"Wisconsin Campus Compact Update June CONTENTS From the WiCC"
Wisconsin Campus Compact Update June 2006 CONTENTS 1. From the WiCC ED 2. WiCC Updates 3. Campus Highlights 4. In the Media 5. Upcoming WiCC/Campus Compact Events 6. Events Outside WI 7. Funding Available 8. Call for Papers/Presenters 9. Resources 10. Positions Available 11. Miscellaneous 1. From the WiCC Executive Director Recently the WiCC staff attended the Midwest Campus Compact Regional meeting, hosted this year by the Indiana Campus Compact in Indianapolis. In addition to a number of very useful informational workshops on topics ranging from asset mapping to working with the millennial generation, the meeting offered participants an opportunity to speak with representatives from the national office, and to network and exchange best practices with colleagues from other state Compact offices throughout the Midwest. As a relative newcomer at WiCC, I found the networking opportunities provided by this meeting particularly useful. The experience really drove home for me the value of the various meetings WiCC provides for its members. It also made me think about the value of meetings in general for a group of people with a common goal. The ability to meet freely with our colleagues and exchange ideas is not only a fundamental right in our society, but is necessary for democracy to thrive. It seems only fitting then that the convening of meetings should be one of the major strategies employed by an organization like WiCC, “because democracy doesn’t just happen.” See you at the next meeting. Pamela Proulx-Curry Executive Director 2. WiCC Updates Seeking engaged students for the Upper Midwest Campus Compact Consortium Student Civic Leadership Institute (UMCCC-SCLI) The Upper Midwest Campus Compact Consortium Civic Leadership Program and the SCLI support and promote students as powerful citizen leaders. The SCLI is an intensive retreat that provides students with time and tools to do critical inner reflection on their ideas of leadership, citizenship, and coalition building. WiCC encourages each member campus to nominate two students to attend this event and become WiCC WiCC Update Page 1 June 2006 Fellows. Applications are being accepted now! For more information, visit www.wicampuscompact.org or contact Tracy Fink, Program Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org. M3C Fellowship Program Provides Low Income/First Generation College Students Money for School, a Connection to Your Campus, and the Opportunity to Make a Difference in Their Community Postsecondary education is becoming less affordable. In the past four years tuition has increased an average of 45% at public institutions in our nine-state region. As tuition increases, fewer students are able to afford college without incurring debt or diverting time from studies to work. Nearly 3 of 4 full time students work while attending school, and more than 60% of these students work 25 or more hours per week. The academic and financial pressures associated with these tuition increases disproportionately impact low-income and first generation college students. Nearly one-half of college students fail to complete undergraduate programs in less than 6 years. Retention rates are even lower for financially stressed students, and these students are less able to be involved in community service and other forms of civic engagement. Wisconsin Campus Compact, in collaboration with nine other state Campus Compacts, is trying to address these realities through the Midwest Campus Compact Citizen-Scholar (M3C) Fellows Program. The M3C Fellows Program is an AmeriCorps Education Award Program. Students who are involved in this program will receive an education award to use toward tuition, loan payments, etc. in return for community service. The program strives to develop a peer network and provide support that enables students to serve as agents of civic engagement to respond effectively to local community issues. Further, it seeks to foster a deep appreciation and understanding of democratic values and citizenship among participants, and nurture the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behaviors that lead to a lifelong commitment of active community and civic engagement. It sounds good, but how does this really work at an institution? A campus does some planning… Think about programs on your campus that are already working to support low income or first generation college students (Student Support Services, Diversity Programming, TRIO, volunteer centers, service learning centers, etc.). If you already have one of these structures in place this program is a natural fit! Consider programs such as America Reads or America Counts which offer work study money to students who are getting out and doing community service. Federal Work Study requires that 7% of all institution’s work-study placements are out in the community… this 7% is an ideal population to target because the students can get paid for the community work study hours that they are counting toward their completion of the M3C Fellows Program. *YES, M3C Fellows can count hours that