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  • New hires and promotions through February 21

    New Hires/Rehires

    Amber Mondt
    Part-Time Teacher/Children's Learning Center

    Katie Jones
    Distribution Services Assistant/Facility Operations and Planning

    Stephanie West
    Human Resources Representative/Human Resources

    Brooke Adcock
    Instructor in Nursing and Academic Practice Partnership Coordinator/College of Nursing and Health Professions

    Julie Minnette
    Administrative Assistant/College of Liberal Arts

    Keith Millikan
    Game Management Personnel/Athletic Administration

    Promotions/Transfers and Reclassifications

    Brooke Walters
    Employment Coordinator/Human Resources
    Previously: Senior Human Resources Assistant/Human Resources

    Rashad Smith
    Executive Director for Enrollment/Undergraduate Admissions
    Previously: Director/Undergraduate Admissions

  • Two new ways to help with University recruitment efforts

    As USI employees, each of us has been charged with assisting in the University’s recruitment and retention efforts. While there are many ways to contribute to these efforts, USI’s Marketing and Admissions teams would like to highlight two new opportunities.

    • USI employees can now easily connect the University with prospective students in their lives (children, family members, friends, etc.) through an online referral form. Submitting this brief form will ensure that these prospective students receive important communications from USI in the future.

    • USI’s marketing team recently launched a new digital video campaign, which is being targeted to prospective students through multiple platforms. The campaign features five short video testimonials of University faculty and student role models. Employees are encouraged to watch these videos (linked below) and share them with prospective students.

    In addition to these two new recruitment opportunities, welcoming prospective students to campus for visits through the Admissions Office continues to be one of the most successful ways to share the University’s story. Please continue to encourage prospective students to schedule a campus visit!

    New digital marketing videos

    Alfonso Aldana, Jr. ʼ21: Alfonso is a geology major and U.S. Navy veteran who hopes to inspire others to attend college and wants to make an environmental impact in his community.

    Joy Cook ʼ95, ʼ03, Mʼ09: Joy is an alumna and associate professor of radiologic and imaging sciences. She chose USI because of its quality healthcare education and now strives to provide that quality education to her students.

    Jennifer Leonhardt ʼ20: Jennifer is studying biology while setting records as a standout pitcher on USI’s Softball team. She views USI as a second family and values the support she’s received from faculty, coaches and fellow students on the field and in the classroom.

    Javontay Moss ʼ20: Javontay is a first-generation student majoring in communication studies. He enjoys being a resource to students as an AMIGO, Student Ambassador and Resident Assistant.

    Dr. Daria Sevastianova: Daria is an associate professor of economics and is passionate about sharing what economics can teach students about the world—both on campus and through study abroad opportunities.

  • Social Media Symposium Thursday in Carter Hall

    Each spring semester, the College of Liberal Arts, Communications Department and the Scripps Howard Center for Media Studies present a symposium on the impact of social media on communications.

    The 2020 symposium will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, February 27 in Carter Hall.

    This year's guest speaker is Mary Wilkinson, president of Opus Design Group, a marketing, advertising and communications firm in the Indianapolis area. Wilkinson will be discussing how she uses social media as director of marketing in multiple associations. She is a multiple Addy Award winner in local, regional and national competitions.

    Faculty who would like a record of students attending the Social Media Symposium should forward a form by noon Thursday, February 27, to Emma Shafer, Shafer is a committee member working with Mary Beth Reese, instructor in communications. The forms will be available at the registration table prior to the event. 

    Social Media Symposium details on red background

  • Students attending USI Higher Education Day at the State House

    Around 40 students will travel to Indianapolis, Indiana Monday, February 24 to attend USI Higher Education Day at the State House. They will be joined by Dr. Ronald Rochon, USI president; Aaron Trump, chief government and legal affairs officer; Dr. Khalilah Doss, vice president for student affairs; Dr. Jennifer Hammat, dean of students; Pamela Hopson, executive director of USI's Multicultural Center; Beth Alston, senior administrative associate for student affairs; and Kim Bouch, senior administrative associate for government and legal affairs. 

