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  • Community of Scholars Speaker - Food and Politics: European Capitalism with a Human Face?

    Speaker: Dr. Zsuzsa Gille, Associate Professor of Sociology, Director of Global Studies Program, University of Illinois, Urbana.

    More information about the speaker

    Talk: Food and Politics: European Capitalism with a Human Face?

    4 - 5 p.m. Monday, October 23

    Kleymeyer Hall, Liberal Arts Center

    Abstract: 

    Regulation and the proliferation of voluntary standards prescribing detailed physical attributes in fresh produce in Europe have long been ridiculed and pointed to as the symbol of everything that is wrong with the European Union. Former President of the European Commission Manuel Barroso, in his 2013 State of the Union address declared that the European Union “needs to be big on big things and smaller on small things” (Barroso 2013). Political pundits have also connected ‘sweating the small stuff’ to the EU’s failure to stop the rise of the extreme right wing all over the continent--which ironically was a key raison d’être for a unified Europe in the first place. In this paper I will show that the political relationship between ‘small’ and ‘big’ issues is much more structured, complex, and multi-dimensional than the above zero-sum assumption suggests.

    To demonstrate this I will analyze a Hungarian case studies: The 2004 ban on the sale and use of paprika due a contamination by a carcinogenic mycotoxin. This scandal, as Hungarians learned and talked about them revealed certain previously hidden aspects of the relationship of their country and the European Union. Following the tradition of global ethnography, I will use the cases to illustrate a new trend in the relationship between politics and materiality in the European Union.

    For more information contact Dr. Oana Popescu-Sandu at opopescusa@usi.edu.

  • Flowers on the Lake

    Flowers on the Lake, @ Liberal Arts front plaza, 4 p.m. – 5 p.m. October 12

     “Flowers on the Lake” is an event to honor victims and survivors of domestic violence, including the 60 Hoosiers per year on average who die at the hands of someone they love. Please come join us as we scatter flower petals on Reflection Lake and observe a moment of silence for those whose lives have been impacted by domestic violence. (Co-sponsored with Albion Fellows Bacon Center and campus partners from the Sexual Assault and Gender Violence Prevention committee)

  • Homecoming Court Nominations

    Each year, the University of Southern Indiana welcomes back its alumni with Homecoming festivities. Homecoming Week is jam packed with activities designed to bolster school spirit leading up to the men's and women's homecoming basketball games. Alumni, students, faculty and staff can participate in a range of spirit-oriented activities, such as USI Spirit Day, the Spirit Competition and the Craziest Fan Contest.

    Student Development Programs needs your help identifying the members of the 2017 Homecoming Court. Students must be nominated by a USI faculty or staff member or a student organization in order to apply for court. Please take a moment to nominate outstanding students who are deserving of this honor. Court selection is based on community and campus involvement, academic excellence and overall pride for USI.

    When completing the nomination form, keep the following in mind:

    * Nominees must have completed 48 credit hours at the time of nomination.
    * Nominees must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.6 or higher at the time of nomination.
    * Nominees should demonstrate outstanding leadership skills through campus and community involvement.
    * Student Organizations are allowed to nominate one candidate for King and one candidate for Queen.
    * Students who have served on Homecoming Court are ineligible for this year's court.
    * The Homecoming Chair is ineligible for this year's court.

    To nominate students, follow this link to the form. Nominations are due by 4:30pm on Friday, September 29, 2017.
    For questions, contact Kyle Johann at 812-228-5109 or kjohann1@usi.edu

  • 2017 Faculty Convocation

  • MPA Program to host presentation on economic development in Indiana

    The University of Southern Indiana Master of Public Administration (MPA) Program and the MPA Society will host a presentation from Drew Klacik, senior policy analyst at the Indiana University Public Policy Institute, at 5 p.m. Thursday, September 28, in Kleymeyer Hall located in the Liberal Arts Center on the USI campus. Klacik’s presentation, “Thriving Communities, Thriving State,” is free and open to the public.

    Klacik joined the IU Public Policy Institute in 2002, and focuses on economic development, state and local taxation, and affordable housing and neighborhood development policy. Prior to joining the Institute, he previously worked for the city of Indianapolis, where he was part of the economic development team that helped transform downtown Indianapolis.

