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PNC Students & Staff Present KinderCones to Pine Elementary Students
PNC Social Work Club, PNC Women's Association, Purdue Learning About Young Children in Education (PLAYCE), Kappa Delta Pi, and the Center for Service Learning & Leadership collaborated on an effort to provide KinderCones to Pine Elementary kindergarten students.
2011-2012 AmeriCorps Service Engagement Corps and Interfaith Corps Programs
The Center for Service Learning & Leadership (CSLL) at Purdue University North Central (PNC) currently has fifteen (15) Service Engagement Corps program positions and two (2) Interfaith Service Corps program positions filled by PNC students. This program is a partnership between Purdue University North Central (PNC), Indiana Campus Compact (ICC) and the State of Indiana’s Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives designed to engage Indiana college students in a year of AmeriCorps service. Participating students who commit to, and complete 300 hours of service between September 1, 2011 and August 31, 2012 will be eligible to receive a $1,175 AmeriCorps Education Award. AmeriCorps Education Awards can be used to repay qualified student loans, or to pay the cost of attending a qualified institution of higher education.
PNC Service Learning Coordinator Named to ICC Advisory Council
Laura Weaver, Service Learning Coordinator for Purdue University North Central, has been named to the Indiana Campus Compact (ICC) Advisory Council.
This six-member council is composed of representatives from the ICC member campuses. Weaver was selected for the council based on her experience and knowledge of the field of service and civic engagement, as well as her ability to provide leadership and skill sets to the ICC staff and ICC members throughout the state.
PNC Named to 2010 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll
As colleges across the country honor their graduates this commencement season, the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) today honored the nation's leading institutions of higher education for their support of volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement.
The Corporation for National and Community Service, which has administered the Honor Roll since 2006, admitted a total of 641 colleges and universities for their impact on issues from literacy and neighborhood revitalization to supporting at-risk youth. Of that total, 511 (including Purdue University North Central) were named to the Honor Roll, 114 received the recognition of Honor Roll with distinction, 11 were identified as finalists, and six received the Presidential Award.
PNC continues it tradition of excellence and community service, having also been named an Honor Roll recipient in 2009 and 2008.
Read the Purdue North Central news release
Read the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) news release
View the 2010 Honor Roll
PNC Student Amy Boren Honored as Newman Civic Fellow
Purdue University North Central student Amy Boren has been selected as a Newman Civic Fellow by Campus Compact. The Newman Civic Fellows Awards recognize inspiring college student leaders who have demonstrated an investment in finding solutions for challenges facing communities throughout the country. Boren is one of 135 students from 30 states selected for this honor. She was nominated for this distinction by PNC Chancellor Dr. James B. Dworkin.
Read the Purdue North Central news release
Read more on Indiana Campus Compact's news website
Read the full Indiana Campus Compact news release
PNC Education Faculty Member Pratt featured in MCAS Safe Hours Times
Debra Pratt, Continuing Lecturer of Education at Purdue University North Central, was featured in the first Michigan City Area Schools Support Programs' publication "The Safe Hours Times."
View the .pdf of the article
PNC Service Learning Coordinator Selected to Attend Campus Compact's "Diving Deep" Institute
Laura Weaver, Service Learning Coordinator of Purdue University North Central, has been accepted as a participant in "Diving Deep: Campus Compact's Institute for Experienced Civic and Community Engagement Practitioners" that will take place from July 25-28, 2011 in Indianapolis, IN. Laura will have the opportunity to work with service engagement practitioners from across the country.
Diving Deep, sponsored by Campus Compact, in partnership with Indiana Campus Compact, offers a professional development opportunity to support experienced (five years or more) service-learning and civic and community engagement practitioners in influencing their campus and advancing the movement on the local, state and national levels. The institute will engage participants in the exploration of cutting-edge issues in service-learning and civic and community engagement in higher education, in a supportive, challenging and participatory environment among peers from across the country.
PNC Chancellor Dworkin Named Chairman of Campus Compact National Board
Dr. James B. Dworkin, chancellor of Purdue University North Central has been named chairman of the board of Campus Compact, the nonprofit coalition of more than 1,100 college and university presidents — representing some 6 million students — who are committed to fulfilling the civic purposes of higher education. Dr. Dworkin assumes his post from outgoing chair John J. DeGioia, president of Georgetown University.
