Monday, December 05, 2005
Connect with Southern Indiana participants chosen
“The ultimate goal of the project is the enhancement of the quality of citizenship in southwestern Indiana,” said Dr. Darrel Bigham, director of Historic Southern Indiana and USI professor of history. “Strengthening participants’ critical thinking is the chief means whereby that goal will be pursued. Developed after almost a year’s discussion and review by an advisory committee of area business, civic, and professional leaders, CSI offers a distinctive collaborative effort between the University and the people of the region.”
The 2006 participants are Lana Abel, customer service specialist, Mead Johnson; Jay Baker, vice president/sales leader, German American Bank, Jasper; Jane Bender, coordinator, public programs, Princeton Public Library; Barbie Brown, executive director, Spencer County Chamber of Commerce; Linda Carney, coordinator, Aurora, Inc. (formerly Evansville Coalition for the Homeless); Sally Denning, administrative director, Posey County Chamber of Commerce; Chuck Divine, human resources manager, Inwood Office Furniture Company, Jasper; Jacqueline Duncan, special projects coordinator, Lincolnland Economic Development Corporation; Sue Habig, human resources manager, Flexcel, a unit of Kimball International, Jasper; Janet Johnson, career coordinator, Career Services, USI; James Kamla, assistant professor of physical education, USI; Marc McNeese, executive director, Knox County Chamber of Commerce, Dorett May, volunteer, Mount Vernon; Christopher Middleton, agency manager, SCB Insurance Solutions, Rockport; Doris Mohr, assistant professor of mathematics, USI; Stacy Moore-Nolan, assistant director, Southern Hills Counseling Center, Jasper; Todd Mosby, executive director, Gibson County Chamber of Commerce; Lisa Nelson, economic development coordinator, Vectren; Marie Opatrny, assistant professor of social work, USI; Lacey Rains, executive director, Vincennes/Knox County Convention and Visitors Bureau; James Schmidt, vice president for Capital Markets, Old National Bank; Cynthia Smith, assistant professor of psychology, USI; Julie Walker, self-employed consultant, Evansville; and Dana Willett, media productions manager, Instructional Technology, USI.
They will participate in nine meetings, as well as some collaborative research between meetings, from January to September, 2006. Topics include an overview of program goals and structure; thinking critically and creatively; community overview; interpersonal influence; leading organizational development; project management in community organizations; skills practice and application planning; public skills; and program outcomes.
Each meeting will be coordinated by an instructional team comprised of facilitators, USI and other faculty, and community leaders. Locations of the programs will be spread throughout the region. The first and last meetings will be held in Evansville.
For more information, contact Dr. Bigham at 812/465-7014.