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2014 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll Announced

Otterbein University Named as Finalist for Top Award The Corporation for National and Community Service and the U.S. Department of Education recently announced the 2014 President’s Honor Roll for Community Service.  The award honors the nation’s leading colleges and universities, students, and faculty members, and staff for their commitment to bettering their communities through community service and service learning. Ohio Campus Compact member institution Otterbein University was among the 16 finalists for the top awards.  The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll recognizes higher education institutions that reflect the values of exemplary community service and achieve meaningful outcomes in their communities. The Honor Roll...
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First Annual Ohio Hunger Dialogue takes place at Walsh University, Award Recipient Pays it Forward

Hosted by Walsh University’s Office of Global Learning and Office of Service Learning and co-sponsored by OCC, the First Annual Ohio Hunger Dialogue on September 26-27 brought around 100 Ohio constituents together to discuss hunger issues in Ohio and nationwide, and challenged each other to directly affect the issue by their innovative work on campuses and in communities. During the event, Keynote speaker Ambassador Tony P. Hall was awarded the Walsh Founders’ Award, which “was established in 1985 and is awarded to those who have achieved national stature by illustrating in their lives the same ideals that inspired the Venerable John de La...
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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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MLK Day mini-grants available through HOPE worldwide

Deadline to apply is October 17! Announcement:  HOPE worldwide is accepting sub-grant applications for the 2015 Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service on January 19, 2015. These grants are made possible by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS).  A primary focus for the grants is Disaster Services with projects highlighting fire prevention or natural disaster preparedness education. However, other project areas will be considered.All grants requests must: *Involve at least two community partners *Include reflection or other activities to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. *Occur in significant part on or near Jan. 19, 2015. The grant ranges will be: $15,000 (800 or more volunteers projected) $7,500 (450...
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Ohio Campus Compact Day with Harry Boyte a great success

  “You are the architects of the infrastructure of engagement,” Dr. Harry Boyte announced to the participants of “Ohio Campus Compact Day with Harry Boyte” on Sept. 17, 2014. Fifty representatives from OCC’s member campuses gathered to learn more about Dr. Boyte’s new book Democracy’s Education, and to find inspiration and new ideas to continue the work of engagement on their individual campuses.  According to Dr. Boyte, we are in the fourth stage of civic engagement. When Campus Compact started back in the mid-80s, the language was about service. Then in the early 90s we promoted service-learning. In the late 90s we broadened...
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Register Now for the First Annual Ohio Hunger Dialogue

First Annual Ohio Hunger Dialogue September 26-27, 2014 Friday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Featuring Keynote Speaker Ambassador Tony Hall Three-Time Nobel Peace Prize Nominee One in six households in Ohio face food insecurity, the 10th worst state in the United States. Worldwide, 1.2 billion people suffer from hunger and malnutrition. Walsh University’s Office of Global Learning and Office of Service Learning, in conjunction with Ohio Campus Compact, invite university administrators, faculty, and students to join with community partners and the general public in a dialogue to address issues of hunger in our local...
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University of Findlay-Member Spotlight

Findlay Engages Freshmen On a sunny Saturday in August, 577 first-year students at The University of Findlay participated in a 61-site community service project as part of their introduction to the university and its community. The entire freshman class joined in weekend service activities through the university’s freshman orientation program. This is the 12th year the university has run the project, which serves a wide variety of community partners, including nonprofit organizations, K-12 schools, churches, and nursing homes. Organized by the university’s Campus Compact Center for Service and Learning, the project allows freshmen to learn about their new hometown while getting to know...
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OCC’s Connect2Complete Year 2 begins this semester

The fall semester has begun and 7 Ohio Campus Compact Connect2Complete VISTAs have been working since mid-June on 6 OCC member campuses to bring the C2C Program to more community colleges, public universities and regional campuses. Each VISTA is working to establish service learning classes and projects for first generation, Pell-eligible students in their introductory and first year experience courses. The VISTAs are currently working with their campus C2C Teams and assisting with hiring and training Peer Advocates (8 per campus to start) to mentor and advocate for this segment of the student population. The OCC VISTAs also organized campus and...
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Oberlin College and OCC announce limited space availability for Work on Purpose Training October 23

Oberlin College will host Work on Purpose Curriculum Training, co-sponsored by OCC, on October 23. Training space is limited and this exclusive opportunity is available to OCC member campuses. Join your colleagues for Echoing Green’s full-day Work on Purpose training which will equip you to integrate a purpose curriculum into your work with students and young professionals. The Work on Purpose program helps young people in or entering the first decade of their career identify their purpose and put it into action by creating a career with impact. Throughout its 25 year history, Echoing Green has performed thousands of in-depth interviews...
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