2012 Civic Engagement Institute
"Intensifying Impact: Engagement Matters"

February 15, 2012
Friday Center, Chapel Hill, NC


North Carolina Campus celebrated its 10th anniversary with a special Civic Engagement Institute on February 15th in Chapel Hill.  Over 300 higher education administrators, faculty, staff, students and community partners attended. The day was dedicated to thinking deeply about how best to continue community engagement work, ensuring it is underscored with deeper partnerships, inter- and intra- institutional collaboration, greater impact, targeted outcomes, and lifelong commitment to engagement by institutions, higher education leaders, and students.

Download a copy of the program booklet here.




Nationally recognized experts in civic engagement as well as faculty and  community leaders from across the state presented throughout the day.


Dr. Caryn McTighe Musil, Senior Vice President, the Association of American Colleges and Universities 
"A Crucible Moment:  College Learning and Democracy's Future"

Dr. Musil discussed the findings from the Crucible Moment report released in January 2012.

Read her presentation here.

Read her full bio here.

Dr. Nancy Cantor, Chancellor, Syracuse University
"Intensifying Impact:  Future Challenges"

Dr. Cantor shared her vision of Scholarship in Action.

Read her recent article in The Huffington Post, “We are the Ones We’ve Been Waiting For,” with Dr. Harry Boyte

Read her full bio here.

Nadinne Cruz, Independent Consultant, Cruz Consulting

Discussed "Service Learning and Diverse Ways of Knowing:  Reflections on Engagement as a Mode of Inquiry and Civic Artistry" and  "Leading, Guiding and Navigating the Politics of Civic Engagement."

Read her 2008 Commencement speech, “The Urgent Need for Thinking and Imagination for ‘Doing Good,’” presented at Carleton College

Read her full bio here.

Dr. Robert Franco, Director, Office for Institutional Effectiveness, Kapiolani Community College, University of Hawaii

Read his full bio here.

Review Dr. Franco's presentation and supporting documents below. 

High Impact Practices & Assessments in a New Ecology of Learning
Service-Learning Student Learning Outcomes Assessement

Service-Learning Reflection Rubric

Kapi'Olani Community College Early Survey

Mark D. Gearan, President, Hobart and William Smith Colleges

President Gearan hosted a conversation about national and international dynamics supporting higher education community engagement. He also moderated the afternoon Presidential Panel.

Read his full bio here.

Dr. George Mehaffy, Vice President for Academic Leadership and Change, American Association of State Colleges and Universities
Dr. Mehaffy presented "Leading Civic Work:  What Senior Administrators Need to Do to Support Civic Engagement" and "Making a Difference:  Pedagogies and Practices That Create a Substantial Impact on Student Civic Learning Outcomes."

Read a recent interview with Drs. Mehaffy and Murphy in the Community College National Center for Civic Engagement’s online Journal for Civic Commitment.

Read his full bio here.

Dr. Brian Murphy, President, De Anza College
Dr. Murphy presented "The Democracy Commitment:  A New Partnership for Civic Learning."

earn more about his work to create The Democracy Commitment, a national initiative to develop and expand programs and projects aiming at engaging community college students in civic learning and democratic practice.

Read his full bio here.


(above l to r: Dubois, Quillen, Ralls. Photo credit: Tom Fuldner)

An afternoon Presidential Panel "Bringing it Home: North Carolina Presidents Share Their Vision", was moderated by President Mark Gearan.  The panel featured Dr. R. Scott Ralls, President, North Carolina Community College System; Dr. Carol Quillen, President, Davidson College and Dr. Philip Dubois, Chancellor, University of North Carolina Charlotte.

Awards and Recognition

The Institute provides an opportunity to recognize the community engagement work of educators and students.

(foreground l to r President Leo Lambert and Chancellor Linda Brady/background President Tom Ross. Photo credit:  Tom Fuldner)

This year saw the creation of the Leo M. Lambert Engaged Leader Award. Named for the current president of Elon University and a national leader of the civic engagement movement, the award is given to a North Carolina college president or chancellor committed to deeply impacting community and campus.  The inaugural recipient, Chancellor Linda Brady of UNC Greensboro, was recognized as a model builder of campus- community partnerships. Brady was lauded for pushing her university to emphasize service and service-learning among faculty, and building partnerships to spur local economic development, most notably the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering with NC A&T State University.

(above l to r -  Linda Brady, Spoma Jovanovic and Robert Sigmon. Photo credit: Tom Fuldner) 

The Compact presented the Robert L. Sigmon Service-Learning Award to UNC Greensboro faculty member, Dr. Spoma Jovanovic.  The seventh recipient of the award, Jovanoic was recognized for her commitment to service-learning in her own Communication Studies courses, her support of other faculty developing service-learning courses, and her efforts to make UNCG the first UNC school to reward engagement scholarship in faculty promotion and tenure policies.We were pleased to have Linda Brady, UNC Greensboro Chancelllor and Robert Sigmon on hand to present the award.  Learn more about the Robert L. Sigmon Service-Learning Award here.

(above l to r: Aubrey Swett, Chancellor Kyle Carter, President Maureen Curley, President Garrett Hinshaw)

UNC Pembroke staff member, Aubrey Swett, became the ninth recipient of the Civic Engagement Professional of the Year Award, which recognizes a staff person for supporting the civic engagement vision of a member institution. A Marine Corp veteran and Senior Pastor at a local church, Swett serves as director of the university’s Center for Community and Campus Engagement. He is also the Veterans Campus Coordinator, connecting student veterans to campus programs and services that aid their transition from military to college life. Learn more about the Civic Engagement Professional of the Year Award here.

 (above l to r:  Clifton Garmon, Lenoir-Rhyne, Laura Loewenstein, Warren Wilson, Ambert Mathis, Elon)

Four North Carolina students, of which three were in attendance, were acknowledged as 2011 Newman Civic Fellows: Alikiah Barclay of Duke University; Clifton Garmon of Lenoir-Rhyne University; Laura Loewenstein of Warren Wilson College, and Amber Mathis of Elon University. These student leaders catalyzed engagement efforts on their respective campuses, from tutoring and mentoring programs to Campus Kitchens that recover food from cafeterias, and engage students as volunteers who prepare and deliver meals to the community.We were pleased to have Maureen Curley, President of national Campus Compact, in attendance to present the Newman Awards.


NC Campus Compact premiered the video Engagement Matters! featuring campus-community partnerships at Central Piedmont Community College, East Carolina University, Elon University, Guilford College, North Carolina Central University, Warren Wilson College and Western Carolina University.  Thank you to all the campuses who contributed to the video!

The video is available for viewing here.  To order a copy, please contact René Summers


Thanks to our sponsors,  Lyon Software and the Institute on Philanthropy and Voluntary Service of their generous support.  To inquire about sponsoring future NC Campus Compact events, contact Lisa Keyne, Executive Director.


Thank you to everyone who made the 2012 Civic Engagement Institute special including the Executive Board, the Tenth Anniversary Planning Committee, the William and Ida Friday Center staff, presenters, speakers and special guests, Tom Fuldner Photography, All About Awards and Recognition, Graphic Designer Carolyn Nelson and Elon University Print Services.

Special thanks to Ryan Witt, Video Producer, and Linda Lashendock, Manager of Video Services, of Elon University’s Teaching & Learning Technologies for production of the Engagement Matters! video. Their commitment, dedication and expertise are representative of the ongoing support our Compact receives from Elon University.