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Faculty Development Awards announced

The recipients of the Spring 2012 College of Liberal Arts Faculty Development Awards (CLAFDA) are:

Dr. Susanna Hoeness-Krupsaw has been named Professor of the Year

Susanna Hoeness-Krupsaw Dr. Susanna Hoeness-Krupsaw has been named the Helen and Bill Sands Professor of the Year.

The award is given each year to a faculty member who exemplifies the highest-quality of teaching in the classroom, ongoing professional scholarship and/or creative work, and service activity; promotes and supports the importance of a liberal arts education to students and the external communities; serves as a role model and positive influence on students in the development of their liberal arts education; and demonstrates a positive attitude and enthusiastic commitment to their work and the USI academic community.

USI radio station staff members recognized for broadcasting achievements

Posted March 22, 2012 from USI News

Multiple staff members from the University of Southern Indiana’s radio station, 820 The Edge, have been recognized for their achievements in three student broadcasting competitions conducted by the Broadcast Education Association, the Indiana Association of School Broadcasters and the Intercollegiate Broadcasters System Competition.

The Edge Programming Director, Kayla McCarty (freshman, Indianapolis) was nationally awarded 3rd Place in the categories of “PSA/Promotional/Commercial” and “Air Personality” in the BEA Student Audio Competition.  Mitch Mullis (sophomore, Evansville),  Assistant Sports Director, received an honorable mention in the category of “Sportscast”.

 “I think Kayla has a lot of energy and does a great job of putting together a real personality-driven program. She has a lot of potential and should definitely break into professional commercial radio,” said a BEA judge.

In the Indiana Association of School Broadcasters Competition, Jeremy Lumen (senior, Evansville) and McCarty received first and second place, respectively, in the category of “Radio Spot Production” and Serena Jones placed second in the category of “Radio News Report”.

The Edge Sports Director, Michael Robertson (sophomore, Osceola, IN), also received an award on the national level, receiving first place in the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System Competition for “Best Sports Update”.

“It is such an honor winning that award, especially going up against some of the best college broadcasters in the nation,” said Robertson. 

“I am very proud of the accomplishments of the staff. They work extremely hard and I am glad to see that their efforts paid off. It’s such an extraordinary achievement for them all and a great way to end the year,” said The Edge General Manager, John Morris.

USI AmeriCorps pitching in to help Culver Family Learning Center

taken from WFIE 14 News, March 16, 2012

Students from USI AmeriCorps built new flower beds and shelving and did some gardening to help Culver Family Learning Center.

Jessica JonesJessica Jones is 2012 Alumni in Residence

The USI Philosophy Department proudly hosts the 2011-2012 USI Liberal Arts Alumni-In-Residence speaker, Jessica Jones.  Jones is currently the manager of the nonprofit, River City Food Co-Op in Evansville.  The Co-Op encourages sustainable living as well as organic and/or local foods.  Jones graduated in 2008 as the Outstanding Senior Philosophy Major with a minor in Gender Studies.  She will be discussing her experiences as a recent graduate of USI in a talk entitled, "Philosophy Outside Academia." Jones will provide valuable insights on working with nonprofits and the benefits of a liberal arts degree for students both in employment and in terms of personal enrichmnent. 

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The lecture will take place March 21, 2012, at 4:30 pm in Kleymeyer Hall.

Dr. W. Robert Connor is 2012 Distinguished Lecturer

W. Robert ConnorDr. W. Robert Connor will be featured Wednesday, April 11, 2012, in the 2012 Liberal Arts Distinguished Scholars Lecture Series. Connor, who has his Ph.D. in Classics, will speak on "Why Literature?: The Long Term Effects of Studying Languages and Literature". The lecture will take place at 6:00 PM in Kleymeyer Hall with a reception to follow in the McCutchan/Pace Gallery. The Department of Modern and Classical Languages has organized the event.

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Center for Social Justice Education welcomes Professor Michael Omolewa

The Center for Social Justice Education welcomes Professor Michael Omolewa who will speak Thursday, February 9, 2012, 5:00 pm, in ED 1101.

Omolewa is an Ambassador and Permanent Delegate of Nigeria to the United Nations, President of the 32nd Session of the General Conference with UNESCO, and Deputy Chair of the Governing Board of The Commonwealth of Learning. Other accomplishments include Deputy Chairman of Christ Redeemer's Bible College in London and member of the Board of Trustees at Babcock University, Nigeria, South Africa.

A "Meet & Greet" reception will immediately follow the presentation with light refreshments.

