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Current Weekly Update

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Bonner Weekly Update

  February 8 - 12, 2016


Foundation News

[1] Questions from the Network

[2] Big Idea Progress Report: Due Date Extended

[3] AmeriCorps Reminder

[4] Bonner Advisory Board (BAB) Application Available 


Weekly Training:

[5] Learning Circles: A Train-the-Trainers Approach 


Article of Interest

[6] Breaking the Cycle


Opportunities/News from the Network

 [7] Summer of Service Opportunity - 2016 Summer Service Scholars at Siena College

 [8] We're Hiring: Become a Siena College AmeriCorps VISTA Fellow

[9] Child Hunger Corps: Feeding America

 [10] INSPIRE Conference

[11] United Planet Bonner International Scholarship 

[12] Summer of Service Opportunity: Institute on Philanthropy and Volunteer Service (IPVS)

[13] The Summer Communities of Service (SCOS)

[14] The Courier Program - Summer Internship Opportunity 

[15] Become an Unofficial Ambassador – 2016 Summer Service Internship Program 

[16] Widener University - Seeking Part Time Assistant Service Learning Coordinator

[17] City Year: A Virtual Round Table 

[18] Bonner Love



[1] Questions from the Network

Bonner Graduation Stoles

At Oberlin, two of our senior interns are interested in doing Bonner graduation stoles or ropes for commencement this May. Does your campus do anything like this? We are gathering ideas and researching vendors and costs, any information you can provide us would be greatly appreciated.


Please email Oberlin College Bonner Director, Trecia Pottinger at trecia.pottinger@oberlin.edu with any information or suggestions.   


How Do You Stay in Contact with Bonner Alumni?

At Davidson, although we have an informal network to stay in touch with many of our graduates, we don’t have much of a structure.  We’re considering a LinkedIn group to help alums to connect and network with each other and perhaps making more frequent/intentional opportunities to gather during major campus events.  If you do any of these things, if you’ve tried and think they're bad ideas, or if you have other ideas, they are ALL appreciated.  The more info we can gather the better!  


Please email Davidson College Bonner Director, Kristin Booher (krbooher@davidson.edu) with any comments or suggestions.  Thank you!!


[2] Big Idea Progress Report: Due Date Extended

The deadline for Congress Representatives to submit your program's Big Idea Progress Report has been extended to Monday, February 22. The report is online and can be found through this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/T2NG8CL


[3] AmeriCorps Reminder 

If you still have active National AmeriCorps members in your program, please remember to continue to give attention to making position descriptions for those members as specific and thorough as possible, to show that each position complies with the rules for eligibility, which are shown here: http://bonnernetwork.pbworks.com/w/page/82476955/National%20Bonner%20AmeriCorps%20-%20Eligible%20Positions.  


If you have any doubt about the eligibility of a position, please consult with Foundation staff before a member starts to log hours in that position.


[4] Bonner Advisory Board (BAB) Application Available 

Launched in 2009, the Bonner Advisory Board (BAB) is a cohort of current Bonner student leaders that give their voice to the Bonner Network. During their full year of service, accepted members participate in monthly conference calls with Foundation staff, assist in the planning and facilitating of Bonner Congress and SLI, as well as co-manage the Big Idea Project. 


Please encourage your Bonners to Apply by April 1st! Please see attached for the pdf version of the 2016-2017 BAB application.………………………………………………………………………………


[5] Learning Circles: A Train-the-Trainers Approach 

The ability to engage in dialogue and create a safe and respectful context for sharing ideas, views, and experiences is vital in the work of civic engagement leaders. A Learning Circle is a format for dialogue that invites participation in a manner that may be different from the typical conversational format, as it is not based on debate. It is a valuable and effective mode of communication that, when utilized correctly, can be a foundation for deep dialogue. This format has been used for decades by organizers and has been popular with faculty and others, such as in the Invisible College founded in the mid-1980's. A Learning Circle can prompt an exchange of ideas that may support participants' deeper learning or lead to the formulation of action steps and plans that participants can take back to their own communities or organizations.


