FROM THE DESK OF GEORGE BOGGS

March 21, 2008

Issue #693

POLICY AND ADVOCACY

1. THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE'S
RESEARCH, EDUCATION, AND ECONOMICS AGENCY (USDA/REE) invites community colleges to present at the second annual Bio Energy Awareness Days (BEAD II), June 19-22, Washington, D.C. As part of this event, the USDA/REE will be judging a competition called "The Grand Challenge - A Competition to Promote Forward-Thinking and Leadership in Land-Grant Colleges of Agriculture and Forestry and Other Institutions of Higher Learning.”
Fifteen winners will be invited to present their visions during the REE Bio Energy Awareness Days II. Specifically, the winners will have the opportunity to exhibit at the USDA Whitten Building site for BEAD II, June
19 and 20, with a reception honoring them. If you have questions about exhibiting at the event or the Grand Challenge please contact Karen Grillo at grillo@ncfap.org, 202/328-5183. For additional information and updates go to http://www.ree.usda.gov/news/bead.shtml. AACC Contact:
David Baime

2. THE HOUSE AND SENATE APPROVED THEIR RESPECTIVE
FISCAL YEAR (FY) 2009 BUDGET PLANS LAST WEEK. The House budget resolution, H Con Res 312, provides $7.1 billion more for education, training, employment and social service programs than President Bush requested in his FY 2009 budget. The Senate budget plan, S Con Res 70, provides $5.7 billion more than the President's budget for Head Start and the Department of Education. A conference to reconcile the differences between the two bills is expected to begin in April. For an updated funding table, visit the AACC Web site under the Government Relations tab. AACC Contact:
Laurie Quarles

3. THE PARTNERSHIP FOR VETERANS EDUCATION, A COALITION
OF VETERANS AND HIGHER EDUCATION ASSOCIATIONS of which AACC is a member, has sent a letter to Congress in support of the
Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act (S. 22). The legislation would increase educational benefits for military veterans by providing an amount equal to the highest in-state tuition rate for a public college in a state, as well as a stipend for books and other educational expenses.
The bill would also allow reservists who serve multiple, shorter tours on active duty to accumulate that time to qualify for more benefits. AACC
Contact: James Hermes

PROGRAM INITIATIVES

4. BE THE CHANGE, INC., IN COLLABORATION WITH THE
SERVICE NATION ORGANIZING COMMITTEE, is seeking 75 energetic individuals from around the country to help jump-start the Service Nation Movement to bring national service to scale in the United States. The Change Agent Summer Organizing program offers $3,750 stipends to people over 18 to spend the summer organizing and training citizens for service and a national summit in New York in September. Deadline for applications is April 15.
Apply at www.bethechangeinc.org/servicenation/movement/change_agent_academy.
For more information, contact Emily Cherniack at echerniack@bethechangeinc.org or 617/252-2466 or visit www.servicenation.org. AACC Contact: Gail Robinson

5. COMMUNITY COLLEGES ARE INVITED TO JOIN THE BROOKINGS
INSTITUTION'S NEWLY LAUNCHED INITIATIVE on International Volunteering and Service. Several colleges, universities, nonprofits, government agencies and corporations - the Building Bridges Coalition - have joined forces with Brookings and are committed to doubling the number of volunteers in service abroad by 2010. The coalition’s campus engagement group hosts a Web site to help the higher education community build its capacity to support students, alumni, faculty and staff. As part of this initiative, Global Service Fellowships legislation was introduced in both the Senate and House last session proposing $50,000,000 to help offset the costs of volunteering abroad. The coalition invites colleges to sign up as partners to remain apprised of all related activities. Visit www.american.edu/careercenter/campusengagement/ to receive further information on partnerships, links, and resources. AACC Contact: Gail Robinson

6. GAIN NATIONAL VISIBILITY FOR AN OUTSTANDING FACULTY
MEMBER (and your college) by nominating an inspiring individual for the 2008 U.S. Professors of the Year award.
Sponsored annually by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education and The Carnegie Foundation, this prestigious program is the only national initiative designed to recognize excellence in undergraduate teaching and mentoring. Four national winners will each receive $5,000 and an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C., for the awards luncheon. See nomination materials at www.usprofessorsoftheyear.org. Deadline for nominations is April 18. AACC Contact: Norma Kent

