On Tuesday, August 18 and Saturday, August 22, new students participated in the First Day of Service and Leadership focused on serving the Indianapolis community.
First-year football and cycling team members gathered for the first day of service at Cold Spring Environmental Studies Magnet and St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church where they facilitated a field day experience at each site.
Keeping with tradition, the second day of service was open to all first-year students. The new students completed their service at locations including Alpha Home, Indianapolis Public Schools, FACE Spay/Neuter Clinic, SENSE Charter School, Flanner House, and Udell Street Fire House.
Unlike previous years, a leadership aspect was added to the day. After completing their service in the morning, students came together at White River State Park to partake in various leadership retreats including how culture impacts leadership, the importance of people and how to make leadership personal, and ethical leadership.
Director of academic engagement Jennifer Plumlee explained that scheduling the service days before classes begin starts the students’ journey of learning and understanding how the university lives by the Franciscan Sponsorship Values. “The day is truly a foundational experience that will be built upon during the students’ next four years at Marian University.“
Overall, both service days brought 181 first-year students together to kick-off the new school year.