Category Archives : West Bloomington Revitalization Project


A Vision of West Bloomington

Name: Veronica Watson Year of graduation: May 2014 Major(s): International Studies, Diplomatic Studies Concentration Community Partner: WBRP & MCCA     Veronica Watson’s Reflection: My project started after I started attending some of the meetings for the West Bloomington Housing Collaborative. The Housing Collaborative is made up of the WBRP, MCCA, Habitat for Humanity, and […]

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WBRP Housing Initiative-Visual Marketing

Political Science major, Nicole Jovicevic (’16), chose to help the West Bloomington Revitalization Project for her Fall Action Research Seminar Project. The WBRP has a housing initiative focused on home improvement projects. In order to attract more applicants for this initiative and to create a visually stimulating overview for the current investors, Nicole collected the […]


The Bloomington Digital Divide

As her project for the Fall Action Research Seminar, Sarah Bergman (’15), a Political Science major, explored the digital divide in Bloomington.  By partnering with Bloomington School District 87, she researched student access to the Internet in by surveying District 87 teachers.  The choice to survey teachers was made because of their firsthand experience with […]

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Track Your Life

Lexia Swope, a Psychology and Sociology double major from Springfield, IL, participated in the Action Research Seminar in the fall of 2013. In this class, she created a health and wellness program for girls at the Bloomington-Normal Boys and Girls Club. The goal of the program was to promote and teach the girls to live […]


Walk In Bike Out Event Manual

As her project for the Fall Action Research Seminar, Psychology major Natalie Weimer (’16) partnered with the West Bloomington Revitalization Project to create a manual for hosting the Walk In Bike Out event that Rick Heiser currently hosts. “In an attempt to combine my passion for bikes with the revitalization efforts targeted at the Westside, […]

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Social Media Assistance: Daniel McGuire ’13 and Cameron Blossom ’13

During the Fall Seminar of 2012, senior students Daniel McGuire and Cameron Blossom developed Facebook pages for two West side business owners, while also training them on how to work the page.   Daniel McGuire worked with Market St. Bakery (the best donuts and pastries in town), and Cameron Blossom worked on Eric’s Restaurant’s page. […]


2013 Weir Fellows: Nettie Rauch and Dave McGrath

2013 Weir Fellows, Dave McGrath and Nettie Rauch worked with West Bloomington Revitalization Project to start an annual Westside 5K. Dave ’14, a risk management major from Wheaton, IL, and Nettie ’14, a Hispanic Studies and Sociology major from Shoreview, Minnesota, are both members of the cross country team and mobilized their teammates in many […]

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Nettie Rauch: CPP Program ’13

State Farm: I worked in multicultural business development doing research on Hispanic, African American, and LGBT markets. The research will be used to show the business opportunity and need for an updated marketing strategy for these markets. I also did some work with public affairs to develop a self-assessment tool for nonprofits to use to […]


Zoe Gross ’13

Zoe Gross graduated from IWU with a degree in Political Science. She is now in law school at Washington University in St. Louis, MO. Zoe worked for ARC in the summer of 2012 as an Assistant Coordinator. She helped to support the work of the Community Partnership Program interns. She also worked on the Veggie […]

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CPP Program ’12: Cameron Blossom

Cameron, a Business Adminstration major from Flanagan, IL participated in the CPP Program in the summer of 2012. Cameron worked in the Human Resources-Employment Activities department at State Farm and at the West Bloomington Revitalization Project(WBRP). At the WBRP, he worked to develop relationships with Westside businesses by interviewing business owners to discover their needs and […]