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  • Shaw Lecture - Forensic Art: Where Art and Science Collide

    Wednesday, October 25
    7 - 8 p.m.
    Mitchell Auditorium

    The Marlene Shaw Lecture Series was designed to provide an opportunity for speakers who span multiple disciplines to present to the university community, in particular those who bridge the gap between the sciences and other disciplines. The Fall 2017 Shaw lecturer is Joe Mullins, a forensic artists with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Mullins is a world expert in forensic facial reconstructions based on recovered skulls and in producing age-progressions of missing children.  



    Forensic Artist

    As a forensic artist for 18 years, Washington-based Joe Mullins has helped trace countless missing children by creating their age progression. With facial reconstructions of unknown skeletal remains, soft tissue reconstructions and fugitive updates he has helped solve many other police investigations too. 

    But in his spare time Mullins enjoys using his skills to provide images for television shows such as CNN’s The Hunt and The Science Channel’s Mysteries of the Missing and more fun images of celebrities for ‘fun but scientific forecasts’ of the looks of celebrities 20 years from now or how their children might look. Thus, he sketched the future looks of artists like Madonna and Britney Spears and predicted in 2012 the looks of the child Kate Middleton and Prince William of Great Britain were expecting. 

    And the images do match with reality. ‘When I did Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise I did the child as a boy, but the image actually does look a lot like Suri,’ Mullins says. His work is ‘a mix of art and science,’ he says. ‘With my day job, I have acquired a skill which means it is always in the ball park.’

    Mullins trained as a fine artist/graphic designer before becoming a forensic imaging specialist. He studied at the Savannah College of Art & Design and has a degree from James Madison University. For his forensic skills, he received training from The FBI Academy, University of Oklahoma, the University of Dundee and is a certified Forensic Artist with the International Association for Identification. Now, Mullins himself teaches Forensic Art Classes at the New York Academy of Art, in Tribeca, NY; George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, and The Art League in Alexandria, VA.

  • Human Resources Benefits Bash

    Tuesday, October 24, 2017
    9:00 am to 3:30 pm
    University Center East, Rooms 2217/2218

    The open enrollment period will kick-off with the Benefits Bash. Handouts, door prizes and light refreshments will be available.

    What’s happening at the Benefits Bash?

    * Representatives from USI’s benefits providers will be available to answer questions.
    * USI’s benefits team will be available to answer questions and assist with making changes to coverage.
    * Presentations from The HSA Authority, Lockton, Anthem and USI.
    * Flu Shots will be available in UC Room 2220 (bring your medical insurance card.)

  • Bring your trick-or-treaters to Boo Bash

  • Portfolio Tool Training Session with Sue Burris from Blackboard, Inc.

    Portfolio Tool Training Session with Sue Burris from Blackboard, Inc.

    October 25 (FA 46)


    IT and Online Learning are collaborating to have Sue Burris, Client Success Advocate for Blackboard, Inc., do a hands-on training session about the Portfolio Tool in Blackboard. 

  • Blackboard Roadmap and Faculty Q&A

    Blackboard Roadmap and Faculty Q&A with Jim Chalex, Vice President of Product Management at Blackboard, Inc.

    October 25 (HP 1027)

    Session 1: 1:30-2:30pm

    Session 2: 2:30-3:30pm

    Jim Chalex, Vice President of Product Management at Blackboard, Inc. will be on campus to talk to faculty about where Blackboard is and where it’s going. This is an opportunity for faculty to talk directly to the product development team about what they want from their Learning Management System. 

  • Midnight Madness is October 20

    The University of Southern Indiana's annual Midnight Madness tips off at 9 p.m. on Friday, October 20, in the Physical Activities Center (PAC), marking the start of the 2016-17 NCAA Division II men's and women's basketball seasons. The event is free and open to the public. 
    The annual Midnight Madness celebration, sponsored by USI Athletics, Archie's Army, and Recreation, Fitness and Wellness, is the official kickoff of basketball season at USI, and historically draws as many as 1,000 students and fans to meet the teams.

    Doors open at 9 p.m. with free food and a USI student t-shirt give away. Basketball activities begin at 9:30 p.m. including introduction of the men's and women's basketball teams, performances by cheer and dance teams, student contests, and a dunk contest.
    For more information, contact USI Athletic Communications at 812-465-1622.

  • Indiana Supreme Court to hear oral arguments at USI

    The Indiana Supreme Court will travel to southern Indiana on Monday, October 30. The Court will hold oral argument in Evansville in a juvenile delinquency case. The argument is in the case of B.A v. State of Indiana (49S02-1709-JV-567). This argument will take place in Carter Hall on the campus of the University of Southern Indiana, 8600 University Boulevard, Evansville, Indiana 47112 at 10:30 a.m.

    Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Those interested in attending will be required to enter through the south doors of University Center West and go through security on the second floor.

    Additional information may be found on the State of Indiana website.

  • Parking Lot J closed for President’s Associates Reception and Dinner

    Parking Lot J next to the Business and Engineering Center will be closed at 4:30pm on Friday, October 20 and reserved for guest parking for the President’s Associates Reception and Dinner in the University Center. Please make sure all vehicles are moved in advance.

  • CORE 39 Speaker Series presentation by Dr. Judith Hoover

    CORE 39 Speaker Series presentation by Dr. Judith Hoover, professor emerita of communication at Western Kentucky University and author of Beyond Monongah: An Appalachian Tale. This Kirkus Best Book of 2016 tells the story of a family and community in the aftermath of the Monongah coal mining disaster, still considered the worst in American history.

    The event will be held Wednesday, October 25 at 4.30 in Rice Library Reading Room. Free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Hoover will be available to sign copies of her book.

  • Liberal Arts Faculty Colloquium: An Accidental Suicide: Death by Dynamite in Godard's Pierrot le fou

    Presented by Dr. Abigail Alexander, assistant professor of French
    3 p.m. Friday, October 20, in Kleymeyer Hall, lower level of the Liberal Arts Center

    Liberal Arts Faculty Colloquium: An Accidental Suicide: Death by Dynamite in Godard's Pierrot le fou

    Synopsis: French New Wave director Jean-Luc Godard’s film Pierrot le fou resists traditional genres. It does so in part by mocking them. This film exaggerates clichéd tropes in order to defy them and achieves groundbreaking cinematographic innovation in the process. However, after laying the limits of genre low, the film finds it has nowhere left to go, which may in fact mean it has everywhere left to go. The paradoxically accidental suicide at the film’s close illustrates the limit point of this destructive means of creation. Like its main character’s quasi-inadvertent death by dynamite, the film itself had to likewise semi-accidentally self-destruct in order to secure its immortality as a work that revolutionized cinematographic innovation itself.

    Each fall and spring semester, USI faculty members from the College of Liberal Arts present individual public lectures featuring their current research.

  • The Blackboard Sessions

    October 18, 2-3pm (BE 0005)

    October 19, 9-10am (LA 1004)

    October 20, 10-11am (ED 2108)

    This is a series of open forums designed for faculty, staff, or students to drop in and have honest dialogue about Blackboard.  What do you like?  What don’t you like?  What do you wish it could do?  Whatever you have to say, we want to hear it.  It’s important for us to get good feedback as we assess the system in an effort to create the most robust teaching and learning tool for our campus.

    For more information contact Shannon Hoehn at

  • IT Security Tips: Ransomware

    USI is committed to cyber security awareness and supports the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) STOP. THINK. CONNECT.™ global cybersecurity awareness campaign.  Throughout the month of October we will share relevant NCSA STOP. THINK. CONNECT.™ awareness information for your review.  Join us throughout October as we recognize the National Cyber Security Awareness Month and work to strengthen our cybersecurity awareness!

  • Come celebrate Archie's birthday

  • Elevating Spirit@USI sale

    Check out the newest Elevating Spirit@USI Campus Store sale item. Pictured here is our USI model: Melanie Kendrick, Title IX coordinator in Human Resources.

    Would you like to be an Elevating Spirit@USI model and have a chance to win the Campus Store featured item? Contact Angie O'Nan at

  • New hires and promotions

    New hire

    Kristina Pugh, Bursar Assistant, Business Office


    Megan Doyle
    From: Administrative Associate, Special Events and Scheduling Services
    To: Assistant Director, Special Events and Scheduling Services

  • What have you been researching?

    I’m interested in hearing about faculty research projects or papers for a possible USI Today feature story. Send me a paragraph briefly describing your research at Deadline for submissions is Monday, October 30.

  • Spring and Summer 2018 class schedules are now available online

    Priority Registration for Spring and Summer 2018 will be November 6-17.

    The class schedule includes semester-specific dates, the registration calendar, academic policies, and other important information.  Visit and use the drop-down box to select the desired publication (either a bulletin or a class schedule).  You can also link directly to the 2018 Spring Class Schedule and 2018 Summer Class Schedule.

    In the class schedule you’ll find the semester calendar plus information for/about:

    * New students (admission, placement testing, orientation); returning students
    * Financial aid; tuition and fees; parking regulations
    * Priority Registration schedule; Registration Calendar (all other registration opportunities)
    * Schedule changes; withdrawals; final exam schedule; Core 39; CTL
    * Various academic information and policies; misc. university offices and services; and more

    Instead of flipping through a static list of classes that was printed days, weeks, or perhaps months ago, go online and view the class list as it exists today! USI students, faculty, and staff can search course offerings by logging in to myUSI, opening Self Service, and selecting Look Up Classes. myUSI will always reflect the current class list, including sections that may have been added since the schedule was initially released, changes in instructor assignments or room assignments, real-time seat availability, etc. Advanced search options allow users to refine their search by one or more criteria, including:

    Subject                                                                Part Of Term (course length)

    Course number                                                     Attribute type (UCC or Core 39 category)

    Title (keyword search)                                           Meeting days (MWF, TR, etc.)

