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Grand opening March 25 for Institute for Citizenship & Social Responsibility

WKU will celebrate the grand opening of its new Institute for Citizenship & Social Responsibility at 11 a.m. Thursday (March 25) at Garrett Conference Center.

The ICSR is the centerpiece of WKU’s commitment to produce graduates who think critically, serve generously and lead responsibly. The ICSR is dedicated to engaging and challenging students to be agents of change in their communities, and to working with the entire university community to advance the public value of higher education in Kentucky.

Speakers for the grand opening include President Gary Ransdell, Provost Barbara Burch; Paul Markham, resident director of the ICSR; Wendell Cave from Gov. Steve Beshear’s office; and Valeria Cummings Swope from Lt. Gov. Dan Mongiardo’s office.

Representatives of state and local government, state and local education agencies and community organizations plan to attend.

Open house for students: On Tuesday (March 30), the ICSR is inviting WKU students to an open house from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Garrett Conference Center, room 109. Students will have the opportunity to tour the ICSR’s new home and learn more about what the Institute has to offer.

“It became apparent that a centralized location was needed to respond to student social interests,” said Terry Shoemaker, Program Coordinator for the ICSR.  “The ICSR will help infuse strong democratic and civic values into our educational process.”

The ICSR is open to all students, faculty and staff who are interested in developing community organizing, citizenship, and civic engagement in the WKU community.  The Institute also offers classes every semester related to civic agency.

Contact: Terry Shoemaker, (270) 745-3217.

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