they are getting paid through work study toward the 300 hours of service that they have to complete to receive the $1000 Education Award through our program. This means that right now your low income/first generation students doing their work study at a community placement could be counting these hours toward their AmeriCorps service! Identify a staff member who can devote a portion of his or her time to becoming a Campus Fellowship Coordinator. Keep in mind, if supporting low income/first WiCC Update Page 2 June 2006 generation college students is already a part of his or her job at your campus it will be easier to integrate the programmatic responsibilities into a current position description. Fill out the M3C Campus Application (for the application form and sample applications visit http://www.m3cfellows.org/app-info.html). The M3C Fellows Program has recently begun its second year, and we are happy to tell you that there are still slots available for your institution! For more information on how to apply to the M3C Fellows Program visit www.m3cfellows.org or contact Tracy Fink at email@example.com or (262) 595-2505. Tracy Fink leaves M3C Program, Seeking new Regional Coordinator Wisconsin Campus Compact will soon be seeking a new coordinator for the M3C Fellows Program. Tracy Fink will be leaving WiCC on June 23 to become the Communications Director for Racine United Way. Although her tenure at WiCC has been short, Tracy’s contributions have been invaluable. As the first M3C Fellows Program Coordinator, Tracy has been responsible for setting up and managing this nine-state program. A full job description and call for applications/nominations will be published as soon as the position has been reauthorized. Contact Pamela Proulx-Curry (262-595-2002 or pamela.proulx- firstname.lastname@example.org ) for further information. 3. Campus Highlights UW-La Crosse holds unique workshop for area volunteer coordinators On April 22, 2006, the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse hosted a half-day workshop, Students as Learners in the Community: Community and Higher Education Collaborations, for area volunteer coordinators. The workshop was an effort of the American Democracy Project Committee at UW-La Crosse and the WiCC AmeriCorps*VISTAs at UW-La Crosse, Viterbo University and Western Technical College. The keynote speaker was Dr. Judith A. Ramaley, president of Winona State University, a nationally-recognized leader in higher education reform and civic engagement. The workshop included a variety of viewpoints concerning students as service-learners, interns or volunteers. Faculty were given an opportunity to highlight their service-learning courses, site supervisors, student interns and internship coordinators discussed best practices for working with students, and an university administrator stressed the importance of formal agreements. Culminating Event for Alverno College and Esuela Vieau School Partnership Thursday, May 4, 2006 marked the end of the spring semester Civic Leaders Service-Learning, a successful endeavor as a result of the positive partnership between Alverno College and Escuela Vieau School. With the district alderman, Jim Witkowiak, as the special guest and keynote speaker, 11 teams presented their social justice projects to their peers, parents, and representatives from both schools. A total of 25 college mentors and 47 6th-8th grade students dedicated over 1,000 total hours to the following issues: Unity Between Mexicans & Americans, Children with Cancer, the Humane Society, Nursing Home Residents, WiCC Update Page 3 June 2006 Teen Pregnancy, Senior Citizens & Drug Prevention, the Homeless, Wisconsin Timber Wolves, Children in Temporary Shelter, and Children with Disabilities. The celebration concluded with each participant receiving a certificate and medal in recognition of his/her valuable contributions to our community. The chance to share with others was very empowering for all involved, and enlightening to those lucky enough to be exposed to such determination for creating awareness and enacting change. Wisconsin Campus Compact VISTA members participate in VISTArt The second annual VISTArt show was held in Madison on Saturday May 27, 2006 and was a great success. More than celebrating what VISTAs do to sustain healthy communities, this event highlighted how important the creativity of VISTAs is to creating change, as the most innovative work for social change comes from outside of the box. On display at the VISTArt show were found-object sculptures crafted from everything from recycled bottles and refuse to old bicycles. Several dozen more traditional pieces of art, paintings, photographs, poetry and drawings all produced by VISTA members were also on display. VISTAs brought work from all over the state for display and for sale, and although nothing was purchased on the night, everything was appreciated. Additionally over 100 books were donated for a Madison-area non-profit. The event was well attended, including several of the VISTA partner projects and agencies, giving them a chance to see the far reaching connections made through all myriad of different VISTA projects. 