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The People: Reason #3 You Should Come to #ADPTDC13

By Stephanie South, Program Associate, AASCU

The People: Reason #3 You Should Come to #ADPTDC13Looking back on the conferences I have attended in the past, spread across a wide array of subjects, there is one constant: the connections, as opposed to the content, are always what I remember most and the real determinate of value to me. I believe that most people share this sentiment, and for those who do, the ADP/TDC National Meeting will be at the top of your worthy events list for 2013 (just to be clear, the content, which we are going to tell you more about next week, is pretty awesome too!).

At its very core, our national meeting is a product of the people—the agenda is driven and constructed with the ideas you propose to us—and it is the people involved in ADP/TDC that make the programs—all year round and at this meeting—more than informational. It is the people with whom we engage.

For starters, by the people, we mean the plenary speakers we bring in to talk about how those of us in higher education can work to prepare the next generation of informed and engaged citizens. Men and women like Peter Levine, Denise Fairchild, and David Scobey. This year, there are also students taking to the stage to share the experiences they have had on their journeys from children to citizen. We’re also talking about partner organizations and sponsors like the New York Times, Lyon Software and GiveGab as well as NCoC, Imagining America, CIRCLE, The Kettering Foundation, NERCHE, Street Law, the Center for the Study of Citizenship, Echoing Green, Citizen Alum, the Center for Democracy and Citizenship, Sustained Dialogue Campus Network, Fair Elections Legal Network, Emerald Cities Collaborative, National Issues Forum, and Community Learning Partnership.

And most of all the people are YOU — faculty and students from across the country — who show up, speak up, and share their ideas and energy in order to enhance not only your own work but the work done by others to contribute to the communities we are building together.

By the people. For the people.

#ADPTDC13 Sponsor: Introducing GiveGab–The Social Network for Volunteers

We’re excited to introduce ADP campuses to one of our #ADPTDC13 National Meeting Sponsors: GiveGab. GiveGab is a new social network for volunteers and volunteer managers. Two GiveGab representatives will be at our national meeting in Denver, June 6-8, 2013 to talk to you more about their product and to demo it for you. In the meantime, learn more about GiveGab below!

By Linda Hall, Director of Marketing, GiveGab – The Social Network for Volunteers

GiveGab is a social network designed to connect volunteers with nonprofit organizations and volunteer opportunities. GiveGab is a platform for volunteers to create a volunteer portfolio, while interacting with other volunteers with similar skills, interests and passions in a fun and meaningful manner.  Through the use of GiveGab, students, specifically,  can also create a verified co-curricular transcript to use in grad school applications or when seeking employment.

For colleges and universities, we have taken it a step further, allowing them to create an online community to engage their student volunteers  This allows campuses to coordinate the volunteer efforts of their students, faculty, staff and alumni, while also tracking and promoting the hours and accomplishments of their civic engagement efforts to better assess the impact that their college or university has on their community.  For instance, campuses can glean data from the use of GivGab which is essential in the grant writing and award application processes, along with other fundraising efforts. In fact, GiveGab puts the data needed for national distinctions such as the President’s Honor Roll and Carnegie Community Engagement Classification at your fingertips.

To learn more and to create your free school profile, visit

The Pre-Cons: Reason #4 You Should Come to #ADPTDC13

By Amee Bearne, National Coordinator, The Democracy Commitment

Pre-conference sessions offer fantastic opportunities for faculty, staff, and students alike to come together to develop their skills and collaborate toward a specific end goal, generally a project or program that can be taken back to the campus for implementation.

This year the American Democracy Project and The Democracy Commitment have put together an impressive roster of options for pre-conference sessions, (that will henceforth be referred to as “pre-cons”) at the national 2013 Denver meeting, June 6- 8, (registration information can be found here).

Interested in the Global Challenges curriculum? There’s a pre-con for that.

Want to learn more about community partnerships and leadership certificates for students? There’s a pre-con for that!

Need support for grant writing, or even finding the grants in the first place? You get the picture – there’s a pre-con for that.

Our pre-conferences begin and end at various times from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, June 6. While some of the meetings have attendance restricted to participants in a given initiative, many are open to all. Be sure to read the italicized comments for important information or participant restrictions; if none, it is open to anyone interested!

