Center for Community Engagement
Indiana State University
Tirey Hall 134A
Terre Haute, Indiana 47809
To develop a robust Service-Learning Scholars program at ISU showcasing the
university’s strategic commitment to academic excellence, dynamic community
engagement, and meaningful public service.
Each fall, a new cohort of promising Sophomores will be selected to participate in a rigorous and rewarding Service-Learning Scholars program at ISU. This one-year experience will feature the completion of service-learning designated coursework, an ongoing process of self-reflection on the meaning of service, and the application of one’s academic training and interests to specific community needs through a supervised service project. The program will be one of the university’s most visible touchstones, reflected not only in the recognition accorded to its participants on their transcripts, at the CCE’s annual banquet, and in the press, but even more so in its clear resonance with the university’s overall mission, vision, retention goals, and strategic plan.
- orientation workshop at the beginning of the year
- participation in two events sponsored by the Center for Community Engagement
- one “Introduction to Service-Learning” course (1 credit, taught by
- 50 service hours with a community partner
- a short reflection essay each semester
- a focused Service Project geared toward a community partner’s real need
- a poster showcasing the completed Service Project at the CCE’s spring banquet
- official transcript designation as a Service-Learning Scholar
- co-curricular transcript designation
- honor/certificate/poster at CCE banquet
- focused attention to a real need, addressed with a valued academic skill set
- broad scope of possible community partners, not just in Terre Haute
- possible partnerships with participants’ home communities through the alumni
- sense of accomplishment in enhancing ISU’s national reputation for service and
Sean Carey is a Music Education and Performance double major in the School of Music. Coming to ISU from Munster, he specializes in violin and belongs to several ensembles on campus. In addition to performing, Sean enjoys serving as a tutor for Music Theory. To him, service is something that should be expected of those who are at all able to help others.
Robyn Minks comes from Hammond, and is double-majoring in Biology and Science Education. She hopes her love of animals, children, and teaching can be incorporated into a fulfilling career. Robyn participated in many volunteer and outreach programs before college through her church’s youth group, Girl Scouts, and various organizations at school. During her time at ISU she has continued her volunteer work by participating in Alternative Spring Break, Donaghy Day, and the Hull House trip. Robyn was also on the leadership team for the Freshman Class Legacy Service Project. She is confident that her passion for volunteering will carry through the rest of her college experience and beyond.
Heather Slee is a sophomore studying Speech Language Pathology. She is from Wabash and enjoys watching movies, listening to music, riding her bike, and hanging out with friends. She loves to work with children, which is what originally drew her to community service. At home she helped with various children's programs at her church, and is currently a member of the Sycamore Service Corps, ISU’s Americorps contingent. Heather is also involved with the campus chapter of NSSLHA, the professional organization for Speech Pathologists.
Katie Taylor moved to Terre Haute with her parents and two younger sisters from Portland, Oregon in the summer of 2010. She entered ISU that fall on the pre-medicine track with a minor in Spanish, and declared a major in English near the end of her second semester. Katie is a proud member of the St. Mary's Academy class of 2009 and attributes her love of service and learning to the education she received there. After her graduation, Katie spent eight months volunteering at a girl's home in Peru. In addition to joining the SLS program, she will be serving at St. Ann's Clinic this year as a second-term member of AmeriCorps.
Bethany Alkire is a sophomore honors student studying Pre-Medicine, with minors in Chemistry and Civic Leadership. She is also part of the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance, where she is working on her Certified Nonprofit Personal (CNP) Certificate. Bethany is a Rural Health Scholar who intends to continue the program by attending Indiana University School of Medicine-Terre Haute to become a pediatrician. Before attending college, Bethany actively volunteered with 4-H, SADD, NHS, Hancock Hope House, the Boys and Girls Club, and Lions’ Club in her hometown of Greenfield, and was honored to be named a Lilly Scholar as a result. Bethany is a Senator in the Student Government Association, where she is currently Speaker of the Senate. Bethany is also a member of the Sycamore Service Corps, with a placement at the Salvation Army as a Children’s Programming Coordinator.
Drew Feutz is from Eminence, Indiana and is double majoring in Finance with a concentration in Financial Planning as well as Financial Services in which he has chosen the Investments Track. He has volunteered with the Lions Club in his hometown since the eighth grade and has served the broader community as far away as San Francisco through the St. Anthony Foundation on a trip with the Networks Professional Development Program. With a degree in Finance and Financial Services, Drew hopes to pass the Certified Financial Planning exam and work for an independent fee-only financial planning firm.
Madeline Webster is a sophomore majoring in German and Linguistics. She has worked extensively with programs serving at-risk youth, and hopes to sharpen her skills even further through the Service Learning Scholars program. Madeline has volunteered with children in Big Brothers Big Sisters, leading arts and crafts, music, and outdoor, adventure activities. Madeline has been very active with her sorority’s philanthropic activities, with special attention to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. She is passionate about providing quality education for children and encouraging youth to seek higher education. Madeline believes that those who are given much should give back to the community in service.
Faculty Fellow and SLS Coordinator
Center for Community Engagement