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Students ‘love’ COVID dashboard

Students ‘love’ COVID dashboard

Rhonda Wheeler, Editor-in-Chief

October 8, 2020

Colleges around the country have come up with a COVID-19 dashboard so their communities can keep track of cases at universities. The goal of the university’s dashboard is to provide the campus community with a weekly update with where we are with COVID-19 cases and tests. The results are updat...

New Dean of Students to bring visibility

Dean of Students Jennifer Hammat was hired in May.

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 in May after a nationwide search. She had previously worked as the Title IX coordinator at Georg...

Hammat chosen as next Dean of Students

Jennifer Hammat

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 as university Title IX coordinator for the Compliance, Diversity, and Ethics Office at George Mason U...

USI to host civility event on recent racist flyers

USI to host civility event on recent racist flyers

Noah Alatza, News Editor

November 13, 2018

Faculty, staff and students are invited to attend a panel discussion on ‘Valuing Civility & Maintaining a Climate of Mutual Respect,’ Wednesday at 5 p.m. in Forum 1. The conversation will center around recent racist flyers discovered on campus Nov. 5. Student Government Association Pr...

SGA kicks off Alcohol Awareness Week

SGA kicks off Alcohol Awareness Week

Noah Alatza, Special to The Shield

October 22, 2018

Alcohol Awareness week, hosted in conjunction with the Student Government Association, kicked off Monday. According to a study from the U.S. National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health, approximately one in every 10 university students had problematic alcohol use and 4.6% of s...

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.

‘Every intent of being open’

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

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 thoughts should be heard.” As a new student, Heins and several other freshman said they didn’t k...

DOSO reveals spike in sexual assault reports

Panelists reflect on “The Hunting Ground” following a screening Tuesday in Mitchell Auditorium. Audience members asked the panelists questions aloud or submitted a sensitive or anonymous question in writing.

Armon Siadat, Staff Writer

January 27, 2016

Laurie Berry believes more sexual assaults occurred in 2013 than the three reported in the 2014 Clery Report. “That is a very small number,” she said. The assistant dean of students’ remarks on USI’s sexual assault statistics came after a DOSO-sponsored screening of “The Hunting Ground” at ...

DOSO to present ‘Hunting Ground’ Jan. 26

Nick Leighty, Staff Writer

January 12, 2016

The university’s Dean of Students Office will be showing “The Hunting Ground” on January 26 in Mitchell Auditorium, followed by a discussion panel. “The Hunting Ground” is a documentary that addresses sexual assault on college campuses that brings to light rape culture that exists coll...

New, ‘gregarious’ dean focuses on student advocacy


Gabi Wy

August 5, 2015

Bryan Rush describes himself as a "policy wonk." "I enjoy policy and the legal side of this job," said the university's new dean of students. "If you open the news today, you’ll read a lot about Title IX and legislation on sexual violence, and that’s something we have to stay on top of — prot...

Berry picked: new assistant dean transitions to DOSO

New Assistant Dean of Student Laurie Berry goes over paperwork with Dean of Students Bryan Rush Tuesday at DOSO/The Shield Isaac Williams

Gabi Wy

August 4, 2015

When previous Assistant Dean of Students Tara Frank departed from Evansville to work closer to home, Laurie Berry saw an opportunity for her educational aspirations to come to fruition. Something about being at a university struck a chord in Berry’s heart, even as a student. “I found that ...

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