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  • Student groups will sponsor April 15 American Red Cross blood drive

    American Red Cross logoImagine if someone you love needed a blood type that was missing from hospital shelves. Help the American Red Cross meet the urgent need for blood (approximately 13,000 blood donations each day) by participating in a blood drive at USI on Monday, April 15 in UC East Rooms 2218-2220 sponsored by the Hispanic Student Union and Delta Zeta.   

    The blood drive opens to all donors at 10 a.m., but USI employees can schedule appointments between 9 and 10 a.m. to cut down their potential wait times. Only USI employees will be allowed to donate during that hour. To make an appointment between 9 and 10 a.m., email Mary Scheller at

    Employees wishing to schedule an appointment later in the day may do so online (sponsor code USI EAGLES).

    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.  

    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, available through the App Store, Google Play or by texting BLOODAPP to 90999.

    QUESTIONS? For detailed donor eligibility questions, please call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit


  • Earn prizes and improve your wellness with Keep it Well USI

    Two students pose, smiling, on bicyclesUSI students and employees are encouraged to participate in Keep it Well USI, an incentive-based wellness program organized by the Recreation, Fitness and Wellness Center running March 25-April 7.

    Keep track of your daily wellness-related activities with this spreadsheet (also available at the RFWC) and work your way toward free, first come, first served prizes.

    40 points=water bottle

    50 points=t-shirt

    75 points=gym bag or picnic blanket

    Keep it Well USI operates on the honor system. Participants may earn points for more than one activity each day, but cannot count points for the same activity multiple times a day. 

    Spreadsheets should be turned in at the RFWC front desk to redeem prizes.

  • Town hall meeting with State Senator Vaneta Becker postponed

    Indiana State Senator Vaneta BeckerThe town hall meeting with State Senator Vaneta Becker scheduled for Friday, March 22 in Mitchell Auditorium has been postponed. A new date has not been determined yet, but will be announced as soon as it is confirmed.

  • Deaconess Mobile Breast Center visit rescheduled for Friday, March 22

    The Deaconess Mobile Breast Center will be at USI on Friday, March 22 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.The Deaconess Mobile Breast Center, originally scheduled to visit USI on Wednesday, March 20, 2019, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., will instead be on campus Friday, March 22 during the same time. The unit will be in Parking Lot I (behind the Physical Plant). USI employees or spouses of employees interested in scheduling an appointment may do so online or by calling 812-450-6266.

    Mammograms are covered by most health plans. Please verify that Deaconess is an in-network provider with your insurance carrier. You may be eligible for financial assistance if you have no insurance. Please bring your ID and insurance card to your appointment.

    Eligibility requirements for annual screening mammograms with the Mobile Breast Center:

    • 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

    The Deaconess Mobile Breast Center will return to USI on October 17. 

  • Volunteers needed for upcoming Colin Powell event

    General Colin L. Powell, USA (Ret.)Special Events and Scheduling Services would like to thank all those who registered to volunteer at the Inauguration of President Ronald S. Rochon on Friday, April 5. All spots have been filled.

    However, volunteers are still needed for the Romain College of Business Innovative Speaker Series featuring General Colin L. Powell, USA (Ret.) on Thursday, April 4.

    Those interested in volunteering at the Colin Powell event should fill out this form. Volunteers must report to the Screaming Eagles Arena lobby by 3 p.m. on Thursday, April 4. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. and the event begins at 6 p.m. Volunteers will also attend a mandatory training during Inauguration Week to review assignments and duties. 

    For additional information, contact Special Events and Scheduling Services


  • Welcome Week Leader submissions open

    Student Development Programs is accepting submissions to identify students for Welcome Week Leader positions. Welcome Week Leaders will help guide new students through the Welcome Week program in August with a focus on providing a quality transitional experience and introduction to USI. 

    Please submit student names and emails by Wednesday, March 20. Students who receive submissions will be emailed the application and encouraged to apply. Qualified applicants must be current USI students with a minimum 2.3 GPA and must be taking classes during the fall 2019 semester.  

    Students may also apply online through Sunday, March 24. Welcome Week Leaders must be available August 12-21, 2019. 

    Contact John Race at 812-465-1088 or for more information.

  • Sodexo seeking feedback through satisfaction survey

    Sodexo logoSodexo is seeking feedback about its services and asks that USI employees take the time to provide input via their satisfaction survey. The online survey will be available March 18-29. 

  • Financial "State of the University" video recording available
    A video recording of the Financial "State of the University" Presentation on Wednesday, March 13 is available for those in the campus community who were unable to attend. 
    The video will be available until 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 30, 2019. 
  • New University travel procedures and Travel Card Program begin Monday, March 18

    Travel and Accounts Payable are rolling out a new and more efficient way to complete travel procedures. Beginning March 18, University travelers will be required to submit trip pre-approvals and expense reports through the new software, Chrome River. Chrome River is intended to create faster approvals, as well as offer the ability to track reports through the system. 

    Travel and Accounts Payable are also launching a new University Travel Card Program to help reduce travelers' personal spending on business trips. 

