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Sculpture program patched together art professor with inner-city youth

Bicylcle Rack
This imaginative bicycle rack was built by youth at Patchwork Central with the assistance of Rob Millard-Mendez, assistant professor of art.

In June 2009, Rob Millard-Mendez, assistant professor of art, helped youth in a Patchwork Central summer program build an imaginative bicycle rack made out of bicycles. Patchwork Central is a faith-based community outreach organization particularly lauded for its "Arts & Smarts" program for inner-city youth.

"I had a great experience. There's nothing but positive energy all around," Millard-Mendez said. "They provide an incredible service for people of that neighborhood and beyond."

During "Sculpture Week" this summer, Millard-Mendez, parents, and volunteers helped young people between the ages of 10 and 14 construct the bike rack using parts of bicycles from Patchwork's Bike ReCycle program, in which volunteers repair and give bikes to people who live in the neighborhood. "They have an incredible resource of bicycles that are more or less just good for parts," Millard-Mendez said.

The bicycle rack has a "funky aesthetic" that falls into line with other Patchwork art projects Millard-Mendez said. He and other volunteers built the framework for the bicycle rack and assisted students in cutting up bicycles, welding them to the framework, and painting the finished rack. Millard-Mendez said the paint made the project come together. "It just looked like a melange of different bicycles, but the color made it fall into line with what Patchwork has been doing with color."

Millard-Mendez joined USI in 2006. That year, he assisted his wife Nancy Raen-Mendez with a mural commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Arts & Smarts program. Millard-Mendez helped install the mural, which Raen-Mendez created with USI art education students and Patchwork teens.

"I'd like to do more work with them in the future," he said. "What they do is so valuable."

Wendy Knipe Bredhold
Writer, News & Information Services

Elliot Wasserman: Seeing Starlight


When USI theatre majors ask Elliot Wasserman about the world of professional theatre, they know he answers from experience. Wasserman, department chair and professor of theatre, has directed major musicals at professional venues across the country, currently "Anything Goes" at the Starlight Theatre in Kansas City, Missouri. "The level of talent is first rate," he said. "It's literally a selection of some of Broadway's most solid singers, actors, and dancers. And it is my honor to be their director."

A member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, Wasserman has directed such Broadway stars as Kay McClelland, Tony award nominee Mark Baker, and Tony Award winner Donna Mckechnie.  In 2007, he directed a production of "A Few Good Men" starring film actor Lou Diamond Phillips ("La Bamba," "Young Guns") and television star Jensen Ackles ("Supernatural," "Dark Angel," "Smallville"). In 2008 he directed a production of "Damn Yankees" starring Richard Kind ("Mad About You").

"It's extraordinarily fulfilling to be in touch with very vital members of the successful theatrical communities of New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles, who have been wonderful to me," he said. "The embrace from this particular cast has been especially warm. We've had a wonderful time."

In the past, Wasserman has directed at theatres that seat up to 1,200 people, but the Starlight seats 7,800. "The shows themselves generally play for only a week because they are seen by so many people at a time," he said. "Unlike a Broadway show, where a theatre may seat a thousand or as few as 750, these are 'mega-theatres' designed to offer a show to a huge audience."

The pace of the production is similarly exaggerated. Wasserman arrived in Kansas City on July 3. The show opens July 13 and runs through July 19. "You come in fast – it's very unlike the way we work at USI."

Wasserman explained just how quickly rehearsals move. "There are 13 scenes in this play, and the first day was spent entirely in music with some dance work, so I didn’t actually start staging the show until Saturday morning. It's Monday morning now, and 11 of the 13 scenes are set. I'll stage the finale and the opening scene this morning. Tomorrow we'll work in dance and start running through show until Wednesday afternoon, when the designer will set the light cues and track the sound and mike cues."

Actors generally show up "off-book," or with their lines already memorized. "There's no rehearsal repetition for the purpose of memorizing lines. That's not a luxury a schedule like this affords."

Asked why he doesn't just take his summers off, Wasserman said, "There is no greater high than getting a show ready, and getting out here and doing this is a wonderful opportunity. And there is educational value in it. I always learn something and I always bring back what I learn. When I tell student what I learned in the professional world, they know I am speaking from experience."

He continued, "There are many programs in the country where professors have gone from college into teaching and done little to no professional work. There are certain things you can only learn by going out into that world. And if you have a student who wants to go out into that world, you want to be able to give them helpful information."

Wendy Knipe Bredhold
News & Information Services

Teaching theatre approved in state budget

Thursday, July 02, 2009

A project long-awaited by the University of Southern Indiana was approved in the budget passed Tuesday by the Indiana General Assembly. The General Assembly authorized $15 million in bonding authority for a teaching theatre to be located on campus.

The University's operating appropriation in 2009-2010 will be $39,044,222, a decrease of approximately 3.3 percent from 2008-2009. In 2010-2011, the University's operating appropriation will increase by .3 percent to $39,172,365.

The General Assembly also appropriated funds to restore operating support to the fiscal year 2009 level to institutions of higher education through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The University will receive approximately $3 million over the biennium to be used for one-time expenditures and $1.4 in 2009-2011 for repair and rehabilitation projects.

The teaching theatre, to replace the current off-campus facility and supporting buildings, was the University's number one capital priority for the 2009-2011 biennium. The proposed 350-seat theatre will replace the 50-year-old off-campus theatre located four miles from campus that is in the path of the future widening of Highway 62/the Lloyd Expressway.

Plans for construction of a performing arts facility have been part of the University's 10-year Capital Improvement Plan for almost 20 years, since 1991-1993. The proposed teaching theatre will be constructed adjacent to the expanded University Center. The initial authorization by the General Assembly allows the University to move forward on design of the project, which must then be reviewed by the Commission for Higher Education and the State Budget Agency before funds are released for construction.

Cynthia S. Brinker, vice president for Government and University Relations, said the University must carefully evaluate how to spend the federal stimulus money. "It's wonderful that we have these funds to fill in the gap, and it is going to bridge a difficult time, but we have to be mindful of the fact that the stimulus money is one-time funding and does not provide ongoing dollars. These funds will not carry into the 2011-2013 biennium."

Brinker acknowledged the hard work of local representatives during a tough special legislative session. "We are very appreciative of the work of our local legislative delegation and of the fiscal leaders in both the house and senate for their support of the University of Southern Indiana." she said.

Wendy Knipe Bredhold
Writer, News & Information Services

The Aerie becomes FishHook!

Student editors and officers of the Student Writers Union (SWU) have changed the name of USI's student art and literary magazine from The Aerie to FishHook.

Nicole Louise Reid, associate professor of English and managing editor of the magazine, said, "Students wanted to replace the name with one that is edgy and more in keeping with other fine journals' eschewing of lyricism for its own sake in favor of purposeful meaning.

"A fishhook speaks to Evansville's sense of place, tucked in a crook of the Ohio River, and serves as a rich metaphor for the process of being lured, hooked, and changed by the images (whether visual or verbal) of the magazine. Like a hook pulled from a river trout's mouth before the fish is tossed back to the water, the fishhook does not pull cleanly free the barb catches, leaves an echo of its shape in the cheek of the fish.

"And that, gruesome as it may sound, is how the editors of The Aerie and officers of SWU feel good literature and art should leave us: changed forever, with an echo of its image and voice deep in our flesh."

The 2009 issue of the magazine will debut as Fishhook.

Wendy Knipe Bredhold
News & Information Services

Award honors Wilhelmus’s love of writing

Dr. Thomas Wilhelmus
Dr. Tom Wilhelmus in the Bower-Suhrheinrich Foundation Gallery.

Dr. Tom Wilhelmus's English Department colleagues surprised him at the 2009's RopeWalk Writers Retreat with the announcement of an award in his honor.

The RopeWalk Writers Retreat staff has established the Thomas A. Wilhelmus Award, an annual chapbook contest for which the winner will receive $1,000 and a publishing contract from RopeWalk Press.

In announcing the award during the June retreat, Matthew Graham, who co-founded RopeWalk with Wilhelmus 21 years ago, described him as "a friend, colleague, and mentor." Graham said the retreat is "a dream of Tom's – to bring a vibrant literary community together for an exchange of ideas and stories and experiences once a year in an utopian setting – that he made reality.

"Without Tom’s vision, guidance and persistence, RopeWalk would not have existed– nor would its developing umbrella projects, the year-long visiting writers' series, the Southern Indiana Review, and the RopeWalk Press. As a critic, scholar, educator, administrator, and gentleman, Tom has added a professionalism and style to this conference it would have lacked without him."

The award will alternate between poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. This year's award is for poetry. Marianne Boruch, who teaches in the MFA program at Purdue University, will select the first winner. Official guidelines are at Submissions must be postmarked by July 15, 2009. The Thomas A. Wilhelmus Award is underwritten by private gifts to the USI Foundation.

Linda Cleek, director of Continuing Education and associate dean of Extended Services, is a member of the RopeWalk staff and handles logistics for the retreat. She said, "This award perpetuates Tom’s love of good writing, and his history of encouraging writers, beyond the campus and the RopeWalk Writers Retreat." 

And Wilhelmus's contributions to the area's cultural landscape go beyond writing. As president of the Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana's Board of Directors, he was a driving force behind the establishment in 2007 of its Bower-Suhrheinrich Foundation Gallery. He continues to play an active role, from advising on policy to physically hanging the artwork on the walls of the gallery every six weeks.

Mary Jane Schenk, executive director of the Arts Council, said, "Tom led the campaign to raise the funds and played an integral role in the design of the space. His leadership, encouragement, and exquisite taste were vital to the creation of the beautiful gallery, which features the work of local and regional artists. Tom's dedication to the arts throughout his life and career at USI have made him a valuable member of our entire community and a true friend of the arts."

