Lawrence County

14projects

550students

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Sarah Murphy stands in the woods flipping through a book.

[Sarah Murphy]

My name is Sarah Murphy. I'm from Bedford, Indiana and my major is outdoor recreation, parks, and human ecology

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Sarah Murphy, classmates, and instructor, Dr. James Farmer, explore the woods of the Avoca Fish Hatchery.

[Sarah Murphy]

So I'm taking integrated resource management with Dr. James Farmer.

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Still images of Avoca State Fish Hatchery, including the road sign, woods, and a stream. [Fade] Instructor, Dr. James Farmer talking to students.

[Sarah Murphy]

So we  are working on the Avoca Fish Hatchery project with Lawrence County and so basically the DNR is decommissioning it so they're not gonna they don't want to manage it anymore so Lawrence County is considering taking it over for their community.

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Students walking along a trail. [Fade] Sarah Murphy writing on a clipboard in the woods. [Fade] Still images including classmate looking at a clipboard, Sarah Murphy working with another classmate, hands holding a seed.

[Sarah Murphy]

 So as students we are basically creating proposals for Lawrence County because this is the first time they've really dealt with the projects like this. It's a really open slate as to what they want to do with this site so we're just providing ideas as to what they could do at this site that's gonna be economically sustainable as well as ecologically sustainable.

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Students talking together in the woods and taking measurements.

[Sarah Murphy]

 The biggest things I've learned would be you have to look at the big picture when dealing with management strategy so not focusing on what you would like to do with this site, but really knowing what the community can do with this is how they will use it. Separating yourself from the area and looking at the big picture for the community and the stakeholders involved. Being in the class that is closely involved in my community it's just it's really awesome. It makes my major feel more tangible that I'm doing work that I could see in the future like, oh, I had a part in this. So that's just, I mean, it's awesome. And also we sent out a survey of what people would like to see done with Avoca. Different ideas that we were bouncing around and we got over 700 answers. I was like proud of my community that they actually cared what was gonna happen and that they took the time to be involved in our project. A lot of people will want to go out to Colorado or Alaska and be working like national parks which is great but also there's a lot to be done within the community.

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Sustaining Hoosier Communities, Center for Rural Engagement

Project spotlight: Sarah Murphy at Avoca Fish Hatchery

Sarah Murphy, a student in Professor James Farmer's SPH-O305: Integrative Resource Management, reflects on her experience as a native of Bedford, IN working with Lawrence County leaders to propose ways the Avoca Fish Hatchery can be preserved as a historical and cultural resource. The Avoca Fish Hatchery was built in the early 1800s, but the Indiana Department of Natural Resources decommissioned the hatchery after nearly 100 years of stocking Indiana's waters with fish so Professor Farmer's students worked with Lawrence County to distribute surveys to determine how the community wants to use the site. An overwhelming majority of the 700 responses the student-conducted survey generated concluded that the Avoca Fish Hatchery remains a beloved public space with the potential to become the social and economic hub it once was.

Projects

Art, Architecture, and Design

Bedford and Mitchell are planning to build city gateways that mark the entrances of these communities and celebrate their unique identities. Students from IU, led by professors from the School of Art and Design, learned about the community identities of both cities and presented gateway and logo designs for each community to reflect their unique attributes.

Community Partners
Shawna Girgis, Mayor of Bedford
JD England, Mayor of Mitchell
Marla Jones, City of Bedford Director of Community and Business Development
Mark Bryant, City of Mitchell Clerk-Treasurer

IU Instructors
John Racek, School of Art and Design
Jenny El-Shamy, School of Art and Design

Project Course
SOAD-A 211: Cross-Disciplinary Workshop—Design for Social Impact, 25 undergraduates, fall 2017

Bedford & Mitchell Gateway Designs Final Report

An important obstacle to entrepreneurship and small business start-ups is the availability of community-based workspace. In collaboration with the Bedford Chamber of Commerce, the class reimagined and redesigned the interior spaces of the historic Indiana Limestone Company headquarters in Bedford into an incubator workspace to attract and retain young entrepreneurs.

