Upcoming Events

Free Space Spring Regionals

Gatherings for Community Service Directors, Service-Learning Directors, and Engagement Faculty and Staff

Meetings held 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Coffee and tea will be provided. There is no charge to attend this OCC event.

Join OCC and your regional colleagues to get caught up on OCC strategic planning, events and other happenings, and to share news and trends on your campus. It’s time for us to reconnect and talk freely about our common work! Please feel free to invite others on your campus and counterparts from non-member campuses.

From Page 17 of Harry Boyte’s Free Spaces: The Sources of Democratic Change in America:
Definition:  Free spaces are environments in which people are able to learn a new self-respect, a deeper and more assertive group identity, public skills, and values of cooperation and civic virtue. They are settings between private lives and large-scale institutions where ordinary citizens can act with dignity, independence and vision.


All meetings will be held from 10:00am to 12:30pm
  • Southeast/Central Meeting - April 15 – at Ohio State University Newark
  • Southwest Meeting - April 23 – at Wittenberg University
  • Northeast Meeting - April 24 – at The University of Akron
  • Northwest Meeting - April 27 – at Owens Community College


 Register for your regional meeting by April 1!



Join us for a Break Away Alternative Breaks Retreat

March 30, 2015

9am-5pm (tentative)

at The Ohio State University-Newark campus

We’re excited to announce sponsorship of an Alternative Breaks Retreat in Central Ohio, presented by the leading national alternative break resource organization Break Away. Break Away is a national nonprofit that promotes the development of quality alternative break programs through training, assisting, and connecting campuses and communities.
With a network of close to 200 chapter schools, 500 community partners and thousands of alternative break alumni worldwide, Break Away is a true believer in the power of positive change.
The only cost will be $25 per person to cover lunch.

The final agenda is still TBA, but for your reference you may view a sample retreat agenda here, used during a Break Away Retreat hosted by Utah Campus Compact.

Register by March 26!

OCC announces Service Learning Course Development Institute

As stated in Campus Compact’s A Promising Connection, “Civic engagement improves student success on a range of important measures. Research indicates that high-quality curricular and co-curricular civic engagement is positively correlated with student success in K-12 schools, community colleges, and public and private four-year colleges and universities” (Grantmakers for Education, 2010; Meyer, 2003).
We all know that civic engagement helps our students get from one semester to the next. Are you interested in designing your first service-learning course? Do you already teach a s-l course, but would like to further develop or deepen the course content and outcomes?
OSUJoin Ohio Campus Compact and a team of course design experts from The Ohio State University’s Center for the Advancement of Teaching for the Service-Learning Course Development Institute 2015.
Consultants from OSU will facilitate a three-part event on course design principles specifically for Ohio Campus Compact member campuses. As a participant, you have the opportunity to take a big-picture look at your service-learning course and engage in a hands-on process of (re)designing it to more effectively and purposefully help students learn. 
OCC member campus TEAMS are highly encouraged to attend this three-part Institute, so that team members will support one another on campus to complete the Institute and processes learned. The team should consist of the community service director and 2 highly recommended faculty who will help build service learning on their campus. If you are registering from a Connect2Complete (C2C) campus, the team must consist of at least the C2C Site Mentor and 2 faculty who teach Dev Ed or 100-level courses.
There will be ample opportunities for you to share ideas and receive feedback on your course design throughout.
Learn how to define your course goals and objectives – what you want your students to know or care about ­- and what you want your students to be able to do upon successful completion of your course, specifically in relation to the service-learning components and the needs of your community partner.
*Offered 1 Day only in person at OSU Newark on April 8, 2015, 9am-5pm (tentative). Attendance is REQUIRED at this session.  
Design specific assignments and assessment tools that align with those course goals and objectives.
*Webinar held in the first week of June 2015
Identify teaching strategies and discipline-specific content such that all elements of your course are aligned with the foundational aims identified at the outset.
*These will be regional in-person meetings during the first 2 weeks of September 2015
Cost: $50 per person covers the cost of the entire three-part Institute, includes lunch on 4/8
Register by March 27!

Spring 2015 Calendar of Events

Visit our online calendar for more upcoming events.


