Wednesday, April 16, 2014

UIS students support one of their own

This annual Springfest week has a lot of fun built in for UIS  students; But some Springfest activities have a lot more adjectives to describe them in addition to “fun”. Over 150 UIS students are teaming up this week with Habitat for Humanity on what they call a “Youthbuild”. (See WICS-TV story

Dr. Mark Dochterman, Director of the Center for Volunteer and Civic Engagement, and many civic-minded UIS students have done many projects with Habitat in the past, but this week’s project is a little extra special. The house UIS students are helping to build is for Barbara Bell, a current UIS student. Barbara is  graduating this May with her bachelor’s degree in social work. She is a licensed foster parent who has helped many youth, and now she is getting a helping hand from fellow students. Teamwork, leadership, generosity, pride - those are just a few words that come to mind. Great job, everyone!