Students in the College of Nursing and Health Professions Living Learning Community (CNHP LLC) have participated in numerous community building activities throughout the year. Here are a few photo highlights from their productive year:
Even rain couldn’t dampen our first community-building activity of tug-of-war among the LLCs.
On September 30, our students attended the USI Wellness Fair.
Just before the winter break, students gathered in Ruston Hall for their holiday party.
Students enrolled in the Learning Communities Seminar II were treated to an etiquette luncheon led by Kathy Weinzapfel, career coordinator in Career Services and Internships. Students learned proper etiquette for professional dinners and meetings, including how to hold utensils properly.
The last community-building event for the group was the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, sponsored by colleges against cancer, held in the Physical Activities Center in April. Our Health Professions Healers team had close to 30 members and raised more than $1000 while having a fun night.
Just a reminder that Food Services hours will be limited during finals week and throughout summer.
This year's Connect with Southern Indiana graduation will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, May 6 at Innovation Pointe, located at 318 Main Street in Evansville.
Connect with Southern Indiana is a leadership program sponsored by the University of Southern Indiana focused on promoting active citizenship and developing creative problem solving skills for individuals in the non-profit and for-profit sectors across a nine-county region in Southwest Indiana. The program highlights divergent and analytical thinking, idea generation, communication skills, and strategic entrepreneurship from a community development perspective.
The program is designed to transcend traditional boundaries of towns and counties, occupation, and demography. Participants will meet others from the region with similar concerns and interests, identify areas for collaborative projects, and meet business and civic leaders while developing creative problem solving skills.
Graduates this year are:
Alejandro Alessio, Technical Sales Representative, Vidal Plastics
Jeff France, Human Resource Specialist, Alcoa
Sally Gries, Director of University & Community Relations, USI
Lauren Haase, Program Assistant, Purdue Extension Dubois County
Kyla Krieg, Site Manager, Princeton Instructional Center, Ivy Tech Community College
Benjamin Leinenbach, Program Manager, Kimball Office
Joel Matherly, Manager, Veteran Military & Family Resource Center, USI
Ashley McReynolds, Marketing/Events/Development/Outreach, The Children's Museum of Evansville
James Rall, Owner/Manager, Foxhound Automotive Sales-N-Service
Monica Spencer, Director, Posey County Community Foundation
Leslie Tegmeyer, Director, Pike County Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center
Ryan Vaal, Senior Creative Services Specialist, Vectren
MeLissa Williams, Visitor Services Coordinator, USI - Historic New Harmony
The 2016 Technology Commercialization Academy (TCA) will kick off on May 9. TCA is an 11-week program allowing students to gain real experience in technology commercialization and business plan creation. Sixteen students, most of whom are local, applied and were selected via a highly competitive process to help local firms launch new ventures or launch new ventures themselves.
A continuously evolving program, TCA is applying the latest innovation tools and creative design methods to its commercialization methodology. TCA students will use methods such as Design Sprints as developed by Google and Simplex as inspiration to move cutting edge technology from NSWC Crane and others federal laboratories to fruition with a mission to help regional companies grow.
While continuing its partnership with Crane, TCA is broadening its partnerships with local technology, engineering and manufacturing firms to assist in the development of already-prominent companies in the region.
“We’re trying to have greater impact on the regional economy by helping existing companies to grow and create jobs,” said Dr. Jason Salstrom, Technology Commercialization Manager. “We’re looking at creating jobs for existing companies.”
2016 TCA students:
Isaac Morris, Evansville, Indiana
Andrew Nelson, Evansville, Indiana
Joshua Hazelwood, Evansville, Indiana
John Pena, Fishers, Indiana
Michael Pennington, Jasper, Indiana
Michael Petry, Indianapolis, Indiana
Lauren Prazeau, Greenfield, Indiana
Robert Graff, New Albany, Indiana
William Woodard, Henderson, Kentucky
Justin Sitzman, Ferdinand, Indiana
Zachary Land, Plainfield, Indiana
Megan Schutte, Evansville, Indiana
Lacey Lee, Corydon, Indiana
Zachary Branham, Whiting, Indiana
Sukhjot Singh, Newburgh, Indiana
For more information on USI’s Technology Commercialization Academy, visit USI.edu/TCA.