    Klacik earned a bachelor’s degree from Purdue University and a master’s degree in urban and regional planning from Ball State University.

    This presentation is the first event in the 2017-18 MPA Speaker Series, a series of presentations sponsored by the MPA Program and the MPA Society. For more information, contact Dr. Matt Hanka, MPA program director, at 812-461-5204 or mjhanka@usi.edu.

  • CAP fee waivers for children of benefit-eligible employees

    If you have a high school student taking dual credit through USI’s College Achievement Program (CAP) this fall and you are full time, benefit-eligible, be sure to complete the HR Dependent Fee Waiver Application for Spouse and Dependent Children (available via online web form with myUSI credentials) to request 75 percent off CAP tuition. You will need your dependent’s USI student ID number; contact the CAP Office at 812- 228-5022, if you do not have this information. CAP bills will be mailed home on Friday,September 22. Students who registered for fall coursework will receive letters at school within two weeks with course tuition information that reflects the regular USI CAP tuition rate and will not reflect the waiver discount.

    The fee waiver should be completed only for courses your dependent registered for this fall.

    If you have questions regarding form submission, contact Amy Miller at ajmiller3@usi.edu.

     

  • USI Honorary Degree Nominations Sought

    Alumni, faculty, staff, students, and individuals are invited to nominate candidates to receive the University of Southern Indiana (USI) Honorary Degree award. The USI honorary degree is the highest form of recognition granted by the institution for individuals who have given distinguished and extraordinary service consistent with the mission of the university. The service may be to the university itself, and/or to local, statewide, national or international communities. Individuals selected to receive an honorary degree should exemplify the highest ideals of integrity, service, and dedication to learning.

    For additional information regarding this award, review the guidelines and complete a nomination application online.  No anonymous nominations are accepted.

    All completed nomination application(s) and the required supporting documents must be submitted to Dr. Ronald Rochon, USI Provost, no later than October 27, 2017.

    Committee Members:

    Dr. Ronald Rochon, Provost
    David Bower, Director of Development
    Sally Gries, Director, University and Community Relations

  • Payroll update for adjunct/overload and monthly payrolls

    The adjunct/overload and monthly (faculty/administrative) payrolls have traditionally been processed and paid separately on the last business day of the month.  As a result of HR’s ongoing efforts of evaluating processes, looking for ways to gain efficiencies, the adjunct/overload payroll will now be included in, and be a part of, the regular monthly payroll. This change takes effect starting with the September 29, 2017 pay date.

    Impacted employees who have traditionally gotten two paystubs and two separate direct deposits, will now receive one paystub and one direct deposit. That stub will show the adjunct or overload earnings on a separate line from regular pay earnings. While processed together, the adjunct/overload work and regular pay will continue to be taxed differently, as they were previously.

    Combining these payrolls will enhance the efficiency of processing, and will prevent potential taxation errors that could have resulted from processing these pays concurrently, but separately.

    Both Faculty Senate and Administrative Senate have been apprised of this upcoming change. For any questions, please contact Nancy Lumley associate director of Human Resources, at nlumley@usi.edu or 812-464-1988.

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

  • KY Salsa Allstars

  • New hires, transfers and retirements

    New hires

    Jackline Madegwa, Part-time Vocal Instructor, College of Liberal Arts
    Tanner Watkins, Administrative Assistant, College of Nursing and Health Professions
    Henry Treadway, Museum Aide, Historic New Harmony
    Jamal Johnson, Assistant Men's and Women's Cross Country/Track and Field Coach, Athletics
    Taylor Patty, Assistant Women's Soccer Coach, Athletics

    Transfers

    Nicole Mitchell
    From: Senior Administrative Assistant, College of Liberal Arts
    To: Administrative Assistant, Honors and Living Learning Communities

    Retirements

    Deborah Brakel, Clinical Services Coordinator, Medical Education
    Diana Fuqua, Lab Animal Tech, Evansville Center for Medical Education

  • USI employment opportunities August 21 - September 22

    Faculty

    Instructor in Physics, Pott College of Science, Engineering, and Education

    Instructor in Chemistry, Pott College of Science, Engineering, and Education

    Assistant Professor of Engineering, Pott College of Science, Engineering, and Education

