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					                              Vermont Campus Compact Network Digest
                                         March 25th, 2008
                                            Questions? Contact John Coutley (jcoutley@middlebury.edu)

 Regional Conferences and Call for Papers (Page 2)
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     I. Join RICC & MACC at their Learn And Serve America Showcase (April 4 )
    II. One Good Turn: Summer Cookout in March to Support Vermont Foodbank
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   III. Reminder Unite for Sight Registration Open until March 31
  IV. Register for the Institute on Global Service-Learning at Cornell University
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    V. Power Shift Vermont-- April 19 – 21
  VI. Request for Service Learning Assessment Tools
  VII. Students Team up To Fight Hunger (STUFH) Call for End of Year Food Drives
 VIII. Curricular Reform Institutes: Problem Based Service Learning (May 27-8)
 National Conferences and Call for Papers (Page 3)
     I. Last chance to register for the 19th Annual National Service-Learning Conference! (MARCH 26!)
    II. Attend The Second Annual Service-Learning World Forum
   III. Knowledge in Motion Conference – Call for Presentations
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  IV. Reminder: Register for the 11 Annual Continuums of Service Conference (Deadline March 31)
    V. Attend ACCU’s Meeting on Effective Educational Practices
  VI. Fair Elections Week of Actions- April 14th
  VII. Attend the Institute for Global Service-Learning -- April 25-26
 VIII. Best Out of School Time Conference (BOOST) – April 30 – May 3 – Palm Springs, CA
  IX. Sign up for the 2008 Campus Compact Professional Development Institute
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    X. Announcing AASHE 2 Biennial Conference AASHE 2008: Working Together for Sustainability
  XI. Lights, Camera, AmeriCorps! Participate in AmeriCorps Video Contest
  XII. AACC Regional Workshop on Service Learning (May 15)
 XIII. International Institute on Student-Centered Learning and Engagement May 20-23, 2008
 XIV. Announcing the 2008 EPICS Conference on Service Learning in Engineering and Technology
 XV. Invitation and Call for Papers for the 1st Urban Service-Learning Symposium (Proposals due
        March 31).
 XVI. Call for Papers for American Chemical Society Symposium
XVII. Join the Conference on International Service-Learning at Utah Valley University
XVIII. Service-Learning Syllabus Collection Expansion
 Awards, Grants, Fellowships and Positions (Page 7)
     I. Idealist.org launches New Nonprofit Career Guide
    II. Apply for Academic Discipline Network Grant through PA and NY Campus Compact
   III. Get Your Service Learning Syllabi Published
  IV. Campus Compact is currently seeking two graduate student assistants
    V. Northern California Campus Organizer
  VI. Public Campaign paid summer internships
  VII. Campaign Money Watch paid summer internships
 VIII. Common Cause internships
  IX. Feinstein Foundation Funding Opportunity
 News & Resources (Page 9)
     I. Youth Voter Turnout High in 2008 Primaries/Caucuses
    II. "2006 Civic and Political Health of the Nation Survey" Data Available
   III. Innovations in International Youth Volunteering Report Published
  IV. Please take 5 minutes to view an Amizade Global Service-Learning Course Video
    V. Save $10 when you order any 10 books from Campus Compact
  VI. CMT and Youth Service America Join Forces for Global Youth Service Day
  VII. Invite Your Elected Officials to Participate in Global Youth Service Day
 VIII. Nine for ’09 Memo Calls on Candidates to Support Youth Service
  IX. Now Available: Annual Meeting Audio Podcasts and AAC&U-TV Highlights
    X. Online Certificate of Completion: Service-Learning
  XI. California Campus Compact launches new initiative to increase leaders of color focused on
        community engagement in higher education.
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 XII. Green Mountain College Sustainability Website
XIII. Get Students Excited about Elections- New Campus Compact website
XIV. CGI U Announces New Projects

****************Regional Conferences and Call for Papers******************
Join RICC & MACC at their Learn And Serve America Showcase
NOTE: This is the closest thing to a Campus Compact regional conference that will happen this
year! Please join us in providing an opportunity for higher education institutions across Rhode Island and
Massachusetts to learn about high quality, youth-serving partnerships that colleagues have developed as
part of the Learn and Serve America program. Innovative and replicable programs will be presented and
discussed. Highlights will include programs that promote literacy, access to higher education, student
leadership, and faculty engagement for underserved youth communities. Students and community
partners participating in RI/MA Learn and Serve America programs are welcome to attend. Please see
http://ase.tufts.edu/macc/events.htm#RICCMACC if you are interested.

