Montana Campus Compact Celebrates 25 Years

November 13, 2018

MISSOULA – Montana Campus Compact (MTCC), an 18-campus higher education consortium dedicated to advancing the public good, will celebrate its founding 25 years ago this week with a series of events.

“Campus Compact was begun with a simple vision to promote service learning and campus-community partnerships,” said Andrea Vernon, Montana Campus Compact executive director. “Now 25 years later, we support student and faculty development, compile and share statewide student volunteerism and engagement data, offer scholarships and awards, and host two successful statewide National Service programs – AmeriCorps and AmeriCorps VISTA.”

Vernon said MTCC is celebrating by launching a new scholarship named for one of its founding presidents, UM’s George M. Dennison, who along with seven other state, tribal and private college presidents started the compact in 1993.

The George M. Dennison Civic Engagement Scholarship is for current college students who have volunteered to improve their communities while actively pursuing a degree or certificate. The $1,000 scholarship is open to all current students from MTCC’s 18 affiliate institutions. More information can be found at http://bit.ly/2JQC9iZ.  

Other MTCC anniversary celebration events are:

  • National Campus Compact President Dr. Andrew Seligsohn will present a talk titled “Education for Democracy” at 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, in the Law Building Castles Center. He will discuss the important role higher education plays in building and sustaining democracy.
  • Seligsohn will provide remarks to the Montana Board of Regents at 4:45 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, in the UM University Center Ballroom.
  • The Montana Athletes In Service Award Ceremony will be held at halftime of the Griz-Cat football game Saturday, Nov. 17, at Washington Grizzly Stadium.

According to MTCC’s annual Student Engagement Survey, college students in Montana were responsible for $4.7 million in economic activity through their volunteerism in the 2017-18 academic year. Statistics show that 8,484 Montana college students served 211,649 hours statewide. Students listed benefits of increased communication skills, making a difference in the community and learning skills as the top three benefits of service. The survey included 11 higher education institutions across Montana.

MTCC is part of a larger nationwide consortium called Campus Compact, whose president will travel to Montana for the celebration and surrounding events. Seligsohn also will lead a faculty development lecture and work with the MTCC Advisory Committee on its strategic vision.

For more information call MTCC Associate Director Josh Vanek at 243-5175 or email vanek@mtcompact.org.

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Contact: Josh Vanek, Montana Campus Compact associate director, 406-243-5175, vanek@mtcompact.org.