    Assistant Professor of Social Work, College of Liberal Arts

    Assistant/Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy Assistant and Chair of the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program, College of Nursing and Health Professions

    Assistant/Associate Professor of Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Chair of Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program, College of Nursing and Health Professions

    Professional/Administrator

    Outreach Coordinator and Student Mentor, Multicultural Center

    Associate Director, Special Events and Scheduling Services

    Associate Director and Head of Public Services, Library Services

    Director of Public Safety

    Office/Clerical

    Copy Services Supervisor, Creative and Print Services

    Senior Administrative Assistant, Intramural & Recreational Sports

    Student Event Services Supervisor, Special Events and Scheduling Services

    Senior Human Resources Assistant, Human Resources

    Senior Administrative Associate, Development

    Service/Maintenance and Security

    Custodial Worker, Facility Operations & Planning

    Material & Equipment Storeroom Supervisor, Facility Operations & Planning

    Part-Time

    Museum Aide, Historic New Harmony

    Sales Assistant, Historic New Harmony

    These are only the most recent listings. View all job openings.

  • Campus Store employee discounts and services

    The Campus Store offers discounts, beneficial services and convenience items to employees. Here are some of the perks you can tap into:

    Employees get discounts on the following:

    * New and used textbooks: 10% off
    * Office supplies: 20% off
    * Gift/logo/clothing items: 20% off

    These discounts are for regularly priced items only. There are no additional discounts on sale merchandise. An employee ID is required.
    Excluded items: rentals, food, drinks, software and Apple/Dell products

    Payroll deductions on technology purchases

    Employees who are on a monthly pay cycle may have up to six equal for six months and bi-weekly employees may have up to twelve equal deductions for six months for the purchase of a computer or tablet.
    Peripheral devices such as printers, back-up hard drives, iPods, software and accessories are eligible for this plan only when purchased at the same time as a computer or tablet.
    Only one Campus Store payroll deduction enrollment may be run at a time.

    Services offered to departments and employees

    Hardware acquisition advising for Apple products

    Campus Store reps are available to ensure the most appropriate technology is purchased to best meet the needs of your department and your budget

    Training

    Apple hardware and software training is available for employees. The goal is for you to get the most of your devices.

    Resource referral

    No one knows your specific field of study better than you and your peers. The Campus Store can help connect you with other faculty from institutions across the United States who have successfully implemented technology into their pedagogy.

    For your convenience

    The Campus Store sells stamps, both single and books, envelopes and various sundry items such as Tylenol, mouthwash, chapstick, etc. For a small fee you may also use their fax machine.

  • Wear a yellow ribbon for Suicide Awareness and Prevention Month

    Yellow ribbon campaign

    Help promote awareness of the issue of suicide and its prevention by supporting our annual yellow ribbon campaign. These yellow ribbons are an integral way to increase suicide awareness to the USI community and you can help by wearing a ribbon and giving a ribbon to a student or colleague.

    Yellow ribbons are available to be picked up at the Counseling Center; University Health Center; Dean of Students Office; Recreation, Fitness and Wellness Center; and Housing and Residence Life main office. You may also request a ribbon by contacting Dr. Stephanie Cunningham at scunningha@usi.edu and she will send yellow ribbons to your office or department.           

  • Deaconess Mobile Breast Center on campus October 2

    Time: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
    Date: Monday, October 2
    Location: Parking Lot I behind University Center West
    Set up an appointment:
    Contact Deaconess Breast Services at 812-450-6266
    Inform them you are a USI employee or spouse of en employee and what to make an appointment for the above mentioned date and location

    Eligibility Requirements for annual screening mammograms on the mobile coach:

    * A physician referral is not required but you must have a physician for reporting purposes.
    * Must be one year since your last mammogram
    * Must not be pregnant or breastfeeding
    * No new breast lumps or concerns. Patients should promptly contact their physician for evaluation if experiencing breast problems.

  • Campus Store faculty regalia sale

    The USI Campus Store and Oak Hall Cap and Gown have worked together to present a unique offer to USI faculty.

    On Wednesday, September 27, from 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., faculty are invited to visit the Campus Store and be personally fitted for custom-made academic regalia. Brian Kusnierz, a representative of Oak Hall will be present to assist you.

