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Letter from Laurie S. Worrall, NYCC Executive Director Reflection by James M. Heffernan, NYCC Senior Associate A Commitment to Civic Engagement Recognition for Exemplary Campus Work Recognition for Student Leadership The Higher Education Community Service Act Professional Development Regional Roundtables Co-Sponsored Events Crossing Boundaries Regional and Academic Discipline Networks Expanding Campus Capacity NYCC AmeriCorps VISTAs VISTA Projects
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In June 2010, I became the thIrd execu-

Laurie S. Worrall, Ed.D. Executive Director New York Campus Compact

tive director of New York Campus Compact (NYCC). I had the good fortune of following Jim Heffernan, who had spent five years developing NYCC’s excellent reputation and membership base. Since taking the helm, I have visited 45 of our 83 member campuses and driven across New York State from Ithaca to Niagara Falls to Potsdam to Long Island. The geographic diversity of the state hit home when, in one five-day stretch, I drove from the Adirondack Mountains to the Finger Lakes Region and then to Western New York. It felt like traveling from New England to the Midwest, and I never left New York. While I am relatively new to NYCC, I am not new to Campus Compact, to community and civic engagement, or to New York State. I worked with two state Compacts before assuming this job; I’ve led the civic and community engagement efforts in Academic Affairs at two institutions; and I was born in Syracuse. I feel as if I’ve come home, in more ways than one.

After a full year directing NYCC, I have to say I could not have made a better decision. I have the privilege of working on issues to which I am deeply committed, living in an exquisitely beautiful state, and meeting with dedicated colleagues locally and nationally who care deeply about education, scholarship, and strengthening our democracy and communities. While the times are challenging, the future is bright with opportunity. In recent months we’ve introduced a new AmeriCorps Education Award Program— Students in Service—to our campuses, addressed the challenges of a threatened Corporation for National and Community Service (an important funding source), continued to host regional roundtables and symposia, and brought in nationally recognized experts for our faculty institutes. For help in achieving these and other successes, my thanks go to Rev. Joe Levesque and Dr. Don Katt, co-chairs of the NYCC Executive Committee, for providing their feedback and support during my first continued on next page


Letter from the Executive Director (cont.) year; Susan Murphy at Cornell, for helping to navigate the complexities of the institution; and finally the staff of NYCC, Brittany Campese and Marianne Ridley, for their humor, thoughtfulness, and work ethic. Anniversaries are opportunities for celebration and reflection, and NYCC has a great deal to celebrate. While we were chartered relatively recently, we have quickly grown to have the largest membership of the 36 state Compacts. We have brought millions of dollars in cash and in-kind resources to support community service and academic service-learning programs on our members’ campuses. As our institutions have expanded the definition of community engagement to include teaching, learning, and scholarship, faculty and students have shifted from a charity model of working with communities to an equity model of working as partners. We have come a long way in 10 years! I expect our next 10 years to be as busy and fruitful, and I feel privileged to be leading NYCC during such a pivotal time. Happy 10th anniversary, and many thanks to the committed band of leaders who have made NYCC what it is.

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This report highlights NYCC’s accomplishments over the past two years in creating and supporting civic engagement efforts that benefit our member campuses, their internal and external communities, and society as a whole. It also gives us a chance to look back over the past decade as we observe NYCC’s 10th anniversary. Throughout the report you’ll find a timeline of major milestones and achievements as well as other information on our growth and impact.


