March was a productive month for NAC&U constituency groups. The CFOs held their annual meeting at the University of La Verne on March 14 and 15, and for the third time, the enrollment management officers joined them. The gathering was facilitated by Matt Hamill from NACUBO and included a net tuition presentation from Applied Policy Research’s Bill Hall and Brad Griesbach. The CFOs bid farewell to Paul Loscheider, vice president for business affairs at North Central College, who is retiring in June. Loscheider was the longest serving participant of the CFO group having been at North Central since it became a founding member of NAC&U.
The enrollment management officers decided to establish an official constituency group. Bill Bisset, vice president of enrollment management at Manhattan College, will serve as the inaugural chair. They will have frequent contact via conference calls and potentially hold a fly-in meeting later this year. The enrollment management officers hope to build a comparative database and explore the idea of collaborative recruiting. If your institution did not attend the meeting at the University of La Verne but would like to learn more, please reach out to Nancy Hensel.
The Campus Compact meeting in Boston from March 21-23 afforded three members of the Civic Engagement Collaborative (CEC) the opportunity to catch up in person. CEC chairs Pat Tooker, dean for integrated learning and associate professor of nursing at Wagner College, and Marisol Morales, director of community engagement at the University of La Verne, attended the conference as did CEC member Tim Stewart, director of service-learning at Belmont University. Stewart co-presented during two sessions – one with Hyangsook Lee, assistant professor of journalism at Belmont, on practical ways to connect classroom, community and career; and one with Sally Barton-Arwood, professor of education at Belmont, on their institution’s partnerships with a public school and non-profit organization and the impact they have on student teacher education. Morales and Stewart also participated in the Diving Deep Embedded Institute which offered professional development for seasoned civic engagement professionals.
“It was exciting to learn about things being done around the world to engage students and campuses in transformative change in their communities, and to see how NAC&U member institutions are at the forefront of some of that work,” said Stewart. “The emphasis on collaboration and looking at new and innovative ways of looking at issues both affirmed and challenged the work that we are doing.”
Other NAC&U members at the conference included Richard Guarasci, president of Wagner College and Campus Compact board chair, who served on a panel with Marcine Pickron-Davis, chief community engagement and diversity officer at Widener University, to share experiences about partnering with K-12 leaders. Pickron-Davis also co-presented another session on Project Pericles. In addition, University of La Verne President Devorah Lieberman co-presented a session on recognizing and rewarding engaged faculty. This year’s Summer Institute at Manhattan College will feature a civic engagement track. For more information, please visit the event page.