Volume 1 • Number 1 • Spring 2018
Welcome to the first issue of Redbird Impact. Through this biannual magazine, we will inform, celebrate, and inspire others with stories and examples of the efforts being made by students, faculty, and staff at Illinois State University to positively impact the communities in which we live, work, and study.
An elderly man approached a couple of students sitting in front of a sewing machine in the Coffee Hound and asked what they were doing. Repairing clothes, they told him, and noticing a large rip in his jacket, suggested he get it fixed.
Persuading 30 kindergartners to walk in a single-file line around a dimly lit school gymnasium looked about as easy as corralling a dozen cats into a phone booth. Illinois State nursing student Kenia Najera pulled off the trick with the help of staff at Fairview Elementary in Normal.
Two School of Social Work students are helping to save the lives of overdose victims in Peoria through a project they created in class.
A new program is giving Illinois State students an opportunity to get a head start on their careers while helping the community.
Hurricane Harvey hit Texas and Louisiana in August devastating the region. Redbirds stepped up and helped with the relief effort.
Each issue we highlight university units that contribute significantly to civic engagement efforts on campus. It would only be appropriate then for our first issue to spotlight Illinois State University’s new hub for civic engagement: the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning.