a junior chemistry major with a minor in biophysics, was appointed by Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels to serve as student representative to the USI Board of Trustees
A Warrick County resident, Johnson graduated from Castle High School in 2005. In her first two years at USI, she has received a number of academic honors and accolades, including a 2007 USI Foundation Excellence in Learning Award, and she participates in a mind-spinning number of activities.
This academic year, she will serve as associate vice president of Academic Affairs for the Student Government Association, as a member of the USI chapter of the American Chemical Society, and as president of the Pre-Health Professions Club. In addition, she’ll serve as a research assistant for Dr. Ken Walsh
, assistant professor of chemistry, and for Dr. Cindy M. Basinski, a local obstetrician/gynecologist.
She was enrolled in a class on the Holocaust at the University of Evansville’s Harlaxton College in Grantham, England when one of the governor’s assistants called. “He had my application and essay, and wanted to know my viewpoints, issues, and concerns about things that go on at USI,” she said.
Her interests include the development of Greek housing; campus involvement and activities; construction projects; and enrollment and admission processes.
One of her first official duties as student trustee was to attend the President’s Breakfast on the Taskforce for Workforce and Economic Development. “I like the way President Hoops and the University focus on community needs,” she said.
She also made a trip to Indianapolis to meet the governor, who encouraged her and other university trustees to be aware of developments, voice their opinions, and make informed decisions.
Her experiences thus far have led her to consider the possibility of a career in politics or administration.
“It definitely has opened my eyes, and I think it will continue to. Right now the plan is to go to medical school, but I’m definitely leaving my options open. I’m going through the application process, but I want to see what’s out there.”