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50 Ways to Celebrate

50 Ways to Celebrate


Celebrate USI – A Signature Event

Saturday, September 19, 2015, 6 p.m. at the Physical Activities Center on USI's campus. Faculty, staff, alumni and friends of the University are invited to attend the 50th Anniversary Celebration Signature Event. This event will offer great food and entertainment as we look back on the first 50 years of the University of Southern Indiana. 


Honor 50 of the most influential women in USI’s history

Thursday, March 19, 2015, at 6 p.m. in Carter Hall on USI's campus. Held during Women's History Month at the University of Southern Indiana, the Phenomenal Women – 50 Phenomenal Women of USI event honors and celebrates women from all walks of life who have made contributions to diversity in the USI and Evansville communities. Additional information is available on the website at


Attend the Romain College of Business Innovative Speaker Lecture

Monday, March 23, 2015, at 6 p.m. in the Physical Activities Center on the USI Campus. The Romain College of Business Innovative Speaker Series is a bi-annual event for both the University and Tri-state communities. Through its Innovative Speaker Series, the Romain College of Business strives to present a speaker who has displayed leadership and innovation in the world of business. The 2015 speaker will be Ben Bernanke, former Chair of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. This is open to the public on a first come, first served seating.


Party on the Quad at the Annual Alumni Picnic

Saturday, June 6, 2015, on the Quad at USI. The USI Alumni Association invites you and your family and friends to join us on campus for the annual USI Alumni Picnic from 4-6 p.m. Adults and children of all ages will enjoy this event on the USI Quad. Picnic foods will be served inside University Center East. After the picnic, join us for music, festivities and catching up with friends. Adults will enjoy this event on the USI Quad. Come and enjoy music by the Duke Boys and a pig roast. Cash bar includes selections from Tin Man and Carson's breweries. Tables may be reserved for alumni organizations and fraternities, sororities, colleges, etc. Email to reserve a table for your group. For more information about either event, email or call 812-464-1924.


Eat Steak with the Varsity Club

Thursday, September 17, 2015, at Burdette Park Discovery Lodge. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. The community is invited to attend the 20th annual Varsity Club Steak Fry 'n Auction. This is a community favorite, which sells out each year, with live auction items, silent auction tables, theme baskets and a gift card bidding frenzy! Corporate tables are available for $350 (seats eight), or individual tickets can be purchased for $35. Proceeds from the event help fund student-athletic scholarships. For more information, contact Mandi Fulton at 812-465-1022.


Celebrate the Trail

Saturday, October 24, 2015, start times vary. This is a community event hosted by USI and Burdette Park open to all students, employees and families as well as members of the community. Participants will ride or walk the USI-Burdette Trail starting at USI, going to Burdette Park where a free lunch will be served. For more information, contact Dave Enzler at 812-461-5268 or email . Additional information is on the website at


Read the 50th anniversary special feature USI Magazine

The August 2015 issue of the USI Magazine will feature the celebration of USI's first 50 years. Additional issues of the USI Magazine are available online at


Celebrate the anniversary of the date classes were first held

Tuesday, September 15, 2015, at 11:45 a.m. in Carter Hall on USI's campus. The University of Southern Indiana celebrates its founders and honors its supporters at the annual Founders Day program sponsored by the USI Alumni Association. The program includes presentation of the Special Recognition Award, the Faculty Recognition Award and the Alumni Service Award. For the 50th Anniversary, a Mayoral Proclamation also will take place at the event. For more information, email or call 812-464-1924.


Attend the Rotary Club lunch on campus

Tuesday, October 13, 2015, at noon in Carter Hall on the USI campus. The Rotary Club of Evansville will hold their weekly meeting on the USI campus. The opportunity to tour the new teaching theatre will be given to attendees. For more information, contact Stephanie Hawes at 812-464-1774 or email at .


Experience USI history with the 50th Anniversary exhibits

The McCutchan Exhibition Space and Rice Library displays will host various exhibits throughout the year featuring both ISUE and USI memorabilia, including a visual quilt created from logo and event t-shirts, large Eagle Mascot, and photographs of events that relate to the social life of the University. Additional items to be exhibited are various buttons, cups, patches and other logo items that help tell the University's story.


