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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

* Tax form 1095-C now available to employees

The 2018 tax Form 1095-C is now available to employees.

Those employees that consented to receive them electronically can go to Self Service>tax information>1095-C Information > 2018 to download and print the form.

Employees that did not consent to receive the form electronically are being mailed the form, and should receive it in the coming week.

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What's Happening Today

* Tuesday Night Recharge Mass

Join the Newman Club this Tuesday, February 19, at 8:00 p.m. in Neu Chapel to celebrate a Catholic Mass! Fr. Peduru will be the celebrant. All are welcome!

Submitted by Michaela Kunkler


Upcoming Events

* Newman Dinner and Discussion: The Human Story

Join the Newman Club this Wednesday, February 20, at 5:00 p.m. for our weekly dinner and discussion. This week's topic is "The Human Story" hosted by UE History Professor Dan Gahan. He will share his wisdom of "an Irish Catholic Perspective on History." We will be serving stuffed green peppers afterwards. All are welcome!

Submitted by Michaela Kunkler

* Medical Spanish Practice

The Medical Spanish Practice takes place twice a month. These meetings are designed to help students practice communication skills in Spanish. These sessions are open to anyone wanting to improve their medical communication skills in Spanish. The next session is this Wednesday, February 20, from 5:30-7:00 p.m. in Room 73 in the Schroeder School of Business Building. Please contact associate professor of Spanish Diana Rodríguez Quevedo at for more details. ¡Nos vemos el miércoles!

* Charlas: Informal Spanish conversation

Wanting to practice Spanish? Join associate professor of Spanish Diana Rodríguez Quevedo to chat about different topics in Spanish. The next Charlas is this Wednesday, February 20, from 2:30-3:30 p.m. and will take place at the Melvin Peterson Gallery located at 1935 Lincoln Avenue. All levels of Spanish welcome.

Please contact Professor Rodríguez Quevedo at if you have any questions. ¡Ahí nos vemos!

* UE C.A.R.E.S. - UE Conversation About Race & Ethnicity Series starts today

The Office of Diversity Initiatives and the UE Task Force on Race will be continuing the summer series Re-Thinking Diversity Dialogue on Race, this semester on campus, through UE C.A.R.E.S. - UE Conversation About Race & Ethnicity Series. We would like to invite ALL campus members to be a part of the monthly series beginning on February 20. These discussions will be led by UE’s assistant director for diversity initiatives Darrion Culler. Bring thoughts and insight or just come and listen. There will be two sessions offered with the same topic to accommodate class schedules. Please feel free to bring your lunch as well to these discussions.

The first of the series will be on February 20 in Eykamp Hall, Room 252, Ridgway University Center. Session One will be from 11:00- noon, and Session Two from noon-1:00 p.m. The topic will be “Blackface on Campus.”

Submitted by Darrion Culler

* I-House Myanmar

This week is I-House Myanmar (Burma). Kyaw Kyaw Htet is a freshman civil engineering major from Myanmar. His hobbies include gaming, soccer, basketball, reading, swimming, and learning new languages. His favorite part of UE is that, even though it is a small campus, it is very diverse and everyone is very friendly. He will be sharing more about his country and culture such as Myanmar Milk Tea and national flag at his I-House which is happening this Wednesday (February 20) on the second floor of Ridgway University Center at 7:00 p.m. There will also an opportunity for you to win a prize if you bring a friend who hasn't been to I-House before.


Submitted by Megan Sicard 

* UE Department of Art and Friends of Art host "Let's Create with Alcohol Inks" workshop

The UE Department of Art and the UE Friends of Art invite you to attend the "Let's Create with Alcohol Inks" workshop led by Suzanne Farney. The workshop is March 21 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Melvin Peterson Gallery. The cost is $35. Seating is limited. Please register by March 4 to Joyce Powell at or 812-455-0159.


