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Thursday, September 6, 2018

* Active shooter drill planned for Fall Semester – do you know what to do?

The Evansville Police Department will be conducting an unannounced Active Shooter Drill some time during the fall semester. All members of the campus community are expected to participate in the drill.

Note: No simulated gun-fire will be used. The drill will commence via Ace Alert and the Active Threat Siren notification system.


How is campus notified of an active shooter?

A special siren will sound if there is an active threat on the campus. Specific information will be relayed via Ace Alerts text messaging, email, and on-campus computer and phone stations.  

Unless there are specific instructions to shelter in place, each individual should determine for themselves if they should Run, Hide, or Fight. This decision should be made after considering the information available at the time.

  • RUN – If you believe you can safely run away from the danger, law enforcement believes this is the best option.
  • HIDE – If you cannot run away from the danger, law enforcement encourages individuals to hide from the threat.  If a door can be locked, lock the door. If not, consider if there is another way to create a barricade.
  • FIGHT – If running away or hiding is not an option and the threat is inevitable - don’t give up. Fight. Look for make-shift weapons. What can be thrown at the threat that can cause them to become disoriented and disarmed? 

View the “Run, Hide, Fight” video here: 

The Best Preparation
The best preparation is to always consider what options are available given your current location. Where are the exits? 

Additional information can be obtained from the Safety and Security Website at

* Admission Purple Visit Day today!

The Office of Admission will be welcoming almost 100 families today - Friday, September 7 - for Purple Visit Day. They will be participating in several sessions and classes throughout the day. They will also be joining campus for lunch in Cafe Court at noon. Please welcome the visiting families when you see them!


What's Happening Today

* Game Night in Ridgway tonight at 7:00 p.m.

The campus community is invited to a special game night tonight in Ridgway University Center at 7:00 p.m. in the Class of ‘59 Gallery. There will be Twister, giant Jenna, giant Yahtzee, and lots of fun! Come join us!

Submitted by Keith Turner 

* AXONs bake sale today for conference travel

AXONs, the neuroscience student group, is selling goodies to fund travel to an undergraduate neuroscience conference. Please stop between noon and 2:00 p.m. today -Thursday, September 6 - in Ridgway University Center to purchase some sweets.

Submitted by Lora Becker

* First Student Congress meeting this afternoon

The first Student Congress meeting of the 2018-19 school year will take place this afternoon (Thursday, September 6) at 5:00 p.m. in Room 170 in the Schroeder School of Business Building. As a reminder, SGA representatives must miss no more than four meetings per semester, in order to establish good standing for the upcoming semester. If the representative for your organization has changed, please e-mail with the name of the updated representative, so a reminder e-mail may be sent, following the third missed meeting.

Submitted by Michaella Cunningham

* Reception for Bhargavi Bandi is set for today

Please join us to wish Bhargavi Bandi, associate director of data management and recruiting strategies, best wishes as she leaves for her new adventure and thank her for her years of dedication to UE. A reception will be held today -Thursday, September 6 - from 3:00-4:30 p.m. in the Office of Admission lobby, Olmsted Hall 104. Refreshments will be served and all are welcome.

Submitted by Ashley Ross 


Upcoming Events

* Canoeing and kayaking at Bluegrass Fish and Wildlife Center!

Kick off the year right with the UE Venturing Crew at its annual canoe trip and cookout at Bluegrass Fishing and Wildlife Area!

The event is FREE and includes food and transportation. All participants need to be a Venturing Crew member. That means you must complete a registration form and pay your annual dues ($25).

If you were unable to sign up for the crew at the open house, please contact the president of Venturing Crew at

If you would like to sign up for this event or register for the crew, please visit the group’s table on the first floor of Ridgway University Center. They will be taking sign-ups from September 5-7, 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. and 5:00-7:00 p.m.

If you cannot make it to these sign-ups, please contact

Submitted by Elizabeth Ferguson

* Fall Retreat- Faith in College: The Good News

Save the date! September 8th will be a chance to reflect, pray and build community. UE Newman is hosting a fall retreat - right here on our campus! We will start with morning prayer, have group discussion with Professor James Ware with plenty of fun in between. A fun filled day is planned for YOU and will end with a pilgrimage to St. Benedict for Mass and a home-cooked meal from the Parish Council. All students are welcome, regardless of their faith.

