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Monday, August 5, 2013

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* Meritain Health Rep and Wellness Nurse on Campus Today!

A representative from Meritain Health will join the wellness nurse on Monday, Aug.5, 1 -3 p.m. in the Schroeder Family School of Business Building lobby. If you have questions about your health insurance, this is an opportunity to ask questions in person. The nurse can answer health care questions and assess your blood pressure, blood sugar, body mass index, or body fat. With the fall semester fast approaching,you may be feeling additional anxiety or tension. Too much tension can negatively impact your health. Instead of bottling it up, get it out with exercise! Moderate intensity exercise for 20-30 minutes most days is recommended. It may seem counterintuitive, but moving more will help you relax!


Upcoming Events

* Fall Pcard Training Sessions

The 2013 Cardholder SDG2 Pcard Training Sessions will be:

Thursday, August 15 from.9:00–11:00 a.m.

Tuesday, September 10 from. 2–4:00 p.m.

Thursday, October 10 from. 9:00–11:00 a.m.

Tueday, November 12 from. 2:00–4:00 p.m.

Thursday, Dec 12 from. 9:00–11:00 a.m.

All the sessions will be in the Physical Plant Conference Room.

For more information, call Kim Winsett at 488-2940 or email

* TIAA-CREF Counseling

The TIAA-CREF representative will be on campus on Wednesday, August 21 for individual counseling sessions. To schedule an appointment, call TIAA-CREF at 1-800-732-8353 or 317-706-6200. The sessions are held in the Clifford Rare Books Room of the University Libraries (Room 158). If you have any questions, call Carol McCraney at extension 2943.


Info You Should Know

* Kristie Byrns to Lead UE's Center for Adult Education

Kristie Byrns has been named director of the Center for Adult Education at the University of Evansville. She previously served as the center’s associate director and is a 2010 graduate of its Master of Science in Public Service Administration program.

Byrns replaces Carla Doty, who retired May 31. She begins work in her new role today and is responsible for the direct oversight for all adult learners in the degree-seeking programs that are administered through the Center for Adult Education, as well as other programs such as professional certificates and non-credit courses. 

“I look forward to a positive future in the Center for Adult Education as we continue to offer high-quality educational opportunities for working adults in our community,” Byrns said. “I will strive to build relationships across our campus by collaborating with other academic areas to enhance our current programs and develop new initiatives to benefit our students and our community.”

Byrns joined the Center for Adult Education in 2009 as program coordinator and was promoted to associate director in 2012. Prior to that, she had a successful 12-year career in the mortgage banking industry.

In addition to a Master of Science from UE, Byrns holds a Bachelor of Arts in sociology from the University of Southern Indiana.

* Additional Greeters still needed for Freshman Move-In

Attention faculty and staff - the incoming class of 2013 will soon be here. As is our tradition, we are looking for faculty and staff to greet our parents and students who will be moving in to the Residence Halls on Saturday, August 24. There are three time slots to choose from at our buildings. Everything you will need will be provided for you. Please sign up on the registration site at: by August 9.

For additional information or questions, please contact Geoff Edwards at

* Bookstore Booklist Posted

The Fall booklist has been posted to the UE Bookstore website and you will notice some changes. Enhancements include easier rental purchasing, more in-store rental options, and overall conveniences making shopping easy and fast. Also note that this fall a credit card is needed for collateral for all rentals. The card is NOT charged unless the rental book is stolen or not returned at the end of the semester. The textbook section at the store is also open for purchasing books as well. If you have any questions please contact the UE Bookstore.

* Fall Conference Information Will Be Sent Electronically this Year

The letter and schedule detailing the events of the Fall Conference and other activities associated with the start of the 2013-2014 academic year will be sent to full-time employees electronically this year. Please contact the Office of Academic Affairs if you do not receive your information.



* Phil Plisky

Dr. Phil Plisky, UE assistant professor of physical therapy, was named Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions’ 2013 Outstanding Alumnus. The annual award was presented during the 2013 RMUoHP commencement exercises on August 3 at the Covey Center for the Arts in Provo, Utah.

In addition to serving as an assistant professor in the University of Evansville’s Doctor of Physical Therapy Program, Dr. Plisky is the residency director for ProRehab, as well as a practicing therapist at ProRehab. Dr. Plisky has a master’s in physical therapy from the University of Evansville and a Doctor of Science degree in orthopedic physical therapy from RMUoHP. He is a board certified clinical specialist in orthopedics through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. He is also a certified athletic trainer and certified strength and conditioning specialist. Dr. Plisky’s research focuses on comprehensive movement testing and injury prevention among athletes, military personnel and school-aged children – research that led to the development of the Y Balance Test and the Move2Perform software. Dr. Plisky’s fieldwork, moreover, has garnered research grants in collaboration with multiple universities totaling over $2 million dollars.

“Time and time again, Dr. Plisky has demonstrated his dedication to the protection of human subjects by drawing on his personal experience as a clinician and devoted parent,” said Darcy L. Hammer, IRB manager at RMUoHP. “He brings a sophisticated level of both clinical and research expertise to the injury prevention discussion.”

Dr. Plisky is also a successful commentator on injury prevention. His blog, “Phil Plisky: Passionately Leading the Injury Prevention Revolution,” focuses on discussions and information concerning return to sport and discharge testing, annual musculoskeletal examinations, injury prevention and pre-activity physicals.



* Perkins Announces 2013-14 Swimming And Diving Schedule

Head swimming and diving coach Rickey Perkins announced the slate for the 2013-14 squads on Friday.  The schedule features five home events and several teams that were extremely competitive a season ago.

"I am very excited about this year’s meet schedule,” Perkins said.  “I believe it's a balanced schedule of teams we are familiar with, along with new teams that will make us better throughout the season.  Our goals for each meet will be fun, be a team and compete with our hearts"

The women match up against the top three teams from the MVC (Missouri State, Illinois State and Southern Illinois), 2013 Mid-American Conference champion Miami University, Conference USA runner-up Houston and Purdue, who was 19th at the 2013 NCAA Championship meet.

Things are just as competitive for the men, who face four MAC schools including Missouri State, who was second at the 2013 MAC Championships.  Conference opponents also include Miami University, SIU and Ball State.  The Aces also swim against Purdue, who was 25th at the 2013 NCAA Championship.

Evansville will tune up on Sept. 28 at Wyttenbach Pool in the Carson Center at 11 a.m. before playing host to the Salukis on Oct. 12.  Following a 2-week layoff, the teams make the trek to West Lafayette for the Indiana Intercollegiate.

Conference play resumes on in Springfield, Mo. as UE faces Missouri State before the men come home to host Ball State and the women travel to Illinois State.  The teams reunite on Nov. 9 at Eastern Illinois before traveling to the House of Champions in Indianapolis from Nov. 22-24 and to Columbia, Ky. to take on Lindsay Wilson and Cumberland College.

Following Christmas break, the women face the University of Houston at the Carson Center on Jan. 10 while both teams return to action eight days later to face Miami (Ohio).  A trip to Saint Louis awaits the men and women on Jan. 24 while the men will swim at the Butler Invite on Jan. 26.

The final regular-season conference meet will be at Southern Illinois on Feb. 1 before the women return to Carbondale for the MVC Championship from Feb. 13-15.  The men take their turn at the MAC Championship in Buffalo, N.Y. from March 6-8. 

Diving Zones will be from March 13-15 while the Hoosierland Open Invitational will take place from March 14-16.  The schedule wraps up with the NCAA Championships as the women will be in Minneapolis from March 20-22 while the men will travel to Austin, Texas from March 27-29.


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