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Thursday, July 30, 2015

* Fire Alarm Testing

Vanguard has begun Fire Alarm Sensitivity testing on campus. As each building is tested the alarm will intermittently go off. (Since this is just a test of the alarm, there is no need to leave the building when the alarm sounds.) Physical Plant and Security will know on a daily basis which buildings Vanguard is working in. The testing will be done between 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Testing should be completed by Tuesday, August 11. Any concerns or schedule conflicts please contact the Physical Plant at 488-2775. 


From the President

* Connections with Kazee: July 2015

This month, Dr. Kazee joins us from the construction site of the new McCarthy Greenhouse with updates about renovations across campus. He also talks about this year’s Freshman Edge class project and introduces a new documentary, From the Ashes, about the 1977 UE Men’s basketball team. Finally, he invites the UE community to submit feedback to our accrediting body, the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). A team from HLC will be visiting campus in the spring. Click here to watch the July podcast. 


Info You Should Know

* Research Participants Needed

Tight hamstrings? Sick of stretching? Many people struggle with muscle tightness. Despite its prevalence, it continues to pose unique challenges to rehab and fitness professionals. It negatively affects performance and can lead to injuries.

We are currently investigating new, innovative treatment techniques to resolve hamstring tightness. If you struggle to touch your toes and can give us 15-20 minutes of your time, we may be able to help you improve your mobility in a way stretching never could.

If you’re interested please email Dr. Bethany Huebner at for more information.

* Ellucian Colleague and WebAdvisor Down Time - Fiscal Year-End Procedures

As part of fiscal year-end procedures, Ellucian Colleague (what many still call “Datatel”) and WebAdvisor will be unavailable on Tuesday August 4th from 4:30 PM Central until 7:00 PM Central.  Accounting and audit staff will need to have a “quiet system” in order to complete their procedures.  This down time will affect anyone who uses the WebUI interface or the WebAdvisor interface.  Please inform all student workers, volunteer workers, or other non-UE employees of this down time as well.

Please plan to log out of any active sessions on that date prior to 4:30 PM.  As a reminder, WebUI sessions do not end if you simply close your browser – you must use the “Logout” button located in the upper-right-hand of the interface.

Failure to use the “Logout” button could cause a session to remain active for up to 45 minutes after closing the browser, locking up one of our limited licenses and delaying this procedure.

Hopefully, the procedure will take less time than the allotted 2.5 hours.  In any event, we will inform all users of the availability of the systems once we’ve returned to our normal operations.

* Network Upgrade Activity this Weekend

OTS plans to install the new network core switches beginning on Friday (31st) at 6:00 pm and completing Sunday (2nd) by 5:00 pm.  While they do not anticipate any extended outages during this installation, there may be intermittent disruptions as we bring new equipment online.  Phones may also drop momentarily during the switchover.  They appreciate your patience during this upgrade.  

* Test Your Knowledge - Take the UE Storm Water Survey

Click on the following link to find out about UE's storm water program, and how you can help protect our rivers and streams:

If you have any questions, call ext. 2597.

* Campus to be Tobacco-Free!

In support of the health and wellbeing of the campus community, the University is going Tobacco-Free.

Starting next week, the use of all tobacco products and electronic smoking devices (e-cigarettes) are prohibited at school sanctioned and/or sponsored activities or functions on campus. The use of these products and devices is also prohibited in all University buildings, residential housing, approved University housing, rental properties, grounds, athletic facilities, parking lots, University-owned or leased vehicles, and privately owned vehicles on University grounds.

A full description on this policy and available resources can be found here:

Obtain free information and literature from the Office of Counseling and Health Education or our campus Health Center. Health Education coordinates regularly scheduled cessation sessions open to the campus community.

* Move In Day Greeters Needed

Attention faculty and staff, it is time once again to welcome a new class to the University of Evansville. As has been our tradition, we are looking for faculty and staff members to volunteer for a 2 hour shift on Saturday, August 22nd to coordinate the movers and welcome students living in the Residence Halls along with their families. All materials and directions will be provided, we just need people to assist with the process. To sign up for a shift, please visit this site:

For further questions contact Geoff Edwards in the Center for Student Engagement at

* Library Collections Disrupted by Construction

Construction on the library’s 1st & 2nd floors is on target and the contractors will soon be moving upstairs to replace the ceilings, HVAC and lighting on 3rd & 4th. Once construction begins, we will have NO ACCESS to the 3rd & 4th floors until they are completed AFTER THE FALL SEMESTER BEGINS!

If you need UE books to place on fall course reserves, for research, for fun or for students, GET THEM NOW!

We have no idea when construction will begin but it will be soon. If you need help, have questions about access or want to browse, please call Meg Atwater-Singer at 812-488-2487 or email her at

* Institute for Global Enterprise Welcomes Erin Lewis Back to UE

Erin LewisWe are delighted to welcome Erin (Braun) Lewis to UE as program director to support the GAP program. Her primary focus will be to expand cross-disciplinary project engagement, a key objective for the Institute and the University. Resources made available by refinement in programming and consolidation in staffing at the Institute for Global Enterprise make possible this exciting addition to the University family. In addition to being an alumna of UE, she is also the daughter of UE physics professor Jeffrey Braun.