7. THE FULBRIGHT VISITING SPECIALISTS PROGRAM, DIRECT
ACCESS TO THE MUSLIM WORLD, provides opportunities for U.S.
institutions to host scholars and professionals from the Muslim World in the Balkans, Central, South and Southeast Asia, the Middle East, as well as North and Sub-Saharan Africa for short-term, intensive lecturing and public outreach programs. There is a strong community outreach component to this program. Approximately 15 grants will be awarded. The application form and instructions for host institutions are available at http://www.cies.org/Visiting_Specialists/. Application deadline is April 1 for the 2009 calendar year (Jan. to Dec.
2009). Contact Jamie Sharp at vstngspec@cies.iie.org or
202/686-6253 with questions. AACC Contact: Judy Irwin

8. THE GLOBAL UNDERGRADUATE EXCHANGE PROGRAM (UGRAD), a
U.S. Department of State program managed by World Learning, provides academic exchange opportunities for undergraduate students from Asia and the Pacific and the Western Hemisphere, with a focus on community service, practical internships and cultural enrichment activities. World Learning is looking for academic institutions, to host undergraduate students for one semester or one-year programs. For more information, please visit www.worldlearning.org/globalugrad or contact Dorothea Antonio at dorothea.antonio@gworldlearning.org. Apply by Mar. 31. AACC Contact: Judy Irwin

9. JOIN CHINESE REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE CHINA
EDUCATION ASSOCIATION FOR INTERNATIONAL EXCHANGE (CEAIE) vocational and technical colleges April 5 (1:00 - 4:00 p.m.) in Philadelphia. Discussion will focus on long-term cooperation between AACC and CEAIE members, including a senior leadership program for Chinese senior administrators and AACC’s participation in the CEAIE October 2008 International Educational Forum in Beijing. AACC Contact:
Judy Irwin

10. THE EXAMPLES OF EXCELENCIA INITIATIVE IS A PROGRAM
DEVELOPED BY EXCELENCIA IN EDUCATION to recognize and honor programs and departments in the associate, baccalaureate and graduate levels that have demonstrated a commitment to improving the success of the Latino community by increasing academic opportunities. AACC would like to congratulate the
2007 award recipients at the associate Level: Evergreen Valley College, Montgomery College, Truman College, Cabrillo College, Dallas County Community College District and El Camino College for their outstanding work.
Deadline for nominations for the 2008 Example of Excelencia is April 30.
Award recipients will receive a $5,000 award, recognition at the Celebracion de Excelencia and throughout the year and be added to the online Excelencia library for Latino students.
For more information or to nominate, please contact Lourdes Guerrero at lguerrero@edexcelencia.org or call 818/920-3485.
You may also nominate online at
http://www.edexcelencia.org/examples/nominate/applicant.asp?action=applicant
form.
AACC Contact: Mary Heiss

11. STRENGTHEN YOUR SECTOR PROGRAMS AND LEADERSHIP-JOIN
THE 2008-9 class of the national Sector Skills Academy, a unique leadership institute developed to stimulate and strengthen growth in sector employment development. Since the first Academy was initiated in June 2005, the Aspen Institute’s Workforce Strategies Initiative, in collaboration with Public/Private Ventures and the National Network of Sector Partners, has trained more than 75 Marano Fellows in an effort to improve the quantity, quality and sustainability of sector efforts. Applications are now being accepted for the 2008-9 class. For application, please visit http://www.sectorskillsacademy.org. If you have specific questions, please contact Tracey Allard at tallard@ppv.org.
AACC Contact: Carolyn Teich


12. THE GILMAN INTERNATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM ONLINE
APPLICATION IS NOW OPEN. This program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and administered by the Institute of International Education, provides awards of up to $5,000 for U.S. undergraduate students to study abroad for up to one academic year. The program aims to diversify the kinds of student who study abroad and the countries and regions where they go. The program serves students who have been under-represented in study abroad, which includes but is not limited to students with high financial need, community college students, students in under-represented fields such as the sciences and engineering, students from diverse ethnic backgrounds, students attending minority-serving institutions and students with disabilities. For more information, full eligibility criteria and the online application visit www.iie.org/gilman. Application deadline is April 15. AACC Contact: Judy Irwin

NEW RESOURCES

13. GET AN ADVANCE LOOK AT THE AACC CONVENTION PROGRAM
BEFORE YOU ARRIVE in Philadelphia. Review hundreds of plenary, forum and spotlight sessions, plus a complete listing of 2008 award honorees at www.aacc.nche.edu/convention. AACC Contact: George Boggs

14. MANY OF THE INTERNATIONAL PRESENTATIONS MADE AT THE
FEBRUARY 2008 WORLD CONGRESS in New York City can be downloaded at http://www.worldcongress2008.com/sag.html.
AACC Contact: Judy Irwin
15. THERE IS STILL TIME TO ADVERTISE IN THE 2008-09
EDITION OF AACC'S INTERNATIONAL STUDENT GUIDE to U.S.
Community Colleges. The guide is a high-quality, unique and cost-effective opportunity to increase the visibility of
your college throughout the world. For more information, a
rate card or to place an insertion order, go to www.aacc.nche.edu/StudyGuide. AACC Contact: Judy Irwin

