University of Southern Indiana


  • Sodexo announces updated summer hours

    Sodexo has updated its summer hours on campus. You can also check dining availability at

    Sodexo summer hoursStarbucks

    Monday-Friday: 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

    Thursday, July 4 (Independence Day): Closed

    Eagle Express Convenience Store

    Monday-Friday: 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

    Thursday, July 4 (Independence Day): Closed

    Cyclone Salads

    Monday-Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. 

    Thursday, July 4 (Independence Day): Closed

    Fiesta Fuego

    Monday-Friday 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

    Thursday, July 4 (Independence Day): Closed

    Fiesta Fuego will close during Sodexo summer picnics 

  • New hires, promotions, retirements through June 14

    New Hires/Rehires

    Nathaniel Payne
    Program Coordinator/Student Development Programs

    Robin Sanabria
    Staff Psychologist/Counseling Center

    Angela Schweickart
    Administrative Assistant/College of Liberal Arts

    Gina Walls
    Custodial Worker/Facility Operations and Planning

    Kourtney Woracek
    Assistant Program Director/Outdoor Adventure/Recreation, Fitness and Wellness

    Jeffrey Haskett
    HVAC Intern/Facility Operations and Planning

    Monique Belmedioni
    Proctor, Tri-State Safety Council Programs/Outreach and Engagement

    Promotions/Transfers and Reclassifications

    Angel Nelson
    Associate Registrar/Registrar
    Previously: Assistant Registrar/Registrar

    Maria Nguyen
    Administrative Associate/College of Liberal Arts
    Administrative Assistant/New Harmony Theatre


    Roberta Hoebeke
    Professor of Nursing/College of Nursing and Health Professions

    Larry Wildeman
    HVAC and Central Plant Supervisor/Facility Operations and Planning

  • Staff Council seeking Support Staff Performance Recognition Award nominees

    Staff Council is seeking nominations for its Support Staff Performance Recognition Award which will be presented during the University's fall Support Staff Employee Recognition Luncheon.

    The Support Staff Performance Recognition Award was established in 2007. All benefit-eligible support staff members (full and part-time) who have been employed by the University for one year are eligible for nomination (excluding current Staff Council members and employees who have won the award less than three years ago). 

    The award will be voted on by Staff Council members. Staff Council invites nominators of this award to be faculty and administration, along with support staff members.

    If you know a support staff member in your area or from another area on campus who exhibits the below characteristics, please submit a nomination by clicking on this link: and completing the web-based nomination form. Nominators’ identities will only be made known to the Staff Council Chair.

    All nominations are due no later than Friday, June 28.  

    Desired criteria for the Support Staff Performance Recognition Award:

    1. Provides superior service
    2. Demonstrates excellence in the performance of job duties and responsibilities
    3. Continually contributes to a positive, collaborative work environment
    4. Exhibits exceptional resourcefulness, innovation or creativity

  • IT Advisory: Blackboard maintenance June 21-22

    Information TechnologyThe University's Blackboard system will be be taken down at 7 p.m. Friday, June 21 until approximately 7 a.m. Saturday, June 22 for necessary system maintenance. The system upgrade is necessary in preparation for the fall 2019 semester and will fix known bugs as well as enable extended features.

    Users may be able to access the system intermittently as work is being completed, but that does not mean maintenance has been completed. When work has been completed, an email will be sent. 

    Faculty members are asked to make their students aware of this downtime and encourage them not to begin any exams after 5 p.m. Friday, June 21. 

  • Center for Communal Studies names 2019 prize, grant winners

    The Center for Communal Studies at USI annually invites submissions for its prize competition for the best undergraduate and graduate student papers on historic or contemporary communal groups, intentional communities and utopias. The Center also annually invites applications for a Research Travel Grant to fund research at the Communal Studies Collection at USI's David L. Rice Library. The Communal Studies Collection's rich archival materials hold information on more than 600 historic and contemporary communal societies, utopias and intentional communities. Applicants may be graduate students or established scholars in the United States or abroad from any discipline that involves the study of communalism (including history, American Studies, English, anthropology, economics, sociology, etc.).

    Winners of the 2019 Undergraduate and Graduate Prizes and Research Travel Grant 

    Undergraduate Prize of $250 to Ashley Lawhorn of the University of Southern Indiana for:
    “New Harmony, Indiana – Including Women in the Nineteenth Century"

     Graduate Prize of $500 to Oded Marom of the University of Southern California for:
    "Trying Not to Think About It: The Limits of Inter-ideological Collaboration in Prefigurative Communities"

    Research Travel Grants to:

    Joshua Lockyer of Arkansas Tech University for his project on “Celo Community North Carolina”

    John Page of Southern Cross University (Australia) for his project on “The Lawful Forest”

  • Message from the president - budget and compensation

    The following message comes from President Rochon:

    You have heard me say that while we have a beautiful campus and brick and mortar buildings, it's the people, our faculty, staff and students that make us who we are. The funds that keep the lights on in our buildings and pay our salaries primarily come from just two places, appropriations from the State of Indiana and tuition, based on the overall number of credit hours taken by our students.

