February 19th, 2013

Dr. Bernie Ronan delivering the luncheon keynote address.

On Friday, February 8, 2013, over 75 faculty, staff, administrators, and students from 16 community colleges around the state joined with community partners for a summit on civic engagement in Alabama’s Two-Year Colleges.  The summit was held at Jefferson State Community College, Shelby-Hoover Campus and was sponsored by APP, Auburn University Outreach, theDavid Mathews Center for Civic Life, and the Alabama Department of Post-Secondary Education.

The event included presentations by keynote speakers, Mary Elizabeth Tyler Boucebci of Georgia Perimeter College, and Dr. Bernie Ronan of Maricopa Community College, as well as sessions highlighting best practices at Alabama’s Two-Year Colleges. The summit explored community colleges’ role in inspiring a strong civic society by building and maintaining relationships with their community and some of the innovative ways Alabama’s Two-Year Colleges are embracing civic engagement.

To read more about the summit and some of the exciting ways that Alabama’s Two-Year colleges and building relationships in their communities please visit the David Mathews Center for Civic Life’s blog.

APP would like to thank Jefferson State Community College, Shelby-Hoover Campus for hosting the event and Jefferson State’s Culinary & Hospitality Institute for providing catering services. Special thanks to Mary Elizabeth Tyler Boucebci and Dr. Bernie Ronan for sharing their research and experiences with everyone and to our Breakout Session Presenters Amy Langley, Magen Campbell, Haley Blackburn, Gage Prince, Kristen Allison, John Clements, Glenda Colagross, Liesl Harris, Libby Holmes, Geri Albright, Jeff Patterson, and Crystal Roskam.  Thank you also to Dr. Humphrey Lee, Dr. Mark Heinrich, Dr. Judy Merritt and to our conference facilitators Ralph Foster and Christopher McCauley for making the conference a success!