Alumni Relations and Volunteer USI
In cooperation with the USI Alumni Association, this office coordinates a variety of programs and services to benefit alumni and students. Anyone who has completed one full-time semester’s work on the campus is entitled to membership in the Alumni Association. Active members play a leading role in the success of USI through career networking, mentoring, recruiting and volunteering.
We serve as the liaison with the USI Student Alumni Association (SAA), which provides a link for students to work with the Alumni Association. SAA is a student-run organization committed to promoting and supporting the establishment of traditions at USI. Members have an opportunity to network with alumni and gain valuable leadership skills while working on SAA programs and activities.
Volunteering at USI has something for everyone–it is a rewarding way to share talents and abilities or develop new skills. Volunteer USI opportunities are available within the University as well as in the Evansville community. Students, faculty, staff, student organizations, or members of the community can assist with one-time events, short-term assignments, ongoing commitments, or be on call as needed.
USI Parents & Families Association helps involve families in the life of the University. It also serves as a resource for parents and families. A gift of $25 to Parents & Families Association helps support various activities for parents, families and students, such as Families Weekend, the Unpack and Unwind Dinner, and Camp Eagle parent sessions.
For additional information, call 812-464-1924 or visit www.alumni.usi.edu, www.usi.edu/alumni/saa, www.usi.edu/volunteer, and www.usi.edu/family.
Center for Communal Studies
The Center for Communal Studies (www.usi.edu/liberal-arts/communal-center) in the College of Liberal Arts is a research facility and international clearinghouse that assists classes, students, faculty, and visiting scholars with the subject of communal societies, intentional communities, and utopias. The center facilitates meetings, seminars, and networking among scholars and communities.
The center coordinates its work with the extensive Communal Studies Collection in the Special Collections department of Rice Library, which provides a rich base for research.
The Center for Communal Studies Lecture Series brings noted scholars of communal societies and communitarians to share their knowledge and experience on campus. Each year, the center awards annual prizes to both an undergraduate and a graduate student who submits the best scholarly paper or project on a communal theme. The center also annually awards a research travel grant.
Creative and Print Services functions as a full-service in-house agency, coordinating the development and production of all University publications and marketing collateral. Magazines, brochures, posters, banners, displays, signage, forms, booklets, stationery, business cards, and invitations are just some examples of the many items produced by Creative and Print Services for the University community. All publications, whether produced in house or outsourced by the Creative and Print Services office, must be reviewed and approved by the director for quality, content, University brand standards, logo usage, and postal regulations. Any off-campus printing or copying must be ordered through this department and have prior authorization from the director of Creative and Print Services. Projects are initiated using the Creative and Print Services order form online at www.usi.edu/creativeprint/order.
For assistance with publication planning, design, and printing, contact the Creative and Print Services office at 812-464-1954 or by email. Located in the Publishing Services Center on Clarke Lane near Reflection Lake, office hours are from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Turnaround Time – Turnaround time for a design and/or printing project varies and should be discussed with the director or assistant director of operations in the earliest part of the planning stage. Allowing realistic production time prevents delays in final product delivery. Three to four weeks will cover most design and printing projects; however, each project is unique and schedules will vary based on specific requirements for design and production. Creative and Print Services will make every effort to accommodate emergency situations.
Graphic Design – Projects are designed by a professional in-house graphic design staff using current state-of-the-art technology and design software. Pieces are produced with purpose, quality, and economy in mind. Projects are designed to meet USI brand and editorial standards and are thoroughly proofread. Adherence to strict postal requirements is designed into mail pieces. Paper, ink color, publication size, and other details are established prior to proceeding with design and/or printing.
Printing and Bindery – Creative and Print Services’ in-plant facility offers a full range of services. A complete digital workflow is used for print production work. The press area features a four-color offset press and a full-service bindery to finish jobs to your specifications.
Large Format – High-quality large-format printing for indoor and outdoor applications permits on-campus production of posters, banners, displays, window graphics, sidewalk graphics, and yard/boulevard signs. The printer is capable of printing graphics up to 52” in width on a variety of materials. Various materials and sizes are available. Foam core mounting, laminating, sign mounting, and display installation are available. Projects may be designed by the department’s graphic design staff or the customer may send a print-ready file to Copy Services.