Cheer the Screaming Eagles to victory at Homecoming

Saturday, February 7, 2015, Women's Basketball game at 1 p.m., Men's Basketball game at 3:15 p.m. in the Physical Activities Center on the USI campus. Gather your friends and join us for an exciting Homecoming Celebration! After the game, relax and refresh at the Homecoming Party in PAC Room 200 with complimentary food sponsored by Sodexo and entertainment. For more information, email or call 812-464-1924.


Show your Screaming Eagle pride

Visit the newly renovated USI Campus Store to stock up on your favorite USI novelties to show your Screaming Eagle pride. Commemorative 50th anniversary gifts also are available. Visit the campus store website for hours of operation at


Spend an evening in the new Teaching Theatre

Scheduled to open in Spring 2015, USI's new Teaching Theatre will be the home of USI Theatre performances. Visit for show times, pricing and dates.


Reconnect with former classmates by attending Eagle Hour

Dates include January 15, March 19, May 21 and October 15, 2015, all in Evansville from 5 to 7 p.m. Locations vary. Alumni and friends are invited to gather for an informal alumni networking reception. Complimentary appetizers and a cash bar will be available. There is no charge for these events sponsored by the USI Alumni Association. For more information, email or call 812-464-1924.


Celebrate by giving to Campaign USI: Elevating Excellence

A gift to Campaign USI ensures and expands the excellent, affordable and accessible education offered to USI students. With your help, USI will strengthen our University and support its strategic goals by enriching the student experience, enhancing the academic environment, elevating athletics, strengthening community partnerships and providing vital ongoing annual support to USI. For more information visit


View the official University of Southern Indiana timeline

Unveiling in January 2015, the physical timeline of USI highlights the first 50 years of the University's history. The timeline is displayed in Wright Administration Building on the Forum wall across from the McCutchan Exhibition Space.


Read the voice of USI students through the University’s newspaper The Shield

Student articles and opinions are printed in The Shield weekly. Newsstands can be found in several locations across campus and online at


Plan to hold your next event at USI

Whether you're planning a conference, retreat or wedding, the diverse facilities at the University of Southern Indiana can accommodate your needs. Visit for more information.


Check off an item on the USI Student Bucket List

The USI student bucket list suggests experiences that a student should have while on campus throughout his/her collegiate career.  Items on the list incorporate USI traditions as well as campus and local events, and activities to create a sense of pride and identity within the USI community.  While community members would be able to mark some items off of this bucket list, the list was generated with students in mind. To view the bucket list, visit #USIBucketList  


Take a moment to stroll through 50th anniversary exhibits by faculty and alumni

Located in the McCutchan Art Center and Pace Galleries, special exhibits will feature USI faculty, students and alumni. For more information, visit


Show your spirit on the road with a USI license plate

Did you know that $25 of your purchase goes to USI Alumni Association for scholarships? Don’t forget to frame it with a USI plate holder from the USI Campus Store. Visit the Alumni Association website for more information at


Visit the University Archives

Do you know that USI houses archival materials both in-house and online? Visit the archives themselves at Rice Library or visit online at


Join fellow alumni and donors in Indianapolis

Thursday, April 23, 2015, at 5:30 p.m. at the Woodstock Club on 38th Street in Indianapolis, Indiana. This is a reception for alumni and friends residing in the Indianapolis area. For more information, email or call 812-464-1924.


Add to your reading list with a copy of the University of Southern Indiana Coffee Table Book

Purchase a copy of the commemorative coffee table book compiled for USI's 50th anniversary by calling toll-free 1-888-263-4702 or 812-468-8022 or go to book will feature an in-depth historical look at the first 50 years of the University's history.


