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Ivy Tech earns Mayor's Award for
excellence in civic engagement


May 4, 2009   

Bloomington, Ind.Ivy Tech Community College - Bloomington’s Center for Civic Engagement was awarded, by Bloomington Mayor Mark Kruzan, the 2009 Mayor’s Award for Excellence in Civic Engagement. The award was presented at the State of the City address last Wednesday evening at City Hall.

The award presentation coincided with Ivy Tech’s O’Bannon Institute for Community Service annual Civic Engagement Awards Dinner, also held last Wednesday evening.

John Whikehart, Chancellor of Ivy Tech’s Bloomington campus says that this is a notable achievement for the college and for our Center for Civic Engagement. “We have created a culture of giving on the Bloomington campus, a caring culture that I know will continue,” he said. “Our campus is committed to giving back to the communities in which we live, and this Mayor’s Award for Excellence in Civic Engagement is further recognition of our continued efforts.”

Ivy Tech participated in volunteering at 18 different non-profit agencies last week during the O’Bannon Institute for Community Service. This year, there were more than 115 dedicated volunteers working rain or shine.

The Ivy Tech Center for Civic Engagement was established in 2004, and since then has provided students, faculty, and staff with opportunities in volunteerism, service learning, and community involvement. The Center has initiated numerous projects, offered hundreds of service learning academic courses, and delivered a wide variety of national speakers for public participation.

Ejaaz Mwaafrika, Alternative Spring Break participant said that being a part of the Center for Civic Engagement at Ivy Tech’s Bloomington campus has brought joy to his life. “I’ve enjoyed working with people who are most definitely different from me, traveling, seeing new places, and learning about different cultures,” he said. “This experience has bettered me as a person – I’ve become more charismatic, compassionate, and more eager to help continue this social movement.”

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