Your gifts to the USI Foundation benefit a diverse and deserving group of University of Southern Indiana students and allow them the opportunity to accomplish their goals in higher education. Thank you for your generous support of USI and your commitment to providing valuable opportunities to our students—opportunities we could not offer without your help.
Thanks to increasing support from donors to the Foundation’s private scholarship program, friends and alumni provided 1,366 scholarships valued at more than 1.8 million dollars to bright and deserving students this past academic year. We thank all of our friends and alumni for their generous commitment to USI students!
A gift of a scholarship is an investment in the life of a USI student.
A look at the construction of the University of Southern Indiana's Griffin Center, which opened on May 6, 2016.
The Griffin Center is a 12,700 square-foot meeting and conference space overlooking Reflection Lake and facing east towards campus. The Center’s largest venue is the Grand Hall, with space to accommodate more than 130 guests and striking views through floor to ceiling windows. Other available venues include a private study for small committee meetings, an atrium lobby and multipurpose meeting spaces that can be configured for groups of varied sizes and needs.
The building is named in honor of the Robert E. Griffin family, whose leadership gift to Campaign USI: Elevating Excellence provided the funding for construction.
“The University of Southern Indiana is a good thing for Evansville and the region; it deserves our support and involvement,” Griffin said. “We want this to be a good community; we live here, we have families here. Education is an essential part of our community, it’s the best investment we can make. The more brain power we keep here in the community, the more the community will advance with the University.”
Featured art includes: Bent Twig, a commissioned sculpture that graces the west façade of the building, by USI professors John McNaughton (emeritus) and Joan Kempf deJong; pieces of Steuben art glass that were donated to the University Art Collection by Alan and Susan Shovers; and an oil portrait of Robert Griffin by celebrated Indiana artist Mark Dillman.
The Griffin Center is a vision fulfilled,” said USI President Linda L. M. Bennett. “What has come to fruition is beyond our expectation. Due to the exceptional generosity of the Robert E. Griffin family, the Griffin Center will serve the University for generations not yet born.”
Presidential Scholars visited with friends and alumni who supported the Presidential Scholarship program during a luncheon on Wednesday, March 16, 2016. Students Chelsea Hochstetler '16 and Maria Anderson '16 expressed their gratitude to donors of the Presidential Scholarship during remarks they gave at the luncheon.
The USI Presidential Scholars
Dr. Victor V. Schriefer, Jr. made a generous gift to provide an interactive classroom in the Health Professions Center. The classroom was completed in January 2016 and it is already having a tremendous impact on students and faculty.
The classroom allows interdisciplinary creative collaboration and furniture in the space can be reconfigured for optimal mobility and interaction for groups of all sizes. Currently, students from four disciplines-occupational therapy, health services, computer science, and engineering-are working together in the classroom to develop an interactive application for mobile phones. This kind of collaboration will continue in the classroom and more spaces across campus.
Dr. Schriefer's gift will touch 300 students this semester alone and 1,000 students throughout the course of 2016.
Dr. Victor V. Schriefer Jr. and Dr. Ann White, Dean of the College of Nursing
and Health Professions
Dr. Victor V. Schriefer Jr. writes on the dry erase walls of the Schriefer Nursing and Health Professions Interactive Classroom.
27th Annual Scholarship Donor Recognition Luncheon
President Linda L. M. Bennett and the USI Foundation hosted the 27th Annual Scholarship Donor Recognition Luncheon on Wednesday, November 4, 2015 in Josephine K. Carter Hall on the USI campus. This luncheon serves as an opportunity for generous donors of the Foundation’s private scholarship program to be honored as well as meet their student recipients. During the 2014 - 2015 academic year, scholarships from generous alumni and friends provided over $2.1 million to 1,623 USI students.
USI students Maddy Kriz and Bobby Shipman both spoke at the luncheon and are pictured below with their parents and President Linda L. M. Bennett.
Above, from left to right: Dan Kriz, Marlene Zippay, Maddy Kriz,
and President Linda L. M. Bennett.
Above, from left to right: President Linda L. M. Bennett, Bobby Shipman,
Laurie Shipman, and Robert Shipman '83.
Update from Washington
The Senate Finance Committee has approved IRA Charitable Rollover Extension. On Tuesday, July 21, 2015 the Senate Finance Committee approved by a 23-3 vote a $95 billion tax extenders package that would retroactively renew 52 expired tax provisions – including the IRA Charitable Rollover – through the end of 2016. This vote marks the latest step in Congressional efforts this year to revive the Rollover, which lapsed once again at the end of 2014.
Read the full update here.