October 11, 2005

Forum focuses on civic learning in education

by Tom Woolf

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Southern Illinois University Carbondale is hosting the fourth in a statewide series of "Civic Engagement Forums" on Thursday, Oct. 13.

SIUC and the Illinois Campus Compact are sponsoring the forum, scheduled for 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in Student Center Ballroom D. The Illinois Campus Compact is a coalition of colleges and universities committed to increasing campus-wide participation in community and public service, integrating public service as a valued element of undergraduate education and enhancing students' sense of responsibility, citizenship and awareness of the community.

Chancellor Walter V. Wendler will make introductory remarks.

The purpose of the forums is to initiate and facilitate a "dialogue of democracy" about individual and collective actions that can bring attention to the importance of civic learning and civic engagement in the entire P-16 education system (pre-school, kindergarten-12th grade and post-secondary education) in Illinois.

Education administrators, faculty members, teachers and students involved in service learning, and representatives of educational organizations are welcome to attend and participate. The organizers also hope any members of the public interested in civic engagement, civic responsibility and service learning will attend.

A panel of representatives of state agencies, community agencies, associations and educational institutions will exchange ideas and encourage audience participation. Core panel members are: Paul Pribbenow, president of Rockford College; Lisa Hernandez, Lieutenant Governor's office; Jerry Fuller, Associated Colleges of Illinois; Cynthia Woods, Illinois School Board Association; Kathy Engelken, Illinois Campus Compact; Sandi Gillilan, Illinois Board of Higher Education; Mike Mangan, Illinois Resource Center; and local legislators.

Creating citizen-leaders with global perspectives is among the goals of Southern at 150: Building Excellence Through Commitment, the blueprint for the development of the University by the time it celebrates its 150th anniversary in 2019.