Wilhelmus is a former chair of the Indiana Humanities Council and was the recipient of the 2001 Mayor’s Arts Award. He has served on the boards of the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra, Vanderburgh Community Foundation, and the Community Foundation Alliance.

He joined USI in 1970, served as associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts from 1989 to 2003, and interim dean from 2003 to 2004. He has taught rhetoric and composition, poetry, fiction, and western traditions, as well as the After Darwin course for the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program.

He holds a doctorate from the University of Notre Dame.

Wendy Knipe Bredhold
News & Information Services

Michael Aakhus named Artist of the Year

Michael AakhusMichael Aakhus, associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts, is the Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana's 2009 Artist of the Year. The arts council's annual award winners were announced at a press conference on Thursday, June 25, 2009.

In announcing the award, Mary Jane Schenk, executive director, said, "Michael's long career as a professional award-winning exhibition painter and arts educator is well known throughout our community. His works have been exhibited in solo and juried exhibitions throughout the country and in Mexico and are part of numerous important private collections.

"Michael's accomplishments as both painter and printmaker extend far beyond the academic environment through his beautifully conceived impressionistic landscapes and cultural images of Latin America."

( See examples of Michael Aakhus's artwork here)

"Michael is a wonderful and compassionate teacher who is highly admired by his students. He has organized and led numerous community and student trips to Mexico and Latin America over the years."

Aakhus joined USI as a faculty member in the art department in 1977. He was promoted to associate professor in 1987 and professor in 1997. He holds an MFA in printmaking from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville and a B.A. in art and art history from Bemidji State University. His wife, Patricia L. Aakhus, is director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies.

The award winners will be honored at the annual Arts Awards Banquet on Thursday, September 3, at the Centre in downtown Evansville.

Wendy Knipe Bredhold
News & Information Services

Staff changes in the College

Dr. Julie Evey-Johnson, associate professor of psychology, has been appointed acting chair of the Department of Psychology for the 2009-2010 academic year. Evey-Johnson will continue to serve as assistant dean in the College of Liberal Arts.

Dr. M.T. Hallock Morris
, assistant professor of political science, has been named chair of the Department of Political Science in the College of Liberal Arts.

820 the Edge named Radio School of the Year

820 the Edge, USI's radio stationThe University of Southern Indiana was named Radio School of the Year by the Indiana Association of School Broadcasters (IASB) at its 2009 College Radio Competition. USI’s WSWI AM 820 “The Edge” beat out 16 member colleges to claim the prize and took top awards in six of nine categories.

Ben Weber won first place and Kelly Orsby second place for Radio Spot Production, Andrew Bolin and Orsby won first place for Radio Air Personality, Monica Wathen won third place for Radio Newscast, and Joe Barniak won second and Orsby third for Radio Copywriting. The station also took first place for Radio Imaging.

IASB is composed of 16 universities including Ball State University, Indiana State University, and DePauw University.

John Morris, instructor of radio/TV and faculty advisor/general manager for WSWI, said, “Obviously we’re honored to have been named the IASB School of the Year. It shows the dedication of the students and the entire communications department. These students have gotten some fine training.”

He added, “These students are not ‘playing radio.’ They take it very seriously. They take pride in the work they’ve done and truly deserve the honor. It reflects on the chair of the department, J. Wayne Rinks, all the way up to Dean David Glassman.

“They made sure we have the resources and equipment we need to be competitive on the state level. We placed in more categories and nobody had more first place finishes than us. Our students have worked hard across the board.”

Weber also recently placed in a national competition, taking third place for Public Service Announcement, Promo or Commercial from the Broadcast Education Association for a PSA he produced for Academic Skills.

Weber is the outgoing production director at WSWI. He graduated May 9 with a bachelor’s degree in radio/TV and minors in advertising and sociology. He chalks the station’s success up to its dedicated staff. “We had a close knit management team this year,” he said. “It was a thriving staff. We pushed each other to do better and it really paid off.”

Wendy Knipe Bredhold
News & Information Services

Archaeological field school seeks to uncover Harmonist potter

Dr. StrezewskiArchaeological excavations will be conducted jointly by the University of Southern Indiana’s archaeological field school and the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites at three locations in New Harmony, May 12-June 12, 2009.

Excavations will be conducted under the direction of Dr. Michael Strezewski, assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Southern Indiana, and Bill Wepler, curator of historical archaeology for the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites.

Historic New Harmony will include the archaeological digs on their daily tours which begin at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. daily at the Atheneum/Visitors Center located at 401 N. Arthur Street. Wepler and Strezewski will provide on-site interpretation when a visitor is taken to either excavation site. Historic New Harmony plans to discuss and show the finding on the tours and in exhibits, in the future. There will also be an open house at one or more of the sites, available to the public from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 6

During the field school, students will be digging at the site of the former Harmonist kiln at the corner of North and West streets. Christoph Weber, the Harmonist potter, lived at this spot from 1815 to 1824 and had his shop and kiln next to his house. Weber made redware pottery (cups, plates, storage jars, pitchers, and colanders) for the entire Harmonist community

None of the structures related to pottery manufacture is still standing. Strezewski conducted a magnetometry survey in the dig site area last summer to see if the locations of the structures could be determined. Based on the results of the survey, he and his students will test some of these spots for potential findings. They are particularly interested in finding the kiln. It will provide useful information on how Harmonist redware was made.

Excavations initiated in 2008 will continue at Community House No. 2 to document any archaeological resources that might be destroyed or disturbed by ongoing renovations to the building. If time allows, fieldwork will begin at the Fauntleroy Home, located at 411 West Street, where students will try to locate and answer questions about the house’s 1840s kitchen.

For more information about the archeological dig or to arrange an interview with either on-site director, contact Strezewski at or 812/464-1931 or Wepler at or 317/232-8178.

Samantha Brown Fentress
Historic New Harmony

Aquila constellation art installation in the quad celebrates Earth Day

The constellation Aquila (the eagle) adorned the University of Southern Indiana’s quad April 27-30, 2009. Art students and faculty created Aquila, a temporary art installation inspired by the 11-star constellation, in celebration of Earth Day. An opening reception was held April 27 on the labyrinth in front of the Liberal Arts Center.

Each star in the constellation consisted of a steel disk surrounded by a plywood circle supported by short wooden stilts. Each plywood circle had an environmental fact painted on it to focus attention on the importance of recycling. The stars were surrounded by a design created out of aluminum cans which were collected in recycling bins around the USI campus.

Those who participated in the piece by visiting each star experienced the impact of the environmental facts. As facts accumulated, the hemispheres or disks turned increasingly red. Altair, the largest star in the constellation, offered participants the opportunity to reverse the process. As they continued visiting the rest of the stars, participants observed how increasing recycling can help change the hemispheres back to green. Aquila was funded by a Major as Home grant from the Office of the Provost

To view a photographic slideshow of the Aquila installation, click here >>

Student Art Show displays creativity

By Rick Hamilton, Shield staff
The Shield, Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Edited for republishing by Jenny Medcraft

The 39th annual USI Juried Student Art Show was held April 5, 2009, giving art students the opportunity to display their original works to a public audience. Students were able to enter up to three original pieces for consideration. Of the nearly 300 entries, only about 130 entries were selected for display.

Christian Ethridge was one student that managed to have all three of his pieces accepted. His piece, “The Best Laid Plans,” won a $250 merit award in the sculpture category.   Ethridge had been working on the sculpture since early fall. “Just getting in to the show is an honor, and you’re really proud of that, but winning is great, because it’s like you have someone there that encourages what you do,” Ethridge said.

This year’s exhibition was the first student art show held in the Kenneth P. McCutchan Art Center/Palmina F. and Stephen S. Pace Galleries in the lower level of the Liberal Arts Center. In previous years, the show was held on the University Center Bridge, and was only on display for a single week. This year the exhibit was up for almost a month.

Student-submitted works that met certain requirements were presented to a third-party juror to ensure objectivity. The juror, who is an expert in the field of art, then selected the pieces that were to be displayed in the show. This year’s juror, Arturo Sandoval, is a professor of art at the University of Kentucky known internationally for his innovated weavings and mixed media art quilts. Sandoval made his selections based on originality, craftsmanship, use of contemporary issues while respecting tradition and a willingness to take risks.

The award of Best of Show went to Melissa Richard for her painting, “Best Dressed.” The painting shows Richard dressed in an exuberantly detailed Halloween costume.  Richard drew her inspiration from an outfit worn by a member of the notorious New York group, the Club Kids. “I’m really excited,” she said. “I was totally shocked. It was completely unexpected.”

Through the support of various organizations and individual donations, the Art Department was able to give away over $7000 in awards. Merit awards were given to individuals who excelled in their specific art forms. Additional merit awards were given to those in each grade. Michael Frey received the Senior Merit Award, Justin Collins won the Junior Merit Award and the Sophomore and Freshman Merit Awards went to Norman Knorr IV and Jenna Hinsel.

Art Department Chair Joan Kempf de Jong said the artists are supportive of each other’s work. “Everyone’s a winner at this point,” she said.

High achievement recognized in College of Liberal Arts

An Honors Program to celebrate students in the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Southern Indiana who excelled in the classroom, earned scholarships, and received academic achievement awards was held on Sunday, March 22, 2009, on campus. The yearly program also recognizes the generous donors who have contributed to these education programs by establishing scholarships in the USI Foundation.

The students and the awards they received are listed here.

