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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

* Bring your solar eclipse viewing glasses* and experience the eclipse on East Terrace Lawn

UE students, faculty, staff, and administrators,

You’re invited to bring your solar eclipse viewing glasses* and gather on the East Terrace Lawn at 1:10 p.m. on Monday, August 21 to view the partial solar eclipse that will pass over Evansville. Get a FREE Solar Pop while supplies last! 

Gathering to View Solar Eclipse
Monday, August 21
1:10 p.m.
East Terrace Lawn
University of Evansville Campus


Solar Eclipse

An important note from
“During totality, when the sun's disk is completely covered by the moon, it is safe to view the eclipse with the naked eye. But sky watchers should NEVER look at a partial solar eclipse without proper eye protection. Looking directly at the sun, even when it is partially covered by the moon, can cause serious eye damage or blindness. See our complete guide to find out how to view the eclipse safely.” 

Evansville will not see totality from this location, however, we are close to the direct path and should experience 75-80 percent coverage when the moon passes in front of the sun between 1:20 and 1: 30 p.m. Therefore, it is extremely important that you use appropriate protective eyewear. If you do not already have glasses specially designed for viewing the eclipse, please find a pair to bring with you to this gathering.

* Per the American Astronomical Society Solar (AAS), eclipse viewing glasses are designed exclusively for looking directly at the everyday sun. These glasses reduce sunlight to safe levels so that you don't injure your eyes…and they meet the ISO 12312-2 (sometimes written as ISO 12312-2:2015) international safety standard. Note that special-purpose solar filters are many thousands of times darker than ordinary sunglasses! However, not all marketed solar eclipse viewing glasses are ISO certified as unscrupulous vendors will market glasses as ISO certified when they are not. Thus, refer to AAS’s list for approved vendors


What's Happening Today

* Hochwender to speak at Science with a Twist today

Professor of biology Cris Hochwender will be speaking at Bokeh Lounge today - Wednesday. August 16 - at 6:30 p.m. His talk on loss of habitat and the survival of native species is part of a series called Science with a Twist, a novel forum to learn about cutting-edge topics in science and technology from leading experts.

Mitch Luman from Evansville Museum has created this forum to provide an interactive, informal atmosphere where there’s no such thing as a dumb question.

Everyone has fun at Science with a Twist, from those completely unfamiliar with science to self-identified “science geeks.”

Science with a Twist is open to anyone and everyone. Join us at the Bokeh Lounge, have a beverage, and feed your mind. The night will include science trivia, a time to socialize, and an opportunity to talk about what we can all do to help the survival of native species.


Info You Should Know

* 2017-18 parking permits now on sale

The 2017-18 parking permits are on sale in the Office of Safety and Security. Permits may be purchased between the hours of 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., Monday-Friday. The cost of permits remain at $50 for the school year. Cash and checks are accepted. Employees may use payroll deduction as a means of payment.

* DEADLINE: United Way Day of Caring Sign Up

This year’s United Way Day of Caring is September 8. The deadline to register to participate in the event is Friday, August 18. Register today!

The UE Day of Caring crew will be going to Seton Harvest and the Henderson Humane Society. At Seton Harvest, volunteers will harvest, weed, and plant. At the Henderson Humane Society, our volunteers will help with socializing and walking animals as well as general landscaping.

The Day of Caring will begin with a kick-off breakfast at 7:00 a.m. followed by an inspirational program to engage volunteers. You don’t want to miss out on this great day in the community!

You do not need to use vacation time to participate, but you will need to get permission from your supervisor before you register.

To register:

Download the registration form.
• Print and complete the form.
• Give completed form to Brian Conner, Student Life, Ridgway University Center (or scan and e-mail to

If you have any questions, please contact Brian Conner at

* Distribution services mail/parcel reminder

Just a friendly reminder, as the start of fall semester is upon us, UE distribution services only receives and processes mail and packages that are UE business related. Distribution services does not accept personal packages and mail for UE employees from carriers. For liability reasons, employees should have personal mail and packages delivered to their home address.

Submitted by Kim Winsett

* Scam alert - copiers/printers

Individuals on campus are again randomly receiving scam calls from individuals requesting departmental printer and/or copier information (model or serial numbers, cartridge numbers, etc.). Keep in mind, UE current printer/copier vendors already have access to UE equipment and supply information and will NEVER call departments requesting any information. In some cases, scammers are calling for individuals by name, saying that they need copier/printer information for repair purposes and/or special toner pricing.

A scammer's intent is to obtain information and to bill the University. PLEASE DO NOT GIVE THEM ANY INFORMATION. Simply tell the caller that you are not authorized to provide information or order copier supplies and refer them to the Office of Administrative Services. Usually this quickly ends the conversation.

If you receive a scam call, please report it to Kim Winsett, Office of Administrative Services, at ext. 2940.

Submitted by Kim Winsett

* UE welcomes new faculty

The University community extends a warm welcome to these new 2017-18 faculty members. 

Rachel Brown, visiting assistant professor of religion, earned a BA in religious studies from the University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, a MA in religious studies from McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, and a PhD in religion and culture from Wilfrid Laurier University-University of Waterloo Joint Program in Religious Diversity in North America, Waterloo, Ontario.

Katherine Chandler, visiting assistant professor of engineering, received a BS in nuclear engineering sciences from the University of Florida, Gainesville, and a MS and PhD in electrical and computer engineering from Cornell University.

Troy Coppus, instructor/athletic training, is a familiar face on the UE campus. Coppus earned a BS in athletic training from Ohio Northern University, Ada, Ohio, and a MS in sport studies from High Point University in High Point, North Carolina.

