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University recognizes Terre Haute students, Adidas for community engagement

March 27, 2013

Indiana State University students Katelynn Moats and Kelly Keyes have received the university's 2013 President's Award for Civic and Community Leadership.

The university presents the award annually to a junior or senior who has made community service an integral part of their university experience. The awards were presented during the university's annual Community Engagement Recognition Banquet in Hulman Memorial Student Union.

Moats, a senior elementary education major, has served as co-founder and student leader of the Go Figure program, a math encouragement and enrichment program at the Terre Haute Children's Museum. Together with mentor and co-founder Patty Butwin, Go Figure has captured the interest of Wabash Valley third, fourth and fifth grade students through its themed, fun activities. She has participated in Indiana State's Teachers of Tomorrow Advancing Learning (TOTAL) program, worked with young students in conjunction with the Summer Science Camp and serves as a mentor for the M2 for Girls program that emphasizes math concepts and developing skills. Moats serves as a member of the Terre Haute Children's Museum's Education and STEM committees in addition to holding leadership positions with Chi Omega sorority, Dance Marathon for Riley Hospital and Sycamore Ambassadors.

Keyes, a senior recreation and sport management major from Terre Haute, serves as a program aide for the Boy Scouts of America Scout Outreach Program, where she plans events and meetings. She is president of the Nonprofit Student Association and has served as the organization's assistant director of annual giving. Keyes, who is pursuing concentrations in youth leadership and nonprofit leadership, has participated in the Martin Luther King Day of Service and has volunteered with the Special Olympics Indiana State Basketball Tournament, Indiana State's Habitat for Humanity house, Vigo Colleges Relay for Life and Autism Walk. She was instrumental in Indiana State's Wilderness First Responder Course, helping to market the event and handling food service.

Also during the Recognition Banquet, the Adidas Sports Licensed Division received the university's Community Partner Award for its work with the Scott College of Business. The company, located in Indianapolis, worked with two teams of Indiana State business students in Spring 2012 to implement an employee suggestion improvement process called C4 which resulted in one Indiana State student being awarded a paid internship to continue the work over the summer. In Fall 2012, Adidas supported two students enrolled in the Lean Six Sigma course to complete a real world project in order to earn Six Sigma Green Belt status.

Tess Avelis, associate registrar in the Office of Registration and Records, received the Outstanding Service Award for her contributions in making the co-curricular student record a reality. Since Fall 2010, Indiana State students have been able to include a verified, documented history of their university-related achievements outside of the classroom on their official university transcripts. Her work behind-the-scenes helped make its implementation virtually seamless.


Contact: Nancy Rogers, Center for Community Engagement, 812-237-2334 or  

Writer: Paula Meyer, ISU Communications & Marketing, 812-237-3783 or