International Service-Learning Symposium; Super Saturday of Service

 

International Service-Learning Symposium returns to UIndy

Academics, students, and professionals from around the world gathered May 28–30 at the University of Indianapolis for the sixth International Symposium on Service-Learning, co-hosted by South Africa’s Stellenbosch University and co-sponsored by Indiana Campus Compact and Bellarmine University. This year’s symposium, with the theme “Service-Learning as a Global Movement: Transforming Communities & Higher Education,” aims to promote global citizenship and the scholarship of engagement, with a focus on building transnational relationships and participation in service-learning. This year’s keynote speakers were Barbara Ibrahim, PhD, founding director of the John D. Gerhart Center for Philanthropy and Civic Engagement at the American University in Cairo and member at the Institute for Gender and Women’s Studies; and UIndy’s own Gerburg Garmann, PhD, assistant dean of Interdisciplinary Programs & Service Learning.The Symposium, launched in 2005 at Stellenbosch University in South Africa, has been conducted in Athens, Greece, and Ningbo, China, as well as Indianapolis. This year’s event was supported by Follett Bookstores and VisitIndy.com.

1,000 Greyhounds serve the city on Super Saturday

Pg26More than 900 students, faculty, and staff donated their time and energy on September 20 to benefit community groups, nonprofit organizations, and spaces and events around the city. UIndy’s annual Super Saturday of Service was the biggest yet, encompassing more than 30 sites. It is designed to inspire students to service as a key element of the University’s culture. Workers hit the Cultural Trail, where 40-plus volunteers spruced up the area; Westminster Ministries on the near east side, where more than 40 others cleaned and organized; Fountain Square Art Fair, where about 50 volunteers helped set up the event; Indiana Youth Group on the east side, where 20 raked and planted; and University Heights Neighborhood Park, where more than 100 volunteers performed cleanup and landscaping chores.