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  1. 1. South Carolina Campus Compact 1
  2. 2. South Carolina Campus Compact is a coalition of 16 South Carolina colleges and universities working to promote and developthe civic purposes of higher education. Through this work, the SCCC improves the ability of higher education institutions topartner with their communities to collectively impact community needs and provide real world learning for college stu-dents. Members of SCCC collaborate to share and seek resources and best practices, mobilizing students, faculty, and stafftoward this end. SCCC member campuses represent the full spectrum of higher education institutions, public and private, two-year, four-year, and research universities, technical colleges and partner with both urban and rural communities across thestate. The Presidents Council includes all of the Presidents of our members schools. Dr. Anthony Dr. David DeCenzo Dr. Marshall White DiGiorgio Coastal Carolina Jr. Winthrop University Midlands Technical University College Dr. David Swinton Lt. General John Dr. P. George Benson Benedict College Rosa College of Charleston The Citadel Dr. Harris Pastides Dr. Jairy Hunter Jr. Dr. Caroline Whitson University of South Charleston Southern Columbia College Carolina University Dr. Jane Upshaw Dr. Henry Tisdale Dr. Elizabeth Fleming University of South Claflin University Converse College Carolina Beaufort Dr. Keith Miller Dr. Benjamin Dunlap Dr. James Barker Wofford College Greenville Technical Clemson University College South Carolina Campus Compact 2
  3. 3. Better Together is the first publication of its kind for South Carolina Campus Compact. We look for-ward to sharing successes and emerging news from our members. The following editorial first ap-peared in The State newspaper on September 29, 2011 and was submitted to multiple other mediaoutlets. It is in support of the invaluable civic contributions enabled by AmeriCorps and VISTA. important learning opportunities for the students themselves.The State, September 29, 2011By Dr. Anthony DiGiorgio and Kimberly Flint Keel Community engagement is an invaluable educational and civic leadership development experience for col-COLUMBIA | Decisions from the congressional su- lege students. The two-way learning that takes placeper committee looking for spending cuts to meet fed- when students in service see community issues first- eral deficit-reduction targets could hand is powerful. Students acquire a real-world under- cost numerous S.C. communities the standing of the roots of our most vexing economic critical link responsible for providing problems — knowledge that those same students will thousands of hours of volunteer ser- apply to future problem-solving as adults employed in vice to state residents. That link is sectors from education to finance to business. the AmeriCorps and VISTA mem- Through such civic engagement, students also develop bers who work through college and the critical-thinking and team-building skills identified university programs to encourage by employers as most necessary for success in the students to develop a lifelong civic habit of volunteerism while they are Last year, almost 36,000 S.C. volunteers young adults. contributed 223,518 hours of service toAmeriCorps and VISTA members and the college stu- their respective communities — calcula-dent volunteers they recruit help improve literacy ratesamong at-risk children, provide teaching assistance in ble at just minimum wage as equivalentreading and math, work with veterans as they reinte- to more than $1.6 million in service tograte into civilian life and help feed the homeless. Allof this work is done in tandem with the dual goal of South Carolina alone.helping the college students become more caring, re-sponsible and service-minded citizens and more ac-complished professionals. working world. These experiences round out students’ education, in-In the Palmetto State, 16 colleges and universities fluence their career choices andmake up the S.C. Campus Compact, which works with strengthen their ability to attain20 full-time and 115 part-time AmeriCorps members meaningful employment — allwho engage student volunteers from each member priceless achievements.campus to meet locally determined needs across thestate. Last year, almost 36,000 S.C. volunteers contrib- AmeriCorps and VISTA are theuted 223,518 hours of service to their respective com- catalysts that make it possible formunities — calculable at just minimum wage as equiv- those goals to be realized. Volunteer community ser-alent to more than $1.6 million in service to South vice is a civic habit that should live within everyoneCarolina alone. Nationally, there are more than 1,100 who values a free society, and within every communityCampus Compact member campuses, all engaged in that has been challenged by toughthe same important work with VISTA and/or Ameri- economic times. Such service is aCorps members. sustainable and sustaining resource — if we are wise enough to maintainLosing federal funding for VISTA and AmeriCorps the nation’s investment in making itwould jeopardize not only the service work but also possible. South Carolina Campus Compact 3
  4. 4. Coordinator: Tondaleya Jackson Coordinator: Jason Loscuito Executive Director: Kim Keel2nd Contact: LaMyra Sanders 2nd Contact: VISTA Leader: Christina Soyden Dr. Molly DuesterhausVISTA: Kendra Smith VISTA: Alexandra Persson VISTA: Kelsey ShermanContacts: Carolyn Snell Coordinator: Dr. Conway Saylor2nd Contact: Allison Sabb Glenn Coordinators: Rick Brewer VISTAs: Brittany Bounds &VISTA: Brandon Priester 2nd Contact: Hester Young Sam Farmer VISTA: Lanita SumpterCoordinator: Coordinator:Jennifer Shurley Jimmie Gahagan, Ph.D.2nd Contact:Dr. Kathy Woodard 2nd Contact: Dr. Susan AlexanderVISTA: Amber Thacker VISTA: Stephanie GrossCoordinator:Whitney Comer Coordinator: James Glasson2nd Contact:Paula Drummond VISTA: Elizabeth BurnsVISTA: Sarah ChafeCoordinator: Located in SpartanburgStephanie Visser South Carolina, USC Upstate is2nd Contact: Mary Pat Twomey the newest member of SCCC as of September 30, 2011VISTA: Laura Mewbourne Coordinator: Susan Gasque 2nd Contact: Sandra Hartsell VISTA: Grace Crosby Coordinator: Ellin McDonoughCoordinator: Mary Carlisle 2nd Contact: Laura Foster2nd Contact: Dr. Ned Laff VISTAs: Patricia Riley &VISTAs: Jamie Opdyke & Matthew Sohner Katie Welborn Coordinator: Mary Rawls 2nd Contact: Dr. Diane Carr VISTA: Dyrell Clark Coordinator: Jessalyn Story VISTA: Sarah Hager South Carolina Campus Compact 4
  5. 5. As part of a 16 school coalition, our members have am-Two goals established by the SCCC Presidents’ Council ple opportunity to collaborate in service to others. To-are to increase access to success at our member institu- gether we are committed to building strong communi-tions and increase economic development in South ties and educating the next generation of responsibleCarolina communities. AmeriCorps*VISTAs and leaders.AmeriCorps Members of Healthy Families work toprovide and promote civic engagement opportunities,health education, and good citizenship within the stateof South Carolina. Engaging with Eight at Charleston Southern Uni- versityAmeriCorps Members steadily create and maintain civicengagement programs that empower South Carolina Jump Start University Too!college students to engage in poverty-reducing activities Thunder Dog Event with speaker Michael Hingsonin local communities. Our coalition is devoted to edu- attended by Winthrop University, SCCC, andcating the next generation of responsible leaders and Coastal Carolina VISTAsare committed to building strong communities. Christmas in Action with Wofford and Converse College University of South Carolina Community Partner Breakfast with Columbia RegionSince February 2011 alone, our VISTAs leveraged IMPACT Conference at Stetson University114,940 community service hours and recruited a total attended by The Citadel and College of Charlestonof 5,476 community volunteers. To have college stu- Benedict College Plus Day with Benedict Collegedents in communities enables the students to learn and Midlands Technical Collegeabout their surroundings and in turn, the communitiesare provided opportunities for economic and educa- Reading Tents Program at Winthrop Universitytional growth. with Rock Hill community partners South Carolina Campus Compact 5
  6. 6. Greenville Technical College Becomes College, agrees. “Greenville Tech is known for its car- ing instructors. Now we can take our culture of caringa SCCC Member into the community. Service learning makes sense for Greenville Technical College; it helps people prepare Greenville Technical College has be- for real-world opportunities and impact our most ur- come a member of South Carolina gent local challenges. S.C. Campus Compact will defi- Campus Compact. nitely help us reach our goals as an institution of higher learning.” S.C. Campus Compact is a growing coalition of colleges and universities Recently, college campuses nationwide have begun a committed to the promotion of com- heightened focus on service learning and civic engage- munity service, service-learning and ment. The concept of service learning is simple: it is ancivic engagement. S.C. Campus Compact is an organi- intentional student learning process through civic en-zation of college and university presidents, whose gagement and service with community partners.members include two-year and four-year, public andprivate higher education institutions throughout South Through service learning curricula, colleges foster civicCarolina. responsibility, help make coursework more meaningful and memorable through real-world application, andPrior to Greenville Technical College joining the or- build the relationship “S.C. Campus Compact pro-ganization, S.C. Campus Compact served 202,182 stu- motes transformative change at universities