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Why the challenge?


If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you!

This Fall Semester, students will have the unique opportunity to participate in the “Renaissance Challenge,” encouraging them to meet new people and do things they have never done before with the help from faculty, community members and local organizations. 

The challenges this year include performing 10 minutes of stand-up comedy, calculating and reducing your carbon footprint, completing mental health first aid training and becoming a philanthropist. Each challenge includes resources and special events to inspire and inform students about their chosen challenge. For example, Lindsay Locasto, President of the Henderson Chamber of Commerce and co-founder of 7 Sisters, an opioid awareness non-profit organization, spoke to students about being a philanthropist and making a positive impact in the community.  

Each semester, students are asked to complete two of the four challenges and submit a self-reflection. When submitting a self-reflection, you have the choice between four options:

  • Narrate a Pecha Kucha VoiceThread or Slideshow
  • Write a Photo Essay
  • Design a Collage or Mixed Media Poster
  • Create a Short Video Essay

Students who complete four out of the eight challenges by the end of the Spring Semester will be invited to a recognition dinner in May where their projects will be showcased.  

For questions, contact Dr. Kristalyn Shefveland, Assistant Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, at kmshefvela@usi.edu.


Spring 2024 Events


For this challenge, you will be fasting from all forms of social media. During the time you would spend on these platforms, take a look at you: 

What is important to you?

What makes you uniquely you?

What are your strengths?

What do you do that makes you proud?

Who are you to others: sibling, friend, partner, child, grandchild, etc.

This challenge reflection can come in the form of journal entries, poetry, artwork, 

This can be done on campus or off campus.

On Campus Resources:

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
Orr Center, OC 1051
University of Southern Indiana
Evansville, IN 47712

Phone:812-464-1867

USI Public Safety           Phone:812-464-1845

Off Campus Resources:

Easterseals Rehabilitation Center

Phone: 812-471-4521

ymhfa@deaconess.com

Mental Health First Aid: National Council for Mental Wellbeing

https://www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org/take-a-course/find-a-course/

Public displays of comedy are older than Shakespeare. Humor fills our threads and social media video feeds. Come up with some good one-liners, stories, parodies, or observations to make your next gathering one full of hilarity.

Make your voice matter. 


Goals



Fall 2023 Challenges


  1. Pick a date. The first steps of planning any party should include picking a date. 
  2. Make a guest list. 
  3. Pick a dinner party theme. 
  4. Send out invites. 
  5. Plan your menu. 
  6. Choose your cocktails (or mocktails) 
  7. Find decorations. 
  8. Prep your place.

Guest Speaker - TBA

The CLA will host an environmentalist to discuss what a carbon footprint is, how to calculate ones own carbon footprint, and known ways to reduce your carbon footprint.

Remember Paul Bunyan, Sally Ann Thunder and Johnny Appleseed? These common tall tales were often told in elementary school and include great exaggerations and unbelievable elements that give the heroine or hero larger than life abilities to overcome a seemingly impossible obstacle.

This is your opportunity to write a whopper of a story.

Guest speaker TBA

Anyone can be a philanthropist: one who donates time, money, experience, skills or talent to help create a better world.

This challenge invites you to show a love of humanity.


Spring 2024 Challenges


For this challenge, you will be fasting from all forms of social media. During the time you would spend on these platforms, take a look at you: 

What is important to you?

What makes you uniquely you?

What are your strengths?

What do you do that makes you proud?

Who are you to others: sibling, friend, partner, child, grandchild, etc.

This challenge reflection can come in the form of journal entries, poetry, artwork, 

This can be done on campus or off campus.

On Campus Resources:

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
Orr Center, OC 1051
University of Southern Indiana
Evansville, IN 47712

Phone:812-464-1867

USI Public Safety           Phone:812-464-1845

Off Campus Resources:

Easterseals Rehabilitation Center

Phone: 812-471-4521

ymhfa@deaconess.com

Mental Health First Aid: National Council for Mental Wellbeing

https://www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org/take-a-course/find-a-course/

Public displays of comedy are older than Shakespeare. Humor fills our threads and social media video feeds. Come up with some good one-liners, stories, parodies, or observations to make your next gathering one full of hilarity.

Make your voice matter.