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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Insider Insights to wildlife photography

    Decades of photographing wildlife in Southern Indiana have made Daniel Craig, Associate Professor of Music and Director of the USI Chamber Choir and Women's Choir, an expert.

  • Secrets at the Zoo

    Biology majors are not the only USI graduates who go on to work at a zoo. Learn about the behind-the-scenes workings of Evansville's Zoo from alumni who majored in art, geology, public relations, sociology and more.

  • Field Notes

    Animal lovers unite! Alumni reveal why and how they were drawn to work and/or volunteer animals.

  • Exploring the Animal World Through Scientific Research

    Parthenogenesis: development of eggs without fertilization. Is that what happened with the Jamaican boa snake housed in USI's Biology Department?

  • Paws, Claws and Probes. Oh My!

    It was the Komodo dragon's long claws and hissing that unnerved USI faculty and alumna Dr. Kathy Peak the most as she probed the dragon's belly with the ultrasound wand.