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Thursday, July 19, 2018

Upcoming Events

* Last session in UE Summer Yoga Series set for Aug. 13

FREE Summer Yoga will be offered this summer from noon-1:00 p.m. in Carson Center. 

A session is planned for August 13: Yoga for Stress Management.

RSVP to Stacey Shanks, ss581@evansville.edu

Submitted by Stacey Shanks ss581@evansville.edu

Info You Should Know

* In-House office supply form has been revised

Effective immediately - central receiving is now accepting the newest version of the in-house office supply order form (dated 7/2018) which includes updated pricing. The revised in-house office supply order form is available on the central receiving and purchasing websites in AceLink. Please note that previous versions of the in-house form will no longer be accepted as of August 28. Please e-mail your questions to centralreceiving@evansville.edu or call ext. 1067.

Submitted by Kim Winsett kw83@evansville.edu

* August Pcard training location change

Due to the number of individuals attending the upcoming August 7th Pcard training, we have moved the training session to Room 100 in Graves Hall. For questions, contact Kim Winsett at ext. 2940 or KW83@evansville.edu.

Submitted by Kim Winsett kw83@evansville.edu

* UE History Wall and Alumni Board project installed in Ridgway

A permanent display highlighting UE history and traditions was recently installed in the Ridgway University Center in the back hallway leading to the University Bookstore. This project was initiated and sponsored by the UE Alumni Association Board of Directors with art history students researching and writing much of the text. Check it out and learn more about our great tradition. 

Submitted by Sylvia DeVault sy5@evansville.edu 

* Hiring for UE AmeriCorps campus position

Applicants are now being sought for the positon of a ScholarCorps AmeriCorps member at UE. The ScholarCorps AmeriCorps member will be required to complete a minimum 1,700 hours of service from August 6, 2018-July 31, 2019.

The Indiana Commission for Higher Education’s ScholarCorps AmeriCorps program engages volunteers in full-time AmeriCorps service. AmeriCorps is a network of national service programs that engage more than 75,000 Americans each year in intensive service to meet critical needs in education, public safety, health, and the environment. Members who successfully complete a minimum 1,700 hours of AmeriCorps service will receive a modest living allowance and are eligible to receive a $5,920 AmeriCorps Education Award. AmeriCorps Education Awards can be used to repay qualified student loans, or pay the cost of attending a qualified institution of higher education.

ScholarCorps AmeriCorps members are placed at select colleges and universities across Indiana and serve as an on-campus resource to freshman and sophomore 21st Century Scholar students enrolled at that institution. The program aims to increase 21st Century Scholar retention and success by providing on-campus programming, direct support and connecting students to various on-campus resources, information and services needed to be successful in college.
Each ScholarCorps AmeriCorps member will be charged with providing Scholars with resources in alignment with four programmatic goal areas including:

  • Academic performance and persistence
  • Student engagement and enrichment
  • Career exploration and preparation
  • Financial literacy and debt management.

ScholarCorps AmeriCorps members also receive training and professional development and participate in National Days of Service as a member of the statewide AmeriCorps program.

Primary service activities and related tasks:

  • Increase student retention and success by providing on-campus programming and direct support to 21st Century Scholars
  • Track and monitor the academic performance of Scholars (mid-term and end of semester) and refer at-risk Scholars to on-campus tutoring, advising and academic support services
  • Connect Scholars with ongoing job-and career-related exploration resources, including career interest inventories, assessments, career services, job-shadowing and internships through EARN Indiana
  • Enhance the overall collegiate experience for 21st Century Scholars by providing meaningful networking and social opportunities, leadership development programing and civic engagement activities
  • Monitor and support Scholar progress toward meeting scholarship eligibility requirements (e.g., 30 credit hour completion, state FAFSA filing deadline, satisfactory academic progress, etc.)
  • Plan and organize a minimum of two (2) all-Scholar volunteer service projects (e.g., Make a Difference Day, MLK Day of Service, Earth Day, etc.)
  • Assist in data collection related to volunteer mobilization and Scholar participation for semi-annual progress reports
  • Participate in ScholarCorps Member trainings, orientation and professional development opportunities (e.g., statewide conferences, trainings, events, etc.)

Please share this information with anyone that might be interested in being an AmeriCorps paid member on the UE Campus. Position starts August 6!

Send inquires to Stacey Shanks ss581@evansville.edu or Angie Dawson at ad5@evansville.edu.

Submitted by Stacey Shanks, ss581@evansville.edu

* Thursday afternoon golf outings

The employees at the University of Evansville are again invited to play golf on Thursday afternoons at 3:00 p.m. at Fendrich golf course. Please make a tee time by contacting Debbie Kassenbrock in the Center for Academic Advising by 11:00 a.m. on Thursdays at dk26@evansville.edu or 812-488-2605. 

Submitted by Debbie Kassenbrock dk26@evansville.edu 

Congratulations

* UE student Tyra Baker earns Gold Badge in coding

Tyra Baker holding Award CertificateUniversity of Evansville student Tyra Baker of Dillsboro, Indiana, has earned a Gold Badge in coding through a partnership between the Independent Colleges of Indiana and Eleven Fifty Academy. Baker is majoring in economics at UE.

This was the second summer for Smart Launch Tech, a coding program designed for liberal arts students. One hundred percent of the 19 students from 14 private colleges around the state completed the month-long program on June 29, each earning the industry- and state-recognized Gold Badge Certification from Eleven Fifty, headquartered at Launch Fishers. 

The students learned the basics of HTML, CSS and Java Script in a four-week boot camp held on the campus of Franklin College during the month of June. They completed assignments demonstrating badge competencies and compiled an e-portfolio, presented at the end of the program. Featured speaker at the Gold Badge award ceremony was Scott Jones, founder of Eleven Fifty and veteran early-stage entrepreneur, inventor, strategist, and venture capitalist.

In addition to coding, students were exposed to the wide range of career possibilities within the tech field, including project and marketing management, data analysis, compliance, security, and design. Students also traveled to Indianapolis tech businesses including High Alpha, Pattern89, Kinney Group, and One Click.  During these visits, they had the chance to speak with company leaders and employees and gain exposure to tech working environments and protocols.

Smart Tech Launch was created to marry the technical skills of coding with the problem-solving approach of a liberal arts education.

“Technology alone is not enough,” Apple founder Steve Jobs said. “It’s technology married with liberal arts, married with the humanities, that yields results that makes our hearts sing.”

Funders for this summer’s program, made available to students free-of-charge, included ICI, a nonprofit association representing the 30 private, nonprofit colleges and universities in the Hoosier state; Eleven Fifty Academy, a nonprofit dedicated to producing technology and talent; and the Council of Independent Colleges through a venture fund grant.  Sustainability planning is now underway.

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