The following is a quick run-down of the available pre-cons:

All day (9 a.m. – 3 p.m.):

  • Campus & Community Civic Health Initiative Summit and Working Lunch (by invitation)
  • Global Challenges Workshop: Educating Globally Competent Citizens & Working Lunch (Registration Fee: $65)
  • Urban Civic Minor Working Meeting and Lunch (closed meeting)

Morning (9 a.m. – 12 p.m.):

  • Stewardship of Public Lands Course Working Group (by invitation)

Partial morning:

  • Political Engagement Project (PEP) Business Meeting (9 a.m – 11 a.m.) (by invitation)
  • Using Street Law as a Means to Promoting Civic Engagement in Community Colleges (10 a.m. – 12 p.m.)

Afternoon (12 p.m. – 3 p.m.):

  • Public Achievement (Open to all Public Achievement Coaches and Coordinators, RSVP to
  • Developing a Winning Civic Engagement Grant Proposal (RSVP required; capped at 15)

Partial day:

  • Developing Educational Pathways into Community Change Careers: The Community Learning Partnership (9 a.m. – 1 p.m.)
  • eCitizenship Initiative Working Meeting (9 a.m. – 1 p.m.)
  • Metro State University Denver Site Visit (10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.) (RSVP required; capped at 25)

Partial afternoon:

  • Stewardship of Public Lands Workshop (1 p.m. – 3 p.m.)
  • Citizen Alum Invitational Meeting (12 p.m – 1:30 p.m.) (by invitation)
  • Bridging Cultures To Form A Nation: Difference, Community and Democratic Thinking (12 p.m.- 2 p.m.) (Lunch provided; registration is required to Amee Bearne at
  • eJournal of Public Affairs Board Meeting (1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m.) (by invitation)
  • Political Engagement Project Pre-Conference Workshop: Exploring Strategies to Educate for Democracy (1 p.m. – 3 p.m.)
  • ADP Orientation (2 p.m. – 3 p.m.)
  • The Democracy Commitment Welcome Session (2 p.m. – 3 p.m.) (open to all TDC institution attendees)
  • The Civic Curriculum: Exploring Learning Objectives for Civic Literacy and Engagement (1:30 p.m – 3 p.m.)

If you are more visual, the following picture might be helpful:

Pre-Con Schedule Picture

Either way, let us know if you have any questions. For more specific information and descriptions of each pre-con visit

See you on Thursday June 6 in Denver!

Check out these ADP Pre-Conference Workshops & Meetings at #ADPTDC13

Already registered for our June 6-8, 2013
ADP/TDC National Meeting in Denver?

Haven’t yet, but been meaning to?

When you do, be sure to check out the array of pre-conference workshops and meetings being offered throughout the day on Thursday, June 6. While some of the meetings have attendance restricted to participants in a given initiative, many are open to all. Take time to learn more about ADP’s Global Challenges curriculum, about civic engagement grant writing, about our Stewardship of Public Lands work, or about making space for civic learning in your campus curricula. You’ll also find all of these pre-cons on the meeting website at:

All pre-conference workshops are on Thursday, June 6, 2013:


9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Global Challenges Workshop: Educating Globally Competent Citizens & Working Lunch (open to all)
This full day workshop introduces participants to numerous tools for educating globally competent citizens. AASCU Global Engagement Scholars describe how they have built interdisciplinary courses and curricula around the Global Challenges framework (population, resources, technology, information, economic integration, conflict/security and governance). Workshop leaders demonstrate the teaching materials and resources they have found most valuable in the courses they teach (including introductory, first-year, discipline-based and honors courses) and guide participants in anticipating how these same tools could be used effectively on their home campuses. Participants also have the opportunity to learn more about how to bring the national Global Challenges blended-learning course to their campuses. The blended learning model course, designed by the AASCU Scholars, includes a variety of teaching methods to deliver and facilitate classroom materials and activities. Participants will also be introduced to the new Global Challenges eBook written by the AASCU Scholars and published by Sourcebooks. Each participant will receive a faculty toolkit for using the global challenges content in campus courses and co-curricular programs. This practical and insightful workshop is ideal for institutions at want to deepen their commitment to providing effective international education in a variety of disciplines.
Registration Fee: $65

