Sixth Annual Celebration Of Engagement Highlights USI’s Community Partnerships


University of Southern Indiana Outreach and Engagement will host its sixth annual Celebration of Engagement from 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, February 26 in the Griffin Center on the USI campus. The event will be hosted by Community Engagement, a division of Outreach and Engagement.

The Celebration of Engagement is a free event highlighting the University’s rich history of community partnerships. The USI mission states that community partnerships are at the core of our identity.

This year’s program will highlight the collaborative learning, service and engagement opportunities with local, regional, state, national and global communities through our programs and partnerships with a question and answer panel.

“USI’s Community Engagement programs not only offer great teaching, learning and service opportunities for our faculty and students, they also provide the public and community partners another way to interact with the University,” said Leslie Townsend, director of Community Engagement and Historic New Harmony. “I’m excited to share the wonderful things our staff members have been working on this past year and what is planned for the future.”

In addition, the 2020 recipient of the M. Edward Jones Engagement Award will be announced at the reception. The M. Edward Jones Engagement Award was created to recognize an individual, group or project for excellence in leadership, commitment to quality, tireless service and dedication to lifelong learning in fulfilling the outreach mission of the University of Southern Indiana.

RSVP for the Celebration of Engagement at

Community Engagement Panel

Historic New Harmony
Docey Lewis, Artist and Cultural Entrepreneur, New Harmony Resident, Robert Lee Blaffer Foundation Board Member, Atheneum 40th Celebration Panelist
Interviewer: Claire Eagle, Community Engagement Manager of Historic New Harmony

Historic Southern Indiana  
Laura Renwick, Community Preservation Specialist with Indiana Landmarks, Treasurer of Indiana’s Historic Pathways
Interviewer: Leslie Townsend, Director of Community Engagement and Historic New Harmony

New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art 
Bridget Eckerle ’20, Public Relations and Advertising and Art, 2019 James Sanders Gallery Fellow
Interviewer: Tonya Lance, Senior Gallery Associate

Service Learning
Dr. Kevin Celuch, Professor of Marketing, Blair Chair of Business Science
Miranda Johnson ’20, Marketing
Interviewer: Dr. Marie Pease, Associate Professor of Social Work, Director of Service Learning



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