Greene County

Greene County

Greene County is a rural community in southern Indiana with a population of 32,177. Several towns and cities comprise Greene County, including Bloomfield, Linton, Jasonville, Stockton, Switz City and Worthington.

Residents and tourists alike enjoy the recreational and cultural resources of Greene County, home to Goose Pond Fish and Wildlife Area, Greene-Sullivan State Forest, Redbird State Riding Area, Shakamak State Park, Shawnee Theatre, Sculpture Trails Outdoor Museum and the Linton Freedom Festival, which features the largest Independence Day parade in Indiana. Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane and WestGate at Crane Technology Park are large economic drivers in the area, and the newly completed portion of Interstate 69 has added a major transportation thoroughfare.

IU students and faculty are working with Greene County leaders and residents on projects ranging from promoting tourism, to developing public relations campaigns for the Linton Farmers' Market and Shawnee Theatre, to educating 4-H youth on mental health.

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Projects

Art, Architecture, and Design

The Tulip Trestle Restoration Inc, with a three-fold mission of community, preservation, and conservation, plans to build a multi-functional visitor center in the future. Dorian Bybee's interior design students will create two sets of plans for the visitor center: a short-term plan with basic features like gathering space and restrooms, and a long-term plan with supplemental features like a conservationist residency space.

Community Partner
Rita Sharr and Malea Huffman, Tulip Trestle Community Restoration, Inc.

IU Instructor
Dorian Bybee, Eskanazi School of Art, Architecture + Design

Project Course
SOAD-D 475: Advanced Interior Architectural Design Studio: Contemporary Issues, 12 undergraduate students, spring 2020

With a local innkeeper’s tax implemented quite recently, the Greene County Tourism Advisory Board is better positioned to utilize resources and promote the county’s many tourism resources. To bring a new design style to these promotion efforts in Greene County, Jenny El-Shamy’s graphic design students will create new communications assets, including a logo for the county, a brochure, and kiosks for key sites.

Community Partner
Brianne Jerrels, Greene County Tourism Advisory Board

IU Instructor
Jenny El-Shamy, Eskanazi School of Art, Architecture + Design

Project Course
SOAD-S 452: Graphic Design, 13 undergraduate students, fall 2019

The Moss Opera House, a historical building on the square in downtown Bloomfield, has tremendous potential for improving quality of place. Students in Jon Racek's comprehensive design studio will ideate how the building could be repurposed for various functions.

Community Partner
Mike Williams

IU Instructor
Jon Racek, Eskanazi School of Art, Architecture + Design

Project Course
SOAD-C 380: Topical Issues in Comprehensive Design, 16 undergraduate students, spring 2020

Business

Greene County is seeking a facility where residents can participate in recreation activities year-round. To initiate the planning process for a recreation center, Dr. Bree Josefy’s graduate accounting Field Consulting students will model potential financial futures for a recreation center, helping the Greene County General Hospital determine how to organize and operate the recreation center on behalf of the community.

Community Partner
Kyle Cross, Greene County General Hospital

IU Instructor
Bree Josefy, Kelley School of Business

Project Course
BUS-A 569: Field Consulting, 4 graduate students, fall 2019

Geography

To increase access to the Linton Farmers’ Market, Dr. Olga Kalentzidou’s students in Edible Education will evaluate the market’s position within the local food system, identifying stakeholders, needs, and access points for SNAP recipients.

Community Partner
Mark Stacy, Linton Farmers Market

IU Instructor
Olga Kalentzidou, Department of Geography

Project Course
GEOG-G 218: Edible Education, 11 undergraduate students, fall 2019

Media

With a local innkeeper’s tax implemented quite recently, the Greene County Tourism Advisory Board is better positioned to utilize resources and promote the county’s many tourism resources. Dr. Minjeong Kang’s students in Public Relations Planning and Research will conduct a situational analysis through primary and secondary research and create a comprehensive public relations campaign book with practical recommendations for advancing the board’s public relations efforts.

Community Partner
Richard Nichols and Rita Sharr, Greene County Tourism Advisory Board; Brianne Jerrels, Greene County Economic Development Corporation

IU Instructor
Minjeong Kang, Media School

Project Course
MSCH-R 348: Public Relations Planning and Research, 25 undergraduate students, fall 2019

The Romans Warrior Foundation hopes to prevent suicide among youth by facilitating activities that promote awareness and understanding. Students in Ted Castronova's game design classes will create an accessible and entertaining game for youth to play that will help them understand the negative effects of bullying and build hope for a better tomorrow.

