University of Southern Indiana
Wendy Bredhold, editor • 812/461-5259 • Brandi Schwartz, managing editor • 812/465-1192
Vol. 42, No. 13 April 13, 2007 In retirement, he said, “Mostly I want to exercise my freedom from a
required routine to pursue the sheer, unadulterated joy of learning.”
Retirees to be honored with reception April 25 “I remember standing in line at the Ohio State stadium in 1966 to
Eight retiring USI employees will be honored with a reception on receive my Ph.D. in history and saying to a fellow graduate, ‘Now I look
Wednesday, April 25. The formidable contributions to the University forward to the next 10 years when I can read just what I want.’ I'm still
of Yvonne Floyd, Sandy Hatfield, Pat Jordan, Shirley Kirk, Dr. Donald waiting for those years.”
Pitzer, Sherrianne Standley, Lois Stevens, and Dr. Susan Wolfe will be
He will pursue interests in cosmological philosophy (the nature of
celebrated at the event, to be held at 3 p.m. in Carter Hall in the
the universe) and biohistory, the impact of genetics upon human
behavior. He also has ideas for three novels and will continue his habit
University Notes tributes half of those employees in this edition, and of writing down daily aphorisms, which he’s done since the 1950s.
the rest in the April 20 issue.
Pitzer joined USI in 1967, after receiving a Ph.D. from The Ohio
Yvonne Floyd joined the University in 1989, doing processing for State University, where his concentration was 19th century social and
accounts payable. Later, she moved to the Bursar’s Office and worked intellectual history. He was the first chair of the USI History
with student loans, and from that position she became head cashier. In Department when it was formally established in 1985, and continued
1995, she transferred to the Athletics Department. She’s been with in that position until 1997.
Athletics as senior administrative assistant for 12 years, keeping files on
Pitzer came to USI with an interest in the Utopian communities
an ever-growing number of student athletes.
founded in nearby New Harmony, Indiana, and the study of commu-
Floyd was one of the first members of Staff Council (on which she nal societies became his life’s work to date, inspiring him to travel to
currently serves) and has served as president and treasurer of the about 100 communities all over the world.
Administrative Assistants and Associates. She recalls that in the early
He founded the Center for Communal Studies at USI in 1976. It
days of that organization, members held an annual fundraiser at Eicher
has served as a worldwide hub for information and a unique resource
for USI students and faculty as well as scholars, communitarians, and
“Everybody made apple butter in iron kettles, outdoors, and all of site directors around the globe.
the proceeds from the sale benefited a student scholarship,” she said.
He organized the first Historic Communal Studies Association
“We have an endowed scholarship now.”
Conference held in New Harmony in 1974. From this conference, the
She has served Athletics as employee and volunteer, helping with Communal Studies Association was formed in 1975, and Pitzer served
Varsity Club events such as the golf outings and Steak Fry’ n Auction, as that organization’s first president and was its executive director until
and staffed the booth at the Fall Festival. 1993. He was one of the founders of the International Communal
In retirement, she looks forward to sleeping in a bit, spending Studies Association, created at a meeting in Israel in 1985, and became
more time with her grandchildren, and traveling with her husband, its first president.
who has been retired for five years. One of their dreams is to take an He has contributed chapters and articles to many scholarly and
Amtrak across the west. community-related publications and edited America’s Communal
Since Shirley Kirk joined the University in 1997, she calculates Utopias, published by the University of North Carolina Press in 1997.
that she has taught Microsoft Office Suite to over 11,000 students. In 1994, Pitzer was awarded the first Distinguished Service Award
Kirk is computer application training coordinator for Management, given by the Communal Studies Association. The award was subse-
Management Information Systems, and Applied Computer Science for quently named in his honor as the CSA’s founder. The Center for
the College of Business. Communal Studies received the Donald E. Pitzer Distinguished
The class includes lessons in how to use Word, Excel, Access and Service Award in 2001.
PowerPoint, and is popular among incoming freshmen and nontradi- Pitzer will teach his last course before retirement on Utopia in the
tional students. second 2007 summer session.