The Shield takes awards at Indiana Collegiate Press Association ceremony

The Shield received four awards at the Indiana Collegiate Press Association ceremony on Saturday, March 28. Jon Webb, editor and an English major/journalism minor, won first place for best news feature with “You gotta get a grip,” the story of a nontraditional student who immersed himself in art after a debilitating automobile accident. The judge wrote, “What an unusual lede and approach to a memory of a traffic crash. The word choices in this piece were right on, and I especially liked the use of ‘crumpled, aluminum corpse’ to describe the man’s mangled truck.”

Travis Snyder, assistant news editor and journalism major, won second place for best non-deadline news reporting for “3.986 GPA = Magna Cum Not Enougha,” a story about situations that might prevent a student from graduating with honors. “Well researched. Esoteric topic, but important for your readers. In-depth look at an issue,” the judge wrote.

The Shield staff won third place for best staff editorial with its endorsement of candidates for president, governor, and 8th district representative. The judge wrote, “Cleanly presented endorsements that got right to the point. You took a stand on each candidate, and succinctly backed up your position.”

Erin Gibson, instructor in journalism and advisor to The Shield, said, “This is further evidence that The Shield is growing and improving, and it shows that these students have been able to practice what they’ve been learning in the classroom and apply it to hard hitting news and feature writing as well.

“The submissions were across the board from our staff, and in the end four individuals received awards. That shows the depth of the talent. It isn’t just with a couple of students; we have many students who contributed to make the paper great this year.”

The staff also won third place for best special issue with its 40th anniversary The Roach special edition. Gibson said, “That was a challenge for the students because it was a 16-page publication and they are used to doing eight pages. Not only did a lot of people on the campus learn about the history of The Shield, but it also was acknowledged with this award.”

In December, The Shield staff picked up two awards in the Hoosier State Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest. Andrew Foster, opinion editor and an English/journalism major, won second place for best feature story with “Warm welcome defies bitter cold,” and Seth Grundhoefer, managing editor and a journalism major with a radio/TV minor, won third place for “Allergen mold cleaned from O’Bannon Hall.”

Wendy Knipe Bredhold
News & Information Services

Milligan receives Dain Garrett Merit Award

Megan Milligan is the recipient of the Dain Garrett Merit AwardMegan Milligan, a history major with a minor in sociology, is the 2009 recipient of the Dain Garrett Merit Award for a junior or senior history student who has overcome a significant obstacle.

The award was established by Dain Garrett, who graduated from USI in 1999 with a perfect 4.0 GPA despite a long struggle with muscular dystrophy. After graduation, he went on to complete a master’s degree from California State University Dominguez Hills, passing away just prior to receiving his degree.

As a USI student, Garrett won many of the prizes awarded by the USI History Department, and upon his graduation, he used his award money to establish this annual cash prize to assist students who struggled against physical, economic, or other hardships. Garrett was the son of Connie Pitzer of Evansville and Don Garrett of Carmi.

Milligan’s professors describe her as talented, energetic, and willing to take the lead, but her drive to succeed grew out of tragedy. During her second year at USI, her stepfather, William A. Peters, was diagnosed with cancer, and in the fall of 2007, the man she referred to as “my Bill” passed away. Milligan remembers her stepfather as a positive male role model whose death “brought me sadness and courage.” As the first person she had met who had attended college (and USI at that), he was the one who encouraged her to continue her education, and the memory of that inspiration was what helped her continue after his death.

In the past two years, Milligan has been a leader among history majors, and currently serves as the president of the History Club. Her experience outside the classroom has been extraordinarily diverse; after studying abroad in Russia, Ukraine, and Estonia, she returned to Evansville and took up an internship with the Evansville African American Museum. This experience turned into a life plan, as she now intends to go to graduate school with plans to work for similar museums in the future.

Contributions to the Dain Garrett Merit Award are accepted by the USI Foundation.

Wendy Knipe Bredhold
News & Information Services

Abraham Lincoln’s Life and Legacy Symposium

Lincoln Bicentennial logo

Because of inclement weather, the date is rescheduled for Monday, February 23, 2009, in Carter Hall.

2009 marks the Bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln’s birth, and to commemorate the event, the College of Liberal Arts is sponsoring a symposium “Abraham Lincoln’s Life and Legacy”. 

This event has received official endorsement from the national Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission and is free and open to the public.. 

Download the program for more information.

Questions? Contact Dr. Tamara Hunt, email: tlhunt, 812/465-1202

Senior Seminar Exhibition opens in McCutchan Art Center/Pace Galleries

After many years at the New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art, the annual Senior Seminar Exhibition will be held on the USI campus. Featuring the work of 39 seniors, the exhibition will be held for the first time in the new McCutchan Art Center/Pace Galleries and run from January 20 to March 18. The art center opened to the public in September.

The seniors in this year’s exhibition are Whitney Arvin, Ryan Baxter, Kevin Berry, Daryl Booth, Clinton Bosler, Brittney Bowles, Josh Brewer, Susanna Brown, Ben Clarkson, John Cummings, Davina Curtis, Heather DeLonga, Jessica Dodd, Allison Dripps, Steven Edwards, Christian Ethridge, Bryan Greenwell, Rachel Hamende, Karla Hampton, Robert Hansen, Whitnee Johnson, Rebecka Jost, Courtney Kavanaugh, Rachel Keith, Michael Loegering, Elaina Lynch, Niccole MacDonald, Blake McDivitt, Daniel McVay, Ryan Morphew, Amanda Murray, John Raleigh, John Schartung, Rochelle Serra, Jeremy Sexon, Jason Southwell, Elizabeth Summey, Dawn Topper, and Lawrence Woodward.

An opening reception for the artists will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, January 25.

Michael Aakhus, associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts, said, “It’s a wonderful opportunity to showcase the work of our senior students after they’ve completed much of their coursework at USI and are able to share that as a group show with the rest of the arts community, as well as the campus community. These students have been through the graphic design, 3D and 2D programs. They’ve had the opportunity to take advantage of all the coursework and it shows up in the sophistication of their work.”

The McCutchan Art Center/Pace Galleries is open to the public and admission is free. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call the art center at 812/228-5006 for more information.

Wendy Knipe Bredhold
News & Information Services

Dr. Mary Hallock Morris: recipient of the Outstanding Teaching by New Faculty Award

M.T. Hallock MorrisDr. Mary (M.T.) Hallock Morris, assistant professor of political science and acting director of the Master of Public Administration (MPA) program, is the recipient of the USI Foundation’s 2008-09 Outstanding Teaching by New Faculty Award, instituted in fall 2006 by the USI Foundation and presented at the Spring Faculty and Administrative Staff Meeting in January. Morris is in her sixth year at USI. She will receive a $1,000 cash stipend and a faculty development grant of $1,000.

In nominating Morris for the award, a colleague wrote, “Saying that she contributes heavily to our department is understating her importance. She developed the majority of the courses offered in the MPA program and has taught most of these classes. Also, she provides critical components of the undergraduate degree in political science. In addition to her excellent teaching, Dr. Morris makes herself available for her students.”

A graduate of the MPA program wrote, “Teaching classes in Fundraising and Volunteer Management, Ethics in Public Administration, Leadership Skills, and Legal Aspects of Public Administration, Dr. Morris shares her insights, her passion, and her expertise while forcing the serious student to examine his or her own core values. She encourages students to step outside their comfort zones and strive for a higher level of academic excellence than a less enthusiastic educator might. Because of her active involvement in professional societies, she shares opportunities and provides guidance for students wishing to expand their experience by submitting and presenting papers at regional and national conferences.”

Morris, who teaches from 100- to 600-level courses, described her teaching style as “flexible.” “My philosophy changes depending on the type of class I’m teaching. I teach a 100-level class differently than a senior-level class, and I teach those very differently than I teach my graduate classes.

“With the graduate students it’s discussion-based. The whole point of graduate school is that students are supposed to be able to synthesize the readings and apply them. And in terms of the MPA classes, a lot of them have world experience. They bring in examples, we analyze them, and sometimes I’ve learned as much from the students as they’ve learned from me.”

She also teaches an undergraduate methods class entitled Political Inquiry I. “I teach the first part of the methods series every fall. It’s one of those tricky courses. You have students who are uncomfortable with doing research; they are accustomed to reading books and regurgitating information.”

During the 2004 election, she had the class conduct a survey of college voting on campus. “The students actually wrote and implemented the survey, crunched the data, and came up with results. One semester we did a content analysis of media coverage of elections. This semester was the biggest project.”

The City of Evansville commissioned a study on the efficiency of its Metropolitan Evansville Transit System (METS) through the Center for Applied Research (CAR). The study provided a service learning opportunity for graduate and undergraduate students, who collected data and public opinion on a number of public transportation issues, including availability of route information, hours of service, and routes.

Students in Political Inquiry I surveyed bus riders at the transfer station in downtown Evansville and rode the buses in order to take a census of riders and determine route usage. “They were really good. They approached people. We didn’t really have to prod them, they got into the project. And I think it’s because we talked about the fact that this was something they could do with a political science degree. Writing surveys, implementing surveys, and evaluating programs are marketable skills they can include in their resumes.”

Then there are students who are required by the University Core Curriculum to take an introductory political science course. “These are students who are not necessarily interested in politics. My overarching goal is to engage them. I don’t care if they are Republicans or Democrats as long as they have an opinion and it’s an informed opinion.”

To get them engaged, she brings pop culture into the classroom. “We talk about things we’ve seen in blogs, “The Daily Show” and “The Colbert Report.” We watch and critique popular movies. YouTube is a marvelous thing. We use YouTube to watch “Schoolhouse Rock.” We talk about how it’s too simplified. We analyze editorial cartoons.” She also has them play out a simulation based on the Cuban Missile Crisis.

