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Call for Nominations: AAC&U’s K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award

Call for Nominations

The K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award

Deadline for receipt of materials: October 3, 2011

The K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award recognizes graduate students who show exemplary promise as future leaders of higher education; whose work reflects a strong emphasis on teaching and learning; and who demonstrate a commitment to developing academic and civic responsibility in themselves and others.

The award honors the work of K. Patricia Cross, Professor Emerita of Higher Education at the University of California, Berkeley.

Please go to the K. Patricia Cross page of AAC&U’s Web site for complete information.

Eligibility
All doctoral-level graduate students who are planning a career in higher education are eligible, regardless of academic department. Graduate students in fields where the MFA is the terminal degree, such as art or music, are also eligible. (Nominees must hold student status in January 2012.)

Applicants must demonstrate:

  1. Leadership ability or potential for exercising leadership in teaching and learning, with a strong commitment to academic and civic responsibility
  2. Leadership or potential leadership in the development of others as leaders, scholars, and citizens

Nomination Process
A faculty member or administrator must nominate the student, with a supporting letter from a second faculty member or administrator. The following materials must be submitted for an application to be considered:

  1. A nomination letter from a faculty member or administrator
  2. A supporting letter from a second faculty member or administrator
  3. A statement from the student indicating how he or she meets the award criteria
  4. A copy of the student’s curriculum vitae

Nominations can be submitted anytime, but no later than October 3, 2011.  Nominees must also complete an online form with all contact information.  Only complete nominations will be considered.

The Award
The K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award provides financial support for graduate students to attend AAC&U’s 2012 Annual Meeting, which will be held in Washington, DC, January 25-28, 2012. All award recipients are required to attend the conference.

The award includes travel, lodging, conference registration, and a one-year affiliation with AAC&U, including subscriptions to all AAC&U periodicals.

The awards will be announced in December 2011, and recognized at AAC&U’s Annual Meeting in January.

Contact Information
Please contact Suzanne Hyers at hyers@aacu.org or 202.387.3760 with any questions.

Partner Spotlight: Wayne State University’s 9th Annual Conference in Citizenship Studies

Wayne State University’s Center for the Study of Citizenship — ADP’s partner in our eCitizenship Civic Engagement in Action Series initiative — is hosting its 9th annual Conference in Citizenship Studies March 29-31, 2012. Below you’ll find the Call for Papers for the conference. The theme of the conference is “Generations: Rethinking Age and Citizenship” and proposals are due by Tuesday, November 1, 2011. I hope you’ll consider submitting a proposal!

– Jen Domagal-Goldman, National Manager, American Democracy Project

Center for the Study of Citizenship:

9th Annual Conference in Citizenship Studies

Date: March 29 – 31, 2012

Wayne State University

 

Call for Papers: “Generations: Rethinking Age and Citizenship”

Deadline — Nov. 1, 2011

Conference dates are March 29 – 31, 2012

Age is a primary marker of citizenship. It is crucial to obtaining full political citizenship in a community and in shaping political, civil, and property rights.  Yet the intersection between age and citizenship (or lack thereof) has varied across time and space.  This is especially the case when thinking of how to define and identify citizens by “generation.” The Center for the Study of Citizenship’s 2012 Annual Conference in Citizenship Studies will examine the relationship of generations and citizenship in the past, present, and future.  It will explore how citizenship—membership in communities—is experienced temporally by age and how membership in a particular generation influences the experience and identity of citizenship.

In some cases and places, age seems to be redefining citizenship. The revolutions of the contemporary Middle East have largely been youth movements. The same might be said of immigrant youth in the Paris Banlieues. Meanwhile, the youthful unemployed of Western countries may represent a disengaged, though not disfranchised, citizen group. More broadly, how are (and were) youth politically socialized? Is there citizenship within youth communities? Do children or minors who have not yet reached the age of full political participation problematize what is meant by citizenship? Are generational images, created by marketing efforts (Gen Y, Gen X, Boomers), truly splitting points for citizenship involvement? Or are there meta-groups that transcend these easy boundary markers? And then there is the online “citizen.” How are Twitter, Facebook, blogging sites, various other social media, and interest groups subtly changing generational “belonging” and/or enfranchising or disfranchising citizen personas? Might it be useful to rethink the notion of the digital divide in the context of contemporary everyday practice of citizenship? Is there a difference in the ways that digital natives and immigrants (telling terms themselves) experience citizenship?

Other proposals might consider the other end of the age spectrum: the relationship of gerontology and citizenship studies; community engagement by elder citizens who are living longer than ever before; the meaning of “senior citizen.” How does the generational divide shape citizenship in diasporic communities? Are there differences in the ways that older and newer generations of immigrants perceive membership in the community or the way that second or third generation immigrant families view their relationship to the public sphere? How does citizenship change over the life course? How important is age as a variable in civic community-building and how does it affect a sense of belonging? Plenary speakers will be Peter Levine, Director of the Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning & Engagement, Tufts University, and Lawrence Cohen from the University of California, Berkeley.