One Good Turn: Summer Cookout in March to Support Vermont Foodbank
Vermont Campus Compact strongly encourages you to support Chroma Technology’s One Good Turn.
Chroma is looking for volunteers as well as participants! Bring your family out of the winter and into
Chroma’s heated tent for a little bit of summer in March!
       Saturday, March 29, 4-7pm
       Waypoint Center in Bellows Falls, VT
Burgers, dogs and the works provided by Lisai’s
Bluegrass tunes provided by The Fretnaughts

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Reminder Unite for Sight Registration Open until March 31
Unite for Sight implements vision screening and education programs in North America and in developing
countries. In North America, patients are connected with free health coverage programs so that they can
receive an eye exam by a doctor. In Africa and Asia, Unite for Sight volunteers work with partner eye
clinics to implement screening and free surgery programs. Unite for Sight also organizes an annual
international health conference for the exchange of ideas about eye care, international health, and social
innovation. Attend this year’s conference at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. Register online at
http://uniteforsight.org/conference/2008/registration.php.

Register for the Institute on Global Service-Learning at Cornell University
The Institute offers faculty, administrators and practitioners a unique opportunity to learn about global
service-learning pedagogy, theory, program models, institutional support and scholarship. The Institute
seeks to foster greater collaboration and dialog among participants who are interested in advancing
global service-learning theory and practice. The Institute offers participants two tracks, Newcomer and
Advanced-"GSL 101" and "GSL 501." There will also be topical panels for all attendees. Please select
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the correct track when registering. The registration deadline is April 11 ; please go to
http://www.regonline.com/builder/site/Default.aspx?eventid=194783 to register.

Power Shift Vermont
On April 19th-21st, 2008 hundreds of high school and college students from across Vermont will
converge on Middlebury College's campus for the Power Shift Vermont conference. On Monday we will
travel to Montpelier to demand climate solutions from our legislators in the statehouse and Governor
Douglas' office!

Power Shift Vermont 2008 will focus on providing Vermont college and high school students with the
knowledge and tools they need to take action and find climate solutions. Through informative panels,
interactive workshops, intense discussions, speeches by distinguished leaders, and our Action Day in
Montpelier, we will take important steps towards securing a clean energy future and continuing
sustainability efforts in the Green Mountain State.
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Keynote speakers will kick off the event on the evening of Saturday, April 19th before the band Cake
performs on the Middlebury campus that evening. Sunday, April 20th will be a day of exciting panels,
workshops, and discussions on topics ranging from Green Jobs to renewable energy in Vermont to how
to build a campus climate organization on your campus. Monday (April 21st) morning we will head to
Montpelier to let our legislators know: We are your constituents! We demand climate solutions!

We guarantee you'll meet new friends, share lots of ideas, have lot's of fun and leave feeling inspired.

For more information: http://www.powershiftvermont.org/psvt.html

Request for Service Learning Assessment Tools
We have received a request from some professionals looking to analyze service learning assessment
tools. They are looking for willing institutions to share their current assessment/evaluation/survey tools f
analyzing service-learning assessment/evaluation/survey tools that are for students to use after they have
completed a semester of service-learning (SL). These assessment survey tools would be for the student
to evaluate the SL professor, the community partner and/or the SL experience itself. Their goal is to
create a nationwide model for all service-learning institutions to utilize. Please email Amy McGlashan with
your examples and she will forward them onto these professionals.

STUFH Call for End of Year Food Drives
For over ten years, Students Team up To Fight Hunger (―STUFH‖) has been putting individuals such as
yourself in touch with the local food bank in your area, so that at the end of the school year, the food bank
can drop off empty food bins to be placed in the dorms. After the students have left for the summer, the
food bank picks up the filled bins and uses the food to feed the hungry in your community. There is no
other work to be done, and there is no cost to be paid – this is a purely charitable effort.

Your local food bank is very interested in conducting an End of Year Food Drive at your institution, and
very much needs the food to help feed the hungry, particularly at this time of year when so many kids are
home without the benefit of a school lunch program. I know that it can sometimes be difficult to add a
new program to the calendar, even one as easy as this. But I ask that you please consider doing so
anyway given the simplicity of the food drive and the large number of hungry families that can be fed.

If you want to learn more about STUFH, please visit the website at www.stufh.org. STUFH conducts
these drives throughout the nation and over 200 universities in 43 states have participated.

