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  • Night Flight Road Run

    The annual Night Flight Road Run (  a fundraiser for the University of Southern Indiana Cross Country and Track & Field programs, will be held on July 26th.  We are in need of volunteers for the event in several areas.  If you are interested in lending a hand, please email me so that we can get you plugged in! No experience necessary!  

    Areas of need are:

    Registration (6:00pm to 8:15pm)

    Water station (8:15 to 9:30pm)

    Traffic control (8:00 to 9:30pm)

    Contact: Mike Hillyard

    Men’s and Women’s Cross Country / Track & Field Coach


  • USI-Public Employees Retirement Fund (PERF) Campus Information Sessions on July 29

    On Tuesday, July 29, 2014, the State of Indiana Public Employees Retirement Fund (PERF) in association with the USI Human Resources Department is providing both group and individual information sessions for Support Staff enrolled in PERF.  Spouses are welcome and encouraged to attend.  The PERF Regional Retirement Counselor, Derek Bitter, will be on hand to give:

    an overview of the PERF program

    explanation of benefits provided

    details of the October 1, 2014, benefit changes

    Group sessions will be held in UC 2207:

    from 8:30am to 9:30am
    from 4:00pm to 5:00pm

    Individual sessions will be available:

    every 30 minutes from 9:30am to 4:00pm and will be held in UC 2203.

    employees should bring to an individual session their monthly benefit estimate (available online) and survivor beneficiary’s date of birth (if applicable).

    USI is fortunate to have a local PERF representative available to meet with employees both as a group and individually.  We hope that you will take advantage of this service.

    In order to meet the needs of each interested employee, you must contact me no later than Friday, July 25, 2014, at 812-464-1781 or to reserve a spot in a group session and/or and individual session.

  • USI Day at Ellis Park

    Join the USI Alumni Association and the Varsity Club for a fun filled day at Ellis Park.

    Sunday, August 17

    Gates open at 11:00 a.m.

    Post time at 12:50 p.m.

    Sky Theatre Seating and Buffet

    $30 per person cost includes admission, reserved seat, racing program, buffet, tax & gratuity. Cash bar also available.

    If you have dietary restrictions or require special accommodations, please let us know at the time of your registration. Click this link to register.

    Ellis Park, US 41, between Evansville and Henderson

    Tickets will be held at the “Group Sales” Table at the main entrance.  You will receive a wristband for the buffet, racing program, and escorted your seats.

    Reserve Now – Limited Seating Available!

    (Seating 4 to a Table)

    For further information, call Alumni 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.

  • Steve Helfrich retirement celebration
    Steve Helfrich Retirement
  • Nominations for Honorary Degree

    You are invited 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 alum. 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. We appreciate your assistance in this effort.

  • University stock envelopes

    Creative and Print Services supplies departments with two types of mailing envelopes. For large volume users, we provide and recommend the continued use of “custom printed department envelopes.” For smaller volume users, we provide and recommend continued use of “generic (stock) envelopes.”

    Future printings of “generic stock envelopes” will incorporate a small change to support University business requirements. The new supply will show this change. Below is a description of the change and a reminder about how these envelopes should be used.

    Generic (Stock) Envelopes

    If you order generic stock #10 envelopes from Creative and Print Services you will notice a box printed on the front (bottom left corner). This box is where senders must include their Fund/Org and Department Name. You may hand write (legibly and accurately) this information within the frame or you may add this information (in position within the frame) on your envelope template.

    • Generic envelopes are to be used for individual or small batch external correspondence and must contain the Fund/Org and Department Name information. Generic envelopes are not designed for use with bulk mailings.
    • Existing generic envelope inventory will be used to fill orders until the current supply runs out. Until such time, simply continue adding this information under the reply address block.

     Stock Envelopes


    Custom Department Envelopes

    These envelopes are custom printed with the department’s name and unique fund/org. If you keep department-specific envelopes on-hand, use these for external correspondence from your department. Bulk mailings should always use this type of envelope.

