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Concurrent Session 1

Sunday, October 2, 2011
9:30 - 10:45 a.m.

Symposium 1: Bringing the Inside Onside: Canadian Perspectives on Advancing CES Room: 103

This session is convened by Patricia M. Sobrero, North Carolina State University.

Katy Campbell, University of Alberta; Lesley Beagrie, York University; Budd L. Hall, University of Victoria

Canadian universities are increasingly interested in and committed to community-engaged scholarship (CES). In addition to strong connections to community, institutional transformation that advances CES, if it is to be sustainable, requires each institution to bring its "inside onside" – working closely with senior university administration, faculty/researchers and also across institutions.

Symposium 2: Community Voices in University-Community Engagement Room: 104

This session is convened by Janet F. Griffith, University of Alabama.

Angela Waters Austin, Ingham Lansing Community Coalition for Youth; Wendy Lull, Seacoast Science Center; Jason Lee, Detroit Area Pre-College Engineering Program; Malik G. Bankston, The Kingsley Association

One of the goals of National Outreach Scholarship Conference is to promote inquiry into and understanding of university-community partnerships that are anchored in the rigor of scholarship and designed to help build community capacity. To advance that goal, this symposium will present the experiences and insights of a panel of community-based organizational leaders, each of whom has worked with universities and faculty members. Presenters will explore successes and opportunities for university-community partnerships aimed at increasing the impact and sustainability of outcomes, and offer perspectives for enhancing the effectiveness of collaborations. The session will include a dialogue between the presenters and attendees that is intended to be active, frank, critical, and constructive.

Symposium 3: Ethnographers' Experiences with Long-term Community Engagement and Collaborative Documentation Room: 105

This session is convened by Miles A. McNall, Michigan State University.

Ann Kingsolver, University of South Carolina; Sasikumar Balasundaram, University of South Carolina; Mary Anglin, University of Kentucky; Susan Brin Hyatt, Indiana University- Purdue University Indianapolis; Hsain Ilahiane, University of Kentucky

Ethnographers will reflect critically on long-term research and collaborative documentation in Morocco, Sri Lanka, and the rural and urban U.S. Forms of collaborative documentation discussed include a neighborhood newspaper, oral history, "breast cancer town hall meetings," children's essay contests, and imagining new financial instruments for workers in the informal sector.

Workshop 1: Revolutionizing Human Services Delivery with Community Collaboration, Inc. Room: Riverside

This session is convened by Bridget Julian, Colorado State University.

Rena Cotsones, Northern Illinois University; Allan Barsema, Northern Illinois University; Dan Ihm, Northern Illinois University

In the Community Collaboration project, Northern Illinois University faculty, students, and community partners developed web-based case management tools that allow agencies to use real-time collaboration in addressing persistent problems like homelessness. Using CCI's tools, agencies replaced fragmentation with coordination to deliver a wide range of human services that rebuild lives.

Workshop 2: Using CBPR to Improve Environmental Health in an Urban Community Room: 101

This session is convened by Lisa Townson, University of New Hampshire.

Rosemary Valedes Chaudry, Ohio State University College of Nursing; Barbara J. Polivka, Ohio State University; J. Mac Crawford, Ohio State University; Randi L. Love, Ohio State University; Robyn S. Wilson, Ohio State University

This presentation describes a university/urban community CBPR partnership to address environmental health concerns in the neighborhood. Innovative data collection and a community meeting with residents identified next steps and continuing the partnership commitment to address environmental issues that threaten the health of the community and its residents.

Workshop 3: Creating a Framework to Maximize the Impact of Community-Based Projects Room: 106

This session is convened by Laurie A. Van Egeren, Michigan State University.

Mary Beckman, University of Notre Dame; Naomi G. Penney, University of Notre Dame

Documenting the results of community-based research has been of concern for practitioners for over a decade. This workshop will present a developing framework that focuses on goals, participation, and assessment as a way to not only track the progress of community projects but also document their efforts.

Workshop 4: Teaching Across Borders: Lessons Learned from a US- German Teacher Exchange Room: Heritage

This session is convened by Connie Robertson, University of Kentucky.