Curricular Reform Institutes: Problem Based Service Learning
May 27-28 at Bates College, June 2-3 at University of Maine

The Institute consists of two days of highly interactive sessions. Participants will be introduced to
Problem-Based Service-Learning and engaged in curriculum redesign or development with support and
feedback from facilitators and peers. Participants will leave the Institute with plans for a course, and tools
for engaging students and working with community partners. The brochure will be available at
mainecompact.org within days!

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*****************National Conferences and Call for Papers******************
Last chance to register for the 19th Annual National Service-Learning Conference!
March 26th is your last chance to register for the National Service-Learning Conference, April 9th-12th,
2008. Don’t miss the opportunity to hear keynote speaker Archbishop Desmond Tutu and participate in
one of the many exciting workshops offered. Go here to register online:
https://programs.regweb.com/metro/NYLC2008/registration/.

The Second Annual Service-Learning World Forum
The Second Annual Service-Learning World Forum and related events bring international participants
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together to explore ways of engaging youths as leaders who nurture peace, protect the environment, and
fight for social justice. Join NYLC for a series of pre-conference events that engage attendees and
international leaders. Discover how service-learning is implemented from Ireland, to Argentina, to the
Middle East. Access tips for forming effective global partnerships. Hear from innovative youth leaders who
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are addressing the world’s most urgent global issues. The registration deadline is March 26 .
Registration and other information is online at https://programs.regweb.com/metro/NYLC2008/index.cfm.

Knowledge in Motion Conference – Call for Presentations
Knowledge in Motion, 2008 is an international conference taking place from October 16th to the 18th in St.
Johns, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. The conference will explore how higher education
institutions (HEIs) mobilize knowledge to affect regional development. They are looking for good stories
and good storytellers who can help us all better understand the dynamics of mobilizing knowledge to help
develop our communities and regions for the benefit of their residents. They are interested in all
presentation formats as long as they illuminate how knowledge is shared by HEIs from the inside-out,
how partners develop and share knowledge from the outside-in, or how HEIs and partners build
knowledge together. Submissions received on or before March 31st, 2008 will be reviewed by the
conference program committee and proponents will be notified by April 30th. For more information, visit
http://www.mun.ca/harriscentre/Conferences_Workshops/KM2008/KIM.php

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Reminder: Register for the 11 Annual Continuums of Service Conference (April 17-19)
The Western Region Campus Compact Consortium (WRCCC) is pleased to invite you to participate in the
11th Annual Continuums of Service Conference, The Engagement Imperative: Academia, Students, and
Communities in Partnership. The 11th Annual Continuums of Service Conference, The Engagement
Imperative: Academia, Students, and Communities in Partnership, will demonstrate how engagement
initiatives can advance institutional priorities and strategic partnerships, while building and sustaining
healthy local and global communities. The ―Engaged Campus‖ is the future of higher education and
imperative to preparing students for the 21st century! For more information, see
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http://www.wacampuscompact.org/conference/register.shtml . The registration deadline is March 31 .

Attend ACCU’s Meeting on Effective Educational Practices
This conference will explore the emerging research on engaged learning practices and their implications
for current efforts to help more students reap the full benefits of college. The conference will also take a
hard look at the institutional barriers that make it difficult to establish and sustain such an environment by
examining what works, who benefits, and how to increase institutional commitment and underserved
students' access. You can learn more about the meeting, view the program, or register online at
http://www.aacu.org/meetings/effective_educational_practices/index.cfm.

FAIR ELECTIONS WEEK OF ACTION - April 14th
Last November, Democracy Matters campuses held over 50 events to celebrate the ―Fair Elections Week
of Action.‖ Now a second national ―Week of Action‖ in support of Congressional public financing is
planned for April 14-19. Campuses are planning all kinds of events to spread the word and garner support
– from educational forums and teach-ins to letter-writing, class raps, petition campaigns, call-in days,
improv public theater, and more. A diverse group of national organizations joins us in building grassroots
support for fair elections including the NAACP, Sierra Club, AFL-CIO, National Council of Churches USA
and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund. Check with your local campus to see
what’s happening there...and join the fun! For more information, visit: http://www.fairelectionsnow.org/

Attend the Institute for Global Service-Learning -- April 25-26
The Institute on Global Service-Learning offers faculty, administrators and practitioners a unique
opportunity to learn about global service-learning pedagogy, theory, program models, institutional support
and scholarship. The Institute seeks to foster greater collaboration and dialogue among participants who
are interested in advancing global service-learning theory and practice. The Institute offers participants
two tracks, Newcomer and Advanced—―GSL 101‖ and ―GSL 501.‖ There will also be topical panels for all
attendees. For more information and the link to register please visit:
https://www.regonline.com/builder/site/Default.aspx?eventid=194783
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Best Out Of School Time Conference (BOOST) – April 30 - May 3 – Palm Springs, CA
BOOST is one of the nation's largest and most recognized conferences for after school and out-of-school
time professionals. Attendees will connect with over 100 Exhibitors sharing the newest resources,
products, and services to enhance their programs. Registration ends April 1. To learn more, visit
http://www.boostconference.org/index.php.

