The Community Engagement Professional in Higher Education

May 1, 2017

The Community Engagement Professional in Higher Education A Competency Model for an Emerging Field Edited by Lina D. Dostilio This book, offered by “practitioner-scholars,” is an exploration and identification of the knowledge, skills, and dispositions that are central to supporting effective community engagement practices between higher education and communities. The discussion and review of these core competencies are framed within a broader context of the changing landscape of institutional community engagement and the emergence of the Community Engagement Professional as a facilitator of engaged teaching, research, and institutional partnerships distinct from other academic professionals. This research, conducted as part of…

Campus Spotlight: UW-Superior

May 1, 2017

UW-Superior Established in 1893 with a mission to train teachers, the University of Wisconsin-Superior later became a part of the University of Wisconsin-System, and in 1998 was designated as Wisconsin’s Public Liberal Arts College by the University Of Wisconsin System Board Of Regents. The University serves over 2,500 traditional and non-traditional students and is dedicated to the integration of liberal and professional studies and to serving a diverse student population. UW-Superior has been recognized for their commitment to volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement in the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. On March 2, 2017, staff and community joined…

From the Director’s Desk- April 2017

April 10, 2017

From the Director’s Desk – April 2017 The 2017 Civic Engagement Institute is right around the corner! A special thank-you goes out to Northeast Wisconsin Technical College for being our host.  They have been working hard to arrange a great conference for everyone, and we really appreciate that help.  In particular, Rachel Aderholdt has been the main point-of-contact, so thanks especially to her.  Also, thanks to our sponsors: Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (WAICU) and St. Norbert College’s Sturzl Center for Community Service and Learning! We have a great PROGRAM lined up of nationally-recognized speakers and impressive speakers…

The Facing Project

April 2, 2017

Join Forces with Wisconsin Campus Compact & The Facing Project to be a Part of a National Storytelling Movement on Empathy, First-Person Narratives, and Community Connections Wisconsin Campus Compact is excited to announce the renewal of our partnership with The Facing Project, a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit that connects people through stories to strengthen communities. The Facing Project was co-founded by Indiana Campus Compact Executive Director, J.R. Jamison, along with New York Times bestselling author Kelsey Timmerman. The Facing Project uses a train-the-trainer model to work with colleges and universities to equip faculty, staff, and students with the tools and resources…

CAMPUS SPOTLIGHT: Concordia University Wisconsin

February 1, 2017

  WELCOME TO THE NEWEST MEMBER OF WISCONSIN CAMPUS COMPACT! Concordia University Wisconsin (CUW), a private liberal arts college located in Mequon on the shores of Lake Michigan, is a part of the 10-member Concordia University System operated by the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.  The university’s mission statement reads: “Concordia University Wisconsin is a Lutheran higher education community committed to helping students develop in mind, body, and spirit for service to Christ in the Church and the world.” With an enrollment of 8,268 students (4,820 full time), and a member of the NCAA Div. III, CUW is the home of Freddy the Falcon! Notable alumni include…

Student Spotlight

January 6, 2017

Marley Uran, UW-Parkside ’18, now feels “more powerful as a citizen” after attending the Campus Compact gathering of Newman Civic Fellows in Boston, MA in November 2016.  She learned early that time volunteering helps to shape character while becoming an advocate in serving others, and now she carries that commitment to community engagement into her time at UW-Parkside.  In 2016, she was named a Newman Civic Fellow, a national fellowship sponsored by Campus Compact and the Newman’s Own Foundation that recognizes and supports community-committed students who have demonstrated an investment in finding solutions for challenges facing communities throughout the country. …

MU Receives Higher Education Award

October 5, 2016

The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars, an independent nonprofit educational organization, proudly celebrates the recipients of the 2016 Higher Education Civic Engagement Awards. The award recognizes institutions that are achieving breadth and depth of civic engagement through sustained and mutually transformational partnerships that define and address issues of public concern at any level from the local to the global. This year’s honorees are Buffalo State, SUNY; Marquette University; the University of North Carolina at Charlotte; Purdue University; and the University of San Diego. The awards were presented on Monday, September 26,  2016, at The Washington Center’s annual Awards…

WiCC Student on News

September 29, 2016

A UW-Madison student is one of the college delegates from across the country to team up and submit questions for consideration for Monday’s first debate between Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump. Education graduate student Jacquelyn Moss joined 150 delegates in California earlier this month to develop the questions as part of a non-profit program called College Debate ’16. Moss hopes Clinton and Trump will tackle this question in particular:  What is your plan for aiding the employment of skilled refugees and immigrants in their respective fields? “I want them to be talking about no just, ‘We’ll give them jobs,’ no,…

