Archive for June, 2012

ADP at Fort Hays State University: A Year in Review

By Kelly Nuckolls, Global Leadership Project Student Coordinator, Fort Hays State University
Poster by Matt Niehues, senior graphic design major at FHSU

FHSU ADP_2012 poster

Year-round programs: The following programs occur multiple times throughout our academic school year.

  • Readership: The Readership Program is a sponsorship between the American Democracy Project, the Hays Daily News, and The New York Times. Through this sponsorship, students and faculty were able to receive free copies of these newspapers every business day.
  • Talking Democracy: Hosted by Dr. Chapman Rackaway and Dr. Mark Bannister, this weekly thirty minute Talk Show interviews a member of the community focusing on a current issue in today’s political arena. Co-Sponsored with KFHS.
  • Times Talks: Times Talks are presentations and small group discussions on current national and international issues based on articles from the New York Times.
  • Finding Common Ground: A roundtable discussion where students and faculty can come and discuss a specific current topic in a setting that promotes being open-minded. Some of the roundtables will feature expert panels who will answer questions and give a brief introductory talk on the topic.

eCitizenship

  • Tiger Talk Back:  A different question is posted on a white board on campus and on twitter each week addressing a current global or local issue. Students are able to post their comments to the question on Twitter using the hashtag #tigertalkback.
  • Eye of the Tiger:  A civic journalism site where FHSU students can tell the institution’s day-to-day story in real- time. Eye of the Tiger(http://eyeofthetigerfhsu.wordpress.com) will put a portable video camera into student hands and let them tell the FHSU and Hays story first-hand using Web 2.0 technologies.

Annual Events: The following programs occur each academic school year.

  • Model United Nations:  Students participated in the 52nd Midwest Model United Nations Conference in St. Louis, MO. Students represented delegations from the Russian Federation, Iraq, and Haiti.
  • Public Forums: Open to the public events that feature expertise on a particular topic and then open up to a question & answer session with the featured speaker. Both public forums this year focused on our Student Government Association. The first forum “SGA: What you know ‘bout Fort Hays?,” gave students the opportunity to get to know their student senators, and the second forum was for students to hear the platforms of the two presidential/vice presidential candidates running for the 2012-2013 elections.
  • Poster Competition: Graphic design students created posters displaying their views on current issues and Democracy. The posters were displayed in the Memorial Union and voted on by the student body.
  • Film Screenings:  One screening this year included the documentaryLittle Town of Bethlehem,which is a film created by men of three different faiths that walks the audience through the life of one who has been discriminated against because of cultural difference.
  • Mock Election: FHSU students were able to vote in a mock presidential election. There were able to register to vote and receive educational materials. Students who vote received a free T-shirt. 232 students voted in the Mock Election. President Obama won our Mock Election with 110 votes, or 47 % of the votes. Former Governor Mitt Romney, the Republican Party candidate, followed with 100 votes, 43% of the total. Students had the option to write in a candidate and 14 students, 6% of the total, voted for Ron Paul. The other 8 write-in votes, 4% of the total, were for various candidates.
  • Letter Writing campaigns:  Red Hand Day raised awareness on the issue of child soldiers. Students were able to dip their hands in red paint and stamp a paper. Everyone was asked to sign a petition or write a letter to a senator, representative, president, or UN representatives.
  • Ben Franklin Papers  Using educational activities, put together by a Social Studies Methods class, students were able to learn about Ben Franklin, his inventions, and his contributions to our nation. The event featured a presentation and conversation with Ben Franklin impersonator, Fred Krebs as well as a Boston Tea Party with the Daughters of the American Revolution. This event was held in Forsyth library and the front room of McMindes Hall.
  • Speakers: One of the speakers we brought to our campus this year included  General Vic Braden, who gave the presentation “ An Age of Trial”, giving insight into the military’s role in a chaotic environment in which economic, cultural, political, religious, and social issues are entwined.

For more information on ADP at FHSU, go here.