A native of Montpelier, Ohio, Morris was raised in Birmingham, Alabama. In 1991, she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in communication arts from The Defiance College in Defiance, Ohio. After working as a newspaper editor for five years, she earned her Master of Arts in Community and Environmental Education from The McGregor School of Antioch University, Yellow Springs, Ohio. In March 2004, she received her Ph.D. in political science from Indiana University, after completing her dissertation on the politics of wetland loss in Louisiana and the Gulf of Mexico’s “dead zone.” Her dissertation was selected as one of two recipients for Indiana University’s 2004 Katherine C. Greenough Dissertation Award for best dissertation in political science.

Prior to coming to USI, Morris worked for Southern Mutual Help Association, a nonprofit organization located in rural Louisiana. She is the faculty advisor for the MPA Society and edits the MPA BYTES newsletter. Along with Dr. Chad Tew, associate professor of online journalism, she co-advises the College Democrats. In April 2006, she was named editor of the Indiana Journal of Political Science. She is past president of the Indiana Political Science Association and is currently serves on its executive council.

Morris received an Excellence through Engagement Summer Research Fellowship for 2006 to support her research on the public policy impacts of hurricanes Katrina and Rita. In 2008, she received Defiance College’s Alumni Citation for Academic Excellence.

Wendy Knipe Bredhold
News & Information Services

Dr. Nicholas Barron: recipient of the Oustanding Teaching by Adjunct Faculty Award

Dr. Nicholas BarronDr. Nicholas Barron, instructor in philosophy, is the recipient of the USI Foundation’s 2008-09 Award for Outstanding Teaching by Adjunct Faculty. The award includes a $500 one-time stipend and a $500 professional development grant.

An Evansville native, Barron has taught at USI for three years. He has a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Purdue University, a theological studies degree from Saint Meinrad School of Theology, and a master’s degree and Ph.D. in philosophy from Southern Illinois University.

According to Dr. Julie Evey-Johnson, assistant dean of the College of Liberal Arts and acting chair of the Department of Philosophy, Political Science and Public Administration, Barron typically teaches several sections of Introduction to Ethics, a class in the University Core Curriculum. “Thus he teaches exclusively in the Core. It is rare then that he teaches students majoring in philosophy. Given this, I am overwhelmed by the support his students gave when I told them I was nominating Dr. Barron for this award.”

One student said, “Dr. Barron is by far the best professor I have had during my two years at USI. He truly cares about each of his students and wants each one to excel and learn.” Others cited his “passion for the material,” “willingness to help,” and fairness.

Evey-Johnson said, “Over and over different students use the words passionate, knowledgeable, and fair to describe Dr. Barron, and they always add how much they have learned. Dr. Barron’s students admire him for the right reasons. They leave a required class wanting more.”

Humility is crucial to the philosophy and theology of St. Augustine, about whom Barron wrote his dissertation. It also is a significant idea in Barron’s life. “You have to recognize that you can be wrong, that you are not the Alpha and the Omega when it comes to the truth. Humility is good in life, but it’s good in the classroom as well. You can be wrong, so why instill in students ideas that are fallacious or may be mistaken?”

Barron believes his students should leave his class in command of a set of facts. “To be an educated person presumes a few things. From my class, and from my field, it presumes you know about Plato, Socrates, Aristotle, Homer, St. Augustine…when they get a bachelor’s degree they ought to be quote ‘educated’ and there are important things that will allow them to enter the cultural conversation of educated people. My exams are designed to make sure that minimally, they grasp a certain set of important facts when they are done with the course.”

He is determined that his students should leave his class better able to present ideas in a clear, coherent, and organized way. He encourages them to bring their papers to him in advance so he can read and criticize them in draft form. “I’m mainly interested in the structure, the form, the organization, and getting them to present me with an organized, fairly articulate, and clear thesis statement. And as they do that hard work, they become better and more proficient at it. Practically speaking, that’s what my papers aim for and I hope they take that away from the class.”

Barron describes his teaching style as “down to earth.” “It sounds naïve and simplistic, but I’m concerned with being just and fair as much as I can in the classroom. If they work and give me a decent effort, I try to structure the class so their grade will reflect that. If they make an effort, they learn something, and when they learn something then usually their grade reflects that. They’re happy and I’m happy because they’ve learned something.”

He said he also tries to treat students like what they are “whether they realize it or not”: adults. “They have decisions to make in life and in my classroom. Decisions have consequences. If they don’t come to class or don’t take notes, there are consequences.”

This is the second time the University has recognized Barron for excellence in teaching. He also is a recipient of the Dean’s Golden Apple Award of Excellence, presented annually by Dr. David Glassman, dean of the College of Liberal Arts.

Wendy Knipe Bredhold
News & Information Services

Faculty Award Recipients for 2009

Various faculty awards were announced at the spring Faculty and Administrative Staff meeting on January 5, 2009. Listed below are the Liberal Arts recipients.

Lilly Excellence through Engagement Summer Research Fellowship

Dr. Charles Conaway, Assistant Professor of English, will be working on a book manuscript’s introduction and a new chapter analyzing James Worsdale’s 1735 comic opera, A Cure for A Scold

Dr. R. Evon Hawkins, Assistant Professor of English, will be extending her dissertation research by exploring how or if her data could be replicated for students learning to write in the workplace as opposed to students learning to create academic prose. She hopes to present her work at the 2010 Conference on College Composition and Communication and for articles that could be submitted to peer-reviewed journals.

Additional recipients are:
Dr. Oana Armeanu, Assistant Professor of Political Science
Dr. Niharika Banerjea, Assistant Professor of Sociology
Dr. Yoon-Joo Lee, Assistant Professor of Communications
Mr. Garret Merriam, Instructor in Philosophy
Dr. Norma Rosas Mayen, Assistant Professor of Spanish

USI Foundation Outstanding Teaching by New Faculty Award

Dr. Mary Hallock Morris, Assistant Professor of Political Science (Read additional information...)

USI Foundation Outstanding Teaching by Adjunct Faculty Award

Mr. Nicholas Barron, Lecturer of Philosophy (Read additional information...)

Center for Academic Creativity Reaching Enhancement Award

Mr. Rob Millard-Mendez, Assistant Professor of Art, will be using the TEA funds to acquire new woodturning equipment for the woodshop.  The new tools will allow art students to safely create complex hollow turnings on the shop’s lathes.

Dr. Dominic Micer, Assistant Professor of English; Brianne DiBacco, Instructor in English; and Donald Moore, Instructor in English, in colaboration, will be using the grant to create a Living/Learning Activist community within the composition program with hopes that it takes force within the University.

Additional recipients are:
Ms. Patricia Aakhus
, Assistant Professor of English
Mr. Joseph D'Uva, Instructor in Art

Doug Hubbell, “foundation” of USI theatre, retiring

Doug Hubbell

For most of the 1980s, Dr. Douglas Hubbell, associate professor of theatre, was the theatre program at USI. Hubbell, who retires in June ’09 after a spring sabbatical, has designed, built, directed, and performed in more than 100 USI productions in the past 28 years.

At the retirement reception in November, Elliot Wasserman, director of theatre, said, “Of the 211 plays that have been produced by USI since 1970, Doug has acted in or directed, designed, built, painted or otherwise had something to do with 124 of them. That’s almost 60 percent of them and includes the first 10 years of productions when he wasn’t even here.”

Some were at New Harmony Theatre, where Hubbell designed and performed in the first USI production (Mass Appeal) in 1988, and others at Lincoln Amphitheatre, where USI presented summer theatre from 1989 to 2005.

In his crowded office on the third floor of the Liberal Arts Center, Hubbell is surrounded by scripts, photographs, and posters from past productions. He has more than 20 intricately detailed scale models of his set designs. His final set was a minimalist design for Waiting for Lefty, which ran through November 23 in the Mallette Studio Theatre. He plans to donate the models, along with technical drawings and prompt scripts, to the University Archives.

The depth of Hubbell’s experience in set design and construction is only exceeded by his knowledge of theatre history. When Wasserman interviewed for a position at USI in 1991, Steven Williford, former director of theatre, described Hubbell as “the most knowledgeable theatre historian he had ever known. There was simply no question you could ask him that he wouldn’t have an extensive answer to.”

Wasserman said, “Doug is a historian by education, but he can design sets and build models, illustrate programs, paint flats and drops, act, direct, and – in doing so – serve for years as the foundation of a program that will be forever in his debt.”

Hubbell’s whole family has performed on the USI stage. He and his wife Laura and children Liza and Sam all performed in the spring 1984 production of Bury the Dead. Laura Hubbell, who taught communications at USI for several years, memorably portrayed Amanda Wingfield in The Glass Menagerie. Liza, a USI graduate with a bachelor’s degree in fine arts, played Laura Wingfield. His father proudly recalls Sam’s leading performance in The Floating Lightbulb.

A few of Hubbell’s past roles include Otto Frank in The Diary of Anne Frank and Jacob Marley in A Christmas Carol at USI, Father Tim in Mass Appeal and Doc Baugh in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at New Harmony Theatre, and Reuben Grigsby in Young Abe Lincoln and Herr Zeller/Priest in Sound of Music at Lincoln Amphitheatre. “I’m Doug Hubbell some days and other days it seems I have morphed into a number of other characters,” he said at the retirement reception.

Hubbell grew up in Normal, Illinois, where he discovered a love of theatre in grade school. He earned a bachelor’s degree in speech and theatre at the University of Iowa and a Master of Arts degree and Ph.D. in theatre at Indiana University.

