Student Activities and Involvement provides support to over 350 registered student organizations (RSOs) on campus. This month’s RSO Spotlight is the Illinois State University Service Dog Organization. Affiliated with Heartland Service Dogs in Mokena, the organization helps prepare dogs to become fully trained service dogs while educating the public on their importance and service dog etiquette.
Vice President Marie Coch co-founded the organization her freshman year. “Being a shy person, not only have I been able to break out of my shell, but starting this organization has given me a lot of leadership skills and responsibility,” Coch said.
The Illinois State Service Dog Organization has also had a great impact on its other members as well. Currently, there are about 60 members and for one in particular, Hannah Martin, this organization means the world to her as it helped her transition to the University after her military service. “After being in the military for eight years, I can’t express how much this organization has helped me,” Martin said.
For those interested in getting involved, visit the Illinois State Service Dog Organization Facebook page or attend the next meeting set for 6 p.m. January 24 in 108G Ropp Agriculture Building.