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  • Rice Library has several new updates for fall semester

    Faculty book delivery: Rice Library now delivers books directly to your on-campus mailbox. In fUSIon, look for the “Book Delivery” icon or the “Make a Request” button in the classic catalog.

    Map it!: If you’ve ever had a hard time locating a book, you can now search for the book in fUSIon or the library catalog and click on the “Map it!” icon. A map will be generated to lead you to your book.

    Casual reading collection: In cooperation with the Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library, the Rice Library now offers graphic novels, manga, young adult, new adult and other popular reading materials to checkout. The collection can be found on the first floor.

    Whiteboard on wheels: There are several landscape and portrait-style rolling whiteboards. They can be found on all floors. Markers and erasers can be borrowed at the checkout desk.

    Media hubs in the Active Learning Lab: Located on the first floor, you may connect to a media hub with a wireless device or laptop to share the screen with peers. Prepare a presentation or collaborate with fellow researchers.

    Study carrels: The 4th floor has 12 new study carrels where students can spread out and study alone. These are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • Religious Life holds weekly Bible studies

    Religious Life is holding Bible studies every Wednesday from noon to 1p.m. in UC2202. The first five weeks of Bible Study will be a video series by Ray Vander Laan "That the World May Know," followed by discussion questions. These are open to faculty, staff, students and the general public.

    For more information contact Debbie Clark at or 812-464-1892.

  • Faculty Senate seeking members for two committees

    The Faculty Senate is seeking an at-large member for both the Promotions Committee and the Student Affairs Committee.

    If you would like to nominate yourself or someone else (please get their approval beforehand), contact Peter Whiting, chair of Faculty Senate, at with the name of the person you would like to nominate.

     If you want more information about the two senate subcommittees, please see the websites below.

    Respond by Wednesday, August 30.

  • Your input needed in Faculty and Staff Survey

    Check your inbox for the 9th annual USI Faculty and Staff survey from the Office of Planning, Research and Assessment. The purpose of this annual survey is to gather much needed information for different USI departments at one time instead of sending out multiple surveys throughout the year. 11 USI departments or committees need your feedback. Please take a few minutes to complete this important survey. The results are used to improve services for employees as well as students.

    Deadline to complete the survey is Friday, September 1.

    If you deleted the email with the link to the survey, contact Kat Draughon (

  • Fall Assessment Day

    Fall Assessment Day is Tuesday, September 12

    First-time, full-time freshmen and seniors who began their career at USI are required to participate in Fall Assessment Day activities. There will be no classes held on Assessment Day.

    Students required to participate in Assessment Day testing will receive notification by letter and email during the first two weeks of the semester indicating testing time and location. The list of students required to take the exam, as well as times and locations of testing, will also be posted online.

    Find out more about Assessment Day.

  • New committee open: Women of Color in the Academy

    The Women of Color in the Academy is a campus-wide network at USI, committed to highlighting the work of women of color scholars and staff, promoting their development and advocating for institutional change on their behalf.

    Mission Statement

    WOCA is a supportive and inclusive community of women of color faculty, graduate students, and staff at the University of Southern Indiana that promotes the careers and well-being of women of color.

    Vision Statement
    Our vision is to achieve a university where all women of color at the university experience success, leadership, visibility and representation at all levels of governance.

    The campus-wide WOCA faculty steering committee would like to extend an invitation to all instructional track faculty, graduate students, and staff who are, or identify with, women of color, and would like to work together to call attention to structural barriers and promote solutions to enhance the success of women in color in academia.

    The objectives of University of Southern Indiana Women of Color in the Academy are:

    * To create a community focused on issues and/or solutions that affect and are affected by women of color in the on the college campus
    * To spotlight overshadowed disparities on campuses in the United States
    * To provide a support group for Women of Color in the Academy
    * To provide opportunities for members to support, learn from, and appreciate women of color
    * To foster USI collaborations within and among other colleges
    * To disseminate information about events, symposia, lectures and conferences about issues concerning women of color
    * To provide periodic community service opportunities at USI and the Tri-State area.

    For more information contact Dr. Sakina Hughes, or 812-465-1224.

  • Faculty stipend program for online course development

    Online Learning is now accepting applications for the Fall 2017 Online Course Development Program (OCDP). This 12-week stipend-based program was created to assist USI faculty in the development of quality online courses. Faculty who are chosen will receive up to $3,000 stipend after the course is fully developed. Submit your application online and fill out the approval form and send to The deadline for the OCDP application is August 25, 2017.

    For more information about the Fall 2017 OCDP cohort, visit the Online Learning website or contact at or 812-228-5124.

  • Volunteers needed for Fall Assessment Day

    Fall 2017 Assessment Day is scheduled for Tuesday, September 12

    The OPRA office is asking for volunteers from staff, administrators and alumni to help them proctor on Assessment Day. 