Felice Nudelman and Tom Ehrlich honored with ADP Spirit of Democracy Awards

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

ADP's Spirit of Democracy award 2012 honorees

Felice Nudelman and Tom Ehrlich, Spirit of Democracy honorees

The ADP/TDC 2012 national meeting marked the 10th annual meeting of the American Democracy Project. In commemoration of this event, we honored two individuals who played — and continue to play — pivotal roles in the founding and future of ADP.

Felice Nudelman, in her previous role as the Executive Director of Education for The New York Times Company where she was responsible for developing and overseeing education initiatives, including The New York Times Knowledge Network, was a co-partner with George Mehaffy and AASCU in creating the American Democracy Project in 2003. Her involvement in the deliberations and discussions which lead to the founding of ADP was crucial.

Tom Ehrlich was a a Senior Scholar at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching when George Mehaffy and Felice Nudelman called him up to get input and advice for AASCU’s new American Democracy Project. He thought ADP sounded like a “great idea” and was thrilled to help. Tom was the keynote speaker at the first ADP meeting in 2003; he also suggested the ADP campus audits and reading circles — two early ADP implementation strategies on our campuses. Tom and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching were also our national partners in ADP’s Political Engagement Project.

To honor Felice and Tom, we created a “Spirit of Democracy” award, one that will be given infrequently to individuals whom embody ADP’s commitment to prepare the next generation of informed, engaged citizens for our democracy.

“Felice and Tom were not only critical to the creation of the American Democracy Project but valued collaborators and staunch champions of our collective commitment to education for democracy.  I’m thrilled that we could recognize Felice and Tom with Spirit of Democracy awards and I am deeply honored to call them both friends,” said George Mehaffy.

Thank you, Felice and Tom for your commitment to ADP and the important work that we all do together!

eJournal of Public Affairs and the ADP/TDC 2012 National Meeting

eJournal of Public Affairs logo

The eJournal of Public Affairs, a collaboration between Missouri State University and the American Democracy Project, invites presenters from the 2012 ADP/TDC National Meeting to submit a brief description, or abstract for your presentation, consisting of a 100 word or less.

The eJournal would like to include a note in the next issue about the conference and highlight some of the presentations, directing interested viewers to the ADP Wiki.

Please send your brief presentation description/abstract to: ejournalPA@MissouriState.edu and cc Andy Lokie at: AndrewLokie@MissouriState.edu

Emily Janke and Paul Markham receive ADP’s 2012 John Saltmarsh Award for Emerging Leaders in Civic Engagement

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

In an effort to recognize, support, and encourage the next generation of leaders in the civic engagement movement, the American Democracy Project established an award for emerging leaders in civic engagement in 2011, the John Saltmarsh Award for Emerging Leaders in Civic Engagement.  This annual award was named in John’s honor to recognize a lifetime passion of his, thinking about and preparing the next generation of civic leaders. To learn more about the Saltmarsh Award, visit this website.

2012 Saltmarsh Award Winners with Presenters

(from Left to Right) Jen Domagal-Goldman, Paul Markham, George Mehaffy, Emily Janke, and John Saltmarsh

George Mehaffy, reflecting on the choice of John Saltmarsh as the person for whom the award was named, commented: “John Saltmarsh was the obvious choice for who we would honor in creating this award. John is a great visionary and an inspiring leader. Even more importantly, he has never wavered from a commitment to nurturing the next generation of civic leaders. His consistent question echoes in my mind: ‘Who will do this work when we are gone?’”

John Saltmarsh is the Co-Director of the New England Resource Center for Higher Education (NERCHE) at the University of Massachusetts, Boston as well as a faculty member in the Higher Education Administration Doctoral Program in the Department of Leadership in Education in the College of Education and Human Development. He is the editor, with Matthew Hartley, of the edited volume, “To Serve a larger Purpose”: Engagement for Democracy and the Transformation of Higher Education (Temple, 2011). Royalties from “To Serve a larger Purpose” are being donated in full to fund this award.  I urge you to consider buying the book, not only for its content but also because your purchase of the book will help ensure the sustainability of the award.  You can order the book though Temple University Press website by clicking this weblink.  I also hope you will share this link with colleagues.

