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Gearan Hosting National Conference

President of the Colleges Mark D. Gearan is serving as a member of the Host Committee for the 2010 National Conference on Volunteering and Service in New York City, the largest gathering of service leaders in the world, which is taking place through June 30. The City of New York is co-hosting the conference with the State of New York, the Corporation for National and Community Service, and the Points of Light Institute. Anyone can participate in the virtual conference by visiting www.volunteeringandservice.org  for live webcasts of special events.

The conference is intended to generate greater impact, innovation, and effectiveness in service. Gearan, who is Chair of the Board of Directors of the Corporation for National and Community Service, is helping guide the conference. He will emcee the National Service Town Hall Meeting on Tuesday, June 29 from 12:45 – 2:15 p.m., an interactive event during which the new CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service Patrick Corvington will share his vision, take questions, and celebrate the AmeriCorps VISTA and Foster Grandparents’ anniversary.

Gearan will also moderate a panel titled “College Presidents Speak: Community Impact and the Role of Higher Education Institutions,” which will take place from 2:30 – 4 p.m., during which time CEOs from colleges and universities on the President’s Honor Roll will discuss how civic engagement and collaboration leads to real community impact.

Other highlights of the event include an opening plenary featuring MSNBC’s “Morning Joe Team, Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski,” CEO of Points of Light Institute Michelle Nunn, New York Governor  David A. Paterson, New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, and White House Director of Domestic Policy Council Melody Barnes, among others.  On Monday, The Daily Show’s John Oliver will host  “Here’s To YOU,” an event from Radio City Music Hall featuring actress Ruby Dee, and founder of the New York Says Thank You Foundation Jeff Parness. On Tuesday,  there will be an MTV Youth Service Forum featuring MTV News correspondent Sway Calloway, Ben Nemtin from MTV’s “The Buried Life,” and youth service leaders.

In total, more than 170 workshops, 14 immersion learning sessions and 17 issue forums are offered at the conference, in focus areas ranging from effective volunteer management to social media. Expert presenters from the nonprofit, corporate and government sectors will engage participants in hands-on sessions to truly explore topics relevant to volunteerism.

The Corporation for National and Community Service is the nation’s largest grant maker for volunteering and service, engaging more than five million Americans of all ages and backgrounds in service each year through its Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and Learn and Serve America programs, and leading President Obama’s United We Serve initiative.