Marian University received an Enhancing Service Engagement Collaboration Grant from Indiana Campus Compact
(ICC) to engage freshmen students in the concepts and practice of service and leadership. The university's six-year-old First Year Experience program will now feature a new student day of service, guest speakers on servant leadership and civic responsibility, and a week of mentoring workshops. These experiences will be capped by a student-generated service project.
"Marian University's Catholic faith and our mission and values encourage us to emphasize service to others as way of life. Encouraging civic responsibility is good for the individual student and it is very good for our community," said Dr. James Norton, the dean of the School of Liberal Arts and founder of the First Year Experience program at Marian University.
The ICC’s membership includes public, private, two- and four-year institutions committed to fulfilling the civic purposes of higher education. As the only state-wide higher education association dedicated solely to campus-based civic engagement, ICC promotes public and community service which develops students’ citizenship skills, helps campuses forge effective community partnerships, and provides resources and training for faculty seeking to integrate civic and community-based learning into the curriculum.