Welcome to the Scholarly Open Access Repository at the University of Southern Indiana--SOAR at USI.

SOAR at USI is a digital collection of scholarship, research, and creative works produced by USI faculty, students, staff, and other members of the USI community. SOAR at USI is administered by the Rice Library in cooperation with various departments and academic units of the University.

USI scholars interested in contributing to SOAR at USI may contact the SOAR administrators at scholcomm@usi.edu

Featured Submissions

The Scholarly and Creative Works by the Faculty and Staff of the University of Southern Indiana Reports from 2012 to 2021 are now available in SOAR.

Congratulations to the spring 2022 USI Engineering graduates that completed their Senior Design Project Reports that are now in the Projects Collection.

The 2022 Endeavor Symposium program is now available in SOAR! Learn more about the Endeavor Symposium.

The 2022 USI Graduate Student Colloquium is now available in SOAR! Discover more information about the USI Graduate Student Colloquium.

The Sixth Annual Celebration of Teaching & Learning Symposium, is now available in SOAR that showcases works focusing on improving student learning, academic success, and curriculum in higher education.

  • Major Shaming in Undergraduate Students

    Dunn, Cara
    Undergraduate college students face stigmas when selecting a college major. These stigmas stem from stereotypes about each major which leads to shaming, a cycle that is identified and discussed in this research. Smith's (2007) Stigma Theory and Meisenbach’s (2010) Stigma Management Communication were used to examine what the stigmas surrounding certain college majors are and how these ideologies impact students. This research specifically focused on the stigma communication cycle of stereotyping, spreading stigmas, and shaming. Undergraduate students in an introductory communication course were asked to complete a Qualtrics survey and focus group where they explained their college decisions and how they have encountered major stigmas. Research was analyzed using thematic analysis and a qualitative examination of findings followed. Future research regarding this thesis should identify additional resources for educators to overcome the stigma cycle in university culture.
  • Run for Your Life: An Autoethnography

    Tharp, Kyle
    This thesis is an autoethnographic analysis of congestive heart failure and recovery. Everyone gets sick, and sickness becomes a central part of the ill person’s identity. Illness is a fundamental part of being human. Advancements in medical techniques and technology allow more and more people, people who would have otherwise been dead or unable to function, to enjoy living in the world of the healthy, even if their health may be fleeting or fragile (Frank, 1995). Congestive heart failure and severe cardiomyopathy are such illnesses and are a perfect ground for a narrative approach to medicine due to their fluctuation between periods of clinical stability and exacerbation (Volpe & Testa, 2019). Arthur Frank (1995) establishes the narrative genre of automythology as a medical journey and highlights the importance of storytelling in medicine, develops the idea of the body as a text - and that of the sick body as a story to be told in order to heal - and that the story of the sick is worth telling. Medicine is organized and communicated through storytelling events (Hunter, 1991) and through medical narrative, humans can come to better understand themselves, their illness, each other, and the world around them (Cousins, 1979). Volpe and Testa (2019) state that storytelling is a pivotal tool for healing in many cardiovascular conditions such as heart failure and cardiomyopathy (2019). Through trials and tribulations, death and eventual rebirth, a transformation can occur that provides a new approach to living. Through an automythology composed of journals, lived experiences, stories, and analysis applied to the structure of Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey, I utilize the healing power of narrative. Through the reclamation of my identity as a runner, I come to better understand my own condition and journey while assisting others on theirs.
  • Better Meetings by Design

    Hostetler, Marna
    All libraries have meetings, but not all meetings are productive. Unproductive meetings are viewed as a waste of time, resulting in low morale and a lack of progress toward organizational goals. As meetings are crucial to setting goals, formulating policies, removing barriers, and completing projects, how can they be more efficient? This session attempts to answer that question by providing a structure for improving morale and enhancing communication, leading to better results. It will also cover the concept of having different types of meetings for different goals. Too often, organizations use a “catch-all” approach to meetings, leaving no one satisfied and slowing progress toward agreed-upon goals. The ideas in this session were tested in an actual library, and the steps taken, feedback, and lessons learned are discussed. This organizational meeting restructure was based on the book "Death by Meeting" by Patrick Lencioni.

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