  • Welcome Week/Move-in Volunteers Needed

    Welcome Tents – Staff one of the Welcome Tents (August 25 or 26, 2014) 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 21, 2014.  We will also be looking for a few helping hands as our Living Learning Community students move in on Wednesday, August 20, 2014. 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 July 25, 2014 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, please e-mail Laurie Berry at

    Click below to go to the online Volunteer Registration Form or contact Student Development Programs at 812/465-7167 or to volunteer.  Thanks in advance for your help in welcoming our newest eagles to USI!

    Volunteer Registration Form

  • USI Leading Effective Teams

    Register here

    USI Leading Effective Teams
  • Children's Learning Center needs your help collecting plastic caps

    The Children's Learning Center is asking for your help in collecting plastic bottle caps and soft plastic lids. The plastic will be repurposed and used to build a child-size picnic table for the Center.

    Teachers are using the experience to teach the children the importance of recycling.

    Donations may be brought directly to the Center.

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  • USI Eagle Hour - Alumni Networking Reception July 24

    Alumni residing and working in the Evansville area are invited to gather for an informal alumni networking reception on Thursday, July 24 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Tin Man Brewing Co. on West Franklin Street.

    Complimentary appetizers and a cash bar will be available. No charge for this event sponsored by the USI Alumni Association.

    Register now. Spread the word to your alumni friends.

    Questions, please email or call Alumni & Volunteer Services at 812-464-1924.

  • Deaths in the USI family

    CourtneyRobert Thomas Courtney, father of Elizabeth Courtney Randolph, Manager of Photography and Multimedia, died Sunday, July 20.

    He is survived by his wife, Edith McCless Courtney; two sons, Rick Courtney of Frankfort and Morris Courtney of Warsaw; one daughter, Elizabeth Randolph of Evansville, Ind.; six grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

    He was preceded in death by one son, Roger Thomas Courtney; one grandchild, Connie Faith Bascus; two brothers, John and Vernon Courtney; and three sisters, Thelma Wallace, Eula Dean Lillard and Stella Mae Adams.

    Visitation will be held Wednesday, July 23, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Garnett-New-McDonald Funeral Home in Warsaw, Kentucky. The funeral service will immediately follow visitation. Burial will be at the Warsaw Cemetery.

    The full obituary can be viewed at:


    Betty SimmonsBetty A. (Phillips) Simmons, wife of William E. Simmons, Sr., Retired Custodial Services Supervisor, passed away Monday July 14, 2014. 

    Betty is survived by her husband of 68 years, William E. Simmons Sr.; son, William E. Simmons Jr. (Phyllis); daughter, Deborah Simmons, all of Evansville; grandchildren, Sigourney Simmons, Tera Simmons, Danny Simmons, Stephanie Willis (Scott); and brother, Gerald Casey.  She was preceded in death by her parents, Arthur and Mary Josephine (Cheshire) Phillips and her son, Terry G. Simmons.

    Ziemer Funeral Home East Chapel handled the private services.

    Memorial contributions may be made to Vanderburgh Humane Society, 400 Milner Industrial Dr., Evansville, IN 47710.

    The full obituary can be found at:


    Jerome R. “Jerry” Cain, Dean Emeritus of the Pott College of Science and Engineering and Professor Emeritus of Biology, passed away on Sunday, July 13, 2014.   

    Jerry is survived by his wife of eight years, Michelle A. (Burk) Cain; one son and daughter-in-law: Rob and Brandy Erickson of Normal, IL; one daughter and son-in-law: Mandy and P. J. Ratesic of Irwin, PA; one step daughter: Lauren Gansman of Evansville, IN; one sister: Rita Leis of Bradford, OH; one brother and sister-in-law: Dennis and Cindy Cain of Bradford, OH; and six grandchildren: Conner, Caleb, Gavin, Ivan, Colin and Alyvea.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Norman R. and Effie M. (Leonard) Cain.

    Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 AM, Saturday, July 19, 2014 at Immaculate Conception Church, 200 Clay Street, Bradford, OH with Rev. Fr. Ronald Haft as Celebrant. Burial will follow in Miami Memorial Park in Covington, OH. Friends may call from 4:00-7:00 PM on Friday at Bridges-Stocker-Fraley Funeral Home in Bradford.