    In this biennium, the University was fortunate to receive approximately $1.6 million additional total operating dollars from the state over the upcoming two years 2019-2020 and 2020-21. Additionally, we received $48 million in capital funds for the renovation of the Health Professions Center building, which was constructed in 1994 and has not seen any significant update since. It is very important to note that these two pools of funding cannot be intermingled. For example, capital appropriation monies can't be used to pay salaries.

    The second funding source is tuition income. We pride ourselves on educational excellence at an affordable cost. Last week the USI Board of Trustees approved a 2% increase in tuition. This means in 2019-20 an undergraduate resident will pay $7,986 for 30 credit hours annually or $157 more than last year's rates.

    While enrollment has been relatively flat for the past few years, the number of credit hours taken has been decreasing. Census and final student and credits hour counts will not be taken until four weeks after the beginning of the fall semester. Although overall headcount is likely to again be flat, we anticipate a significant reduction in overall credit hour production. This is due to a variety of factors, including that our recent growth area has been in graduate-level programs. Fewer credit hours are required in these programs than for undergraduate programs. As a result of a strategic partnership, the fastest growing graduate program is the online Master of Business Administration (MBA). However, as you may know, USI only retains half of the revenue on these MBA courses. On the undergraduate side, more than 60% of our students enter USI with an average of 17 or more credit hours already on their transcripts. This means that they require fewer credits to graduate. Finally, our four-year graduation rate, one of four performance metrics for which we are eligible for state funding, has doubled over the past several years to nearly 36%. This is certainly good progress and the overall goal, but it also means more students are required to keep refilling the pipeline.

    I share all this with you to provide some insight into why a difficult decision needed to be reached. To ensure we maintain the fiscally responsible path that we have historically been on as an institution, I am announcing that there will be no salary increases for fiscal year 2019-2020.

    Although this is not good news, I have strong reason to be optimistic. I have worked in other places and you only need to read the news to know what is happening to many academic programs and positions in institutions in the Midwest and beyond. We live in a state that supports higher education and our fiscal conservatism in the past puts us in a positive position. But, our challenges must be addressed head on. Now is the time to act on the credit hour shortfalls, reallocate resources to be more productive and take a hard look at where we are headed.

    We are an interdependent body and our success as a University relies on each and every one of us. Thank you for all you do. I look forward to offering additional detail at the upcoming all-employee, fall meeting that will be held for the first time in the Screaming Eagles Arena on Tuesday, August 13, 2019.  

    Ronald S. Rochon

    USI President

  • Summer picnic June 19

    A summer picnic is planned from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 19 in UC East. The menu will include grilled chicken, bratwurst, vegan burgers, macaroni and cheese, potato salad, chips, soft serve ice cream and drinks. The cost is $7.25.

    Summer Picnic details

  • IT advisory - department file shares

    Information TechnologyUPDATE: The department file share change has been completed. 

    Upon logging on to you computer, check to see if your department files are available. If they are available, no further action is necessary. 

    If they are not, and you are on an office PC, reboot once and check the files again. If they are still not present, call the IT help desk at 812-465-1080.

    If you are using a Mac, the file shares need to be manually updated. If you know how to manage your file shares on your Mac, you simply need to change the server name from “” to “” Call the IT help desk if you need assistance.

    If you are working from home on a VPN connection and using department files, call the IT help desk so that the information can be manually updated.

    IT will be transferring files from department file shares (I drive, R drive, S drive, etc.) to a new system Monday, June 10, beginning at 6 p.m. Once files have been moved to the new server, IT can automatically update Windows PCs. Tuesday morning when employees log on, they should see department shares as before. The help desk is available to quickly correct any issues that arise. 

    Mac users will need to manually change their file shares following the switch. More information will be sent from IT via email. 

    Employees are asked to log off or shutdown their computers at the end of the work day June 10. If the 6 p.m. start time appears to be a problem for your department, please contact IT immediately. 

    Bannerftq will not be affected at this time. 

  • Service Learning 101 workshop planned

    Are you considering adding service-learning experiences to your course, but are unsure where to start? Outreach and Engagement's Service Learning Program and the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) are co-sponsoring a Service Learning 101 Workshop from 12 to 1 p.m. June 19 in UC2205. The workshop will help you select and integrate service-learning strategies and assessment of learning tools into your courses. 

    Participants are encouraged to bring course learning objectives and competencies and will have the opportunity to begin to integrate service learning into their course.

