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ADP’s Logo Under Construction: Announcing our Student-Designed Logo Competition!

ADP logo under constructionCalling all informed and engaged graphic designers; have we got a job for you! ADP is turning ten, and we want to move into another decade with a fresh look.

AASCU’s American Democracy Project, established in 2003, is commemorating its 10th anniversary during the 2012-2013 academic year. To celebrate this milestone, we’re sponsoring a student-designed logo competition for a new ADP logo.

A contest overview and guidelines can be found below. You can also download them here.

ADP Logo Design Competition Overview and Guidelines

AASCU’s American Democracy Project, established in 2003, is commemorating its 10th anniversary during the 2012-2013 academic year. To celebrate this milestone, we’re inviting submissions for a student-designed logo competition for a new ADP logo.

Submission Deadline:

11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on February 22, 2013

Thematic Elements:

The logo should reflect the American Democracy Project’s mission to prepare the next generation of informed, engaged citizens for our democracy. The logo should incorporate some thematic elements related to ADP, such as democracy, students, participation, engagement and/or learning.

Technical Specifications:

  • All designs to be original; no use of service marked or trademarked design elements can be included.
  • The logo is limited to two colors and selection will consider how well the design translates to black and white.
  • Graphics and illustrations can be used, but photographs may not.
  • The logo must include “AASCU’s American Democracy Project”.
  • The logo must include a space where participating colleges and universities can incorporate their name to customize the logo.
  • The logo can be of any shape, but it should translate well to online use (such as Facebook, Twitter, and other social media sites).
  • For submission purposes only, send us your logo as a .jpeg, 72 dpi, maximum width 400 pixels.
    Please note: If your logo is selected we will require a high-resolution Adobe Illustrator file.


  • The logo can be designed by an individual or by a team, but all designers must be registered undergraduate students at an AASCU member college or university with an American Democracy Project program.  For a list of such colleges and universities, visit
  • You will submit your information and logo online via the web form at You will be asked to provide the following information at submission: first and last name, contact information (mailing address, phone number, email address), institution and class year (freshman, sophomore, junior, senior), the name and contact information for your ADP Campus Coordinator (phone number and email address) and a certification that no service or trade-marked design elements have been incorporated.
    Files should be named as adplogo_Your First Initial and Last Name (e.g., adplogo_jdomagal-goldman).
  • Deadline for logo submission is February 22, 2013.


This competition is open to current undergraduate students enrolled at an AASCU member institution with an American Democracy Project program.  For a list of such colleges and universities, visit

Selection Process and Details:

  • An internal AASCU committee and the ADP National Manager will review the logo submissions and select the logo that best reflects the mission of the American Democracy Project.
    Designers are encouraged to familiarize themselves with ADP to gain a better understanding of what the logo should attempt to capture:
  • The winning designer(s) and logo, following notification and signing necessary documents, will be featured in a 2013 issue of the AASCU magazine, Public Purpose.
  • The winning designer(s) and logo will also be featured on the ADP National Blog, as well as ADP’s various social media channels, including Facebook and Twitter.
  • The winning designer will receive a waived registration fee for the 2013 ADP National Meeting (June 6-8, 2013).
    In the event that the winning logo has been designed by a team of students, they will receive a registration discount equal to the full registration fee for one student.
  • The winning logo will be officially announced and unveiled at the opening of the American Democracy Project National Meeting in Denver, Colorado June 6-8, 2013.

About the Logo:

The American Democracy Project logo will appear on most, if not all, printed ADP materials, including brochures, meeting programs, and monographs.  It will also be included in electronic correspondence and will be prominently featured online on the AASCU website, ADP blog and social media channels, and other various web-venues.

Legal Information:

By submitting a competition entry form, along with your logo design, you agree to the terms and conditions as outlined above and grant and assign all right, title, and interest in the logo to the American Association of State Colleges and Universities.

AASCU reserves the right to reject all submissions for this competition and/or to make its use available in any way AASCU determines (i.e., restricted use or unrestricted use).

For questions or more information, contact:

Jennifer Domagal-Goldman
American Democracy Project National Manager | 202.478.4833

Student Spotlight: UW-La Crosse’s Katie Svitavsky, City Council Member

By Katherine Kvitavsky, student, UW-La Crosse

Katherine Svitavsky

Where I go to school, everyone is involved in something. From intramural sports to marching band to diversity organizations, students in La Crosse are known for being active and engaged. It is, in part, because of this culture of service that I chose to be involved in our city government, representing a mostly-student district on the City of La Crosse Common Council. A year ago, I had just begun my first semester at UW-L. A year ago, if someone told me that I soon would be an elected official, I wouldn’t have believed them. But here I am, now entering my second year as a student, my first year as a resident assistant, and serving as a city council member.

