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Linda Cleek and Ed Jones with the M. Edward Jones Engagement Award

M. Edward Jones Engagement Award

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.

Outreach and Engagement Mission:
Outreach and Engagement is a division of USI that connects with the community, turning ideas into real opportunities. We are listeners, innovators, educators and collaborators who enhance bonds between community, government, businesses, organizations and individuals, responding to their needs and fostering learning and growth.

USI Mission:
USI is an engaged learning community advancing education and knowledge, enhancing civic and cultural awareness, and fostering partnerships through comprehensive outreach programs. We prepare individuals to live wisely in a diverse and global community.

The fourth annual Celebration of Engagement will honor the recipient of the M. Edward Jones Engagement Award on February 27, 2018 in the Griffin Center from 2 to 4 p.m.

Submit the information below and a resume or appropriate biographical information to Stephanie El Tawil at or by mail to University of Southern Indiana, Outreach and Engagement, 8600 University Boulevard, Evansville, Indiana 47712.

The nomination deadline is December 1, 2017.

M. Edward Jones Engagement Award Nomination 

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Nominee Information:

The content and quality of nominee information has a significant impact on consideration given to candidates. Be sure to include adequate information to ensure an accurate and complete personal bio. Submission of a name without supporting materials will not be considered. Please see below for an example of a personal bio that will be created for the candidate from information provided. 

Sample Biography

M. Edward Jones came to Indiana State University Evansville in 1974 to found the office of Continuing Education.  He was a key player in creating and expanding outreach efforts during his career at USI from 1974-2011. From the beginning, extending the resources of the university into the community has been the core mission of the Division which grew and evolved becoming Extended Services and now Outreach and Engagement. 


His leadership bolstered the growth and reach of programs offered by outreach and Engagement.  In addition to continuing education programs for all ages and interests, the Division now includes Corporate Partnerships, Service Learning, Distance Learning, the College Achievement Program, the Bachelor of Professional Studies, Veteran, Military and Family Resource Center, Historic New Harmony, Historic Southern Indiana, Center for Applied Research and Economic Development, Innovation Pointe, the Partnership with NSWC Crane, and more. Some of these began as personal efforts of Dr. Jones while others grew out of the team of professionals he formed, other University faculty and staff, and connections within the community. His leadership can be seen, not only through the success of the department, but across the University. The Intensive English Program and University Division both were born from ideas set in motion by Jones. He played a critical role in establishing USI’s Bachelor of Professional Studies program, chaired the Concept Committee for a new Science and Engineering Building and library on campus, and coordinated development of USI’s Distance Learning Program. He introduced the College Achievement Program (CAP), and collaborated with the English Department for the RopeWalk Writers Retreat and the Psychology Department for the Mid-America Conference for Teachers of Psychology.


Jones holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Brescia College, and a master’s degree in education and a doctorate in higher education administration, both from Indiana University. He served as assistant dean in the School of Continuing Studies at Northwestern University from 1972-74 before coming to USI. During his career, he was involved with numerous professional and community organizations including the University Professional and Continuing Education Association, which awarded him the Walter Bittner Citation for Outstanding Service in 2000.  Community involvement included serving as university representative on a variety of economic development organizations and partnerships at the State and Regional levels.

Submit this information and a resume or appropriate biographical information to Stephanie El Tawil at or by mail to University of Southern Indiana, Outreach and Engagement, 8600 University Boulevard, Evansville, IN 47712. Nomination deadline is December 1, 2017.

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