Vermont Campus Compact Engaged Campus Forum to explore the role of higher education in democratic engagement

NEWS RELEASE — Vermont Campus Compact
April 2, 2013

Carrie Williams Howe, Vermont Campus Compact Executive Director,
802-654-2092 [email protected]

Vermont Campus Compact Engaged Campus Forum to Explore the Role of Higher Education in Democratic Engagement; Awards will be presented to Campus and Community Leaders.

Sponsored by: Cabot Creamery Cooperative & Dinse, Knapp, McAndrew

DATE: Friday, April 12, 2013 TIME: 10:00am – 3:30pm (see complete schedule below)

LOCATION: Sheraton Hotel & Conference Center, S. Burlington, VT
This event is open to the public as well as the higher education community. Member campus registration is free; all others pay a $25 registration fee.
To register, visit and click on the event link.

Vermont Campus Compact is pleased to announce our inaugural Engaged Campus Forum which will take place on Friday, April 12th in Burlington, Vermont. This new annual event is designed to bring campus and community stakeholders together to learn about, share promising practices to address, and envision new ways to improve, common public challenges. To provide a framework for the event moving forward, this year’s forum will focus on the engaged campus, including:
• What it means to be an engaged campus (definitions, philosophies, standards);
• The engaged campus as a member of the broader Vermont community;
• What an engaged campus implies for our students’ learning and experience;
• Where the engaged campus is situated in current political, philosophical, and historical perspectives;
• How being an engaged campus can address institutional challenges and strategically position a campus for future success.

10:00 – 10:30: Welcome from Vermont Campus Compact
10:30 – 12:00: Keynote Panel & Discussion
12:00 – 12:30: Lunch and Table Conversations
12:30 – 1:30: Awards Presentations
2:00 – 3:30: Workshop: Political, not Partisan: Strategies for Engaging Students in Meaningful Civic Learning

Keynote Panel
The 2013 Forum will include a keynote panel consisting of leaders from Vermont higher education institutions. The Panel will respond to current trends in the field regarding higher education’s role and responsibility when it comes to fostering democratic engagement among students and engaging in the local community at an institutional level. There will be time for questions and discussion among participants following the formal program. Panel Members include:
– Joseph Bertolino, President of Lyndon State College
– Karen Gross, President of Southern Vermont College
– Brian Reed, Associate Provost for Curricular Affairs at The University of Vermont

Engaged Campus Awards
The event will also include presentation of awards to representatives of Vermont Campus Compact member institutions who are helping to achieve the vision of the engaged campus. Awards include: Engaged Students (one from each campus); Engaged Educators (competitive award); Engaged Partnerships (competitive award).
Engaged Student(s) Award Winners:
Nicholas Russo, Lyndon State College
Madelyn Holm, Marlboro College
Robianne Waters, Community College of Vermont (Upper Valley)
The Middlebury College Alternative Spring Break Trips Student Group
(co-chairs Charlotte Zelle and Maya Neria)
Kristina Gorden, Johnson State College
Ashley Lincoln, Saint Michael’s College
Green Mountain College’s “Club 2020”
Jorden Redell, University of Vermont
Hanifah Presley, Southern Vermont College
Engaged Educator Award Nominees:
Joan Wagner, Saint Michael’s College (Winner)
Nancy Hayden, The University of Vermont (Finalist)
Gregg Humphrey, Middlebury College (Finalist)
Engaged Partnership Award Nominees:
King Street Youth Center & The University of Vermont (Winner)
Bridport Central School & Middlebury College (Finalist)
The Greater Bennington Interfaith Council & Southern Vermont College (Finalist)

About Vermont Campus Compact
Vermont Campus Compact is a statewide consortium of 18 college and university presidents committed to creating a flourishing democracy. We work with members to strengthen communities and educate for informed and active citizenship. VCC presidents believe that through sustained and creative student, faculty and institutional engagement with communities, higher education can help prepare tomorrow’s civic and social leaders while strengthening communities and improving lives in Vermont and elsewhere.
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