University of Evansville

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Tuesday, August 6, 2019

From the President

* Announcing: New Chief Diversity Officer, Rob Shelby PhD

Dear UE Community,

I am pleased to announce that we have chosen a new Chief Diversity Officer. Beginning August 1, Robert Shelby, PhD, will lead and coordinate the University’s efforts in all aspects of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Of course, Dr. Shelby is already part of the UE family and has been teaching sociology courses at the University since 2015 as an assistant professor.

In his new role, Dr. Shelby will have a direct reporting line to the president, will serve as an integral member of the president’s leadership team, and will lead the newly created Center for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.  Dr. Shelby will work closely with the Office of Student Affairs and the Office of Human Resources with responsibilities in multicultural affairs, institutional equity/Title IX, and university religious life.

Dr. Shelby earned his PhD from the University of Louisville in 2016 in applied sociology. He earned graduate degrees in sociology from Western Illinois University and communications from Trinity International University, and an undergraduate degree in youth ministry and biblical studies from Trinity International University. In addition to his higher education experience, Dr. Shelby worked as an engineering technician and served in the U.S. Army. 

Dr. Shelby has been married to Tricia for 26 years, and they have three adult daughters and one grandson.

During his time at UE, Dr. Shelby has served as a student and faculty mentor, as a member of the taskforce on race, and as a Title IX investigator.

“I’m most excited to work with students, faculty, staff, administrators, and alumni in this more actionable capacity,” said Dr. Shelby. “Being entrusted to educate our students in the classroom has been my honor and privilege. Now, I hope to extend my concern for diversity, equity, and inclusion to our entire learning community.”

Among his many duties, Dr. Shelby will manage the Diversity Resource Center, develop the annual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration, coordinate the Let’s Talk Diversity at UE events, serve as a mentor and advisor for multicultural and diversity-related student organizations, and work closely with internal and external constituencies to advance overall diversity and equity on campus.

“I am deeply humbled by the show of support from the UE community as I become the next Chief Diversity Officer,” Dr. Shelby said. “I firmly believe that if we can agree that every human being has inherent value, we owe it to one another to think deeply, plan effectively, and act empathetically about matters of diversity, equity, and inclusion at UE.”  

I cannot think of a better person to lead our diversity initiatives and I invite you to join me in welcoming him into his new role.

Please send a note of congratulations to Dr. Shelby at

With my best,
Prez P


Upcoming Events

* Fall Conference 2019

The opening session of the University of Evansville Fall Conference is Tuesday, August 13 at 1:30 p.m. in Shanklin Theatre. All faculty, staff, and administrators are welcome and encouraged to attend. Gather for the dessert reception as we come together to start the new year at 12:30 p.m. in the Matt Williams Lobby and Toyota Lounge, Hyde Hall. At the conclusion of the opening session, Hyde Hall will be open for all to tour.

Fall Conference will continue on Wednesday, August 14 with Concurrent Sessions in the Schroeder School of Business Building from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. All faculty, staff, and administrators are welcome to attend the Concurrent Sessions. Please see below for available sessions.

Please address questions to Tracey Folden at ext. 2509 or or Paula Heldt at ext. 2479 or

Submitted by Paula Heldt


Wednesday, August 14, 2019


Enrollment & Admission Update
Shane Davidson & Kenton Hargis
SB 170
This session will give a fall 2019 new student enrollment headcount update followed by initiatives and strategies for recruiting the fall 2020 class. In addition, we will include an update on strategic plan strategies and a look at the profile of students that were deposit drops.

Academic Support, Retention Initiatives & the Registrar
Stacey Shanks, Cherie Leonhardt, and Jennifer Briggs
SB 162
Academic Advising, Retention, and Registrar offices are all working together to provide new and continued academic supports for our students. Join us to re- familiarize yourself with what we do and hear our plans for new services. As always, we are interested in your feedback and any ideas related to our area.

