Posted by Laura Karpinski on 15 March 2017
Thirteen years ago today EVE University was established by Morning Maniac. Since then there have been many changes, but our overall aim has remained the same: To be a neutral, non-profit institution that specialises in teaching players about EVE Online.
EVE University has previously had three CEOs: Morning Maniac, Kelduum Revaan and Azmodeus Valar. Each has brought their own individual style to leadership and has helped guide EVE University to where it is today. I am honoured and humbled to be the next person to take up this position.
Over the past four years as CEO Azmo has demonstrated huge dedication to EVE University. He has been a source of wisdom and excellent judgement, and EVE University has grown immeasurably under his guidance. Above all he has shown himself to be a thoroughly decent person, and I could not be more thankful to have had the opportunity to work with him as Director of Operations for the past ten months.
Azmo has been a Director for nine years, and though he is stepping down as CEO he has kindly agreed to remain part of the Directorship. Many years ago EVE University used to have a Director of Finance, a role that Azmo held for a long time. I am glad to announce we will be resurrecting this position and Azmo will be the new Director of Finance.
Over the past few months in particular (with the introduction of alpha clones) EVE University has seen a substantial increase in new players trying the game for the first time, as well as players who are coming back to the game after a long break. It is a privilege to be able to educate so many players about the massive sandbox that is EVE Online. The future will inevitably see changes to EVE University, but it is important that we don’t lose sight of this, our main purpose.
My aim as the new CEO will be to build on the strong foundations established by those before me and to help EVE University continue to grow. I appreciate that there are areas we need to improve, and I remain open to feedback and suggestions. EVE University is a community I love being a part of, and I am committed to ensuring others experience the same opportunities.
Posted by Azmodeus Valar on 13 March 2017
With each ending comes a new beginning.
I have had the honor and privilege of being the CEO of Eve University for 4 years, Director of Operations for 6 months before that, and a Director since 2008. During that time, I’ve seen numerous changes within the University, and it is time for me to make one more.
Effective March 15th, I will be stepping down as CEO. The choice of successor is the most important choice any leader can make, and I make this one without the least hesitation. Laura Karpinski, our current Director of Operations, will be taking her logical place as CEO of Eve University. Laura has been an invaluable asset to the University and myself, stepping in last summer when real life interfered with my ability to be involved to the same degree that I had been previously.
She has been a personnel officer, personnel manager, Director of Human Relations, Director of Operations, and a genuinely decent and caring person during her time in EVE University and I have no doubt she will continue her tradition of excellence as CEO.
As for myself, I will still be around and participating to assist Laura in any capacity she needs. EVE University has been my home for almost a decade, and I cannot see myself leaving anytime soon, just finding a new manner in which to assist and balance game and life.
During the time I have had the honor to be CEO of EVE University, I hope that I have been a positive force. I’ve changed aspects of the University, but also made my share of mistakes. All I can say is that I hope that my time will be remembered fondly, and step down with the comforting knowledge that Laura will greatly surpass any humble achievements I had.
So many of you have helped me over the years that I cannot begin to thank all of you by name. Just know that you have been there when I needed help, offered levity when I was too serious, and been trusted friends and compatriots. Thank you to everyone I have had the pleasure of interacting with over my time as CEO.
Soon to be ex-CEO of EVE University
EVE University’s mission is to teach players how to play EVE Online. In order to accomplish this mission, we must constantly evolve and change as EVE itself changes.
For many years we have required that pilots try to maintain their security status above -2, with a hard limit of -5, to ensure that all pilots could participate in high sec operations and activities. That is going to change.
Effective immediately, we are implementing a three month test with relaxed rules on security status:
-3.99 or higher: Players may join EVE University, receive titles and join campuses
-4.0 to -4.99: Players may not join EVE University, and members may not receive any new titles.
-5.0 to -10.0: Members risk being removed from EVE University.
Any member who becomes a finalist in an official PVP tournament hosted by CCP is exempt from these requirements.
Members should be aware that regardless of EVE University’s rules there are in-game consequences to having security status below -2, in that they will start to be hunted by faction police in certain high sec systems. This may affect their game play and the type of fleets they can join.
With this new freedom comes new responsibility. We are one corp, united. In instances where we must rally for high security operations, it is the responsibility of all pilots to reach -2 for safe high sec operations. While these operations are uncommon, pilots should be aware the possibility exists that they will have to buy tags for major military action.