    The students will receive a legislative briefing from Aaron Trump and hear remarks from Rochon, Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch and State Representative Wendy McNamara before eating lunch with legislators and USI alumni and spending the afternoon at the State House.

  • Town hall with David Bower March 11

    David Bower, vice president for development, will address comments and answer questions about development and the USI Foundation at a town hall hosted by Faculty Senate, Administrative Senate and Staff Council. The town hall will begin at 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 11 in Forum I. 

    To learn more about the University's governing bodies and to view previous town halls, visit

    David Bower

  • Archie applications are open!

    Know a student who would like to be Archie (or one of Archie's friends) next year? Applications are open through Monday, March 2 and scholarship opportunities are available. 

    Applications require a reference (professor, dean, advisor, administrator, student worker supervisor, etc.). If you are serving as a reference, you will receive a form to complete when the student submits their application.

    Access the application and learn more about the Archie Mascot Program

    Archie at a USI Men's Basketball game

  • More than 5,000 items collected for Archie's Closet

    Together the campus community collected more than 5,000 items for Archie's Closet during Staff Council's recent food drive and competition!

    With items totaling 5,762 points, the Business and Engineering Center earned this year's traveling trophy. The College of Nursing and Health Professions finished second with 4,182 points. 

    Staff Council would like to thank all who donated!

    Donations from the BEC for the spring 2020 food drive

  • Submit a story to USI Today

    Many of us see interesting, inspiring and important things happening every day at USI. Whether it's a unique collaboration, an uplifting co-worker or an event with a big impact (and the list goes on)—if it's something you're talking about, chances are other employees would love to know about it too! 

    Please send your story ideas to USI Today or email Erin Meyer at

    USI Today logo

  • Deaconess Mobile Breast Center on campus March 20

    The Deaconess Mobile Breast Center will be in Lot I (behind the Physical Plant Service Center) from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. Friday, March 20. 

    USI's Anthem plan will cover screening mammograms for USI employees and their spouses. The time between annual screenings does not have to be exactly one year plus a day from the date of your last screening. However, you are only allowed one mammogram screening under your wellness benefit per calendar year.

    Please call 812-450-6266 to schedule your appointment with Deaconess Breast Services. Be sure to let them know you are a USI employee or the spouse of a USI employee.

    The following are eligibility requirements for annual screening mammograms through the Deaconess Mobile Breast Center:

    • Physician referral is not required, but you must have a physician for reporting purposes.
    • Non-USI Anthem plans may require one year since your last mammogram. (Check with your non-USI Anthem plan for benefit coverage.)
    • You must not be pregnant or breastfeeding.
    • You must not have any new breast lumps or concerns; patients should promptly contact their physician for evaluation if experiencing breast problems.

    The Deaconess Mobile Breast Center will return to USI Thursday, October 22. 

    Deaconess Mobile Breast Center Screening Mammograms on the go flyer

  • Congratulations to the 2020 USI Homecoming King and Queen

    Congratulations to USI's 2020 Homecoming King and Queen, Javontay Moss ʼ20 and Holland Davis ʼ20!

    Javontay is majoring in communication studies with a minor in social work. He is a first-generation college student and has served as an AMIGO and Resident Assistant. He is also a peer advisor in the Center for Exploring Major's office, a Student Ambassador, part of Student Support Services, a Collegiate Man of Distinction and is involved with Campus Outreach. 

    Holland is majoring in dental hygiene. She spends much of her time in the USI Dental Hygiene Clinic or working in the David L. Rice Library. She is involved in the Honors Program, American Dental Hygiene Association, Black Student Union, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Timmy Global Health and Women Unlocked. She is a Student Ambassador and a Resident Assistant. 

