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Trustees approve sale of old theatre properties

Trustees approve sale of old theatre properties

Riley Guerzini, News Editor

April 27, 2018


Filed under News, Showcase

The university Board of Trustees approved the sale of the former USI Theatre scene shop and costume shop at it's meeting April 27. The property located at 96 North Barker Avenue in Evansville will be sold following a sealed bid auction. The building has been mostly vacant since the opening of the Performance Ce...

The next chapter

The next chapter

Riley Guerzini and Noah Alatza

April 24, 2018


Filed under News, Showcase

President Linda Bennett will mark her last day on the job come the end of June. Over the course of her nine years at the helm of the university, she has overseen growing enrollment, building of new facilities, and long-term planning. Bennett said one of the things she will miss the most about the ...

Law enforcement investigating Neo-Nazi posters, suspicious person on campus

Law enforcement investigating Neo-Nazi posters, suspicious person on campus

Noah Alatza and Megan Thorne

April 24, 2018


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In an emailed message sent out Tuesday afternoon, President Linda Bennett said “multiple law enforcement agencies,” are investigating inflammatory Neo-Nazi posters found on campus. Agencies are also investigating the posters along with a “suspicious person who may have been carrying a gun.”...

Rochon named USI’s fourth president

Rochon named USI’s fourth president

Riley Guerzini and Noah Alatza

April 19, 2018


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After a national presidential search, The Board of Trustees has voted unanimously 9-0 to approve Provost Ronald Rochon as the university's fourth president, replacing Linda Bennett.

Assistant dean wins ‘dietitian of the year’

Assistant dean wins ‘dietitian of the year’

Riley Guerzini, News Editor

April 17, 2018


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Julie McCullough, chair of the food and nutrition program, won Outstanding Dietitian of the Year in the state of Indiana Thursday. The award is through the Indiana affiliate of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, which is the largest organization of food and nutrition professionals in the United...

Trustees to announce next President

Trustees to announce next President

Noah Alatza, Community Engagement Manager

April 17, 2018


Filed under Breaking News, News

The Board of Trustees will meet in a special session to approve the selection of the university's fourth president Thursday at 1 p.m. in the Griffin Center. Director of Communications John Farless told The Shield that the upcoming meeting is open to the public and media. A press conference is sche...

Tobacco policy “covers everyone on campus”

Tobacco policy “covers everyone on campus”

Noah Alatza, Community Engagement Manager

April 16, 2018


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The smell of burning tobacco greeted senior Natalie DeClue as she stepped out of her car on a clear April afternoon. The education major has seen the campus landscape change during her four years at the university, including completion of the Performance Center in 2015 and the Griffin Center in 2016. ...

Student remembered as passionate, driven

Student remembered as passionate, driven

Noah Alatza, Community Engagement Manager

April 10, 2018


Filed under News, News Briefs

The university's psychology department confirmed Saturday that former senior psychology major Alex Hurt died Friday. “It is with an extremely heavy heart that we share this news with you,” a statement on the psychology department’s Facebook page said Saturday. “We will miss her contagious energy, bi...

McFarland responds after losing appeal

McFarland responds after losing appeal

Riley Guerzini, News Editor

April 8, 2018


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The university court voted April 5 uphold the election committee’s decision to disqualify SGA presidential candidate Trevion McFarland from running in the upcoming election and remove him from the ballot. McFarland was found guilty of violating numerous election rules including interfering in t...

Board of Trustees to hold executive session to discuss “personnel matters.”

Board of Trustees to hold executive session to discuss “personnel matters.”

Noah Alatza and Riley Guerzini

April 6, 2018


Filed under News

Clarification: The Shield previously reported that an announcement of USI’s next President would be made at the conclusion of the executive session. A later meeting and date will be scheduled for an announcement. The university has announced that a closed-off executive session scheduled for 10 a.m. April...

New Vectren facility not sitting well with students

New Vectren facility not sitting well with students

Noah Alatza, Community Engagement Manager

April 3, 2018


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A natural gas plant and solar farm are in the works for Vectren’s A.B.Brown plant in Posey County, just six and a half miles from USI’s campus. Vectren announced in late February that the $900 million upgrade would be anywhere from 800 to 900 megawatts. Vectren plans on retiring three of i...

Food truck festival tops Springfest lineup

Food truck festival tops Springfest lineup

Ciera McCann, Staff Writer

April 3, 2018


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It is time to have fun and to take a break from the stress of the school. Springfest, the annual campus event to celebrate the end of the semester, will take place from April 11-13 on campus. Jennifer Garrison, assistant director of student development programs, said that SpringFest is a ...

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