University of Southern Indiana

Creative Expressions Living Learning Community

What feeds your soul? Do you like to create art, write, or act? Maybe you’re going to be the next famous YouTuber or be in broadcast media. Students of all majors* who believe in creative expression are welcome to join this LLC. In addition to taking classes together, your LLC might host a poetry slam, go to USI theater performances, start a YouTube channel, or decorate USI’s sidewalks.

LLC Classes: 

Fall Semester:

  • UNIV 101: First Year Experience (Core 39 class, Foundations)
  • Art 104: Design in Materials (Core 39 class, Ways of Knowing - Creative and Aesthetic Expression) 

Spring Semester:

  • ENG 201: Rhetoric and Composition II: Literacy and the World (Core 39 class, Foundations)
  • CMST 101: Public Speaking (Core 39 class, Foundations)

LLC Signature Experiences:

What will your LLC do? Will you have an improv comedy night? A poetry slam? Will you yarn-bomb the USI campus? Decorate the sidewalks with chalk murals? Will you make a pact to attend all the USI theatre events PLUS a whole bunch of community performances? Will you all sign up for NaNoWriMo and create novels during the month of November? Will you make pottery for USI's Empty Bowls event? THE SKY'S THE LIMIT and you'll get to decide! 

LLC Co-Mentors: 

Dr. Greg Blair and Dr. Monica O'Neil are the Co-Mentors for the Creative Expressions LLC! 

Dr. Greg Blair: "Heya! My name is Dr. Greg Blair and I am an adjunct professor in the Art and Design Department at USI. Before coming to USI, I taught for 10 years at Northern State University in Aberdeen, SD. But that is not where my story began... I am originally from Red Deer, Alberta, Canada, eh! After a few years of attempting to be a punk rock drummer, I got a three art degrees and started teaching.  I have presented and exhibited my artwork and research all over the USA and Canada, even in Europe a few times. I do a lot of art making, music making, reading, writing, and researching. My first book was published in 2018 and was titled Errant Bodies, Mobility, and Political Resistance. When I am not doing those other things, I enjoy spending time with my family (2 kids!), running, gardening, canning vegetables, traveling, dad jokes, chasing my dog around the backyard, and trying out new types of coffee to help me get going in the morning. I am so excited to be a part of the Creative Expressions LLC and to share my passion for creative expression!"

Dr. Monica O'Neil: "Hi! My name is Monica and I am an academic advisor in the College of Nursing and Health Professions. In addition to advising, I've also taught courses on gender studies, English composition, world literature, mythology, and Latin. I am fascinated by the art, philosophy, language, literature, and culture of the ancient world. When I'm not advising or teaching, I can be found spending time with my family, running, painting, sewing, or doing restoration projects on my house, which was built in 1890. I look forward to working with all of you!"  

You can reach Dr. Greg Blair via email or call 812-465-1089. You can reach Dr. Monica O'Neil via email or call 812-228-5042.

How do I apply? 

  1. Apply for Housing, housing applications are available on December 2 on myUSI.
  2. Click on the red housing icon on the left and follow the instructions.
  3. After you've completed the main housing application, you will see a link to a special LLC application. You must complete the LLC application IN ADDITION to the main housing application. On the LLC application, you can rank which LLCs you're interested in. 
  4. That's it! :) You'll hear back from us before you come for orientation! We begin processing LLC applications in January! 

For general LLC questions, please .

If you need more assistance, you can also contact , Director of Living Learning Communities.

*Due to accreditation requirements, Engineering students can only live in the Engineering LLC.

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