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Constitution Day Celebration

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By: Professor David Bodary
 
Federal Judge Walter Rice addresses the students and staff of Sinclair Community College.
Federal Judge Walter Rice addresses the students and staff of Sinclair Community College.

Federal Judge Walter Rice helped the faculty, staff and students of Sinclair Community College, Dayton, OH celebrate the anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution on September 17th, 2013.

Organized by members of the political science department the annual event brings focus on various aspects of the US Constitution. Judge Rice shared his observations on the delicate balance between individual rights and the powers of a national government. Members of the Young Libertarians Club shared copies of the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights. More than 100 students attended the event.

Federal Judge Walter Rice speaking at Sinclair Community College.
Federal Judge Walter Rice speaking at Sinclair Community College.

Past Constitution Day events have included panel discussions and debates focusing on historic and present issues impacted directly or indirectly by the Constitution. Student clubs and fa

culty from Political Science, History and Communication collaborate to plan and implement the event each year.

This event is working well but are we missing other opportunities, anniversaries or occasions to celebrate our democracy? What else can we do?

 

 

 

 

Mount Wachusett Community College: 9/11 Remember to Remember, & Call to Action

MWCC-logoBy: Fagan Forhan, Director
Experiential Learning Opportunities & Civic Engagement
Mount Wachusett Community College

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Friend and fellow MWCC alumna Jacqueline Richard placed flowers, a photograph and a charcoal impression of Carrie’s name from the 9/11 Memorial in NYC at the Gardner campus remembrance day event.

In honor of MWCC Alumna Carrie Progen, who was lost in the attack on the Twin Towers, we hosted a series of events yesterday, including a ‘Call to Action’ where students heard from our own police Chief Karen Kolimaga about her experiences as a first responder, and then were provided with materials and the opportunity to make Thank You cards for first responders in our own community. 173 students attended, and nearly 75 cards were made for us to send out to local firehouses, police stations and emergency response teams.

Our Center of Excellence for Veteran Student Success hosted a

Kristine Larkin, second from left, Director of the Center of Excellence for Veteran Student Success, joins Devens Campus Director Julie Crowley, right, and members of the Patriot Riders at the Devens campus 9/11 remembrance. The Patriot Riders include Tammi Lloyd of MWCC's Business Office, fourth from left. — with Denise Gary, Bryan Wickman, Andrew Woodard, Tammi Hietala Lloyd, Ron LeBlanc, Jack McGrath, Steven Gray, Michael Flagler and Kristine Larkin.
Kristine Larkin, second from left, Director of the Center of Excellence for Veteran Student Success, joins Devens Campus Director Julie Crowley, right, and members of the Patriot Riders at the Devens campus 9/11 remembrance. The Patriot Riders include Tammi Lloyd of MWCC’s Business Office, fourth from left. — with Denise Gary, Bryan Wickman, Andrew Woodard, Tammi Hietala Lloyd, Ron LeBlanc, Jack McGrath, Steven Gray, Michael Flagler and Kristine Larkin

Moment of Silence at the Gardner Campus, and were then joined by the Patriot Riders at the Devens Campus for a 9/11 Remembrance and reading of the names of those who lost their lives in the attacks on the World Trade Center.

Students issued a challenge in the form of a call to action to their fellow students – to become “Ambassadors of Positive Mojo” this year. In other words, to find their “mojo” – their passion, their purpose, what drives them, and to use to benefit our community.

Santa Fe College Announces Fall 2013 TDC Events

Santa Fe College in Gainesville, FL announced their fall 2013 events with an array of lectures, luncheons, and panel discussions based on current political hot topics. They are also celebrating Constitution Week with bang. Check out what they are doing here.

Also check out our Calendar of Events for more information on each of these events.

Lone Star College, Kingwood is taking voting registration seriously!

Engage_Votereg_emailLone Star College, Kingwood is holding voting registration for three Tuesdays September 3 from 12-2pm in the Student Conference Center (SCC), September 17 10am – 1:30pm at the SCC, and September 24 10am – 12pm at their Library Patio.

Check out their speaker series of the Houston Mayoral candidates. Click on their names to view events detail.