I first chose to get involved on campus by representing students who lived in my residence hall in our campus Residence Hall Association (RHA). My job, along with my co-representative, was to be a voice for the 400 students living in my building. This experience was unique because it challenged me to think about policy and how it affected not only students living in my building but also all students on campus. Additionally, representing students in this capacity gave me valuable leadership skills, knowledge, and experience to represent them in our City Council, and I can’t give my time working with RHA enough credit for the impact it had on me.

As I meet and work with more people, I constantly am amazed at how driven they are and the  awesome, inspirational things of which they have been a part.  One of the many people I have had the privilege of meeting and working with is Karin Johnson, who I first met in a public administration class during my first semester at UW-L. Representing the campus area on our county board, I first remember being impressed with Karin’s physically being in the position, but as I became more familiar with her, what really struck me was how energetic and passionate she was about local issues.

One day in spring, Karin asked me to take a look at the open City Council position. The person who had the position before me was also a UW-L student who was graduating that year, and had resigned in April, leaving a space in the Council to be filled by appointment to fill out his term ending in April 2013. I was on the fence for a while about whether or not to apply for the position, especially considering the time commitments—trying to balance being a student, resident assistant, and council member is something that is still challenging for me at times. Additionally, I wasn’t sure I could do it. I hadn’t had much experience working with a city outside of the classroom; there was an obvious learning curve associated with the position. After some serious self-evaluation and encouragement from my peers and others, I decided to submit my resume to the Council. I was granted an interview, and then was appointed in May to the position.

As a council member, I attend a lot of meetings. I never understood the concept of “government work being done in committees” until I was assigned to the Finance and Personnel committee, where we work on, examine, and discuss proposed legislation and then bring it to the rest of the council. Additionally, I work with members of the community, non-profit groups, city employees, and other council members to shape policy for the community as well as policy specific to my district. I love the job because I get to see my and others’ efforts come to fruition, and there are tangible results from action the city takes, which is why I am running in April to keep on the council after my appointment officially ends.

When Karin suggested I take a look at the open position, I was skeptical. At first I questioned, “why me?”  when the real question should have been, “why not me?” I think so often young people, especially young women, have difficulty quantifying and articulating their skills—not only to themselves but also to others. Simply put, we don’t give ourselves enough credit for not only what we have done and are doing, but also for what we will be achieving in the future. Even if we don’t have an exact picture of our future, it is important to be energized and confident in what we will achieve.

But with our opportunities and successes comes a great responsibility. Just as I didn’t become involved without the encouragement of others, future leaders also need to have that same support. Just as Karin extended her hand to me, I cannot leave without extending my hands to others.

At times being a council member, in combination with being a student and a resident assistant, is stressful. There are times when I wish I could press “pause” and take the day—or week—off. But the rewards of this job far outweigh the stressful times, and I am constantly energized by the work I am a part of because I truly feel I am making a positive difference in the community. What I learned in this past year, the thing that has been proven to me one hundred times over, the best “tip for success” I can offer, is that there are so many opportunities to be taken advantage of if we can take ownership of the fact that we are worthy of them as well as the challenges they present. It may not always be easy, but it will be worth the effort.

About Katie:

Originally from Neenah, WI, Katherine Svitavsky is a student at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse perusing degrees in Political Science and Public Administration. She currently represents the 5th district of the city of La Crosse on the city’s Common Council, and is also a Resident Assistant on campus. In her spare time, Katherine enjoys kayaking, hiking, reading, and listening to music.

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.


  • 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( 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.

Campus Spotlight: Travel, Serve, Learn — SUNY Brockport’sTeam Memphis Winter 2012

SUNY Brockport Logo

The College at Brockport offered a WinterSession 2012 service learning course entitled CMC 211: Protest and Public Opinion. This course included classroom segments on campus, plus an 9-day, 8-night field experience in Memphis, Tennessee where students attended classroom sessions and took field trips related to the course.  While in Memphis students performed service work with the Zion Cemetery Project, helping to reclaim an abandoned 16-acre Black cemetery that contains 23,000 graves, some of them former slaves.  The field trips included Civil Rights sites in Memphis. This academic experience culminated with visits to the site of Martin Luther King’s final speech, the National Civil Rights museum at the Lorraine Motel where Dr. King was assassinated and with observing Martin Luther King Day in Memphis.

