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Participate in the Inaugural Mountain West Community Engaged Scholars Summit!

Thursday, October 20th 2016 at the University Center Ballrooms

The 10th Annual Symposium presents a wonderful opportunity to collaborate with regional institutions to celebrate engaged learning and scholarship, sharing work with peers from across Colorado and Wyoming. Co-sponsors include the Campus Compact of the Mountain West.

Summit Program:

9-11:30am Workshop with Dr. Seeley

11:30am-1pm Awards Luncheon & Keynote with Dr. Timothy K. Eatman

1-2:30pm Poster Presentation Click here to SUBMIT a proposal to present!

2:30-4pm CCMW Advisory Committee Meeting

UNC Professor Guest Lectures at Local Elementary School

Dr. George Junne, Professor of Africana Studies at UNC was invited by teacher Ms. Dana Diedrich, to be a guest lecturer regarding his work with the Dearfield Project to 2nd grade students, and included students from Ms. Jennifer Freedman’s class at Renaissance Expeditionary Learning Magnet School in Castle Rock, Colorado. Dr. Junne actively engaged the 2nd graders by presenting the story of Dearfield, Colorado and connected this to their ongoing learning in class.

This partnership dates back several years to when Ms. Hani Gilbert, who now teaches a higher grade, first contacted Professor Junne to give her 2nd graders (at that time) a tour of Dearfield. The elementary students conduct research on that community and last year, they made a presentation at UNC’s Dearfield conference.

This document provides more information about Dearfield.

 

The Office of Engagement hosted three events on Monday, October 26th, at the University Center.

The Youth Voices Community Conversation

This event was hosted in collaboration with Campus Compact of the Mountain West and Colorado Civic Health Network. This community dialogue is one of four events happening across the state of Colorado, and is intended to share ideas for improving civic life for youth in our community, explore current opportunities and stumbling blocks youth encounter, and develop a collective vision to improve youth civic health.

The Civic Imperative: Engaging our youth, enriching our communities

This workshop featured a panel of youth from local communities and UNC who engaged with one another and the audience as part of a larger dialogue about community and civic engagement across the state. Participants shared ideas for improving civic life for youth in our community, considered current opportunities and stumbling blocks that youth encounter, and inspired us to think about a collective vision to improve youth civic health. 

Greeley youth sharing their experiences during the luncheon panel are pictured below.

Greeley youth sharing their experiences during the luncheon panel.

Engaged Scholar Award Ceremony

The UNC Engaged Scholar Awards were created to recognize and honor outstanding efforts and achievements made toward the development and practice in the field of community engagement between UNC constituents and community partners. Recipients were recognized for their outstanding work and dedication to engaged work in one or more of the following fields: community-based learning, community-based research, and community partner building. 

2015 Engaged Scholar Award Recipients:

Portrayed below, L - R; awards were announced by Associate Director of Engagement Annie Epperson.

Armando Silva- Community Partner
Dr. Whitney Duncan- Faculty
Lu Benke- Graduate Student
Megan Stoneman- Undergraduate Student
Patrick McDonald- Staff
Meagan Cain- Graduate Student (not able to attend)

Engaged scholars are portrayed recieving their awards.

The Bob & Bonnie Phelps Family CAP Awardees:

Amber Lemmon, Cayden Osley, and Azanet Rodriguez recieving their awards from Director of Engagement Dr. Deborah Romero.

CAP awardees are portrayed recieving thier awards.

The 2015 Community Engaged Scholars Symposium

The 9th annual Community Engaged Scholars Symposium brought together members of the university, community partners, and public at large to share information about community issues and community engaged teaching, learning, and research. This year we had 45 presentations, over 100 presenters, and more than 200 people participated in the day’s events and symposium.

UNC President Kay Norton is portrayed with Azanet Rodriguez and the Phelps family; also with Professor Josh Packard and Bob Brunswig.

CAP Award winner, Azanet Rodriguez, opened the 9th Annual Community Engaged Scholar Symposium with a vocal performance. She is pictured above (left) along with University President Kay Norton and the Phelps family. Dr. Josh Packard, 2015 recipient of the Excellence in Social Science Engaged Research Award, is pictured (right) along with University President Kay Norton and Professor Emeritus Bob Brunswig.

Three posters, along with presenters, are portrayed.

A sampling of the poster presentations at the Symposium are pictured above.

 

Community Engaged Scholars Symposium
26 October 2015
University Center

SCHEDULE

9:30 - 11:00am

Youth Voices Community Conversation

(hosted in collaboration with Campus Compact of the Mountain West and Colorado Civic Health Network)

Aspen Rooms

11:15am - 12:45pm

Workshop Luncheon

The Civic Imperative: Engaging our youth, enriching our communities.

Columbine Room

11:30am - 12:00pm

Youth Panel discussion and luncheon

Columbine Room

12:15

Awards ceremony during the luncheon we will also present the following:

UNC Community Engaged Scholar awards.
2015 Bob and Bonnie Phelps Family CAP awards
Social Science Engaged Research award

 

1:00 - 2:30 pm

Engaged Scholars Symposium

University Ballrooms

 

Youth Voices Community Conversation


The Office of Engagement is proud to announce the Youth Voices Community Conversation on Monday October 26th from 9:30a.m.-11:00a.m. at the University Center, UNC.

This community dialogue is open to the general public, and especially youth and young adults, and is held in partnership with Campus Compact and Colorado Civic Health Network.This is one of four events happening across the state of Colorado, and is intended to share ideas for improving civic life for youth in our community, explore current opportunities and stumbling blocks that youth encounter, and develop a collective vision to improve youth civic health.

