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Service-Learning Scholars

MISSION

To develop a robust Service-Learning Scholars program at ISU showcasing the university’s strategic commitment to academic excellence, dynamic community engagement, and meaningful public service.

VISION

Each fall, a new cohort of promising Sophomores will be selected to participate in a rigorous and rewarding Service-Learning Scholars program at ISU. This one-year experience will feature the completion of service-learning designated coursework, an ongoing process of self-reflection on the meaning of service, and the application of one’s academic training and interests to specific community needs through a supervised service project. The program will be one of the university’s most visible touchstones, reflected not only in the recognition accorded to its participants on their transcripts, at the CCE’s annual banquet, and in the press, but even more so in its clear resonance with the university’s overall mission, vision, retention goals, and strategic plan.

REQUIREMENTS

  • orientation workshop at the beginning of the year
  • participation in two events sponsored by the Center for Community Engagement
  • one “Introduction to Service-Learning” course (1 credit, taught by Faculty Fellow)
  • 50 service hours with a community partner
  • a short reflection essay each semester
  • a focused Service Project geared toward a community partner’s real need
  • a poster showcasing the completed Service Project at the CCE’s spring banquet

Benefits

  • official transcript designation as a Service-Learning Scholar
  • co-curricular transcript designation
  • honor/certificate/poster at CCE banquet
  • focused attention to a real need, addressed with a valued academic skill set
  • broad scope of possible community partners, not just in Terre Haute
  • possible partnerships with participants’ home communities through the alumni office
  • sense of accomplishment in enhancing ISU’s national reputation for service and engagement

Scholars

Cohort 1

Sean Carey

Sean Carey
 
Sean Carey is a Music Education and Performance double major in the School of Music. Coming to ISU from Munster, he specializes in violin and belongs to several ensembles on campus. In addition to performing, Sean enjoys serving as a tutor for Music Theory. To him, service is something that should be expected of those who are at all able to help others.

Robyn Minks

Robyn Minks
 
Robyn Minks comes from Hammond, and is double-majoring in Biology and Science Education. She hopes her love of animals, children, and teaching can be incorporated into a fulfilling career. Robyn participated in many volunteer and outreach programs before college through her church’s youth group, Girl Scouts, and various organizations at school. During her time at ISU she has continued her volunteer work by participating in Alternative Spring Break, Donaghy Day, and the Hull House trip. Robyn was also on the leadership team for the Freshman Class Legacy Service Project. She is confident that her passion for volunteering will carry through the rest of her college experience and beyond.

Heather Slee

Heather Slee
 
Heather Slee is a sophomore studying Speech Language Pathology. She is from Wabash and enjoys watching movies, listening to music, riding her bike, and hanging out with friends. She loves to work with children, which is what originally drew her to community service. At home she helped with various children's programs at her church, and is currently a member of the Sycamore Service Corps, ISU’s Americorps contingent. Heather is also involved with the campus chapter of NSSLHA, the professional organization for Speech Pathologists.

Katie Taylor

Katie Taylor
 
Katie Taylor moved to Terre Haute with her parents and two younger sisters from Portland, Oregon in the summer of 2010. She entered ISU that fall on the pre-medicine track with a minor in Spanish, and declared a major in English near the end of her second semester. Katie is a proud member of the St. Mary's Academy class of 2009 and attributes her love of service and learning to the education she received there. After her graduation, Katie spent eight months volunteering at a girl's home in Peru. In addition to joining the SLS program, she will be serving at St. Ann's Clinic this year as a second-term member of AmeriCorps.

Cohort 2

Bethany Alkire

Bethany Alkire
 
Bethany Alkire is a sophomore honors student studying Pre-Medicine, with minors in Chemistry and Civic Leadership. She is also part of the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance, where she is working on her Certified Nonprofit Personal (CNP) Certificate. Bethany is a Rural Health Scholar who intends to continue the program by attending Indiana University School of Medicine-Terre Haute to become a pediatrician. Before attending college, Bethany actively volunteered with 4-H, SADD, NHS, Hancock Hope House, the Boys and Girls Club, and Lions’ Club in her hometown of Greenfield, and was honored to be named a Lilly Scholar as a result. Bethany is a Senator in the Student Government Association, where she is currently Speaker of the Senate. Bethany is also a member of the Sycamore Service Corps, with a placement at the Salvation Army as a Children’s Programming Coordinator.

