Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 49.22
Liaison Rich Walker
Submission Date April 22, 2016
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Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
IN-1: Innovation 1

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Kevin Adkins
Sustainability Officer
Vice Chancellor for Administration
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Title or keywords related to the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
CRM Course Taught On-site: Archaeological Survey

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome :

The Cultural Resource Sustainability Program (CRSP) under the direction of Michele Lorenzini, uncovered artifacts on previous archaeological sites that were deemed destroyed. These artifacts, with notes and historical papers related to the sites, have been permanently preserved, and are now available for the scientific community to enhance knowledge of prehistoric conditions. The CRSP surveyed the entire core of a site that was originally cleared by the Illinois Historic Preservation Association and was used in the 1980s. The sites were deemed no longer useful to university activities. As part of Lorenzini's CRSP work, materials (artifacts, notes and associated documents) have been curated at the Illinois State Museum. The articles came from the Meeks site (Sid's field schools in the 1980s,) and had previously been left to sit. Bringing the articles into curation, as well as the creation of an archaeological site on state land, result in contribution to empirical knowledge of the state's prehistoric history. Working with Dr. Randall Pearson of SIUE Geography, Lorenzini was able to contribute working knowledge of archaeological sites to Pearson's GIS SIUE project. In addition, the SIUE Emergency Management and Safety department has coordinated with Cultural Resource Management (CRM) and helped SIUE remain in compliance with Federal and State laws regarding cultural resources over recent years. The CRM course provides on-site training in an archaeological survey of land on the campus. To the knowledge of Dr. Michele Lorenzini, there are no other universities offering a similar program for hands-on study held outside the classroom.

A brief description of any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation (if not reported above):

The course 476 CRM which has been taught 3 times up through March 11, 2015, with 6 phase I archaeological surveys conducted on the campus, resulted in saving the University a total of $9600 minimum. This improves the University's capacity for longterm planning, and gives students a competitive edge with essential job training.

A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise:
Which of the following STARS subcategories does the innovation most closely relate to? (Select all that apply up to a maximum of 5):
Yes or No
Curriculum Yes
Research Yes
Campus Engagement Yes
Public Engagement No
Air & Climate No
Buildings No
Dining Services No
Energy No
Grounds Yes
Purchasing No
Transportation No
Waste No
Water No
Coordination, Planning & Governance Yes
Diversity & Affordability No
Health, Wellbeing & Work No
Investment No

Other topic(s) that the innovation relates to that are not listed above:
Ethics (Integrity of artifacts preserved for knowledge to the scientific community)

The website URL where information about the innovation is available :

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