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University moves to online classes for remainder of semester, shuts down housing

University moves to online classes for remainder of semester, shuts down housing

Riley Guerzini, Editor-in-Chief

March 17, 2020

President Ron Rochon announced today the university will move to online-only classes for the remainder of the semester because of COVID-19. Campus, along with all other university owned property, will be closed to all non-essential personnel effective immediately until April 6.  All on-camp...

USI Theatre cancels remainder of season

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Emma Corry, Features Editor

March 12, 2020

The USI Theatre Department’s upcoming productions of “Eclipsed” and “Little Shop of Horrors” have been canceled. Elliot Wasserman, chair of the performing arts department, confirmed to The Shield through email the remainder of the program’s 2019-2020 season has been canceled after the univer...

University extends spring break, moves classes online

University extends spring break, moves classes online

Rhonda Wheeler, News Editor

March 12, 2020

Spring break is extended for one week and all-in person courses will be moved to "online or alternative delivery" by March 23 due to concerns about the coronavirus the university announced today. Campus will remain open during the extended break and all employees are to report to work as usual. Courses...

University announces enrollment management changes

University announces enrollment management changes

Riley Guerzini, Editor-in-Chief

February 11, 2020

The university released details on the new structure of enrollment management Tuesday morning following the resignation of Andy Wright, former vice president for enrollment management. President Ron Rochon appointed Rashad Smith, director of admissions, with the new title of executive director for...

Community mourns ‘inspirational’ student, playwright

Community mourns 'inspirational' student, playwright

Riley Guerzini and Rhonda Wheeler

January 26, 2020

Andrea Morgan Dale was always excited for the next project. She planned ahead and found ways to encourage and include her peers in her projects. “She was an impeccable student,” said Maya Fein, assistant professor of theatre and lighting design. “Even if she had to miss classes or anything lik...

A leading legacy

A leading legacy

Riley Guerzini, Editor-in-Chief

January 16, 2020

  "Every citizen who desires an education, who is capable of attaining an education, and who is willing to achieve an education shall have the opportunity to do so." - David Rice Founding university President David Rice died at his residence in York, Pennsylvania Jan. 15, the university ann...

Potential armed suspect in campus housing

Potential armed suspect in campus housing

Rhonda Wheeler, News Editor

December 2, 2019

Students, faculty and staff received RAVE Alerts that there was a potentially armed subject on campus on Dec. 2. At 5:25 p.m., the alert was sent out stating that the suspect was in the campus housing area. Students were asked to shelter in place for 8 minutes when there was another alert stating...

Two injured after grease fire in Leslie apartment

Ambulances and Sheriff cars outside Leslie apartment Oct. 26 after a grease fire.

Rhonda Wheeler, News Editor

October 26, 2019

A grease fire broke out at the Leslie building apartments Saturday night that led to two people being burned. The Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office, Perry Township fire trucks, Public Safety vehicles and ambulances arrived at the apartment building around 6:50 p.m. A firefighter from Perry...

Toddler found dead after being left in hot vehicle

Toddler found dead after being left in hot vehicle

Riley Guerzini, Editor-in-Chief

July 9, 2019

A child has died after being left in a hot vehicle on USI’s campus. Maj. Jason Ashworth with the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office said the father of the toddler went to the children’s learning center where the parent asked for help after discovering them in the car. The child later died. A...

Multiple alleged sexual assaults reported in campus housing

Multiple alleged sexual assaults reported in campus housing

Megan Thorne and Bowman Clark

February 15, 2019

A student was removed and banned from campus last week pending a Title IX investigation after multiple allegations of sexual assault. The university announced they had become aware of multiple alleged sexual assaults that occurred in housing over the past week, in a Rave Alert sent at 5:17 p.m. Frida...

Career services director dies

Career services director dies

Noah Alatza and Megan Thorne

January 18, 2019

Director of Career Services and Internships Philip Parker has died, multiple sources with knowledge of Parker’s death confirmed to The Shield Jan 18. Career Coordinator Katherine Weinzapfel told The Shield on a phone call Friday that Parker had died earlier in the week. Vanderburgh County Corone...

Kiessling promoted to vice president, will retire in August

Associate Provost for Student Affairs Marcia Kiessling has been promoted to vice president for Student Affairs

Noah Alatza and Riley Guerzini

January 9, 2019

Associate Provost for Student Affairs Marcia Kennard Kiessling has been promoted to vice president for Student Affairs, President Ronald Rochon announced in an email sent to the USI community Jan. 9. "Dr. Kiessling is consistently student-focused and has brought a tremendous energy and passion to thi...

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