from thedents on 14 member campuses. With the inclusion of ‘town/gown’ culture to strate-Greenville Tech’s four campuses, the coalition has gic partnerships between thegrown by nearly 15,000 students – more than a 10% higher education institutionincrease. and the community,” said Kim Keel, executive director“We are so pleased about the inclusion of Greenville of the compact. “By incorpo-Technical College in the S.C. Campus Compact net- rating service learning and civ-work and look forward to the diversity and expertise ic engagement into both cur-this strong community college will bring to our mission ricular and co-curricular activi-of service learning and civic engagement,” said Antho- ties, students are learning lead-ny J. DiGiorgio, President of Winthrop University and ership skills, decision-makingchair of the Presidents’ Council of S.C. Campus Com- skills and civic responsibility.”pact. Keith Miller, President of Greenville Technical South Carolina Campus Compact 6
  7. 7. Participation in the service projectsBy Kendra Smith, Benedict College allowed college volunteers to pay trib-AmeriCorps*VISTA ute to those who have accepted the Part of an Ameri- Corps*VISTA’s job is to call to serve and made the ultimate serve on national days of sacrifice. service. This year, many of our VISTAs organized events for 9/11 in honor of those who died ten years Benedict College students engaged in service projects ago. On September 10th, at the Hannah House, Hope Plaza, C. M. Tucker Benedict College Service- Nursing Facility, JumpstartLearning and Leadership Development Program University Too! and the Wil-sponsored BC Commemorates 9/11 National Day of liam Jennings Bryan DornService and Remembrance. SLLD Program staff, in VA Medical Center, all which are located in Co-collaboration with students and faculty from the lumbia, South Carolina. Co-Freshman Institute engaged in service to a variety of lumbia College students andorganizations across the Midlands as well as neighbor- Shandon Baptist Church Benedict College Campushoods located near the college. Volunteers also served with Coordinator TondaleyaPrior to the service activities at the sites, volunteers Benedict College students. Jacksonalong with the SLLD staff engaged in the Day of Ser- Students and staff also madevice and Remembrance Opening Program, which up The Neighborhood Canvas Team, which placedhighlighted the events of 9/11 and the development 500 door hangers on the doors of Allen-Benedictof the Day of Service. Participation in the service pro- Court residents; a Columbia Housing Authority devel-jects allowed college volunteers to pay tribute to those opment for low-income residents of the community.who have accepted the call to serve and made the ulti- As informational literature was distributed, teammate sacrifice. members spoke to available residents regarding the importance of disaster preparedness. South Carolina Campus Compact 7
  8. 8. workshops throughout the United States on how to motivate children in the classroom. With a combined effort, Kim and other Rock Hill community members,By Alexandra Persson, SCCC AmeriCorps*VISTA including Winthrop University, enabled the creation the Summer Enrichment Program. The programThis year, Winthrop proudly hosted two AmeriCorps aimed to assist with students’ transition from 5th to 6thSummer Associates, Jessica Lockhart and Miggy Mar- grade.tinez. Miggy and Jessica contributed a great deal to Over the course of two months, Miggy and Jessicatheir South Carolina communities, which proved ben- worked with the Summer Enrichment Program at twoeficial for them individually and for the people and different locations in Rock Hill: Emmett Scott andenvironments that surrounded them. First Baptist Church of Rock Hill located on DaveThe first half of Miggy and Jessica’s volunteered time Lyle Boulevard. Both associates served in a role simi-was spent with the Academy 101 Service Learning lar to that of a teacher. Miggy and Jessica engagedCourse, also known as ACAD. ACAD’s service learn- students in 6th grade academics while keeping it fun--ing mission is to promote college students to engage “It is a summer after all” said Jessica in an interview.with children ranging from kindergarten to 8th grade, The associates engaged in teaching similar curricu-in actively reading. The summer associates set up lums, including Social Studies, Reading, Math, andthree Reading Tents on the Winthrop Campus during Life Skills.Orientation, where they collected books from the in- Each Friday the groups joined together for an aca-coming college freshman. Together they helped col- demic fieldtrip, bringing what they learned in thelect books for the ACAD classes to donate to the classroom to life. Among their fieldtrip destinations,greater Rock Hill community. the students went to The Peach Orchard, the IMAX viewing of Tornado Alley, the South Carolina State Mu- “I didn’t know I would be impacted seum, Tequila’s Restaurant