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Higher education faculty and staff from across the state will convene at Virginia Wesleyan Oct. 24 to share ideas and resources on community and civic engagement programs as part of the VA Engage 2014 Fall Gathering. The meeting will take place in the Jane P. Batten Student Center as Virginia college and university representatives share the latest community engagement happenings at their institutions, discuss the civic health of their respective regions, and hear from a variety of speakers. A morning presentation titled "Feeling Higher Ed’s Presence in the Commonwealth: What’s the State of Your Region’s Civic Health? What Can We Do About It?" will be given by Drew Stellijes, assistant vice president for student engagement and leadership and director of the Office of Community Engagement at William & Mary. Afternoon topic explorations will feature: "Getting Service/Civic Engagement into the Strategic Plan"; "Defining Partnerships"; "What’s In It For Me and My Students? Publishing, Funding and Research Opportunities"; and "Facilitating Tough Conversations in the Classroom That Result from Community Engagement." VA Engage is a network of colleges and universities in the Commonwealth of Virginia that are dedicated to the well-being of their surrounding communities through the formation of mutually beneficial partnerships and committed to the development of the engaged citizens of tomorrow. It connects the faculty and staff responsible for community and civic engagement programs in order to disseminate new and beneficial ideas and resources that will enhance the efforts of engaged campuses. To attend this free event, please register no later than Friday, October 17. For more information, contact Diane Hotaling ( or Kathy Stolley (