University of Southern Indiana

Spring Faculty and Administration Workshops

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Sessions: 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

1. USI 101 - Carter Hall

Facilitator:  Dr. Linda Bennett, USI President

This presentation will include the past, present, and future of USI.  Learn the history of USI and the vision for the future with insights into underutilized resources and little known facts about the institution.

2. Immigration 101 and DACA Update - LA 0101 (Kleymeyer Hall)

Facilitator: Angela D. Adams, J.D., Adams Immigration Law LLC

This presentation will cover existing immigration law and policy, and how proposed changes to immigration are playing out in the U.S. and worldwide. We will discuss what impact Executive Orders have had on the U.S. immigration policy and local communities, including implications and status of the travel ban, proposed border wall, and professional perspectives on how the Executive Orders and rhetoric affect the day-to-day lives of immigrants in our country.

3. Collegiate Mental Health Trends: Challenges, Opportunities, and Collegiate Success  -  LA 1016

Facilitator: Dr. Thomas Longwell, Director, Counseling Center

Workshop participants will develop an articulate knowledge of mental health challenges faced by students at USI and across the nation; learn to recognize the challenges created by a steady increase in demand for services and what the USI Counseling Center is doing to address these challenges; and understanding the impact of counseling services on emotional health, academic success, experiential learning, and student retention.

4.  What's [the library] Got To Do With It? - RL 1027 (Lab A)

Facilitators: Rice Library Reference Team

You and your librarians share similar goals, one of which is helping students become successful in research and in life. To this end, librarians offer a wide variety of faculty and student services, including new video-streaming options, individual Research Coach consultations, informational literacy classes tailored to student projects, specialized resources for courses, and more. If you're part of the distance faculty, come meet our new Online Learning Librarian and learn how she can best help you utilize library resources and instruction in your online courses. Bring comments, questions, and concerns. We look forward to working with you!

5.  What You Need to Know About Animal and Human Subject Research at USI - LA 1017 

Facilitators: Rebecca Deeg and Emily Lynn, OSPRA

Learn more about the federal and USI rules and regulations regarding human subjects research and animal research done by faculty and students, what research and other activities at USI require IRB or IACUC approval, what training is required for investigators to engage in human subject and animal research, tips about successful application completion, and how to navigate the IRBNet application software.

6.  Honors Program – LA 1015

Facilitator: Dr. Sarah Stevens, Interim Director, Honors Program and Living Learning Communities

Discussion will include:

  • What is USI's Honors Program and what are the requirements?
  • What's an "Honor's contract" and how do faculty work with Honors students in their classes?
  • How can faculty get involved with the Honors Program?
  • What input does faculty have for the Honors Program?

7. Advising in Core 39 – LA 1004

Facilitator: Dr. Mary Hallock Morris, Director, University Core Curriculum

In this session, we will review the Core curriculum advising policies and update faculty members about new courses that have been added to the Core. Advising materials will be provided and a question and answer session will follow. This session is recommended for new USI faculty members or those individuals who want to refresh their knowledge of Core 39.

8. Faculty Opportunities in Outreach and Engagement – LA 1003 


  • Dr. Mark Bernhard, Associate Provost, Outreach and Engagement
  • Dawn Stoneking, Director, Lifelong Learning
  • Leslie Townsend, Director, Community Engagement
  • Daniela Vidal, Director, Center for Applied Research/Economic Development

Learn more about how to get involved in working on projects through Outreach and Engagement (O&E), including teaching a lifelong learning course, leading an applied research project, or spearheading a service learning/community engagement effort. Also learn about opportunities to apply for internal O&E grants. Directors from O&E will briefly present on the different aspects of our program initiatives, and engage faculty in discussing possible ways they can participate.

9. Getting the Facts About University Division - An Update on Services and Retention Initiatives - LA 1002

Facilitators:  University Division representatives

This session will focus on the resources and services University Division provides to the campus community, including, but not limited to: new advising centers, major and career exploration, Student Support Services, and learning assistance.  University Division's role in recent retention initiatives and assessment data from the past several years will be examined.  Finally, recent points of pride and new developments will be shared in this informative session.

10. Managing your Inbox and Getting to Know OneDrive - RL 1028 (Lab B)          SESSION FILLED 

Facilitator: Richard Toeniskoetter, Chief Information Officer

This presentation includes ways to reduce your Outlook clutter, organize e-mails, and other tools to make Outlook work for you. The presentation will also include information on Microsoft OneDrive: how it works and its benefits.

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