Archive for August, 2012

Campus Spotlight: NASPA recognizes ISU as one of 25 Lead Civic Engagement Institutions

Story re-posted from ISU’s Daily Vidette Online

Twenty-five universities and colleges in the nation receive recognition each year for their civic learning leadership — and ISU is proud to announce the University is one.The National Association of Student Personnel Administrators recently recognized ISU.

The designation as a Leadership Institution is given to universities that encourage students to participate in civic engagement and offer students the opportunity to be active citizens, volunteers and leaders in their communities.

“It means a great deal,” Larry Dietz, Vice President of Student Affairs, said. “[NASPA] represents 4,000 colleges and universities, so for them to look at what we’re doing and select us as only one of 25 of those 4,000, we feel very flattered to be in that company.”

Dietz said this recognition gave ISU an opportunity to look at the ways the University looked at and encouraged civic engagement.

“It’s a chance to tell our story as an institution. We’re challenging ourselves to do even better,” he said. “We’re delighted about this.”

One of ISU’s core values is civic engagement. The University is the first in Illinois to name that as one of its values and is also the first to include civic engagement as an option for a minor.

“I think when we devote that kind of time, energy and importance to a value, it’s very easy to line up behind [it],” Dietz explained.

One opportunity is to become involved with ISU’s chapter of the American Democracy Project, which, according to the website, “is designed to serve as a catalyst for programmatic changes that will ensure all Illinois State students are fully prepared to assume a responsible role as contributors to civic society.”

ISU has also recently begun a new service-based certification program called ISULeads.

ISULeads gives students an opportunity to participate in events and activities within three pillars.

In the civic engagement pillar, students will become active citizens through volunteer work. The global perspective pillar will help students develop a sense of social justice. The leadership pillar will help students develop critical, creative, communication and relationship-building skills.

Students who complete all three pillars are awarded an ISULeads certificate.

Dietz explained that the certificate has value for students because involved students are more likely to finish their college degrees, and it also prepares them to be civic leaders once they graduate and move into the job market.

“We want to be able to produce folks that are competent in their discipline but also can assume their appropriate role in a town, to basically provide the leadership it needs,” he said.

Dietz said that though the upcoming presidential election does affect the amount of activity that universities see in the area of civic engagement, it is not the reason that ISU has such a sharp focus on it.

You’ll find the original story here:
ISU Named a Lead Institution in Civic Engagement
Written by Elizabeth Brei, Daily Vidette Senior Staff
Tuesday, 21 August 2012 16:29

Society for Values in Higher Education: Call for Papers

Society for Values in Higher Education | 2013 Call for Papers

Debt: Obligations that Shape our Lives
July 24-28, 2013 | University of Denver

Societies are structured by webs of financial, legal, psychological, moral, and spiritual obligations. All of these involve debt, broadly construed. From the most mundane, everyday interactions to the complexities of international relations, the language of debt pervades our thinking and discourse. The Society for Values in Higher Education seeks paper and panel proposals to address the concept of debt from a variety of disciplinary perspectives.

  • What is the social role of debt?
  • How does it enhance or threaten community?
  • To whom are we indebted?
  • What is the relationship between debt and entitlement?
  • What are the religious or spiritual dimensions of debt?
  • How do various narratives (historical, literary, etc.) shape our views of debt?
  • How does debt threaten the future of higher education? How should higher education address the social and economic consequences of debt?
  • How do we teach our students who owes who what? And why?

Participants selected for presentations will receive a reduced registration rate of $50 to the SVHE summer meeting.  Two papers or panels will be selected for special recognition and awarded $300.  You must be present at the SVHE summer meeting to be considered.

Deadline for submission is April 15, 2013.  Proposals should not exceed 1000 words.  Submit proposals to Eric Bain-Selbo, Department Head, Philosophy and Religion, Western Kentucky University (  Proposals will be reviewed as they are submitted.  Review will continue until all available slots are filled.  For more detailed information visit SVHE’s website.

