University of Southern Indiana


  • Fall Support Staff Meeting to be held August 2

    The fall general meeting for all support staff will be held Tuesday, August 2 in Mitchell Auditorium in the Health Professions Center.

    If responsibilities prevent you from attending, your absence should be approved by your department head and vice president. Employees working an evening or night shift are strongly encouraged, but not required, to attend.

    Any questions should be directed to Andrew Lenhardt, executive director of Human Resources at 812-464-1770.


    8 – 8:15 a.m. – Registration, beverages and pastries

    8:15 – 8:20 a.m. – Welcome

    8:20 – 8:50 a.m. – Introductions and announcements

    8:50 – 9:20 a.m. – Presentations

    9:20 a.m. – Closing remarks

  • Process For Disposing of All Equipment (Including Transfers)

    University financial managers and department staff:

    This is a reminder regarding the process for transferring or disposing of equipment in your department that is no longer used, wanted or broken. 

    For any asset (equipment or furniture no matter the value) in your department that is no longer used, wanted, or broken, the “Equipment Transfer/Disposal Request” form must be completed.  This form is available on the University’s website under “Property Accounting”.    

    When the form is completed, it is sent to the financial manager of the department for approval of the transfer/disposal of the asset.  When the transfer/disposal is approved by the financial manager (fiscal agent), the original preparer of the “Equipment Transfer/Disposal Request” form will be prompted to either complete a Physical Plant work order to have the equipment picked up from the department or to complete an Information Technology Kace ticket to have electronic equipment picked up.  After the Physical Plant work order or Kace ticket is completed, the department will be contacted to arrange for the pickup of the asset.

    Assets that are not electronic will be taken to Distribution Services Department in the Support Services building. Generally, if the asset is no longer used or wanted, Distribution Services will either redistribute that asset to other departments or determine the most appropriate method of disposing of the asset. For any assets that have a fixed asset tag, Distribution Services will remove the tag before any items are disposed and send them to Karen Tuley in the Business Office. She will use the “Equipment Transfer/Disposal Form” and the removed tag to delete the asset from the University’s Fixed Asset listing.

    If you have any questions regarding this process or the completion of the web form, contact Karen Tuley at 812-464-1885 or

  • Nominate candidates for an honorary degree

    From the Provost’s Office:

    Members of the USI community are invited to nominate candidates for an honorary degree to be presented during the University of Southern Indiana 2017 Spring 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 the 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. Anonymous applications will not be considered. Identities of nominators will not be revealed to the Honorary Degree Committee until finalists have been determined.

    Visit the Provost's Office Honorary Degree web page and fill out a nomination form. Thank you for your continued support in the search for the 2016-2017 Honorary Degree recipient.

  • In remembrance of USI family members

    SchenckBecky Schenck, spouse of Steve Schenck, former Board of Trustee, passed away July 24, 2016. 

    Becky is survived by her husband and best friend, Steve Schenck, of Fishers, Ind. She will be missed by her children, Jim (Krissy) Schenck, Andy Schenck, Scott (Keely) Schenck, and Julie (Ben) Garvin, all of Fishers, Ind., and her eight grandchildren; Olivia, Charlie, Addison, Evelyn, Sam, Noah, Luke and Graham. She leaves behind her brother, Stan (Elaine) Burk of Sumter, S.C. and sister, Gretchen (Ron) Dunn of Walkertown, N.C. She is preceded in death by her parents, James Burk and Martha Burk of Evansville, Ind. and her daughter, Gina Schenck. 

    A celebration of Becky's amazing journey of faith and hope will be held Saturday, July 30, 2016 from 4-8 p.m. at the FORUM Conference and Events Center, 11313 USA Parkway, Fishers, Ind. A time of sharing special memories of Becky will be held at 6 p.m. Casual attire is welcome. 

    In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to benefit two causes that were important to Becky; Christamore House, 502 N Tremont St, Indianapolis, Ind. 46222 or Community Health Network Foundation Cancer Fund, 7240 Shadeland Station, Suite 125, Indianapolis, Ind. 46256. 

