The Berger Lecture is presented each year by the College of Liberal Arts in honor of Sydney Berger, one of Evansville's most respected attorneys who worked with local civil rights organizations and served as an instructor at USI for nearly two decades. Each year, an academic department in the college hosts a guest lecturer to present on the theme of civil rights or civil liberties, celebrating the values Berger cherished.
This year, the Department of Sociology and College of Liberal Arts welcome Dr. Melinda Messineo, who will present, "Building Inclusive Excellence: Removing the Structural, Interpersonal, and Intrapersonal Barriers that Perpetuate Inequality on our Campuses." The event will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, November 1 in Mitchell Auditorium, located on the first floor of the Health Professions Center.
Messineo is a professor of sociology at Ball State University and a nationally recognized diversity/equity teacher, researcher and advocate. Her presentation will guide attendees on a sociological exploration of how their personal diversity stories impact their ability to see and eliminate the structural, interpersonal and intrapersonal barriers to creating the inclusive communities that we aspire to build.
The Berger Lecture is a free event and open to the public. For more information, contact Dr. Ronda Priest at email@example.com.
University employees are reminded that the open enrollment period for benefits during 2022 will open on October 21. During the Virtual Benefits Open Enrollment period, benefit-eligible employees have the opportunity to evaluate their insurance needs and make changes to their benefits for the following plan year.
The open enrollment period for 2022 will be from October 21 through November 4, 2021. All benefit-eligible employees should log-on to the benefits administration site (benefitfocus) through myUSI and complete the 2022 open enrollment, regardless if benefit changes are needed. There are a few changes this year, which can be read on the Benefits website.
Check your spam or clutter boxes
During open enrollment, benefit-eligible employees will receive emails from USI_Benefits@benefitfocus.com. These emails are from the Benefits department and have helpful information about the benefits here at USI. If you are eligible and do not receive an email on October 21 from the above email address, please check your spam or clutter box.
October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month, a global effort to help everyone stay safe and protected when using technology whenever and however you connect. In recognition of this month and its theme, "Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart," the University is encouraging employees to be mindful of their part in cybersecurity.
Through upcoming issues of USI Today, information, tips and more will be shared to help you be aware of your part in cybersecurity and efforts you can take to stay safe. By everyone doing their part—implementing stronger security practices, raising awareness, educating vulnerable audiences or training employees—our interconnected world will be safer and more secure for everyone.
Tip No. 1: Basic cyber best practices
It's everyone's job to know and perform basic cyber best practices to ensure security of information. Start with the following:
For other tips on being cyber safe or information on cyber security, visit staysafeonline.org.
For more information on USI's cybersecurity or questions, please contact the USI IT Help Desk at 812-465-1080 or firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
The Columbia Sportswear Employee Store, located at 2480 U.S. Highway 41 North, Henderson, Kentucky, will be open to everyone Thursday, October 14 through Sunday, October 24. No invitation or pass is needed during this time only so all are invited to share the information/graphic below with family and friends.
What the Columbia Employee Store has to offer:
The John M. Lawrence '73 Library will present the following exhibits for the Academic 2021-22 year:
The Lawrence Library features objects held in the care of the University Art Collection and is located in LA 0119. "I consider the Lawrence Library to be a lab for art and history students as they put their research skills to use in a particular and public way to share what they have learned about objects held in the care of the University Art Collections," says Susan Sauls, Director of the University Art Collections.
For more information about Lawrence Library, visit usi.edu/liberal-arts/john-m-lawrence-73-library or contact Sauls at 812-228-5116 or email email@example.com.
USI Staff Council invites students, organizations, staff, departments, faculty, divisions, administrators and anyone within the USI campus community to participate in the 2021 Fall & Pumpkin Decorating Contest.
Show off your indoor or outdoor decorating skills or a carved or decorated pumpkin for a chance to win a gift card.
Photo entries must be uploaded by Wednesday, October 20. Online voting will begin Monday, October 25 and end Friday, October 29. Entries with the most votes will be chosen as winners and will be notified via email.
For questions concerning your entry, please email Jamie Curry, Senior Administrative Assistant, or call 812-464-1877.
