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Community Service

A study commissioned by Indiana University and conducted by a leading economic development analysis firm showed that IU South Bend contributes $141.8 million to the local economy annually. The total employment impact of IU South Bend is 1,723 jobs and the campus generates $7.4 million per year in state and local tax revenue.

The Dental Hygiene program was involved in a number of programs that took students out of the classroom and into the community. The program had a free dental day for residents of the South Bend Center for the Homeless. Students implemented the program that provided preventive dental hygiene care for 30 residents.

Dental Hygiene students also had oral cancer screening event on campus, as well as volunteered in the South Bend Community Schools, Head Start, and Sister Maura Brannick Health Clinic, as well as other sites. The student volunteers talked about the importance of oral health to these audiences.

More than 210,000 pounds of electronics were recycled by residents at the Center for a Sustainable Future recycle days on campus. More than 1,000 cars came through the lines as workers unloaded the waste to be recycled properly by Apple, Inc.

The Center for a Sustainable Future honored residents and organizations for green living during the annual Earth Day celebration in April.

In exchange for book fines, the Schurz Library accepts nonperishable food that is donated to the Food Bank of Northern Indiana. A record amount was donated, 349 pounds in total, was collected. That translated in 268 meals.

The American Democracy Project and the Political Science Club invited the various political candidates to debate and discuss the issues before the spring primary and the fall election. Often these events were the only chance for voters to see the candidates together.

The ninth annual School of Business and Economics Entrepreneurship Lecture Series offered insight in to the business world by 14 local entrepreneurial leaders. They presented their opinions and knowledge to graduate students and interested community members. The public was invited free of charge to listen to the experts.

The IU South Bend Student Alumni Association collected more than 200 pairs of shoes for the Soles4Souls organization. The shoes were sent off to areas in need.

The IU South Bend Alternative Spring Break class traveled in March to Jonesville, Va., for the Appalachian Service Project. The 11 Titans and advisor Sam Centellas spent a week repairing homes and working for the good of others. Another spring break group worked in Elkhart with Habitat for Humanity.

The Biology-Chemistry Club provided a fun learning experience with hands-on activities for children at the River Park Library of the St. Joseph County Public Library. The young scientists learned about acids, lava, and how diapers absorb.

More than 500 teddy bears were brought to IU South Bend for the annual Teddy Bear Concert in December. The bears found permanent home with children at the Center for the Homeless.

The spring 2012 presentation of “Johnny Appleseed” marked the 45th year for children’s theater productions at IU South Bend. Over the years, thousands of grade school students have had their first taste of live theater in the Main Auditorium at Northside Hall.

“Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War,” a traveling exhibition, opened in March at the Franklin D. Schurz Library.  It examined how President Lincoln used the Constitution to confront three intertwined crises of the Civil War—the secession of Southern states, slavery and wartime civil liberties. The exhibit was open to the public through the spring.