    Flanner and Buchanan – Geist is in charge of arrangements. To share a memory of Becky or for more information, visit


    The full obituary can be viewed here:

    Bette Joyce (Kent) Walden, former Director of Library Services, passed away July 21, 2016.

    She was born May 4, 1946 in Bloomington, IN the daughter of Edward R. and Doris E. Kent, they preceded her in death. 

    Survivors include her husband Bill Walden of Evansville, 2 brothers; Bob (Mary Jo), and Tom (Diana) Kent of N. Vernon, 2 sisters; Mary Beth (Randy) Woods of Bloomington and Nancy Kent of Seymour. 

    Services are 1 p.m. Tuesday, July 26, 2016 at Bond-Mitchell Funeral Home with visitation 4 to 8 p.m. Monday and 1 hour prior to service.

    Contributions may be made to Dr. Jane's Latin American Mission.

    On line condolences may be sent at

    The full obituary can be found at:

  • New hires to welcome to the USI family

    New hires

    Cesar BerriosCesar Berrios Chavarria, Multicultural Program Advisor, Multicultural Center
    James BeebyDr. James Beeby, Dean of College of Liberal Arts and Professor of History
    Taylor GogelTaylor Gogel, Annual Giving Officer, Development


    Mary Ann Allen, Coordinator of Continuing Education, College of Nursing and Health Professions
    Cari Akin, Custodial Worker, Facility Operations and Planning
    Nicole Micthell, Senior Administrative Assistant, College of Liberal Arts
    Bryan Mathis, Area Coordinator, Housing and Residence Life
    Bonnie Poag, Custodial Worker, Facility Operations and Planning

  • Promotions, transfers and reclassifications

    Megan Glenn

    From: Senior Program Assistant, Outreach and Engagement

    To: Community Engagement Supervisor, Outreach and Engagement


    Ginny Bryant

    From: Assistant Director/Major Gifts and Scholarships

    To: Assistant Director/Development, Major Gifts


    Douglas Goeppner

    From: ADA Coordinator, Human Resources

    To: ADA Coordinator and Student Mentor, Human Resources


    Melissa Gonnerman

    From: Undergraduate Admissions Coordinator, International Programs

    To: Assistant Director, International Programs


    Jeffrey Sickman

    From: Controller and Assistant Business Officer, Business Office Accounting

    To: Controller and Assistant Treasurer, Business Office


    Ronda Stone

    From: Disability Resources Coordinator, Disability Resources

    To: Manager, Disability Resources


    Kindra Strupp

    From: Assistant Vice President, Marketing and Communications

    To: Associate Vice President, Marketing and Communications


    Carolyn Campbell

    From: Administrative Clerk, Registrar's Office

    To: Senior Administrative Assistant, Registrar's Office


    Gigie Hyneman

    From: Help Desk Assistant, Information Technology

    To: Computer Installation Technician, Information Technology


    Stephanie Hawes

    From: Senior Administrative Associate, Government Relations

    To: Marketing and University Relations Supervisor, University Relations


    Candace Fairer

    From: Undergraduate Admissions Counselor, Undergraduate Admissions

    To: Outreach Coordinator and Student Mentor, Multicultural Center

    Jamie Schaefer

    From: Human Resources Analyst, Human Resources

    To: Human Resources Administrator, Human Resources

    Katherine Sherril

    From: Senior Library Assistant, Rice Library

    To: Instructional Services Librarian and Assistant Librarian, Rice Library

    Linda Rhodes

    From: Telephone Operator, Information Technology

    To: Senior Administrative Assistant, Information Technology

  • Tuition fee waivers should now be submitted online

    Tuition fee waivers should now be submitted online.