The ideas presented here are intended to stimulate thinking by potential participants about how their own work might relate to the theme of the conference. They are suggestive only. The perspective of the conference, as always, is global, interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary and proposals on any aspect of citizenship studies are welcome from scholars working in any discipline or interdisciplinary field. Proposals should be submitted online on the Center’s website: www.clas.wayne.edu/citizenship no later than November 1, 2011, or addressed to Helen Callow, helen.callow@wayne.edu.  Both panel proposals and individual submissions are welcome. Those interested in submitting panel proposals can use H-Citizenship (http://www.h-net.org/~citizen) to locate scholars with compatible interests. Some money will be available for international scholars to help defray their travel costs. These funds will be distributed on a competitive basis.  Remote presentation of papers and remote participation will also be available. Questions should be directed to Marc W. Kruman, aa1277@wayne.edu.

The best papers will be considered for publication in a peer-reviewed volume in the Wayne State University Press book series, “Citizenship Studies,” edited by the Center’s director, Marc Kruman.

Paula J. Landis to speak about Water Management at October 7 Revolutions Institute

Registration is open for the October 28-29, 2011 Seven Revolutions Institute: Educating Globally Competent Citizens. This institute is sponsored by the American Democracy Project’s 7 Revolutions initiative and is being hosted by California State University, Fresno in Fresno, CA.

The Institute is open to everyone, not just campuses and individuals involved in the 7 Revolutions initiative. The goal of the Institute is to share curricular resources and tools with participants so that others can begin to incorporate the 7 Revolutions — population, resource management, technology, knowledge development, economics, conflict and security, and governance — into their efforts to teach global perspectives.

You will find information about registration fees, hotel reservations, and the downloadable registration form below. I hope to see you in Fresno!

- Jen Domagal-Goldman, National Manager, American Democracy Project

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Paula J. Landis: “California Water: Plumbing and Politics”

Paula J. Landis

Keynote speaker, Paula J. Landis will give a talk at 11 a.m. on Friday, October 28 entitled “California Water: Plumbing and Politics” that ties revolution 2 (resource management and environmental stewardship) to the local reality of water management in California. Her talk will cover the complicated use and distribution of water in California, including a brief overview of where California drinking water originates and how it is moved around the state, as well as some of the challenges facing decision makers.

Paula J. Landis, P.E.  is the Chief of the Division of Integrated Regional Water Management for the California Department of Water Resources. The Division provides planning and implementation grant awards as well local assistance, river restoration design and construction, environmental compliance expertise, land and water use analysis, flood management and emergency response,  water quality and quantity data collection, groundwater management, water transfers management and water master services.

Landis is a Registered Civil Engineer with 20 plus years experience in water management.  She is recognized for her knowledge of the San Joaquin River system. Landis holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering, Bachelor of Arts degrees in Art and French and a Master of Arts degree in Art History.  She divides her time between Fresno and Sacramento.

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About the 7 Revolutions Initiative

In 2006, ADP partnered with the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) to translate the 7 Revolutions into curricular and co-curricular strategies to educate globally competent American citizens. The 7 Revolutions content was created by CSIS and identifies the seven global trends that will shape the world by 2030, in areas such as population, resource management and technological innovation. To learn more, visit 7 Revolutions website.

About the Institute

Institute participants will be offered an in-depth exploration of the 7 Revolutions led the 7 Revolutions Scholars. Each Institute participant will receive a toolkit for using the content of the 7 Revolutions in on-campus projects and courses. This practical and insightful Institute is ideal for universities that want to deepen their commitment to providing effective global education in a variety of disciplines. The 7 Revolutions curriculum has been taught in a wide range of formats including first-year seminars, as well as sociology, theater, and mathematics courses.

Schedule

THURSDAY, OCT. 27
5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
7 Revolutions Committee Meeting (invitation only)
FRIDAY, OCT. 28
9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Breakfast and Registration
10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Welcome & Overview of the 7 Revolutions
10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. 7 Revolutions Course Models
11:00 a.m. – Noon Keynote Speaker Paula J. Landis, “California Water: Plumbing and Politics”
Noon – 1 p.m. Lunch and Breakout Sessions
1 p.m. – 2 p.m. Selected Teaching Activities
2 p.m. – 3 p.m. Selected Pedagogical Resources
3 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Break
3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. Introduction to Team Projects
4:15 p.m. – 5 p.m. Recap, General Q&A and Planning for the Next Day
5 p.m. – 6 p.m. Dinner (provided)
SATURDAY, OCT. 29
9 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Breakfast
9:30 a.m. – 10 a.m. Introduction to National Blended-learning 7 Revs eCourse
10 a.m. – 11 a.m. Time to Develop Project and Presentations
11  a.m. – Noon Individual assistance with Online Resources
Noon – 1 p.m. Lunch with Guest Speaker
1 p.m. – 3 p.m. Presentations on Group Projects
3 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Closing Remarks
3:30 p.m. Adjourn
3:30 p.m. – 5 p.m. 7 Revolutions Committee Member Meeting (invitation only)

The registration fee is $250 per person. The fee includes all program sessions and materials, as well as breakfast, lunch and dinner on Friday and breakfast and lunch on Saturday.

Registration Information

  • Register via the downloadable registration form, to be mailed or faxed to Felicia Durham.
    Download form (Word doc)
  • E-mail, Fax or mail completed application to:
    Felicia Durham
    7 Revolutions Meeting, Fresno
    American Association of State Colleges and Universities
    1307 New York Avenue, NW, Fifth Floor
    Washington, DC 20005-4701
    Fax: (202) 296-5819

Accommodations

Hotel

  • University Square Hotel
    4961 North Cedar Ave.
    Fresno, CA 93726
    Phone: 1-559-224-4200Hotel accommodations for the 7 Revolutions Institute can be booked directly with the hotel by calling (559) 224-4200 and referring to the group rate for the American Association of State Colleges and Universities’ 7 Revolutions Institute.

Room Rates

  • The special conference rate is $79/night plus 13% tax (current tax rate may change)
    To obtain this rate, you must call the hotel by September 29, 2011.
  • Check-in at the hotel is at 3 p.m. and check-out is at 12 noon.

Transportation

  • There is courtesy phone in the baggage claim area at Fresno International Airport for the hotel. You may call the hotel (559-224-4200) and request a shuttle pickup once you arrive at the airport.
  • If you drive to the institute, there is free parking at the hotel and at the university. The hotel is across the street from the university.

Cancellation & Refund Policy

If you must cancel your registration, you will receive a full refund if the cancellation is before 5 p.m. EST on Monday, October 24. There will be a $125 cancellation fee after that date. Special circumstances will be handled on an individual basis.

For additional information about the 7 Revolutions Institute, click here.

Announcing the Search for a National Coordinator for The Democracy Commitment

By Jen Domagal-Goldman, National Manager, American Democracy Project

We’ve mentioned ADP’s new sister organization, The Democracy Commitment a few times on this blog already (here’s the debut The Democracy Commitment blog post). The Democracy Commitment is a national civic engagement project for community colleges, modeled after ADP. We partnered with The Democracy Commitment this past spring in sharing our national meeting. Today, we’re going a step further.

We’re announcing a search for a National Coordinator of The Democracy Commitment. Through a combination of a gift from the Rappaport Foundation and membership fees from community colleges that have joined the project thus far, The Democracy Commitment is funding a Program Associate-level position at AASCU. The new National Coordinator will work alongside George Mehaffy and me here at AASCU in Washington, D.C. to develop this fledgling project and to strengthen the partnership between The Democracy Commitment and ADP.

Below you will find the complete job announcement with instructions on how to apply for the position. Because we want to hire someone who is passionate about the role of higher education in a democracy, we are turning to you. Please pass this job posting along to anyone you think might be a good fit. Thank you in advance for your help!

You can also download the position announcement and application instructions here.

Program Associate

American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU)

The American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) seeks a Program Associate in the division of Academic Leadership and Change (ALC). The position has primary responsibility for directing The Democracy Commitment. The Democracy Commitment is a new national civic engagement initiative focused on the role of community colleges in preparing informed, engaged citizens for our democracy. The initiative currently involves 50 participating colleges and the initiative seeks to grow the number of participating colleges dramatically in the months to come. The Program Associate plans and implements The Democracy Commitment’s annual national meeting, as well as the initiative’s day-to-day activities. The Program Associate coordinates The Democracy Commitment’s social networking and media outreach.

Program Associate duties include the following:

  • Providing operational leadership for The Democracy Commitment while working closely with the national leadership of The Democracy Commitment who will provide the strategic vision.
  • Coordinating day-to-day operations and implementation of ongoing initiatives.
  • Developing, designing, and implementing The Democracy Commitment programs and initiatives while working closely with The Democracy Commitment’s national program leaders and advisory groups.
  • Cultivating and maintaining partnerships with national partner organizations.
  • Working closely with member community college campuses on project activities.
  • Implementing communications outreach strategies for The Democracy Commitment.
  • Representing The Democracy Commitment at national meetings and conferences; making presentations about The Democracy Commitment initiatives.
  • Assuming other functions and responsibilities as deemed necessary and appropriate by the Vice President for Academic Leadership and Change.

QUALIFICATIONS

Required:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, Public Affairs, English, Communications or a comparable field required
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Knowledge of and experience using Microsoft Office products
  • Familiar with current Web design practices
  • Administrative mastery of social networking tools including Facebook, Twitter, WordPress, YouTube, Jumo, and wikis.

Preferred:

  • 1-3 years relevant experience preferred, particularly in program development and implementation.

Strongly Preferred:

  • Strong preference will be given to applicants with community college experience – as a student or employee.

Salary: mid to high $ 30s.  Open until filled.

Submit application materials (cover letter and resume) via e-mail to HR@aascu.org or via mail to AASCU, Attn: Human Resources, 1307 New York Avenue, NW, 5th Floor, Washington, D.C. 20005.

AASCU is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.

