Contact: Kurt Snodgrass, State Regents, 405-225-9180
When: 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Tuesday, October 24th
Where: Myriad Convention Center - Downtown Oklahoma City Meeting Room 19, Second Level One Myriad Gardens
What: Photo and news opportunity as Presidents of Oklahoma's public and independent colleges and universities come together in formal support of the Oklahoma Campus Compact, a program geared toward strengthening student involvement in community service and service learning programs on college and university campuses. Activities include remarks from Chancellor Hans Brisch and presidents of Oklahoma's colleges and universities. As part of the national Campus Compact initiative, the Oklahoma Campus Compact will promote, support and advance college students' involvement in community service and service learning programs. This entire effort reflects the spirit of the Oklahoma Centennial and illustrates the Centennial concept of partnership and collaboration for the preservation and support of Oklahoma communities.
Who: College Students, Presidents and Community Service Programs and Oklahoma Citizens.
Why: To recognize the formal coalition consisting of Presidents of Oklahoma's public and independent colleges and universities in support of the Oklahoma Campus Compact. Oklahoma becomes the 22nd state to join the national Campus Compact Initiative. Event will detail how the Oklahoma Campus Compact will advance community service and service learning in the higher education curriculum and assist higher education institutions in working collaboratively to address pressing issues in their communities.
Speakers: Chancellor Hans Brisch, Oklahoma State Regent for Higher Education; Dr. Kevin Jacobs, President of Oklahoma Christian University; Dr. Bill Cole, President of East Central University; Dr. Ernest L. Holloway, President of Langston University; and Dr. Dean Vantrease, President of Tulsa Community College.
Additional speakers: Kerrissa Heffernan, Project Associate of the Campus Compact; Zeke Rodriguez of The Corporation for National Service; and Chris Smith, student at Oklahoma Christian University and chair of the State Regents' Student Advisory Board.
Oklahoma’s statewide GEAR UP grant has been matched by more than $25 million from state and partner resources. With funds totaling $45.5 million, GEAR UP receives 45 percent of total funding from the federal government and 55 percent from other organizations.