer. We have been rallied to action by one young women's efforts to educate and inspire others who might encounter cancer on life's path.

-Cheryl Evans, President


Since being diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma, I have had a passion for sharing my story with the community around me. I have spoken and walked at Enid's Relay for Life, sharing my story to get people involved with cancer awareness and how it can affect everyone. I continue to bring my story to my college campus. Because of my efforts to bring cancer awareness to NOC, students have realized the importance of the campus blood drives and I have been featured in a recent VYPE magazine article. My local church, Emmanuel Baptist, has also come along beside me in my fight and allowed me to share my story through a self-written poem in a Sunday service. A video of the performance has spread across the internet and has been viewed by thousands. Through this journey I hope to continue to advocate for young adults fighting cancer.

-Addi Shamburg

Presidents' Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll                    

Application for the 2015 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll has opened. Information may be found on the Honor Roll website at: The deadline for application is Tuesday May 5, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. CST.


Information on the 8 OkCC member institutions who earned this distinction in 2014, including the Interfaith Service Honor with Distinction for Oklahoma City University, and on Oklahoma's past Honor Roll recipients may be found at: 


The following 2015 President's Honor Roll technical assistance webinars and conference calls are available to assist you in filling out your application:


Webinar 1 - Thursday April 9, 2015 at 1:00pm CST

To access the Webinar, please click the link above and use the following information below:

  • Webinar Meeting Number: 645-330-704
  • Webinar Meeting Password:  Welcome1
  • Call-In Information:  Toll free dial-in: 888-677-5806 | Participant passcode: 5848815

Webinar 2 - Tuesday April 14, 2015 at 1:00pm CST

To access the Webinar, please click the link above and use the following information below: 

  • Webinar Meeting Number: 643-351-071
  • Webinar Meeting Password: Welcome1
  • Call-In Information: Toll free dial-in: 888-677-5806 | Participant passcode: 5848815

Conference Call 1 - Thursday April 23, 2015 at 1:00pm CST

Toll free dial-in: 888-677-5806 | Participant passcode: 5848815 


Conference Call 2 - Tuesday April 28, 2015 at 1:00pm CST

Toll free dial-in: 888-677-5806  | Participant passcode: 5848815 


Remember: The deadline for application submission is Tuesday May 5, 2015.  


Additional Honor Roll Resources

Thomas Ehrlich Civically Engaged Faculty Award Nominations Now Open
Campus Compact recognizes one faculty member each year for exemplary engaged scholarship, including leadership in advancing students' civic learning, conducting community-based research, fostering reciprocal community partnerships, building institutional commitments to service-learning and civic engagement, and other means of enhancing higher education's contributions to the public good.


The recipient and finalists will be announced in early fall 2015 and will be honored at Campus Compact's 30th Anniversary Conference in March 2016. The award winner is granted $2,000 and the opportunity to conduct a session at the Association of American Colleges and Universities Annual Conference.Four finalists are also featured in a panel presentation at the conference. Nominations will be accepted until May 22, 2015. For information on the eligibility requirements for the Ehrlich Award and on the nomination process in general, see this link:


The Thomas Ehrlich Civically Engaged Faculty Award is made possible through the generous support of the KPMG Foundation.

 Annual Membership Survey Results

The results of the 2014 Annual Membership Survey are expected to become available in mid-to-late April. Please watch the OkCC website at 

and/or your email for this data which will give the state data (based on the institutions which responded to the survey) and compare it to the national results.

Recap of 2015 Civic/Community Engagement Workshop

OkCC members took part in an abbreviated workshop Friday, February 27th in Oklahoma City, before oncoming sleet and snow forced an early closure after lunch. For those members who were unable to attend, this recap is offered along with information posted on the OkCC website under Past Conference/Workshop Information at: 

Community Engagement Software Tools Panel

One of the biggest frustrations in managing civic/community engagement in higher education is the lack of adequate software tools.

  • The absence of software programs to help organize, track and report community engagement and service learning on a comprehensive scale is a significant hindrance to administrators, faculty and students on college campuses across the nation.
  • Of the commercial software programs that exist, many are not designed intentionally for higher education use, none are comprehensive, none allow for customization to fit individual campus needs, and all have costs that are beyond many institutions' means.
  • Many campuses lack the resources or support to build in-house programs.
  • OkCC continually fields inquiries on this need from its member institutions. Many want to know whether OkCC could purchase one program for use on each campus. Research shows that this capacity does not practically exist, regardless of what the cost would be.