Link: http://bonnernetwork.pbworks.com/f/BonCurFacilLearnCircles.pdf


For a look at the Bonner Foundation’s full list of training check out this link.



[6] Breaking the Cycle

Anne-Marie Nuñez suggests looking to Hispanic-Serving Institutions as a model for how to build an inclusive campus racial climate. Minority-Serving Institutions have great potential to teach us lessons about what campuses can do to improve the racial and ethnic climate, as these institutions have been serving students of color for years. See below to read more about the proposed strategies and how college leaders can implement them.


To continue reading the article please visit this link 

If you have any suggestions for future articles or videos please email them to Eliza Blades at eliza@bonner.org.



[7] Summer of Service Opportunity - 2016 Summer Service Scholars at Siena College

Siena College's Center for Academic Community Engagement is excited to begin accepting applications for the 2016 Summer Service Scholar internship program!

Summer Service Scholars complete a 9 week full-time internship with a nonprofit in Albany, NY while participating in weekly professional development opportunities and community development conversations. Students have the opportunity to earn college credits for the experience and can apply to a competitive stipend pool. Scholars spend the 9 weeks serving among a cohort of undergraduates passionate about community engagement. Summer Service Scholars 2016 will run June 6th - August 5th with an option to extend additional weeks. 

This program is a great option for your Bonner's interested in a Summer of Service! The priority deadline for applications is February 21st, 2016. To learn more about the program visit the Summer Service Scholar website or email Katie Wells at kwells@siena.edu.


[8] We're Hiring: Become a Siena College AmeriCorps VISTA Fellow. 25 available positions. Albany, NY

Are you interested in jump starting your career, gaining professional experience, while serving the Capital Region of NY? Become a Siena College AmeriCorps VISTA Fellow. For more information about our program and how to get involved, visit nationalservice.gov or set up an informational session (by phone or in person) with Assistant Director of Postgraduate Programs, Lamara J. Burgess. 


Applications will be accepted through March 25th. 


[9] Child Hunger Corps: Feeding America

Do you know anyone who is interested in dedicating two years to working at a Feeding America food bank to expand programs targeted towards alleviating child hunger through conducting a community needs assessment? The Child Hunger Corps would be a great fit for them. We are in the process of hiring 10 Corps members to start their service term August 2016. Preferred application deadline is February 23rd. Learn more and apply here:  https://lnkd.in/eCwJhW3


If you have any questions, please contact Bonner Alum Josh Blair, jblair@feedingamerica.org



[10] INSPIRE Conference

INSPIRE 2016 is a student led community engagement conference held from March 11-13, 2016 at Siena College in Loudonville, NY. Students from all over the Northeast and across the country will participate in training and dialogue around community engagement and pedagogy through workshops, networking and presentations. This conference will feature elective workshops blocks and tracks that will explore topics such as race relations, gender, LGBTQ, and the environment. This event is cosponsored by the Siena College Center for Academic Community Engagement and Montclair State University's Bonner Program.


Want more information? Visit: INSPIRE 2016 or join our Facebook page! Ready to register today? Follow this link to access our registration page.


[11] United Planet Bonner International Scholarship 

United Planet is an international nonprofit organization based in Boston that strives to empower students from across the nation to explore key global issues, immerse in foreign cultures, and serve side-by-side with local people in community projects worldwide. United Planet knows that Bonner Scholars and Leaders never stop giving back. Theresa Higgs, United Planet’s Vice President of Global Operations and Bonner Scholar, University of Richmond, ’96-‘99, is the living role model.


In honor of the contributions that Theresa has made to United Planet, the contributions that the Bonner Foundation has made to Theresa’s life, and countless contributions that Bonner Scholars and Leaders continue to make around the country and world, United Planet would like to offer Bonner Scholars and Leaders three special scholarships for our Quest Volunteer Abroad Programs. In addition, Bonner Scholars always receive 5% off our short-term Quest Volunteer Abroad Programs year-round.  (This can not be combined with a scholarship.)


