Countless people from across the state have contributed to ‘the Compact’ and its growth. Over the last several years, the number of presidents and institutions that have joined this coalition has doubled so that the vast majority of colleges and universities in Connecticut – public and private, research and Ivy League university – are members, making our position in Connecticut unique. We alone have the capacity to bring all colleges and universities together in order to find solutions to today’s issues related to Connecticut’s civic health and economic prosperity. Now we need to bring engagement to new levels of quality and effectiveness.
2012-2013 by the Numbers
- 29 member colleges and universities
- 50+ schools, businesses, and community agencies partnered with
- 14 VISTA members across the state connecting campuses and communities
- 9,800 students working in communities
- $2.8 million estimated value of student work to communities
- Keynote Address – Denise Merrill, CT Secretary of State
- Dr. Saul Petersen, Executive Director of CT Campus Compact
- Asia Calcagno, Student at Connecticut College
- Presidents’ Choice Award Winner – Greg S. Horne, Middlesex Community College
- Campus-Community Partnership Award Winner – Project Horizon, University of Hartford
- Faculty Engaged Scholarship Award Winner – Dr. Frances L. O’Neil, Tunxis Community College
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Dr. Saul Petersen, Executive Director of CT Campus Compact
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Asia Calcagno, Student at Connecticut College
Congratulations to the Award Winners!
Greg S. Horne has been teaching at Middlesex Community College since the fall of 1971. Over the past 41 years, Greg has touched the lives of over 10,000 students. He earned his undergraduate degree at Illinois College and his master’s degree from Ball State University. The college’s mission statement begins “in everything that we do, we strive to be the college of our community.” Greg Horne is the definition of what that powerful statement means. Over the course of his career, he has established internship and other community partnerships with over 150 agencies around Middlesex County, including serving on the founding boards of several organizations that are pillars of the local social service community.
Representing Project Horizon at the University of Hartford, Dr. Karen L. Breda, tenured Associate Professor of Nursing and Founder & Director of Project Horizon, and Brian T. Baker, Associate Director of South Park Inn, exemplify a partnership built and sustained on strong principles of equity, trust and respect. Project Horizon provides nursing care, health teaching, wellness promotion, support, advocacy, and referral advice to improve the health and quality of life in the Hartford community by using community-based participatory research methods that include active community participation in the research process and fostering communication among community members and researchers to reduce health risks.
Dr. Frances L. O’Neil is a Mellon Foundation Grant recipient who has been teaching at Tunxis Community College for over 25 years in the Social Science Department. She earned her undergraduate degree from Stonehill College, her master’s from University of Massachusetts, a PhD from University of Connecticut, and post-doctorate studies in Psychology and Psychiatry from Yale. She has been involved with Native Peoples of the Southwest for over 15 years, both teaching and researching the culture and history, having authored four books, with editing from her colleague Dr. Paul Wittmer. Dr. O’Neil’s Civic Engagement/Service Learning projects with students have advocated for Native Peoples, including the production of informative videos that are shared and distributed to the tribes and educational institutions.
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