CIC Brings Strong Ideas
By: Ashley Lintelman
WACO, Texas--October 30, 2006 marked the first meeting of the Community Involvement Council (CIC). The goals were to share ways to get students plugged into the community, discuss issues such as service, recreation, and employment opportunities in Waco, and identify issues to work on together, as they arise.
Allan Marshall, founder of the CIC, gave an overview of the meeting and discussed the three groups that members of the CIC would be involved in: Community Involvement, Recreation and Tourism, and Employment. Allan stated that he wanted to get rid of the "nothing-to-do-notion" in Waco and help get both current and graduate students more involved in the Waco community.
Becky Kennedy, part of the Academy for Leader Development, told attendees that the CIC was "a present day experience." Kennedy emphasized that the CIC would encourage, as well as allow students the chance to work with many great Waco leaders.
"Students can use their passion and creativity in the world, and encourage others to do the same," Kennedy said. "We are trying to cultivate a lifestyle change...we want students to be social change leaders--servant leaders."
The CIC broke into individual groups to discuss ways to bring the Baylor and Waco community together. Each group created a mission statement then discussed the existing problems and creative ways to fix those problems or implement a new ideas.
Community Involvement: Sustainable, effective, strategic, ID, organize, sustain, service learning. Discussion included:
Get students involved by increasing faculty that include service as part of their curriculum and promoting "Other Side of Waco Tour"
Work with churches; draw people out who genuinely want to serve
Teach organizational leadership and encourage people to be committed and consistent
Find and promote community needs such as Nutrition Programs, Columbus Avenue sack lunch program, etc.
Recreation and Tourism created the mission statement: "The Recreation and Tourism committee shall stay committed to the economic and recreational growth of tourism throughout the City of Waco. It will develop relationships between the city and the student body to provide for a safe and enjoyable culture of entertainment." Discussion included:
Need activities that are within walking distance to campus or with adequate public transportation; venues similar to Common Grounds with "hangout" atmosphere and music; void seems to be in recreational activities
Utilize Cameron Park- use of the river walk, long distance bike trails, and promote already existing opportunities
Promote existing community events by pairing with Baylor organizations (Greek and non-Greek)
Find and provide activities that will bring students outside Baylor and into the community
The Employment Committee's mission statement read: "Identify and promote mutually beneficial relationships and employment opportunities between a greater Waco-Baylor community." Discussion included:
Create and promote a post-graduation vision that will encourage students to look in Waco for job opportunities first.
Research to see what programs for Baylor graduates already exist and how to bring it to the public eye
Discuss needs with Career Services
Each group provided insightful issues concerning the Baylor-Waco relationship, and plans have been made to further research any problems that arose. A strong foundation was laid for positive improvements to be made in the upcoming months.
The next CIC meeting will be on November 27 at the Doris Miller YMCA.