Volunteer UCF’s Inaugural Day and Knight of Service: The Impact the University of Central Florida’s
How can you top a tradition that gives the student body the opportunity to volunteer for day at the beginning of each fall semester, Knights Give Back, to benefit the Central Florida community? By creating an event that is longer in duration, provides more entertainment and food, and partners with additional nonprofit organizations throughout the region. That is exactly what student leaders from Volunteer UCF did when building their first 24-hour service project, Day and Knight of Service
Are You a Civic Mentor?
Considering the various ways, purposes, and subsequent dialogue you have with students, you may often find yourself in the role of a mentor. But would you consider yourself to be a civic mentor? The concept of being a civic mentor stems from ‘functional’ mentoring (Thorndyke, Gusic, & Milner, 2008) whereby a mentee is paired with a mentor who has specific expertise. Historically, mentoring relationships have focused on the growth and accomplishment of an individual and may include several forms of assistance (e.g., access to social networks, providing opportunities to display talents and skills, counseling, serving as a reference). In addition, mentoring relationships may include broad forms of support including role modeling and psychological support. But what if students had a civic mentor? What would that look like and would having a civic mentor increase the likelihood of developing civic-minded graduates?
The 2015 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll
The President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, launched in 2006, annually highlights the role colleges and universities play in solving community problems and placing more students on a lifelong path of civic engagement by recognizing institutions that achieve meaningful, measurable outcomes in the communities they serve. This year's application deadline is May 5, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. EST.
2015 ADP/TDC/NASPA Civic Learning & Democratic Engagement Meeting Announces Opening Plenary Speakers
We're pleased to announce the speakers for our opening plenary session at the 2015 ADP/TDC/NASPA Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Meeting at the New Orleans Marriott in New Orleans, La., on Thursday, June 4th:
• Nancy Cantor, chancellor of Rutgers University-Newark (N.J.) will speak to the conference's theme—Stewardship of Place: A Civic Mission of Higher Education.
• The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) chairperson, William "Bro" Adams, will also address participants regarding their new initiative The Common Good: The Humanities in the Public Square.