USI celebrates opening of new Screaming Eagles complex, Aquatic Center, installation of new sculpture on campus
Southern Indiana University officially marked the opening of the new Screaming Eagles Aquatic Center and Complex and the reveal of the new campus art installation The Screaming Eagle with an open house and on-campus celebration on Thursday the 16th. September.
“This is a daring day for the University of Southern Indiana. From there, I can visualize exceptional educational opportunities that pique the interests of our students, the long-standing friendships and memories captured in selfies with The Screaming Eagle, and the athletic achievements and achievements of our student-athletes. thanks to these exceptional facilities, ”said Ronald S. Rochon, President. “Most importantly, I thank everyone who made these beautiful installations a reality. It’s the people of our community who really make this special place soar!
Students, staff, alumni and visitors were invited to take selfies with The Screaming Eagle, take tours of the new campus buildings, and hear remarks from staff at USI Athletics, Business students and the Pott College of Science, Engineering, and Education.
View a photo gallery of the Screaming Eagles Complex, Aquatic Center, and Screaming Eagle
Screaming Eagles Complex
The Screaming Eagles Complex, which is a renovation and addition to the old physical activity center, serves as the new home for USI Athletics and the Department of Kinesiology and Sports at Pott College.
The building houses multi-purpose athletic fields, a newly renovated 6,000 square foot track and field weight room, an educational performance center and a 1,200 square foot human performance laboratory, classrooms, lounges and locker rooms for USI men’s and women’s football, baseball, softball, and men’s and women’s track and field.
The Aquatic Center houses an 8-lane 25-meter by 25-meter swimming pool and diving well which, from the fall semester of 2022, will house the new USI men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams. brings the total number of intercollegiate athletic programs at USI to 19.
“Swimming and diving are an integral part of youth sports in the state of Indiana and a program that we have been hoping to offer for some time now,” said Jon Mark Hall, athletic director of the USI. “Our new aquatic center will be a perfect home for these new programs, and we look forward to the USI community experiencing them both by attending meetings and enjoying the pool itself.”
Seating for 190 and professional timing and scoreboard displays make the Aquatic Center an ideal host for duels and regional meets. Outside of competition, the aquatic center will be available for freestyle swimming to the USI community six hours a day during the week.
The howling eagle
Located outside the Arena entrance gates on Screaming Eagles Plaza, The Screaming Eagle is a 12.5-foot tall aluminum sculpture depicting the ISU sports logo. Designed by USI Professor Emeritus of Art John McNaughton and Professor Emeritus of Art Joan Kempf deJong, the sculpture provides ICU fans with a landmark to gather before events at Screaming Eagles Arena and a backdrop for students and alumni to show their school spirit in photos and videos.
The sculpture is a generous donation to the University of Terry and Ron ’81 Boren and Tim Mahoney.