    Both Chrome River and the Travel Card Program will be implemented March 18, 2019. Trips that start before this date will use the current Travel Reimbursement Request Form to reconcile trip expenses. Trips that start on or after March 18, 2019, will follow the new process. 

    If you've already received confirmation from Travel for an approved trip that starts on or after March 18, Travel staff will enter the existing authorizations into Chrome River for you. You will then complete an expense report for the trip using the new software.

    In order to make the transition to Chrome River, March 14 is the last day Travel will accept paper Travel Authorization Forms.

    Training sessions have been scheduled for Chrome River and the University Travel Card Program between Monday, March 18 and Wednesday, March 27. If you travel for University business or facilitate travel plans for someone who does, training must be completed prior to booking any new trips. 

  • Administrative Assistants and Associates accepting scholarship applications

    The Administrative Assistants and Associates organization is accepting applications for four $500 undergraduate scholarships

    Applicants must meet the following requirements to be considered:

    Be a full-time undergraduate student one semester prior to applying (Fall 2018)

    Be a full-time undergraduate student when scholarship is taken (Fall 2019-Spring 2020)

    Maintain a 3.0 GPA

    Be in need of financial assistance (may be receiving other financial aid)

    Students may apply for the Administrative Assistants and Associates Scholarship online. Applications will be accepted until March 31, 2019. The organization will review the first 100 valid applications.

  • Dr. Linda Bennett inducted into Evansville's Regional Business Hall of Fame

    Dr. Linda L.M. Bennett, the third president of the University of Southern Indiana, was inducted into the Junior Achievement Evansville Regional Business Hall of Fame at a ceremony held at the Old National Events Plaza on Thursday, March 14, 2019. The Hall of Fame recognizes the region's "most respected leaders for their commitment to and investment in the community."

    Bennett and fellow Hall of Fame Laureates William C. Stone, CEO of SS&C Technologies Holdings, Inc., and Robert Z. Morris (1914-2001), founder of Imperial Plastics (now Berry Global), "are part of a league of outstanding individuals who have made legendary contributions to the free enterprise system. Through their actions and accomplishments, the Business Hall of Fame Laureates provide inspiration for the next generation as they take the reins of leadership in the years to come," according to Junior Achievement of Southwestern Indiana.

    Bennett spent 15 years at USI, including nine as president, before retiring in 2018.

  • Free retirement and financial wellness workshops offered March 20-21

    Human Resources will offer nine free retirement and financial wellness workshops on Wednesday, March 20 and Thursday, March 21, 2019 in Rice Library. Employees are encouraged to register in advance through the links below, but walk-ins will be accepted. 

    Wednesday, March 20 Retirement Sessions

    Paying Yourself: Income Options in Retirement
    Lori Matthews, TIAA
    9-10 a.m.
    USI Rice Library, 0017

    This live workshop is ideal for USI employees on the TIAA plan(s). Learn ways to simplify retirement income. Learn about the basic rules that govern the most common retirement accounts. Gain perspective on when to tap into different assets and discover the flexible income choices TIAA offers.

    Understanding Social Security 
    Charo Boyd, Social Security Administration
    10:30-11:30 a.m.
    USI Rice Library, 0017

    This interactive workshop is ideal for USI employees and/or their loved ones planning to retire in 5-10 years. Learn how to apply and how age and wages effect the benefit amount. Learn the basic parts of Medicare, Medicare enrollment periods, premiums and how to contact Medicare.

    PERF Workshop: Fundamentals of INPRS
    Bob Boxell, INPRS (PERF)
    12-1 p.m. 
    USI Rice Library, 0017

    This live workshop is ideal for USI support staff employees or prior PERF members that are Public Employees’ Retirement Plan (PERF) participants. Learn about your PERF plan, updating your account, retirement eligibility, annuity and defined benefit (pension) payment options.

    Are Medicare Supplements Right for You?
    Gina Downs, Senior Connection
    1:30-2:30 p.m.
    USI Rice Library, 0017

    This live workshop is ideal for all USI employees nearing eligibility for Social Security and needing more information regarding Medicare supplemental plans. This session will help you better understand what your options are when you enroll in Medicare. 

    The USI Retirement Offering
    Wendy Seitz, USI
    3-4 p.m. 
    USI Rice Library, 0017

    This live workshop is ideal for USI employees eligible for USI medical, dental and life retirement benefits. Learn about USI’s retirement policy offerings and transition process from an active employee to a retiree status.

    INPRS (PERF) Individual Appointments
    Instructor: Bob Boxell (INPRS-PERF)
    USI Rice Library, 0016

    Do you have specific questions about your Public Employees’ Retirement Plan? Individual meetings are ideal for USI support staff employees or prior PERF members who are within six months of retirement. Employees can call 888-286-3544 to request a Retirement Benefit Estimate. Employees should bring their retirement application as well. 

    March 21 Financial Wellness Sessions

    Healthy Credit
    Dana Gubler, Heritage Federal Credit Union
    9-10 a.m. 
    USI Rice Library, 0017

    This live workshop is ideal for any USI employee that wants to learn about credit scores and how to improve them. Learn to manage and monitor your credit, understand credit scores and build higher credit scores. 

