Forty years ago, the people of Southwestern Indiana imagined a University that would offer affordable higher education, prepare the workforce, contribute to economic development, and enhance the intellectual and cultural life of the region. Their vision became the University of Southern Indiana, serving with distinction from 1965-2005 and continuing to shape the future.
USI joins National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II
Center for Communal Studies opens
|1977||Mid-America Singers gain national exposure on public television in "An Elizabethan Christmas Celebration"|
|1978||University is founding member of Great Lakes Valley Conference for intercollegiate athletics|
SIHE announces plan to provide student housing
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools accords 10-year accreditation.
Lady Eagles win Indiana AIAW Southern District Basketball Tournament
|1980||Physical Activities Center opens; a community fund drive raises $300,000 to fund spectator seating|
|1981||Radio station WSWI is on the air, thanks to South Central Broadcasting|
|1982||Men’s cross-country team finishes third in NCAA Division II national tournament|
University Home, a residence for the University president and family, opens
Indiana Commission for Higher Education supports separate state university status
|1984||Bill to establish the Board of Incorporators for an Independent State
University in Southwestern Indiana passes
First student housing opens
Sigma Tau Gamma builds first house on Fraternity Row
Bill creating the University of Southern Indiana is signed into law by Governor Robert D. Orr on campus at 12:07:15 p.m. April 16
Governor appoints first Board of Trustees
USI undertakes management of Historic New Harmony
Business offers Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in AccountancyCollege Achievement Program (CAP) begins, allowing highly motivated juniors and seniors at participating high schools to earn both high-school and college credit for selected courses
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