April 23, 2020 Update

Information/Updates for Students, Faculty and Staff


President Ronald Rochon to provide update to campus/new virtual Q&A sessions

President Ronald Rochon plans to provide an update to the campus community related to the response to COVID-19 on Monday, April 27 via email. He will also conduct another series of live Zoom information and Q&A sessions with the campus community on Wednesday, April 29. Sessions will be available for all students, faculty, staff and retirees. These will be 45-minute to one-hour moderated sessions. Invitations for the Zoom sessions will be sent to constituent groups via email on Friday, April 24. Participation via phone and video will be available.

Requesting access to USI

A new Request Campus Access form has been created to streamline the process for employees to request access to campus. As in the past, these visits should only be critical in nature and must receive VP approval through the submitted form.

To reduce exposure to others, and for record keeping and cleaning, employees will be asked to request a specific visit date, time, campus location and one-hour window. Employees and Public Safety will receive an email notification once the request is approved. Personal Protection Equipment-PPE (Gloves and Mask) is strongly recommended, but not mandatory. Employees must provide their own PPE. This information can also be found on the COVID-19 website under the Employees tab.

USI Board of Trustees scheduled to meet virtually in regular session on May 1

The USI Board of Trustees will meet virtually in regular session at 9 a.m. Friday, May 1. Documents for the meeting will be posted to the Board of Trustees website as they are available as well as information for joining the Zoom meeting as an attendee. The Board will meet virtually in executive session prior to the public meeting.

Monday, April 27 is deadline for Pass/No Pass decision for Spring 2020

This coming Monday, April 27, is the deadline to apply for the Pass/No Pass option for Spring 2020. Wednesday, April 29 is the deadline to withdraw with evaluation for a full semester course. More information on Pass/No Pass, withdrawals and other modified academic policies can be found on the Registrar’s website.

Faculty experts in the news

To showcase the expertise and research of USI faculty, University Communications is coordinating with individual faculty members to write articles on a topic of their choice related to COVID-19. These articles are being posted to the USI website, as well as pitched to local and regional media outlets. Additionally, faculty members are pitched as a resource for future phone and/or Zoom interviews on the given topic. University Communications is also responding to media requests for additional faculty expertise.

Following are links to a sampling of these columns and media hits. If other faculty members have areas related to COVID-19 or its impact that they would be willing to write an article on, or be interviewed on, please reach out to Ben Luttrull, Media Relations Specialist.

Dr. Trent Engbers – Interview with Eyewitness News

Dr. Erin Reynolds – Interview with Perry County News

Dr. Daria Sevastianova – Interview with 44 News

Nonprofits in the wake of COVID-19 - Dr. Trent Engbers

Teaching your child at home - Dr. Jill Raisor, Dr. Joy Howard and Dr. Kelly Sparks

Virtual Senior Week

Student Development is sponsoring a Virtual Senior Week for all USI seniors Monday, April 27 through Friday, May 1. Each day will feature different activities and events, ranging from building a senior playlist to a live photo mosaic wall.

Seniors are also encouraged to record and send short videos offering advice to incoming students as well as thank you/goodbye messages.

More information about the videos and a full list of Virtual Senior Week events can be found on the Student Development Programs Virtual Activities webpage.

Relive the excitement! USI to stream ’95 National Championship game April 27

University of Southern Indiana Alumni Association and Athletics are pleased to announce that the 1995 NCAA Division II National Championship game between USI and the University of California-Riverside will be publicly streamed at 7 p.m. Monday, April 27.

Relive the excitement of USI Men’s Basketball’s 1995 NCAA Division II National Championship, a game that saw the Screaming Eagles overcome a 22-point first half deficit to defeat the Highlanders and lay claim to the school’s first-ever national championship. The squad featured two-time Division II Player of the Year and new USI Men’s Basketball Head Coach Stan Gouard and GLVC Player of the Year Chad Gilbert.

Fans will be able to watch the original CBS broadcast from 25 years ago, without commercials, on USI’s GLVCSN page and YouTube channel. The stream will be available for one night only.

Outreach and Engagement offerings

USI Outreach and Engagement has been hard at work updating its offerings to meet the needs of the community during a time when many are working, teaching and educating children from home. The new offerings can be accessed from the comfort and safety of participants’ homes. Online courses are informative, fun, convenient and highly interactive. Browse the most popular courses this month.

Road Closure

For those still working from or visiting campus, Clarke Lane will be closed near Bluff Lane for approximately one and a half weeks beginning Thursday, April 23 for sewer work.

Admin Senate offering session on “Uncertainty, Anxiety and The Virtual Workplace During a Pandemic”

Administrative Senate invites participants to attend an upcoming session on Thursday, April 30, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. CST via Zoom. This session is open to all USI employees.

Dr. Ashley Evearitt from the USI Counseling Center and a senator from Administrative Senate will present on: "Uncertainty, Anxiety and the Virtual Workplace."

Evearitt will focus on dealing with uncertainty, addressing anxiety and how to successfully create a culture of care among our colleagues during a global pandemic.

If you have attended Administrative Senate's earlier presentations this year on loving and transformational leadership, this discussion will apply those principles to working together through a crisis.

Invitations to the virtual session were sent via email. If did not receive an invite or have questions, contact Britney Orth, Administrative Senate Chair.