Indiana Tech students, faculty and staff take part in community service work in Fort Wayne as part of new president’s inauguration

Students, faculty and staff from Indiana Tech plant shrubs Tuesday morning at the future site of the new Fort Wayne Habitat for Humanity ReStore on Lima Road. Students, faculty and staff were invited to take part in service projects Tuesday as part of activities leading up to the inauguration of Indiana Tech President Karl Einolf, in center at back, on Saturday in the university's Schaefer Center. (By Kevin Kilbane of News-Sentinel.com)
Indiana Tech sophomore Alexandria Forsythe, left, works with Jeremy McClish, Fort Wayne Habitat for Humanity director of operations, on Tuesday morning to space out shrubs before they are planted in front of Habitat's new ReStore, which is under construction at 4747 Lima Road. Indiana Tech students, faculty and staff were invited to take part in service projects Tuesday as part of activities leading up to the inauguration of Indiana Tech President Karl Einolf on Saturday in the university's Schaefer Center. (By Kevin Kilbane of News-Sentinel.com)
Shirley Burgess, standing in blue, from the Helping Hands ministry at The Chapel, shows Cali Helinski of Hebron, Ky., who is a freshman at Indiana Tech, how to tie strips of plastic bags together so they can be woven into a mat for people who are homeless. Helinski was among more than 50 students, faculty and staff who volunteered Tuesday morning at Andorfer Commons to work on community-service projects as part of activities leading up to the inauguration Saturday of new Indiana Tech president Karl Einolf. (By Kevin Kilbane of News-Sentinel.com)
Clockwise, from left, Thomas Heniff, a freshman from Joliet, Ill., Lauren Ohnesorge, a senior from Altamont, Ill., Dan Stoker, Indiana Tech vice president of student affairs, and Madison Ohnesorge, a senior and twin sister of Lauren, tie knots in the fringe of a fleece blanket during a community service project Tuesday at Indiana Tech. Students, faculty and staff were invited to take part in service projects Tuesday as part of activities leading up to the inauguration of Indiana Tech President Karl Einolf on Saturday in the university's Schaefer Center. (By Kevin Kilbane of News-Sentinel.com)
Students, faculty and staff at Indiana Tech gathered Tuesday in Andorfer Commons at Indiana Tech to work on tying together strips of plastic shopping bags, which will be used to weave mats, such as the one in the foreground, for use by people who are homeless. Students, faculty and staff were invited to take part in service projects Tuesday as part of activities leading up to the inauguration of Indiana Tech President Karl Einolf on Saturday in the university's Schaefer Center. (By Kevin Kilbane of News-Sentinel.com)
More than 50 students, faculty and staff volunteered Tuesday morning to help make sleeping mats or fleece blankets for people who are homeless during a day of community-service projects at Indiana Tech. Students, faculty and staff were invited to take part in service projects Tuesday as part of activities leading up to the inauguration of Indiana Tech President Karl Einolf on Saturday in the university's Schaefer Center. (By Kevin Kilbane of News-Sentinel.com)

Indiana Tech President Karl Einolf traded in his suit and tie for a sweatshirt, blue jeans and a shovel Tuesday as he joined university students, faculty and staff in a range of community-service projects.

The service work is part of the activities leading up to Einolf’s formal inauguration Saturday as Indiana Tech’s ninth president. The university wants to celebrate what makes it special and to involve students, faculty and staff in giving back to the community.

Einolf, who began his duties as president July 1, started his day Tuesday working with Indiana Tech volunteers and Fort Wayne Habitat for Humanity staff to plant shrubs and do other work at the new Habitat ReStore under construction at 4747 Lima Road.

Back at the Indiana Tech campus at 1600 E. washington Blvd., students, faculty and staff also had an opportunity to take part in other service projects from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., while the supply of materials lasted.

About 11:15 a.m. Tuesday, groups of students and staff sat a tables in Andorfer Commons tying together strips of plastic grocery bags that will be woven into mats and totes for homeless people. Volunteers from The Chapel’s Helping Hands ministry showed students and staff how to tie together the strips of plastic bags.

Other groups tied knots on the ends of fleece blankets, which also will go to people who are homeless.

The official inauguration ceremony will take place at 2 p.m. Saturday in Schaefer Center on the Indiana Tech campus on East Washington Boulevard. For more about the inauguration, go to www.indianatech.edu/inauguration.

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