Faculty Colloquia Presentations—Spring 2012

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The Spring 2012 Faculty Colloquia Presentations schedule is
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Film schedule—Spring 2012

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The Spring 2012 Film and course schedule is now posted online
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Durham to lead Graduate Studies as interim director

Wes DurhanDr. Ronald S. Rochon, provost, announced the appointment of Dr. Wesley T. Durham as interim director of the Office of Graduate Studies. The appointment will be effective January 1, 2012.

Dr. Durham, who joined USI in 2004, is currently associate professor of Communication Studies and director of the Master of Arts in Communication program.  He has served as the director of the master’s degree program since its inception in 2010.

Dr. Rochon said, “Dr. Durham’s leadership in the communication graduate program offers a strong foundation for leading our central graduate office as USI prepares to conduct a national search for a new director.  Dr. Durham is well respected across campus and I look forward to working with him as we continue to build upon the great success of Dr. Peggy Harrel.”

Dr. Durham received an undergraduate degree and master’s degree at Western Kentucky and completed his Ph.D. at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Dr. Durham said, “I am very appreciative and excited to serve the University of Southern Indiana as interim director of the Office of Graduate Studies. I am honored to take over for Dr. Peggy Harrell who served as a trusted advisor to me and to the Department of Communications as we moved the MA-C program from theory to reality. I look forward to taking on this role at a time when USI is continuing to develop and expand its programmatic offerings in graduate education to better serve the needs of the region and the state.”     

Dr. Durham will replace Dr. Peggy Harrell who is retiring.

Liberal Arts student selected as Easters Seals' 2012 national adult representative

by Susan Orr, taken from the Evansville Courier & Press, November 22, 2011

On Monday, Easter Seals of Southwestern Indiana announced that Ben Trockman, 23, has been selected as the organization's 2012 national adult representative.

In this volunteer position, Trockman will travel around the U.S., including New Orleans, San Diego and Chicago, to speak on behalf of Easter Seals and the clients that it serves.

"It really is an honor and a privilege to do this and to be chosen," Trockman said.

After his accident, Trockman received several months of inpatient treatment at top medical facilities in Atlanta and Baltimore. When he was ready to return to the Tri-State, he and his family looked to Easter Seals for help.

The organization helped modify the family's home to make it handicapped-accessible. The group also maintains his high-tech wheelchair, which Trockman maneuvers using a mouth control.

Trockman also received physical therapy at the Easter Seals Rehabilitation Center on Bellemeade Avenue, and he still visits the center for sessions there twice a week.

Trockman served as the adult representative for Easter Seals of Southwestern Indiana in 2010, and the organization nominated Trockman for the national honor based in part on his local service.

"We've known for a long time that we had someone very, very special here," Rehabilitation Center President Ray Raisor said of Trockman.

"We're just delighted that he's been chosen to be a national representative for what Easter Seals can do."

Trockman is a junior at the University of Southern Indiana where he is majoring in public relations with a minor in radio and television broadcasting.

Aside from the chance to promote Easter Seals, Trockman said he's excited about the career-related experience he'll gain next year.

"I think it's really going to open up a lot of doors for me."

Recipients of the Fall 2011 College of Liberal Arts Research Awards

November 17, 2011

The Fall 2011 College of Liberal Arts Research Awards have been selected. They are as follows:

Pitzer receives Hoosier Historian Award

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

The Indiana Historical Society (IHS) will present its 2011 Dorothy Riker Hoosier Historian Award to Dr. Donald E. Pitzer, professor emeritus of history and director emeritus of the Center for Communal Studies, at its annual Founders Day Dinner on Monday, December 5, in Indianapolis. The Dorothy Riker Hoosier Historian Award is given annually to a historian who has made significant contributions to either the field of historical scholarship or the affairs and activities of the IHS.

Pitzer received his doctorate in 19th century social and intellectual history in 1966 from The Ohio State University. He joined the history faculty at the University of Southern Indiana in 1967, two years after the University opened. He directed its Center for Communal Studies from 1976 to 2007 and was the first chair of the History Department when USI became an independent state university in 1985.

Pitzer will appear at the IHS Holiday Author Fair with his new book, New Harmony Then and Now, on Saturday, December 3, at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center in Indianapolis. The book recounts the ideals and heritage of the Harmonist and Owenite founders of New Harmony, Indiana, and features the color photographs of co-author Darryl Jones.