    Let's Learn to Budget!
    Ben Joergens, Old National Bank
    10:30-11:30 a.m.
    USI Rice Library, 0017 

    This live workshop is ideal for USI employees interested in developing an understanding a budget. Learn about wants vs. needs, and how to differentiate between wants and needs when making purchases. Learn the budgeting process and apply these lessons in a practical setting to further your financial literacy skills.

    Tomorrow in Focus
    Lori Matthews, TIAA
    12-1 p.m. 
    USI Rice Library, 0017

    This live workshop is ideal for USI employees interested in saving for your ideal retirement. Learn the real benefit of time in regards to saving. Learn about the essential features of retirement plans and the basics of retirement saving and planning.

    Home Buying for Adults
    Amber Rascoe and Paula Cheek, German American Bank
    1:30-2:30 p.m. 
    USI Rice Library, 0017

    This live workshop is ideal for any USI employee that wants to learn about home buying. From determining readiness to buy a home and types of mortgages to taxes, reverse mortgage and borrowing against a home, this course will review it all.

  • WNIN's Two Main Street to feature Dr. Rochon

    USI President Dr. Ronald Rochon will be the featured guest on an upcoming episode of WNIN's "Two Main Street" with host and veteran Evansville journalist David James. The episode can be heard on Thursday, March 21 at noon and again on Saturday, March 23 at 11 a.m. on WNIN, 88.3 FM. During the interview, Dr. Rochon will discuss a wide range of topics, including how he was once "sprayed" by a turtle while saving its life, his experience as a stair climbing athlete and his early impressions of Evansville and the USI community.

                                                                                  Dr. Ronald S. Rochon

  • Family Fun Night at the RFWC planned for Friday, March 22

    The Recreation, Fitness and Wellness Center will host its next free Family Fun Night on Friday, March 22, 2019 from 5-7 p.m.

    Free activities include basketball, volleyball, video games, billiards, ping-pong and foosball. Guests may also utilize fitness equipment (must be at least 16) and the climbing center. (All adult climbers must pass the belay safety certification class before climbing. Children will be permitted to climb only with a parent who has passed the safety class. If you have taken the safety class at USI in the last six months, you will not have to take it again. You can also receive certification during the climbing center's open hours: Monday and Wednesday 2-9 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday 1-3 p.m. and Friday 2-7 p.m. All climbers must have socks.)

    All families must be accompanied by a current USI student or employee with a valid Eagle Access card. Only family members of the USI student or employee will be admitted. Children must be supervised at all times by a parent/guardian.  

    All guests will be required to sign the RFWC waiver. Anyone under the age of 18 will be required to have a parent/guardian signature.

    For more information about Family Fun Night, call the RFWC at 812-461-5268.

  • New hires, promotions and retirements as of March 8

    New Hires/Rehires

    Hannah Williams
    Sales Assistant
    Historic New Harmony

    Mathew Olinger
    Event Services Assistant
    Conference Services Operations

    Grant Saylor
    Head Men's Golf Coach
    Athletics Administration

    Daryl Debose
    Custodial Worker
    Facility Operations and Planning

    Heidi Doss
    Museum Aide
    Historic New Harmony

    Charles Walton
    HVAC Operator
    Facility Operations and Planning

    Shane White
    Head of Reference and Instruction Services/Assistant Librarian
    David L. Rice Library

    Promotions, Transfers and Reclassifications

    Cari Akin
    Custodial Worker/Facility Operations and Planning (Campus)
    Previously: Custodial Worker/Facility Operations and Planning (Housing)

    Erica Hooker
    Academic Advisor/College of Nursing and Health Professions Advising Center
    Previously: Career Readiness Advisor/University Division

    Rex Yarbor
    Maintenance Mechanic (2nd Shift)/Facility Operations and Planning
    Previously: Maintenance Mechanic (1st Shift)/Facility Operations and Planning

    Tonya Lance
    Senior Gallery Associate/New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art
    Previously: McCutchan Art Center/Pace Galleries Assistant/McCutchan Art Center/Pace Galleries

    Elissa Mitchell
    Assistant Professor of Social Work and Director of Center for Social Justice Education/College of Liberal Arts
    Previously: Assistant Professor of Social Work and Acting Director of Center for Social Justice Education/College of Liberal Arts

    Wendy Turner
    Associate Professor of Social Work/College of Liberal Arts
    Previously: Associate Professor of Social Work and Director of Center for Social Justice Education/College of Liberal Arts

    Nicholas LaRowe
    Associate Professor of Political Science and Pre-Law Coordinator/College of Liberal Arts and Interim Dean of Students/Dean of Students
    Previously: Associate Professor of Political Science and Public Administration and Pre-Law Coordinator/College of Liberal Arts and Interim Dean of Students/Dean of Students


    Tracy Sparks
    Campus Store Supervisor/Campus Store Operations

    Paul Hedrick
    HVAC Operator
    Facility Operations and Planning

  • Reminder: required security awareness training should be completed by March 29

    As part of USI’s ongoing effort to address information security threats, a comprehensive security awareness training program is required for all staff and faculty. The IT Department requests that this training be completed by March 29, 2019. Annual information security training will better prepare USI employees to fulfill their responsibility and strengthen defenses against future cyberattacks. Employees who previously completed the Checkpoint: Data Security and Privacy training qualify for the refresher training which takes approximately 20-30 minutes.

