University of Southern Indiana


  • USI’s Health Informatics and Information Management degree approved

    At its regular meeting on March 9, the Indiana Commission for Higher Education approved a new degree program, a Bachelor of Science in Health Informatics and Information Management (HIIM) to be housed within USI’s College of Nursing and Health Professions. 

    The new program, which will begin in the Fall 2017 semester, will provide students with specialized training in using information technology to support effective health care administration and innovative health care services delivery in a variety of work settings across an array of environments.

    “Today’s health care industry is constantly evolving, and all signs point to a need for more Health IT professionals,” said Dr. Ann White, dean of the College of Nursing and Health Professions. “Our new Bachelor of Science in Health Informatics and Information Management degree will provide students with a competency-based education to meet the labor market demand in the community, region and state.”

    On a national level, employment of health information technicians alone is expected to grow 15 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. The Indiana Department of Workforce Development’s Strategic Research and Development Division states, “the employment of medical records and health Information technicians is projected to grow 23 percent in Indiana, 12 percent in Illinois, and 25 percent in Kentucky.”  

    “It is very exciting to launch this new degree program,” said Dr. Gabriela Mustata Wilson, associate professor of Health Informatics. “By studying health information and information management at USI, students will acquire a versatile, yet focused, skill set incorporating clinical, information technology, leadership and management skills to enter the workforce or prepare for graduate work either at USI or elsewhere.”

    The Bachelor of Science in Health Informatics and Information Management program is designed for a broad range of students, including those who have just graduated from high school or adult learners who want to return to school and complete their bachelor’s degree. Transfer programs from two-year campuses are being developed, so learners can begin their education at local community colleges and then transfer to USI to complete their bachelor’s degree. In addition to traditional students, many students with IT or health care preparation at the associate level, such as associate degree-prepared nurses or Health Information Management professionals, can complete the Bachelor of Science in Health Informatics and Information Management program.  

    Wilson said the program will offer an intentionally-designed curriculum with internships and other learning activities focusing on information systems, informatics principles and information technology as applied to the continuum of health care delivery. Students will conduct real-life, hands-on studies that will involve system modeling, workflow analysis, service innovations and project implementation provided by regional hospitals, clinical centers and other health care organizations. Most of the courses in the new curriculum will be offered in two formats: traditional classroom-based and online.

    Plans are set for a Health Informatics and Information Management (HIIM) scholarship, funded by Wilson and her family. The Gabriela, Brian and Michael Wilson Health Informatics and Information Management Scholarship has been established as a renewable, three-year scholarship, with preference given to female applicants with a minimum, cumulative 3.5 GPA. Additional scholarship criteria and application information are forthcoming.

    More information about the new Bachelor of Science in Health Informatics and Information Management degree is at

  • Poets Annie Kim and Jenny Molberg to visit USI

    The University of Southern Indiana will host poets Annie Kim and Jenny Molberg for a public reading at 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 29 in Traditions Lounge in the University Center. The event is sponsored by the USI College of Liberal Arts, English Department, and Political Science and Public Administration Department. 

    Kim, a graduate of the Warren Wilson College Master of Fine Arts Program for Writers, and a Virginia Center for the Creative Arts fellow, has appeared in Mudlark, Ninth Letter, Asian American Literary Review, and elsewhere. She currently works as an assistant dean for public service at the University Of Virginia School Of Law.

    Molberg, graduated from American University with a Master of Fine Arts and from the University of Texas with a doctorate in English and Creative Writing. She currently teaches at the University of Central Missouri and is co-editor of the University magazine Pleiades.

    For more information contact, Ron Mitchell at 812-461-5202 or

  • Law Day - Keynote by Dr. Stephen L. Wasby

  • Southwest Indiana AHEC co-sponsors African Americans and the Disability Experience exhibit

    Southwest Indiana Area Health Education Center (SWI-AHEC) is partnering with the Evansville African American Museum for a special exhibition, African Americans and the Disability Experience: From Colonial Times, Desegregation, Advocacy and Achievement, April 7-26 at the museum, located at 579 S. Garvin Street.

