The University of North Dakota Center for Community Engagement will be coordinating its eighth annual Community Connect Forum, at 9 a.m., Saturday, April 25, in Cavalier, N.D., just 80 miles northwest of Grand Forks.
Registration will run from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Cavalier Movie Theater. The event is free and open to the public. Transportation for UND participants will leave the Memorial Union at 6:30 a.m.
This year’s theme is “Strong Communities,” and will feature keynote speaker Becky McCray, a nationally recognized expert on helping small communities, who will talk about building strong communities and the “10 trends in our favor.”
The 2015 program will focus on helping small towns become stable and vibrant, and it will be organized around three key areas: “Strong Civic Engagement,” “Strong Civic Infrastructure,” and “Strong Community Culture.” The Forum will provide opportunities for networking with other communities from across the region. There will also be an art walk and a “cash mob” in the afternoon.
The Forum will be hosted at several different Cavalier venues, including the Cavalier Movie Theater, Pembina County Courthouse and the Cavalier Senior Center. The closing ceremonies will be held at the Pembina County Historical Society Museum, with music by Sneaky Wild Oats.
For more information go to www.communityengagement.und.edu. The website includes a schedule of the day’s events and a copy of the 2015 newsletter, “Conversations for Communities.”
About the Center:
The UND Center for Community Engagement links academic resources with community needs by connecting students and faculty to teaching and research projects off campus. It was created by an act of the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education in 2004. The Center serves as a catalyst for faculty and students to learn from and with nonprofit organizations, rural communities, tribal communities and other public partners through local and regional initiatives.
About Community Connect:
The Community Connect project provides opportunities for rural communities to work together with UND faculty and students on the challenges and opportunities in our region.
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