    Pizza will be served. RSVP by emailing

  • Additional Qualtrics 101 trainings planned

    Additional Qualtrics 101 trainings have been scheduled in June and July. Registration is open now; please select the training you would like to attend by signing up online.

    The first training will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. on Monday, June 10. The second training will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Monday, July 8. Both trainings will be held in the Outreach and Engagement computer lab, UC 2229. 

  • Fiscal year-end information

    Procurement’s fiscal year-end guidelines for purchase requisitions for the 2019 and 2020 fiscal years have been developed in conjunction with, and follow the Business Office’s year-end closing schedule. Please plan accordingly. Additional year-end information regarding travel, accounts payable and procurement is available at

     2019 Fiscal Year Requisitions:

    • BuyUSI purchase requisitions for the 2019 fiscal year must be entered and approved by the Financial Manager on or before Friday, June 14, 2019. Fiscal Year 2019 requisitions not entered and approved by June 14, 2019 may be expensed in the 2020 fiscal year.
    • As a reminder, purchases over $25,000 require competitive quotes or bids and may require longer processing time. Please plan accordingly, otherwise the purchase will fall into the 2020 fiscal year.

     (Note:  Student Agency funds are an exception to the purchase order process.)

    2020 Fiscal Year Requisitions:

    • BuyUSI purchase requisitions for the 2020 fiscal year can be entered starting June 1, 2019. 
    • These requisitions must be entered into BuyUSI as fiscal year 2020 using the order date and transaction date of July 1, 2019 with a delivery date of July 1, 2019 or after. 

    Please contact Dan Martens, director of procurement, directly with questions relating to the year-end processing schedule.


  • Accounts Payable fiscal year-end schedule

    In order to meet the needs of our departments and vendors, Accounts Payable requests your cooperation so that the 2018-2019 payments may be issued on time before this fiscal year concludes.

    Additional year-end information regarding travel, accounts payable and procurement is available at

    To allow Accounts Payable the time necessary to achieve that goal, please review the following:

    Purchase orders under $5,000

    Invoice email reports you receive from June 13 through June 21 will have a shortened time period for your review and will automatically have the hold released on June 27 for payment to go out according to the terms on the invoice.  

    Accounts Payable must be notified by 12 p.m. June 26 of requests to withhold purchase order invoice payments. You may submit a request to withhold payment by replying to the email message you receive regarding the specific invoice. Payment may be withheld if you have not received the goods or services requested or if the invoice does not belong to your department. As usual, no action is required if your purchase order invoices are ok to pay.

    Purchase orders over $5,000

    For purchase order invoices over $5,000, there are no process changes. These purchase order invoices will still require positive Financial Manager approval in order to release the invoice for payment.

    For the period June 21 through June 26, all purchase order invoices entered, regardless of the dollar amount, will have a request from Accounts Payable for Financial Manager approval.

    Invoices not requiring a purchase order

    Direct Pay Form requests will be reviewed according to normal processes, however the amount of time to prepare and submit will be shortened to meet payment deadlines. DIRECT PAY FORMS RECEIVED FROM JUNE 13 THROUGH JULY 1 MAY HAVE PAYMENT DELAYED UNTIL JULY 5 AND BE CHARGED AGAINST THE NEW FISCAL YEAR (2019-2020).

    As a reminder, Direct Pay Forms can only be used for the following types of invoice payments:

    1. Student Organization invoices with a fund beginning with 84xxx
    2. Travel award invoices
    3. Refunds (account code beginning with 5xxxx)
    4. General ledger expenses (account code beginning with 1xxxx or 2xxxx)

    Please keep in mind that ALL University invoices should be sent directly from vendors to Accounts Payable at Faxed copies of invoices will not be accepted. If your department receives an invoice or a contract, please forward to Accounts Payable immediately with the purchase order transaction number written at the top of the document.

    Purchasing Card

    Any credit card transactions on your University Purchasing Card that are posted by the bank on or BEFORE June 15 will be charged to the current fiscal year.  Any transactions that are posted AFTER June 15 will be posted to the new fiscal year.

    Please remember that even if something is purchased on June 14, it might not be charged to the current fiscal year. It depends on when the bank posts the charge, not when the transaction occurred.

    In order to meet the posting deadline, your transactions MUST be allocated, the review box checked AND documentation uploaded.

    Chrome River/Travel Card

    Expense Report requests will be reviewed according to normal processes, however the amount of time to prepare and submit will be shortened to meet payment deadlines. As long as Pre-Approvals were fully approved by the Travel Office deadline for trips occurring in FY19 and are imported into the Expense Report, expenses will post to the encumbered funds from FY19. EXPENSE REPORTS RECEIVED FROM JUNE 13 THROUGH JULY 1 MAY HAVE PAYMENT DELAYED UNTIL MID-JULY.

