501 Campus Compact Members Included in the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll of 690

Boston, MA — Five members of Campus Compact have been named winners of the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. 

Among the 14 finalists, 11 are Compact members. All told, 501 members were named to the President’s Honor Roll including the five winners and 14 finalists. Seventy-two percent of the institutions recognized on the Honor Roll are Campus Compact members.

R.I. Campus Compact Welcomed to Providence College

Providence College is the new home of the Rhode Island Campus Compact (RICC), housing the organization and staff in the Feinstein Academic Center.

Previously hosted at the Rhode Island School of Design, RICC is an affiliate of a national organization of more than 1,200 colleges and universities.

As members of the compact, all 12 institutions of higher learning in Rhode Island work together to promote community service, civic engagement, and service learning for students and faculty.

Service-learning courses serve students, communities

It’s been years since Carole Lapidos was a middle school student, but she hasn’t forgotten just how hard it can be.

“Listening to cattiness and the name-calling, we realized it’s really difficult to be a girl in middle school,” she said. “So we decided to do something about it.”

Lapidos saw that these students needed guidance — from someone they could really look up to. That’s when she got the idea to bring female students from the University of Michigan into these middle schools, giving the preteens real-life role models.

Connecticut Campus Compact, a statewide President’s membership organization located at Fairfield University, issues three-part series on array of higher ed concerns

Connecticut Campus Compact (CTCC), a statewide program based on the Fairfield University campus promoting institution-wide engagement with communities, is releasing a three-part series of publications, “Better Engagement. Broader Effectiveness,” with a goal of connecting economic prosperity and engaged citizenship.

Former US Senator & Campus Compact Board Member Awarded 2012 Presidential Citizens Medal

A Message from the CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), Wendy Spencer:

Dear Colleagues,

The White House has just announced that former U.S. Senator Harris Wofford – our tireless champion and guiding light for service and volunteering – will receive a 2012 Presidential Citizens Medal from President Obama.

Boosting Youth Engagement

This week, the Massachusetts Special Commission on Civic Engagement and Learning released “Renewing the Social Compact,” a report that examines the state of civic engagement in the commonwealth. The report lays out recommendations for revitalizing curricula, programs, and practices to develop citizenship, civic education, and engagement in K-12, higher education, and adult education in Massachusetts.

Widener, Chester forging close community ties

Janet Maddox Jones needed physical therapy for sciatica and scoliosis, and her insurance was tapped out.

Her doctor referred her to Widener University’s free clinic, set up and run by graduate students.

“They took care of you like you were an individual person, not a number,” said Jones, 77, a lifelong Chester resident and one of the first black cheerleaders at its high school in the 1950s.

That experience and others have made Jones, a retired customer relations manager, a Widener fan.

Democratic Devolution: How America’s Colleges and Universities Can Strengthen Their Communities

In the face of a deepening economic and political crisis, the U.S. political and governing system is deadlocked. We need a new way forward. The old and tired government versus markets debate is just that—old and tired. It’s time for a broader mobilization of America’s civic resources, including the nonprofit sector and especially our colleges and universities.

From Commencement to Campaign: Where Is the Call to Service?

As Election Day draws near, I find myself thinking back to Barack Obama’s 2008 Commencement Address at Wesleyan University. He was just candidate Obama then, coming to the end of a tough primary fight, substituting for Ted Kennedy at our graduation ceremony. I was just finishing my first year as president of my alma mater. It was a day of excitement, of hope and of inspiration.


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