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Service-Learning Scholars

MISSION

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.

VISION

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.

REQUIREMENTS

  • 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 Faculty Fellow)
  • 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

Benefits

  • 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 office
  • sense of accomplishment in enhancing ISU’s national reputation for service and engagement

Scholars

Cohort 1

Sean Carey

Sean Carey
 
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

Robyn Minks
 
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

Heather Slee
 
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

Katie Taylor
 
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.

Cohort 2

Bethany Alkire

Bethany Alkire
 
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

Drew Feutz
 
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

Madeline Webster
 
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.

Cohort 3

Priya Abhyankar

Priya Abhyankar
 
Priya Abhyankar is studying Pre-Medicine with a major in Criminology and Criminal Justice. She is a Rural Health Scholar who intends to continue the program by attending the Indiana University School of Medicine in Terre Haute, with the goal of practicing as a primary care physician. She is from Terre Haute and is excited to be able to make a difference in the community in which she was raised, first through the Service Learning Scholars program and later as a rural physician. Since coming to ISU, Priya has completed volunteer work for both St. Ann’s Clinic and the Make-A-Wish Foundation, two organizations that fit well with her determination to help the medically disadvantaged.

Alex Barnes

Alex Barnes
 
Alex Barnes comes from Madison, and is the first of her family to attend college. Motivated by her AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) training, she is pursuing a major in social work, with a special interest in working in a school or clinical environment. She has a passion for quilting, reading, and people, and has volunteered with Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Vigo County and Special Olympics of Jefferson County. She hopes to use her degree to help those in need of a little extra support on the path to leading happy and fulfilling lives.

Chelsey Bough

Chelsey Bough
 
Chelsey Bough, from Worthington, is studying Communication with a concentration in Electronic Media and a minor in Creative Writing. She is a member of five national honor societies at ISU and has been volunteering with the Salvation Army and Habitat for Humanity since Junior High. Chelsey loves doing hands-on work for her community and helping people in need. She has participated in many service days at ISU and plans to focus on community throughout her career.

Erica Chezem

Erica Chezem
 
Erica Chezem is from Crawfordsville, and is majoring in Recreation and Sport Management with a concentration in Recreational Therapy, and minoring in Psychology. She hopes to go onto graduate school to become an occupational therapist. Erica first began volunteer work in high school, actively participating in organizations such as PRIDE Youth Programs and the Sunshine Society. She has continued to volunteer in college and has worked with the Terre Haute Children’s Museum, the Vigo County YMCA, Ryves Youth Center, and has participated in Donaghy Day. Erica believes that giving back to the community in the form of service fosters better understanding of diverse cultures and communities.

Lindsay Farmer

Lindsay Farmer
 
Lindsay Farmer is an English Teaching major. She has volunteered at several children's camps and homeless shelters around Terre Haute. She is involved with the Interfaith Fellowship on campus, as well as Alternative Spring Break and Feminist Majority, and serves as community service coordinator for her dorm hall's LEAF program. Lindsay also works at the Math and Writing Center as a writing tutor, and is passionate about helping students to improve their writing. She strives to make service a vital part of her life.

Aleyda G. Flores

Aleyda G. Flores
 
Aleyda G. Flores is studying Computer Engineering Technology. She moved to the United States with her family from Honduras in 2010. Aleyda participated in many volunteer and outreach programs in high school through the NetLiteracy organization, helping to troubleshoot with computers donated to local schools and libraries. At ISU she has been a very active member of Females in Technology (FIT), encouraging young girls to pursue careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). Aleyda has long considered that giving back to the community is very important, not only because of the good it works in people’s lives, but also because it enhances her own knowledge and experience, and helps her to develop important new skills.

Shelby Harvey

Shelby Harvey
 
Shelby Harvey is double-majoring in Elementary Education and Special Education. Born and raised in Terre Haute, she plans to earn her Bachelor’s degree here as well. Shelby has a special love for children, animals, teaching, and crafting. Long drawn to helping others in less fortunate situations, she has volunteered at the American Red Cross, Happiness Bag, local hospitals, and animal clinics.

