For 175 years, Taylor has been focused on ministering to a world in need. In recent years, one avenue for this ministry has involved the University’s catalyzing entrepreneurial interests among students and faculty in ways not seen before. Experiential learning in the sciences has included launching satellites in partnership with NASA, which has given rise to a new company that has launched over 500 satellite systems into space. Through 1846 Enterprises, the University supports new ventures in both the private and nonprofit sectors such as Inroads Analytics and Kershner Commons, LLC. Also, the annual “Shark Tank” program of the Calling and Career Office prepares teams of students to pitch their ideas to potential backers.
Alongside these ventures, Taylor has a long history of contributing to our local community. We seek the peace and the prosperity of our community because we want Taylor to thrive alongside of, not at the expense of, our local community. A recent community health initiative, spurred by philanthropy from the Lilly Endowment, has raised the attention of Taylor faculty, staff, and students to the health needs of Grant and Blackford counties. Creative partnerships with IU Health, among others, have created space for Taylor people to make a difference in the lives of our neighbors and friends through health coaching and wellness-education programs.
Building upon our legacy and attending to newer developments that God has made possible, we aspire to harness the innovative and entrepreneurial energy of our campus to create a more robust ecosystem of care and development for our community. We will accomplish this through several related initiatives in Priority Pillar 4: Improve Our Campus and County with Entrepreneurial Energy.