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Friday, February 1, 2019

* 1095-C forms to be issued to employees by March 2, 2019

The Office of Fiscal Affairs will have the tax form 1095-C issued and sent for distribution by March 2, 2019. There will be an AceNotes article published as soon as they are available. To receive your form electronically, please be sure to log onto Self Service, navigate to Tax Information in the Employee section, and change your preference to consent electronic availability in the next few weeks. 

* Health Insurance Wellness Program-Premium Changes 2019-20

As previously announced during last year’s benefits open enrollment, please note the following changes that will take effect during our upcoming plan year:

For employees enrolled in the HRA health insurance plan, for coverage effective June 1, 2019, the University will implement the following premium levels based participation its wellness program:

1. For members that choose not to participate in a wellness screening at the UE Medical Clinic: premiums will increase $23 per biweekly pay ($50 per month)
2. For members that are tested as tobacco users: premiums will increase $14 per biweekly pay ($30 per month)
3. For members with two or more risk factors: premiums will increase $7 per biweekly pay ($15 per month)

Only the most recent screening results will be used in April 2019 to determine premium charges that will be effective May 2019. Last spring, employees and covered spouses were encouraged to get a screening in the 2018 summer months so that they would have plenty of time lower risk factors, if needed, so that they could get another screening by March 31, 2019. As always, screenings are available any time through the clinic at no cost.

If your spouse is covered on the UE health insurance plan, both of you would need to participate and have one or less risk factors to avoid an increased premium. However, if both the employee and spouse choose not to participate, both are tobacco users, etc., there will only be one premium increase.

* 2018 W-2s processed

W-2 forms have been processed for all employees and student workers. Employees and student workers who did not provide their consent to electronic W-2’s should receive their W-2 in the mail Saturday or Monday. If you have already provided consent to electronic W-2’s, you can view/print your W-2 now. Simply log onto Self-Service (, locate the item titled “Tax Information” either on the main page, or in the left-hand menu under “Financial Information”. Click the option “W-2 Information” and then click on 2018 W-2 Statement.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Gloria Spencer at ext. 2159 or

* Road Trip hosts needed

The Office of Admission needs current UE students who live in the residence halls to host prospective high school seniors for Road Trip on February 15-17. If you are available, you can apply to host through Acelink, by emailing Ashley Ross ( or Jordan Hall (, or stopping by the Office of Admission, located in Room 104, Olmsted Administration Hall. The deadline to sign up has been extended to February 6.

Submitted by Ashley Ross


Upcoming Events

* Super Bowl Sunday Success Lab Hours

The Success Lab will have adjusted hours due to the Super Bowl and will be open 3:00-5:00 p.m. this Sunday, February 3 in Library 462. Visit our academic coaches before the game to get organized for the week! This service is free and open to all UE students.

The Success Lab will resume normal hours the rest of the week including

  • Monday 4:00-8:00 p.m.
  • Thursday 4:00-8:00 p.m.
  • Sunday 4:00-8:00 p.m.
* IU School of Optometry Visiting Campus

Interested in learning about various jobs in health care? Are you desiring a career that has flexibility to preserve a healthy work-life balance? Optometry may be an excellent choice! Please come to a short presentation by IU School of Optometry this Friday, February 1 at 1PM in SOBA 250 to hear more. 

* UE's Clay Club and Art Department to present artist and ceramist Gail Russell

The University of Evansville Clay Club and Department of Art will welcome artist and ceramist Gail Russell to the University from February 5-6. Russell will give demonstrations of throwing on a potter’s wheel on Tuesday, February 5, from 1:00-4:00 p.m., and Wednesday, February 6, from 2:00-5:00 p.m. in the UE Ceramics Studio. She will also present a lecture on Tuesday, February 5, from 6:30-8:00 p.m. in Eykamp Hall, Room 255, Ridgway University Center. All of these events are free and open to the public.

Russell earned her MFA from the University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois, and her BFA from UE. She has been owner, operator, and full-time artist potter at Peachblow Pottery in Lewis Center, Ohio, since 1986.

Russell has participated in approximately 125 exhibitions, taught numerous workshops, and executed many commissions. She has appeared in several books, including Introduction to Ceramics by Graham Flight, The Ceramic Surface by Mathias Osterman, and Contemporary Studio Porcelain by Peter Lane. Russell was honored to be one of the workshop presenters for the inaugural Zanesville Prize Conference in October 2014.  The highlight of this event is an international exhibition of contemporary ceramic art, with a top prize of $20,000. 