    Any regalia orders placed on this date will be given a special 10% discount.

    Owning your own regalia provides advantages such as:

    * Knowing that you are prepared for any ceremony that may arise
    * Being free from ordering and returning countless rentals
    * Looking your best in regalia that has been custom tailored for you
    * A tax deduction for the purchase price of your regalia

     There will be a variety of gowns, hoods and tams on display during the sale.

    If you have any questions contact Mary Beth Rush at 812-465-1141.

  • University Handbook revisions

    View the latest revisions to the University Handbook, also available at www.usi.edu/hr/policy.  

    Searchable Handbook: The handbook PDF is fully searchable. From the Table of Contents, clicking on the policy or section name will take you directly to the policy.

    Thank you for your effort in remaining current with University policies and procedures. 

    Andrew Lenhardt
    Executive Director, Human Resources

  • "Fake News" in Early 18th Century England

    Presented by: Dr. Tamara Hunt
    Time: 3 - 4:15 p.m.
    Date: September 29
    Location: Kleymeyer Hall, LA 0101

    Abstract: Allegations of “fake news” are nothing new; in early eighteenth century England, officials used libel laws – which alleged that a publication was “false, seditious, scandalous and malicious” –  even if its reports were true. This was a problem for the newly-emerging newspaper press, since this medium attempted to meet the growing demand for “true facts” about domestic and foreign affairs of interest to Britain’s rapidly-commercializing society. Thus, newspapers vigorously fought back against “fake news” allegations as a matter of economic survival, and in the process, forced a change in the laws of seditious libel.

  • Hammett to present on retail adaption to e-commerce

    Kevin Hammett, president and chief executive officer of Regency Properties, will serve as the 2017 Executive in Residence for the University of Southern Indiana’s Romain College of Business. His presentation, “The Adaptation of Retail to E-Commerce: A Real Estate Practitioner’s Perspective,” will be presented at 10 a.m. on Monday, September 25, in Carter Hall in the University Center West. His presentation is free and open to the campus and public.

    The Romain College of Business’ Executive-in-Residence program provides valuable insights into the business world through the experiences of business executives. This year is the 45th year for the program at USI.

    With a variety of professional designations behind his name, Hammett has more than 24 years of accounting and management experience. From chief financial officer to vice president of Accounting and Finance, his extensive accounting experience led him to his current role as president and chief executive officer of Regency Properties. As CEO, Hammett is responsible for the strategic direction of the enterprise in the acquisition, management and ownership of retail properties in target market areas. Most recently, he completed the Harvard University School of Design’s Advanced Management Development Program.

    A graduate of USI, Hammett has continued to stay involved with the University by serving on the Foundation Board of Directors, Executive Committee of the Alumni Association and is currently chair of the Board of Advisors for the Romain College of Business. He was the recipient of the 2016 Distinguished Accountant Award, an award that recognizes professional achievement, service to the region and the University and service to the accounting profession. He not only leaves a lasting impression on USI, but the Evansville community as a whole. He is an active member of the Buffalo Trace Council, Boy Scouts of America, Rotary Club of Evansville, Youth First, Inc. and the EVSC Foundation. Hammett also served as chair of the Alumni Division for Campaign USI: Elevating Excellence.

  • Berger Lecture: Dr. Ron Mallon - Constructing Race and Other Human Kinds

    Dr. Ron Mallon, professor and chair of philosophy and director of the Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology Program at Washington University in St. Louis, will be this year's Berger lecturer.

    Time: 6 p.m.
    Date: Thursday, September 28
    Location: Wright Administration, Forum II
    Title of lecture: Constructing Race and Other Human Kinds

    Abstract: Race can be a powerful predictor of a range of other properties in contemporary American life: education, political attitudes, wealth, and so forth.  However, it has long been the case that most biologists and anthropologists do not think that human races are fundamentally different at a biological level.  Many have even suggested that race does not exist.  In the last several decades, many thinkers from a range of fields have suggested an alternative: that race exists not as a biological kind, but as some sort of product of our social practices: race is a social construct.  This talk explores (1) why someone would want to say that race is a social construct, and (2) what that claim might come to if we articulated it in more detail.  Along the way, I contrast my account of constructionism about race with the views that race is a biological kind, that race does not exist, and with other versions of constructionism about race.  I also contrast constructionism about race with other candidate socially constructed kinds like gender and money.