Environmental Graphics – Creative and Print Services provides job management, design, and vendor resources for specialty graphics targeted to outdoor audiences and large-scale projects. Projects such as construction zone wraps, vehicle graphics, specialty displays, ball field graphics, pole banners, oversize banners, sidewalk and pavement graphics and many other types of outdoor marketing have become desirable in recent years. This office is the on-campus production center for projects of this type.
Copy Services – Creative and Print Services provides a centralized, staffed Copy Services Center located in the Publishing Services Center. Large volume copying/printing (more than 10 copies of each original), specialty photocopying, high-resolution color copying/printing, large format projects, and a full range of bindery services are offered through the Copy Services Center. University offices can access Copy Services’ high-speed black and white copier as a network printer device from each workstation, improving turnaround time and quality, as well as providing a 20 percent cost-per-copy savings. Instructions for network access can be obtained from Copy Services.
The Copy Center also offers a variety of binding and finishing options for presentations, booklets and small publishing runs.
Questions about digital printing and copying should be directed to the Copy Services supervisor at 812-464-1889. Copy projects are ordered using the Copy Services order form online at www.usi.edu/creativeprint/order. Walk-up service is available for departments, staff and students. The Copy Center accepts cash, checks and Eagle Access cards for payment. Hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The Copy Center is closed during winter break.
USI Copier Fleet - USI’s copier fleet is a centralized program managed by Creative and Print Services. All toner, paper, maintenance and service are managed by Creative and Print Services. Departments pay only a cost-per-copy charge for this program. Copiers also serve as scanners and cost-efficient printers, limiting the need for individual desktop printers. Most all provide scan-to-email functions, some are equipped with fax functions and various finishing options.
Fleet copiers, both standard and color, are conveniently located throughout campus for faculty and staff and are activated by assigned codes. These networked copiers allow users to access them from their desktops, benefiting from digital printing quality, convenience, and confidentiality. Designated student copiers are activated by Eagle Access cards and are located in the UC East main floor, Rice Library main floor and the Convenience Store (C Store) in the Residence Life Community Center. Photocopier acquisition and maintenance contracts are managed by Creative and Print Services.
University Logo Usage - In addition to designing and producing high-quality print pieces, Creative and Print Services works with the assistant vice president for Marketing and Communications in logo and brand management for the University. Employees and off-campus vendors should review and abide by the usage guidelines available at www.usi.edu/brand. Off-campus vendors are required to obtain sanctioned logos through the licensing program administered by a professional licensing firm. Information regarding this process can be found on the website. A selection of USI logos is available for University departmental usage. Permission from Creative and Print Services’ director is encouraged to ensure that logo usage is permissible and high-quality versions are accessible.
General guidelines, stock items and custom products, and other useful information can be found at www.usi.edu/creativeprint.
The Development Office is responsible for developing, coordinating, and implementing a comprehensive private fund-raising program for the University of Southern Indiana and its outreach programs under the auspices of the USI Foundation. The president of the University is the official spokesperson on all fundraising matters. The Vice President for Development/president of USI Foundation, in concert with other administrative units, will assess University needs, identify possible private sources for funds to meet those needs, prepare plans for soliciting sector funds, and direct the personnel and financial resources available through the office toward obtaining resources to meet those needs.
One of the Development Office’s primary responsibilities is to provide staff assistance and guidance for the USI Foundation, founded in 1968 as the official gift-receiving agency of the University. As an Indiana not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation, the USI Foundation promotes, receives, invests, and disburses gifts for the benefit of the University.
The University food service, managed by Sodexo Campus Services, operates in the University Center with seating in the Eagle’s Nest, University Center East and Loft dining room. The Eagles Nest is home to Sub Connection, Chick-fil-A, and Steak ‘n Shake. The University Center East hosts Cyclone Salads, which features bountiful veggie options, Paninis, a variety of soups, and baked potatoes and Fiesta Fuego, a fresh Mexican grill. The Loft, located on the second floor of the University Center West, serves a wide variety of home-style lunch and dinner items seven days a week, breakfast Monday through Friday, and brunch on the weekends during the fall and spring semesters. The Sweets Spot Bakery is located next to the Loft and features freshly baked pastries, donuts, cakes, cookies, gourmet coffee creations and more! Sushi, made fresh daily, is now offered at Cyclone Salads, Fiesta Fuego, both Simply To Go units and the Eagle Xpress Convenience Store.
