IU South Bend held its inaugural Celebration of Community Engagement on September 12. Nearly 100 campus and community members learned about the impact of campus-community partnerships from student and community partner speakers, and through posters from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
In a letter to the audience, Halle McGuire Hobbins, Director of Development Programs for the South Bend Symphony Orchestra, described the importance of campus-community collaboration: “The SBSO is incredibly grateful for the talent, time, and resources that have enhanced so much about the organization. Our strength is contingent on the quality of our community partners and leaders, and IUSB has been completely steadfast in their enthusiasm as a partner to the SBSO for over a decade. Our community, above all, benefits from these collaborations in ways that the SBSO would not be able to provide on its own. We are deeply appreciative for the opportunities that we share, and are excited for future endeavors, which promise to be impactful.”
Having events that celebrate community-engagement is important, according to Dr. Gail McGuire, Director of Community Engagement, because “they encourage us to pause and reflect where we’ve been, where we’re at now, and where we want to be.”