    What do I need to do?

    To access the training at any time, log on to your myUSI account and click the training icon on the left side of the homepage. From there you will be able to access the training without any additional logins or passwords. The training is self-paced and is designed to be informative and interactive. You may start and leave the course as often as you would like. When you return, the course will open to the last page visited.   

    Why do I need to do this?

    In addition to being a regulatory compliance requirement, increasing our information security knowledge will better prepare all of us to strengthen our defenses against future attacks. Studies have shown that a substantial number of cyberattacks involve the unintended actions of our information technology users, and this risk can be significantly lowered through an effective security awareness training program. 

    IT Security requests that all USI faculty and staff complete this mandatory training by the end of March.

    This training initiative demonstrates USI's philosophy that security is everyone’s responsibility, and that includes establishing a community approach to data protection. Contact Stacy Draper in IT Security with questions at or 812-465-1063. 

  • Performing arts students earn array of awards at The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival

    USI performing arts students who traveled to Madison, Wisconsin, for The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival Region III at the start of the semester brought home an array of awards. They also had the honor of performing the closing show, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, at the event.

    USI student photo gallery from The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival

    KCACTF awards and recognitions:

    USI Performing Arts - The Gold Hand Truck (awarded to the University with the most efficient load-in of their festival production, demonstrating teamwork and safety)

    Cast of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time - Certificate of Merit, Ensemble Acting

    Ashley Boruff - Finalist, Regional Design Project (Costume Design)

    Rachel Clark - Certificate of Merit, Costume Design of The Dog in the Manger; Finalist, National Design Project (Costume Design)

    Ashleigh Dulik - Certificate of Merit, Co-Direction of Italian American Reconciliation  

    Mikaela Fish – Winner, Allied Design and Technologies Award; Finalist, National Design Project (Costume Design)

    Megan Gilbert – Winner, Regional Designer Project (Lighting Design)

    Rafael Gonzalez - Certificate of Merit, Lighting Design of Standing on My Knees

    Jada Hampton - Alternate for ASPIRE KCACTF/LORT Arts Leadership Fellowship Award

    Cole Henrich - Vocal Finalist, Musical Theatre Initiative; Dance Finalist, Musical Theatre Initiative

    Kaitlyn Kearschner - Honorable Mention, Regional Designer Project (Costume Design)

    Nathaniel Robles - Irene Ryan Acting Competition Finalist (final 16 of 247 students)

    Isabelle Rogers - Certificate of Merit, Student Direction of Standing on My Knees 

  • Fall 2019 priority registration available April 1-12

    Priority Registration begins at 8 a.m. on Monday, April 1, and progresses according to the daily schedule shown in the Class Schedule ( and at Students register online via myUSI according to the total of their earned plus currently enrolled hours. Please encourage your students to register at their earliest opportunity. 

    Students are urged to meet with their academic advisor to review their course selection before registering. Students should contact their advisor to schedule an appointment (subject to availability).

    Many students [degree-seeking undergraduates with fewer than 30 earned hours (freshmen), students with a GPA less than 2.00, students from certain majors, etc.] will have a registration hold placed on their record and will be eligible for registration only after meeting with their academic advisor to review their course selection and remove the hold.

    Degree-seeking undergraduates should review their degree audit (through myUSI) prior to registration to check their progress toward degree completion and verify acceptable course options.

    Students who sign up for fall classes during Priority Registration will not be billed until August 10 and are expected to settle their account with the Bursar’s Office by September 25. 

    Summer Registration is also available. Summer billing will take place in the weeks leading up to each summer session.

  • Banner/BuyUSI vendor registration change

    Effective immediately, new vendors utilized by USI will be imported into Banner/BuyUSI via a Qualtrics form. This new way of gathering vendor information will be more secure and will allow vendors to upload all needed data into one central repository.

    Uploaded data may include a W8, W8ben, W8ben-e, W9 and State of Indiana certifications on gender, ethnicity or veteran-owned business.

    Vendor Registration Portal FAQs

  • USI Foundation updates fundraising and handling of Foundation cash policies

    The University of Southern Indiana Foundation has updated its fundraising and handling of Foundation cash policies.


    All University private fundraising efforts are to be coordinated through the Development Office. The Development Office is responsible for developing, coordinating and implementing a comprehensive private fundraising program for the University of Southern Indiana under the auspices of the USI Foundation.

    For purposes of this policy, private funding sources are individuals, alumni, friends, businesses, foundations and other sources except local, state and federal governmental agencies supported by tax-appropriated dollars.

    Refer to the University Handbook and the USI Foundation website for the complete fundraising policy.  Questions about fundraising and related policy issues should be addressed to David A. Bower, vice president for development and president of the USI Foundation, or Andrea R. Gentry, director of development. 


    Pursuant to the directive of USI Foundation policy, the only agent authorized to control, account for and safeguard cash for the Foundation is the Finance and Administration Foundation Accounting office in the Wright Administration Building WA102.  Acceptance of cash by individuals is not recommended; if an individual receives money on behalf of the Foundation, it must be delivered in person to the Foundation Accounting office immediately during office hours or the following morning if received after hours.

