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Division of Outreach and Engagement

University of Southern Indiana

Spring 2012 • Issue Two Volume Three

USI Child Care Programs:

Children’s Learning Center, serving children ages two to six Summer camps for school-agers, serving children ages seven to 11 Nestled on the west side of campus off of Clarke Lane, USI’s Children’s Learning Center offers an environment where children can develop their capabilities and interests at their own pace and individual needs. Licensed for up to 77 enrollments, the Center is a constituent of the Indiana Department of Environmental Management’s Five Star Environmental Recognition Program, accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), and a Level 4 on Indiana’s Paths to Quality, the highest level attainable for the state’s Child Care Quality Rating and Improvement System. The Children’s Learning Center provides year-round child care to children ages two to six and operates from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Enrollment in the Center is open to USI students, faculty, and staff on a full-day, half-day, and hourly basis to accommodate class and study times. Children from the community are also welcome to enroll when space is available.

The staff at the Children’s Learning Center are the best in the world and I value the role they play in my daughter’s life. Without the Center, I wouldn’t be able to earn my degree or the grades I have received in the courses I have completed. This program really helps me balance my school and home life, and for that I’m extremely grateful.” —Amber Bumpus Parent

During the academic year, half-day preschool is available to children ages three to six from 8:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday; Tuesday, Thursday; or Monday through Friday. The preschool offers a safe and fun learning environment, for children who do not need full-time care, to develop social skills and helps prepare them for kindergarten.


The Children’s Learning Center staff includes: Front row, left to right: Alice Murphy-Galbreath, curriculum coordinator and teacher; Karen Fleck, teacher; Cassie Wollrab, teacher; Emily Rettig, teacher; and Ashley Gates, preschool teacher. Back row, left to right: Karen Becker, teacher; Ginger Ramsden, director of the Center for Education Services and Partnerships; Lisa Thompson, teacher; Amanda Wheaton-Collins, manager; Meg Brown, administrative assistant; and Kathy Hayden, summer enrichment camp supervisor. Not pictured: Glenda Lloyd, preschool teacher.

Over the summer, the Center offers Kindergarten Camp to a limited number of children who are either entering or leaving kindergarten. While at camp, children participate in weekly field trips, movie days, swimming, activities at the USI Fitness and Recreation Center, child-directed classroom activities, and more. Kindergarten Camp will take place weekdays this summer from 7 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. Tuesday, May 29 through Friday, August 3 at USI. All preschool and school-age programs operate under the direction of the USI Center for Education Services and Partnerships. Once children outgrow the Children’s Learning Center and Kindergarten Camp, they can enroll in Summer Enrichment Camp. Open to children ages seven to 11, the camp offers a balance of selfdirected and instructional activities that encourages continued growth. Participants enjoy swimming, games, field trips, and enrichment activities including cooking, art, science, and fitness. The camp will operate weekdays this summer from 6:45 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. beginning on Tuesday, May 29 through Friday, August 3 at USI. All programs are closed on Monday, May 28 and Wednesday, July 4.

For more information about the Children’s Learning Center or Kindergarten Camp, including enrollment information, visit childcenter or contact Amanda Wheaton-Collins, manager of the Children’s Learning Center, at 812/464-1869 or For information about the Summer Enrichment Camp, contact Ginger Ramsden, director of the Center for Education Services and Partnerships, at 812/228-5022 or

All three of my children have attended the USI Children’s Learning Center over the last 10 years. Each of them has benefited from the Center in different ways—from gaining independence and confidence, to exploring new ways of thinking and learning.”

