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  • Communal Studies Conference - November 6-8

    Communal Studies

    The Center for Communal Studies is holding a conference in New Harmony Thursday-Saturday, November 6-8. The conference web site may be found at This multi-disciplinary conference is titled Capitalism and Socialism: Utopia, Globalization and Revolution.

    Benefits-eligible USI employees may qualify for a partial fee waiver for this program.  There are two ways to access the fee waiver forms: either use the Outlook form named Noncredit Fee Waiver Request or print the form at O:\Human Resources\Fee Waiver\Non-Credit Fee Waiver Form through Outreach & Engagement. In either case, the request must be approved by your dean/department head and then by HR prior to submission to Outreach and Engagement.

    The cost to the eligible USI employee (or to his/her department) for the entire conference is $150 instead of the $295 regular registration fee. Please note that the completed fee waivers must be received by Outreach and Engagement by October 24 to qualify for the $150 rate.

    If you have any questions about the fee waiver process, please contact Linda Cleek at 1932 or Rita Brunner at 1864.

    For questions about program content, contact Casey Harison at 7150.

  • Campus Store book signing/reception for Julie Rosenbaum-Engelhardt - October 1

    JulieThe USI Campus Store will be hosting a reception and book signing featuring Julie Rosenbaum-Engelhardt, writer for Newburgh Magazine and former columnist for the Newburgh Register, Evansville Courier & Press, Evansville Living and national publications.

    When: Wednesday, October 1
    Time: 11:00-1:00
    Place: USI Campus Store

    Visit the Campus Store for a few minutes to reminisce with or meet  Julie Rosenbaum-Engelhardt who will be signing copies of her book, “Journey Of A Lifetime: Unexpected Experiences, Anecdotes and Lessons Learned From America's Heartland."

    Her book is an eclectic collection of essays, ranging from famous athletes such as Albert Pujols and Carlos Beltran to famous rock groups, such as the Doors, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Three Dog Night. There are several essays on colorful local residents, such as Dogtown historians, plus her nostalgic take on everything from old movies to old farm families.

  • Volunteer Request: Fall Assessment Day is Tuesday, September 30th

    Each year the Office of Planning, Research and Assessment administers assessments and surveys to approximately 2,600 USI freshmen and seniors.  In order to do that, we require help from volunteers to assist us on Tuesday, September 30th.

    There are 3 testing times (8:30 am, 12:30 pm, and 3:30 pm) requiring approximately 38 volunteer test proctors for each time slot.  Volunteer Test Proctors will be needed for approximately 3 hours - This includes an hour before the test time for instructions, to enjoy a refreshments provided as a thank you for helping, and to find your assigned room prior to starting time. 

    If you are able to assist us on Tuesday, September 30th, please complete an online volunteer form:  Please respond by 4:00 pm on Friday, September 26th.

    Sample Schedule for Volunteer Test Proctors

    7:30 am – 8:40 am – Breakfast and Volunteer Instructions

    8:40 am – 8:50 am – Break - Enter testing room 10 minutes before testing time

    9:00 am – 10:30 am – Assessment Testing (return all materials to Proctor Hospitality room after all students have completed testing)

    11:30 am – 12:10 pm – Lunch and Volunteer Instructions

    12:10 pm – 12:20 pm – Break - Enter testing room 10 minutes before testing time

    12:30 pm – 2:30 pm – Assessment Testing (return all materials to Proctor Hospitality room after all students have completed testing)

    2:30 pm – 3:10 pm – Snack and Volunteer Instructions

    3:10 pm – 3:20 pm – Break - Enter testing room 10 minutes before testing time

    3:30 pm – 5:30 pm – Assessment Testing (return all materials to Proctor Hospitality room after all students have completed testing)

    We will also need information table volunteers for shorter time periods (7:30 am – 9:00 am, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm, and 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm).

    For more information what being a proctor volunteer entails, go to or email

    Thank you for your willingness to help with this important event.

  • Admission is free for Sunday's soccer doubleheader - September 21

    EagleThe University of Southern Indiana men's soccer team is hosting its third annual Go4theGoal game Sunday at Strassweg when it hosts Maryville University. The Screaming Eagles also will be wearing special gold shoe laces to promote childhood cancer awareness.
    Admission to Sunday's USI women's and men's soccer doubleheader Maryville is free of charge. Kick-off for the women's match is noon, while the men's match is slated for a 2:30 p.m. start.
    Fans can purchase gold shoe laces and wrist bands at both matches, with sales being contributed to, an organization which helps area children and families in their battles with cancer. 