Presenters: Ken Hill, Lecturer of Education and Keisha L. Hoerrner, Associate Dean, University College, Kennesaw State University (Ga.); Darrell Hamlin, Assistant Professor, Department of Justice Studies, Shala Mills, Global Challenges National Course Coordinator and Brett Whitaker, Instructor, Leadership Studies, Fort Hays State University (Kan.); Nathan Phelps, Faculty, Honors College, Western Kentucky University; Martin S. Shapiro, Associate Professor of Psychology, California State University Fresno; Yohannes Woldemariam, Assistant Professor, International Relations and Environmental Studies, Fort Lewis College (Colo.); and Tina Zappile, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Richard Stockton College of New Jersey


9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Campus & Community Civic Health Initiative Summit and Working Lunch (by invitation)
The Campus & Community Civic Health Initiative, presented in partnership with the National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC), serves as a signature program of the 10th anniversary of ADP. Launched at the ADP Meeting in June 2012, the two-year initiative is engaging 25 participating institutions to assess the civic health of their campuses and communities and to develop action plans to respond to what they find. The 2013 summit will provide participating schools with the opportunity to learn about national civic health research and models, present on their campus models and action plans, and work together to discuss successes and challenges of the first year of participation.
Presenters: Kristen Cambell, Chief Program Officer, and Kristi Tate, Director of Community Strategies, NCoC (Washington, D.C.); Heidi Kuester, CBISA Specialist, Lyon Software; and Jen Domagal-Goldman, ADP National Manager, AASCU

  • Assessing Campus Civic Health while Teaching and Learning Research Methods
    Susan Orr, ADP Coordinator and Assistant Professor of Political Science; Dena Levy, Associate Professor, Political Science & International Studies; and Krishaon Ewing and Allyson Kehl, students at SUNY Brockport
  • Doing Public Work: Democratic Engagement at UNCG
    Spoma Jovanovic, Associate Professor, Department of Communication Studies and Cathy Hamilton Director of the Office of Leadership & Service Learning, and the University of North Carolina, Greensboro
  • “True Blue”: Evaluating Campus Civic Health at MTSU
    Mary Evins, Associate Professor of History and ADP Campus Coordinator, Middle Tennessee State University

9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Urban Civic Minor Working Meeting and Lunch (closed meeting)


9 – 11 a.m.
Political Engagement Project (PEP) Business Meeting
(by invitation)
An informal gathering of representatives from PEP campuses to discuss progress toward infusing political education and engagement tactics into a variety of disciplines and courses. The business meeting provides participating campuses with the opportunity to discuss accomplishments and develop strategies for expanding PEP in the future.
Convener: Steve Hunt, PEP Faculty Chair and Professor of Communication, Illinois State University
9 a.m. – Noon
Stewardship of Public Lands Course Working Group (by invitation)

ecitizenship_color_small9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
eCitizenship Initiative Working Meeting (open)
The 2013 ADP national meeting provides a forum to learn from others and return to our campuses energized to continue our civic learning and engagement work. For the eCitizenship Initiative, our challenge is to energize cross-campus collaboration. To sustain our work between national meetings, we will use this pre-conference meeting to plan for the exciting future of eCitizenship in 2013-14. Together we will consider: 1) what we’ve been doing (campus reports); 2) planning 3-5 eCitizenship-themed webinars during the 2013-2014 academic year; 3) creating an eCitizenship online Toolkit of resources and best practices; and 4) undertaking collaborative research projects.
Conveners: Mike Stout, Associate Professor of Sociology, Missouri State University; Renee Bricker, Assistant Professor of History, University of North Georgia; Marc Kruman, Director, Center for the Study of Citizenship, Wayne State University (Mich.)

MSU Denver10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Metro State University Denver Site Visit (RSVP required; capped at 25)
Are you arriving in Denver prior to the official start of the American Democracy Project and The Democracy Commitment National Meeting on June 6? Metropolitan State University of Denver – an ADP campus – invites you to spend the late morning and early afternoon of June 6th experiencing our downtown campus and engaging with several of our initiatives that are advancing the University’s “urban land grant” mission.Visitors to our campus will interact with or experience:

  • A one-day college readiness institute sponsored by the Center for Urban Education and designed for elementary students from the Denver Public Schools.
  • A conversation with Hungarian visiting engineering and architecture faculty on the topics of democracy and higher education.

