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Speakers Bureau

This guide, prepared to assist area organizations in planning programs and meetings, lists University faculty and staff who are available for speaking engagements. No fee is charged by the speakers.

An alphabetical index of topics is provided. Click on the topic to link to the name, title, phone number, and e-mail address of the speaker and a description of the speech(es).

Arrangements for a speaker should be made between the requesting organization and the speaker.

A PDF version of the USI Speakers Bureau allows you the opportunity to print a copy of this information.

The Alumni Speakers Bureau also is accessible online, providing a list of USI graduates who are available for speaking engagements.

If you experience difficulty in contacting a speaker, the News and Information Services Office will be happy to assist you.

Telephone 812/465-7050
Fax: 812/465-1096

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Topics - Click on the links below to access speaker information

Michael K. Aakhus
Professor of Art
812/464-1853 (O)

The Ancient Art of Mexico: an examination of Olmec, Aztec and Maya civilizations as well as lesser known groups
The talk uses slides that I have taken on the many ancient sites in Mexico and Central America.

Printmaking for the Artist and the Collector
Examples of historic and modern prints will be shown and examined for techniques used in their making.

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Susan Ahmad
Program Director of Occupational Therapy Assisting;
Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy Assisting
812/465-1178 (O)

Backpack Safety
Discusses the awareness of backpack use among children and safety measures to assist a parent in preventing back and neck injuries caused by backpacks.

Driving and Community-Dwelling Elderly Adults
As a result of the aging of the baby boomer generation, more older adults will be driving. Lecture discusses physical, societal, and cognitive problems present in the older population as well as some methods that a family can use in deciding when to talk to an elder about driving cessation.

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Juzar Ahmed
Academic Services Coordinator, Computer Center

How Computer Networks Work
Understanding various network standards and protocols and how they interrelate and work.

Using the World Wide Web
Understanding how the Internet works and how it can be used in everyday life.

Publishing on the World Wide Web
How you can publish on the Internet and make your presence felt in cyber-world.

ADA and World Wide Web
Publishing on the World Wide Web in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

People of India
History and various cultures of India

Indian Cuisine
A basic introduction to the foods of India

Understanding Islam
Principles and teachings of Islam

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Marvin Albin
Professor of Computer Information Systems

Protecting Yourself from Identity Theft and Other Internet
What are some of the ways you can protect yourself from identity theft? How do you become aware that your identity may be stolen. What should you do if your identity is stolen. What are some of the other risks from using the Internet?

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Niharika Banerjea
Assistant Professor of Sociology
812/465-7052 (O)

Globalization and Social Transformation
Examines the effects of economic globalization on communities worldwide.

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James H. Bandoli
Associate Professor of Biology
812/464-1792 (O); 812/985-2266 (H)

Animal Behavior - Why Animals Do What They Do
Several examples will be used to show how animal behavior is studied, and discussion will examine how these studies reveal why animals behave the way they do.

Evolution, Creation and the Nature of Science
A brief review of the history of these perspectives, arguing that while each has its own domain of explanatory power, only evolution is acceptable as a scientific explanation.

Why Nothing in Biology Makes Sense Except in the Light of Evolution
Considering the roles played by facts and theories in science, the speaker will explain why evolutionary theory provides the only consistent framework that allows us to explain why life on earth is the way that it is.

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Jeanne Barnett
Professor of Biology
812/465-1642 (O)

Emerging Infectious Diseases
This talk will present information about infections of concern. The diseases presented are considered emerging infections - ones that have not been commonly seen.

The Life of a Virus
This talk will present basic information about viruses and how they replicate. Included will be information about the current concerns on the avian influenza.

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G. Michael Barton
Adjunct Instructor of Health Professions
270/825-4354 (H)
270/825-6635 (O)

What Happens When the Harassment Becomes Personal?
Focuses on the impact of personal harassment in the workplace. How to identify workplace bullies will be discussed at length.

Developing Excellent Communication Skills
The seminar examines how to improve verbal and nonverbal communication. The power of active listening is discussed along with listening tips.

Turning Conflict Into Agreement Opportunities
The different conflict styles will be identified. Positive and negative conflict will be discussed. How to use "agreement management" skills to avoid conflict in the first place.

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David A. Bower
Associate Director of Development for Planned Giving
812/465-7039 (O)

Communication/Listening Skills
Speaker facilitates interactive sessions with audience on developing listening skills and one-on-one communication skills

Oral Interpretation
Discussion on the art of oral interpretation in general and how it can be used in reading literature, poetry, and sacred scripture.