The University of Southern Indiana will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house for the Griffin Center at 11:30 a.m. Friday, May 6.
The Griffin Center is a 12,700 square-foot meeting and conference space overlooking Reflection Lake and facing east towards campus. The Center’s largest venue is the Grand Hall, with space to accommodate more than 130 guests and striking views through floor to ceiling windows. Other available venues include a private study for small committee meetings, an atrium lobby and multipurpose meeting spaces that can be configured for groups of varied sizes and needs. The Griffin Center was designed by Hafer.
The Griffin Center is located on the west side of Reflection Lake across from the Liberal Arts Center and the Business and Engineering Center. A map of campus that includes the Griffin Center (designated in yellow on the map) can be found at USI.edu/visit/map.
Limited reserved media parking will be available at the Griffin Center. Additional parking and shuttle service is available in Lot J, which is notated on the campus map.
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At 3 p.m., Wednesday, May 11 in Carter Hall, 45 USI administrators will be recognized for their milestones of service. The milestone markers begin at five years and a new milestone is reached every five years thereafter. The event is sponsored and coordinated by the Administrative Senate and is open to University administrators.
Congratulations to this year's honorees.
5 years of service
Karen Jones, Director of Online Continuing Education for Health Professionals, College of Nursing and Health Professions
Dr. Stephanie Cunningham, Senior Staff Psychologist and Outreach & Training Coordinator, Counseling Center
MeLissa Williams, Visitors’ Services Coordinator, Historic New Harmony
Sarah Will, Manager, Employment, Human Resources
Michelle Woodburn, Coordinator of Marketing and Operations, College of Nursing and Health Professions
Dr. Ronald Rochon, Provost, Office of the Provost
Dr. B. Thomas Longwell, Director, Counseling Center
Dr. Darrin Sorrells, Learning Assistance Specialist, Academic Skills
Dr. Sarah Stevens, Director of Advising, College of Nursing and Health Professions
Lisa Wilson, Academic Advisor, Pott College of Science, Engineering, and Education
Darrell Hamilton, Web Application Programmer, Administrative Technology Services
Britney Orth, Assistant Director of Student Conduct, Dean of Students Office
Dr. Joyce Rietman, Director of Advanced Clinical Experiences and Co-teaching, Pott College of Science, Engineering, and Education
Bradley Will, Director, Internal Audit, Finance and Administration
10 years of service
Michael Fetscher, Coordinator of Instructional Broadcasting, College of Nursing and Health Professions
Andrea Gentry, Associate Director of Development, USI Foundation
Bryan Morrison, Manager of Environmental Health and Safety, Environmental Health and Safety
Leah Mercer, Varsity Volleyball Coach, Athletics
Emily Lynn, Grant Administrator, Office of Sponsored Projects & Research Administration
Katherine Draughon, Executive Director, Office of Planning, Research, and Assessment
Tracy Adams, Senior Counselor, Student Financial Assistance
Cyd Fithian, Assistant Math Specialist, Academic Skills
Julie Brauser, Assistant Director, Career Services and Internships
Philip Parker, Director, Career Services and Internships
15 years of service
Janet Johnson, Director, Alumni and Volunteer Services
Joseph Gratz, Assistant Director of Intramural Sports, Recreation, Fitness, and Wellness
Royce Newton, Manager of Housing and Residence Life, Facility Operations and Planning
Jina Campbell, Assistant Controller, Business Office Accounting
Keely Porter, Women’s Tennis Coach, Athletics
John Campbell Jr., Assistant Director, Undergraduate Admissions
Cynthia Bent, Senior Counselor, Student Financial Assistance
Kathy Carr, Senior Counselor, Student Financial Assistance
Mark Razor, Academic Advisor, Advising Center – Liberal Arts
Connie Keeling, Broadcast Engineer, Academic Technology Services
Jason Maxwell, Academic Services Analyst, Academic Technology Services
Robert Threet, Systems Manager, Administrative Technology Services
Dr. Mayola Rowser, Director, Graduate Studies
20 years of service
Jon Mark Hall, Athletic Director, Athletics
Teresa Grisham, Programmer/Analyst, Administrative Technology Services
25 years of service
Dr. Ann White, Dean, College of Nursing and Health Professions
Nancy Martin, Coordinator of Student Teaching and Licensure, Pott College of Science, Engineering, and Education
30 years of service
Connie Weinzapfel, Director, Historic New Harmony
Jayne Tang, Programmer Manager, Administrative Technology Services
35 years of service
John Baburnich, Student Records Data Manager, Registrar’s Office
University of Southern Indiana senior shortstop Kyle Niemeier (Evansville, Indiana) and senior right-handed reliever T.J. Decker (Brazil, Indiana) swept the weekly Great Lakes Valley Conference awards after helping the Screaming Eagles to five victories last week. Neimeier and Decker won the GLVC Player of the Week and Pitcher of the Week awards, respectively, for the first time in their careers at USI.
