The Communicator

 Summer 2015
Oklahoma Campus Compact Newsletter
In This Issue
2015 Campus Compact Heartland Regional Conference
October 29-30 2015 in Kansas City, Missouri
Embassy Suites Kansas City - Plaza Hotel

Registration is open for the 2015 Heartland Campus Compact Regional Conference! Visit the conference website at: to see the full list of sessions with descriptions, speakers, accommodations, and awards.
Highlights include a concurrent session on Creating a Culture of Engagement by Matt Hartley of the University of Pennsylvania, in addition to his general session talk on the Evolution of Campus Compact and the Civic Engagement Movement; and sessions on publishing; urban immersion by Washington University in St. Louis; the benefits and drawbacks of applying for the Carnegie Commission Community Engagement Classification; service learning for online courses; group blogging on reflection; and many more topics affecting community engagement work.
Cohosted by the 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.
Early Bird (ends September 30): $200
Regular (ends October 23): $250
Late or On Site: $300
Non-Campus Compact-Member Institution: $300
Student / AmeriCorps: $125
Deadline to Cancel with Refund: October 21
No Refunds After: October 23
The one-and-a-half-day event will feature several large panel sessions, 20 concurrent sessions, and two plenary speakers:
Bauback Yehaneh  
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 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.
Matt Hartley
Matthew Hartley is a professor of education at the University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Education. His research focuses on academic governance, especially how academic communities define their educational purposes. Dr. Hartley serves as Executive Director of the Alliance for Higher Education and Democracy (AHEAD) at Penn GSE. He also serves on the editorial boards of Educational Researcher, The Review of Higher Education, and the Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement. His book, To Serve a Larger Purpose, co-edited with John Saltmarsh, examines the roles of universities in democratic societies. He earned his master's and doctoral degrees from Harvard University's Graduate School of Education.
OkCC State Awards
Each year it is our privilege to recognize and celebrate outstanding work in the field of community engagement which strengthens institution and community ties through service at our member institutions. These honors are presented at the Heartland Campus Compact Regional Conference. Oklahoma Campus Compact is soliciting nominations for these awards for the faculty, staff, administrators and community partners at your institution.
The Oklahoma Campus Compact State Awards honor outstanding faculty, staff, and community partners for their work The three annual awards are:
The Community Engagement Professional of the Year - This award recognizes one professional from a member campus in Oklahoma who has worked toward the institutionalization of academic service-learning and/or service, created and strived toward a vision of service for his/her campus, promoted higher education as a public good, provided exceptional support to faculty and students, and has been instrumental in forming innovative campus-community partnerships.
The Excellence in Community-Based Teaching & Scholarship Award - This award recognizes one faculty member from a member campus in Oklahoma who has 1) successfully incorporated service-learning into at least one course with demonstrable outcomes and 2) conducted outstanding research in the field of service-learning and engaged scholarship.
The Outstanding Community & Campus Collaboration Award - This award recognizes a sustained campus-community partnership in the state of Oklahoma that demonstrates a true partnership as evidenced by 1) community agency involvement in the development of the course goals and learning outcomes; 2) measurable impact (qualitative and quantitative) on students, faculty and institution; 3) measurable impact on the lives of those served by the community agency; 4) commitment of community agency to student learning.
The awards will be presented on the first day of the Heartland Conference on Thursday, October 29th at the Campus Compact Heartland Conference in Kansas City in conjunction with awards from the Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska Campus Compacts. For conference information see:
The award nomination forms for Oklahoma, along with more information, may be found on the Heartland Conference website at:
Select Oklahoma to access the nomination information and cover sheet for each award. Read about Oklahoma's past State Award winners at:
Nominations will be accepted for each award through Friday, September 4, 2015. Please help us to recognize and celebrate the leadership and contributions to student, institutional and community growth. Please address any questions to Debbie Terlip at, or 405-225-9128.
Eighth Annual Oklahoma Service-Learning Conference
The Eighth Annual Oklahoma Service Learning Conference will be hosted at Oklahoma State University - Oklahoma City on Friday, October 23rd. Themed An Education of Service for a Life of Community Engagement, this conference is a collaborative effort supported by Langston University - School of Physical Therapy, Oklahoma Campus Compact, University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City University, Oklahoma State University, Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City, and other institutions in the state. Each year faculty and service learning administrators and faculty have the opportunity to gather, network, and share their expertise in experiential education at the Oklahoma Service-Learning Conference. This annual event is a wonderful in-state opportunity for faculty to network on best practices. Please consider submitting a proposal for a 30-minute presentation at this event by Monday, August 31st. Abstracts should be submitted electronically to: Dr. Elicia Pollard at
The abstract should include:
  • 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
There is no registration fee to attend. We encourage you to please spread the word about the conference to faculty and students at your institution.
