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Del Doughty, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Liberal Arts

A Word from the Dean

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What's New at the College?

The Renaissance Challenge

We Challenge ALL USI students to think about being a person of many talents and expert knowledge in all walks of life. There's still plenty of time to complete the challenge before the end of the year!

Goals for the Challenge:

  • Lifelong Learning
  • Acquiring Practical Skills
  • Learning about different Cultures
  • Explore your Community
  • Global Awareness
  • Staying Informed

Check out the Spring 2024 Challenges!

The Communal Studies Association is 50!

We just celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the Communal Studies Association!

Dr. Donald Pitzer, Emeritus Professor of History and Director of the Center for Communal Studies was honored for his lifelong work with New Harmony and creating the Communal Studies program at USI. Dr. Pitzer was given a commissioned piece created by Katie Waters of the New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art.

Learn more about Communal Studies

Alum Spotlights:

Falen Bonsett

Class of 2006

Radio and Communications

Finalist for the 2023 NAB Marconi Radio Award for "Large Market Personality of the Year"

Dave Ryan with Falen, Jenny and Drake, KDWB-FM, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.

"I’m really thankful for my time at USI. I was so excited to get away from my “small town”, but once I arrived, I was quickly homesick. I’m so thankful I pushed myself outside of my comfort zone, took a chance on radio and truly shifted the entire trajectory of my life. I made the best friends, whom I was randomly placed with in a shared dorm Freshman year, and truly feel my life is where it is today because of my decision to go to USI."

Elizabeth Bowers

Education Coordinator in the Office of Institutional Equity at USI

Class of 2022 and 2024

BA in Communication Studies; MA in Communication ('24)

Presented “My Mother and Hers: A Dissection of the Communicative Evolution of Sexual Harassment in the Workplace” at the Organization for the Study of Communication, Language, and Gender conference in Norfolk, VA.

Their time at USI:

"I began my undergrad in 2018 and majored in Communication Studies my sophomore year, I took CMST107 with Dr. Young and gained an interest in Comm Studies, so I decided to major in it! I graduated in 2022 and expect to finish my MAC in December 2024."

Regarding their presentation, " I researched the parameters of sexual harassment in the workplace, then provided history, how communication surrounding and about sexual harassment in the workplace has changed over time, and what it will look like moving forward. I followed up this research with a poem I wrote recounting my family’s generational experiences of sexual harassment in the workplace."

Student Spotlights:

Emily Keelor

Class of 2024

Pre-Law minor, student investigator in the Cyber Crimes Unit at the Prosecutor's office

"I have learned so much in my time here at USI. I have a strong passion for learning and USI has fostered that. Education has been important to me my whole life and I am so thankful to be able to pursue that in a challenging and supportive atmosphere.

I am a Business Administration major and a Pre-Law minor, so when Dr. LaRowe sent out a message about the internship in the Prosecutor's office, I immediately sent over my resume. I give him thanks for recommending the position. This internship is going to put me in an environment to not only learn about policies, procedures, and laws within my community but also to be able to create connections. I am so grateful and excited for what is to come in my future! I hope this position is a stepping stone to a future career in law."

Lexi Reed

Education Coordinator in the Office of Institutional Equity at USI

Class of 2024

BA in Communication Studies; Minor in Gender Studies

Presented "The Key to Femininity" at the Organization for the Study of Communication, Language, and Gender conference in Norfolk, VA.

Their time at USI:

"I have gone through *many* majors and minors over the years, but Communication Studies was the degree path that allowed me the most flexibility for my future career and gave me the most applicable life skills in areas I'm interested in! I chose my minor in Gender Studies because it heavily overlaps with feminist and queer theories that I have massive passions for."

Regarding their presentation, "I landed on this topic after talking about gender expression, identity, and communication styles in one of my communication studies courses. I wanted to be able to express the variations and spectrum of experiences with femininity through a creative project. Once I started getting survey answers, everything began to flow together."