Community Partner
Shance Sizemore, Director, Bedford Chamber of Commerce

IU Instructor
Marlene Newman, School of Art and Design

Project Course
SOAD-D 374: Advanced Interior Architectural Design Studio, 16 undergraduates, spring 2018

Indiana Limestone Company Incubator Office 

Informatics, Computing, and Engineering

The City of Mitchell is in the early stages of planning a multi-use trail connecting Gus Grissom's boyhood home, the Gus Grissom Monument, and the Gus Grissom Memorial in Spring Mill State Park.  A capstone team in the School of Informatics piloted a mobile application that would help monitor the use of this trail as well as allow visitors to locate specific trail markers on the application's interactive map and learn more about Gus Grissom at each stop.

The mobile app protoype is underoing revisions to prepare for hopeful deployment in 2018-2019.  

Community Partner
JD Mitchell, Mayor, City of Mitchell
Allen Burris, Pastor, City of Mitchell
Tonya Chastain, Lawrence County Tourism Commission

IU Instructor
Bryce Himebaugh, School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering

Gus Grissom Trail Monitoring Mobile Application Final Report

Gus Grissom Trail Monitoring Mobile Application Video

To increase the number of visitors and their enjoyment of the forest, the Hoosier National Forest is pursuing Dark Sky designation for parts of the forest within Lawrence County. IU students developed prototypes of wireless light sensors and a web interface to track light pollution. The data from these systems will be used to satisfy the requirements for an ongoing application for the Hoosier National Forest to receive International Dark Sky designation.

Sensors and web interface are undergoing revisions for hopeful deployment in the 2018-2019 academic year.  

Community Partner
Andrea Crain, Public Affairs Officer, Hoosier National Forest

IU Instructor
Bryce Himebaugh, School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering

Project Course
CSCI-P 442: Digital Systems, 30 undergraduates, spring 2018

Hoosier National Forest Dark Skies Designation Final Report

Law

As part of Maurer School of Law's Access-to-Justice (A2J) Program, students worked with Lawrence County Circuit Court to assess the most pressing and unmet legal needs of Lawrence County's underserved populations.  By researching the current legal services delivery systems, students helped recommend ways to improve the delivery of civil legal services to low-income Hoosiers in Lawrence County. 

Current research is ongoing and is receiving additional support from the IU Center for Rural Engagement. 

IU Instructor
Victor Quintanilla, Maurer School of Law

Project Course
LAW-B515: Project Management for Lawyers, 21 graduates, spring 2018 

Assessing Legal Needs of Lawrence County's Underserved Final Report

Media

In addition to assessing the internal and external factors that affect issues of diversity in the City of Bedford, students conducted interviews and online surveys with Bedford students, parents, educators, and leaders to understand more fully Bedford residents’ attitudes, views, and perceptions of the diversity of their community. Mayor Shawna Girgis is in the process of initiating a Diversity Council to emphasize the importance of racial and cultural awareness and to foster a greater sense of diversity and inclusivity throughout Lawrence County.  

Community Partner
Shawna Girgis, Mayor of Bedford

IU Instructor
Minjeong Kang, Media School

Project Course
MSCH-R 428: Public Relations Planning and Research, 25 undergraduates, spring 2018

Bedford Diversity Council Final Report

Public and Environmental Affairs

In order to assist the Little Theatre retain its position as a vibrant part of the Bedford community, students created best practices for fund development, board development, community relations and audience development. The class investigated comparable local theatres and proposed strategic plans that included both business and artistic perspectives.

Community Partners
Penny and Jack May, Little Theatre of Bedford

IU Instructor
Ursula Kuhar, School of Public and Environmental Affairs Arts Administration Program

Project Course
AADM-Y 650: Seminar in Arts Administration, 20 graduates, fall 2017

Little Theatre of Bedford Final Report

Project teams utilized common national metrics for walkable and bicycle-friendly communities to provide a gap analysis for Bedford. Teams also researched best practices in Complete Streets policy and implementation and made specific recommendations for moving forward with aspects of the 2016 Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan.

Community Partner
Dan Kirk, Director of Planning and Zoning, City of Bedford

IU Instructor
Bill Brown, School of Public and Environmental Affairs

Project Course
SPEA-S 515: Sustainable Communities, 30 graduates, fall 2017

Bedford Complete Streets Final Report

Students assessed the feasibility of adjusting the current route of Highway 50 away from the downtown Bedford square. The class conducted a scoping study to analyze the impacts of an alternate corridor for the highway and the potential for business development in the downtown area.