Kirk began her career running a teen center and went on to work Dr. Susan Smith Wolfe, associate professor of German, retires this
in radio and television. She spent 25 years in the broadcasting field year after 23 years with USI.
before she decided to go back to working with young people. “I began
“I go with mixed emotions,” she said, “wanting to be a part of it
my career with kids and ended it with kids,” she said.
until the last drop. We have wonderful collegiality here in the depart-
I still see some of the students I had in my first class. I’ve been for- ment and outside the department. I’ll be popping in and using the
tunate in that I’ve had a lot of good students come through here.” library as I continue some research interests.”
In retirement, she is looking forward to spending time with her Wolfe earned a bachelor’s degree at Pacific University. She com-
husband and a new puppy, and traveling. pleted three advanced degrees — a master’s in French literature, a sec-
“I have a house that needs cleaning, and a yard that needs taking ond master’s in German literature, and a doctorate in German litera-
care of. Believe me: I’ll have no spare time on my hands.” ture — at the University of Oregon.
Dr. Donald Pitzer is one of the earliest USI faculty members and She also has studied at the University of Aix-Marseilles in France,
a leading scholar on communal Utopias and intentional community. the University of Tuebingen in Germany, the University of Bonn in
Germany, and the University of Quebec at Chicoutimi. Andrew McGuire, junior, accounting and professional services
Wolfe was the recipient of USI’s H. Lee Cooper Core Curriculum Jennifer Nelson, junior, elementary education
Teaching Award in 2005. She also has served as the University’s Rajeev Singh, senior, biology
Charlie Stumpf, senior, chemistry
Wolfe and her husband Dr. Donald S. Wolfe, retired associate pro-
fessor of German, have outlined some immediate plans for their new- Lacresha Williams, senior, biology pre-medicine
found time together after her retirement. Their first priority is to visit
their son and his wife and three children. Adam Wolfe is a first lieu-
Emerging Leader of the Year
tenant stationed at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. His unit has been called up
for duty in Baghdad. The Wolfes also have a daughter Alexia, who lives Abbie Balbach, sophomore, special education
in Evansville with her husband and three children.
In early summer the Wolfes plan a trip to their native Oregon, Robert L. Moore Scholarship
camping in parks across Canada and traveling down a few roads off the
Andrew McGuire, junior, accounting and professional services
direct path as they go. They will visit family sprinkled throughout
Washington, California, and Oregon on their trip.
In mid-summer, Wolfe will spend time on campus, helping the lan- Alpha Omega Psi Alumni Memorial Scholarship
guage department ready itself for a new chair. Kevi Baumgartner, senior, nursing and health services
The Wolfes will close the summer with a trip abroad for an immer- Lacresha Williams, senior, biology pre-medicine
sion course in Italy. Both are learning to speak Italian.
“One of my passions is to learn languages,” Wolfe said. “It pulls
you into the culture more quickly. You are free to roam anywhere once Student Organization President of the Year
you have the language.” Allison Czubik, president of Math Club and Student
After studying in Italy, they also will visit friends in Germany. Ambassadors
Student Leadership Awards held Student Organization Advisor of the Year
The Office of Student Development Programs held its annual Judy Deig, advisor to Alpha Sigma Alpha Sorority
Student Leadership Awards and Recognition Ceremony on April 11.
