September, 2018
STEM+ Network Newsletter
Kentucky Campus Compact & STEM+

Kentucky Campus Compact (KyCC) is proud to support the Kentucky STEM+ (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics + Arts & Humanities) Network. This is an open networking group for STEM+ faculty from all KyCC member institutions who are interested in learning from each other, finding ways to collaborate, developing funding opportunities, and strengthening relationships with K-12 STEM+ educators. If you are in a STEM+ field, we hope you will join us.
Spotlight: Berea College
Sher Saginov, a senior Berea College computer science major, recently wrote an article for titled "How did I organize the first-ever hackathon in my hometown?" Due to his exposure to hackathons while at Berea College, he was able to take a semester off to develop his own for his hometown of Khujand, Tajikistan. On April 30, 2018 he successfully launched a hackathon for his hometown, which he called "Khujandhacks," where 75 people competed in 16 teams with 16 real-world projects. Saginov hopes to launch another hackathon next time he goes home.

In his own words, a hackathon is "usually a day long (can be 10 hours, 36 hours, 48 hours, etc.) event where many passionate professionals and students, interested in technology and business development, come together, form teams to build and design a product (i.e web application, app), make pitches and work towards creating a solution using a technology and business plan."

You can read the full article here .
What's New at the Compact?

The STEM+ team at KyCC is currently working on finding grant funding to support our members and support engagement in STEM+ fields. The goal is to get funds for a project called "STEM Ready!" wherein we would disperse mini-grants to member faculty for research and student engagement projects. The team is currently identifying grant-makers and preparing application materials. In August, KyCC submitted a Letter of Request to the Duke Energy Foundation and have a few others lined up. If you are aware of any grant-funders or would like to help with the application process you can contact Kyle Dorriere at: .

Recently the STEM+ team participated in a KYStats mini-conference in Louisville to learn more about the types of data they are collecting and the types of tools they are developing to make that data easily accessible. They have a lot of great research on high school graduation rates, test scores, and higher education pursuits. They have also collected a lot of data on higher education institutions, both public and private, concerning majors, post-college employment, and more. To check out the reports and interactive tables they have created check out:
Register for NKU's STEM Conference

On Thursday September 20th NKU-CINSAM (Center for Integrative Natural Science and Mathematics) will be hosting their annual STEM Conference. Although its too late to present, its not too late to register to attend! Conference features include a showcase of regional resources, interactive workshop sessions, STEM initiative models, and much more.
More information can be found here:
Join Our Monthly Webinars

 On the first Friday of every month at 3:00 p.m. EST KyCC hosts a webinar of STEM+ faculty and administrators to stay connected, share research opportunities, and discuss ways for the network to grow and be more resourceful.

We hope that you will join us for our October webinar. We plan to discuss our collaboration with SENCER and share ideas about hosting a curriculum development workshop in Spring 2019. In November we will be joined by Mark Neikirk, Executive Director of the Scripps Howard Center for Civic Engagement at NKU, who will present about incorporating civic engagement projects in STEM courses.

Link to register: October Registration

First Friday of Every Month 3 pm EST
October 5th, 2018
November 2nd, 2018
December 7th, 2018 (tentative)
2019 Summer Institute to be Held in Cleveland, OH

SENCER has announced that their 2019 Summer Institute will be held at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH. The Institute will be held from August 1-4. It's never too early to save the date and prepare for the popular program. This year's Institute was held at Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, California on August 2-5 with a theme of "Civic Engagement and the STEM Learning Ecosystem."

More information can be found here:
To find out more about SENCER you can visit :

Value Based Academic Leadership Institute

On October 5th & 6th Success 4 Higher Education (S4HE) and the National Center for Science and Civic Engagement (NCSCE) have teamed up to offer a Value Based Academic Leadership Institute at Broward College in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. This two-day experience will explore the values, actions, and ideals that drive leaders. The Leadership Institute will help you explore your own leadership styles and traits and will help you prepare for the next steps in your career. By integrating theory, practice, and mission (both institutional and personal), the institute will build leadership capacity on a foundation of the personal values, ethical frameworks that guide decision-making and nurture an organizational culture where individuals can reach their highest potential.

To register you can sign up here.
More information can be found at