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1997                   1998                          1999                        2000  

The History of the Purdue University ad hoc Task Force 
on Citizenship Education

1985 [National] Campus Compact formed (as presidential consortium by presidents of Brown, Georgetown and Stanford Universities).  [Campus Compact now has a membership of over 600 colleges and universities.]

1993  Indiana Campus Compact formed (as presidential consortium of colleges and universities in Indiana).

1995  Purdue University, under the leadership of President Steven C. Beering, became a member of the Indiana Campus Compact.  Dr. Richard E. Grace, Director of the Undergraduate Studies Program, serves as Community Service Director and as President Beering's representative to the ICC.

June 1997  Nine-member team of faculty, staff, students and community members representing Purdue University (West Lafayette) attends ICC's Universities as Citizens Summer Planning Institute at IUPUI.  The purpose of the SPI was to assist campus-wide teams to develop a plan to promote service learning and the scholarship of engagement at their home institution.

June 1997 Task Force formed after returning from the 1997 SPI.

Summer 1997  Mission statement, vision statement, goals and objectives developed.

Sept./Oct. 1997  Seven focus groups run with faculty, staff, students and community members. (This becomes an Excellence 21 project.)

Sept. 1997   Task Force co-sponsors talk on campus by Professor Nancy Nickman of the University of Utah, a Presidential Scholar in the area of service learning.

Fall 1997  Web site created.

October 1997  Invited presentation to a group of the Purdue University Board of Trustees.

1997-98  Professor Kate Laskowitz, OLS, serves as an ICC Faculty Fellow for 1997-98.

Spring 1998  Funding from President Beering permits the hiring of a temporary Service Learning Coordinator, leading to completion of service-learning course inventory for campus.

April 1998  "Helping Students Learn at Purdue" day-long workshop on service learning held on campus; participants and presenters from Michigan State, Indiana University (Bloomington) as well as from Purdue University.

June 1998  Purdue University (West Lafayette) sends team to 1998 Summer Planning Institute of
Midwest Consortium (consisting of IN, IL, OH and MI Campus Compacts) at Columbus, OH.

Summer 1998  Task Force planned series of retreats, evening sessions and brown-bag lunches
on campus and in the community for 1998-99.

September 1999  First issue of the Task Force newsletter; first of series of brown-bag lunches,
retreats and evening sessions.

Spring 1999  Community needs assessment performed by Task Force graduate assistants,
funded by Offices of the President and of the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, and assisted by the Executive Directors of the Greater Lafayette Volunteer Bureau and of Leadership Lafayette and by the county extension agent for Tippecanoe County Cooperative Extension Service.

Spring 1999  Retreats off-campus in February (at the Tippecanoe County Cooperative Extension Service office) and April (at the Greater Lafayette Museum of Art), and again on campus in May.

Spring 1999   Students Assisting Volunteer Efforts (SAVE), new student organization to support
community involvement activities, volunteerism and service learning, created with ICC Community Service mini-grant.

Summer 1999  Support, including two graduate assistants, from office of Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Office of President, continues indefinitely beyond Spring 1999 Community Needs Assessment.

1999-2000   Several presentations on service learning, including to four different groups from the University Residences, to APSAC, and to the University Religious Leaders.

1999-2000  Professors William Oakes, Freshmen Engineering, and John Pomery, Economics, serve as ICC Faculty Fellows for 1999-2000.

October 1999   Purdue University, and specifically the Engineering Projects in Community Service (EPICS) program recognized in the John Templeton Foundation's publication, "Colleges that encourage Character Development."

November 1999  Center for Instructional Excellence workshop, panel presentation on "Excellence and Service Leaning at Purdue - Present and Potential."

December 1999  USA Group Foundation awards Purdue University a grant to develop a Service
Learning Ambassador Program over the next three years, based on proposal developed by the Task Force and the Office of the EVPAA.  An action group sets out the strategy for the group.

Winter 1999-2000  Professors Ed Coyle and Leah Jamieson, co-founders and co-directors of
EPICS, are finalists for the prestigious 2000 Thomas Erlich Faculty Award by Campus Compact.

 March 2000  Dr. Barbara Jacoby, of the University of Maryland, a leading author and national
figure in the area of service learning, visited campus on March 30 and 31, 2000, and gave three presentations on service learning.

March 2000  The Task Force hosts the first Northwest Regional ICC meeting, housed at the
Tippecanoe County Extension Office and with Barbara Jacoby as keynote speaker.

April 2000   Task Force presents "Adding Service Learning to your Teaching Repertoire" in the
CIE's Advanced Teaching Workshop series.

April 2000  The Office of Community Service and Learning, a.k.a. the Boiler Volunteer Network,
opens in Stewart G-4.  This office involves a collaboration of the Greater Lafayette Volunteer Bureau, the Purdue Memorial Union, the Presidential Advisory Council on Retirement ("Purdue Retirees"), plus a commitment of financial support from the Executive Vice President and Treasurer.

Fall 2000  Inauguration of Service Learning Ambassadors Program, and first offering of Introduction to Service Learning course (Mgmt 190S) as part of Lilly Endowment Retention Initiative's "Leadership and Service Learning Scholars" Learning community.  [Mgmt 190S] is expected to be offered in Spring 2001 as an open enrollment course.]

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