4. In the Media VISTA Marks 40 Years of Fighting Poverty with New Book of Volunteer Stories, Forum More than 177,000 ‘Anti-Poverty Entrepreneurs’ Have Served Since 1965 (WASHINGTON, D.C.) – The Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) program released a new book of volunteer stories as part of a two-day series of events to mark more than 40 years of fighting poverty in America. The book, VISTA… In Service to America, celebrates VISTA’s enduring history of service to those in low-income areas through the personal photographs, reflections, and experiences of 21 VISTA members and alumni. A reception was held that gathered together some of the key people who developed VISTA as part of the War on Poverty, including Sargent and Eunice Shriver, former Senator Harris Wofford, and Frank Mankiewicz; VISTA members and alumni; nonprofit and anti-poverty leaders; and current administrators of the program from the Corporation for National and Community Service. To read the book and view VISTA photos, visit http://www.americorps.gov/vista. Campus Compact recognizes five students for outstanding public service Providence, RI – Five college students who have demonstrated exceptional commitment to community service and citizenship will receive Campus Compact’s Howard R. Swearer Student Humanitarian Award on October 16, 2006 in Chicago, Illinois at Campus Compact’s 20th Anniversary Gala. Made possible by a grant from Ariel Capital Management, LLC, Campus Compact annually gives the Swearer Award to five students who have been nominated by their college presidents. This year, recipients were chosen based on evidence of outstanding public service and creation of an innovative approach to addressing a social, educational, environmental, health, economic, or legal issue within a community. Each award includes a $1,500 contribution to support a service program designed or chosen by the student. The award is named in honor of the life and work of Howard R. Swearer, the fifteenth president of Brown WiCC Update Page 4 June 2006 University and one of the founders of Campus Compact. “The number of college students participating in service today is at an unprecedented level, but more compelling than the growth in civic engagement is discovering how students are applying the tenet.” said Elizabeth Hollander, executive director of Campus Compact. “The Swearer Awards recognize some of the nation’s most successful engagement practices and provide inspiration to the field.” The 2006 Howard R. Swearer Student Humanitarian Award recipients are: • Mitzellah Ah-Fook of Edmonds Community College (WA) • Steven Cartwright, University of Notre Dame (IN) • Haamid "Happy" Johnson, Georgetown University (DC) • Sonia Schwartz, Tulane University (LA) • Timothy Kummer, Marquette University (WI) These students have tackled a wide range of community service issues, including disaster relief; global service and citizenship; and community health outreach and education. Each of these students has addressed these issues in unique and effective ways and demonstrated initiative and ability to translate ideas into practical results. Information about the award recipients is available at http://www.compact.org/ccawards/swearer/. In addition to the five recipients of the Award, Campus Compact also recognizes four finalists: Sarah Ryman, Syracuse University (NY); Priyanka Handa, University of Miami (FL); Kevin Koo, Harvard University (MA); and Stephanie Lynch, Emerson College (MA). 5. Upcoming WiCC/Campus Compact Events Professional Development Retreat July 24-28, 2006 Providence, RI The national Campus Compact will sponsor its third Professional Development Retreat for community Service and Service-Learning Directors, July 24-28, 2006, in Providence, RI. Designed specifically for professionals in their first five years in the field, this retreat offers four and a half days of must-have knowledge from some of the most respected practitioners in the field. Participants will assess their knowledge and skills in critical areas, obtain the latest tools and resources, learn about effective programs and strategies, get tips for success from experienced practitioners, and set next steps to advance their work. Registration for the retreat is $895 for members/$1150 for nonmembers, with a $100 discount for people who register by April 28. For more information, see www.compact.org/resources/detail.php?id=43 PK-16 Service-Learning Forum September 21, 2006 Milwaukee Area Technical College, Oak Creek, WI Wisconsin Campus Compact and South East Wisconsin Service Learning Consortium (SEWSLC - a group of PK-16 educators working together in SE Wisconsin to advance service learning as a teaching method) is hosting a one day, issues based service-learning forum for PK-16 educators. The event is being held at Milwaukee Area Technical College in Oak Creek, WI. The forum promises to be a useful and interesting WiCC Update Page 5 June 2006 opportunity for higher education service learning practitioners to meet with PK-12 practitioners to share best practices and build partnerships. The