Past Success, Future Promise
When I began as neW York campus

Compact’s executive director in 2005, my son commented, “This will be an ideal job for you to retire from.” It was a prophetic observation. After a 47-year career in higher education as an administrator, professor, researcher, and consultant, I must say that I enjoyed my NYCC stint more than any other. So it was with a mixture of gratitude, satisfaction, and a little sadness that I retired last year from this “hardest job I’ve ever loved.” The rewards have been significant. NYCC has grown to more than 80 members. We have distributed over $1.5 million in grants. Our VISTAs have affected lives in scores of communities in New York. The NYCC network of colleagues has become an active force for building campus/community partnerships across the state and has harnessed the energy and idealism of thousands of students engaged in service. We have also advanced the quality and impact of service-learning as a pedagogy, bringing campus resources, academic rigor, and reflection to bear on community needs and social issues. In the process, NYCC has been an agent for advancing the civic engagement priorities of higher education. Among the many high spots I’ve enjoyed are our grant programs for students, our draft legislation to support campus/com-

munity partnerships, and our regional roundtables on topics such as faculty tenure issues and evaluating service-learning outcomes. Perhaps most notable has been the progress made by our members in adopting and perfecting the “best practices” that NYCC has advanced. The high level of respect for James M. Heffernan, Ph.D. NYCC across the state is a Senior Associate product of the strong network New York Campus Compact of supporters who have helped NYCC flourish, and of the continuing support of our institutional host, Cornell University. We could not have achieved the success we’ve had without them. My son was right. Retiring from an organization that one is proud of, and doing work that one loves, with colleagues whom one cherishes, is indeed an ideal way to wrap up a career in higher education. It has been a delightful ride, and I am pleased to continue to serve in an advisory role to Laurie Worrall, who has already proven to be an accomplished and dedicated leader. I am confident that she will guide NYCC to continued success as it moves into its second decade.


NYCC remained the largest state organization within the national Campus Compact network, and its member campuses continued to lead the movement to advance civic engagement, campus/ community partnerships, and service-learning throughout 2008–2010.

NYCC: 10-Year Snapshot


2001 2011
13 founding members 83 members, more than any other state Compact

A Commitment to Civic Engagement The 2010 Campus Compact Annual Membership Survey highlighted NYCC members’ commitment to the public mission of higher education with findings that routinely outperformed national averages: • Value of service to the community from students on NYCC member campuses:
$560 million

Since NYCC began its AmeriCorps VISTA program in 2003, 120 NYCC VISTA members at 52 project sites have coordinated 50,332 volunteers in 474,014 hours of service and helped generate more than $1.7 million in cash and non-cash resources for their communities.

• Students involved in service-learning/ community service: 41% • Average number of service-learning courses taught per campus: 71 • Institutions that host and/or fund public dialogue on current issues: 87%

The timeline at the bottom of this and the following pages offers windows into the milestones and achievements of NYCC since its inception.


Pace University & Union College sponsor a gathering of 13 colleges and universities, at which time a task force is formed to establish NYCC.

The presidents of SUNY Geneseo, SUNY Binghamton, Pace University, and Nazareth College formally assume leadership roles in developing NYCC. 1999

1999 The NYCC task force drafts a mission statement and goals.


Recognition for Exemplary Campus Work New York campuses were at the head of the pack as recipients of the federal President’s Higher Education
Community Service Honor Roll:


• In 2008, nine New York colleges and universities, all NYCC members, gained “Honor Roll with Distinction” recognition. Thirty-eight New York institutions earned “Honor Roll Member” status—the third highest in the nation. • In 2009, eight NYCC member institutions earned “Honor Roll with Distinction.” A total of 62 New York colleges and universities earned Honor Roll Member or Distinction status—the highest of any state. Of those, 45 were NYCC members. • In 2010, a record twelve NYCC member institutions earned “Honor Roll with Distinction.”

In the most recent round of recognition from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, ten NYCC members earned the Carnegie Classification for Community Engagement, joining nine others that received the designation in 2006 and 2008: • 2010: Adelphi University, Cornell University, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Jefferson Community College (SUNY), St. John’s University, Skidmore College, Stony Brook University (SUNY), SUNY College at Oneonta, SUNY Oswego, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. • 2006/2008: Daemen College, Keuka College, Nazareth College, New York University, Niagara University, Pace University, SUNY Cortland, Syracuse University, Wagner College.

“ New York Campus Compact offers a wealth of superb resources to institutions like SUNY Cortland that are committed to teaching students the importance of making a difference in the lives of others.”