Dive In and Diving Deep                  
The Campus Compact professional development conferences for new and experienced community engagement personnel are being incorporated into the Campus Compact 30th Annual Conference titled Accelerating Change: Engagement for Impact, on March 21-23, 2016, in Boston, MA. The format includes a convening on Sunday afternoon before the conference starts, certain presentation offerings that are part of the main event, and opportunities to convene for reflection throughout. Campus Compact has engaged two fantastic facilitators--Mandi McReynolds (former Diving Deep facilitator and Director of Community Engagement and Service-Learning at Drake University) and Dr. Shannon Wilder (former Diving In facilitator and Director of the Office of Service-Learning at University of Georgia) to lead the Institutes. Space is limited so please encouraged interested faculty and staff to register early. Learn more at
Voting Registration Contest
Institutions have a unique opportunity to help instill lifetime voter civic engagement in students. The Oklahoma Campus Compact Voter Registration Contest provides focus and incentive to reinforce the importance of voter registration. The annual OkCC Voter Registration Contest runs from July 1st through October 16th, 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 16th, 2015 is in keeping with the Oklahoma State Election Board traditional registration deadline. Although there are no general elections this fall, the Oklahoma Presidential Primary will take place March 1, 2016. Find complete information including the reporting form at:
  2016 Oklahoma Presidential Primary - March 1, 2016

Contest Awards
In-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)
  • White (mid-sized institutions)
  • Blue (large institutions)
Out-of-State Registrations
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)
The choice for out-of-state students of whether to register in Oklahoma or out-of-state is a personal choice. For purposes of this contest, registrations to vote in Oklahoma elections are counted as In-State Registrations, and registrations to vote in other states' elections are counted as Out-of-State Registrations.
Please let us know how we may be of assistance after you've reviewed the information. And remember, registration is meaningless if the student doesn't actually vote.
 Call for Community-Based Syllabi for Updated Database on
Campus Compact has reorganized the syllabus database on the new website.  You can now search for syllabi using a variety of fields including discipline, type of instruction, issue area, institution type, and more. The easily searchable database contains more than 400 syllabi of courses using service-learning and other community-engagement approaches. Campus Compact is actively seeking new syllabi (a submission form should be up soon). In the meantime, please send syllabi directly to Maggie Grove at A special thanks to Dr. Paul Matthews and the graduate students in his Service-Learning Course Design class at the University of Georgia who assisted with the project.
Find the syllabi in the new Resource Library on
Around Oklahoma Campuses
This new feature highlights community engagement professional experiences, best practices, and resources that may be useful to colleagues in the Oklahoma Campus Compact community. Many campuses partner with their area Food Bank on various co-curricular and volunteer projects. Several campuses have taken steps to bring some form of this entity more directly into campus life, with varying degrees of success. In this piece, Leslie Cothren, Director of Campus Life at Cameron University, a four-year public institution in Lawton, discusses issues involving consideration of establishing, operating and maintaining a campus food bank.
The Lawton Food Bank at Cameron University
Food insecurity is defined by the United States Department of Agriculture as meaning "consistent access to adequate food is limited by a lack of money and other resources at times during the year" ( In Comanche County, where Cameron University is located, 23,540 people are affected, or 18.8% of the total county population ( The national average is 14.3% (
In the Spring of 2013, administrators at Cameron saw this need on our own campus and searched for a way to address this concern. Representative from the Campus Life Office spoke with the director of the Lawton Food Bank to assess our options and get some feedback from her. Based on this conversation, we came up with three options to explore.
The first option would be for us to have a complete food bank for our students on campus. This would have required us to contact the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma to determine if we could serve as a "satellite" location for the Lawton Food Bank. We would pay for and receive our food through the Lawton Food Bank and be in charge of determining who was eligible for that food, who would receive the food, how much they receive and how often. We would also have been in charge of staffing the location. In order to make this option work, we would have to prove to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma that we were not duplicating the services of the Lawton Food Bank. This option did not work for us as we did not have the space, the staffing, or the budget available to properly implement the program. Additionally, we felt that this option would be in conflict with the great work that the Lawton Food Bank does and we did not want to do that.
The second option we considered was contacting the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma to see if they were interested in expanding a program currently available in senior living areas. The Regional Food Bank currently drives a bus from Oklahoma City to the Lawton area and delivers food to the Senior Living Areas in town. We would contact them about serving as a pilot program to include Cameron University on their stops. We did not feel this option best fit our student needs. We were unaware how many students would take advantage of the program and we did not want to enter into a partnership with the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma if we didn't know exactly how our students would respond.
Our final option would allow us to serve as a collection and distribution point for our students with food from the Lawton Food Bank. Students would be required to fill out the paperwork required by the Lawton Food Bank and they would process it in their system. (Most Lawton Food Bank requirements are easily met by full-time students.) We would ensure the applications got to the Lawton Food Bank and we would then pick up the boxes of food from the Lawton Food Bank and distribute them to the approved students. Our conversation deemed this as the best option for us. It was the best place for us to start to determine what kind of need we had. It was also the option that was the easiest to start. If we outgrew this option and had too many students to accommodate or became a drain on the Lawton Food Bank, we could always look at expanding our program to one of the other options.

