Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke named Dr. Matthew Hanka as Administrator of the Commission on Homelessness for Evansville and Vanderburgh County at the organization’s February 2018 meeting. In this volunteer role, Dr. Hanka will provide leadership for the Commission, a group of local government representatives and community leaders working together to prevent and end homelessness in the region.
Political Science students visited the Indiana Legislature in Indianapolis during Day at the State House on February 13, 2018.
Mark Rietman retired in December 2017, after 17 years of teaching in the pre-law program at USI. Mark Taught courses such as POLS 208 (Law, Courts, and Justice), POLS 404 (Indiana Constitutional Law), POLS 405 (Constitutional Law), and POLS 406 (Constitutional Rights). In his "regular" job, he worked as a lawyer for the law firm Berger & Berger of Evansville. He will be missed by students and faculty alike!
MPA alumni, students, and faculty participated at the annual MPA reception on November 13 in the McCutchan Art Center/Pace Galleries at USI.
Political Science reception following the Indiana Supreme Court arguments on October 30 brought together students, faculty, and high school students from the Shepard Leadership and Law Academy.
Political Science students with journalist Jamelle Bouie on September 27, 2017. Jamelle Bouie is the chief political correspondent for Slate magazine, a frequent media commentator, and regularly contributes to the CBS News "Face The Nation."
The first MPA Speaker Series program of the semester will take place on Thursday, September 28 at 5 p.m. in Kleymeyer Hall. The speaker is Drew Klacik, Senior Policy Analyst for the IU Public Policy Institute, who will discuss the Thriving Communities, Thriving State” report and its findings that were unveiled in Spring 2016.
The upcoming MPA Speaker Series programs for Fall 2017 are:
Each MPA Speaker Series program begins at 5 p.m. in Kleymeyer Hall. Refreshments will be served.
Dr. Engbers at TEDxEvansville 2017
TEDxEvansville is pleased to announce its lineup of speakers for TEDxEvansville 2017. Among them will be University of Southern Indiana, Assistant Professor, Trent A. Engbers. Dr. Engbers is a leading researcher on the connection between relationships and economic growth. His talk will explore how cities can tap into their social networks to achieve an economic advantage. He is among 11 speakers who were selected for their thought-provoking ideas and ability to convey their ideas in a moving way. This year’s event is centered around the theme – Grow. Speakers will present their talks – each less than 18 minutes in length – at TEDxEvansville from noon to 5 p.m., Friday, October 27, 2017, at the University of Southern Indiana’s Performance Center. Information about the speakers can be found at https://tedxevansville.com/speakers/ and tickets can be purchased at https://tedxevansville.com/2017-speakers-ticket-sales/
Dr. Engbers placed in the Tenth Annual E-PARCC Teaching Case and Simulation Competition
with his case study, “Pioneer Scouts of Rose Ravine”
USI's 7th annual Law Day
Wednesday, March 29th, 2017
Oral arguments at 1 pm in Carter Hall
Keynote speech by Dr. Stephen L. Wasby: "After Scalia, Now What?" at 7 pm in Carter Hall
Stephen L. Wasby received his B.A. from Antioch College and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Oregon. He was on the faculty at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale before moving to the University at Albany - SUNY; he is now professor emeritus of political science. Professor Wasby’s research interests focus primarily on the federal courts, and he continues a long-term project on decision-making in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He is the author of a number of books, as well as articles in social science journals and law reviews. He has served as Chairman of the Zoning Board of Appeals of the Town of Eastham, Mass., and as Director of the National Railway Historical Society’s Heritage Grants Program.
Synopsis: Melvin Wolf v. State of Indiana
Wolf went to the race track to watch his son’s race. Another driver, Kevin Blue, beat Wolf’s son. The two racers’ cars collided on the track. After the race, Wolf approached Blue in the “weigh-in” area. Both men ended up on the ground, scuffling. Later, Wolf was arrested and charged with battery. During the bench trial, Wolf claimed self-defense but was found guilty. Wolf argues the State did not refute his self-defense claim. He claims the trial court erred in finding the fact he called Blue names constituted provocation. Wolf asserts he had a constitutional right to do so. Additionally, Wolf was not in a place he was not allowed to be and he only struck Blue in self-defense after Blue grabbed Wolf’s shirt.
Friday, March 24, 2017
8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Carter Hall
Dr. Linda Bennett will present opening remarks at 8:30 a.m.
Keynote speaker, Dr. Kristina Horn Sheeler will speak at during the conference luncheon 12-1:15 p.m.: “Campaign 2016: A New Era of Lowered Expectations”
For more information contact Dr. Matt Hanka, firstname.lastname@example.org
Non-Profit Career Panel Presentation
Local professionals who work for non-profit organizations met on campus on March 22, 2017 to speak about career options in their field. Panelists included: Amy Canterbury (United Way), Deidre Conner (ARC of Evansville), Rudy Montejano (HOLA), Ashley Murray (SW Indiana Chamber), Candice Perry (Welborn Foundation), Lu Porter (Evansville African American Museum), and Matt Rowe (Reitz Home Museum).
Moderated by Dr. Trent Engbers, USI Assistant Professor of Political Science.
Presented by USI Career Services and Internships.
University Academic Award Recognition Event Spring 2017
(From left to right) Taysia Fulkerson, Virgilio Paulino, Dr. Trent Engbers, Dr. Oana Armeanu, and Dr. Paul Raymond.
USI Teaching & Learning Symposium
Trent Engbers shares teaching strategies that he uses in teaching research methods courses at USI's Teaching & Learning Symposium on January 26, 2017.
On the National Mall in Washington DC right after the inauguration of Donald J. Trump as the 45th President of the United States. — Matt Hanka, Kathy Oeth, Leigh Anne Howard, Sara Webster Goad, Evan Eagleson, Brandy Small, Đường Gỉ Lộc, Tania Machonisse, Caitlin Hildenbrand, Kate Grudzinski, Theresa Ohning, Rachel Eileen Johnson, Almira Havic and Kelsi Wallace.
Careers in public service
USI’s Political Science & Public Administration faculty and students had a panel discussion with Youth Resources of Southwestern Indiana students on October 26, 2016 about careers in public service.
USI hosted Indiana Gubernatorial debate on 25 October, 2016.
New MPA student welcoming reception
The Graduate Studies and the MPA program welcome the new MPA students (September 2016).
(From left to right) Back row: Dr. Nick LaRowe, Dr. Paul Raymond, Dr. Trent Engbers, Evan Eagleson, Dr. Matt Hanka, Virgilio Paulino, Justin Pelkey, Dr. Michael Dixon. Front Row: Ashlee Morris, Rachel Johnson, Kate Grudzinski, Taysia Fulkerson, and Dr. Oana Armeanu.