The 2008 Campus Compact Professional Development Institute
Four and a half days of must-have knowledge for community service and service-learning professionals!
Designed specifically for professionals in their first five years in the field, this institute offers four and a
half days of must-have knowledge, from some of the most respected practitioners in the field. This unique
gathering offers participants the chance to learn and understand key information and principles in service,
service-learning, civic engagement and higher education; and allows them to discuss with experienced
practitioners the critical questions and skills needed to be successful. Register online and view past year's
agendas: http://www.compact.org/initiatives/csd_institute/

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Announcing AASHE 2 Biennial Conference AASHE 2008: Working Together for Sustainability
AASHE is pleased to invite you to participate in AASHE's 2nd biennial conference, AASHE 2008: Working
Together for Sustainability - On Campus and Beyond (November 9-11, Raleigh, NC). They expect more
than 1,000 attendees from all sectors of higher education, making this conference the largest gathering of
its kind in the US. The exciting line-up of keynote speakers includes Lester Brown, Van Jones, Vandana
Shiva, and Peter Senge. In addition, there will be over 200 presentations, a career fair, pre-conference
tours, student summit, and workshops, and a special two-day expo and trade show AASHE encourages
business and NGOs to exhibit in the expo and/or sponsor the conference. AASHE has also issued a Call
for Proposals and seeks presentations focused on sustainability education and research, sustainable
operations, and sustainability in administration and finance. Poster submissions are due September 1,
and all other submissions are due May 1.

AACC Regional Workshop on Service Learning
Thursday, May 15, 2008: Holyoke Community College, Holyoke, MA

The American Association of Community Colleges is sponsoring regional workshops on service learning
to be hosted by five community colleges in winter and spring 2008. The workshops will feature hands-on
learning and strategies to implement academically based service learning programs on campuses and in
communities. Community college faculty, staff, administrators, students, and community partners
are invited to attend the workshops. Contact: Lisa Mahon, Service Learning Faculty Coordinator,413/552-
2369, lmahon@hcc.mass.edu

Lights, Camera, AmeriCorps! Participate in AmeriCorps Video Contest
AmeriCorps is turning to its far-flung network of members and alums for help in recruiting the next class of
AmeriCorps members by hosting its second YouTube-style video contest. The contest, which runs
through May 2, asks participants to create a 60 second spot answering the question Why AmeriCorps?
Entries can address topics such as how AmeriCorps tackles some of America’s biggest challenges; what
AmeriCorps means to you; and why someone should join AmeriCorps. The grand prize is a volunteer
vacation worth up to $5,000 courtesy of Travelocity through its Travel For Good Change Ambassadors
program. See AmeriCorps website for further details.

Travel to Beautiful Portland, OR for the International Institute on Student-Centered Learning and
Engagement May 20-23, 2008
Are you looking for hands-on, active teaching techniques that put students at the center? Come explore
and practice proven, multi-disciplinary strategies that will engage your students and transform your
teaching and your institution. At the 2nd Annual International Institute for Student-centered Learning and
Engagement in Portland, Oregon faculty and administrators from around world will convene to learn the
theory and practice of engaged pedagogies from PSU's award-winning faculty. Appropriate for novice and
advanced faculty and program/educational leaders, the Institute provides participants opportunities to
think deeply, critically, and creatively about building new or enhancing existing courses or community
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engagement programs. Interested? To register and for more information, please visit the following
website at http://www.pdx.edu/cae/institute.html.

Announcing the 2008 EPICS Conference on Service Learning in Engineering and Technology
Registration is open for the 2008 EPICS Conference on Service-Learning in Engineering and
Technology. This year’s conference will be held on the campus of Purdue University on May 20-22. More
information and a link to register can be found at
http://epicsnational.ecn.purdue.edu/public/conferences/national_2008.php.

Invitation and Call for Papers for The 1st Urban Service-Learning Symposium
The 1st Urban Service-Learning Symposium: Practices and Research on Service-Learning in the Urban
Context objective is to establish mechanisms for building institutional capacity in service-learning and
civic engagement activities in urban communities. The symposium will include plenary sessions and a
paper and poster session. Plenary Sessions will be lead by experts in the field of urban education and
service-learning in urban communities, these sessions will give participants an opportunity to hear current
trends, and learn about research and best practices underway in the field of urban service-learning. The
breakout paper and poster session is an opportunity for practitioners and researchers to share work from
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the field. All proposals are due by March 31 . The conference is scheduled for June 26 , 2008. More
information can be found at http://www.nylc.org/happening_event.cfm?oid=5848.

