University of Southern Indiana

Newsletter Spring 2021

Issue 01 Spring 2021

Dean CareyDean's Remarks

Dear Colleagues, Students, Alumni and Friends of the Romain College of Business,

Throughout the Business and Engineering Center you can feel the pressure of the pandemic lifting and the anticipation of a return to a more familiar normal. We are looking forward to filling the offices, hallways, classrooms and study spaces in the way Romain College of Business students and faculty are so well known for doing. We wish our new graduates well as they move on to attractive and productive careers, and we thank them for trusting their academic experience to us.

The Romain College of Business continues to make an impact despite the pandemic’s ongoing restrictions and obstacles. Through this spring’s newsletter, we provide examples of how we have adapted and persevered through conditions that could not have been foreseen when I came to USI less than two years ago. (Continue reading)

PlexiglassProtocols Ensure Safety of VITA Program

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program is such a valuable community service that Dr. Brett Bueltel decided he would make it work-safely-despite the pandemic.

ANFP WebsiteTechnology Makes Not-for-Profit Business Case Competition Possible During the Pandemic

Students competing in USI's Alberta Not-for-Profit challenge found that technology made this year's competition possible. Whether traveling to a competition hundreds of miles away or adapting to the virtual environment from their own dorm room, being on a case team remains a top-rated student experience.

Econ Games studentsLet The Games Begin!

Students in The Econ Games challenge used data sets from the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland to identify a problem, work out their findings and recommend policy solutions. The challenge strengthened the skills that are highly sought after in the job market, including data analysis and visualizations.

vialsProfessor's Research Impacts Policy Makers

Dr. Sima Fortsch, Assistant Professor of Management, has received national recognition for her ongoing involvement in studying our nation’s blood supply chain management. Her research has been particularly important during the pandemic when blood is in very short supply. 

Screenshot of NBA2KLab websiteNBA2KLab is a 3-Pointer for Romain College Alumni

With an entrepreneurial mindset, two Romain College graduates created NBA2KLab, a successful video game content provider. Individuals use the statistics to become better players, and some NBA virtual teams use the data for strategy.

Ryan holding droneEverything Has a Business Side, and That Includes Agriculture

The Romain College of Business is launching agricultural business classes to meet the demand in this increasingly sophisticated field. The courses are new, but you just may recognize the two familiar faces teaching them.

SUW advertisementStartup Weekend Evansville Online

After a year of experience with virtual technologies, the community came together and engaged to fully deliver Startup Weekend Evansville Online.

NoahStudent Leadership

Get to know Noah Barnett '22, management, chair of the Romain College of Business Student Advisory Board.

4 deans award winnersDean's Awards for Excellence

Recognizing the recipients of the 2021 Dean's Awards for Excellence in Teaching, Research and Service.

Well doneAlumni Updates and Student Honors

Read about the impact of some of our alumni, as well as the achievements of our students as they prepare to make their mark in the world.

Instructor in classFaculty Engagement and Achievements

Recognizing faculty who have had publications, presentations, community engagements and awards this semester.


Hear from Kennedy Williams '23 how your gift impacts business students so they can pursue their dreams.

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