Community Partner
Richard Nichols, Romans Warrior Foundation

IU Instructor
Ted Castronova, Media School

Project Course
MSCH-C 210 Introduction to Games and MSCH-G 372 Conflict Systems, 27 undergraduate students, spring 2020

To better engage key audiences for Shawnee Theatre, such as youth and families, Dr. Minjeong Kang’s students in Public Relations Campaigns will conduct a situational analysis through primary and secondary research and create comprehensive public relations campaigns with practical recommendations for advancing Shawnee Theatre’s goals.

Community Partner
Jack Terrell, Shawnee Theatre

IU Instructor
Minjeong Kang, Media School

Project Course
MSCH-R 429: Public Relations Campaigns, 10 undergraduate students, fall 2019

To better engage key audiences for the Linton Farmers’ Market, such as SNAP recipients and potential volunteers and sponsors, Dr. Esi Thompson’s students in Public Relations Campaigns will create comprehensive public relations campaigns through a situational analysis including primary and secondary research and will offer practical recommendations for advancing the goals of the Linton Farmers’ Market.

Community Partner
Mark Stacy, Linton Farmers’ Market

IU Instructor
Esi Thompson, Media School

Project Course
MSCH-R 429: Public Relations Campaigns, 9 undergraduate students, fall 2019

The Greene County General Hospital aspires to open a fitness center, with volunteer and financial support from the community. Barry Snyder's public relations campaign students will create campaigns to attract the needed support and position the organization to positively impact the county's health and well-being.

Community Partner
Stacy Burris, Greene County General Hospital

IU Instructor
Barry Snyder, Media School

Project Course
MSCH-R 429: Public Relations Campaigns, 12 undergraduate students, spring 2020

The Linton Freedom Festival is considered to be the largest Fourth of July celebration in the state. Students in Bill Schwab's advertising class will create promotional materials for the event to attract even more visitors.

Community Partner
Cheryl Hamilton, Linton-Stockton Chamber of Commerce

IU Instructor
William Schwab, Media School

Project Course
MSCH-A 450 Advertising Portfolio Workshop, 20 undergraduate students, spring 2020

The Sculpture Trails Outdoor Museums is home to more than 150 iron sculptures made by artists from across the world. Despite the strong international network, there remains opportunity to engage community members in the region. Students in Esi Thompson's public relations campaigns class will create campaigns to engage residents of Bloomington and attract volunteers for the organization.

Community Partner
Gerry Masse and Hugh Patton, Sculpture Trails Outdoor Museum

IU Instructor
Esi Thompson, Media School

Project Course
MSCH-R 429: Public Relations Campaigns, 18 undergraduate students, spring 2020

The Tulip Trestle is a dearly held landmark outside of Solsberry. Although it attracts admirers from across the nation each year, more could be done to encourage community members to support the nonprofit that stewards the site. Students in Victoria Field's public relations campaigns class will create campaigns to gather volunteer and financial support for the Tulip Trestle.

Community Partner
Rita Sharr and Malea Huffman, Tulip Trestle Community Restoration, Inc.

IU Instructor
Victoria Fields, Media School

Project Course
MSCH-R 429: Public Relations Campaigns, 17 undergraduate students, spring 2020

Nursing

To increase the accessibility of health care for those with chronic illness, Dr. Greg Carter’s nursing students in Transitional Care for Families and Populations will conduct home health visits and home safety assessments for patients with diabetes.

Community Partner
Kyle Cross, Nicole Page and Angel Overton, Greene County General Hospital

IU Instructor
Greg Carter, School of Nursing

Project Course
NURS-B 334: Transitional Care of Families and Populations, 56 undergraduate students, fall 2019 and spring 2020

Public and Environmental Affairs

The Romans Warrior Foundation has a mission to provide cost-free, therapeutic weekend retreats for Greene County veterans, Gold Star families, and first responders. Students in Laura Littlepage's human resources class will develop plans for volunteer management to assist the growing nonprofit.

Community Partner
Brian Romans, Romans Warrior Foundation

IU Instructor
Laura Littlepage, O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs

Project Course
SPEA-V 450 Contemporary Issues in Public Affairs (Human Resource Management in Nonprofits), 28 graduate students, spring 2020

The Sculpture Trails Outdoor Museum funds its projects through donations and grants. Students in Laura Littlepage's human resources class will prepare materials to manage volunteer recruitment and coordination efforts required to staff and support the various activities of the nonprofit.

Community Partner
Gerry Masse, Sculpture Trails Outdoor Museum

IU Instructor
Laura Littlepage, O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs

Project Course
SPEA-V 450 Contemporary Issues in Public Affairs (Human Resource Management in Nonprofits), 28 graduate students, spring 2020

For the City of Linton and many other organizations and residents, connecting Greene County via a recreation trails system is a high priority and something the county currently lacks. Bill Brown’s graduate students in Sustainable Communities will engage consultants to identify how to start a trail development project, inventory potential funding sources, and launch a planning committee with a clear timeline and deliverables in order to develop trails across the county.

