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Monday, August 18, 2014

* Fall Conference 2014 with Concurrent Session Schedule

The University of Evansville Fall Conference is set for Tuesday, August 19. Faculty, administrators and staff are all invited to a cookie reception, which will be held in the Matt Williams Lobby in Shanklin Theatre at 12:30 p.m. President Kazee will address faculty, administrators and staff in the opening session of the conference at 1:30 p.m. in Shanklin Theatre.

Later in the afternoon, faculty will break into groups for syllabi workshops.

The activities continue with the Family Picnic for faculty, administrators and staff starting at 4:30 p.m.

Concurrent sessions are scheduled for Wednesday, August 20 for faculty and administrators starting at 9:00 a.m. in the Schroeder Family School of Business Building. 

Complete Schedule of Fall Conference Concurrent Sessions for August 20

9:00-9:50 AM 
Internationalization and UE – Wes Milner SB 170

In this session, various aspects of UE’s comprehensive internationalization will be examined. In addition to a brief update on our quality initiative (Developing Responsible, Global Citizens), participants will be exposed to myriad ways to benefit from and engage in the university’s international programs. This ranges from incorporating international students into existing curricula, to developing short-term programs abroad, to investigating course and research collaboration with international partners, to working with colleagues on curricular and co-curricular projects surrounding socially responsible, interfaith, and experiential opportunities. All faculty, staff, and administrators are welcome to engage in the discussion. 

10:00-10:50 AM 
Where are they Now? – Gene Wells and Sylvia DeVault  SB 271

Learn how academic departments are using LinkedIn to track their graduates.  Also see how faculty can use alumni information to promote their academic programs.

Don’t Worry, Be Happy – Amy Hall SB 162
Does measuring and evaluating student learning outcomes in LiveText have you down? Stop worrying and come to this session which includes group work, interaction, fun music, chocolate, and fabulous prizes. Find out how to use your time effectively in implementing best practices in evaluation of learning outcomes in the LiveText platform. Topics will include how to measure outcomes, rubric development, and running LiveText reports. Bring the outcomes you need to measure with you and any questions you have about program evaluation.


11:00-11:50 AM
Transitions From Military to College – Cherie Leonhardt and Panel SB 173

With the onset of the Post 9/11 GI Bill and Yellow Ribbon Award, UE is seeing more veteran and current service member students.  These students bring varied experiences with them that impact our campus.  Please join us as we learn more about their unique needs and contributions as students. Special guests Scott Garrison, U.S. Navy Veteran and current UE student, Derek Jones, U.S. Army National Guard Veteran and UE assistant professor, as well as, Mr. Paul Greene, U.S. Air Force Veteran and Team Leader at the Evansville Vet Center, will share their insights.

Opportunities for Collaborative Student Project Work – Jill Griffin  SB 172
This session will be a panel discussion highlighting opportunities and possibilities for collaborative student project work. A panel of faculty members and a student involved in cross-disciplinary project-based learning will offer insights
on the role these experiential opportunities can play in educating our students and preparing them for the future. Hear about “Project Guatemala,” “Project Dominican Republic,” “Project Jezreel,” “Project Deaconess,” and “Project Curvo Labs.”  Panel Members include Jennie Ebeling, Stephanie Frazier, Amy Hall, Mark Shifflet, and student, David Work.

1:00-1:50 PM
New Realities in Admissions – Shane Davidson SB 162

For more than four decades, enrollment managers have shaped their strategies around the model of the enrollment “funnel,” which provided an effective metaphor for the process of advancing students from the prospect pool to the subsequent categories of inquirers, applicants, admits and—if the stars align for a particular institution—enrollees. Today, due to shifting demographics, the role of technology, and altered patterns of student behavior, the traditional funnel management approach is proving inadequate to the challenge of meeting institutional enrollment goals. Colleges that wish to remain successful in the face of these rapidly changing dynamics need to employ a new paradigm, one that uses more sophisticated search strategies and new metrics to track and enroll the desired number of students who are a good fit for the institution. This session will highlight the “happenings” in admission to accomplish our enrollment goals. 

