Concurrent Session: 3 | Monday October 24th 2:15-3:30

Location: Room 2

Fostering Service & Civic Engagement While Teaching in an Online Environment

While service-learning courses have been on the rise, the percentage of U.S. students taking at least one online course rose to 32% in 2010. This presentation will focus on the hallmarks of e-service learning, examples of the diverse approaches practitioner are using, pros and cons to consider, and how institutions can create space for these types of learning experiences. 

 

Presenters:

  • Heather Novak, Associate Director, CCAR, Pace University

Presentation Type: How-To

Key Words: Civic Learning, Social Justice, Shared Spaces, Innovations in Higher Education

 

Intentionally Engaging Students in the Anchor Strategy of the Institution

This mixed-methods research study consulted a panel of national higher education experts to develop a strategic framework that defines how institutions of higher education can intentionally involve students in the anchor strategy of the institution to positively impact student civic learning and democratic engagement. The framework, titled the Student Anchor Engagement Framework, highlights 36 unique engagement strategies in the context of student involvement in anchor institution strategy.

 

Presenters:

  • Jennifer Johnson Kebea, Executive Director, Lindy Ctr for Civic Engagement, Drexel University

Presentation Type: Thinking Big Dialogue

Key Words: Civic Learning, Anchor Strategy, Innovations in Higher Education

   

The Georgetown Anacostia River and Surrounding Neighborhoods Working Group: An Opportunity for Multi-Disciplinary, Place-Oriented Engagement for the Common Good

The Anacostia River and Surrounding Neighborhoods Working Group (“Working Group”) advances interdisciplinary dialogue between faculty, staff and students to support knowledge sharing, community-based research and service. The presentation will overview the formation of the Working Group, preview upcoming activities, and discuss potential of this endeavor to advance cross-disciplinary academic research that is inherently community-oriented.

 

Presenters:

  • Uwe Brandes, Faculty Director, Associate Professor of the Practice, Georgetown University
  • Christopher Murphy, Vice President, Government Relations and Community Engagement, Georgetown University
  • Maurice Jackson, Associate Professor, History Department, Georgetown University
  • Don Edwards, CEO, Justice and Sustainability Associates

Presentation Type: Thinking Big Dialogue

Key Words: Civic Learning, Anchor Strategy, Healthly Communities, Economic Development, Workforce Development, Urban Development, Environmental Sustainability, Community Development, University-Community Partnerships, Neighborhood Support, Social Justice, Diversity, Shared Spaces, Innovations in Higher Education

 

Location: Room 3

From Data to Action: How can metropolitan universities use, analyze and maximize city data for neighborhood revitalization?

This presentation will describe how can metropolitan universities use, analyze and maximize city data for neighborhood revitalization. Specifically I will discuss community-based mapping projects that I organized in my GIS (Geographic Information Science) courses that utilize data from the city of Erie.


Presenters:

  • Christopher Magno, Associate Professor, Gannon University

Presentation Type: Thinking Big Dialogue

Key Words: Healthy Communities, Economic Development, Urban Development, Environmental Sustainability, Community Development, University-Community Partnerships, Neighborhood Support, Social Justice

Campus and Community Leadership in the Spotlight: How University Presidents and City Managers View Town-Gown Relationships

Based on interviews conducted with university presidents and city managers as reported in his new book The Optimal Town-Gown Marriage: Taking Campus-Community Outreach and Engagement to the Next Level, Dr. Gavazzi discusses how campus and community leaders typically view their impact on outreach and engagement efforts. Qualitative and quantitative data from published studies using the Optimal College Town Assessment (OCTA) tool are covered, with emphasis placed on the generation of evidence that supports the presence of four distinct town-gown types: harmonious, traditional, conflicted, and devitalized.

