Go beyond your limitations. Lead with confidence. Be a role model. 

Rick Stein '92, Women's Varsity Basketball Coach

Rick Stein’s passion for coaching and students began when he found his home at USI as a basketball player in the 1980s. Read about his approach to coaching and his hope that it is impactful not just on the court, but in the classroom and community.

Sue Kunkle, Women's Head Softball Coach

Coach Sue Kunkle knew USI had a winning future when she arrived as the head coach of women’s softball, but her goals went beyond winning national championships. Read about her coaching style and what really motivates her.

Jennifer Leonhardt '20, Biology

Refusing to sacrifice her passion for softball or her dental school ambitions, Jennifer found a team at USI that would empower her to do both. Read how she achieved her goals on the field and in the classroom.

Evan Stieler '17, Biology

From Evansville to Boston. Read how Evan’s professors gave him the confidence to apply to Ivy League medical schools and the knowledge to transition to medical school without skipping a beat.

Anjali Patel '19, Biology

Outside of the classroom, Anjali works as a peer advisor at the Romain College of Business Advising Center. Read how she has been shaped by her boss’s positive attitude, support of students, and enthusiasm for small victories.

Joy Cook '95, '03, M'09, Radiologic and Imaging Sciences

In 1992, Joy Cook came to USI as a student. Read how she takes her passion for learning and the field of radiology to inspire her own students twenty-seven years later.

Elle Floyd '18, Economics

Advice to seize opportunities before her led Elle to study abroad and find her mission and purpose. Read about Elle’s plans to pursue work that promotes education and human development.

Dr. Kent Scheller, Physics

Dr. Scheller has fun in the classroom, using multiple methods to empower and impact his students. Read how Dr. Scheller's open door approach breaks through barriers to learning.

Alfonso Aldana Jr. '21, Geology

An interest that began as a fifth grader led Alfonso to pursue his passion for understanding how the Earth works. Read how his professors inspired him to achieve his long-term career goals.

Dr. Stephanie Young, Communication

Connection and a love of teaching are why her students and colleagues call her a role model. Read about Dr. Young’s philosophy of approaching teaching as a two-way conversation.  

Alizia True '19, Advertising / Public Relations and Communication Studies

Alizia True’s horizons opened up with the help of USI’s Student Support Services. Read more about his experience as a first-generation student and the strength he found within to reach his goals.

Dr. Daria Sevastianova, Economics

Dr. Daria Sevastianova uses her loud and enthusiastic passion to engage her students. Read how her dream job at USI has allowed her to go beyond the classroom, and even the country, to build connections with students.

Katlyn Winnecke '20, Nursing

Realizing her own potential, Katlyn pushed herself out of her comfort zone and into USI’s ROTC and nursing programs. Read how Katlyn was able to pave a pathway to achieve her dreams here at USI.

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