This blog post is a compilation of blog posts that students wrote chronicling their experiences as part of Team Memphis. Thank you to Dale Hartnett, Protest and Public Opinion instructor, for compiling this blog post! You’ll be able to learn more about this course at the ADP National Meeting in San Antonio, Texas during Dale Hartnett’s presentation on Friday, June 8 at 1:30 p.m. Not registered yet? Register here!

“A River To Ignite My Mind and Alert My Senses “

January 11, 2012

Zion Cemetery

Zion Cemetery

Today was our first day in Memphis… we went to Zion Cemetery and met with Dr. Milton Moreland (professor from Rhodes College in archeology.) Before he arrived, Haley presented about the cemetery and shared various cemetery ceremonies such as the going home ceremony and famous persons that our buried there such as Dr. Georgia Patton Washington, who was the first African American female doctor in Tennessee.

When Milton arrived he showed us the various stones including the late Doctor’s which was buried under a magnolia tree (that tree must beautiful in the spring, I almost could smell its sweetness as Mr. Milton told us about her). Milton also shared with us his assumption that the cemetery had mass graves from the epidemic of yellow fever of the 1870′s and Professor Hartnett showed us stones where two people were buried in the same plot; hence maybe they were buried on top of each other. – Kammie

“…We are a revolution”

January 12, 2012

Today, the team decided to go on a driving tour of Memphis. During the tour led by our professor/tour guide, Dale Hartnett, we visited places like the Mississippi River, and the famous Beale Street. We saw so many things that struck our interest, but nothing more than the campsite of Occupy Memphis. While driving by on our way to see the Mississippi River, we noticed a campsite, and asked if that was the Occupy Memphis group. Professor Hartnett said that he believed this was at least the general area that they were supposed to be located. We all got so excited that we asked to go see it.

The Occupy campaign falls in line with the subject matter of our class, Protest and Public Opinion, and the idea of meeting

Occupy Memphis

Occupy Memphis

some of the people who are part of this group excited all of us. We walked up to their campsite, but we didn’t see anyone there. It was early, so we figured that most of the protestors were still sleeping. On one of the bulletin boards they had a list of some of their events and rallies coming up. Needless to say, we will be attending one of those rallies very soon. Also, while we were there, Professor Hartnett offered the suggestion to bring some of the protestors dinner tonight. We have a lot of leftovers from the Americorps dinner last night, and he thought that would be a good idea. We all thought that this was an awesome idea and one of our team members, Erica Stoeckeler, looked up their website, found their number and gave them a call. We received no answer. We even tried tweeting them when we noticed that they have an active twitter account. So far, we haven’t heard from them, but we will keep trying. If we don’t hear back from them, we still plan to go to their rally on Monday.

Before we left, one of our team members came across one of their signs said that seemed pretty thought provoking:

“We are not a movement, we are a revolution”

It is part of our class to analyze groups like these, and discuss whether or not they would be considered a “Movement” or “Revolution”. Even if they are not technically considered either of these things, I find it inspiring that groups of people are organizing around the nation to fight for what they feel is right. Hopefully this group can consolidate their goals with those across the US and truly become a social movement, because we live in an era where not many people will stand up and demand change. This group has the potential to become something bigger than what it is now. I hope that it does. –Imani Lawrence

Strange Fruit

January 13, 2012

I looked up into the twisting trunk of the magnolia tree, faintly tuning in to the story of the buried resting beneath.  Nothing hung from the Southern symbol, yet stillness ebbed through the tangled branches.  The words of Billie Holiday reeled through my recollection:

“Southern trees bear a strange fruit,

Blood on the leaves and blood on the root

Black bodies swinging in the southern breeze

Strange fruit hanging from the poplar trees

Scent of magnolias, sweet and fresh,

Then the sudden smell of burning flesh”

The song was played for us less than a week ago back in our classroom at Brockport as part of our introduction in the Civil Rights Movement.  While standing in the cemetery, that memory seems long ago.  The cemetery bodes us to peel back the layers of history resting with fallen and forgotten graves.