Improve Student Outcomes through Career Development Resources
Dianna Cundiff, Linda Wulf, Kelly Bargeloh, and Gene Wells
SB 172
Get a quick overview of services and potential student funding for internships and professional outcomes from the staff at the Center for Career Development.



University Archives
Robb Waltner
SB 271
For this session, anyone who is interested in preserving university history is invited to have a discussion about the challenges. There has been no official university “archivist” since 1987. A partial university archives exists in the library, but with no staffing or budget, maintaining and expanding such a service is highly problematic. Therefore, I am interested in having a conversation with others on campus to discuss the direction we should take. Or should we rollback an effort that we are now challenged to support? How do we deal with the issues raised by new technology? Most “archival” products now are stored in email messages and on network drives (or OneDrive). In the future, will researchers be able to access that content? Or will university archives cease to be relevant over time? Over the course of the next year, I hope to gather feedback from the campus community and generate some ideas to provide a new direction for the operation.

Center for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Rob Shelby and Jill Griffin
SB 273
Learn about the findings and recommendations of the Equity Design Lab. Hear about the new Center for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and the role it will play in creating a more welcoming and inclusive environment for all at UE. Learn about procedures for addressing discrimination of all forms on campus and resources available to you and your students.

Content is King! But only if it sits on a worthy throne: How to give your best presentation without
sacrificing your content.

Bethany Huebner
This course will focus on specifically how educators can apply ideas of design and aesthetics to engage students in learning, improve retention, and overall satisfaction of course work. The course will introduce the why behind quality design, how it enhances student learning, and easy steps to incorporate design in the classroom. Primary mode of delivery will be lecture with visual aids both in presentation and handouts. A clear step-by-step implementation plan will be discussed and demonstrated for the participants.



The State of Higher Education
Michael Austin
SB 170
Colleges and Universities are profoundly affected by demographic shifts, technological developments, regulatory environments, and long-term trends in the industry. As we begin a new strategic planning process, it will be important for us to understand these external forces and how they will affect the University of Evansville in the mid- to long-term. Dr. Austin will describe the current national environment for higher education, focus especially on the impact of federal policies, demographics, and accrediting bodies on an industry that is going through a challenging series of gradual changes and abrupt disruptions.

UE’s New Branding
Amanda Campbell and Kim McDonald
SB 172
It’s more than just a logo! Join members of the marketing department to learn about services and resources for using the University’s new brand. Get answers to FAQs about marketing processes and get a sneak peek at materials using the new style, voice, and design. Also, learn how you can help identify stories of positive change among members of our campus. 

Study Abroad Opportunities
Holly Carter
SB 162
Students wishing for an experience beyond Harlaxton have great choices within the ISEP (International Student Exchange Network) or during the summer. In this session we will review how the ISEP exchange program works and how to help students wishing to study abroad. We will also review the summer options for students wishing to go abroad, which is a very popular option.





General Education
Mark Valenzuela and Kristina Hochwender
SB 170
When said (and done) thoughtfully, those three little words can make a lot of difference in the life of a university! In the wake of changes to the Enduring Foundations requirements and assessment, join Dr. Kristina Hochwender, Director of General Education, and Dr. Mark Valenzuela, Director of Accreditation and Assessment, in a discussion of results from previous cycles of assessment and plans for assessing general education in the future, including student outcomes in the areas of diversity, social responsibility, and writing across the curriculum. We will also reflect on how the data can be used to improve how well we help students develop the characteristics of a liberally educated citizen.

Utilizing University Technology
OTS Staff
Hyde 14
Join OTS as they walk you through the new equipment in Hyde Hall. They will be demonstrating how to use the dual projectors, touchscreen, and Elmo-like device in Hyde Hall classroom 14 as well as answering any questions. 

Geoff Edwards
SB 172
Have you heard of it? It is not just for Student Organizations. Offices hosting events that want to students to see and be invited to can use the system as well. This system produces information for the web calendar so come learn how your event can become better attended.