Applications for the awards were accepted until late March, and the Silent Inspiration Award
winners were selected by the Student Development Advisory
Committee, Student Government Association, and Activities Danielle Cundiff, Student Ambassadors
The 2007 awards and recipients were: Outstanding Campus Contribution by a Student
President’s Medal Finalists: Pre-Health Professions Club, for their Pre-Health Professions
Program of the Year
Relay for Life, Colleges against Cancer
Outstanding Student Organization
APB Staff Member of the Year:
Eric Braysmith, lecturer in Liberal Arts
Student Organization Academic Achievement Award
SGA Campus Key:
Professional: Mu Gamma Pi Math Club
Kristina Pelly, 2007-2008 SGA president
Service: Student Ambassadors
Special Interest: South Asian Student Union
All Campus Student Achievement Award
Lacresha Williams, senior, biology pre-medicine
For more information about each award, go to the Student
Samuel Bowles, junior, English education Development Programs Web site at
Vice President for Student Affairs Top Student
Leaders Award Volunteers are the heart of USI
Ashley Aber, senior, biology "Inspire by Example" is the theme for the 2007 National Volunteer
Hannah Anderson, senior, health services Week, April 15- 21. According to the Office of Alumni and Volunteer
Services, over 800 volunteers generously give their time to USI each
Samuel Bowles, junior, English education year. Since the Volunteer USI program began in 1996, volunteers have
Samantha Helfer, junior, health services and radiologic imaging given over 820,000 hours.
services Volunteers who have accumulated 20 or more service hours during
the current USI fiscal year (July 1, 2006 - June 30, 2007) will be invit- Eagle Outlook
ed to a dinner in their honor in September. This Varsity Club newsletter covers the first USI Athletic Hall of
A Volunteer of the Year will be selected to recognize extraordinary Fame members, and previews the Walk for Women’s Athletics in April
service as well as the number of hours volunteered. A new award this and the Varsity Club Golf Scramble planned in June.
year will be presented to the Student Volunteer of the Year to acknowl-
edge an outstanding student who has contributed significant service to
USI or within the community. Both awards will be presented at the Shield takes top honors in state press contest
dinner in September. The Shield staff won four honors at the Indiana Collegiate Press
For more information and a list of current volunteer opportuni- Association convention on March 31.
ties, go to the Alumni and Volunteer Services Web site at The Shield took first place in Best Stand-alone/Pullout Section for
www.usi.edu/ALUMNI/index.asp. the October 2006 Halloween pullout edition, which featured a spread
on the Day of the Dead Colloquium held last year, a haunted house
section and information about what campus organizations were doing
New column to alert readers to USI publications for the holiday.
USI departments and colleges publish a variety of newsletters and The judge for that category wrote: "Triple bonus points for origi-
post copies of the newsletters on the USI Web site. Some copies are nality … Also, wonderful job featuring arts from different cultures. It's
published as Web pages and others are posted in PDF format. interesting to look at art as a reflection of how a culture feels about
USI News Stand, a new column in University Notes, will alert read- death."
ers when new issues of these publications are available to view. With Julia Hunter, editor-in-chief of The Shield, placed first in the Best
the pace of change at USI and the variety of news in each department, Feature Story Category for "Afghan translator becomes new USI stu-
this effort will help readers stay current about USI news, features, and dent."
special events planned by departments and colleges.
The story featured the dangerous situations Ajmal Myakhel faced
Key publications that are published at USI are College of Business while embedded in Afghanistan as a translator for the U.S. military.
Reports, a newsletter from the College of Business; Connect Online, an
electronic newsletter for alumni; Eagle Outlook, the Varsity Club The contest judge wrote: "In a category with strong entries, this was
newsletter, In Harmony, a newsletter of Historic New Harmony; LA the best pure news story. Very interesting topic and good photos. Nice
Story, a newsletter of the College of Liberal Arts; Multicultural work."
Connection, a newsletter of the Multicultural Center; Reflections, the Hunter also took second place in the same category for "And hope
newsletter of The Planned Giving Society of USI Foundation; Synapse, grows in Brooklyn: A child's determination to walk defies medical pos-
a newsletter of the College of Nursing and Health Professions; Teacher sibilities."
Education, a newsletter published by the Department of Teacher
Brooklyn Sullivan, who was born with cerebral palsy and other
Education; USI Magazine, and Vista, a newsletter of Historic Southern
medical conditions, was told she probably would never walk, but she
began trying to move much sooner than doctors expected. Lambda
You can read the convenient online and PDF formats on your Chi Alpha had sponsored Sullivan during their annual teeter-totter-a-
schedule and when you are ready…at work, at home, or on the road. thon and raised $3,000 to help with her medical bills.
