Friday, November 28, 2014

Student Community Service Grants

Indiana Campus Compact (ICC) provides Student Community Service Grants to students on member campuses for direct service projects that address community needs.  

Need an idea for a Community Service Project?  Read below for some great ideas.

Stephanie Rigg, Purdue University North Central, “Delta Sigma Science Fair” submitted in the Student Community Service (SCS) category has been funded in the amount of $1,000.00. The Delta Sigma Science Club at Purdue University North Central in Westville, Indiana organized an Influenza Vaccination Drive coordinated by student leaders and providing forty-five campus and community members with the vaccine. Participants ranged in ages from seventeen to seventy-five. The majority of the participants commented on their lack of insurance for their reasoning for coming to the Influenza Vaccination Drive. Several Club members also went into classrooms on campus and discussed the value of vaccinations, common side effects, and risk involved in getting a vaccination.

Jessica Compton, Calumet College of St. Joseph, “The CCSJ Food Pantry” submitted in the Student Community Service (SCS) category has been funded in the amount of $920.00. Students at Calumet College of St. Joseph have organized a food pantry to serve their fellow students. They have partnered with a local food bank, thereby providing access to fresh meats, poultry, fish, bread, produce, and a better overall quality of food. The pantry will be open twice a week for three hours and by appointment. Student and alumni volunteers will assist clients in the pantry during those times. The CCSJ Food Pantry will be the first college food pantry to partner with the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana and will work collaboratively with the Food Bank to expand, improve, and promote the pantry, benefitting the development of the students involved in organizing and implementing the project as well as many community members of Northwest Indiana.

Andrew Salamone, IU Bloomington,College Mentors for Kids” submitted in the Student Community Service (SCS) category has been funded in the amount of $1000.00. Students at IU-Bloomington have been awarded funds to supplement their existing College Mentors for Kids program. Grant funds will be used to pay for transportation to and from planned activities. At-risk youth from the local residential area are paired with college students for a mentoring relationship, where “through weeklyafter-school activitiesfocused on higher education and career, culture and diversity, and community service, mentors help their "little buddies" understand the importance of education, show them the benefits to cultural understanding, and teach them ways to give back to their community.” (www.collegementors.org)

Andrew Gillies, Purdue University North Central, “SlamCamp 2014” submitted in the Student Community Service (SCS) category was funded in the amount of $2000.00. Purdue University North Central (PNC), Purdue University Calumet (PUC), and Ivy Tech Community College (Ivy Tech) students collaborated with faculty and volunteers from the Michigan City Public Library to provide SlamCamp for the third year. SlamCamp was a five day event involving activities, games and education promoting expression through poetry, visual arts, technology, and performance art. Slam poetry writing and performances provided a range of children with an opportunity to enhance their talent, engage others through expression, and showcase their skills in front of an audience. Daily activities such as creating art or prompted writing exercises were used to help the campers get into a focused creative mode. They wrote short stories or poems on many topics ranging from adventure tales to stories involving media figures or mystery, murder, or fantasy. This innovative program provided creative development for local area youth as well as the college student volunteers who participated.

Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, Ashley Wilson, The BIG Event. In spring 2012, students, faculty, and staff at IPFW joined together to organize the first annual The BIG Event, a large-scale day of service in the Fort Wayne community.  A great example of intra-campus collaboration, 19 different campus departments were involved in the event. As student project leader Ashley Wilson wrote, “Muddy shoes, ripped jeans, messy hair, tears, smiles, cheer, hugs, and applause dominated the IPFW International Ballroom March 24, 2012. More than 3,000 volunteer hours were donated by IPFW students, faculty, staff and alumni during this one day of service.  Perhaps most significant, the individual groups of volunteers were led by 29 selected student leaders who went through a rigorous training program for over 450 hours, in preparation to lead their groups in a day of purposeful, servant leadership. For these students, The BIG Event extends far beyond the concept of ‘community service’ into a life-changing process of self reflection, tough conversations, and leadership development.” More than 570 volunteers served at 33 different community organizations, including the Community Harvest Food Bank, the Boys & Girls Club, Birthday Blessings, and the Summit Equestrian Center. The BIG Event was started in 1982 at Texas A&M University and is the largest one-day, student-led service project in the country.   In 2012, 75 colleges and universities across the U.S. participated in the event, and IPFW was the first institution in Indiana to join the movement.

Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), Taylor Pennell, Fall Alternative Break. In fall 2011, 11 students and one staff member from IUPUI traveled to Boone, North Carolina for an alternative break experience.  The IUPUI group worked with six community members to clear the Mountain-to-Sea Trail in the Appalachians, a hiking trail that will span 1,000 miles once completed.  The project contributed to a statewide effort to increase access to the natural beauty of North Carolina.  Participants built relationships with each other, community members, and participated in a number of reflection activities. Taylor Pennell, one of the trip leaders, stated, “Each day we worked on the trail, locals would stop and tell us how much they appreciated our work on the trail.  This gave us a boost of enthusiasm to continue to the end.  When we reached the top of Rough Ridge we were taken away by the beautiful view.  We had done all this work to lead us to such an amazing view, and that made the trip worth it.” Grant funds were used for food, t-shirts, and transportation costs.

Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), Ashley Winfield, MLK Day of Service. The 2012 MLK Day of Service at IUPUI honored not only Dr. King but other, less prominent civil rights leaders.  The theme of the event, “Through the Eyes of the Forgotten,” focused on the array of activists who contributed to the 1960s Civil Rights Movement. After a breakfast and educational program, volunteers traveled to 31 service sites throughout Indianapolis.  Service activities included painting, pulling up brush, re-organizing storage space, and grooming cats and dogs, among other projects.  A total of 563 students, faculty, staff, and community members contributed more than 1,400 hours of service to the Indianapolis community. Ashley Winfield, a student leader who applied for grant, summarized the day with a quotation from Rosie Mars, African American voter: “I felt like I was a part of something…I was a small person in the corner, wouldn’t get the headlines, but I made it happen.” Community Service Mini-Grant funds contributed to the cost of breakfast for the volunteers.

Purdue University, James Pastrnak, Biomedical Engineering Education. In fall 2011 members of Purdue University’s AEMB Honor Society organized a service project to teach elementary students about biomedical engineering.  Purdue students visited five fifth grade classes at Eastbrook Elementary near Indianapolis, IN.  After teaching the fifth graders about the work that biomedical engineers do in the community, the college students lead several hands-on activities: prosthetic hands, laparoscopic surgery, bicep muscle, rehabilitation, and sensory control. James Pastrnak, who applied for the grant, described the project as a success: “All the students showed great interest in the projects.  It was amazing how knowledgeable and intuitive the children were.  The teachers thought the event really helped with the kids’ education and they invited us to come back in the spring.” The Community Service Mini-Grant funded supplies for the educational activities.

Marian University, Joann Derbiszewski and Kyle Ratliff, MLK Day of Service. Marian University hosted its first MLK Day of Service in January 2012, and organizers were pleased with the community’s response.   More than 70 students, faculty, staff, and community members participated in the event. Marian partnered with Rebuilding the Wall (RTW), an organization that addresses cyclical poverty and seeks to bridge racial and socioeconomic differences.  Volunteers cleaned and organized RTW’s main storage area and warehouse.  Following the morning service activities, volunteers enjoyed lunch, reflection, and made cards for the Red Cross and residents at St. Augistine’s Home.  Later, community members attended a joint concert by Marian University’s Sacred Choir and Holy Angel’s Gospel Choir. Students’ reflections included comments such as “Cultural awareness is the most important thing to fixing the problem at hand.   It’s better to embrace diversity than shun it!” and “Change takes time.  One person starts a change but people make a change.”  In a survey of participants, 100% of respondents indicated that they would be interested in attending a similar event in the future. The CSMG contributed to the cost of t-shirts, food, and transportation for the project.

Indiana University Bloomington, Rachel Irvine, Energy SWAT Teams for MLK Day. In January 2012, to celebrate “A Day On!  Not a Day Off,” annual day of service in honor of MLK Day, the IU Office of Sustainability, IU student group Volunteers in Sustainability, and the City of Bloomington partnered to organize a weatherization community service event.  The project brought together multiple generations, including high school students, college students, community members, and IU faculty and staff. Following an educational program on basic weatherization skills and energy conservation techniques, volunteers were grouped into SWAT teams to provide weatherization services to several homes in the community.  In total, 32 families (primarily elderly and low-income residents) benefited from weatherization services.  However, the project not only benefited the individuals who received services but also contributed to environmental sustainability in the Bloomington community. More than 50 people participated in the event and contributed 214 service hours.  The CSMG funded project supplies.

