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ACE Newsletter: January 11, 2024


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Blue and Yellow logo: West Virginia University Center for Community Engagement


Volume 5, Issue 11

January 11, 2024
The WVU Center for Community Engagement (CCE) aims to leverage university knowledge and resources to support effective partnerships with communities that enhance discovery through community-engaged teaching, scholarship, and action. The Center supports faculty, staff, and students in working with external partners to meet reciprocal and mutually beneficial needs and advance WVU’s land grant mission.
A picture of WVU in the snow with a topographic overlay. The following text is included "Welcome Back, Spring 2024 Semester."

Dear WVU Academic Community Engaged Scholars,

Like the varied service initiatives of which we are a part, we always aim to find ways to reach new people and expand our circle.  This is particularly true right now in this season of reflection and connection.

Please take a moment and forward this e-newsletter to a few colleagues who would be excited about academic community-engaged scholarship opportunities and resources.  It would be appreciated if you would add a personal note about why you're sharing the newsletter

You can also find WVU Center for Community Engagement on Instagram, Facebook, X, and LinkedIn platforms.

Regardless of how you connect with us, we look forward to deepening our relationships with you.  We are grateful that we can play a role in advocating for the resources, programs, and structures you need to advance your academic community-engaged work and to cultivate mutually beneficial, equitable, and sustainable relationships with partners. We are excited for this new year and new opportunities as our community grows. Together, we are enhancing the lives and livelihoods of West Virginians and beyond.

Best wishes for an impactful semester,

Melissa Calabrese
Academic Community Engagement Coordinator

A note from Sarah Toothman, Service-Learning AmeriCorps VISTA:
I look forward to developing further connections with the engaged scholar community through continued service with AmeriCorps VISTA and WVU Center for Community Engagement. 
   /Service and Learning Resources
Spring 2024
As our Engaged Scholar community continues to grow and adapt, new resources are continuously added to the WVU Center for Community Engagement online database. Current and previously published ACE Newsletters are now available online for future reference. 

Looking for current grants, publications, and training opportunities? Discover additional resources on our Faculty & Staff resource page. This page includes external service-learning resources and guidebooks curated by our ACE Team for the Spring 2024 term. 

For the Spring 2024 semester, current service and learning designated instructors will receive a collection of resources to support course development. For further resources or additional questions regarding this process, please contact Whitney Glotfelty or Sarah Toothman.
Service Learning and STEM
Tuesday, February 13th, 2024 | 9:30 - 10:20 A.M. 
  • William Oakes, Assistant Dean for Experiential Learning, Director of EPICS, and Professor of Engineering Education, Purdue University
  • Celine Fitzmaurice, Assistant Teaching Professor and Faculty Support Facilitator, Portland State University
  • Miriam Leary, Associate Professor, School of Medicine, West Virginia University
Place-Based Approaches for Thriving Communities
Spring 2024 
Speaker: J'amilah Ducar, Executive Director, The Engaged Campus, University of Pittsburgh
Finding Purpose: Benefits of Service and Collaboration 
Tuesday, March 5th, 2024 | 9:30 - 10:20 A.M.
with Gayle Connelly Manchin, Federal Co-Chair, ARC
Moderator: Kristi Wood Turner, WVU Assistant Dean, Director of CCE

What Do We Mean by Civic Engagement?
Thursday, March 21st, 2024 | 9:30 - 10:20 A.M.
Speaker: Mason Arbogast, Civic Engagement Coordinator, WVU CCE
Moderator: Melissa Calabrese, Academic Community Engagement Coordinator
ACE Series Registration and Additional Information
   /Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
MLK Greatness Determined By Service, An Afternoon of Reflection | Gluck Theatre, Jan 15. 12-4 PM | WVU CCE and AmeriCorps VISTA logo included on bottom corners of image. The background is a black and white photo of MLK, Jr. leading a speech.

MLK, Greatness Determined By Service; An Afternoon of Reflection
Location: Gluck Theatre, Jan.15, 12-4 PM

Join AmeriCorps VISTA and the WVU Center for Community Engagement in commemorating the impactful life of Martin Luther King Jr. During this event, participants have the opportunity to reflect upon MLK Jr.'s inspiring speeches and engage in meaningful discussions about his actions to empower communities.

All are welcome to attend. To pre-register for this event, attendants are encouraged to sign up on iServe. Students will receive service hours for attendance. 

The Martin Luther King, Jr., National Day of Service is a defining moment each year when Americans across the country step up to make communities more equitable and take action to create the Beloved Community of Dr. King’s dream. While Dr. King believed the Beloved Community was possible, he acknowledged and fought for systemic change. His example is our call to action. 

-AmeriCorps VISTA National Organization

   /AmeriCorps Summer Programs
Text: WVU Energy Express AmeriCorps, 8 Week Summer Reading Program, Summer 2024.  Make the World A Better Place.  Located Statewide 26 counties, 45 sites.  Earn $1459.26 education award, earn a $3726 living allowance, earn 300 service horus
Looking for an engaging service opportunity over summer break? Join Energy Express AmeriCorps to assist emerging readers in developing literacy skills and engaging in learning. Located in 26 counties throughout West Virginia, Energy Express offers employment opportunities for students and young professionals looking to grow through service and learning in their local communities. 
Get Involved with Energy Express AmeriCorps
*Energy Express is a summer reading program promoting the school success of West Virginia children living in rural and low-income communities. 
   /Academic Community Engagement Consultations
The Center for Community Engagement (CCE) works with faculty, instructors, staff, and graduate students within all disciplines to design or refine community engaged courses, programs, and reasearch.  The CCE is a resource hub; we aim to support your efforts in shaping impactful experiences for your students and partners.   

