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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

* Mechanical Problems Causing Reduction in Campus Air Conditioning - Repairs Underway Now

Due to mechanical problems with the chilled water production equipment in the central plant, the ability to provide air conditioning to most campus buildings has been significantly reduced. Repairs are underway and service will be returned to normal as soon as possible.

* OTS Laptops Available for Those Wanting to Work in Cooler Area

The Office of Technology Services has laptops that can be checked out by UE personnel who would like to go work in a cooler area. Manager of Client Services Michael Smith says there are currently about 20 laptops available. Just come to the Help Desk in OTS and ask to check one out!

* UE Personnel Welcome to Take Break from Heat in Schroeder Hall TV Lounge!

Due to the air conditiiong problems on campus, Residence Life has opened up the Schroeder Hall TV Lounge for University personnel who would like to come over and take a break from the heat. The entrance to the Schroeder Hall TV Lounge are the doors closest to the 5/3rd Bank Basketball Practice Facility. Schroeder Hall has its own AC unit so it is unaffected by the chillers being down.

Call 812-306-4446 if you have any questions!
 

* YOU Can Make an IMPACT! Here's How

It is an exciting time at the University of Evansville as we explore the many ways we IMPACT the lives of our students and the community – near and far. Each of us has the opportunity to shape how we demonstrate our UE mission to the world. Among other things, you can share ideas for new projects or new ways to do existing ones, offer constructive criticism, compliment the work of a co-worker, etc.

A new process has been implemented to make it easy for you to do that. It’s called Meaningful Connections and we promise, this is not your grandma’s suggestion box! Just follow these easy steps:

1) Go to https://webadvisor.evansville.edu.
2) Select either Students or Employees menu option.
3) Under “Meaningful Connections”, select Make an IMPACT – Share Your Ideas
4) Select the category for your impact (they are self explanatory and if all else fails, choose “other”).
5) Give a description of your suggestion, compliment, or opportunity for improvement (you can even include electronic artwork, pictures, or documents).
6) You will receive a Thank You splash screen acknowledging your Meaningful Connection was successfully entered into the system and it will be forwarded to the appropriate Vice President for review and follow up.

Upcoming Events

* TIAA-CREF Counseling Appointments

The TIAA-CREF representative will be on the UE campus on Tuesday, July 23 and Thursday July 25, for individual counseling sessions. To schedule an appointment, call TIAA-CREF at 1-800-732-8353 or 317-706-6200. The sessions are held in the Clifford Rare Books Room of the University Libraries (room 158). If you have any questions, call Carol McCraney at extension 2943.

* Help Us Celebrate Dan Miller's Retirement Today

The UE community is invited to join us for a reception on Wednesday, July 17 from 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. in Dunigan Lounge in the Schroeder School of Business. We’ll be celebrating Dan Miller’s “retirement” as he transitions from the Executive Director of the Institute for Global Enterprise into the role of its first Global Executive-in-Residence. Dan has also served the University as a long-term member of the Institute for Global Enterprise Advisory Board, Board of Visitors, and Board of Trustees. Dan graduated from UE in 1970 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. For more information, contact ck116@evansville.edu.

Info You Should Know

* Special Hours for UE Bookstore

The UE Bookstore will have special hours during the coming week. During the week of July 8-12, the store will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. On Saturday, July 13, the Bookstore will be open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. due to the Admissions Open House. If you have any questions please contact the Bookstore.

Congratulations

* Mark Davis Presents Microbiology Education Poster at the 113th ASM Conference

Associate Professor of Biology Mark Davis gave a presentation titled "Developing Interest in Graduate Studies by Increasing Interactions Between Undergraduate Students and Experienced Research Scientists" at the national conference of the 113th annual general meeting of the American Society for Microbiology in Denver. 

A summary of his research and findings:  The common undergraduate student seldom has significant interactions with successful senior research professionals. This project hypothesized that by increasing student/researcher interactions, through a class assignment, more students would be interested in exploring options in graduate education. A project that consisted of students performing a literature search on a senior researcher and subsequently contacting and interviewing that researcher was designed. The students were then required to present their scientific and personal findings about their senior scientist to their peers in the class. After several rounds of the assignment, student comments along with student assessments of the course were collected and scrutinized.  Student career profile data was obtained and analyzed. Students overwhelmingly enjoyed the assignment with the majority of students stating that they believed the barrier between senior researcher and student no longer inhibited their interactions with faculty and researchers. The statistical data showed a significant increase in graduate school matriculation from a level of 15%, which correlates to the national average, before the assignment to 43% after the assignment.

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