16. A NEW TOOLKIT, "MAKING THE CASE FOR COMMUNITY
COLLEGES: Tools for Communications Advocacy," is available at http://www.communitycollegecentral.org/Advocacytoolkit/.
Developed by Douglas Gould and Company, the Ford Foundation's communication partner for the Community College Bridges to Opportunity Initiative, this toolkit contains information on strategies and resources necessary to conduct a successful communications advocacy campaign. For more information on the Bridges initiative, go to http://www.communitycollegecentral.org.
AACC Contact:
Mary Heiss

GRANTS/PARTNERSHIPS

17. THE U.S. ELECTION ASSISTANCE COMMISSION IS NOW
ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS for a competitive grant program to recruit college poll workers. The program will award up to 50 grants of no less than $10,000 each and is open to community colleges and universities interested in encouraging students to serve as poll workers during the presidential election in November. Applications are due April 7; this is a non-partisan activity. For more information, visit www.eac.gov/grants/voter/hava-college-poll-worker-program/college-poll-worke
r/
or contact Juliana Milhofer or Edgardo Cortés at
866/747-1471 or HAVACollegeProgram@eac.gov. AACC Contact:
Gail Robinson

18. THE COLLEGE BOARD’S MIDDLE STATES REGIONAL OFFICE
IS OFFERING GREENHOUSE GRANTS of up to $20,000 for institutions in the District of Columbia, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands This public service initiative "seeds" the start-up of innovative public service outreach projects in College Board member institutions to help support new and creative means for advancing the goals of excellence and equity; enhance student preparation for and access to higher education; reach low-income and disadvantaged student populations; attend to educational needs not yet being met; and/or identify new service opportunities consistent with and supportive of their missions and the mission of the College Board. See the Greenhouse brochure
(http://click.collegeboard.com:80/6078915.75601.0.31139)
online for more information. Deadline is March 28. Contact Tarang Gupta at
610/227-2534 or tgupta@collegeboard.org.
AACC Contact: Gail Robinson

19. THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE (DOS) WILL PROVIDE UP
TO FOUR AWARDS FOR ITS NEW COMMUNITY COLLEGE Initiative for Egypt. DOS is encouraging more consortia of community colleges to respond to the Request for Proposal. See http://exchanges.state.gov/education/rfgps/april7rfgp.htm
for a description of the program objectives, goals, implementation and contact information. Deadline is April 21. AACC Contact: Judy Irwin

20. HIGHER EDUCATION FOR DEVELOPMENT (HED), IN
COOPERATION WITH THE U.S. AGENCY for International Development (USAID), is currently issuing Requests for Applications for competitive awards to support higher education partnerships. Experts from U.S. higher education institutions are encouraged to apply to work with their counterparts in developing countries on partnership programs in fields such as economic growth, telecommunications, health, agriculture, education and journalism.
To receive program updates via e-mail, send your name, job title, organization name and e-mail address to HED@HEDprogram.org .
For more information about HED, please visit http://www.hedprogram.org/ Current RFA anticipates making grant awards for three-year partnerships in:

(1) Paraguay, for Collaborative Training in Epidemiology and Public Health. Applications deadline
extended to April 23. See
www.hedprogram.org/tabid/66/itemid/147/Paraguay-PublicHealth.aspx/.

(2) Jordan, to enhance and improve the Early Childhood Development undergraduate degree program in two higher education institutions in Jordan as a way to increase teachers' skills and competencies in early childhood education. Applications are due April 28. See

http://www.hedprogram.org/tabid/66/itemid/153/Jordan-Early-Childhood-Educati
on.aspx.
AACC Contact: Judy Irwin

EVENTS & SERVICES

21. THE PRESIDENTS ACADEMY SUMMER INSTITUTE (PASI) IS
ONLY FOUR MONTHS AWAY, and it is not too soon for you to get this important professional development event on your summer calendar. PASI is especially designed to benefit community college CEOs and is scheduled July 13-17 in Kennebunkport, Maine. The program, information about the Colony Hotel and online registration are available at http://www.aacc.nche.edu/ under the Presidents Academy tab or at http://www2.aacc.nche.edu/PASI/index2.html.
AACC
Contact: George Boggs

