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Thursday, August 2, 2018

* Intermittent water outage today

Today - Thursday, August 1 - the physical plant will be shutting off the water in campus buildings and student housing for short periods of time while maintenance and equipment testing is conducted. Contact the physical plant at ext. 2775 with any questions.

* Regular office hours resume today

A reminder that summer hours are ending! We return to regular hours today, Monday, August 6.

* Regular AceNotes publication schedule resumes today

The regular AceNotes publication schedule of every Monday through Friday resumes today, Monday, August 6. As usual, AceNotes Extras will be published whenever needed.


Upcoming Events

* TIAA individual counseling sessions for August

The TIAA-CREF representative will be on the UE campus for individual counseling sessions on Wednesday, August 22 and Thursday, August 23. To schedule an appointment, call TIAA-CREF at 1-800-732-8353.

Please note that the meeting location has been changed to Room 153 (Eades Music Room), Schroeder School of Business Building.

Submitted by Lori LeDuc 

* Stone Family Center for Health Sciences dedication ceremony

The Stone Family Center for Health Sciences dedication ceremony will be held at the Old National Events Plaza Ballroom on Thursday, August 9, at 10:00 a.m. (CDT). Ribbon cutting and tours immediately following, (approx. 11:30 a.m.) at the Stone Family Center for Health Sciences at Walnut Street and 5th Street.

The event is open to the public and all UE employees are invited to attend. Please join our president, Christopher M. Pietruszkiewicz, and our physical therapy and physician assistant departments in celebrating the opening of this incredible facility that will benefit our University for years to come.

* Re-Thinking Diversity Summer Series: Dialogue on Race

Join the Office of Diversity Initiatives at the University of Evansville for its last one-hour session, titled "Safe and Respectful Learning Environment." Facilitated by LaNeeca Williams with special guest UE associate professor of physics Angie Riesetter and USI professor Wendy Turner. The session will discuss ways to help campus members develop ground rules that promote safety, inclusiveness, and respect.

The interactive dialogue will allow campus participants to think and discuss ways to re-think everything you ever knew about race. The sessions will provide solution-oriented steps and strategies as well as resources for participants.

The session will be offered on Wednesday, August 8 at noon in Eykamp Hall, Room 253, Ridgway University Center. Participants are asked to RSVP to by today, Monday, August 6.

Participants are encouraged to bring their lunch but drinks and snacks will also be offered.

Sessions are intended for any campus members and friends (i.e., faculty, staff, students, alumni, or administrators). Anyone attending all of the sessions will be given a certificate of completion or participation from the Office of Diversity Initiatives at the end of the summer sessions.

Submitted by LaNeeca Williams 

* United Way Day of Caring is September 7

The United Way Day of Caring will be Friday, September 7. This year, UE will be partnering with the local council of the Boy Scouts of America, the Buffalo Trace Council. This location is located just down the road off the Lloyd Expressway (behind the State Hospital).

Join us on this exciting day by signing up for one of the listed volunteer opportunities. Employees who choose to participate in the Day of Caring do not need to use a vacation day, but do need to get approval from your supervisor.

To sign up, fill out this online form -

The deadline to sign up is Friday, August 10.

Please let Brian Conner,, in residence life know if you have any questions.

Submitted by Brian Conner

* UE dedicates Interfaith Peace Bell this afternoon

The University of Evansville will dedicate its new Interfaith Peace Bell today - Thursday, August 9 - at 3:00 p.m. between Ridgway University Center and the Bower-Suhrheinrich Library. Evansville’s interfaith community will participate in the event, which is open to the public.

UE’s International Peace Pole will also be rededicated at its new location near the west side of Memorial Plaza. The peace pole was originally dedicated to the University of Evansville by the International Students Club in 2002.

With the installation of the Interfaith Peace Bell, the University has created a new focal point on campus dedicated to peace and reconciliation.

“The bell is a symbol of the University’s commitment to making the world a more peaceful, understanding, and compassionate place,” explained Tammy Gieselman, University Chaplain. “It will ring to commemorate significant campus and community events and will symbolize harmony and goodwill at UE. The Peace Bell will be a constant reminder for us to work for peace together, as a campus community.”

The bell was cast at the White Chapel Bell Foundry in London, England. An appropriate choice as the University of Evansville’s Harlaxton College is located in Grantham, England.

“UE’s Interfaith Peace Bell will also serve as a visual and aural symbol of the University's strong connection with England and our beloved Harlaxton College,” noted Gieselman.

