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Engineering Impact Report

Community Service Becomes Part of School's DNA


The Marianist heritage of service to community has been embraced at the School of Engineering in new ways over the past five years. From each semester's Day of Service to Project Linus to helping a colleague who lost everything in a fire, faculty and staff are there to help.

Liz Mancini, an avid knitter and academic adviser in the Office of Student Success, came up with the idea for Project Linus after attending a Marianist retreat. She partnered with Teri Stemley, assistant to the dean, to organize colleagues to meet on a monthly basis over their lunch hour to knit baby blankets and tie comforters for the local children's hospital. The group became so prolific that their work extended to making bears for a local children's charity. More than 200 blankets and 50 bears have been donated to date.

In 2018, these informal service lunches spawned a joint effort through the ETHOS Center and the dean's office to offer community service opportunities each semester. Faculty and staff can choose one of three local non-profits to spend an afternoon doing volunteer work. Projects have ranged from packing backpacks with food for local school children to bring home for the weekend to processing donations for a facility that trains assistance dogs to weeding a community garden. 

As one staffer noted after her first experience, "Thanks so much for organizing the service trips yesterday. That was a great time to get to know other SoE faculty and staff and to connect with our community partners."

Faculty and staff again demonstrated their compassion and commitment to service when a contract employee who cleans the building lost everything in a house fire. More than $5000 in cash and household furnishings were delivered to the woman within a couple of weeks, all donated by faculty and staff.



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