Women, minorities and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

ADP Campuses Celebrate Constitution Day 2011

By Jen Domagal-Goldman, National Manager, American Democracy Project

This year Constitution Day – September 17 – falls on a Saturday, so ADP campuses will be celebrating Constitution Day today, Friday, September 16 and throughout the weekend and into next week (others have been celebrating all this week).

Constitution Day, formally known as Constitution Day and Citizenship Day, commemorates the signing of the U.S. Constitution on September 17, 1787 and celebrates natural and naturalized American citizens.

Cal U's Kids Talk Democracy

In honor of Constitution Day, ADP colleges and universities have planned a plethora of educational events and activities. 28 campuses responded to our recent online query about planned Constitution Day programming; these responses are summarized below. I hope this post provides your campus with ideas for future Constitution Day programming!

For additional information about Constitution Day, please visit the ADP Website.

Let us know what your campus did to celebrate Constitution Day by commenting on this blog post or by emailing a short summary to adp@aascu.org.

California University of Pennsylvania

Cal U is hosting sixth-grade students from Ben Franklin Elementary School, in Uniontown, Pennsylvania, for “Kids Talk Democracy II.” The video–a takeoff of Cecilia Orphan’s project–was so successful that the ADP decided to bring youngsters to campus. The students are being selected on the basis of class essays. Cal U is encouraging the entire university community to attend, but is especially interested in having Elementary Education majors hear and see the students. For more information, go here.

Clayton State University

Clayton State has a number of Constitution Day Observance Events planned, including a keynote address on “Slavery and the Constitution,” by the president of the Georgia Humanities Council; a Constitutional Debate staged by the Clayton State debate team on whether naturalized citizens should be allowed to be President of the U.S. and whether national officeholders should meet ethical qualifications; a New York Times Talk, “This Should Hurt Only a Little: The 8th Amendment and the Search for a Perfect Poison”; a service learning series discussion on public health; a community service project; a voter registration drive; and citizenship tests. For more information, go here.

Eastern Kentucky University

Eastern Kentucky will sponsor three events: a guest speaker, a Constitutional trivia contest, and a panel discussion of possible constitutional revisions. EKU wants to promote increased knowledge/awareness of constitutional provisions and controversies and increased campus engagement.

Emporia State University

Emporia State University will host a creative program on September 14th in Bruder Theater on the ESU campus. The improvisational comedy group called Zioks is wildly popular on our campus and the idea is to have Zioks go through comedy skits followed by comments from a panel of professors. ESU’s goals for Constitution Day are to raise awareness and promote deeper thought related to the U.S. Constitution. This year the American Democracy Project is collaborating with the Associated Student Government, Community Hornets, and Zoiks to provide Constitution Day programming. For more information on Zoiks, go here.

Ferris State University

Former U.S. Representative Pete Hoestra (Holland, Michigan) will conduct a public presentation concerning “9/11 Ten Years After” for the campus and the community. Ferris State hopes to engage students and the Big Rapids, MI community in reflection upon the aftermath of 9/11 and its impacts upon American democracy and the U.S. Constitution a decade later. The American Democracy Project and its Political Engagement Project are sponsoring this event.

Florida Gulf Coast University

We will be partnering with the community to offer our version of an Eat Free or Live Free event where students and community members give up their 1st Amendment rights in return for a free meal. Actors from the community will interact with attendees by having them experience life without these rights. The dinner will be followed by a sneak-peek of Ken Burns’ newest documentary: Prohibition and a panel discussion. FGCU hopes to foster knowledge of 1st Amendment rights and a discussion of the government’s role in our lives (past, present, and future). Student government, the Office of Service-Learning and Civic Engagement and WGCU are sponsoring these events. WGCU received a national grant from the National Center for Media Engagement to preview the Burns documentary.

Georgia College

A keynote address, Religion and the U.S. Constitution will be delivered by a law school dean. Several student organizations are developing a video-journalism project with a discussion. Georgia College wants students to understand how the U.S. Constitution’s separation of church and state and disestablishment clauses do not preclude the ongoing need to clarify the role of religion in American society. For more information, click here.

Illinois State University

We will have a guest speaker (Roger Newman from Columbia University). More information is available here.  ISU is combining Constitution Day with their Civic Engagement Celebration where they present their Civic Engagement Award. ISU hopes to get students and faculty thinking about the importance of the U.S. Constitution.

Lander University

Placards will be placed around campus with civic engagement questions; posters will be provided for students to answers these questions. Students will also be asked to enter their responses to the question “What is an American” in the Lander student center’s lobby. Lander University hopes to foster increased discussion and debate about American constitutional principles and an awareness of politics and how it matters. These events will also serve as a kick-off for a campus “Civility Initiative” that will feature speakers and events throughout the 2011-12 academic year.

