The Southwest Association of Nursing Students (SWANS) at Ivy Tech Community College has raised $3,365.33 for the social service agency Aurora, through a barbecued meat sale.
The students decided they wanted to do something to assist the organization that serves homeless individuals in the area, following USI’s multi-institutional Symposium on Homelessness where they first heard of what Aurora does and its mission from Brian Kerney, executive director. Aurora’s mission states, “We believe that our community and its families will be stronger when everyone has a safe, decent and sustainable place to call home.” Kerney said that Aurora’s mission is similar to what nurses do. “We give tender loving care to people who have fallen into a pit and don’t know how to get out – and then we show them the way.”
In May 2016, Aurora and several other community agencies, learned their programs were not going to be funded in the federal Housing and Urban Development’s latest grant cycle, nor in the future.
Ivy Tech nursing students were moved to action. “We were impressed and amazed at all the great things they do. When we heard of them losing funding, we knew we had to do something,” said Ivy Tech student Lara Seibert. “We, as individuals and as nursing students, have a very similar background. We are all very compassionate and caring people. We want to be a light in the dark. We saw a local organization that was in need of help. Aurora does SO much for the community and the individuals in it. They deserved to have the same done for them.”
The Human Services student organization at Ivy Tech also raised over $200 for the agency.
Evansville, Indiana – For the fourth year, Ivy Tech Community College Southwest has joined the Remembrance Day National Roll Call project to honor American service men and women in hosting simultaneous ceremonies across the nation.
On Veterans Day, Friday, Nov. 11, campus and community volunteers at 85 colleges and universities in 33 states across the nation will recognize the names of fallen. Each campus has organized its own ceremony to recognize those who have served, are serving, and those who died in service to the nation. All participating campuses will observe a simultaneous nationwide minute of silence at 11 a.m. Pacific Standard Time (1 p.m. on the Evansville campus (Central Time).
The Remembrance Day National Roll Call is sponsored nationally by the Veterans Knowledge Community of NASPA Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education. NASPA is a 12,000-member association for the advancement, health, and sustainability of the student affairs professionals. The Veterans Knowledge Community (VKC) mission is to advocate for best practices to help student veterans’ transition to college and succeed. The National Roll Call began in 2011 to mark the 10th anniversary of the post 9-11 conflicts.
Dr. Brett Morris, a retired Army officer and the National Roll Call coordinator, said, “We want to rally campus communities across the nation to send a message to the troops currently serving – that we, as a national body of students, have not forgotten their sacrifices, or those of their fallen brethren.”
For information about the Ivy Tech Community College Southwest Roll Call event, contact Kurt Harris at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or Clifton Mominee at email@example.com. To see a list of participating schools, visit va.eku.edu/rollcall.