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  • 2021 Sydney Berger Lecture

    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

  • USI 2022 Open Enrollment for benefits begins October 21

    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 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. 

  • Cyber Security Awareness Month

    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: 

    • Use long, unique passwords for all accounts
    • Enable multi-factor authentication wherever possible
    • Use a password manager
    • Update software as soon as updates are available

    For other tips on being cyber safe or information on cyber security, visit

    For more information on USI's cybersecurity or questions, please contact the USI IT Help Desk at 812-465-1080 or for assistance.

  • Columbia Employee Store open to community

    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: 

    • Access to one of only four Columbia Employee Stores in the U.S.
    • Multiple brands: Columbia Sportswear (including PFG & PHG), SOREL, Mountain Hardwear and prAna
    • Products including apparel, footwear, accessories (hats, socks, lunch bags, etc.) and equipment (backpacks, tents, sleeping bags, colors, etc.) for women, men and kids
    • All items marked with Columbia Employee pricing (40 to 50 percent below regular pricing); discounts may vary. 

  • Lawrence Library-2021-22 Academic Exhibits

    The John M. Lawrence '73 Library will present the following exhibits for the Academic 2021-22 year: 

    • Goya: A Cultural Commentary
    • Piranesi: Antiquarian, architects, printmaker
    • Ancient Clay: Vessels from the Past
    • Classical and Medieval Numismatology: A survey of antiquarian coins (coming in November 2021)

    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 or contact Sauls at 812-228-5116 or email

  • USI Staff Council Fall & Pumpkin Decorating Contest

    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. 

    Virtual Fall & Pumpkin Decorating Contest Entry Form

    For questions concerning your entry, please email Jamie Curry, Senior Administrative Assistant, or call 812-464-1877. 

  • Rice Library October 2021 Lunch and Learn workshop series

    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.

  • USI community encouraged to share fall décor
    Do you have fun fall décor you want to show off? Maybe a unique pumpkin carving on your porch or some spooky office additions? However you're decorating to celebrate this season, University Communications would love to see it to share via USI Today!  

    We're looking for photos of decorations in/around: 

    • Your office
    • Your department/division
    • Your home/yard

    Indoor and/or outdoor décor is welcome!

    For consideration, email your photo and a brief description to by 4:30 p.m. Friday, October 22. We'll compile the photos and share them at the end of October. 

  • Division I Exploratory Committee announced

    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:

    • Nicholas LaRowe - Associate Professor of Political Science, University Athletics Council Chair, College of Liberal Arts Faculty (Committee Co-Chair)
    • Jon Mark Hall - Athletic Director (Committee Co-Chair)
    • Xenia Adames – Panamanian Association (PANAS) International Student Organization President
    • Anna Ardelean - Student Government Association President
    • Mary Bean - Student Athletes Advisory Committee Chair, Softball team
    • Steven Bridges - Vice President for Finance and Administration
    • Alex Eaton - Senior Women's Athletics Administrator (Committee Scribe)
    • Renee Frimming - Professor and Chair of Kinesiology and Sport Department, Pott College of Science, Engineering, and Education Faculty
    • David Bower - Vice President for Development, USI Foundation President
    • Stan Gouard - Men's Head Basketball Coach
    • Jennifer Hammat - Dean of Students
    • Jake Hansen - Academic Advisor, Administrative Senate Chair
    • Tyler Henry - Black Student Union, Men’s Basketball team
    • Kim Hille - Associate Professor of Dental Hygiene and Assisting, Chair of Dental Assisting and Dental Hygiene, College of Nursing and Health Professions Faculty
    • Veronica Huggins – Associate Professor of Social Work, NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative
    • Sue Kunkle – Women’s Head Softball Coach
    • Franchesca Laurencio – Hispanic Student Union
    • Chad Milewicz – Associate Professor of Marketing, Chair of Economics and Marketing Department, Romain College of Business Faculty
    • Zane Mitchell –Dean of the Pott College of Science, Engineering, and Education, Professor of Engineering
    • Karen Ragland – USI Varsity Club Board
    • John Schutz – Alumnus
    • Rex Strange – Faculty Senate Chair, Associate Professor of Biology
    • Kindra Strupp – Vice President for Marketing and Communications
    • Aaron Trump – Chief Government and Legal Affairs Officer
    • Rhonda Woolsey – Staff Council Chair, Special Events Supervisor
  • Upcoming Screaming Eagles Orientation sessions

