Civic and Community Engagement Intercollege Minor continues to grow

Since its inception in 2004, the Civic and Community Engagement Intercollege Minor (CIVCM) at Penn State has encouraged and systematized student participation in public service and problem-based fieldwork and research. Under the direction of Ted Alter, Professor of Agricultural, Environmental, and Regional Economics, and Glenn Sterner, Ph.D. candidate in Rural Sociology, CIVCM at Penn State has grown and is now offered at 10 campus locations, with plans to expand to others over the coming year.

For the first time, graduating seniors exhibited their capstone experiences at a poster symposium that was held on April 30 in the HUB-Robeson Center. The event showcased the important engaged scholarship that CIVCM students undertake during their undergraduate experience. Deepanshu Chaudhari, John Miller, and Ryan Smith, three students who traveled from the Schulykill campus, presented their project in which they helped monitor and track the technological needs of a K-12 school system more efficiently.

This fall, Penn State Abington will host a gathering of CIVCM faculty from across Penn State, along with community partners, to develop scholarly outputs and discuss ways to involve others interested in engaged scholarship at Penn State. This faculty effort, led by Gary Calore, Coordinator of Intercollegiate and Interdisciplinary Programs and Associate Professor of Philosophy at Penn State Abington, is a superb example of the commitment CIVCM faculty have to advancing engaged scholarship.