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Ron Romain, chair of the Board of Trustees,  speaks at the Board of Trustees meeting Thursday. Romain said the board will make an official decision on transitioning university athletics to NCAA Division I by mid-February.

DI Exploratory Committee releases their final report

Ian Young and Tegan Ruhl January 18, 2022

The Division I Exploratory Committee released their final report to the public Thursday. The report broke down the 24-member committee's feelings and research on transitioning university athletics to Division...

Jon Mark Hall and Nick LaRowe, Division I Exploratory Committee co-chairs, present Division I survey results to faculty, staff and administration Wednesday morning at the virtual University Update session.

Division I Exploratory Committee release DI survey results

Shelby Clark, Editor-in-Chief January 6, 2022

Division I Exploratory Committee released Division I survey results at the virtual University Updates session Wednesday morning during Spring 2022 Professional Development Day for faculty, staff and administration.  Jon...

The university is conducting a feasibility study to see if a transition to NCAA Division I is possible. At a Faculty Senate meeting Oct. 8, 2021, President Ronald Rochon said I will tell you all right now we do not have a lot of answers, thats why were doing the study.

University admin looks into D1 feasibility, facing faculty pushback

Shelby Clark, Josh Meredith, and Ian Young October 28, 2021

University administration and athletic department are working with members inside and outside the campus community to investigate the feasibility of transitioning the university from Division II to Division...

SGA President Mike Bevers discusses independence with V.P. of Business Affairs Byron Wright.

From the Archive: Independence issue leaps first hurdle

Shield Staff October 14, 2021

Message from 2021-2022 Editorial Staff:  The first issue of The Spartan Shield was published Oct. 15, 1968. The Shield Staff is celebrating The Shield's 53rd birthday by digitally republishing stories...

In-person commencement ceremony for 2020 graduates was announced at the July Board of Trustees meeting. The Board of Trustees met July 15 in Carter Hall.

In-person commencement to be held for 2020 graduates

Shelby Clark, Editor-in-Chief July 15, 2021

Students in the class of 2020 will have an in-person commencement December 18 as a part of the Fall 2021 commencement ceremonies.  Kindra Strupp, vice president for marketing and communications, announced...

The Board of Trustees met in Carter Hall for the last meeting of the semester. This was their first in-person meeting since the COVID-19 pandemic began.

The EDIC continues plan to research diversity on campus

Hayden Olberding, Editor-in-Chief May 7, 2021

The EDIC plans to consult focus groups, share data and begin conversations relating to their 2020 Insight Survey. The Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Council surveyed students, faculty, staff and administrators...

University could feel impact of COVID-19 for the next four years

University could feel impact of COVID-19 for the next four years

Rhonda Wheeler, Editor-in-Chief November 5, 2020

Steve Bridges, vice president of finance and administration, said the university could feel the impact of this semester for the next four years as the smaller freshman class works its way through the pipeline. The...

The total fall 2020 student enrollment is 8,565. The goal was 8,690.

Enrollment decreases ninth consecutive year

Rhonda Wheeler, Editor-in-Chief September 10, 2020

Enrollment has declined for the ninth year in a row.   It was revealed there was a 1.4% decrease in enrollment during an update at the Board of Trustees meeting Sept. 3. The current fall 2020 headcount...

Trustees approve housing, meal increases fourth year in a row

Trustees approve housing, meal increases fourth year in a row

Rhonda Wheeler, Editor-in-Chief September 3, 2020

The Board of Trustees unanimously approved housing and meal plan increases for the next school year during their Zoom meeting this morning. Housing rates increased by 2.5%. Last year, housing increased...

Spring Commencement set for mid-August

Spring Commencement set for mid-August

Riley Guerzini, Editor-in-Chief April 6, 2020

Commencement for Spring 2020 will be Aug. 14 for master and doctoral degree candidates and Aug. 15 for undergraduate students, the university announced in their weekly update. The dates are subject...

The approximately 40,000 square foot Wellness Center will connect to the south side of the Recreation, Fitness and Wellness Center with the goal of centralizing university services and making them more accessible.  

New details released on future wellness center

Riley Guerzini, Editor-in-Chief February 5, 2020

A new Wellness Center will be expected to be built with the goal of centralizing university services and making more accessible. The Wellness Center will house the University Health Center, Counseling...

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...

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