Edward Curran, assistant professor of Spanish, earned a BA in modern languages from Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina, and a MA in Spanish from the University of North Carolina, Charlotte. He earned a MA in romance studies from Cornell University where he is currently a PhD candidate in Romance Studies.

Janelle Evernham, clinical assistant professor/physician assistant science, received a BS in sports administration and a MA in wellness management from Ball State University. Evernham also received a MS in physician assistant from Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville.

Lisa Marie Hale, visiting assistant professor of education, earned a BS from the University of Southern Indiana, and a MEd from Indiana State University where she is a PhD candidate.

Amanda Kerr, assistant professor of economics, comes to UE from Clemson University where she was an instructor in the economics department. Kerr received a BA in mathematics and a BS in economics from the University of Washington, Seattle, and a master’s and PhD in economics from Clemson University.

Roslyn Lampkins, assistant professor of chemistry, earned a BS in chemistry from Western Kentucky University and a PhD in organic chemistry from the University of Florida, Gainesville.

Jordana Lockwich, assistant professor of physical therapy, comes to UE from UPMC Mercy Hospital-Institute for Rehab and Research. Lockwich earned a BA in English and a DPT from the University of Pittsburgh.

William McConnell, visiting assistant professor of public health, comes to UE from Indiana University where he earned a BS in biochemistry, a Master of Public Health, a JD, and a Doctor of Philosophy (ABD).

William McMillan, visiting associate professor of music and director of choral activities, earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Chapman University (Orange, California), a MA from University of Redlands (Redlands, California) and a DMS from the University of Northern Colorado (Greeley)

Kristen Strandberg, assistant professor of music, earned a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Minnesota (Twin Cities) and a PhD in philosophy from Indiana University, Bloomington.

Darrin Weber, assistant professor of mathematics, comes to UE from the University of Tennessee where he earned a MS and PhD in mathematics. He also earned a MS in statistics while he was a graduate teaching assistant/associate.

Katelyn Whetstone, clinical assistant professor of physical therapy, earned a BS in exercise science and a DPT from the University of Evansville.

Karla Whitaker, instructor/director physical therapist assistant program, received a BS in physical therapy from UE and is working toward a Master of Health Science at the University of Indianapolis Krannert School of Physical Therapy.

Sarah Beth Wilson, assistant professor of chemistry, received a BS in physics from St. Michael’s College (Colchester, Vermont), a MS in chemistry from Brandeis University, a teaching certification from Indiana Wesleyan University, and a PhD in organic chemistry from Purdue University.

Hai-Sheng Wu, visiting assistant professor of physics, is a tenured professor of physics at the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Minnesota State University, Mankato, Minnesota, and is earning his PhD in solid state physics from Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa.

Katherine Zimmer, clinical assistant professor of statistics, received a BS in mathematics from the University of Evansville, and a MS in statistics from Florida State University in Tallahassee. She is Mike and Molly Zimmer’s daughter.



* University of Evansville announces Berger Awards for 2017

Three University of Evansville professors were honored on August 15 with the Sadelle and Sydney Berger Awards for 2017. The awards were presented by Charlie Berger during UE’s Fall Conference. Professor of archaeology Alan Kaiser received the Berger Award for Scholarly Activity, while associate professor of biology Joyce Stamm and associate professor of mathematics Adam Salminen received the Berger Award for Service.

Kaiser teaches courses in Roman and Etruscan archaeology, Roman history and the Latin language. He has conducted training excavations in connection with the archaeological field techniques course. Currently he is director of the University’s Tin City Project, an exploration through aerial photography, excavation and oral interviews of World War II veteran-student campus housing. He has conducted fieldwork in Spain, Italy, Greece, England, and on the Caribbean island of Nevis, as well as in the United States. Kaiser’s published works include scholarly and popular articles as well as three books.

Stamm and Salminen worked together to secure a five-year, $610,600 grant through the National Science Foundation’s Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics program. The largest faculty grant in the University’s history, it funds UE science and math scholarships and provides funds for support services for science and mathematics majors at UE.

In addition, Stamm has been involved in many faculty committees and several University service activities. She is a past chair of the Faculty Senate and has been a member of the Faculty Senate Fiscal Affairs Committee. After the 2017-18 academic year, she will conclude four years on the Senate Executive Committee.

Salminen also serves on many University committees, including the Faculty Athletics Committee and the Mathematics Faculty Search Committee. He also served on the Dean of Arts and Science Search Committee. Currently, he is chair of the Mathematics Department Assessment Committee. Salminen is the UE Math Club faculty advisor and has judged papers for UE’s 2010 and 2011 MESCON events.

* Plikuhn presents paper at Annual Meetings of American Sociological Association

Mari Plikuhn, associate professor of sociology, presented her paper "Teaching and So Much More: Experiences and Opportunities at a Liberal Arts University" at the Annual Meetings of the American Sociological Association in Montreal, Canada, on Sunday, August 13.

* Rachel Brown has journal article published

Rachel Brown, visiting assistant professor of religion, has had an article published in the current issue of the Bulletin for the Study of Religion, 46(2). Brown was invited to contribute an article to this special edition of the Bulletin on theorizing and teaching food and religion. Her paper, entitled “Bread Beyond Borders: Food as a Lens into Tweed’s Theory of Religion,” addresses how food plays an essential role in the religious lives of immigrants and how food is an important tool that individuals use to find their place and move through space.

* Physician assistant program featured in PAEA networker publication

The physician assistant program at the University of Evansville has been featured in a profile on the PAEA website. PA program director and chair Michael Roscoe was interviewed for the article. You can read the article at


Sympathy to...

* Kregg Woolsey and family

Condolences to Kregg Woosley, housekeeping director, on the passing of his mother, Joyce Woosley. A memorial service will be held Saturday, August 19, in her hometown of Hopkinsville, Kentucky.


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