All students will receive a free Bible, journal, tote bag, T-shirt and prayer book - all meant to help guide you in your faith life while here at UE! If you are not Catholic, confession and Mass are definitely optional; however, please know you are welcome to attend.

For more details, please contact Catholic campus minister Jenny Koch at to reserve your spot today!

Submitted by Michaela Kunkler 

* Catholic Mass on campus

There will be a Catholic Mass this Sunday, September 9, at 1:00 p.m. in Neu Chapel. Father Tyler Tenbarge will be the celebrant. All are welcome!

Submitted by Sam Wallisch


Changemaker Corner

* Join the Change Team!

Calling all people willing to collaborate and innovate. Join the Change Team! Come when you can and bring your ideas and your friends! Sign up here for information on our meetings or e-mail Cindy Kelley at 

Submitted by Cindy Kelley 

* Come one, come all to today's #UEChangefest2018

Join us for #UEChangefest2018 TODAY- Friday, September 7 - from 2:00-4:00 p.m., outside Ridgeway University Center. Come and support Professor Mark Valenzuela as he makes an official attempt to break the world record for the tallest stack of tortillas. There will also be live salsa dance lessons and many more activities to support Changemaker activities and classes. UE will be building home 499 for Habitat for Humanity (purple door and all)! Come sign the 2X4s and put love into the house. We all need some love!

Submitted by Stacey Shanks


Info You Should Know

* UE Magazine for Fall 2018 now online

The new UE Magazine for Fall 2018 is now online! This issue contains articles on UE President Chris Pietrusczkiewcz, First Lady Siobhan Pietrusczkiewcz, and their two sons Ryan and John. It also includes an article celebrating the history of Hyde Hall, and the latest news from campus, UE athletics, and alumni.

You can read the entire issue at:

* Found iPad

If you have lost an iPad, please contact Sharon Selby at 812-488-2958 or It was found after the Campus Community Cookout. Must be able to describe it to collect it.

* UE Theatre guest artist Wes Grantom directs New York City production

Poster about Beep Boop Created and Performed by Richard Saudek

Wes Granton '03 is currently directing "beep boop" for his New York City-based theatre company, Crowded Outlet.

Created by physical comedian Richard Saudek ("Balls!" at 59E59), TV and film composer Jesse Novak ("BoJack Horseman"), and director Wes Grantom ("Eager to Lose" at Ars Nova), "beep boop" is a multimedia clown show carelessly crafted to be both meaningful and meaningless. It's a hilariously twisted romp exploring our obsession with technology and our increasing loneliness in a world with so many ways to connect.


Discount during previews! Use code: BB18

Grantom is currently serving as a guest artist in the Department of Theatre for the semester. He is teaching a class in directing, as well as directing the upcoming musical production of "Spring Awakening."

Submitted by Sharla Cowden 

* Diversity Resource Center open

The Diversity Resource Center opened its doors for Fall 2018 on Tuesday, September 4. The center, located at 436 Weinbach Avenue, will be open Monday through Thursday, 9:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. and from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. on Friday. The center is open to students, student organizations, and the University of Evansville community as a place for students meet, hold events, or to regroup after each day.

The Diversity Resource Center can be reserved with the use of the following link:

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact. Laneeca Williams, chief diversity officer, at; or Darrion Culler, assistant director of diversity initiatives, at

Submitted by Darrion Culler 

* Do you want to build a playground?

Are you looking for a way to make a difference in your community? Volunteer to help build the new Mickey's Kingdom playground, a 20,000 square foot, all accessible playground in downtown Evansville. The build will take place September 14-23 (no build on the 17th). There are three shifts per day. No building experience needed. Sign-up to volunteer at or contact Catie Taylor at if you have any questions.

Submitted by Catie Taylor 

* Apply to be an Admission Ambassador!

Interested in getting involved on campus? As an Admission Ambassador you have the opportunity to assist with Road Trip, Open House, weekly tours, and meeting many perspective students!

If you are interested, applications will be available from September 4-21 at

Feel free to e-mail Taylor Williams at with any question!

