TERRE HAUTE —
Katelynn Taylor, a junior at Indiana State University, is one of 181 student leaders nationwide selected by Campus Compact as 2013 Newman Civic Fellows.
Named in honor of Frank Newman, a founder of Campus Compact, the Newman Civic Fellows represent the next generation of public problem solvers and civic leaders.
They serve as national examples of the role that higher education can — and oftentimes does — play in building a better world.
Taylor, an English major, has worked to help improve the health status of underserved and uninsured residents at St. Ann Clinic.
Her involvement at the clinic has included serving as an AmeriCorps member through Sycamore Service Corps and a service-learning student participating in the first cohort of the ISU’s Service-Learning Scholars program.
Taylor observed through her interactions with the director that administrators were dedicating an extraordinary amount of time to training and re-training short-term volunteers. She helped solve this problem by developing the first training manual for volunteers.
“Rather than making the manual one large booklet, I wrote a section for each part of the clinic where a volunteer might serve,” Taylor said. “Starting with the pharmacy, I wrote a description and instructions for each volunteer position, and provided electronic copies to each relevant area of the clinic.”
This project has made effective use of her combined English and pre-med academic skill set.
“It gave me the chance to exercise clarity in written communication, but also familiarized me with the clinic’s varied volunteer opportunities,” Taylor said.
Taylor, who moved to Terre Haute from Portland, Ore. in 2010, also has helped organize the pharmacy at the center.
St. Ann Clinic receives donations of pharmaceuticals from many sources.
She draws upon her science background to catalogue donated pharmaceuticals and assist in their disbursement.