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Minnesota Campuses Receive Presidential Recognition

Augsburg College is one of six colleges and universities receiving Presidential Awards in the 2010 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its President's Honor Rollcommitment to community service.

The Honor Roll, launched in 2006, annually recognizes institutions of higher education for their commitment to and achievement in community service. Honorees are chosen based on a series of selection factors including scope and innovation of service projects, percentage of student participation in service activities, incentives for service, and the extent to which the school offers academic service-learning courses.

The College of Saint Benedict and Metropolitan State University, were recognized on the Honor Roll With Distinction.

Other Minnesota Honor Roll institutions include:

  • Carleton College
  • Central Lakes College
  • Century College
  • Gustavus Adolphus College
  • Inver Hills Community College
  • Macalester College
  • Minnesota School of Business-Rochester
  • Normandale Community College
  • North Hennepin Community College
  • Saint John’s University
  • St. Cloud State University
  • St. Olaf College
  • University of Minnesota, Crookston
  • University of St. Thomas
  • Winona State University

Congratulations to all of these campuses for their extraordinary commitments to serving their communities.

Soccer, Global Citizenship, and Landon Donovan’s Foot

By  Julia Quanrud

What is the best thing to come out of this year’s World Cup?  Landon Donovan’s last-minute goal that sent the US to the knockout round at the head of its group?  News that the well-positioned French team went on strike, is going home early after losing the group stage, and has a head coach that used astrological signs to select players?  The vuvuzela?

Here in Minnesota, it might be a low-cost soccer camp designed to teach kids about the countries participating in the World Cup while playing soccer and watching the World Cup matches.  The camp is the product of a Macalester College junior, supported by a grant from Macalester’s Institute for Global Citizenship.

Essentially, the idea is to foster global citizenship and soccer skills among local youth by harnessing the frenzy of the world cup and making it accessible and interesting to kids.  The success of the project has been well-documented by the media (see the article in the Pioneer Press, and interviews with KARE 11 and WCCO Radio).

As an avid fan of the US soccer team (USA! USA!), and a former Macalester soccer player, I could not be more excited about this project.  What’s really fascinating about this project, however, is that it’s a student-led, institution-supported collaboration that is both innovative and timely.  Minnesota Campus Compact believes that these kinds of collaborations lead to exciting, impactful projects such as projects supported by our CASE grants (see here and here).

To support future projects, Minnesota Campus Compact just announced the new Collaborating for Change Mini-Grants.  Sponsored by State Farm, these $1,000 mini-grants will support innovative and promising campus-community partnerships that address important public issues and engage students in project development and leadership.

Look for details on the Collaborating for Change Mini-Grant program soon at www.mncampuscompact.org.  In the meantime, I’m going to get back to building my shrine to Landon Donovan and cheering on the US team as they take on Ghana.  USA!  USA!

Campuses Helping Local Charter School “Go Green”

By Maria Ortiz

The Minnesota Internship Center High School (MNIC) is just starting the journey to becoming a “Green School.” MNIC committed to teaching their students how day-to-day practices at school impact the environment.  They’re achieving that goal with some help from local colleges and universities.

“Over the past five years MNIC has been building relationships,” says Amy Libman, Director of Student Support Services. The University of Minnesota, University of St. Thomas and Macalester College are all partners in the “Green Project” Libman said, “This is an opportunity for MNIC students to learn green skills and also be exposed to the university experience.” High school interns will have to have excellent attendance and grades, be juniors or seniors, and have strong staff recommendations.

Two college interns, Max, from Macalester College and Jane, from the University of Minnesota, have a strong commitment and interest in the implementation of the green grant. “They each had experiences that helped them develop skills that they could bring to the internship,” Libman explained. College interns need to be willing to commit 6-10 hours per week and work with Libman and the entire team. Most interns are earning credit from their universities (but Libman does not make this a requirement). There are also service-learning college volunteers involved in this project.

This is a compelling project because “MNIC serves populations (i.e., immigrants and urban low income students) traditionally not involved in cutting edge industries and the green movement” Libman stated. The MNIC student population is composed of 98% students of color, both American born and immigrant, that are qualify for free or reduced lunch under the Federal Food program. These populations are in need of both training and income. This project is a chance to invest in the future by training students for green industry jobs, giving stipend internship opportunities, as well as the chance for students to become leaders educating one another and their communities.

Currently MNIC has begun to alter its practices to be more environmentally responsible. The Environmental Science class at one of the five campuses runs a recycling campaign for that campus. Their waste is inconsistently divided into trash and recycling. During this project, they will launch the following initiatives:

  • Become a member of MN Waste Wise and take part in their services;
  • Improve their waste management practices by separating out organic waste , increase recycling practices thus reducing trash amounts;
  • Empower MNIC students to be green leaders by devoting part of the required Environmental Science class curriculum to the study of garbage and waste management (60 students for 4 semesters over 2 years);
  • Provide 2 MNIC staff and students the training needed to improve sustainability practices at school, home and in the community through partnership with MN Waste Wise.
  • Provide service projects to the community with the possible partnership with American Indian OIC, MNIC interns and Environmental Science class. This environmental project could involve: helping MN Waste Wise conduct audits and waste sorts in surrounding communities, building compost bins for community gardens, etc.

Over the two year period of this project MNIC will be able to lower the cost of waste removal by reducing their amount of trash. By maximizing organic diversion and the associated cost savings, MNIC hopes to make organics at least a break even proposition. Grant monies will provide them with the necessary permanent supplies such as waste containers. Consumable supplies will be paid for with the savings from waste management efforts.

MNIC students will continuously be trained in organic waste management and other sustainability initiatives through more partnerships with local colleges and universities. Their increased awareness, knowledge and commitment will increase their capacity to carry on with these initiatives.