Speaker traces the history and spread of Christianity from the birth of Christ to present day, and the relationship of Church and State throughout the centuries.

Speaker examines concept of total stewardship of life - how to be a good steward of the earth and its resources; relationships; personal talents; health; time; money.

Speaker examines history of the role of money and world religions, especially Christianity.

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Hilary Braysmith
Associate Professor of Art History
812/464-1740 (O)

Ancient Art

Early Christian and Medieval Art

German Art

Modern and Contemporary Art

Mural Art

Public Art

Renaissance Art

Sports Art

Women and Minority Artists

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Linda Cleek
Director of Continuing Education
812/464-1932 (O)

Lifelong Learning at USI
An overview of learning opportunities, credit and noncredit, for all ages and interests.

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Gael Cooper
Professor of of Public Relations
812/465-7136 (O)

Planning for a Crisis: Public Relations and Crisis Communication
Organizations often fail to anticipate what they can and should do in a crisis. People need to know what to do before a crisis occurs, not wait until things are in motion.

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Nadine Coudret
Dean, Professor of Nursing
812/465-1151 (O)

Lifestyle Choices of Nursing and Health Professions Students
Reports on a research study involving 500 area nursing and health professions students in relationship to alcohol, drugs, exercise, and nutrition practices.

Health Enhancements via the Internet
Presentation provides overview of how the Internet can help make informed decisions about an individuals health care. Selected Health Related Internet sites are discussed.

The Impact of Technology on Health Care Education
Provides an overview of how the Internet and PDA's are changing the basic and continuing education of health professionals.

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David Cousert
Chair, Department of Social Work
812/431-8888 (H) 812/464-1951 (O)

The Impact of Divorce on the Individual
This presentation will cover the overall impact of divorce on individuals.

Fatherhood Issues
This presentation looks at the issues surrounding parenting as a single father.

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Cindy DeLoney-Marino
Assistant professor of Biology
812/461-5373 (O)

Conversations Between Bacterium and Squid: Studying the Symbiotic Relationship Between the Hawaiian Bobtail Squid and Vibrio fischeri
This is a talk outlining my research on the bioluminescent bacterium V. fischeri and the role chemotaxis plays in the symbiosis.

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Joseph A. DiPietro
Associate Professor of Geology
812/963-5421 (H) 812/465-7041(O)

An Excursion Through the Western Himalaya of Pakistan
A slide show featuring the landscape, culture, and geology of mountainous northern Pakistan. Included are visits to remote mountain villages, tribal areas along the Afghanistan border, and some of the highest mountains on Earth.

The Mountains of Colorado
A slide show featuring the landscape, geography, and geology of Colorado.

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Paul K. Doss
Chair, Geology and Physics Department;
Associate Professor of Geology
812/465-7132 (O)

A Geologist's View of the Rocky Mountains
A look at the landscapes of the Rocky Mountain West and the Earth history that they describe.

Encountering Yellowstone National Park
A look at the natural and cultural features of the world's first national park. Featured are the unique natural resources and the challenges of managing public visitation.

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B. Renée Dugger
Instructor in Nursing
812/461-5241 (O)

Therapeutic Humor
Various presentations using humor in a therapeutic manner (professional and lay audiences). Speaker has presented to women's groups, support groups, professional groups, varying the type of content based on the need of the group. The central theme is use of humor in a healthful or therapeutic manner.

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Abbas Foroughi
Professor of Information Systems
812/473-0767 (H) 812/465-1667 (O)

Streamlining Supply Chain Management with e-Business

eProcurement: Extending eSupply Chain Benefits to MRO

e-Business Major Curriculum Development: Filling Local Industry's Technology Gap

Digital Rights Management

Impact of eBusiness on Brick and Mortar Companies

Mobile Business and it's Impact on Everyday Business Activities

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Vella Goebel
Assistant Professor of Teacher Education

Teacher in-service workshops on plagiarism and differentiates instruction

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Scott Gordon
Dean, Pott College of Science and Engineering
812/465-7137 (O)

A View of the Fungal World
This presentation looks at the amazing variety of fungi and discusses the importance and role of some of the more commonly found fungi in our area.

Current Trends in the Use of Modern Technology in the Classroom
This presentation will focus on the multitude of modern instructional tools available to educators. Currently, educators have an abundant array of options. This presentation will look at various tools that can be used in traditional classrooms to the latest developments in distance learning.