attached flyer provides some detail regarding issues to be discussed and the day's agenda. More detailed information and registration materials will be available in August. For more information about SEWSLC visit their website at http://www.sewslc.org/ Campuses Are Citizens: What’s Your Story? October 12-13, 2006 Earle Brown Heritage Center, Minneapolis Every college and university has an important story to tell about its public role and its contributions to healthy, just, democratic communities. This exciting conference will offer participants an opportunity not only to share the many ways they, their colleagues and partners are addressing important community issues through various forms of civic engagement, but also to explore how they might frame and communicate stories and information about their efforts most effectively for specific purposes, including fundraising, tenure and promotion, evaluation and program improvement, accreditation, and public relations. This conference is sponsored by the Upper Midwest Campus Compact Consortium (comprised of the Compacts in Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin) with support from the Learn and Serve America program of the Corporation for National and Community Service. For more information, please contact Julie at 651-603-5084 or email@example.com. Campus Compact’s 20th Anniversary Gala October 16-17, 2006 Chicago, IL The national Campus Compact’s celebration of its 20th anniversary will be marked in Chicago with a two- day celebration of campuses and communities working together for a better society. The event begins Monday, October 16, at Campus Compact’s 20th Anniversary Gala. Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter will announce a new and exciting partnership with Campus Compact and will present the Illinois Carter Partnership Awards honoring campus-community projects that address critical areas of public need. The following day, October 17, we also invite you to be part of our 20/20 Visioning Summit to discuss ways higher education can best help society over the course of the next 20 years. Mary Robinson, former president of Ireland and former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, will give a keynote address. For more information, see http://www.compact.org/20th Registration will begin April 1. 6. Events Outside WI The Society for the Study of Social Problems Annual Conference: Building Just, Diverse and Democratic Societies August 10-12, 2006 Hilton Montreal Bonaventure, Montreal, Quebec, Canada The Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP) is an interdisciplinary community of scholars, practitioners, advocates, and students interested in the application of critical, scientific, and humanistic perspectives to the study of vital social problems. Sessions sponsored by SSSP's Community Research and Development Division include: Exploring Neighborhood Ties, Resources and Efficacy; and Recent WiCC Update Page 6 June 2006 Developments in Community Research. Sessions sponsored by the Teaching Social Problems Division include: Service Learning for Building Just, Diverse, and Democratic Societies; and Challenges to Teaching Social Problems Courses for Beginning Faculty. The deadline for registration is July 15, 2006. For more information, see www.sssp1.org/index.cfm/m/23. Callings: Fostering Vocation through Community-Based Learning Web-based Conversation, September 15, 2006 - March 15, 2007 Conference, March 15-17, 2007, Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA Have you ever wondered what impact community placements might have on your students' sense of what to do with their lives? Or how you might tailor their experience to encourage reflection on where their own gifts and desires meet the world's needs? Join a forum on how to educate students to respond constructively to society's challenges, to dedicate themselves to the common good. Featured speakers include: Sharon Daloz Parks, Director of Leadership for the New Commons, an initiative of the Whidbey Institute in Clinton, WA, and author of Big Questions, Worthy Dreams; and Michael Himes, Professor of Theology at Boston College, and author, among other books, of Doing the Truth in Love: Conversations about God, Relationships, and Service. For more information, see www.scu.edu/ignatiancenter/cblconf/ or contact Nikole Nichols at 408-551-1951 or firstname.lastname@example.org. 7. Funding Available Target local grants Through its Store Grants, Target supports local giving in the categories of Arts, Reading, and Family Violence Prevention. The program awards Reading grants to schools, libraries, and nonprofit organizations, supporting programs such as weekend book clubs, after-school reading programs, and events encouraging family reading time. Arts grants are given to programs that bring the arts to schools or make it affordable for families to participate in cultural experiences, such as school touring programs, field trips to the theater or symphony, or artist residencies and workshops in schools. Family Violence Prevention grants support groups working to make individual homes and entire