    For more information contact: Ray Simmons at or 812-465-1622

  • 2014 USI Wellness Fair - October 1

    2012 World Of Wellness Fair NewsUSI's Human Resources and RFWC are hosting the annual Wellness Fair for all students and employees.

    The fair takes place from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on October 1 in Carter Hall A,B,C, and D in University Center West.

    Come enjoy free food and health screenings, including cholesterol, blood pressure and BMI checks provided by students and staff in the USI College of Nursing and Health Professions.

    Flu shots will provided at $20.00.

    For more information contact Amy J. Miller at or 812-464-1781

  • Parking lot renovations begin September 22

    Starting on Monday September 22, 2014, Parking Lot C (located across from the Physical Activities Center—PAC) will be renovated with new landscaping and an irrigation system in the medians. The project will occur over a period of three to four months and should be concluded during the holiday break. The plan is to block off as few parking rows as possible at any given time. The project will start with the rows nearest to the tennis courts. As landscaping is removed in the medians, the construction area will proceed toward University Boulevard. Once the landscaping is removed, installation of the irrigation system will begin.

    The image below shows the approximate location and dates that individual sections of the parking lot will be affected. We ask for your patience as this necessary project proceeds, and apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause.

    Parking Lots

  • Project Management for USI administrators - Sept. 22, Oct. 20, & Nov. 17
    Project Management For The USI Admin
  • Current employment opportunities at USI

    The following positions have been added to the USI employment website for the period of August 16 , 2014 through September 12, 2014.


    Assistant/Associate Professor of Engineering, Pott College of Science, Engineering, & Education - F14033F1


    Technology Commercialization Manager - A14030A1 (Posted 8/28/2014)

    Staff Accountants, Business Office - A14031A1 & 14033A1 (Posted 9/3/2014)

    Academic Counselor, University Division - A14032A1 (Posted 9/3/2014)


    Senior Recreation Assistant- Recreation, Fitness, & Wellness Center - N14062N1 (Posted 8/29/2014)

    Administrative Assistant, Housing & Residence Life - N14063N1 (Posted 9/2/2014)


    Custodial Worker (3rd Shift), Physical Plant - N14064N1 (Posted 9/8/2014)

    Maintenance Mechanic, Residence Life - N14065N1 (Posted 9/8/201)


    Administrative Clerk, Special Events - N14058NA (Posted 9/11/2014)

    To review and apply to current positions, visit the Human Resources employment website:

  • In remembrance

    CletusCletus E. Maier, father of Susan Maier Hammock, Instructor in Nursing, passed away Sunday, September 14, 2014. 

    Cletus was preceded in death by his wife, Beverly (Livers) Maier; son-in-law, James E. Privett, Jr.; granddaughter, Jennifer Privett; and sister, Wilma Schroeder.

    He is survived by his daughters, Susan Maier Hammock of Newburgh and Sara Songer of Santa Claus; grandchildren, David (Jennifer) and Jeremy Foertsch, Jeff and Jacob Songer; great-grandchildren, Lynsey, Sydney and Zachary Foertsch.

    Funeral Services will be 11:00 AM Thursday, September 18, 2014, at Alexander Newburgh Chapel, officiated by Pastor Jerry Wright, with entombment in Park Lawn Cemetery. Friends may visit Wednesday from 3:00 to 8:00 PM at the funeral home.

    Memorial contributions may be made to Duke Children's Hospital and Health Center Office of Development, 710 West Main Street, Suite 200, Durham, NC 27701. Condolences may be made online at

    The full obituary can be found at:


    Ethel Brandt Bigham, mother of Darrel Bigham, Director Emeritus of Historic Southern Indiana and Professor Emeritus of History, passed away Thursday, September 11, 2014. 

    Surviving is her husband, Paul D. Bigham; 2 sons: Darrel E. (and his wife, Polly) Bigham, Evansville, Indiana and Larry D. (and his wife, Sally) Bigham, Carlisle; one daughter: Marilyn B. (and her husband, Randy) Miller, Harrisburg; 7 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. 

    She was preceded in death by her parents, Jesse Brandt and Myrtle (Neher) Brandt Richardson.

    Services will be held 11:00 am Thursday, September 18, 2014 at Harrisburg Brethren in Christ Church with Pastor Glenn "Woody" Dalton, Jr. officiating. Burial will be in Prospect Hill Cemetery. 
    There will be a viewing from 10:00 am until 11:00 Thursday at the church.

    Contributions in her memory may be made to Harrisburg Brethren in Christ Church, 2217 Derry Street, Harrisburg, 17104 or to the Ethel Brandt Bigham Scholarship Fund at Messiah College, 1 College Avenue, Mechanicsburg, 17055.  Kimmel Funeral Home, Harrisburg, is handling arrangements.