    If you have any questions or concerns regarding this information, please contact

  • American Red Cross blood drive on campus June 25

    American Red Cross logoAmerican Red Cross logoImagine if someone you love needed a blood type that was missing from hospital shelves. Without more blood donors now, hospitals may not have the blood needed to save lives. You are the #MissingType, and patients need you. Help the American Red Cross meet the urgent need for blood and prevent a summer blood shortage by participating in a blood drive at USI from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, June 25, in Carter Hall. This drive is sponsored by USI Staff Council.

    Do you know someone who has never donated before? Please encourage them to make an appointment with you. Without more donors, patients will not have the blood they need. 

    CONSIDER POWER RED DONATION: Eligible donors with types O, B negative or A negative blood are encouraged to make a Power Red donation at this blood drive. Power Red donors give a concentrated dose of red blood cells during a single donation, allowing them to maximize their impact. During this type of donation, red blood cells are separated from other blood components, and the plasma and platelets are safely and comfortably returned to the donor. 

    ARE YOU TYPE O? Type O negative is the universal blood type and what emergency personnel reach for in trauma situations when there isn’t time to determine a patient’s blood type. Type O positive is the most common blood type and can be transfused to Rh-positive patients of any blood type. 

    A & B NEEDED TOO: Types A negative and B negative can be transfused to Rh-positive or negative patients.

    RAPID PASS: Save time by using RapidPass® to complete your pre-donation reading and health history online before you come to your appointment. Get started at or by using the Blood Donor App.

    QUESTIONS? For detailed donor eligibility questions and to schedule your donation appointment, please call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit Enter the sponsor code: USI Eagles.


  • And the winners are...

    The winning team "Screagles Forever" poses with emcee Ron RhodesSeven teams participated in Staff Council's "Day at the Races" Employee Picnic game, Heads Up, on Thursday, May 23 in Carter Hall. Staff Council would like to thank all who participated in the game and enjoyed the picnic. Donations from employees enabled empty shelves at Archie's Closet to be restocked! 

    Employee Picnic photo slideshow

    Win - Screagles Forever (Alumni Relations and Volunteer USI)
            Janet Johnson, Shawn Williams, Caylin Blockley, Kent Katzman

    Place - Geek Squad (Information Technology) 
            Carol Schmitt, Teresa Grisham, Ingrid Lindy, Jim Jones

    Show - Multicultural Center
             Jada Hogg, D'Angelo Taylor, Brandi Neal, Cesar Berrios Chavarria

    Other Participants:

    Quicker Picker Uppers (Custodial Services)
    Hire Eagles (Career Services and Internships)
    Welcome Center
    IHOP/International House of Pledges (USI Foundation)

  • Bring your family to the free USI Pool Party

    USI Burdette Pool Party flyer with swim gogglesUSI's Recreation, Fitness and Wellness Department is hosting a pool party at Burdette Park from 7:30 to 9:45 p.m. Wednesday, June 26. All USI students, employees, and their families, are invited to enjoy free swimming and food (hot dogs/hamburgers, chips and lemonade). No RSVP is necessary.

    Contact the USI RFW at 812-461-5268 with any questions.

  • USI Alumni Association seeking nominations

    USI Alumni AssociationThe USI Alumni Association Nominating Committee is seeking nominations for the 2019 Alumni Association Awards. The Alumni Service, Faculty Recognition and Honorary Alumni Awards recognize outstanding achievements and service to USI.

    Nominate a deserving alumna, alumnus, faculty member, administrator or friend of USI by completing the online nomination form by June 30(View previous award recipients)

    The awards presentation will take place Wednesday, September 11 at the Founders' Day Celebration Luncheon in Carter Hall.

    If you have questions about the awards, please contact Janet Johnson, director of Alumni Relations and Volunteer USI, at 812-464-1924 or

  • IT Advisory - Banner issue

    A defect has been posted regarding the current version of Banner Admin Common that USI runs in PROD ( According to the vendor, the issue has been verified with forms SFASLST, SFAALST, SHATAEQ, SHAETOR, STVMAJR and RPAAWRD. Additional pages could be affected. 

    The issue presents itself when pages that have "tables" of data presented to the user (much like a spreadsheet) are sorted by clicking the column header. Once sorted, clicking on a specific row may update/select a different row, thereby updating/selecting data the user did not intend.

    The vendor mentions that using the arrow keys to move the row selection (as opposed to clicking with the mouse) is the workaround after sorting the table data.

    The vendor is working on a fix for this, but the best thing users can do at this time is to pay close attention to these pages specifically and avoid sorting table data as much as possible within the Banner Admin application.

