Anderson, Indiana

Anderson University receives community outreach grant

Thu, 2012-04-05 10:01 -- univcomm
April 5, 2012

The Anderson University Falls School of Business recently announced the receipt of a grant from the Indiana Campus Compact, which will be used to fund a Listening to Communities event on May 1, 2012. Dr. Rebecca Haskett, grant recipient and professor of management, will address service learning class projects and skills for employment at the event. Indiana Campus Compact encourages service opportunities on college campuses in Indiana.

haskettThe grant, submitted on March 26, was awarded on April 3 in the amount of $1,021.00 to cover community partner gifts and recognition, hospitality, and other expenses.

[Photo: Dr. Rebecca Haskett, professor of management at the Anderson University Falls School of Business.]

"The ICC grant provides a platform for Anderson University to ask the local nonprofit community, 'How can we help you?' Our intent is to bring together the service opportunities of our local nonprofits and the energy, enthusiasm, and ability of our students," said Dr. Terry Truitt, dean of the Anderson University Falls School of Business.

Experiential learning is an important part of education at the Falls School of Business and Listening to Communities seeks to provide greater experiential opportunities for all students and especially for nonprofit majors. "We are so pleased Indiana Campus Compact chose to support this community effort," added Truitt, "It is our hope that this conversation will lead to a stronger partnership between Anderson University and the greater Anderson community."

In addition to establishing the role of the Falls School of Business within their ICC chapter and determining the roles of the AU FSB in the future, Listening to Communities will provide discussion and networking opportunities. Truitt and Haskett, as well as the Students in Free Enterprise club at Anderson University, will represent the Falls School of Business. Stephanie Moran, director of the Community Partnership Center will also be a facilitator for the event and an integral part of networking activity.

"Becky Haskett and Stephanie Moran have a heart for the needs in this community and a heart for students," said Truitt. "Together, they have developed a platform on which to launch a partnership between those two loves — their community and their students."

The Indiana Campus Compact is a consortium of 42 Indiana campuses committed to community service, service learning, and service engagement for the public good. ICC funding for Listening to Communities comes from the Lilly Endowment Inc., and the meeting is modeled after the national project of the same name developed by the American Council on Education with funds from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,600 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson University continues to be recognized as one of America's top colleges by U.S. News and World Report, The Princeton Review, and Forbes. 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.