Submission Deadline is February 12, 2016, 5pm EDT. For more information please visit: http://www.unitedplanet.org/bonner


[12] Summer of Service Opportunity: Institute on Philanthropy and Volunteer Service (IPVS)

The Institute on Philanthropy and Voluntary Service offers you a chance to make an impact this summer. Spend either 4 or 8 weeks this summer taking action while getting a hands-on learning experience in the nation’s capital.  Your internship will put you on the front-lines working to solve local and national issues. Students will be accepted on a rolling basis until the final deadline of March 16, 2016. We award almost 1 million dollars in scholarship funding annually and awards are made on the basis of financial need and merit. 


Applicants may apply for a full scholarship through the Outstanding Student Leader Scholarship awards program. 4 will be available for Summer 2016. More information may be found here: www.DCinternships.org/StudentLeader


For more information and to be begin an online application, please visit www.DCinternships.org. Questions may be directed to IPVS@tfas.org or 202.986.0384. 


[13] The Summer Communities of Service (SCOS)

The Summer Communities of Service (SCOS) program is an ecumenical collaboration between the UCC Volunteer Ministries and Alliance of Baptists. Participants live and serve from June to mid-August in host congregations from around the United States. There are four fundamental facets, which together form the foundation of the SCOS program: community living, leadership development, hands on justice advocacy/service opportunities and faith opportunities. 


Are you interested? Know someone in your church that would love to serve during the summer? Send them this link to learn more!  


[14] The Courier Program - Summer Internship Opportunity 

A service learning internship focused on serving rural and underserved communities and distinguished by its legacy and the adventuresome nature of our site placements. Sites include rural health clinics and birth centers in Appalachia - as well as outpost locations across the country. Eight week internships last from June 5th to July 31st 2016.  


Application Deadline: February 12th. For more information visit: https://portal.frontier.edu/web/fnu/courier-program


[15] Become an Unofficial Ambassador – 2016 Summer Service Internship Program 

Do more with your summer! The 2016 Summer Service Internship program with America’s Unofficial Ambassadors offers a unique opportunity for Bonners to travel, serve under-resourced communities, and earn a Certificate in Citizen Diplomacy. Unofficial ambassadors work with schools and grassroots organizations in Indonesia, Morocco, Tajikistan, or Tanzania. For 5-8 weeks, they intern full-time in fields like education, human rights, youth leadership, and public health, while learning about the language and culture of their host country.  Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. 


To learn more, visit www.unofficialambassadors.org or contact KathleenG@creativelearning.org




[16] Widener University - Seeking Part Time Assistant Service Learning Coordinator

Widener University is seeking a part-time Assistant Service- Learning Coordinator. This position will provide support and programming assistance for service-learning and civic engagement initiatives for Widener University students. This position helps support the continuation of national institutional prominence in this area and enhancement of student learning aligned with the new 2014-2021 Widener University strategic plan in service and civic engagement. 


For more information please see the position description attached.


[17] City Year: A Virtual Round Table 

Register for #askCY and get your questions answered! Find out more about how you can access the following benefits as a City Year AmeriCorps member:

• An education award (valued at $5,734) at the completion of your service year to further your education or pay off existing or qualified student loans.

• Exclusive scholarships for over 100 undergraduate and graduate programs

• Job opportunities from corporations, partner organizations, teaching residencies and City Year

• Access to alumni career mentors and networking opportunities


Whether you are interested to know how City Year can help further your own career or how to earn an educational award for future schooling, register for #askCY to join the conversation! For more information please see this link


[18]  Bonner Love 

  • Congratulations to Wofford College for securing a $75,000 planning grant from the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations to further its efforts to identify and advance academic engagement at the college! To read more please visit this link   
  • Check out Oberlin Bonner Scholars Amsterdam Winter Term Blog 


Want to make a submission to the Bonner Weekly?  E-mail a title and description (subject of e-mail should read “Bonner Weekly Submission") to eliza@bonner.org.


In service,


Bonner Foundation Staff



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