Submitted by Brooksie Smith

* Oscar watch party - Rooting for Rami

The UE Community is invited to an Oscar watch party - “Rooting for Rami” – on Sunday, February 24. The event is a celebration of the Academy Award nomination received by UE alumnus Rami Malek ’03 for his leading role of Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody. The party will be at the Sunset Ballroom, CityView at Sterling Square, located at 210 North Fulton Avenue in Evansville. Walk the carpet is at 6:00 p.m., with the live broadcast beginning at 7:00 p.m.

Admission is $100 per person and there are only 100 tickets available. All proceeds go to the John David Lutz Theatre Lab opening in Fall of 2019.

Students, alumni, faculty, staff, and community members will be in attendance and it’s open to the public.

Black-tie optional. There will be a cash bar.

You can register for the event online and you can learn more about the event on Facebook.


Info You Should Know

* Wind Ensemble concert date change

The University Wind Ensemble concert originally scheduled for today - February 19 - has been moved and will be part of a combined Wind Ensemble/Orchestra Concert on February 26 at the Preston Arts Center in Henderson, Kentucky.

Submitted by James Sullivan James Sullivan

* Save the date for benefit open enrollment

During the period of March 18 through April 12, benefit-eligible employees may enroll or make changes in the University’s health, life, long term disability, and dental insurance, and ACES flexible spending account benefit plans. It is the only chance for benefit-eligible employees to enroll or make changes until the next open enrollment period unless you have a qualifying change in status.

More information about premiums and plan changes will be available in the coming weeks.

Employees will have the opportunity to learn more about these benefit changes or to speak with a plan representative at one of the following open enrollment meetings in Eykamp Hall, Room 251, Ridgway University Center:

• Monday, March 18 from 9:00-10:00 a.m.
• Monday, March 18 from 11:00 a.m.-noon
• Monday, March 18 from 2:00-3:00 p.m.
• Tuesday, March 19 from 9:00-10:00 a.m.
• Tuesday, March 19 from 11:00 a.m.-noon
• Tuesday, March 19 from 2:00-3:00 p.m.

Please contact the Office of Human Resources at ext. 5045 with any questions.

Submitted by Lori LeDuc 

* A Moment in Black History: Sarah Rector

Born as the daughter of freedmen in 1902, Sarah Rector rose from humble beginnings to reportedly become the wealthiest black girl in the nation at the age of 11.

Rector and her family where African American members of the Muscogee Creek Nation who lived in a modest cabin in the predominantly black town of Taft, Oklahoma, which, at the time, was considered Indian Territory.

Following the Civil War, Rector’s parents, who were formerly enslaved by Creek Tribe members, were entitled to land allotments under the Dawes Allotment Act of 1887. As a result, hundreds of black children, or “Creek Freedmen minors,” were each granted 160 acres of land as Indian Territory integrated with Oklahoma Territory to form the State of Oklahoma in 1907.

While lands granted to former slaves were usually rocky and infertile, Rector’s allotment from the Creek Indian Nation was located in the middle of the Glenn Pool oil field and was initially valued at $556.50. Strapped for cash, Rector’s father leased his daughter’s parcel to a major oil company in February 1911 to help him pay the $30 annual property tax. Two years later, Rector’s fortune took a major turn when independent oil driller B.B. Jones produced a “gusher” on her land that brought in 2,500 barrels or 105,000 gallons per day.

According to Tonya Bolden, author of Searching for Sarah Rector: The Richest Black Girl in America, Rector began earning more than $300 a day in 1913. That equates to $7,000 – $8,000 today. She even generated $11,567 in October 1913.

At the time, a law required Native Americans, black adults, and children who were citizens of Indian Territory with significant property and money were to be assigned “well-respected” white guardians. As a result, Rector’s guardianship switched from her parents to a white man named T.J. Porter. Concerned with her wellbeing and her white financial guardian, early NAACP leaders fought to protect her and her fortune.

According to a report from

In 1914, The Chicago Defender published an article claiming that her estate was being mismanaged by grafters and her “ignorant” parents, and that she was uneducated, dressed in rags, and lived in an unsanitary shanty. National African American leaders such as Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. DuBois became concerned about her welfare. None of the allegations were true. Rector and her siblings went to school in Taft, an all-black town closer than Twine, they lived in a modern five-room cottage, and they owned an automobile. That same year, Rector enrolled in the Children’s House, a boarding school for teenagers at Tuskegee Institute in Alabama.

