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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Upcoming Events

* 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.

* President's Club Parking Decals Available Now

The Development office will be mailing the President’s Club parking decals to members next week. However, campus President’s Club members are welcome to stop by the Igleheart Building to pick up their decals anytime.

If you have been considering becoming a President’s Club member, this is a great time of year to do it!  To become a member of UE’s premier leadership giving society, a gift of $1000 or more is required.  You may also make a payroll deduction pledge in that amount.  Gifts may be designated to virtually any University account, or to one of our unrestricted Annual Fund accounts (Alumni Scholarship Fund or Friends for Educational Excellence).

For more information, please contact Scott Gilreath, Director of Annual Giving (  or x2429) or Beth Speer, Director of Stewardship and Special Events ( or x1013)

* 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

* 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.


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