OkCC participated in a webinar sponsored by the California and Colorado state Campus Compact offices recently on Tracking Tools for Campuses, featuring a consultant who worked with many California campuses. The discussion covered a review of the types of tools available and included a handout that summarizes characteristics of many popular platforms.  The consultant provided some helpful direction in terms of guiding campuses in formulating their needs and in evaluating tracking/management software currently on the market. The webinar was recorded and is posted on the Campus Compact of the Mountain West website at:   Materials from the webinar are available on the OkCC website under Past Conferences/Workshop Information at:


In preparation for the workshop panel, OkCC also conducted an informal survey of its members, and gathered this information from the 18 of the 39 member institutions that responded:

  • Only 39% of the campuses responding utilize any customized software for any part of managing community engagement, e.g., opportunities, activities, reporting.

  • Of these 39%, less than half (44%) have software customized by its institution for its use.

  • More than half (56%) of all respondents do not use any commercial software product that charges fees.

  • Student Affairs administered the software programs in use, whether commercial or in-house design, on more than half (58%) of the respondents' campuses.

  • 71% of the respondents do not utilize a port of entry for volunteer opportunities.

  • 67% of the respondents do not have a tracking program for community engagement participation.

  • Only 56% of the respondent campuses have a process to track service learning courses and faculty.

  • 63% of the respondent campuses do not maintain centralized data on the number of community partnerships.

  • 69% of the respondent campuses do not collect any assessments of impact on the students or community at the department level or at a higher level.

The most common uses of information gathered on community engagement by the respondents are:

  • Annual Reporting (87%)

  • Student Recognition or Award (73%)

  • Accreditation (53%)

  • Institutional Goals (40%).

These results were shared with the workshop participants in a panel session led by faculty and administration from three institutions: Dr. Kathryn Gage, Executive Director in the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs at Oklahoma State University described how use of the Student Affairs Assessment Council enabled her to get out and meet other actors and colleagues on campus in the task of writing the document for the elective Carnegie Classification for Community Engagement; Ms. Rene Hurst, Information Systems and Technologies Department Head and Service Learning Coordinator at Oklahoma State University - Oklahoma City related that although OSU-OKC requires service-learning in academic programs, there were no student fees and no budget for the purchase of software tools to use in tracking and reporting; and, Ms. Leslie Cothern, Student Activities Specialist at Cameron University talked about the absence of regular centralized recordkeeping and frustrations over understanding of even basic tenets such as an institutional definition of service learning.


In the panel and audience discussion, participants echoed the frustrations in transmitting an understanding of the differentiation between service-learning and other types of community engagement, and highlighted frustrations with assessment approaches. It was suggested that the Carnegie Commission Elective Community Engagement Classification would be a good framework to see things from other partners in the assessment process. Conversation also centered on the critical aspect played by an established committee with a physical location. Participants mentioned that they have used HLC as the impetus to begin a committee, and one campus holds advisory board meetings at community partner sites. Participants also delineated difficulties with getting service-learning courses designated.


The widespread frustration with this area may be a positive indication that college communities are more aware than ever of the importance of data collection and documentation of important aspects of institutional mission, identity and commitments.

Risk Management


Mike Bale, Director of Risk Management at Oklahoma State University, conducted a spirited discussion with workshop participants on risk management issues in community engagement that focused on finding ways to carry out activities safely. He walked everyone through a risk identification process involving liability, human resources, risk analysis and exposure. Much of his presentation centered on transportation issues, and was couched within the parameters of the Governmental Tort Claims Act. He described the differentiation between insurance protection for employees, volunteers, students, bystanders, etc., and talked about useful insurance policies for events, such as a small accident policy. Mr. Bale closed with the knowledge that release forms or waivers for staff or students were very useful, and advised seeking campus legal assistance in writing these documents. A reference document, Experiential Learning: Managing Risks Maximizing Rewards, is posted on the OkCC website at:


Naturalization Ceremony for the American Democracy Project


Dr. Susan Scott, of the College of Education and Professional Studies, and Student Sponsor for the American Democracy Project at the University of Central Oklahoma, made a presentation over lunch on the Naturalization Ceremony which UCO works with the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma to host. She distributed copies of the program and described the many different entities at UCO which were involved in this civic event. 

Realizing STEM Equity and Diversity through Higher Education-Community Engagement


A recently released white paper is written by Ira Harkavy (Associate Vice President and Founding Director, Netter Center for Community Partnerships, University of Pennsylvania), Nancy Cantor (Chancellor, Rutgers University-Newark) and Myra Burnett (Interim Provost, Spelman College), this paper presents a promising approach to advancing equity in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) through higher education-community engagement. The intention is that this paper will advance both the understanding and practice in the field by presenting key findings and recommendations for effective higher education-community engagement in STEM.  A copy of this paper is available at

Connect2Complete Resource Guide


Connect2Complete (C2C) is a program of Campus Compact supported by The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. C2C works with nine community colleges in Florida, Ohio and Washington to utilize peer mentoring and service- learning to support the most vulnerable community college students in achieving academic success and engaging with their peers, the college and the broader community.