    2020 USI Homecoming King and Queen, Javontay Moss and Holland Davis

  • Homecoming Office Decorating Contest winner named

    Student Development Programs has named a winner in its annual Homecoming Office Decorating Contest. This year's theme was "Make Your Mark," centered around a yearbook/throwback feel.

    Competitors included:

    • Counseling Center
    • Registrar's Office
    • Dean of Students Office
    • Rice Library
    • Multicultural Center
    • Fuquay Welcome Center

    Congratulations to the winner... Rice Library!

    View all the entries

    Rice Library Homecoming Office Decorating Contest display

  • Columbia Sportswear Employee Store access through March 8

    USI employees can shop at the Columbia Sportswear Employee Store in Henderson, Kentucky, through Sunday, March 8. The store is located at 2480 US Hwy 41 North and is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. 

    To access the Columbia store, employees should bring this invitation (printed or shown on phone), a work ID and a personal photo ID. The invitation is valid for four guests.

    Boy making snow angel on Columbia Sportswear Employee Store invitation

  • Complete the 2020 Insight Survey

    USI employees and students should check their email for a link to the 2020 Insight Survey initiated by USI's Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Council (EDIC). USI needs the input of employees and students to better understand how members of the University interact with and relate to each other on a daily basis. 

    The anonymous survey is being administered by an independent organization and should take 15 minutes or less to complete. USI will receive the results and share the data with the campus community.

    Everyone who completes the survey will receive $3 in Flex Money to be added to their Eagle Access Card.


    2020 Insight speak up USI

  • New hires and promotions through February 7

    New Hires/Rehires

    Michael Hopper
    Assessment and Brief Intervention Counselor/Counseling Center

    Laura Bryant
    Administrative Clerk/Foundation Accounting

    Promotions/Transfers and Reclassifications

    Laura Heline
    Head Athletic Trainer/Athletic Administration
    Previously: Interim Head Athletic Trainer/Athletic Administration

    Lance Woods
    Director of IT Infrastructure/Information Technology
    Previously: Interim Director of IT Infrastructure/Information Technology

    Mark Gregory
    Assistant Program Director, Outdoor Adventure/Recreation, Fitness and Wellness
    Previously: Recreation, Fitness and Wellness Opening Supervisor/Recreation, Fitness and Wellness

    Rachel Harper
    Custodial Worker (Campus)/Facility Operations and Planning
    Previously: Custodial Worker (Housing)/Facility Operations and Planning

    Melissa Hensley
    Staff Accountant/Business Office
    Previously: Part-Time Staff Accountant/Business Office

    Mendy Hettenbach
    Lead Custodial Worker (Housing)/Facility Operations and Planning
    Previously: Lead Custodial Worker (Campus)/Facility Operations and Planning

    Kimberly Tanner
    Custodial Worker (Housing)/Facility Operations and Planning
    Previously: Custodial Worker (Campus)/Facility Operations and Planning


    Cathy Coomes
    Administrative Assistant/College of Liberal Arts 

  • Review the latest University Handbook updates

    Human Resources published several revisions to the University Handbook effective January 24, 2020. The latest revisions to the University Handbook can be found at

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

  • Health alert: coronavirus declared global health emergency

    Person putting on medical maskOn Thursday, January 30, the World Health Organization declared the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) a global health emergency. While there have been no suspected or confirmed cases of the virus at the University of Southern Indiana, the University Health Center is urging the entire campus community to be aware of the signs, systems, treatment and prevention of the illness.


    The CDC has issued a warning advising people to avoid all non-essential travel to the Wuhan, Hubei Province of China where the newly discovered respiratory virus originated. The virus has been identified as the cause of thousands of confirmed cases of illness and multiple deaths in China, as well as several cases in other countries, including the United States.


    University Health Center staff, as well as others at USI, are actively monitoring the situation. At the current time, there are no USI students or faculty studying or teaching abroad in China. USI's Center for International Programs, including Study Abroad, is in contact with international organizations, the CDC and others to deem when travel to the country will be safe again. Several international study abroad organizations have already suspended spring programs in China.