Traditional, Web-Enhanced and Web-Based Courses: A Pedagogical Comparison
This presentation looks at the qualitative and quantitative data generated from utilizing various pedagogical approaches. A comparison of classes taught by traditional methods vs. traditional methods supplemented by Web-based tools vs. completely Internet-based courses.

Use of Web Course Management Tools to Complement the Traditional Teaching/Learning Experience
This presentation will look at the ever-growing number of Web Course Management tools and how they can be used in the traditional classroom to enhance teaching, learning, and interaction.

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Matthew Graham
Director of Creative Writing

Poetry readings

Conduct writing workshops

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Jason Hardgrave
Assistant Professor, History

Equal Justice: Female Criminals in Fourteenth-Century Venice
Overview of the legal systems of late medieval Venice, with specific reference to women as victims, perpetrators, and witnesses.

When Justice Lost Her Innocence
Analysis of the images of justice used in the Doge's Palace of Venice Italy.

The Hospitaller Knights of St. John of Jerusalem, Diverse by Necessity and Survival by Design
A comparative look at the corporate structure of the Knights Templar and the Knights Hospitaller, determining why one survived and the other did not.

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Betty L. Hart
Professor of English
812/838-1871 (H); 812/465-1669 (O)

Color, Caste, and Class
A paper dealing with "colorism," or color bias as it is portrayed by African American writers of the Harlem Renaissance.

Dust Tracks: Scripting the life of Zora Neale Hurston
Scripting the life of Zora Neale Hurston: about writing an autobiographical screenplay about a famous African American Writer.

The Marshall County Brawl
A humorous look at the world of community youth baseball

Update of the Digital Divide
Revisiting information concerning equity of access and use of technology by people of color.

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Jennie Hiam
Instructor in Nursing
812/479-7490 (H); 812/465-1170 (O)

Treatment modalities, related health education, how to see this as a normal body change in a woman's life, etc. Presented to women's groups in particular.

Sexually Transmitted Disease
Discuss the types, occurrence, associated problems, and effect on the individual and society in general. Presented in schools or to adult groups.

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Susanna Hoeness-Krupshaw
Associate Professor of English
812/464-1751 (O)

Women in Literature
A survey of famous women authors from antiquity to the modern era, including Sappho, Aphra Behn, and Virginia Woolf.

Canadian Literature: This is an overview of themes and ideas in recent Canadian fiction. The talk includes references to Margaret Laurence, Robertson Davis, and Margaret Atwood.

Doctorow's Families: This talk examines the work of American author E.L. Doctorow. Special emphasis is on the family theme in his novels.

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Emily Holt
Assistant Professor of Dental Hygiene/Assisting
812/464-5395 (O)

Periodontal Disease Awareness for Heart Patients
This presentation is geared towards heart patients who have previously or are currently undergoing treatment for heart disease. It increases awareness of the link found between periodontal disease and the increased risk for heart disease.

Nils I. Johansen
Retired Professor of Geological Engineering
(University of Alaska Fairbanks)
Advisor, Lecturer in Science and Engineering
812/465-1097(O); 812/425-6267 (H)

Alaska and the Frozen North
One fifth (20 percent) of the world's land surface is underlain by permanently frozen ground. The talk discusses permafrost, its impact on life in the North, and also the resources of the Arctic and Sub-Arctic (oil, gas, and gold).

History of the Use of Metals
How did they make bronze in the Bronze Age and iron in the Iron Age? Where do metals come from? How did they make tools in the past? And yes, there is a philosopher's stone that can change base metals into gold.

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Jan Kahle
Education Coordinator of Historic New Harmony
812/682-4488 (O)

General History of New Harmony

New Harmony and Elderhostel

Preservation in New Harmony

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Nancy Kovanic
Instructor in Management

Maintaining an Ethical Workplace
Kovanic, author of Lies & Truths, Leadership Ethics in the 21st Century, will present on how organizations can best integrate ethics in business practices and policies.

Lean Manufacturing: How to get Started
Kovanic has over twenty years of business experience working with teams and establishing lean manufacturing initiatives. This presentation will help those manufacturing organizations considering transforming their organization through lean manufacturing.