Featured Events:

Social Justice Activism Fair

12 p.m., Wednesday, November 8

UC Food Court

Discover how to get involved in social justice efforts through volunteer opportunities and info on upcoming events!

Learn more about organizations in the USI and Evansville community that are seeking social justice!

Learn More

USI presents the 52nd Annual Madrigal Feaste!

7 p.m. November 30, December 1 & 2

1 p.m. December 3

Carter Hall

The University’s most enduring musical tradition, the Madrigal Feaste showcases members of the USI Chamber Choir, who don period costumes and entertain with selections of old English and Irish Madrigals, folk songs and holiday choral selections.

Tickets: Patron of the Feaste: $75, Adult: $44, Student, Senior (Over 60), or Child: $36, Groups of ten or more: $36 each.

Get your tickets now!

Filling Empty Bowls For Veterans

11 a.m., Saturday, November 11

Barker Brewhouse

Look at all those bowls! Alisa Holen (AL), Associate Professor of Ceramics, has been hard at work creating bowls for the "Filling Empty Bowls For Veterans" event. If you donate $20 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. on November 11 at Barker Brewhouse you will receive a bowl and soup and bread from Shortstacks Kitchen food truck. Funds will help the Veterans Food Bank!


College of Liberal Arts Achievements

Michael Strezewski, Associate Professor of Anthropology, recently published a book about Harmonist pottery titled "Christoph Weber: Redware Potter of the Harmony Society."

Dr. Denise Lynn, Interim Chair of the History Department, recently published an article about the Wallace Riots in Evansville.

Mr. Robert Millard-Mendez, Professor of Art, was awarded 2nd Place at the 45th Annual Whitewater Valley Art Competition at Indiana University East. Jurors Erin Holscher-Alamzan, Jacinda Russell, and Dawn Holder reviewed 127 pieces of art and selected just 50 for the exhibition.

Ms. Yu-Li Alice Shen, Instructor in English, Original monologues by English Instructor and playwright, Yu-Li Alice Shen, are featured in festivals and anthologies this fall. “Starting Small”— about an increasingly stressed graduate student – will be performed at The PlayGround Experiment’s 5th Annual Faces of America Monologue Festival on Saturday, November 18, at the Marjorie S. Deane Little Theatre in New York City. Also, Viola’s monologue from Shen’s play, Magical Thinking, recently produced by Bristol Valley Theater in Naples, NY – about a woman grieving the loss of her husband and dog – has been published in the Smith & Kraus Best Monologues for Women 2023 anthology.

Dr. Jason T. Callahan, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, presented at the Southern Criminal Justice Association's annual meeting in Mobile, Alabama on September 13. He presented an ongoing project titled: Perceptions of Police Culture: Evaluating the Effects of Media Consumption on Higher Education Students.  Callahan is also working with a co-author in Virginia on a survey they are hoping to distribute to USI students soon!

Dr. Zachary A. Pilot, Assistant Professor of Psychology, got two articles published this year...

See more achievements from the College of Liberal Arts

Upcoming Events


November 3: 1st Undergraduate Psychology Research Conference

November 3: Artist Talk: Xinran Hu

November 3, 10 and 17: Friday Night in the Forum Film Series

November 8: Social Justice Activism Fair

November 10: Faculty Colloquium “From Mission to Congregation: Women Helpers, Conventicles, and Early Black Christianity.”

November 11: USI Ceramics and Barker Brewhouse presents "Filling Empty Bowls for Veterans!"

November 16-19: Exit Pursued by a Bear

November 29: Global Salon Series: Beyond the Degree (Virtual Event)


November 30, December 1-3: 52nd Annual Madrigal Feaste

December 1 and 8: Friday Night in the Forum Film Series

December 1: WLC Holiday Sing Along

December 5 and 6: Cookbook and Snacks in the LA

December 8: Faculty Colloquium "How to Read Medieval English Poetry"

December 10: USI Chamber Choir & Women’s Choir present “Music for the Feaste of Christmas”

See More Events Here