“The most effective organizational leaders are those whose own commitment is unassailable, who have a gift for energizing action, and who are skilled at helping groups reach consensus around important decisions. Jim Dworkin is just such a man,” says Dr. DeGioia. “I could not be more confident in turning over the chairmanship of Campus Compact to his most capable hands. It has been my honor to serve, but it is also an honor for us, now, to have Jim as our leader.”
The Campus Compact board is a distinguished group of leaders from across the country representing all segments of higher education as well as the philanthropic and business communities. The Board guides the organization in its mission of deepening higher education's ability to improve community life and educate students for civic and social responsibility.
PNC Introduces the Nancy Dworkin Born Learning Trail
Purdue University North Central will host a grand opening of its Nancy Dworkin Born Learning Trail on Saturday, April 30, at 3:30 p.m., in conjunction with the PNC Early Learning Conference. The ribbon cutting is open to all community members. Parents are invited to bring their children out to enjoy the trail.
The Born Learning Trail bears the name of the First Lady of Purdue North Central, who suggested having the trail at PNC and played an instrumental role in its creation. This will be the first Born Learning Trail on a university campus in Indiana.
The Nancy Dworkin Born Learning Trail is part of the Northwest Indiana United Way Success By 6 initiative, which is intended to help parents, caregivers and communities support early learning.
The trail is located on the southeast side of the PNC Library-Student-Faculty Building. Participants in the Early Learning Conference are invited to attend. Participants in the ribbon cutting ceremony should gather in the PNC cafeteria, located on the Library-Student-Faculty Building ground floor. Activities will open with a children's concert featuring the performer, Leonardo, and his musical act full of positive energy, fun and optimism.
ICC Announces Upcoming Grant Opportunities
Indiana Campus Compact (ICC) is pleased to announce their upcoming grant opportunities, including:
- Scholarship of Engagement Grant
- Faculty Fellows Grant
- Sponsored Research for Service Engagement
- Interfaith Service Corps - interested students MUST contact Laura Weaver at email@example.com.
View more information about the four opportunities listed above.
Applications for all opportunities are due April 8, 2011.
Dr. Nancy Marthakis awarded NWI AHEC 2011 Partnership Matters Award
Dr. Nancy Marthakis was recently selected as the recipient of the NW Indiana AHEC "2011 Partnership Matters Award" which goes to organizations or programs whose partnership has provided outstanding opportunity for success of local AHEC programs. These organizations/programs demonstrate a motivation to work collaboratively to transcend boundaries and leverage scarce resources effectively to build the pipeline of the next generation of Hoosier health professionals. As you know, PNC - with Nancy's leadership, is among the numerous organizations and programs which provides outstanding opportunities for success of local AHEC programs. Nancy will accept her award at the Indiana AHEC Network 4th Annual Meeting on March 22, 2011.
2011 Alternative Break Institutional (ABI) Program: Your Impact on Homelessness - A Call for Applications
Indiana Campus Compact (ICC), in partnership with Indiana University-Purdue University—Indianapolis’ Center for Service & Learning, and in conjunction with Wheeler Mission Ministries and Coalition for Homelessness Intervention and Prevention of Greater Indianapolis announces “Your Impact on Homelessness,” a unique experiential learning opportunity for college students from across the state.
Over the course of the trip, twelve students from ICC member campuses will:
• Stay 5 days and 4 nights at a homeless shelter in downtown Indianapolis;
• Learn about root causes of homelessness;
• Gain in-depth exposure to the subculture of urban homelessness in Indianapolis;
• Be exposed to racial, spiritual, and socio-economic diversity;
• Build relationships with students from across the state;
• Learn practical applications of implementing successful Alternative Break programs in their own communities;
• Receive valuable tools, resources, and share models of successful Alternative Break program components; and
• Spend 1 day processing their experience through post-service reflection on June 10.
This year’s ABI program “Your Impact on Homelessness” runs from May 22-26, 2011 in Indianapolis, IN. Applications are now available and are due to firstname.lastname@example.org
by noon on Friday, April 8, 2011 (EST).