You're invited to schedule a conversation with the Academic Community Engagement team.
AmeriCorps West Virginia logo, blue and white
AmeriCorps VISTAs assist with building capacity and supporting the mission of host sites.  AmeriCorps VISTA members use their skills to develop, enhance, and sustain engagement programs.

VISTA members are awarded to West Virginia University, WVU Beckley, WVU Keyser, and Extension Service departments, colleges, and programs, including non-academic departments and programs.

Go to the
Center for Community Engagement - AmeriCorps website to learn more about open positions or to become a host site.
/iServe Support

WVU Faculty, staff, students, and community partners may schedule a 1:1 iServe consultation for personalized support with navigating the special features of WVU's volunteer management system.  Book your appointment by emailing 
/Community Outreach and Resources

Strong community partnerships take time to develop. Jumpstart your Community Engaged course or project by contacting the Center for Community Engagement today!
We gathered some innovative external opportunities to inform and support your community engagement work, and to share your perspective on important topics.
   /Curated Reading
Surveying the Syllabus; What Syllabi Communicate about Service-Learning at Four-Year Institutions 
(IJRSLCE), Volume 11, Issue 1 (2023)
Seeking to advance knowledge and understanding of service-learning, this study analyzed how 270 syllabi from 193 four-year institutions that were recipients of the Carnegie Elective Classification for Community Engagement communicated framework and expectations in service-learning courses. 
   /Request for Proposals
IJRSLCE: Call for Manuscripts for Volume 12
IJRSLCE is seeking submissions that reflect the breadth of scholarship in the service-learning and community engagement field, with articles from different disciplines and countries, reflecting a range of methodologies. 
Deadline: May 15, 2024

Gateways: International Journal of Community Research and Engagement RFP
Contributors are encouraged to explore how the research articles can be critically, collaboratively, and creatively re-imagined to help make tangible the larger vision that lies at the heart of community-based research and practice. 
Extended Deadline: January 22, 2024

   /Grants and Awards
2024 Community Collaboration Challenge
The National Partnership for Student Success Hub is looking to support both local and state-level collaboration. The most compelling local collaborations will receive stipends of up to $10,000 to support collaborative efforts and state-level collaborations are eligible to receive up to two stipends. 
Application Deadline: January 19, 2024 EOD
ARC 2024 Substance Use Disorder Recovery-to-Work Projects
INSPIRE awards support job creation and expansion of services that help Appalachians in recovery from SUD obtain a job and stay on the job. Successful INSPIRE projects could include enhanced support services, and strategies to integrate a community- and partnership-based approach for stronger coordination among services and providers. 

Letter of Intent: February 16, 2024
Final Applications Due: March 8, 2024
   /Events, Workshops, and Conferences
NSF Grant Development Workshop | Marshall University
Join Marshall NSF Division of Undergraduate Education as four program officers discuss available funding options. In-person (lunch provided) or virtual option is available upon registration.
Wednesday, January 17, 2024 | 12:00 to 1:00 PM | 
Zoom Link 

Opportunity Appalachia 2024 Launch Webinar
Join ARC's Federal Co-chair Gayle Manchin as keynote speaker in collaboration with Appalachian Community Capital to discuss ARC POWER funding for coal-impacted communities in the Central Appalachian states. (West Virginia) This expanding program targets development in healthcare, education, and community development opportunities across Appalachia. 
Thursday, January 18th at 1:00 pm 
Faculty Learning Community: Partnering with Community Co-Educators (Campus Compact)
Join faculty from across institutions, disciplines, and varying levels of community engagement expertise to participate in an interactive learning community. 
February 8, 2024 | 3:00 - 5:00 PM

Faculty Learning Community: Developing and Aligning Student Outcomes, Preparation, and Engagement (Campus Compact)

Join faculty from across institutions to participate in an interactive learning community. Drawing on Welch and Plaxton-Moore's The Craft of Community-Engaged Teaching and Learning. The six Faculty Learning Community Meetings will foster faculty learning about integrating community-engaged principles, practices, and pedagogies into their work. 
Mar 14, 2024 | 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
View more opportunities on the CCE webpage:
Please share updates about your Academic Community Engaged efforts by emailing or by filling out this Qualtrics form:

The Center for Community Engagement team members are committed to:

  • Facilitating faculty and academic staff in integrating civic and community engagement experiences seamlessly into their coursework, research, and programs.
  • Empowering students to actively participate in positive change by providing opportunities for social action, leadership development, and meaningful engagement with civic and community initiatives.
  • Creating connections between community organizations and dedicated students, faculty, and staff who share a common goal of promoting positive social change
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The 2023 - 2024 WVU A.C.E. newsletters are developed by the A.C.E. team, including Melissa Calabrese (ACE Coordinator) and Sarah Toothman (Service Learning VISTA).  Mason Arbogast provides the data about community engagement.  We love hearing from you!  Please contact us if you have questions or suggestions about the newsletter content.

WVU Center for Community Engagement

(304) 293-8762

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