Call for Papers for American Chemical Society Symposium
Richard Sheardy of Texas Woman’s University will chair a symposium on ―Science Education and Civic
Engagement: The SENCER Approach‖ as part of the Division of Chemical Education for the National
American Chemical Society meeting planned for August 17-21 in Philadelphia. The exact date and time
of the symposium has yet to be announced, but anyone interested in presenting as part of the event is
invited to submit a proposal from by March 24.

This symposium will focus on incorporating SENCER ideals into science curricula. Speakers will discuss:
the importance and relevance of SENCER, (2) strategies for initiating and implementing SENCER
courses and
programs of study, (3) existing model SENCER courses, and (4) using SALG as an assessment tool.

To submit an abstract to participate in this symposium, go to www.acs.org and click on "Meetings" then
click on "Fall 2008 National Meeting & Exposition" then on "Submit your abstract". Scroll down to "CHED"
and click, scroll down to "Science Education and Civic Engagement: The SENCER Approach" and select,
then scroll to bottom of page and click submit. Please contact Professor Sheardy at rsheardy@twu.edu if
you have any questions about the symposium or the application process.

Join the Conference on International Service-Learning at Utah Valley University
Engaging Your Campus and the World through International Service-Learning

Thursday October 2, 2008-Friday, October 3, 2008
Utah Valley University
Orem, UT

Sponsored by
*Volunteer & Service-Learning Center, Utah Valley University
*International Center, Utah Valley University
*Academic Affairs, Utah Valley University
*International Partnership for Service-Learning and Leadership

Utah Valley University will host an International Service-Learning Conference for campus teams and
individuals involved in or interested in international service-learning. Participants will engage in a variety
of workshops, panel discussions, poster presentations, plenary sessions, and other activities that will help
campus teams and individuals learn about best practices in international service-learning. Additionally,
participants will have an opportunity to develop a campus plan for international service-learning programs
and academic courses.
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Details regarding registration, agenda, and RFP process can be found at www.uvsc.edu/volunteer.
Please direct any questions to volunteer@uvsc.edu or call 801-863-8681.

Service-Learning Syllabus Collection Expansion
Learn and Serve America’s National Service-Learning Clearinghouse is now developing a national,
searchable, online database of higher education service-learning syllabi, in partnership with Campus
Compact. Service-learning syllabi are welcome from any accredited U.S. college or university, for
courses in any academic department or program and at any level of higher education (undergraduate or
graduate). Staff from Campus Compact, the Clearinghouse’s Higher Education Program Advisor, will
review all submissions according to four criteria of quality in service-learning: engagement, reflection,
reciprocity, and public dissemination (see www.compact.org/syllabi for details). All syllabi determined to
meet these criteria will be publicly available on both the Clearinghouse’s and Campus Compact’s
websites.

Please submit syllabi and other materials as Word documents attached to emails to jplaut@compact.org;
please also download, print, and sign the Permissions Form available at www.compact.org/syllabi and
mail it to Julie Plaut at Campus Compact, Brown University Box 1975, Providence, RI 02912


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**********************Awards, Grants, Fellowships and Positions***********
Idealist.org launches New Nonprofit Career Guide
Idealist has just launched a new resource to help people understand the nonprofit sector, and the range
of opportunities within it. This free book, the Idealist Guide to Nonprofit Careers, is written for everyone
from first-time job seekers to experienced professionals, and includes chapters on:
                  - Nonprofit Speak 101
                  - How to Find a Career or a Nonprofit That Is Right for You
                  - Networking: Is It Really All About Who You Know?
                  - How to Make Yourself a Stronger Candidate
                  - Evaluating Organizational Culture

And much more. The whole thing is online at: http://www.idealist.org/en/career/guide/index.html

Apply for Academic Discipline Network Grant through PA and NY Campus Compact
Academic Discipline Network initiative seeks proposals from faculty who will be leaders in their discipline
in building a peer-driven service-learning network. These networks will build models of service-learning
course design, develop new partnerships, build capacity and evaluate the results. Activities may include
service-learning course development, service-learning course module development, workshops related to
service-learning in the identified discipline and dissemination of results. Academic Discipline networks are
encouraged to partner with community-based organizations and their professional associations. Further
information will follow in early April. Stay tuned.