Ivy Tech Community College – Southwest, Amanda Joest, Service Week Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. From January 15-21, 2012, members of the Ivy Tech Community College – Southwest community organized a week of service in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  This was a first-time event, and organizers described it as a success.

Highlights from the event include the following:

  • More than 80 students signed a commitment to “Keep Evansville Beautiful” and many will participate in a community clean-up on April 13.  Evansville mayor Lloyd Winnecke plans to accompany the student volunteers to the event.
  • A group of Computer Information Services/Computer Information Technology students worked on the computers at Carver Community Center, cleaning them both digitally and physically.  The computers are used for an afterschool program.  The students have continued their service with the organization and now provide PC support every Friday.  Thankful for the students’ efforts, Carver is seeking to rename the computer lab after Ivy Tech.
  • Human Resources students coordinated the closing event to thank all volunteers.  Participants enjoyed pizza, homemade cookies, and a slideshow featuring photos from the service activities.

A truly collaborative effort, more than 15 campus departments and 30 community organizations were involved in the event.  The week brought together both experienced and novice volunteers, and 271 campus and community participants contributed a combined 808 hours of service.  The CSMG funds were used for project supplies, t-shirts, and food.

University of Southern Indiana, Lauren Van Hook, MLK Day of Service. In honor of the 2012 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the University of Southern Indiana (USI) partnered with Ivy Tech Community College, the University of Evansville, and several community organizations to implement a week of service activities.  Event highlights included the following:

  • From January 13-16, all institutions organized a community-wide collection drive to benefit local veterans.  A total of 1,934 pounds of food, personal care items, and paper products were donated to Lucas Place II (apartments for homeless veterans and their families) and the Tri-State Food Bank.
  • On January 13, USI students presented an educational program on Martin Luther King, Jr.’s philosophy and then participated in a service activity, making 20 tie blankets for the Ark Crisis Child Care Center and writing 100 thank you notes to local veterans.
  • On January 16, USI’s Multicultural Center hosted a luncheon featuring Glenda Hatchett, former juvenile court judge and authority on youth and social issues, as the keynote speaker.  In addition, USI students and participants from the Caldwell Youth Center made tie blankets for the Ark Crisis Child Care Center and assembled kits of household goods for veterans at Lucas Place II.

Throughout the week, a total of 40 college students, 11 faculty and staff members, and 216 community volunteers contributed a combined 1,068 hours of service to the Evansville community.  The CSMG funded advertising for the collection drive and food and supplies for the MLK Day events.

Ivy Tech Community College – Central Indiana, Sherrie Mayes, MLK Day of Service. In January 2012, the Diversity Learning Community at Ivy Tech Central Indiana hosted a day of service in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  The event included a group discussion and collaborative effort to raise awareness of youth homelessness in Indianapolis. Following a presentation on Dr. King’s legacy of service by Professor Alphonso Atkins, Jr. and keynote address by Eric Howard of Outreach, Inc., participants created decorative scarves and care packages for homeless youth.  Volunteers also engaged in conversations and an individual reflective writing activity.  Many volunteers were surprised to hear about other student participants’ experiences with homelessness and were inspired by their personal stories. Fifty-six students, faculty, staff, and community members served 154 hours during the event.  One hundred decorative fleece scarves and 100 care packages were donated to Outreach, Inc., an organization that offers practical assistance to homeless youth in Indianapolis.   As Prof. Atkins stated in his message, “The complexities of big challenges can be overcome by the sincerity of small actions taken together.”

Indiana State University, Kara Westfall, MLK Day of Service. In January 2012, members of the Indiana State University community joined together to honor Martin Luther King, Jr.  Prior to going out into the community, participants enjoyed lunch and an educational program that included a presentation by a member of the Center for Community Engagement, a speech by a state representative, and a slideshow featuring Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy.    A record number of volunteers participated in the event; 250 students, faculty, and staff served at 16 sites throughout the Terre Haute community.  Service sites included a food pantry, a medical clinic, and the Ryves Hall Youth Center.  Volunteers contributed a collective 750 hours of service that benefited approximately 1,000 individuals, including 200 youth.  In addition, the MLK Day of Service sparked continued community involvement for several students.