Students and staff on tight schedules or in classes in other buildings on campus can purchase bottled beverages, coffee, a variety of fresh-baked goods, salads, and sandwiches, and other convenience food items at Simply To Go in the Health Professions Center and in the main lobby of the Liberal Arts Center - Starbucks is located on the first floor of Rice Library.
Munch Money can be used to purchase anything in food service including Starbucks merchandise but excluding Starbucks gift cards.
Inside of the Wright Administration building, is the renowned frozen yogurt chain, Red Mango. Our award-winning frozen yogurt has it all - calcium, protein, and live and active cultures that are good for you. Unlike other desserts that contain artificial ingredients or excessive calories, Red Mango frozen yogurt is all natural, nonfat or lowfat, kosher and certified gluten-free. A juice bar is available to further enhance the selection at Red Mango.
A full-service convenience store, the EagleXpress, is located near the McDonald Apartments, offering standard convenience store services, as well as Archie’s Pizzeria with pizza delivery. Munch Money can be used for groceries, Archie’s Pizzeria items, and all other merchandise, such as school supplies and USI apparel.
Catering services for University-sponsored events on or off campus are available. For more information, contact the Catering Services manager at 812-465-1652. Also, contact Catering Services for concessions participation for your club or group.
For a complete description of services, weekly menus for The Loft, ongoing promotions or specials, and employment opportunities, visit https://usi.sodexomyway.com/index.html. For questions or concerns, please leave a comment at http://usi.sodexomyway.com/people/feedback.html
Information Technology (IT)
Information Technology provides technical presentation and communication resources to support the teaching and learning activities of the University community and its partners. IT clients include USI faculty, staff, students, and partner institutions and organizations. The goals of IT are to provide consultation, planning, and promotion for the effective use of new and existing technologies to support instruction; maintain high standards of service for its clients; deploy University technical resources effectively and appropriately; and collaborate with members of the campus community and other partners on technical issues and activities. For general information about any of the following IT programs and services, visit www.usi.edu/it. Technical support is available by calling the IT Help Desk at 812-465-1080.
Audio-Visual Equipment – Information Technology provides audio-visual equipment to faculty and staff for classroom or other academic use. To avoid scheduling conflicts, 48-hour notice is strongly recommended for video and computer projection equipment and 24-hour notice for all other equipment. Some equipment items may be requested on a semester-loan basis. Equipment is ordered online at www.usi.edu/it.
Blackboard Course Management Software – Information Technology operates and supports the Blackboard course management software that allows course materials and information to be shared on the Internet in a virtual classroom setting. Blackboard is an easy-to-use program for instructors to conduct course activities and distribute documents online such as syllabi, course handouts, video clips of lectures, guest speakers or demonstrations, PowerPoint presentations, send and receive student papers, post grades, generate class announcements or email messages, maintain a class calendar and tasks, generate online quizzes, and manage their own course discussion board. Students can collaborate in online group workspace, create their own web pages, and meet classmates in their course chat rooms. USI Blackboard is accessed through myUSI for enrolled USI students or at blackboard.usi.edu for non-USI students, continuing education students, community partners, and guests.
Computer and Multimedia Presentation – Information Technology deploys computer data projection equipment for faculty to support their classroom and professional activities. Digital cameras are available for checkout to faculty and staff for multimedia projects. DVD authoring through Instructional Technology Services allows faculty an opportunity to store a wealth of notes, data, and images in a readily accessible and compact format for ready retrieval both in and out of the classroom.
Production Services – Information Technology provides a variety of media production capabilities for academic and University-related activities. Assistance is available in the development and design of instructional media including audio and video production, multimedia presentations using PowerPoint, DVD creation, web page design, and videoconferencing. Image scanning services also are available.
Videoconferencing Services – The University uses videoconferencing technology to deliver courses and programs and to facilitate meetings where participants are in two or more locations. Videoconferencing services are available to faculty and staff as well as external groups and individuals. The technology offers faculty and students a cost-effective way to meet with a variety of experts and peers in cities across the globe. IT staff can connect meeting participants by IP video in multi-purpose videoconferencing rooms on campus.
The David L. Rice Library supports and extends the academic programs of the University by providing research and instructional materials as well as recreational and general interest materials. During fall and spring semesters the library is open 114 hours a week, including evening and weekend hours. When the library building is closed, the online catalog, and hundreds of web pages - selected and organized to assist in finding high-quality information on a variety of topics - remain available through www.usi.edu/library. Remote web access to electronic books and databases is available for currently-enrolled students and currently-employed faculty and staff members. The web site is the most up-to-date source for library hours, special notices, services, and staff contact numbers.
