Fall 2020 / Issue 11
USI's Vision of Diversity
At the University of Southern Indiana, diversity means embracing and celebrating the many differences that exist among the members of a dynamic, intellectual, and inclusive community that welcomes the full spectrum of human characteristics, ideas and world views. We strive to create an exciting, energetic living and learning community in which people with different experiences can learn through intellectual engagement, both within and beyond the classroom. Diversity stimulates learning, encourages imagination and benefits everyone —students, employees and community. We believe intellectual and personal development are best supported in a climate that respects differences and provides a sense of belonging and inclusion.

As members of the University community, we are committed to cultural competency and meaningful intercultural relationships within the University and with our community partners. We seek to develop these capacities in the classroom and through recruitment, orientations, open forums, programming and partnerships. We encourage every member of our University community to embrace this vision and exhibit a strong commitment to attracting, recruiting, developing and retaining students, faculty, administrators and support staff who mirror the diversity of our global society.
Be Willing to Learn & Leave Your Comfort Zone
'Willingness to Learn' is a desire, wish, or readiness to acquire new knowledge and develop.
'Comfort Zone' is a place or situation where one feels safe or at ease and without stress.
Tips for your student to step outside their comfort zone:

  1. Embrace the discomfort - be okay with leaving your comfort zone and challenging one's self.
  2. View failure as a teacher - when something doesn't go as planned, ask one's self "What can I learn from this situation?"
  3. Be honest with what happened - don't make excuses.
What can your student do?
  • Speak out - If they witness or are the victim of discrimination, speak out.

  • Learn about other people - Meet new people and learn about different cultures and lifestyles. Expose themselves to the traditions, values and attitudes of others. 

  • Learn about yourself - Learn about the traditions and values that are important to them. 

  • Examine your attitudes - Be aware of the ideas, words or actions that belittle others and eliminate them. Speak and act as someone who respects others. 
  • Be informed about issues - Stay up to date on issues that address discrimination, bigotry and other complex issues.

  • Celebrate differences - Embrace the variety of people and cultures on campus.

  • Be part of the solution - Learn how to respond to important issues. Educate themselves and others about the value of diversity, promote positive social interaction, and have respect for others.
Multicultural Center
The Multicultural Center (MCC) welcomes the entire student body to be involved in MCC sponsored events. These events are designed to acclimate students to the University environment, introduce them to important information, and provide them experiences that will help them develop lifelong skills to succeed in their collegiate and postgraduate careers.

The MCC offers events which support and advance the University's commitment to diversity outlined int he University's Strategic Plan.



Upcoming Events:
  • Success Series | September 23 | 12 pm | Virtual

  • Black & Brown Summit of Excellence
  • September 25 | 4 pm | Virtual

  • Power Hour | September 30 | 12 pm | Virtual | The Multicultural Center and the Counseling Center have partnered for a program known as the "Power Hour," a monthly lunchtime event at which students come together to discuss the intersection of their diverse identities, political issues and their personal experiences at USI.
Campus Information
Freshmen Leadership Opportunities
Emerging Leaders offers USI freshman students the opportunity to develop new leadership skills, make new friends, and contribute to the University community. This program focuses on preparing individuals to succeed and contribute to USI as student leaders in subsequent years. Applications for the 2020-21 academic year are now available! Weekly sessions are held on Mondays from 3 to 4:30 p.m. during the Spring Semester.
USI Dining Update
Beginning Monday, September 21, Cyclone Salads will no longer be using the Grubhub platform. Cyclone Salads will be offering Simply To Go prepackaged items for walk-up only purchases. Pre-made Large Salads, Yogurt Parfaits, Fruit Cups, Veggie Cups, and Hummus and Pita will be available along with Sushi selections. Choices can be made at the Cyclone Salads counter and will be purchased at the Fiesta Fuego register. Cyclone Salads offerings will no longer be availabe at this time. Remember, we are currently cashless but will accept Munch Money, Flex, and credit cards.
On-Campus COVID-19 Testing
On-Campus COVID-19 testing is now available for USI students at the former Children’s Learning Center (not the University Health Center). Testing is available by appointment only on Tuesday afternoons and Thursday mornings. 

Call the University Health Center (UHC) at 812-465-1250 to schedule an appointment to be tested for COVID-19.

Family Fun Run - Virtual 5K
Are you ready to get moving? Join us for this Virtual 5K!