An Informal Conversation with Prez P
President Christopher M. Pietruszkiewicz
Dunigan Lounge

Harlaxton: Past, Present and Future
Holly Carter, Wes Milner, and Jill Griffin
SB 271
Come learn about the Harlaxton Impact Study and provide ideas on how best to measure the tremendous impact Harlaxton has had over the years on students and the community. Share your thoughts and ideas for the upcoming 50th Year Anniversary. Get information and provide input on potential developments at Harlaxton including internships, change making, calendar modifications, and other possibilities for the future.

Stop the Bleed
Jerrilee LaMar
SB 272
Stop the Bleed is a national awareness campaign and call-to-action and is intended to cultivate grassroots efforts that encourage bystanders to become trained, equipped, and empowered to help in a bleeding emergency before professional help arrives. A person who is bleeding can die from blood loss within five minutes, therefore it is important to quickly stop the bleeding. No matter how rapid the arrival of professional emergency responders, bystanders will always be first on the scene. In this session you will learn how to save someone’s life in the event of a traumatic injury.

* TIAA Individual Counseling Sessions

The TIAA-CREF representative will be on the UE campus for individual counseling sessions on Wednesday, August 14, 2019. To schedule an appointment, call TIAA-CREF at 1-800-732-8353.

Please note that the meeting location has been changed to SOBA room 153, Eades Music Room.

Submitted by Lori LeDuc

* Save the Date - United Way Day of Caring is September 13

The United Way Day of Caring will be Friday, September 13. This year, UE will be partnering again with the local council of the Boy Scouts of America, the Buffalo Trace Council. This location is located just down the road off the Lloyd Expressway (behind the State Hospital).

Join us on this exciting day by signing up for one of the listed volunteer opportunities. Employees who choose to participate in the Day of Caring do not need to use a vacation day, but do need to get approval from your supervisor.

To sign up, fill out this online form -

The deadline to sign up is Friday, August 16.

Please let Brian Conner,, in residence life know if you have any questions.


Info You Should Know

* New Procedure Clarification

The new procedure for agreements and contracts that was announced in the last few issues of AceNotes does NOT pertain to employee contracts. If you have any questions, please call Michele Adams at ext. 2183.

Submitted by Michele Adams

* Fall Textbooks are Ready!

Books for the Fall semester are now available for purchases in the Bookstore or online at the Bookstore website at . You can reserve your books online and either have them shipped or put as a pick up in store to save you the shipping cost. We advise not to ship any books to your home address as it gets closer to the start of classes so that they don't arrive after you have left. It just as easy to use "pick up in store" so that this doesn't happen. You will see all the options available - new, used, rental, and ebooks if available. Order now and avoid the rush!

Submitted by Doug Gustwiller

* 2019-20 Employee Parking Permit Registration is Now Available Online

We are changing things up a bit! Parking Permits are now available online. No need to walk to the Office of Safety and Security, fill out any paperwork, or wait in line for your permit!

How do I register for a Parking Permit?
You can register for your Parking Permit through the UE Self-Service portal using your UE username and password. The Parking Permits link is under “UE Forms.”  Click on the menu icon (upper left hand corner)  >  UE Forms >  Employee > Parking Permits. If you need assistance with accessing self-service, please contact OTS help desk at 812-488-2077.   

How much does a Parking Permit cost and how do I pay for it?
Parking Permits are $50 and can be paid through a quick and easy online payroll deduction of $10 installments over five pay periods or by cash/check at the cashier window in Student Financial Services, Olmsted 105.

What is the process for applying and paying for a Parking Permit?
Employees will go to the appropriate link on UE Self-Service (see instructions above) and follow the processes for registering a vehicle. Once you have registered your vehicle and enrolled for payroll deduction, stop by the cashier window in Student Financial Services and pick up your Parking Permit. That’s all there is to it!  

What if I don’t want to do payroll deduction?
If you opt to pay cash/check at Student Accounts, you will still need to register your vehicle on self-service. Then you will need to print out the registration confirmation sheet and take it to the cashier window in Student Financial Services. The cashier will take your payment, mark your confirmation sheet as paid, and issue your permit. Be advised: If you choose to pay cash/check, the process will take a little longer to prepare the transactions. 