At the end of the three month trial we will review to see how successful it has been and will consider whether to keep the policy or change it back to how it was. Please don’t go crazy with this, remember all the other EVE University rules still stand, including our rules of engagement and showing respect for other players.
November 15th will bring a significant change to EVE Online in for the form of alpha clones – the new “Free to Play” option. Like many new player corps, EVE University has been making preparations for the Ascension expansion.
- Enhanced Classes - Our teaching department is focusing its efforts on basic level classes for players with little to no experience in EVE Online.
- Improved Recruitment - We have a new and improved recruitment process, which has already reduced the time it takes for really new players to join EVE University.
- New Doctrines - Our campuses have been working on new doctrines which are suitable for alpha clone members.
- Evolving Our Wiki - We are recruiting more wiki staff to ensure our UniWiki remains the most reliable and up-to-date resource for information about EVE Online.
- Supporting New Players - We are maintaining a presence in the general help channels to answer questions.
EVE University looks forward to educating a new generation of capsuleers.
We are looking for staff for maintaining and updating the wiki. We are looking for the following people:
- good at designing web content (CSS, wiki markup etc)
- have knowledge of a variety of subjects that lets you spot outdated info
- good at structuring and presenting information in a way that makes it easier to understand
-A combination of any of the above.
What do we expect:
-You can see what needs to be done and just do it.
-You are able to work independently.
-You have no problem working with spreadsheets.
-Activity is required to get and stay in this position.
What do we offer:
-A staff position with EVE University
-A chance to get involved to one of the most known free resources for eve online. (Even CCP uses it)
THIS STAFF POSITION IS OPEN FOR ALL EVE PLAYERS, ALSO PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT IN E-UNI.
forum thread with the application form can be found here
Posted on our forums by Azmodeus Valar
In years past, a position existed inside the University labelled the Director of Operations (DirOps). Over my time in the University, I’ve seen numerous people hold this post, including myself at one point. Each iteration is slightly different, but at its most basic form that person manages day to day operations for EVE University. In some cases they have been the sole person making decisions due to the CEO not being able to participate as much as required, to situations where it was more of a partnership between the two individuals.
I am going to be reinstating the position of Director of Operations, with the understanding that they will handle all issues that arise during normal functioning of the University. The Director of Operations and I will talk frequently, and they will work to ensure my vision of the University continues. They will be the first person someone should contact instead of myself, and I trust their judgement completely. I will continue to actively participate in decision making and discussions, but when a situation requires my input, they will be the one that kicks it up the chain to me. It is my hope that this will lessen the demands on my time during moments i’m devoting to my real life, while still being able to set long term policy for the Uni.
I will still be present, but to a more limited degree. I intend to use some of this time to relax while playing a game I love, instead of devoting it all to corporate leadership. I hope this will allow me to focus on my real life to a greater degree, until I find myself in a better place. I appreciate the kind words and support I have received from those of you that were aware of what was going on.
For the long term, this could result in a better division of labor between CEO and Director of Ops, making both jobs more manageable, me returning the duties of CEO as they currently stand at a later point, or transitioning to a new CEO. Which direction we go will depend on multiple factors over the coming months. Thank you for your understanding as we make these changes.
Effective today, the newest Director of Operations for EVE University will be Laura Karpinski.
Laura has been an active member of the personnel department for years, gradually rising from PO to SPO, Ast. Manager, Director of Personnel, and Director of Human Resources. Judging by the numbers, its possible that she has interviewed more individuals than almost anyone else in Uni history. But I did not pick her based on numbers, but instead on the remarkable qualities she brings to Uni leadership. She is extremely thoughtful and levelheaded, and has been a pleasure to work with. Additionally, she has shown herself capable of making hard decisions when the need arises.
As Director of Operations, Laura Karpinski, will be handling all issues that previous would have escalated to myself. Please join me in congratulating her on her new position.
Posted on our forums by Azmodeus Valar
For several years, one individual has been tirelessly working behind the scenes to insure that many of the University’s services continue to function for students. He has rewritten major tools the University regularly uses, designed interfaces to connect services, and helped with general server maintenance and troubleshooting to improve all of our lives.
Unfortunately, that type of assistance is all too often not visible to most students, and the person’s accomplishments can be hidden.
To help give him the recognition he so greatly deserves, Bates Larsson is being named Director of Web Services. In this role he will continue to assist us with our server needs, and hopefully be given the credit he has earned through his hard work.
Please join me in congratulating Bates Larsson.