2017-2018 ILCC AmeriCorps VISTA Farewell

In the following months Illinois Campus Compact will be hiring a cohort of new AmeriCorps VISTAs, this means we will also be saying goodbye to some amazing VISTAs who are ending their year of service with us. During the past year our VISTAs served at higher education institutions throughout the state working to advance the public purpose of higher education. The VISTAs built capacity by leading programs with youth, coordinating volunteers, and developing community engagement initiatives on campus. Haley Dutmer is finishing her year of service at Western Illinois University- Quad Cities. Haley has a background in philosophy so is…

July Membership Spotlight

Illinois Campus Compact (ILCC) is excited to welcome and spotlight our new member institution, Wilbur Wright College. In an interview with Gabe Estill and Merry Mayer, we found out all the amazing things Wright College is already doing in terms of civic engagement and learned some of their future plans. One of the first benefits of ILCC that Wright College will be taking advantage of is our AmeriCorps VISTA Program. Wright is currently accepting applications for a VISTA to start a yearlong year of service on August 20th. This VISTA will have a wide range of responsibilities, including assisting service-learning…

Monthly Membership Spotlights

June 20, 2018

Every month Illinois Campus Compact (ILCC) publishes an article spotlighting a certain membership institution. These spotlights focus on VISTAs, faculty and staff, or even an entire office. Often times the spotlight is connected to a project or event that we are involved with at the time. Below you can find a short blurb about each article, and a link to read the full monthly spotlight. Learn about the Office of Community Engaged Learning and designated community engaged learning courses at Lewis University.Find out what Governors State University does for food and house insecurity on campus. Learn how University of Illinois at…

Tyson Foods Summer Community Internship Kickoff!

Yesterday, Illinois Campus Compact (ILCC) kicked off our Tyson Foods Summer Community Internship Program. This internship program is a partnership between Campus Compact and Tyson Foods to provide an invaluable opportunity for select college students to gain professional experience while making a positive impact in the community. This program provides 40 nonprofit organizations in the Chicago area, and Sioux City, Storm Lake, and Council Bluffs, Iowa with a grant of $3,000-3,500 to hire a qualified college student for the summer. 20 of the 40 nonprofits are the following Chicago area organizations, Alliance for Immigrant Neighbors BEDS-Plus Care Bridge Communities Cambodian…

June Membership Spotlight

As Illinois Campus Compact continues to fill our several open AmeriCorps VISTA positions, we wanted to learn why some of our successful VISTAs chose to serve with ILCC and AmeriCorps in general. Stacey Dixon and David Kintz serve with National Louis University. Both started last August so have two months until they become VISTA Alumni. For those who don’t know, VISTA stands for Volunteers in Service to America. It is a program through AmeriCorps. VISTAs serve at organizations throughout America to build capacity with the goal of eradicating poverty. Thirty two VISTAs currently serve with ILCC, they are placed at…

Webinar Resource: How Colleges and Universities can support building sustainable rural communities

This webinar was led by Christopher Merrett, Director and Professor in the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs (IIRA) at Western Illinois University and Anne Hlavacka, Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation (CEI) as well as the Wisconsin Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Our presenters discussed rural civic engagement and trends in rural communities while addressing what makes rural communities appealing to university partnerships, combining classroom experience with experiential learning. They spoke about the unique opportunities available in rural communities and current trends in rural communities and how colleges and universities can support growth…

May Membership Spotlight

In recent weeks Illinois Campus Compact has been sponsoring and marketing voter engagement projects, including College Election Engagement Project mini grants, the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge, and our Campus Election Project Graduate Assistant. These all have a similar goal in increasing voter engagement on college campuses. Our membership institution, University of Illinois at Chicago, has proven a form of expert on this front. Last year, on October 19th at the Newseum in Washington, D.C., UIC received the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge’s Champion Award for being the most engaged campus and a bronze seal for achieving a student voting…

Campus Election Engagement Project Graduate Assistant

Position Description –  Campus Election Engagement Project Assistant (June –December 2018) This limited term position, 10-15 hours per week during academic year and up to 20 hours per week June – August, will work to engage Illinois Campus Compact member institution students, faculty and staff in the 2018 elections.  This non-partisan project will help provide CEEP resources for institutional commitments to election engagement, support faculty and staff programming, and assist college students in registering to vote, getting educated on issues, volunteering in the campaigns, and showing up at the polls. This person will also help recruit and manage student fellows…

Webinar Resource: Nuts and Bolts: Creating Respectful Partnerships with Native and Indigenous Populations

Dr. Sally Thompson has spent nearly forty years working with the native tribes of the West. Trained as an anthropologist at the University of Colorado, she has worked in Montana as an archaeologist, ethnographer, and ethnohistorian. In this webinar she is joined by Crow Tribal member Shane Doyle, EdD. As colleges and universities attempt to better connect with indigenous populations, we need some guiding frameworks. This webinar addresses specific protocols in working with tribal communities.  You can view the webinar below.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UPF_Xpyac18&feature=youtu.be   You can leave your feedback about this webinar below.

