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How has James the bus driver been since March?

James Putnam on the bus.

Kenzie Clayton, Staff Writer

September 3, 2020

One of the most well known and beloved staff members at USI is bus driver James Putnam. James has been driving with the Metropolitan Evansville Transit System for just short of twenty-five years and has been driving on campus for about seven years now.   James is known for greeting students when they board the b...

Campus bus driver missed, celebrated

Christy Gretchen, lead teacher for the Children's Learning Center's 2-year-olds, helped her class decorate the fence to welcome James Putnam, university bus driver, back to campus.

Sarah Rogers, Features Editor

September 26, 2017

Christy Gretencord said she felt the heart of the university was missing the first weeks of school. James Putnam, university bus driver, was missing the first three weeks of school due to a car accident injury. The waves and fistbumps he was notorious for were gone, leaving the university feeling empty. “It was the ...

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