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Judi Kuric
Instructor in Nursing
812/465-1282 (O)

Developing a Worksite Health Promotion Program

Improving the Health of Your Employees

Managing Spasticity in a Chronic Patient Population

Managing Spinal Cord Injuries

Nurse Practitioners: Effectively Integrating Them Into Practice

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Sarah Maria
Instructor of Biology
812/985-3585 (H)

In Pursuit of the Sperm Whale: A Research Cruise Aboard the RV Odyssey
Maria acted as chief scientist aboard a 97 foot sailboat that is currently sailing around the world. While on her journey from Galapagos Isalands to the Marquesas Islands, she collected data and biopsy samples from sperm whales. The presentation includes photos and natural history of the Galapagos and Marquesas, what it was like traveling the ship during the oceanic voyage, and the life of an oceanographer.

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Rob Millard-Mendez
Assistant Professor of Art

History of puppetry

Importance of Contemporary Art

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John Morris, M.S.
Production Manager of WSWI; Instructor in Radio and Television
812/461-5201 (O)

Business of Broadcast Sports
Covers the area of broadcast rights fees for today's sport. This includes the impact the broadcast have had on those sports.

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Chuck Price
Professor of Science Education
812/464-1939 (O)

USI Bluebird Trail
Slides and information about the trail of bluebird houses located on the USI campus. Presentation educates and informs individuals about Eastern Bluebirds, their nesting habits, and the University's 40 box trail.

USI Natural Beauty
A slide tour of the natural environment of geology, plants, birds, and other small animals that can be seen on the USI campus and surrounding area.

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Ronda Priest
Assistant Professor of Sociology

Getting More From Your Survey
Explains the dos and don'ts of conducting survey research and common mistakes. Extensive use of examples.

Things We Don't Think About - The Sociology of Everyday
Examines the rules we follow each day that we are mostly unaware of. Geared toward younger (e.g. high school) audiences.

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J. Wayne Rinks
Associate Professor of Broadcasting; Program Director: Radio and Television

Obscenity and Indecency on the airwaves
A history of broadcast content regulation and the current controversy over indecent programming.

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Carl L. Saxby
Associate Professor of Marketing

Service Quality
There are five major elements used by customers to evaluate the quality of the service. The five elements, listed in the most common order of importance are: reliability (ability to perform the promised service dependably and accurately), responsiveness (willingness to help customers and provide dependably and accurately), assurance (employees' knowledge and courtesy inspire trust), empathy (caring, individualized attention), and tangibles (appearance of physical facilities).

What is Value?
Customer perceived value is the difference between what the customer thinks they received and what the customer thinks they gave up. There are four main categories of benefits and four categories of costs.

Who are customers and where are more of 'em?
Merely looking for more customers who look just like the customers already served usually isn't productive for firms/products that have been around for a period of time. Additional customers that come usually don't look or behave like existing customers for firms that want to grow aggressively.

SPIN Selling
SPIN selling is a structured questioning technique designed to uncover the customer's needs.  The questioning technique uncovers the benefits most sought by the buy and allows sales reps to effectively sell to the customer's individual motivation for buying.

Any area of marketing strategy or marketing research can be adapted as needed. 

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Lori Saxby
Reading Specialist in Academic Skills
812/464-1743 (O)

SQ3R: A Formula for Textbook Reading Success
Reading a textbook the same way you read a newspaper or novel just doesn't work. SQ3R is an effective, easy-to-use method for comprehending and retaining textbook information. It works because it makes you think about what you're reading.

Taking Notes the Cornell Way
The Cornell note taking method is an effective system for organizing notes into a valuable study guide. It promotes active learning and critical thinking for increased comprehension of class material.

The Three R's of Learning: Reduce, Rehearse, Review
To move information into long-term memory, students need to reduce the information, rehearse it through self-recitation, and review it through distributed study time.

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Kent W. Scheller
Associate Professor of Physics

"And Just Where Do You Come From-A Nuclear Astrophysics Point of View"
    - A talk on the formation of the elements in stars

"A Brief History of Science, or, Whose Turn is it to be in the Middle?"
    - A review of the debate over the heavens and whether the earth was
      at the center of the Universe.

Radiation Safety and Awareness
    - Training for radiation workers or just exposure to radiation principles.

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Todd Schroer
Assistant Professor of Sociology

Hate Groups on the Internet
Discusses use of Internet by white racialist groups to raise funds, disseminate information, and attract recruits.

White Power Organization, Moving to the Music
Discusses use of music to gain new and younger recruits to the racialist movement. Explores infiltration of racialists into new and different musical subcultures. Looks at benefits of music over other forms of communication in order to achieve movement goals.

