President Daniel J. Elsener is one of five partner presidents and four partner chancellors who signed a compact which is a values statement and formal commitment of Indiana colleges and universities to their communities and can be read in its entirety below.
President Elsener says, “Marian University is dedicated to serving our community and this compact allows us to formalize the commitment and join forces with our neighboring colleges and universities. Following in the remarkable footsteps of the Sisters of St. Francis, Oldenburg, we continue to serve the needs of the people of Indiana in meaningful, impactful, ways.”
Marian University students, faculty, and staff dedicate thousands of hours to service to the Indianapolis community. Programs like the San Damiano Scholars Program for Church Leadership and Students Taking Active Reflective Roles (STARR) have students performing weekly service. Special days like Indy DO Day and New Student Day of Service bring many people together for a short time to make a big impact. No matter the day, there are always Knights volunteering and serving their community.
Thirty-four presidents and chancellors representing 42 partner campuses will sign the compact this year. Indiana Campus Compact Executive Director J.R. Jamison met with partner presidents and chancellors this summer and will meet with them into the fall to provide them an opportunity to sign the compact.
2014-2015 Indiana Campus Compact Board Chair and IU Northwest Chancellor William J. Lowe says, “The Commitment Celebration and the public signing of a compact showcased how we, as college and university presidents and chancellors, are dedicated to reciprocal partnerships in and with our communities. As we head toward Indiana Campus Compact’s 25th anniversary and prepare to unveil a new five-year Strategic Plan, we cannot think of a better time to collectively sign on to this public commitment.”
The commitment declaration reads:
As a partnership of presidents and chancellors from Indiana’s public and private colleges and universities, we agree to be an active collective that challenges all of higher education to continuously re-envision its role in and with the communities that we serve, for the public good.
We will work as agents of change to advance citizenship and service as critical components of the higher learning experience, so that our students graduate as well-informed, engaged and productive members of society, who are fully enabled to provide leadership and service that advances the public good in their communities.
It is through our compact that we agree to promote, support and advance the work of campus and community engagement in the dynamic environment of 21st-Century society.
“Indiana Campus Compact works as an agent of change on behalf of its member campuses to advance citizenship and service as critical components of the higher learning experience: connecting their intellectual growth, knowledge of their disciplines and vocations, and their commitments to the greater good,” says Executive Director J.R. Jamison.
Formed in 1993, Indiana Campus Compact is the only organization in the state that works with public, independent, and two-year institutions of higher education. The Compact is made up of colleges and universities dedicated to engaged teaching and learning, the kind of learning that stays with students as they transition into life after college.