    The University Health Center has also added screening questions to its intake process to help identify anyone who might have come into contact with the virus. If you feel that you or someone you know may have come into contact with the virus, seek a medical evaluation immediately and notify the University Health Center or other University officials to help stop any potential spread.


    More information about coronavirus, its symptoms, common forms of transmission and preventative steps has been posted on the USI Health Center website. Additional information can also be found at the links below:


    CDC: Up-to-date information from the CDC related to coronavirus

    Health Department: Information from the Indiana State Department of Health

    Flu Cases on the Rise

    You may have seen it in the news, or even know a friend or family member who has suffered. Flu season is here. Several local school systems have recently closed to battle flu outbreaks. We can all do our part to stay healthy and stop the spread of flu and other illness during this time of year. More information about flu prevention has been posted on the USI Health Center website.

    The best way to prevent the flu is to get a flu shot. Flu shots are still available at the University Health Center for $25. Insurance is accepted. If you are on the Office Visit Plan (OVP), the flu shot is free. If you are a USI employee on the Anthem Medical Plan, bring your insurance card and receive a flu shot at no cost to you.

    The University Health Center is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and no appointment is necessary to receive your vaccine. If you have questions, contact the University Health Center at 812-465-1250 or visit online at The Health Center is located in the lower level of the Health Professions Center, Room 0091. 

  • Tax season awareness: avoid W-2 phishing scams

    Throughout tax season, Information Technology staff remind USI employees to be aware of W-2 phishing scams. Cybercriminals use various spoofing techniques to try to trick people into providing sensitive information. The IRS recommends taking the following steps to protect yourself from potential identity thieves: 

    • Be skeptical of communications you receive from sources you are not expecting. Verify the authenticity of phone calls, standard mail, faxes or emails of questionable origin before responding.

    • Do not reveal secret passwords, PINs or other security-based data to third parties. Genuine organizations or institutions do not need your secret data for ordinary business transactions.

    • Do not click on links contained in possibly questionable emails. Instead, go directly to the site already known to be genuine. For example, the only address for the IRS website is Any other variations on this will not lead to the legitimate IRS website.

    • Do not open attachments to emails of possibly questionable origin. They may contain viruses that will infect your computer.

    • Shred paper documents containing private financial information before discarding.

    Those who think their identity has been stolen should visit the Federal Trade Commission website for information about how to handle the aftermath of identity theft and should contact USI Public Safety at 812-464-1845 for assistance.

    If you feel your password was compromised, you must change it immediately. Call the IT Help Desk at 812-465-1080 if you need assistance changing your password.

  • IT Advisory: Blackboard Learn course export

    In May 2020, USI's Blackboard team will begin to archive courses on the Blackboard Learn live production server that date beyond the current three-year cycle. Courses created prior to the fall 2017 semester will be removed from the server and archived for accreditation purposes only. This means individual instructors will no longer have access to these materials. 

    If you need to access materials from the following courses, you will need to export the courses to your computer or cloud storage space by May 31, 2020:

    • .XXX201610 (fall 2015)
    • .XXX201620 (spring 2016)
    • .XXX201630 (summer I 2016)
    • .XXX201640 (summer II 2016)
    • .XXX201650 (summer III 2016)
    • .XXX201710 (fall 2016)
    • .XXX201720 (spring 2017)
    • .XXX201730 (summer I 2017)
    • .XXX201740 (summer II 2017)
    • .XXX201750 (summer III 2017)

    Step-by-step export instructions

    If you have questions about this process or would like to schedule a time for the Blackboard team to help you create exports, submit a ticket at

  • Chrome River lab sessions offered

    USI employees interested in furthering their knowledge of Chrome River, the University’s travel and expense software, are encouraged to attend an open lab session(s) during the spring semester. Staff from Travel Procurement and Accounts Payable will be available to answer questions about the software, including questions about processing pre-approvals and/or expense reports.

