Former President Carter on campus Saturday to celebrate campus-community partnerships

Former President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn Carter, will be on the University of St. Thomas campus in St. Paul this Saturday, Feb. 21, to celebrate campus-community partnerships in Minnesota.

The Carters will attend the 10th anniversary event of Minnesota Campus Compact and will present Minnesota’s inaugural Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Partnership Award for Campus-Community Collaboration.

More than 800 business, government, education and community leaders will attend the program from 4:15 to 7:30 p.m. in Coughlan Field House. The event is by invitation, and while the program will be held at St. Thomas, the sponsor is Minnesota Campus Compact.

“This is a very special award program, because it’s really an extension of the Carters’ extraordinary work at home and abroad aimed at improving people’s lives,” said Minnesota Campus Compact board co-chair Wilson Bradshaw, president of Metropolitan State University. “Minnesota Campus Compact is very pleased to be affiliated with the Carters, and to have them with us to celebrate exemplary campus-community collaborations throughout Minnesota.”

Over the past decade, the number of Minnesota students engaged in community service-based learning experiences annually has nearly tripled, from 20,000 to 54,000. Each year Minnesota college students contribute more than 1 million hours of service in their communities. Enabling this growth is the number of faculty who integrate service with learning in their courses (up from 200 to 800 in the last decade).

For more information about volunteerism at St. Thomas, visit the Center for Community Partnerships Web site at http://www.stthomas.edu/communitypartnerships/.

For information about service learning, which focuses on incorporating community service into courses, visit http://www.stthomas.edu/servicelearning/.

Minnesota Campus Compact is a coalition of 48 college and university presidents, including Father Dennis Dease, who are committed to campus-community collaboration. For more information about Minnesota Campus Compact, and about the Carter Partnership Award program, visit http://www.mncampuscompact.org.