Metropolitan State University

MSU’s 7th annual Constitution Day will include: a panel of “Constitutional Myth Busters: Fact, Fiction or Somewhere in between? With constitutional law professors, political scientists, and former state supreme court justices; a get your Constitution fun facts booklet and crossword puzzle – completed/correct puzzles will be drawn for prizes; a viewing of the video “Justice Matters” at the library twice a day for a week; a library display of Constitutional books, references, and resources; activities at the public library for k-12 students and their families. MSU’s goals include: increasing awareness of history of and living relevance of the U.S. constitution; having fun with history and growing knowledge in a community-based setting; including many partners in Constitution day events; highlighting the diversity and inclusiveness of our understanding and utilization of the U.S. Constitution in a metropolitan area; and building capacity across the university community for participating in the processes and procedures of a democratic society. Partners include: The Center for Community Based Learning (soon to be renamed the Institute for Civic Engagement and Scholarship), Metropolitan State University Library and Learning Center, Student Life and Leadership Development Office, Student Senate, GEMS, Leadership and Mentoring Program, The Metropolitan, student newspaper, University Activities Board, Diversity Learning Task Force, Fall Fest committee, and the Development Office’s 40th Anniversary event.

Middle Tennessee State University

MTSU’s Centennial Constitution Week’s theme is Constitutional Responsibility and Civil Society. MTSU has a number of programs planned including an exhibit on John Adams, a student art show with posters of Constitutional ideals, a panel discussion on John Adams: A Lasting Legacy, and a lecture on “Civility, the Constitution, and the Courts.” Students will be able to register to vote, to screen-print t-shirts with Constitution-inspired designs, and to print their own copies of the First Amendment on the University’s replica 18th century printing press. For more information, go here.

Millersville University

MTSU hopes to inspire increased student participation in, ownership of, and direct personal involvement with Constitution Day. They have planned a number of activities, starting with a commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, and including a voter registration drive, a Constitution Lecture, a symposium on understanding the immigrant experience; a Congress to Campus program, and an international policy conference on securing the future.

Missouri State University

Constitution Day will be part of a week-long group of activities within MSU’s Public Affairs Week. Specifically for Constitution Day we will have various students and administrators reading the Preamble and Bill of Rights of the Constitution in our food court of the student union. For more information, go here. Pocket Constitutions will also be distributed at this event. Also on this website there is a link to a Constitution Day “game” provided to us by a local banking institution. MSU wants students to be aware of the many faces that make up their community and of how the Constitution applies to everyone.

Northwestern State University

NSU will host a Constitution Day Panel Discussion with three professors and audience participation. An art class also produced posters with various themes related to the Constitution which will be displayed around campus. NSU hopes to foster campus and public engagement via discussion of vital Constitutional issues of the day and to via the impact of visual art (posters) with brief introduction by the art professor.

Stephen F. Austin State University

As part of Constitution Day celebrations, the American Democracy Project at Stephen F. Austin State University will host “The U.S. Constitution in a Post-9/11 World” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15. Dr. Steve Galatas, ADP campus coordinator will serve as the moderator of a panel of SFA faculty members, from political science, criminal justice, and public administration. For more information, go here.

SUNY Brockport

SUNY Brockport will host an on-campus naturalization ceremony. Brockport will also distribute the citizenship test to students and use campus media to promote the event in order to emphasize the importance of the Constitution.

Towson University

Towson University will be celebrating the observed Constitution Week (September 16- 22) with a programmed event every day (except for the weekend). On Constitution Day (9/16/11), we will be tabling around campus, providing students with free pocket-sized Constitutions, encouraging them to fill out voter registration forms and spreading awareness on what is happening during Constitution Week. We will be engaging students in conversation and providing relevant prizes to those who answer our questions about the Constitution correctly. On September 19th, we are co-sponsoring the Federal Depository Library celebration in order to honor Towson’s library as a new depository for United States publications. On September 20th, we are co-sponsoring an event about Human Trafficking. There will be guest speakers present and focused on discussing human trafficking issues in the Baltimore area. On September 21st, we will be hosting a Talk Israel event with Hillel, celebrating the freedom of assembly, creating a welcoming venue that addresses the challenges ahead, stressing civil dialogue and inquiry. On September 22nd, there will be a book talk: Immigration and Women: Understanding the American Experience. Also, on the 22nd we will be hosting a New York Times Talk Lunch that focuses on freedom of religion in our country. Towson is focused primarily on empowering student to realize and utilize their individual rights and freedoms as citizens.

University of Arkansas – Fort Smith

The University of Arkansas – Forth Smith will host Constitution Week, September 12-16. Programming includes a talk by Eddie Armstrong about “Remembering 9/11,” and an open forum with panelists from legal firms, law enforcement, human resources, and marketing.  Additional events include quiz bowls pitting students against university personnel, a voter registration drive, and opinion tables. For more information, go here.

University of Central Missouri

UCM will host a week of Constitution Day events, including a panel on International Student Perspectives on the U.S. Constitution, a discussion between the College Democrats and College Republicans on their views on amending the Constitution, a talk on predicting the 2012 Presidential Election outcomes, and a book talk on A More Perfect Constitution by Larry Sabato. There will also be a Constitution Trivia challenge and a Times Talk. UCM’s focus this year is on amendments. UCM wants students to understand that the Constitution changes through formal and informal ways and that they as citizens can have an active role in defining it. UCM also wants students to become more comfortable with civil discourse, and thus it has created several activities which will juxtapose different viewpoints of the Constitution, how it should be interpreted, and if and how it should be amended.