    USI will host in-person Screaming Eagles Orientation sessions for Spring 2022 new incoming students on the following dates: 

    • Friday, November 19, 2021
    • Friday, December 3, 2021
    • Thursday, January 6, 2022

    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 or 812-465-7167.

  • Guy Brown Office Supply orders

    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

  • Priority Registration for Spring and Summer 2022

    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 ( and at 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. 

    • Students are urged to first meet with their academic advisor to review their course selection before registering. Students should contact their advisors to schedule an appointment (subject to availability).
    • Many students—degree-seeking undergraduates with less than 30 earned hours (freshman), 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. 

    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.

  • USI employees among Evansville Rotary 20 Under 40 honorees

    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 Bachelor of Science in Nursing program earns number one ranking

    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!

    More information on the program

  • Screagle Pride Award nominations

    Nominations for the Screagle Pride Award are being accepted now through Friday, October 22. 

    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. 

    See previous Screagle Pride award winners

  • USI students and employees encouraged to show off Screagle Pride on Spirit Fridays

    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 asked to complete USI Dining survey

    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. 

    USI Dining survey

  • USI IT Advisory: VPN New MFA Feature

    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. 

  • Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at USI

    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. 

    • Emochi Chats—Enjoy delicious Mochi treats and chat about Asian American and Pacific Islander cultures and identities during this event 1 p.m. November 12 in UC 226/227. 
    • Key Note speaker—Dr. Edwin Etevez will present during a virtual event at 6 p.m. October 14.  
    • Pan dulce—Join open dialogue and discussions on topics of Latinidad at 4 p.m. October 20 in UC 226 and 4 p.m. November 17 in UC 2217.

    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 or Cesar Berrios Chavarria, Multicultural Program Advisor, at .

  • New hours at Chick-fil-A campus location

    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. 

    Sunday: Closed

  • Lifelong Learning Fall 2021 Course Catalog available

    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.

    Fall 2021 Course Catalog (PDF)

  • USI Sexual Harassment Policy update

    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: 

    • Creation of one all-encompassing policy that provides grievance procedures for both Title IX Related and Non-Title IX Related incidents that applies to both students and employees.
      • The Equal Opportunity and Non-Discrimination Policy was not altered and will still apply to incidents that do not fall under the Sexual Harassment Policy. For example, complaints addressing discrimination based on pregnancy, different treatment based on sex or other forms of sex discrimination will not be adjudicated under the process provided in the Sexual Harassment Policy. 

    • Updated definitions of Prohibited Behaviors including:
      • hostile environment harassment
      • quid pro quo harassment
      • sexual assault (including rape, fondling, incest and statutory rape)
      • dating violence
      • domestic violence
      • stalking
      • sexual exploitation

    • Provided clarification that all non-confidential employees are Responsible Employees and MUST report all known information of sexual harassment to the Title IX Coordinator (contact information can be found on the USI Title IX website).

    • Added information regarding how to seek accommodations or interpretive services.

    • Provided greater clarity about the grievance process (for both Title IX and Non-Title IX Related Conduct) regarding the formal complaint, investigation and adjudication and appeal procedures.

    • Added information about resources, education, prevention efforts, training of Title IX Officials and recordkeeping.

    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.

  • Submit faculty/staff achievements

    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:

    • 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 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.

    Submit an achievement

  • 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, 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! 

    Please send your story ideas to USI Today.

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  • #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


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