In 1975, Pitzer was a founder of the Communal Studies Association (CSA) and served as its first president and executive director. The CSA, in 1994, granted him its first Distinguished Service Award, which was then named in his honor. He also has contributed to scholarly and intentional community-related publications, including America's Communal Utopias, which he edited in 1997.

USI′s Dr. Darrel Bigham, director emeritus of Historic Southern Indiana and professor emeritus of history, and William Bartelt, former adjunct instructor in history, received the Hoosier Historian Award in 2002 and 2003, respectively. The award has been known as the Dorothy Riker Hoosier Historian Award since 2005.

Exhibition features works from Lenny Dowhie and 21 former students

Lenny Dowhie
Lenny Dowhie

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

The New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art celebrates the career of Lenny Dowhie, USI professor emeritus of art, in the exhibition "All in the Family." The exhibition includes works by the beloved professor and 21 of his former students from the University of Southern Indiana and Indiana State University, where he completed his Master of Fine Arts degree. A reception will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, November 19, during the New Harmony Art Stroll.

The exhibition will mainly feature sculptural ceramic works such as "Tie a Knot and Hang On," a three-and-a-half foot ceramic figure which hangs precariously from the ceiling, by Deborah Ball '05 of Evansville, and "Black on Black" by Mark Shoenbaum '88 of Evansville. Curtis Uebelhor of Ferdinand will pay tribute to Dowhie in his mixed media sculpture aptly titled "Cult of Personality." Though most of the work is sculptural in nature, the exhibition includes oil paintings by Matthew Gehring '98, now teaching and working as an artist in Brooklyn, New York.

Also included in the exhibition are works by Stephen Herron '81 of Rockport, Michael Torre of Traverse City, Michigan, Nathan Etchison and Adam Egenolf '02 of Bloomington, Greg Byard '04 of Ukiah, California, Katherine Chandler '07, John Cummings '08, Harold Roberts '98, and Randy Skaggs '99 of Evansville, Carol Schnieder Fennell '90 of Evergreen, Colorado, Nick Mason '08 of Mt. Vernon, Nelia Kimbrough of Atlanta, Georgia, Georgia Startange of Watkinsville, Georgia, Joe Hicks '98 of Sebastopol, California, Nancy McCroskey of Fort Wayne, Mark Richardson of Indianapolis, James Watkins, of Lubbock, Texas, and Beth Overfield of Anderson.

The New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art 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 Sunday noon until 4 p.m. For more information, call 812/682-3156 or visit

This activity is made possible, in part, with support from the Indiana Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

Recipients of the Fall 2011 College of Liberal Arts Faculty Development Awards

The Fall 2011 College of Liberal Arts Faculty Development Awards have been selected. They are as follows:

Community of Scholars lecture addresses emotion regulation in children with ADHD

Paul RosenDr. Paul J. Rosen, assistant professor in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at the University of Louisville, will present the College of Liberal Arts Community of Scholars Lecture, sponsored this year by the Department of Psychology.

Rosen will present "Emotional Difficulties in Children with ADHD: It's Not What, But How Much and For How Long," at 6 p.m. Thursday, November 17, 2011, in Carter Hall in University Center West.

His talk will discuss ways in which poor control of emotions affects children with ADHD, with a focus on emotional and behavioral functioning. The talk also will review research on the development of emotion regulation problems in children, and discuss cutting-edge research on the development of programs to help children with ADHD learn to better manage and control their emotions.

The lecture is free and open to the public.

Rosen also will present "Emotion Regulation in Children: An Emerging Concept for Research and Practice," a lecture aimed at a student audience, at 11 a.m. Friday, November 18, 2011, in Couch/Renner Hall (Education Center Room 1101). The talk will review research on the development of emotion regulation in children, and discuss how emotion regulation problems are being addressed in science and practice.

A department in the College of Liberal Arts engages a speaker for the Community of Scholars Lecture each fall.

USI’s Student Writers Union is hosting a book fair at Barnes and Noble
—November 5, 2011

USI’s Student Writers Union is hosting a book fair at Barnes and Noble on Saturday November 5, 2011.  On that day, for anything you buy at Barnes and Noble (including café, media, and Nooks), Student Writers Union will get a portion of the proceeds.  Just be sure to mention Student Writers Union when checking out.  Student Writers Union will also get a portion of the proceeds from internet orders from 11/5-11/11.  The code for the internet book fair is 10586253.

On that Saturday, USI students will read their own works at 3pm and USI’s own Nicole Louise Reid will read her newest book So There at 2pm with a book signing.

Come out to Barnes and Noble on Nov. 5 and support USI’s literary community!