Incumbent Annise Parker

Republican Candidate Eric Dick

Democratic Candidate Ben Hall

The Plenaries: Reason #2 You Should Come to #ADPTDC13

By Jennifer Domagal-Goldman, National Manager, ADP

Yet another reason to attend the 2013 ADP/TDC National Meeting in Denver from June 6-8: our incredible array of plenary (keynote) speakers! We’re excited to welcome to our stage Denise Fairchild of Emerald Cities Collaborative; CIRCLE’s Peter Levine; four incredible students: Bianca Brown, Justin Machelski, Quinta Tangoh, and Rachel Wintz (all winners of our student video contest); and David Scobey of The New School for Public Engagement. We know that these speakers are certain to educate and entertain meeting attendees and to encourage us to ponder sets of thought-provoking questions as we consider our plans to act in the world as informed, engaged citizens and to help prepare others to do the same.

The Plenaries:

Thursday, June 6, 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Opening Plenary: Empowering Millennials to Create Change

FairchildThis is the both the best of times and the worst of times. The worst is the unprecedented level of global change and the uncertainty and insecurity that come with change.  Our environment, our economy, our civil society are in a tailspin. The tools for mediating these new and often turbulent terrains are evolving slower than the change itself. The good news is that a new generation of idealists – the Millennials – are coming of age to navigate these murky waters. But this is only if we effectively prepare them for this brave new world. We cannot use old methods for addressing this new world; we need to redesign our educational system for major social and economic transformation. Millennials need skills to tackle tomorrow’s key challenges, including sustainability, civility and global citizenship, and above all, ambiguity.  These challenges are best addressed through experiential learning focused less on service-learning (learning how to do what is already being done) and more on innovating social change experiences for Millennials, so that they may deliver in these new times.
Presenter: Denise Fairchild, President & CEO, Emerald Cities Collaborative

Friday, June 7, 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Plenary Session:  A Defense of Higher Education and its Civic Mission
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The liberal arts and the civic mission of higher education are under attack in this time of economic crisis and political polarization. In several states, policies are pending to raise tuition for majors that do not lead directly to jobs. We should not be offended by this kind of critique. We charge a lot of money for tuition, and citizens are entitled to ask what we produce for it. But we can proudly and forthrightly make the case for the civic mission of the higher education. The purpose of the liberal arts is to prepare people for responsible citizenship, and the best forms of civic engagement are intellectually challenging; they are the liberal arts in action. Research shows that civic education at the college level makes people into better workers. And engaged universities address many serious public problems, including unemployment, that matter to citizens and policymakers.
Presenter: Peter Levine, Lincoln Filene Professor of Citizenship and Public Affairs and Director of CIRCLE, Tisch College/CIRCLE, Tufts University

Saturday, June 8, 8:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
Plenary Session:  ADP/TDC Student Panel
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Meet the winners of the ADP/TDC Student Video contest and hear them reflect about their own civic learning and engagement as well as suggest how our campuses can better foster learning environments that encourage all students to be the informed, engaged citizens our communities need.
Presenters: Bianca Brown, Western Kentucky University; Justin Machelski, Delta College (Mich.); Quinta Tangoh, Cuyahoga Community College (Ohio); and Rachel Wintz, University of Alaska Anchorage

Saturday, June 8, 4:15 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Closing Plenary:  Post-Traditional Undergraduates and the Copernican Moment: New Models of Engaged Learning for the New Majority Student
ScobeyIt has become a commonplace in our current educational discussions that the higher education sector in the U.S. is living a moment of dramatic disruption and change. One key aspect of this new “Copernican moment” is the emergence of non-traditional adult students fitting education into complex lives of work, community and family — as the new majority of undergraduates. How do we offer great, engaged education to these students? How do these post-traditionals serve as a laboratory for positive change as we live through the current disruptions?
Presenter: David Scobey, Executive Dean, The New School for Public Engagement (N.Y.)