    The full obituary can be found at:


    Rose CrawleyRose S. Crawley, mother of Leslie Parker, Director Emerita of Creative and Print Services, died Friday, Sept. 12, 2014. 

    Rose was preceded in death by her parents, Leslie and Mary “Meme” Sena Smithhart; her husband, David Garman Crawley; a son, Jeffery D. Crawley; and her siblings, Margaret Smithhart, Leslie B. Smithhart Jr., Wallace C. Smithhart, John L. Smithhart, Sara Smithhart West and Marianna Smithhart Owen.

    Survivors include a daughter, Leslie Parker and husband David of Owensboro; three grandchildren, Drew Parker of Columbia, Missouri, Carissa Crawley of Evansville and Matthew Crawley of Beech Grove; six great-grandchildren; and many precious nieces and nephews.

    Memorial services will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday at First Baptist Church, 307 Center St., Henderson, with the Rev. Todd Linn officiating. Friends may visit with Rose's family beginning at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at the church. Private family burial will be in Roselawn Memorial Gardens in Henderson. Muster Funeral Homes, Calhoun Chapel, is handling the funeral arrangements for Rose's family.

    The Rose S. Crawley family requests that expressions of sympathy take the form of donations to Hospice of Western Kentucky, 3419 Wathens Crossing, Owensboro, KY42301. Envelopes will be available at the church.

    The full obituary can be found at:

  • Poetry reading by Phillip B. Williams - September 22
  • Archie's Closet Food Drive Competition
    Archie Food Drive

    Register here.

  • USI Varsity Club wants your favorite recipes

    In conjunction with the University’s 50th Anniversary in 2015, the Varsity Club is creating a cookbook – “Celebrating USI’s 50th Anniversary Through Cooking”.  We want your favorite recipes to publish in the cookbook!  If you want to submit some of your favorites, please send to:

    Janet Werner

    6230 Delk Dr

    Evansville, IN 47711

  • Liberal Arts Faculty Colloquia - Dr. Chad Gonnerman - Oct. 9

    Liberal Arts Faculty Colloquia

    Chad GonnermanDr. Chad Gonnerman
    Assistant Professor of Philosophy
    Department of Philosophy

    “Tuning Philosophical Intuitions: Cognitive Experience and Restrictionism”

    Thursday, October 9, 2014, 12 noon in Carter Hall A

    Recent work in experimental philosophy suggests that philosophical intuitions can be sensitive to factors that seem irrelevant to the truth or falsity of their content, such as the cultural background of the intuiter, the order in which the thought experiments are presented, and the presence or absence of emotional content. In this presentation, I present results suggesting that among these factors are those affect the ease or difficulty with which intuiters process the eliciting materials. I argue that such results support restrictionism, the view that the current philosophical practice of appealing to intuitions as evidence needs to be restrained.

  • Multilingual Poetry Reading - October 16

    Students and faculty read/perform multi-lingual poetry, including, poerty in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Latin, and Spanish. 

    From 3 to 5 p.m., Thursday, October 16 in Kleymeyer Hall in the College of Liberal Arts.

    Sponsored by Modern and Classical Languages

    For more information contact Dr. Manuel Apodaca Valdez at or 812-465-7026.

  • USI night with the IceMen - October 25


    Saturday, October 25, 2014
    7:15 p.m. Game

    IceMen play the Indy Fuel
    Ford Center


    Wear your red, white & blue...bring your families to enjoy an evening at an Evansville IceMen Hockey Game.

    Pick up your pre-purchased tickets on October 25 at the Ford Center will call window.

    Ticket Price:
    $15 per person for Upper Seats

    Click on this link to purchase your tickets online.

    Questions, contact Alumni & Volunteer Services at 812-464-1924 or email

    If you need disability-related accommodations in order to participate, please contact Janet Johnson at 812-464-1924.

  • Entrepreneur's Perspective - Ken Thuerbach - October 20

    Entrepreneur's Perspective - Ken Thuerbach, General Partner, Chair 2 Holdings LLLP.

    Monday, October 20, 2014

    What: Entrepreneur's Perspective - Ken Thuerbach, General Partner, Chair 2 Holdings LLLP. Business executive Ken Thuerbach will share his thoughts and findings on what is common across all high achievers, peak performers, and successful individuals when he speaks at the Entrepreneur's Perspective series.

    Who: Event is open to the public, USI students, faculty, staff, and administration.