Steve Williams Dr. Steven Williams to present lecture as Cooper Award winner

Dr. Steven Williams, associate professor of sociology, is the 2011-2012 H. Lee Cooper Core Curriculum Teaching Award winner, and will present The Cooper Teaching Award Lecture, "Credit the Core, Create the Centered Self," at 3 p.m. Tuesday, November 1, 2011, in Kleymeyer Hall in the lower level of the Liberal Arts Center.

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. Williams teaches hundreds of Core Curriculum students in SOC 121: Principles of Sociology and GNDR 111: Introduction to Gender Studies each year.

In nominating Williams for the award, Dr. Stephen Zehr, professor of sociology, praised Williams for his success in engaging students in classes of 200 or more. "He meets this challenge through a diversified approach that substantively emphasizes a strong foundation in sociological theory and the development of what C. Wright Mills has called a sociological imagination. He brings information to students but also a very different way of thinking about the social world that complements other educational and everyday experiences."

A native of Canada, Williams holds bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Alberta and a Ph.D. from Carleton University. He joined USI in 2000.

He is a member of the Pacific Sociological Association, North Central Sociological Association, International Association for the Study of Popular Music, National Women's Studies Association, and Canadian Sociology and Anthropology Association.

The Cooper award is named in honor of H. Lee Cooper, long-time friend and supporter of USI. The award was presented at the Fall Faculty and Administrative Staff Meeting in August. It includes a generous stipend, a plaque, and additional monies for travel and related faculty development. Williams' name will also be inscribed on the permanent H. Lee Cooper Core Curriculum Teaching Award plaque on display in the David L. Rice Library.

Justin Law, editor in chief, shows passion for The Shield

Justin Law
Justin Law

As the 2011-2012 editor in chief of The Shield, University of Southern Indiana’s student newspaper, Justin Law brings experience and fresh ideas to the position. Law, a junior majoring in journalism, has been involved with The Shield since he was a freshman. He began working for The Shield as the online editor and was the opinion editor before being selected as editor in chief.

The son of Jodie and Lane Law of Morgantown, Indiana, Law attended Brown County High School, where, through a mentoring program, he began spending time at the local paper, The Brown County Democrat. The experience inspired Law to get involved in journalism.

"I remember my first column at The Brown County Democrat," Law said. "It was on how I thought standardized testing was nonsensical. I look back at that article and realize how much I′ve improved since then!"

This past summer, Law, along with Erin Gibson, advisor to The Shield, developed training sessions for all returning and incoming Shield staff and reporters. "Along with more investigative pieces and feature stories, one of my goals is to improve the quality of our articles," Law said. However, Law′s first priority for this academic year is The Shield′s web site.

"We developed a new site last year, and now I′d like to utilize it to get more news out to the campus community," Law said. "My goal is to have something new on the site from each section every day."

This summer, Law attended the Management Seminar for College News Editors at the University of Georgia-Athens, along with other editors from across the nation where he learned several lessons and gained knowledge about how to be an efficient editor.

"One of the most worthwhile lessons was that editors need to be coaches," Law said. "I am no longer fixing mistakes. I will try to coach my staff to become better, which in turn, will benefit everyone involved with The Shield."

Law would like to see The Shield evolve from an eight to a 12-page paper while he is editor in chief. To make this happen the paper will need more writers, which is why Law plans to recruit more heavily this year.

"I′m thrilled with The Shield staff," Law said. "And I′m looking forward to adding new writers. We′ve got new, amazing office space in University Center East and we need to use it to our advantage."

While Law is looking forward to the upcoming year, there are a few obstacles that he will face, one of which will be rebuilding burnt bridges across campus. "The Shield has had some relationships smolder for one reason or another," Law said. "We′re working to rebuild rapport with a few people. The Shield is a student-run paper. We′re here to learn, and sometimes we make mistakes."

To get involved with The Shield, download an application here, contact Law at 812/465-1682, or visit The Shield′s office in the lower level of UC East, room 227.

USI History Department helps local museum gain funding

The Evansville African American Museum, with support from the University of Southern Indiana, has received a $99,272 federal grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to strengthen programs, archives, and the collections of the museum. The grant was announced in August.

"Students in USI Museum Studies classes will participate in service-learning projects at the museum, and they will conduct outreach with local high school students on a historical geography project in connection with the museum," said Dr. Tamara Hunt, chair of the History Department.