Niemeier led the USI hitters with a blistering .571 batting average (8-14), while scoring nine runs and driving in four RBIs. He also had two doubles and a triple amongst his eight hits last week.
The senior shortstop's triple came in USI's come from behind 11-8 victory over Saint Joseph's College on Senior Day, scoring the tying and game-winning runs in the four-run seventh inning.
For the season, Niemeier is hitting a career-best .357 with 37 runs scored, 30 RBIs, 10 doubles, two triples, and eight stolen bases. He posted a 14-game hitting streak that is tied for second-best on the team this season.
Decker closed the door on three of the four USI victories over Saint Joseph's Friday and Sunday, posting three saves and a 0.00 ERA in 5.2 innings of work. He struck out 10 batters in the three games, tying a career-high by fanning five in two of the three appearances.
The highlight of Decker's week came in his first appearance against the Pumas when he struck out five of the six batters he faced to preserve the 4-2 win.
With the five victories last week, four coming in conference play, Niemeier and Decker helped move the Eagles into first place in the GLVC East Division by one game over the University of Indianapolis and back into the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper/ABCA Top 30 poll at number 26.
USI finishes the regular season this weekend when it travels to play the University of Indianapolis in a GLVC four-game series Friday and Saturday. First pitch Friday is noon (CDT), while Saturday is 11 a.m. (CDT).
Both the upper and lower pay lots are reserved Wednesday, May 4 and Friday, May 6. All non-essential vehicles should be moved to other lots.
These are only the most current openings within the past month. Visit Human Resources for a full list.
Support Staff, elect your next representatives for Staff Council. Support staff will receive an email with a password to gain access to the ballot. Candidates have included a short bio and reason why they would like to serve. You should select 11 of the nominees to serve for the upcoming term.
The election will close on May 17.
The University of Southern Indiana has named Amy Price as director of Housing and Residence Life. She will begin her duties as director on May 1.
As director, Price serves as the chief housing officer managing a comprehensive campus housing and residential life operation and collaborating with campus service organizations to provide 3,000 residents business operations, administrative services, housekeeping, maintenance, human resources, marketing, social media and public relations, and information technology. She will oversee more than 100 full-time, part-time and student employees; 43 apartment buildings; and four residence halls.
"Amy is a seasoned housing and residence life professional and was selected through a national search process," said Dr. Marcia Kiessling, associate provost for Student Affairs. "Her background, knowledge, and passion for serving students will be assets in her new role as director of Housing and Residence Life."
Prior to being named director, Price served as interim director and as associate director of Housing and Residence Life since 2007, and as special assistant to the provost during the 2014-2015 academic year. She previously served as an associate resident director, resident director, complex director and area director for Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois.
"I am very excited to continue my professional career at USI and lead Housing and Residence Life in this new role as we help students live, learn and grow," said Price. "I am eager to continue developing partnerships and strengthening collaborations throughout campus and in the community."
Price holds a bachelor's degree in elementary education from Western Illinois University and a master's degree in guidance and counseling from Eastern Illinois University.
Shirley Webster, USI custodial worker, passed away Tuesday, April 26, 2016.
Surviving Shirley are three daughters, Stephanie Knapp, Melissa (Greg) Hill and Desiree` Webster, all of Evansville; her grandchildren, Celeste and Dalton Hill and Carter Webster; two sisters, Kathy (Ed) Dietz of Evansville and Vicky Gramling of Arkansas; two brothers, Bill (Emma) Brown of Evansville and Gene (Margaret) Brown of Newburgh; many nieces, nephews, cousins and her extended family and friends.
