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Digest: Volume 2, Issue 2
March 2013



Register for the Fifth Annual Civic Engagement Summit! 

The Leduc Center for Civic Engagement in collaboration with the Center for University, School, and Community Partnerships will be hosting our 5th Annual Civic Engagement Summit on April 25, 2013 from 8:30am-3:00pm.

This year's invited keynote speaker is Dr. Ira Harkavy, Founding Director of the Netter Center for Community Partnerships at the University of Pennsylvania.  He was also the recipient of Campus Compact's Thomas Ehrlich Civically Engaged Faculty Award in 2002.  Dr. Harkavy will be speaking on his expertise in the area of University-Community-School Partnerships.

You are invited to join us for a day of stimulating dialogue on the ways to forge stronger relationships-locally, regionally, and nationally.  The agenda for the day includes both a panel on perspectives relating to and presentations on best practices in university-community-school partnerships.

General Admission $25/Non-UMD students $15/UMD students Free

To register for the Summit, please visit www.umassd.edu/seppce/centers/cce/programs/summit.html. For more information, contact Katy Doan at kathryn.doan@umassd.edu or 508.999.8144.

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University of Massachusetts Dartmouth lauded as top school for civic engagement for 2nd year

UMass Dartmouth in the top 20 colleges nationwide for service; UMass Dartmouth only top honoree in Mass., among two in New England; Students performed 192,000+ hours of community service and volunteerism last year 

The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth has again been named as one of the nation's elite universities -- and the only one in Massachusetts -- for its support of community service, 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 Presidential Award Finalists, out of 690 educational institutions on the 2013 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. Only five institutions ranked higher across the country, out of 4500 colleges and universities nationwide. 

This is UMass Dartmouth's second year in the top tier - one of just two institutions of higher education to remain from last year's list. 

"This honor reflects the commitment of our campus community to giving back to the SouthCoast, the country and the world," UMass Dartmouth Chancellor Divina Grossman said. "Our students, staff and faculty are among the best in the country, and I applaud each and every one of them for demonstrating the values that make UMass Dartmouth a national leader in civic engagement." 

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 Leduc 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 2007 when the University embarked on a strategic planning goal that every student would be exposed to service-learning, the number of UMass Dartmouth students, staff and faculty taking part in service-learning has skyrocketed by over 500%.  

Currently, there are 118 faculty members teaching 160 class sections that fully integrate service into the academic curriculum. 

Last year, nearly two out of three graduating seniors gave back to the community through academic based community service -- up from just 27% three years before.  

The Colleges of Nursing, Engineering and Visual and Performing Arts are projected to have 100% of their 2013 class graduate with at least one service-learning experience. 

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

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UMD Community Cleans up after Nemo on First Saturday of Service   

On Saturday March 2, 2013, students and staff gathered for the inaugural First Saturday of Service event to clean up damage caused by superstorm Nemo. According to Jamie Jacquart, from the Office of Campus and Community Sustainability, who helped coordinate the event, "the community came together to help the facilities staff with the herculean task of clearing numerous downed trees and branches, which, according to a facitilities staff member, would have taken months to have accomplished." UMD student, Erica Roemhild, enjoyed the event. "I met new people, and it was nice to see people that didn't even know each other before, working in unison! It was really great."

The First Saturday of Service Initiative is a joint effort by the Leduc Center for Civic Engagement and Office of Housing and Residential Life to encourage students to join an organized service project on the first Saturday of each month.

Please join our next First Saturday of Service, on April 6th at 10am, at the Cedar Dell West garden and learn how to prepare a spring garden. We will be working together to prepare our campus garden for lettuce, beans and perennial plants. Come enjoy a day of service, meet new people, and learn how to start your own garden!

To RSVP or for more information, please contact Katrina Semich at UMDsatservice@gmail.com or call 508.999.8932.

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U.S. attorney general visits nascent UMass Dartmouth law school

This article originally appeared in The Standard Times on
March 2 2013 
Author: Matt Camara 
Click here for original article 

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder hit every topic from curbing gun violence to his favorite movie during a visit to UMass Dartmouth's nascent law school Friday afternoon, the first by such a high-profile official to the Faunce Corner Road campus.

"History is not going to be written necessarily by me, but by you students," Holder told a packed room on the school's second floor.

The visit comes just two months before accreditors return to the University of Massachusetts School of Law-Dartmouth to determine whether it can keep its provisional accreditation. Students called the visit "a pleasant surprise" and said they hoped it would boost the new school's profile as it struggles to gain recognition against large, more-established institutions.

"It's a vindication of sorts," first-year student Tom Paine said of the visit, adding that Holder's talk solidified his decision to enter public-interest law.

Holder devoted the majority of his 15-minute talk to curbing gun violence with "common-sense restrictions" on high-capacity magazines and a ban on "military-style assault weapons."

"But this is only the beginning," he said.

Getting a new head of the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms confirmed is also at the top of the attorney general's list. The bureau has been without a confirmed head for six years now, he said, diminishing the effectiveness of the vital, nationally important law enforcement position. Holder circled back to the gun discussion after fielding a question about his worst day in office. A visit to Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., shortly after the December massacre was the worst, he said.

"There was still caked blood on the carpets ... (The president) and I are both of the view that enough is enough," he said. "It's why we're fighting like hell."

Other students - who submitted questions on index cards in advance - peppered Holder, wanting to know everything from his favorite movie ("The Godfather") to whether he has a body double (he does not). 

Holder did not touch on Friday night's looming "sequester" budget cuts except to say that it would strip $1.6 billion out of the Department of Justice's budget and have "a negative impact on the safety of Americans."

Law school dean Mary Lu Bilek said after the talk that she was "ecstatic" to have the school host the nation's attorney general.

"It was great to bring this opportunity to the students, to remind them of the power and privilege they will have after they graduate," said Bilek, who has served as dean since last July. Bilek added that Holder's talk also made it clear that lawyers have the ability to serve the public, something she hopes made an impression on students.

The law school was able to book Holder because he practiced with Bilek's husband years ago, she said. The 270-student law school now has to focus on its upcoming bar association site visit, she said.

The law school has until 2015 to apply for full American Bar Association accreditation, which would qualify its graduates to sit for the bar in every state immediately after graduation. It will first become eligible for full accreditation in 2014.

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service 2013

On January 21, 2013, over 600 people spent their day off on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day volunteering at GiftsToGive. This is the third year that the organization has held the MLK Day of Service. The volunteers helping that day came from 40 different schools spread out across the SouthCoast, including UMass Dartmouth. To read the article in the Standard Times about the event, please click here. Click here to view a video of the event, including an address from Chancellor Grossman.

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