Secretary General, Association of Commonwealth Universities
Update from the Chair: President Mark Gearan
Just over 8 months until the 2014 Talloires Network Leaders Conference gets underway at the Spier Conference Center and Hotel in Stellenbosch, South Africa! Conference planning is well underway and I have several exciting updates to provide.
First, the TN Secretariat launched the conference website in mid-March. Accommodation options, the conference description, and preliminary program elements are among the items currently included on the site. The site will be updated over the coming weeks as planning continues and more information is available. Be sure to follow Talloires Network on Twitter and like Talloires Network on Facebook to be among the first to know when new information is added to the website.
I am also pleased to share that a number of additional National, Regional and Global Partners have signed on to collaborate with the Talloires Network to plan and conduct TNLC 2014, bringing the total to 14. A full list of the partner organizations is available on the conference website. Several of these partners will be convening meetings of their networks at TNLC 2014. We look forward to working with them in the coming months to highlight and reinforce the compelling leadership of national, regional and global networks in advancing university-community partnerships throughout the world.
Lastly, please mark your calendars for June 1, 2014 when conference registration will open!
TNLC 2014 promises to be a highly informative and energizing gathering. But I want to encourage you to think of it as more than an event where you’ll make presentations, listen to talks, and participate in discussions. Join me in approaching Cape Town as an opportunity to really advance our work. TNLC 2014 can be a focus for organizing, a lever for change. Let’s use the months leading up to Cape Town to intensify exchange of experience and joint planning and action. Learn More>>
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Upcoming Meeting of the Iberian-American Service-Learning Network
The next meeting of the Iberian-American Service-Learning Network (CLAYSS) will take place on April 11th from 8:00 – 10:00 AM EST in Washington, DC. The meeting will be part of the activities involved in MONUMENTAL, NYLC’s 25th Annual National Service-Learning Conference which happens to coincide with its 30th anniversary. An online connection will be available so that those who can’t travel to DC will still be able to participate. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Join the Talloires Network and Innovations in Civic Participation on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 from 12:00 PM – 1:15 PM UTC/GMT for a webinar on Setting Goals and Capturing Impacts and Outcomes of Community Engagement. Webinar participants will learn about these trends and new approaches to the planning of a community engagement agenda and the creation of systematic approaches to monitoring activities and capturing evidence of impacts and outcomes for internal and external purposes. There is no fee for participation. Learn More>>
The Talloires Network will be co-sponsoring the Campus Engage Ireland Symposium on June 17, 2014 in Dublin, Ireland, entitled Campus-Community Partnerships: Conversations for Change. Sir David Watson and Dr. Barbara Holland will be the keynote speakers. Learn More>>
The Talloires Network Secretariat would like to congratulate Tulane University President, Scott Cowen, who recently received the 2014 TIAA-CREF Theodore M. Hesburgh Award for Leadership Excellence in Higher Education. Cowen was presented with the award at the ACE Annual Meeting in March 2014. Learn More>>
The Tamarack Institute will be hosting two workshops on evaluating community impact in 2014. The first will take place from June 2-4 in Halifax and the second will take place from November 18-20 in Winnipeg. The workshops are intended to provide those who are funding, planning and implementing community change initiatives with an opportunity to learn the latest and most practical evaluation ideas and practices. Learn More>>
As part of the New Civics Initiative, the Spencer Foundation has released a Request for Proposals on Measuring the Quality of Civic and Political Engagement. They will fund research teams interested in developing valid and reliable measures of quality within two priority areas: (1) Engagement with Evidence and Arguments and (2) Engagement Across Difference. Preliminary proposals will be accepted until July 1, 2014. Learn More>>
The European Journal of Higher Education is now accepting papers for a special issue on the Institutionalization of Universities’ Third Mission in 2015. The aim of this Special Issue is to undertake a critical, comparative appraisal of the impacts of the institutionalization of the ‘third mission’ of societal engagement at a variety of levels. Submission deadline is September 1, 2014. Learn More>>
Edited by Jean R. Strait and Katherine Nordyke, Foreword by Andrew Furco
This book serves as an introduction to using online teaching technologies and hybrid forms of teaching for experiential learning and civic engagement. Service-learning has kept pace neither with the rapid growth in e-learning in all its forms nor with the reality that an increasing number of students are learning online without exposure to the benefits of this powerful pedagogy. Learn More>>
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