Anderson University, Mallory Miller, Bowling Blast-Off.  Anderson University students enrolled in Debbi Brock’s fall 2011 Introduction to Non-Profit Leadership course received a Community Service Mini-Grant to implement a service-learning project.  Mallory Miller, a theatre arts major, applied for the grant. Students worked with the Mentoring Initiative of Madison County—a partnership of Anderson University and the United Way—to organize a social event for mentors and their mentees in the local community.  Participants enjoyed an afternoon of bowling and fellowship, which helped solidify positive mentoring relationships.  Beyond simply providing a fun activity and strengthening mentor-mentee relationships, the students’ efforts increased the capacity of the Mentoring Initiative to engage volunteers and youth in the community. Miller described the event as a success: “At the end of the afternoon there were so many happy kids and so much excitement.  The air was filled with laughter and excited chatter…it was so much fun for a number of kids and mentors.”

Purdue University  North Central, Chris Peiffer, KinderCones for Kindergarteners. In fall 2011, the Social Work Club at PNC partnered with Michigan City Area Schools and several campus and community groups to support student success at Pine Elementary School.    Read full article....

Purdue University  North Central, Jason Teets, Zona Wildlife Sanctuary. Jason Teets, a senior at Purdue University North Central (PNC) in the Construction Engineering Management Technology program, received a CSMG to complete a service-learning project for his major.  Using knowledge learned in class, Teets designed a new trail for the Zona Wildlife Sanctuary in Westville, IN and then engaged students and community volunteers in the construction of the trail. Over the course of three work days, volunteers worked in teams to cut down trees and shrubs, mow and rake a path, and install signposts.  During the project, one volunteer turned a downed tree into a bench for the trail, and many workers were surprised to see a gorgeous ravine at the end of the trail.  A total of 15 PNC students, 2 faculty and administrators, and 17 community members (many elementary-aged) contributed 170 service hours.  Funds were used to purchase supplies for the project.

Indiana University – Bloomington – MLK Day of Service, Rachel Irvine. Volunteers participated in the weatherization of homes throughout the Bloomington community on Martin Luther King Day (January 16, 2012). Volunteers engaged residents in conversations around sustainability, focusing on the topics of energy efficiency and energy conservation. This project aimed to help Bloomington community members weatherize their homes to protect against the winter weather, while simultaneously providing weatherization training to volunteer participants. The project targeted families and individuals that otherwise may not have physical ability or access to resources necessary to weatherize their homes. Not only will this project foster community good-will between IU student participants and Bloomington residents, it will also serve those who are most in need, as well as increase the sustainability of the Bloomington community as a whole.

University of Southern Indiana, Christina Seedorf, A Day to Honor (National Day of Service Action Grant). The Office of Veterans Affairs, Student Veterans group, and the AmeriCorps programs at the University of Southern Indiana collaborated to organize events for the 10th anniversary of 9/11.  Volunteers hosted a breakfast to honor campus veterans, assembled care packages for overseas service members, and traveled to Fort Branch to participate in a community-wide day of remembrance that included a parade, lunch, and reflective conversations.  Fifteen student volunteers engaged more than 500 community members in writing notes for the care packages; collectively, they served more than 600 hours and affected 1,700 individuals.  Funds were used to cover food costs. Link to a press release about the project: http://www.usi.edu/newsinfo/release/press_detail.asp?num=4086

Purdue University  North Central, Jason Teets, Zona Wildlife Sanctuary.  Jason Teets, a senior at Purdue University North Central (PNC) in the Construction Engineering Management Technology program, received a CSMG to complete a service-learning project for his major.  Using knowledge learned in class, Teets designed a new trail for the Zona Wildlife Sanctuary in Westville, IN and then engaged students and community volunteers in the construction of the trail. Over the course of three work days, volunteers worked in teams to cut down trees and shrubs, mow and rake a path, and install signposts.  During the project, one volunteer turned a downed tree into a bench for the trail, and many workers were surprised to see a gorgeous ravine at the end of the trail.  A total of 15 PNC students, 2 faculty and administrators, and 17 community members (many elementary-aged) contributed 170 service hours.  Funds were used to purchase supplies for the project.

