by Katelyn Kunesh
The College of Arts and Sciences has gathered a group of prominent community members to serve on the new Community Advisory Board.
The Community Advisory Board includes community leaders who are familiar with the needs of the community and who have an interest in ISU and the CAS.
“I am delighted with our progress in forming college-wide advisory boards so as to strengthen our connections with important constituencies outside the college,” Dean of the CAS Gary A. Olson said.
“The college worked hard over a two-month period to determine what would be the ideal membership of these boards, and the response has been stunning – 95 percent of our choices for members of the Community Advisory Board agreed to serve,” Olson added.
“We are thrilled with the leaders serving on the Community Advisory Board,” Assistant to the Dean of the CAS Sarah Diel-Hunt said. “They are considered real movers and shakers in the community and we will value their advice.”
Olson announced 16 initiatives in his fall “Address from the Dean,” one of them being the institution of the Community Advisory Board.
The main objective of the board is to strengthen partnerships between the college and various agencies outside the college.
“One of my main purposes is to enhance the college’s profile with external constituencies and there is no better place to start than in our own community,” Olson said.
The board will provide a system where the activities of the college can be clearly communicated to the community. In turn, the college can benefit from the advice and knowledge of the community leaders in Bloomington-Normal.
“The board’s objective is to discover new and different ways to use the wisdom and insight of the people in the college to help those in the community and also use the talents of community members to benefit the college,” Olson added.
“The board is going to help the college by adding their input,” Diel-Hunt said.
The objective is to use the community to improve the college and the college to improve the community.
“The community knows about the university, however, it does not know much about the College of Arts and Sciences and what it has to offer,” Diel-Hunt said.
“Its important for the hard work that is done to be recognized by those in the university and in the community,” Olson said. “We want the community to know what the College of Arts and Sciences is and what it can do for the community,” Diel-Hunt added.