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Jeff Seyler
Associate Professor of Chemistry
812/464-1923 (O)

Health and Environmental Pollution in the Tri-state
This presentation looks at types and sources of pollution in the tri-state and reflects on their influence on health. Cancer rates and breathing issues like asthma specifically are discussed.

Religion and the Environment
Discussion of our role to care for our bodies and the environment with some biblical references.

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Michael Slavkin
Assistant Professor of Education
812/464-1858 (O)

Accountability in the Schools: Public Law 221
In the past decades, public schools have come under fire as they are being held accountable to "leave no child behind." This presentation provides community leaders, schools, and teachers (those at the forefront of this debate) with practical ways that they can meet accountability requirements while still remaining true to the needs of students.

Effective Classroom Management: Preventing Violence in Schools
How can teachers and educators reduce the likelihood of violence and student disenfranchisement in their schools? This presentation works to assist teachers, administrators, and students in creating a community of learners, rather than focusing on punitive responses to poor student behavior.

The Implications of Juvenile Fire-setting
A review of the impact of juvenile fire-setting on communities. Discusses types of juvenile fire-setters, factors related to this maladaptive behavior, and implications of environmental issues at home and at school.

Service Learning
How can schools align curriculum with community connectedness and service?
This presentation provides hands-on practice at aligning the state curricular standards with the needs of local community agencies.

Standards-Based Practice
In the past decades, public schools have come under fire as they are being held accountable to "leave no child behind." This presentation provides principals and teachers (those at the forefront of this debate) with practical ways that they can meet accountability requirements while still remaining true to the educational needs of students. Standards alignment with currently-used lesson plans will be discussed.

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Eric P. Sprouls
Chair, Engineering Department; Associate Professor of Engineering
812/783-2215 (H); 812/464-1892 (O)

The New Bachelor of Science in Engineering Program at USI
An explanation of the program -- how it compares to "named" engineering programs and the engineering technology program.

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R. Brent Summers
Assistant Professor of Biology
812/465-1636 (H) 812/465-1636 (O)

Aquatic Biodiversity in Indiana
A lecture highlighting the biodiversity of stream and large river ecosystems within the state.

Aquatic Ecology of the Ohio River
A lecture discussing the Ohio River, its important habitats and ecological services and the general state of the health of the river.

Chad Tew
Assistant Professor of Online Journalism

The Urgent Need for Media Literacy in Our Schools
TV occupies a large part of our children's leisure time. From TV, they learn about our culture and how to participate in it. What are they learning? What's the best way to prepare them to be critical viewers?

The Urgent Need for New Media Literacy in Our Schools
The internet and video game are two important technologies that children are exposed to in their leisure time. These technologies are different from books and TV and require additional literacy skills. What's the best way to prepare them to be critical users of new media?

Digital Storytelling
People are always telling stories. More recently people have discovered digital methods for telling stories. What are these methods? How will it change the stories we pass on?

Identity Theft: A Reality Check
What you can do to protect yourself against electronic identity theft on the internet.

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Wendy Turner-Frey
Assistant Professor of Social Work
812/402-2785 (O)

Using Animal Assisted Therapy in your Practice
Presentation discusses the uses of animals in various helping professions.

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Lee Ann Wambach
Academic Programs Coordinator
Extended Services
812/464-1879 (O)

Creating a Personal Mission Statement for High School Freshmen
A 45 minute program that helps high school freshmen envision their graduation day, and make plans and commitments to be the person they want to be on that day. I use Stephen Covey's "7 Habits of Highly Effective People" and son Sean Covey's "7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens."

James Whitcomb Riley's Childhood and Poems
I present a 40 minute program about Riley's childhood, his career, and his poetry.

Should I Return to College?
A 30 minute program that describes the benefits and drawbacks of returning to college to earn that elusive bachelor's degree. A discussion of the new and different ways of completing coursework, new and improved teaching and learning tools, and how successful adult students balance time commitments to survive and thrive in college.

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Barbara Williams, OTD, OTR
Acting Director, Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy
812/461-5396 (W)

Housing Accessibility in New Home Construction
Making homes accessible for our growing adult population ensures optimal independence.

Health and Wellness in the Older Adult Population
Maintaining or recovering health and wellness in older adults to ensure prolonged independent living.

Spirituality and Wellness
The influence of spirituality on overall wellness. Spirituality as a source of motivation, strength, and a coping mechanism.

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