The success of the C2C program has prompted Campus Compact to create the C2C Resource Guide to help colleges implement the C2C model on their own campuses. The guide is designed for a broad range of audiences, including community engagement professionals, faculty, student leaders, administrators, and presidents. While resources contained within this guide were developed on the basis of the experiences, needs, and cultures of community colleges, the model has garnered interest from four-year institutions offering developmental education, which can adapt the information here for their own use.


Full information on the Connect2Complete program, including an overview, the evaluation report, and the Resource Guide, is available through this link:  

Call for Proposals for Eastern Region Campus Compact Conference


The Eastern Region Campus Compact invites Workshop and Poster Session Proposals for the Fifth Annual Eastern Region Campus Compact Conference: Moving Us Forward: At the Intersection of Community Engagement and Collective Impact, October 14-16, 2015 in Newark, New Jersey.


Proposals are due April 7th. If you are interested in submitting a proposal for this conference, contact Laurie Worrall, NYCC Executive Director, at for more information. The ERCC conference registration, including hotel information, will open April 15th.

Upper Midwest Civic Engagement Summit


The theme for the upper Midwest Campus Compact's annual conference is The Global is Local: Civic Engagement Across Cultures, Communities, and Nations. This event will be hosted on June 9-10, 2015, at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota.

While some campuses engage students, faculty, and staff in communities to which they already belong, many of us are engaging across boundaries of culture, race, class, faith, age, nation, and more. Especially in an era of increasing inequality, persistent de facto segregation, and significant migrations, higher education institutions that care about effective education, democratic and economic vitality, or social justice must develop people's understanding of their own identities and their broader context, as well as the knowledge and skills to communicate and collaborate across differences. What are campuses and community organizations already doing that works? What lessons have we learned from less successful efforts? What questions must we address to do better? The Campus Compacts in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin invite you to join colleagues from across the Upper Midwest-and keynote speakers Fatima Said of Project FINE and Tania Mitchell of the University of Minnesota-for critical reflection, learning, and dialogue.

For more information, see the
conference website. Early-bird registration is open now through April 30th here; regular registration-and registration for optional on-campus housing-will end May 29th. With questions, please contact Julie Plaut at or 612-436-2081.


Partnerships Journal 


Read the latest edition of Partnerships: A Journal of Service-Learning and Civic Engagement, at This is North Carolina Campus Compact's peer-reviewed, online journal hosted by the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. This special edition is devoted to a critical examination of teaching democratic thinking. Volume 6 Number 1 (2015) includes:




Community Building in the Classroom: Teaching Democratic Thinking through Practicing Democratic Thinking

Danielle Lake (Grand Valley State University)


What Kind of Community? An Inquiry into Teaching Practices that Move beyond Exclusion

Stephen Bloch-Schulman (Elon University), J. F. Humphrey (North Carolina Agricultural and Technological State University), Spoma Jovanovic (University of North Carolina at Greensboro), Hollyce "Sherry" Giles (Guilford College), Dan Malotky (Greensboro College), Audrey Campbell (Bennett College)


From Teaching Democratic Thinking to Developing Democratic Civic Identity

Robert Bringle (Appalachian State University), Patti Clayton (PHC Ventures), Kathryn E. Bringle (Burke Rehabilitation Hospital)


Bringing Organizations Back In: Perspectives on Service-Learning, Community Partnership and Democratic Thinking in a Voter Engagement Project

Jennifer Jackman and Tiffany Gayle Chenault (Salem State University), Joy Winkler (University of Massachusetts Boston)


Service-Learning and the "Real World" of Classroom Politics

Oren Abeles (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)


Rooting the Study of Communication Activism in an Attempted Book Ban

Spoma Jovanovic (University of North Carolina at Greensboro), Mark Congdon Jr.(University of Maine), Crawford Miller (York Street CrossFit), Garrett Richardson (Young Innovators, Inc.)


'The Science of Liberty is Not So Simple': Teaching Democratic Thinking in Revolutionary France

Adrian O'Connor (University of South Florida St. Petersburg)


I Am Not Trying to Be Defiant, I Am Trying to Be Your Partner: How to Help Students Navigate Educational Institutions That Do Not Value Democratic Practice

Stephen Bloch-Schulman (Elon University), Maggie Castor (University of British Columbia)


Asking Another Question: Democratic Thinking Inside and Outside the Classroom - A Forthcoming Interview with Elizabeth Minnich and Si Kahn

Stephen Bloch-Schulman (Elon University)  

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