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Graduates pose for a photo after the 2023 Lavender Graduation ceremony Thursday in the Griffin Center.

Gallery: Gender and sexuality resources hosts first Lavender Graduation

Emalee Jones and Alyssa DeWig May 2, 2023

  Gender and sexuality resources hosted the university's first Lavender Graduation to honor LGBTQ+ students who are graduating in Spring 2023 and Fall 2023. The ceremony was held Thursday in...

Dean of Students Jennifer Hammat was hired in May.

New Dean of Students to bring visibility

Emma Corry, Features Editor October 15, 2019

If Jennifer Hammat was asked what role she would want to occupy when she was in graduate school, she would have said the Dean of Students. Hammat officially stepped into the position of Dean of Students...

Jennifer Hammat

Hammat chosen as next Dean of Students

Riley Guerzini, Managing Editor March 12, 2019

Vice President for Student Affairs Marcia Kiessling announced the appointment of Jennifer Hammat as the university’s next dean of students following a national search. Hammat currently serves...

The Dean of Students is a resource available on campus for students who need help.

University to host Dean of Students candidates

Riley Guerzini, Managing Editor February 4, 2019

The university will host four candidates for the Dean of Students position from Feb. 11-14 on campus. The candidates will give open forum presentations on the topic “The Role of the Dean of Students...

The Dean of Students is a resource available on campus for students who need help.

New dean of students to be chosen in March

Riley Guerzini, Managing Editor January 15, 2019

The university is seeking to fill the dean of students position after it was vacated in May of last year. USI expects to select a candidate this semester. The position was vacated after former Dean...

Interim Dean of Students named

Interim Dean of Students named

Noah Alatza, News Editor August 8, 2018

The university appointed Associate Professor of Political Science and Public Administration Nicholas LaRowe as the interim dean of students effective Aug. 8. LaRowe has been with the university since...

University seeks new Dean of Students

University seeks new Dean of Students

Noah Alatza, News Editor July 11, 2018
The university is conducting a search for the next Dean of Students. In an email sent campus-wide on Wednesday, the university’s Human Resources department announced that two candidates will be completing interviews on July 16 and 17.
Campus Resources: Students access to sexual health assistance abundant

Campus Resources: Students access to sexual health assistance abundant

Noah Alatza, Community Engagement Manager February 14, 2018

Source: U.S. Army website A recent university survey indicated only a little more than half of freshman students had protected sex most or all of the time. The survey was sent out to freshman during...

University removes recognition of Phi Delta Theta chapter

University removes recognition of Phi Delta Theta chapter

Riley Guerzini, News Editor December 4, 2017

The university removed its recognition of fraternity Phi Delta Theta Monday evening ending a month-long investigation into a hazing and alcohol incident. “After a thorough investigation, the University...

Phi Delta Theta under investigation for hazing

Phi Delta Theta under investigation for hazing

Riley Guerzini, News Editor November 15, 2017

The university has placed an interim suspension on Phi Delta Theta and is subsequently investigating the fraternity after allegations of hazing. The suspension, placed Oct. 26, is a response to the fraternity...

Intent different than impact

Nigel Meyer, Special to The Shield March 1, 2017

Cameron Clark was walking into the Art Center from the back entrance facing the parking lots Feb. 6 when he found an unfamiliar term chalked onto the wall next to the doors. The chalk read “Fight Cultural...

The university has updated its policy regarding areas on campus which are designated for “speech and expressive activities.” The locations are the lawn area south of Rice Library, the lawn area between the Physical Activities Center and the Recreation, Fitness and Wellness Center and the lawn in front of the Health Professions Building. The three areas combined are approximately 1.6 acres of the 1,400 acre campus

‘Every intent of being open’

Gabi Wy, Features Editor August 31, 2016

Freshman Shelby Heins said having zones specific for free speech wasn’t something she would expect to have on a college campus. “We’re paying to go here,” the nursing major said. “So our...

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