The staff of the David L. Rice Library invites the USI community to their virtual Lunch and Learn Workshop Series during October. These meetings will teach participants about different library topics which can be useful during their time on campus!
For more information, email Peter Whiting, Scholarly Communication Librarian.
We're looking for photos of decorations in/around:
Indoor and/or outdoor décor is welcome!
For consideration, email your photo and a brief description to firstname.lastname@example.org by 4:30 p.m. Friday, October 22. We'll compile the photos and share them at the end of October.
Following President Ronald Rochon's message on Monday, September 27, addressing the USI community about the upcoming exploration into the feasibility of a move to Division I athletic play, an internal committee of 25 members has been formed to begin the review process.
These members come from various facets of the USI community, including athletics, faculty, student groups, alumni and more.
The committee members are as follows:
USI will host in-person Screaming Eagles Orientation sessions for Spring 2022 new incoming students on the following dates:
Students admitted for Spring 2022 will begin getting orientation information around October 15. In addition to learning more about the University, new students will get the opportunity to talk with Orientation Leaders and faculty from their respective college. Students will leave with a class schedule for spring and their student ID.
Questions should be directed to New Student and Transitional Programs at email@example.com or 812-465-7167.
All USI employees should be aware that Guy Brown Office Supply, which provides business supplies through BuyUSI, is no longer providing desktop delivery. All orders are now delivered to our central location, Distribution Services—this includes any returns, which should be sent to Distribution Services for pick-up.
This change was originally made due to COVID-19, but will continue as a negotiation point for including more available contracted items through the BuyUSI punchout catalog.
For more information about BuyUSI, visit usi.edu/procurement/buyusi.
Teaching Faculty: Please announce to your classes that Priority Registration will be October 25-29. Priority registration allows eligible students to select courses prior to the beginning of the term. Classes can be looked up online through myUSI.
Registrations begins at 8 a.m. on Monday, October 25, and progresses according to the daily schedule shown in the Class Schedule (bulletin.usi.edu) and at usi.edu/registrar/registration/priority-registration-schedule. Students register online via myUSI according to the total of their earned plus currently enrolled hours. Please encourage students to register at their earliest opportunity.
Don't wait—enroll now, pay later!
Students who sign up for spring classes during Priority Registration will not be billed until December 1 and are expected to settle their account with the Bursar's Office by January 14. Summer billing will take place in the weeks leading up to each summer session.
Four USI employees were selected as honorees of the Evansville Rotary 20 Under 40 Class of 2021 for their leadership in and beyond the USI community.
Congratulations to all on this awesome achievement!
Dr. Xavia Harrington-Chate, Assistant Professor of Education
Dr. Srishti Srivastava, Assistant Professor of Computer Science
Dr. D'Angelo Taylor, Associate Director of Multicultural Center
Dr. Jessica Wood, Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy
USI's Bachelor of Science in Nursing program is ranked first in the Nursing Schools Almanac's 2021 rankings of prelicensure BSN programs in Indiana.
The ranking is based on student performance on the National Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). USI has a 97.8% first-time NCLEX pass rate during the years 2011 through 2020, with an average of 94 students graduated per year.
Congratulations to all involved in the program!
The Screagle Pride Award, created in 2017 and presented annually by the Elevating Spirit Committee, recognizes an employee who embodies the spirit of USI while going above and beyond in their work at the University. Each fall, all employees are encouraged to submit nominations for the award.
USI students and employees are encouraged to participate in Spirit Fridays and show off their Screagle Pride by wearing USI spirit wear (or USI colors) every Friday.
In need of spirit wear? Browse a large selection of USI apparel at the USI Campus Store or online. A limited selection of USI apparel is also available at the west side Walmart and east side Meijer.
USI EMPLOYEES: Please note, if meetings or events require professional dress, you should adhere to these requirements. For more information on the University's dress guidelines, please refer to the University Handbook entry on Dress Guidelines.
USI employees and students are encouraged to complete a USI Dining survey addressing food and dining habits at the University.
In appreciation for the time spent taking the survey, you will receive $3.00 in Munch Money. The survey will take approximately 15 minutes to complete.