  • IT Advisory - 911 calls

    Across campus, USI's IT Department is seeing an increase in misdialed 911 calls. If a 911 call was dialed in error, it is important to stay on the line and advise the 911 operator that there is no emergency. Do not hang up the phone. If you hang up, a dispatcher will call the USI operator to confirm that there is no emergency. This puts an additional call load on the USI switchboard to locate the original caller and verify there is no emergency. 

  • Fall Faculty and Staff Survey information

    USI's Office of Planning, Research and Assessment (OPRA) will again be conducting a Fall Faculty and Staff Survey. It will be launched on August 13 after the Fall University Meeting. 

    If your department has questions that it would like to ask the entire USI employee population (or one of the University's employee groups: faculty, support staff, administrators), this is your opportunity. This survey has significantly decreased the number of individual USI employee surveys OPRA is asked to conduct throughout the year. 

    Those considering adding questions to the survey and those who are have ideas but need help developing questions should contact Dr. Katherine Draughon, chief data officer, for assistance. A copy of last year's survey may also be requested.

    The deadline for questions to be submitted for consideration is Wednesday, July 17.  

  • Summer 2019 Lifelong Learning classes

    Fourteen Lifelong Learning classes covering a variety of topics will be offered by USI's Outreach and Engagement Office this summer. 

    These courses are open to anyone, regardless of educational background. Register by visiting the Outreach and Engagement website at or by calling 812-464-1989.

    Summer 2019 Lifelong Learning classes

    Introduction/Intermediate Yoga (NEW)
    Mondays and Wednesdays
    June 3 to June 19
    5 to 6 p.m.

    This class is the perfect way to ease into a yoga routine. Basic poses are taught and practiced. Poses are accessible to those with and without experience.

    Course details

    Tai Chi (NEW)
    June 3 to June 24
    5 to 6 p.m.

    Originally developed for self-defense, tai chi has evolved into a graceful form of exercise. It involves a series of movements executed in a slow, rhythmic and focused manner together with deep breathing. 

    Course details

    Astronomy 101
    June 6 to July 18
    6:45 to 8 p.m.

    On a clear night one can see what seems to be millions of stars. But what are we really looking at? Learn many interesting things about our sun, the planets, stars and many other things in the Universe.

    Course details

    Too Much Stuff
    Monday, July 29
    6 to 8 p.m.

    Learn how to sort, organize and maintain your stuff. We'll cover basic organizing principles and help you figure out what systems work best for you. Eradicate that junk drawer once and for all.

    Course details

    Management Skills Assessment
    Friday, June 7
    8:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.


    Friday, August 2
    8:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

    (additional dates available)

    Assessors observe and evaluate participants during a series of work simulations where participants encounter challenges and tasks common to supervisory and management positions.

    Course details

    Introduction to Photography
    June 3 to June 24
    6 to 8 p.m.

    Whether you own a point-and-shoot or an advanced DLSR, this class will equip you with a better grasp of your chosen tool and the necessary skills to obtain successful images.

    Course details

    Intro to Mural (NEW)
    Saturday, May 18
    9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

    Learn from Michael Smith from Orange Moon Art Studio. This class is designed to teach a realistic approach to a successful mural project.

    Course details

    Diving Deep into Your Google Account (NEW)
    Tuesday, July 23 
    6 to 8 p.m.

    Learn how to use Google Drive by creating and sharing documents, creating folders and using your mobile device with Drive.

    Course details

    Microsoft Excel 2016 Level I
    June 20 and June 27
    6 to 9 p.m.

    Understanding spreadsheets: create a spreadsheet, entering data, modifying data, entering a formula, adjusting cells, formatting cells and spreadsheets, creating a table and printing and saving spreadsheets.

    Course details

    Beginning Golf
    May 16 to June 20
    6 to 7 p.m.
    Tee Time Golf Complex


    July 10 to August 14
    5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
    Tee Time Golf Complex

    Get into the swing with professional instruction on golf equipment, terminology, rules and etiquette.

    Course details

    Paper Everywhere
    June 19 and June 26
    6 to 8 p.m.

    Learn systems to organize your household papers.

    Course details

    Law School Admission Test (LSAT) Preparation Course
    Monday through Friday
    July 15 to August 9
    9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

    This four-week course covers the format and structure of the LSAT, teaches test-taking strategies and trains students in logical reasoning and analysis—the skills required for success on the exam.

    Course details

    Personal Finance for High School Students
    Wednesday, June 26
    8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

    Before long, your high school student will be entering college or the workforce. Are they equipped with the proper financial tools and knowledge? 

    Course details

    Math Skills for the SAT
    Saturday, July 27
    9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    Cut the SAT Reasoning Test down to size by developing strategies for standardized test taking, identifying study priorities and working practice questions.

    Course details

    Verbal Skills for the SAT
    Saturday, July 20
    9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    Hands-on experience will give students practice with topics covered in the SAT and give students confidence on test day. 