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2001 SUNY CoRtLANd

The task force sends information about NYCC to the presidents of all New York State colleges and universities.

2000 NYCC is officially established with 13 members, becoming the 26th state organization affiliated with Campus Compact.


State and National Recognition for Student Leadership
Students at NYCC member schools are at the forefront of the movement to incorporate civic and community engagement into campus life. These students not only participate in service at a very high rate, but they do so in ways that make a lasting impact and garner national attention. One of five national winners of the prestigious national Campus Compact Howard R. Swearer Student Humanitarian Award for 2008 was Elizabeth Stern, a student at Cornell University. Elizabeth co-founded Cover Africa, a student organization dedicated to reducing the global burden of malaria. To spread the word further about this work among her peers, she also organized a service-learning course on malaria interventions in Ghana. Elizabeth is now a medical student at SUNY Downstate Medical Center. “We at ESF believe that community service is an essential component in the education of our students. New York Campus Compact has supported us in realizing the full potential of service-learning.”

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Students from SUNY Geneseo, Hamilton College,
Pace University, SUNY Buffalo, Rochester Institute of Technology, and Union College recently won Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Academic Service Entrepreneur Grants to support their innovative

and wide-ranging projects, such as dental hygiene in Nicaragua, a refugee weavers’ guild, a program to design computer equipment for disabled students, grant-writing for poverty alleviation agencies, community gardens and nutrition, and community organizing.

LEfT: Cornell University’s Elizabeth Stern earned the prestigious Howard R. Swearer Student Humanitarian Award for her work to reduce the global burden of malaria.

Cornell University agrees to serve as the host site for NYCC and funds the position of executive director, filled by Kevin Michael Days. 2002 2002 100 students, faculty, and staff from across the state attend the first NYCC Student Leadership Conference on Civic Engagement.

NYCC is invited to collaborate with the state Department of Education and with the NY State Commission on National and Community Service.



Through Students4Giving, a partnership between national Campus Compact and The Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund, Binghamton University earned a highly competitive $15,000 award, to be allocated for charitable purposes through a campus philanthropy project. With these funds and additional support from the Sunshine Lady Foundation, Binghamton began The Philanthropy Incubator. Over the past three years, undergraduate and graduate students have had the opportunity to take a course in which they are encouraged to become engaged in community life through philanthropy and learn how to use private resources effectively to address public problems. To date, students have made 18 grants totaling $45,000.

An Act of Service
NYCC has made great progress in building legislative support for the civic engagement work of New York’s campuses. In 2009, the Higher Education Community Service Act passed in both houses of the New York State Legislature (S-4847-A and A-1697A) for the purpose of “promoting and recognizing volunteer service involvement by students in higher education.” NYCC worked with legislative staff in both houses to develop the language, rationale, and scope of the Act. The legislation: 1) Provides support for selecting and rewarding exemplary community service programs, promoting social responsibility among college students engaging in long-term community service projects; 2) Creates information systems to expand service activities on and off campus; and 3) Establishes a Council for Higher Education Community Service, which will include a representative from NYCC.
ToP: The Philanthropy Incubator students from 2010’s

undergraduate class at Binghamton University are among those who have made grants totaling $45,000 to community causes. BoTToM: The Philanthropy Incubator students, pictured with former Binghamton University President Lois B. Defleur (2010), learn to use private resources to address public problems.

Jim Heffernan is appointed the second executive director of NYCC. Membership surpasses 50 institutions.


