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Demand for health professions rising

Demand for health professions rising

Rhonda Wheeler, News Editor

January 14, 2020

The need for health professions is on the rise. Employment in health professions is expected to rise 14% from 2018 to 2028 according to a study from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Nurse practitioners are the second most common health professional job in the U.S. Dean of the College of Nursing and...

New fraternity could come to campus

New fraternity could come to campus

Alex Brennan, Staff Writer

January 14, 2020

A new fraternity could make its way on campus in the foreseeable future. The fraternity community, which is a student-led body acting as an interfraternity council at the university, voted in November to bring another fraternity on campus in the future. Jacob Dicus, program coordinator for Frate...

Trustees raise concerns over expected enrollment

Trustees raise concerns over expected enrollment

Rhonda Wheeler, News Editor

January 14, 2020

Members of the Board of Trustees expressed concerns about enrollment during their meeting Jan. 9 in Indianapolis. Trustee Ron Romain said that he isn’t comfortable with the results after it was announced that the university is expecting the undergraduate admission to be 4% lower than it was last ...

New academic calendar receives mixed reviews

The new academic calendar will eliminate study day along with the summer three session. Finals will all take place before graduation.

Rhonda Wheeler, News Editor

January 14, 2020

The new academic calendar is out and students have mixed feelings about it. “They did it this way so seniors don’t have to come back after graduation,” senior public relations and advertising major Susannah Jackson wrote on her Facebook status. “As a senior, I would have loved this to ...

April Ryan to keynote MLK, Jr. Luncheon

April Ryan to keynote MLK, Jr. Luncheon

Rhonda Wheeler, News Editor

December 10, 2019

White House reporter April Ryan will give the keynote address at the university's annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Jan. 20 in Carter Hall. Ryan is a journalist, political correspondent and award-winning author. Since 1997, she has covered the four presidential administrations...

Polling location could potentially come to USI

Voting booths at Hermosa Beach City Hall during California Primary

Rhonda Wheeler, News Editor

December 3, 2019

When Anna Ardelean decided that the university needed a voting poll on campus, she set out on a mission that has taken almost a year so far. “The goal is that students would be able to vote somewhere on campus rather than driving home on a Tuesday, or messing with absentee ballots, which have a lot ...

Lighting a Tradition brings community together

Lighting a Tradition brings community together

Hayden Olberding, Staff Writer

December 3, 2019

A miniature train carrying cheerful children rolled around the quad as community members harmonized Christmas carols in anticipation of the holiday season. Many activities were underway as many members of the USI community bustled around the Quad. Some decorated cookies, others enjoyed getting pictur...

Task force assists adult students

Task force assists adult students

Maddie Nolan, Staff Writer

December 3, 2019

The number of adult learners enrolling in colleges across the United States has nearly surpassed the number of incoming freshmen who have just completed high school.  Adult learners are typically over the age of 25, and either return to college after having to leave for various reasons, or enteri...

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...

Former student dies after 14-month battle with cancer

Macy Simmons

Riley Guerzini, Editor-in-Chief

November 26, 2019

Former USI student Macy Simmons, 23, died Nov. 25 after a 14-month battle with osteosarcoma, a rare form of cancer that produces immature bone. Simmons was surrounded by her family at Lucy Smith King Center Care Center in Henderson, Kentucky when she passed according to her obituary. She graduated from Union Coun...

USI discontinues New Harmony Theatre program

The cast of New Harmony Theatre's production of

Riley Guerzini, Editor-in-Chief

November 26, 2019

The university is ending the New Harmony Theatre program after 32 years.  A statement from the university said dwindling audiences and reduced charitable giving has put the program in a deficit. Attempts to turn the program around has been unsuccessful according to the university.  A...

VP of marketing and communications addresses website concerns

Strupp gives presentation in front of Faculty Senate

Rhonda Wheeler, News Editor

November 19, 2019

Vice President of Marketing and Communications Kindra Strupp was invited to the Faculty Senate meeting Nov. 15 to talk about her position and team. Strupp said that the Faculty Senate meeting was a chance to give the faculty an opportunity to ask questions and to present what the Marketing and Commu...

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