 

Presenters:

  • Stephen Gavazzi, Dean and Director, Ohio State University

Presentation Type: Thinking Big Dialogue

Key Words: Healthy Communities, Institutional Change, Community Development, University-Community Partnerships

  

UNCOVERING SW Raleigh and Adaptable Communities: Towards a Sustainable Model for Community-University Engagement

UNCOVERING SW Raleigh was a 3-year Community-University partnership that involved an interdisciplinary team of community leaders, residents, researchers, and students, with the goal of insuring that all segments of the community would be empowered to take advantage of this change and to create an interdisciplinary prototype for future engagement in the city of Raleigh. This presentation will provide relevant details about the first three phases but primarily focus on describing the challenges of institutional transformation and the up-to-date results of these efforts.  


Presenters:

  • Craig Brookins, Associate Professor, North Carolina State University

Presentation Type: How-To

Key Words: Anchor Strategy, Urban Development, University-Community Partnerships

 

Location: Room 4

Building an Engagement Facility Through Love of Place:  The Story of the Barbara Weitz Community Engagement Center

This session will discuss the role of three movements (UNO’s reputation for engagement and outreach, the growth of their service-learning enterprise, and their role as an incubator of collective impact nonprofits) in the development of the CEC and unique characteristics of the CEC that occurred as a result. The session will conclude with a discussion of the lessons learned – good and bad-- in developing this kind of center as well as insights into UNO’s unique approaches to community engagement.

 

Presenters:

  • Sara Woods, Executive Associate to the Senior Vice Chancellor, University of Nebraska at Omaha
  • Deborah Smith-Howell, Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs & Dean for Graduate Studies, University of Nebraska at Omaha

Presentation Type: Proven Programs

Key Words: Institutional Change, University-Community Partnerships, Innovations in Higher Education

 

How do we enhance our impact?: Developing Alignment of University Efforts with Pressing Community Needs

VCU has initiated a process to identify strategic opportunities to target, align and direct its institutional resources and assets towards addressing key community-identified priorities in specific focus areas. Beginning with a grounding in the national conversation and the efforts of others (e.g. UNO, UCLA, VCU) this Thinking Big Dialogue will be a facilitated discussion of how urban and metropolitan universities can focus their efforts in alignment with community identified needs as part of their overall effort to enhance their positive impact on students, faculty, staff and community partners.

 

Presenters:

  • Valerie Holton, Director of Community-Engaged Research, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Jennifer Early, Research Assistant, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Kevin Allison, Senior Assistant to the President, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Catherine Howard, Vice Provost of Community Engagement, Virginia Commonwealth University

Presentation Type: Thinking Big Dialogue

Key Words: Anchor Strategy, Community Development, University-Community Partnerships, Shared Spaces, Innovations in Higher Education

 

Location: Room 5

The Organizational Spine Supporting Community Engagement

Using a new model of partnership development, the Sustainable Neighborhoods Network (SNI) of Portland State University has expanded the number and quality of community-based courses and research projects across the disciplines.  We will share the Partnership Spectrum and the larger work of the Partnership Council and the organizing framework that gives shape to SNI programs as a means to help participants consider how these structures might inform the growth of their own partnership agenda.

 

Presenters:

  • Amy Spring, Community Research and Partnerships Director, RSP, Portland State University
  • Jacob  Sherman, Sustainability Curriculum Coordinator, Institute for Sustainable Solutions, Portland State Unversity
  • Stephen Percy, Dean, Urban and Public Affairs, Portland State University

Presentation Type: Proven Programs

Key Words: Healthy Communities, Institutional Change, Community Development, University-Community Partnerships, Neighborhood Support

 

The Neighborhood Team and University Police: How VCU Became a Better Neighbor

In 1996 a partnership was created between Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) and Carver, a struggling neighborhood along its northern border, with a steering committee comprised of residents, city officials and university representatives from various academic and administrative units; this partnership played a special role in building trust and fostering genuine relationships that benefited the neighborhood and the university. Programs and approaches will be highlighted, including the VCU Neighborhood Team, VCU Neighborhood Liaisons and Moving On, Moving Out. A special focus will be on how VCU Police engages its surrounding neighborhoods, including residents, students and property owners. Efforts to include community voice in university decisions, as well as challenges, will be highlighted, along with recommendations for other universities seeking to advance neighborhood engagement.

