GENEVA – Mark D. Gearan, HWS president and chair of the board of directors of Campus Compact, welcomed several members of Congress and guests at the reception and dinner marking the 20th anniversary of Campus Compact, Oct. 26 at the Renaissance Washington D.C. Hotel on 9th Street.
Keynote speaker for the evening was Jeanne Shaheen, director of the Institute of Politics at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and former governor of New Hampshire. She chaired the 2004 presidential campaign of Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) and was introduced by him. Her topic was “NOT ‘Politics as Usual’: Coming of Age in the 21st Century.”
In her remarks, Shaheen noted a increase in community service, thanks to the Campus Compact, and challenged the colleges to sustain the growth in student voting levels, which rose 11 percent between 2000 and 2004.
David Eisner, chief executive officer of the Corporation for National and Community Service and a former vice president at AOL Time Warner, offered his “Views on Youth Engagement Today.” He was introduced by Judith Hansen, president of Southwestern Oregon Community College, Coos Bay, who is a member of the Campus Compact board.
Two other board members reflected on the first 20 years of the group, and its planning for the future: Toni Murdoch, president of Antioch University Seattle; and James Votruba, president of Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights.
Joshua Goldstein, associate director of the Global Youth Partnership for Africa and 2005 recipient of the Compact’s Howard R. Swearer Student Humanitarian Award, spoke on “The Global Kizeema: University Students and Global Citizenship.”
In addition, the Compact honored three of its founders: Donald Kennedy, president emeritus of Stanford University; Susan Stroud, the first executive director who is now
co-director of the Global Service Institute; and Elizabeth Johnson.
Among the lawmakers attending were Kerry, who was introduced by Gearan; Rep. Christopher Shays of Connecticut, Rep. Allen Boyd of Florida, Rep. Barney Frank of Massachusetts, and Rep. John McHugh of New York, and several Congressional staffers.
The dinner kicked off a year-long anniversary celebration that will culminate in October 2006 in Chicago, when campus-community partnerships that contribute to civic understanding and community development will be honored.
Campus Compact is a group of more than 950 college and university presidents, federal legislators and outstanding leaders united to mobilize college students to serve their communities.