Magnolia Tree

Magnolia Tree

Thomas Moss, Calvin McDowell and William Stewart are among those who have come to rest in the Zion Cemetery in Memphis. While walking the gravesites with Team Memphis 2012, Dr. Moreland of Rhodes College, who spearheads the restoration efforts, tells of these 1892 black merchants who were victims of lynching.  Ida B. Wells was moved to crusade against lynching and make known her anti-lynching position after these three black merchants were lynched for reasoning other than the usual rational cited; rape.  Fellow student, Haley, informed us that it is believed that the lynching occurred to “keep the nigger down.”

Search the burial records for William Stewart on the Zion Community Project website.  What you will unearth is the section and row that he is buried in.  However, this information won’t bear meaning until stepping foot in the actual cemetery.  Part of the purpose we serve in joining in the restoration efforts is to devise a system to help graph and map out the cemetery so the former sections and rows can be traced back to specific locations.  I am excited to be a part of this effort and hope in a few years down the road to see more of the community coming together to take ownership over this noteworthy project.  Like Billie Holliday graphically reminds us we need to we preserve this piece of history. – Jess

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” – M.L.K.

January 17, 2012

Remember visiting your grandparents’ house for holiday dinners? Everyone in the family would rise to enthusiastically greet and embrace you upon arrival. The aroma of food filled your nose and warmed your soul, as you’d mingle amongst family members, catching up with one another. Outbursts of laughter and little cousins running around the house would interrupt conversation, only to put a smile on your face knowing you were home.

Farewell Dinner

Farewell Dinner

Yesterday, we were at “home” in Memphis. Our team woke early to attend a service at the Mount Vernon Baptist Church – Westwood, where we were formally introduced and praised in front of the entire congregation. Following the church service, senior pastor, Dr. Reverend Netters, treated our group to a traditional soul food meal at the legendary Four Way restaurant. Afterwards, we were invited to LeMoyne Owen College for an annual fundraising event, where we were introduced to many black churches from the Memphis area.  Throughout the day, worshipers took us aside to thank us for the work we’ve done, wish us good luck with our studies, and lavished us with warm hugs.

At LeMoyne Owen fundraiser, I had the opportunity to speak with Dr. Reverend Netters’ great grandson, Jalon, who afterwards pointed out that I had separated from the team Memphis group. I responded that it shouldn’t be too hard to find them, as we instantly located my White classmates dispersed among a sea of Black people. As Jalon and I laughed, it became apparent for the first time in the past week that we were the minority.

I wish all members of minorities could be treated like family, as we have been for the past week by the Mt. Vernon Baptist Church; embracing one another for differences and taking advantage of opportunities to learn from one another. – Erica


January 19, 2012

Stepping off the plane made it final. Team Memphis 2012 had dispersed.  There will be no picking up right where we left off.  Not an option! We have been changed for the better- a sentiment I think we all would share!  Our trip sets the stage for a transformational year.  After all, as Andrea (if I’m not mistaken), one of the ladies passing through the hostel, pointed out, “this is the Year of The Dragon.”

Zion Cemetery

Zion Cemetery

Andrea impressed with our dedication to the restorations efforts of the cemetery likened us to missionaries. Others shrouded us with gratitude and welcomed as if we were fellow Memphians.  The recognition left us knowing the work we did was impactful.  IMPACTFUL BUT INCOMPLETE-is the chronicle that we stepped into and then back out of.  Knowing that the work is incomplete is not unsettling rather it is uplifting.  Who will come together to narrate the next page or chapter remains to be foreseen.  Will Karen, who preserved the records of the T.H. Hayes Funeral Home, connect with Dr. Moorland of Rhodes College to make the records accessible online; will Carol of AmeriCorps spearhead an annual clean-up project at Zion Cemetery; or will a member of the Mt. Vernon Baptist congregation who serves on the Zion board recruit others to join the board?  The possibilities of partnerships are limitless.  I have faith that progress will be achieved.   Whichever scenario plays out, these are opportunities for the community to come together and reconnect with the past and…we helped to create them (through direct action and in raising awareness!)

Today in reflecting upon our trip Mark Noll, Director of Institute for Engaged Learning for The College at Brockport, posed the question “Should all students be required to complete a course with a service learning component?”  Our group stood divided.  Dr. King, I believe, would answer YES.  Simply put, he describes service work as “The rent we pay to live on Earth.”  This begs the bigger question of “What is the goal of our college experience?”   Is it merely to get a degree or, as Mark suggested to us, is it meant to be a transformative experience?  The latter I would contend!

For more information on SUNY Brockport’s Team Memphis experience:

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