to practice their Spanish, as much as I did. I really got to know Experience the Lynx (a light rail train in Charlotte), about their [the children’s] lives and and Duke Energy . When asked what they took from the experience, Miggy and Jessica agreed that “it was how much you can learn about some- worth it. I didn’t know I would be impacted as much one in a short period of time.” as I did. I really got to know about their [the chil- dren’s] lives and how much you can learn about some- one in a short period of time” said Miggy. Both hopeWinthrop’s Summer Associates spent the second half that the program will sustain itself and that the chil-of their summer working with a Summer Enrichment dren with whom they interacted will also “keep going”Program, initiated by the famous children’s author, with their learning.Kim Johnson. Ms. Johnson, better known by her stu-dents as “Ms. Kim”, manages staff development South Carolina Campus Compact 8
  9. 9. The SCCC (South Carolina Campus Compact) Healthy Benedict CollegeFamilies program is an AmeriCorps program that en-courages and supports college and university students Charleston Southern Universityto enroll as part-time AmeriCorps members who pro- Claflin Universityvide valuable service in their communities. HealthyFamilies AmeriCorps members make a difference in Clemson Universitytheir communities, gain valuable civic and workforceskills, and upon completion of their term of service, Columbia Universityearn an education award. Midlands Technical CollegeIn this program, AmeriCorps members mobilize South University of South CarolinaCarolina communities to adopt active lifestyles andhealthful nutrition. To do this work, AmeriCorps University of South Carolina Beaufortmembers will partner with a wide range of non-profitorganizations to provide their community with nutri- Winthrop Universitytion and wellness education and outreach activities, andto build their capacity to offer nutrition and wellnesscurriculum.At the successful completion of 300 hours of service in program, AmeriCorps members receive a $1,175Education Award that can be applied towards out- Coordinates obesity prevention efforts across the state andstanding federal student loans or the cost of attendance leads the implementation of South Carolina’s Obesity Pre-at a college or university. vention PlanBy participating in the SCCC Healthy Fami-lies program, the member becomes a part of the Amer- national service network that improves lives A national movement designed to give parents, caregivers,and strengthens communities throughout the United and entire communities a way to help children 8 to 13 yearsStates of America. old stay at a healthy weight. Using a “seed to table” approach to promote healthy eating, students participate in all aspects of the food production pro- cess. South Carolina Campus Compact 9
  10. 10. Spotlight: Wofford & Converse College Wofford should be a partner as well so I went to the meeting and talked with CIA about the possibility of aBy Sarah Hager, Wofford College AmeriCorps*VISTA Wofford group (Wofford’s IFYC----Interfaith Youth At the beginning of Septem- Core) participating in one of their weekly service pro- ber AmeriCorps*VISTA at jects. They agreed and were glad Wofford was on Converse College, Kelsey board. Sherman, invited me to a meeting with Christmas in Ac- Twelve Wofford IFYC members worked with 20 other tion where four other colleges Spartanburg students from other colleges on Sept. and universities from Spartan- 10th. Our group had their own site, doing a massive burg were in attend- yard clean up. Wofford is now a steady partner, signing ance. Converse College, Uni- up for service projects and recruiting our students toversity of South Carolina-Upstate (USCU), Spartanburg work alongside Converse, USCU, SCC, and SMC in or-Community College (SCC), and Spartanburg Methodist der to repair homes. Our most recent home repair wasCollege (SMC) all have partnerships with Christmas in Saturday, OctoberAction (CIA-a local non-profit that helps repair homes 1st. Converse, USCU, andfor the elderly and disabled citizens of Spartanburg). Wofford students will all beCIA host projects every Saturday, beginning with a Low- participating to do roofing ande’s training class to teach relevant skills to participating painting.students for their afternoon of service. Kelsey and I fig- Wofford students are excited toured have Christmas in Action as a volunteer site because there is a large demographic who enjoy Wofford is now a steady partner, manual labor. I am very thankful for the partnership we signing up for service projects and have formed as a result of my work with Kelsey as a recruiting our students to work VISTA. alongside Converse, USCU, SCC, To view more pictures from the day of service visit the and SMC in order to repair homes. following website under “Wofford’s IFYC 9/11 Service Project” South Carolina Campus Compact 10