The building has four floors, with substantial student study space and comfortable seating in a variety of configurations; three reading rooms; 30 group study rooms; 12 individual study rooms; and two computer labs for instruction and student use. Additionally, the building provides classrooms on the lower level and casual seating in the coffee shop area. In addition to approximaely 200 open-use computer workstations within the building, students may check out laptops and tablets.
The library’s print collection is available in open stacks, providing easy access to most resources. Approximately 4,000 books are added each year, along with electronic resources, audio-visual materials, and other formats. Reference librarians provide assistance in identifying, locating, and evaluating resources in many formats at the Reference Desk during most open hours. In addition to in-person visits, users may contact the library’s Reference staff by telephone, email, chat, or text; contact information is listed on the web site.
The library provides online access to more than 140,000 full-text journals and over 230,000 electronic books. Electronic resources are accessible within the library, from other computers on campus, and remotely to authorized users. Microform coverage ranges from recent government reports to 1850s newspapers. A digital microform reader/printer is located on the second floor, and photocopiers and printers are available on the main level. A recreational reading area is located on the entry level near the media collection, which is made up of music CDs, audio books, and DVDs. Children’s books - used by education majors but available for checkout by anyone - are housed on the first floor.
University Archives and Special Collections, located on the third floor, preserve materials about the University’s history and houses distinctive collections. One such collection is communal societies, with substantial information on historic and contemporary intentional communities. Another major collection includes thousands of photographs documenting Southern Indiana from the late 1800s to present day. Images and documents from this collection and others are being digitized for online discovery and use, viewable at www.usi.edu/library/university-archives-and-special-collections.
Rice Library is also a partial federal government depository library. The library receives a significant portion of what is published by the United States government, which is the largest publisher in the world. Government documents cover a wide variety of subjects, from career information to the environment and consumer guidance.
The library provides interlibrary loan service, and borrows items from libraries all over the world. Special software is used to enhance and expedite the interlibrary loan process, including speedy desktop delivery of journal articles and book chapters. Eligible USI students, faculty, and staff members may submit online requests via the library’s web site.
Students, faculty, staff members, and community users may check out library materials. The library user may search the online catalog by author, title, keyword, or subject, and identify an item’s location and availability. If an item is already checked out by someone else, a hold may be placed on that item and the user will be notified when it is returned. Users may renew books online, unless an item is overdue or on hold for someone else. Self-service check-out machines on each floor speed the check-out process for books.
As the variety and complexity of information sources has increased - along with the necessity for evaluating their worth - formal research instruction has become even more essential. Instructors may schedule sessions customized to individual course needs by contacting the Instructional Services librarian. Instruction is usually provided in one of the library’s computer labs so that hands-on learning is possible. Library staff members are available at the Reference and Checkout counters to provide assistance to library users.
The University of Southern Indiana offers many online learning programs and courses via Internet, video conferencing, digital media and other learning technology platforms to accommodate students’ learning styles, work schedules, and other life commitments. Online learning courses are offered with a variety of delivery methods, as designated by the following section codes:
|| Online learning, asynchronous, Internet only
|| Online learning, Internet-based, with some required classroom attendance
|| Online learning, Internet only with required synchronous videoconferencing sessions
More information about online learning at USI is available at www.usi.edu/onlinelearning. Students with questions about online learning can contact Online Learning at 812-228-5124 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Online learning sections may require proctored exam times. It is the student’s responsibility to locate a proctor and/or proctoring site to fulfill the course requirements. Consult your course syllabus or contact the instructor to determine if exam proctoring is required.
Exam Proctoring Services – If a student is unable to attend a scheduled proctored exam with the instructor, he/she may schedule a proctored exam on campus at Online Learning or with an approved external proctor.
- On-campus proctoring – Students can take a proctored exam on campus (Forum Administration Building 0029) every Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. or Wednesday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. An appointment needs to be confirmed at least one week prior to the exam. Contact Online Learning for details.
- External Proctor Screening – Students unable to take a proctored exam on campus can propose an external proctor at their locations (such as a librarian, local college testing center, etc.). Visit www.usi.edu/onlinelearning/students/examproctoring for more information.
