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  • Mountains to Climb

    Alice Burris always intended to earn a college degree; it just took her 39 years to achieve what she started in 1984. But then, nothing in Alice's life went according to plan; at least, not her plan.

  • Heat Mapping Motivation

    It’s no secret that people love dogs—from cute photos to countless viral videos, puppies have been known to provide happiness and comfort at times when it’s most needed. They can even make someone more inclined to buy a certain product.

  • Bird Box

    The story of USI's Bluebird Trail project and the ornithological research of those blue feathered friends begins more than 150 years ago.

  • President's Perspective

    Dr. Ronald Rochon comtemplates the microscope higher education has been put under versus the return-on-value of a college education.

  • Student POV

    Growing up I did not believe college was for people like me. People who grew up without a father and got in trouble with the law.

  • From the Desk of

    Troy Miller ruminates on the value of people besides parents in children's lives and how he would not be where he is today without the presence of his grandparents.

  • Scoreboard

    Tune in to hear what cross country runner Carson Kleinhelter '25 says about life as a USI athlete.

  • Tailfeather

    USI's first in-house counsel Chief Government and Legal Affairs Officer Aaron Trump discusses his role at the University.

  • Into the Woods

    When the nonprofit Wesselman Woods needed a helping hand, USI faculty, alumni and students delivered with their skills and knowledge. Learn about the unique project they collaborated on to improve the experience of visiting Wesselman Woods.

  • Portal to the Past

    The murderous lynching of seven Black men was only whispered about for 144 years. Now USI and several of its departments are collaborating to ensure we can all learn from it.

  • The Recipe for Success

    When Cameron Kainer arrived to be the inaugural Head Coach of the Men's and Women's Swimming/Diving teams, all that greeted him was a beautiful, new empty pool. Today, the teams are making waves in the competitive collegiate world.

  • From the Desk of...

    Dr. Del Doughty, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, collaborated with an AI to write a paper and graded the results. Now he's making a prediction about the future of AIs in the classroom.

  • State of the U

    President Rochon reflects on the importance of seeing beyond the façade people present and working to discover their true essence.

  • How X Got Here

    Emily Gartner's business administration degree has served her well since earning it in 1984. Her fabulous career as a serial entrepreneur has been as colorful as she is intrepid. Discover how her path in life could inspire you.

  • Awesome Alumni

    Alumna Jaimie Sheth '01 is on a mission to ensure people near and far have housing, clean water, schools and more.

  • Immortalized in Oil

    A little insight into the four USI Presidents' portraits hanging on the top floor of the David L. Rice Library and the artists behind each one.

  • Scoreboard

    Maya Etienne '23, computer information systems, splits her time on the field with USI's Women's Soccer team, cheering for her teammates and blocking balls as a goalie.

  • World View

    Engineering student Bohdan Yarovyi escaped Ukraine during the war. He is now a student at USI (his sister is an alumna) and shares part of his story in this issue.

  • Tailfeather

    Alum César Berríos Chavarría '13 M'18 parents moved to the United States to give their children the American Dream. Now César is paying it forward by helping other college students.

  • Plumes of Smoke

    Alumnus Hans Schneider ’01 pens a thoughtful-piece on his year living in Ukraine on a Fulbright grant researching wooden churches and his family living through today’s Russian-Ukraine war.


Dr. Andrew Buck, Associate Professor and Chair of Sociology, talks with alumnus Hans Schneider ‘01 about Fulbright grants, advocacy and why the Russian-Ukraine war should matter to the world.

    Ukraine Matters

    Dr. Andrew Buck, Associate Professor and Chair of Sociology, talks with alumnus Hans Schneider ‘01 about Fulbright grants, advocacy and why the Russian-Ukraine war should matter to the world.

  • Rising Phoenix: A True Tale of Triumph

    Katelyn Vinci '21 M'23 never imagined she would one day be a college graduate. This provocative, heartfelt essay reveals what it was like for her to be homeless as a child.

  • A Seat at the Table

    Every two years, one student is selected by the Governor of Indiana to sit on the Board of Trustees. Learn what they do and what it was like for the first Student Trustee Eric Williams ’89 and the current Student Trustee Liam Collins ’23 to be part of USI going independent and Division I.

  • A Piece of the D1 Pie

    The University's decision to advance to Division I athletics as part of the Ohio Valley Conference didn’t spring up overnight. This move was a long time in the making and positions USI to be showcased on a national scale.

  • State of The U

    Once a competitive swimmer in high school, President Rochon reflects on what he learned from having that opportunity and on USI today being part of Division I athletics in the Ohio Valley Conference.

  • Scoreboard

    Student-athlete Addisyn Backwell ’22 brings her game to the basketball court and accounting classroom. Get to know her thoughts in this Q&A.