ARCHIVE of Ohio Campus Compact’s monthly e-newsletter, The Connection


Connect2Complete VISTA member spotlight-Owens Community College

Christina Perry is serving her second term as an Ohio Campus Compact Connect2Complete (C2C) AmeriCorps VISTA at Owens State Community College this year.  In the past two years, Christina has helped to coordinate the successful Connect2Complete Program at Owens. With fifteen trained Civic Ambassadors, one full-time administrator, and one full-time AmeriCorps VISTA, the Connect2Complete program on Owens’ campus has been institutionalized.  In the last two years, the Owens State Community College Connect2Complete Program has deployed 1,957 student, faculty, and staff volunteers into the community to complete 3,842 community service hours.  As a recent graduate from Owens State Community College, Christina...
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Awards Season at Campus Compact

OCC announces open nominations for the Charles J. Ping Student Service Award and the David Hoch Memorial Award for Excellence in Service for member campus faculty and staff Ohio Student Award The Charles J. Ping Student Service Award was designed to recognize and honor undergraduate students for their outstanding leadership and contributions to community service or service-learning on their campus and within their community.  These students represent the next generation of civic leaders and problem solvers. The award is named in honor of Charles J. Ping, who served as President of Ohio University from 1975 – 1994.  An early supporter and Board...
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Connect2Complete VISTA Member Spotlight: Maria Latschar at Columbus State Community College

Maria Latschar began her first service year as a Connect2Complete (C2C) VISTA in November 2013 to develop the pilot C2C program at CSCC. The C2C program at CSCC has become a major player in the student support services provided by the campus.  On a daily basis Maria coordinates and trains the student Peer Advocates working in C2C.  Through Connect2Complete, Peer Advocates have received training on financial aid, counseling, diversity, financial literacy, advising and many other subjects. Most notably every Peer Advocate is a trained Ohio Benefit Bank (OBB) Counselor.  This allows them to help students apply for state assistance programs...
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New Year, New Collaborative Relationship for Civic Responsibility

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Connect2Complete VISTA member spotlight-Miami University Hamilton

Rachael Lange has served as an Ohio Campus Compact Connect2Complete (C2C) VISTA at Miami University Hamilton (MUH) for the last year and a half, training and coordinating Miami’s cohort of C2C Peer Advocates. Through the C2C program she has worked with what she considers some of the most amazing students on campus. Since Fall 2013 Miami Hamilton’s C2C program has trained 14 Peer Advocates, worked with over 20 classes, and participated in over 300 hours of service. One of Miami’s Advocates is now pursuing a career in Higher Education through Miami University’s Student Affairs in Higher Education program and another accepted...
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“Worry less about gifts, care more about people”

Great advice this holiday season comes from one of our Connect2Complete AmeriCorps VISTA members serving at Lorain County Community College, Alissa Bambarger. Alissa writes in a reflection blog that “Christmas is supposed to be a time of caring through giving and receiving.  And in most ways, it is.  In other ways, unfortunately, it is a painful reminder of the hyper-commercialized culture that we live in.” This past Monday and Tuesday the 6 OCC VISTA members gathered together at Miami University Hamilton campus for a quarterly workshop and team building experience. Each of the four yearly 2-day workshops is held in a different region...
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2014 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll Announced

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First Annual Ohio Hunger Dialogue takes place at Walsh University, Award Recipient Pays it Forward

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Miami University Hamilton C2C VISTA wins grant funds for Pay it Forward courses

OCC Connect2Complete AmeriCorps VISTA member Rachael Lange, now in her second VISTA year,was just awarded funds to support Pay it Forward courses for Miami University Hamilton’s Connect2Complete students. Through the Pay it Forward initiative, students acquire intimate knowledge of philanthropy, volunteering, and the non-profit sector. In addition, they will gain experience in grant writing, give a formal presentation and interact with a diverse group of community members. As a holistic approach to student development, the Pay It Forward program encompasses key student success factors such as: campus and community connection, volunteerism, and positive interactions with fellow classmates.  The funding from CELTUA (Center...
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VISTA Member Feature: Alissa Bambarger at Lorain County Community College

Ohio Campus Compact recently caught up with our Connect2Complete (C2C) AmeriCorps VISTA member Alissa Bambarger at LCCC to talk a little about why she became a VISTA. Alissa Bambarger is an Ohio Campus Compact AmeriCorps VISTA at Lorain County Community College. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from Marietta College and a Master of Arts with a focus in recent American History from John Carroll University. Her graduate research essay dealt with President Lyndon B. Johnson and his 1960’s “War on Poverty.” The VISTA program (Volunteers in Service to America) was one of many government programs created during the...
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