Outreach and Engagement coordinates and supports outreach activities of the University. We complement the University’s traditional role by providing and facilitating quality educational, research and technical services for people, groups and organizations in Indiana and the Tri-State. These activities support and promote individual well-being, social and cultural enrichment, economic opportunity and regional development.
Components of Outreach and Engagement are:
College Achievement Program – The College Achievement Program (CAP) is a cooperative program between the University of Southern Indiana and participating high schools. CAP allows highly motivated high school junior and senior students to take regular college courses in their own high schools at a reduced rate of tuition.
CAP courses are taught by carefully selected high school faculty who are trained in special workshops by USI faculty members. The CAP courses follow the same curriculum and academic standards as those courses offered on the University of Southern Indiana campus.
The College Achievement Program is accredited by the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP). For more information, visit www.usi.edu/outreach/cap or call 812-228-5022.
Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) – At the request of the Indiana Army National Guard, USI established an Army ROTC program in the fall semester of 2001. The program provides numerous opportunities for qualified students, most notably in the form of full tuition assistance for tuition and fees. The Military Science Minor offers qualified students an opportunity to obtain a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army and to serve on active duty, in the Army Reserve, or the Army National Guard. Army ROTC scholarships and other incentives provide qualified students with an opportunity to compete for outstanding financial assistance packages, covering virtually all costs for up to four years of college. The ROTC office is located in the lower level of the Education Center and may be reached at 812-461-5304. Visit www.usi.edu/rotc.
Veteran, Military and Family Resource Center – see the Veteran, Military and Family Resource Center section.
Corporate Partnerships – Since its beginning nearly 50 years ago, USI has served regional businesses and organizations by developing partnerships that result in increased productivity and an improved bottom line. Our skilled professionals will meet with you to discuss your needs and identify the best resources to meet those needs, whether from USI or across the country. Our services go beyond traditional training and consulting and include helping you build partnerships with other businesses among similar or vastly different industries.
We develop site-specific and job-specific training to assist you in meeting your core goals: productivity, profit, retention, customer service, and more. We can bring resources from across USI to your site, on campus, or at another location. Call 812-465-1629 or visit www.usi.edu/outreach/corporate-partnerships for more information.
Lifelong Learning Noncredit Courses – 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. Courses are available in the following categories: professional development, personal enrichment, fitness and recreation, youth programs, online noncredit courses, software skills, conferences, safety training, and customized consulting and training.
Many Lifelong Learning courses are available for Continuing Education Units (CEUs). Certificates are offered for added credibility as professionals continue to grow in their field.
Lifelong Learning courses are held throughout the year. The staff is available to help organizations assess needs and plan, develop, and conduct programs on campus or at other facilities. For our full list of courses, visit www.usi.edu/lifelonglearning, or call 812-464-1989 for more information.
Southern Indiana Japanese School – Designed for children of Japanese citizens working in the region, this program provides instruction in Japanese language, culture, and other selected disciplines on Saturdays and after the regular school day. For more information, visit www.usi.edu/outreach/southern-indiana-japanese-school.
Center for Applied Research – The Center for Applied Research works with businesses and organizations throughout the region to help leverage the intellectual capabilities of the university. The Center matches faculty, staff, and students with regional businesses and organizations to conduct research, consulting, and other applied projects, ranging from economic impact studies to new product development. This engagement will not only benefit the region, but also will help these individuals in their career development. Opportunities exist for individual faculty and student involvement, as well as class projects. Information is available at 812-228-5094 or www.usi.edu/outreach/center-for-applied-research.
Customized Consulting and Training – USI offers many professional development and technical-skilled training programs developed to meet your specific needs. Request more information to get started on a needs assessment. Together, we will develop the best plan for your employees and company. More information is available by calling 812-461-5425 or by visiting www.usi.edu/outreach/lifelong-learning/customized-consulting-and-training.
I-69 Innovation Corridor – The I-69 Innovation Corridor is a regional initiative focused on driving transformational change by creating a culture and environment supportive of innovative capacity. The I-69 Innovation Corridor is a boundary spanning organization that supports and promotes our local and regional partners committed to growth in the southwestern Indiana and northwestern Kentucky region. Call 812-461-5407 or visit www.usi.edu/outreach/i-69-innovation-corridor for more information.
