Six Community Semester events that will take place Feb. 5 - 10

By: Beth Pickerill, ISU Communications and Marketing Staff
February 1, 2013

Indiana State University Community Semester has six events planned for this upcoming week to share with the Wabash Valley.

The Community Semester, which focuses on the theme "Our Town," is a way for the College of Arts and Sciences to showcase what it does best and to encourage faculty and students to share what they are learning to the community. It is also a way to bring innovative ideas in the science, humanities, liberal and creative arts to the area.

On Feb. 5, Bob Guell, an ISU economics professor, will be making his predictions on the upcoming year at the Groundhog Day Economic Forecast. The forecast will take place at HMSU Dede I at 6:45 a.m.

Another event on Feb. 5 is "A tale of Two Cities: Paris and Berlin Harry Gee, Jean Kristeller and Silvia and Terry Weir, will discuss how studying abroar changed their personal and professional experience at the Vigo County Public Library from 3:30 - 5 p.m.

On Feb. 6 in the Federal Hall Courtroom, Matthew Bergbower, assistant professor of political science, will host a question and answer forum with Terre Haute Mayor Duke Bennett. The forum, which is sponsored by WFIU will take place from 3:30 - 5 p.m.

"I felt having the mayor was appropriate since the theme this semester is our town. ISU and the City of Terre Haute have good relationship that is growing closer," said Bergbower.

With university officials setting a goal to increase enrollment and to have 10 percent of students living off campus, there are concerns from some people if it will help the city and how the city is preparing to handle this, said Bergbower.

"I have volunteers from my political science class that did some basic duties to prepare for this event. They will also start with asking questions to the mayor then it will be open to the public," said Bergbower.

In ISU Fine Arts Building there will be a reception held on Feb. 8 from 4 - 6 p.m. for the 10 students that created different pieces to represent the theme "Our Town." The "Sense of Place: Visions of Our Town" exhibit is open from Feb. 4 to March 1 in the Turman Art Gallery.

On Feb. 9, the Terre Haute Children's Museum, and the ISU Center for Science Education, invite children and their families to explore the latest technologies in nanoscience through different hands-on activities. It will take place from 1 - 4 p.m at the Children's Museum.

On Feb. 10, Roby George, director of bands, will lead the School of Music Wind and Percussions Scholarship Concert of "American Guernica," which is dedicated to the victims of the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in 1963, in Tilson Auditorium. The concert starts at 4 p.m.

A complete list and description of the Community Semester's activities may be found at: http://www.indstate.edu/cas/communitysemester/

Writer: Beth Pickerill, media relations assistant, bpickerill1@sycamores.indstate.edu or 812-237-3737.