Thursday, June 9, 2016

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HSAAC Membership

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is requesting qualified individuals who are interested in serving on the Homeland Security Academic Advisory Council (HSAAC) to apply for appointment.  The Council is composed of up to twenty-three (23) members, representing a diverse group of university and college presidents and academic association leaders who advise the Secretary of Homeland Security and DHS senior leadership on matters related to homeland security and the academic community, including: Academic research and faculty exchange; campus resilience; cybersecurity; homeland security academic programs; international students; and student and recent graduate recruitment.

The Department seeks to appoint individuals to eight (8) vacant positions on the Council. Additional information, such as requirements for participation, specific areas of expertise needed, and application instructions can be found in the Federal RegisterApplications will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. EST on June 17, 2016.

For additional details, please contact the DHS Office of Academic Engagement at and include the following subject line in your message: HSAAC Membership

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NTTX Topic/Exercise Scenario Nominations

Call for Topic/Exercise Scenario Nominations for the National Seminar and Tabletop Exercise (NTTX) for Institutions of Higher Education

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) requests topic/exercise scenario nominations for the 2016 National Seminar and Tabletop Exercise (NTTX) for Institutions of Higher Education. 

The DHS Office of Academic Engagement, in collaboration with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) would like input on topics/exercise scenarios from the higher education and emergency management communities given their equities to and expertise in campus resilience emerging issues and trends impacting colleges and universities. The 2016 NTTX will take place in October or November.  

Topic/exercise scenario nominations must be received by June 17, 2016

About the NTTX
The NTTX is a series of campus-based events to test and promote campus resilience. Each event in the series includes workshops and an exercise scenario focused on a specific resilience-related topic impacting the higher education community. The first NTTX in 2014 featured a fictitious infectious disease outbreak, while the second event in 2015 featured a cyber security breach scenario.

Selection Criteria
Nominated topics/exercise scenarios should reflect campus resilience issues or trends that impact the higher education community. Topics/exercise scenarios should also align with DHS core missions.

Please submit your recommended topics/exercise nominations in order of priority. OAE will review topic/exercise scenario recommendations in coordination with FEMA to select the topic for the 2016 NTTX. Upon selection, OAE will begin outreach in July for participation in the fall event. 

Nomination Process
Please send topic/exercise scenario nominations via email directly to OAE at: Please include the following subject line in your message: 2016 NTTX Topic Nomination

Additional Opportunity: Join the NTTX Planning Team
DHS is also looking for representatives from colleges and universities to join the NTTX planning team. The NTTX planning team, which helps inform and develop materials for the event, convenes monthly via teleconference (in-person available) in advance of the fall 2016 event.

To participate in the planning team process and for additional details, please contact the Office of Academic Engagement Please include the following subject line in your message:  

2016 NTTX Planning Team

Any HBCU's taking advantage of these programs? Indiana Receives $4.3 Million in New Funding to Support AmeriCorps Programs

I always review to see if any HBCU's have taken advantage of these opportunities for their future leaders.

Charles D. Sharp.  CEO BEMA

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For Immediate Release  
Thursday, June 9, 2016  
Samantha Jo Warfield; 202-606-6775  
Indiana Receives $4.3 Million in New Funding to Support AmeriCorps Programs
INDIANAPOLIS – The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the federal agency that administers AmeriCorps, announced today that Indiana has received $4.3 million in AmeriCorps funding to support nonprofit organizations across the state.
“AmeriCorps members make a powerful impact on the toughest challenges facing our nation,” said Wendy Spencer, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service. “Building on Indiana’s strong tradition of neighbor helping neighbor, AmeriCorps members will improve lives and strengthen communities across the Hoosier state. While they serve others, AmeriCorps members will also expand opportunity for themselves - gaining skills and experience to jumpstart their careers.  I salute AmeriCorps members for their dedication, and thank our outstanding partners who make their service possible.”
The federal investment includes seven grants totaling $1.6 million, which will support 528 AmeriCorps members. Through these grants, AmeriCorps members will support youth development and education programs serving more than 33,000 Indiana students in grades K-12, help expand economic opportunity, and improve disaster preparedness in all 80 Indiana counties.   

CNCS will also provide up to $2.2 million in education scholarships for the AmeriCorps members funded by these grants to help pay for college, vocational training, or pay back student loans. The federal investment is projected to generate an additional $10.5 million in local support to increase community impact and return on federal investment.
The federal investment announced today also includes $2.7 million for Serve Indiana, the Governor-appointed state service commission. Later this summer, Serve Indiana will make additional grants to support AmeriCorps programs in the state. 