communities safer, such as child abuse counseling programs and shelters. Eligible applicants must be nonprofit organizations with 501(c)(3) status, schools, or units of government. Most grants average between $1,000 and $3,000. Funding is limited to the communities in which Target does business. Applications will be reviewed as they are received. Applications are available at Target stores and sites.target.com/site/en/corporate/page.jsp?contentId=PRD03-001818. With questions, email email@example.com or call 612-696-6098. Sociological Initiative Foundation The Sociological Initiatives Foundation supports research and social-action projects that focus on understanding and finding solutions to a broad array of social problems. Its primary goal is to encourage research, including community-based research, that supports and promotes social change. Preference will be given to projects that address institutional rather than individual or behavioral change; to research and initiatives that provide insight into sociological and linguistic issues that may be useful to specific groups and/or communities; and to work in areas that tend to be under funded and for projects of a size where a WiCC Update Page 7 June 2006 Sociological Initiatives Foundation grant can make a difference. Grants are restricted to non-profit organizations in the United States. The foundation does not make grants directly to individuals for any purposes. It welcomes applications, however, from academic institutions and other qualified organizations wishing to sponsor research projects by individual scholars or practitioners. Grant sizes normally range from $5,000 to $15,000. The deadline for concept applications is August 15, 2006. For more information, see http://fconline.foundationcenter.org/pnd/10002083/grantsmanagement. Red, White, and Green Climate Change Grants Youth Service America and Civil Society Institute are excited to announce the Red, White & Green Climate Change Grants. This opportunity offers up to $500 to implement a service-learning project about climate change. The program is open to all young people in the United States between the ages of 15-25 and to organizations that engage youth ages 15-25. Successful applicants will develop and implement a service-learning project about climate change that engages their community AND candidates running for election in November 2006. Projects should be youth-led, and the service must take place between October 1 and November 30. Visit http://ga1.org/ct/Wpws-Y91GqQz/http-www-YSA-org-awards to download guidelines, specific resources, and application forms. Deadline: September 1, 2006. Angel Soft Angels in Action Awards Program The Angel Soft Angels in Action Awards Program aims to recognize youth (ages 8-18) who are performing exemplary acts of community service. Georgia-Pacific, the makers of Angel Soft toilet paper, invite teachers, parents, guardians and friends to submit nominations to honor ordinary kids who are doing extraordinary things to help improve their communities. One outstanding youth will be awarded $15,000 for "Program of the Year." Two grand prize winners (one from each age category) will receive $10,000 and 10 finalists (five from each age category) will receive $1,000. The age categories are: 8-15 years old and 16-18 years old. To nominate someone you know to be an Angel in Action, visit http://ga1.org/ct/I1ws-Y91GqQS/http-www-YSA-org-awards.Deadline: October 1, 2006. Youth Garden Grant Program The National Gardening Association and Home Depot have announced the 24th annual Youth Garden Grant Program. Schools, youth groups, community centers, camps, clubs, treatment facilities, and intergenerational groups throughout the United States are eligible to apply. Applicants must plan to garden in 2007 with at least 15 children between the ages of three and 18 years. Applicants should demonstrate a child-centered plan that emphasizes children/youth learning and working in an outdoor garden. Areas considered for support include educational, environmental, or social programming; leadership; community support; sustainability; innovation, and need. Each winning program will receive educational materials from NGA and a gift card (amount to be determined) from Home Depot. The deadline for applications is November 1, 2006. For more information, see www.kidsgardening.com/grants.asp. 8. Call For Papers/Presenters 3rd Annual Midwest Consortium for Service-Learning in Higher Education Conference: WiCC Update Page 8 June 2006 “Cultivating our Partnerships, Learning through Collaboration” September 21-23, 2006 University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE This conference is designed to: strengthen the MCSLHE through enhanced communication among member institutions; promote, share, and support efforts of higher education institutions to strengthen their academic programs, research and evaluation, communities, state, and nation through service-learning; explore the meaning of service-learning and civic engagement within rural communities, including but not limited to the issues of poverty, immigration, and refugees; improve communication and collaboration between community partners and member institutions by focusing on reciprocity; and promote student education and involvement within the field of service-learning, emphasizing student leadership and citizenship. Faculty, staff, community partners, graduate, and undergraduate students (both MCSLHE members and non-members) are invited to submit proposals for oral or poster presentations that address the above conference goals. The deadline for proposals was June 1, 2006, but if still interested contact Linda Moody at firstname.lastname@example.org or 402-472-2454 immediately. More information will be available soon at www.si.unl.edu/midwestconsortium/. 9. Resources The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and CIRCLE jointly released “Higher Education: Civic Mission, Civic Effects,” a consensus report by 22 scholars that explores the civic effects of attending college and the benefits of various approaches to civic learning in higher education. The authors represent the fields of political science, psychology, economics, philosophy, sociology, research in higher education, and women's studies. The report concludes with a research agenda. To download the report, see www.civicyouth.org/index.htm. In the March 2006 Carnegie Perspectives, Tom Ehrlich and Anne Colby revisit the highly politicized Academic Bill of Rights legislation. Tom and Anne lead the Foundation's work on the importance of civic and political engagement among undergraduate students. In this piece, they argue for the necessity for college faculty members to become much more self-conscious of the variety of ways in which they communicate their political and social views to students. They provide recommendations and precautions for campus leaders who seek to create opportunities for teaching and inquiry that will encourage student learning around difficult issues. Anyone can engage publicly with the authors and read and respond to what others have to say through Carnegie Conversations at www.carnegiefoundation.org/perspectives/march2006. Comments may also be sent directly to Anne and Tom through CarnegiePresident@carnegiefoundation.org. Extensive information related to the U.S. Secretary of Education's Commission on the Future of Higher Education—including background about commissioners, public hearings, remarks, webcasts, transcripts, meeting materials, and reports written by or for the commission—is available on the Web. The commission also welcomes public comments by email or phone. For more information, see www.ed.gov/about/bdscomm/list/hiedfuture/index.html. The National Issues Forum is offering free discussion guides for Democracy's Challenge: Reclaiming the Public's Role. The Democracy's Challenge forums encourage citizens to think about what they can do to strengthen the relationship that a democracy demands between the government and its people. The book presents three perspectives on the problem, each of which suggests a somewhat different course of action. The National Issues Forum invites anyone interested in hosting a Democracy's Challenge forum to take WiCC Update Page 9 June 2006 advantage of a limited-time offer for free materials, including one copy of the full-length issue discussion guide, 30 copies of the 8-page discussion-guide-in-brief, one copy of the moderator's guide, and one video. To get a free set of materials, call 800-600-4060 (toll-free). For more information, see www.nifi.org/discussion_guides/detail.aspx?catID=6&itemID=5083. After 17 years of work in the field of dialogue, the Public Conversations Project is releasing its guide to conducting successful dialogues on many heated topics. Fostering Dialogues Across Divides: A Nuts and Bolts Guide, written by Laura Chasin and Maggie Herzig, takes first-time dialogue practitioners step- by-step through the Public Conversations Project process, while offering seasoned practitioners enlightening new insights. To download the guide or to purchase a print copy, see www.publicconversations.org/pcp/index.asp?page_id=270&ca. SENCER Senior Scholar Pete Facione’s paper, "Critical Thinking: What It Is and Why It Counts," invites students to think about critical thinking. It provides a sound and research-based conceptual synthesis describing critical thinking skills and dispositions. The emphasis in the essay, beyond the definition developed, is on the personally and socially significant uses of critical thinking. Facione claims that civic engagement without critical thinking may be nothing but noise, polemics, and political deception. Reprint permissions for non-commercial uses are readily and freely granted. All who receive the PDF should feel free to share the essay with students and colleagues in either paper or electronic form. To download the paper, see www.sencer.net/resource.cfm. The KEEP Toolkit, a free online tool to help educators document and share their work and knowledge, is now available on the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching Web site. Carnegie's Knowledge Media Lab developed the toolkit "to help educators and students effectively share their experience