Drew Feutz

Drew Feutz
 
Drew Feutz is from Eminence, Indiana and is double majoring in Finance with a concentration in Financial Planning as well as Financial Services in which he has chosen the Investments Track. He has volunteered with the Lions Club in his hometown since the eighth grade and has served the broader community as far away as San Francisco through the St. Anthony Foundation on a trip with the Networks Professional Development Program. With a degree in Finance and Financial Services, Drew hopes to pass the Certified Financial Planning exam and work for an independent fee-only financial planning firm.

Madeline Webster

Madeline Webster
 
Madeline Webster is a sophomore majoring in German and Linguistics. She has worked extensively with programs serving at-risk youth, and hopes to sharpen her skills even further through the Service Learning Scholars program. Madeline has volunteered with children in Big Brothers Big Sisters, leading arts and crafts, music, and outdoor, adventure activities. Madeline has been very active with her sorority’s philanthropic activities, with special attention to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. She is passionate about providing quality education for children and encouraging youth to seek higher education. Madeline believes that those who are given much should give back to the community in service.

Cohort 3

Priya Abhyankar

Priya Abhyankar
 
Priya Abhyankar is studying Pre-Medicine with a major in Criminology and Criminal Justice. She is a Rural Health Scholar who intends to continue the program by attending the Indiana University School of Medicine in Terre Haute, with the goal of practicing as a primary care physician. She is from Terre Haute and is excited to be able to make a difference in the community in which she was raised, first through the Service Learning Scholars program and later as a rural physician. Since coming to ISU, Priya has completed volunteer work for both St. Ann’s Clinic and the Make-A-Wish Foundation, two organizations that fit well with her determination to help the medically disadvantaged.

Erica Chezem

Erica Chezem
 
Erica Chezem is from Crawfordsville, and is majoring in Recreation and Sport Management with a concentration in Recreational Therapy, and minoring in Psychology. She hopes to go onto graduate school to become an occupational therapist. Erica first began volunteer work in high school, actively participating in organizations such as PRIDE Youth Programs and the Sunshine Society. She has continued to volunteer in college and has worked with the Terre Haute Children’s Museum, the Vigo County YMCA, Ryves Youth Center, and has participated in Donaghy Day. Erica believes that giving back to the community in the form of service fosters better understanding of diverse cultures and communities.

Aleyda G. Flores

Aleyda G. Flores
 
Aleyda G. Flores is studying Computer Engineering Technology. She moved to the United States with her family from Honduras in 2010. Aleyda participated in many volunteer and outreach programs in high school through the NetLiteracy organization, helping to troubleshoot with computers donated to local schools and libraries. At ISU she has been a very active member of Females in Technology (FIT), encouraging young girls to pursue careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). Aleyda has long considered that giving back to the community is very important, not only because of the good it works in people’s lives, but also because it enhances her own knowledge and experience, and helps her to develop important new skills.

Katelyn Reithel

Katelyn Reithel
 
Katelyn Reithel, from Unionville, Michigan, is a Music Business major with instrumental focus on the clarinet. Although music ensembles and practice keep her very busy, Katelyn is also very involved on campus as the Vice President of the Music Industry Association and as a member of the University Honors Program. She participates in several community service opportunities as a member of Epsilon Sigma Alpha, and is excited to develop an in-depth project with the Service-Learning Scholar program.

Makailya Rice

Makailya Rice
 
Makailya Rice is majoring in Information Technology and minoring in Computer Engineering. She currently serves on campus as President of the Black Student Union, Sergeant-at-Arms of Sycamore Sessions, and Treasurer of Why You Laughing. Her interest in servant leadership began in elementary school as a peer mediator and continued through high school, where she was active as Sophomore Class President, a peer mentor, and a member of Student Council and Upward Bound. She hopes to help fellow ISU students develop leadership skills and to foster in the next generation of students the desire to serve their communities as well.