#ADPTDC13: CIRCLE’s Peter Levine to Give Plenary Talk

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Friday, June 7, 2013 | 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Plenary Session: A Defense of Higher Education and its Civic Mission
Presenter: Peter Levine, Lincoln Filene Professor of Citizenship and Public Affairs and Director of CIRCLE, Tisch College/CIRCLE, Tufts University

The liberal arts and the civic mission of higher education are under attack in this time of economic crisis and political polarization. In several states, policies are pending to raise tuition for majors that do not lead directly to jobs. We should not be offended by this kind of critique. We charge a lot of money for tuition, and citizens are entitled to ask what we produce for it. But we can proudly and forthrightly make the case for the civic mission of the higher education. The purpose of the liberal arts is to prepare people for responsible citizenship, and the best forms of civic engagement are intellectually challenging. They are the liberal arts in action. Research shows that civic education at the college level makes people into better workers. And engaged universities address many serious public problems, including unemployment, that matter to citizens and policymakers.

You’ll find a blog post by Peter on this topic here.

PeterLevinePeter Levine is the Lincoln Filene Professor of Citizenship & Public Affairs in Tufts University’s Jonathan Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service and Director of CIRCLE, The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement. He studied philosophy at Oxford on a Rhodes Scholarship, receiving his doctorate in 1992. He has been a research associate at Common Cause and Deputy Director of the National Commission on Civic Renewal. Levine is the author of the forthcoming book We are the Ones We have been Waiting for: The Promise of Civic Renewal in America (Oxford University Press, fall 2013), five other books on philosophy and politics, and a novel. He has served on the boards or steering committees of AmericaSpeaks, Street Law Inc., the Newspaper Association of America Foundation, the Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools, the Kettering Foundation, the ABA’s Committee for Public Education, Everyday Democracy, and the Deliberative Democracy Consortium.

For more information about the 2013 ADP/TDC National Meeting, visit here.

Meet the Chosen Student Plenary Panelists for the 2013 National Meeting

Remember that Student Plenary video contest we told you about?

The one where The Democracy Commitment (TDC) wanted to find students to speak at the 2013 ADP/TDC National Meeting?

Well, we found them.

And, yes, to be sure, we had a great set of submissions–thank you to everyone who entered! However, there were not enough entries to conduct an online contest, which is why you didn’t ever receive notification about voting or how you could give us your two cents.

Still, we’ve identified our winners, the student leaders below, who were selected by an internal AASCU panel to be our plenary session panelists.

Allow me to introduce you.

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Meet Ms. Quinta Tangoh:

Quinta from CuyahogaQuinta was born in Cameroon, an ethnically diverse country.   She was brought up in a Christian home full of love, care and peace.  During her four years in the USA, she has been attending Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C), studying nursing and Conflict Resolution. At Tri-C she received a scholarship to complete the Short-term Certificate in Conflict Resolution and Peace Studies. She decided to pursue the nursing program to make a positive change through health care in the lives of Cameroon women and to utilize sustained dialogue to empower women to make positive change in their communities. In Cameroon she is a member of a charity, and in the U.S., she is an active member in her church and has served as a member and a moderator of the Sustained Dialogue Campus Network at Cuyahoga Community College.

 

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Now let us introduce you to Justin Machelski!

Justin from DeltaJustin is a street musician turned professional student who wants to use his experiences in homelessness to help other people. His biggest focus is trying to get the students of Delta College to become more politically active. Over the course of his time at Delta College Justin has experienced a life transformation that can only be described eudaimonic. He has yet to attend a semester where he has not placed on the Dean’s, Vice President’s, or President’s Lists. He also won the Paul Moore Social Science Award, and has even taken a job in the Humanities Division of Delta College. He says that his time as the President of the Democracy Commitment Student Club may actually be the crowning achievement of his two-year college experience. “Through this club we politically engage students in ways I did not know was possible. Helping fellow students participate in thoughtful engagement of politics is in itself a virtue.”

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We are delighted to have Quinta and Justin as our representatives for The Democracy Commitment. To learn more about the two American Democracy Project  students chosen to join the panel, Rachel Wintz and Bianca Simone Brown, click here. We look forward to hearing their thoughts at our upcoming ADP/TDC National Meeting in Denver.