    Campus (Main, Distance Education, Off-Campus)      Meeting times (i.e. between 11:00am and 2:00pm)

    For tips on using the advance search options, click here.  For users without myUSI access, an online class schedule search allows guests to view the class list.

  • Integrating Service-Learning into Your Courses Workshop
    Wednesday, October 25
    - 1:00pm
    UC 2205 

    Faculty participating in this workshop will learn strategies for selecting and integrating service-learning activities into their courses. Faculty experienced with developing and implementing service-learning projects will be present to share experiences pertaining to selecting projects, developing relationships with community partners & implementing projects with their students. In addition, faculty will have the opportunity to begin developing a course syllabus that includes a service-learning project. Faculty encouraged to bring a laptop computer or tablet to this workshop.

    Pizza will be served. Please RSVP at

    This workshop co-sponsored by Outreach & Engagement’s Service Learning Program and CETL.

  • Priority Registration for Spring and Summer 2018 is November 6-17

    TEACHING FACULTY: Please announce to your classes that Priority Registration will be November 6-17.  Priority registration allows eligible students to select courses prior to the beginning of the term.  Look up classes online through myUSI.

    Registration begins at 8 a.m. on Monday, November 6, 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 first 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 less 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.

    Don’t wait – enroll now, pay later!

    Students who sign up for spring classes during Priority Registration will not be billed until December 11, and expected to settle their account with the Bursar’s Office by January 25.  Summer billing will take place in the weeks leading up to each summer session.

  • IT Security training must be completed by October 20

    If you received an email concerning IT information security training, this required training must be completed by October 20. As a part of USI’s ongoing effort to address information security threats, a comprehensive security awareness training program is required for all staff and faculty.

    You can save your progress and come back, so it does not need to be completed all in one sitting. The training takes approximately 1 to 1.5 hours to complete.
    Contact Stacy Draper, IT Security, at with any questions.

  • USI employment opportunities September 6 - October 6


    Instructor/Assistant/Associate Professor of Engineering, Pott College of Science, Engineering, and Education

    Instructor in Chemistry, Pott College of Science, Engineering, and Education

    Instructor in Physics, Pott College of Science, Engineering, and Education

    Assistant Professor of Engineering, Pott College of Science, Engineering, and Education

    Adjunct (Part-time) Faculty in Computer Information Systems - Romain College of Business


    Outreach Coordinator and Student Mentor, Multicultural Center

    Assistant Director, Risk Management

    Director of Public Safety


    Scheduling Services Supervisor, Special Events and Scheduling Services

    Copy Services Supervisor, Creative and Print Services

    Senior Administrative Assistant, Risk Management

    Administrative Associate, Multicultural Center

    Service/Maintenance and Security

    Material & Equipment Storeroom Supervisor, Facility Operations & Planning

    Lead Custodial Worker, Facility Operations & Planning


    Substitute Teacher, Children's Learning Center

    Museum Aide, Historic New Harmony

    Sales Assistant, Historic New Harmony

    These are only the most recent listings. View all job openings.

  • OSPRA Internal Grants Writing Groups
    Tuesday, October 24
    9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
    UC 2202 

    These sessions are for anyone preparing an internal grant/award proposal for the November 6 deadline. Faculty can attend one session, or as many as they can for uninterrupted proposal writing time. Sponsored by OSPRA.

    Additional upcoming sessions:

    Wednesday, October 25
    2 - 3:30 p.m.
    UC 2202

    Tuesday, October 31
    9 - 10:30 a.m.
    UC 2202

    Wednesday, November 1
    2 - 3:30 p.m.
    UC 2202

  • Fall Commencement information and ticketing

    The 2017 Fall Commencement ceremonies will be held Saturday, December 9, 2017 at the Physical Activities Center on the USI campus. Undergraduate and graduate students will participate in their respective college’s ceremony. (Tickets required for these ceremonies.) Visit the Commencement web page for more information.

    Ceremony Begins  Colleges

    Saturday, December 9, 2017 10 a.m.

    College of Liberal Arts and Romain College of Business

    Saturday, December 9, 2017 1 p.m.