2004 NYCC secures AmeriCorps VISTAs for 7 member campuses.


Professional development that Works
Regional Roundtables The NYCC Regional Roundtable series was developed to provide low-cost, easy-access, topical workshops for campus and community partners. More than 20 campuses hosted roundtables over the past two years, during which time the number of participants doubled. Sessions offered a wide range of essential information on building effective collaborations, from philosophical underpinnings to handson advice. A sampling follows:
• Adelphi University: “Service-Learning

Partnerships with Local Schools: Optimizing Opportunities for All Majors”
• City College of New York & Onondaga Community College: “Community

Partners as True Partners”
• Columbia University: “Integrating

Service-Learning into the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Disciplines”
• Cornell University: “Global Service-

Learning: Assessing the Impact on Students, Faculty, Institutions, and Communities”
• Daemen College: “Effective Methods

for Assessing the Impact of ServiceLearning on Students, Institutions, and Communities”
• Hamilton College: “Community-

Based Research in an Undergraduate Setting: Models and Practices”

NYCC receives resolutions from both the NY State Assembly and the state Senate for “Advancing Campus/Community Partnerships and Civic Engagement.” 2006

NYCC and PACC receive $1.5M from CNCS for awarding sub-grants to 19 campuses and communities for servicelearning and other partnerships.

2005 NYCC establishes the Regional Roundtable and occasional Papers series and appoints its first full-time VISTA program coordinator.



• Mount St. Mary College: “Reflection:

The Essence of Service-Learning”
• Nazareth College: “The Art of Reci-

procity in Service-Learning Partnerships”
• Siena College: “Service on the Road to

Co-Sponsored Events NYCC works with a range of other organizations to bring members the best training across disciplines and sectors. Recent co-sponsored events include: • “Scholarship in Public: Knowledge Creation and Tenure Policy in the Engaged University”—co-sponsored with Imagining America, the New York Council for the Humanities, and Colgate University • “Developing a Good Heart in STEM: The 1st Summit on Incorporating Social Justice and Service-Learning into the STEM Curriculum”—co-sponsored with Ithaca College, Learn and Serve America, and Pennsylvania Campus

Tenure—Issues of Retention/Promotion/Tenure and Community-Based Scholarship and Teaching”
• Skidmore College: “Seamless Web or

Unbridgeable Gap?—Service-Learning and Community Service on Your Campus”
• Syracuse University: “Issues of Risk

Management and Liability”
• Syracuse University & Pace University:

“Achieving Carnegie Community Engagement Classification”
• Wagner College: “Assessment of Com-

munity Outcomes in Service-Learning Efforts”

fAR LEfT and RIGHT: faculty from across the state attend Problem-Based Service Learning: A faculty Development Institute held at SUNY oswego and sponsored by NYCC.


Nine NYCC members receive the prestigious Carnegie Classification for Community Engagement. 2007 2009

2008 With 79 member campuses, NYCC becomes the largest state Compact in the nation. The Higher Education Community Service Act, which NYCC helped develop, passes both houses of the NY State Legislature.


Crossing boundaries
Regional Networks NYCC has established regional networks to promote cross-fertilization and communication within geographic regions to help campuses establish and expand service-learning and to strengthen institutional and community connections. Between 2006 and 2009, Learn and Serve grants allowed NYCC to provide faculty stipends, training and technical assistance for course development, support for regional coordinators to provide leadership and organizational continuity, and joint workshops with community partners. Through these networks, interactions among NYCC members increased substantially, leading to the launch of many new campus/community projects. Networks and their lead institutions include: • Campus-Community Consortium of the Capital Region (4CR)—Siena College • New York Metro Area Partnership for Service-Learning (NYMAPS)—City College of New York • Northeast Region Community Colleges (5CC) • Southern Tier Consortium for Service-Learning— Binghamton University • Western New York Service-Learning Coalition (WNYSLC)—Daemen College Academic Discipline Networks These networks have enabled faculty to establish or expand peer-driven service-learning projects within their academic disciplines. Sharing course materials across institutions, developing evaluation and quality guidelines, and establishing a presence for community-based learning at professional associations helped build continuity for these faculty networks: • Erasing Boundaries, Supporting Communities: Interdisciplinary Service-Learning in Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and Urban Planning—SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry • Native American Studies Interdisciplinary ServiceLearning Initiative—Nazareth College • Engineering, Peace, Justice and the Earth— Binghamton University

“ Niagara University is proud to be one of the first institutions of higher education to have joined NYCC. Of particular significance have been regional workshops, which have enabled faculty, administrators, and students to keep up to date with the current research in the field and to learn best practices.”




