Since its founding in 1917, Anderson University has believed in giving back to the local community. That belief remains the same today, and thanks to recent grants from Indiana Campus Compact, AU will sow the seeds allowing the campus to expand its efforts.
Indiana Campus Compact is an association of 42 Indiana colleges and universities, both private and public, that promotes service engagement from campus to community. The ICC is the recipient of grant money from Indiana AmeriCorps and the Corporation for National and Community Service, federally funded agencies that seek to engage Americans in serving their communities across the nation. ICC offers grants to qualifying applicants who strive to make their communities a better place through volunteer service. Since 1994, more than 10,000 Indiana residents have served their communities through AmeriCorps.
This fall, ICC awarded AU with two grants totaling $3,300, thanks in part to community service director Stephanie Moran, who applied for the grants at the beginning of the academic year.
Moran explained that one of the grants, in the amount of $300, was from the KnowHow2GO Campaign. The grant allowed education instructor Jeffrey Trotter’s Adolescent Development class the chance to meet with a group of local sixth graders from two intermediate schools in the community. The meeting provided an opportunity for open conversation about the Twenty-First Century Scholars Program, pursuing college possibilities, and building a consultative support network for students.
“The response from teachers and administrators was very positive,” said Trotter. “However, the most pleasant responses were from my students.” Trotter said his students were thrilled at the opportunity to provide meaningful support for the students, and they wanted to do it again as soon as possible.
AU also received a grant in the amount of $3,000 for the purpose of furthering community service efforts on campus. “We know that what we do with this grant will lay a foundation for other efforts in the future,” said Moran.
Moran said while the grants are not large by most standards, “they enable us to continue strengthening the work we’re doing in supporting service learning.”
— Cameron Ward is a senior from Kalamazoo, Mich., majoring in communication arts. Ward is an associate with Fifth Street Communications™ writing on behalf of the Anderson University Office of University Communications.
Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,600 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson continues to be recognized as a top Christian college: in 2010, U.S. News and World Report ranked Anderson University among the best colleges and universities in the Midwest for the seventh consecutive year. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing, and theology.