USI@Innovation Pointe – Innovation Pointe, located downtown at 318 Main Street, is Evansville’s high-tech incubator. As the education partner for Innovation Pointe, USI offers credit and noncredit courses, seminars and workshops, facilitation for strategic planning and much more. Facilities include an Innovation Lab, computer lab and classrooms, all with presentation equipment and accommodating groups up to 50. Call 812-494-2986 or visit www.usi.edu/outreach/innovation-pointe for details.
Technology Commercialization – Technology commercialization manages the transfer of emerging technologies and supports new technology start-up companies and regional entrepreneurs with the assistance of USI students through four main programs:
- The USI Eagle Innovation Accelerator assists student or faculty-led startups by supporting aspiring entrepreneurs with knowledge, funding and access to University of Southern Indiana resources.
- Technology Commercialization Academy is a summer fellowship program for USI students to identify, develop and commercialize solutions impacting industries within the Southwest Indiana region.
- Eagle Innovation App Competition (APPCOM) is an application idea competition, designed to solicit the best app ideas from the greater USI community and connect those ideas to teams, mentors, and resources to develop and commercialize great app ideas.
- Eagle Innovation Business Model Competition (BIZCOM) is a business idea Competition, designed to solicit innovative business ideas from the greater USI community and connect those ideas to teams, mentors, and resources to develop your business model.
Information is available at 812-391-6805 or www.usi.edu/outreach/technology-commercialization.
Connect with Southern Indiana – Connect with Southern Indiana is a leadership program sponsored by USI focused on promoting active citizenship and developing creative problem solving skills for individuals in the non-profit and for-profit sectors across a nine-county region in Southwest Indiana. The program highlights divergent and analytical thinking, idea generation, communication skills, and social entrepreneurship from a community development perspective. Participants will meet others from the region with similar concerns and interests, identify areas for collaborative projects, and meet business and civic leaders while developing creative problem solving skills. Call 812-465-7014 or visit www.usi.edu/outreach/connect-with-southern-indiana-leadership-program for more information.
Historic New Harmony – Since 1985, USI’s Historic New Harmony has facilitated cultural and educational programs related to New Harmony’s important historic resources. In cooperation with Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites, USI maintains several properties within the National Historic Landmark District and the National Register District, as well as an extensive collection of artifacts and the award-winning Atheneum which serves as New Harmony’s visitor center. Tours of the sites are offered. The many opportunities for faculty, staff, and student engagement include research projects, service learning, and professional and personal development retreats. Art courses and exhibits are offered through the New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art. Call 812-682-4488 or visit www.usi.edu/outreach/historic-new-harmony.
New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art – The mission of the New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art is to provide a non-profit exhibition space, promoting access to contemporary art in Southern Indiana. The exhibitions are selected based on the three primary goals of providing opportunity, creating dialogue, and building connectivity within the region. The gallery offers more than 100 regional artists exposure through an active consignment shop. University of Southern Indiana students can gain hands on experience in a professional gallery setting through internships and fellowships. The gallery contributes to the cultivation of the cultural environment of New Harmony through privately funded public artworks. For more information, call 812-682-3156 or visit www.usi.edu/outreach/new-harmony-gallery-of-contemporary-art
Historic Southern Indiana – Historic Southern Indiana is a region abundant in historical, natural, and recreational resources. Scattered across its hills and valleys are many small towns rich in heritage. This Heritage Area contains numerous sites of historical significance, including Vincennes, Corydon, New Harmony, Madison, and Abraham Lincoln’s boyhood home. Forests, caves, rivers, and lakes offer scenic beauty and recreational activities.
Historic Southern Indiana (HSI) is also the name of the organization dedicated to preserving, enhancing, and promoting these resources. As a community outreach program of the University of Southern Indiana, HSI hosts workshops, produces publications, conducts visitor research, and facilitates and coordinates with many groups and agencies with the goal of creating a sense of regional identity and pride.Contact 812-465-7014 or visit www.usi.edu/outreach/historic-southern-indiana for information.
Service Learning – is a course-based experiential learning strategy. It engages students in meaningful and relevant service with a community partner while employing ongoing reflection to draw connections between the service and course content. Service Learning at USI aims to enhance academic learning by challenging students to apply classroom knowledge to real life situations. Service-Learning addresses actual community needs and has the added potential to engage students in ways that other experiential methods may not. Service-Learning:
- Links course work to real life experiences.
- Enhances critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
- Increases tolerance for diversity.
