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December 31st, 2010 by Admin

Hello, and welcome to the partial list of project pages for the UIUC engagement with The Eagle’s Nest of St. Clair County, IL.  For their official website, please visit

May Communications

May 3rd, 2010 by Admin

May 3, 2010 – Adam emailed local group installing other Accessibility machines to inform them that the machines were ready for installation and had been left on their part of the workspace in GSLIS 52.

May 3, 2010 – Fei emailed reminder asking for web content.

April Communications

April 30th, 2010 by Admin

April 2, 2010 – Adam had email conversations with the local group installing two other Accessibility machines.  Updated them on our plan of how the machines will work.

April 1, 2010- Maggie made contact with Dragon Naturally Speaking via email in order to find out if there was any grants or packages that would expedite software delivery and lessen the burden of cost.

April 6, 2010- A representative of Dragon Naturally Speaking’s sales department conferences with Maggie and give the information about the Accessibility project at Eagle’s Nest to Academic sales representative, Carl Fielder.

April 7, 2010- Maggie has two phone conversations with Carl Fielder. He offers to give us three boxes of Dragon Preferred 10, three laminated “cheat sheets,” three how to manuals written specifically for our market, and free tech support for approximate $300.

April 7, 2010- Maggie speaks with Ms. Austin and sends her Mr. Fielder’s information.

April 7, 2010- Maggie emails Mr. Fielder that a UIUC representative will be in touch with him soon.

April 7, 2010- Mr. Fielder responds.

April 17, 2010 – Adam emailed Martin officially asking for a sub-domain with the Metro East Digital website for the Supporting Accessibility Machine documentation.

April 22, 2010 – Martin emailed us confirmation that the SAM subdomain had been created and details of how to access MED website.

April 22, 2010 – Recieved confirmation that ZoomText software has shipped.

April 25, 2010 – Group meeting to discuss Site Map for Accessability Website and divide responsibilities.

April 21, 2010- Maggie emails Mr. Fielder about getting the software before the University officially orders it.

April 22-24, 2010- Maggie continues to try and contact Mr. Fielder.

April 26, 2010- Mr. Fielder writes back to Maggie.

Despite future requests in writing, this is the last time Mr. Fielder writes back to Maggie.

April 28, 2010- Maggie met with Martin to discuss and edit the introduction to the website.

April 30, 2010 – Fei emailed a link to the site template to the group.  Maggie and Adam agreed it looked good and made suggestions for what else they would like to see.

April 30, 2010 – Adam emailed local group installing other Accessibility machines asking for details on machine setup.

March Communications

March 25th, 2010 by Admin

March 10, 2010 – Visit Eagle’s Nest and meet Mrs. Martha Watts, director.

March 17, 2010 – Group meeting to discuss plans for how to best do our project.  Came up with idea that our main focus should be setting up the machine and providing web documentation of how to use it.

March 17, 2010 – Maggie emailed Devva Kasnitz of Alliance for Technology Access to ask about recommendations on Accessibility software.

March 17, 2010 – Maggie received reply from Devva Kasnitz offering help. Devva Kasnitz put Maggie in touch with the people from the Alliance for Technology Access. They provide funding for accessibility equipment through the grant process.

March 23, 2010-Maggie received communication from Karen Sheehan at the Alliance for Technology Access.

March 25, 2010. On March 24, we conferenced with Martin and Ms. Austen and decided the grant application process was not in the scope of our time period.


November 29th, 2008 by Admin

Final setup to be next spring
by Martin Wolske – Wednesday, November 26, 2008, 10:13 AM
I got word from Abby yesterday that while funding has been approved, they’re still awaiting the proper signatures on that approval.  Don rightly won’t start his work until that’s been secured, since the money can’t be counted on without that signature.  So Abby is recommending we just plan on using volunteers during the first work weekend next semester to go over and do the setup.  Jake Odland will be in charge of doing some training as part of his assistantship next semester, too, and he would much appreciate any training stuff you’ve already developed.

I’m really sorry it didn’t work out for us to do the install this semester!

— Martin

Sat, Nov 29, 2008 at 10:43 AM

Hello Martha and Melanie,

I hope you both had a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family and friends!  

Our group heard the disappointing news from Martin regarding the proper signatures needed for approval.  We are so sorry things did not work out quite as planned, but we have the utmost confidence and faith in Eagle’s Nest.  Unfortunately, the five of us will not be able to see the final results, assist in the training aspect, and get to meet some of the users, but groups of volunteers from ESLARP are definitely planning on making trips to oversee the end of the project.  Our group is more than thankful for this new plan because we know that the Eagle’s Nest will be in good hands next year!

Our group would like to invite both of you to come to our Final Presentation on December 12th in Room 126 in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science Building on 501 E. Daniel Street in Champaign.  On this day, our group will be sharing with the rest of the class and a few other guests the missions and goals of Eagle’s Nest, our insights on preparing for the site, and our final outcomes and lessons we have taken away from this experience.  We would love to have the two of you join us on this day as guest speakers or to participate as members of the audience.  Following the presentations will be a final wrap up party at Martin’s house.  He has opened up his lovely home for all of us!

All five of us would like to thank you for giving us this opportunity to be such active members of your community, Martha and Melanie.  We hope that you can make it on the 12th to hear our appreciation for the Eagle’s Nest.