The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll recognizes a nation-high 62 New York campuses, 45 of them NYCC members.

NYCC publishes Partnerships That Work: The Stories and Lessons from Campus/Community Collaborations, drawn from Learn and Serve projects.


Expanding Campus Capacity
NYCC VISTAs Help Members, Communities During the 2008-2010 program years, 28 member campuses received grants to place AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) members in campus/ community partnerships to help fight poverty and its root causes in communities across New York. By coordinating campus service efforts, NYCC’s VISTAs help colleges and universities address community needs, develop leadership among their students, and improve collaborations between the institution and the community. The NYCC state office recruits, trains, and supports VISTAs and their site supervisors, in addition to ensuring federal grant compliance. Between 2008 and 2010, 44 NYCC VISTAs helped mobilize $500,000 worth of cash and in-kind resources for their communities, and coordinated over 250,000 hours of service by 25,000 volunteers. Collectively, these VISTAs were eligible to receive approximately $200,000 in education awards as a result of their year of service. VISTAs and their host campuses developed and enhanced a wide variety of projects, including tutoring/mentoring and college access programs, refugee resettlement services, anti-violence work, and free income tax services for low-income families.

members take a ropes course as part of their ongoing skills and team-building training, which occurs throughout their terms of service. BoTToM: AmeriCorps VISTA member Rachael Bruketta with volunteers at a Day of Service she organized at Buffalo State College.

ToP: NYCC’s 2008–2009 AmeriCorps VISTA

Laurie Worrall is appointed the third executive director of NYCC.

NYCC pilots the “Students in Service” AmeriCorps Education Award Program on 5 campuses, holds 2 faculty institutes, and awards 15 mini-grants for members to hold Martin Luther King, Jr., Day of Service events. 2011

2010 NYCC’s membership climbs to 83 colleges and universities.



VISTA Host Sites, 2008–2010
Alfred University Binghamton University (SUNY) Broome Community College Buffalo State College (SUNY) City College of New York (CUNY) Colgate University Daemen College/WNYSLC Hamilton College Hobart and William Smith Colleges Lehman College (CUNY) Marymount Manhattan College Morrisville College (SUNY) Nazareth College Purchase College (SUNY) Rochester Institute of Technology St. John’s University St. Lawrence University Stony Brook University (SUNY) SUNY College at old Westbury SUNY College of Environmental Science and forestry SUNY fredonia SUNY Geneseo SUNY oswego SUNY Potsdam Syracuse University University at Buffalo (SUNY) Upstate Medical University (SUNY) Wagner College

Tackling Poverty: A Sampling of NYCC VISTA Projects
While not exhaustive, the following vignettes illustrate the variety and impact of New York Campus Compact’s VISTA projects.

Ryan Arroyo worked with CORE (Creating Opportunities for Rural Education), a consortium of organizations and individuals committed to furthering the educational aspirations and attainment of youth in Allegany County, to develop a mentoring/tutoring program as well as volunteer and service-learning opportunities for students and faculty at Alfred University. Students contributed 1,300 hours of service through these campus/community partnerships.

Action Healthy Lifestyle Mentor Project, and the SOS Shelter.
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Through Joe Picalila’s work, Binghamton raised approximately $9,000 in cash and in-kind resources to assist local anti-poverty organizations that were hit particularly hard during the economic downturn. In addition, volunteers contributed 1,350 service hours to 10 organizations such as the Southern Tier AIDS Program, Broome County Homeless Coalition, Faith in