- Enhances interpersonal and leadership skills.
- Provides opportunities for civic engagement and working with diverse groups and environments.
- Promotes civic engagement
- Fosters collaborative relationships between faculty, students, and community-based organizations.
The Service-Learning program provides consultation and support to help faculty, staff, students and community partners plan and execute effective service-learning projects. In addition it:
- Identifies community needs that can be addressed through service-learning.
- Supports the integration of service-learning across the curriculum.
- Builds long-term relationships between the university and community.
- Offers faculty development opportunities related to service-learning.
- Recognizes and rewards significant service-learning work.
- Identifies, helps develop, and promotes service-learning courses.
- Encourages student participation and coordinates the assessment of student learning.
Call 812-465-5363 for additional information or visit www.usi.edu/outreach/service-learning-program.
Public Safety provides information and offers a number of services related to safety and security on the USI campus. Professional and well-trained Public Safety officers provide 24/7 emergency response, asset protection, and is tasked with the safety of all employees, students and guests on campus. Public Safety closely liaisons with local, state and federal agencies to monitor and stay apprised of any potential threats or issues that may affect the University.
While our Public Safety department is responsible for your safety and security, we believe a campus community partnership is required to keep everyone safe. Public Safety takes great pride in the services we provide to the campus community. We are committed to achieving the highest standards of professionalism and customer service while being dedicated to fostering cooperative relations with the USI community.
Public Safety annually publishes the federally mandated Annual Security Fire and Safety report, which contains crime statistics and important information on reporting crimes and suspicious activity. The report also provides information on the transmission of timely warning and emergency notification information related to specific crimes or threats presented to the campus community. Obtain a copy of this important annual report at www.usi.edu/security or contact Public Safety directly (812-464-1845).
Non-restricted parking in USI’s main campus lots is available to commuter students, faculty, staff and visitors on a first-come, first-served basis. Campus lots have few restrictions, and those areas with restrictions are marked with appropriate signage.
All Housing and Residence Life areas have restricted parking, requiring housing students to register their vehicles and display a decal. Visitors to campus apartments must park in visitor areas only. Housing and Residence Life residents are prohibited from parking in campus lots between 7:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. on class days. Visit www.usi.edu/security/parking/traffic-and-parking-regulations for all parking and traffic regulations.
Important Telephone Numbers
||on-campus ext 1845
|Public Safety Emergency
||on-campus ext 7777
||on-campus ext 1091
Special Events and Scheduling Services is responsible for planning and implementation of special events on campus, electronically scheduling all events on campus (including academic classes arranged by the Registrar’s Office) and facility management for the University Center (UC West, UC East, Performance Center) and Griffin Center.
Special Events produces major events on campus that are fundamental to the image of the University. These events emphasize University growth, recognition, and appreciation of the accomplishments of students, prospective students, faculty, and employees. Special Events is responsible for implementing functions hosted by the University president, events recognizing friends and donors of the University, and governmental representatives, student academic honors convocations, USI Foundation meetings, and Board of Trustees meetings. Special Events plans fall and spring Commencement exercises, major speaker events, facility groundbreakings and ribbon cutting ceremonies, employee recognition programs, and markets USI as a summer camp and conference site to student and professional organizations seeking meeting, recreational, houding, and dining facilities for multi-day conferences.
Special Events also develops and supports academic colleges and faculty and develops and supports hundreds of programs in the University Center (UC) and on campus that focus on academic and faculty objectives, student development, education, diversity, social and economic growth, civil and cultural awareness for traditional and non-traditional college students, as well as summer conference programs and off-campus events sponsored by community groups. Additionally, Special Events supports outreach programs of short duration presented by the University for non-credit college students in Southwestern Indiana. The objective of Special Events is to provide quality planning assistance, secure materials, services, room layouts for room set-ups, and efficient and effective on-site support for the execution of these events.
Scheduling Services interfaces with student, faculty, administrative staff, and off-campus groups to reserve space on campus for their events. Scheduling specialists reserve the most appropriate space for each event based on location, anticipated attendance, and day and time of year. This group establishes reservations and maintains the University’s master calendar of events to ensure continuity of traditional annual events on campus. Registered student organizations also work closely with Scheduling Services to share their visions for upcoming events and to work through the process of finding the most appropriate on-campus location to fulfill their event expectations. Scheduling Services works closely with the student organizations to plan and organize events within assigned budgets. Departmental and student organizations rely on Scheduling Services to post materials that promote their upcoming events through various approved bulletin boards and with table tents in assigned locations. This group also maintains an electronic software program to record all events and activities scheduled campus-wide.
