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Digest: Volume 1, Issue 1
April 2012 

Civic Engagement Summit

The University of Massachusetts' 4th Annual Civic Engagement Summit will be held on April 26, 2012. Sponsored by the Center for Civic Engagement at UMass Dartmouth, the Summit will take place from 8:30am to 1:30 pm at the Woodland Commons.  The keynote speakers will be Robert L. Caret, President of the University of Massachusetts and Shirley Sagawa, first Chief Operating and Policy Officer of the Corporation for National and Community Service.

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 University of Massachusetts Dartmouth receives
President’s Higher Education Community Service honor


US: UMass Dartmouth in the top 1% of colleges nationwide for service; UMass Dartmouth only top honoree in Mass., among two in New England; Students, staff and faculty performed 175,000+ hours of service last year


Dartmouth, Mass. – Mar. 15, 2012: The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth has been named as one of the nation’s elite universities – and the only in Massachusetts – for its support of volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) and the US Department of Education.

UMass Dartmouth was honored as one of 14 Honor Roll Finalists, out of 642 educational institutions on the 2012 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. Only five institutions ranked higher across the country, out of 4500 colleges and universities nationwide.

"We are honored that our campus has earned this national recognition for our engagement in the community," UMass Dartmouth Chancellor Jean F. MacCormack said. "Our students, faculty, and staff are distinguished by their willingness to invest their all for the good of the SouthCoast and the entire state. We know that the experiences our students have in the community are a valuable source of learning and discovery that prepares them for life beyond the University."

CNCS has administered the Honor Roll since 2006 to recognize the strong commitment of colleges and universities to service-learning and campus-community partnerships that produce real results in areas ranging from literacy and neighborhood revitalization to supporting at-risk youth.

“I’m proud that our students, staff and faculty have stepped up to work directly with our communities across southeastern Massachusetts,” said Dr. Matthew Roy, director of the University’s Center for Civic Engagement. “This honor shows how successful we’ve been in making service-learning an integral part of the educational experience at UMass Dartmouth.”

Since the Center for Civic Engagement was opened in 2008, the number of UMass Dartmouth students, staff and faculty taking part in service-learning has skyrocketed by nearly 500%. 

Currently, nearly 100 faculty members teach almost 150 classes that fully integrate service into the academic curriculum. 

Last year, nearly 66% of graduating seniors gave back to the community through service – up from just 27% two years before.

The Colleges of Nursing, Engineering and Visual and Performing Arts are projected to have 100% of their 2012 class graduate with service-learning experience.

For the full release, go to: http://www.nationalservice.gov/about/initiatives/honorroll.asp.

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SouthCoast Serves Celebrates National Volunteer Week

More than 200 Volunteers Expected to Serve throughout SouthCoast Region


SouthCoast Serves encourages residents of the SouthCoast region to join them for National Volunteer Week April 16th – 21st.  Activities include:

  • Monday, April 16th 10am - 2pm - Join Mass Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary in Westport – Volunteers will clear trails and plant butterfly and rain gardens
  • Tuesday, April 17th 10am – 2pm – Help plant Cedar trees at Copicut Woods in Fall River with the Trustees of the Reservations
  • Wednesday, April 18th 1pm-3pm – Volunteers are needed to help prepare the growing fields with the Share the Harvest program at the Dartmouth YMCA
  • Thursday, April 19th 9am-12pm & 1pm-4pm – Join the Buzzards Bay Coalition to assist with the Acushnet River Restoration site in Acushnet.
  • Thursday, April 19th 4-8pm – Help create a vibrant mural at the Community Economic Development Center in New Bedford.
  • Friday, April 20th 1-4pm – Help prepare the community garden at the Boys and Girls Club in New Bedford.
  • Saturday, April 21st 8:30am-12pm – Join Operation Clean Sweep for a day of city beautification.
  • Saturday, April 21st 1pm-4pm –Volunteers are needed at ArtWorks to make earth art from recycled materials in honor of Earth Day that will be displayed in venues around the city of New Bedford.

For more information or to register for any of the activities above contact: Courtney Kurzweil, AmeriCorps*VISTA UMass Dartmouth,ckurzweil@umassd.edu/508-999-8932

Established in 1974, National Volunteer Week has grown exponentially in scope each year since, drawing the support and endorsement of all subsequent U.S. presidents, governors, mayors and other respected elected officials.

National Volunteer Week is about inspiring, recognizing and encouraging people to seek out imaginative ways to engage in their communities. It’s about demonstrating to the nation that by working together, in unison, we have the fortitude to meet our challenges and accomplish our goals. National Volunteer Week is about taking action, encouraging individuals and their respective communities to be at the center of social change—discovering and actively demonstrating their collective power to foster positive transformation.

SouthCoast Serves is a University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Center for Civic Engagement facilitated collaborative of over 35 organizations that fosters service and volunteerism to meet the needs of our community by leveraging resources, expertise and capacity to maximize impact.  To learn more about SouthCoast Serves visit: www.south-coast-serves.org.

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MLK Day of Service Video

Volunteers from the campus and the community joined together on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day for "A Day On, Not a Day Off" event at Gifts to Give.  A video was created of this day of service.  Please click here to view.

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