    The traveling exhibit is from the Museum of disABILITY History in Buffalo, New York, which is dedicated to advancing the understanding, acceptance and independence of people with disabilities. African Americans and the Disability Experience covers the first African slaves brought to colonial America, Brown v. Board, civil rights and medical accomplishments.

    A special “Fabulous First Friday” round table discussion will open the exhibit on Friday, April 7 from 6-7 p.m. Reservations are required for the April 7 opening. To RSVP, click here.

    Students enrolled at the University of Southern Indiana and members of the Evansville African American Museum receive free admission to the exhibit. Non-USI students are $1.50 and non-museum members are $5. Please show university/school identification at the museum ticket office.

    Southwest Indiana Area Health Education Center began as a regional center in 2008, and it is hosted by the University of Southern Indiana in the College of Nursing and Health Professions. Southwest Indiana AHEC is part of a national network with a mission to improve health by leading the nation in the recruitment, training and retention of a diverse health workforce for underserved communities.

    For more information contact Kerseclia L. Patterson at 812-228-5048 or   

  • New hires, promotions, transfers and reclassifications

    New hires

    Maria Nguyen, Senior Administrative Assistant, Theatre Management

    Susan Mueller, Nurse Planner, Center for Lifelong Learning for Health Professions

    Lauren Gray, Graduate Admissions Assistant, Graduate Studies

    Patrick Kempf, HVAC Operator, Facility Operations and Planning

    Brett Williams, Budget Analyst, Finance and Administration

    Lisa Lockridge, Museum Aide, Historic New Harmony

    Promotions, transfers and reclassifications

    Stephanie Russell

    From: Senior Program Assistant, Outreach and Engagement
    To: Administrative Associate, Facility Operations and Planning

    Lindsey Gibson
    From: Graduate Admissions Associate, Graduate Admissions
    To: Graduate Marketing and Recruiting Supervisor, Graduate Admissions

    Wilbert Nagel
    From: PT Custodial Worker, New Harmony
    To: PT Maintenance Mechanic, New Harmony

  • 26th Annual Toast to the Arts

    University of Southern Indiana Society for Arts and Humanities - 26th Annual Toast to the Arts

    Old Post Office Event Center
    100 NW 2nd Street
    Evansville, IN 47708

    Friday, April 7

    Cocktails and elegant buffet at 6 p.m.

    Live auction at 8:30 p.m.

    Cost: $125 per person (includes a $75 charitable gift); corporate tables and sponsorship also available. Reservations are required.

    For more information/an RSVP card, or special dietary and disability-related accommodations contact Rebecca Lutton at 812-461-5223 or

    Silent and Live Auction

    Special Events

    Proceeds will go to the Society for Arts and Humanities. which supports the academic and artistic enrichment of the USI College of Liberal Arts.

  • Free public film screenings in Wright Administration, Forum I

    Puccini for Beginners (2006)

    Movie description from IMDb: A recently-singled New York writer finds herself in two surprising and complicated relationships.

    Director: Maria Maggenti

    Thursday, March 30

    11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

    The Conformist (1970) (Italy)

    Movie description from IMDb: A weak-willed Italian man becomes a fascist flunky who goes abroad to arrange the assassination of his old teacher, now a political dissident.

    Director: Bernardo Bertolucci

    Friday, March 31

    7:30 p.m.

    The Fairy (2011) (Belgium/France)

    Movie description from IMDb: A hotel clerk searches all over Le Havre for the fairy who made two of his three wishes come true before disappearing.

    Directors: Dominique Abel, Fiona Gordon, Bruno Romy

    Tuesday, April 4

    11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

    WR: Mysteries of the Organism (1971) (Yugoslavia)

    Movie description from IMDb: A homage to the work of psychologist Wilhelm Reich, matched with a story about a Yugoslavian girl's affair with a Russian skater. Sexual repression, social systems and the orgone theory are explored.

    Director: Dusan Makavejev

    Friday, April 7

    7:30 p.m.

    Get on the Bus (1996)

    Movie description from IMDb: A disparate group of African-American men travel by bus to Washington, DC for the Million Man March.

