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Tuesday, September 02, 2008

USI kicks off partnership with Wesselman Nature Society at Howell Wetlands

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The University of Southern Indiana and Wesselman Nature Society have formed a partnership to collaborate on projects and programs at Howell Wetlands.

“Part of USI’s mission is to join with regional partners and contribute to the quality of life in southwestern Indiana,” said Dr. Linda Bennett, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs. “This partnership with the Wesselman Nature Society reflects that mission and offers a wonderful learning laboratory for faculty and students.”

Howell Wetlands is one of several areas managed by Wesselman Nature Society, whose mission is to preserve the natural resources in the Evansville area, provide environmental education experiences, and to promote the enjoyment of these treasures. Howell Wetlands is a 35-acre restored wetland located less than five miles from USI’s campus.

Dr. Scott A. Gordon, dean of the Pott College of Science and Engineering, said, “With only five urban wetlands in the state of Indiana, the Howell Wetlands area is a unique living-learning laboratory and educational gem. The development of the USI/Howell Wetlands partnership, the proximity of this site to USI, and the rich wetlands habitat will result in enriched scientific learning experiences for generations of students.”

Under its new executive director, Kim Meadors, Wesselman Nature Society is evaluating its master plan and will focus on broadening the exposure and access to the community’s natural treasures. USI will help Wesselman Nature Society in this endeavor through the engagement of faculty, staff, and students. In addition to providing technical expertise from the Pott College of Science and Engineering, other colleges and areas of expertise will be able to assist as requested.

For more information about the partnership, USI, or Wesselman Nature Society, contact Elissa Bakke, USI Center for Applied Research, at 812/454-8946, or Lauren Preske, Wesselman Nature Society/Howell Wetlands, at 812/479-0771.

Elissa Bakke
USI Center for Applied Research

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