Get Your Service Learning Syllabi Published
Learn and Serve America’s National Service-Learning Clearinghouse is now developing a national,
searchable, online database of higher education service-learning syllabi, K-12 lesson plans, and
community-based project ideas. Service-learning syllabi are welcome from any accredited U.S. college or
university, for courses in any academic department or program and at any level of higher education
(undergraduate or graduate). Courses need not have been supported by a Learn and Serve America
grant in order to be eligible for inclusion, although we expect many syllabi will come from past and current
Learn and Serve America grantees. Staff from Campus Compact, the Clearinghouse’s Higher Education
Program Advisor, will review all submissions according to four criteria of quality in service-
learning: engagement, reflection, reciprocity, and public dissemination (see
http://www.compact.org/syllabi/ for details). All syllabi determined to meet these criteria will be publicly
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available on both the Clearinghouse’s and Campus Compact’s websites. Please submit syllabi and other
materials as Word documents attached to emails to jplaut@compact.org; please also download, print,
and sign the Permissions Form available at http://www.compact.org/syllabi/ and mail it to Julie Plaut at
Campus Compact, Brown University Box 1975, Providence, RI 02912.

Campus Compact is currently seeking two graduate student assistants
Campus Compact is currently seeking two graduate students who are familiar with service-learning and
interested in working with the Campus Compact staff on projects related to our role as Higher Education
Program Advisor to Learn and Serve America's National Service-Learning Clearinghouse. Both interns’
primary responsibility will be reviewing service-learning syllabi. Additional tasks may include assisting in
organizing webinars; researching and writing about service-learning models and resources; and assisting
in planning a pilot workshop for doctoral students to collaborate with faculty in reviewing service-learning
syllabi and discussing topics related to their interests and development as engaged scholars.
Ideally one intern will work in Providence, RI, and one intern in Minneapolis, MN, though interested
students in other locations are more than welcome to apply. Specific work arrangements and hours are
negotiable. Each intern will be expected to make a commitment of at least 150 hours between April and
September 2008 in exchange for a $3000 stipend.
Required qualifications include:
      Current enrollment in a graduate program at a Campus Compact member institution (enrollment
         in a doctoral program is preferred);
      Familiarity with service-learning theory and practice (experience teaching or assisting in service-
         learning courses is preferred);
      Ability to balance and support multiple projects effectively, working independently and with others;
      Excellent writing and communication skills; and
      Commitment to her/his own ongoing growth as an engaged scholar and leader.
To apply, send a cover letter and resume or CV to jplaut@compact.org. Review of applications will begin
on March 28, 2008.

Northern California Campus Organizer
California Common Cause is looking to hire a Northern California Campus Organizer. The organizer
will be working with Democracy Matters campuses in the Bay Area, with middle school after-school
programs and as general support for Common Cause Staff and members in the Bay Area. For more
information contact Joan Mandle (joanm@democracymatters.org) or Kathay Feng (ca-
info@commoncause.org).

Public Campaign paid summer internships
Public Campaign is offering two paid summer internships in Washington, DC. For more information
contact Kathryn Schlieper (kschlieper@publicampaign.org)

Campaign Money Watch paid summer internships
Campaign Money Watch is offering two paid summer internships in Washington, DC. For more
information contact Kathryn Schlieper or Joan Mandle (see above).

Common Cause internships
Common Cause offers Washington, DC-based internships for both the summer and each semester.
Internships are unpaid although we provide metro cards for travel to and from work. More information can
be found at www.commoncause.org/intern or contact Ian Storrar(istorrar@commoncause.org).

Feinstein Foundation Funding Opportunity
The Feinstein Foundation will divide $1 million among anti-hunger agencies, using it as a spur for their
fundraising during this March and April. Campus Compact is teaming with the foundation to get the word
out about this opportunity. Please see http://www.compact.org/landing/feinstein for more information.


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*****************************News & Resources*********************************
Youth Voter Turnout High in 2008 Primaries/Caucuses
Youth turnout has been much higher in the 2008 primaries than in recent years. In some states, youth
turnout has tripled or quadrupled. More than three million young Americans voted on Super Tuesday. To
date, CIRCLE has produced over 50 products including press releases and fact sheets on primary results.
See http://www.civicyouth.org/ for a complete list.

"2006 Civic and Political Health of the Nation Survey" Data Available
The "2006 National Civic and Political Health Survey" (CPHS) is the most up-to-date and detailed look at
how young Americans are participating in politics and communities and their attitudes towards
government and current issues. The data from the survey can be downloaded from the CIRCLE Web site
for free. See http://www.civicyouth.org/?p=266 to download a copy.