For more information, contact the UE Department of Art at 812-488-2043 or email

* JAMPON 2019: A Jam for Pads and Tampons

Join us for the second annual JAMPON on February 2, in Eykamp Hall in Ridgway University Center for a jam with music, art, baked goods, and more! One hundred percent of the monetary and product donations will go the YWCA of Evansville! For admission, please bring an unopened box of tampons, pads, or liners (or a $10 admission donation, venmo will be accepted). Help us donate and shatter the stigma around sanitary products for every kind of woman+. Last year, we collected 207 boxes of tampons, pads, and liners, as well as $646, and we want you to help us raise even more this year!

Submitted by Gregory Rike

* Columbia Fleece Sale at UE Bookstore

The UE Bookstore is offering 25% OFF the original price of ALL Columbia Sportswear this week - January 28 through February 2. Come in and enjoy the savings just in time for the cold weather. We have both men's and women's garments available.

Submitted by Doug Gustwiller

* Find out what it's like to be a first year medical student

Join us on February 4 at 6:00 p.m. in Room 102 in the Koch Center of Engineering and Science as we welcome Jamie Durbin, UE biology department alumna and current first year IU medical student, back to UE. She will present on her experiences thus far in medical school, discuss ways to prepare, what to expect, and answer any questions you might have.

Submitted by Kelly Nixon

* All campus welcome for lunch at UE Connect Lunch and Learn

Campus is invited to attend UE Connect Lunch and Learn - February 2019 on Wednesday, February 13 from noon-1:00 p.m. in Eykamp Hall, Rooms 253-255, Ridgway University Center. A complimentary lunch is provided to those who pre-register. Register online by Monday, February 11 at:

UE Connect Lunch and Learn

Are you starting to think about your future, post UE? Maybe you're eager to embark on your career journey or maybe you're nervous about navigating the job market. Regardless of the bucket you fall under, it's important to define your professional values and work towards finding your ideal culture so that you can build a career where you thrive. Beth Hochgesang Kincaid and Lauren Brown Howard are excited to discuss how our experiences and social networking skills helped them land opportunities that they are passionate about at one of the nation’s Best Places to Work. 

Have a suggestion for future Lunch & Learns? Email a lunch and learn topic to!

Questions? Contact the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations at 812-488-2586 or

Submitted by Nichole Coffey 

* Sunday Mass in Neu Chapel

There will be a Catholic Mass celebrated this Sunday at 1:00 pm in Neu Chapel on campus. Father Alex will be the celebrant. All are welcome!

Submitted by Sam Wallisch


Info You Should Know

* UE PT faculty, students, and alumni present at National APTA Conference

UE DPT faculty, students and alumni joined over 16,000 physical therapy students and professionals at last week's Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association in Washington DC. The posters and presentations by the University of Evansville Department of Physical Therapy included:

Kyle Kiesel, PT PhD, chair, and Alyssa Englert, PT, DPT, resident graduate and sports physical therapist at ProRehab, conducted a 2-hour session on breathing. This was a summary of their on-going research on breathing dysfunction, currently being conducted in the Tri-State Orthopaedic and ProRehab sponsored research space at Stone Center.

Kiesel presenting

Kyle Kiesel and Alyssa Englert in front of information board.

Associate professor Phil Plisky, PT, DSc, OCS, ATC, CSCS, Kyle Kiesel and Nathan Denning, PT, DPT, UE/ProRehab sports residency graduate: "The relationship between repeated vertical and broad jumps."

Phil Plisky and Nathan Denning in front of presentation information board.

Risa Ricard, 3rd year SPT; assistant professor Katie Whetstone, PT, DPT, SCS, former professor Tzurei Chen, PT, PhD and CEHS Dean Mary Kessler, PT, MHS: "A Pro Bono Group Exercise Program Improves Movement Efficiency in an Individual with Stroke."