University of Central Oklahoma

The University of Central Oklahoma will participate in the Oklahoma Campus Compact voter registration contest September 12-16. In addition, we will send teams to the National Conference on Citizenship and the Campus Compact Heartland Conference with plans to coordinate a live feed from NCoC with small group discussions on campus. Last year we hosted a special naturalization ceremony on campus. We will do this again in 2012. This year we will focus on strengthening citizenship with the voter registration drive and the National Conference on Citizenship.

University of Maryland Baltimore County

UMBC will host a talk on civil rights and equality in multiracial America by Dr. Jane Junn of the University of Southern California. UMBC hopes to foster community engagement and an awareness of the ongoing relevance of constitutional issues.

University of Minnesota Duluth

UMD will host a week-long series of events including a film and discussion concerning the fine line between political speech/actions and those designed to incite violence, and a panel with local civic leaders. UMD will hand out pocket Constitutions and there will be quizzes on American Government and History for prizes, a library display, and a “What is Democracy?” wall. UMD wants to raise awareness about the Constitution and what it actually says as well as its influences on our everyday lives.

University of Nebraska at Omaha

UNO is planning three events the week of September 12-16. On September 12, a panel presentation by university political science and public administration faculty members will address the topic: “The Debt Ceiling and the Constitution”. On Tuesday September 13, Linda Duckworth of the Omaha chapter of the League of Women Voters will be portraying Susan B. Anthony and giving a presentation in the student center on her efforts to secure voting rights for women. On the September 16, Dr. Lucas Morel of Washington and Lee University will be giving a public lecture entitled: “Lincoln and the Constitution: A Unionist for the Sake of Liberty.” UNO hopes to increase students’ knowledge of the history and meaning of the U.S. Constitution and bring the campus and greater Omaha community together for dialogue about the Constitution and its historical and contemporary relevance.

University of Northern Iowa

Coleen Rowley, former FBI agent, and one of the 2002 Time Persons of the Year, is giving an evening presentation on how to maintain our civil liberties and fight terrorism, and is presenting at a half-day workshop for middle school students on the Constitution (on our campus), and is doing a session on ethics. Students in a leadership class have as their class project the task of designing a Constitution Day activity for 2012. UNI’s hope is to educate people, including students, about the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights.

University of Wisconsin Oshkosh

The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh will celebrate Constitution Day with a variety of activities and events including a Constitution Day dunk tank, the distribution of cupcakes and pocket Constitutions, reading aloud of the Constitution, and a lecture by U.S. Senator Ron Johnson. For more information, go here. Oshkosh wants to increase awareness of Constitutional issues and to increase knowledge of components of U.S. Constitution.

West Texas A&M University

West Texas A&M University will host Constitution Day at the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum attached to the university. 500+ school children will participate in activities involving a proposed constitutional amendment.

Western Carolina University

Western Carolina University has several events planned, including a Constitutional essay contest with the topic “Is/Should there be a constitutional right to a minimum level of subsistence?” and a public forum about the Constitution and poverty issues. Students will be dressing up in colonial attire and walking around campus passing out pocket Constitutions and asking trivia questions. For more information, go here. WCU wants to raise awareness about the importance of the Constitution, its foundations, and allow for critical thinking about how the Constitution applies to contemporary issues.

Western Illinois University

Western Illinois University will host a panel on the 4th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. WIU wants to help students learn about the context of the 4th Amendment and its current applications.

Western Kentucky University

WKU’s Constitution Week this year was themed “The Tenth Anniversary of 9/11: Lessons Learned.” Events included a lecture on “Lessons Not Learned from 9/11: An Economic, Numerate, Constitutional Perspective.” Other programming included a film about Muslim youth dealing with prejudice, diversity, and other 9/11 related issues, a student engagement fair with campus and community organizations, and a discussion about the “Perceptions and Realities of WKU Middle Eastern Students Post 9/11.” For a Constitution Week Wrap-up, go here. WKU’s Institute for Citizenship and Social Responsibility also hosted an American and Saudi Arabian exchange, where women from both cultures came together Monday night to discuss topics such as what it’s like to be a Muslim woman, women’s rights, marriage, and cultural stereotypes. For more about the exchange, go here.

William Paterson University

William Paterson University is hosting their seventh annual public address on a current topic of controversy with Constitutional dimensions. This year: USA Inc(arcerated): Crime, Punishment & the Constitution with a speaker from the Center for Constitutional Rights and two expert faculty members from our campus. WPU seeks to raise the level of awareness of the crime and punishment provisions of the U.S. Constitution and connect them to the problem presented by the problem of mass incarceration in the U.S., i.e. the U.S. has the highest incarcerations rates of any capitalist democracy in the world. We are also commencing the event with a moment of silence to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the tragic events of September 11, 2001.

