Illinois State student Kaitlyn Remian loads a discarded tire onto a boat on the Mississippi River as part of a cleanup during an Alternative Breaks trip to Grafton, Illinois.

The Mississippi River is indeed mighty. It flows south for over 2,300 miles from Lake Itasca, in northern Minnesota, to the Gulf of Mexico, making the ancient waterway one of the longest rivers in the world.

Children playing stringed instruments in ISU class at Western Avenue Community Center in Bloomington.

When the fourth grader was told she would have to turn in her cello at the end of the semester, she hugged her instrument.

Juan Zamarripa, Frank Beck, and Austin Moser

Through the Stevenson Center for Community and Economic Development, researchers have been leveraging big data to explore ways the McLean County jail can improve and better deploy its resources.

Last April, more than 170 students spread out across Bloomington-Normal to lend a hand to residents and community organizations for the 10th annual Bring It Back to Normal. Students raking and do outside chores at a home.

You can’t say Illinois State students don’t give back to their college town.

American Democracy Project debate watch party

Students navigating the voting process in the run-up to the midterm elections have an ally at Illinois State University.

Illinois State students wash windows at a Normal home last April as part of Bring It Back to Normal.

Here are some upcoming community engagement events and opportunities available through Illinois State University.

Students with art exhibition.

An eye-catching exhibit in Milner Library is a perfect synthesis of interdisciplinary collaboration and civic engagement. 

Award recipients at the third annual Civic Engagement Celebration: Jade Surface (left) and Zoe McGrath, representing the student chapter of Habitat for Humanity; Beverly Beyer, senior associate director of the Stevenson Center; Mary Ann Pullin, executive director of Home Sweet Home Ministries; Missy Nergard, director of the Office of Sustainability; Kaitlyn Remian, Alternative Spring Break coordinator; and Lauren Lacy, director of development for the McLean County Museum of History.

Students and groups engaged in helping the community were honored last spring at the third annual Civic Engagement Celebration.