SNC Advocating for the Homeless

September 29, 2016

St. Norbert College (SNC) faculty, staff, and students have had a long history in serving and advocating for the homeless in our area. Dr. Karina O’Malley, a retired Sociology faculty member, engaged her students in establishing the first shelter in Green Bay in 1986. Now there are over seven shelters, including three emergency shelters, and SNC contributes time, talent, and donations to many of these. More recently, SNC teamed up with the local Catholic Diocese to help support the area’s newest emergency shelter, St. John the Evangelist Homeless Shelter. In 2012 SNC staff got the approvals needed to provide emergency overflow housing for St. John’s…

UW-Superior Addressing Global Problems

August 22, 2016

Addressing Global Problems at a Local Level The mission of UW-Superior calls for the institution to “embody respect for diverse cultures and multiple voices, and engage the community and region.” This could be a challenge because Superior and Douglas County is relatively homogenous. Through service to the community, via a marriage to academic content, UW-Superior is able to raise global consciousness on a local scale. One representative Academic Service-Learning (AS-L) project that meets these objectives is a partnership between a First Year Seminar course that focuses on genocide and local fifth graders. The elementary and college students work together to…

The Facing Project

July 15, 2016

Wisconsin Campus Compact is excited to announce a new partnership with The Facing Project, a nonprofit that connects people through stories to strengthen communities. The Facing Project was co-founded by Indiana Campus Compact Executive Director J.R. Jamison, along with New York Times bestselling author Kelsey Timmerman.The Facing Project works with campuses and communities to organize and share the stories of citizens through the talent of local writers and actors. Writers are matched with community members facing the selected topic (depression, hunger, homelessness, etc.), meet with them face-to-face, and capture their stories in the first-person. The stories are compiled into a…

UW-Madison’s Just An Idea

July 14, 2016

In 2012, Tracey Snyder, a nurse practitioner developing a wellness program in Park Falls, Wisconsin, approached UW-Madison Horticulture graduate student Michael Geiger seeking guidance on a greenhouse project, Just an idea. The greenhouse needed both funding and expertise. So along with Horticulture professor Sara Patterson, the team applied for a Ira and Ineva Reilly Wisconsin Idea Endowment grant. The proposal was funded in summer 2013 and a team of local volunteers spent the fall of 2013 constructing the 25-by-50 foot vail-style greenhouse on vacant land donated by Flambeau River Papers. Today, the Flambeau River Community Growing Center has become not…

Newman Civic Fellows Award

May 5, 2016

The Newman Civic Fellows Award honors inspiring college student leaders who have demonstrated an investment in finding solutions for challenges facing communities throughout the country. Through service, research, and advocacy, Newman Civic Fellows are making the most of their college experiences to better understand themselves, the root causes of social issues, and effective mechanisms for creating lasting change. These students represent the next generation of public problem solvers and civic leaders. They serve as national examples of the role that higher education can — and does — play in building a better world.  The Newman Civic Fellows Awards are made possible…

Mt. Mary Human-Centered Design

October 26, 2015

At Mount Mary University we require first-year students to take a course that orients them to college life through exploration of the mission and identity of the university. The course serves to embed creative pedagogical practices early into the university experience. Most students in the course are in their first semester at Mount Mary, and while many have volunteered in their younger years, few have experienced the synergy of intellectual study matched with community engagement that is the hallmark of service learning. We are in our fourth semester of delivering that experience through the lens of “human-centered design (HCD).” HCD…

IT Partners

September 1, 2015

As a member of WiCC, the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point is proud to have hundreds of community partners in a significant number of its academic and university programs working with students in service learning projects, internships, and practicums. Working with community partners is a primary focus of UWSP’s strategic plan The Partnership for Thriving Communities. UWSP is particularly proud of the partnerships developed through a regional information technology alliance. Under the direction of Dr. Tim Krause, chair of the Computing and New Media Technologies Department (CNMT), UWSP is involved with the Central Wisconsin Information Technology Alliance (CWITA). The mission of…

GTC Healing Garden

September 1, 2015

WiCC member Gateway Technical College partners with local health provider on a new project. Studies have shown that healing gardens contribute to the overall quality of health care for a patient as well as being an important part of the healing process. With this in mind, beginning the summer of 2015, Aurora Medical Center of Kenosha partnered with the Horticulture Program at Gateway Technical College to assist in designing healing gardens for the new Aurora Cancer Care site in Kenosha, WI. Thirteen students in the Landscape Design Introduction course, led by Horticulture Instructor Courtney Greve, were challenged through a semester-long,…

Celebrating AmeriCorps

September 1, 2015

AmeriCorps Week is a time to salute AmeriCorps members and alums for their service, thank AmeriCorps community partners, and communicate AmeriCorps impact on communities and on the lives of those who serve. AmeriCorps Fast Facts (As of February 2016) 983,000: Number of individuals who have served as AmeriCorps members since 1994. 1.38 billion: Total number of hours served by AmeriCorps members. $3.1 billion: Total amount of Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards earned by AmeriCorps members. $1 billion: Amount of resources from private, philanthropic, and other sources leveraged by AmeriCorps programs in 2015. 2.3 million: Number of community volunteers managed or mobilized…