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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

* Innovation and Re-Investment Fund results for Spring 2016

The third round of grants from the Innovation and Re-Investment Fund have been awarded. The Programs Task Force received nine proposal submissions with combined funding requests in excess of $950,000.   

Four proposals will receive funding. Those receiving funding are listed below:

College of Engineering and Computer Science: Creates a software engineering program.  $122,370 over two years.

Advancement/Development: Establishes a corporate and foundation relations position along with a mid-year research analyst. $105,150 one-time.

Enrollment Services: Additional year of funding of the Slate CRM system. $50,000 one-time.

Admissions: Three proposals were submitted to enhance the campus visit experience along with Harlaxton promotion and way-finding. The Programs Task Force recommended these three proposals be partially funded in a “block” of funds.  $75,000 one-time.

Congratulations to those receiving funding! The full proposals for those listed above can be found here in AceLink. The submission deadline for the fourth and final round is September 1, 2016.   


Upcoming Events

* Summer Healthy Behavior Challenge 2016

Would you like to earn $150 in HRA credit? If so, then you should Join the Summer Healthy Behavior Challenge. Activities include tracking exercise, fluid intake, and weekly wellness challenges. To sign up go to AceLink>Areas>Employee Medical Clinic> Healthy Behavior Sign-up. For questions, contact Ashley Chipps at


Info You Should Know

* 2016-17 Andiron Lecture Series call for papers

UE faculty and administrators as well as members of the Evansville community are invited to submit an abstract for papers on any aspect of their research or expertise for the 2016-17 Andiron Lectures in the Liberal Arts and Sciences. All disciplines and fields of study are welcome to submit proposals. Reading time for papers is approximately 40 minutes. Deadline for abstract submission is June 30.

Please send the following by e-mail to Annette Parks at

  • A 50-word abstract
  • Name, academic affiliation/ occupation
  • Paper title and contact information

If you have already agreed to do an Andiron lecture for 2016-17, please submit a brief bio and photo for the series flyer as soon as it is convenient for you to provide them.

Nominations for off-campus speakers can be sent by e-mail to Andiron Lecture committee members Mohammad Azarian, Robert Baines, John Meredig, Wes Milner, Annette Parks, or John Stamm.

* PH 195 offered online in Summer II

PH 195, Global Health Issues, will be taught online in Summer II, June 20 - July 22. The course fulfills Overlay A (Diversity: International). If you have any questions about the course, contact assistant professor of public health Payal Patel-Dovlatabadi at

* Federal student tax scam alert

One of the newest tax scams making the rounds is directed at college and university students and involves what's called a federal student tax.

Here is how it works. A call is made directly to a student. The caller has some piece of information that links the student to the call, something like the name of the college or university they attend, or a more personal item, all of which is used to make the call seem more real.

The caller then tells the student they owe a federal student tax, which is something that does not exist, but the caller is very well equipped to make the student believe it does. While the student is trying to understand what the caller is talking about, the caller demands money and wants it wired through untraceable methods. And then, if confronted by the student, the caller makes threats to report the student to the police, the IRS, or whatever agency or person they think will make the student bolt into action and send a payment or provide personal information, both of which should never be done.

So, what to do? Be aware of the federal student tax scam, talk to your kids or grandkids, and understand the best course of action when you or your student gets one of these calls is to just hang up. But that does not always end the process. We are warning students that a caller who has been rebuked may have someone else call again, with an even graver message. However, with the knowledge that the federal student tax does not exist and that the IRS does not make these types of calls (the IRS will send a letter first if anything is owed), students, parents, and grandparents can be more empowered to discuss and handle these situations.

If you or a student you know receives one of these calls, make sure it is reported to the IRS. And, tell your friends; they may be the next targets for this tax scam.

* Thursday afternoon golf outings

The employees of the University of Evansville are again invited to play golf with other UE employees on Thursday afternoons during the summer months. The UE golf outings will be on Thursdays at 3:00 p.m. at Fendrich golf course. You can reserve your tee time by contacting Debbie Kassenbrock in the Center for Academic Advising at by 3:00 p.m. on the Wednesday prior to the outing.

* Please renew or consider payroll deductions for fiscal year 2016

The Office of Development is concluding another great fiscal year. Its accomplishments in 2015-16 would not have happened without your help. When employees give, it sends a clear message that we are a community that truly believes in our students and our university. Please consider supporting UE this fiscal year.

The Office of Development encourages you to complete the payroll deduction form by June 24 for a first deduction of July 1. Payroll deduction forms will be dispersed this week.

Contact Jennifer Jacobs at ext. 2021 or for more information or if you have any questions.

* COMM 380 offered online in Summer II

COMM 380, Intercultural Communication, will be taught online in Summer II, June 20 - July 22. The course fulfills core Outcome 9 and Overlay A (Diversity: International). If you have any questions about the course format contact Dean Thomlison, UE emeritus professor, at



* Department of Art wishes Carol Arney well in retirement

Carol Arney, Department of Art administrative assistant, will be retiring on June 10. After 26 years at the University, she will be immensely missed. The Department of Art faculty members, both present and past, celebrated her retirement with dinner at Biaggi’s and presented her with gifts in appreciation of her devotion to art. The department wishes that all the years ahead bring her great joy and relaxation!

