On Thursday, September 1, Lot C bays 2 and 3 will be closed from approximately 2 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to reserve parking space for people attending the Fuquay Welcome Center groundbreaking ceremony.
The USI University Communications team is conducting a series of faculty/staff focus groups over the next few months. The purpose of the focus groups is to hear opinions about USI’s internal communications tools, the frequency of communication and the messages received. If you receive an invitation, strongly consider participating. Your feedback is important to us and the future direction of internal communications.
Supervisors, employees in your area may be asked to participate. If they receive an invitation, please allot time for them to participate and encourage them to take part.
While thousands of people from across the country have responded to the emergency request for blood and platelet donations issued by the Red Cross last month, a critical blood shortage remains. All eligible donors are encouraged to make and keep blood and platelet donation appointments to help ensure blood is available throughout the rest of the summer to meet patient needs. Trauma victims, surgery patients, those with cancer and many others count on lifesaving blood donations every day. Give now. Your donation is critical.
The American Red Cross will be at USI on Monday, September 12 from 9 am until 6 pm for a blood drive in Carter Hall, sponsored on campus by Delta Zeta and Sigma Tau Gamma.
The first hour is reserved for USI faculty and staff – any employee who wishes to make an appointment between 9 & 10 am should email Mary Scheller, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Start the donation process before leaving home by completing an online pre-donation and health history questionnaire at our convenience on the day of your appointment. You can save up to 15 minutes! Learn more at redcrossblood.org/RapidPass
Come prepared to the blood drive:
* Have a light meal and plenty to drink.
* Bring your donor card, driver's license or two other forms of identification.
* Bring the names of medications you are taking.
Help save lives at USI on September 12. The American Red Cross needs your help for patients in critical situations.
As we prepare to open the 2016-2017 academic year at the University of Southern Indiana, we once again will implement the “Welcome USI Students” initiative. This initiative is designed to showcase our caring and friendly environment. We believe this initiative will be successful only if we have the cooperation and involvement of the faculty and staff at USI. So we are asking for your participation.
We will once again:
* Distribute posters to university departments and businesses throughout the community
* Display “Welcome USI Students” banners on campus and in the community
* Display yard signs around campus
* Staff welcome tents on campus the first two days of class
* Provide directions to classrooms the first two days of class
* Distribute Frequently Asked Questions to faculty and staff to assist in answering questions
* And wear “Welcome USI Students” buttons the first two weeks of the fall semester.
A Frequently Asked Questions Sheet (FAQ) and a schedule of the activities for Welcome Week are available to view and/or print. We hope that you find these resources useful as you work with students. We are also mailing today, a “Welcome USI Student’ button to new faculty and staff. If your department runs out of them, contact Student Development Programs at email@example.com or 812-465-7167 and we will send you one.
There are several opportunities for all to participate. Select those that fit into your schedule and assist us in welcoming our students to fall 2016.
* Wear the “Welcome USI Students” button and your nametag the first two weeks of the fall semester.
* Use the FAQ to assist students.
* Contact your building coordinator and assist in providing directions to classrooms the first two days of class (they will send out an email requesting assistance).
* Volunteer August 18-23 to staff the University Center West information table, staff one of the welcome tents, or assist students move into their on-campus housing. You can sign up to volunteer online at www.usi.edu/welcomeweek to schedule a shift.
We believe that this small gesture will have a large impact on our students. Thank you for your dedication and commitment to student success at USI. If someone in your department does not receive this information, please let us know so we can get you additional materials. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at 812-465-7167 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
USI is launching a “Squawk the Vote” campaign encouraging students, faculty and staff to register to vote. The voter registration drive will offer opportunities to register as well as educational programs throughout the fall semester. The goal is to register 1,000 individuals.
Registration tables will be set up from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Thursday, August 18 in the Physical Activities Center for fall Move-in. A voter registration booth will also be available at the Student Involvement Fair from 2 to 6 p.m., Wednesday, August 31, on the USI Quad.