Trip Planning

November 22nd, 2008 by Admin

Tue, Nov 11, 2008 at 7:50 AM

Hello Martha and Melanie,

I hope you are both doing well! 

Our group is extremely excited to come down this Friday, November 14th to set up the computers for the lab.  I just wanted to confirm with you both that you will be available this coming Friday.  Please let me know if there are any last minute requests or ideas before we head down to East St. Louis.

Tue, Nov 11, 2008 at 8:56 PM

Our schedule for this Friday has been set, and our group would like to see if this works with you, and Eagle’s Nest.  We are planning to go to Eagle’s Nest at around 11:30, before lunch, in order to unload the equipment.  You would not need to be there at this time as long as someone will be able to let us into the building.  You both are more than welcome to join us for lunch!  We are planning to head back to Eagle’s Nest at around 1:15.  On Saturday, we plan to arrive at around 8:45 in the morning, and will end the day with a closing reflection around 4:00 at the site.

I hope this plan works for you both.  Please let me know if we need to make any adjustments.

Wed, Nov 12, 2008 at 5:59 AM

Re: Eagle’s Nest

I do not think you could be half as excited as I am.  Yes, I will be available on Friday.  I heard that you all will be arriving about 1pm.  If this is not coorrect, let me know.


Martha Watts

Wed, Nov 12, 2008 at 6:02 AM
Re: Eagle’s Nest

This plan works fine.  See you Friday.

Martha Watts

Group Update

October 26th, 2008 by Admin

Sat, Oct 25, 2008 at 4:52 PM

Hi Martha! Hi Melanie!

How are you both?  I hope you are both staying warm, and enjoying this beautiful Fall weather!

I just wanted to inform both of you of our group’s progress so far with Eagle’s Nest.  We are moving along quite successfully!  We are working on tutorials for basic computer skills (how to use the keyboard/mouse, cut/paste/copy), how to set up an email account, tutorials for administration (anti-virus software), and links to some great resources.  Also, we are in the middle of setting up the 18 computers to go into your lab.  We are planning to install Windows 2000 for 15 computers and 3 Windows XP computers for the administrators, installing updates, anti-virus software, Open Office, and additional software (typing tutorials).

Please feel free to email me if you have any questions or suggestions at all.  Our group is happy to help! 

I hope you two have a wonderful weekend!
Sun, Oct 26, 2008 at 8:49 AM
Re: The Eagle’s Nest ~ Martin’s Group from the University of Illinois

It certainly sounds as if you are making great strides with the computer lab and the tutorials.  Jane, you mentioned that there would be three administrative computers, but we actually need 4: director, secretary and 2 case managers.  I hope this will not be something difficult to change.

Thanks so much.

Martha Watts

Sun, Oct 26, 2008 at 12:06 PM
Re: The Eagle’s Nest ~ Martin’s Group from the University of Illinois

No problem.  I will make sure to inform the team.

Goals and Expectations Communication

October 6th, 2008 by Admin

Sat, Oct 4, 2008 at 2:33 PM

Hello Martha and Melanie!

I am writing on behalf of Martin’s group from the University of Illinois to thank you for being such kind hosts during our recent trip to East St. Louis.  Your beautiful smiles absolutely warmed our hearts!  We are looking very forward to working with both of you, and the Eagle’s Nest organization in the upcoming months.

Our group would like to share with you our goals and expectations with this project.  We would love to hear what you think, and would also like to hear any of your own visions that we have possibly left out.

Resources Available to Implement Technology at the Organization

Resources Organization Can Provide for Technology Implementation
Eagle’s nest will provide the room for the computer lab to be setup in. Eagle’s nest has two printers: one inkjet printer and one laser printer. Martha also mentioned a possible scanner she could donate.

Resources GSLIS Will Need to Provide
GSLIS needs to provide 18 computers with cables of customized lengths for each computer.
Plan of Execution

The Steps the Organization Needs to Accomplish Prior to Computer Delivery  Eagle’s Nest needs to finalize construction to provide a controlled environment without dust for the computers as well as provide the furniture for the computer lab. They should also have the wiring in the offices and leading into the computer lab completed.
The Steps the Project Team Needs to Accomplish Prior to Computer Delivery
We need to have all 18 computers ready to go with software(open office) and virus scan (clam win, ad-aware, comodo) installed. We need to make network cables for each computer.
We need to make tutorials for using open office, getting on the internet, setting up an email account, using email, and updating virus scan software.
We need to compile a list of links to resources online that may be helpful to the veterans such as job searching and the VA.

Potential Risks That Might Hinder Fully Accomplishing the Plan
The delivery of computers may be delayed beyond our time line if the building is not ready to receive computers.  In that case, our plan is to start setting up computers in the offices first.


Mon, Oct 6, 2008 at 5:12 AM
Re: The Eagle’s Nest ~ Martin’s Group from the University of Illinois

I was certainly refreshing to  see so many enthusiastic and energized students!  I just know that we are going to have a rewarding year.

It looks as if your plan outlines the basics of everything that we discussed.  I will think about this a little more, and get back with you with any additions.

Thanks to all of you.  Thanks for the picture.  It helps to get names and faces together.

Martha Watts