  11. 11. Better Together description of a freight train and a waterfall when the building collapsed, people in the audience shook their heads in disbelief.By Alexandra Persson, SCCC AmeriCorps*VISTA SCCC was pleased to have Coastal Carolina Universi-South Carolina Campus Compact is happy to say that ty’s AmeriCorps*VISTA, Sarah Chafe volunteer at thewe helped with the United Way of York County’s cam- event, along with Winthrop University VISTAs, Patri-paign kick-off event that brought New York Times cia Riley and Matthew Sohner and SCCC VISTA Alex-Best Selling author of Thunder Dog, Michael Hingson to andra Persson and VISTA leader, Christina Soyden.Winthrop University as a tribute to those who died 10 Local law enforcement, military personnel and veter-years ago on September 11th. ans attended as well as some of Winthrop’s visuallyThunder Dog is a story of trust and friendship, which impaired students. Mr. Hingson reached out to bothcoincides with the title of this quarterly magazine, by recognizing all the efforts of our local heroes and“Better Together.” At the event, Michael Hingson accentuating the abilities above the disabilities of themoved his audience through the description of his ex- visually impaired. Mr. Hingson’s speech culminatedperience on 9/11. The author was working on the 78th with a standing ovation—a seamless “kick-off” for thefloor of Tower One when a plane crashed into the 2011-12 United Way of York County campaign year.building. With the help of his guide dog, Roselle, the Partnering with the United Way of York County toblind author was able to descend 1,172 stairs and make host Michael Hingson is just one example of successit a block away from the World Trade Center before it empowered by people working together.collapsed. Through descriptions of the smell of jetfuel, expressions of true friendship, and an analogous South Carolina Campus Compact 11
  12. 12. for their campus and local communities. SCCC VIS- TAs leveraged $68,276.79 worth of in-kind donations in the 2010-11 grant year alone.By Dyrell Clark, Midlands Technical College Ameri-Corps*VISTA and SCCC AmeriCorps*VISTA, SCCC VISTAs leveraged $68,276.79Alexandra Persson worth of in-kind donations in the “Leverage.” To many this is a 2010-11 grant year alone. word exclusive to the non-profit world. What people don’t real- ize is we leverage every day. For Dyrell Clark, SCCC AmeriCorps*VISTA at Midlands instance, I decided to make Technical College leveraged two large scales that can homemade macaroni and cheese measure up to 500 pounds of food for his campus’ recently and brought leveraging food bank, The Sunshine Closet. The Closet is a into the kitchen. I had noodles, brain child of Midlands Technical College freshman breadcrumbs, and milk but I seminar students. It addresses the issue of hunger in forgot to grab cheese at the gro- community colleges, “offering a ray of sunshine to Dyrell Clark cery store. However, there was students during hard times.” It is only the 7th in the cheese in my refrigerator—I nation of its kind.figured it must be my roommate’s. I evaluated my The donation Dyrellsituation and considered my options. I thought, “If I leveraged came fromgave my roommate some of my finalized macaroni The Free Medicaland cheese, perhaps she would lend me some of her Clinic. The Detectocheese.” I asked to use her cheese in return for my Balance Beam Scalefinalized product. She agreed! I contributed the noo- with Height Roddles, breadcrumbs, milk, and preparation time. She #438 is valued at“matched” my resources with cheese--cheddar of $425 per scale. Incourse. In the end, we both benefited from it; I got terms of in-kind do-the cheese I needed and both of our bellies were full nations, that is $850and happy. It was leveraging at its best. leveraged by Mr. Clark. One of the Scales Donated toPart of South Carolina Campus Compact’s services to Midlands Technical Collegeour members is to help our VISTAs leverage goods South Carolina Campus Compact 12
  13. 13. and was leveraged for Winthrop University’s Reading Tent Program Alicia Huff is a junior majoring in exercise science at Winthrop and a peer mentor that helps to guide theBy Alexandra Persson freshman through their experiences with the readingPart of Matthew Sohner’s service assignment as Win- program. In a reflection of the program’s achievementsthrop University’s AmeriCorps*VISTA is to create an she said “there were two boys that were not motivatedafterschool reading program that connects Winthrop about the tent at the beginning of the event; the Win-freshman with local schools through community ser- throp students later realized this was because the boysvice. The program was inspired by an African Reading were at a lower reading level compared to their peers…Tent Program, where an organization set up bedouin however, when they told the children that they wouldtents with books and invited people from local commu- be able to bring a book home with them to add to