Classroom Burglary – Kristie Hochwender and Panel SB 173
Stephen Brookfield, the keynote speaker at this year’s Teaching Professor Conference, notes that a skillful college teacher is “a good burglar”—always on the lookout for what can be learned from another teacher and adapted to one’s own classroom. In this session, you’ll hear what faculty members who attended that conference burgled for their classrooms—and you might find some techniques, tips, and resources worth adapting for yours. Topics include (but are not limited to):
• programs connecting STEM content to critical local, national, and global challenges,
• ways to enhance reading comprehension in FYS,
• techniques for effective group work,
• ways to increase mindfulness in the classroom, and
• approaches to active learning that keep introverts in mind.
Faculty members include Cris Hochwender, Kristie Hochwender, Lisa Kretz, Joni McFelea, Annette Parks, and Lesley Pleasant.


Do You Need Funding for a Project? – Jack Barner SB 70

To a lot of the campus community, how the Development office goes about raising funding for UE is a mystery.  People wonder about how the priorities are established, and how they can get on that list.  This session will try to answer some of these questions and concerns.  There will be an open conversation about the priorities of the Development office and the following questions will be answered specifically:
• Can the resources of the Development Office work for me, my department or college?
• What resources are available?
• What is the process, and how do I start?
• Are there examples of this process working on campus?
• Additional Questions about fundraising at UE?

The New Center for Career Development – Gene Wells SB 172
The Center for Career Development has a new organizational structure and Phase III Grant from the Lilly Endowment. Learn about:
1. How your students may receive travel stipends to interview in Indiana for professional employment, experiential education or graduate school enrollment. 
2. Continuing good news, funding is still available for students to receive stipends for experiential education for unpaid positions.
3. Expanded programming.


UE Anti-Bias Team and Training - LaNeeça R. Williams SB 271

This session will explore strategies that will be used to employ a team of students at UE to raise awareness, build community, and assure institutional responses to societal isms through training. The session will share strategies for building an anti-bias team at the University of Evansville while paying close attention to the dynamics of power and privilege within social identity movements. Participants will understand the need for creating an inclusive school environment and how students will be engaged in building community. The team and training will become a part of the University’s core goal of modeling and teaching social responsibility in the local and global community. The training will occur through the Social Responsibility Certificate program offered this fall.

The Who, Where, and How of Grants and Sponsored Research – Whitney Hackler SB 173
New to navigating Curious about whether you can charge that expense to a grant? Or unsure about how to develop a competitive grant proposal? The Office of Grants and Sponsored Programs serves as a one-stop shop for UE faculty, staff, and students pursuing funding for research, scholarly and creative activities, and public service. This session will provide an overview of OGSP services, proposal and budget development tips, and time to answer any questions related to grants, contracts, and external funding. 

* Fall Conference Faculty Syllabi Workshop - August 19

Schedule for Faculty Syllabit Workshop on August 19:

Engineering - Facilitator Phil Gerhart - Room 271 in Koch Center

Education and EXSS - Facilitator Paul Parkison - Room 243 in Graves Hall

Health Sciences - Facilitator Amy Hall - Room 105 in Graves Hall

SF School of Business - Facilitator Greg Rawski - Room 271 in Schroeder Family School of Business Building

Fine Arts - Facilitator Diane Brewer - Room 68 in Schroeder Family School of Business Building

First Year Seminar - Facilitator Diane Brewer - Room 68 in Schroeder Family School of Business Building

Humanities - Facilitator Heide Strobel - Room 126 (Math Computer Classroom) in Koch Center

Math and Science - Facilitator John Stamm - Room 201 in Hyde Hall

Social Science - Facilitator Mark Shifflet - Room 259 (Foreign Languages Lab) in Library

Library - Facilitator Mark Shifflet - Room 259 (Foreign Languages Lab) in Library


Upcoming Events

* Campus Community Prayer Service Scheduled for Tuesday, August 19

The UE campus community is invited to attend a brief Prayer Service for the Start of a New Academic Year and Campus Unity on Tuesday, August 19 at 11:00 a.m. in Neu Chapel. The 20-minute prayer service will serve as an opportunity to offer a word of peace and unity for our campus and the world in which we live.

