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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Connect with Southern Indiana accepting applications for 2012 class

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Looking for a way to meet new people and improve the quality of life in your community? Apply today to participate USI's 2012 Connect with Southern Indiana program.

A regional leadership program offered through USI's Center for Human Resource Development, Connect with Southern Indiana is an annual program open to Indiana residents living in Dubois, Gibson, Knox, Perry, Pike, Posey, Spencer, Vanderburgh, or Warrick county.

Applications will go through a selection process in which up to 24 individuals will be selected to for the program. Those who have a desire to develop leadership skills and become actively involved in their area are encouraged to apply.

Participants will attend ten full-day sessions between January and June and will have an opportunity to connect with residents, communities, and local and regional organizations. Members of the class will develop a collaborative project, which they will present at the end of the program.

"This program targets emerging leaders and those wanting to increase their citizenship skills and knowledge of the region," said Charmaine McDowell, director of the USI Center for Human Resource Development. "Participants sharpen critical thinking skills and become engaged citizens while working on projects that improve the quality of life in southern Indiana."

The University covers program expenses, including overnight accommodations, facilitation, meals, location rental fees, and materials. Participants will provide their own transportation to and from sessions and should have time in their schedule to attend sessions and work on projects. Since the program is free with limited openings, applicants must have the ability and willingness to participate in all sessions and out-of-class assignments.

One year's residency in the region prior to January 2012 is required to participate.

Individuals who would like to be considered for the 2012 program should complete and submit a Connect with Southern Indiana application by Friday, October 7. Additional information, including an application, can be found online at www.usi.edu/extserv/outreach/connect.asp.



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