The Lawton Food Bank @ CU (or LFB@CU for short) was launched in the fall of 2013. The Lawton Food Bank provides all necessary paperwork to the Campus Life Office at Cameron University which processes the applications. Students must fill out an application and bring the following information in order to complete the application: a current enrollment schedule, a government-issued picture ID (can be a Cameron student ID), and proof of address. Any part-time student must also provide a proof of income.
The Lawton Food Bank processes paperwork by household, not individuals. So, if multiple students are living together in the same household, they must apply for the program together. It works the same for students who may have children, are married, or are living with their family. In order to complete the application the following information must be supplied for all applicants: a current enrollment schedule for all members of the household that are Cameron students, a government-issued picture ID for all adults, and an ID for all children in the household.
In an effort to streamline the process and be efficient, distribution dates are set up dates in advance with the Lawton Food Bank. Paperwork is processed every 3 weeks while recipients are eligible every 6 weeks (that is a requirement set by the Lawton Food Bank). Applications are due to our office by 4 p.m. Tuesday. A representative from the Campus Life Office makes the proper copies and assures that all necessary paperwork is provided. The office then forwards the completed applications to the Lawton Food Bank, where they are processed in their system. On Friday, a representative of the Campus Life Office goes to the Lawton Food Bank to pick up the food and bring it back to campus for distribution. Applicants can pick up the food in the Campus Life Office between 10:30 a.m. and 1p.m. If students do not pick up the food, it is taken back to the Lawton Food Bank.
One of our biggest struggles has been advertising. We don't necessarily want to put up large signs advertising free food to students. We have had to be a little more circumspect in getting the word out. We had a student graphic designer create bookmarks which had all the application information and requirements. These were placed in mason jars with bows and handed out to Departmental Deans, Chairs, and other Directors on campus. This allowed the administrators to hand the bookmark to a student when the issue may have been brought up in conversation. Additionally, we keep these bookmarks stocked in gathering places on campus so students can pick one up. Also, we send an e-mail each semester to Deans, Directors, and Chairs to remind them of the program.
In an effort to help the Lawton Food Bank and give back a little, we try to do a food drive once a year that helps stock their shelves. They are also a frequent volunteer location for our student groups and athletic teams.
We have not had an overwhelming success with the program. We have a few students that use it on a regular basis (every 6 weeks when they are eligible), but we have not had more than 6 applicants in any one week. On our side, we need to better educate our students about how to use the food from the Lawton Food Bank. They see the date on the bread is past due and think it is bad. We have to let them know that it has been frozen and is still okay to eat. There also may be items in their basket that they do not know how to use or cook. We need to be better about encouraging them to do a little research.
Overall, this program has been a success, but we still have some work to do. It seems to fit the needs of our students and has a lot of room to grow.
Leslie Cothren is Director of Campus Life at Cameron University in Lawton, OK, and can be reached at
Latest Edition of Partnerships Available
Read the latest edition of Partnerships: A Journal of Service-Learning and Civic Engagement, North Carolina Campus Compact's peer-reviewed, online journal. Volume 6 Number 2 (2015) features articles on international partnerships enhanced with storytelling practices (Longo & Garcia), interdisciplinary teams in service-learning viewed through the lens of social ecology theory (Bowland, Hines-Martin, Edward & Haleem), and the social construction of difference when service efforts are defined as volunteerism (Doerr). In addition to the articles, two book reviews (by Simon and Lima, respectively) provide readers with evaluations of Teaching Communication Activism: Communication Education for Social Justice (2014, Edited by L. Frey & D. Palmer) and How High is Up? The Rise, Fall and Redemption of a Sam M. Walton SIFE Fellow (2014, authored by DeBerg).
Partnerships continues to accept manuscripts on a rolling basis that examine the processes and outcomes of partnerships that define service-learning and civic engagement projects and programs. The most recent issue, archived issues of the journal, and details for submissions can be found at
The production and publishing of Partnerships is made possible by its hosts and sponsors, North Carolina Campus Compact, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and NobleHour.
Journal for Public Scholarship in Higher Education - Call for Reviewers
Missouri Campus Compact is now soliciting reviewers for the Journal of Public Scholarship in Higher Education on a continual basis. They are looking for higher education faculty and staff with a terminal degree who have a background in community/civic engagement research and/or practice. Reviewers must be committed to assisting with the progression of the field of public scholarship and be able to devote time to the review process. Previous experience with publishing or serving as a peer-reviewer is recommended. Please see the JPSHE website at for more information and the application.
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. More information concerning JPSHE can be found on the website.
Resources from the 15th Annual SENCER (Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities) Summer Institute
Resources from the 15th Annual SENCER Summer Institute are now available online. The past 15 years of SENCER have yielded important accomplishments toward expanding civic capacity in students and the public by applying the science of learning to the learning of science. You are invited to view the session materials, which provide resources on integrating STEM with the humanities, connecting mathematics and sustainability, assessing student learning, addressing diversity issues in STEM education, adapting social media to case study development, and much more. Find this useful information a t
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