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2012-2013 Important Dates

Here are some important dates on our calendar for the upcoming academic year. What other civic engagement related events are on your calendar?









  • June 6-8: American Democracy Project National Meeting, Denver


  • July 29 – August 2: ADP’s Stewardship of Public Lands seminar, Yellowstone

National Voter Registration Day: September 25, 2012

National Voter Registration Day — a non-partisan effort — is September 25, 2012. Will your campus be participating?

Monday, August 20th is the last day campuses and organizations will be able to sign up for National Voter Registration Day to host an event and still receive free materials. There are 2 easy things you can do to make sure you and your partners receive free posters, stickers and a beginners guide to organizing:

1.) Create an event on the National Voter Registration Day website to let new volunteers, and people who would like to register on the 25th, know how to find you. Click here or follow the link to:

2.) Spread the word to any of your affiliates, friends, or family that want to join the effort to register thousands of people on September 25th.


In 2008, 6 million Americans didn’t vote because they missed a registration deadline or didn’t know how to register.1 In 2012, we want to make sure no one is left out.

National Voter Registration Day

On September 25, 2012, volunteers, celebrities, and organizations from all over the country will “hit the streets” for National Voter Registration Day. This single day of coordinated field, technology and media efforts will create pervasive awareness of voter registration opportunities–allowing us to reach tens of thousands of voters or more who we could not reach otherwise.

What It Means

• Celebrities registering voters and generating buzz at surprise locations.

• Volunteers at transportation hubs, retail stores, sporting, and concerts.

• Technology to help eligible voters find registration drives nearby.

• A network of grassroots, local organizations engaged in their own communities.

• Tens of thousands of voters registering to vote online and offline in a single day.

What It Will Accomplish

Register Voters: A network of a thousand organizations operating on the ground and through social media will register tens of thousands of voters in the field and tens of thousands more online–while also receiving pledges to vote from the already registered.

Mobilize Volunteers: By engaging nonprofits not usually engaged in voter registration drives and amplifying existing drives through event-based recruitment and cultural outreach, National Voter Registration Day will bring thousands of additional volunteer voter registrars into the field just when we need them most.

Educate Eligible Voters: Millions of voters need to register and re-register every year. By utilizing new technology and leveraging cultural partners, we’ll educate more Americans than ever before, bringing new voters into the fold.

Change the Conversation: National Voter Registration Day will be an opportunity to put our differences aside and celebrate the rights that unite us as Americans.

National Voter Registration Day

Project Overview

National Voter Registration Day is managed by a working group of six organizations (APALA Education Fund | Bus Federation Civic Fund | Fair Elections Legal Network League of Women Voters | Nonprofit VOTE | Voto Latino). The project is fiscally sponsored by the Oregon Progress Forum (tax ID: 93-1314754), a 501(c)(3) public charity). Contributions may be sent to:

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Portland, OR 97212


ADP Campus Coordinators’ Corner: Shaping Our Future

By Gregg Kaufman, ADP Campus Coordinator, Georgia College

Shaping Our Future: How Should Higher Education Help Us Create the Society We Want? is a National Issues Forum issue book developed in conjunction with the American Commonwealth Project and as a deliberative forum aid to A National Call for Action: A Crucible Moment: College Learning & Democracy’s Future prepared by The National Task Force on Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement. The NIF web site ( offers free Shaping Our Future resources and a brief seven-minute introduction to the subject to use for deliberative forums.

How do we plan to use Shaping Our Future on our campuses and in the communities to which we relate? Is it possible to convene forums inclusive of citizens as well as college students, professors, and staff? NIF will collect feedback from forums across the country b using a convener/moderator survey form. In anticipation of the ADP Tenth Anniversary Meeting in Denver (June 6-8, 2013), it would be great to report that a healthy percentage of ADP campuses conducted forums and perhaps develop a presentation that would offer findings.

Please share your plans relative to incorporating Shaping Our Future into your 2012-13 ADP programming, by emailing Jen Domagal-Goldman, ADP National Manager at

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