Between October 16 and October 25, the USI Parents and Families Association invites students, family members, employees, alumni and friends to run or walk a 5K (3.1 miles). To receive a free USI Fun Run t-shirt, register by October 1.

How it works

Registration is $20 per individual. After registering, print off your runner's bib and write your first name and last initial in the box. Lace up your sneakers and hit the ground running (or walking)! All registrants are asked to complete the 5K between October 16 and 25.

Participate outside or at home on your treadmill! After you have completed your run or walk, don't forget to share your run time and victory selfie with us. Use the hashtag #USIFunRun in your photos or videos on social media!

Why should you participate? There are three main reasons we hope you’ll be excited to participate in our 5K:
  1. You can exercise and join in the fun while social distancing!
  2. No need to get up at 6 a.m. to participate—this virtual 5K is on your own time!
  3. The top 3 winners will receive a prize!
Eagle Perks
Eagle Perks is a voucher program that gives USI students free or discounted access to Evansville events. There is one specific activity each month along with other activities that can be used anytime throughout the year.
Students can pick up a voucher at the RFWC with a valid USI ID (limit one per student). Vouchers are only available to those who have paid the current semester's activity fee. 
Sexual Assault Prevention and Alcohol Education Training
Your student must complete the Sexual Assault Prevention and Alcohol Edu trainings. They are required for all first-year students. Students should have received an email invitation in their USI Eagles email account last week.

Students can access the trainings by clicking on the link in the email invitation or by logging into myUSI account and clicking on the Everfi app, a giant white E in a field of orange (please see picture).

Students should complete the trainings prior to October 3, 2020. Completion of the trainings will ensure that a hold is not placed on to a student's account. Holds will prevent students from registering for Spring and Summer 2021 classes.
Campus Office Information
Check out the following offices for new student and campus information:
Phishing and Spam Emails
Phishing is a type of online scam where criminals send an email that appears to be from a legitimate company and ask you to provide sensitive information. At USI we see these phishing attempts increase at the start of a new semester. 

Ways they try to trick your student, they
  • say they’ve noticed some suspicious activity or log-in attempts
  • claim there’s a problem with your account or you need to renew your account
  • say you must confirm some personal information
  • offer a job opportunity
  • offer retirement account review
 
Ways to spot a phishing email
  • The email is written to invoke fear or a sense of urgency
  • The email has spelling and grammatical errors
  • Appears to be from an internal source but also has the external email warning in the body of the email
  • Messages references you by your last name, username, or format (“Smith, John”)
 
How can you help
Report phishing emails to the USI Help Desk. Forward the phishing email to it@usi.edu (add “?phish” to the email subject line) for awareness and additional review.  

Be on the lookout!

What Should Your Student Do if They Think They are a Victim?
  • If communicated with any of these hackers, stop communication immediately. 
  • If they have given anyone your password, please contact the USI IT Help Desk (812-465-1080) for assistance on having it changed. 
  • And if your student has provided any banking information of received or cashed checks, contact our office of Public Safety (812-464-1845) for assistance.
Screagle in the Spotlight - Alex Coors
Hello Screagles! My name is Alex Coors and I am a sophomore business major with a concentration in entrepreneurship and small business with a minor in worksite wellness and health promotion. My hometown is West Lafayette, Indiana, home of the Purdue Boilermakers and the invention of the chicken nugget.

If you could be any fictional character, who would you be?
I would be Katniss Everdeen, from the Hunger Games, because she is driven, fierce, and witty.

Why did you choose USI?
Although I grew up a Boilermaker, I decided to plant my roots in Screaming Eagles territory for a few different reasons. First, I wanted a closer-knit campus, one that I could walk into any building and see a familiar face. Second, a campus that was smaller in size because I did not want to have to worry about running across campus in between classes. Third, I wanted to be on a safe campu. I cannot go ten minutes without seeing USI's public safety. Fourth, I loved the fact that USI feels like a huge family.

How did you make USI your home?
I made it my home by getting involved with the students I lived around, making friends with people I sat with in clas, and jumping for opportunities I wanted even though it was nerve wracking. I tried to stay on campus, kept my schedule busy with events and spent many nights in Rice Library. USI was a perfect fit for me but making connections with faculty and fellow peers made USI even more perfect.
Tips & Reminders