April Membership Spotlight

As soon as I walked into the Student Life offices, I was immediately welcomed by walls and bulletin boards advertising the events and programs Governor State University has to offer. While speaking with Illinois Campus Compact VISTA, Leah Dixon, I learned about several of these events and their importance to the campus. Leah serves as the Coordinator of the Civic Engagement and Community Service Center. When Leah arrived at Governor State in October, one of her goals was to make sure the students were more aware of the services that the center offers. Adjacent to the Civic Engagement and Community…

AmeriCorps Week 2018

March 11-17 is AmeriCorps Week, where we celebrate the people and programs that serve America. This year we share how our ILCC VISTAs “Get Things Done for America.” Follow #GetThingsDone on Facebook and Twitter, or visit this site to learn more about AmeriCorps Week 2018. RJ Swartz is serving as the VISTA for the University of Illinois Springfield. This week he and twenty students will be traveling to Beaumont, Texas to aid in Hurricane Harvey Relief. They are working with Community Collaborations International to help clean and reconstruct homes. Nelisha Gray serves as a VISTA at Northern Illinois University. She…

March Membership Spotlight: Lewis University

The Office of Community Engaged Learning lives on the third floor of the Learning Resource Center, a large brick building seeming to be one of the main attractions of Lewis University as told by the constant bustle of students and faculty there. This is where I found Laura Wilmarth Tyna and Dr. Christie Billups. Laura is the Director of Community Engaged Learning and Christie is the Curriculum Development Advisor of the office and its founding director as well as Assistant Professor of Theology. The Office of Community Engaged Learning, formerly known as the Office of Service Learning, is where faculty,…

Webinar Resource: Respectful Partnerships with Indigenous Peoples

Dr. Sally Thompson has spent nearly forty years working with the native tribes of the West. Trained as an anthropologist at the University of Colorado, she has worked in Montana as an archaeologist, ethnographer, and ethnohistorian. As founder and director of the Regional Learning Project at the University of Montana (2001-2010), Sally oversaw a team of specialists developing curriculum resources on regional history, geography and culture. As colleges and universities attempt to better connect with Native American populations, we need some guiding frameworks. Sally Thompson led an interactive discussion about how her work was transformed by working with native populations. She…

Introducing Five New Members of the Board of Directors

Illinois Campus Compact is pleased to announce the appointment of five new members to our board: Michael Amiridis, David Baker, Troy Hammond, Howard Rosing, and Camille Williamson. Each will be a vital asset as the board continues to guide ILCC’s programming. Our shared vision of a higher education system that prepares students to be mindful civic actors will be bolstered by their experience and insights. We also want to thank Jack Thomas, Jay Braatz, Ray Crossman and Tom Ramage as they transition off of our board. Their contributions to ILCC and its member institutions have made lasting impact.Michael Amiridis is the chancellor of the University of Illinois at Chicago. He has…

Illinois Tech Global Leaders Recognized as Gold Star Mentoring Program

By Megan Wadin Reflecting on 2017, the Illinois Tech Global Leaders Program (GLP) is celebrating a strong year of leadership development, academic enrichment and professional mentorship. GLP Scholars across the Chicago area were supported through the college application process, attended Job Shadow events, and served their communities through ‘Community Innovation Projects’. This month, the program has been recognized by MENTOR Illinois for its Community Innovation Project’s mentorship model.  Community Innovation Project Team ‘United Innovators” held STEM education workshops for younger students across Chicago. The Gold Star Mentoring Program Award is part of MENTOR Illinois’ commitment to high quality mentoring. Following a…

Welcome Adrianne Beer!

February 5, 2018

We are happy to announce the arrival of a new Communications VISTA to the Illinois Campus Compact Office. Adrianne Beer, a graduate of Bowling Green State University, will be taking over the role from Matthew Swinehart. In the next year, she will play a vital role in increasing awareness for the impact our member campuses have on their communities through civic programming. While in college, Adrianne worked to increase voter engagement with organizations like URGE, and she continues to have a desire to work for the public good. “All throughout college I thought I would arrive at my graduation knowing my…

Webinar Resource: Food Pantry and Community Collaboration

Wisconsin and Illinois Campus Compact partnered with the Hunger Task Force in Milwaukee to present this webinar, which explores ways that on-campus food pantries are working with local food pantries to make their efforts more successful. There are several campus experiences highlighted, including: – Western Technical College + Hunger Task Force La Crosse (La Crosse, WI) – UW-Green Bay + Paul’s Pantry (Green Bay, WI) – Western Illinois University-Quad Cities (Moline, IL) View the webinar and download the PowerPoint Slides below! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=afY7XFbvpmA&feature=youtu.be

What is a Newman Civic Fellow?

Alexis is just one example of a successful Newman Civic Fellow candidate. Last year, five schools in Illinois were represented by students engaged in their community.

University Entrepreneurship: An Exciting New Challenge for Civic Education

In October, University of Illinois, University of Chicago and Northwestern University announced their $1.2 billion research hub co-venture in Chicago’s South Loop. Governor Rauner and other local leaders say that the new facility will stop Illinois’ “brain-drain” to the coasts.

Webinar Resource: Libraries and Civic Engagement

On Tuesday, we were joined by Sarah Goodwin Thiel of the University of Kansas and Anne Marie Gruber of the University of Northern Iowa to discuss the role of academic libraries in promoting civic engagement. You can access the entire webinar below to learn from these two engaged academic scholars, as well as directly download the slides. If you are interested in developing civic engagement resources in your community using the local library, consider reaching out to these two civic engagement professionals! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PCVRAIGjJ7M Download the presentation slides as a PDF below.