Shirley was preceded in death by her parents, Pearl and Dorothy (Skaggs) Brown; her husband, Raymond Webster; and by her former husband, Walter Knapp.
Funeral services for Shirley will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Monday, May 2, 2016 at Pierre Funeral Home, Pastor Robert Simpkins officiating. Burial will follow in Sunset Cemetery.
Friends may visit with the family from 1:00 until 7:00 P.M. on Sunday at Pierre Funeral Home, 2601 W. Franklin Street.
Condolences may be made online at www.pierrefuneralhome.com.
The full obituary can be found at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/courierpress/obituary.aspx?n=shirley-ann-webster&pid=179813672&fhid=24978
Join USI in the fight against heart disease!
American Heart Association Heart Walk
Saturday, June 4 – 9:30 a.m.
701 Veterans Memorial Parkway
Heart disease is the number one cause of death for both men and women in the United States. Everyone has a reason to live a healthier, longer life. The American Heart Association Heart Walk promotes physical activity and heart-healthy living in a fun, family environment, and raises money to fund life-saving research and education. USI students, staff, and faculty members are invited to join and walk with the USI Screaming Eagles team.
To register for the walk and join the USI team, visit http://evansvilleheartwalk.kintera.org/ and click Register and Join Heart Walk. Select Join a Team and search for “USI Screaming Eagles.” Although there is no fee to register, we encourage team members to donate as much as they are able, and/or set their own fundraising goals. Each team member will receive a USI Team T-shirt.
For more information contact the Recreation, Fitness, and Wellness Center 812-461-5483 or e-mail Catherine Champagne at email@example.com.
The Southern Indiana Review Press publication, Skin Music by Dennis Hinrichsen, was the recognized as a 2016 da Vinci Eye, Eric Hoffer Award winner. The Eric Hoffer Award presents the da Vinci Eye to books with superior cover artwork. Cover art is judged on both content and style. The da Vinci Eye is given in honor of the historic artist, scientist, and inventor Leonardo da Vinci. This is an additional distinction beneath the Eric Hoffer Award umbrella.
The USI Alumni Association Nominating Committee seeks nominations for the 2016 Alumni Association Awards. The Alumni Service, Faculty Recognition and Honorary Alumni Awards recognize outstanding achievements and service to USI. The awards presentation will take place at the USI Founders' Day Celebration Luncheon on Wednesday, September 14, Carter Hall in University Center West.
If you know of a deserving alumna, alumnus, faculty member, administrator or friend of USI, complete the online nomination form by June 30.
If you have questions about the awards, contact Janet Johnson at 812-464-1924 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you’ve ever wondered what USI faculty and staff can achieve in the span of one year, the Center Excellence in Teaching and Learning has compiled it in a single report. Publications, awards, art exhibitions, conference proceedings, grants and more can be found in the Scholarly and Creative Works Report.
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April is Financial Literacy Month and the University of Southern Indiana Foundation is excited to announce the recent establishment of a new scholarship endowment.
The Frederick and Christina Huck Financial Foundations Endowment was established to provide students with tools to efficiently manage their finances. Susan Huck, a longtime friend of USI, made this gift to provide scholarships to complete the Foundations in Personal Finance College Addition course for USI undergraduate and graduate students.
This five-week online course through Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University covers several topics including establishing savings, creating a practical budget, and philanthropy.
Fifteen scholarships are available for the 2016-2017 academic year and the scholarship applications are due by May 16. Students should fill out the application and return it with supporting documentation to Ginny Bryant Norton at the USI Foundation.
The University of Southern Indiana has hired Andrew Lenhardt as executive director of Human Resources. Lenhardt will begin his duties as executive director on June 1, 2016. He succeeds Donna Evinger, who is retiring after more than 10 years of service to the University.
As executive director, Lenhardt will be responsible for leading the University’s human resources team, which provides faculty/staff recruitment and onboarding, employee relations, benefits design, negotiation and administration, compensation administration and performance management, payroll, immigration services, training and development, and legal compliance, including campus-wide Title IX compliance and non-discrimination for more than 2,500 employees and more than 9,000 students. (Read more...)
USI offers numerous summer camps to keep your young one's summer filled with fun activities like sports, science, art, engineering and more. Check out the complete list for more information.