This year's theme, "Stone Soup: Ingredients for Community Collaboration," is drawn from an old folktale about a traveler who engages and unites a community and connects resources contributed by individual community members. The UND Center for Community Engagement uses the theme to emphasize the positive benefits of cooperation and collaboration and to recognize outstanding civic engagement by a UND community partner, faculty members, students, and an academic department. Carrying on a tradition of engagement at the University of North Dakota originated by President John C. West, serving our version of stone soup will be current UND First Lady Marcia Kelley and Grand Forks Mayor Dr. Michael Brown. The awards to be presented this year are as follows:
2008 Community Partner Award - Given to a nonprofit, community, or public entity that has demonstrated an exemplary relationship with academic programs, faculty and students.
2008 Public Scholar Award - Given to a full-time UND faculty member who has demonstrated exemplary public scholarship involving community members and producing data that has been made available and accessible to the public.
2008 Faculty Service-Learning Award - Given to a full-time UND faculty member who has demonstrated exemplary effectiveness in using service-learning as a teaching method.
2008 Engaged Department Award - Given to a UND academic department that has demostrated exemplary commitment to engagement of faculty and students in addressing community needs through learning.
2008 Carter Academic-Service Entrepreneur (CASE) Award - Given to three UND students for separate service-learning projects, to be carried out in the Spring 2009 semester, that meet criteria set by the CASE Grant sponsors, the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Partnership Foundation (www.jrcpf.org).
2008 Undergraduate Civic Engagement Award - Given to a UND undergraduate junior who has demonstrated exemplary civic engagement through dedication and innovation in academic-based service and outstanding civic leadership potential.
2008 Graduate Civic Engagement Award - Given to a UND graduate student who has advanced civic engagement through public scholarship, service-learning pedagogy, or scholarship about civic engagement, with outstanding academic or disciplinary civic engagement leadership potential.
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UND Center for Community Engagement
The mission of the Center for Community Engagement is to link academic resources with community needs. The Center coordinates and supports opportunities for faculty and students to learn from and with nonprofit organizations, rural communities, tribal communities, and other public partners in the state. It works with departments, faculty, and students across campus, coordinates activies with other units with relevant teaching, research, srevice missions, and develops relationships with public and community partners. The Center houses two main activities: experiential learning (including service-learning) and public scholarship.