"I am thrilled, and not surprised, that Stephanie Moran is being recognized by Indiana Campus Compact for the 2014 Outstanding Community Service Director Award,” said Provost Marie Morris. “As director of Anderson University's Community Partnership Center, Stephanie has been tireless in her efforts to build bridges and make connections in ways that enhance student learning and meet community needs. She is a strong advocate for both the university and our surrounding community.”
When Moran started her tenure at Anderson University, she was the Director of Character Development. She says at that point she viewed service as an outcome of a person’s character. As she learned more about service learning, she began to think that service was a tool to build character.
“This award is really about the work that has been accomplished at Anderson University over the past five years through the development of the Community Partnership Center,” said Moran. “The leadership [team] at AU have been committed to creating reciprocal relationships in our community. They realize that the sustainable partnerships with community organizations and businesses are vital to create engaged learning experiences for our students as well as support healthy community development."
The ICC noted that Moran has “worked tirelessly for and with her community. She has researched, networked, and enthusiastically involved new partners and funders in her work. Her character is building service all around her and her service is building character in those she touches.”
“Stephanie is constantly looking for ways to open up avenues of opportunity for our students, resource the AU faculty for service engagement, and to find innovative ways to partner with our community,” added Morris. “Her commitment to be a true collaborative partner, her belief in possibility, and to the power of educating head, heart, and hands, make her an excellent candidate for this recognition.”
Moran, one of four Service Engagement Award winners, will be recognized at a luncheon and awards program as part of the Indiana Campus Compact Service Engagement Summit on March 27, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Each award winner will receive a cash gift to donate to the community partner of his or her choice in order to further its service to the community.
“We really do need each other, and I have been blessed to be able to provide connections between campus and community,” added Moran.
Indiana Campus Compact supports higher education’s efforts to develop students into well-informed, engaged citizens. By providing programs, services, and resources, Indiana Campus Compact serves as a catalyst for campuses and communities to improve people’s lives through service-learning and civic engagement initiatives. For more information, please visit www.indianacampuscompact.org.
Anderson University is a private Christian university in central Indiana. Anderson University continues to be recognized as one of America's top colleges by U.S. News and World Report, The Princeton Review, and Forbes. Established in 1917 by the Church of God (Anderson, Ind.), Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, music, nursing, and theology.