By the time she turned 18, Rector was worth an estimated $1 million, or about $11 million today. She also owned stocks and bonds, a boarding house, a bakery and restaurant in Muskogee, Oklahoma, and 2,000 acres of land. She eventually left Tuskegee with her family and moved to Kansas City, Missouri, where she bought a grand home that still stands today.

“There, the Rectors eventually moved into a home that was a far cry from that weather-whipped two-room cabin in which Sarah began life. This home-place was a stately stone house. It became known as the Rector Mansion,” Bolden told the New York Amsterdam News.

In 1922, she married Kenneth Campbell, the second African American to own an auto dealership. The couple had three sons and were recognized as local royalty, driving expensive cars and entertaining elites like Joe Louis, Duke Ellington, and Count Basie at their home. They divorced in 1930 and Rector remarried in 1934.

Submitted by Darrion Culler

* Spring UE Magazine copies available

The Spring issue of UE Magazine was distributed through campus mail this week. If you have not received a copy by Friday, and would like one, please contact alumni and parent relations at ext. 2586 to get a copy. 

Submitted by Megan McCombs

* Now accepting Global Scholar applications for 2019-20

The Global Scholars Program offers support for faculty engaged in scholarship or curriculum development that helps prepare our students and community for global leadership, citizenry, and success. The Global Scholars Program is administered by the Center for Innovation and Change and is made possible by the John H. Schroeder Global Scholar Endowed Fund. Current funding will support 3-4 awards of up to $4000 each. Awards may be used for travel, research materials, conference fees, and/or other related expenses.

The deadline for full consideration is March 18, by 5:00 p.m.

Visit the Global Scholars webpage for more details.

Submitted by Cindy Kelley 


PRIDE is the LGBT group on campus and is open to everyone (allies included!). PRIDE meets weekly on Mondays at 9:00 p.m. in Room 271 in the Schroeder School of Business Building. We have everything from educational presentations to craft/movie nights and more! Hope to see you there!

Submitted by Sarah Weithers 

* Call for drag show performers!

PRIDE is looking for student performers for their annual drag show!! This year's drag show is April 6 at 7:00 p.m. Each person/group can perform up to two songs. We are also looking for people to MC this event! Please contact us at if you are interested in performing/MCing/volunteering or would like more information!

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* Village housing information meetings

Students interested in living next year in Village housing should plan to attend an information meeting.

Information meetings will be Thursday, February 21, at 4:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. in Eykamp Hall, Room 252, Ridgway University Center. During the information meetings, we will discuss how you can apply for Village housing for 2019-20.

If you have questions, please contact Residence Life or view our housing assignments flowchart –

Submitted by Brian Conner

* Indiana college substance use survey

On Tuesday, February 19, you will be receiving an email from the Dean of Students requesting your participation in a state wide college substance use survey. This anonymous, web-based survey will be open for participation for two weeks, ending on March 3. Your participation will help us understand alcohol, tobacco and other drug use among University of Evansville students and students’ opinions regarding use, which then gives us information on what types of programs to offer our students. This information is tracked year to year, allowing the university to better understand the campus culture and changing dynamics of student choices and opinions. You must be at least 18 years old to participate in this survey and it will take approximately 15 minutes to complete.

As a bonus, one student participant will be chosen at random to receive a UE Bookstore gift certificate!

Submitted by Jennifer Hargus


In The News

* Dion interviewed by Indy Star and Courier & Press

Robert Dion, University of Evansville department chair for Law, Politics, and Society, was interviewed recently by both the Indianapolis Star and the Evansville Courier & Press.

The Indianapolis Star talked to Dion about Indiana’s new senator, Mike Braun, and how he is transitioning to life in Washington, DC. You can read the entire article on the Indianapolis Star website.

Dion was interviewed by the Courier about the recently released Human Rights Campaign's scorecard which placed Indiana in the lowest category. Dion is chair of the Evansville-Vanderburgh County Human Relations Commission. The Courier article is available on the newspaper's website.


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