  • Student POV

    First-year student Tegan Ruhl ’24 was not prepared for the emotional upheaval she’d experience during her first semester. Fortunately, she found her way out of depression and put herself on a new path forward in life.

  • From the Desk of

    Janet Johnson M'05, Director of Alumni Relations and Volunteer USI, writes about the mentors she’s had in life and the value alumni mentors bring to students through the Screagles Mentoring Program.

  • Tailfeather

    Professor Xavia Harrington Burton’s path to becoming an educator started with a superhero teacher who inspired students in Burton’s rural South Carolina community to dream bigger than what their small town offered. She did!

  • Matchmakers

    USI's Career Services and Internships Department is all about students' futures. Find out what motivates the dedicated career professionals of this office and learn some tips for securing your dream job. 

  • Headway

    Alumnus Dr. Kester Phillips '02, biology, struggled with and failed every first, second and more attempts of standardized tests he took during his academic journey. Yet today he is a neuro-oncologist. 

  • Risking Life for Life

    One moment nursing student Ellie Conley '22 was kicking a ball around rugby practice and the next moment she is climbing into a car that crashed near the playing field to help save the life of a woman. 

  • A Crescendo of Music

    As the song goes, it's been "a long and winding road" for USI's music programs, from the Mid-American Singers to performing in Carnegie Hall. Now USI is scoring a new song.

  • State of the U

    President Rochon confesses his fears, exposing his vulnerabilities. Read how this led him to a larger understanding.

  • Student POV

    Venezuelan marketing student Diego Socorro Neira '23 believes in building bridges. His role in improving the life of a family in West Virginia taught him some valuable lessons.

  • From the Desk of...

    As the Associate Director of the Multicultural Center, one of Dr. D'Angelo Taylor's roles is to mentor USI students, a desire instilled in him on his first job as a fast-food worker. 

  • Scoreboard

    Double major -- accounting and economics -- Parker Collignon '22 learned some valuable lessons during his years playing tennis. Lessons that will payoff in the long run.

  • Tailfeather

    While Dr. Mikel Hand, Associate Professor of Nursing, has a passion for historic homes and the Thunderbolts ice-hockey team, it's his interest in oncology and leadership that makes him a winner.  

  • Dared to Do It

    Until the mid 1960s, there was a statewide agreement among university presidents and many politicians in Indiana that no city would have a public, higher education institution where a private college existed.

  • Educating the Educator

    Harolyn Torain '71, USI's first alumna and African American to serve on USI's Board of Trustees, recalls her time as a student in the 60s, starting out in the Centennial building before the current campus opened, as freeing and fun.

  • The Dog Ate My Homework

    In terms of students' excuses as to why they have not turned in an assignment, faculty have heard it all. See if you every profered one of these classic excuses.

  • Carving Careers

    The University of Southern Indiana has shaped and redirected the lives of tens of thousands of people as they passed through our educational halls.

  • State of the U

    President Ronald Rochon contemplates cigarette smoke rings and legacy.

  • Student POV

    Ben Pfingston '21 was a bit of a rebel in his family. The bookish kind. The first in his family to earn a degree after setting some lofty goals.

  • From the Desk of...

    Lee Ann Shafer, Academic Programs Manager/Advisor, is in awe of her non-traditional sister.

  • Tailfeather

    Steve Bridges, Vice President for Finance and Administration, always knew education was his path in life and USI offered the perfect trifecta: accounting major, close to home, affordable.

  • The Thin Blue Line

    Most of us have a straightforward opinion on the subject of police body-worn cameras. But when two of USI's Criminal Justice faculty and a colleague from another institution researched the subject, they discovered it was not so cut and dry.

  • Seeds of Change

    Courtney Johnson '15 had big dreams for his life - New York, LA - where he imagined he'd end up. But a twist in the road lead him back home and he's never regretted it. Feet firmly rooted in his hometown, Johnson is making a difference in the lives of the communities underserved youth.

  • USI Softball-team catcher Courtney Schoolcraft refused to let cancer slow her down.

    Courtney's Courage

    Softball player Courtney Schoolcraft '23 never expected a diagnosis of cancer at the age of 19. Like a fast ball, it took her by surprise. Courage, team support and a fierce drive to win delivered a homerun for her.

  • A Call Leads to a Calling

    Alum and recent USI retiree Larry Back '99 had no idea a call from his daughter-in-law would put him on a life-long mission to make like better for people struggling with mental health issues and their families.

  • State of the U

    For Dr. Rochon, community activists are the heros and sheros of our community, nation and globe. Read his poignant perspective on the subject.

  • Tailfeather

    Dr. Bohan Ye, Assistant Professor of Economics, has performed as a Chinese opera singer all over the world. Her theatrical skills allow her to read the audience so she can pace lectures to fit students' needs.