As a member of New York Campus Compact (NYCC) for more than five years, Stony Brook has continued to promote, expand, and support service-learning courses and programs. As a member of NYCC, Stony Brook has been able to successfully run the AmeriCorps VISTA program, a federally funded volunteer initiative that supports civic engagement, diversity, volunteerism, and sustainable programming with nonprofit organizations and community members.
NYCC also provides opportunities for its member institutions to recognize individuals who contribute to service-learning facets of higher education. Two highly coveted awards were recently announced: The Thomas Ehrlich Civically Engaged Faculty Award and the Ernest A. Lynton Award for the Scholarship of Engagement. Both awards focus on community collaboration, institutional impact, and how the individual incorporates his/her roles of teaching, research, and service. The Thomas Ehrlich Award is primarily geared toward senior faculty, while the Ernest A. Lynton Award is geared toward junior faculty members.
The deadline for the Thomas Ehrlich Award is Monday, April 5, 2010. More information about the application process and procedures can be found at www.compact.org or firstname.lastname@example.org. The recipient will be announced on June 11, 2010, and will be recognized at the Association of American Colleges and Universities annual conference, held January 26 to 29, 2011 in San Francisco. The recipient will also receive a $2,000 award, free conference registration, and lodging and airfare. The deadline for the Ernest A. Lynton Award is Friday, May 21, 2010. For more information about the Ernest A. Lynton Award, please visit www.nerche.org.