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Marian University to Sponsor a Workplace Bullying Prevention and Awareness Seminar

Chris Lytle

Marian’s Adult Programs (MAP) at Marian University recently announced a workplace bullying seminar to be held at the Marian University Theatre on August 12, 2015. This is a free event and open to the public. The topic—workplace bullying and prevention—is applicable to employees at any level including managers, supervisors, human resources personnel, and business owners. It is scheduled for 6-8 p.m., with registration beginning at 5:30 p.m.

This “Work Shouldn’t Hurt” seminar is the result of a collaborative effort between The Chris Lytle Foundation and the students and faculty of MAP’s current Meeting and Event Planning concentration. Classes within this concentration, as well as 31 other courses in MAP, are partnered with local businesses or non-profits to provide creative solutions for actual business challenges. MAP students have worked with organizations like Indy Parks, St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, Indy Eleven, and Broad Ripple Village Association...read more

Pilgrims - Susan Jennifer Ellen

Five days into our time in Assisi, the pilgrims from Marian University have all experienced in new ways what our Franciscan sponsorship values mean—for us as individuals and for the Marian community.

Prayer has been a constant for us. Daily Eucharist—whether in small chapels, large basilicas or our hotel--has become the centering experience of our journey. More than half of us are not Catholic, but this most significant of all Catholic rituals has embraced all and engaged us in the formation of a community of individuals renewed in our commitment to the mission of Marian University—to be a great Catholic university dedicated to excellent teaching and learning in the Franciscan and liberal arts tradition.

Students, Faculty, and Staff Prepare for Alternative Spring Break

by Katie McConnell | Mar 05, 2014

For many Marian University students, spring break will be more than a week off school. These students have decided to participate in Alternative Spring Break, a program that gives students the chance to serve local, national, and even international communities. This year, 36 students, faculty, and staff will travel to New Mexico, Chicago, and Nicaragua to participate in community service. Over the week, participants will engage in more than 1,500 hours of service.

Alternative Spring Break is a unique full immersion experience. Undergraduate students from across all disciplines get the chance to participate in social justice activities first hand in a new environment.  During the week, students participate in a wide-range of service opportunities and learn to appreciate a new culture. They are also given opportunities to reflect on their impact and the people they are serving.

Prior to the trip, the participants spend over 400 hours total in pre-trip team formation and service.

“Alternative Spring Break serves as a vehicle for Marian University to implement its mission to educate students who will transform the world, by preparing students to understand other cultures and to be engaged with those who do not have access to essential resources,” said Jeanne Grammens Hidalgo, campus ministry advisor for the trips. “It is our hope that through the experience, students will be exposed to situations that will disturb them into social action, reflecting our gospel call to be advocates for people suffering in poverty and injustice. Students have described their participation in Alternative Spring Break as life-changing. Many of the students who participate in the program go on to serve as leaders for trips in the future. ”   

Junior Rachel Garzon is one of the student leaders for the group traveling to Nicaragua. Although this is the first time Marian University has sent an alternative spring break group to Nicaragua, Garzon has done service there before.

 “There is a joy of the people in Nicaragua that is indescribable. Many do not even have clean, accessible water to drink, yet they have a joy that's contagious. I have no doubt that the people of Nicaragua will touch the hearts of those going on the trip,” Garzon says.

This year the Archdiocese of Indianapolis awarded Marian University’s campus ministry with a grant that supports the international alternative break trip to Nicaragua, thus lowering the expense for students.

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