    When: Monday, October 20, 2014, presentations at 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. (noon)

    Where: University Center East, Room 2217

  • Tri-State World Trade Network - A World of Opportunity - October 23

    What: Tri-State World Trade Network - A World of Opportunity

    3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Keynote speaker Norm Bafunno, President of Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indiana, will discuss attributes executives from international companies in southern Indiana look for when hiring, and representatives from other companies will discuss types of jobs available with global companies and the skills sets needed.

    4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Networking event will give students opportunities for one-on-one discussions with industry officials. Representatives from TMMI, Berry Plastics, Bristol Myers Squibb, Enviroplas, Mead Johnson Nutrition, SS&C and SABIC will be present.

    >>Event Flyer

    Who: USI and UE Students, Faculty, Chamber of Commerce, and public

    When: Thursday, October 23, 2014; 3-5 p.m.

    Where: University Center West, Carter Hall

  • Avoiding On-the-Job Drama: How to Communicate Assertively at Work - October 28

    From 4 to 5 p.m., Tuesday, October 28 in UC East, Room 2220

    Effectively communicating our needs, expectations and personal boundaries is something that is important in every healthy relationship. This is also true when it comes to workplace relationships, which often come with particular values about how we should behave and express ourselves. In this workshop we will talk about assertive communication skills, understanding expectations about workplace communication and conflict, and how to successfully navigate difficult interactions with our colleagues and supervisors.

    Sponsored by: Counseling Center

    Co-sponsored by: Career Services and Internships

    For more information contact Stephanie Cunningham at at 812-464-1867.

  • USI art exhibit and lectures ask us to examine the true color of our skin

    Varsity Club Fall Fest 9An art exhibit featuring 24 acrylic paintings entitled “What is the color of your skin?” will be on display from September 22 through December 3 in the Wright Administration Building’s McCutchan Exhibition Space at the University of Southern Indiana. Accompanying lectures and a presentation by the artist, Dr. Joseph Uduehi, associate professor of art education, will take place from noon to 1 p.m., Tuesday, September 23 in Kleymeyer Hall in the Liberal Arts Center, and from 6 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, September 30 in Forum II in the Wright Administration Building.

    Read more.

    For more information, contact Uduehi at or 812-465-1068.

  • Third annual Bowl-a-Rama, faculty and staff invited to make ceramic bowls, Sept. 19

    USI faculty and staff are invited to come and get DIRTY for a great cause in the Ceramics Center (CC on Campus Map). 

    Usi Faculty And Staff NewsThird Annual


    Friday, Sept. 19    Noon – 6PM

    Faculty and Staff are invited to make ceramic bowls on the potter’s wheel for our

    USI Empty Bowls Event

    The goal this year is 1,000 bowls, so many helping hands are needed.

    The studio will be open with helpful volunteers on hand from Noon – 6:00pm, so stop by on your lunch break, between classes, or at the end of your day. 


    - All faculty & staff participants must wear closed-toe shoes to the Ceramics Center (OSHA).
    - Tie back long hair.
    - Remove rings and watches.
    - You will get dirty, so dress accordingly.
    - Stay for an hour, or stay all day.  It’s all up to you.
    - NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY!  We have great student volunteers who will help you.
    - All bowls made will be sold at the USI Empty Bowls, Evansville! Fundraising Event for hunger on November 8th.
    - Fliers about the Empty Bowls event will be available in the Ceramics Center for you to bring home!

    For more information, contact Al Holen or 812-228-5127.

  • Global Crossroads Music Festival in New Harmony - October 4
    Under The Beams

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  • STELLAR and Alzheimer’s Walk - September 20

    IMG 5009USI’s STELLAR student organization has formed a team for the 2014 Walk to End Alzheimer's, to be held Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014 at Old National Bank, Downtown Evansville. The route length is 3 miles. Registration begins at 9 a.m., with a ceremony at 9:30 a.m. and the walk beginning at 10 a.m.

    There is not a registration fee for the walk, however the Alzheimer’s Association asks that every walker make a personal donation and commit to raising funds in the fight against Alzheimer’s.

    There are more than 5 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease, and it is our nation’s sixth-leading cause of death. All funds raised through the Walk to End Alzheimer’s further the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association.

    STELLAR stands for “STudents and ELderly Linking Around Relationships,” and its mission is to develop a positive relationship between students and older adults in the community. Members of STELLAR visit and provide activities at several local long-term care settings, creating awareness of the needs of elders while nurturing interest in the various career fields related to gerontology.

