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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Welcome Week includes second annual Day of Service event

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USI students offer their assistance at a Habitat for Humanity build site during last year's Welcome Week Day of Service event. This years Day of Service will take place on Saturday, August 20 and will include more than 15 community partners across the Evansville area.
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To kick off the 2011-2012 school year and help new students get better acquainted with the University, USI will offer its annual Welcome Week program from August 18 to August 24. For the second consecutive year, USI's Service Learning Program and the Office of Student Development Programs have coordinated a Day of Service event from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, August 20.

The Day of Service will include more than 15 service opportunities on campus and across the Evansville community. Projects will include organizing educational materials at Holly's House, yard and grounds work at Life Choices Maternity and Youth Home, organizing donations at the Newburgh Area Food Pantry, trail work on campus and Burdette Park, work on a home build site with Habitat for Humanity, and more.

"Participating in USI's Day of Service program gives incoming students a chance to get to know a small group of new and returning students and faculty while learning about the community and making a contribution," said Dr. Anne Statham, director of the Service Learning Program. "All the participating organizations are interested in keeping the students involved with volunteer opportunities throughout the year."

In addition, USI will collaborate with the University of Evansville who also will hold a Day of Service on Monday, August 22. The two universities will complete service projects at several Evansville locations, including the Evansville Rescue Mission, Tri-State Food Bank, and ARK Crisis Child Care Center.

For more information, including a complete schedule of Day of Service projects and other Welcome Week events, visit the Welcome Week web site at New students who are interested in participating in a Day of Service project can register online at the same web address.

In 2008, USI received classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as an institution of community engagement. USI was recognized in both categories: "curricular engagement" and "outreach and partnerships." The Day of Service program was designed for students to help carry on this legacy as they first enter the University.

Over 250 USI freshmen volunteered time to assist with projects during last year's Day of Service.

Companies and organization that are interested in becoming a community partner in future USI projects should contact the Service Learning Program at or 812/465-1203.

Additional information about USI's Service Learning Program is available online at

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