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National Council on Family Relations honors ISU senior

April 11, 2012

The National Council on Family Relations has selected Indiana State University senior Katie Davis to receive recognition as an honor student.

Davis, a human development and family studies major from Bedford, was chosen for her contributions to the field of family science in scholarship, leadership and community service. The council is the professional organization for the multidisciplinary understanding of families

"It is a great honor to be recognized as an honor student for the National Council on Family Relations," Davis said. "I am thrilled to be recognized by such a prominent association of professionals that has the same passion and desire as me - to understand and strengthen families."

Davis maintained a 4.0 grade point average and is earning a certificate in nonprofit management through the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance. She has been integral to the Nonprofit Leadership Student Association as the director of annual giving since July 2011 and also serves as a program evaluation specialist for the Wabash Valley Cub Scouts, where she has learned elements of program development and implementation.

"Her initiative in taking on various positions on campus and in the Terre Haute community speaks highly of her commitment to be a leader," said Linda Behrendt, associate professor of human development and family studies.

Currently fulfilling her internship at the March of Dimes, Davis has assumed leadership responsibilities with the agency beyond her course requirements in organizing teams for the annual March for Babies fundraiser. In the last four years, she has volunteered with local affiliates of the United Way, Ronald McDonald House Charities, Special Olympics and Autism Speaks. She has also been a camp counselor and completed 48 hours of service working with the elderly at an assisted living facility.

"ISU has provided me with great experience to get involved with my major and the nonprofit certification program through the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance," Davis said. "I have thoroughly enjoyed learning from my professors and getting involved in the Terre Haute community."

Davis received a stole to wear for graduation, along with a certificate of recognition from the council. She will also be honored at the council's annual conference in October and plans to become a Certified Family Life Educator within the year.

Photo: - Katie Davis

Contact: Linda Behrendt, associate professor of human development and family studies, Indiana State University, 812-237-2171 or

Writer: Mallory Metheny, media relations assistant, Office of Communications and Marketing, Indiana State University, 812-237-3773