What if I am a President’s Club member or have a UE license plate - does that make a difference?
President’s Club members are asked to register their vehicles online simply for the purposes of being able to provide timely information in the event of an emergency (ie.  Someone has damaged your vehicle and we need to notify you).  President’s Club stickers will be distributed via the Office of Development upon confirmation of the donation.

Discounts for UE license plates are only valid if the plate is active at the time of permit registration.  There are no discounts or refunds once the permit is assigned. The discounted fee for employees who have UE license plates is $25. 

Where do I pick up my Permit? 
Parking Permits will be distributed at Student Financial Services. We strongly encourage all employees to apply and pick up their Parking Permits beginning today (August 1) thru Wednesday, August 14, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. to avoid the rush of the distribution of Student Parking Permits. 

If you have any questions concerning the application process, please contact the Office of Safety & Security at 812-488-2051.

* New Dining Director

Chartwells recently announced the hiring of a new UE dining director. Michael Kotarski. Mr. Kotarski comes to the University from IUPUI. His first day on campus will be Monday, August 5. Please join us in welcoming him to the UE community.

Submitted by Michele Adams

* In-House Office Supply Form Update

Distribution Services/Central Receiving is accepting the newest version of the in-house office supply order form (dated 7/2019). The updated form reflects updated pricing and the changes that came into effect on June 1, which includes the reduction of UE generic letterhead and generic window/addressable/BRE envelopes, notepads, shipping labels and name tags.

The updated In-House Office Supply Order form and instructions are available on the Distribution Services/Central Receiving and Purchasing websites in AceLink. Please note that previous versions of the in-house form will no longer be accepted as of September 1, 2019. Please email your questions to or call ext. 1067.

* Credit Card Scam Alert

Please be aware that there is an active credit card scam using deceptive email in our area. From a UE Pcard perspective, the basic scam involves a SCAM email from a “UE supervisor” requesting the purchase of gift cards (Amazon, CVS, etc.) Please do not respond, do not share your phone information, and delete these emails! Usually the email address of the “UE supervisor” shows up on the initial email and it does not follow the UE email format.

When in doubt, call the “UE supervisor” and ask them for verification. Also, remember that UE’s Pcard Policy, does not allow the use of Pcards to obtain gifts, gift cards and certificates. There is a separate process used to acquire these items.

For additional information on the process for “Gifts, Gift Cards and Certificates”, or additional information on ways to avoid fraud (“Simple Ways to Avoid Credit Card Fraud” and “How to Recognized a Credit Card Telephone Scam”) visit the Pcard website on AceLink at

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Submitted by Kim Winsett

* Music Department Announces New Community Ensembles

Do you have an old trumpet in your closet that’s calling out to be played? Did you enjoy singing in the choir or performing with your high school band? Do you need to get out of the house and have fun with new friends, be a part of a team, and exercise your brain all at the same time?

The University of Evansville Department of Music is proud to announce three new music ensembles open to Tri-State community members. Community members with an interest in participating in band, choir, or orchestra are encouraged to join.

Here’s the best part: any employee or retiree of the university can join for free!

(Students should register in the ensembles for course credit).

Find more details and the registration links online.

Contact any of the directors listed on the site if you have questions. Auditions may be required. Rehearsals begin in late August.

Submitted by Amy Esche

* Annual Fire Alarm System Testing

Beginning Monday, July 29, 2019 Johnson Controls will be on campus conducting the annual fire alarm system testing. The testing will be conducted Monday - Saturday, 7:30AM-5PM. As each building is tested the alarm will go off intermittently. Physical Plant and Security will know on a daily basis the buildings being tested. As the technicians move from building to building they will notify Security. Testing will be completed by Saturday, August 10th. Any concerns or schedule conflicts please contact the Facilities Dept at ext. 2775.