Winona State University

Winona State is hosting Harry Boyte on Monday, September 19 for an address on the “We the People” initiative on college campuses and in local communities and active citizenship and engagement for pubic learning and scholarship. In addition Winona State will distribute pocket constitutions and a replica of the U.S. Constitution will be on display in the Library Rotunda. We have also extended Constitution day events to contribute and co-sponsor a presentation on Monday, September 25, 2011 by Dr. Dan Byman of Georgetown University on the Arab Spring. Winona State wants as many university and community members to attend, with the hopes of encouraging more interest and involvement in the We the People and ADP events, especially in the development of civic agency in the university and surrounding communities.

Let us know what your campus did to celebrate Constitution Day by commenting on this blog post or by emailing a short summary to adp@aascu.org.

New Report: 2011 Civic Life in America

Today the National Conference on Citizenshp (NCoC) and the Coporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) released a report on the civic health of the U.S. between 2008 and 2010. The 2011 Civic Life in America: Key Findings on the Civic Health of the Nation. Civic Life in America is based on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the U.S. Census Bureau.

The report suggests that the majority of Americans are civically engaged in their communities. In particular,A majority of Americans participated in many of the activities contained in three of the five civic engagement categories measured in the report: political action, connecting to information/current events, and social connectedness. More than a third were active across several of the activities in the remaining two categories: service and volunteering and participating in an organized group.” (CNCS Press Release)

The report also suggests that civic engagement is a “reinforcing cycle.” As such, “Citizens who participate in one area of civic engagement, like volunteering, are more likely to get involved in groups, contact public officials, or work with neighbors. In addition, the results show evidence similar to what researchers see across the “volunteer lifecycle”—the arc of civic involvement that tends to increase as citizens feel a deeper connection to their communities through personal networks, their workplace, and their children’s schools.” (CNCS Press Release)

For more information about Civic Life in America, visit http://Civic.Serve.gov.

For more information about the Corporation for National and Community Service, visit NationalService.gov.

For more information about the National Conference on Citizenship, visit NCoC.net.

ADP Remembers 9/11: ADP Campuses Commemorate the 10th Anniversary of 9/11/01

By Jen Domagal-Goldman, National Manager, American Democracy Project

Today is the 10th anniversary of the tragic events of September 11, 2001. September 11, 2011 has been declared a National Day of Service and Remembrance. As our nation pauses to observe this historic moment, many ADP campuses are commemorating the day with observances, service activities, and educational moments of their own.

Twelve ADP campuses responded to our recent online query about planned September 11th programming. This blog post provides a snapshot of the efforts of ADP campuses to memorialize and remember the heroes of 9/11/01 and to foster the informed, engaged citizenship of generations of students who are helping to determine the future of our democracy.

California State University, Fresno

In observance of the September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance, CSU-Fresno will be partnering with community organizations, churches, and property owners to host clean-up days to promote safety, pride, and community interaction. These projects will allow students and community members to see positive change and actual results as they begin to take back ownership in their community. This is a completely student organized effort. The project is part of an overall drive to create safer neighborhoods around the university. Students banded together over the summer months in response to a shooting late spring 2011 at a local fraternity. Students took it upon themselves to develop a grassroots effort to improve safety by enhancing a variety of services in the area. This is an outstanding example of grassroots advocacy and action. This effort is being organized by student government, Greek life, and a group of concerned students.

California University of Pennsylvania

Cal U will commemorate the anniversary of 9/11/01 by having a moment of silence before the National Anthem is played at the September 10th football game and with chimes and patriotic music played over the carillon system on September 11 at times when the terrorist attacks occurred.

Illinois State University

ISU has purchased almost 3,000 American flags that students planted on the quad on 9/8/2011 to remember those that died in the 9/11/2001 attacks. ADP has partnered with the student government association, which will recruit students to plant the flags. Students in the introductory course for ISU’s Civic Engagement Minor will conduct StoryCorps-style interviews on the quad with fellow students about 9/11 and how they feel they have changed in the 10 years since 9/11/2001. Students will explore civic self-identity and values while also developing dialogue skills. The College of Fine Arts and the School of Music will host a memorial concert on 9/11 at 3 p.m. Finally, ISU’s Constitution Day speaker will discuss wiretapping and privacy law in the post-9/11 environment.  ISU hopes to get everyone on campus thinking about how the world has changed in the last 10 years.

Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

On Tuesday, September 13th, from noon – 1:00 p.m., in the Campus Center atrium, Democracy Plaza will host one of the its signature “Pass the Mic” events, focused on the 10th Anniversary of September 11th. The IUPUI campus community is invited to discuss thoughts and reflections of life post-9/11 through a facilitated dialogue. Participants will be given an information sheet to spark discussion on issues such as Homeland Security, Privacy in a post-9/11 world, or the Muslim experience in America. For more information about Democracy Plaza, click here.

During the week following September 11, the IUPUI Center for Service and Learning and Office of Student Involvement will be collecting “I will…” statements to be displayed in the Office of Student Involvement. Each of these statements will show how members of the IUPUI community plan to use the memory and legacy of 9/11 to better the world in some way. On September 16, the IUPUI Day of Caring service day, a “quilt” of all of the responses will be made and displayed. We will also be asking participants to send in their thoughts and these will be displayed throughout the day of service. To register to volunteer at IUPUI’s Day of Caring, click here.