Community Partner
Mayor John Wilkes, City of Linton

IU Instructor
Bill Brown, O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs

Project Course
SPEA-S 515: Sustainable Communities, 20 graduate students, fall 2019

To foster more economic activity in Downtown Linton, Mark Levin’s students in Local Economic Development will identify potential businesses to occupy a vacant downtown building that needs rehabilitation, and they will assist the Linton-Stockton Chamber of Commerce and the Greene County Economic Development Corporation with applying for relevant grants.

Community Partner
Brianne Jerrels, Greene County Economic Development Corporation; Cheryl Hamilton, Linton-Stockton Chamber of Commerce

IU Instructor
Mark Levin, O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs

Project Course
SPEA-L 622: Local Economic Development, 15 undergraduate students, fall 2019

The Romans Warrior Foundation has a mission to provide cost-free, therapeutic weekend retreats for Greene County veterans, Gold Star families, and first responders. Students in Laura Littlepage's grant writing class will prepare materials to apply for grants that will fund key projects for the nonprofit.

Community Partner
Brian Romans, Romans Warrior Foundation

IU Instructor
Laura Littlepage, O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs

Project Course
SPEA-V 450 Contemporary Issues in Public Affairs (Grant Writing), 30 undergraduate students, spring 2020

The Sculpture Trails Outdoor Museum is an active operation supported almost entirely by volunteer efforts. Students in Laura Littlepage's human resources class will develop plans for volunteer management to assist the nonprofit.

Community Partner
Gerry Masse, Sculpture Trails Outdoor Museum

IU Instructor
Laura Littlepage, O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs

Project Course
SPEA-V 450 Contemporary Issues in Public Affairs (Grant Writing), 30 undergraduate students, spring 2020

Public Health

Greene County is seeking a facility where residents can participate in recreation activities year-round. To initiate the planning process for a recreation center, Alison Miller’s students in Living Well will identify benchmark recreation centers in similar communities and create reports on key aspects of operations, such as budget models and available services.

Community Partner
Kyle Cross, Greene County General Hospital

IU Instructor
Alison Miller, School of Public Health

Project Course
SPH-R 142: Living Well, 72 undergraduate students, fall 2019

Following the Bloomfield pool's renovations in 2018, there is a need to continue attracting residents to enjoy the pool. Alison Miller’s students in Recreational Sports Programming will draft programming proposals that will creatively use the pool facilities during and after swim season.

Community Partner
Judy Wise and Sophie Haywood, Bloomfield Pool

IU Instructor
Alison Miller, School of Public Health

Project Course
SPH-R 230: Recreational Sports Programming, 17 undergraduate students, fall 2019

To increase the supply of recreation activities for the youth in Bloomfield, Dr. Julie Knapp’s students in Foundations of Public, Nonprofit and Community Recreation will create a needs assessment, a variety of activity plans, and a database of relevant grants.

Community Partner
Austin Stroud, Bloomfield-Eastern Greene County Public Library; Beth Burcham, Greene County Literacy Coalition; Kyle Cross, Greene County General Hospital; Tonjua Toon, Resident of Bloomfield

IU Instructor
Julie Knapp, School of Public Health

Project Course
SPH-R 220: Foundations of Public, Nonprofit, and Community Recreation, 17 undergraduate students, fall 2019

Purdue Extension-Greene County is developing a youth council to provide space for youth to take leadership on a number of pressing issues. To spread awareness and reduce stigma, Dr. Deb Getz’s students in Introduction to Lifespan Development will design short educational interventions about mental health and other health topics for youth and deliver them to the new youth council.

Community Partner
Malea Huffman, Purdue Extension-Greene County

IU Instructor
Deb Getz, School of Public Health

Project Course
SPH-F 150: Introduction to Lifespan Development, 137 undergraduate students, fall 2019

To educate visitors at Shakamak State Park about the importance of native plants, Dr. Brian Forist’s students in Integrated Resource Management will design native plant beds and create accompanying interpretative signage for installation next to the park’s busy swimming pool and lake.

Community Partner
Kenna Duguay, Shakamak State Park

IU Instructor
Brian Forist, School of Public Health

Project Course
SPH-O 305: Integrated Resource Management, 21 undergraduate students, fall 2019

The Greene County Youth Council, formed in fall 2019, provides a platform for high school youth to address relevant health topics among their peers, including topics like substance misuse and sexual health. Students in Deb Getz's youth workers class will create educational materials for the Youth Council, to ensure they have access to accurate and appropriate information.

Community Partner
Malea Huffman, Purdue Extension-Greene County

IU Instructor
Deb Getz, School of Public Health

Project Course
SPH-F 180: Survey of Practice with Youth and Families and SPH-F 330 Leadership Theory and Practice in Youth Development, 36 undergraduate students, spring 2020

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