From 1968 to 1977, he taught scene design, introduction to theatre, theatre history, and western drama at the University of Evansville. He taught for a year at Earlham College and a year at Millikin University before joining USI, where he was charged with resurrecting a dormant theatre program that had seen many directors come and go since it was established in 1970.

Keeping the USI theatre program running after a break in continuity is one of Hubbell’s proudest achievements, along with designing and performing in the first New Harmony Theatre production and helping develop the Humanities program in fall 1988.

He’s seen the theatre program move from the Communications Department to the Department of Art, Music, and Theatre to the Department of Performing Arts. And in the last two years, he’s witnessed the birth of a program that has catapulted USI into an elite group of universities nationwide: the Repertory Project, which allows USI theatre students to perform with professional actors and earn points toward membership in Actors Equity Association.

In addition to his USI performances, Hubbell has been in demand as a film actor. He made his debut in Sacred Hearts, written and directed by Patrick O’Connor and featuring several USI theatre students, and had roles in Bar Types, Cupid, Novem, and most recently, Symbiotica, produced and directed by former USI theatre instructor Nick Faust.

In retirement, he’s willing to do more acting and designing if opportunities arise. His plans also include preserving videos of USI productions by transferring them from VHS tape to DVD. He’s considering starting an alumni newsletter for graduates of the theatre program. He also plans to spend time with his granddaughter and children, who live in Denver, Colorado.

December 5, 2008
Wendy Knipe Bredhold
News & Information Services

Congratulations to the winners in the 2008 Write Away Hunger Poem & Short-Short Fiction Contests

The Poetry winners are:

  1. Casey Blackmore, "Answer to a Child's Question"
  2. Shawna Rodenberg, "Leda"
  3. Kelly Robinson, "Crossing the Threshold"

Short-Short Fiction winners are:

  1. Susan Ryan, "Uncle Mountain"
  2. Melissa Cossey, "Frankie
  3. Kim Myers, "Letters to Freedom"

Those receiving Honorable Mentions are:

All entries are being considered for publication in the 2009 issue of The Aerie.

The winners were selected by Gary Fincke, director of the Writers Institute and a professor of English and creative writing at Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania. Specializing in creative writing, he teaches introductory and advanced workshops in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction while overseeing independent writing projects, practica, and internships for writing majors.

Contest entries and donations raised two full barrels of food for the Tri-State Food Bank’s Back-Pack—Food for Kids Program.

Madrigals helper: Bobbie Christie

Bobbie Christie
Bobbie Christie

Bobbie Christie’s phone will ring a little less after Sunday, November 23. That’s the reservation deadline for the 39th annual Madrigal Feaste, a reenactment of a 15th century royal feast combining period costumes, music from the USI Chamber Choir, and traditional food.

Christie is the senior administrative assistant for the College of Liberal Arts. Ever year starting November 1, a second phone line dedicated to reservations for USI’s “oldest living tradition” – as Daniel Craig, director of the music program, likes to call it – rings at her desk. She also takes mail and online reservations for the program, manages accounts, and plans the seating chart for each of the four nights.

In addition to her regular duties, Christie also serves as the staff liaison between the college and the Society for Arts and Humanities, which has events year round, and is coordinator for the College of Liberal Arts Honors Day.

A Wadesville, Indiana native, Christie worked at the University of Louisville for 20 years before returning to Posey County, where she found employment at Historic New Harmony. She moved between Historic New Harmony and the College of Liberal Arts twice before settling into her current position.

Christie was a fan of the Madrigal Feaste before she joined the staff of Liberal Arts. “A lot of the music performed in the Madrigal Feaste is medieval and renaissance music, which is my favorite time period,” she said.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in music history while working at U of L and was a member of the early music ensemble. Now she sings with the USI Women’s Choir. She’s never auditioned for Madrigals because of the time commitment involved, but she attends every year.

“Many people come every year because they love it so much,” she said, “and the students who sing in it love it, too. That comes across in the performance. They love what they are doing, and people appreciate the work they’ve done, and it makes everyone feel good.”

This year’s repertoire features two pieces Craig wrote as part of his research into traditional Irish vocal music: Oro se do bhea abhaile, an Irish battle cry, and Ye Sons of Men with Me Rejoice, an ancient Irish carol.

The menu includes salad, spiced cider, chicken breast, vegetables, bread pudding with rum sauce, rolls, water, tea, and coffee. It will be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, December 4; 7:30 p.m. Friday, December 5, and Saturday, December 6; and 6 p.m. Sunday, December 7, in Carter Hall in the University Center.

There is seating available on Thursday and Friday, but the Saturday and Sunday programs are sold out. Tickets are $32 for adults and $28 for children, students, and senior citizens. Group rates are available: call 812/461-5237.

November 21, 2008
Wendy Knipe Bredhold
News & Information Services

Criminal justice studies major approved

The Indiana Commission for Higher Education has approved a Bachelor of Science in criminal justice studies program to be offered at the University of Southern Indiana. The first degrees in the major will be conferred in spring 2009.

According to a 2007 report by the Indiana Workforce Development Agency, job opportunities in criminal justice fields will grow by 10 to 18 percent over the next 10 years, which translates into over 2,000 criminal justice-related positions in southwestern Indiana alone. The need for the program also was identified by the University’s 2007 Presidential Task Force on Workforce and Economic Development.

Dr. Ronda Priest, chair of the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice Studies, said, “The new criminal justice studies major is a great addition to our curriculum. I know the final approval couldn’t come fast enough for some of our students who are set to graduate with this degree in the spring.

“The community and administrative support has been outstanding. It’s allowed us to bring even more opportunities to our students in criminal justice studies and to the community. We’ve expanded our internship program, built a new Geographic Informational Systems lab, and added several new elective courses such as a policing course on discretion.”

The criminal justice studies program will accommodate at least four distinct student constituencies: students entering USI directly after high school seeking to enter the criminal justice field; in-service criminal justice practitioners seeking to advance their skills, knowledge, and careers; current USI criminal justice minor program students continuing coursework to fulfill the major; and students from community college law enforcement and criminal justice programs completing a baccalaureate program in criminal justice studies.

The Bachelor of Science in criminal justice studies will be comprised of 124 semester hours in three content areas: 39 hours of criminal justice studies and related courses; 51 hours of University Core Curriculum; and 34 hours of general University electives. The 39 criminal justice studies major hours are distributed as 12 hours pre-criminal justice studies required courses; 15 hours criminal justice studies major required courses; and 12 hours criminal justice studies elective courses. Subject areas covered in the required courses include corrections, criminology, law enforcement, and law adjudication.

New students will enter the program designated as pre-criminal justice studies majors. During their freshman and sophomore years, students will complete a series of required courses. To be admitted into the criminal justice studies major program, students must meet specific GPA and course completion requirements. Once admitted, students will be designated as criminal justice studies majors.

Employment areas for criminal justice studies graduates include police officers at the local, state, and federal levels and other law enforcement occupations; correction and probation officers; criminal investigators; legal assistants; private security; and related social service occupations.

November 17, 2008
Wendy Knipe Bredhold
News & Information Services

Liberal Arts students win horse show awards

ImageTwo University of Southern Indiana advertising and public relations majors participated in the largest single breed horse show in the world in Columbus, Ohio in October 2008. Tally Engler, Princeton, and Maria Schlumpf, Evansville, both earned honors and awards at the All American Quarter Horse Congress, which attracts more than 17,000 horse show entries and over 650,000 people in a three-week period.

Engler, a freshman, was named a reserve champion in the Youth Western Pleasure, placing second out of 115 entries. In the Western Pleasure class, horses are evaluated on manners and disposition. Engler said that judges look for an unruffled disposition, smooth way of going, and response to changing gaits. She won top honors in several other categories with horses, A Gift So Good and Ive Good Principles.

Schlumpf, a junior, was a finalist in the queen contest at the Quarter Horse Congress. She represented the Indiana Kentucky Illinois Quarter Horse Association. Contestants take a written test on their knowledge of American Quarter Horse Association rules. They also are judged on horsemanship abilities and personality in oral interviews. Schlumpf rode Engler’s horse, Ive Good Principles.

Both girls know each other through horse shows and have been riding horses since the age of five.

The Congress, established in 1967, is an event to showcase and promote the American Quarter Horse and educate horse owners about the care, training, and showing of horses.

Kathy Funke
News & Information Services or 812/465-7050

Andrea Hoelscher's photography exhibition opens at New Harmony Gallery

The exhibition “Interior: Photographs by Andrea Hoelscher” opens with a reception from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, November 22. The reception is free and open to the public and will be held in conjunction with the fall New Harmony Art Stroll.

The exhibition runs November 8 through December 27, 2008.

In the exhibition, Andrea Hoelscher explores how our unconscious shapes our memories of space and architecture. The artist creates images by digitally altering photographs, fusing ordinary and unusual structures such as walls, windows and passages. She constructs experiences for the viewer that are enveloping, coercive or even threatening. The viewer feels pulled inside an otherwise inhabitable and unreal space. In this way she is examining how people experience space and how that space is translated in our minds.

Hoelscher, instructor in art at USI, was born in Marashalltown, Iowa. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Northern Iowa, and her Master of Fine Arts degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has exhibited in solo exhibitions in Virginia, New York City, Boston, San Francisco, and Chicago as well as internationally in Berlin, Germany, and Poland.

She received a Fulbright grant to work in Berlin and a fellowship from the New England Foundation for the Arts. Hoelscher has taught at Columbia College, St. Xavier University, the College of DuPage, and the Massachusetts College of Art. She lives in Santa Claus, Indiana.