If you have any questions regarding the application or this retreat in general, please contact Christina M. McDougall, ICC Graduate Assistant for Student Development by email at
or via phone 317-274-6500.
PNC Invited to Join Talloires Network
Purdue University North Central has accepted an invitation to join the Talloires Network. This is an international association of institutions of higher education committed to strengthening the civic roles and social responsibilities of higher education in an effort to build a global movement of engaged universities.
The Talloires Network represents a unique opportunity for universities around the world to strengthen their contributions to social advancement and the well being of their communities. It envisions universities around the world as a vibrant and dynamic force in society, incorporating civic engagement and community service into their research and teaching missions.
PNC receives Carnegie Foundation Elective Classification for Community Engagement
Purdue University North Central was selected by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching for its 2010 Community Engagement Elective Classification. The Community Engagement Classification recognized the campus for its dedication to community engagement documented in the institution's mission and culture, and with the leadership, resources and practices to support dynamic and noteworthy community engagement. The Carnegie Foundation cites those institutions where teaching, learning and scholarship engage faculty, students and community in mutually beneficial and respectful collaboration. Purdue North Central was recognized for addressing community-identified needs, deepening students' civic and academic learning, enhancing community well-being, and enriching the institution.
Dr. Mary Jane Eisenhauer Awarded United Way Success by 6
Service to Children Award
Dr. Mary Jane Eisenhauer, PNC Assistant Professor of Education, was presented with the United Way Success by 6 Service to Children Award. This is the first year this honor has been given. It recognizes an individual who has been a pioneer in improving the lives of young children in LaPorte County.
CSLL congratulates 2010-2011 ICC Grant Recipients
Congratulations to the following PNC faculty, who are recipients of 2010-2011 Indiana Campus Compact funding opportunities:
- Dr. Nancy Marthakis – Senior Faculty Fellowship – $5,000 ($3,500 grant & $1,250 cash match) to support her service learning course, related research, and lead the 2010-2011 ICC Faculty Fellowship class.
- Dr. Mary Jane Eisenhauer – Faculty Fellowship – $5,000 ($3,500 grant & $1,250 cash match) to integrate service learning into her Child, Family, School and Community Partnerships course and participate in Faculty Fellowship project.
- Angela Schooley – Scholarship of Engagement Grant – $3,000 ($2,250 grant & $750 cash match) to integrate service learning into her Women and Newborn Health course.
- Debra Pratt – Scholarship of Engagement Grant – $3,000 ($2,250 grant & $750 cash match) to integrate service learning into her Inclusive Classroom course.
- Dr. Sarah Sanders-Smith – Scholarship of Engagement Grant – $3,000 ($2,250 grant & $750 cash match) to integrate service learning into her HR Consulting course.
- Thomas Holets – Scholarship of Engagement Grant – $1,200 ($900 grant & $300 cash match) to support the VITA Program service learning course.
Purdue University North Central Students have a chance to be AmeriCorps Members
The Center for Service Learning & Leadership is accepting applications to fill twelve (12) Minimum-Time AmeriCorps Member positions for the Service Engagement Corps program. This program is a partnership between Purdue University North Central, Indiana Campus Compact, and the State of Indiana’s Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives. The initiative was designed to engage Indiana college students in a year of AmeriCorps service.
Participating students who commit to and complete 300 hours of service will be eligible to receive a $1,132 AmeriCorps Education Award. The AmeriCorps Education Awards can be used to repay qualified student loans, or to pay the cost of attending a qualified institution of higher education. The hours of service must be completed between September 1, 2010 and August 31, 2011. It is preferred that each member select up to two (2) campus or community organization(s) to complete the majority (150 service hours or more) of his or her service hours with. The remaining 150 service hours may be completed with the identified campus or community organization(s) or with a variety of organizations. All service hours must be approved by the Service Engagement Corps Campus Supervisor in the Center for Service Learning & Leadership.
Service Engagement Corps Members will also become an advocate for community engagement, Purdue University North Central, the Center for Service Learning & Leadership, Indiana Campus Compact, and AmeriCorps by participating in various leadership and professional development activities .It is expected that Service Engagement Corps Members will be self-motivated, dependable, able to work independently, or part of a team.
