After a special blessing from Sr. Norma, five buses took nearly 200 new Marian University students out into Greater Indianapolis for The New Student Day of Service on Saturday, August 16.
Students, led by orientation staff leaders, served at five off-campus locations and the Nina Mason Pullium EcoLab. Sites included Gleaner’s Food Bank, Peaceful Grounds, Second Helpings, Society of St. Vincent dePaul, and Meikel City Park.
Jennifer Plumlee, director of academic engagement, said, “The New Student Day of Service at Marian University has become a tradition where first-year students come together as a class and realize the impact they can have not only on the Marian University community, but the Indianapolis community as well. The students are able to connect with faculty, staff, orientation leaders, and each other. It’s a positive, common experience, where students make a difference.”
Linda Profitt, executive director of Peaceful Grounds said, “Service is the highest form of peace making there is. You’re giving of yourself and your time to help others.”
The orientation staff was excited about the opportunity to lead students in this day of service. Emily Doll ’17, said, “I was able to work with our students to help kick off their freshman year by giving back.”
“At Marian University, our goal through service is to add another dimension to students’ education by providing our students with these resources and opportunities to make an impact from day one,” said Jeanne Grammens Hidalgo, campus minister of service and social justice.
For those interested in weekly service, S.T.A.R.R. (Students Taking Active Reflective Roles) meets every Friday from 3-5 p.m. in Oldenburg Hall, room 165. Contact Jeanne Grammens Hidalgo at email@example.com, or visit the website.