A special thank you to William Plater, the Executive Vice Chancellor and Dean of the Faculties Emeritus at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, who generously supported the first two years of this award.

The 2012 Saltmarsh Award recipients are Emily Janke of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and Paul Markham of Western Kentucky University.

John Saltmarsh presented Emily and Paul with their awards at the 2012 ADP/TDC national meeting in San Antonio on June 8. Here are his public comments:

Shortly after I heard form George that he wanted to create an emerging leader award, I found myself at the Highland Folkschool where I cam across a quote from Ella Baker – the civil rights leader, who, after the Greensboro sit-ins, wanted to assist the student activists because she viewed the young, emerging activists as a resource and an asset to the movement – which led to the founding of SNCC, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee.
 
The quote reads:
I believe in the right of people to expect those who are older, those who claim to have more experience, to help them grow.

For me, this is the essence of this Award.
 
All of us, in building this movement of public engagement in higher education, have an obligation to help, to mentor, to guide, to encourage, to validate, to push…those who are younger to be the future leaders of this movement.
 
I say this to all of us but I also say it to the recipients today.
 
With this award comes well-deserved recognition; and with it comes an obligation to bring along those who are younger, to build and sustain the movement.
 
It is my pleasure to make this year’s award to two outstanding emerging leaders in civic engagement: Dr. Paul Markam and Dr. Emily Janke.

Paul Markham

Paul Markam is Assistant Professor and Co-Director at the Institute for Citizenship and Social Responsibility at Western Kentucky University. In his nomination, Harry Boyte commented that “Paul demonstrates leadership in building the wider civic engagement movement, shows passion and great skill in advancing the civic learning of undergraduates, has remarkable capacities for collaborative leadership, and continuously mentors new leaders, and acts as an organizational catalyst to change higher education.”

Emily Janke

Emily Janke is Special Assistant for Community Engagement at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. From an undergraduate: “Emily has an enthusiastic attitude toward civic engagement that is contagious.” From a colleague: “She has a knack for collaboration and integration second to none, and a creative flair that makes working with her incredibly fun.” From her Chancellor: “Because of her commitment to excellence and her proven track record as a leader and strategic thinker, I am increasingly looking to Emily as a transformational change agent at UNCG.”
 
Congratulations to Paul and Emily!

Keene State’s Mel Netzhammer selected as recipient of 2012 William Plater Award for Leadership in Civic Engagement

“Mel’s work on our campus over the last six years has transformed our curriculum and our culture. As a result of Mel’s efforts, Keene State College actively and passionately embraces our mission to prepare all members of our community to become informed and engaged citizens for our democracy.” – Helen Giles-Gee, President Keene State College

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

Mel Netzhammer, 2012 Plater Award winner

Mel Netzhammer, 2012 Plater Award winner

Each year we recognize a Chief Academic Officer (CAO) for his or her leadership in institutionalizing civic engagement on their campus. The William Plater Award for Leadership in Civic Engagement is designed to recognize the critical role of the chief academic officer in advancing the civic mission of the campus through curricular reform, public advocacy, accountability for institutional citizenship, faculty development and recruitment, and partnerships with community organizations.

The award, funded through the generosity of AASCU member campus Indiana University Purdue University-Indianapolis, has been created to acknowledge the critical leadership role that chief academic officers play in serving as the vital link between the academic community (principally the faculty, staff and students) and the more externally oriented leadership of presidents, chancellors and trustees in helping make an institution intentional about its role in citizenship preparation. Through their leadership, chief academic officers align the work of faculty, the learning of students, and the achievements of staff with the public mission of AASCU institutions to prepare undergraduates as informed, engaged citizens. Chief academic officers make a critical difference in the articulation of purpose, in the alignment of actions, and in the quality, scope and effectiveness of institutional performance.