Rachael Bruketta’s work supported six afterschool and refugee resettlement programs in Buffalo through ongoing volunteer placements, service-learning courses, one-day events, and an alternative spring break. More than 50 known gangs operate in Buffalo. After-school programs and city recreational centers provide a safe, neutral space where youth can receive homework help, attend enrichment activities, use a computer, and play games and sports.
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Jason Beck supported several high-impact programs at Colgate. The Young Scholars Liberty Partnerships Program works with poverty-level youth at risk of high school dropout. Through tutoring to raise students’ SAT scores, the partner-


ship makes scholarships more accessible, opening options for attending college. The Family Literacy Project helps youth transitioning into the American school system from abroad with ESL support and mentoring relationships. Participants gain important language skills to help them in school and in the job market. The Creating Assets, Savings, and Hope coalition and the Voluntary Income Tax Assistance program helped 1,300 low-income residents to recover nearly $2 million in federal tax returns. Such programs have reduced the poverty rate by 12% in Madison County.
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Matt Krueger served three community organizations in Rochester. He helped develop programs and funding at Rise Up Rochester, a grassroots anti-violence organization. He also worked with the Community/University Partnership Project (CUPP), a free, 15-course training program to help human service workers build capacity at their organizations. In additional, Matt coordinated the Nazareth Refugee Resettlement Advisory Board (NazRAB), increasing Nazareth’s capacity to meet the needs of local refugees.
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Liz Mix implemented a tutoring program that gives children living in poverty opportunities to work one-on-one with college students. Through days of service, alternative spring breaks, service-learning courses, and volunteer placements, Liz supported the work of 10 community partner organizations and has facilitated nearly 2,000 hours of service.

Christie Hillenbrand has mobilized nearly 900 volunteers to perform 13,500 hours of service at 38 poverty-serving community organizations. She supported seven mentoring programs that serve 120 low-income and/or at-risk youth in the Oswego area. Additionally, Christie raised nearly $7,500 to support community programming.

ToP AND CENTER: NYCC’s 2008–2010 AmeriCorps VISTA members attend in-service trainings to improve their effectiveness. BoTToM: A student at Buffalo State College works with a local youth during the Martin Luther King, Jr., Day of Service.




Andrea Leifer’s four tutoring/mentoring programs served 400 youth in Syracuse. Through her efforts, medical student volunteers provided nutrition programs and medical services at free clinics. One goal was to help prevent chronic diseases prevalent in low-income families by demonstrating well-balanced diets and easy ways to prepare nutritious foods. Free medical services improve the health of community members and dispel mistrust of hospitals and physicians, encouraging marginalized individuals to seek medical care. Additionally, Andrea’s work has mobilized nearly $9,000 in cash and other resources for community programming.

Laura Notarangelo supported five tutoring/mentoring programs in Syracuse, which serve nearly 600 low-income and/or at-risk youth, specifically targeting Somali-Bantu refugee youth. Several community organizations also received student volunteers through her coordination of servicelearning courses. Students worked with local anti-poverty organizations to build capacity by updating outreach materials, including videos, website layouts, posters, and brochures.

Learn and Serve Grant Makes a Lasting Impact
In 2006, the state Campus Compacts of New York and Pennsylvania (PACC) won a grant from Learn and Serve America– Higher Education for their consor-

“ Like all areas of endeavor that involve the common good, it can be too easy to leave the work of service learning and community engagement to others. We all believe in the value of these things, but who will remind us to act on our values and who will help us do so? This is why I value NYCC.”

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tium project, “Building on Our Strengths.” Both organizations funded 16 projects over three years to establish and expand service-learning through regional networks and academic disciplines. Federal funds of nearly $1.5 million were matched by sub-grantees to catalyze campus/community partnerships, establish faculty development and networking projects, and engage both college students and disadvantaged youth.