22. JOIN A GUIDED TOUR OF WORLD FAMOUS READING TERMINAL
MARKET April 7, during the AACC Annual Convention. The tour includes a cooking demonstration featuring Italian/ Pennsylvania/ Philadelphia foods, followed by a paired wine tasting at LaCucina at the market. Experience for yourself mouth-watering aromas; produce fresh from the field; Amish specialties, fresh meats, seafood, and poultry; unique, hand-made pottery, jewelry and crafts from around the world; and the hustle and bustle of a diverse city. A guide will share the market's fantastic and unique history in Center City Philadelphia. Register today at http://www.aacc.nche.edu/Content/NavigationMenu/NewsandEvents/AACC_Conventio
n1/Tour_Information/Tour_Information.htm


Tour begins: 11:30 a.m.
Departs from: AACC Registration Desk in the Pennsylvania Convention Center
Cost: $38 per person (tour and lunch)
Duration: 2 - 3 hours
AACC Contact: Tavia Cummings

23. APPLY ONLINE TODAY.....FUTURE LEADERS INSTITUTE
(FLI) AND FUTURE LEADERS INSTITUTE/ADVANCED (FLI/ADV) 2008 will be held concurrently in Providence, R.I., June 22-26, Future Leaders Institute is an innovative five-day institute designed for mid-level administrators looking to move into a higher level of leadership. These individuals currently hold positions such as dean, director, department chair, CIO and more. Future Leaders Institute/Advanced is a rigorous five-day institute designed specifically for senior level administrators on the direct path to the presidency. FLI/ADV is open to individuals who hold a position of vice president or higher, those who have completed a past Future Leaders Institute or those who anticipate moving into a presidency within the next two or three years. Take a moment now to identify a rising leader and forward this information. For more detailed information on these exciting leadership development opportunities, see the AACC Web site, www.aacc.nche.edu/fli. AACC Contact: Courtney Larson

24. LANE COMMUNITY COLLEGE WILL HOST A NATIONAL
CONFERENCE ON SUSTAINABILITY for Community Colleges April
16-17 in Eugene, Ore. The conference is designed to build understanding of the unique role of community colleges in the sustainability movement. The conference will focus on presentations that highlight opportunities, challenges and best practices in building sustainability in our campuses and communities. Registration deadline is April 4. AACC
Contact: Carolyn Teich

25. ACPA, COLLEGE STUDENT EDUCATORS INTERNATIONAL, will
host an inaugural Institute on Sustainability at Harvard University June 12-14. The ACPA Institute on Sustainability will bring together a diverse group of professionals who serve higher education and are committed to sustainability.
The goal of this institute is to invite individuals and teams to create an understanding, framework and actionable goals and tasks that can be taken back to campus and integrated into the core of the institution. The ACPA Institute on Sustainability will seek to create education and awareness for sustainability's triple bottom line:
healthy social systems, healthy environment and healthy economy. Institute registration and call for programs are available at http://www.myacpa.org/pd/sustainability/. AACC
Contact: Carolyn Teich

26. WORKSHOPS ON SERVING ADULT LEARNERS WILL BE HELD IN
CHICAGO AND ATLANTA IN APRIL. The Council for Adult & Experiential Learning (CAEL), a national non-profit organization working to advance lifelong learning opportunities, will offer “Prior Learning Assessment (PLA)”
workshops on the basic "nuts and bolts" of how to design and implement PLA on April 21-22, in Atlanta and April 28-29, in Chicago. Prior Learning Assessment is a process, focused on learning outcomes, by which institutions award college credit for what people learn outside the classroom via corporate training, work experience, civic activity and independent study.
Offered for the first time, “The Defining College-Level Learning” workshop will be held April 29-30 in Chicago. This workshop will explore the meaning of college-level learning from theoretical and practical perspectives.
CAEL is also offering a third workshop on “Advising Adult Learners,” which will be held on April 23, in Atlanta and offer tips for responding to the needs of adult learners during the advising process and a toolkit of resources for advisors and students. For more information n and workshop registration visit http://www.cael.org. AACC Contact: Mary Sue Vickers

27. REGISTER NOW, PAY LATER FOR AACC'S FALL 2008
INTERNATIONAL STUDENT RECRUITMENT TRIP TO ASIA, Sept.
24-Oct. 7, in Indonesia (Jakarta and Surabaya), Korea
(Seoul) and Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi). Designed for both new and experienced recruiters, the trip includes community college only fairs in each city, embassy and high school visits, networking with colleagues and important in-country contacts and officials and much more. Additional details and registration materials are available online at www.aacc.nche.edu/recruitmentfairs. Register or submit intent form prior to April 25, to receive early bird prices.
AACC Contact: Judy Irwin