Most recently, Erin worked as former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor’s director of outreach at iCivics where she implemented national projects and developed interdisciplinary and experiential programming. She also established partnerships with former astronaut and senator John Glenn, documentary filmmaker Ken Burns, the George W. Bush Presidential Library, and many institutions across the country.

Prior to joining iCivics, Erin helped to create the Center for Civic Literacy at the Indiana University Public Policy Institute and served as the director of civic education at the Center for Law and Civic Education in Indianapolis. She is also a former United States Marine, having completed Officer Candidate School in Quantico.

Erin earned a Bachelor of Science in Political Science and Psychology from the University of Evansville and a Master of Public Affairs from Indiana University School for Public and Environmental Affairs where she was one of only three graduate students to receive the William M. Plater Civic Engagement Medallion for service to the community.

We are thrilled about the breadth and depth of experience Erin brings to this position. 

* Fitness Center Closed July 27-31

The Fitness Center will be closed Monday July 27 - Friday July 31 for resurfacing of the floors. 

* Welcome new employee Emily Hilbert to Accounting & Audit

Please join the Accounting & Audit department in welcoming Emily Hilbert as our Benefit & Accounting Clerk. She is providing assistance in the payroll, accounts payable, and accounting functions.

Emily has over 15 years’ experience in administrative areas of higher education, most recently at Earlham College. She also dedicated a portion of her career to applications support and providing training to groups on a variety of software programs.

Relocating from northern Indiana to be closer to family, Emily got here just in time to experience true southern Indiana heat and humidity! We are very excited to work with, share ideas, and get to know Emily. She can be found in Olmsted Hall, Room 213, by dialing extension 2038, or by e-mailing eh189.



* Knoester Publishes Edited Book

Assistant professor of education Matthew Knoester has just published a book he co-edited with current and former teachers at the Mission Hill School in the Boston. The book is entitled ""Teaching in Themes: An Approach to Schoolwide Learning, Creating Community, and Differentiating Instruction" and was published by Teachers College Press. Book chapters detail particular in-depth thematic units for multi-age learning. More information about the book can be found here: Receive a 20% discount with the code THEMES2015 until December 31, 2015. 

* Winner Announced for 'Name the UE Wireless' Contest

Mr. Troy Coppus was the winner of the Name the UE Wireless Contest! Troy will receive an AppleTV for his winning submissions, UEWiFi and UEWiFiGuest. 

* Maass interviewed for NPR on ISIS

Richard Maass, assistant professor of political science, was interviewed for an NPR report on Reclamation Studios, an Evansville-based initiative to counter ISIS' online marketing with a social media campaign discussing in simple terms the peaceful nature of the religion Islam. The NPR feature, including a quote from Maass' interview, can be listened to here: 

* Rania Mousa's paper is re-published in a new book on public affairs and administration

Rania Mousa, assistant professor of accounting, has been named the sole author of a book chapter in a 4-volume book titled, Public Affairs and Administration: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools and Applications. The book editors selected one of Mousa's existing peer-reviewed articles, E-Government Adoption in the United Kingdom: XBRL Project, to showcase one of the latest tools and technologies in the field of global public affairs and administration. The book is published by IGI Global. Visit the chapter's website: 

* UE Development & Alumni Relations Office Welcomes New Development Officer

Please join the Development and Alumni Relations Department in welcoming Tyler White as a new Development Officer. Tyler is a 2014 UE alumnus with a BA in Creative Writing. He most recently served as Development Director at the United Methodist Youth Home of Evansville. Tyler will be responsible for soliciting major gifts on behalf of the University of Evansville with specific focus on capital projects. He will be in the Igleheart Building and can be reached by phone at (812)488-3456 or at 

Welcome to the UE Team, Tyler! 


Sympathy to...

* Kathryn Bartelt and Family

Condolences to Associate Professor Emerita Kathryn Bartelt of the University Libraries on the recent death of her mother, Kathryn Lawson. A native of Evansville, Mrs. Lawson graduated from Evansville College in 1939. During World War II she served in the Women's Army Corps, and she was commissioned as an officer in 1943. She served as commanding officer over 12 companies at Fort Oglethorpe in Georgia. After the war, she served in the Army Reserves, and later attended Indiana University, where she earned a master's degree.

Kathryn was recalled to active duty during the Korean War, and served at Fort Benjamin Harrison in Indianapolis where she met her future husband, Harold "Dick" Lawson. The Lawsons lived at military bases in the U.S., Germany, and Japan until 1968 when they moved to Chanute Air Force base in Illinois. Kathryn worked in civil service at the base until it closed; then she and her husband retired to Newburgh to live near their family.

Kathryn died on Thursday morning, July 23 at the age of 96. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dick Lawson. She is survived by her children Kathryn and Richard, and by their families. Memorial contributions may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church.


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