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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Convocation to have more meaning for freshmen

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Students during last year's convocation.
Photo Credit:
Macabe Brown
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Sarah Harlan
Administrative Associate
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This year's Freshman Convocation will be held at 3 p.m. on Friday, August 19 in the Physical Activities Center (PAC) at the University of Southern Indiana. Held during Welcome Week (August 18-24), the convocation is the official induction of new students into the USI community.

"This year's Convocation will be an even more exciting and inspirational induction ceremony than USI has had in its recent history," said David Duvall, assistant director of Student Development Programs.

The program will feature a welcome from President Linda L. M. Bennett, stories from students about their favorite experiences at USI, and a welcome from each college dean. Student-inspired videos including, "I am an eagle" and a pinning ceremony are going to be part of the program. Student Government Association President Jordan Whitledge will lead the pinning ceremony and mark the moment that this year's incoming class is inducted into the University community. The convocation also will recognize outstanding accomplishments from rising sophomores of last year's incoming class to inspire new students. "We want to show freshmen they can contribute to the campus community even during their first year of college," Duvall said.

This year's keynote speaker is Provost Ronald Rochon. Before coming to USI in 2010, Rochon served as associate vice president for Teacher Education and dean of the School of Education at Buffalo State College in New York. He earned his undergraduate degree at Tuskegee University. His graduate degrees are from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His doctoral work was in educational policy studies, with an emphasis on educational history and policy analysis. His teaching career has included work at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Texas A & M University, Washington State University, and University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse.

After convocation, students will be invited to move to the Quad where a group photo will be taken of the freshman class. The new students, identified as the Class of 2015, will have the opportunity to complete their degrees in four years and to graduate in 2015, the year USI will celebrate its 50th anniversary.

All new students are expected to attend convocation. For more information on this year's Convocation, contact Duvall at or 812/465-7167.

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