Monét Jordan

Monét Jordan
 
Monét Jordan was born and raised in Indianapolis, and is majoring at ISU in Accounting with a minor in Forensic Accounting. She has been actively serving her community since she was ten years old, with activities ranging from tutoring kids to helping the elderly. Although eventually she would like to reside in Texas (where she either wants to work for a government agency, start her own accounting firm, or open a homeless shelter for families), her more immediate goal is to help her step troupe develop a community outreach program for girls in Terre Haute.

Kara Monce

Kara Monce
 
Kara Monce was born and raised in Terre Haute. She is double majoring in Legal Studies and Political Science with a minor in Civic Leadership. Kara plans on attending law school after graduating from ISU, in hopes of one day holding political office. In high school, she volunteered with special needs students, which she found very rewarding. In her spare time Kara enjoys hanging out with her friends, reading, and traveling to new places.

Olayinka Olowoyeye

Olayinka Olowoyeye
 

Katelyn Reithel

Katelyn Reithel
 
Katelyn Reithel, from Unionville, Michigan, is a Music Business major with instrumental focus on the clarinet. Although music ensembles and practice keep her very busy, Katelyn is also very involved on campus as the Vice President of the Music Industry Association and as a member of the University Honors Program. She participates in several community service opportunities as a member of Epsilon Sigma Alpha, and is excited to develop an in-depth project with the Service-Learning Scholar program.

Maggie Riall

Maggie Riall
 
Maggie Riall hails from New Albany and is majoring in Theatre with a concentration in House Management, and minoring in Dance. She is the choreographer for Fusion Dance Company and Sideshow Musical Theatre Workshop. She volunteers regularly at the Terre Haute Humane Society and also plans community service projects for her theatre fraternity, Theta Alpha Phi. Maggie also participates in scholarship pageants through the Miss America Organization and actively assists the Children’s Miracle Network and the Awareness and Promotion of Organ Donation platform. As a member of Service Learning Scholars, she wants to make a difference in Terre Haute, her home away from home.

Makailya Rice

Makailya Rice
 
Makailya Rice is majoring in Information Technology and minoring in Computer Engineering. She currently serves on campus as President of the Black Student Union, Sergeant-at-Arms of Sycamore Sessions, and Treasurer of Why You Laughing. Her interest in servant leadership began in elementary school as a peer mediator and continued through high school, where she was active as Sophomore Class President, a peer mentor, and a member of Student Council and Upward Bound. She hopes to help fellow ISU students develop leadership skills and to foster in the next generation of students the desire to serve their communities as well.

Erin Sluyter

Erin Sluyter
 
Erin Sluyter was born and raised in Terre Haute and is majoring in Biology and minoring in Spanish. She serves as a trustee on Indiana State’s Board of Trustees. Erin greatly enjoys her work with the Spring Week and Homecoming Committees. She is a very busy student, working with Union Board, SGA, the Honors Program, and St. Joe’s Campus Ministry. In her spare time, she likes to read, attend concerts, and go on adventures of any kind. Erin’s interest in service-learning began at a young age when she started volunteering at Special Olympics with her mother. Erin is excited to work with the Service Learning Scholars program to make a difference in the Wabash Valley.

Allen Zielinski

Allen Zielinski
 
Allen Zielinski is an Art Education major from South Bend. He has spent the last year working to grow and develop the Spectrum student organization, which serves the campus community's gender and sexual minorities. As director of Public Relations, he has had the chance to work with the Council on Domestic Abuse and the Freedom Indiana campaign. Allen has worked in classrooms with marginalized student populations, including the mentally handicapped and at-risk youth. Additionally, he has worked for Sycamore Readers, a one-on-one reading tutor program for area K-5 students.

Contact Information

Steven Stofferahn
Faculty Fellow and SLS Coordinator
Center for Community Engagement
stofferahn@indstate.edu