The gallery is located at 506 Main Street in New Harmony, Indiana, and is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. For more information call 812/682-3156 or visit

The New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art is sponsored by the University of Southern Indiana. The exhibition also was made possible through the generous support of the Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana, the Indiana Arts Commission, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Image is of 'Interior: Photographs by Andrea Hoelscher'

Erika Myers-Bromwell
New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art or 812/682-3156

Write Away Hunger, Poem & Short-Short Fiction Contests

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The Student Writers Union is partnering with the Tri-State Food Bank to feed the tri-state’s hungry kids.

The Back-Pack—Food for Kids Program provides easy-to-fix, non-perishable, weekend meals to school children, most at risk of being hungry on the weekends.  For the present school year, Tri-State Food Bank estimates that it will distribute 500 backpacks, 1,000 snacks, and 3,000 meals per week to at-risk children in the area. 

Please help this worthy cause by entering your best poem(s) or short-short(s) in the contest. 

How to Enter: 
Submit your best poems and short-short stories.  Your name, email, phone #, and address must be on your entry.

Length Limit: 2 pages (fiction should be double-spaced)
Entry Fee: one food donation per entry from the list below
Where:  Take your submission and entry fee to The Aerie Launch Party at 6pm Thursday, Nov. 13th in Kleymeyer Hall or give to Prof. Nicole Reid, LA 3049 by this date.


100% fruit juice in aseptic packaging
• 2% milk in aseptic packaging
• Oatmeal - Individual packaged servings
• Cereal bars
• Cereal bowls
• Pop-tarts
• Soup

• Peanut butter
• Fruit cups - shelf stable
• Microwave lunch cups
• Entrees - shelf stable (e.g., Lunchables)
• Small cans of vegetables and fruits
• Tuna salad kits
• Microwave ravioli, etc.

• Raisins
• Trail mix
• Dried fruit
• Crackers
• Applesauce

**Canned items must be pop-top**

Deadline:  November 13th
at The Aerie Launch Party in Kleymeyer Hall, LA 0101

Global Financial Panic Panel Discussion, November 3, 2008

Image is a poster for the Global Financial Panic panel discussion

7:00 pm in Kleymeyer Hall

Between Friday, October 3, and Monday, October 6, the Dow Jones fluctuated more than 1300 points; closing below 10,000 for the first time in four years.  Since then it has dipped below 8000, and the US government has pledged a $700 billion rescue package.  World markets have mirrored the US markets.  

How has this crisis spread from the US to the rest of the world?   Are we in a global recession?  How will we be affected in Evansville?  How is this crisis different from the Great Depression?  To what extent have recent policies of deregulation caused the crisis or is it a cyclical, periodic crisis of a market system?   Is it over yet?  How long will it last?

Bring your questions to faculty from Economics, Finance, Political Science and Sociology on Monday, November 3, at 7 pm in Kleymeyer Hall. 

Dr. Mohammed Khayum, Dean, College of Business
Dr. Brian Posler, Assistant Provost, Political Science
Dr. Khaled Elkhal, Finance
Dr.  Jong C. Rhim, Finance
Dr. Daria Sevastianova, Economics
Dr. Sudesh Mujumdar, Economics
Dr. Niharika Banerjea, Sociology
                   Moderated by Dr. Oana Armeanu, Political Science

Sponsored by International Studies and the Political Science Society.

For more information contact Pat Aakhus at email: paakhus  465-7088

The Repertory Project 2008 season announced

New Harmony Theatre and University of Southern Indiana Theatre continue their nationally-acclaimed Repertory Project in 2008 with productions of William Shakespeare’s beloved romantic comedy, Much Ado About Nothing, and Clifford Odets’ stirring Depression-era drama, Waiting for Lefty. The Repertory Project season begins November 6 and runs through November 23 at the Mallette Studio Theatre on the University of Southern Indiana campus.

According to Lenny Leibowitz, artistic director of New Harmony Theatre and assistant professor of theatre at USI, “The Repertory Project will continue its mission of presenting two plays of substance and beauty in the classic theatre model of rotating repertory, featuring a company of professional Equity actors and USI's top theatre students. The national theatre community has taken note of this unique program.” The Equity acting company features Broadway and Rep Project veteran Phillip Clark, New Harmony Theatre veteran Eileen Ward, and newcomers Estes Tarver and Jerome Bethea. Over 40 USI students, including actors, musicians, designers, technicians, and theatre managers are participating in the 2008 Repertory Project.

Leibowitz said, “Much Ado About Nothing, a comic and poignant meditation on the risks and rewards of romantic love, is one of Shakespeare’s most beloved plays. At once sunny and soulful, it celebrates the little lies that bring the deeper truth to light. In the merry war of wit between Beatrice and Benedick, Shakespeare found his ideal lovers. Their courtship stands mount to all the ages.”

Clifford Odets’ Waiting for Lefty remains a seminal exponent of American social realism. The play unfolds during a heated labor meeting moving toward strike. Radical and rousing, this Depression-era drama is infused with the energy of social protest and the desperation of the common man struggling to defy the corporate machine. Elliot Wasserman, chair of the Department of Performing Arts, directs. Along with the acting company, he is developing a Living Newspaper to be performed as a prologue to the play. The Living Newspaper features stories taken from newspapers of the time performed by members of the company.

In addition to Leibowitz and Wasserman, the artistic team for The Repertory Project includes USI students Paige Scott as musical director, Brandon Sears as choreographer, and Amelia Dalto as assistant choreographer; USI Department of Performing Arts faculty members Doug Hubbell as scenic designer for Waiting for Lefty, Craig A. Young as scenic designer for Much Ado About Nothing and as lighting designer for both productions, and Shan Jensen as costume designer; USI alumnus Robert Dagit as sound designer; and Equity member Michele Fugate as production stage manager.

The Repertory Project is supported by the USI Foundation, the Office of Academic Affairs, the Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana, the Indiana Arts Commission, New Harmony Theatre, and the College of Liberal Arts.

Performances for The Repertory Project are as follows:

Waiting for Lefty will play at 7:30 p.m. November 6, 7, 15, and 20 and 2 p.m. November 16. Much Ado About Nothing will play at 7:30 p.m. November 8, 13, 14, 21, and 22 and at 2:30 p.m. November 9, 15, and 23.

Tickets for Repertory Project productions range from $8 to $18, with discounts for purchasing tickets to both productions. For more information about The Repertory Project, contact the box office toll free at 1-877-NHT-SHOW (648-7469), or visit

Amy Estes
USI Theatre/New Harmony Theatre
812/465-7110 or

USI Votes Early October 16-30

Indiana voters can vote early this year and avoid the lines on Election Day. The Secretary of State has called for Hoosiers to take advantage of early voting so that polls are not overwhelmed on November 4.

USI students can take advantage of Indiana’s early voting and catch a ride to the polls through USI Votes Early. USI faculty volunteers will drive van loads of USI students to the early voting location.

Here’s the USI Votes Early schedule:

Meet at the USI Labyrinth in front of the Liberal Arts Center.

Students can reserve a seat by signing up in Room 1010 on the first floor of the Liberal Arts Center or take their chances on a first-come, first-served basis. Students must be registered to vote in Vanderburgh County.

DO bring a valid driver’s license or state-issued picture ID. (Click here for details on Indiana’s voter ID law.)

DON’T wear or display campaign paraphernalia such as shirts or buttons.

USI Votes Early is sponsored by the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice and the SAC Club. Dr. Ronda Priest, department chair, said, “Our goal is to simply remove any obstacle from doing one’s civic duty and make voting for the first time easy and less intimidating. I honestly believe that once you start voting, it is addictive, and you will continue this good habit throughout your life.”

Faculty who would like to assist with USI Votes Early should contact Priest at rpriest or 812/465-1092.

Art educator: Joseph Uduehi

Dr. Joseph Uduehi
Dr. Joseph Uduehi works with a student during a Saturday Art Workshop.

Since joining USI in 1999, Dr. Joseph Uduehi, associate professor of art education, has brought art and art lessons to hundreds of children in the community through the Saturday Art Workshop he founded eight years ago as well as classes at the USI Children’s Center and in the community.

He has led classes at the Children’s Museum, Patchwork Central, and elementary and middle schools. In 2004, he worked with children in the Saturday Art Workshop and USI art education students to create a 4 by 16 foot mural at Tekoppel Elementary School. He also has lectured area art teachers about multicultural art history.

The Saturday Art Workshop for children 6 to 14 gives USI elementary education and art education students hands-on experience working with children in a classroom setting. “It benefits the students and the children,” Uduehi said.

He started the Saturday Art Workshop in 2000 with funding from the USI Foundation. Since then, the program - held in fall, spring, and summer - has sustained itself on fees.

He said most of the children are still within the developmental stages of growth, especially in the visual area. As they age, children progress through stages in their art work from scribbling to symbolism to realism. “We don’t teach art,” he said. “We create an environment for children to explore their creativity.”

Art is as natural to children as kicking, crying, and scribbling, he said, describing each as “an act of art.”

In 2006, Uduehi was awarded the Sydney L. and Sadelle Berger Faculty Community Service Award, recognizing a USI faculty member for distinguished community service to groups, agencies, and institutions.

Uduehi holds a Doctor of Education in art education and a Master of Art degree in art education and cinematography from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and a Bachelor of Art degree in painting and drawing and certificate of education from Ahmadu Bello University in Nigeria, where he grew up.

Uduehi has used his cinematography experience in his research, most recently to produce a video, “The Impact of Instruction and the Instructor in Art Education,” a case study of art education in Tri-state elementary schools shown at the 2008 National Association of Art Educators conference.

Before coming to USI, he taught at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois.