Please RSVP with your information and the names of 2- 3 youth or young adults who can participate together with you or some else you elect, through the link below. This should only take 5 minutes.

Or copy paste the link: https://unco.co1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_eXaTl3MJdWmq49n

More information will be sent to registered participants prior to the event. We hope you will consider participating at this event, or share this invitation with others who may be interested or who should be involved. Certificates of participation will be awarded to this who RSVP; space is limited.

9th Annual Community Engaged Scholars Symposium


The 9th Annual Community Engaged Scholars Symposium is Monday, October 26, 2015 at the University Center.

The symposium is an excellent opportunity for members of the university, community partners, and public at large to share information about community issues and community engaged teaching, learning and research through:

  1. Class presentations on community engaged projects.
  2. Encouraging student attendance at the symposium to learn about engaged research.
  3. Presenting your own engaged teaching, learning and research.
  4. Networking and partnership building on pressing community issues.


For more information about the 2015 symposium, please contact cce@unco.edu.

Call for Nominations: 2015 Engaged Scholars Awards

To recognize excellence and scholarship in the field of community-based research, community-based learning, and community partner building, the Office of Engagement will present the Engaged Scholars Awards during UNC’s 9th Annual Engaged Scholarship Symposium.

The UNC Engaged Scholar Awards were created to recognize and honor outstanding efforts and achievements made toward the development and practice in the field of community engagement between UNC constituents and community partners. The primary mission of this award is recognize individuals engaged in service or community-based learning and civic engagement and to acknowledge these activities as legitimate forms of teaching, research and scholarship (RSCW) that promote mutually beneficial and reciprocal UNC-Community partnerships.

Five awards will be made, one in each of the following categories:

  • Undergraduate student
  • Graduate student
  • UNC faculty/instructors
  • UNC student affairs professionals, administrators and staff (exempt and classified),
  • Weld County, regional, and/or global organizations having close partnerships with UNC.

The Bob & Bonnie Phelps CAP Awards 2015 - Call for Nominations

Championed by UNC friends Bob and Bonnie Phelps, CAP Awards recognize students whose lives demonstrate an exceptional and exemplary personal commitment to:

  • Contribute…by volunteering time and personal skills, talents, abilities, experience and passion around issues in service to the community.
  • Achieve…by displaying a bias toward action and performance, overcoming obstacles and setbacks, and accomplishing goals.
  • Pay-it-forward…by impacting the lives of others in meaningful and positive ways through random and planned acts of kindness, caring, and “giving back.”

The Awards will recognize up to three students annually who meet the aforementioned criteria for an amount of up to $5000. These financial awards will be applied by UNC’s Office of Financial Aid to help students pay for tuition / fees, University housing, or to reduce the amount of students' college loan debt. Click to learn more. CAP 2014 recipients featured here!

Click here to submit a nomination.

 

Video Highlights Community Based Learning at UNC

 

Office of Engagement Launches New Website, Social Media pages

The website you are seeing is designed to provide visitors with the information they seek in an appealing and easy-to-navigate fashion. The Office has also recently launched a Facebook page, with Twitter due not too long into the future. Use the navigation menu at the left to move around within the site; quicklinks to the right connect to other engaged entities across campus. Comments, complaints, and compliments are encouraged via email. Thank you for helping us to meet your needs!

Art Class Creates Smiles of Joy for Local Children

There were two Christmas trees at the Rodarte Community Center's holiday party in Greeley on Dec. 13. One had the usual tinsel and ornaments — reindeer, St. Nicholas, candy canes — and smelled of pine. Standing eight feet tall, the other "tree" was made of PVC pipe and decorated with scarves, handmade by students in a UNC fiber arts class. Continue Reading

Community Engaged Scholars Symposium

The eighth annual Community Engaged Scholars Symposium was held on November 11th, 2014 from in the University Center ballrooms. The symposium is an excellent opportunity for members of the university community to share information about community issues and community engaged teaching, learning and research. This event will be held again October 26 ,2015.

Click here to learn more about the Engaged Workshop Luncheon with Special Guest and Schulze speaker Dr. Harry Boyte.

Titled Reframing Democracy as the Work of the People, this special event requires an RSVP. Please click here to join us!

Community Fest

Was held on the UNC campus in the fall of 2014. This event is a chance to get engaged with interactive demonstrations and hands-on learning activities by UNC departments and student clubs as well as businesses and organizations from throughout the community. Organized by University Relations.


Campus Compact of the Mountain West Request for Proposals

CCMW will award three ESG grants for the Spring 2015 semester. Applications are due to the CCMW office on September 26, 2014. Applicants will be notified of their award status on October 10, 2014. Additionally, CCMW will award two ECT grants of $1,500 each for the 2014-2015 academic year. Applications are due to the CCMW office on September 26, 2014. Applicants will be notified of their award status on October 10, 2014. Click here for more information.


The University of Northern Colorado was proud to host the Mountain West Engagement Academy from February 19th-21st, 2014.

The Engagement Academy supports colleges and universities developing institutional engagement plans, effectively linking community engagement to the teaching, research, and service missions of the institution. For the first time ever, the Engagement Academy will be hosted by Campus Compact of the Mountain West (CCMW) and will be tailored to the specific issue areas and priorities that impact the social fabric of the region. This unique opportunity will allow campuses to develop engagement plans that are integrated into the campus as a tool for institutional effectiveness. For more information on this event click here.