Innovations in International Youth Volunteering Report Published
Innovations in Civic Participation (ICP) recently announced a new study identifying innovative approaches
to youth volunteering (and particularly youth-led volunteering) from around the world. Outstanding
organizations such as Relief International-Schools Online and the ManaTeens are profiled. To read the
report, visit http://www.icicp.org/.

Please take 5 minutes to view an Amizade Global Service-Learning course video at
http://www.globalservicelearning.org/programs/video.html

Save $10 when you order any 10 books from Campus Compact. Save $20 on 20 books.
Just mix and match from our library on community service, service-learning, and civic engagement. There
are books to help community service staff, faculty, students, and community partners get the most out of
their programs. This is a great time to stock up on your favorites—or try new publications—for upcoming
conferences, workshops, and courses. The stock-up sale ends March 30. Click here for a direct link to our
publications form.

CMT and Youth Service America Join Forces for Global Youth Service Day
CMT One Country, the pro-social initiative for cable network CMT, and Youth Service America have
joined forces for the second year in a row to help motivate youth in America for Global Youth Service Day
on April 25-27, the largest volunteering event in the world. Recording artist Diana DeGarmo of CMT's
GONE COUNTRY, will be the honorary spokesperson for Global Youth Service Day, speaking publicly on
behalf of the event on radio, television and print opportunities. Events kick-off Friday, April 25 and run
through Sunday, April 27.

Invite Your Elected Officials to Participate in Global Youth Service Day
Global Youth Service Day (April 25-27) is just around the corner, and it's a perfect occasion to cultivate
champions for service and service-learning among government officials and other policy-makers. One of
the best ways to secure their support is to get them personally involved in great service projects. When
an elected or agency official supports your event, you will often benefit from increased media attention,
greater public awareness about your event, and heightened long-run governmental support for your
organization and program. To invite your elected officials to participate in GYSD, go here.

Nine for ’09 Memo Calls on Candidates to Support Youth Service
The 2008 election presents a powerful opportunity for young people to call upon candidates and current
legislators to strengthen opportunities to serve and lead in their communities. Youth are now volunteering
at record rates, and recent elections have shown a major spike in their voting rates as well. The time has
come to make a major call to strengthen of the youth service movement. Youth Service America has
offered a nine point plan to do just that, including increasing the size of Learn and Serve America,
AmeriCorps, and the Peace Corps, sending a Youth Delegate to the UN, and strengthening "serve-study"
for college students. (To learn more about the "Nine for '09" proposal, click here.) Go here to contact your
elected officials and ask them to support youth service.
      VCC Network Digest * March 25, 2008
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Now Available: Annual Meeting Audio Podcasts and AAC&U-TV Highlights
AAC&U is pleased to offer podcasts of selected sessions from our 2008 Annual Meeting ―Intentional
Learning, Unscripted Challenges,‖ held January 23-26, 2008, in Washington, DC. Podcasts include
presentations by Martha Nussbaum, Natalie Angier, Melissa Harris-Lacewell, Alexander and Helen Astin,
and others, as well as Derek Bok, Azar Nafisi, and George Kuh speaking on ―Intentional Learning
Requires Intentional Leadership: What Will It Take to Move to the Next Level?‖ In addition, AAC&U-TV
includes interviews with Walter Fluker (on ethical leadership), Carol Geary Schneider (on liberal education
for the 21st century), Marcia Grant (on creating liberal arts colleges in the Middle East), and others.


Online Certificate of Completion: Service-Learning
Get on board with service-learning through Portland State University in a series of online courses leading
to a certificate of completion. Spring term focuses on collaboration while summer will feature youth voice.

Service-Learning Best Practice: Collaboration. Explore how to bring together K-12 teachers with
community organizations and agencies in the process of building a partnership. Teachers will learn how
organizations work, their goals, and measures of success. Community organizations will learn about the
culture of K-12 schools and the specific needs of teachers and students. All will learn how to work
together to create high-quality, high-impact service-learning opportunities. The result: integrated learning
meeting real community priorities.