He met his wife Joy in a Christian fellowship group he led while teaching art education at the University of Benin in Nigeria.

Education is of paramount importance in Nigeria, where Uduehi said students are expected to attain the highest possible level of education. “Education is number one in Nigeria. Parents make you understand as a child that it’s very, very important.”

That expectation is evident in the accomplishments of the Uduehi children: daughters Esther, 19, and Elizabeth, 18, and son Joshua, 12. Both of the girls were outstanding students at Reitz High School and received a number of scholarships and academic honors. They attend Indiana University in Bloomington. All three of the Uduehi children display musical talent.

An American citizen, Uduehi returns to Nigeria from time to time, most recently in March for a memorial celebration for his father, who lived to be 106.

October 24, 2008
Wendy Knipe Bredhold
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Betty & “Zora”: English professor writes screenplay

Hart and HurstonDr. Betty Hart, professor of English, wanted to improve her dialogue-writing skills, so she sat in on Patty Aakhus’s screenwriting workshop. Aakhus, director of International Studies, has taught the course since 2002. It requires students to examine screenplays of others and write a full-length screenplay of their own.

“Patty Aakhus is absolutely inspirational,” Hart said. “It was good to learn from her teaching and see how she encourages students to produce a screenplay. For this class, their interest sustained them through 120 pages, minimum.”

After two years of research and a year of writing, Hart produced a screenplay, Zora, based on the life of Zora Neale Hurston, a Harlem Renaissance writer and anthropologist who wrote the acclaimed novel Their Eyes Were Watching God.

“Her life appeals to me because she was very independent, which is unusual for a woman of the 1920s,” Hart said. “She had her own opinions. During the Harlem Renaissance, most of the women didn’t speak up, but she was very much outspoken.”

During the research period, Hart devoured Hurston’s letters, short stories, and novels, and the major biographies of her life. With the help of a College of Liberal Arts Faculty Development Award, she attended the Zora Neale Hurston Festival of the Arts and Humanities in Eatonville, Florida, where Hurston grew up. Eatonville, the first incorporated African American community in the U.S., is the setting for Their Eyes Were Watching God.

Zora covers most of Hurston’s life, from age six until her death at 69. Hart said the most difficult part of writing the screenplay was deciding what to leave in. Finally, she decided, “Anybody’s life at any point is a metaphor for one’s whole life. I had to choose the episodes that would best represent the whole tenor of her life.”

Hart said writing a screenplay is a good format for creating a work, but also a good cause for doing research. “I felt that I had to be accurate, and a lot of times I used her actual words. It was important to her to acknowledge the craft of Black dialect, and I had to be true to the words she spoke in her life.” She is currently seeking the proper permissions from Hurston’s estate.

Writing the screenplay also gave Hart a useful teaching approach. “In African American literature class we read Their Eyes Were Watching God, and I showed a film version and had students take a part of the novel that wasn’t in the film and script it. They learned how the dialogue could carry the story.”

Hart said she plans to attend a workshop next summer to improve her screenwriting and learn how to market and sell screenplays. “I never thought I’d be this interested in it, but it is fun,” she said.

Hart joined USI in 1991. In addition to the African American literature class, she teaches rhetoric and composition courses, ethnic literature, and racism in America. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Howard University and master’s degree and Ph.D. from West Virginia University.

Wendy Knipe Bredhold
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Debate-A-Palooza on the Quad

Debate-A-PaloozaOn September 26, 2008, approximately 550-600 students, faculty, and community members gathered at the USI Quad for Debate-A-Palooza, a nonpartisan voter education program that brought citizens together to watch a televised debate and talk about what they learned.

Debate-A-Palooza was part of a national DebateWatch program sponsored by the Commission on Presidential Debates.  In 2004, nearly 30,000 citizens gathered at 400 locations across the U.S. to watch the debates; USI is the only Indiana school to participate in 2008.

“Debate-A-Palooza taps into the University’s mission to create better-informed citizens who live wisely and are responsive to community needs.  Debate-A-Palooza serves to assemble people as a community for public conversations, and to help us think of ourselves as united in voice rather than alienated and disenchanted," says Leigh Anne Howard, associate professor of communication studies and faculty sponsor of the event.

Held at the new amphitheatre, the event kicked off at 6 pm with live music by local band, deafmegan.  Students could register to vote or request an absentee ballot at a station staffed by The Shield and the Society of Professional Journalists.

The debate was shown on two jumbo screens. When the debate ended at 9.30 p.m., students in CMST 430, Seminar in Political Communication, led a brief discussion about the debate and the festival format of the event. 

“Some of us are fairly passive when it comes to the responsibilities of citizenships.  We are spectators or consumers rather than citizens active in public life.  Debate-A-Palooza is a program designed to get people—regardless of who they are or what they believe—involved in the political process, and to provide a forum for understanding diverse perspectives on central issues facing the American public,” said Howard.

This event was sponsored by the Communication Studies Program, Communication Club, APB, RISC Grant Program, University Core Curriculum, the Office of Academic Affairs, SGA, and the University Bookstore.

Lyons is winner of Joe Hulgus Golden Summit award

Image is of Jeff LyonsJeff Lyons is the 2008 winner of the Joe Hulgus Golden Summit award given annually to a non-full time employee who has given exceptional service to the Department of Communications.

The award is named for Joe Hulgus a volunteer broadcaster who hosted the “Big Band Review” on WSWI from 1983 to 1991.  

Lyons was the unanimous pick of the department’s full time faculty in recognition of the excellent service to his students and the department in his teaching of Radio/TV Performance…a required Junior level class.

Nino dominates the airwavesImage is of Kellie 'Nino' Orsby

By Lana Kunz, Student life editor
The Shield, September 24, 2008

Kellie “Nino” Orsby, the program director for WSWI 820 AM, has explored almost every aspect of the music industry.
He started during high school when he joined the rap group, Growing Up Violent (GUV). Since Orsby grew up on the south side of Chicago, GUV was an ideal creative outlet to express the frustrations of being a teenager.

“We didn't rap about bling and getting girls. We were similar to the old school  hip hop that was about story telling and emotional content.” says Orsby. 

His music experience has even opened up his current co-worker's perspective of rap. “I've learned to respect rap more from Kellie, as well as a lot about the record industry,” says Ben Weber, production director of WSWI.

Eventually Growing Up Violent ran its course after eight years; however Orsby's nickname from the group stuck. “Nino”, which he still uses as an on air name, is from the Wesley Snipe's movie, “New Jack City”.

Orsby received his first degree from Chicago State in computer science and had a desk job when he decided to take another chance on the music industry. In 2001, a friend of Orsby's decided to start a record label in Evansville and invited Orsby to be the vice president. Orsby moved down to Evansville and even though the record company did not pan out, he stayed in Evansville.

“The area wasn't right for a rap and hip hop label, even KISS (WKDS FM) changed from hip hop music to adult alternative”, says Orsby.  
Seeing it as another opportunity instead of a set back, Orsby decided to pursue the management aspect of music and enrolled in Ivy Tech Community College for business management. He transferred to USI and saw WSWI's advertisement for a weekend disc jockey. He decided to give it a try and worked up by taking any available shifts to his current position.

John Morris, the general manager of WSWI and media advisor, says, “Kellie is a great addition to the staff (at WSWI). He showed his dedication when he was a weekend DJ. Since he is older, he has more years of wisdom and knowledge to pull from. But he still is able to interact effectively with the younger staff.”

Orsby is currently on the radio every day of the week; he co-hosts the Way Too Early In The Morning show with Bolin on WSWI from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m.  throughout the week. On the weekend he hosts from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday on the local radio station WKDS KISS FM (106.1).

Although he is married with four sons, Orsby also finds time to be the on field announcer for the Evansville Otters during the baseball season.

As soon as the masters program is available for his field in 2010, Orsby may continue his education. In the mean time he plans to graduate in May of 2009.   

“I love music and I'm just grateful to have a job dealing with it.” says Orsby.

Graham & Dowhie: 2008 Artist and Arts Educator of the Year

Image is of Lenny Dowhie and Matthew Graham
Dowhie and Graham

The Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana acknowledged the accomplishments of two outstanding College of Liberal Arts faculty.

Matthew Graham, professor of English, was named the 2008 Artist of the Year, and Lenny Dowhie, professor of art, was awarded Arts Educator of the Year at a reception in September 2008.

Presenting Graham with the Artist of the Year award, Mary Jane Schenk, executive director of the Arts Council, said, “Matthew Graham is an exemplary poet who shares his own poetry, his knowledge of other poets’ work, and his expertise in writing and publishing with his students, his colleagues, and the public.”

Graham is the author of three books of poetry, A World Without End (2007), 1946 (1991), and New World Architecture (1985). He is USI’s director of Creative Writing, co-directs the RopeWalk Writers Retreat, and serves as poetry editor for the University’s literary magazine, Southern Indiana Review.

His poems have been published in many anthologies and in Harvard Magazine, Poetry Review, The Antioch Review, and The Missouri Review, among others. His poem “Delicate” was read by Garrison Keillor on National Public Radio’s “Writer’s Almanac” and another, “Greta’s Song” was read on NPR’s “All Things Considered.”

Graham is the recipient of an Academy of American Poets Award, a Pushcart Prize, a Maryland State Arts Council First Book Award, two literary fellowships from the Indiana Arts Commission, and a fellowship from the Vermont Arts Studio.

He holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Iowa Writers Workshop residency program at the University of Iowa, a Master of Arts degree from John Hopkins University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the State University of New York at Binghamton. Graham joined the University in 1984.