A registration blitz is planned for late September, as well as opportunities to view presidential debates, listen to expert speakers and participate in discussion. More details will come as plans are finalized.
Voting information and resources are available at www.usi.edu/vote. Encouraging students to be educated and responsible citizens is crucial, and exercising their right to vote is an essential element to that responsibility. Let students know about these opportunities.
Staff Council announces this year’s annual campus-wide Archie’s Closet Food Drive and Competition will be held from Monday, August 29 to Friday, September 9.
If your department/office would like to compete in the games portion of the food drive (for the chance to win the traveling trophy) register on or before August 17.
You should have received an email invitation to complete the annual Fall Faculty and Staff Survey. This survey includes questions from departments across campus that are seeking information from employees on ways to improve their services for employees and students. Please take the time to complete the survey. This annual survey has has significantly decreased the number of individual surveys to USI employees are asked to conduct throughout the year.
Each fall, Student Development Programs sponsors the Student Involvement Fair. This is an opportunity for departments, student organizations and community groups to increase visibility while sharing valuable information. This year’s Student Involvement Fair will take place from 2 - 6 p.m., Wednesday, August 31, on the University Quad.
Visit the registration page for additional information and to reserve your spot.
The Office of Planning, Research and Assessment is looking for volunteers from the campus community to help on Assessment Day - Tuesday, September 13 to administer tests and surveys to approximately 2,600 USI students.
Assessment Day information:
Volunteers are needed for 3 testing times: 9:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Volunteer test proctors will be needed for approximately 3 hours - this includes an hour before the test for instructions and to enjoy a nice meal provided to thank volunteers for their help.
Information regarding volunteer proctor duties is available on the OPRA website.
If you would be interested in helping on Tuesday, September 13, contact email@example.com. Include the testing time(s) you would prefer and specify if you would be willing to serve at more than one testing time.
If you have already signed up to help on Assessment Day, thank you for your willingness to volunteer!
These are only the most current openings within the past month. Visit Human Resources for a full list.
Service, Maintenance and Security
Part-time, Seasonal, Temporary
Save the Date: Fuquay Welcome Center Groundbreaking
Thursday, September 1, 2016 at 1:15 p.m.
University Boulevard between the Performance Center and the Orr Center
Parking available in Lot C by the Physical Activities Center.
From the Provost’s Office:
Members of the USI community are invited to nominate candidates for an honorary degree to be presented during the University of Southern Indiana 2017 Spring 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 the 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 alumni. Anonymous applications will not be considered. Identities of nominators will not be revealed to the Honorary Degree Committee until finalists have been determined.
Visit the Provost's Office Honorary Degree web page and fill out a nomination form. Thank you for your continued support in the search for the 2016-2017 Honorary Degree recipient.
Many thoughts may come to mind when hearing the words “host family,” and because of misconceptions, many of us may not seek out more information for fear of time commitments or the responsibility we believe comes with hosting. Some may not even be aware that the opportunity to host an international student is offered at USI.
Any employee of USI can host an international student through the Host Family Program. We have students from 50 countries: some who are here to obtain a degree and some who are here as an exchange student for a semester or a year. Being a host does not mean they stay in your home. There are no financial obligations. A host is not there for tutoring purposes or to sort through immigration regulations.
A host is, quite simply, is a friend. Whether it’s a cup of coffee on campus, a ride to a store, an invitation to an occasional dinner, attending a sporting event, strolling through an art gallery or seeing a movie, the experience is what you make it. (Find out more...)
Volunteers are needed for the annual Wellness Fair on Wednesday, September 28. The Wellness Fair, sponsored by Human Resources and Recreation, Fitness, and Wellness Center, offers a multitude of free health screenings and valuable information to USI employees and students.
There are a variety of tasks and time slots to cover. You may sign up directly using the Excel spreadsheet found under O:\Wellness Fair\2016 Wellness Fair Volunteer Sign-Up Sheet.xls, or you can contact Teresa Grisham for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org or 812-465-1207.