Risa Ricard, Katie Whetstone, Tzurei Chen, and Mary Kessler

Assistant professor Kyle Matsel, PT, DPT, SCS, CSCS, presented at the American Physical Therapy Association’s Combined Sections Meeting in Washington DC last week. Matsel teamed up with renowned researchers from the University of Kentucky, High Point University, and Northwestern University to present recommendations specific to clinical practice guidelines for shoulder instability. This large scaled research project includes assessing all the available research specific to shoulder instability including examination, treatment, prognosis, and outcomes. Creation of these guidelines provides clinicians with high level evidence that can be used to inform care with their patients.

* Now hiring UE Reads Tutors

Students who are eligible for federal work study and are interested in helping children build literacy skills are encouraged to apply as tutors with UE Reads. Tutors go to local schools in after-school daycare programs to provide fun and meaningful lessons to help elementary students build their reading skills. The pay is great and the schedule is typically 2 or 3 days per week between the hours of 2:30-6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Please contact Karen Martin at or stop by Graves Hall 310 for additional information. 

* A Moment in Black History: Dr. Charles Drew

Dr. Charles Richard Drew was born on June 3, 1904, in Washington, D.C. He was an African-American physician who developed ways to process and store blood plasma in "blood banks." He directed the blood plasma programs of the United States and Great Britain in World War II, but resigned after a ruling that the blood of African-Americans would be segregated. He died on April 1, 1950.

* Eykamp Prize: Call for Nominations

The Eykamp Prize was established by Richard and Rita Eykamp in 2015 to honor Faculty Achievement at the University of Evansville. Recipients of the prize will receive a one-time award of $10,000 in recognition of extraordinary contributions to the University of Evansville as University Citizens. Examples of such contributions include deep and successful involvement in recruiting students; expanding the number, scope, and competitiveness of grant funding for their department; bringing positive public awareness to the University through scholarship, knowledge, and understanding of their discipline. Up to two prizes a year may be awarded.

Nominations for the Eykamp Award may come from any member of the University of Evansville Community. Nominees should be tenured or tenure-track faculty members at the University of Evansville who have not received the award in the previous five years. Nominations can be submitted in writing or via e-mail to Michael Austin, Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs/Provost, by March 15, 2019. Nominations should include the name of the faculty member and a brief statement of the reasons that he or she is being nominated.

Recipients of the Eykamp Award will be selected by an Awards Committee, appointed by the EVPAA/Provost that includes members of the faculty and staff, academic administrators, and at least one member of the Board of Trustees. Awards will be announced and presented at the May Commencement Ceremony.

Previous Recipients: 2016 – Dr. Mark Valenzuela; 2017 – Dr. Lora Becker; 2018 – Dr. David Dwyer.

* UE Music Management Students Attend Winter NAMM Show

UE music management students Peter Blok, Justin Morrison, and Michelle Nuti attended the 2019 Winter NAMM Show in Anaheim California on January 24-27 with their faculty advisor Dr. Timothy Zifer. The students had the opportunity to visit over 1,000 exhibits of music products from around the world, and attend informative music business sessions as well music performances. UEMMA (University of Evansville Music Management Association) raised money for the trip through a fundraiser, applying to SFB, and receiving assistance from FUEM (Friends of UE Music).

* Off-Campus Work Studies Needed

Are you eligible for Federal Works Study? Are you interested in helping your community? There are work study positions available to work with local nonprofit organizations in after school programs and office assistance. If you are interested in this rewarding work study opportunity, contact Geoff Edwards in the Center for Student Engagement at or by calling 812-488-1102 IMMEDIATELY!

* Free HIV testing at Student Health Clinic

Free HIV testing at Student Health Center hosted by Matthew 25 on February 5, from 9:00-11:00 a.m. No appointment necessary!

Submitted by Tara Ulrich

* Dollars for Disney T-shirt sale from Kappa Kappa Iota

Kappa Kappa Iota, the University of Evansville's Education honors society, is selling T-shirts to raise money. The profits from these shirts are going to be used to help send a child to Disney World through the Cops Connecting with Kids program and Glenwood Leadership Academy.

T-shirts are $10 and the last day to pre-order a shirt is February 7.