ShaCarre Johnson, Indiana State University, Buddies of Bethany
With Catholic Charities 39 Sycamores volunteered to address concerns of the homeless in their county. They provided a facelift to the Ryves Youth Center with ICC funds to purchase painting supplies. The following week, college students returned to share the importance of community and service with the preschoolers through finger painting. The team also backed Bethany House by sorting clothes and preparing the “free store” for business. Additionally, a few members joined Bethany House in the Homeward Bound Walk, a fundraiser to end homelessness. One student noted, “During the walk it felt good to be coming together for a good cause and raise awareness for those who are homeless not only in the Wabash [River area] but everywhere.”

Brittany Humphrey, Indiana University Purdue University, Indianapolis, Center for Service and Learning: Alternative Spring Break to Jennerstown, PA
Eight IUPUI students travelled to Camp Sequanota giving a collective 240 hours to cleanup and build trails in the Laurel Highlands Trail System. The new trails will enable nearly 1,000 summer campers opportunities for nature exploration through hiking. Erik Rust stated, “This is one of the best spring breaks I’ve ever had…the people up in Pennsylvania were awesome, and the things we got to do were just really cool.” CSMG grant applied to transportation costs, food for the volunteers, and team t-shirts.

Whitney Zapien, Indiana University Purdue University, Indianapolis, Center for Service and Learning: Alternative Break with Heifer International at Perryville, AK
On a quest to better understand the root causes of poverty and hunger, ten IUPUI students traveled to Heifer Ranch in Arkansas over their Spring Break. They served the nonprofit organization and the Perry County community by milking goats, gardening and building fences. The team learned about food sustainability as all of their meat and produce consumed on the trip was grown and cultivated on the farm. Furthermore, the team gained a sense of responsibility as “each day, our food waste was measured, and the amount of waste was written on a board during the next day’s meals. It really made [us] aware of how much [we] typically waste.” Here’s a link to Heifer Ranch where you can view a video about a night in The Global Village. http://www.heifer.org/site/c.edJRKQNiFiG/b.201557 

Kaitlyn Salpietro, Purdue University, Boiler Blast 2011

Purdue student volunteers wanting the “opportunity to say ‘Thank You’ for hosting our University in your neighborhood” annually organize Boiler Blast. This year was incredibly successful as 26 Purdue students organized 1,100 or their peers along with 400 faculty and staff addressing poverty, education and environmental needs of Lafayette. Reaching 120 residents and area nonprofits included service activities of a Wabash River cleanup, the planting of flowerbeds, and the painting public spaces. The organizing team divided its efforts into committees with an area focus including fundraising, advertising and outreach and logistics. Numerous area businesses and nonprofit agencies donated gifts-in-kind for community improvements. The ICC CSMG was applied to transportation, food and t-shirts for volunteers. Read the Press Release for this year’s Blast! http://www.purdue.edu/newsroom/outreach/2011/110329SalpietroBoilerblas.html

Tonya Collier, Indiana State University, Spring Donaghy Day

In spite of gathering on one of the rainiest days of the year, 600 students, 35 faculty  members 220 staff members and 20 administrators along with 50 community volunteers and 10 area agencies. More than 900 individuals served in Vigo County.  On campus in partnership with the facilities management office, flowers were planted and facilities were cleaned. In the community, volunteers worked with nonprofit organizations including Friends of the Arboretum and Ryves Hall Youth Center collecting trash and pulling weeds. Click here to view a slide show of this eventful day! http://isuphoto.smugmug.com/Events/2011-Donaghy-Day/16625754_Lr2cnH#1252997713_4m99GKH
http://www.indstate.edu/publicservice/events/springDonaghy.aspx

Ellie Berry, Indiana University Bloomington, Alternative Spring Break: Boys & Girls Clubs of Bloomington
Seven IU students supervised approximately 60 Boys and Girls Club members during their Spring Break Day Camp. The college students served as role models to the children leading them in team-building activities and making “squirrel nut balls”. Additionally, IU students along with 20 community volunteers cleared land for gardens and the construction of community homes with Bloomington Cooperative Plots.  This space will offer housing and gardens to nearly 100 people once completed. The organizers learned the value of advanced planning and partnership matching giving the advice to future student leaders that, “It is best to start as early as possible to allow time for potential changes.” ICC provided funds for the squirrel nut project, arts and crafts, and snacks for the kids during their Spring Break.

Amber Edrington, IPFW, Educate & Motive the MLK Way

Amber through the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Services in conjunction with the Office of Academic Internships, Cooperative Education, and Service Learning, led 60 students from the MLK Montessori School in recreating Shane DeRolf’s “The Crayon Box that Talked.” The event celebrated diversity while emphasizing the solidarity of humanity. See the attached press release for a more detailed description. ICC provided funding for the art supplies students used to recreate the crayon box.