Service Engagement Corps Members have been selected for service from September 1, 2010 to August 31, 2011 and commit to completing 300 hours of service.
Watch for more information about the 2011-2012 positions.
Service Engagement Corps Members must be:
- Enrolled at Purdue University North Central (either full or part-time)
- A High School Graduate
- In Good Academic Standing with Purdue University North Central
For more information on the Service Engagement Corps please contact the Center for Service Learning & Leadership at (219) 785-5451 or email@example.com.
Service Learning in Early Childhood Education: Making Waves
Dr. Mary Jane Eisenhauer, Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education, has been selected to participate in the Indiana Campus Compact Faculty Fellows Program for 2010 – 2011. As an ICC Faculty Fellow, Dr. Eisenhauer will work to strengthen community partnerships and systematically incorporate service learning into the early childhood education teacher preparation program at Purdue University North Central. Through increased awareness of service learning at PNC, a formal commitment to serve the regional United Way early childhood initiative and opportunities for student leadership and professional growth, her participation in the Faculty Fellows program will reinforce the natural link between early childhood education and academically based community service.
Congratulations to Dr. David Pratt,
Department of Education
Congratulations to Dr. David Pratt of PNC's Department of Education for being awarded an Indiana Campus Compact Scholarship of Engagement Grant for his EDCI 270, "Introduction to Educational Technology and Computing," course. Dr. Pratt's class will be working with teachers at Pine Elementary School on encorporating a wide variety of new technology into their classrooms. This grant was made possible through funding from the Lilly Endowment.
Congratulations to Dr. Roy Fowles and Jane Brooks,
Department of Social Sciences
Congratulations to Dr. Roy Fowles and instructor Jane Brooks for being awarded an Indiana Campus Compact Scholarship of Engagement Grant for their SWRK 373, "Social Work Practice with the Elderly," course. Dr. Fowles and Prof. Brooks' class will be visiting St. Agnes Adult Day Service Center each week and observing, interviewing, and interacting with the program's clients, staff, volunteers, and families. This grant was made possible through funding from the Lilly Endowment.
PNC Students Develop Computer System for Salvation Army
Purdue University North Central students in the Computer & Information Technology program took on a challenge to apply their Information Technology skills to assist the Porter County Salvation Army.
Students John Straka and Joshua Sutton, were in the "Topics in Information Systems and Technology" senior capstone course, taught by Mark Smith, associate professor of Computer & Information Technology and department chair.
Congratulations to Laura Weaver
The Center for Service Learning & Leadership would like to congratulate Laura Weaver, Service Learning Coordinator with the Center for Service Learning & Leadership, on being named a 2009-2010 Indiana Campus Compact Community Service Director Fellow. As part of this award, Weaver will participate in a year-long Fellowship Program. During the fellowship, her plans include developing a series of workshops geared toward the nonprofit community to help these agencies better prepare and participate in quality service learning projects with PNC faculty and students.
Congratulations to Dr. Nancy Marthakis,
Department of Biology and Chemistry
The Center for Service Learning & Leadership would like to congratulate Dr. Nancy Marthakis, Assistant Professor of Biology, on being awarded as a 2009-2010 Indiana Campus Compact Faculty Fellow. Dr. Marthakis will be working to enhance her popular course, Medical Ethics, BIOL 306, as well as working with other Indiana Campus Compact Faculty Fellows across the state on a service learning research project. Dr. Marthakis is currently the PNC Faculty Liaison to Indiana Campus Compact and serves on PNC's Center for Service Learning & Leadership Advisory Board.
Congratulations to Dr. Mary Jane Eisenhauer, Department of Education
The Center for Service Learning & Leadership would like to congratulate Dr. Mary Jane Eisenhauer, Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education, on being awarded a 2009-2010 Indiana Campus Compact Scholarship of Engagement Faculty Grant. Dr. Eisenhauer will be working to enhance her Child, Family, School & Community Partnership, EDCI 276 course, which was taught for the first time this spring. Dr. Eisenhauer has been instrumental to the development of the Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education degree at PNC and helps to plan PNC's Annual Early Childhood Conference held in the spring.
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