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    • Administrative Motivation in the Growth of Virtual Education in Indiana

      Herrin, Staci
      Virtual education has grown exponentially in past years. During the 2019-20 school year, more than three-quarters of all states had some sort of virtual education program which caters to students in grades K-12. The National Educational Policy Center reports that more than 480,000 American students in 40 states attended virtual or blended instruction schools in 2019-20. (Molnar et al., 2021). While virtual education has been growing in recent years, the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent school closures caused districts to create virtual education programs. While this number is not yet quantified, it is reasonable to assert that virtual education was more prevalent in the United States and in Indiana than ever before. There is a significant body of research exploring the challenges experienced by many virtual students. There is, however, less understanding as to why school districts continue to promote and expand virtual education in light of data that shows a lack of success in these types of programs. The purpose of this mixed-methods sequential explanatory study was to understand the decisions made by Indiana public school K-12 district superintendents and virtual program administrators when choosing whether or not to implement a virtual education program. All public school superintendents in Indiana were surveyed, as were those individuals designated by their district as a virtual program administrator. Survey topics included perceived limitations, benefits, and challenges of virtual education in Indiana. Individual follow-up interviews were conducted with volunteer participants. Throughout the study, it quickly became evident that COVID-19 was a primary cause for the recent expansion of virtual education. This phenomenon impacted not only students, but also their teachers and the school districts that they attended. This study provides a snapshot of the state of virtual education in Indiana during 2020-21 school year, including the perceptions of school administrators and the impact of COVID-19. While the pandemic may have spurred the growth of virtual education, the benefits and challenges experienced in schools are the same as those felt by educators and students in previous years.  
    • New Harmony Preservation During the 1970s and the Future

      johnson, Vicki
      New Harmony is an important historical town, not just within the United States but it has global significance as well. New Harmony still has a large number of the historic houses and buildings, many of which date to the Harmonist and Owenite periods. Many of these buildings were relocated after the town was declared a UNESCO world heritage site. It is difficult to understand where these structures were initially and how they fit into the town landscape today. The aim of this research was to track where these buildings were initially and to where they were moved. It also provides a brief background on the buildings and the historical significance of each. This research heavily relied on the use of the Historic New Harmony slide collection, and historical maps and photographs contained in the Don Blair collection housed in the University of Southern Indiana Archive digital collections. It also relied on the historical maps housed in the Working Men's Institute Archive in New Harmony and the Library of Congress. By knowing where these structures were initially located within the landscape a better understanding of the town and its space can be had.
    • How Animal Crossing: New Horizons was Used During the Pandemic

      Fiducci, Samantha
      During a time of great isolation, many people turned to old and new hobbies alike to fulfill their time. A large subsection of the population chose video games as not just a distraction, but a way to stay in touch with friends and family. Through quantitative research methods, this paper focuses on the experiences of millennial females who played at least 500 hours of the video game Animal Crossing: New Horizons (ACNH). As a frame, the uses and gratifications theory was determined to be the best lens through which the researcher viewed the results. After IRB approval was received, participants were recruited through Facebook groups dedicated to ACNH gameplay. A single focus group of six participants and four individual interviews were conducted to gather data. Themes found across the interview were sorted into the following: Covid-19 & ACNH, game play (etiquette and rituals), and real life play (representation and needs). After providing specific experiences and quotes from participants in each of these subjects, the main discussion of the paper highlights the significant impact video games had on participants and the need to use this application to recreate or replace real life needs in order for gratification. Thus, it can be stated that ACNH was a welcome addition to the lives of those living through the Covid-19 pandemic.
    • Military Spouses and their Language Learning Experiences Overseas: Does the support exist?

      Bryant, Helen
      When someone has an opportunity to live in a foreign country for an extended period of time, a great opportunity presents itself, where a person can learn the local language and culture during their time immersed in the local community. However, without proper language and culture introduction and training, a person may be met with detrimental culture shock and heightened stereotypical prejudiced thoughts that hinder or complicate language learning and acculturation. Research has shown that the more someone prepares for and engages in the foreign language and culture, the more positive and enriching experience the person seems to undergo before, during, and even after their stay in a different culture. Military personnel and their families are often displaced in foreign locations where they undergo different acculturating experiences. Preliminary research into the topic seems to indicate that there is very little attention that has been given to military spouses’ language learning and cultural experiences. Using a qualitative approach, this research paper argues for the importance of providing proper language and culture education to support positive acculturation experiences of military spouses during their stay abroad. Data were collected from interviews with US military spouses regarding existing programs that military spouses have access to and their perspectives of the effectiveness of these programs. Recommendations for more effective support programs and a better access to existing programs will be provided. These recommendations not only will shed light on the acculturation process that military spouses undergo while living abroad, but will also provide a more reliable and targeted path specifically catered toward military spouses. Instead of the existing programs that do not advocate very strongly towards language and culture education for military spouses, a new direction for this focus will be recommended to support current and future spouses stationed overseas.  
    • Name, Image, and Likeness (NIL) Considerations for USI’s Student Athletes

      Mings, Amy
      If you follow college sports, you have probably heard of the term “Name, Image, and Likeness” (NIL) on repeat. Before the 2021-2022 season, college athletes could get severely punished for receiving compensation in connection with use of their NIL. However, on June 30, 2021, the Division 1 Board of Directors approved an interim name, image, and likeness (NIL) policy. This new policy allows all (National Collegiate Athletic Association) NCAA D1, D2 and D3 student-athletes to be compensated for their NIL as of July 1, 2021, regardless of whether their state has a NIL law in place or not (Murphy, 2021). With USI’s recent announcement to formally apply to the NCAA for a move to Division I, the NIL topic is very relevant for our student athletes and little research has been formally explored. As a graduate assistant and digital creator, I have been assisting USI’s Economics and Marketing Department with both NIL research as well as possible compensation opportunities for our student athletes. This research explores the NIL policy change and provides examples of how USI’s student athletes may be able to profit from their own NIL. Reference: Murphy, Dan. “Guide to Understanding the NCAA's New NIL Rules.” ESPN, 30 June, 2021, NCAA name, image and likeness FAQ - What the rule changes mean for the athletes, schools and more (
    • Alumni Panel Discussion

      McBeath, Cameron; Epley, Jacqui; Ahlbrand, Justin; Greene, Jennifer; Elpers, Ashley; Artis, Danielle; de Dieu SOME, Kountiala Jean; Kasparov, Vladimir; Millay, Joy
      Alumni Panel Discussion Cameron McBeath '16 MSW'18 Jacqui Epley '15 MAE'18 Justin Ahlbrand '13 MSSM'17 Jennifer Greene '04 MALS'09 Ashley Elpers '05 MHA'21 Danielle Artis '15 MALS'20 Kountiala Jean de Dieu SOME MASPC'18 Vladimir Kasparov '01 MBA'05 Joy Millay MPA'18