Angelika N. Kraemer, Michigan State University

This workshop describes a teacher exchange program at the elementary-school-level between Germany and the U.S. The program aims to advance participants' linguistic and intercultural competence while examining differences in educational systems. Academic tasks and testimonials are shared and insights into difficulties and successes in program establishment and execution are discussed.

Workshop 5: Virtual Success: MSU Extension and the National eXtension Room: 62

This session is convened by Gregory Hutchins, University of Wisconsin-Extension.

Michelle S. Rodgers, Michigan State University; Terry Meisenbach, eXtension

In 2010, Michigan State University Extension conducted its annual statewide conference entirely online and eXtension, an educational partnership of 74 U.S. universities, conducted an online nation-wide conference. Both organizations have conducted extensive quantitative and qualitative evaluations. This session will focus on methodology and lessons learned by both presenters and participants.

Poster Symposium 1: Economic Development Room: Michigamme

This session is convened by L. Steven Dempsey, University of Georgia.

Creating Practical Knowledge and Tools for Transformational Regional Engagement

Jeri Childers, Virginia Tech; James Woodell, Pennsylvania State University

The Regional Engagement Toolkit from APLU and TRE Networks is a new online tool that can help you identify good practices for creating effective engagement partnerships, and sharing practices your institution has developed.

The Economic Impact of Community Engagement - University of Delaware

Lynnette Overby, University of Delaware

The economic impact study of community engagement at the University of Delaware, demonstrated significant measurable benefits to the nation, including: (1) more than $6.7 million in annual goods and services; (2) more than $1.4 million in free labor; and (3) an estimated millions in increased lifetime earnings for students.

Role of Institutional Partnerships in Community Outreach and Scholarship

Jeff Sherman, Oregon State University; Jon Carnahan, Tillamook Bay Community College; Mark Labhart, Tillamook County

In rural communities, especially during economically challenging times, partnerships create economic stability. In Tillamook, our innovative program "Open Campus," increases educational access while combining economic development strategies, community college resources, and university Extension and Ecampus. Hear from the program coordinator, community college President, and County Commissioner.

Community Economic and Entrepreneurial Development (ExCEED): Expanding the Engagement Paradigm

Mary Leuci, University of Missouri; Sharon A. Gulick, University of Missouri; Letitia K. Johnson, University of Missouri; Willis Mushrush, University of Missouri; Donna Glover Brown, City of Higginsville; Patsy Hambleton, Gainesville R-V High School

Participating EXCEED regions have leveraged community grants, new businesses, job growth and retention, business expansions, and emerging leaders and networks. Residents now believe in their region's future and value the university for "thinking outside the box," bringing new ideas and engaging with their communities while providing new opportunities on campus.

Engaging Undergraduate Students: A Collaborative Approach to University/Community Partnerships

Richard Harnish, Pennsylvania State University at New Kensington; Kevin J. Snider, Pennsylvania State University at New Kensington; Samantha L. Polons, Pennsylvania State University at New Kensington; Amanda E. Polons, Pennsylvania State University at New Kensington

We share our experiences of working on a regional economic development project. Specifically, three varying perspectives will be shared: those from undergraduate students; a faculty member; and an administrator who have been involved in the project. Data will be shared that demonstrates the benefit of student engagement in academic performance.

Economic Engagement at Public Universities: A Framework for Definition, Assessment

James Woodell, Pennsylvania State University; Thomas Perorazio, University of Michigan

The Association for Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) has made a significant effort to help member institutions understand and document regional economic engagement. This presentation will provide findings from a qualitative study of the APLU collaboration with member institutions to define and measure the university role in the innovation economy.

The "New Economy" Policy Context and Public Research Universities' Engagement

James Woodell, Pennsylvania State University

How do public research universities adapt research and engagement rhetoric, organizational structure, and programmatic emphases to the "new economy"? What kinds of within-university connections are important? This presentation will explore what the presenter's doctoral dissertation research has uncovered about university engagement in the new/innovation/knowledge economy.