November 08, 2019

For Immediate Release 

Contact: Tori Vogelgesang 

Director of Academic Engagement 

(859) 572-7634

 

First-Generation College Celebration 11-08-2019

1965 Act made way for low-income, first-generation students to break chain of poverty, become first in their families to earn a college degree

 

Highland Heights, KY. – November 08, 2019 – In 2017, the Council for Opportunity in Education (COE), in partnership with the Center for First-Generation Student Success, an initiative of NASPA and The Suder Foundation, celebrated the inaugural First-Generation College Celebration on November 8 with an event on Capitol Hill. The 2019 celebration will occur again on November 8. College and university campuses around the nation will hold rallies, panel discussions, listening sessions, celebrations, and more in recognition of their first-generation students, staff, and faculty – in other words, the first in their family to pursue higher education. Institutions can use #CelebrateFirstGen to share their events and join in conversations with colleagues and students. This date marks the 54th anniversary of the signing of the 1965 Higher Education Act (HEA), which has helped millions of first-generation, low-income/under-resourced students persist to degree completion.  

Kentucky Campus Compact is a proud supporter of first-generation college students through our Kentucky College Coaches (KCC) secondary and post-secondary programs. Meredith Dean, Director of College Access stated “The KCC program directly targets first-generation college students because they face more and greater obstacles to post-secondary access.” She went on to talk about how the students served are more than just first- generation. “Many core students [mentees] are also minority and low-SES.” Of the close to 3,000 students served by the program last academic year, 20% of those students will be the first in their family to pursue higher education.

“Celebrating the accomplishments of our first-generation students across the country not only sheds light upon their vast abilities but fosters an environment of asset-based approaches to serving this student population. First-Generation College Celebration creates an intentional conversation about this important population, recognizes institutional commitment to fostering student success, and creates a platform for campus collaborations” said Sarah E. Whitley, Ph.D., senior director, Center for First-generation Student Success.

To learn more about the 2019 First-Generation College Celebration visit, bit.ly/CelebrateFirstGen19. To learn more about how the Kentucky College Coaches Program can help your students access an institution of higher education, contact Meredith.Dean {at} kycompact(.)org

##KYCC##

About Kentucky Campus Compact: Kentucky Campus Compact (KyCC) is a statewide coalition of Kentucky college and university presidents and their institutions, both public and private, committed to college access, college success, and community impact. KyCC was created in 2005 and opened its doors for operation in January 2006. KyCC is a chapter of the national Campus Compact organization, which boasts close to 1,100 members since its founding in 1985. KyCC is housed on the campus of Northern Kentucky University. NKU is the fiscal agent for KyCC and provides facilities, payroll, accounting, grants, human resource and IT services. Visit www.kycompact.org

About the Council for Opportunity in Education (COE): COE is a nonprofit organization, established in 1981, dedicated to furthering the expansion of college opportunities for low-income, first-generation students, and students with disabilities. Through its numerous membership services, the Council works in conjunction with colleges, universities, and agencies that host Federal TRIO Programs that help approximately 828,000 low-income students and students with disabilities each year receive college access and retention services.

About the Center for First-generation Student Success: The Center for First-Generation Student Success is an initiative of NASPA and The Suder Foundation, serves as the premier source of evidence-based practice, professional development, and knowledge creation for the higher education community while advancing innovation and advocacy for the success of first-generation college students.


May 29, 2019

For Immediate Release

Contact: Tori Vogelgesang

(859) 572-7634

 

EX. DIRECTOR GAYLE HILLEKE TEACHES AT MIDWEST CONFERENCE

An Intentional Dialogue for Campus-Community Partnerships: A Framework for Transformation

 

Highland Heights, KY—May 31, 2019—Executive Director of the Kentucky Campus Compact, Gayle Hilleke, spoke at the 2019 Midwest Campus Compact Conference: Dispatches from the Midwest: Community, Collaboration and Critical Perspective on May 29, 2019 with Dan Joyner, a Facilitation Consultant. The conference was held in Minneapolis, Minnesota at the University of Minnesota.