Ashley Parrott, Ivy Tech Bloomington, Alternative Spring Break: Calnali, Mexico
Over their Spring Break, 18 Ivy Tech Bloomington students mixed and poured concrete for three houses and constructed a staircase. Over 300 pairs of shoes and clothing donated by Ivy Tech students was transported and distributed to residents of Calnali, Mexico. Furthermore, students showed the children—many of whom had never seen crayons or books—how to draw, and then gave them the art supplies and Spanish language books. Upon their return, the volunteer team shared their experiences through video and conversation with students at Grandview Elementary. Lastly, photographs of the trip were displayed at Bloomington’s Waldron Art Center during the month of April. 

Andrew Teare, Butler University, Intercollegiate YMCA Alternative Spring Break
With 57 students from five Indiana colleges and universities, the Intercollegiate YMCA built a community center in Playa del Carmen, Mexico and created a garden in Hanbury, Jamaica. Through the YMCA, strong sustainable bonds unite college students with residents of all ages in both of these cities annually. Village children and students influenced each other lives through garden planting, house painting, and playground fixing. More than 300 lives were impacted in these two trips. For more stories and fun photos, visit one of the student blogs: http://finksterphotos.blogspot.com/

Daniel Piszro, Purdue University, Y’ALL Spring Break Service Trip, Hurricane Ike Relief
In partnership with The One Mission Initiative, 28 Purdue students provided building repairs for four Galveston, Texas elderly residents. Daniel and the team constructed handrails, painted, and performed house repairs. The team even designed and built a set of stairs for one older gentleman.

Keelee Hurlburt, Butler University, Alternative Spring Break: Ecosystem Enhancement
Planting emergent grasses, restoring wetlands, and building an oyster reef were just a few of the services 33 Butler students contributed to the area of Niceville, Florida. The Butler team collaborated with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Community Collaborations International, Camp Timpoochee, and even…“Snake Palace” to plant irises that filter swamp water, construct reefs that prevent erosion, and design a state park’s emergency exit plan. Keelee reports that the group was amazed that community members “noticed the work we were doing [and] were moved enough to call and thank us…Even more touching was the fact that the community was inspired by our work and felt the need to continue it after our week of volunteering was done.”

Samantha Cardwell and Kristina Weber, Indiana University, Bloomington, Spring Break for Kids
In partnership with Collins Living-Learning Center at Indiana University and The Rise, Samantha and Kristina, along with nine additional college students, designed a weeklong science enrichment field trip for 52 Bloomington children. The kids visited the Wonderlab, the Indianapolis Children’s Museum, the Exotic Feline Rescue Center and the Indianapolis Zoo. For many of the children, ages 5-14, this exciting Spring Break trip was a time of firsts affording them their first trip on a public transit system, their first swimming experience, and their first visit to Indiana’s capitol city!

Amy Boren, Purdue University North Central, The Born Learning Trail: Paths to Partnerships http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m9guqzGi_zU  In the education course “Child, Family, School and Community Partnerships” elementary education majors planned, designed and built the first Born Learning Trail (BLT) on a college campus. The trail is a partnership between PNC and the United Way of Porter County’s Success by Six to foster early learning in young children through and interactive, family approach. The grand opening of the trail coincided with the PNC Annual Early Learning Childhood Conference, which was well-attended with over 200 adults and kids of all ages. Guests included Ronald McDonald, Freckles the Frog, and Pounce the Panther. One student stated the BLT “is an amazing thing to help parents learn how easy it can be to connect with their child.” An added bonus…the trail is beside one of the many campus interactive art installations.

 Tom Delisio, Purdue University North Central, Red Cross Month. Communications students at PNC partnered with the American Red Cross to promote Red Cross Month, offer First Aid and CPR training for fellow students, hold a blood drive and provide CPR training for dog lovers at the Red Cross Dog Walk. Yes, even dogs need emergency treatment. Reaching nearly 350 people during the month of April, the organizing team learned the value of time management in creating a public service campaign and were rewarded with “the sense of accomplishment knowing that we could save a pet”. ICC funds were dedicated to supplies for the Red Cross CPR and Emergency Preparedness informational tent at the dog walk.

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