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Oct. 10, 2001
OSWEGO -- SUNY Oswego President Deborah F. Stanley will be among the college and university presidents, staff and students from across New York state who will join leaders from the National Corporation of Service and other government programs to officially launch the New York Campus Compact on Oct. 16 at Pace University in New York City.
Stanley is one of 10 members of the New York Campus Compact executive committee.
With the establishment of the New York Campus Compact, New York is joining more than 25 other state compacts in establishing an organization of colleges and universities committed to promoting active citizenship as an aim of higher education among member institutions.
"The point is to establish in our students the habits of engagement in civic life. That's what furthers a democratic society, and that's what makes America strong," Stanley said.
New York has 263 institutions of higher education, giving its Campus Compact the potential to be the largest state compact in the nation.
The Oct. 16 kick-off event will highlight the role the New York Campus Compact will play in providing statewide leadership in advocating for, supporting, and increasing student involvement in academic and co-curricular based public service.
Through grants, workshops, conferences and courses, member institutions strengthen America's democratic society. In turn, member institutions agree to enhance student learning through service and develop in students the knowledge, values, skills and habits of civic responsibility and democratic participation.
Speakers at the event will include: Elizabeth L. Hollander, executive director of Campus Compact, a national coalition of over 750 college and university presidents, who will discuss the role the national Campus Compact will play in supporting the New York Campus Compact; Edward Zlotkowski, professor of English at Bentley College, senior faculty fellow at the national Campus Compact and senior associate at the American Association for Higher Education, who will talk about how federal funding and projects from Campus Compact have been able to develop in other state compacts; and Kenneth Reardon, associate professor of urban and regional planning at Cornell University, who will highlight several campuses that represent active citizenship in New York state along with the need to provide funding and technical assistance to institutions that are developing service-learning and community service programs.
The ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16 in the Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts at Pace University, 1 Pace Plaza, New York, N.Y. For more information, contact Robert A. Bonfiglio, vice president for student and campus life at SUNY Geneseo, at (716) 245-5618.
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