March 2021: KyCC VISTA Spotlight

Meet Stephanie Jones “I am a first-seed, lifetime resident of Somerset, KY,” Stephanie Jones said. “I am the mother of two daughters and a caregiver for my mom.” She serves as a KyCC VISTA for the Kentucky Community and Technical College System, housed at Somerset Community College (SCC) in Somerset, Kentucky. This institution offers academic, general education, and technical curricula leading to certificates, diplomas, and associate’s degrees. SCC is also accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Jones is a lifetime learner, earning an Associate in Arts from 1999, with general education to…

KyCC Faculty Spotlight: Abe Cross, Assistant Dean of Students

Service-learning is next-level teaching. If students cannot retain what they learn, or if they cannot apply it, then are they really learning? Abe Cross Assistant Dean of Students Lindsey Wilson College When asked to describe service-learning, Cross shared it is a way to engage in a hands-on, tangible learning methodology that positively impacts a community. He noted that it is one thing to understand the theory – and that is important – but it is another thing altogether to apply this approach. “That’s what service-learning enables our students to do: They get the added bonus of doing it within the…

Supporting Free Speech for All on Campus Event

Supporting Free Speech for All on Campus April 13 (2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.) Hosted by our NC Campus Compact partner Recent years have seen the values of free speech, diversity, and inclusion in tension with one another in higher education. These principles must be harmonized, balanced, and upheld in tandem for the rising generation and our democracy. This presentation will draw on the nuanced history of free speech to present a vision of ‘free speech for all,’ a belief in both upholding free speech and ensuring that people from all backgrounds have opportunities to speak, be heard and be…

Archived KyCC Newsletters

Please click below to view some of our past newsletters Feb/March ’21 Newsletter January ’21 Newsletter November ’20 Newsletter October ’20 Newsletter        

KyCC Faculty Spotlight: Thomas R. Wójcicki, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Bellarmine University

“The least of the work of learning is done in the classroom.” – Thomas Merton Thomas R. Wójcicki, Ph.D. Associate Professor Exercise Science Department School of Movement & Rehabilitation Sciences College of Health Professions Bellarmine University While Dr. Thomas Wójcicki believes that attending lectures and taking notes is a time-tested pedagogical approach, he recognizes the need for and value of active learning – especially via community engagement – as it can greatly improve the comprehension of the material being taught and significantly aid in the realization and subsequent appreciation of its social utility. “Demonstrating one’s ability to successfully apply the…

KyCC Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Heather Pruss, Asst. Professor of Criminal Justice Studies, Bellarmine University

“The urgency of ensuring we prioritize community needs in this process cannot be understated.” Dr. Heather Pruss teaches in the discipline of criminal justice – she and her students study systems built to marginalize and dehumanize people. In this disciplinary context, experiential learning has the potential to disrupt that. It requires a critical lens and real intentionality but can positively impact the community members and students.  The service-learning engagement has encouraged her to reach out, develop, and maintain relationships with community partners she may not have otherwise. Too often, academic training teaches that practitioners and scholars operate in two different…

Campus Compact Announces 2021 Cohort of Newman Civic Fellows

BOSTON, Mass. – March 1, 2021 – Campus Compact, a Boston-based non-profit organization working to advance the public purposes of higher education, has announced the students who will make up the organization’s 2021 cohort of Newman Civic Fellows. The 2021 cohort comprises 212 students from 39 states, Washington, D.C., and Mexico. The 2021-2022 cohort of Fellows includes students from three institutions across Kentucky. Kentucky Campus Compact is excited to congratulate the following students who have been named Newman Civic Fellows public problem solvers:  Marcus Stubbs- Bellarmine University Autumn Harvey- Berea College Ashley Smith- Lindsey Wilson College The Newman Civic Fellowship…

February 2021: KyCC VISTA Spotlight

Meet Jennifer Toyo Jennifer Toyo serves at Northern Kentucky University as the VISTA Coordinator for NKU R.O.C.K.S. (Responsibility, Opportunity, Community, Knowledge, and Success). NKU R.O.C.K.S. is a retention and mentoring program designed by the NKU African American Student Initiatives (AASI) that helps ease the transition of African American freshmen students from high school to college. The program focuses on connecting students to resources for success and community during their first year by pairing them with mentors and faculty/staff on campus. The program hopes to aid the students and encourage them to finish their degrees. Each year, NKU R.O.C.K.S. holds a…

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