Vincennes University students help Knox Co. Parks campaign

Knox County Parks

KNOX COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) –      Money runs thin for most Knox County Departments. The Knox County Parks Department included. But one Vincennes University class helped the Parks Department out in a big way. At a meeting Monday night, the VU class presented to the Parks Department, a public relations campaign aimed at getting people excited about visiting Knox County’s parks.

“We have a brochure now, but it’s mostly for Wabash Trails, this was something that we could use as a general introduction to all of the parks,” said Rama Sobhani, Superintendent, Knox County Parks and Recreation Department.

The campaign presentation, which rounded out the semester for the students, couldn’t have came at a better time for the Parks Department, which is slowly seeing increased foot traffic now that warmer temperatures are moving into Southern Indiana.

“We started working with them as a class project,” said Sobhani.

But, that class project quickly transformed into a real life experience for students.

“This is a real life situation, where they had to deliver. And they did. They delivered a brochure, coloring book, a nice multi-media presentation,” said Bernie Schmitt, Professor, Vincennes University. “They are full time students, some of them work, they have other things that they like to do.”

Schmitt explained the students worked under tight deadlines, and as a capstone of the project, presented their work to the Parks Board. The campaign included an updated brochure that shared the benefits of all of Knox County’s parks. It also included a coloring book to get children interested in the parks.

“It’s been wonderful working on real life projects, not just something somebody made up of out a text book,” said Jordan Buescher, a student majoring in Public Relations, and participating in the project. “We just learned real life experiences, you know, working on things, meeting with a person who could be a possible employer” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you confirm your email address and acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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