The USI News Stand column will link to digital editions when they are
The Shield tied for second place for Division II Newspaper of the
first published, so readers will get the most current news that is being
Year with the University of Evansville's newspaper, The Crescent. Last
sent to alumni, donors, friends, and opinion leaders.
year, The Shield tied for third place with the University of Indianapolis.
USI News Stand will run in University Notes on the weeks when
First place for Newspaper of the Year in Division II was a tie
new issues are published. We hope readers find this a helpful way to
between The Torch at Valparaiso University and The IPFW
stay current about USI people and programs.
Communicator at Indiana-Purdue University Fort Wayne.
Contact Kathy Funke, director of News and Information Services,
More than 45 college publications, including newspapers, news
if you have questions about this service. She’s at email@example.com.
magazines, literary magazines, yearbooks and online productions are
members of the Indiana Collegiate Press Association.
USI News Stand Patricia Ferrier, instructor in journalism, is faculty advisor for The
The spring issue of USI Magazine is online at www.usi.edu/news- Shield.
info/magazine/2007/Spring/magazine.pdf. Editor’s Note: This article appeared in the April 5, 2007 edition of
In the spring issue, you’ll meet Brad Ellsworth, USI’s first alum- The Shield.
nus in Congress.
You’ll read that more than $475,000 in private support has been USI Multicultural Education Seminar
pledged to a campaign that plans to raise $2 million in supplemental
The second annual Multicultural Education Seminar sponsored by
support for the new College of Business and Classroom Building. The
the USI Department of Teacher Education will feature a nationally
story introduces some of the donors who are supporting the effort.
known civil rights attorney and a leading educational theorist who
Preview the summer season of The New Harmony Theatre. The studies how conservative movements affect education policies.
2007 season marks the 20th anniversary with USI producing the
This year’s conference from 7:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. April 21 at
Evansville’s C.K. Newsome Community Center is titled
Learn about USI’s newest outreach service that initiated a study to “Deconstructing Epistemological Regimes: The Role of Race, Class,
help community leaders understand the impact of the Pigeon Creek and Gender in the Educational Process.”
Thomas Todd, former president of Operation PUSH (People
Meet the athletes who were inducted into the first class of the USI United to Save Humanity) and the Southern Christian Leadership
Athletic Hall of Fame are introduced. Conference Chicago Chapter, will speak at the noon luncheon. Todd
Popular news about campus and alumni round out the issue. was the first full-time African-American law professor at Northwestern
University, where he taught from 1970-74. He served as a lawyer in the In the radio category, USI student Kelly Orsby took second place
U.S. Army before joining the staff of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in in air personality; Ian Connor was third in news anchor, Ryan Nash
Chicago in 1967. In 1969, he established the first Civil Rights Office took second in news package and third in copywriting; and Eric
in a local U.S. Attorney’s Office. Todd speaks frequently on the topics Marcum took third in spot. The University won first place in the imag-
of civil rights and education. ing category. Two USI spots took second and third place in the video
Dr. Michael Apple, a critical educational theorist, will deliver the category.
keynote speech at 3:30 p.m. He is the John Bascom Professor of
Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Names in the news
His research and writing focus on the relationship between culture and
power in education. The second edition of his book Educating the In sympathy
“Right” Way: Markets, Standards, God, and Inequality was published in The University community extends sympathy to James DeWeese,
January 2006. In the revised edition, the publisher says Apple reflects lead maintenance mechanic in the Physical Plant, whose mother
on how many conservative policies and reforms have come to the fore- Margaret DeWeese, died on Sunday, April 1. Services were held April
front of education debates since the first edition was published in 4 at St. Matthew's United Church of Christ.
2001. These include No Child Left Behind, the increase in home
schooling, and debates on anti-evolutionism.
