Kansas Names Heartland Conference Award Recipients
The 2012 Campus Compact Heartland Conference was held October 11-12 in St. Louis, Missouri. The Campus Compacts of Kansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma each honored outstanding faculty, staff, and community partners during the awards luncheon. Kansas honored the following award recipients for their accomplishments in the state:
Excellence in Community-Based Teaching & Scholarship Award
The Excellence in Community-Based Teaching & Scholarship award recognizes one faculty member from a member campus in Kansas who has successfully incorporated service-learning into at least one course with demonstrable outcomes and conducted outstanding research in the field of service-learning and engaged scholarship. Jomella Watson-Thompson, Assistant Professor in the Department of Applied Behavioral Science at the University of Kansas was selected for this honor.
Dr. Watson-Thompson’s aim is to improve community conditions by systematically addressing conditions in the environment that influence key behaviors of interest through community interventions implemented with collaborative partners. Her efforts have contributed to an increase in the diversity of students involved in engaged scholarship; mentoring both African-American graduate and undergraduate students through engaged scholarship and involvement in under-invested minority neighborhoods in Kansas City. Much of her research has included community members’ involvement during every step of the process. Dr. Watson-Thompson is contributing to the field of service-learning by further examining how to support engaged scholarship using a community-based participatory research approach.
Outstanding Community & Campus Collaboration Award
The Outstanding Community & Campus Collaboration award recognizes a sustained campus-community partnership in the state of Kansas that demonstrates a true partnership as evidenced by 1) community agency involvement in the development of the course goals and learning outcomes; 2) measurable impact (qualitative and quantitative) on students, faculty and institution; 3) measurable impact on the lives of those served by the community agency; 4) commitment of community agency to student learning.
This year’s recipient was the Johnson County Community College Oral Health On Wheels program.
JCCC’s Oral Health On Wheels is an innovative approach to dental hygiene education, public health, and community engagement involving a 40-foot mobile dental clinic which travels to three separate locations in the community each week. Not only do dental hygiene students gain patient care experiences, the program also serves the underserved populations of predominantly Spanish-speaking clientele, pregnant women, and those with developmental disabilities. The program, which began in 2008, serves clients with low or no access to dental care. Students participating in the program have shown increased awareness of underserved populations, cultural diversity, and ethical patient care. The value of service provided to community clients through the OHOW program is valued at $76,800 annually.
Community Engagement Professional of the Year
The Community Engagement Professional of the Year award recognizes one professional from a member campus in Kansas who has worked toward the institutionalization of academic service-learning and/or service, created and strived toward a vision of service for his/her campus, promoted higher education as a public good, provided exceptional support to faculty and students, and has been instrumental in forming innovative campus-community partnerships. This year, Teresa Baumgartner, Service-Learning Faculty Coordinator at Butler Community College received the honor.
Teresa began implementing service-learning in her classes in 2004. She has played a crucial role in the development of the Greater Butler County Campus Community Partnership, whose goal is to help local nonprofits network and exchange ideas and resources, then created the Service-Learning Summer Institute, a training program to recruit faculty, assist them in finding a community partner and revising their syllabus to implement service-learning in their academic courses. She also continues coordinating service projects on national days of service, including Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Global Youth Service Day. She implemented the Fall Summit for Service Learning @ In-service for Faculty in 2007, supervised the Serve 2 Succeed AmeriCorps Coordinator in the 2011-12 school year, and currently serves as Co-Coordinator for the Service-Learning Program.
Thank you to everyone who submitted nominations this year.
The 2013 Campus Compact Heartland Conference will take place in Tulsa, OK in October.
2012/2013 Engaged Faculty Fellows Announced
Four individuals have been selected to serve a one-year term as part of the Engaged Faculty Fellows program. The program serves as a faculty professional development model to support the integration of service-learning and community engagement into the three components of faculty development: teaching, research, and service.
This year’s fellows are: Jean Gleichsner, Associate Professor of Agriculture at Fort Hays State University; Vibhavari Jani, Associate Professor of Interior Architecture and Product Design at Kansas State University; Cheryl Rude Associate Professor of Leadership Studies at Southwestern College; and Dustin Wilgers, Assistant Professor of Biology at McPherson College.
Each year, there is a specific topic on which the Fellows will focus their collaborative research. This year, they will explore the most effective promotion, recognition, and tenure strategies for rewarding faculty for service-learning and community engagement.
K-State Olathe packages 20,000 meals
Kansas State University Olathe helped swipe out hunger by participating in on-campus events on October 13.
Numana Swipe Out Hunger, a food-packaging event, involved more than 175 volunteers from schools, industry and the community. More than 17,000 meals were packaged at the event last October at K-State Olathe. Statewide, 16 college campuses featured Swipe events that used the help of more than 4,300 volunteers and produced 597,424 packaged meals that were sent to famine victims in the Horn of Africa.
The packaged meals consisted of rice, soy protein, freeze-dried pinto beans, and 21 vitamins and minerals targeted to help the immune system of malnourished people. During the event, these ingredients were measured into bags, sealed, boxed and prepared for shipment. The cost of each life-sustaining meal is only 25 cents. This includes all ingredients, packaging, administration and international shipping of the container.
In addition to the schools, industry and community volunteers, HyVee partnered with K-State Olathe for the event, providing T-shirts and volunteers to help package the meals.
KsCC Hires New Executive Director
Josh Mosier began as the new Executive Director of Kansas Campus Compact on August 22. Through his efforts, he will provide strategic direction and support for the organization’s goals to assist college and university presidents in promoting civic engagement, service learning, and programs that connect their institutions, faculty, students, and staff with their neighborhoods and communities.
Josh is a Kansas native and held previous appointments with Kansas State University's Office of Governmental Relations, K-State's Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, and in the Kansas Governor's Office. Josh received his bachelor's degree in psychology and holds a master's degree in public administration, each from K-State.
10/12/12 – 12/21/12
The Engaged Campus: Preparing for the 2015 Carnegie Community Engagement Classification (PRE-RECORDED)
Engaged Learning Economies: Linking Civic Engagement and Economic Development (1:00 PM CST)
The Engaged Campus: Linking Civic Engagement and Social Entrepreneurism
Upcoming Grant Opportunities:
11/15/12 Kansas Volunteer Commission: MLK Day of Service 2013
11/16/12 President William Jefferson Clinton Hunger Leadership Award
11/22/12 Sunflower Foundation: School Trails
12/01/12 Campus Progress Publications Grant
2/08/13 USDA Higher Education Challenge Grant
2/20/13 National Endowment for Humanities Challenge Grant for Two-Year Colleges