PACE 2014 Highlights

On February 5, 2014, over 260 faculty and staff from 38 different campuses in 9 states shared research, model programs, and best practices that involve institutions in community-based learning. Special thanks to Dr. Jody Kretzmann, co-founder and co-director of the Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) Institute at Northwestern University, for his plenary address "Higher Education Linkages that Build Vital Communities" during the opening session.

Click here to download the conference program booklet.  

We are also grateful to Dr. Barbara Holland, researcher and consultant, who provided reflections and observations during the closing session.  Dr. Holland also received the Governor's Honorary Tarheel Award with a letter from Governor McCrory thanking her for her contribution to higher education engagement with North Carolina. Over the years Barbara has connected with individual institutions to build their engagement and with the Compact institutions on their monitoring and measuring strategies as well as served as a conference presenters. Photos by: Jeff Janowski/UNCW.


Fifty-six presenters facilitated 30 breakout sessions on topics ranging from how universities can better work with local non-profits to the challenges of measuring student development and community change. National expert Gail Robinson led a special track for community college faculty and staff, and Dr. Jody Kretzman facilitated workshops on the academy’s role in identifying and building on a community’s existing strengths to “co-produce” vibrant, healthy communities.

Thanks to the facilitators who graciously shared their presentations. They are listed below in alphabetical order by lead presenter last name.

A Transformational Civic Engagement Partnership: GWCHS and IUPUI
Bob Bringle - Appalachian State University

International Service-Learning Through Disciplinary Lens
Bob Bringle, Clark Maddux, Director, Amy Galloway and Paul Wallace - Appalachian State University

Igniting the Passion Within for Civic Engagement
Matt Cummings - DePauw University

Project Management Meets the Relational Leadership Model:  High Impact and Reciprocitiy in Service Learning
Lynn Donahue - St. John Fisher College

What's Old is New Again: Sustaining Service-Learning Partnerships
Jovanovic, Hollingsworth, Dam-Regier, Rachels, Green and Miller - UNC Greensboro
Kayte Farkas - Dudley High School

Gendered Dynamics in Community Engagement: Women Leaders Share Their Experiences
Howard, Prividera, and Dumlao - East Carolina University

Innovation, Online Learning and the Future for Democratic Engaged Scholarship
Brandon Kliewer - Florida Gulf Coast University and Points of Light

An Adaptive Model of Service-Learning: Evaluation of Learning
Sticking Points (presentation) (exercises)
Phillip Motley and Amanda Sturgill - Elon University

Documenting Identity of a Civic Minded Graduate
Elizabeth Wall and Robert Bringle - Appalachian State University

Post-Conference Webinar (February 20th) materials
Leveraging Technology for Critical Reflection and Service-Learning
Sarah Stanlick - Lehigh University
(presentation) (worksheet)


During the opening session NC Campus Compact presented the annual civic engagement awards acknowledging outstanding contributions of an NC higher education leader, faculty member and staff who are furthering higher education community engagement.

Chancellor Philip Dubois of UNC Charlotte received the 2014 Leo M. Lambert Engaged Leader Award for supporting his university’s civic and economic engagement in the Charlotte region. Fellow chancellors and presidents selected Dubois, who became the third recipient of the award, named for Elon University President Leo Lambert.

UNC Charlotte Professor Jim Cook was honored with the Compact’s Robert L. Sigmon Service-Learning Award for achievements in community-engaged teaching and impact. The annual award, named for North Carolina native and service-learning pioneer Robert Sigmon, recognizes one faculty member in the state.

UNC Greensboro’s Dr. Emily Janke was recognized as the network’s Civic Engagement Professional of the Year "Sustainer" and High Point University’s Reverend  Dr. Joe Blosser was recognized as the “Emerging Leader.”

Changing of the Guard

Kenneth Peacock, Chancellor of Appalachian State University, has served as the Executive Board chair for North Carolina Campus Compact since 2008, following Compact founder and the first board chair, Leo M. Lambert, president of Elon University.  At the 2014 PACE conference, Chancellor Peacock was thanked for his six years of service.  Nido Qubein, president of High Point University, will assume the role of Chair when Peacock steps down at the end of June.

Presidents Forum

Chancellor Gary Miller, UNCW, hosted the 2014 Presidents Forum.  Over the course of two days, 14 presidents and chancellors met with national experts to discuss higher education, community engagement, and building collaboration across North Carolina.  Topics and presenters included:

  • Building a Sustained Higher Education and Business Collaboration: Opportunity Greensboro -- Linda Brady, Chancellor, UNC Greensboro and Harold Martin, Chancellor, North Carolina A&T
  • Maximizing Economic Development and Community Engagement Impact on Staten Island -- Richard Guarasci, President, Wagner College
  • Campus Compact Moving Strategically Forward: North Carolina and National --Maureen Curley, President, Campus Compact, and Richard Guarasci, member, Campus Compact Executive Board
  • The Franklin Project: Making Possible a Year of Service -- Jason Mangone, Director, and MacKenzie Moritz, Associate Director for Strategic Partnerships, The Franklin Project
  • Higher Education Linkages that Build Vital Communities -- Jody Kretzmann, co-founder and co-director of the Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) Institute, Northwestern University
  • Get a job with a philosophy degree: Transforming higher education to prepare students for life -- Andy Chan, Vice President, Office of Personal and Career Development, Wake Forest University
  • The Strategic Value of Engagement: Creating a Culture of Engagement -- Barbara Holland, Researcher and Consultant
  • Summary: Setting our Course for the Future -- Leo M. Lambert, President, Elon University, and member of the North Carolina Campus Compact Executive Board

Other highlights of the two days included a reception hosted by Chancellor and Mrs. Miller at Kenan House and presentation of the Leo M. Lambert Engaged Leader Award to Chancellor Philip Dubois.  President Leo Lambert has invited North Carolina Campus Compact presidents and chancellors to convene for the 2015 Presidents Forum at Elon University on February 18.


We thank the Institute on Philanthropy and Voluntary Service (IPVS) for contributing three registration scholarships. Thank you to all sponsors: IPVS, the Kettering Foundation, and NobleHour.


Many thanks to UNC Wilmington for hosting the 2014 PACE Conference. We particularly acknowledge Chancellor Gary Miller, member of the NC Campus Compact Executive Board, and his staff who ensured all details of the Conference were in place: Jenni Harris, Assistant to the Chancellor for Community Partnerships; and Laura Brogdon, Administrative Assistant, Chancellor’s Office. Thanks also to Amélie Brogden, Director of Campus Life Facilities and Services, Elizabeth Overton, University Advancement, and Kristin Shelton, Catering Sales Manager.
We value the models and work shared by our workshop presenters – truly inspiring.

Thank you to the 2014 Workshop Proposal Review Committee: Dr. Joan Clifford, Duke University; Dr. Muktha Jost, NC A & T State University; and Dr. Jeanne Persuit, UNC Wilmington.

Special thank you to Maureen Curley, Elizabeth Hudson, and Gail Robinson. Richard Guarasci, Barbara Holland and Jody Kretzmann, thank you for leading us in this work.

We gratefully acknowledge Anna Davis, former NC Campus Compact AmeriCorps*VISTA, designer of the new PACE logo.

Save the Date

The 2015 PACE Conference is February 18th at Elon University.  The Call for Proposals will be released on September 18, 2014.