Among Apple’s other books are Ideology and Curriculum, The State
and Politics of Education, and Official Knowledge: Democratic Knowledge in Julia VanWormer has accepted a position as senior administrative
a Conservative Age. assistant in the USI Foundation. She holds a Bachelor of Science in
Sociology degree from USI. VanWormer was formerly a listings man-
Dr. Omowale Akintunde, associate professor of education, said
ager at The Realty Group.
the annual multicultural seminar is designed to provide USI teacher
education students and faculty, area teachers, and the general Rob Warford has accepted a position as HVAC operator in the
Evansville community “with an unparalleled opportunity to engage in Physical Plant. He was formerly a subcontractor for various real estate
a conversation about the role that race, class, gender, sexuality, reli- investors performing kitchen and bath restorations.
gion, and white privilege play in the education process and in our lives
The seminar also will include a number of workshops.
Dr. Laura Ruhala, assistant professor of engineering, presented
Akintunde will present a session titled “Appreciating ‘Others’: “The First Year Engineering Program at the University of Southern
Deconstructing Epistemological Bias in American Curricula.” His Indiana” and Dr. Richard Ruhala, assistant professor of engineering,
presentation centers on how to implement multicultural approaches in presented “A Five-Year Engineering Program at the University of
American classrooms. Southern Indiana” at the American Society for Engineering
Dr. Paul Parkison, USI assistant professor of education, will pres- Education, Southeast Section Annual Conference April 2 in
ent a session titled “The Political Economy of No Child Left Behind.” Louisville, Kentucky. The two co-authored the papers with Eric
He will discuss how the creation of a standardized commodity in the Sprouls, chair of the Engineering Department.
educational setting has silenced conversation about what is meaningful Dr. Paul Parkison, assistant professor of education and faculty
to learn and why. advisor to the USI chapter of the Student Education Association, was
A USI student who plans a career in secondary education also will named Outstanding Advisor of the Year at the organization’s statewide
lead a workshop. Charles Barker of Eldorado, Illinois, will present a Representative Assembly. In addition, the USI chapter won an award
video he prepared for an assignment in a course on multicultural edu- for Newsletter of the Year.
cation. His video is an amalgamation of original and previously pro-
duced clips that help the viewer understand how racism and white
privilege function in American society.
Workshop shows how to build a better service culture
In addition to Akintunde and Parkison, USI faculty members who
have participated in planning the seminar include Dr. Jane E. Meyer, Extended Services will offer its occasional workshop, “Advanced
associate professor of education, and Dr. Nancy J. Aguinaga, assistant Connection USI: Your Role in Building a Quality Service Culture,”
professor of teacher education. from 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 17, in Rooms 201-202 of the
University Center. Developed by a team of USI employees and facili-
Along with the USI Bower-Suhrheinrich College of Education and
tated by Larry Bohleber, the workshop focuses on advanced service
Human Services, sponsors of the conference are Community Action
skills, creating good relationships with co-workers, problem preven-
Program of Evansville (CAPE), Carver Community Organization, C.K.
tion, and other topics that will help you and USI move to a higher level
Newsome Center, and the City of Evansville Human Rights
service of excellence. Call Linda Lefler at 812/464-1770 to register.
The conference is free and open to the public. For more informa-
tion contact the Department of Teacher Education at 812/465-7024. Earth Day celebration features USI faculty
Dr. Mary Lyn Stoll, assistant professor of philosophy, is one of the
featured speakers for the Second Annual Urban Sisterhood Earth Day
Students win IASB awards Garden Party, to be held Saturday, April 21, in the Haynie’s Corner
Several USI students placed in the top three in their categories in Arts District. John Blair, instructor in communications and president
the recent Indiana Association of School Broadcasters (IASB) College of Valley Watch, also will speak. There will be music, vendors, and chil-
Competition. College students from the 15 IASB schools competed in dren’s activities provided by the Koch Family Children’s Museum of
eight radio and 10 television categories. The 109 entries were judged Evansville (cMoe). Festivities begin at noon and continue throughout
by commercial radio and television stations, as well as a video produc- the day. There is no admission fee but donations will be accepted for
tion house, according to John M. Morris, instructor of radio/TV and the Urban Sisterhood’s inner-city gardening projects. For more infor-
general manager of WSWI. Morris also serves as executive director of mation, call 812/455-0674, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or go to