    The full obituary can be found at:


    BrauserRobert Dale Brauser, USI Retired Custodial Worker, died Thursday, July 10, 2014.

    He is survived by his son, Michael Brauser, of Mount Vernon; a brother, Charles (Judy) Brauser, of Oakland City; nieces and nephews, David, Steve and Roger Brauser, of Evansville, James Brauser, of Mount Vernon, Marilyn Caldemeyer, of Velpen, Ind., and Kay Claridge, of Oakland City. He was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara Buchanan Brauser; his parents, Adolph A. and Helen (Cole) Brauser; two brothers, Donald E. and Richard E. Brauser; a nephew, Keith Brauser and a niece, Naomi Brauser.

    Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 15, 2014, at the Stendeback Family Funeral Home, 1330 E. 4th St., Mount Vernon, with burial in Bellefontaine Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. on Monday at the funeral home.

    The full obituary can be found at:



  • Become a host family for an international student

    What is a host family? Host families are a family or a single person willing to share their time and interests with an international student. They act as a link to our culture and the activities in the area.

    Hosts families can (but not limited to):

    • Have students over for dinner
    • Meet for lunch or coffee
    • Be a friendly face on campus
    • Take students shopping
    • Enjoy fun activities with students (movies, board games, sports, etc.)

    Host families are not responsible for:

    • Homestays
    • Money matters
    • Immigration regulations, visas, work permits, etc.
    • Academic counseling, class attendance
    • Registration procedures and payment of tuition

    It doesn’t take a lot of time or effort to make someone feel welcome. The time commitment is flexible; it depends on your schedule and your student’s schedule. Host families should have regular contact with student (at least once a month). In between visits, a friendly email can really brighten an international student’s day! Please take the time to consider opening your hearts and homes to these students.

    For more information please email Nicole Vernon ( or come by the International Programs & Services Office in the UC East.

    Host Fam Ad
  • Food Services - summer hours

    Fiesta Fuego

    Wednesday, May 14(Start Summer Hours Mon-Fri)   10:30am-1:30pm

    Monday, May 26 (Memorial Day) Closed

    Friday, May 30 (Orientation) 10:00am - 3:00pm

    Saturday, May 31 (Orientation) 10:00am - 2:00pm

    Friday, June 20 (Orientation) 10:00am - 3:00pm

    Saturday, June 21 (Orientation) 10:00am - 2:00pm

    Friday, July 4 (Independence Day) Closed

    Friday, July 11 (Orientation) 10:00am - 3:00pm

    Saturday, July 12 (Orientation) 10:00am - 2:00pm

    Cyclone Salads

    Thursday, May 8 (Start Summer Hours Mon-Fri)  7:30am - 2:00pm

    Monday, May 26 (Memorial Day) Closed

    Friday, May 30 (Orientation)  7:00am - 2:00pm

    Saturday, May 31 (Orientation)  7:00am - 2:00pm

    Friday, June 20 (Orientation)  7:00am - 2:00pm

    Saturday, June 21 (Orientation)  7:00am - 2:00pm

    Friday, July 4 (Independence Day)  Closed

    Friday, July 11 (Orientation)  7:00am - 2:00pm

    Saturday, July 12 (Orientation)  7:00am - 2:00pm


    Thursday, May 8(Start Summer Hours Mon-Fri)  7:30am - 1:30pm

    Monday, May 12  Closed

    Monday, May 26 (Memorial Day)  Closed

    Saturday, May 31 (Orientation)  7:30am-1:00pm

    Saturday, June 21 (Orientation)  7:30am-1:00pm

    Friday, July 4 (Independence Day)  Closed

    Saturday, July 12 (Orientation)  7:30am-1:00p

  • Rice Library summer hours

    Rice Library's summer hours begin May 13:

    Monday - Thursday........................................8:00am - 10:00pm

    Friday..........................................................8:00am - 5:00pm

    Saturday......................................................9:00am - 5:00pm

    Sunday........................................................1:00pm - 10:00pm

  • 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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