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Ardelean to Receive USI Top Honor

USI President's Medal
The University of Southern Indiana
Anna M. Ardelean to receive the 2022 USI President's Medal.

On May 7th, Anna Ardelean will graduate summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in political science. But in addition to those accomplishments, Ardelean will walk across the stage to receive the university’s highest honor – the USI President’s Medal.

While the President’s Medal may be the most significant award Ardelean has won, it is hardly her first. A recipient of several scholarships, plus community engagement and service awards, she served as Student Government Association president, a member of the USI Presidential Covid-19 Task Force, the Division I Exploratory Committee and many other leadership roles.

Ardelean is a first generation college graduate and university officials say she has excelled academically but has also been a force for change in the Evansville community – addressing housing discrimination as an intern with the Evansville Vanderburgh County Human Relations Committee.

Next for Ardelean is a master’s degree in public policy from Brandeis University in Boston.