    Cash, checks and/or credit card information for the Foundation should NOT be sent through interdepartmental (campus) mail or via email to Foundation Accounting. Donors should be directed to the USI Foundation website to submit their credit card payments through the portal.

    All invoices to third parties must be issued through the Foundation Accounting office.  No other individuals or departments are authorized to issue invoices to third parties on behalf of the Foundation.

    Loss of funds is to be reported immediately to the Foundation Accounting office.  Questions about cash control procedures should be directed to Dennis Guthery, manager Foundation accounting,  or Michael Cathro, Foundation accountant.


  • In case you missed it: Dr. Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

    More than 150 people filled USI's Performance Center on Tuesday, February 26, 2019, to hear the Nelson Mandela Social Justice Day keynote address presented by Dr. Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor. Taylor is an author and assistant professor of African American Studies at Princeton University.

    Taylor’s research focuses on race and public policy, including American housing policies. She is the author of From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation, which won the Lannan Cultural Freedom Award for an Especially Notable Book in 2016. She is also the editor of How We Get Free: Black Feminism and the Combahee River Collective, which won the Lambda Literary Award for LGBTQ nonfiction in 2018. Her third book, Race for Profit: Black Housing and the Urban Crisis of the 1970s, is forthcoming from University of North Carolina Press. Taylor holds a doctoral degree in African American Studies from Northwestern University. (Read more about Dr. Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor.)

    Below are a few of the points Taylor made during her keynote address:

    “Ferguson was a reminder that in the U.S., history is always tied to the present. Indeed we cannot make sense of our current moment without a complete understanding of the past.”

    “The focus on electoral politics misses the way that the social movement itself has been fundamental to achieving what we consider to be progress in this country.”

    “We come no closer to solving black oppression or working class white oppression by denying one to address the other.”

    Taylor's keynote address was sponsored by the Mandela Social Justice Committee, the USI Office of the Provost, the College of Liberal Arts, the College of Nursing and Health Professions, the Pott College of Science, Engineering, and Education, Gender Studies, the Multicultural Center, the Counseling Center, the Office of Housing and Residence Life, the Evansville Public Library, and the Evansville African American Museum. 

  • TIAA March live webinars

    Human Resources invites USI employees to register for TIAA's March live webinars:

    Understanding the retirement decision
    March 7 at 11 a.m. 

    Social Security basics
    March 12 at 11 a.m.

    Gaining Insight: Navigating debt consolidation and understanding the mortgage process
    March 12 at 2 p.m.

    Responsible Investing
    March 13 at 11 a.m. 

    Money at Work 1: Foundations of Investing
    March 13 at 2 p.m.

    Market-proof your retirement
    March 14 at 11 a.m.

    Postcards from the Future: A woman's guide to saving and investing
    March 14 at 2 p.m.

    Additional information about employee retirement plans, TIAA enrollment, TIAA representative visits and more can be found on the USI Human Resources website.

  • UPDATE: Lloyd Expressway work postponed

    Patching and resurfacing work on the westbound Lloyd Expressway has been postponed approximately one week because of weather conditions. 

    The Indiana Department of Transportation now says the $3.4 million project started last spring will resume on or around Monday, March 11 (instead of March 4).  

    The following sections of the Lloyd Expressway will be closed for concrete patching work:

    The westbound driving lane from Boehne Camp Rd. to Schutte Rd.
    The westbound passing lane from Rosenberger Ave. to Schutte Rd.
    The westbound passing lane from Schutte Rd. to the Posey/Vanderburgh County line

    These lane restrictions will be in place 24 hours a day with lanes restricted to 15 feet. Keep in mind that poor weather could further affect the closure schedule.

    Concrete patching is expected to wrap up by early summer, depending on the weather. 

    Please slow down and be alert near work crews. 

  • Performance Evaluation Steering Committee seeking survey feedback

    The Performance Evaluation Steering Committee will be conducting surveys to collect feedback from support staff and supervisors about the effectiveness of the current process. Individual e-mail links will be sent from Human Resources on February 26, 2019. The survey will remain open until March 12, 2019. The steering committee encourages supervisors to allow employees time to provide their vital feedback. 

    All full-time benefits-eligible support employees and regularly scheduled part-time employees, as well as current or previous supervisors, should receive the e-mail invitations. If you have been identified as both a support employee and a supervisor, you should receive both e-mail invitations. If you do not receive either e-mail invitation but feel as though you should, please contact Shelby Jackson in Human Resources at 812-464-1840 or

    After analyzing the data from the surveys, the steering committee will be conducting focus groups to further explore what is important to USI employees in an effective performance management system. If you are interested in participating in a focus group, please speak with a member of the steering committee.