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March 31 – June 14- undergraduate or graduate credit

To register, call Cailin O’Connor, Program Manager, at 503-725-8234 or 1-800-547-8887 ext 8234 or
email caoconno@pdx.edu. For course logistics, go to:
http://sesweb.ses.pdx.edu/ceed_cat/detail_large.cfm?id=45XN

For program information, go to:http://www.ceed.pdx.edu/service-learning/

California Campus Compact launches new initiative to increase leaders of color focused on
community engagement in higher education.
(San Francisco, CA) March 17, 2008. California Campus Compact (CACC) has selected ten
professionals for the inaugural class of the Bridge-Building Leadership Initiative (BBLI). This year-long
comprehensive program will bring together emerging and seasoned leaders of color who integrate
service-learning agendas with the interests of stakeholders in diverse communities. With funding from
the National Service-Learning Partnership, the National Youth Leadership Council, Learn and Serve
America, and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, CACC will train and support participants to guide the
expansion of the service-learning field.

As a part of this Initiative, participants will engage in leadership theory and application, public service and
best practices for service-learning, and the contextual diversity that exists within academic and
multicultural institutions. Participants will identify personal leadership strengths and identify skills for
further development. The group will hone their observational skills to discover how culture impacts
leadership while analyzing models and techniques for leading people through multicultural lenses. The
program will explore the historical context of service-learning and its strengths/gaps today.

The participants were chosen because of their deep commitment to promoting diversity, multicultural
inclusion, equity, and/or multicultural building work. Participants include:
·Ms. Maria Alderete, Assistant Director of the Center for Service and Action at Loyola Marymount
University;
·Ms. Perla Barrientos, Manager/Director of Community Service Learning Institute of Civic and Community
Engagement at San Francisco State University;
· Ms. Ming Dang, Service and Outreach Coordinator, Cal Corps Public Service Center at University of
California, Berkeley;
·Dr. Norris Dorsey, Lecturer, College of Business and Economics at CSU Northridge;
      VCC Network Digest * March 25, 2008
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·Ms. Maribel Martinez, Program Coordinator, Associated Students, Cesar Chavez Community Action
Center at San Jose State University;
·Ms. Alexis Moreno, Assistant Director, Center for Community Based Learning at Occidental College;
·Ms. Pilar Pacheco, Assistant Director, Center for Community Engagement at CSU Channel Islands;
·Dr. Octavio Pescador, Associate Director, Center for Community Learning at University of California, Los
Angeles;
·Ms. Rowena Tomaneng, Co-Director, Institute of Community and Civic Engagement at De Anza College;
·Dr. Larry Trujillo, Executive Director, Student Academic Support Services at University of California,
Santa Cruz.

Committed to their personal development, the participants will develop and adapt their personal styles to
become more effective leaders. Each plans to apply the program’s key concepts to their own work and
life in support of their personal growth and the development of their campuses’ university-community
partnerships.

California Campus Compact (CACC), a membership organization, builds the collective commitment and
capacity of colleges, universities, and communities to advance civic and community engagement for a
healthy, just, and democratic society. With more than 55 member colleges and universities, CACC is one
of the largest state Compacts as well as one of the first. CACC has offered ground-breaking initiatives
and publications related to national and community service, diversity, risk management, partnerships, and
college access. Membership in California Campus Compact includes membership in national Campus
Compact, comprising a service-learning network of offices in 33 states and more than 1,100 public and
private two- and four-year member colleges and universities across the nation.

For additional information, contact Elaine Ikeda, 415-338-3983, ( elaine@cacampuscompact.org), or visit
www.cacampuscompact.org.

Green Mountain College Sustainability Website
Green Mountain College recently published a sustainability website that is linked to the GMC homepage.
The website features the college's environmentally focused curriculum, a list of environmental leaders,
and the campus's green mission, projects and partnerships, campus initiatives, and awards.

Get Students Excited about Elections
As part of Campus Compact’s 2008 Campus Vote Initiative, we’ve launched a new website to encourage
students to take part in the upcoming elections. The site features voter registration and education
resources, ways to connect service with civic engagement, strategies for encouraging democratic
participation, and model campus programs.

The site also offers hands-on tools and templates for students, faculty, and community service staff as
well as information on other nonpartisan democracy initiatives. See
http://www.compact.org/vote?r=members

CGI U Announces New Projects
President Bill Clinton opened the inaugural meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) by
announcing new projects that students and universities (including Bennington College) are undertaking to
improve the world. CGI U, a new non-partisan project of the Clinton Global Initiative, is mobilizing college
students and universities to address global issues with practical and innovative solutions. For more
information, visit
http://www.clintonglobalinitiative.org/NETCOMMUNITY/Page.aspx?pid=2106&srcid=1878

A Civil Society and the Controversies Within It
There’s nothing like a conversation on ―fostering a more civil society‖ during which a renegade audience
member commandeers the microphone. To read more, visit:
http://insidehighered.com/news/2008/03/25/hillel

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