Janice Reid Vice-Chancellor, University of Western Sydney
Update from the Chair: President Larry Bacow
Later this month, Talloires Network leaders and partners will gather in Italy for several days of intensive discussion at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Conference Center. We will be addressing key issues in the field of higher education civic engagement. Participants will review the goals and progress of the Network, focusing particularly on our collaborations with regional networks and partners who share our vision. Other issues on the agenda include policy advocacy, communications, and the role of leadership in fostering social responsibility in higher education. The outcome of these discussions will be a strategic vision for the next 5 to 10 years of the Talloires Network. We welcome input from the entire Talloires Network membership as we consider the future. Please send your suggestions to the Talloires Network Coordinator, Elizabeth Babcock, at email@example.com. I am excited about this tremendous opportunity to bring together leaders in the field, and I am confident that the conference will energize the Network and the global movement. Visit our website to view a list of the conference participants. We are grateful to the Rockefeller Foundation for advancing our work by supporting this important gathering.
I am also pleased to announce that 22 nominations for this year’s MacJannet Prize have advanced to the second round of consideration. Visit the MacJannet Prize website to learn about these outstanding nominations. The Network staff and the Prize Selection Committee are now reviewing these nominations, and the eight winners will be announced in April. Look for more information on our website in the coming weeks.
The Talloires Network is pleased to announce that 22 nominations have advanced to the second round of consideration for the 2010 MacJannet Prize. The award winners will be announced in April. To see the 22 second-round programs, visit the MacJannet Prize website>>
Elizabeth Babcock, Talloires Network Coordinator, visited the Tecnológico de Monterrey in Mexico last month to conduct research for a case study to be featured in the forthcoming publication The Engaged University: an International Comparative Study. The Tecnológico de Monterrey has taken on a new commitment as part of its reaccredidation with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to implement and measure the effectiveness of ethics and citizenship education on their students. This is an ambitious and challenging project that demonstrates their commitment to civic engagement and social responsibility. Read the report>>
The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, launched in 2006, annually recognizes institutions of higher education for their commitment to and achievement in community service. The President’s Honor Roll increases the public’s awareness of the contributions that colleges and their students make to local communities and the nation as a whole. Twenty-five US members of the Talloires Network made the 2009 Honor Roll. Visit our website to find out who. Learn more at the Learn and Serve America website>>
Since 1973, Ahfad University has given students the opportunity to conduct hands-on development projects in rural Sudan, contributing to the empowerment of community members. Students first learn background information and practical skills through coursework, and then visit rural communities to implement those skills. The university, together with the local government and NGOs, chooses a theme each year to focus students’ efforts on issues such as HIV/AIDS, women’s education, and environmental health. During the field trips, students administer questionnaires, conduct extension activities such as seminars and performances, and help form community-based organizations. Students develop practical skills and gain awareness of the realities of rural life, while helping to reach over 250,000 community members with important health, development, and education information. Learn more>>
Workers involved in building and operating New York University’s Middle East campus in Abu Dhabi must have protections in areas such as how often they are paid and how many hours they can work in a week, the university announced last month in a move that human rights advocates hope reverberates around the region. Read more at University World News>>
European research and innovation policy has always promoted collaboration between and within university and business sectors, but recent developments point to improved outcomes. This is indicated by the recent announcement of three Knowledge and Innovation Communities or KICs – in climate change, sustainable energy and the information society – with the espoused objective to become world leaders in their fields. Learn more at University World News>>
GUNI’s 5th International Barcelona Conference on Higher Education on November 23-26, 2010 will focus on higher education sustainability. GUNI has issued a call for Good Practices in higher education sustainability in the areas of teaching, research, community engagement, and institutional management/operations. The selected good practices will be presented in the parallel sessions at the Conference and will be published in the next Report Higher Education in the World 4. Visit GUNI’s website to learn more>>
The Jenzabar Foundation opened the nomination process for its third annual Student Leadership Awards. The awards will honor ten student-led campus groups or activities that have made a difference in the world through community service and philanthropic activities. A $5,000 grant is included with the recognition to support the student or group’s future humanitarian endeavors. Nominations are open to students enrolled in any accredited institution of higher education and can be submitted by individuals, educations institutions, or non-profit organizations. Nominations are due by 31 March 2010. Learn more>>
Read about service-learning in the February 2010 issue of Kappan magazine. Edited by the National Youth Leadership Council, this special section explores why service-learning matters in schools today. PDK is an international association for education professionals ranging from classroom teachers and K-12 administrators to researchers and university professors. Read the 8 service-learning articles from this special section>>
This conference is the largest gathering of youth and practitioners involved in service-learning, drawing approximately 2,500 attendees from across the United States and around the world each year. Through three days of general sessions, thought leader series, service-learning projects, and networking, the conference engages participants in local, national, and global issues that service-learning addresses. Come explore more than 100 exhibits, and nearly 150 hands-on workshops and service-learning projects. Learn more>>
The third annual Clinton Global Initiative – University (CGI U) meeting will bring together students, university presidents, and national youth organizations to create and implement Commitments to Action across five Global Challenge Areas : Education, Environment & Climate Change, Peace & Human Rights, Poverty Alleviation, and Public Health. The CGI U 2010 meeting will be arranged around plenary sessions, working sessions, and skill sessions, all of which allow members to interact with one another and formulate commitments and productive partnerships. An up-to-date schedule of events will be forthcoming. Learn more>>
Community-Campus Partnerships for Health promotes health (broadly defined) through partnerships between communities and higher educational institutions. The conference agenda is designed to facilitate opportunities for participants to engage in substantive discussions, gain new knowledge and practical skills, think critically about their work and take action individually and collectively. Proposals for a workshop, creative arts-based discussion, or poster session at the conference are due October 16, 2009. Learn more>>
The CACSL supports, educates and networks to ensure the effective growth of Community Service-Learning in Canada. The CACSL listserv offers an opportunity to post your questions, share your experiences, and discover new ideas. CACSL is primarily focused on Canada, but the email network is open to anyone and is moderated by the CACSL staff. To join, send an email with your name, title or role, organizational affiliation, and telephone number to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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