Gulf-South Summit - March 2-4, 2011 -  Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center -Roanoke, Virginia
General Information

Is the world turning faster these days or does it just seem like it? Alvin Toffler's predictions for "future shock" or too much change in too short a time now seem very close to reality. Although we experience stress in our social spaces as this change momentum increases, many of us will continue to find solutions to some of the seemingly intractable problems facing our communities. A focus on civic engagement, community partnerships, and service learning are all vital ingredients to meeting changes successfully. Service to others has never been more necessary than in 2011.

Join us for a dialog this spring to find and develop possible actions to engage your communities in the solutions to these issues and others:

  • Changing demographics and diversified communities;
  • Economic, financial, and workplace instability;
  • Environmental distress and sustainability;
  • Need for our communities to meet food, shelter, and healthcare disparities.

Engaged citizens can change the world one community at a time. A broader dialog among citizens, educational institutions and communities can be the start of global solutions to many of the issues of our times. This conference may just be the stimulus of that conversation. Join us at the 2011 Gulf-South Summit in Roanoke, Virginia, on March 2-4, 2011.


The mission of the Gulf-South Summit on Service-Learning and Civic Engagement through Higher Education is to promote networking among practitioners, research, ethical practices, reciprocal campus-community partnerships, sustainable programs, and a culture of engagement and public awareness through service-learning and other forms of civic engagement.

Summit Organizers:

Michele James-Deramo
Host and Local Committee Chair, Director of Service-Learning, Center for Student Engagement & Community Partnerships, Virginia Tech
Amanda Buberger
Awards Chair, Assistant Director, Center for Public Service, Tulane University
Richard Conville
RFP and Program Chair, Faculty Liaison for Service-Learning, University of Southern Mississippi
Ralph Foster
Exhibits Chair, Director and CEU Officer Office of Outreach Information and Program Certification, Auburn University
Betsy Hart
Evaluation Chair, Coordinator of Community Relations, Office of Community Engagement, University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Cathy Hamilton
Roundtables Chair, Director, Office of Leadership and Service-Learning, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Mary Alice Morgan
Speakers & Pre-Conference Chair, Senior Vice-Provost for Service-Learning, Mercer University
Kim Shaver
Scholarships and Membership Chair, Service Learning Coordinator, The Center for Civic Engagement, Leadership and Service, University of Louisville
Tim Stewart
Budget & Finance Chair, Director of Service-Learning, Center for Social Entrepreneurship and Service-Learning, Belmont University
Shirley Theriot
Historian, Director, Center for Community Service Learning at UT-Arlington
Shannon Wilder
General Consultation, Director, Office of Service-Learning, University of Georgia

Local Committee:

Donna Raines, Program Manager, Outreach Program Development, Virginia Tech
Sam Linkous, Program Coordinator, Outreach Program Development, Virginia Tech
Kathryn Jordan, Director, Radford University Career Services
Howard Feiertag, Instructor, Hospitality & Tourism Management, Virginia Tech
Eric Hodges, Virginia Tech Graduate Student
Julie Walters Steele, Director, University Unions / Student Activities, Virginia Tech

Scholarship Application:



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