UE’s Interfaith Peace Bell is a copper and tin cast, 24¼” diameter bell and weighs 322 pounds. It is accurately and harmonically tuned on the five-tone principal to note F. Its deadstock is made from Iroko, a large hardwood from the west coast of tropical Africa. One side of the bell is inscribed "Yearn for Peace,” and the other side reads “Work for Peace.” The bell’s pedestal is made of solid granite, weighing 8,247 pounds and is modeled after UE’s Olmsted Administration Hall bell tower.

UE’s Peace Bell was one of the last bells to be cast at the historic White Chapel Bell Foundry before it closed permanently in May 2017. It was Britain’s oldest manufacturing company, stretching back to 1570. It was responsible for many acclaimed bells worldwide, including London’s Big Ben, Philadelphia’s Liberty Bell, and bells for the National Cathedral in Washington, DC. The foundry also made a tribute bell one year after 9/11, the Bell of Hope, as a gift from the people of London to the people of New York City.

On February 24, 2017, a casting ceremony for UE’s bell was carried out at the Whitechapel Bell Foundry. Witnessing this ceremony were Harlaxton College principal Gerald Seaman and spouse, Patricia Vilches; Ian Welsh, vice principal for business and technology, Harlaxton College; Megan Janasiewicz, director of student development, Harlaxton College; Harlaxton students Rebecca Clark, Ahmad Ismaiel, and Sara Cannaday; and Tamara Gieselman, University Chaplain.

The following Monday, February 27, the bell was consecrated by the interfaith community in London. Those who participated were Katherine Baxter, Wesley’s Chapel; David Chapman, West London Synagogue; Gieselman; John Heyderman, Beit Klal Yisrael; Ishaque Uddin, East London Mosque; and Aslam Uddin, East London Mosque.

* Last session in UE Summer Yoga Series set for Aug. 13

FREE Summer Yoga will be offered this summer from noon-1:00 p.m. in Carson Center. 

A session is planned for August 13: Yoga for Stress Management.

RSVP to Stacey Shanks,

Submitted by Stacey Shanks


Info You Should Know

* Smith is UE's new WFF director of custodial services

Kevin Smith is the new WFF director of custodial services at the University of Evansville. He is looking forward to new challenges and to continuing to serve the University. The office phone number for WFF facility services (housekeeping) has not changed. It is still 812-488-2045.

Smith has worked for WFF facility services at UE for the past three years. He and his wife Mary have two children and four grandchildren.

Submitted by Kathy Perry

* Women's self-defense classes

The Fitness Center would like to hold several women's self-defense classes during the lunch hour before school starts.

Right now we are gauging interest. If you are interested, please contact for more information before August 8.

Submitted by Lori Adams

* CECS welcomes its new dean, Ying Shang

The College of Engineering and Computer Science welcomes its new dean, Ying Shang, to campus this week. An alumna of Notre Dame, Shang was recently interviewed by that university regarding her new position as the first female dean of UE’s College of Engineering and Computer Science. The entire article can be read here. Another article about Shang becoming the new CECS dean can be found here on UE's website.

Shang begins her duties at UE on August 1. 

* Fall textbooks are ready

Textbooks for the fall term can now be purchased in the UE Bookstore or on the UE Bookstore website. Choose from new, used, rental, and eBooks. You can also choose to charge your books to your student account in most cases. Save shipping and flag them for pick up in store if you want.

Submitted by Doug Gustwiller 

* Departments/professors - please check the book list

Departments and/or professors are encouraged to check the UE Bookstore website to make sure their books are listed correctly for the fall term. If there are any missing or if information is not correct, please contact the UE Bookstore immediately. Thanks for your help.

Submitted by Doug Gustwiller

* Parking permits go on sale on August 2

Parking permits will be available for sale in the safety and security office beginning Thursday, August 2 between the hours of 8:00 a.m.-4:00 pm., Monday through Friday. Permits may be purchased by cash or check. Payroll deduction forms will be available for employees.

Submitted by Carol Blair

* August Pcard training location change

Due to the number of individuals attending the upcoming August 7th Pcard training, we have moved the training session to Room 100 in Graves Hall. For questions, contact Kim Winsett at ext. 2940 or

Submitted by Kim Winsett



* David Unger publishes journal article

David J. Unger, professor of mechanical and civil engineering, recently published the technical article “Free Streamline Hydrodynamic Analogy for a Linear Elastic Antiplane Slot Problem with Perfectly Plastic Ligaments at its Ends,” in the Journal of Elasticity, Volume 132, pages 261-270 (2018).


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