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USI theatre majors given opportunities to gain professional experience

Ashley Reister
Ashley Riester,(right) junior theatre arts major, has trained for the last three years in the area of stage management. She's been given the responsibility of actively calling performances of Avenue X, overseen by professional union stage manager, Liz Reddick.

University of Southern Indiana theatre arts majors are encouraged to seek summer employment in their field of interest at professional theatres all over the world, one of which is USI's own New Harmony Theatre. As students return to the classroom after an adventurous summer, they bring different perspectives and share what was learned from the summer positions.

"New Harmony Theatre has been my home away from home for the past three years," said Ashley Riester, a junior theatre arts major. "In this time, I have been given so many opportunities to strengthen my abilities as a stage manager, but this year I was given the opportunity to call the cues for our musical, Avenue X, in preparation for my fall show, Rent. With the help of the Production Stage Manager, Liz Reddick, and the unfaltering support from my incredible cast and crew, I was able to call the show three times in the second weekend of performances. It was an adrenaline rush, but I had a blast! I've learned a lot, and I now feel ready to tackle Rent."

Riester's work in stage management for New Harmony Theatre and for the Repertory Project, has led her to earn credits toward membership in the professional stage union, Actors' Equity Association. Once Riester graduates, she will be well on her way to having the credentials to work at a professional theatre.

New Harmony Theatre recently ended the 2011 summer season with the a capella musical Avenue X, and preparations are already beginning for the USI Theatre fall productions of Shakespeare's R&J by Joe Calarco, running October 14-21, and Rent, with book, music, and lyrics by Jonathan Larson, running November 11-18.

Additional information about USI Theatre productions can be found online at For information about the Department of Performing Arts or majoring in theatre arts, visit

Play directed by USI theatre instructor explores soldier's battle to rejoin civilian world

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Taken from the August 4, 2011, issue of the Evansville Courier and Press, by Roger McBain.

Dennis Black, a veteran actor, director, and instructor in theater at USI, is directing the production of Tom Cole's "The Medal of Honor Rag," a play about a psychiatrist’s encounter with a highly decorated, deeply troubled Vietnam veteran suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. The performances are August 5, 6, and 7, 2011, at the Civic Theatre Annex.

Lynn Kinkade, a Veterans for Peace member who recently retired as Evansville Civic Theatre's managing artistic director, will play the psychiatrist and Preston Harris-Dunlap, a senior in USI's theater program, plays Dale Jackson, the troubled soldier in this production.

It is the first show for Stone Soup Productions, a new theater group Kinkade and Black recently created. Another USI student, Jeremy Brailford, plays a hospital guard. This play all takes place during Jackson's visit with a psychiatrist trying to convince him to open up and to continue therapy for what is commonly referred to today as PTSD (post-traumatic stress syndrome).

USI senior lands Los Angeles Film Festival internship

Adam Poulisse
Adam Poulisse

Adam Poulisse wanted an internship experience in entertainment reporting before graduating from college. He'd had experience as news director of The Edge, the University of Southern Indiana radio station, and he'd held an internship with the city paper. He'd even worked as a freelance writer. But the USI senior from Greenwood, Indiana, wanted experience in his chosen career field of entertainment reporting. His attempts to secure an internship with the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences were unsuccessful, but he pursued other openings.

Poulisse gained his coveted internship after applying online. In June he moved to California and served as a ticket intern for the Los Angeles Film Festival. It wasn't entertainment reporting, but the festival offered the opportunity to be in the city known as the Entertainment Capital of the World.

Students from UCLA, Occidental College, and other local post-secondary schools held most of the internships. Poulisse was the only intern from Indiana, and he was welcomed by the program's staff and other interns.

"I feel like I got my foot in the door, and I learned how a successful film festival is run," said Poulisse. "That will help when I host the Mayday Film Festival, a USI Filmmaker's Club event."

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Jennifer Guebert ‘07: USI and Otterbelle dance coach

Jennifer Guebert
Jennifer Guebert

Jennifer Guebert ’07 endures more than a tight schedule as a full-time employee at Deaconess Gateway, co-owner of a dance studio, and dance coach for USI and the Evansville Otters. It’s difficult for her to find time to sleep between practice, games, rehearsals, and her work schedule. “I’ve always kept busy,” Guebert said. “And I love what I do, so that’s a definite plus!”

Guebert’s been dancing since she was in the eighth grade in Steeleville, Illinois. She continued dance in high school and as an undergraduate at USI. After graduating with a degree in health services, Guebert became the assistant coach of the dance team and co-head coach in 2009. “It wasn’t a difficult transition because I had been the team captain for four years, so I was already in a position of leadership,” Guebert said. “What I found most difficult was going from being in the spotlight to a more behind-the-scenes role.” 

