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Spring 2021


Message from the Dean
We have survived another semester during a global pandemic! Because of the coronavirus, it has been an unpredictable and sometimes bumpy ride. A heartfelt thank you to everyone in the College of Nursing and Health Professions for all you have done to keep things on course.

CNHP Steps Up
Learn about USI's efforts to vaccinate students and employees, plus other ways the College of Nursing and Health Professions is helping mitigate risks on the USI campus during the pandemic.

From the Students: COVID-19 Insights
All USI students have had to adapt to new ways of learning during the coronavirus pandemic, but a very unique project occurred in Dr. Steve Gruenewald’s Healthcare Quality junior/senior class during the Fall 2020 Semester.

Thank you to our Partners!
We are indebted to all of the clinical fieldwork and internship partners at various healthcare settings who have gone above and beyond to create meaningful experiences for our students during the pandemic.


Rise of Telehealth at USI
With the coronavirus pandemic, telehealth has certainly been front and center. Explore how USI students are learning about this method of healthcare delivery.



Food and Nutrition Gives Back
Students step out of the classroom to provide snacks and meals for community organizations.

Food and Nutrition and the Promise Zone
The USI Food and Nutrition program is involved with a federal grant to support local farmers and healthy food choices. 


OT Students and Adaptive Tricycle
USI OT students help design a highly customized set of wheels for local school children.   





Dental Hygiene's Project During COVID
USI students volunteer at local food bank as part of their research of the impact of homelessness on oral public health.


Hershel B. Whitney Leadership Gift
A $2 million leadership gift is funding scholarships for USI Nursing students 

Heart to Heart Hospice Foundation Scholarship Endowment
Students pursuing a career in hospice care and/or advance care planning will benefit from new endowment.


Bill Sands Communication Award
Prior student loans almost kept Casey Hand from enrolling at USI. Read how the Bill Sands Communication Award has helped her make it to the finish line.


Otta' be an Otter for a Day
After 26 years, Mike Fetscher signs pro baseball contract – for just one day.


Kiboi_Nursing Award Recipient PhotoNursing Alumni Award
Registered nurse who chose to work at the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic in New York City reflects on lessons learned at USI.




Tell Us Your Story!
A fulfilling journey, a life-changing experience, a successful outcome; those are the stories being written in the lives of USI alumni everyday. Share how USI has positively impacted your life by responding to the questions relevant to your story.

Alumni Update Form
Use our online form to update your contact information and other information with USI Alumni Association.


Helping Students During COVID-19
The College of Nursing and Health Professions’ vision is a simple but powerful one: Healthy communities for all. Especially now in the time of COVID-19, your gift can impact deserving students and help them accomplish their higher education goals, develop skills and become exceptional health professionals. Make a gift.





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