University of Southern Indiana
Connect With Southern Indiana Session

2019 Program

The 2019 Connect with Southern Indiana session will include residents from Dubois, Gibson, Knox, Perry, Pike, Posey, Spencer, Vanderburgh, and Warrick counties.  Those selected participate in a total of ten full day sessions including one overnight retreat over a five month period and are required to develop a collaborative project that will be presented at the conclusion of the program on May 3, 2019.

Who should apply? People who are interested in improving the quality of life in their community and their region, those who desire to develop regional leadership skills, those seeking to increase involvement, or those new to the area and are not yet active in the region.  A year's residence in the region prior to the start of the session in January is required.

Fees, Credits & Scholarships
The cost of the program is $1000 per person. The University of Southern Indiana covers half of the cost ($500) and participants or their employers are asked to cover the remaining $500. The program fee covers facilitation, meals, location rental fees, overnight accommodations, and all program materials. A limited number of full and partial scholarships are available. USI employees are eligible to apply for a fee waiver. Graduate and undergraduate credit is available.

Connect with Southern Indiana Application

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Please complete the above application and email to or mail to:

Leslie Townsend
Connect with Southern Indiana
University of Southern Indiana
8600 University Blvd.
Evansville, IN 47712

Due to the holiday, we will be accepting applications until November 30, 2018.

2019 Session Dates

Attendance at all 10 sessions is mandatory and applicants must indicate their willingness and ability to participate actively in all sessions, including tours, and complete out-of-class project work, which may require additional team meetings.

Friday, January 11 Warrick County
Friday, January 25 Spencer County
Friday, February 8 Gibson County
February 21 & 22
Posey County
Friday, March 1 Knox County
Friday, March 15 Perry County
Friday April 5 Dubois County
Friday, April 12 Pike County
Friday, May 3 Vanderburgh County

Sample of Previous Years' Projects

#Safebaby - 2018

The #Safebaby app is designed to educate new parents on safe practices. Widespread usage of the #Safebaby app will help save babies and lower infant mortality rates.

Get 'em Out of the Cabinet - 2018

This community-based opioid drop-off event will rid households of leftover or expired opioid prescriptions that could potentially be abused.

Progressive Benefits - Health Care Derivatives for Employees - 2017
This program utilizes human resource departments to facilitate the promotion and creation of employees’ advance healthcare directives. By teaming up with local employers to create advance directives as part of the new hire procedure, making these important future healthcare decisions becomes more routine, convenient and normalized.

Advance Directives (A Purr-fect Conversation) - 2017
Advanced Healthcare Directives can be a difficult topic to broach, so this program utilizes pets as a conversation starter. Bringing in animals brings comfort to the sometimes stressful process of making future healthcare decisions. In addition, including the pet’s future in the planning decisions will motivate owners to plan ahead.

Autism Structuring Device - 2016
For caregivers and physicians who treat those with Autism Spectrum Disorder, this product will provide them with the freedom and ability to create a structural environment for the patient. The Autism Structuring Device will combine sensory ques with a structured calendar and emergency features.

Caregiver Me Time – 2016
Organized and supervised by occupational therapy professionals, Caregiver Me Time aims to bridge the gap in services for caregivers. This is done in an attempt to impact both the health of the care recipient and the caregiver by addressing caregiver burnout. Caregiver Me Time provides valuable time away for individuals with intensive caregiving duties for personal, social and mental well-being through care recipient supervision services and optional group activities.

Ignite My Vernon - 2015
A 3D arts festival to reignite community pride in Mt. Vernon and bring in 3D artists from across the country.

KidGov! - 2015
A hands-on program to introduce government to elementary school children. Activities include mock elections and passing laws.

Volunteer Olympics - 2014
The Volunteer Olympics encourage collaboration between businesses and non-profit organizations to build volunteerism and boost employee morale through friendly competition. - 2014 is a free online service that allows users to volunteer their time, expertise, or money towards causes that are of interest to them.  Additionally, organizations and individuals can create their own projects and ask for help from others.  It's a great way to enable grass-roots efforts to bring people together and thus create better communities where neighbors find each other and help each other.

Heartland Heritage Baseball Trail - 2012
The Heartland Historic Baseball Trail was developed to create awareness and increase visits by tourists and locals to the significant historic baseball landmarks along the I-64 corridor in Southern Indiana and Kentucky. The trail showcases the rich baseball history that communities take for granted as well as revive the stadiums to be used for their purpose, entertainment as well as tools to learn about baseball history. Informational kiosks were installed at six location in southern Indiana and Louisville, KY.  Among the sites are Bosse Field in Evansville, IN and League Stadium in Huntingburg, IN which were both used as locations for the 1992 film A League of Their Own. Brochures highlighting the trail were printed and the Louisville Slugger Museum hosts an informational page on the trail on their website.  The project was funded through corporate sponsorships and kiosks were unveiled and dedicated in 2014.

Azalea Trail (Pike-Gibson Agricultural Tourism Project) - 2008
The goal of this project is to promote a highway trail of azaleas through Pike and Gibson counties, to encourage agricultural tourism throughout the counties and region. As a result of this project, a regional Azalea Trail was established, Mt. Vernon, Petersburg, and Princeton were recognized as certified Azalea Cities by the Azalea Society of America, and the Azalea Blossom Festival was established

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