LEfT: Partnerships that Work: The Stories and Lessons from Campus/Community Collaborations, a new resource developed by New York Campus Compact in collaboration with Pennsylvania Campus Compact, is available from the Campus Compact bookstore at


Over the three years of the grant, NYCC and PACC engaged 310 community partners, 280 faculty members, and 3,700 college students through this work. The projects catalyzed more than 230 service-learning courses and touched 2,200 K-12 pupils, including more than 800 disadvantaged youth. While widely diverse in their scope, size, purposes, and outcomes, these projects illustrate the value of loosely coupled networks. Many of the organizations involved had never worked together before. Collaborations were formed on the basis of mutual and reciprocal interests among civic en-

gagement staff, faculty, and community partners. Each group developed its own administrative structures, communication and outreach styles, and sustainability strategies within a geographical region or academic discipline. The models of collaboration and resource sharing developed by these projects were especially timely during the dark economic days of 2008. The genesis and operation of the project, and the impact and experiences of the sub-grantees, are explored in Partnerships That Work: The Stories and Lessons from Campus/Community Collaborations (Campus Compact, 2010).

“ When I arrived at SUNY Geneseo in July 1999, one of my first actions was to establish an Office of Student Volunteerism and Service Learning. I knew that Campus Compact would be a helpful resource for this new office, but I soon learned that a New York branch of the organization did not yet exist.


we should not neglect our responsibilities to it, [including] cultivation of the fundamental human capacities for compassion and altruistic action.” This is why Campus Compact is so important to me: it is a joint manifestation of our educational commitment to compassion and altruism. I cannot imagine higher education in New York today without NYCC. Its growth over the past 10 years is a testament to the vision of the college and university presidents who founded and continue to support it. The foundation they put in place bodes well for the long-term future of this vital, robust organization.”

I received word that a task force pursuing the establishment of a state compact had met in July and was in its formative stages. By October, I had become a member of this task force, and I have enjoyed observing NYCC’s development ever since. I believe that, as Palmer and Zajonc note, “all learning is situated … within community and




Governance and Leadership
NYCC is governed through an Executive Committee that oversees the organization’s goals, programs, and budgets. An Advisory Committee supports NYCC staff in program development.

Cassia Freedland, Director of the Center for Leadership, Wagner College Nora Heaphy, Deputy Director of The Colin Powell Center for Policy Studies, City College of New York James Heffernan, Former Executive Director, New York Campus Compact Pamela Kirwin Heintz, Associate Vice President for Engagement and the Director of the Mary Ann Shaw Center for Public and Community Service, Syracuse University Ann Howard, Director of RIT Community Outreach Partnership Center, Rochester Institute of Technology Mathew Johnson, Director of Presidential VISTA Fellows Program, Siena College Stephanie Malinenko, Executive Director for the WNY Service-Learning Coalition, Daemen College Terry Martinez, Dean, Community Development & Multicultural Affairs, Columbia University Laura Hill Rao, Volunteer and Service-Learning Center Coordinator, Buffalo State College Paul Roodin, Director of Experience Based Education, SUNY Oswego Cynthia Smith, Assistant Dean of Pipeline Initiatives and Partnerships, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Leonardo Vargas-Méndez, Director of the Public Service Center, Cornell University Urszula Zalewski, Career and Volunteer Programs Coordinator, Stony Brook University NYCC Staff Brittany Campese, Program Coordinator Marianne Ridley, Administrative Assistant Laurie S. Worrall, Executive Director

NYCC Executive Committee Co-chairs: Donald C. Katt, President, Ulster Community College Joseph L. Levesque, President, Niagara University Members: Erik Bitterbaum, President, SUNY Cortland Daan Braveman, President, Nazareth College Kimberly Cline, President, Mercy College Daniel P. Larson, President, Cayuga Community College Eduardo Marti, CUNY Vice Chancellor for Community Colleges Thomas Rochon, President, Ithaca College Robert Scott, President, Adelphi University David J. Skorton, President, Cornell University NYCC Advisory Committee Allison Alden, Director of Center for Civic Engagement, Binghamton University Robert Bonfiglio, Vice President for Student and Campus Life, SUNY Geneseo Nuala Boyle, Executive Director of the Center for Civic Engagement, Nazareth College Edward Engelbride, Assistant Vice Chancellor, State University of New York Marilynn P. Fleckenstein, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, Niagara University Mercedes Franco, Assistant Professor, Mathematics and Computer Sciences, Queensborough Community College