Up to 25 guests are welcome to participate in this site visit. Lunch will be provided by MSU Denver. The group will depart from Marriott City Center at 10am and travel to campus by light rail (guests will be expected to purchase their own light rail tickets – a $4.50 roundtrip cost). Return to the Marriott City Center will be by 2:30 p.m. (Note: the ADP/TDC opening plenary begins at 3:30 p.m.)
To RSVP for this pre-conference site visit, please email Maggie Schaeffer at by May 15, 2013. 

Noon – 3 p.m.
Developing a Winning Civic Engagement Grant Proposal (open to all)
This three hour workshop, sponsored by AASCU’s Grants Resource Center, covers (1) developing the proposal concept, (2) searching for the best funding source, (3) focusing in on the proposal idea, (4) establishing a timeline for development and implementation, and (5) outlining the proposal and project budget. Each participant will end the session with a proposal framework that meets the criteria of a selected funding agency and is ready for further development on return to his or her campus. Those indicating plans to attend the pre-conference activity will be given instructions on what to prepare prior to the meeting.
Limit: 15. RSVP required to
Presenters: Richard Dunfee, Executive Director, AASCU’s Grants Resource Center; Gregg Kaufman, Center for Engaged Learning, Georgia College; William M. Loker, Dean, Undergraduate Education, California State University, Chico; and Beth Olsen, Director of Grants Development, Richard Stockton College of New Jersey

Public Achievement LogoNoon – 3 p.m.
Public Achievement Workshop
(Open to all Public Achievement Coaches and Coordinators, RSVP to
Last Spring Western Kentucky University hosted the first Public Achievement (PA) National Coaches Workshop as a way to connect coaches from across the globe. This workshop is intended to help develop the next level of PA – nationally and regionally – through networking, presentations and discussion. Most importantly, this workshop will build connections & student coaches will decide the best way to share their work throughout the year. This workshop gives us time to share advancements & problem solve. We will discuss the sustainability of PA and the creation of PA Regional Coordinators as means to ensure the future growth of PA programs throughout the US.
Convener: Noelle Johnson, Public Achievement Coordinator, Institute for Citizenship and Social Responsibility at Western Kentucky University

  • How to Avoid Ethnocentric Community Projects: The Role of a Public Achievement Coach When Working with Intolerant Participants
    Bianca S. Brown
    , Public Achievement Coordinator, Institute for Citizenship and Social Responsibility at Western Kentucky University

Noon – 1:30 p.m.
Citizen Alum Moving Forward: Invitational Meeting (by invitation)
A facilitated, structured exchange among representatives of ADP/TDC campuses that are also members of Citizen Alum, a multi-institutional initiative launched in 2012 and based at the University of Michigan. Campus teams are a focal point of our work in broadening and deepening the culture of civic engagement on campus and in the region. Campuses that are sending teams to the inaugural Citizen Alum Summer Institute will report on what they learned through their preparation process. The scope will then expand as all teams point to breakthroughs and sticking points in developing their campus teams. The session will conclude with collective goal-setting for the coming year.
Convener: Julie Ellison, Citizen Alum Founder, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
Co-Facilitators: Katherine Nordyke, Director of Citizenship and Service-Learning and Mary Ann Wood, Director of Public Affairs Support, Missouri State University

1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Stewardship of Public Lands Workshop (open to all)
This workshop will share campus examples of projects and courses related to ADP’s Stewardship of Public Lands initiative and it’s annual Politics and the Yellowstone Ecosystem Seminar for faculty.

  • Longwood@Yellowstone: Transcending the Compartmentalization of General Education through a Pedagogy of Place
    Alix D. Dowling Fink
    , Dean of the Honors College and Associate Professor of Biology; Heather G. Lettner-Rust, Assistant Professor of English; Mark H. Newton Longwood University
  • Real and Imagined Wolves in Literature and Political Life
    Elizabeth Latosi-Sawin
    , Professor of English, Missouri Western State University

Peplogo1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Political Engagement Project Pre-Conference Workshop: Exploring Strategies to Educate for Democracy
(open to all)
The Political Engagement Project (PEP) has the goal of developing a sense of political efficacy and duty on the part of undergraduates as well as a set of political skills that students will need as they engage with the political world. In this pre-conference workshop, presenters from PEP campuses will share best practices for integrating political engagement into the curriculum and co-curriculum. The workshop includes recommendations for recruiting faculty and students, using social media to foster political engagement, and no-cost strategies for assessing student learning. Convener: Steve Hunt, PEP Faculty Chair and Professor of Communication, Illinois State University

