Mother-daughter duo Bonnie and Christine Kurz (left) came to USI by way of Indianapolis. The Kurtz family has made the trip to USI many times—Christine's older siblings also attended the University. "USI is just a good fit for us," said Bonnie. Christine, who will be majoring in accounting, looks forward to acclimating into USI's esteemed Romain College of Business.
During their day on campus, students learned everything from money management skills to the required vaccinations to attend USI. They received punch cards for the Resource Fair, which were punched at each table they visited. At the end of the day, the punched cards were put in a drawing to receive $50 in FLEX Money. In total, $150 in FLEX Money was given away during each Open House. Along the way, the new Screagles picked up some cool USI swag, including backpacks (courtesy of Public Safety), candy (Religious Life) and every conceivable item in between.
The Multicultural Center participated in the Resource Fair to reach out to the diverse students and families coming to USI. MCC supports 13 student organizations and hosts a multitude of diverse programming at the University, from a homework help desk to the Cultural Diversity Welcome Reception for students when they move onto campus.
Sydney Mitchell '21 is an alumnus of the 21st Century Scholarship Program. She is the Americorp advisor who helps other USI 21st Century Screagles successfully navigate life as a college student. "The typical questions and concerns I get from scholars are about the amount of money they will have to pay out of pocket. The students who have this scholarship would have likely not been able to attend college had they not received it. Parents and students often want to make sure that whatever out-of-pocket costs come up can be paid because they might struggle to pay the amount. I was that way," she says. During the 2020-2021 school year, approximately 600 students were 21st Century Scholars.
Stephanie Fifer guided students on the importance of making an internship part of a successful college career. Students who have internship experiences are more likely to get a job in their field of study upon graduation.
John Perkins talks to psychology majors about the types of internships they might have while at the University.
Aaron Pryor, Director of TRIO: Student Support Services, told first generation students the importance of finding community and services to help them succeed. Fifty students were accepted into the 2021-2022 cohort. "TRIO programs serve students who are either first-generation, come from income eligible households or who are differently abled. I myself, as a former first generation college student from a low-income household, understand what it feels like to approach school with little more than the notion I should be there, without understanding how to be there. Our program exists to help take the guess work out of the equation and help students navigate the intricate systems of higher education," said Pryor.
Hosted by Activities Programming Board and Fraternity and Sorority Life, families were able to enjoy lawn games and tie-dying shirts. Nathan Payne, Program Coordinator in, Center for Campus Life said the free T-shirts were a way to provide incoming students a fun takeaway from the Open House, a way to meet other Screagles and give them one of their very first pieces of USI gear to wear in the Fall Semester.
Yusuf Osman, (left) of Newburgh attended an Open House with his father and sister. Tie dying shirts was an unexpected fun thing to do after a busy day. The Castle High School graduate is planning to study civil engineering.
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