and ideas so that they can build collective knowledge to advance their teaching and learning." For more information, see www.carnegiefoundation.org/newsroom/press_releases/04.03.1.htm. The November/December 2005 issue of Change Magazine, published by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, is focused on the theme of "The Changing Lives of Faculty." It includes: “A New Social Compact Demands Real Change: Connecting the University to the Community” by Richard A. Cherwitz; and “Moving from I to We: Reorganizing for Collaboration in Higher Education” by Adrianna Kezar. For more information, see www.carnegiefoundation.org/change/index.asp?key=579. "West Philadelphia Initiatives: A Case Study in Urban Revitalization" describes how the University of Pennsylvania organized and implemented an ambitious policy designed to stimulate neighborhood reinvestment in West Philadelphia, where the University campus is located. Penn's policy sought to fundamentally improve the neighborhood economy through a major commitment of University leadership, administrative support, funding, and academic resources, sustained over a period of years. The Initiatives are focused on five broad and comprehensive areas, which were addressed simultaneously: clean, safe, and attractive streets and neighborhoods; reinvigorated retail options; excellent school options; increased job opportunities through economic inclusion; and high-quality, diverse housing choices. The effort produced impressive results. The publication details the planning, organizing, and implementation of Penn’s policies. It is intended to provide detailed information about the Initiatives to those who are interested in opportunities to lead, administer, participate in, or evaluate similar institutional initiatives. To download the document, see www.upenn.edu/campus/westphilly/casestudy.pdf. A preliminary evaluation report from the SENCER (Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities) Evaluation Team finds that women, non-majors, and previously underperforming students show significant learning gains in SENCER courses. The report analyzes data collected over five semesters from just under 300 classes using the pre- and post-test version of the SENCER Student WiCC Update Page 10 June 2006 Assessment of Learning Gains, and it also includes information from a faculty survey. To access the complete report, see www.sencer.net/ or www.ncsce.net/assessment.cfm. From September 15-18, 2005, the Winnipeg Inner City Research Alliance hosted a conference, “CUexpo2005 Community-University Research Partnerships: Leaders in Urban Change.” The conference sought to strengthen the understanding of, and support for, action oriented research initiatives involving collaboration between university and community partners. Approximately 300 people attended from across Canada, the United States, Philippines, Germany, the Netherlands, and Australia. To download the final report on the conference or presentation notes and relevant links from many of the sessions, see cuexpo.uwinnipeg.ca/proceedings.html. Imagining America's "Making Value Visible: Excellence in Campus-Community Partnerships in the Arts, Humanities, and Design" by Cynthia Koch, reports on the results of a research project that included focus groups and telephone interviews with representatives of universities, public and nonprofit cultural institutions, and other community-based organizations involved in campuscommunity partnerships in North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Minnesota, Illinois, California, and Arizona. The report contains the “characteristics of excellence” identified in the process, as well as recommendations for Imagining America’s future work. To download the document, see www.ia.umich.edu/reports.html 10. Positions Available Wisconsin Campus Compact AmeriCorps*VISTA Positions Available The Wisconsin K-16 AmeriCorps*VISTA Service-Learning Project funds 35 AmeriCorps*VISTA members to serve as service-learning coordinators throughout Wisconsin. The project goals are: to develop partnerships among higher education institutions and low-income communities to create strong, sustainable anti-poverty programs; to improve academic achievement and aspirations of low-income children in grades K-12; and to develop sustainable infrastructure for campus-based community service and service-learning with a focus on anti-poverty outcomes. Benefits to members include Professional development and experience that builds skills, living allowance ($809-$840 per month), limited healthcare coverage, student loan deferment, relocation allowance (if you move) childcare assistance (if eligible), $1,200 End-of-Year cash stipend or $4,725 Educational Award. Apply today at www.americorps.org or call Dan Neumann for more information 262-595-2002. Campus Compact Executive Director to Retire After 10 Years of Service; National Search Committee Will Seek New Leader for 2007 Providence, RI — After 10 years of service with Campus Compact, Executive Director Elizabeth L. Hollander has announced that she plans to step down at the end of the calendar year. A national