    Course details

  • Entrance to the PAC during construction

    Construction fencing blocking entrance to the PACAs construction continues, please use the main entry doors of the Screaming Eagles Arena (north side) to enter the Physical Activities Center (PAC). Once in the Arena, take the elevator to the second floor or take the stairs on the east side of the building. Once on the second floor, access the PAC through any of the doors that say “Academic Corridor” on the east side of the Arena. These doors are located directly across from the Varsity Club Suite.

  • Board of Trustees approves faculty promotion and tenure recommendations

    Following recommendation by the University Promotions Committee, the University of Southern Indiana Board of Trustees has approved the following faculty promotions, effective August 13, 2019:

    Promotion from associate professor to professor

    Dr. Katie Ehlman
    Dr. Katie Ehlman
    Associate Professor of Gerontology
    College of Nursing and Health Professions

    Dr. William S. Elliott, Jr.
    Dr. William S. Elliott, Jr.

    Associate Professor of Geology
    Pott College of Science, Engineering, and Education

    Dr. Renee E. Fenwick Frimming
    Dr. Renee E. Fenwick Frimming
    Associate Professor of Kinesiology and Sport
    Pott College of Science, Engineering, and Education

    Dr. Julia A. Galbus
    Dr. Julia A. Galbus
    Associate Professor of English
    College of Liberal Arts

    Dr. Melissa A. Hall
    Dr. Mellisa A. Hall
    Associate Professor of Nursing
    College of Nursing and Health Professions

    Promotion from clinical assistant professor to clinical associate professor

    Mrs. Heather M. Schmuck
    Mrs. Heather M. Schmuck
    Clinical Assistant Professor of Radiological and Imaging Sciences
    College of Nursing and Health Professions

    Continuous appointment and promotion from assistant professor to associate professor

    Mr. Brett R. Anderson
    Mr. Brett R. Anderson
    Assistant Professor of Art
    College of Liberal Arts

    Dr. Trent A. Engbers
    Dr. Trent A. Engbers
    Assistant Professor of Political Science
    College of Liberal Arts

    Dr. Jennifer L. Evans
    Dr. Jennifer L. Evans
    Assistant Professor of Nursing
    College of Nursing and Health Professions

    Dr. Sakina M. Hughes
    Dr. Sakina M. Hughes
    Assistant Professor of History
    College of Liberal Arts

    Dr. Melanie Lee
    Dr. Melanie Lee
    Assistant Professor of English
    College of Liberal Arts

    Dr. Jill M. Oeding
    Dr. Jill M. Oeding
    Assistant Professor of Business Law
    Romain College of Business

    Dr. Erin M. Reynolds
    Dr. Erin M. Reynolds
    Assistant Professor of Health Services
    Administration/College of Nursing and Health Professions

    Dr. Kelly M. Sparks
    Dr. Kelly M. Sparks
    Assistant Professor of Education
    Pott College of Science, Engineering, and Education

    Dr. Gongjun Yan
    Dr. Gongjun Yan
    Assistant Professor of Computer Science
    Romain College of Business

  • USI Today to begin Monday, Wednesday summer delivery

    Beginning the week of May 13, USI Today email newsletters will be delivered to employees and retirees twice a week. Emails will be sent each Monday and Wednesday throughout the summer, with Friday delivery expected to return in August. Special announcements will be sent as needed. 

  • Casual spirit Fridays in effect this summer
    Archie in USI shirtSupport USI over the summer by wearing casual spirit Friday attire! President Rochon has endorsed this option through August 2. 
  • University Boulevard closure

    Road closed sign on University Blvd.USI Public Safety would like to inform the University community of a campus road closure. 

    Beginning Monday, May 6, University Boulevard will be closed to traffic. Cranes will be in place for work on the east side of Rice Library and the PAC/Screaming Eagles Arena project. Once the library project is complete, traffic will be two-way on the south lanes from the Arena to Rankin Lane. 

    There will be access to the library parking lot for those in need of handicapped parking. There is no official date set for when University Boulevard will re-open. 

  • Summer event call-out

    Organizing a summer camp or event on campus? Make sure the USI community knows about it by posting it to the University calendar. Be sure to review the USI calendar guidelines first! 

  • Sodexo summer schedule

    Hours of many on-campus dining options will change during the summer months. The "What's Open Now" link on the Sodexo website can help keep you updated. Sodexo also provided the following schedule changes:

    Sub Connection

    Re-open for fall 2019 semester

    Red Mango

    Monday-Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. 

    Closed during summer picnics Sodexo will be offering about twice a month (dates TBD)

    Monday, May 27: Closed (Memorial Day) 

    Thursday, July 4: Closed (Independence Day)


    Monday, May 6: Closed (Library Closed)

    Monday, May 27: Closed (Memorial Day)

    Saturday, June 1: 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

    Saturday, June 15: 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. 

