Indiana State University is being recognized for its strong record of community engagement. The Washington Monthly College Guide rated ISU number one out of 281 universities across the nation.
Nancy Rogers runs the Center for Community Engagement at ISU. She says her department interacts with students in every program at the university to encourage service internships and class projects aimed at giving back to the community.
Rogers says ISU wants to prepare their graduates to be more than just professionals in their field.
“We also are really committed to making sure that our students are prepared to be good citizens so not only will they vote and be civically engaged in that way but they’ll also consider running for office, they’ll serve on boards, they’ll do volunteer work in the communities where they live,” Rogers said.
Rogers says previous projects have included the construction of a Habitat House as well as partnering fine arts students with Terre Haute artists, to collaborate on public murals.
Rachel Mullinnix says she was drawn to ISU because of its business program. But she’s also devoted more than 1,200 hours to Americorps, working with retirement homes and churches.
“I don’t think I could stop serving if I wanted to anymore and so I found a really good balance of how to do my school work and how to apply that schoolwork to where I work,” Mullinnix said.
Mullinix says the service programming has been the highlight of her college experience and she plans to seek a degree in non-profit management.