Professor of Civil Engineering Mark Valenzuela will signal the beginning of the service with bagpipes at Clifford Circle. All are welcome to meet at Clifford Circle at 10:55 a.m. to join the procession to Neu Chapel or you may simply gather in Neu Chapel at 11:00 a.m. for the start of the service. In case of inclement weather, Dr. Valenzuela will begin in the narthex of Neu Chapel. 


Info You Should Know

* New International Students Arriving

New International students are arriving to campus for orientation.  Please join us in welcoming them to UE!  You may direct any new international students needing assistance to the International Orientation Leaders (IOLs) who are stationed at Rademacher’s in the Ridgway University Center from 10 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Monday, August 18 and Tuesday, August 19, and from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 20.

* Bookstore Weekend Hours

The UE Bookstore will have special hours this weekend, Aug 23 and 24. Open Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Sunday, Noon to 3 pm. Remember if you're picking up reservations or prepaid orders you MUST bring your student ID with you. 

* Sign up for United Way's Day of Caring

Each year UE supports United Way by allowing employees to volunteer during business hours on the United Way Day of Caring. This year it is Friday, September 5 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. (lunch will be provided at our site). UE employees who are interested in participating are asked to complete the volunteer form. Employees DO need supervisor approval, but are not required to take leave time to participate. UE employees will volunteer again this year with Evansville ARC on several projects. The projects are listed on the volunteer form. Please indicate your preference of projects and we will try to accommodate your choice. UE has been a proud leader in Day of Caring participation in past years.

All Day of Caring workers are invited to an early morning breakfast and program at the Old National Events Plaza in downtown Evansville before you start work from 7 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. Evansville ARC and United Way greatly appreciate your time, hard work, and willingness to serve our community. Thank you!

Please fill out the volunteer form and return it to Brian Conner in Ridgway University Center 229 by August 22 (if you want to be able to choose your T-shirt size) and no later than August 29 (your choice of T-shirt size cannot be guaranteed after the 22nd). Questions? Contact Brian Conner at ext. 1107 or bc32. 

* Announcing UE Beverage Suppliers

Pepsi Beverages Company (Pepsi) and RC Beverage Company (RC) have recently completed new agreements with UE. Pepsi will continue to offer its well-known variety of products that include Pepsi, Mountain Dew, Dr. Pepper, Orange Crush, Sierra Mist products along with many others. RC brings to UE many popular brands such as 7-Up, Sunkist, Big Red, RC and other great offerings in both fountain and vending. RC Beverage also distributes Snapple, All Sport, Sunny D, A&W Root Beer, Canada Dry Ginger Ale, Country Time Lemonade, Hawaiian Punch, Red Bull and a variety of waters along with many other beverages in sizes appropriate for either vending machines, C-store or both. While there will be no Pepsi beverage equipment changes across campus, the transition to RC beverage equipment and the removal of previous beverage provider’s equipment has begun. 

Look for upcoming announcements about beverage sampling opportunities and promotions for the campus community provided by the RC Beverage Company. 

* Families needed for UE Global Friends & Families

With the start of a new semester quickly approaching, the Office of Cultural Engagement and International Services is recruiting UE faculty, staff, alumni, and families to participate in our UE Global Friends & Families program. We're expecting approximately 130 international students to join campus this fall and need your help!

The program is very simple -- We match you (and your family) with a UE international student. This is not a home-stay program, and matches will vary in length due to differing academic programs offered for international students. Students want to experience true American culture through a meal around your table, the bleachers at your child's soccer game, or simply a conversation over a cup of coffee. We'll provide you with ideas along the way!

Find out more and register here ( to be a Global Family! Please direct any questions to



* UE Graduate Scott Fites Publishes in Nature

Nature MagazineBiology alumnus Scott Fites (’09) coauthored a research article titled “Amphibians acquire resistance to live and dead fungus overcoming fungal immunosuppression” in a recent issue of the journal Nature. The research was featured on the cover of the journal (see photo). Scott and his colleagues present experiments demonstrating that several species of frogs can overcome a fugal pathogen – one that has been implicated in the declines of many amphibian species worldwide – after repeated exposure and can even be immunized against it using dead pathogen. Scott is currently post-doctoral fellow at University of Wisconsin-Madison. 


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