    The steering committee consists of the following campus constituents:

    Andrea Gentry, Director of Development, Foundation

    Vince Frazier, Science and Engineering Lab Technician, Pott College of Science, Engineering and Education

    Shelby Jackson, Human Resources Generalist, Employment, Human Resources

    Lynn Melms, Human Resource Business Partner, Human Resources

    Dr. Zane Mitchell, Dean, Pott College of Science, Engineering and Education

    Kathy Oeth, Administrative Associate, College of Liberal Arts

    William Pool, Transfer Credit Coordinator, Registrar’s Office

    Kenneth Rose, Lead Custodial Worker, Facility Operations and Planning

    Kate Rotramel, Manager of Employment, Human Resources

    Jeff Sickman, Controller and Assistant Treasurer, Business Office

    Stephanie Walden-Schwake, Associate Director, Recreation, Fitness and Wellness

    Tanner Watkins, Administrative Assistance, College of Nursing and Health Professions

  • Stein's shot perfect farewell to the PAC

    With two seconds to go, USI's Alex Stein nailed a shot to give the Screaming Eagles a 67-65 win against the University of Indianapolis on Senior Day Saturday. His late-game heroics in front of a huge crowd provided a perfect farewell to the PAC.

    Watch the shot and reaction 

    Photo gallery from Men's Basketball Senior Day

    Photo gallery from Women's Basketball Senior Day

    Read about the PAC's 39-year history in the Evansville Courier and Press

  • Tuition Fee Waiver available for children of USI employees through College Achievement Program

    A benefit-eligible USI employee whose dependent child is taking dual credit through the College Achievement Program may use the Tuition Fee Waiver found at

    The already-discounted CAP tuition of $25/credit hour or $80/credit hour will be reduced an additional 75%. However, the Tuition Fee Waiver is limited to 124 credit hours; courses taken through CAP will count toward the total if the Fee Waiver is used.

    CAP students who plan to attend USI as a degree-seeking student should contact a USI advisor to plan ahead.

    USI employees should contact Jaclyn Dumond with questions at 812-465-1274 or

    The final deadline to submit CAP payments for spring 2019 courses is March 25.

  • New Elevating Spirit item on sale now in Campus Store

    Show your USI pride by purchasing the latest Elevating Spirit item at the Campus Store! The new USI Campus Map Tee is 30% off through March 29. (Regularly $23.99.)

    Beth Eversole '18, graphic designer (and Elevating Spirit model), created the fun design which is printed on a soft navy Comfort Colors cotton shirt. 

  • Search underway for next dean of the Romain College of Business

    A job advertisement for the next dean of the Romain College of Business has been posted on the University's website. USI employees and retirees are asked to share the listing with those they feel may be interested in the position to elicit the strongest pool of candidates. 

    Responsibilities of the Dean will include, but are not limited to:

    • Directing and crafting a long-term vision for the College consistent with the University’s mission and strategic priorities 
    • Actively maintaining the College’s AACSB accreditation and assisting with the university’s regional accreditation
    • Analyzing, communicating and responding to emerging global, national and regional trends in business and higher education
    • Strengthening and building connections and partnerships with internal and external stakeholders
    • Fostering a high-quality student experience
    • Nurturing an organizational culture that empowers faculty, promotes shared governance and fosters interdisciplinary collaborations
    • Overseeing student recruitment and retention initiatives to ensure strategic growth of the College
    • Recruiting, retaining, supporting and mentoring faculty who will continue the College’s progress
    • Using a data-driven approach to manage and prioritize an annual operating budget and securing additional resources to achieve the College’s strategic goals
    • Advocating for the College and increasing its visibility and reputation regionally, nationally and internationally

  • USI Foundation board director Susan Parsons named 2019 ATHENA Award® representative

    Susan Parsons, CFO of Koch Enterprises and USI Foundation board director, was honored as the 2019 ATHENA Award® representative on Friday, February 22, 2019. The ATHENA Award® is presented annually by the Southwest Indiana Chamber and recognizes female leaders.

    The Chamber website describes representatives of the ATHENA Award® as "exceptional leaders in the Evansville-area community that have actively and generously assisted others in the attainment of professional excellence and leadership skills." 

    Parsons has served on the USI Foundation Board of Directors for 18 years.

    2019 ATHENAs:

    • Gina Gibson – Executive Director of the Evansville Christian Life Center
    • Mary Kessler – Dean of Education and Health Sciences at the University of Evansville
    • Deena Laska Lewis – Founder and Choreographer at the Children’s Center for Dance Education
    • Millie Marshall – President of Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indiana
    • Susan Parsons – CFO at Koch Enterprises
    • Carrie Roelle – Partner at Kahn, Dees, Donovan & Kahn, LLP

    Congratulations to Susan!

  • Seven members added to USI Athletic Hall of Fame

    Seven individuals were inducted into the USI Athletic Hall of Fame on Friday, February 15, 2019. In addition, Marvin Smith and Jim Will, Sr., were inducted into the Athletic Hall of Distinction for contributions to the success of the University's varsity programs.

    Screaming Eagles fans were eligible to nominate student athletes or teams on the 10th anniversary of their last season of competition, or a coach/administrator who has been separated from the Department of Athletics for two years. Special individuals (e.g., Varsity Club members) also were eligible for nominations.


    Laura Ellerbusch Schnur '07 (Volleyball, 2002-05): Schnur was a 2004 AVCA All-American, a four-time All-Region and three-time All-GLVC performer during her four seasons. She also was a AVCA National Player of the Week and Academic All-District. Schnur remains ranked first in hitting percentage, seventh in total blocks and block assists, and eighth in kills all-time at USI.

    Kristen Eickholt Lichtensteiger '08 (Softball, 2005-08): Lichtensteiger graduated cum laude after being a four-year starter at third base. She ranks number one all-time in doubles (including the single-season record) and remains ranked ninth all-time in hits and runs, sixth in home runs and tied for third in RBIs. The three-time All-GLVC and two-time All-Region player also earned a pair of Academic All-District honors.

    Dennis Humphrey '92 (Baseball, 1990-92; Men's Basketball 1987-91): Humphrey was a two-sport athlete for USI, earning preseason All-American honors for baseball in 1991. The USI baseball two-time All-Region and three-time All-GLVC selection finished his baseball career ranked eighth all-time in batting average and held the all-time record for home runs until 2018. Humphrey is also second in shutouts and ranks 14th all-time in ERA. In basketball, Humphrey is 32nd all-time in scoring and 13th in rebounding.

    Paul Jellema '07 (Men's Cross Country/Track, 2005-08): Jellema was one of USI's top competitors between 2005 and 2008, earning four-All-American awards (two in cross country, one in indoor track and one in outdoor track). He also was the NCAA II Great Lakes Region Outdoor Track and Field Male Athlete of the Year in 2007. He also earned five All-GLVC honors while winning three individual GLVC titles and one GLVC relay championship.

    Matt Keener '05 M'12 (Baseball, 2002-05): Keener was a two-time first-team Academic All-American (USI's first two-time first-team performer) and four-time Academic All-GLVC student athlete. He also was a three-time All-GLVC performer as a pitcher, outfielder and infielder. Keener ranks ninth all-time in slugging percentage, 14th in total bases, 14th in RBIs, tied for 13th in home runs, 23rd in hits and tied for 22nd in runs scored. He also had an 8-8 mark and a 3.88 ERA in 34 games on the mound.  

    Greg Orr '95 (Baseball, 1991-94): Orr was one of the most consistent right-handed pitchers to ever play for the Eagles. He was a first-team All-GLVC performer in 1994 and was named a Player to Watch by Collegiate Baseball that same year. He finished his career as USI's all-time winningest pitcher and remains ranked third all-time. Orr also ranked second in complete games and fifth in strikeouts and innings pitched. He was a member of USI's first back-to-back 40-win teams, appeared in three NCAA II Tournaments with the Eagles and was a part of the staff that won the GLVC title in 1993.

    Tom Rehl '87 (Men's Cross Country/Track 1982-86):  Rehl was a member of the cross country and track teams from 1982 to 1986. He was a top-10 runner in the GLVC, finishing second in 1984 and 1985. He earned All-American honors after finishing 25th at the 1985 NCAA II National Championships. He continues to hold USI marks in the 1,000 yards, mile, and 1500m.

    (Left to right: Matt Keener '05 M'12, Eileen Will, accepting on behalf of her husband, Jim Will, Sr., Tom Rehl '87, Paul Jellema '07, Kristen Eickholt Lichtensteiger '08 and Laura Ellerbusch Schnur '07)

  • "Fight On, Screaming Eagles" debuts at Homecoming

    USI's new Fight Song, Fight On, Screaming Eagles, debuted during halftime of the women's Homecoming basketball game on Saturday, February 16. It was also introduced during the men's game that followed. 

    The song's lyrics were written by Zach Price '19, exercise science and marketing, and its music was composed by Tom Mace, director of USI's Pep Band. 

    Read more about Price and Mace's vision for Fight On, Screaming Eagles in this USI Today feature.

    Listen to the Fight Song and learn the words with this video.

    See the Pep Band in action as it debuts the Fight Song

    Check out photos from the debut of Fight On, Screaming Eagles at the USI men's and women's basketball games.

  • 2019 Homecoming king and queen crowned

    Matthew Kreutzer '19, finance, and Micayla Gonzalez '19, health services, were crowned 2019 Homecoming king and queen at the USI men's basketball game on Saturday, February 16.

    Gonzalez is also taking courses towards a master’s in health administration. She has served as an executive member of the Honors Student Council, Best Buddies and National Society of Collegiate Scholars, as well as serving as a student ambassador and Welcome Week leader. When not studying or attending events, Gonzalez can be found training a future service dog. Gonzalez plans to complete her master’s degree and ultimately participate in medical missions.

    Kreutzer is a first-generation student also pursuing a minor in management. He is president of the Student Ambassador Organization, president of Archie’s Army, vice president of finance of Alpha Kappa Psi, and is a resident assistant on campus. During his time at USI, he has studied abroad and found innovative ways to bolster school spirit on campus. 

    Read about the other members of the 2019 Homecoming Court

    See more photos from Homecoming Court Coronation

  • Important details about Dr. Rochon's inauguration

    The entire USI Family is invited to officially welcome Ronald S. Rochon as the University's fourth president at his inauguration on Friday, April 5, 2019. The event will begin at 10:30 a.m. in the Screaming Eagles Arena. A luncheon reception will follow until 2 p.m. in the Recreation, Fitness and Wellness Center. The inauguration theme chosen by President Rochon is Building Community by Celebrating Diversity, Engagement and Service.

    The inauguration is an official University function, and the campus community is strongly encouraged to attend the ceremony and luncheon reception between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. All faculty, staff and students who would normally have class during this time, are officially permitted to attend.

    If all employees from a University office or department are attending the president's inauguration and/or luncheon reception, those employees should ensure that their voice mail indicates that normal operations and classes will resume at 2 p.m. The same information should be posted on any vacant office entryways.

    Essential personnel should check with their supervisor before attending the day's events. Essential personnel are those vital to the operation of the facility, whose absence from duty could endanger the safety and well-being of the campus population and/or physical plant. Essential personnel are determined by their department heads based upon the incident, job function and level of operations to be sustained.

    All attendees who are not participating in the processional are asked to be seated in the Screaming Eagles Arena by 10:15 a.m.

  • Tech Takeaway: Sharing Permalinks

    Tech Takeaway videos are a collaboration between Online Learning, Information Technology, Rice Library and Disability Resources regarding the effective use of technology and instructional materials.

    In this short video they cover how to share online resources from Rice Library by using permalinks.

  • Nominations open for 2019 Alumni Association Awards

    The USI Alumni Association Nominating Committee seeks 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 here.

    The awards presentation will take place on Wednesday, September 11, 2019, at the Founders' Day Celebration Luncheon in Carter Hall, University Center West.

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

  • Elevating Spirit models needed (bonus: keep the swag!)

    As the USI Campus Store continues its Elevating Spirit sales in 2019, more models are needed to showcase featured items! Elevating Spirit items rotate throughout the year. In the past, they have included apparel, gifts and spirit items. 

    All USI employees are eligible. Those interested in being an Elevating Spirit model should email Erin Meyer at with the subject line "Elevating Spirit model". Your name will be entered into a drawing for future featured items. 

    If you are selected, you will be contacted for a photo shoot with USI Photography and Multimedia to showcase the featured item. It will then be yours to keep, courtesy of the USI Campus Store! Your photo will be featured in an Elevating Spirit ad shared via USI Today

    Don't be shy! Sign up to strike a pose and show off your USI pride today! 

  • Tech Takeaway: Reuse Test Questions

    Tech Takeaway videos are a collaboration between Online Learning, Information Technology, Rice Library and Disability Resources regarding the effective use of technology and instructional materials.

    In this week's two-minute video they explain how to reuse questions from existing tests, surveys and pools.

  • USI Chamber Choir preparing to perform at Carnegie Hall

    At the Spring Faculty and Administrative Staff Meeting, employees learned that the University of Southern Indiana Chamber Choir will perform at Carnegie Hall in New York City. The date of the event has been set for Sunday, May 26, at 8:30 p.m. The Chamber Choir will join other university and community choirs to perform Gabriel Faure's REQUIEM with the New York Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Simon Carrington. 

    Tickets will go on sale 60 days before the concert and will be sold directly through the concert venue's Box Office or website. 

    Best wishes to Daniel Craig and the USI Chamber Choir as they prepare for this prestigious opportunity!

  • 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. 


  • Employees welcome to screen Introduction to Film offerings

    Eric Braysmith, chair of USI's Film Studies program, welcomes employees to attend free screenings of 18 films being shown through the Spring 2019 ENG 185: Introduction to Film course. The films will be shown in Forum I (FA1) at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. See the complete schedule.

    Braysmith asks guests to follow these "house rules": 

    Arrive before the start time
    No phones
    No note taking during screenings
    No talking or food 

  • 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.

  • Updates to University Handbook released

    Human Resources published revisions to the University Handbook on December 20, 2018. The latest revisions to the University Handbook listed below are found at

    Policy Changes

    FAC II
    A.5 Great Lakes Valley Athletic Conference
    D.4 Holidays
    F.11 Travel
    F.12 Check Cashing
    F.14 University Keys
    F.15 Priorities for Use of University Buildings and Facilities
    F.21 Fund-Raising Policy
    F.22 Campus Solicitation Policy
    F.23 Obituary and Sympathy Policy
    F.24 Purchasing Procedures
    F.25 Data Communications and Computer Use Policy
    F.27 Alumni Relations and Volunteer USI
    F.31 Animals on University Property
    F.33 Accessions, Deaccessions, and Loans Policy for USI Art Collection
    F.45 Web Services
    F.49 Information Security Policy
    F.50 Alcohol Policy at Sponsored Events
    G.2 Parking
    G.6 State Sales Tax Exemption
    G.8 Lost and Found
    G.11 University Directory and Photo Headshot Database
    G.12 Distribution Services
    G.13 Creative and Print Services

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

    Thank you for keeping up to date with University policies and procedures.

  • USI IT Surplus Sale

    USI’s IT Surplus offers used computers at low prices. All computers are sold on a first come first serve basis, and inventory generally sells out fast. IT Surplus offers students, faculty and staff the opportunity to purchase inexpensive computers for classwork, a second computer for the kids to use, or a great gift for yourself, a friend or a family member.

    To reach the IT Surplus Equipment Sale site, log into myUSI and click on the IT Surplus sale icon. Inventory and guidelines for purchasing equipment are detailed on the website.


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