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Dr. David L. Rice, a Ball State University professor, became dean of the Indiana State University-Evansville campus in 1967 and was named president in 1971.  Dr. Rice led the dramatic early growth and development of the school and championed the movement to make the institution a separate state university.  That goal was achieved in 1985.

Dr. H. Ray Hoops became USI's second president July 1, 1994, upon the retirement of Dr. Rice.  President Hoops came to USI from the University of Mississippi, where he served as the vice chancellor for Academic Affairs.  During his years at USI, he has forged important community partnerships and overseen continued growth in enrollment, facilities, and academic programs.

The students' living room

The Pyramid Lounge, located in the UC, was a popular hangout for students in the '70s and '80s.


The University Center opened in 1974 and a $4.7 million expansion was completed in 1997.  The building provides space for informal student meetings, dining, social activities, and other gatherings.  The bookstore, office for the dean of students, International Student Services, Multicultural Center, Student Development, and Student Publications are located in "the UC."

Men's basketball national championship

Under the direction of Head Coach Bruce Pearl, the men's basketball team won the 1995 NCAA Division II championship, defeating the University of California-Riverside, 71-63, in a nationally televised game.

Members of the 1995 men's basketball championship team gathered on campus in June 2005 for a 10-year reunion.

Academic units

From 1965 until 1988, the academic units of the University were known as "divisions."  In 1988, the divisions were organized into five schools.

In 2005, the five schools became known as "colleges," reflecting the growth and complexity of the academic offerings at USI.  The University includes the Bower-Suhrheinrich College of Education and Human Services, the College of Business, the College of Liberal Arts, the College of Nursing and Health Professions, and the Pott College of Science and Engineering.

Extended Services

An outreach and community engagement function began with the establishment of the Office of Continuing Education in 1974.  The first six noncredit courses were announced in a letter-sized brochure and offered in spring 1975, drawing an enrollment of nearly 200 students.  Courses included children's gymnastics, interior design, black-and-white photography, genealogy, reading improvement, and a pop-psychology course called Psychological Aspects of Contemporary Living.

This outreach function has evolved into a broad-based series of programs and services that serve the region and the state.  The Office of Extended Services supports outreach functions that include continuing education, summer camp programs (right), heritage tourism projects, economic development initiatives, distance education, contract programming for employers, an adult degree completion program, and regional leadership programs.  Noncredit enrollment now exceeds 12,000 annually.  A four-page newspaper insert and a large direct mail program provide information about the wide variety of noncredit programs for each session.


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