The Shield

Lack of counseling resources need more effective solutions

Lack of counseling resources need more effective solutions

Josie Jeffries, Staff Writer

December 3, 2019

The difference between high school counselors and college counselors is the size gap.  The largest high school in Indiana is Carmel High School, which has 5,000 students and 16 counselors. But while USI has nearly double the enrollment, it only has about half the amount of counselors.  What does that s...

Finding new ways to offer help

Finding new ways to offer help

Jeana Everhart, Staff Writer

April 2, 2019

Christina Zolezzi’s mother was hospitalized the summer before her freshman year of college. The sophomore nursing major said as she began college, she struggled with the burden of needing to speak with someone about what was happening in her life. This led Zolezzi to seek professional help from the ...

Question, persuade, refer

Students attended QPR training, an acronym for question, persuade and refer Thursday evening. The event taught students how to approach the subject of suicide with friends and loved ones through a series of role playing exercises.

Sarah Rogers, Features Editor

September 22, 2017

Ashley Evearitt said suicide is the second leading cause of death in teens 18-24.   “Suicide continues to be a prevalent issue in society,” the Counseling Center staff therapist said. “Students can sometimes forget how common suicidal thoughts among their friends and family members ca...

Chai Chat offers more than just tea

Members of the international club sipped tea and ate cookies while discussing the stresses of the semester Wednesday afternoon. The Counseling Center pairs with the International programs office to put on the monthly event.

Sarah Rogers, Features Editor

September 11, 2017

Students grasped ceramic mugs, hot tea swirling around their tired eyes Wednesday afternoon. College can be a time of high stress for some students. For international students, not only is the normal stress of college present, but they must also navigate learning a new language, becoming acclima...

Counseling Center wants to add student fee, hire more counselors

Rachel Christian

April 1, 2014

The Counseling Center wants to add an activity fee to students's bills in order to help pay for services. Thomas Longwell, Counseling Center director, went before SGA March 27 to discuss the possibility of adding a $20 fee to tuition bills to help cover the hiring and salary of new counselors. “We...

Counseling Center meets needs with time

James Vaughn

October 13, 2013

­Students who visited USI’s Cou­­­nseling Center Oct. 10 received a little white card listing the day, month, date and time of their appointment – 13 days away. Counseling Director Thomas Longwell said wait time varies from week to week. “It has gone up to three weeks at one point this...

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