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Franciscan Pilgrims' Progress

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.

Reverence for the dignity of every individual stands out as the first, and perhaps most treasured, Franciscan value. Meeting Francis and Clare as we have done—intimately and in amazing detail—has shown us how different they were from each other and from us. But we have also witnessed how much they cared for each other and for others, especially the poor and the sick, the outcast and the vulnerable. Through their eyes we see that every man and woman is made in God’s image, a wonder to behold, no matter how different from us. Marian’s commitment to serve a diverse student body has been reaffirmed as an incredibly important feature of who we are and what we stand for as a Catholic Franciscan community...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.

Institute for Green and Sustainable Science Nominated for Indianapolis Sustainability Award

by Katie Bradley | May 29, 2014

This year, Marian University’s Institute for Green and Sustainable Science (IGSS) was one of three environmental finalists for the 2014 Indianapolis Sustainability Awards.

Directed by Carl Lecher, Ph.D. ’97, associate professor of chemistry, and Rob Macrae, Ph.D., associate professor of chemistry, IGSS is a research, education, and outreach center, created to engage students and faculty in the study of sustainability issues, particularly in ecology, green chemistry, and energy science.

Since its inception in 2009, IGSS has grown significantly and in 2013, received a highly competitive grant from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to fund its well-regarded summer program, a seven-week, research-based course taught by Marian University faculty that creates a collaborative environment where individual and collective efforts lead to research and scholarly work within the field of sustainability.

Last summer, for the first time, IGSS hosted a cohort of science teachers, which allowed them to make a large-scale impact on the teaching of environmental sustainability in the high school setting.         

“We envisioned a program in sustainability unlike any other in the country, had the dedication to create it, and the determination to seek and obtain the crucial funding from the EPA. We worked to forge relationships with local environmental entities, develop research partnerships, improve the educational portion of the program, and market the program to interested parties. The resulting 2013 summer program was the largest and most impactful summer program in the history of IGSS,” said Dr. Lecher.

This summer, a new cohort of science teachers will study sustainability at Marian University, with the potential to impact how and what more than 2,500 high school students will learn about sustainability.  

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