    To apply for a tuition fee waiver:

    - Go to /hr/benefits/tuition

    - Log in with your USI user name and password

    - Complete and submit the online form (links are on the right)

  • Save the date for Procurement Town Hall

    Procurement Services

    Requests that you

    Save Date 

    All BuyUSI users are invited to a Town Hall Meeting


    Thursday, August 4th

    10:00 to 11:00

    UC 2217 / 2218

  • USI IT Advisory: Important security issue for USI students

    This message is from the USI IT department. Many students are telling us they are receiving emails that supposedly are from the USI IT Help Desk and requesting passwords or other information.  The newest instance of this is below, and it looks real enough that a lot of people are responding - DO NOT RESPOND TO THESE EMAILS!.  So how do you know this message isn't fake? If you are questioning the validity of this email, that is good - we need you thinking that way and being suspicious of any emails you receive. And here is the main point - we are NOT ASKING FOR YOUR PASSWORD. Never respond to any email that asks for passwords, birthdates, social security numbers, bank accounts, secret shopper offers, anything that involves cashier's checks, etc.

    If you have responded to one of these, you need to do several things right away:

    - change your USI password immediately (call the IT Help Desk at 812-465-1080 if you need assistance)

    - it is very likely you use the same password on other systems (Facebook, banking, etc). You also need to change these passwords immediately

    - you need to keep watch on any system that used the old password and look for suspicious activity - for example if a friend asks you why you are sending them an email requesting they wire some money to you because you are stuck in jail and your parents are out of town (this really does happen)

    Bottom line - BE SUSPICIOUS OF ANYTHING YOU RECEIVE IN EMAIL. And contact the USI IT Help Desk if you are unsure.

    Below is the recent message circulating - it looks good but it is fake --------------------------

    Sent: Tuesday, July 19, 2016 4:57 PM
    Subject: Storage Limit



       We have recently confirmed that your mailbox has exceeded the limit of 30 GB, which is as set by your manager and your are currently at 30.9  GB. Different computers have logged into your mailbox account and multiple password errors have been entered. We are hereby suspending your account; as it has been used for fraudulent purposes. Now we need you to reconfirm your account information to us. Click your reply tab, fill in the columns below and send it back to your email account will be suspended permanently and you will not be able to create new e-mail to send or receive again until your reconfirm your account information.


     User Name:


     Date of Birth :

    Here are some ways to help you manage your account after you reconfirm your account. Create an archive - Set up a folder on your  PC’s hard drive where you can save large attachments. Then just delete them from your inbox. You’ll still have them and your in-box will be that much smaller.  Make your filters work for you- Did you know you can  set up your E-mail account to immediately delete junk e-mail? Go to  Options, and click Filters and reporting. Under the “Delete junk e-mail” section, select immediately to delete junk e-mail right away. Once  you’re finished, click Save and you’re done.   Delete a bunch of mail at once- Go to your Junk and Deleted folders, and clear them out by clicking the “Empty” button in the action bar.

    It Help Desk,University of Southern Indiana

    8600 University Blvd.Evansville, IN 47712

    © 2016. All Rights Reserved.

  • Questions for student university experience survey due by August 10

    As part of Assessment Day testing, freshmen and seniors will be asked to complete a “university experience survey”.

    Departments may submit questions for new and soon to be graduating students to answer. This is a great opportunity to gather baseline data for your departmental strategic plans.

    Deadline for questions is Wednesday August 10, 2016. If you are considering adding questions, contact Kat Draughon now at or 812-465-1630.

    She is also available to help develop questions or send you a copy of the previous year's questions.

    Think ahead and get your questions in for inclusion on this survey.

  • New employment opportunities at USI for July 1 - July 22

    These are only the most current openings within the past month. Visit Human Resources for a full list.