    Sessions will be offered twice monthly, February through May, on the following dates:

    • Tuesday, February 4
    • Wednesday, February 19
    • Tuesday, March 3
    • Wednesday, March 18
    • Tuesday, April 7
    • Wednesday, April 15
    • Tuesday, May 5
    • Wednesday, May 20

    Tuesday sessions will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. and Wednesday sessions will take place from 9 to 10 a.m. in the Outreach and Engagement Computer Lab, UC 2229.

    Registration for the sessions is not required. Employees will be assisted on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • Register your child now for SwISTEM summer camps

    Southwest Indiana STEM logo

    Southwest Indiana STEM (SwISTEM) is now registering students for two summer camps. 

    Engineering and Manufacturing Creativity Camp

    • July 13 through 17
    • 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    • Business and Engineering Center, USI
    • Incoming 9-12 graders
    • $150/participant (lunch provided)
    • Limit of 20 campers (camp fills on a first-come, first-served basis)
    • Registration deadline May 30

    Girls Only (GO) STEM! Camp

    • July 6 through 10
    • 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    • Health Professions Room 3036, USI (tentative)
    • Incoming 6-8 grade girls
    • $150/participant (lunch provided)
    • Limit of 20 campers (camp fills on a first-come, first-served basis)
    • Registration deadline June 19 

    Registration remains open for Coding for Kids: Girls Who Code and Bro Code. These sessions, open to students in sixth through eighth grades, begin Wednesday, January 29. 

  • Save the date: Screaming Eagles Running Series

    Screaming Eagles 2020 Running Series logo
    Dates have been set for the 2020 Screaming Eagles Running Series. The series features three family-oriented road races on or near the USI campus. A portion of the proceeds from the Spring into Fitness 10K will be used to offer programming and provide professional development opportunities for student clubs within USI’s Pott College of Science, Engineering, and Education.

    Saturday, February 8, 2020: 5K Hearts on Fire

    Saturday, March 7, 2020: 7K Run into Madness

    Saturday, April 4, 2020: 10K Spring into Fitness

    More information and a link to register can be found at

  • #ScreaglePride far and wide

    Katelyn, Alexa and Brett Bueltel pose with Archie at the West Side Nut Club Fall Festival
    Where have you shown your #ScreaglePride lately? 

    Whether it's at a restaurant, a child's activity or in a new city, USI Today wants to see where you're sporting your Screaming Eagles spirit wear! 

    To participate, email your photo to

    Please include: 

    • Your name
    • Names/titles of anyone else in the photo
    • Where you are
    • What you're doing
  • New mobile safety app now available for USI students, faculty and staff

    RAVE Guardian logo and textUSI Public Safety is launching Rave Guardian, a free mobile app available for iOS and Android devices that allows USI students, faculty and staff access to a variety of safety features on their personal devices. The USI features of the app can be activated by anyone with an active USI directory listing. Rave Guardian is available in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store.

    Rave Guardian provides a "Safety Timer" feature allowing users to set a timer for the duration they expect to be traveling, regardless of mode of transportation. If the timer expires, the app sends a text message alert to a "Guardian," a personal contact designated by the user, that the timer is over prompting the Guardian to reach out and ensure the user's wellbeing. If deemed necessary, the designated Guardian is able to contact USI Public Safety (if the user is on campus) or 9-1-1 to report an emergency.

    The app also allows users to directly and, if desired, anonymously contact USI Public Safety via chat to report an incident or request assistance, including the ability to share their location if on campus or at other University locations in downtown Evansville or New Harmony, Indiana. Additional features include access to an inbox for Rave Alerts and phone and web directories for campus and regional emergency services, resources and wellness information.

    The app is not mandatory, but students, faculty and staff are encouraged to download and use the Rave Guardian app to enhance their personal safety and the safety of others on campus and other USI properties.

    Rave Guardian information and FAQs

  • 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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