    To sign up or learn more about volunteer opportunities visit OPRA’s website

  • Seeking department collection points for Archie's Closet Food Drive

    Archie’s Closet Food Drive will be September 11-22, if you are interested in being a collection point, email on or before August 21. 

    Archie's Food Closet is a service for all members of the USI community to promote the health and wellness of USI students and employees. Archie's Closet is supported by the cooperative efforts of the Recreation, Fitness, & Wellness Center and campus and community individuals and organizations. All requests for assistance are confidential.

  • Information Security Training Notification

    As a part of USI’s ongoing effort to address information security threats, a comprehensive security awareness training program is required for all staff and faculty and targeted to rollout in September.  Annual information security training will better prepare you to fulfill your responsibility and strengthen our defenses against future cyber-attacks.  

    What do I need to do?

    Be on the lookout for a notification from Stacy Draper and/or with a link to the required security awareness training module. This email serves as an additional notification that the training is planned, and an official acknowledgement that, in the days of plenty of phishing scams, this is not one of them. So in the days to come double check your inbox, junk, and clutter email folders for this important notification.      

    Where is training available?

    The LawRoom online training module Checkpoint: Data Security and Privacy is planned for release in early September with a 30 day target completion time frame. You do not have to finish it all in one sitting, as the course will save your progress if you would like to pause and come back. Please note, LawRoom recommends Mozilla Firefox browser when viewing the training course.      

    Why do I need to do this?

    In addition to being a regulatory compliance requirement, increasing our information security knowledge will better prepare all of us to strengthen our defenses against future attacks. Studies have shown that a substantial number of cyber-attacks involve the unintended actions of our information technology users, and this risk can be significantly lowered through an effective security awareness training program. 

    This training initiative demonstrates the USI philosophy that security is everyone’s responsibility including establishing a community approach to data protection. Contact Stacy Draper in IT Security with questions at or 812-465-1063.

  • Fall 2017 Welcome Week and start of 2017-18 academic year

    Move in for new USI housing residents will open at 9 a.m. Thursday, August 17 with check-in at the Physical Activities Center. Returning residents can begin moving in at 9 a.m. Friday, August 18 with check in at the Housing and Residence Life Office. A full list of Welcome Week activities can be found at The first day of classes for the fall 2017 semester is Monday, August 21.

  • Elevating Spirit@USI Campus Store sale

    Check out the newest Elevating Spirit@USI Campus Store sale item. Pictured here is our USI model: Ashley Carter and her dog Sadie.

    Would you like to be an Elevating Spirit@USI model and have a chance to win the Campus Store featured item? Contact Angie O'Nan at

  • Help USI’s international students feel comfortable and welcome

    The Host Family Program allows USI employees the chance to spend quality time with our international students as they navigate their way around USI and Evansville. Sign-up to host a student and take them to your favorite local spots or restaurants, invite them over for dinner, go to a game, grab a coffee and share stories or give them a call and ask how classes are going. Adapting to a new culture can be challenging. There are many ways to make USI international students feel more comfortable and welcome, and having a familiar face on campus can help.

    As a higher learning institute, we are here not only to teach students, but to learn from them as well. Diversity enriches our lives. It opens our eyes to new perspectives and experiences and is something we should all embrace. USI’s Center for International Programs works with USI students from more than 50 countries, and has numerous programs designed to give USI employees the chance to interact with and get to know these students and their cultures. Expanding our understanding, we often find more similarities than differences.

    The host family is not responsible for:

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

    For more information about the Host Family Program, contact Nicole Vernon at or 812-228-5092.

  • Faculty publications

    Do you have a book or article that was recently published? If so, send me the title, authors, a summary of the topic and a link to where it may be purchased or viewed. I would like to share these with our internal audience through USI Today.

    Angie O'Nan
    USI Today editor

  • Viewing of Total Solar Eclipse

    The Geology and Physics Departments present a public viewing of the total solar eclipse on Monday, August 21 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the University Quad. There will be opportunities to observe the eclipse through several solar-filtered telescopes, along with eclipse glasses, with which the entirety of the eclipse can be safely observed, on a first come, first serve basis.  The maximum eclipse will occur at 1:24 p.m.  Come and join us to witness this rare and spectacular celestial event. If you have any questions, contact  Jeff Polak at or 812-464-1804 or Dr. Matt Merlo at or 812-465-1227. Let them know in advance if you have student groups or school field trips interested in participating in this event. 

    More information is available online.

  • USI will have a booth at the Indiana State Fair

    The University of Southern Indiana will be represented at the Indiana State Fair again this year with the Indiana Commission for Higher Education (CHE) booth. The State Fair will run from August 4 – 20, 2017 at the Indiana State Fair Grounds in Indianapolis. USI, along with other educational institutions will be represented at the booth with the focus on continuing education from kindergarten through college. For more information about the booth or to volunteer, contact Sally Gries at or 812-465-7050.

  • Make an impact with new items from Creative and Print Services

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