Monthly Archives: March 2016

2016 Newman Civic Fellows Announced

Campus Compact has announced the 218 students chosen to receive the 2016 Newman Civic Fellows Award. This award honors the late Frank Newman, one of Campus Compact’s founders and a tireless advocate for the civic engagement of higher education. “We are fortunate to have the opportunity to celebrate such an extraordinary group of students,” said Campus Compact president Andrew Seligsohn. “We are seeing a resurgence in student interest in acting to create lasting social change, and this year’s Newman Civic Fellows exemplify that commitment.” In the spirit of Dr. Newman’s leadership, Campus Compact member presidents and chancellors were encouraged to nominate undergraduate or graduate students who are proven leaders with both the motivation and ability to make substantial contributions toward public problem solving for this special recognition. Those chosen to receive this honor will have also taken action in pursuit of long-term positive social change. Click here for a complete list of the 2016 Newman Civic Fellows. “My family taught…

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My Conference Takeaway: Campus Compact Remains Essential

Happy Friday, Compact Nation! I’m taking today off, so I’m sitting in my kitchen with a cup of coffee. Perhaps inevitably, I find myself reflecting on the events of this week. What strikes me most is how good I feel to be a member of Compact Nation. That’s partly because our national office team did such a fabulous job. It’s partly because I kept hearing from presidents at the Summit how much they appreciate the work of our state and regional Compacts. It’s partly because I witnessed the connections between so many of us and conference participants from our member campuses. It’s partly because of the great job EDs and staff did as presenters, as introducers at the Summit and on the plenary stage, as creators of fun when we were inviting people to goofily embrace flying t-shirts, and in a million small ways all week long. Here is another thing I take away from this week: Campus Compact remains…

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Campus Compact Action Statement to be Celebrated in Boston

Campus Compact will be celebrating the more than 350 signatories on our Action Statement during a Summit of Presidents and Chancellors on March 20, 2016 at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate in Boston. Over 350 Campus Compact member presidents and chancellors have already signed the Campus Compact 30th Anniversary Action Statement, a document containing strong language about the public obligations of higher education that commits campuses to taking specific steps to deepen their engagement for the benefit of students, communities, and the broader public. The document concludes with a commitment by each signatory to create a Campus Civic Action Plan to be shared publicly. Campus Compact will support campuses in developing these plans. “The Campus Compact Action Statement links hundreds of institutions for the common goal of strengthening and extending the public responsibilities of higher education,” said Mark D. Gearan, President of Hobart and William Smith Colleges. “This landmark celebration is an important opportunity to…

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