    Directors: Spike Lee

    Tuesday, April 11

    11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

  • USI employment opportunities from March 1 - March 24

    Faculty/Adjunct Faculty

    Assistant Professor of Gender Studies, College of Liberal Arts


    Managing and Marketing Director, New Harmony Theatre and USI Theatre

    Advisor, Student Financial Assistance

    Service, Maintenance, Security

    Custodial Worker, Facility Operations and Planning (2nd shift)

    Part-Time, Temporary, Seasonal

    Senior Program Assistant, Outreach & Engagement

  • USI media coverage March 13 - 19

    Print/Online Coverage

    Veterans Get Free Dental Cleanings at USI Clinic View Source
    Evansville Courier & Press - March 15

    Vets to Get Free Dental Cleanings at USI View Source
    Evansville Courier & Press - March 15

    Big Collaborations Fueling IU Med School Project  View Source
    Inside Indiana Business - March 15

    McNamara Honors USI Chamber Choir at Statehouse View Source
    Tristate Homepage - March 15

    Visiting Art Professor/Photographer to talk Instagram at USI View Source March 14

    Faculty Colloquia Continues With Art Professor View Source - March 14

    TV Coverage

    Veterans Get Free Dental Cleanings - WEVV

    Erin Gibson talks about legitimacy on online news - WEHT

    USI day at the State House - WFIE

    I-U Med School Ceremony - WEVV

    Celebration of Engagement - WEVV

  • Criminal Justice Alumni Speaker Series

  • Accessories: Aiding & Abetting Fashion On display in the McCutchan Exhibition Space

    Accessories: Aiding & Abetting Fashion, a collaborative project between University Archives & Special Collections and the University Art Collection, is on display through July 12, 2017 at the McCutchan Exhibition Space located in the Wright Administration Building in front of the administrative offices. It features the vintage fashion accessories collected over generations by the Beardsley, Montgomery, & Gordon Family and a collection of early to mid-20th century beauty products belonging to James A. Sanders Fellow, Livia Alexander. To complement the fashion accessories, the artwork of early fashion reporter Helen Wallace is also on display. This Mt. Carmel, Indiana native was the Staff Artist for the Chicago Herald-Examiner newspaper during the 1920s.

  • SWI-AHEC project receives Leadership Evansville's Visionary Award

    A project that SWI-AHEC has been involved with, received one of the top honors at the Leadership Evansville awards celebration.

    Leadership Evansville's Visionary Award was presented to Academy for Innovative Studies, First Avenue for its CNA Program. 

    Southwest Indiana Area Health Education Center partnered with the Southwestern Indiana Health Services Academy to develop the Certified Nursing Assistant Program at AIS on First Avenue, allowing students to obtain a Certified Nursing Assistant certificate while earning their high school diploma. Being enrolled in this program has resulted in students improving their attendance, grades and behavior by as much as 85 percent, and 100 percent of the students were offered employment prior to graduation. In addition, employers report that students are well-prepared with the right skills and great attitudes.

    “Our first three CNA cohorts have passed Indiana State Boards with a 100 percent pass rate,” said Kerseclia Patterson, academic outreach coordinator for SWI-AHEC. “We launched our fourth cohort in January 2017. AHEC thanks everyone who has supported this ‘leap of faith’ vision.”

    More information about SWI-AHEC’s partnership with the program at AIS is here:

  • Jonestown Survivor on campus

  • Workshop planned to help USI faculty thrive, advance in career

    A leader in higher education from the University of Maryland at College Park will visit the University of Southern Indiana on Thursday, May 11 to lead a free faculty workshop related to rank, career goals and work-life integration. Dr. KerryAnn O’Meara, professor of Higher Education, director of the ADVANCE Program for Inclusive Excellence, and affiliate faculty in Women’s Studies at the University of Maryland, will lead “Thriving in Mid-Career: Strategies for Action,” a session designed for USI faculty members interested in ongoing professional growth. The workshop, which will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the USI University Center, Room 226 & 227, is being offered free of charge to USI faculty through the generous support of the College of Nursing and Health Professions and a Major as Home Grant from the USI Office of the Provost.