—Katie Ehlman Parent

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Letter from the Associate Provost The first three months of 2012 have flown by with the Division of Outreach and Engagement continuing to strive to inspire innovation and create strategic partnerships. Recent activities that I’d like to highlight include: • On March 24, I had the opportunity to participate in the Southern Indiana Japanese School graduation ceremony. I was very impressed to listen to the speeches of the graduates who lauded the school for providing them with an opportunity to have an authentic Japanese school experience. Congratulations to Principal Keietsu Nishimura and his team of teachers for another successful year! • On February 29, President Linda L. M. Bennett and I participated on a bus tour to NSWC Crane. Organized by the Growth Alliance for Greater Evansville (GAGE) along with Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke’s office, the tour exposed many local Evansville business leaders to NSWC Crane and its rich, innovative work for the first time. Dr. Andrew Moad, USI’s-Crane partnership manager, also attended the tour and along with Debbie Dewey, GAGE president, have several follow-up visits with companies who are interested in exploring commercialization opportunities related to NSWC Crane technologies. • While on our visit to NSWC Crane, Dr. Bennett, Dr. Moad, and I also had the opportunity to visit with NSWC Crane leadership to discuss the burgeoning I-69 Innovation Corridor Project. This project, which is focused on purposively developing the I-69 Corridor from Evansville to NSWC Crane, and has a long-term goal of attracting new companies and developing high tech jobs to the region, kicked off in earnest on April 9 with the initial executive committee meeting. I will chair the executive committee and State Representative Dr. Sue Ellspermann will serve as the lead facilitator. The committee is comprised of private and public sector leaders from Evansville to NSWC Crane, and its goal will be to provide leadership to a larger, soon-to-be-formed multi-sector consortium that will collaborate to vision and implement the development of this potentially transformational economic development initiative. • Another initiative I am excited about is the Technology Commercialization Academy, a pilot program that will be supported by Lilly Endowment funds this summer and hopefully a program that will be expanded in future years. Aimed at attracting top USI engineering and business students, the program will provide students with real experience in the technology commercialization process. Thanks to Deans Dr. Scott Gordon and Dr. Mohammed Khayum for their support and sponsorship of this program, along with others at USI, GAGE, and NSWC Crane for developing this program.

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•O  n February 28, I had the opportunity to participate in the Service Learning Recognition Reception. It was very gratifying to see the number of faculty, staff, and students who have participated in service Bernhard learning courses and programs over the past year. We hope to see this involvement increase over the next year. Also in April, the Center for Applied Research (CAR) Recognition Reception acknowledged the great work that our faculty and community partners have conducted in relation to applied research. • F inally, I want to acknowledge the great work of several faculty and staff on a Center for Applied Research project with Habitat for Humanity International Women Build. Several faculty and staff developed and conducted a national survey that resulted in 320 responses from Habitat homeowners in 44 cities reflecting their feedback on home ownership’s impact on self-esteem, well-being, and neighborhood pride. This research may lead to further research studies. Congratulations to Elissa Bakke, assistant director of CAR; Dr. Katherine Draughon, executive director of the Office of Planning, Research and Assessment; Dr. Marie Opatrny, associate professor of social work; Dr. Iris Philips, associate professor of social work; Dr. Ronda Priest, chair of the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice Studies; Dr. Matt Hanka, assistant professor of political science and director of the Master of Public Administration Program; and Dr. Mohammed Khayum, dean of the College of Business. Several of these individuals had an opportunity to present their findings at a national symposium in Atlanta in early March. You can read more about this project on page six of this newsletter.

The above is but a small sampling of the important work being conducted in the Division of Outreach and Engagement. We strive to enhance the lives of individuals, the success of organizations, and the vibrancy of communities and to inspire innovation through strategic partnerships. I look forward to reporting on more exciting initiatives in the next issue of engage. Until then, I hope to hear from you on how we can partner and innovate together! All the best,

Division of Outreach and Engagement Office812/464-1989 Fax812/465-7061 Associate Provost of Outreach and Engagement Dr. Mark C. Bernhard 812/464-1829 USI-Crane Partnership Manager Dr. Andrew Moad 812/228-5153 Marketing Coordinator/engage Editor Brandi Schwartz 812/464-1854 Academic Programs Coordinator/Advisor Lee Ann Shafer 812/464-1879

Departments Center for Applied Research Elissa Bakke 812/461-5407 Center for Education Services and Partnerships Ginger Ramsden 812/228-5022 Center for Human Resource Development Charmaine McDowell 812/465-1629 Center for Continuing Education Linda Cleek 812/464-1829 Historic Southern Indiana Leslie Townsend


Historic New Harmony Connie Weinzapfel


USI @ Innovation Pointe Gene Recker


Service Learning Dr. Anne Statham


Southern Indiana Japanese School Keietsu Nishimura 812/471-1210 U.S. Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) Captain Joel Matherly 812/461-5302

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New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art presents artist-in-residence Juan Angel Chávez USI’s New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art is currently presenting “Scraping the Bowl,” a site-specific installation by Chicago-based artist-in-residence, Juan Angel Chávez, through Saturday, May 26. Immersing himself in process and materials, Chávez creates thoughtful, and often fantastic environments; what the artist calls “3-D collage.” His materials of choice include discarded construction materials found in urban areas, remnants of buildings, disposed of street signs, and used construction cones. In “Scraping the Bowl,” Chávez has transformed the New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art into a lunar-like wasteland using found objects that have been manipulated by extreme ritualistic methods, including fire and a chainsaw. Rendered in the chaos of these remnants exist the rustic nostalgia of an all but forgotten way of life. Born in La Junta, Mexico, Chávez immigrated with his family to Chicago when he was 13. In Chicago, he studied at the Art Institute of Chicago and later became immersed in the underground art, music, and skateboarding worlds. He is known in the Chicago art scene for the production of several murals and mosaics around Chicago and for working at the National Museum of Mexican Art. Chávez has had solo exhibitions in Elmhurst and Chicago, Illinois, and in Boston, Massachusetts.

Super Summer registrations now available The Center for Education Services and Partnerships will offer two one-week Super Summer sessions for children ages Pre-K4 through 14. Morning classes from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and afternoon classes from 12:30 to 3 p.m. will be available. Operating every summer since the early ’80’s, Super Summer has provided a variety of enrichment opportunities to hundreds of children. Session one will take place June 11-15 at the University of Southern Indiana. The second session will take place July 9-13 at Dexter School located at 917 S. Dexter Ave. in Evansville. Classes will include Messy Edible Science, Study Skills for School Success, Animal Habitats, and Tech Team. Additional classes in art, math, cooking, and more will also be offered.

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New Harmony artist-in-residence, Juan Angel Chávez, begins work on “Scraping the Bowl,” a site-specific installation that is currently on display at the New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art.

Chávez is the recipient of the prestigious Richard H. Driehaus Individual Artist Award, Louis Comfort Tiffany award, Artadia Individual artist award, and 3Arts. He currently holds a faculty position at the Art Institute of Chicago. The New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art is sponsored by the University of Southern Indiana and is located at 506 Main Street

in New Harmony, Indiana. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday. This project is supported in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information, or to arrange a private group experience, contact the Gallery at 812/682-3156.

Andrew Moad named USI-Crane partnership manager Dr. Mark C. Bernhard, associate provost for Outreach and Engagement, has named Dr. Andrew J. Moad as USI-Crane partnership manager. The USI-Crane Partnership manager serves as the liaison in establishing and growing the USI-Crane partnership in applied research, technology transfer, innovation, and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). Specific responsibilities include supporting USI’s economic development efforts by leveraging the resources of NSWC Crane; fostering STEM collaborations between NSWC Crane, USI, and regional K-12 schools; and facilitating technology transfer and innovation activities between USI, NSWC Crane, and other stakeholders. “I’m excited that Andy Moad has joined USI,” Bernhard said. “His work as an analytical chemist in both government and corporate

sectors, combined with his entrepreneurial spirit, made him the candidate of choice for the USICrane partnership manager position.” Moad was most recently a new product development chemist at Moad Red Spot Paint and Varnish in Evansville. He also has experience as a research chemist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce. He earned an undergraduate degree from Indiana University and a Ph.D. in analytical chemistry from Purdue University. He earned the M. G. Mellon Award in recognition of being the top chemistry graduate student at Purdue in 2006.

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“Often in the summer, parents seek engaging, hands-on learning activities, in a nurturing environment, in which their children can participate. USI’s Super Summer is just such a place,” said Jaclyn Dumond, USI manager of school partnerships in the Center for Education Services and Partnerships. “Our teachers are enthusiastic about spending time with children, exploring topics, and participating in learning-centered activities that don’t fit in a normal school day. At the same time, the children are excited about exploring new topics and ideas in an in-depth, age-appropriate environment. Children leave Super Summer eager to learn more.” Registration is $85 for each course or $80 per course when registering the same child in more than one class, or when registering two or more children at the same time. Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation students, who are eligible for the free and reduced lunch program, may enroll in sessions for $10 per course. Reduced-fee enrollments are limited. Free lunchtime supervision will be available for those enrolling in both morning and afternoon classes. Children enrolled all day and staying for lunch must be five years or older and should bring their own nonperishable lunches and drinks during session one at USI. The federal lunch program will

Kevin Moesner, right, instructs “Green Experiments” to students entering grades 5-7 during a 2011 Super Summer class. Participants learned about alternative energy and sustainable living by conducting inquirybased experiments and building energy-related models using solar energy, wind power, and more.

provide lunch and drinks for children staying all day during session two at Dexter School. For more information, including a complete Super Summer schedule, visit

extserv/personal/SuperSummer.asp or call USI’s Division of Outreach and Engagement at 812/464-1989 or 800/467-8600.

Four companies selected for USI BreakOut Program; applications available for next round Four Indiana companies have been selected to participate in a second BreakOut Program offered through USI’s Division of Outreach and Engagement and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Funded through a grant from the USDA Rural Development Office, the program will provide high-level resources to help the companies build on their successes and ‘break out’ to the next level. The program offers access to a professional business resource team who specialize in marketing and sales, accounting, business management, and professional coaching. Participants will receive 30 to 50 contact hours with the team over a two- to three-month timeframe with written documentation from each work session. Grant recipients are Grass Corp., Perry County; HT Painting and Powder Coating, Gibson County; LUI Plus, Dubois County; and Plastics Reclaiming Solutions, Inc., Posey County. Family-owned and operated, Grass Corp. is located on a 100-acre farm in the city of Leopold.

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The small farm operates in a natural and sustainable way, producing pastured poultry, lamb, beef, pork, free-range eggs, and a variety of dairy products from 100 percent grass fed Normande cows. Located in Francisco, H/T Painting and Powder Coating is a hometown business started by a father and his son. Over the past 20 years, the company has grown to include refinishing agricultural equipment, sand/media blasting, and power coating. Other services include pressure washing, farm implements, pole buildings and barns, and more. LUI Plus, LLC is a national leading provider of quality American made laminate and wood furniture. Located in Jasper, the company offers maximum flexibility of product and finish, commitment to short lead-time, guarantees quality, develops innovative new products, and is dedicated to customer service. A diversified plastics recovery company, Plastics Reclaiming Solutions, Inc. specializes in pellet/grind washing, de-coating, sinkfloat separation, screening, repackaging, and de-dusting. Located in Mount Vernon,

the company also designs new and exciting plastic processes and applications. The BreakOut Program is facilitated by Gene Recker, manager of education and entrepreneurship for USI at Innovation Pointe. “Our BreakOut engagement team is excited to have an opportunity to work with these business owners and provide them with technical services,” said Recker. “In May, recruitment of four more companies will begin for another round of the BreakOut Program.” Companies who are interested in participating in the next BreakOut Program can apply online at asp. To be eligible, applicants must employ 50 or fewer individuals; have less than $1 million in projected annual gross revenues; been in business one year or more; invest $1,500 to cover a portion of the cost of services rendered; and be located in Dubois, Gibson, Knox, Perry, Pike, Posey, Spencer, or Warrick county. For more information, contact Recker at 812/492-4394 or


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Carver selected for New Lanark Global Engagement Internship Catherine Carver, a USI history major with a minor in anthropology, was recently selected as the recipient of a six-week Global Engagement Internship to New Lanark, Scotland, through USI’s International Programs and StudCarver ies. The internship will provide opportunities to gain a better understanding of global issues and challenges that impact the world. A native of Deltona, Florida, Carver will travel to the UNESCO World Heritage site in Scotland May 10 through June 22. She will help develop a public search room to support access to New Lanark’s collection of photographs, maps, drawings, and documents. The work will connect the New Lanark collection to the collections housed at USI’s David L. Rice Library and in New Harmony, Indiana.

New Lanark is a restored 18th century cotton mill village in southern Scotland. Less than an hour from Edinburgh and Glasgow, it welcomes thousands of visitors each year. It is connected to USI’s Historic New Harmony operation through the life and work of Robert Owen, one of the founders of a community experiment in New Harmony. In 2011, USI and Historic New Harmony hosted a visit by Jane Masters and Anysley Gough from New Lanark with the summer internship resulting as one of the outcomes of that visit. At USI, Carver works for Academic Skills as a supplemental instruction leader and is a member of Phi Alpha Theta, the History Honor Society, Student Support Services, and USI’s Honors Program. Last spring, she received the Donald Pitzer History Scholarship. She plans to pursue graduate school for history or archeology and will visit the National Archives in Edinburgh, Scotland during the trip to research her family history, which can be traced back to Scotland. “This work is very applicable to my career goals,” said Carver. “Plus, it’s always great to be able to travel abroad.”

USI faculty mentor Kristalyn Shefveland, assistant professor of history, will accompany Carver to Scotland for 10 days, and work with her over the course of the internship to maintain a record of the experience and to complete a final project. The internship will include audience research, on-site and digital interpretation, and development of educational material. Carver plans to focus on issues of public health, education, and poverty reduction in relation to New Harmony, New Lanark, and the world today. She also plans to host a blog and share pictures during her internship. She will present her experiences at the Global Engagement Forum in late 2012 at USI and other venues. USI plans to use the internship as a launching point for an ongoing partnership with New Lanark. “USI will fully and permanently fund a student to work at New Lanark, Scotland next summer and every summer thereafter to keep a permanent link to our history in Scotland,” said Mark Rozewski, vice president for Finance and Administration.

Social Strategist to lead series of USI summer social media courses The Center for Human Resource Development will offer a series of noncredit social media courses this summer including Social Media 101 for Business, Wow them with a Prezi Presentation, Intro to Blogging, Making Business Connections with LinkedIn, and Creating your own Web Site with WordPress. Dana Nelson, social strategist at OutCloud, will instruct each course. Nelson also is the co-chair and founding member of the Evansville Social Media Club and serves on the board of advisors for the Social Media Club Education Connection. According to Nelson, Facebook tops Google in weekly traffic in the United States and more than 80,000 web sites have implemented Facebook since 2008. LinkedIn has more than 50 million members worldwide and approximately 1.3 million tweets are posted per hour on Twitter. “It doesn’t matter what you think of social media,” said Nelson. “What matters is that’s how your clients are communicating, so you need to care.” All courses will meet at Innovation Pointe located at 318 Main Street in downtown Evansville.


The series includes: Social Media 101 for Business This intense seminar will explain the “why’s” and “how to’s” of Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter. Participants will gain an understanding of where they want to go with social media. Time management will also be covered. Seminar meetings will take place from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. on two Thursdays, June 7 and 14. Registration is $136. Wow them with a Prezi Presentation Bring life to any presentation with the free Internet downloadable program Prezi. Steps above the typical slide show presentation, Prezi keeps any audience’s attention with the use of zooming and rotating animations. Participants will learn how to use this innovative and intriguing software to add a modern and energetic feel to any presentation. The course will meet from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, June 7. Registration is $51. Intro to Blogging Begin to blog with Tumblr, a free and easy blogging platform. Tumblr is a scaleddown blog that many people use to collect their favorite stories, pictures, and quotes. Learn all of the basics: setting up a profile,

adding a picture, privacy and post settings, the types and styles of posting, following and followers, and re-blogging. You also will be associating your new blog to other platforms, and changing your themes, styles, and colors. Participants will walk away with a blog ready to share. The course will meet from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, June 14. Registration is $51. Making Business Connections with LinkedIn Get hands-on training and discover how to get more sales and leads by using LinkedIn. Participants will learn how to get the most out of their efforts with this increasingly popular tool. The course will meet from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 21. Registration is $58. Creating your own Web Site with WordPress Frustrated and confused about web sites? This course will discuss beginning to end how to get started with a WordPress web site in a slow and comfortable environment. The course will meet from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, June 28. Registration is $51. For more information, or to register for a course, contact the Division of Outreach and Engagement at 812/464-1989 or 800/4678600.

