News and Notes from University Outreach and Engagement

December 7, 2006

Hiram E. Fitzgerald Receives Dolley Madison Award

MSU's Associate Provost for University Outreach and Engagement has been awarded one of the most prestigious honors in the multidisciplinary field of infancy and early childhood. Hiram E. Fitzgerald recently accepted the 2006 Dolley Madison Award for Outstanding Lifelong Contribution to the Development and Well-being of Very Young Children and Their Families. The award is given by Zero to Three National Center for Infants, Toddlers, and Families. It is named in honor of former first lady Dolley Madison, who established the first federallyfunded child welfare program, a home for orphans of the War of 1812.

January 5, 2007

Carnegie Foundation names MSU a Community-Engaged University

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has selected Michigan State University as one of the first universities to be designated as a "community-engaged university" using its new Community Engagement Classification criteria. The selection includes recognition in curricular engagement as well as outreach and partnerships—the highest achievement possible within the classification framework. Unlike the Foundation's other classifications, which rely on national data, this designation is elective; institutions choose to participate by submitting documentation that describes the nature and extent of their engagement.

March 23, 2007

University Outreach and Engagement Receives American Red Cross Award

Every year the American Red Cross (International Social Services Committee of the Mid-Michigan Chapter) and St. Vincent Catholic Charities Refugee Services grants awards "to members of our community who have stood out in their welcome to those changing faces of Lansing." UOE received one of two awards given this year for "forming the Immigrant and Refugee Resource Collaborative (IRRC), the very collaboration that we celebrate today [at the award ceremony]." The award also cited the "invaluable" assistance of UOE's Robert Brown, whose "excellent facilitating skills, experience and knowledge ... has saved hours of time and increased the productivity of the Immigrant and Refugee Resource Collaborative dramatically."

April 14, 2007

MSU Outreach and Engagement Receives Excellence Award for Innovations

Michigan State University's Outreach and Engagement Measurement Instrument (OEMI) has received this year's Recognition of Excellence Award for Innovations in Outreach and Engagement from the University Continuing Education Association (UCEA). The OEMI is an MSU-wide data collection system developed by University Outreach and Engagement researchers. Faculty and academic staff report their outreach and engagement activities yearly via an online survey. With its third year of institutional reporting recently completed, MSU now has one of the most sophisticated databases of scholarly outreach and engagement information within higher education.

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