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Contact: Dean McGovern Executive Director 406.243.5177, x4



25 October 2011

Students Convene in Billings for Civic Leadership Conference Scores of college students and national service members from across the state and region will gather in Billings from Friday, 28 October to Sunday, 30 October. For a full weekend at the Montana State University-Billings College of Technology, participants will attend sessions designed to give them the skills and tools for becoming civic leaders through community service. Students will learn about the rich cultural diversity of the Great Plains and Northern Rockies areas. And, they will make a local impact by engaging in service projects around Billings during the throughout the conference. The Best in Class! Building Engaged Citizens Conference is an annual event hosted by the Montana Campus Compact (MTCC). This year, thanks to a gift from the Jenzabar Foundation, MTCC has expanded the conference to include students from outside of Montana, including tribal colleges across the country. The conference theme this year—A Culture of Service— will help participants develop leadership skills, cultural awareness, and foster a sense of civic responsibility in participants. Montana Campus Compact, a statewide higher education consortium of 20 two-year, four-year, public, private, community, and tribal colleges and universities across the state, committed to deepening the ability of campuses to improve community life and educate students for civic and social responsibility. “Nationally, Montana citizens, especially its college students, rank highly in civic engagement,” said Rolf Groseth, Chancellor at MSU-Billings and Montana Campus Compact board member, “this annual conference is a big reason for our high national ranking. It’s an opportunity for Montanans to come together and learn skills and strategies to improve our communities.” The conference will feature a Tribal College Leadership Session that will include administrators from all of Montana’s tribal college campuses. Additionally, participants will engage in service projects around the Billings area, including conducting a “product drive” to collect toiletries for people in need coordinated by the Community Crisis Center. Conference attendees will also clean classrooms, toys, and furniture at Head Start of Billings. Many participants will serve at the Montana Rescue Mission as well. The Montana Campus Compact is Montana’s largest higher education network. MTCC member campuses include: Aaniiih Nakoda College, Blackfeet Community College, Carroll College, Dawson Community College, Flathead Valley Community College, Fort Peck Community College, Little Big Horn College, Miles Community College, Montana State University-Billings, Montana State University-Bozeman, Montana State University-Great Falls, Montana State University-Northern, Montana Tech of UM, Rocky Mountain College, Salish Kootenai College, Stone Child College, The University of Montana-Missoula, The University of Montana-Helena, The University of Montana Western, University of Great Falls ####

Building Engaged Citizens Conference  

News release regarding upcoming civic engagement conference

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