Debate Watching Guides: For students, faculty and staff planning to host debate-watching parties or just looking for advice on how to analyze what they hear when the candidates debate in October, there are plenty of great resources out there. The League of Women Voters’ Debate Watching 101 includes advice on how to prepare for the debates and what questions to ask yourself as you watch. The Commission on Presidential Debates has a guide to hosting Debate Watch parties in your community. And Rock the Vote is set to release a guide specific to the upcoming 2012 Presidential and Vice Presidential debates; we’ll include that in a future post once it’s available.
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From Inside Higher Ed..
Colleges are being pushed to increase “service learning” and “civic engagement” initiatives at the exact same time that they’re being pressured to move online. These don’t have to be opposed, necessarily, but in practice they generally are. Can community engaged learning happen… online?
We are thrilled to see that Bill Basl is the new Director of AmeriCorps at the Corporation for National and Community Service. Bill has led the Washington Commission for National and Community Service for 18 years and during his tenure he launched the Washington Service Corps and the first Veteran’s Corps. A VISTA Alum, Bill has been a critical leader in national service in the Pacific NW and we are excited to see what’s next for national service under his amazing leadership!
Lewis & Clark: National Science Foundation Honors Alumni for Leadership Potential
Two Lewis & Clark alumni received prestigious National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowships for demonstrating promise as leaders in their fields. The NSF offers fellows three years of support for graduate studies, investing in the education of outstanding students who have the potential to contribute significantly to research, teaching, and innovations in science and engineering.
Marylhurst University: “Mayor Judie” Wins Lifetime Achievement Award
Judie Hammerstad, former mayor of Lake Oswego, received the Bob Bigelow Lifetime Achievement Award. Bill Korach, superintendent of the Lake Oswego School District said, “Judie certainly knows about the joys and challenges of being a community leader — taking initiative, being accountable, caring deeply, giving back. She is a great example of the passion, heart, commitment and assertive spirit that it takes to be an outstanding leader in public service.”
Multnomah University: Awards Distinguished Alumni
Multnomah University honored Benjamin Vegors as the 2012 Alumnus of the Year and Jonathan Collins as the 2012 Distinguished Young Alumnus. These awards are given annually and mark the highest honor Multnomah University bestows on Alumni. After being nominated by their peers recipients are chosen based on meeting two main criteria – their lives should exemplify Christ’s work and should reflect the values of Multnomah’s mission.
Oregon State University: Annual Earth Day “Sunday Skool – Hoo Haa!”
The festivities, sponsored by Oregon State University’s Organic Growers Club, will be on the grounds of the student-run organic farm on the outskirts of Corvallis. Attendees are invited to tour the two-acre farm, enjoy local musical talent, and stay for dinner, which will be prepared with produce from the farm.
Portland Community College: AmeriCorps Volunteer Gives PCC a Hand
“My work here is to mobilize volunteers and develop partnerships with our community partners whose focus is to alleviate poverty and serve the needs of families and individuals who are low income,” said ORCC AmeriCorps Member Nicole Herbert. Herbert is serving the Office of Service-Learning to create community partnerships, coordinate co-curricular service programs, engage student leaders in service, and increase awareness of community needs around poverty alleviation.
Portland State University: An Earthy Celebration
Portland State University’s Environmental Club kicks off Earth Week by encouraging a campus discussion on sustainability. Each day will have its own theme, ending with a final festival on Friday. “We’re using the old elements—earth, wind, water, fire and heart—as a way to narrow down the dialogue during each day,” said Kirk Rea, the club’s logistics coordinator.
Southern Oregon University: Spring Term’s Discussion of Civility
With the presidential election on the horizon and the current state of our public discourse, SOU celebrates the opportunity to discuss civility in 2011-2012. The goal is for the campus to engage in rigorous intellectual conversation about this important question, informed by the latest research, scholarship, and insights from several different areas.
University of Portland: Nursing Students Participate in Poverty Simulation
Nursing students from the University of Portland recently gathered to discover the harsh reality of poverty. Through an intensive one-day program, 146 students participated in a poverty simulation that was designed to the stark realities of poverty as well as to promote discussion among the nursing students. “The simulation was a real effective learning tool for the nursing students,” senior and student coordinator Allison Ramsay said. “The simulation parallels what happens in real life and we were able to get a taste of what people are going through.”
Warner Pacific University: New Creative Video From Act Six Scholars Released
Check out how Warner’s Act Six Scholars are making a difference. Act Six seeks to develop urban and community leaders to be agents of transformation on campus and in their home communities. The scholars are working to co-create solutions that will address the campus and community’s most pressing issues.
A summary of resources from the Higher Education Service-Learning listserv…
CEOs for Cities has identified talent development as fundamental to successful cities. Their research indicates that 58 percent of a city’s success, as measured by per capita income, can be attributed to the percentage of the adult population with a college degree.
City Dividends, which was developed by Portland, Ore., economist Joe Cortright calculates the monetary gains the top 51 metros could realize if they increase their college attainment by one percentage point (The Talent Dividend), reduce Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT) by 1 mile per person per day (The Green Dividend) and reduce the number of people in poverty (The Opportunity Dividend) by one percentage point.
Oregon Campus Compact is proud to lead the regional effort around the Talent Dividend. We are just getting going… stay tuned for more information!