 

Her presentation was titled “An Intentional Dialogue for Campus-Community Partnerships: A Framework for Transformation”. Attendees learned several asset-based social technologies based upon the Art of Hosting, Asset Based Community Development, and Six Conversations that Matter. The Six Conversations That Matter by Peter Block assist in creating an efficient work environment by encouraging a sense of community through changing workplace dialogue. The Six Conversations are invitation, possibility, ownership, dissent, commitment, and gifts. Hilleke uses this metric to encourage intentionality in the workplace that lowers the power distance between employees to create community.

The 2019 Midwest Campus Compact Conference: Dispatches from the Midwest: Community, Collaboration, and Critical Perspective are one of the regional conferences held by Campus Compacts. The conference was a collaboration between Campus Compacts of the Great Plains, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma, and Wisconsin. During the conference, attendees were able to learn collaboratively about community-based partnerships, community engagement, and how to address pressing issues in their regions. The conference ran from May 29-31, 2019. The dates for the 2020 conference have not been announced.

##KYCC##

About Kentucky Campus Compact: Kentucky Campus Compact (KyCC) is a statewide coalition of Kentucky college and university presidents and their institutions, both public and private. KyCC was created in 2005 and opened its doors for operation in January 2006. KyCC is a statewide chapter of the national Campus Compact organization, which boasts close to 1,100 members since its founding in 1985.  Kentucky Campus Compact is housed on the campus of Northern Kentucky University NKU is the fiscal agent for KyCC and provides payroll, accounting, human resource, and IT services.

 

March 05, 2019

For Immediate Release

Contact: Tori Vogelgesang

(859) 572-7634

 

Eight Kentucky University Students Awarded the Newman Civic Fellowship

Students from around the Commonwealth selected to join a national cohort of fellows

 

Highland Heights, KY. – May 31, 2019 – Kentucky Campus Compact is excited to congratulate the following public problem solvers from the 2019-2020 Newman Civic Fellowship cohort sponsored by institutions within the Commonwealth of Kentucky: Shyelia “Shy” Bowers (Berea College), Becca Broda (Bellarmine University), Katherine Diaz Garcia (Centre College), Alexus Loyd (Kentucky State University), Jessica Shelton (Kentucky Wesleyan College), Kennedy Selbe (Lindsey Wilson College), Jarett Lopez (Northern Kentucky University), and Kaitlyn Frick (University of Kentucky).

The Newman Civic Fellowship is a one-year fellowship for community-committed college students from Campus Compact member institutions. The fellowship honors the late Frank Newman, one of Campus Compact’s founders, who was a tireless advocate for civic engagement in higher education.  The 2019-2020 cohort was announced March 6, made up of 262 individuals from across America and the world. The Newman Civic Fellowship is supported by the KPMG Foundation and Newman’s Own Foundation.

Through the fellowship, Campus Compact provides a variety of learning and networking opportunities emphasizing personal, professional, and civic growth. Each year, Fellows are invited to a national conference of their peers in partnership with the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate. The fellowship also provides fellows with pathways to apply for exclusive scholarship and post-graduate opportunities. Fellows from Kentucky will also be invited to a gathering held by the Kentucky Campus Compact.

“We are proud to recognize each of these extraordinary student leaders and thrilled to have the opportunity to engage with them,” said Campus Compact President Andrew Seligsohn. “The stories of this year’s Newman Civic Fellows make clear that they are committed to finding solutions to pressing problems in their communities and beyond. That is what Campus Compact is about, and it’s what our country and our world desperately need.”

##KYCC##

About Kentucky Campus Compact: Kentucky Campus Compact (KyCC) is a statewide coalition of Kentucky college and university presidents and their institutions, both public and private. KyCC was created in 2005 and opened its doors for operation in January 2006. KyCC is a statewide chapter of the national Campus Compact organization, which boasts close to 1,100 members since its founding in 1985.  Kentucky Campus Compact is housed on the campus of Northern Kentucky University NKU is the fiscal agent for KyCC and provides payroll, accounting, human resource, and IT services.

 

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