Community Partner
Dan Kirk, Director of Planning and Zoning, City of Bedford

IU Instructor
Frank Nierzwicki, School of Public and Environmental Affairs

Project Course
SPEA-V 365: Urban Development and Planning, 40 undergraduates, spring 2018

Highway 50 Bypass Scoping Study Final Report

Public Health

The decommissioned Avoca State Fish Hatchery is in the midst of transfer from Indiana’s Department of Natural Resources to the Lawrence County Community. The class spent the semester evaluating the site in order to propose a long-term vision and management plan for the historic, cultural resource. Students applied ecological and social theory and knowledge to the Avoca State Fish Hatchery Case, presenting the community with a variety of potential proposals to consider for the sustainable stewardship of the newly acquired resource.

Community Partner
Barry Jeskewich, Director, Parks and Recreation

IU Instructor
James Farmer, School of Public Health, Recreation, Parks and Tourism Studies

Project Course
SPH-O 305: Integrated Resource Management, 30 undergraduates, fall 2017

Avoca State Fish Hatchery Final Report

Both Bedford and Mitchell expressed the need for increasing community participation and outreach for their community gardens. Students created fundraising, marketing, and community engagement plans for the community gardens that tailored to the specific needs of the targeted age groups as identified by each community.  

Community Partner
Rachel Beyer, Lawrence County Community Wellness Coordinator

IU Instructor
Deb Getz, School of Public Health, Applied Health Sciences

Project Course
SPH-F 150: Intro to Life Span Development, 150 undergraduates, fall 2017

Bedford & Mitchell Community Gardens Final Report

To address Mitchell's high rates of hypertension and cardiovascular disease, students used community-based participatory research and worked with Mitchell leaders to propose the What Moves You Mitchell? public health campaign.  What Moves You Mitchell? encompasses proposed physical activity intervention programs, a host of educational materials for community-wide distribution, public health events, and trail-use and general health surveys assessing the needs of Mitchell residents to encourage physical activity and promote healthier lifestyles. 

Students and community leaders are working on a 12-week physical activity program to be implemented in 2018-2019.  

Community Partners
JD Mitchell, Mayor, City of Mitchell
Allen Burris, Resident, City of Mitchell
Karin Dubois, Indiana Healthy Communities Liaison

IU Instructors
Whitney Schlegel, College of Arts and Sciences Department of Biology
Jeanne Johnston, School of Public Health, Department of Kinesiology

Project Courses
BIOL-P 451: Integrative Human Physiology, 50 undergraduates, fall 2017
SPH-K 553: Physical Activity in Health, 20 graduates, fall 2017
SPH-K 554: Seminar in Physical Activity and Wellness, 15 graduates, fall 2017
SPH-K 556: Physical Activity Assessment in Public Health, 30 graduates, spring 2018

What Moves You Mitchell? Final Report

IU students developed and led a personal financial health curriculum for middle school students participating in the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence County's Teen Center. The engaging curriculum was integrated in the Boys & Girls Club's existing Money Matters program and focused on issues of financial well-being and planning and developing a sense of community belonging and participation. The curriculum met specific principles set out in the Indiana Academic Standards (IAS).

Community Partners
Larry Will, Retired, NSWC Crane
Gene McCracken, Lawrence County Commissioner
Christy Wintczak and Sarah Lee, Curriculum Directors, Bedford North Lawrence Schools
Gary Conner, Superintendent, Bedford North Lawrence Schools

IU Instructor
Deb Getz, School of Public Health, Applied Health Sciences

Project Courses
SPH-F 180: Survey of Practice of Youth & Families, 150 undergraduates, spring 2018

Youth Financial Literacy Curriculum Final Report

Social Work

Through a series of classes in social work, students researched and analyzed the social and legal issues of drug use, abuse, and addiction. The classes explored the impacts of drug use on individuals and families and examined best practices used in other communities as models for addressing drug use issues in the Lawrence County community.   

These projects and courses are ongoing and are receiving additional support from the IU Center for Rural Engagement.

Community Partners
John Plummer III, Juvenile Referee, Lawrence County Circuit Court
Mike Branham, Sherriff, Lawrence County
Nedra Fleetwood, Chief Probation Officer, Lawrence County

IU Instructors
Kristin Hamre, School of Social Work
John Keesler, School of Social Work

Project Courses
SWK-S 502: Research Methods in Social Work, 20 graduates, fall 2017
SWK-S 505: Social Policy Analysis and Practice, 20 graduates, fall 2017

Final report in progress.

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