Submitted by Carol Arney
* Grant obtained for participation in NASA University student launch initiative

David Unger, professor of mechanical and civil engineering, has received a $5,000 grant from the Indiana Space Grant Consortium to support a UE student team that will design, build, launch, and recover a high powered rocket at a competition sponsored by the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. This competition, which takes place in April 2017, requires the rocket to reach an altitude of one mile while conducting two scientific experiments on board.

* Ralph Larmann has painting accepted into national competitive juried exhibition

Ralph Larmann, professor of art, had the painting Suspension Valley accepted into Subliminal: Hidden Messages, a national competitive juried exhibition that is being hosted by the Arts Council of Southeast Missouri in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Only 35 works were accepted for exhibition by St. Louis juror Ali Cavanaugh. An opening reception and awards ceremony is scheduled for June 3, from 5:00-9:00 p.m. at the gallery, located at 32 North Main Street, in Cape Girardeau. The exhibition will continue at that space until June 30 then move to the Arts Council’s new location for the remainder of the show’s duration. More information about the exhibition, hours, and the new gallery space is available at

Suspention Valley

* Global Scholars for the 2016-17 academic year

The Institute for Global Enterprise is pleased to announce the Global Scholars for the 2016-17 academic year. Congratulations to Jeffrey Braun, department chair and professor of physics; George Iber, professor of education; Richard Maass, assistant professor of political science; Valerie Milholland, adjunct professor of art; and Gail Vignola, academic director of the Writing Center. Each Global Scholar will receive a stipend and travel allowance.

Visit this website to read a brief description of each project.

As Global Scholars, the recipients of this award will engage in scholarship, curriculum development, and activities related to preparing our students and community for global leadership, citizenry, and success. The Global Scholars program is supported by the John H. Schroeder Global Scholar Endowed Fund and the Lilly Endowment.


Thank You

* UE Dragon Boat Team

Thanks to everyone who helped UE’s team at the Dragon Boat race - setting up the UE area, grilling food, paddling (in the rain), and cheering for us! The day was an overall success and UE ended up with the Spirit Award. The trophy is on display in the library. Be sure to check it out.



* Aces Women's Basketball adds two assistant coaches

University of Evansville interim head women’s basketball coach Matt Ruffing has announced the hiring of assistant coaches Bailey Harmon and Omega Tandy, effective immediately.

“We are very excited to add Bailey and Omega to our staff, the athletic department, and this university. Both had successful playing careers and will be great mentors for our players,” Ruffing commented. “Their coaching experience will be an asset on the court and on the recruiting trail as we search for young women of outstanding character, competitive drive, and those that have the desire to be the very best. I am excited to get both of them in town and working for our program.”

Harmon comes to UE after spending a total of four years with the women’s basketball program at Western Illinois, three of those seasons as an assistant coach for the Leathernecks. She helped the program advance to the Women’s Basketball Invitational in 2016 where they won the first postseason game in its history. It was also the first postseason appearance for WIU in 10 years.

She coached eight All-League selections in her time at WIU, including Ashley Luke, who was the 2014-15 Summit League Player of the Year. Luke was also the COSIDA Academic All-America of the Year.

A native of Independence, Missouri, Harmon played college ball at Illinois-Springfield, serving as the captain in her junior and senior seasons. She remains in the record books for making the most 3-point field goals in a season. Prior to her time at UIS, she played at Cottey College, a NJCAA program in Nevada, Missouri, where she was First Team All-Region and an NJCAA Academic All-American. The 2012 graduate of UIS earned her degree in mathematics and completed her master’s degree in sport management at WIU in 2014. Harmon and her husband, Chad Harmon, were married in May of 2015 and have a dog, Hooper.

“I'm honored and blessed to have an opportunity to work with Coach Ruffing and his wonderful staff,” Harmon said. “There are a lot of positive things happening at UE. Evansville is a one of a kind place with a great tradition and I can't thank Coach Ruffing enough for believing in me and giving me a chance to help him build a successful program on and off the court. Aces Aces!”

As a player, Tandy played for both Duquesne and Cleveland State. With the Vikings, she earned the captaincy and led the team in scoring. She left CSU ranking among the best in school history in minutes played and three-point percentage.

Following her college career, Tandy began coaching AAU in the Indianapolis area for eight seasons, assisting in several student-athletes advancing their careers to the collegiate level.

In 2008-09, she served as an assistant coach for Hall of Famer Stan Benge at Ben Davis High School in Indianapolis. The squad won the state and national championship on their way to a perfect 30-0 mark. Last year, Tandy was the head coach at Hamilton Heights High School in Arcadia, Indiana, and helped the squad to an impressive turnaround as she implemented a culture changes.

The 2006 CSU graduate earned a degree in sociology and worked in child abuse and neglect prevention/preservation. Tandy is married to George Tandy IV, who played for the men’s basketball squad at Cleveland State and had a professional career in Germany. The couple has two daughters – Aven Rae (5) and Grace (4).

“My family and I thank God and Coach Ruffing for the opportunity to join the Purple Aces family. The University of Evansville’s mission of developing students’ skills and wisdom to lead and serve parallel my purpose as a wife, mother, and coach,” Tandy explained. “I believe in Coach Ruffing’s vision for academic excellence, accountability, pride, and building self confidence in the student-athletes we serve. I look forward to learning under his tutelage and further developing myself as a coach.”


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