Friday July 13, 2001
Wendy Conrotto Joins Nation's
Student Leaders At Indiana U
For Ethics Institute
Ty Gerig, Contributor
FRESNO STATE -- A California State University,
Fresno student is participating in a Summer Institute on Philanthropy
and Voluntary Service believed to be the only one of its kind
in the nation for college undergraduate students.
Wendy Conrotto is among 38 students selected
for the third year of the Institute, which is being conducted by
the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University in Indianapolis.
"More young people today are making giving
and volunteering part of their lives," said Eugene R. Tempel, executive
director of the Center on Philanthropy.
"Through this program, the Center helps
college students more fully understand philanthropy and its role
in our society. Our hope is make these students aware of the possibility
of studying philanthropy more formally when they return to their
colleges and universities."
"Students attending the Institute will
gain a thorough understanding of philanthropic traditions through
interaction with national leaders, classroom activities and real-life
experiences," said Dr. Leslie Lenkowsky, director of the Institute
and professor of philanthropic studies and public policy at Indiana
"By the end of the program, students should
have a clearer vision of what they want to accomplish and may discover
a new direction for their careers after college."
The Center is hosting the six-week residential
program in conjunction with the Fund for American Studies,
a Washington, D.C., based independent, nonprofit organization that
sponsors a variety of intensive summer institutes for college students
in the United States and Europe.
Students will live and study on the campus
of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, where
the Center on Philanthropy is headquartered, from June 9
to July 21.
The students will take two academic classes,
"The Role of Philanthropy and Voluntary Service in the United
States," and "The Ethics and Values of Philanthropy,"
exploring historical, economic, philosophical, and public policy
influences in philanthropy.
They will gain practical experience in
internships with leading Indianapolis nonprofit and philanthropic
organizations such as College Mentors for Kids,
The Julian Center, Central Indiana
Community Foundation and a local YMCA branch. Among the
national leaders who will speak to the group are Rev. Mark Scott,
associate director of community outreach for the White House Office
of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives; John Whitehead,
former Deputy Secretary of State; and Mike Hodin, Ph.D., vice president
- corporate affairs at Pfizer Inc.
The students, who will earn six academic
credit hours from Indiana University, will participate in field
trips to New Harmony, and Chicago, including Jane Addams' Hull
House to witness the effects and history of philanthropic activity.
Most participants are entering their junior
or senior year. They were selected based on academic records and
involvement in tutoring, mentoring and other service programs with
their campuses and communities.
Colleges and universities of all sizes
and geographic areas are represented, including University of
Puerto Rico, Harvard University, The College of William and
Mary, UCLA and Rhodes College.
The Center on Philanthropy is the
largest and most comprehensive academic center dedicated to research,
teaching and practice related to philanthropy, fundraising, and
management of nonprofit organizations.
For more information, contact Adriene Davis at (317) 236-4912 or
Ty Gerig at (317) 684-8906.]
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