Payments may be made by cash, check, or Venmo to @KappaKappa-Iota. We will also have a table from 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. on February 15 and 16, in Ridgway University Center where donations and limited T-shirts will be sold! Order shirts from any Kappa Kappa Iota member or on this google doc:

Submitted by Heather Dougan

* College Mentors for Kids applications

If you are looking for a good way to interact and help your community, apply to be a mentor for a student that is in need. We are looking for well-rounded individuals that love to give back and help make a difference in someone's life. If you have any questions, contact Joe Cook at You can apply at

Submitted by Madi Elpers

* It's time! Nerd Wars team registration

Nerd Wars logo. It's all fun and games until someone feels trivial.The Honors Program is hosting Nerd Wars trivia night on Tuesday, February 26, at 7:00 p.m., in Eykamp Hall, Ridgway University Center. Students, faculty, administrators, and staff can all form teams of up to five people to battle in a competition of wits while enjoying pizza, popcorn, and soda. Winners will receive some incredible prizes!

You can register your team online NOW.

Honors students' registration is FREE! If you are not an honors student, you must pay your $5 per person entry fee to Jayme Williams in Room 238, Koch Center for Engineering and Science. Those who are unable to compose a team of five may still register and be matched to make a team. The deadline to enter is February 6.

Please contact Blake Elliott ( with any questions or concerns.

Submitted by Blake Elliott

* Sign Up for Barn Blitz (BB2)

Barn Blitz BadgeBarn Blitz 2 is happening! We are building backyard barns for Habitat for Humanity! There are several build dates.

  • February 2: Cutting components (ONLY)
  • February 9: Cutting components and building components
  • February 16: Cutting components and building components
  • February 23: Cutting components and building components
  • March 2: Cutting components and building components
  • March 23: Building components (ONLY)
  • March 30: Building components (ONLY)
  • April 6: Barn Blitz Day!

Please sign up to participate here:

If you would like to claim a barn for your team or if you would like to be placed on a team for April 6, e-mail Karyssa Vasquez at If claiming a barn for your team, please include a team name for your barn in your email.

Submitted by Karyssa Vasquez

* Apply to be an Admission Ambassador!

Apply to be an Admission Ambassador! 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 January 23-February 7 at:

Feel free to email Kenlea Meeker at with any questions!

Submitted by Kenlea Meeker

* Apply to be an RA!

It is with great excitement that the Office of Residence Life announces that its RA application for Fall 2019 is now available on UEngage!

The Resident Assistant position provides opportunities for growth and leadership for both the Resident Assistants and the students on their floors.

Serving in the residence halls or campus “villages,” the Resident Assistant is a full-time undergraduate student whose responsibility it is to serve as a student advisor to 15–60 undergraduate students, depending on their placement. The RA is a para-professional staff member of the Residence Life Office and the Division of Student Affairs. In this capacity, the overall responsibility is to provide leadership, assistance, and support to the students living in their area. Each Resident Assistant serves in diverse roles with many different responsibilities. Working in cooperation with the professional staff, the Resident Assistant strives to facilitate and maximize the residential experience.

If you are interested in speaking with a current RA about his or her position, please join us for our Open House on January 28 from 9-9:30 p.m. in Eykamp Hall, Room 252, Ridgway University Center.

You can access the online application by logging on UEngage and finding it under "Forms" or following this link:

Applications are due by February 10 at 11:59 p.m. Interviews will be scheduled on an individual basis on February 21 and 22.

If you have any questions, please contact Megan King at or Karyssa Vasquez at

Submitted by Megan King

* 2019 scholarships for United Methodist students

United Methodist students attending UE can apply for the 2019 United Methodist Scholarships at

United Methodist students attending United Methodist-related institutions can apply for 2019 United Methodist Scholarships from January 3-March 7 at for 2019 scholarships.

Applying for individual scholarships now also makes you eligible for the United Methodist Allocation. You must apply now to be considered for both. Late applications will not be accepted. Scholarships range in value from $500 to $5,000. The average amount awarded is about $1,000.

Scholarship eligibility requirements:

•Incoming or current freshmen, sophomores, juniors, seniors or graduate students at one of the United Methodist-related colleges or universities
•Member of any United Methodist Church for at least one year
•Minimum GPA of 2.5

Submitted by Trisha Hawkes


In The News

* President Pietruszkiewicz Talks UE with Brad Byrd on Eyewitness InDepth

President Pietruszkiewicz visited the Eyewitness News studio on Tuesday evening to share his experiences so far as the 24th president of the University of Evansville and his vision for the institution's future. 

Watch the interview online here.


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