University of Southern Indiana

illume Spring 2020 | Allies

State of the U: Assurance

USI president Ronald S. Rochon

When COVID-19 swept into the United States and threatened the safety and well-being of USI,  Dr. Rochon took swift action and closed the campus.

Fulbrights Shine a Light on USI Experience

Salome Apkhazishvili and Mariam GamdlishviliLeaving their Georgian homeland to come to the United States and attend USI was the best move Salome Apkhazishvili and Mariam Gamdlishvili ever made. 

The Man Behind the Beginning

Dr. David L. RiceAllies were key to Dr. David L. Rice’s 27 years of leadership as USI’s first president. Working with internal and external partners, he built lasting ties through collaborative relationships to transform the institution into an exceptional university.

A Tale of Two Companies

tree illustrationWhat do an established credit card-processing company and a small vivacious web design company have in common? For one thing, USI. 

Mission Impossible

How a team of engineering students led by an alumna and supported by faculty is rising to a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation challenge to benefit people halfway around the world. 

Pen a Caption

Put your creative mind to work by putting words in the mouths of the people in this photo. The wittiest will appear in the Fall 2020 issue of illume. Send your responses to

One Moment, Please

Today they teach, but there was a time when these four faculty, representing USI's four colleges, learned just as their students do today. Each tells of a moment that influenced they way the teach.

Students POV

Finding their place and a place for others like themselves meant creating a new sorority chapter at USI.

The Art of an Efroymson

Painting has been Livia Alexander's destiny since she was a child attending USI's Children's Learning Center. 

Against the Odds

Tiffany Coles – once in foster care, kicked out of three high schools, with a mother addicted to drugs – never imagined she'd one day wear a college cap and gown.

Tail Feather: Dr. Sakina Hughes

More than an associate history professor and director of USI's Africana Studies Program, Dr. Hughes is an expert on circuses too. 

Time and Space Collapse in Collaboration

When Laura Walker '05 M'17, head of Ocala, Florida's cultural arts and sciences division, needed to commission a sculpture commemorating Florida's rich film history, she turned to her former art instructor at USI.

From the Desks of Dr. Khayhum and Steve Bridges

Despite COVID-19 closing campus, USI's 2021-2026 Strategic Planning process will carry on remotely. USI wants you to understand what, why and how things are happening.

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