As a part of USI's information security strategy, multi-factor authentication (MFA) is being added to the campus virtual private networks (VPN). Starting October 1, 2021, accessing the USI VPN will require this additional level of authentication during the login process.
When accessing the VPN, the first level will still be your user ID and password. The new second level will be provided through the University's Okta Security implementation that works with the Okta Verify Mobile app on a smartphone or tablet, or with a passcode generated by SMS text.
When accessing the network through the VPN you will need to accept the use policy requirements (example below) before completing the VPN connection.
If you have any questions about MFA, please contact the USI IT Help Desk at 812-465-1080 for assistance.
Every year since 1988, September 15 has marked the beginning of Hispanic Heritage Month. Since then, this a time for enjoyment and celebration, coinciding with the independence of six Latin American countries, including Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Chile. To celebrate, there will be many opportunities for the USI community to join Latinx students, faculty and organizations on campus to mark Hispanic Heritage Month.
Students, faculty and staff organizations involved in the planning of these events include Committee for Latino Empowerment and Development, Hispanic Student Union, Latinos Unidos, Panamanian Student Association (PANAS), Spanish Club and International Club. Sponsors are World Languages and Cultures department, Multicultural Center, USI Foundation and PRAGDA Spanish Film Club.
For more information about on-campus events, contact Manuel Apodaca Valdez, Associate Professor of Spanish, at firstname.lastname@example.org or Cesar Berrios Chavarria, Multicultural Program Advisor, at email@example.com.
As of Tuesday, September 7, 2021, the campus Chick-fil-A location will be operating under new hours. Hours of operation are as follows:
Monday and Wednesday: 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Tuesday and Thursday: 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Friday: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Saturday: 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The Lifelong Learning Fall 2021 Course Catalog is now available.
A wide range of noncredit programs for adults, working professionals and kids are available through USI Outreach and Engagement. Lifelong Learning courses are open to anyone in the community regardless of educational background. All courses are presented in a noncompetitive and informal atmosphere where interest in learning is the primary consideration. No grades are assigned and formal admission to the University is not required for course registration.
The University of Southern Indiana is committed to providing a dynamic, intellectual and inclusive community and strives to maintain an environment that respects differences and provides a sense of belonging and inclusion for everyone. In furtherance of that commitment, USI has implemented policies which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, including sexual harassment in its educational programs and activities.
One such policy is the updated Sexual Harassment Policy, which codifies the requirements provided by the 2020 Final Rule under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. As articulated by the Office for Civil Rights, the regulations aim to provide a "fair, transparent process for investigating and adjudicating sexual harassment matters." USI asks campus community members to take a moment to review this policy.
Over the summer, USI created a campus-wide policy committee—comprised of members from the Title IX Office, Student Affairs, Academic Affairs, Human Resources, Public Safety and Legal Affairs—to review the existing policy and make changes as needed. This committee's recommended updates to the existing policy are summarized below:
In addition to policy updates, the Title IX Office has been providing targeted outreach to all campus constituencies. To date, the office has trained or met with more than 30 campus groups, both student and employee. Similarly, all community members have been or will be assigned to complete an online training. For example, all students are assigned, encouraged and/or required to complete programs specific to sexual assault and prevention—first year students must complete their online training, "Building Supportive Communities: Clery Act and Title IX," which will be launched on September 8, 2021.
The University thanks the USI community for their commitment to providing an environment free from discrimination and harassment in which all of our community members can thrive. If you have any questions or concerns, or would like this office to provide targeted in-person outreach, please email either Interim Title IX Coordinator Beth Devonshire or Deputy Title IX Coordinator Dameion Doss.
University Communications would like to remind USI faculty and staff to submit their achievements via this online submission form. These achievements will be published on the USI Today webpage and shared periodically in USI Today emails.
Examples of faculty and staff achievements include, but are not limited to:
University Communications would love to share your accomplishment. Please do not hesitate to share the great 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.
Many of us see interesting, inspiring and important things happening every day at USI. Whether it's a unique collaboration, showcasing Screagle Pride, 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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.