Loras College to host Upper Midwest Civic Engagement Summit

LorasCollegeLoras College will host the Campus Compact Upper Midwest Civic Engagement Summit May 29 and 30, 2013, for faculty and staff from colleges and universities in Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin, as well as some students, administrators and community partners (non-profit organizations), to share ideas and best practices and provide continuing education in the area of civic engagement.
Loras has been a member of Iowa Campus Compact since 2007. As a member institution of the state compact, Loras has been able to host AmeriCorps programs involving hundreds of Loras students serving thousands of hours to the community of Dubuque with local non-profit organizations.
Iowa Campus Compact (IACC) is a statewide association of 24 college and university presidents from every sector who are committed to fulfilling the civic purposes of higher education by educating students for active citizenship and building strong communities. This is accomplished by integrating community service, service-learning and community engagement opportunities into student's academic and co-curricular activities. Nationally, there are more than 1,200 member institutions and affiliate offices in 36 states.
The Upper Midwest Civic Engagement Summit was founded last year to provide a regional opportunity for professional development and to encourage networking and collaboration in the Upper Midwest.  The inaugural summit was held in St. Paul, Minnesota. Loras was selected as the host of this year’s summit in a competitive process based on facilities and location.
“Our staff and faculty have been able to participate in multiple professional development opportunities designed to expand and strengthen their knowledge in best practice and research in community-based learning and other experiential teaching methods as a result of our membership in the IACC,” said Maggie Baker, service learning coordinator, Center for Experiential Learning, at Loras College.
As part of Iowa Campus Compact’s 10-year anniversary, awards will be presented at an event hosted by Clarke University, on Wednesday, May 29 in the areas of Mission and Purpose, Administrative and Academic Leadership, Scholarship of Engagement, Community Partnership, and Student Engagement.  Loras groups and individuals being awarded are:  Kevin Koch, Ph.D., and the entire Division of Language and Literature, Maggie Baker, service learning coordinator, and Duhawk Dance Marathon, with an honorable mention.
Additionally, the public is invited to attend a special panel discussion on Wednesday at 4:40 pm, titled “Weaving Deep Connections in Dubuque: Partnering with Community and Local Government to Achieve Results”, discussing how positive relationships between higher education institutions and municipalities can be beneficial to local communities—specifically the successes that have been achieved in Dubuque.  Representatives from Loras College, Clarke University, University of Dubuque, Northeast Iowa Community College and the City of Dubuque will participate.  Anyone is welcome to attend the session, which will be held in the Alumni Campus Center at Loras College, in Ballroom C.
Iowa Campus Compact's mission is to advance the public purposes of colleges and universities by deepening their ability to improve community life and to educate students for civic and social responsibility.
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