University of Southern Indiana

USI student veterans to host second annual Chili Cook Off

February 23, 2018

Student Veterans AssociationStudent Veterans AssociationThe University of Southern Indiana’s Student Veterans Association (SVA) will host its second annual Chili Cook Off at the Evansville Ronald McDonald House from 3:30 to 6:00 p.m. on Friday, February 16. All Ronald McDonald House patients and staff are welcome to enjoy the food.

The intercollegiate competition also encompasses participation from USI ROTC and University of Evansville Student Veterans Association. Teams will cook chili in four categories: regular, spicy, white and veggie. The judges for the competition are members of the local fire department. In 2017, USI SVA won the event.

“Having our second annual event means that we are expanding and meeting new goals,” said Rebecca Durnell, president. “We are excited for this event and ready for the many years to come.

The USI SVA was established in 2013 to advocate for student veterans, current service members and family members. There are currently 185 members of the SVA from various backgrounds. The organization has continued to strive in reflecting the highest standards of devotion, professionalism and character in the community.


SVA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that is a grassroots coalition of more than 1,400 student veteran-led chapters, representing more than 550,000 veterans in higher education, across the country and around the world. The mission is to provide veterans with the resources and tools to go from successful service member to successful veteran by helping them make the best choices for their education and their future. The organization helps to create the most successful generation of veterans in American history. For more information, visit

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