Keynote address on community-university partnerships is Oct. 17

A national expert on community development will give a keynote address on community-university partnerships and lead a community building workshop Wednesday, Oct. 17, on campus.

The UND Center for Community Engagement is hosting the visit of John Kretzmann, co-director of the Asset-Based Community Development Institute at Northwestern University. Kretzmann is co-author with John McKnight of "Building Communities from the Inside Out" (1993), a book that helped launch the community research technique called asset mapping.

Kretzmann will give a keynote address on community-university partnerships at the Center’s annual awards luncheon and program, where four awards will be given to recognize exemplary community and university efforts by community organizations, students, faculty, and departments. The luncheon begins at 11:45 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, in the North Ballroom, Memorial Union.

Kretzmann’s workshop, “Building Community Assets,” will be held after the awards program from 2 to 4:30 p.m. in the Lecture Bowl, Memorial Union. Cost for the luncheon is $15 ($10 for students with a UND ID), while the workshop is $10 (free to students, with ID). The workshop is available for .3 CEU credits for an additional charge of $10.

Registration is available by calling the Center at 777-0675 or by visiting the Center’s web site at Information about award nominations is also available at the web site. Nomination deadline for awards is 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5.
-- Fayme Stringer, Americorps*VISTA, Center for Community Engagement,, 7-2706