New York Campus Compact Members
Adelphi University Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Alfred State College Alfred University Bard College Barnard College Berkeley College Binghamton University (SUNY) Broome Community College Buffalo State College (SUNY) Canisius College Cayuga Community College City College of New York (CUNY) Colgate University Columbia University Cornell University Corning Community College Daemen College Dominican College Farmingdale State College (SUNY) Hamilton College Hartwick College Hobart and William Smith Colleges Hofstra University Ithaca College Jefferson Community College Keuka College LaGuardia Community College Le Moyne College Lehman College (CUNY) Long Island University Marist College Marymount Manhattan College Medaille College Mercy College Molloy College Nazareth College New York University Niagara University Nyack College Onondaga Community College Pace University Polytechnic Institute of NYU Purchase College (SUNY) Queensborough Community College Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Rochester Institute of Technology Sarah Lawrence College Siena College Skidmore College St. Bonaventure University St. John Fisher College St. John’s University St. Joseph’s College St. Lawrence University Stony Brook University (SUNY) SUNY College at Old Westbury SUNY College at Oneonta SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry SUNY Cortland SUNY Delhi SUNY Empire State College SUNY Fredonia SUNY Geneseo SUNY Institute of Technology at Utica/Rome SUNY Oswego SUNY Potsdam Syracuse University The College at Brockport (SUNY) The College of New Rochelle The College of Saint Rose The New School University The Sage Colleges Ulster Community College Union College University at Albany (SUNY) University at Buffalo (SUNY) University of Rochester Upstate Medical University (SUNY) Vassar College Vaughn College Wagner College Wells College

NYCC Founding Executive Committee Members
NYCC is indebted to the founding leaders whose foresight and dedication led to early success of the organization. The foundation they built was strong enough to support a decade of progressive growth and impact.

David A. Caputo, President, Pace University Antonette J. Cleveland, President, Niagara
Community College

Christopher C. Dahl, President, SUNY Geneseo Sean Fanelli, President, Nassau Community College Mark D. Gearan, President, Hobart and William
Smith Colleges

Robert A. Miller, President, Nazareth College Hunter R. Rawlings III, President, Cornell University Kenneth A. Shaw, Chancellor, Syracuse University Deborah F. Stanley, President, SUNY oswego Judson H. Taylor, President, SUNY Cortland


About New York Campus Compact
New York Campus Compact (NYCC) is a statewide coalition of more than 80 college and university presidents who are committed to promoting active citizenship as an aim of higher education. Our members include campuses of all types—two-year and four-year, public and independent, from Buffalo to New York City and from the Southern Tier to the North Country—that have joined NYCC to advance community partnerships, service-learning, and civic engagement on campuses. NYCC provides statewide leadership in advancing the public purposes of higher education through student involvement in academic and non-academic campus programs, community-based research initiatives, and community partnerships. NYCC seeks to strengthen the capacity of member institutions to serve society, resolve public issues, enhance student learning, and improve the quality of civic life in New York State.

Singing one of NYCC’s Heroes— thank You, Angela downing!
Every successful organization has unsung heroes who are the vital, behind-the-scenes keys Angela Downing to that success. From its inception, Angela Downing has served in that role for NYCC. Angela’s service began in 2000, before the organization’s official establishment. She worked with NYCC’s first executive director, Kevin Days, kept NYCC on track during the search for a new director, and during her five years with Jim Heffernan expanded her role from administrative support to office manager. With her trademark cheerfulness and can-do style, Angela has been a consistent and energetic resource for NYCC members and staff. Her nine years of service were marked by dedication, dependability, insight, and good humor. Whether juggling member services and conferences, supervising the work of young office staffers, or mastering the intricacies of Cornell’s budget systems and federal grants, Angela worked to help NYCC succeed. She has had a significant and sustaining impact on this organization, and we’re indebted to her.

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