Presenting Dowhie with the Arts Educator of the Year Award, Schenk said, “Through Lenny’s encouragement, his students participate in numerous local and regional art shows and competitions. He encourages and assists many in pursuing acceptance into graduate school programs. Lenny is a fantastic teacher and an accomplished artist, whose work is constantly undergoing change.”

She continued, “Known for his extraordinary mustache, Lenny shows he is not intimidated by change, and he doesn’t mind making a statement but rather thrives on meeting the next challenge.”

Dowhie’s ceramics and drawings are represented in numerous national and international collections, including the Shigaraki Ceramics Cultural Park, Australian National University, American General Finance, and the Smithsonian Institute of American Art, Renwick Gallery.

Dowhie is a partner in Expressions of Culture, Inc., producers of International Exposition of Sculpture, Objects and Functional Art (SOFA) Chicago, Illinois; SOFA New York, New York; and SOFA Palm Beach, Florida.

He has served as a visiting artist in the U.S., Australia, Canada, Japan, Mexico, China, and Russia. He is the recipient of numerous grants and awards. Since 1978, he has been a member of the National Council on Education of the Ceramic Arts, serving as president and now as advisor to their board.

He holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from Indiana State University and a Bachelor of Art Education degree from Arizona State University. Dowhie joined USI in1978, after teaching at Nichols State University, Indiana University, and Kirkland College.

Dr. David Glassman, dean of the College of Liberal Arts, said, “The College of Liberal Arts is extremely proud of the accomplishments of Matthew and Lenny.  They are master artists in their respective avenues of creative expression.  It’s wonderful that the Southwestern Indiana Arts Council chose to celebrate their work,   an honor I believe well deserved.”

Wendy Knipe Bredhold
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Chief Justice Shepard presents Constitution Day lecture

Image is of Chief Justice Randall Shepard

Randall T. Shepard, an Evansville native and Chief Justice of the Indiana Supreme Court, on September 17 presented the annual Constitution Day Lecture, sponsored by the University Core Curriculum.

Shepard was appointed to the Indiana Supreme Court by Governor Robert D. Orr in 1985 at the age of 38. He became Chief Justice of Indiana in March 1987.

A seventh generation Hoosier, he graduated from Princeton University cum laude and from the Yale Law School. He earned a Master of Laws degree in the judicial process from the University of Virginia.

Shepard was judge of the Vanderburgh Superior Court from 1980 until his appointment. He earlier served as executive assistant to Mayor Russell Lloyd of Evansville and as special assistant to the Under Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation.

He also was trustee of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. He served as chair of the ABA Appellate Judges Conference and of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar. From 2005-06, Shepard served as president of the National Conference of Chief Justices. Chief Justice John Roberts recently appointed him to the U.S. Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on Civil Rules.

Shepard teaches periodically at the law schools of NYU and Yale.

USI’s McCutchan Art Center/Pace Galleries opens September 7

Scenes from the dedication September 7, 2008

The University of Southern Indiana’s Kenneth P. McCutchan Art Center/Palmina F. and Stephen S. Pace Galleries was dedicated September 7, 2008. It provides the space and accommodations for the Student Art Exhibition, student and faculty exhibitions, visiting artist exhibitions, traveling exhibitions, and Senior Art Seminars.

Dr. David Glassman, dean of the College of Liberal Arts, said, “Our Department of Art is arguably the best in the state of Indiana in undergraduate excellence and in the professional prestige of its faculty. And now it will have a first-class gallery for exhibition space, a learning environment for our students in curatorial and gallery management studies, and a new outreach connection of cultural impact to Evansville and its surrounding communities."

In addition to its educational mission, the McCutchan Art Center/Pace Galleries will assist the University in carrying out one aspect of its mission: contributing to the cultural awareness of southwestern Indiana.

The construction of the McCutchan Art Center is due in large part to a generous gift from Kenneth P. McCutchan, who died in 2002. One of the area’s leading historians, he wrote more than a half-dozen local history books. He painted for pleasure and collected the works of Indiana artists. His collection was one of the largest private collections of Hoosier art in Southern Indiana. During his lifetime he gave a large portion of his collection to USI for display and for use as a teaching collection.

Stephen S. Pace was a prominent member of the New York Abstract Expressionists. His work has been exhibited in the nation’s most important galleries and museums. The recipient of many honors and recognitions, Pace was awarded an honorary degree from USI in 2002. Pace and his wife Palmina retired to Indiana from homes in New York and Maine. A portion of their $1.5 million gift is establishing the Pace Galleries.

The McCutchan Art Center/Pace Galleries was designed by Sarah A. Schuler of VPS Architecture. It is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Image is of President Hoops being interviewed by campus students

Student media to collaborate on campus news coverage

This semester, the University of Southern Indiana’s three student media outlets – The Shield student newspaper, 820 The Edge WSWI radio station, and Access USI, the student-produced television news program – plan to share content and converge talents and resources on new radio and television programs, as well as on the Web.

The convergence program addresses the multitude of skills today’s communications professionals need. “Our students will need to know about print, audio, and video, and this will give them that opportunity,” said John Morris, instructor of radio/TV and WSWI general manager.

Erin Gibson, instructor of journalism and faculty advisor for The Shield, said, “We can’t equip every student with every skill, but we can teach them the flexibility they will need. Print reporters are now armed with video and still cameras. They have to tell stories in a different way. One of the most exciting aspects of the convergence of student media is that the students are going to learn from each other.”

The first program is Issues on the Edge, a radio show that fulfills WSWI’s public affairs mission as stated by the FCC. The first episode, a 30-minute interview with USI President H. Ray Hoops, will air at 8 a.m. Sunday, September 7, on WSWI. Hoops, USI’s second president, will retire in June 2009 after a 40-year career in higher education.

“It’s an honor to have Dr. Hoops as our first guest,” Morris said. “He truly understands the area of higher education and specifically where USI has come from and where the University is going as it continues to meet the higher education needs of the Tri-state.”

Issues on the Edge will air at 8 a.m. on the first Sunday of each month. Each media outlet will post video or audio of the show on its Web site, and The Shield staff will report on the interviews.

Impact USI is a new television program devoted to subjects of interest to students in which a roundtable of student media will interview a USI newsmaker or discuss a campus issue. Designed to increase student involvement, the program will air in lieu of Access USI twice a semester. Access USI is broadcast live at 9 p.m. Thursdays on Cable Channel 12.

“USI has strong opportunities in mass media for students and we are becoming stronger with these efforts,” said David Black, assistant professor of broadcasting and faculty advisor for Access USI. “This is just the start of what should be a permanent working relationship between our student campus media.”

The Dean's Golden Apple Award of Excellence 2008 Recipients

2008 Golden Apple Recipients
The Dean's Golden Apple Award of Excellence recipients from left are Wes Durham, Ronda Priest, Nicholas Barron, and Guillermo Latorre.

In the spirit of celebrating faculty accomplishment, Dean David Glassman began the tradition of annually honoring three full-time faculty at the Fall College meeting with a Dean’s Golden Apple Award of Excellence.

The 2008 recipients for the three areas are, for excellence in teaching, Guillermo Latorre, Ph.D., professor of Spanish; for excellence in scholarship, Wes Durham, Ph.D., assistant professor of Communication Studies; and for excellence in service, Ronda Priest, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice Studies, associate professor of sociology.

An additional fourth Golden Apple Award is presented to a part-time faculty member for excellence in teaching. The recipient this year is Nicholas Barron, instructor of philosophy.

Eligibility for recognition is not limited by rank, years of service, or type of appointment. The award signifies outstanding accomplishment in one of the three areas of academia and also acknowledges the unselfishness, positive attitude, and inspiration of the recipient to their work and our academic community. The award is commemorated by a golden apple and a stipend toward professional travel for that academic year.

Long-time staff honored

Support staff with long years of service to the University were honored at the annual Employee Recognition Luncheon on August 12, 2008.

Cheril Griswold was honored for 25 years of service to the University.  Griswold is administrative assistant for the departments of History and Psychology. Dr. David Glassman, dean of the College of Liberal Arts, said, “Cheril’s experience with USI over the years has given her the ability to readily adapt to our changing environment.  The only thing Cheril has not changed is her willingness to help faculty and students.”

David Huebner, art workshop supervisor, was honored for fifteen years of service.

Image is of Michael Dixon

Michael Dixon is Cooper Award winner

Enthusiastically endorsed by colleagues and students, Dr. Michael Dixon, associate professor of history, is the 2008-2009 H. Lee Cooper Core Curriculum Teaching Award winner. Focusing exclusively on teaching, the Cooper award honors a USI faculty member whose work in University Core courses has been especially creative and successful in furthering UCC goals.


Carter Graduate Studies Scholarship recipients announced

USI has announced the recipients of the Carter Graduate Studies Scholarships for the 2008-2009 academic year.  One of the recipients is Timothy Hart, Boonville, Indiana, Master of Public Administration, who will receive a $1,000 scholarship because of the generosity of the late Jennings D. and Josephine K. Carter. These scholarships, funded by the USI Foundation, are the first graduate scholarships awarded by Graduate Studies.

Art students display “Senior Series” work

Artwork by five USI seniors is currently on display in the Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana’s Bower-Suhrheinrich Foundation Gallery located at Innovation Pointe at 318 Main Street in downtown Evansville.

The “Senior Series” display includes a wide variety of mediums including photography, jewelry, functional ceramics, and paintings. Artists from USI include Clinton Bosler, Joshua Dodd, Brock Flamion, Nick Mason, and Amy Moore.

A public reception will be held on Thursday, July 24 from 4 to 6 p.m. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The exhibit will run through Friday, August 15.

Artwork from four University of Evansville students will also be on display.