Submitted by Taylor Williams

* Nominate Individuals for the Employee Excellence Award for October

The University of Evansville, in pursuit of excellence in service, wishes to recognize monthly a non-faculty employee displaying records of achievement as a leader. Leadership may be demonstrated in any of the following categories:

• Service to the University community
• Service to students
• Job performance and attitude to fellow employees

One award is presented each month. To be eligible, an employee must be a full-time member of the administration or staff.  Nominations are due before the 15th of each month. Nominations are now being accepted for the month of October!

To nominate someone, or to find out more information about the Employee Excellence Award, go to Award/.

Submitted by Lori LeDuc 

* TIAA individual counseling sessions for September

The TIAA-CREF representative will be on the UE campus for individual counseling sessions on Tuesday, September 18. 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) in the Schroeder School of Business Building.

Submitted by Lori LeDuc 

* Computer monitors available for $15

The UE Bookstore has a limited quantity of 15-inch adjustable computer monitors available for $15. These are made available through the Office of Technology Services. Monitors were formerly used in campus computer labs and were replaced recently. These are AS IS models and are available to anyone from the campus community on a first come, first served basis. Check them out in the Bookstore or view this photo.

Computer Monitor for Sale

Submitted by Doug Gustwiller

* College Mentors for Kids is recruiting

College Mentors for Kids is a national organization that connects kids to college students through weekly on-campus activities that inspire growth, confidence, and brighter futures. The chapter here at UE brings kids to campus every week from Joshua Academy that range from 1st to 5th grade. Mentors are paired one-on-one with a student and will go through many activities with each other that focus on community, diversity, and higher education. Mentors participate each Wednesday from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Classes that last until 3:50 p.m. or start at 5:00 p.m. can be worked around!

If you are interested in applying, then you can do so here:

The deadline for applications is September 14 and interviews follow the next week! If you have any questions, then please reach out to Joe Cook ( or Paige Hignite (

Submitted by Joe Cook

* Service opportunity at St. Vincent DePaul

The Newman Club will be volunteering at St. Vincent DePaul Thrift Store from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Monday, September 10. Come join us in this awesome service opportunity! We will do a carpool, so plan on arriving at the Newman house at 4:50 p.m. to coordinate. Here's the link to sign up:

E-mail with any questions!

Submitted by Sam Wallisch 

* Review course for Fundamentals of Engineering Exam offered

The University of Evansville College of Engineering and Computer Science has announced dates for the annual review and preparation course for those planning to take the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam.

All classes will be held Thursday evenings beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Koch Center for Engineering and Science building on the UE campus. Classes are divided into relevance per discipline. Fees are adjusted accordingly.

  • Civil engineering candidates will attend from September 27 through January 24. 
  • Mechanical engineering and other disciplines candidates will attend from September 27 through November 15. 
  • Electrical and computer engineering candidates will attend October 25 through November 15.

Registration forms and payment must be returned by 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 26.

On campus registrations should be returned to Room 250 in the Koch Center for Engineering and Science.

Community members may obtain registration information by contacting Kimberly Higgins via e-mail at or phone at 812-488-2651.

Early registration is encouraged as space is limited. 

Submitted by Kimberly Higgins 

* Health screening sign-ups

Earn HRA credits! Sign-up for your health screening today. Screenings will be held in the Employee Health Center on Sept. 11-14 from 7:00-11:00 am. Please fast for 8-12 hours. Sign-ups are posted on the main page of AceLink. Please do not schedule your screening through the health clinic. Please contact with questions.

Submitted by Ashley Chipps



* Hoopfest scheduled for October 17

Hoopfest presented by Heritage Federal Credit Union makes its return in 2018! It will take place on Wednesday, October 17 at the Ford Center.

Doors open at 5 p.m. with the event starting at 6 p.m. The first 350 fans will receive a free t-shirt courtesy of Heritage Federal Credit Union. As always, admission is free and tickets are NOT needed for entry.

Hoopfest is your first opportunity to see the Purple Aces men’s and women’s basketball teams. It features intrasquad scrimmages, special contests between players, autographs following the festivities and much more.

This will also mark the first chance for season ticket holders to pick up their tickets for the 2018-19 season.


In The News

* UE professor David Murphy interviewed by Eyewitness News

UE assistant professor of economics David Murphy was interviewed yesterday by Eyewitness News about a recent economic study on Indiana's economy. Murphy noted that while the report touched on real problems, there are also many reasons to be optimistic about the state of Indiana's economy.

You can watch the entire interview on the Eyewitness News website.


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