28. “CREATING A GREENHOUSE GAS INVENTORY - WHAT DOES
IT TAKE will be Web cast April 9 (1:30 pm ET). The program explains the general principles of conducting a GHG inventory, while providing examples from two campuses that have used different methods. Experts from Clean Air-Cool Planet (CA-CP) and the Association of the Advancement of Higher Education (AASHE) will describe the processes with examples from the University of California, Berkley and Unity College. To register, go to http://www.nacubo.org/x10065.xml AACC Contact: Carolyn Teich

29. LUZERNE COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE, NANTICOKE, PA.,
will sponsor a May 1 professional development program entitled, “Preparing Your Community College for the Challenges and Opportunities of an Aging Population.” The program will feature such sessions as, “Community Colleges in Encore Opportunities” presented by Judy Goggin, by Civic Ventures, “New Aging Directions in Higher Education and Business: What’s the Impact for Community Colleges?”
by Rick Moody, AARP and “The Business Case for Investing in the Mature Workforce,” by Phyllis Snyder, Council for Adult and Experiential Learning.
Registration and additional information are available under at http://www.luzerne.edu/workforce/main.jsp AACC Contact:
Mary Sue Vickers


AACC Staff Contacts

Charisse Bazin Ash
Director of Human Resources
AACC ext. 280
cash@aacc.nche.edu

David Baime
Vice President for Government Relations
AACC ext. 224
dbaime@aacc.nche.edu

Lynn Barnett
Vice President, Academic, Student & Community Dev.
AACC ext. 204
lbarnett@aacc.nche.edu

George Boggs
President & Chief Executive Officer
AACC ext. 235
gboggs@aacc.nche.edu

Kevin Christian
Sr. Program Associate for Access & Inclusion AACC ext. 262 kchristian@aacc.nche.edu

Tavia Cummings
Meeting Planner
AACC ext. 255
tcummings@aacc.nche.edu

Quintin Doromal
Coordinator, Health & Wellness
AACC ext. 267
qdoromal@aacc.nche.edu

Delinda Frazier
Staff Assistant, Mtgs. & Council Relations AACC ext. 231 dfrazier@aacc.nche.edu

Roxanne Fulcher
Director, Health Professions Policy
AACC ext. 274
rfulcher@aacc.nche.edu

Ellen Hause
Program Manager, ASCD
AACC ext. 217
ehause@aacc.nche.edu

Jim Hermes
Senior Legislative Associate
AACC ext. 216
jhermes@aacc.nche.edu

Judy Irwin
Director of International Programs & Services AACC ext. 233 jirwin@aacc.nche.edu

Laura Keck
Research Associate
AACC ext. 258
lkeck@aacc.nche.edu

Norma Kent
Vice President of Communications
AACC ext. 209
nkent@aacc.nche.edu

Courtney Larson
Research Associate
AACC ext. 232
clarson@aacc.nche.edu

Sarah Lawler
Manager of Marketing
AACC ext. 208
slawler@aacc.nche.edu

Jim McKenney
Vice President of Economic Development
& International Programs
AACC ext. 226
jmckenney@aacc.nche.edu

Heather Owens
Board Coordinator
AACC ext. 255
howens@aacc.nche.edu

Kent Phillippe
Senior Research Associate
AACC ext. 222
kphillippe@aacc.nche.edu

Laurie Quarles
Legislative Associate
AACC ext. 249
lquarles@aacc.nche.edu

Margaret Rivera
Vice President, Member & Information Services AACC ext. 234 mrivera@aacc.nche.edu

Gail Robinson
Manager of Service Learning
AACC ext. 254
grobinson@aacc.nche.edu

Faith San Felice
Sr. Program Associate for Teaching & Learning AACC ext. 265 fsanfelice@aacc.nche.edu

Mary Ann Settlemire
Director of Meetings & Council Relations AACC ext. 229 msettlemire@aacc.nche.edu

Carolyn Teich
Sr. Program Associate, Economic Development AACC ext. 228 cteich@aacc.nche.edu

Mary Sue Vickers
Director, Plus 50 Initiative
AACC ext. 248
mvickers@aacc.nche.edu

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Send name of meeting, dates, location, contact phone, e-mail and Web link to slawler@aacc.nche.edu. AACC maintains a national event calendar at www.aacc.nche.edu. Click on Events.

Annual Convention
"Make It Happen"
Philadelphia, Pa.
April 5-8, 2008
www.aacc.nche.edu/Convention

Future Leaders Institute/Advanced
June 22-26, 2008
Providence, Rhode Island
www.aacc.nche.edu/FLI

Presidents Academy Summer Institute
July 13-17, 2008
Kennebunkport, ME
www.aacc.nche.edu/PASI


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