The university has received a new planned gift to support the activities of the Institute for Community Engagement and Scholarship (ICES). The Shumer Community Engagement Fund comes from Susan and Rob Shumer. Susan is the former ICES director preceding Greg Mellas. During her 20 years at Metropolitan State she led the institute through many stages of growth and kept community-engaged learning integrated as a core component of the university. Rob is considered a pioneer in the community-based learning field, with 44 years of experience in education. He is the founder and former director of the National Service-Learning Clearinghouse at the University of Minnesota.