May 19, 2015 |
When Rutgers University wants to organize a massive community service event through its Camden campus, it turns to its "civic scholars," dozens of undergraduate students who have committed to dedicating a large part of their college lives to civic engagement. The Rutgers-Camden students put in at least 300 hours each year: working with neighborhood groups, attending conferences and workshops, organizing campuswide days of service during student orientation and Martin Luther King's Birthday.
March 6, 2015 |
Two public-policy centers in the Philadelphia region are joining forces with the goal of improving civics education in schools. The Rendell Center for Civics and Civic Engagement, created in 2013 in collaboration with the National Constitution Center, has relocated from Arcadia University in Glenside to the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania, the institutions announced Wednesday. The Rendell Center, a nonprofit led by Judge Marjorie O. Rendell of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, develops civics lessons for lower grades, while the Annenberg Center has worked with middle and high schools.
August 17, 2014 |
Max King, a former editor of The Inquirer, has been chosen to head one the nation's largest philanthropic organizations, the Pittsburgh Foundation, the group announced Friday. King led The Inquirer from 1990 to 1998, during which the paper won a Pulitzer Prize for explanatory journalism and Time Magazine recognized it as one of the five best newspapers in America. He previously served as a city editor and executive vice president under his predecessor as editor, Gene Roberts. After The Inquirer, King spent nine years as president of the Heinz Endowments, another charitable foundation based in Pittsburgh, and six years on the board of the National Council on Foundations, which supports philanthropic organizations.
June 12, 2014 |
Graduating from the University of Pennsylvania with a strong desire to change the world and an excellent plan for how to do it? A new Penn program may fund you. Penn president Amy Gutmann has created "engagement prizes" of up to $150,000 - $50,000 for living expenses and $100,000 for project execution - for students with the most promising plans to improve local, national, or global conditions in the year after their graduation. "We want to maximize the encouragement we can give our students who do well by doing good in the world," Gutmann said Tuesday.
April 25, 2014 |
Rutgers University announced a new chancellor Wednesday for its Camden campus: a former professor at Temple University's law school who is now the law school dean at the University of Maryland. Phoebe A. Haddon, 63, will join Rutgers-Camden on July 1, returning to a region where she worked for decades and the state where she grew up. "It seems like a great place for me to come to after five years of being a dean here. It has a real nice-size campus for the kind of work that I'd like to do," Haddon said Wednesday afternoon.
October 17, 2013
I USUALLY WRITE about what's not working. You know, Congress, the Legislature, Philly schools. Mostly I place fault with those in charge; all those in charge, regardless of party. I do this in hopes that bringing attention to what's wrong can serve as motivation to make it right. Sometimes that works. Some years ago, I wrote about a decorated Pennsylvania State Police trooper whose wife and three children were denied death benefits after the trooper died of a heart attack on duty.
May 2, 2013
The Upper Darby School District released a $165 million budget that closes a $9.7 million shortfall with staff reductions, transportation cuts, and other savings, many of them reflecting priorities suggested in a series of community forums. Residents still face a 2.94 percent property-tax increase, much less than the 6.6 percent that could have been levied before going to a referendum, said Superintendent Louis DeVlieger. "No school district programs will be cut, no employee will lose a job, and kindergarten, art, music, and sports will all remain intact while still reaching our goal of $9.7 million," he said in presenting the budget to the board Tuesday night.
October 14, 2012
Harris Steinberg is executive director of PennPraxis, School of Design at the University of Pennsylvania As a specialist in civic engagement, urban planning, and creating partnerships, I was invited to Haiti by the State Department to lead workshops with local cultural, arts, academic, and nonprofit groups on using civic engagement as a springboard for action. I approached the assignment with a healthy dose of skepticism and a dash of trepidation. After all, how could a few days on the ground in a country without civil society as we know it make any sense of civic engagement?
October 5, 2012 |
Shortly after becoming Drexel University's president in 2010, John A. Fry stood before the faculty and student body at convocation and declared civic engagement as one of his major goals. "My aspiration for Drexel University is for it to be the most civically engaged university in the United States, across all three dimensions of engagement: academic, student, and employee voluntarism, and institutionally supported neighborhood investment," Fry told the packed auditorium of about 900 people.
July 19, 2012 |
Ever since the latest census confirmed that Latinos are the largest ethnic minority in America, I've been thinking about Spider-Man's motto: "With great power comes great responsibility. " As a Latino American, I feel the need to temper my enthusiasm about our new place in our country with a healthy sense of responsibility. If we honor four of the foundations of Latino culture — family, education, financial security, and civic engagement — we ought to do just fine. Latinos are intensely proud of our sense of family.