    Wednesday, July 4: Closed (Independence Day) 

    Eagle Express Convenience Store

    Monday-Friday: 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

    Monday, May 27: Closed (Memorial Day)

    Thursday, July 4: Closed (Independence Day) 

    Cyclone Salads

    Monday-Friday: 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

    Monday, May 27: Closed (Memorial Day)

    Thursday, July 4: Closed (Independence Day)

    Fiesta Fuego

    Re-open Tuesday, May 7: 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (start summer hours Mon-Fri)

    Closed during summer picnics Sodexo will be offering about twice a month (dates TBD)

    Monday, May 27:Closed (Memorial Day)

    Thursday, July 4: Closed (Independence Day) 

  • USI Campus Store summer hours in effect

    The USI Campus Store is now operating on the following summer schedule:

    Monday-Thursday: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

    Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

    Closed Saturday and Sunday 

    Exceptions: The Campus Store will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, June 1 and Saturday, June 15 for orientation.

    Due to staff training, the Campus Store will be closed from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, June 3 through Wednesday, June 5. 

  • Congratulations to spring 2019 USI employee graduates

    Congratulations to the following USI employees and spring 2019 USI graduates:

    Walter Fisher

    Walter Fisher
    Master of Business Administration

    Samuel Fleming
    Bachelor of Science, Sport Management

    Taylor GogelTaylor Gogel
    Master of Public Administration

    Macy HoltzMacy Holtz
    Bachelor of Science, Business Administration

    Shelby JacksonShelby Jackson
    Master of Business Administration 

    Aleisha JonesAleisha Jones
    Master of Business Administration

    Alexandria JonesAlexandria Jones
    Master of Science in Nursing, Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner-Acute

    Joseph Lansden
    Master of Science in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner

    Cory Like
    Master of Business Administration

    Hannah Melchiors
    Master of Science in Nursing, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

    Amy MillerAmy Miller
    Master of Business Administration 

    Jennifer Moore-ThomasJennifer Moore-Thomas
    Bachelor of Science, Food and Nutrition, magna cum laude

    Mathew Olinger
    Bachelor of Science, Accounting and Professional Services and Finance

    William PoolWilliam Pool
    Master of Business Administration

    Tyler RappTyler Rapp
    Bachelor of Science, Computer Information Systems

    Natalie RascherNatalie Rascher
    Master of Business Administration

    Wendy SeitzWendy Seitz
    Master of Business Administration

    Mikayla ShrevesMikayla Shreves
    Master of Business Administration 

  • Submit your volunteer hours to Volunteer USI

    Volunteer USI volunteer hours reportAs the semester wraps up, Volunteer USI reminds employees who have volunteered in any capacity at or for the University of Southern Indiana or in the community to please record their hours or compile a list and email it to

    Anyone who gives of their time to USI, USI students or the greater community and is not financially compensated qualifies. It is important to log these hours because Volunteer USI wants to acknowledge employees' efforts! Also, it’s important that the University knows how employees are making a difference throughout the community!

  • Nominate outstanding service volunteers

    Volunteer awards logoVolunteer USI is seeking nominations for the 2019 volunteer, mentor and student volunteer of the year awards. These awards acknowledge outstanding individuals or organizations who have contributed significant service to USI.

    The deadline to nominate is Friday, June 28, 2019.

    Award recipients will be selected based on the following criteria: number of volunteer service hours contributed during the fiscal year; exceptional dedication and leadership; and extraordinary service exhibited by the volunteer, mentor, student or student organization.

    Awards will be presented during the Volunteer USI Recognition Dinner on Wednesday, August 21.

    For questions or more information, contact Caylin Blockley, Assistant Director of Alumni Relations and Volunteer USI, at or 812-465-1215.

  • New Travel Services software training video now available on Blackboard

    In March, Travel Services and Accounts Payable rolled out Chrome River, a new travel and expense software system, in order to standardize and simplify travel procedures. Additionally, a new University Travel Card Program was implemented to help reduce travelers' personal spending on business trips. Training on the Chrome River software is required for travelers and those who facilitate travel for others. If you were unable to attend one of the live training presentations, a training video is now available in Blackboard. To participate in the Travel Card Program, you (or a delegate) must have either attended a Chrome River presentation or complete the quiz following the training video. 

