The College Tour: See USI in a Whole New Way
Experience college and campus life at the University of Southern Indiana through stories shared by real students. The College Tour is a one-of-a-kind TV series streaming on multiple platforms, including Amazon Prime Video and Roku, showcasing colleges and universities across the country.
Our episode of The College Tour highlights a Respiratory Therapy Degree Completion student and her experience with USI Online Learning. Juggling family, work and educational commitments isn’t an easy task. But for Tori of Fort Wayne, Indiana, the support and commitment USI has for its students, both online and in person, made returning as an adult learner to pursue a degree in respiratory therapy worth the work.
The College Tour
Local Workforce Bolstered by USI Nursing Grads
According to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, the United States is projected to experience a shortage of registered nurses (RNs), mainly due to the increasing healthcare needs of aging Baby Boomers.
The good news for southwestern Indiana is that the majority of USI Nursing graduates are staying local. Dr. Jennifer Evans, Interim Assistant Dean for Nursing at USI, reports that 92% of the December 2022 graduating cohort are currently employed in Evansville or the surrounding area.
Last year, USI opened a second application period in the fall for the BSN program to meet the high demand for more registered nurses to enter the healthcare workforce. The deadline to apply for the Fall 2023 semester is April 1, 2023. Learn more about USI undergraduate nursing.
Nursing Students Receive White Coats
On January 29, USI Nursing students who started the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program during the Fall 2022 semester received their white coats during a ceremony at the USI Performance Center. Since 2015, the College has held a “White Coat Ceremony” for nursing students prior to the start of their clinical rotations. The ceremony recognizes this important step in their nursing education and emphasizes a professional nursing culture of respect, dignity and compassion for all patients.
Faculty & Staff News
Happy Feet Equals Learning Feet
A new Instructor in Nursing at USI has combined his journalism background with a desire to make his community a better place, resulting in the formation of a new charitable organization that provides new shoes for Posey County school children.
Where Healthcare Meets Art
Dr. Zach Ward recently had an interesting guest visit his Competitive Strategies and Marketing in Healthcare class. Aaron Kizer, a native of Owensboro who is renowned for his striking portraits of celebrities and pop culture icons, recently spoke to students about his work and artistic portfolio that ranges from hip-hop artists’ album covers to Fortune 500 companies.
Dr. Ann White, Pillar of Leadership
The Indiana State Nurses Association recognizes Indiana's top nurses through the Pillar Award Recognition. Ann White, RN, PhD, MBA, NE-BC, Dean Emerita of the College of Nursing and Health Professions, received the Pillar of Leadership Award in 2022.
Read about her achievements as a nurse leader and her visionary leadership during her years of service to USI.
The following employees earned new degrees in December 2023:
Lena Johnson, MBA
Mary Phillips, MEd
Beth Young, EdD
Senior Administrative Assistant for Gerontology, Master of Health Administration and Health Informatics & Information Management
Student Athlete Races Toward Career
Lauren Greiwe, a senior majoring in Health Administration, is making her mark at USI on both the Cross Country and Track & Field teams. She plans to cross the finish line at graduation in December 2023.
Family's Nursing Legacy Continues at USI
It is not uncommon for someone to follow in a family member’s footsteps into the nursing field. Hailey Reas did just that when she enrolled in the USI's Nursing program.
Dietetics Major Shares USI's Recipe for Success
Sarah Fruit was named the USI Student Volunteer of the Year award at the Volunteer USI Dinner in August and is also the 2022 recipient of a University-wide scholarship. She says opportunities within the USI Food and Nutrition Program at have prepared her for her future career.
Riley Named CHF Coordinator at Cape Cardiology Group
Jessica R. Riley, MSN, RN, APRN, AGACNP-BC, has been named Congestive Heart Failure Coordinator at Cape Cardiology Group, located in the Heart Hospital at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. She received her Post-Master’s Certificate as an Acute Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner from USI in July 2022.
Tell Us Your Story!
A fulfilling journey, a life-changing experience, a successful outcome. These are the stories being written in the lives of USI alumni every day. Share how USI has positively impacted your life! Use our online form to update your contact information and other data with the USI Alumni Association.