    Pott College of Science, Engineering, and Education; College of Nursing and Health Professions
  • Reading Eagles Book Club

    The USI community is invited to be a part of the Reading Eagles Book Club and discuss a chosen book while enjoying hot chocolate, tea and light snacks. The first meeting will be held from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, October 26 in the Rice Library’s second floor Reading Room. The book for discussion will be Not Your Sidekick by C.B. Lee. Two copies are in reserve in the Rice Library. Additional copies may also be requested through interlibrary loan or at the Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library.

    For other interesting literary tidbits and to keep up with upcoming events, you can follow their Facebook page.

    If you would like to join or for information contact Kirsten Williams at

  • Community of Scholars Speaker - Food and Politics: European Capitalism with a Human Face?

    Speaker: Dr. Zsuzsa Gille, Associate Professor of Sociology, Director of Global Studies Program, University of Illinois, Urbana.

    More information about the speaker

    Gille will meet with students and faculty from 2 to 3 p.m. in the Orr Center, Room 2034 before her talk begins.

    Talk: Food and Politics: European Capitalism with a Human Face?

    4 - 5 p.m. Monday, October 23

    Kleymeyer Hall, Liberal Arts Center


    Regulation and the proliferation of voluntary standards prescribing detailed physical attributes in fresh produce in Europe have long been ridiculed and pointed to as the symbol of everything that is wrong with the European Union. Former President of the European Commission Manuel Barroso, in his 2013 State of the Union address declared that the European Union “needs to be big on big things and smaller on small things” (Barroso 2013). Political pundits have also connected ‘sweating the small stuff’ to the EU’s failure to stop the rise of the extreme right wing all over the continent--which ironically was a key raison d’être for a unified Europe in the first place. In this paper I will show that the political relationship between ‘small’ and ‘big’ issues is much more structured, complex, and multi-dimensional than the above zero-sum assumption suggests.

    To demonstrate this I will analyze a Hungarian case studies: The 2004 ban on the sale and use of paprika due a contamination by a carcinogenic mycotoxin. This scandal, as Hungarians learned and talked about them revealed certain previously hidden aspects of the relationship of their country and the European Union. Following the tradition of global ethnography, I will use the cases to illustrate a new trend in the relationship between politics and materiality in the European Union.

    For more information contact Dr. Oana Popescu-Sandu at

  • USI Honorary Degree Nominations Sought

    Alumni, faculty, staff, students, and individuals are invited to nominate candidates to receive the University of Southern Indiana (USI) Honorary Degree award. The USI honorary degree is the highest form of recognition granted by the institution for individuals who have given distinguished and extraordinary service consistent with the mission of the university. The service may be to the university itself, and/or to local, statewide, national or international communities. Individuals selected to receive an honorary degree should exemplify the highest ideals of integrity, service, and dedication to learning.

    For additional information regarding this award, review the guidelines and complete a nomination application online.  No anonymous nominations are accepted.

    All completed nomination application(s) and the required supporting documents must be submitted to Dr. Ronald Rochon, USI Provost, no later than October 27, 2017.

    Committee Members:

    Dr. Ronald Rochon, Provost
    David Bower, Director of Development
    Sally Gries, Director, University and Community Relations

  • Call for "Five Tips" submissions

    In an effort to enrich the lives and work of our USI community, USI Today began a series of "Five Tips," providing useful information you can incorporate on the job or at home. We reach into the fountain of knowledge provided by our own faculty and staff to share their expertise on issues that effect us all. If you have useful tips to share for this series, you can submit them for consideration.

    Here are a couple of examples of what others have contributed:

    Five tips for lowering your blood pressure

    Five tips for resolving workplace conflict

  • Online Learning "Tech Tool Time" technology workshops for faculty

    Tech Tool time is a technology workshop to help faculty get started using a specific learning technology in the classroom. The Online Learning staff, as well as Information Technology, will provide an overview of a specific technology at the beginning of the session. Faculty will also have the opportunity to practice and get familiar with the tools. All workshops will take place during lunch time (12:00 pm - 1:00 pm) in Forum Wing, Room 0046. Lunch will be provided. 

    For more information contact Larissa Creemens at or 812-461-5342.

    Tech Tool Time: VoiceThread

    Tuesday, October 24th, 12-1pm, Room FA 46

    A presentation by VoiceThread Instructor, George Haines. Come to learn more about VoiceThread and its NEW features and helpful tips for Blackboard integration. Click Here to Register:

    Tech Tool Time: Zoom

    Tuesday, November 7th, 12-1pm, Room FA 46 

    Learn how to use Zoom to record, host live sessions for class meetings, office hours- plus so much more! Click Here to Register:

    Tech Tool Time: Interactive Whiteboards

    Tuesday, November 28th, 12-1pm, Room FA 46

    Shake up your online classroom with fresh ideas for engaging your students by using interactive whiteboard apps. Click Here to Register:

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