    The goal of the workshop is to help USI faculty members – in particular those in mid-career – explore career challenges faced by associate professors and by institutions trying to support them. All USI faculty members are welcome to attend, regardless of rank, as the strategies discussed in this workshop can be applied at any point in their career trajectory.

    The free workshop includes continental breakfast and lunch; reservations are required. Please RSVP by April 27 at

  • Elevating Spirit@USI Campus Store sale

    This is the newest item in the Elevating Spirit@USI Campus Store sale. Pictured here are our USI models: Archie T. Eagle and Dr. Sudesh Mujumdar

  • Keep it Well USI

    Find a worksheet to print HERE

    * Any USI employee or student is eligible to participate

    * Starts Saturday, March 18    

    * Ends Friday, March 31

    * Abide by the "honor system"

    * Keep track of your points and turn your paperwork in to the front desk of the RFWC when complete

    * You can earn points for MORE THAN one activity per day - but you can't do the SAME activity multiple times per day

    * Some prizes are limited. Prizes are given out on a first come, first serve basis

    * There is NO LIMIT to the number of points you can earn


    25 points = water bottle

    40 points = T-shirt

    50 points = 2 water bottles

    60 points = Gym bag or umbrella

    65 points = T-shirt AND water bottle

    80 points = 2 T-shirts

    85 points = Water bottle AND Gym bag OR umbrella

    100 points = T-shirt AND Gym bag OR umbrella

    120 points = Gym Bag AND umbrella OR 3 T-shirts

    125 points = Water bottle, T-shirt AND Gym bag or umbrella



         Monday - Thursday: 6 am - 1 am

         Friday: 6 am - 10 pm

         Saturday: 10 am - 8 pm

         Sunday: 1 pm - midnight

  • USI Gospel Choir to perform free spring concert

    The University of Southern Indiana’s Designed By Grace Gospel Choir Spring Concert will take place at 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 25 in Carter Hall located in University Center West.

    The free program is a collaboration between USI’s Multicultural Center and College of Liberal Arts. The Designed By Grace Spring Concert includes a variety of music, including spirituals and hymns.

    For more information, contact Sharon Burks-Maier at or 812-465-7188.

  • Distance Learning has been renamed Online Learning

    Distance Learning has been renamed Online Learning to better align with the evolving nature of this form of content delivery, program and educational offerings. A national search also is underway for the executive director of Online Learning.

    USI's Online Learning mission is devoted to providing holistic online faculty development and student support services that embrace quality online education through teaching innovations and learning collaboration to improve the recruitment, enrollment, retention and graduation rate at USI.

    In an effort to further fulfill this mission, the group is being moved from Outreach and Engagement to Academic Affairs and will report to Dr. Shelly Blunt, associate provost for Academic Affairs who also oversees the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, Disability Resources, Honors Program, Living Learning Communities (LLC), University Core Curriculum and the Endeavor awards.

  • Nominate international students for outstanding achievement, leadership and service

    The Center for International Programs invites you to nominate USI international students for their annual awards in recognition of outstanding achievement, leadership and service. 

    To view criteria and cast your nomination, visit online:

    Outstanding International Graduate

    Peace Ambassador

    The awards will be presented at the International Reception on Thursday, April 27.  The deadline for online nominations is April 18.

  • Online Learning: This is how I teach series

    “This is How I Teach”  provides an environment where faculty can showcase their online teaching innovations, and share ideas and experiences while fostering a cohesive faculty peer support network for online teaching excellence. Faculty attending the event can learn and exchange teaching ideas with each other while enjoying a fabulous meal.

    Location: Forum Wing, Room 0046

    2017 Dates: 03/14, 03/21, 04/04, 04/18

    Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm 

    Online Interactive Group Activities 
    • Dr. Trent Engbers, Assistant Professor of Political Science  
    • Dr. Veronica Huggins, Assistant Professor of Social Work
    Apr. 4, 2017
    Effective use of Adaptive Release in Online Course Design 
    • Dr. Kerry Hall, Assistant Professor of Engineering
    Apr. 18, 2017
  • The fall 2017 class schedule is now available online.

    The fall 2017 class schedule is now available online.  Priority Registration for Fall 2017 will be April 3-13.