Cheer on your Screaming Eagles

Did you know that nearly 300 athletes compete for USI in NCAA Division II sporting events each year in 17 different sports? All the while, USI's athletes hold a cumulative 3.2 GPA.  For more information about the teams and schedules, visit #GoUSIEagles


Attend Commencement ceremonies on USI's campus

In 2012, USI began holding Commencement ceremonies in the Physical Activities Center on USI's campus. Both fall and spring commencement details can be found at #USIGrad


Be a fan or follow USI on social media

University of Southern Indiana and various USI departments are on social media. For details, visit #ScrEaglePride


Participate in the annual Martin Luther King Luncheon

Monday, January 19, 2015, at 11 a.m. in Carter Hall on USI's campus. The annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Luncheon will feature James D. Anderson Ph.D. , the Edward William and Jane Marr Gutsgell Professor of Education. His scholarship focuses broadly on the history of U.S. education, with specializations in the history of African American education in the South, the history of higher education desegregation, the history of public school desegregation and the history of African American school achievement in the 20th century. The luncheon encourages and inspires attendees to continue working for the cause of racial equality, for which Dr. King gave his life. Additional information available on the website


Play a round of golf with USI

The USI Alumni Association and USI Varsity Club host golf outings each year. The Alumni Association holds an outing in September in Evansville at Helfrich Hills and in August in Indianapolis at Eagle Creek Golf Club. For more information visit The Varsity Club outing is in June and held at Cambridge Golf Course. For more information contact Mandi Fulton at 812-465-1022.


Honor USI at the Statehouse

USI students, faculty, staff and alumni are invited to celebrate USI's 50th Anniversary with a resolution at the Indiana State House. The day also will include lunch with State legislators, a tour of the State House and observing the legislature in session. For more information, contact Stephanie Hawes at 812-464-1774 or by email at . Additional information is available on the website at


Feast for the holidays

December 3-6, 2015, in Carter Hall on the USI Campus. Come join the feasting, singing, fellowship and fun as the USI Chamber Choir takes you back to Renaissance Europe for a holiday feast you will never forget. Start your holiday celebration in 2015 at the USI Madrigal Feaste. For more information, contact Dan Craig at 812-464-1736 or by email at . Additional information is available on the website at


Celebrate the 50th Anniversary by viewing a special exhibit at the Evansville Museum

Current and emeritus art faculty members will serve as guest curators to exhibit their work along with the work of selected former students in a series of Main Gallery exhibitions at the Evansville Museum. Through the "Master Teacher Series," each faculty member is invited to curate his or her exhibition independently. An illustrated catalogue will be produced for each exhibition with an introduction written by the Master Teacher. In keeping with the Museum's 20-year tradition of having an annual artist in residence, each of the Master Teachers will serve as a 2015 artist in residence by conducting a one-day workshop tailored to their particular media. Featured faculty include Michael Aakhus, Lenny Dowhie, Katie Waters, John McNaughton and Joan Kempf DeJong. For more information visit


Attend Women's Equality Day Evansville sponsored by USI

Wednesday, August 26, 2015, at the Old National Events Plaza in downtown Evansville. Women's Equality Day Evansville commemorates the passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, granting women the right to vote. USI is the lead sponsor in 2015 with Indiana Supreme Court Justice Loretta Rush as the keynote speaker. The Supreme Court Justice also will spend time on the USI campus. For more information, contact Stephanie Hawes at 812-464-1774 or by email at .


Listen to The Spin Radio

USI's own radio station, The Spin, airs daily on 95.7 FM. Student management and disc jockeys play an array of music throughout the week. For more information visit


Cook with the best recipes from USI

The USI Varsity Club is selling a commemorative cook book for the 50th Anniversary. These recipes have been submitted from individuals throughout the USI community. Books are expected to be available in the summer of 2015. For more information, contact Paula Nurrenburn at 812-461-5425.


Encapsulate history

On September 19, 2015, the University of Southern Indiana will enclose history in a time capsule.


Partake in the Festivities

April 15-17, 2015, on the USI campus. Springfest is a tradition that students look forward to all year. For the 50th Anniversary, Springfest will highlight past events and themes. For more information, contact Jenny Wittstock at 812-465-7167 or by email at . Additional information is available on the website at


Volunteer with USI

Did you know that over 1,500 alumni, students, employees and members of the community participate in Volunteer USI events each year? Events include Spruce Up, United Way Day of Caring and more. For more information, email or call 812-464-1924.


