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2015 Newman Civic Fellow: Shea Jennings, Yale University

Shea Jennings, a junior at Yale University, is one of the five awarded Newman Civic Fellows in Connecticut for 2015. From her nominator: Shea Jennings  epitomizes Yale’s tradition of and commitment to public service.  Since her first day on Yale’s campus, Shea has participated in direct service through the Yale Hunger and Homelessness Action Project (YHHAP).  She grew into leadership, coordinating large numbers of students to “rescue” food from our dining halls and deliver it to local soup kitchens.  Although the innovation and resourcefulness of the program are impressive, it’s Shea’s skillful handling of details that allowed others to become more deeply…

2015 Newman Civic Fellow: Melissa Lovitz, University of Connecticut

Melissa Lovitz, a senior at the University of Connecticut, was one of five Connecticut students named a 2015 Newman Civic Fellow. Prior to attending UConn, Melissa spent a gap year before college as a City Year Corps Member in Washington D.C., which helped form the foundation of her public service work. There she witnessed the problems of access to quality education and income disparity and has since been devoted to unraveling the complexity of education policy, economics and family engagement. An honors student with an impressive academic record, Melissa has been actively engaged both locally and globally while at UConn. She spent a semester in…

2015 New England Regional Campus Compact Symposium

Join colleagues from across New England for two days of learning, networking, and renewal. REGISTER NOW for either day at $75, or take advantage of two full days of inspiration for just $125. This event is sponsored by the state Campus Compact affiliates in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont, as well as the Five College Community-Based Learning Committee. It is open exclusively to faculty, staff, administers, and community partners from Campus Compact member colleges and universities. Event summaries for June 9 and June 10 are below. You can view the agenda for each day here. June 9, 2015: Community Engagement…

2015 Newman Civic Fellow: Audriana Blackwell, Western Connecticut State University

Audriana Blackwell, a senior at Western Connecticut State University, was one of five Connecticut students named a 2015 Newman Civic Fellow. Audriana spent two semesters in Thailand working with several non-government organizations to understand the root causes of human trafficking. As a Hancock Student Leader, she shadowed the Director of Girls’ Services for the Connecticut State Department of Children and Families, where she participated in the department’s efforts to address domestic minor sex trafficking and the commercial sexual exploitation of children. She recently returned from a trip to Colombia, where she worked on issues related to poverty abatement, and has also…

CTCC Members Recognized at 2015 CT Higher Education Service Awards

Students, student groups, and faculty & staff members from six CTCC Member Campuses were selected as award winners for the 2015 Connecticut Higher Education Community Service Awards presented at an Awards Ceremony at the State Capitol on Tuesday, April 14, 2015. A total of twelve member institutions had nominees in at least one category. The Connecticut Higher Education Community Service Awards recognize community service activities conducted by college students, faculty and staff statewide. The awards are made by the Connecticut Commission on Community Service working in partnership with an awards committee representing community-based organizations.  Awards were given to two recipients in…

Jenzabar Forum on Student Success

The Jenzabar Foundation’s Forum on Student Success, an exchange program for institutions of higher education—colleges, universities, and community colleges, scheduled from 10:30 a.m.– 3:30 p.m. on Friday, April 24, 2015 at Bay Path University’s Philip H. Ryan Health Science Center in East Longmeadow, MA. The focus of this forum will be Setting the Stage for Student Success. The event will include an insightful discussion around key issues impacting how institutions are facilitating and promoting students’ successful postsecondary experiences. The Jenzabar Foundation is partnering with Achieving the Dream (ATD) to design this event. ATD supports important discussions such as this one on college readiness…

C2C Guide in Chronicle of Higher Education

The Chronicle of Higher Education recently featured the Campus Compact publication, Connect2Complete. This guide provides colleges with the tools and resources needed to integrate the C2C strategy of service-learning and peer advocacy into developmental education and college success courses. As community colleges continue to serve large populations of underprepared and vulnerable students at a time of decreasing budgets, they seek innovative and cost-effective ways to increase graduation rates while supporting high-quality learning experiences for all students. Connect2Complete (C2C), developed by Campus Compact, is a new model that takes advantage of existing resources to increase student learning and success. To learn more…

Five CT Students Named Newman Civic Fellows

Five students from Connecticut Campus Compact member institutions  have been named 2015 Newman Civic Fellows. The Fellows were all nominated by the presidents of their college or university, and their selection as 2015 Newman Civic Fellows was announced by national Campus Compact On March 30.  This year’s class honors a record 201 community-engaged students hailing from 36 states and Washington, DC. These student leaders represent the next generation of civic leaders. Through service, research, and advocacy, these Fellows are making the most of their college experiences to better understand themselves, the root causes of social issues, and effective mechanisms for creating lasting…