    The class schedule includes semester-specific dates, the registration calendar, academic policies, and other important information.  Visit and use the drop-down box to select the desired publication (either a bulletin or a class schedule).  You can also link directly to the 2017 Fall Class Schedule.

    In the class schedule you’ll find the semester calendar plus information for/about:

    * New students (admission, placement testing, orientation); returning students

    * Financial aid; tuition and fees; parking regulations

    * Priority Registration schedule; Registration Calendar (all other registration opportunities)

    * Schedule changes; withdrawals; final exam schedule; Core 39; CTL

    * Various academic information and policies; misc. university offices and services; and more

    Instead of flipping through a static list of classes that was printed days, weeks, or perhaps months ago, go online and view the class list as it exists today! USI students, faculty, and staff can search course offerings by logging in to myUSI, opening Self Service, and selecting Look Up Classes.  myUSI will always reflect the current class list, including sections that may have been added since the schedule was initially released, changes in instructor assignments or room assignments, real-time seat availability, etc.  Advanced search options allow users to refine their search by one or more criteria, including:

    Subject                                                                    Part Of Term (course length)

    Course number                                                        Attribute type (UCC or Core 39 category)

    Title (keyword search)                                             Meeting days (MWF, TR, etc.)

    Campus (Main, Distance Education, Off-Campus)    Meeting times (i.e. between 11:00am and 2:00pm)

    Tips on using the advance search options are available online. For users without myUSI access, an online class schedule search allows guests to view the class list.

  • Vote for the coolest artifact in Rice Library's archives during "Arch Madness"

    To celebrate March Madness, the University Archives and Special Collections at Rice Library is taking votes for the coolest artifact the Archives. Beginning Monday, February 27, with the Sweet 16, library relics will begin the battle for the ultimate honor of becoming USI’s coolest artifact.

    Each week, the Archives will post the artifact teams competing in “Arch Madness.” Items from four areas: University, regional, special and communal will compete towards the championship round. You can vote through Rice Library’s Facebook, Twitter or blog accounts, or swing by the University Archives and Special Collections on the third floor of the library, and vote in person.

    See what items make it through the competitive brackets.


    Sweet 16: February 27 to March 12

    Elite eight: March 13 to March 19

    Final four: March 20 to March 26

    Championship: March 27 to April 1

    Students, faculty and staff can vote each week on their favorite artifacts and see if their pick will be the champion … of the Archives!

    For more information contact James Wethington at or 812-464-1824

  • 2017 Budget Hearings
    Friday, March 17 9:00 am – 12:00 am

    University Overview

    Carter Hall ABC

    President Linda L. M. Bennett

    Technology Services Carter Hall ABC

    Mr. Richard Toeniskoetter

    Recruitment and Retention Carter Hall ABC

    Mr. Andy Wright

    Friday, March 24

    9:00 am – 12:00 pm

    Campus as Home

    Mitchell Auditorium

    Dr. Marcia Kiessling

    Academic Affairs/Regional Partnerships

    Mitchell Auditorium

    Dr. Ron Rochon

    Campus Community

    Mitchell Auditorium

    Dr. Nicholas LaRowe, Ms. Nita Musich,

    and Mr. Larry Back

    Friday, March 31

    9:00 am – 11:00 am

    University Operations

    Mitchell Auditorium

    Mr. Steve Bridges

    External Relations

    Mitchell Auditorium

    Ms. Cindy Brinker and Mr. David Bower

     The budget hearings are open to the campus community and all are welcome to attend.

  • Sitting Meditation and Quiet Reflection Time

    Join the Counseling Center staff on Friday afternoons for a session of group sitting meditation in a quiet space. Everyone, from seasoned practitioners to total meditation newbies, are welcome to participate. Education and support on establishing and developing a meditation practice will be offered for interested participants as needed. Come be a part of this opportunity to incorporate meditation into your wellness routine! Sitting cushions will be available, but feel free to bring your own.

    Recreation, Fitness and Wellness Center (Room 309) from 1:15 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.

    February dates: 3, 10, 17 and 24

    March dates: 3, 17, 24 and 31

    April dates: 7, 21 and 28

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