Erin Sluyter

Erin Sluyter
 
Erin Sluyter was born and raised in Terre Haute and is majoring in Biology and minoring in Spanish. She serves as a trustee on Indiana State’s Board of Trustees. Erin greatly enjoys her work with the Spring Week and Homecoming Committees. She is a very busy student, working with Union Board, SGA, the Honors Program, and St. Joe’s Campus Ministry. In her spare time, she likes to read, attend concerts, and go on adventures of any kind. Erin’s interest in service-learning began at a young age when she started volunteering at Special Olympics with her mother. Erin is excited to work with the Service Learning Scholars program to make a difference in the Wabash Valley.

Allen Zielinski

Allen Zielinski
 
Allen Zielinski is an Art Education major from South Bend. He has spent the last year working to grow and develop the Spectrum student organization, which serves the campus community's gender and sexual minorities. As director of Public Relations, he has had the chance to work with the Council on Domestic Abuse and the Freedom Indiana campaign. Allen has worked in classrooms with marginalized student populations, including the mentally handicapped and at-risk youth. Additionally, he has worked for Sycamore Readers, a one-on-one reading tutor program for area K-5 students.

Cohort 4

Taryn Clarkston

Taryn Clarkston
 
Taryn Clarkston hails from Covington and is currently majoring in Biology. She loves to write and hopes to teach writing at the collegiate level someday. She believes that the best way for a community to grow is for people to help others around them. She looks forward to putting her writing skills to work as she develops her Service-Learning Scholars project, hopefully in conjunction with area nursing homes.

Julia Foster

Julia Foster
 
Julia Foster is from Winamac, Indiana and is currently studying Business Management. She is a member of Delta Gamma, Reeve Hall Council, and Alpha Kappa Psi, and enjoys spending free time with friends and family, running, and watching movies. After graduation, she hopes to find a job allowing her to travel.

Jalyn Kimbrough

Jalyn Kimbrough
 
Jalyn Kimbrough is a Social Studies Education major with a minor in French. She is active in Rugby (President/Coach) and Bless the Mic. She is interested in being a Service-Learning Scholar because she wants to give back to the community and make a difference in someone's life. She is exploring the idea of reviving History Day in area schools, with the hope that learning about where we came from culturally will help us all understand ourselves better today.

Abby Layer

Abby Layer
 
Abby Layer is an instrumental music education major and originates from Lowell, Indiana. She primarily plays clarinet and is the private clarinet instructor at the Community School of Arts. She also takes part in campus organizations, serving as the president to the NAfME chapter and the recording secretary/historian for her music fraternity. In terms of service, she was a part of NHS in high school and participated in many community service projects through her church. She hopes that through the SLS program, she will leave a positive imprint on the Terre Haute community through her passion and her music.

Katherine Miller

Katherine Miller
 
Katherine Miller is a sophomore business management student from Muncie, Indiana. Currently, Katherine serves as Indiana State University Dance Marathon’s Vice President of Finance. She is also employed by the University’s Student Recreational Center in which she also participates. Before arriving at ISU in the fall of 2013, Katherine was a three-sport athlete at Yorktown High School and held various leadership roles, including Class President and Dance Marathon Executive Committee Chair. Katherine also actively volunteered at her church and was a volunteer coach for little league basketball. Katherine enjoys helping others succeed and looks forward to serving the Terre Haute community.

Davontae Reynolds

Davontae Reynolds
 

Becca Spitzig

Becca Spitzig
 
Becca Spitzig is majoring in Recreation and Sports Management. She currently serves as Vice President of ISU Women’s Club Volleyball. Becca has spent the past four summers being a camp counselor, and plans on owning and directing her own camp someday. Ever since she can remember, she has been volunteering everywhere, from her local food pantry, to going on mission trips, to simply doing random acts of kindness. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, being outdoors, hanging with friends, playing sports, and exploring new places.

Bryanna Washington

Bryanna Washington
 
Bryanna Washington, from Chicago, Illinois, is majoring in Health Sciences with a concentration in Public Health. She is an active member of the Black Student Union and the Student African-American Sisterhood on campus, and is looking forward to partnering with Chances and Services for Youth (CASY) on a service project that helps the Big Brothers and Big Sisters program become more firmly established as a campus organization at ISU.

Contact Information

Steven Stofferahn
Faculty Fellow and SLS Coordinator
Center for Community Engagement
stofferahn@indstate.edu