search has been launched for a new leader who can build on the successes of the past decade. Campus Compact, a national coalition of college and university presidents dedicated to promoting the civic purposes of higher education, has doubled in size during Hollander's tenure, from 512 members a decade ago to nearly 1,000 today. Under her leadership, Campus Compact has launched many successful national initiatives, including the multiyear Indicators of Engagement Project, which documents best practices of community engagement across institutional types, and the Raise Your Voice student initiative, WiCC Update Page 11 June 2006 which has mobilized more than 300,000 students across the country to participate in service and civic programs. "Campus Compact is currently celebrating its 20th anniversary and reflecting upon the completion of a robust list of achievements," notes Mark Gearan, Campus Compact Board Chair and president of Hobart and William Smith Colleges. "Thanks in part to Liz's work, civic engagement and service-learning have taken root among the nation's higher education institutions, and the results we've seen are inspiring. The Board joins Campus Compact's national staff, directors of the organization's 31 state offices, and others involved in the campus engagement movement in expressing our gratitude and well wishes to Liz as she begins her transition." Hollander's departure ushers in the search for a candidate to take on leadership duties of the national Campus Compact organization. President Gearan has agreed to chair a distinguished search committee that also includes Louis Albert, president of Pima Community College; John J. DeGioia, president of Georgetown University; Juliet Garcia, president of the University of Texas, Brownsville; Martin Jischke, president of Purdue University; Tashia Morgridge, trustee, TOSA Foundation; Toni Murdock, president of Antioch University Seattle; Dee Dee Rasmussen, executive director of Florida Campus Compact; Amy Smitter, executive director of Michigan Campus Compact; and Vincent Tompkins, Deputy Provost of Brown University. Details of the position are available in the jobs section, and applications may be submitted online through the Brown University website. From Brown's careers page, navigate to "Search Postings" and enter H00282 in the Job No. field, then submit the search. Follow the View link under the search result. Gearan takes on the important responsibility of chairing the search committee as his term as Board Chair nears completion. John DeGioia, president of Georgetown University and current Board member, has been elected as the new Chair of the Campus Compact Board and will be assisted by Vice Chairs Judith Hansen, president of Southwestern Oregon Community College and Toni Murdock, president of Antioch University Seattle. Board members will assume their new duties on July 1, 2006, as the search committee steps up its activities. 10. Policy Updates Learn and Serve America Announces $520,000 in Grants to Expand Hurricane Relief Efforts in Gulf Coast (WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Learn and Serve America announced today that it will award $520,000 in new grants to support and expand ongoing hurricane relief and recovery efforts by students and school groups in the Gulf Coast. "College students and other young people, especially those living or studying in the Gulf region, have a tremendous amount to give to the rebuilding effort, and their idealism and energy is needed," said David Eisner, CEO of the Corporation for National Service, which administers the Learn and Serve America program. "These grants will help our nation recover from one of the most devastating disasters in our history." WiCC Update Page 12 June 2006 11. Miscellaneous The Center for Civic Participation, a national organization that strives to increase civic engagement in order to both strengthen democratic institutions and encourage public involvement in civic life, has announced a new Web project to gather information regarding projects and organizations focusing on arts and democracy. To submit your story or for more information, see www.ccp.org/forms/new_voter_project.html or email Lena Richardson at email@example.com. Note: only projects that are nonpartisan will be included on this Web site. The Wisconsin Campus Compact Update is produced to keep affiliates informed about events, support available, and other current news related to civic engagement and higher education. Special thanks to our friends and colleagues at Minnesota Campus Compact for their assistance in compiling much of this information (adapted from their monthly News To Use publication). HAVE IDEAS OR NEWS FOR FUTURE ISSUES? Suggestions and comments are welcome. Contact Carie Goral, Assistant Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 262-265-2514. TO READ PAST UPDATES… Sometimes e-mail doesn’t make it to its destination, and humans have occasionally been known to regret deleting a message. Past updates are available on Wisconsin Campus Compact’s website under “Newsletters:” www.wicampuscompact.org WiCC Update Page 13 June 2006