 

Presenters:

  • Tito Luna, Neighborhood Outreach Director, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Greg Felton, External Relations Officer, VCU Police
  • Lisa Mathews-Ailsworth, Off Campus Student Services Coordinator, VCU - University Student Commons and Activities

Presentation Type: Proven Programs

Key Words: University-Community Partnerships, Neighborhood Support, Police

   

Location: Room 6

Hunger and Food Insecurity: Building a Faculty/Staff/Student/Community Coalition

Over the past five years, Cabrini University has become known for its focus on and support of programs around hunger and food insecurity. This case-study will walk through the process the University used in identifying faculty and staff working in this area, assessing student commitment, building a coalition, finding funding for that coalition, and assessing the coalition’s work. 

 

Presenters:

  • Thomas Southard, Director, Wolfington Center, Cabrini University

Presentation Type: Proven Programs

Key Words: Healthy Communities, University-Community Partnerships

 

Undergraduate Student Research Opportunities and Economic Revitalization through Urban Agriculture Initiatives

Through interactions with the recently formed Cooperative of Urban Agriculture and Nutrition (CIUAN), a catalyst bringing together community organizations and academia to engage in mutually beneficial research and teaching projects, Marquette is supporting community efforts to bring healthy food to urban environments. Representatives from Marquette will discuss plans to involve undergraduate students in interdisciplinary research to promote urban agriculture and inner city farmers markets, which has the potential to turn blighted properties into urban gardens or rice paddies as part of metropolitan community development efforts.

 

Presenters:

  • Michael Schlappi, Associate Professor, Marquette University

Presentation Type: Thinking Big Dialogue

Key Words: Healthy Communities, Economic Development, Community Development, University-Community Partnerships, Entrepreneurship and Small Business Support

  

The Pitt Pantry: Addressing Food Insecurity on Campus

The Pitt Pantry is an on-campus food pantry for the University of Pittsburgh community and has attracted students from a multitude of backgrounds, from whom data is collected to better understand the lives of students experiencing financial instability during college. During this presentation we will discuss the process of creating a self-sustaining food pantry on a large campus and how the pantry is morphing into a resource hub for students in need, thus helping them attain a more affordable and equitable university experience.

 

Presenters:

  • Holly Giovengo, Pitt Pantry Coordinator, University of Pittsburgh
  • Erika Ninos, PittServes Sustainability Program Coordinator, University of Pittsburgh

Presentation Type: Proven Programs

Key Words: Healthy Communities

 

Location: Room 7

Successful Public Private Partnerships: Generating much needed revenues while delivering real world education to our students

Due to a continual reduction in state appropriations, MSU Denver’s administration recognized the need for innovative and unique revenue solutions and public/private partnerships to better serve its students. This presentation will describe how MSU Denver used public/private partnerships to increase the excellence and growth of their Hotel and Hospitality Learning Center.

 

Presenters:

  • Steve Kreidler, Vice President of Administrati, Metropolitan State University of Denver
  • Nate Grimm, HLC@Metro, Inc. Financial Manager, Metropolitan State University of Denver
  • George Middlemist, Associate Vice President of Administration, Metropolitan State University of Denver

Presentation Type: Proven Programs

Key Words: Economic Development, Workforce Development, Innovations in Higher Education

 

University-Business Partnerships: Transitioning from Transactional to Transformational Initiatives

This presentation will describe a university-business partnership based on the ecosystem perspective framework. A recent partnership initiative between the University of Southern Indiana and a medical claims processing firm (Pollux Systems, Inc.) will be used to illustrate the differences between a transactional and a transformational initiative.

 

Presenters:

  • Mohammed Khayum, Professor of Economics & Dean of Business, University of Southern Indiana
  • Kevin Valadares, Associate Professor and Chair of Health Administration, University of Southern Indiana
  • Paul McGowan, Chief Executive Officer, Pollux Systems, Inc.
  • Ashley Altheide, Consultant, Pollux Systems, Inc.

Presentation Type: Thinking Big Dialogue

Key Words: Economic Development, University-Community Partnerships, Innovations in Higher Education

 

 

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