Middle Tennessee State University

A community-wide 9/11 commemoration will launch MTSU’s Constitution Week activities. 9/11/11 is also MTSU’s 100th birthday; rather than celebrate this birthday, the MTSU Centennial Committee has designated it a community sharing day.

Millersville University

On September 11, 12, and 13 bells will toll to coincide with times of crashes of the four airplanes. On Sunday evening, a service of remembrance will include choir performance and placement of flags. Monday will include a repeating slide show in the student center of past 9/11 memorial events. At noon a ceremony will commemorate the re-installation of a plaque dedicated to students who have served in armed forces, law enforcement, and public service. Tuesday evening a memorial service, including a choir performance, dance presentation, and bagpipe procession, will honor students and alumni who died defending the U.S. Millersville University hopes to provide the entire university community with opportunities to remember and reflect on the events of September 11, 2001 and on what has happened since then.

Missouri State University

MSU will hold a special commemorative event at Kentwood Hall (a residence hall). The number of those lost, 2,752, will be displayed on the front lawn, small America flags will line the walk from St. Louis St. to the building and signage will be displayed from the 5th and another floor’s windows saying “Remember” “9-11”. This residence hall is located at the very far north edge of campus and will have maximum public exposure rather than internal campus exposure, as with the other residence halls on campus. This is the brainchild of the Kentwood Hall Council and Residence Assistants staff. They hope to have the large numbers cut out of plywood, painted and available for campus to sign or write a note on prior to them being displayed on the lawn. Also on September 11, as part of our Ozarks Heritage Festival that will be happening all weekend on campus, we will pause at noon for a playing of “Taps” on the steps of our administration building. At 7 pm, there will be a special “9/11 Remembrance” carillon concert on the lawn of our library.

As part of our Public Affairs Week (September 12-16) activities, a “9-11 and Its Impact on First Responders” panel discussion will occur on Monday, September 12 from 12-1 p.m. Panelists include Andrew Brashers (Brookline Fire Department), David Brashers (Republic Fire Department), Ryan Nicholls (Director of Greene County office of emergency management), David Johnson (MSU Political Science Professor and FEMA reservist), and a local Paramedic (to be named). In the Plaster Student Union Remembrance Lounge, three large poster boards that have photos of 9/11/01 on campus on one and the 9/11/02 commemoration on another, and a third poster with a statement about the 10th anniversary will be displayed. In addition, the video “Ten Minutes that Changed America” will be playing in the lounge.

 

SUNY Cortland

SUNY Cortland and the City of Cortland are collaborating on a daylong series of events to commemorate the 10th anniversary of 9/11. At a park in the center of the city, there will be a lunch in honor of first responders. Restaurants are donating food; volunteers are providing service. This event will be followed by an interfaith service. At 9:00 p.m. on campus, the college will host a ceremony honoring alumni who perished in the attack. The ceremony will be followed by comments from community leaders (including SUNY Cortland President, Erik Bitterbaum). Those comments will include invitations to students to sign-up for our long-term President’s Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge. We will have tables at which students can register for specific projects. Cortland hopes to launch their Interfaith Challenge in a way that brings people of different faiths together (from on- and off-campus) to reduce local poverty through educational opportunity.

University of Arkansas – Fort Smith

The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith will also observe Constitution Week on September 12-16. Local businessman Eddie Armstrong will speak on “Remembering 9/11” and will address “the importance of preserving history within communities.” University of Arkansas – Forth Smith’s Constitution Week activities will focus on the freedoms of association and speech.  Other specific 9/11 commemoration activities include a campus library display commemorating 9/11, a photo exhibit of scenes from Ground Zero at the campus center, and a commemorative ceremony sponsored by campus and city police.  For more information, see this website.

University of Central Oklahoma

The American Democracy Project, in partnership with the Volunteer and Service Learning Center and Leadership Central, will coordinate service activities and a panel discussion to reflect on ten years since 9/11 and sixteen years since the Oklahoma City bombing. The VSLC will show the documentary, 9/11: From Chaos to Community, ADP will present a panel discussion featuring survivors, first responders and counter-terrorism experts, and Leadership Central is coordinating a service project for students to prepare meals for firefighters in the Oklahoma City metro area. We encourage students to think critically about the Oklahoma City bombing and 9/11, to ask questions, and synthesize their findings from the documentary, panel discussion and service activities.

University of Wisconsin Oshkosh

UW Oshkosh’s American Democracy Project has developed a webpage to collect the memories of faculty, staff and students as the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks approach. To view the website, click here.

Weber State University

Weber State is beginning its celebration of Constitution Week on September 11. Their Constitution Week events will focus on the connection between the U.S. Constitution, which provides for the common defense, and the military – the arm of the government that defends it.

Let us know what your campus did to commemorate September 11 by commenting on this blog post or by emailing a short summary to adp@aascu.org!


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