Many University events are held in the UC. As well as being home to the USI Campus Store and several University departments, the UC plays a vital role in serving the on-campus meeting, activity and dining needs of students, faculty, staff, alumni, community, and residents from the tri-state area. In the management capacity of the UC, the department’s goal is to consistently maintain the integrity and quality of the facility and furnishings to provide a convenient and pleasant environment for on and off campus communities.
For additional information, call Special Events and Scheduling Services at 812-464-1930.
University Communications is a department within University Marketing and Communications, and includes Photography and Multimedia. The goal of University Communications is to reinforce the overall brand of the University and to create an avenue for communication between USI and its various constituents, both internal and external.
University Communications reaches out to University offices to help with editorial development including content for publications, the USI website, marketing, recruitment, video production and social media. University Communications publishes USI Today, the online employee newsletter; illume, the official magazine of the University, Synapse Magazine for the College of Nursing and Health Professions; and newsletters for the other colleges within the University.
The University Communications website www.usi.edu/news includes links to news, press release archives, faculty and staff achievements, the headshot database, university publications, Photography and Multimedia, USI Today, the Editor’s Manual, USI Calendar, campus map and emergency procedures.
University Communications employs a media relations specialist who develops relationships with local, regional and national media. University Communications provides copy and photographs for news releases, media pitches and media events both on and off campus. The office handles all media requests and coordinates media visits to campus as well as providing sources for media stories. Refer to the News Media Policy. University Communications also is responsible for maintaining the University’s official social media channels.
University Communications employs an internal communications specialist who is responsible for developing and leading an audience-focused internal communications strategy as part of the wider University communications strategy. The internal communications specialist develops and manages relevant platforms for communication and engagement within the University for faculty, staff and retirees; works to inspire, engage and educate internal audiences on the University’s brand narrative, key messages and strategic direction through internal communications activity; and develops and advocates a consistent and impactful narrative around the University story, making it simple, understandable and relevant to key audience groups.
Photography and Multimedia
Photojournalists take photographs and keep photo records of all facets of the University’s academic and campus events, including athletics. Photographs are used for a variety of purposes including University publications, website, marketing pieces, media requests, and archives. Photography and Multimedia also provides studio services, maintains a headshot database and provides photographs to the public through the use of social media and online galleries. The department also oversees video and multimedia projects for the University. See a full list of services.
Athletic Communications reports to University Marketing and Communications and coordinates with USI Athletics and University Communications to handle all aspects of communication, both internal and external, for the University’s 17 NCAA Division II sports.
For more information, contact John Farless, director of University Communications at email@example.com or 812-228-5157.
Veteran, Military and Family Resource Center
Veteran, Military and Family Resource Center – VMFRC assists students with applying for and utilizing Department of Veterans Affairs education benefits. Assistance is available to all prospective and enrolled USI students who are veterans, servicepersons, dependents, survivors of veterans, and other eligible persons to keep them informed of available veterans’ programs, from education, personal counseling on a variety of topics, to job placement organizations. VMFRC is an active participant in community activities, hosts the Brock Babb 324 American Legion Post, and organizes job fairs and other outreach initiatives.
This is the certifying office for the enrollment of persons training under the veterans’ programs. All veterans, servicepersons, dependents, and survivors of veterans, and anyone else who may be eligible for veterans’ assistance should contact this office. Students receiving Veterans Affairs education benefits must make contact with this office each semester to begin or continue their certification of enrollment process to the Veterans Affairs Regional Office. Veterans who have registered with the Veteran, Military and Family Resource Center are eligible to register early; they are permitted to register for classes at noon on the first day of Priority Registration.
Staff provide outreach, counseling, and academic assistance referral for veterans and servicepersons throughout the academic year.
This office also evaluates, as per the American Council on Education’s recommendations, military experience for University credit. Those wishing to have their military experiences evaluated for possible University credit should contact the Veteran, Military and Family Resource Center at 812-464-1857 for required documentation and requirements. The University of Southern Indiana is in compliance with the Veteran Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014, whereby veterans are charged the in-state resident tuition rate. Visit www.usi.edu/outreach/veterans for more information.