theirnities to come and take a book home with them along “many of the freshman students arewith any help they needed in developing reading skills. first generation college students; most The Winthrop freshman class is split into of them gained a new understanding groups of 20 students that help once a that being in college is truly a big week to bring donated books to local ele- deal.” mentary schools including Ebenezer Ave- nue Elementary, Sunset Park Elementary, own library, one boy said ‘so now I can practice reading Oakdale Elementary, Belleview Elemen- and get better at it?’” Alicia realized that not all children Alicia Huff tary, and Independence Elementary, as have books at their own home, which gave her and oth-well as the Emmet Scott Community Center and the er students a “new appreciation for the books they had as children.” The peer mentor concluded her reflectionChildren’s Attention Home. Students read books and stating “many of the freshman students are first genera-plays games with kids in grades K-12 under a 12’ by 12’ tion college students; most of them gained a new un-reading tent to add a visual tie to the African inspira- derstanding that being in college is truly a big deal.”tion. South Carolina Campus Compact 13
  14. 14. “A determined soul will do more with a rustymonkey wrench than a loafer will accomplish with all the tools in a machine shop.” -Robert HughesAs part of their service to those in need, AmeriCorps*VISTAs are provided with an ample amount ofprofessional development opportunities. Since the South Carolina Campus Compact VISTAsbegan their term of service on July 19, 2011, they have completed 308 hours ofprofessional development! Pre-service Orientation, Atlanta, GA Justice League Meeting SCCC Professional Development Summit, Organizing for Health Organizational Meeting The Citadel, SC Yoga for Youth & Well-being Safe Zone Training Research & Community Meetings for Scared Student Affairs Leadership Team Retreat Straight & Guardian Angels Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act Citadel Leadership Enrichment Seminar (FERPA) Training Sarge by Scott Stossel Data Visualization hosted by CNCS The Promise of Partnerships Summer Food Drive Preparation Made to Stick by Chip & Dan Heath Peace Corps-How to help students apply? Power Formula for LinkedIn Success by Wayne CollegiateLink Breitbarth Corridor of Shame-the neglect of South Caro- lina’s rural schools, directed by Bud Ferillo South Carolina Campus Compact 14
  15. 15. Recommended for you! by Jim CollinsWhat it is about: An examination of the by Steven Johnsonprinciples for building a truly great enter- What it is about: An examination of howprise in unpredictable, tumultuous, and innovation happens by looking at naturefast-moving times. and history.What it offers you: A “contrarian, data- What it offers you: Encouragement todriven, and uplifting” take on how to succeed in the work- seek new ideas by interacting with fieldsplace. very different than your own. by Peter Bregman by David AllenWhat it is about: Eliminating distrac- What it is about: An overview of the prin-tions, finding focus, and making good ciples, practical advice and coaching on im-choices about what you do with your plementing yourself through the process,time. and insights into why it works.What it offers you: When you’re distract- What it offers you: Solutions for trans-ed from the task at hand, it reminds you forming overwhelm and uncertainty into anto pause and put things back in perspec- integrated system of stress free productivity.tive. VISTAs will reunite to revisit the goals of VISTA & A nationwide effort to increase awareness of hunger SCCC benefit from a strengths finder at Clemson and homelessness in America. University. A National Day of Service– What are you doing for SCCC VISTAs will meet according to region. others? Happy November-December Birthdays to Sarah Chafe & Grace Crosby! South Carolina Campus Compact 15
  16. 16. Fall 2011 A newsletter published by South Carolina Campus Compact Editor, Designer: Alexandra K. Persson Cover photo courtesy of United In July 2011 our campus coordinators met for a Way of York County, SC professional development summit hosted by TheCitadel, and had occasion to complete a vision exer- cise where we answered the question, “Why SC Campus Compact?” The list-making ensued, with each of our coordinators citing their reasons why they have championed SC Campus Compact on their respective campuses. Then, in summary, USC’s Jimmie Gahagan commented, “We are just better together…” And I knew in that moment that we would so name our SC Campus Compactnewsletter planned for this academic year – the first issue in your hands now! Please join us for thejourney, and Jack Johnson’s hit notwithstanding, we “If you want to go fast go alone, if you want to go far, go together.” truly are… Better Together. -Kimberly Keel -African Proverb SCCC Executive Director South Carolina Campus Compact 16