Annual Meeting

The 2013 Annual Meeting took place on Friday, October 18 at Virginia Commonwealth University.  Plans are underway for the 2014 conference. 


Virginia Commonwealth University

835 W. Grace Street (ASPiRE Living Learning Community)


Welcome and Introductions

Opening Session  -- Living-Learning Communities and Civic Engagement

            University of Richmond -- Andy Gurka 

            Christopher Newport University -- Brad Brewer 

            VCU ASPiRE --- Mary Slade

Response from Community Partners ---  working with college students

Updates on topics and events


            VA Engage Journal -- Amy Howard

            Franklin Project – Karen Schultz & Drew Stelljes

            4th Annual William & Mary Active Citizens Conference -- Drew Stelljes

Council on Engagement and Outreach (APLU) toolkit for regional engagement  -- Cathy Howard

Lunch -- table conversations

Tour of ASPiRE

Panel – “Local to Global, Global to Local” moderated by Melody Porter 


The VA Engage Network hosts an annual meeting each fall.  A Virginia college or university agrees to host the event and provides meeting space and food as part of the accomodations.  In 2012 Shenandoah University served as our host.  The 2012 meeting agenda follows:

VA Engage Meeting
Friday, October 19, 2012


 9-9:30 am                  Arrival, check in, coffee and conversation

9:30 am                      Welcome - Tracy Fitzsimmons, President of Shenandoah University

9:35 am                      Overview of VA Engage- Drew Stelljes

9:45-10:45 am          How VA Colleges and Universities are Partnering within Community to Understand Poverty and Building Coalitions to Combat Poverty – Best Practices at William & Mary, Shenandoah University and Washington & Lee 

 10:45-11 am             Break

 11 am -12 noon        Breakout Session (choose one)

Developing a Community Advisory Board-  Amy Howard
Building a Generative Assessment Culture - Sylvia Gale and Terry Dolson

12 noon-1 pm           Lunch with Table Topics 

1-1:15 pm                  Break

 1:15 -2:15 pm           Breakout Session  (choose one)

 A discussion of VISTA’s – applying for a grant, developing learning outcomes, and what to do to build capacity and plan for after the grant or 
Defining Community Engaged Scholarship for your University (Promotion and tenure process discussed) - Cathy Howard


2:30-3:30 pm            Living Learning Community with Focus on Community Engagement 
Medical Herb Gardens - Dr. Wendell Combest, pharmacologist, herbalist of the Shenandoah University Health Professions School maintain medicinal herb gardens at SU.  Students maintain the garden under the tutelage of Dr. Wendell Combest. Dr. Combest discusses his strategies for teaching and learning.

3:30 pm                    Wrap Up and Announcements

 * Lunch Table Discussion Groups

  • Establishing a service-learning program
  • Running alternative breaks
  • Assessing learning outcomes, impact in community
  • Next steps for VA Engage
  • Wild card- questions and further discussion from the morning topics