  • Co-curricular Approaches to Political Engagement: Integration with Other ADP Initiatives at Kennesaw State University
    Ralph J. Rascati, Associate Vice President for Advising, Retention and Graduation Initiatives, Dean of University College adn Professor of Biology, Kennesaw State University (Ga.)  

eJournal of Public Affairs logo1:30 – 3 p.m.
eJournal of Public Affairs
Editorial Board Meeting
(Invite Only)
Editorial Board Members will be sent a meeting agenda prior to the ADP conference. This agenda will include the Editor’s Annual Report, a review of the past year’s issues, updates on status of future issues, any business updates, and discussion points.
Convener: Andy Lokie, Editor, eJournal of Public Affairs, Missouri State University

kettering logo1:30 – 3 p.m.
The Civic Curriculum: Exploring Learning Objectives for Civic Literacy and Engagement(open to all)
This pre-conference session will explore one of the central themes of this ADP conference. Many conversations about preparing engaged citizens focus on co-curricular activities such as service learning experiences, or convening deliberative forums regarding specific issues. Our focus in this session will be on how, as educators, we need to be clear about the intent of civic education. What knowledge, attitudes and skills do college students need to prepare them for informed engagement? What learning and teaching objectives frame our civic education efforts? Where in the curriculum are these learning goals addressed?  This pre-conference discussion will be an occasion for us as educators to talk about civic learning objectives and how we explore them in the curriculum. The session co-presenters are co-authors of a college-level civics text entitled The Democracy Project, which is a work in progress. They invite others who are actively working on the civic curriculum to join us in talking about what you regard as key learning objectives, how you incorporate these objectives in their courses, and what we are learning about our students’ experience with civic learning.
Co-chairs: Elizabeth Gish, faculty member, Honors College, Western Kentucky University; Keith Melville, Kettering Foundation and Fielding Graduate University and John Dedrick, Vice President and Program Director, Kettering Foundation

adpnewlogo2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
ADP Orientation (open to all)
Is your campus new to ADP? Is this your first ADP meeting? This session introduces you to ADP and gives you a chance to meet and talk with George L. Mehaffy, ADP’s founder, and Jen Domagal-Goldman, ADP’s national manager. Come learn what ADP is all about!
Facilitators: George L. Mehaffy, Vice President for Academic Leadership and Change and Jen Domagal-Goldman, ADP National Manager, AASCU

The Place: Reason #5 You Should Come to #ADPTDC13

By Stephanie South, Program Associate, AASCU

As a born-and-raised-in resident of Colorado for 23 (and a half) years, I cannot tell you how excited I am to travel back to my home state in June for this year’s ADP/TDC National Meeting. But as anyone who has ever been to Colorado will tell you, no connection is needed to be enthusiastic about paying a visit to the Mile High City, and the location of #ADPTDC13 could stand alone as a reason to come. Allow me to share with you a few very different reasons and hope that one of them strikes your fancy.

#1) Speaking of strikes, Denver is home to a national baseball team (Go Rockies!) as well as a football team that formerly boasted of Tim Tebow but is now making headlines with Peyton Manning. Conference accommodations at Denver Marriott City Center put #ADPTDC13 attendees conveniently near Denver’s Coors Field and Sports Authority Field at Mile High. And if sports don’t do it for you, the hotel is also near the Pepsi Center, the trendy LoDo (lower downtown Denver) District, and just a block away from the 16th Street Mall. Entertainment (in the form of sports or anything else you could imagine), fabulous food, bumpin’ nightlight, and sensational shopping are just a few steps away.

#2) Rumor (or The Washington Post) has it that Denver was the inspiration for Panem—the Capitol from the Hunger Games’ trilogy. However, if you need more than post-apocalyptic fame, other things that make Denver well-known include the following: The capital of Colorado is exactly 5,280 feet (that’s a mile) above sea level, hence the Mile-High City nickname. It is one city of a handful of known places in the U.S. that print currency. There is more beer brewed in Denver than any other American City. And Denver International Airport (DIA) is the largest airport in the United States and known for a unique design that not only allows it to more easily expand its capacity over the years but is made to visually mirror its surrounding landscape, which brings me to reason #3…

#3) The Rocky Mountains.  Enough said. You have to see them.

Denver Skyline Panoramic Daytime

Denver Skyline Panoramic Daytime
Photo by Matt Santomarco

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