    Anyone is welcome to join the USI STELLAR team for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Register online at

    For more information, contact Emma Cox, USI student who is this year’s walk team captain and vice president of STELLAR, at

  • Fee waivers available for lifelong learning courses

    Outreach and Engagement has released a new series of noncredit courses designed to provide opportunities for personal growth and development. A list of these offering can be found here. Through the noncredit fee waiver program, benefits-eligible USI employees may enroll in these courses at little or no cost. If you would like to receive monthly emails on upcoming lifelong learning opportunities, email Brandi Schwartz, marketing coordinator in Outreach and Engagement, at or use the online registration form. For more information on noncredit courses, contact Outreach and Engagement at 464-1989 or

  • Service Learning Program offers online tools for faculty

    USI’s Service Learning Program has launched a new Web page to help faculty start and develop service learning projects and integrate service learning experiences into their courses. The Web page includes resources, sample syllabi, tool-kit and more. For more information on USI’s Service Learning program, call 812-464-7058 or email

  • 2014 Annual Meeting of the American Society for Ethnohistory - Oct. 8 to 12

    The 2014 Annual Meeting of the American Society for Ethnohistory will be held October 8 – 12 at Crowne Plaza Union Station in Indianapolis, Indiana.

    Members of USI faculty are involved in the conference planning and there are a large number of Ethnohistorians who will be in attendance including a roundtable discussion of the 10th anniversary of Phil Deloria’s Indians in Unexpected Places as well as many panels reflecting on the anniversary of the American Society for Ethnohistory.

    The year 2014 marks an important date for the American Society for Ethnohistory as it represents the 60th anniversary of the first publication of the Society’s journal, Ethnohistory. Birthed from the Indian Claims Commissions of the 1940s and 1950s, the Society came together in 1954 to “promote the interdisciplinary investigation of the histories of the Native Peoples of the Americas,” and has grown from a small group of scholars to a thriving academic organization.

    The conference theme this year poses the questions: How has the study of Ethnohistory changed over the previous six decades? What are the most vital issues Ethnohistorians face in the 21st century? And what lies ahead for ASE?

    The 2014 annual meeting of the American Society for Ethnohistory represents an opportunity to reflect on the organization’s history, to examine how Ethnohistory has come to shape a multitude of disciplines including anthropology, linguistic studies, history, ecology, archaeology, and indigenous studies to name a few, to acknowledge exciting new directions in the field, and to think about the future.

    USI faculty and staff are welcome to attend the conference at a reduced rate of $50 and students may attend for free. Interested parties should contact Dr. Kristalyn Shefveland at or 812-461-5434, to register for the conference.

  • Seeking nominations for Honorary Degree Award - deadline October 24

    The Provost’s Office invites you to nominate candidates for an Honorary Degree Award to be presented during the University of Southern Indiana spring 2015 commencement ceremonies. An honorary degree is the highest form of recognition granted by the University, and the honoree must be someone who has given extraordinary service consistent with the mission of USI. Your insight in this important process will be appreciated.

    Throughout the history of USI, honorary degree recipients have exemplified the highest ideals of integrity, service, and dedication to learning. As you think about individuals worthy of this distinguished award, consider someone who serves the community at the University, local, state, national, or international level. Service can be recognized in one or more of the following four categories:

    - Advancement in learning through teaching and/or scholarship

    - Enhancement of civic and cultural awareness

    - The fostering of service and partnerships for the greater good of a community or communities

    - Significant commitment to USI

    Candidates may be recommended by any full-time USI employee, retiree, or alumni. Any anonymous applications will not be considered. Identities of nominators will not be revealed to the Honorary Degree Committee until finalists have been determined.

    Help us to advance this USI tradition by completing the nomination form Thank you for your continued support in the search for the 2014-2015 Honorary Degree recipient.

  • Varsity Club Steak Fry 'n Auction - September 18

    The 21st Annual Varsity Club Steak Fry 'n Auction will be September 18, at Discovery Lodge, Burdette Park. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.; dinner at 6 p.m., live auction at 7 p.m. Tickets are $35 per person or $350 for a corporate table of 8.

    For more information, contact Mandi Fulton at or 812-465-1022.

  • Evansville Remembers: The Holocaust and World War II: Screening of the film KZ - September 24

    Film screening with introduction and discussion by Dr. Casey Harison (History). KZ (20060) is a documentary by the director Rex Bloomstein that examines the way townspeople and tourist guides choose to remember or forget the history of the concentration camp ("KZ") at Mauthausen, Austria, where as many as 300,000 persons were killed during the Holocaust. In German with English subtitles.

    From 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., September 24, in Kleymeyer Hall (LA 0101)

    For more information, contact: Dr. Casey Harison at or 812-465-7150.

  • Submit news for Faculty/Staff Achievements page

    News and Information Services has recently added a Faculty/Staff Achievements page to recognize employees for their accomplishments and successes. Submit news to John Farless at

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