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Faculty present national survey results on homeownership impact Prepared by Sara Bealor, communications intern in the Center for Applied Research Five USI faculty and staff members traveled to Atlanta, Georgia, to present findings of a national survey conducted for Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI) Women Build during an International Women’s Day symposium in March. Completed under the auspices of the USI Center for Applied Research (CAR), results from the survey reflect feedback from more than 320 Habitat homeowners—more than 85 percent of them women—from 44 U.S. cities. The responses indicate that the impact of homeownership significantly increases homeowners’ self-esteem, well-being, overall family health, and neighborhood pride. Presenters included Elissa Bakke, assistant director of CAR; Dr. Katherine Draughon, executive director of the Office of Planning, Research, and Assessment (OPRA); Dr. Marie Opatrny, associate professor of social work; Dr. Iris Philips, associate professor of social work; and Dr. Ronda Priest, chair of the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice Studies. Dr. Matt Hanka, assistant professor of political science and director of the Master of Public Administration Program, and Dr. Mohammed Khayum, dean of the College of Business, also contributed to the research. “The HFHI survey was a unique opportunity for faculty and staff from a variety of departments on campus to work together and produce a product with significant impact,” said Draughon. “This project will help put USI on the national radar as a university known for quality community engagement.” The presentation sparked positive audience feedback and raised questions that could potentially lead to future research opportunities. These opportunities can explore ways HFHI

Dr. Marie Opatrny, associate professor of social work, speaks at a symposium in Atlanta, Georgia on women and housing. The symposium was presented in March by the Habitat for Humanity International’s Women Build program for International Women’s Day. — Photo Credit: Steffan Hacker, photographer and multimedia producer film and photo production, Habitat for Humanity International

can continue to increase impact and create greater efficiency in the organization.

partnership with families all over the world to eliminate poverty housing.

“Habitat will be able to use this new information to gain additional donors and funding, recruit more volunteers, and provide additional resources to our affiliates,” said Lisa Marie Nickerson, associate director of HFHI’s Women Build program.

“Walking through the Global Village and Discovery Center helped me truly understand the struggles families have in many countries just to have adequate housing,” said Bakke. “To call these living conditions ‘housing’ is really an overstatement. I am so honored to have a small role in assisting Habitat in their mission to eradicate substandard housing and improve peoples’ lives. I look forward to continuing collaborations with the organization.”

After the presentation, the team had the opportunity to visit Americus, Georgia to see HFHI headquarters and the Global Village and Discovery Center, a six-acre village where guests can learn how HFHI works in

USI’s Historic Southern Indiana announces O’Bannon Award winner Historic Southern Indiana has awarded the 2011 Frank and Judy O’Bannon Heritage Engagement Award to Norm Taylor, founder and director of the Lawrence County History Festival. The award recognizes an individual who is an exemplary model of community education activities. Nominated by Dave Branneman, executive director of the Lawrence County Tourism Commission, Taylor has directed the annual Lawrence County History Festival since 2000. Held in Bedford, Inidana, the festival honors

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the local history of Lawrence County, the pioneer spirit of the state of Indiana, and the unconquerable courage of the United States of America. Events for the 2011 festival included a Native American powwow, historical timeline, Civil War skirmish, Civil War Era Ladies Tea, wild west gunfight, can-can dancers, a WWII reenactment, and an open house of the Red Cross Cabin, which was owned by Clara Barton, founder of the American Red Cross. The event engaged more than 1,200 students

from Bedford North Lawrence High School and local elementary schools. A Civil War and Buffalo Bill Cody reenactor, Taylor also is the cofounder of the Lawrence County Victorian Dancers and founder of the Lawrence County Greys. The Frank and Judy O’Bannon Heritage Engagement Award was presented to Taylor in January at the Lawrence County Museum of History. The award includes a plaque and a $1,000 cash prize.


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Notes 29th Annual Institute for Alcohol and Drug Studies coming to USI USI will host the 29th Annual Institute for Alcohol and Drug Studies on Thursday and Friday, May 17 and 18 in USI’s Health Professions Center and University Center. Formerly offered at the University of Evansville, the two-day, inter-professional conference will provide practical tools and groundbreaking information related to successful prevention, rehabilitation, and treatment. For more information, including registration details, call the Division of Outreach and Engagement at 812/464-1989 or visit conferences.asp.