    To access the training video at any time, log in to your myUSI account and click on the Blackboard icon found in the upper left side of the homepage. Next, click on the My Organizations tab in the upper right side, type "Travel Training" into the Organization Search box and then hit Enter or click Go. Click on TravelTraining from the list on the left and then Enroll in the left menu. Next, find and click the training video to watch it. Once you are finished watching the video, you will be prompted to complete a quiz. Once the quiz is completed with 100% accuracy, a certificate will appear allowing your enrollment in the Travel Card Program. To request a Travel Card, please contact

  • Summer Flex 2019 information

    In summer 2019, the University is providing a program to allow eligible staff to work a flexible schedule with a four-day work week or other flexible schedule options. Deans, Directors and Vice Presidents will determine whether participation is appropriate for each department and position, and individual employees will decide if they wish to participate. For those staff members and departments who can take advantage of the program, the Summer Flex Schedule program is intended to promote employee work-life balance and reward staff for continued contributions to a successful University during a period of constrained resources. 

    Who is eligible?

    • Full-time, twelve-month benefits-eligible support staff and administrators are eligible to participate in the four-day work week; other flexible schedule options may be available to support staff because of their hourly pay basis. 
    • Individual employee participation is voluntary. An employee will be allowed to maintain his or her regular schedule if he or she prefers. 
    • Employee participation is not an entitlement; rather, each Director or Dean, with approval from the appropriate Vice President if applicable, will need to determine whether a specific position, function or department can achieve its goals and maintain services and the department’s normal business hours while allowing flexible schedules.  

    When will the Flex Schedule be in effect? 

    This special program will apply to nine weeks during an eleven-week period as follows: 

    • Starts during the work week beginning Saturday, May 11 (with a first work day of Monday, May 13, for staff with regular Monday through Friday schedules)
    • Ends with a final flexible schedule during the work week ending on Friday, August 2
    • Excludes the week beginning May 27 (or Monday, May 27, for Monday through Friday schedules) —which is already a 4-day week because of the holiday on Monday, May 27, and so it will remain a 30-hour work week with 7.5 hours per day
    • Excludes the week beginning July 1 (or Thursday, July 4, for Monday through Friday schedules) —which is already a 4-day week because of the holiday on Thursday, July 4, and so it will remain a 30-hour work week with 7.5 hours per day

    What are the advantages of a Flexible Schedule? 

    Flexible schedules work best when they meet both department/University operational needs in providing effective services and the needs of employees in balancing work and personal life. Some advantages of a flexible schedule may include:

    • Enhanced recruitment and retention
    • Reduced absences and tardiness
    • Improved morale and productivity
    • Extended departmental work hours
    • Increased cross training for some shared duties and coverage
    • Uninterrupted time for creative, repetitive or detail work

    What will managers consider in reviewing requests for flexible schedules?

    Deans and Directors will assess whether a particular function and a department or college can achieve its goals and maintain its business hours while allowing requested flexible schedules. In the Summer 2019 Flex Schedule Program Guidelines, managers will find (and employees can review) a checklist of questions and points to consider in assessing flexible schedule requests.

    How do I find out more about the program?

    You can review the Program Guidelines or complete the Employee Request Form. Additional information is also available on the Human Resources web page

  • Reminder to submit faculty and staff achievements

    As we begin a new semester, University Communications would like to remind USI faculty and staff to submit their achievements via this online form. These achievements will be published on the USI Today webpage and shared in USI Today emails sent out on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

    Examples of faculty and staff achievements include, but are not limited to:

    Published works
    Presentations (individual or as a panelist)
    Awards and recognitions
    Leadership roles outside of the University

    University Communications would love to share your accomplishment. Please do not hesitate to send a few lines about the good work you’ve been doing!

    Please include your name, job title, contact information, a description of the achievement, and the date on which it occurred. 


  • Add your events to the University Calendar

    Did you know that it’s up to you to make sure your events are uploaded to the University Calendar? Last year, Web Services launched a new, easy to use, campus calendar system powered by Localist. Since then, more than 1,600 events have been added to the calendar and more than 2,000 people have logged in to submit an event or use the “I’m going” feature which sends an email reminder about the event.

    With the University Calendar: 

    Anyone with a USI login can submit events 

    You can edit the events you submitted if changes come up

    You can (and should) add a photo or graphic to help draw attention to your event

    Users can use the "I'm going" button to get event reminder emails 

    You can create a widget/feed of your specific events for a webpage

    Built in newsletter functionality will allow you to create an email newsletter of upcoming events

    NOTE: The University Calendar is NOT connected to the USI Special Events and Scheduling Services system. Therefore, events are not automatically pulled onto the calendar. It is up to YOU, the event organizer, or other support in your area, to add events to the calendar. It’s a good idea to have a designated person in your department or college to make sure all events are entered in a timely manner.

    The calendar is only as good as the events on it and we need the campus community's help to keep it up to date! You've put a lot of planning into your event, now let's make sure it gets promoted successfully. 

    Please note, you must reserve and confirm your space with Special Events and Scheduling Services FIRST, before submitting events to the calendar. A room reservation number is required on the event submission form.


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