    More information about Mallon can be found online.

    For more information about the Berger Lecture contact Dr. Chad Gonnerman at cgonnerman@usi.edu or 812-461-5206.

  • Call for "Five Tips" submissions

    In an effort to enrich the lives and work of our USI community, USI Today began a series of "Five Tips," providing useful information you can incorporate on the job or at home. We reach into the fountain of knowledge provided by our own faculty and staff to share their expertise on issues that effect us all. If you have useful tips to share for this series, you can submit them for consideration.

    Here are a couple of examples of what others have contributed:

    Five tips for lowering your blood pressure

    Five tips for resolving workplace conflict

  • Jamelle Bouie to speak about today's Civil Rights Movement

    Jamelle Bouie, political analyst for Slate Magazine and CBS News, will present: The Civil Rights Movement Today: A Second Redemption

    This Knowledge for Life presentation is free and open to the public. No reservations are needed and seating is first come, first served.

    Time: 6:30 p.m.
    Date: Wednesday, September 27
    Location: Carter Hall

    Speaker's bio:

    Jamelle Bouie is chief political correspondent for Slate Magazine where he writes on national politics. He is based in Washington D.C., and his work has appeared in The American Prospect, The Daily Beast, The Atlantic, the Washington Post, the New York Times and the New Yorker online. Jamelle is a native of Virginia Beach, Virginia, and attended the University of Virginia, where he graduated with degrees in political and social thought and government.

    This event is sponsored by Student Development Programs.

    For more information contact Jenny Garrison at jlgarrison@usi.edu.

  • Online Learning "Tech Tool Time" technology workshops for faculty

    Tech Tool time is a technology workshop to help faculty get started using a specific learning technology in the classroom. The Online Learning staff, as well as Information Technology, will provide an overview of a specific technology at the beginning of the session. Faculty will also have the opportunity to practice and get familiar with the tools. All workshops will take place during lunch time (12:00 pm - 1:00 pm) in Forum Wing, Room 0046. Lunch will be provided. 

    For more information contact Larissa Creemens at lacremeens@usi.edu or 812-461-5342.

    Tech Tool Time: Blackboard Portfolios

    Tuesday, September 26th, 12-1pm, Room FA 46 

    Portfolios tell a carefully crafted story to the world about who you are and what you can do. Share your portfolios as evidence of your skills and future potential. Come to this session to learn more! Click Here to register; https://doodle.com/poll/3qdp7yi2na783ax7

    Tech Tool Time: Blackboard Wiki's

    Tuesday, October 3rd, 12-1pm, Room FA 46

    Learn about the collaborative tool that allows students to contribute and modify one or more pages of course-related materials. Click Here to Register: https://doodle.com/poll/hkk2yi4wnz7k3ffq

    Tech Tool Time: VoiceThread

    Tuesday, October 24th, 12-1pm, Room FA 46

    A presentation by VoiceThread Instructor, George Haines. Come to learn more about VoiceThread and its NEW features and helpful tips for Blackboard integration. Click Here to Register: https://doodle.com/poll/78au9tixbw5vzch9

    Tech Tool Time: Zoom

    Tuesday, November 7th, 12-1pm, Room FA 46 

    Learn how to use Zoom to record, host live sessions for class meetings, office hours- plus so much more! Click Here to Register: https://doodle.com/poll/x5duvgxxivk6t385

    Tech Tool Time: Interactive Whiteboards

    Tuesday, November 28th, 12-1pm, Room FA 46

    Shake up your online classroom with fresh ideas for engaging your students by using interactive whiteboard apps. Click Here to Register: https://doodle.com/poll/c5zxdmnv6fiuzwgp

  • Endeavor Student Collaboration Awards

    The Endeavor Award is given to help defray the cost of doing research or a creative project. Students may apply for up to $2,500 through proposals they write in collaboration with faculty mentors.

    Fall Deadline:  October 11, 2017

    RSVP to rcr@usi.edu

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