The University of Southern Indiana Association of Nursing Students (USIANS) was one of three chapters in the United States to achieve Stellar School status for 2016-2017. Four students and two faculty members from USI accepted the award during the National Student Nurses’ Association (NSNA) annual convention in Dallas, Texas, April 5-9, 2017.
This year, the USIANS was led by David Maldonado, president; Eric Tatum, vice-president; Mallory Martin, secretary/treasurer; Angela Todd, newsletter; Makayla Greeve, director of community projects; Quade Harvey, website; Rachel Goldstein, director of breakthrough to nursing; and Rachael Riedford, director of fundraising.
USI faculty advisors are Dr. Marilyn Ostendorf, Dr. Gina Schaar, Dr. Karen Parker, Robin Smith, Dawn Worman, and Dr. Jennifer Evans.
“Receiving the Stellar School designation is based on the dedication and leadership of not only our current officers, but those students who have served in the past,” said Dr. Ann White, dean of the College of Nursing and Health Professions. “We are very proud of our students for representing USI on the national stage and for demonstrating their excellence both in and out of the classroom.”
One of the projects undertaken by the USIANS during the 2016-2017 academic year was to lead fundraising efforts within the College of Nursing and Health Professions to raise $2,000 to purchase furnishings for an apartment in the Lucas Place II housing project sponsored by ECHO Housing of Evansville. Lucas Place II is transitional housing for homeless veterans and is a supportive environment where veterans learn the methods to maintain an independent and self-sufficient lifestyle throughout their future.