Submitted by Jayne Schnacke



* UE Physical Therapy and International Programs meet with Zhengzhou University leaders

Kyle Kiesel, PT, PhD, professor of physical therapy and Wes Milner PhD, executive director of international programs and professor of political science, traveled to Zhengzhou China this summer for an initial meeting with officials from Zhengzhou University Hospital. Kiesel and Milner met with Zhengzhou University leaders to explore a possible relationship that would assist in advancing the physical therapy practice, education, and research in China. Zhengzhou University is the largest in China with over 100,000 students.

Kyle Kiesel and Wes Milner with Zhengzhou University leaders

Submitted by Jennifer Simon

* The College of Engineering and Computer Science appoints new department chairs

Dr. Suresh Immanuel, an associate professor of civil engineering, assumes the role of chair of the Department of Mechanical & Civil Engineering. Dr. Immanuel came to the University of Evansville in 2009.

Dr. Anthony Richardson, an associate professor of electrical engineering and computer science, assumes the role of chair of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Dr. Richardson came to the University of Evansville in 2000.

The College of Engineering and Computer Science is much appreciative of the years of dedication of service of the former department chairs, Dr. Dick Blandford and Dr. Brian Swenty.

Submitted by Kimberly Higgins

* Griffin Conducts Design Thinking Workshop to Help Refugees in Germany

Dr. Jill Griffin partnered with IBM Switzerland and the University of Konstanz to conduct a Design Thinking workshop to help refugees in Germany. The 2-day workshop trained students in innovation techniques while developing solutions for the German non-profit organization 83 Konstanz Integriert. This organization hopes to break down stereotypes and foster tolerance and understanding by developing person-to-person connections between refugees and Germans through shared housing.

Griffin holds a regular guest professorship at the University of Konstanz where she has taught consumer behavior, brand management, and social entrepreneurship since 2007.

Submitted by Cindy Kelley

* Johnna Denning-Smith Leads a Design Thinking Process for Purdue's Innovative Learning Retreat

Johnna Denning-Smith partnered with Purdue Online to conduct a one-day Design Thinking process for over 100 employees. Those in attendance came from various areas including Purdue Online: Program Management & Student Experience, College Administrative Online Leads, Instructional Experience Corporate Partnerships, and the Center for Instructional Excellence. The employees had an opportunity to work through a rapid cycle design in the morning session and complete a Deep Dive on specific areas in the afternoon, followed up with presentations to the group.

Submitted by Cindy Kelley



* Marty Hill inks deal to play in Slovakia

Following two seasons playing for the University of Evansville men’s basketball team, Marty Hill has inked a deal with BK Levicki Patrioti in Slovakia.

Hill’s contract was officially signed on July 19.  His squad plays in the SBL League and won the championship in 2017-18 while advancing to the Slovak Cup in 2019.

“I am very excited to start my pro basketball career.  It’s always been a goal of mine,” Hill stated.  “I have been through a lot over the last four years and I am very blessed to have this opportunity.  I thank God for everything he has done for me.  I would like to send my thanks to my family and friends for being there every step of the way with me, my new organization – the BK Levicki Partotis for the opportunity and the University of Evansville and the community for embracing me in my time there.”

“I would not take back anything because it helped me grow into the person that I am today.  I am nothing without God, my family and friends,” Hill added.

As a senior in 2018-19, Hill started all 32 games and enjoyed a great season, averaging 11.5 points and 3.95 rebounds per game.  He was the Aces’ top long range shooter, hitting 41.7% of his tries from outside, sixth in the MVC.  His top contest was a 24-point effort in the home win over Drake where he totaled 24 points and five out of seven 3-pointers.  Hill added a 21-point game in the road win at Valparaiso.

“Marty is very excited excited. We spoke to him and he was just elated.  He has been preparing and is ready to go,” UE head coach Walter McCarty said.  “We are very excited for him that he gets to continue on his journey and achieve his dream of playing professional basketball. It is a good thing for him and we will be rooting for them from here.”

Submitted by Bob Pristash


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