Fall 2020 / Issue 7
Achieving Success
Academic Survival Guide
Questions about study skills, such as time management, note-taking, textbook reading strategies, and test anxiety?

Make sure to check out the free Academic Survival Guide .
Places to Study
  • Study rooms and carrels will be available Fall 2020 for individual study only by appointment. You can select the start time you wish for your reservation and book up to 3 hours at once by changing the end time in the dropdown. At your start time, please check-in at the Library Services Desk to confirm your appointment upon entry. Please have your emailed confirmation ready.
  • There are 51 computer labs across campus
  • Find more information about computer labs
University Center
  • The Loft
  • Fireside Lounge
  • Heritage Lounge
  • Food Court
  • Tables and chairs available throughout the UC
Academic Colleges
  • Each academic college/department has study areas/lounges/tables and chairs throughout the building
Campus Housing
  • Campus housing provides educational programs, Living Learning Communities, computer labs, study lounges and quiet hours to maintain an environment supportive of academic success.
Academic Skills
The Academic Skills Office is dedicated to enhancing student success and the educational process at the University of Southern Indiana. They provide academic support services through classes and other learning assistance programs. This fall Academic Skills and The Writers' Room is offering a variety of in-person and virtual learning assistance options. Face coverings are required and physical distancing protocols will be followed when students seek in-person learning assistance.
Academic Skills
Education Center, Rm. 1111
812-464-1743
Instagram: usiacademicskills
Twitter: @USI_ASkills 

The Writers' Room
Education Center, Rm. 1102
812-461-5359
Services Offered:
Academic Support -- Academic Skills personnel are available on an as-requested basis to meet with individual students and to deliver workshops to classes and student organizations about the following topics: successful academic planning, note-taking, and test-taking strategies.Students can also find strategies and worksheets to help them become successful college students by viewing or downloading our  Academic Survival Guide.
Tutoring -- Walk-in help rooms will provide assistance with math, biology/ chemistry, and business courses. Tutoring is available during the fall and spring terms when classes are in session during the following times: Monday-Thursday - 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. and Friday - 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

How to make an appointment:
  • Individual tutoring appointments can be made through Tutortrac in myUSI or by calling the front desk at 812-464-1743
  • Students may request virtual tutoring sessions by emailing Online.Tutoring@usi.edu.
  • To learn more about tutoring, go to the Tutoring website
Supplemental Instruction (SI) -- Academic Skills offers a blend of in-person and virtual supplemental instruction (SI) sessions for various courses this Fall. SI is a voluntary program that offers free, regularly scheduled study sessions for traditionally difficult courses. SI sessions are led by undergraduate student SI Leaders who have taken the course and demonstrated academic competency in the subject area. Each SI Leader facilitates several 50-minute sessions per week using collaborative learning methods. SI is not available for all courses; please check your syllabus to see if SI is offered for your course.
Academic Support
Academic Advisors
Who is my advisor?
Log on to http://my.usi.edu
Click on the DegreeWorks (mortarboard) icon
Look in the field for Advisor
If you do not have an advisor listed, contact the Advising Center for your College
What is DegreeWorks?
DegreeWorks is a tool students and advisors use to track degree completion. You can develop semester-by-semester course plans, determine GPA, and more! Check it out!
David L. Rice Library
Rice Library is offering several services to facilitate the safety and health of its users and library workers during the pandemic. You are encouraged to take advantage of extensive digital resources and online services, including walk-in item pickup and curbside item pickup. The Library is also offering online reservations for first floor study and technology spaces.

Library Hours beginning Monday, August 24:
  • Monday through Thursday | 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Friday | 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Saturday | Noon to 5 p.m.
  • Sunday | Noon to 10 p.m.

Disability Resources
Disability Resources (DR) coordinates services and academic accommodations for USI students with disabilities to ensure equal access to facilities, programs, services and resources of the university. We review documentation for eligibility, collaborate with students to determine appropriate accommodations, assist with the implementation of the accommodations, offer support and guidance, and advocate for access as needed.

Disability Resources Contact Information
  • Location: Science Center, Room 2206. 
  • Hours:
  • Monday-Thursday 8 am-7:30 pm
  • Friday 8 am-4:30 pm
  • Phone: 812-464-1961
  • Visit: Disability Resources website
USI Insider Tips - Using myUSI
MyUSI is a web portal to the many online school services that USI offers.  These services include:

  • Self-Service
  • Register for Classes/See Schedule
  • View Financial Aid Status
  • View Academic Records
  • Update Emergency Contacts
  • View Your Tuition Charges
  • Blackboard
  • Eagles Mail
  • Rave Emergency Alert System
  • EagleSync (Student Involvement)
  • Student Housing

You can always get to myUSI from the myUSI link on the upper right of USI web pages.
Campus Information
Welcome Week Student Survey
Thank you for participating in this year's Welcome Week! We want your feedback on the events you attended and input for future activities. You have a chance to win a t-shirt by completing it!
Still Need to Get Your Student ID or USI Face Covering?
Student ID/Eagle Access Card Contact Information

All students will need to bring a government issued ID card in order to get your USI Student ID. 

USI Face Covering Pick Up at the Dean of Student Office
The Dean of Students Office is located on the main level of University Center East, Room 1229 in Fireside Lounge (by Cyclone Salad). Students, please bring your Student ID.
Upcoming Events
Emerging Leaders offers USI freshman students the opportunity to develop new leadership skills, make new friends, and contribute to their university community. This program focuses on preparing individuals to succeed and contribute to USI as student leaders in subsequent years. To learn more and apply for the program, go to USI.edu/leadership
Come meet the Emerging Leader Program Mentors and other new students, learn more about Emerging Leaders, and make new friends this Saturday, August 29 from 1-3 pm in the Rec Quiet Room (main floor). Please bring your Student ID and a face covering. See you there!
On Friday, August 28 at 6:30 pm, Chi Alpha Campus Ministry is inviting everyone to come out to their welcome week bonfire at Eicher Barn! It will be a fun time to meet people and play games!
Looking to get involved this year? APB has you covered! Join us at Eicher Barn this Saturday, August 29 at 5 p.m. Come make some new friends, enjoy some yummy food, and play some fun games, all while at a safe social distance! We can't wait to see you there!
INVOLVEMENT WEEK 2020! (August 31-September 4)

This 100% virtual week is designed to help you get connected to student organizations and departments at USI. All week we will be featuring student organizations on our social media platforms (Instagram & Facebook). We also encourage incoming students to try our involvement calculator.The calculator works like an online quiz and gives you some clubs and organizations you might be interested in.  

Starting August 31, come check out and interact with student organizations at USI through our Flipgrid event. To participate in our event, visit the Flipgrid Virtual Involvement Fair

Involvement Calculator (coming soon) 
Input your habits in our Involvement Calculator and see what involvement opportunities await you! These are just suggestions, but they may lead to lifelong friendships. Our office will follow up with you after your results are shared. 
Screagle in the Spotlight - Madison Raymer
Campus Office Information
Check out the following offices for new student and campus information:
Tips & Reminders