Stretch your legs and enjoy the beautiful scenery along the many USI trails

USI boasts many miles of multi-use trails on its scenic 1,400-acre campus, open to the University community and to the public. For more information, visit


Hear from President Bennett at Convocation

Friday, August 21, 2015, at 2:30 p.m. in the Physical Activities Center on USI's campus. Convocation is the formal introduction of new students to the USI community, and this year's event will have added features as we celebrate 50 years. For more information, contact Carmen Stoen at 812-465-7167 or by email at . Additional information is on the website at


Reunite with former classmates

Several affinity groups are holding reunions during the 50th Anniversary year. Former AMIGOS are gathering on Friday, September 18, 2015, from 7-9 p.m. in the McCutchan Art Center and Pace Galleries. Through the past 40 years, AMIGOS have helped thousands of new students in their transition to USI. For more information, contact Amanda Story at 812-465-7167 or by email at . Additional information is on the website at Alumni and friends are invited to come back to the University to help the Multicultural Center celebrate 20 years of service to the students and community. For more information, contact Pamela F. Hopson at 812-465-7188 or by email at . Additional information is available on the website at


Tune in to WNIN

Friday, January 16, 2015, from noon to 1 p.m. on WNIN public radio 88.3 FM, Dr. Linda L. M. Bennett will be the featured speaker on WNIN's The Trend. The Trend is where WNIN discusses ideas, challenges assumptions, and meets new people. Host Cass Herrington delves into issues that reflect and impact the local community. Topics range from serious to light-hearted, always with the intent to discover, inform and engage. Dr. Bennett will discuss USI's 50th Anniversary Celebration. Listen live online at


Taste the ethnic heritage of our students

The signature event of the USI International Club, the International Food Expo, will feature the cuisines of 25 countries, prepared by the students themselves with help from Sodexo staff. Students will wear and display traditional clothing, and there will be entertainment and crafts. The public is encouraged to contribute to this colorful event by wearing traditional clothing or costumes from their own cultures. For more information, contact Nicole Vernon at 812-228-5092 or by email at .


Go back in time

April 18 – May 29, 2015. The New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art will feature USI Faculty Michael Aakhus, Lenny Dowhie, William Leth, John McNaughton, Carolyn Roth and Kathryn Waters in a 1986 flashback exhibit. Their 1986 exhibit was the first USI/NHGCA faculty exhibition after USI assumed management of Historic New Harmony in 1985. For more information visit


Join Archie's Junior Varsity Club

Archie's Jr. Varsity Club is a fun way for kids to be part of USI Athletics. Membership is $10 per child for the first three children; $30 for family of four or more children. Members must be in grade 8 or younger. For more information and to register, visit


Read the Constitution

Thursday, September 17, 2015, in Rice Plaza on USI's campus. The University of Southern Indiana regularly celebrates Constitution Day with a public reading of the U.S. Constitution. Readers will include state officials in addition to USI students and faculty.


Experience campus life

October 24-25, 2015, on the USI campus parents, grandparents, friends and families are invited to explore and get a firsthand look at what life is like at USI. Parents and Families Weekend offers an opportunity to visit your student's campus home, meet other USI families, take part in campus activities, have lunch with President Bennett, take a tour of campus and have your family photo taken with Archie. For more information, email or call 812-464-1924.


Skate with fellow students

Saturday, January 24, 2015, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Swonder Ice Arena. Housing and Residence Life and the Recreation, Fitness and Wellness Center will host a free ice-skating event for all USI students. For more information contact Karen Huseman at 812-468-2066 or by email at . Additional information is available on the website at


Admire the art on campus

In celebration of the University's 50th Anniversary the Campus Art Map will guide visitors to 50 works of art and locations to view art on the USI campus. For more information, contact Susan Colaricci Sauls at 812-228-5116 or by email at .


Celebrate 50 years of organizations

January 20, 2015, from 10 a.m. to noon in Carter Hall on USI's campus. During the Spring Involvement Fair, organizations will be asked to share and showcase some highlights of their past with the USI community. For more information, contact Jenny Wittstock at 812-465-7167 or by email at . Additional information is available on the website

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