It takes a lot of organization to coach a dance team. Guebert has to reserve practice space, obtain team insurance, worry about liabilities, schedule meetings and practices, balance the budget, and look after the women on the dance team. “I didn’t realize how much went in to making sure everything happened,” Guebert said. “As a member of the dance team I just showed up to practice. It’s much more work to be a coach.” The USI dance team is involved in several fundraisers throughout the year, including dance clinics for area middle and high schools, as well as T-shirt sales.  Their most profitable fundraiser is the calendar the team distributes annually at home basketball games where they perform at half-time.

Not wanting to have too much free time, Guebert spends her summers at Bosse Field, home of the Evansville Otters baseball team, where she coaches and occasionally performs with the Otterbelles. Otterbelles are heavily involved in promotions for the Otters. The women dance before the games and interact with the crowd during promotions following each inning. “We help with the crowd contests and giveaways,” Guebert said. “It’s a great summer job. You meet a lot of interesting people and get to know the regulars.”

One of those regulars Guebert met as an Otterbelle coach painted a still life of her on the outside of Bosse Field. “He took a picture of me on the field in the yellow Otterbelle dress and painted it on the left side of the stadium,” Guebert said. But Guebert didn’t join the Otterbelles for the celebrity status. “I really love performing and baseball,” Guebert said. “So, for me, being an Otterbelle is a win-win situation!”

Guebert credits her time at USI for helping her with her coaching skills. “I learned from my dance coaches at USI how I liked to be coached, so I try to use that knowledge as I’m coaching my dancers,” Guebert said. “My wellness background has been a huge benefit as well. I know how important it is to keep the girls healthy. Without their health, we don’t have a team.”

USI faculty, staff, and students can catch a ball game and one of Guebert’s Otterbelle performances during the USI Alumni Association’s Night with the Otters Saturday, July 30. Tickets are $13 for adults and $6.50 for children ages 6 to 8. The cost includes a reserved seat ticket and picnic. Reservations are required by Monday, July 25. For more information on USI Night with the Otters, click here.

Sarah Harlan
USI News and Information Services
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Dr. Casey Harison
Dr. Casey Harison

Casey Harison named Director of Center for Communal Studies

Dean Michael Aakhus announced today, July 29, 2011, the selection of Dr. Casey Harison as the new Director of the Center for Communal Studies. Harison is a Professor of History.


Criminal Justice Studies major wins Evansville City Tournament

Taylor Merriss
Taylor Merriss

University of Southern Indiana sophomore women's golfer Taylor Merriss (Evansville, Indiana) finished first in the Evansville Courier & Press Women's City Golf Tournament, completing a two-day, two-round tournament one stroke in front of second-place finisher Meghan Perry.

Merriss, a criminal justice studies major from Evansville's Bosse High School, shot a one-under-par 73 at Helfrich Hills Golf Course on July 17, 2011, to open the tournament. She closed the tournament with a two-over-par 74 two days later to finish with a score of 147 and her first-ever tournament victory.

In 2010-11, Merriss ranked fifth on the team with an 88.1 strokes-per-round averaged through 17 holes. Merriss shot a 74 on the final day of the Great Lakes Valley Conference Championship last spring, her best 18-hole score of the season, to help the Screaming Eagles capture their first-ever conference title. She finished the GLVC Championship with a season-best 36-hole score of 153.

Dan McDonnell
USI Sports Information Assistant

Iraqi student to return to study social work

Shan Sherwan
Shan Sherwan

The University of Southern Indiana has awarded a full scholarship to an Iraqi student who participated in last summer's Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program (IYLEP) and wants to continue at USI. Shan Sherwan of Sulaymaniyah has been selected to study at USI and serve as a global ambassador to USI and the greater Evansville community.

Twenty-three Iraqi students lived and studied at USI for six weeks in summer 2010. The program included community service, classroom instruction, field trips and site visits, leadership training, conflict resolution, and cultural and recreational activities. (View a slideshow of images from USI's IYLEP program.)

After finishing a bachelor's degree in engineering at University of Sulaymaniyah this fall, Sherwan will pursue a bachelor's degree in social work at USI beginning in January 2012.

She said the scholarship is "a dream come true."

"I am really interested in social work and it will help me to make my community and my society a better place to live in," she said. "I am looking forward to learning more, seeing different things, and having new experiences. I am sure USI will give me all those things."

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