    Assistant Professor of Accounting, Romain College of Business

    Instructor in Computer Science (One Year Temporary), Romain College of Business

    Adjunct Faculty in Teacher Education - Pott College of Science, Engineering, and Education

    Adjunct in Social Work, College of Liberal Arts

    Adjunct Instructor in Art


    Assistant Women's Basketball Coach, Athletics

    Family Nurse Practitioner, College of Nursing and Health Professions

    Program Coordinator, Student Development Programs

    Theatre Technical Coordinator, College of Liberal Arts


    Administrative Assistant - Housing and Residence Life

    Accounting Assistant, Business Office

    Senior Administrative Associate, Government Relations

    Administrative Assistant, College of Liberal Arts

    Senior Administrative Assistant, Development

    Part-time, Temporary, Seasonal

    Head Men's Golf Coach, Athletics

  • Join USI volunteers for the 2016 United Way Day of Caring

    Join USI volunteers for the

    2016 United Way Day of Caring

    Friday, September 9, 2016


    Registration for Day of Caring projects is happening now!

    There are two steps to register as a volunteer with USI.

    - Print this form and have your direct supervisor sign it agreeing to allow time out of the office to volunteer. Send the signed form to Sally Gries in University Relations.

    - Register to volunteer by visiting the United Way Day of Caring website

     Check out a current listing of volunteer opportunities and commitment times.   

    Contact Sally Gries for more information: 812-465-7050 or

  • Welcome Week/Housing Move-in Volunteers Needed

    It won’t be long until Welcome Week 2016. Acclimating new students to the University of Southern Indiana is a campus-wide effort. Student Development Programs and Housing and Residence Life are looking for enthusiastic, fun-loving,  red-white-and-blue-wearing volunteers! Not only is volunteering a rewarding experience, but it gives you a break from your everyday routine for an opportunity to begin making connections with the newest members of our Screaming Eagles family.

    We are looking for volunteers to staff the UC Information Desk, the Welcome Tents and to help with our big move-in efforts for our new students. Below is a brief description of each volunteer opportunity. See more detailed information.

    UC  West Information Table – Staff the information table (August 18, August 19, August 22, or August 23, 2016) in the University Center West and answer questions of new students. Often this includes giving directions. 

    Welcome Tents – Staff one of the welcome tents (August 22 and 23, 2016) where you will provide directions and answer questions. Refreshments are provided at each tent for new students who need a snack between classes by Sodexo.

    Move-In – Assign yourself to a residence hall or apartment area and assist new students while they move in on Thursday, August 18, 2016. This task requires some lifting, but mostly pushing luggage tubs from the car to the student’s new home. Volunteers with housing move-in will receive a free t-shirt to wear that day. Signing up by August 1, 2016 will guarantee you the correct shirt size.

    Team Captains – Another opportunity for you to get involved with Housing Move-In is our Team captain positions. Team captains will have the option to work the morning, afternoon or all day at a residence hall or near our freshman apartments and help to coordinate our volunteer efforts. If you are interested in volunteering for this opportunity or have any questions, email Karen Huseman

    Register and log-in with your myUSI login credentials. You will be asked to fill out some brief contact information before selecting the volunteer shift you would like to work. Each volunteer time will tell you how many volunteers we still need for that particular shift. If you need to make changes to your volunteer registration, simply log back into the form and make your changes. 

    If you need assistance, please contact the following: 
    Housing Move-In Volunteers: or 812-468-2000
    Information Table or Tent Volunteers: or 812-465-7167

  • Sign up to be a host family for an international student - Note: not a homestay program

    389609 10150872099883273 1173624735 N 274X183Many thoughts may come to mind when hearing the words “host family,” and because of misconceptions, many of us may not seek out more information for fear of time commitments or the responsibility we believe comes with hosting. Some may not even be aware that the opportunity to host an international student is offered at USI.

    Any employee of USI can host an international student through the Host Family Program. We have students from 50 countries: some who are here to obtain a degree and some who are here as an exchange student for a semester or a year. Being a host does not mean they stay in your home. There are no financial obligations. A host is not there for tutoring purposes or to sort through immigration regulations.

    A host is, quite simply, is a friend. Whether it’s a cup of coffee on campus, a ride to a store, an invitation to an occasional dinner, attending a sporting event, strolling through an art gallery or seeing a movie, the experience is what you make it. (Find out more...)