ROTC cadets participate in German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge Competition

Alice Rademacher with the Evansville Department of Parks and Recreation, plants flower bulbs with USI students and children from Media Ministries Dream Center and the YMCA Caldwell Center. The bulbs were planted at the Adopt-a-Spot location in the Shirley James Gateway Plaza in Evansville in March. USI’s Service Learning Program organized the event.

Five cadets from the USI Reserve Officer’s Training Corps (ROTC) program traveled to Camp Atterbury and Bloomington, Indiana in February to participate in the German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge competition. Hosted by the Indiana University Army ROTC program, the event required cadets to compete in a first aid course, track and field events, swim test, a 9mm pistol marksmanship test, and a 12K road march with a 33-pound rucksack.

“Glory Days: A Bruce Springsteen Symposium” USI is partnering with Monmouth University and Penn State Altoona to offer the 2012 “Glory Days: A Bruce Springsteen Symposium,” September 14–16 at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, New Jersey. Springsteen has produced a considerable body of original work that has impacted the direction of popular music and American culture. His influence extends from the stage into the classroom, and his works have turned up in the syllabi of courses across the United States and around the world. For more information, visit

Custom retreats available in Historic New Harmony, Indiana

Lee Ann Shafer (center), academic program manager/BGS advisor in the Division of Outreach and Engagement, talks to currently enrolled USI students during a breakfast for nontraditional students. Shafer spoke about how nontraditional students can stay informed about services of interest to adult learners through Facebook. Managed by the Division of Outreach and Engagement, www.facebook. com/usinontraditional connects nontraditional students with other nontraditional students and can help keep them updated on news of interest, scholarship opportunities, and other information.


USI’s Center for Human Resource Development and Historic New Harmony are offering customized-themed retreats for groups and businesses. Located on the banks of the Wabash River, New Harmony, Indiana offers world-class accommodations, meeting facilities, dining, shopping, and entertainment. Businesses can select a predesigned retreat theme or have one created to accommodate their specific needs. Contact Julie Brauser, training consultant in the Center for Human Resource Development, at 812/461-5425 or for more information.

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June 6–July 18

June 11

June 5–July 10

Painting the Beauty of Flowers and Landscapes, learn what contributes to a good landscape painting and how to critique your own work. Composition, design, line, space, values, color, texture, and more will be covered. Meets six Wednesdays.

Getting Started with Excel 2007, topics include copying and moving data, making calculations, file management, and printing.

Beginning Conversational Chinese, learn Mandarin Chinese by studying Pinyin, Chinese culture, and the essentials of grammar. Meets six Tuesdays.

July 11 and 18

June 4–July 9

Preparing a PowerPoint Presentation, learn how to add animation and slide transitions, choose appropriate fonts and layouts, and create web pages and transparencies using PowerPoint slides.

Beginning Conversational German, emphasis will be on basic conversational skills and phrases especially useful for travelers; the geography and culture of Germany also will be featured. Meets six Mondays.

June 21–August 9 Getting Started on Acoustic Guitar, learn basic acoustic guitar-playing techniques, including simple strumming and finger-picking, while developing a repertoire of folk, pop, country, and bluegrass songs. Meets eight Thursdays. July 10–24 Introduction to Printmaking, learn how to create relief prints from easy to find materials and carve more elaborate designs through a variety of methods. Participants will learn about the tools and techniques that are necessary to produce artistic prints at home without a press. Meets three Tuesdays.

Professional Development May 23 or June 20


Management Diagnostic Center, USI’s awardwinning MDC is a well recognized and accepted center methodology to develop comprehensive training needs and profiles for supervisors, managers, and future managers.

Geocaching, a high-tech treasure hunting game played throughout the world using GPS devices. Learn how to get started and what equipment you will need.

May 22

June 14

July 9–August 1

Intro to Blogging, learn the basics of Tumblr, a free blogging platform, including how to set up a profile, add a picture, privacy and post settings, the types and styles of posting, following and followers, and re-blogging.

Water Aerobics, high-intensity but low-impact water exercises will be used to raise your heart rate and improve your cardiovascular condition. Swimming skills are not required. Meets four Mondays and four Wednesdays.

Visit for more information and additional courses.

Registration information: 812/464-1989 or 800/467-8600

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