The Plater Award is the first national award established specifically to honor and recognize CAOs for their leadership in higher education.

This year we received many outstanding nominations for the Plater Award. I am pleased to announce that after much deliberation, the award committee selected Mel Netzhammer, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Keene State College, as the recipient of the 2012 William Plater Award for Leadership in Civic Engagement. You can read the selection committee’s statement endorsing Mel as this year’s Plater Award recipient below.

As you will discover when you read more about Mel, he worked tirelessly for more than five years to commit Keene State College to fostering civic outcomes for students. Mel is a dear friend and colleague and I am delighted to see his diligence in preparing informed, engaged citizens recognized and honored by the Plater Award. Mel graciously donated his $1,000 prize money to the ADP fund at Keene State. He begins a new role as Chancellor of Washington State University, Vancouver — one of our newest ADP schools — in July.

Congratulations, Mel! You have certainly earned your place in this esteemed circle of champions of civic learning and engagement.

Plater Award recipients past and present (with George Mehaffy)

Plater Award recipients Larry Gould (’08) of Fort Hays State, Mel Netzhammer (’12) of Keene State, Vince Magnuson (’11) of University of Minnesota Duluth and AASCU’s George Mehaffy (from left to right)

For more information about the Plater Award, including its criteria and past recipients, please visit this website.

Watch a YouTube video of Mel receiving the Plater Award: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UsQOdtVmnaA&feature=youtube_gdata_player

 

The award committee’s statement endorsing Mel Netzhammer as the 2012 Plater Award recipient

The Review Committee unanimously and enthusiastically recommends that Dr. Mel Netzhammer of Keene State College receive the 2012 William M. Plater Award for Leadership in Civic Engagement.

Dr. Netzhammer has a significant record of sustained leadership on campus, within the American Democracy Project, and within the broader regional community. In particular, the Review Committee notes the intentionality of Dr. Netzhammer’s infusion of civic engagement into the fabric of campus culture and the degree to which he has institutionalized civic engagement through personal leadership, commitment of resources, and the transformation of both curricular and co-curricular elements of the University’s educational program. In the area of curriculum, it is most noteworthy that the number of courses devoting explicit attention to the study and practice of political, civic, and humanitarian engagement has expanded significantly.

The range and depth of Dr. Netzhammer’s leadership is impressive. He has been both a leader and a supporter of the Red Balloon Project, eCitizenship, and of the Liberal Education and America’s Promise project. He is a significant contributor to the work of the National Implementation Committee of ADP. For Mel, civic engagement is not a project—it is an extension of his professional identity. His nomination file notes that his leadership style as a Provost encourages the engagement of all in the many tasks of educating students. He is an effective spokesperson for the University in the often turbulent arena of legislative support for higher education.

It is our judgment that this award reflects the best traditions of civic engagement established by William Plater. Dr. Mel Netzhammer leads by example. He has engaged his campus broadly in a shared commitment to civic engagement. He is a respected voice and exemplar of leadership in civic engagement on campus and in the national arena.

U.S. Vote Foundation Debuts New Online Tool Customized for All 50 States

U.S. Vote Foundation Debuts New Online Tool Customized for All 50 States

SAN ANTONIO, TX –JUNE 8, 2012– With a focus on civic engagement, the U.S. Vote Foundation (US Vote) proudly announced the debut of its online absentee ballot registration tool at the American Association of State Colleges and Universities’ 2012 American Democracy Project and the Democracy Commitment National Meeting.

US Vote’s absentee ballot services will launch on June 8th for 22 states: AL, AK, AZ, CA, CO, DC, IL, KY, LA, MA, MI, MN, MO, MS, NY, OH, RI, SC, TX, UT, WA, WY. The remaining states are planned to be online by June 15, 2012.

