University of Southern Indiana
HRL Timeline

HRL Timeline 1965-2012

1965 Indiana State University-Evansville opened on September 15; first classes held in Centennial School with 412 students, two full-time and 36 part-time faculty and staff
1979 SIHE announced plans to provide student housing
1984 First student housing opened at ISUE. Housing known as Mid-America Student Housing Inc. (O'Daniel South Apartments)
1985 Legislation signed on April 16, 1985, establishing a separate state university, University of Southern Indiana
1986 USI accepted the gift of property from MASH, for apartments adjacent to campus
1994 SIHE transfers ownership of $15 million student apartments to USI. Apartment areas renamed to Frank F. McDonald Apartment Complex and Joseph E. O'Daniel Apartment Complex.
1997 Robert J. Fair Residence Life Center opened. The main office for Housing and Residence Life located in the center.
1998 Three new apartment buildings bring campus occupancy to 2,100 students
1999 First suite-style residence hall opened (Newman Hall); Food Services offered first meal plan
2000 Second residence hall, Governors Hall, opened
2001 O'Bannon Hall, third residence hall opened
2004 Fourth residence hall, Ruston Hall, opened
2008 McWest Community Center renovated and renamed to Residence Life Community Center
2009 Housing Services Building renovated. Office of Religious Life, O'Daniel South laundry along with Housing programming initiatives are located in the building.
2011 Housing and Residence Life (Robert J. Fair Residence Life Center) office renovated.
2012 USI campus housing can accommodate nearly 3,000 students




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