What a rewarding week it was for all of us at Florida Campus Compact!
After a year of planning, Florida Campus Compact held its Annual Conference November 4-6 in Boca Raton. It was so gratifying to see our engaged campuses gathered together with esteemed scholars and innovators to explore the theme Forward Together: Strengthening Florida’s Higher Education Engagement Network.
The annual Community Service Director’s Retreat kicked off on Wednesday afternoon. After a welcome lunch and a State of the Compact presentation by DeeDee Rasmussen, FL|CC’s Executive Director, attendees enjoyed Sthira Sukham Āsanam: Developing Steadiness, Ease, and Presence through Our Work with Dr. Ronald Porter.
That evening, a lovely outdoor reception under the stars allowed colleagues to reconnect. Speaker and Scholar in Residence, Dr. Tim Eatman, co-director of Imagining America and a professor at Syracuse University, provided an energizing keynote address at the dinner that followed. Dr. Eatman is a publicly engaged scholar who employs interdisciplinary, cross-sectoral approaches within his life and work.
Conference programming was in full swing Thursday morning, with a dizzying variety of sessions being offered. At noon, attendees were treated to lunch and a plenary session with Dr. Andrew Seligsohn, president of Campus Compact. The afternoon brought productive Regional Meetings.
The 2015 Florida Campus Compact Awards Gala was held on Thursday evening at the Keith C. and Elaine Johnson Wold Performing Arts Center on the beautiful campus of Lynn University.
Friday morning’s session offerings included The Rain Garden Project: Building Scientific Literacy through Community-Based Learning with Dr. Natalie Whitcomb, of Polk State College and Deepening our Work: How Encore Careers Impact Change with Dr. Marissa Corrente of Rollins College, as well as many others.