“Congratulations to the seven Indiana universities and organizations receiving AmeriCorps grants,” said U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly. “These grants will help improve the quality of life for families and help hundreds of young Hoosiers give back to their communities through service.” 

“AmeriCorps members are an indispensable resource for nonprofits, communities, and the individuals they serve,” said Congressman AndrĂ© Carson. “Community service is an essential part of the solutions to many of the challenges Hoosiers face, and AmeriCorps members are able to bring the country together by uniting individuals behind a common goal. I congratulate the American Red Cross of Indiana, Public Allies, Phalen Leadership Academies of Indiana, and Teach for America for receiving these grants, and thank all those who have answered the call to serve by joining AmeriCorps.”

“Congratulations to the Boys and Girls Club of Wayne County for receiving this grant.  This is exciting news for the 185 AmeriCorps Members and more than 30,000 Hoosiers they’ll serve,” said Congressman Luke Messer. “Receiving this award during such a competitive grant cycle attests to Project ACE’s important impact in Richmond and the surrounding communities.  I look forward to seeing the great work these men and women will do for our children and our community through this project.”

“National service is an essential part of the solution to many of the challenges facing our state,” said Debbie Pidgeon, executive director of Serve Indiana. “These AmeriCorps members will serve people who most need opportunities to improve their life circumstances. Members develop civic and leadership skills that we expect to last a lifetime so that they can continue to be change makers throughout Indiana.  I congratulate these outstanding organizations and thank all those who serve their communities through AmeriCorps.”

Below is a listing of 2016 AmeriCorps competitive grants based in Indiana:
  • University of Notre Dame ACE Program:  In this national program based in Indiana, AmeriCorps members will serve as teachers in under-resourced urban and rural schools in 12 states and the District of Columbia.  AmeriCorps members will teach more than 13,000 students and meet the critical shortage of education professionals in high need areas. (154 AmeriCorps members)
  • Robinson Community Learning Center AmeriCorps Program through the University of Notre Dame: AmeriCorps members will coordinate a range of educational programs, provide direct service, recruit/supervise volunteers, expand outreach, develop curricula, and assist with program evaluation, at the Robinson Community Learning Center, the Notre Dame Center for Arts and Culture (NDCAC), the YMCA Urban Youth Services, and the OC Carmichael Boys and Girls Club. (29 AmeriCorps members)
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne County Indiana – Project ACES: AmeriCorps members will work with Indiana children through education, healthy lifestyles, and character & leadership development in Boys & Girls Clubs facilities across Indiana.  (185 AmeriCorps members)
  • American Red Cross of Indiana: AmeriCorps members will help build capacity and grow disaster preparedness, response, and recovery in 80 Indiana counties. AmeriCorps members will also serve on an on-call Disaster Action Team and assist with local disaster relief operations with the potential for regional or national disaster relief operation deployment. (25 AmeriCorps members)
  • Public Allies of Indianapolis: AmeriCorps members will deliver capacity-building services in 15 unique organizations that are addressing educational, health, and economic disparity throughout Indianapolis. (20 AmeriCorps members)
  • Phalen Leadership Academies Indiana – Scholars Excel AmeriCorps Program: AmeriCorps members will provide small group, intervention-based instruction to children in elementary schools in high-poverty neighborhoods. AmeriCorps members will help increase students’ math and reading proficiency, improve their knowledge of and interest in STEM subjects and careers, and grow their self-esteem and engagement in school.  (20 AmeriCorps members)
  • Teach for America: AmeriCorps members will teach in low-income district, charter, and turnaround schools across Indianapolis to improve the literacy and/or math educational outcomes for students. (95 AmeriCorps members)
AmeriCorps engages more than 75,000 members in intensive service annually to serve through nonprofit, faith-based, and community organizations at more than 21,000 locations across the country. These members help communities tackle pressing problems while mobilizing millions of volunteers for the organizations they serve.  

Since 1994, nearly 1 million Americans have earned more than $3 billion in education scholarships. Later this year, the one millionth AmeriCorps member will take the AmeriCorps pledge, committing to ‘get things done’ for America. In Indiana, more than 15,000 Indiana residents have served more than 20 million hours and qualified for more than $46.1 million in education scholarships.


AmeriCoprs is administed by the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency that engages millions of Americans in service through its AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, Social Innovation Fund, and Volunteer Generation Fund programs, and leads the President's national call to service initiative, United We Serve. For more information, visit
Serve Indiana, a division of the Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD), strives to be a statewide public champion for service and volunteerism. The mission is to advance service and volunteerism by informing, connecting, and promoting opportunities and resources that enrich the lives of Hoosiers. Learn more at: