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  • St. Louis Cardinals Caravan stops at the PAC on Sunday, January 20

    Two current St. Louis Cardinals players and one Minor leaguer will be at the USI Physical Activities Center on Sunday, January 20, to greet fans during a stop on the Cardinals Caravan. Pitchers Alex Reyes and Daniel Ponce de Leon and (Memphis Redbirds) shortstop Tommy Edman will help build excitement for the upcoming season at the free event. According to the Cardinals website, former players Brad Thompson and Bernard Gilkey will also be in attendance.

    Doors open at 5 p.m. and the Caravan stop officially begins at 6 p.m. The first 400 children (15 and under) through the door will receive a free Autograph Ticket which guarantees one autograph from each current and former player.

    Interested in meeting other Cardinals as they travel through the area? Check out the entire 2019 Cardinals Caravan schedule

  • Blood and Bone Marrow Drive planned

    A Blood and Bone Marrow Drive is planned for Tuesday, January 22, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. in Carter Hall. Donors must be 17 years old (or 16 with a permission slip signed by a parent), meet eligibility requirements, be in good general health and must bring a photo ID. Click here to sign up or email Mary Scheller at to schedule an appointment. Other questions may be directed to Shelly Shearer at 

  • Endeavor Awards available for student projects

    Are you mentoring a student research or creative project? Does your student need funds to help defray the costs? If so, please consider directing your students to USI’s Endeavor Awards program.

    There are two types of Endeavor Awards:

    Student Collaboration Awards 

    This award helps defray the costs associated with research or a creative project. Allowable costs include those used for lab work, equipment, materials and travel to research sites. Students may apply for up to $2,500 through proposals they write with help from faculty mentors. The spring deadline is Friday, February 8.

    Student Presentation Awards 

    This travel award helps defray costs of presenting a project at an off-campus professional meeting. There is no specific deadline, but it is requested that the proposal be submitted at least 30 days before the presentation, if possible. Individual students can apply for up to $1,000, and multiple students applying for a single presentation (e.g., team competitions or multiple student authors of a single conference paper/poster) may request funding up to $2,000. 

    To learn more, visit or contact Mike Strezewski, director of Endeavor Awards for Research and Creativity.

  • Upper and Lower Pay Lots reserved for Dr. MLK, Jr. Memorial Luncheon

    Both the Upper and Lower Pay Lots on campus are reserved for the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Luncheon on Monday, January 23. All non-ADA spaces will be needed for the event. Public Safety requests that all employees move non-essential vehicles to other lots by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, January 18. 

  • 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. 


  • Tech Takeaway: Test Exceptions on Blackboard

    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 add test exceptions of additional time in Blackboard for students who have test-taking accommodations.

  • New hires, promotions and retirements as of January 11

    New Hires/Rehires

    Deborah Strueh
    Administrative Clerk
    Foundation Accounting/Finance and Administration

    Eric Knee
    Temporary Clerk
    Kinesiology and Sport

    Jennifer Fehrenbacher
    Instructor in Dental Assisting/Dental Hygiene and Dental Clinic Coordinator
    College of Nursing and Health Professions

    Elizabeth Eversole
    Graphic Artist
    Creative and Print Services

    Jennifer Talbert
    Instructor in Biology
    Pott College of Science, Engineering, & Education

    Michelle Buckenmeyer
    Senior Administrative Assistant
    Opportunity Development/Outreach and Engagement

    Livia Alexander
    Efroymson Bridge Year Fellowship
    McCutchan Art Center

    Kelly Hartwick
    Instructor in Nursing and Academic Practice Partnerships Coordinator
    College of Nursing and Health Professions

    William Martin
    Lead Grounds Maintenance Worker
    Facility Operations and Planning

    Anthony Ridgway
    Lead Maintenance Mechanic (2nd Shift)
    Facility Operations and Planning

    Cindy Rosser
    Distribution Services Assistant
    Distribution Services

    Teresa Alfaro
    Temporary Clerk
    Provost's Office

    Sarah Parker
    Sales Assistant
    Historic New Harmony

    Missie Elpers
    Instructor in Biology
    Pott College of Science, Engineering, and Education

    Jennie Hiam
    Instructor in Nursing
    College of Nursing and Health Professions

    Zachary Wargel
    Custodial Worker
    Facility Operations and Planning

    Jacob Gould
    Public Safety Officer
    Office of Public Safety

    Promotions/Transfers and Reclassifications

    Mohammed Khayum
    Provost/Provost's Office and Professor of Economics/Romain College of Business
    Previously: Interim Provost/Provost's Office and Professor of Economics/Romain College of Business

    Timothy Bennett
    Manager/Special Events and Scheduling Services
    Previously: Senior Events Services Assistant/Special Events and Scheduling Services

    Ricky Bloomer
    Custodial Worker (1st Shift)/Facility Operations and Planning
    Previously: Custodial Worker (2nd Shift)/Facility Operations and Planning

    Erin Kinner
    Custodial Services Shift Supervisor/Facility Operations and Planning
    Previously: Lead Custodial Worker/Facility Operations and Planning

    Lisa Sutton
    Graduate Admissions Assistant/Graduate Studies
    Previously: Senior Scholarship Assistant/Development

    Kylie Sheffer
    Budget Analyst/Finance and Administration
    Previously: Accounting Associate/Finance and Administration


    Joanne Artz
    Assistant Director of Library Services, Head of User Services and Associate Librarian
    Library Services

    Cynthia Brinker
    Senior Vice President for Government Relations
    Government and Legal Affairs

    Craig Ehlen
    Professor of Accounting
    Romain College of Business

    Patricia Flake
    Supplemental Instruction Specialist
    University Division

    Benham Poormokhtar
    Computer Network Technician
    Information Technology

    Martin Reed
    Associate Professor of Radiologic Technology
    College of Nursing and Health Professions

    Cynthia Kueber
    Senior Administrative Assistant
    Outreach and Engagement

    Linda Lefler
    Senior Administrative Assistant
    Center for International Programs

  • What to do if you have not received your new Anthem Member ID card

    By now USI employees should have received new Anthem Member ID cards in the mail. These cards include both Anthem Medical and CVS Caremark Pharmacy benefits information. They were mailed in blue envelopes with a large "Hello!" message on the front. If you have not yet received your card, Human Resources suggests you reorder one online. You may also contact Anthem customer service at 833-639-1637. Please keep in mind that old Anthem cards with Express Scripts information no longer work. 

  • Professor of Art Kathryn Waters to retire after nearly 40 years at USI

    Kathryn M. Waters, professor of art, will retire effective January 1, 2020, after 38.5 years of service to the University. She will receive leave with pay from August 13, 2019, to December 31, 2019. Upon her retirement she will use the title Professor Emerita of Art Kathryn M. Waters.

  • Show your Homecoming spirit through office decorating contest

    Employees can show their school spirit through the upcoming Office Decorating Competition, in conjunction with USI Homecoming 2019. Departments have until 4:30 p.m. on February 1 to register

    Judging will based on: 

    Use of the theme, "Life is Sweeter at USI"
    Incorporation of school spirit and red and blue
    Overall creativity

    The winner of the contest will receive a traveling trophy. Judging will take place from 2-4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 13. 

    All departments must follow these guidelines:

    When using lights, do not string lights or extension cords underneath your windows or doors. Use the exterior outlets and be sure the lights you are using are UL Rated for exterior use.

    Do not string lights across areas where people walk; this could create a trip hazard.

    Do not cover your office door numbers. These must be visible at all times.

    When putting decorations on your windows, please consider the type of tape or glue you are using and choose a type that will come off and clean up easily.

    Use only decorations that are non-flammable.

    Do not place decorations around lights.

    Decorations cannot restrict the view of any Exit signs.

    Decorations cannot restrict movement through hallways, entrances and exits of the office/building.

    All decorations should be discarded by 4:30 p.m. on February 15, 2019.

    Departments that wish to register must complete this online registration form. The deadline is Friday, February 1. 

  • 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. Click here to 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.

  • Performance Evaluation Steering Committee update

    The Performance Evaluation Steering Committee project and members were announced at the Support Staff General Meeting on August 2, 2018. Since August 29, 2018, the committee has met on four occasions, discussing and planning the best methods for collecting feedback. The committee has decided to utilize a survey, focus group sessions, and interviews with USI employee organization members to collect feedback from support staff and supervisors about the effectiveness of our current process as well as exploring what is most important in an effective performance management system. Once dates are confirmed, the committee will announce when the survey will be released and when employees will be contacted for focus group sessions and interviews. If you have any questions about the project or would like to express your interest in providing feedback, please contact project manager, Shelby Jackson, at

    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
    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

  • 2018 United Way Campaign

    Like the University of Southern Indiana, United Way of Southwestern Indiana has a proud history and strong traditions. The organization has served families in Vanderburgh, Warrick, and Spencer counties for over 90 years and continues to make our community a better place to live and work. When you give to United Way, you help families in crisis, provide health care to seniors and disabled adults, and give children a preschool education they would not experience otherwise. Your gift can help feed the hungry, fight domestic violence, and mentor young adults.

    This year, USI faculty and staff will be able to make pledges online using a form that is quick and easy to complete to allow a direct deduction from your pay or other options, as you choose. If you already have charities you support and are unable to give to the United Way, indicate on the form “not this year.”

    The United Way Pledge Form can be found online at the link sent to your USI email by Dr. Ronald Rochon, USI president. Visit for more information about United Way of Southwestern Indiana and its 75 funded programs. For more information about the USI campaign, contact Kate Rotramel at 812-465-1115 or visit


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