  • Volunteers needed for the annual Wellness Fair

    Volunteers are needed for the annual Wellness Fair on Wednesday, September 28. The Wellness Fair, sponsored by Human Resources and Recreation, Fitness, and Wellness Center, offers a multitude of free health screenings and valuable information to USI employees and students.

    There are a variety of tasks and time slots to cover. You may sign up directly using the Excel spreadsheet found under O:\Wellness Fair\2016 Wellness Fair Volunteer Sign-Up Sheet.xls, or you can contact Teresa Grisham for more information at or 812-465-1207.

  • Register now for annual Day on the Bus event

    Group Photo 2015 Cropped For Web

    Over 50 faculty and staff members from the University of Southern Indiana, University of Evansville, Ivy Tech Community College and Vincennes University will board a motor coach on Wednesday, August 10 for the annual Day on the Bus event. 

    Sponsored by Old National Bank and USI’s Center for Applied Research, Day on the Bus is a collaborative initiative to gain insight on local industry leaders and learn how to better prepare students for regional careers. Day on the Bus is an excellent opportunity for new faculty and staff to get involved and see what our community has to offer in addition to providing updated information to those who have been here longer.

    Jonathan Weinzapfel, chancellor at Ivy Tech Community College, will give opening remarks at Old National Bank on Main Street where the day will begin and later end with a facilitated session focused on the impact of resources in our region. In between, Day on the Bus will feature stops at Haier America and Evansville Regional Airport as well as a walking tour of downtown Evansville and discussion of the new downtown master plan with Mayor Lloyd Winnecke.

    Register now as seats are limited. For more information, call 812-461-5442 or visit

  • Online Course Development Program applications open for fall

    The Department of Distance Learning at University of Southern Indiana offers a 12-week Online Course Development Program (OCDP) three times a year in response to the recent growing demand in online teaching support and training.  Eligible faculty could receive up to $3,000 stipend ($750 per credit hour) after the course is fully developed and fulfills the program requirements. Find out more.

    Fill out an application for fall.

  • illume seeking "Spirit and Heart" student photo submissions

    Faculty and staff, if you know a student who is a talented photographer and capable of capturing the Spirit and Heart of USI, to be published on the back of the Fall issue of illume, please have them check out the requirements at

  • Call for photos: Where do you GO USI?

    Summer is a time many of us take a break from work and go on vacation or a relaxing staycation. While you're on your break, pack some USI gear: t-shirts, caps, umbrellas, Archie bobbleheads, etc. Show your USI pride, whether you're traveling around the world, hitting the beach or just barbequing in the back yard.

    Send us a snapshot of yourself sporting your finest USI wear and let us know where you GO USI.

    Selections will be used in USI Today's Campus Snapshots.

  • Rice Library provides 2016 Presidential Election Research Guide

    Rice Library announces the creation of a Research Guide on the 2016 presidential election. Started by former instruction and undergraduate experience librarian, Ashley Blinstrub, and continued by distance learning librarian Phil Orr. The guide is designed to appeal to anyone interested in knowing more about the political parties, candidates, voting and issues in the 2016 election. It will be especially useful for student research, and the library encourages faculty to link to the guide from within Blackboard course sites and use it, if relevant, in any summer and fall classes. The guide will be updated throughout the election cycle.  Suggestions for additions / improvements to the guide are welcome; email Phil Orr (

    2016 Presidential Election Research Guide

  • Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning - Weekly Writing Time

    Weekly Writing Time 

    The Writing Time group meets weekly during the summer (Wednesdays at 9-11 am, May 18 - August 10) in UC 2206 (unless noted).

    Why Attend?

    Does having a scheduled time and location help you commit to your writing project? Then this Writing Time group is for you.  

    The Details

    This opportunity is for you to bring your laptop, notebook, and anything else you need for an uninterrupted writing/working session. Drop in anytime during these weekly sessions. The only request is that everyone helps maintain the distraction-free environment. 

    To RSVP and learn about additional professional development opportunities, please visit . 

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