US Vote President and CEO Susan Dzieduszycka-Suinat made the announcement during her featured session to the audience of higher education professionals. Dzieduszycka-Suinat said college students are in great need of this new service, but they are not the only ones who could benefit from it.

“We created this tool so that anyone who wishes to vote can be assisted – whether it be a traveling executive, a working parent, a home-bound person, or a college student away from home,” said Dzieduszycka-Suinat. “The point of our services is access. We want to make sure all Americans are equipped with the tools they need to vote, from the polling place to the kitchen table.”

US Vote’s absentee ballot request tool can be accessed at

https://www.usvotefoundation.org

US Vote is the first-ever online system that offers users a state-specific absentee ballot request for every state in the U.S. Users can complete the request form online, print it out, sign and mail it in to the local election office address that US Vote uniquely provides to them. No other system offers local election addresses and contact details for US absentee voters. Voter profile information can be saved online with the “My Voter Account” service. Users then have the ability to access their information from any computer at their convenience and edit it for future requests.

According to the U.S. Election Assistance Commission, more than 22.2 million domestic absentee ballots were cast in the 2008 U.S. Presidential election.

“We are spearheading the modernization of domestic absentee ballot request,” said Dzieduszycka-Suinat. “This technology will improve the quality of absentee ballot requests, which will also assist election officials across the country.”

The higher education community has responded positively: “Young voters look for registration services online first. Now they will find comprehensive services that include an online absentee ballot request. We hope that our ADP participants and our community college colleagues will make great use the state-specific tools offered by US Vote,” said George Mehaffy, Vice President for Academic Leadership and Change, American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU).

US Vote debuted its state-specific voter registration services in late January at the annual summit of Overseas Vote Foundation (OVF), its internationally respected parent organization.

US Vote utilizes OVF’s friendly web-based information tools, combined with state-specific voter registration, and now absentee ballot request capabilities. Its website features a complete suite of voter services:

Voter Registration: provides user-friendly assistance to generate a completed state-specific registration application that meets state requirements

Absentee Ballot Request: the first online system to produce state specific forms for voters who wish to vote by mail. Assists voters to generate a completed state-specific absentee ballot request that meets state requirements

My Voter Account: manage and maintain a “personal democracy dashboard,” making the repetitive tasks of registering and requesting a ballot easier

Election Official Directory: maintained as the nation’s most comprehensive database of election official contacts, websites, emails and addresses for every U.S. voting jurisdiction
State-specific Voter Information Directory: offers state-specific information including election dates, form filing deadlines, identification and other requirements

Voter Help Desk: offers an instant response to commonly asked election and voting questions
Candidate Finder: links users to candidate names and backgrounds, accessed simply by entering a voting address

OVF has self-funded the creation and deployment of US Vote. As a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, donations are accepted to keep the free services available to the public.

Lightning Fast Access to Your Absentee Ballot Request:
(for registered voters)

Go to website: https://www.usvotefoundation.org/
Choose your state
Select “Absentee Ballot Request”
Login into “My Voter Account” or continue
Enter state specific data
Download your completed state-specific form
Print, Sign and Send the form to the local election office address provided
After sending, always check with your local election official to confirm acceptance
Your absentee ballot will arrive in the mail!

About U.S. Vote Foundation (US Vote)
U.S. Vote Foundation (US Vote) provides domestic U.S. voters with public access to innovative voter registration tools and services. It is a trademarked initiative of the nonpartisan, nonprofit Overseas Vote Foundation. More information is available at http://www.usvotefoundation.org, Twitter (@us_vote), Facebook (US Vote), and Youtube (usvotefoundation).

About Overseas Vote Foundation (OVF)
Overseas Vote Foundation helps overseas and military U.S. voters participate in federal elections by providing public access to innovative voter registration tools and services. It is a nonpartisan 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. More information is available on our website (www.overseasvotefoundation.org), Twitter (@overseasvote), Facebook (Overseas Vote Foundation) and YouTube (www.youtube.com/overseasvote).


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