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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

* Student Financial Services: One-stop for scholarships, financial aid, billing, and payment planning.

In order to better serve our students, offices on the first floor of Olmsted Administration Hall were rearranged over Spring Break. 

The Office of the Registrar has moved into the space previously occupied by the Office of Financial Aid at the west end of the first floor of Olmsted Administration Hall, room 116. 

Those in the new Student Financial Services division are now housed together in the space at the east end, room 106. This division provides guidance and personalized assistance through the financial aid process and proactively assists families with payment options. 

Student Financial Services is a one-stop shop for:
• Financial Aid counseling
• FAFSA filing information
• Scholarships
• Overall tuition and price calculations
• Billing and invoices
• Payment plan options
• Student loans and student loan counseling
• Check cashing
• Loan exit counseling
• Veterans benefits

Learn more about Student Financial Services online. 

* 2019-20 Employee Benefit Open Enrollment

Open enrollment dates for the University’s benefit plans are March 18-April 12. During this time, benefit-eligible employees may enroll or make changes in the University’s health, life, disability, dental, 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.  

Below are announcements, important changes, and reminders about the University’s benefits (premium changes will be effective May 1 and benefit changes will be effective June 1). Everyone wishing to participate in our benefit plans will be required to enroll, so please read the remainder of this document carefully.

On-line Benefit Enrollment
We will once again be using an on-line enrollment process, eliminating all paper enrollment forms for health, life, dental, and long term disability insurance, as well as the ACES flexible spending account. This ensures the accuracy of your enrollment elections and maintains records electronically regarding your current and future participation. Enrollment/changes to your TIAA and Emeriti VEBA retirement plan salary deferral will continue to be processed on paper forms available in the Office of Human Resources. Therefore, you do not need to re-enroll in either of these benefit plans. 

ALL benefit eligible employees (including those who do not want to make any changes to their current coverage) must enter their elections by April 12. As all employees have now utilized this system either during last few years’ open enrollments or as a new hire, most should find this to be an easy-to-follow process. Simply log in to WebAdvisor following the instructions below, affirm your current benefit elections (or make changes to coverage if you wish), enter dependent information for family coverage, and beneficiary information for life insurance. If you previously entered your dependents/beneficiaries via online benefit enrollment, those entries will already be pre-populated for you. Please review this information and make changes as necessary. If you do not wish to be enrolled in our insurance plans, please check the “opt out” button for those benefits.

Please review the attached On-line Benefit Enrollment FAQ and Manual, which should answer many of the questions you might have. Also, please consider attending one of our open enrollment meetings or visit the Office of Human Resources (OH 118) if you need assistance with your on-line enrollment.

On-line Benefit Enrollment Log-in Instructions:

• Log in to WebAdvisor at: https://webadvisor.evansville.edu

• Click on the “Employees” button (highlighted in purple)

• Click on the “Benefit Enrollment” link (located in the “Employee Profile” section)

• Follow the instructions in red located at the top of the Benefit Enrollment page.

Health Insurance Premiums
Premiums for the upcoming plan year are attached. The increase in premiums is 5% and premium adjustments will be made beginning with the first payroll in May for coverage beginning June 1.

Health Insurance Plan Design Changes
Please note the following changes that will take effect June 1: 

• Employees and dependents in need of a hip, knee or shoulder joint replacement will have access to the services of Christ Hospital Health Network in Cincinnati, OH. The hospital’s orthopedic surgeons work with you to develop a treatment plan that is right for your condition and lifestyle. They use the latest technology and advanced techniques to offer minimally invasive surgical options when possible, which means less pain and shorter recovery times. To encourage utilization of Christ Hospital, the University is waiving the deductible for all joint replacement expenses at their facilities, resulting in potentially thousands of dollars in savings for those employees and dependents that need a joint replacement and take advantage of this program. For more information, please review:  www.thechristhospital.com/services/joint-and-spine/joint-replacement

• We have partnered with pharmacy benefits manager CRX International to offer more than 300 of the most commonly prescribed brand-name drugs to employees and dependents. These are maintenance medicines for long-term conditions such as high blood pressure, cholesterol, heartburn, arthritis, and diabetes. CRX is a service that connects you with an Australian, British, or Canadian licensed pharmacy that can dispense, at the lowest available price, the same brand-name medicine currently prescribed by your doctor, and arrange for its delivery directly to you. While participation in this program will be voluntary, the University will encourage participation by waiving co-pays for these prescriptions, resulting in significant savings for those employees and dependents who take these drugs.  More information regarding the list of available prescriptions and how to enroll in the program will be available before June 1.

• As we shared during last year’s open enrollment and have reminded employees in recent months, for employees enrolled in the HRA plan, we will implement the following premium levels based participation in the University’s wellness program for coverage effective June 1 (and premiums beginning in May): 

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. Therefore, if you haven’t done so already, you are encouraged to get a screening (or an updated screening) by Friday, April 12. As always, screenings are available through the University’s employee medical clinic at no cost.

If your spouse is covered on the UE health insurance plan, both of you 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.

On-Site Medical Clinic
As a reminder, the UE Medical Clinic is available for employees and family members covered on UE health insurance. It is in the same location as UE’s Student Health Center in Sampson Hall. All services offered by the clinic are provided at no cost.  

The medical clinic is open 40 hours per week, Monday to Friday, staffed by a registered nurse and certified medical assistant. Eighteen of those hours also include staffing by a nurse practitioner. Along with the Student Health Center and Xtra Care 4U (see below), we will have a nurse practitioner available 32 hours per week. We strongly encourage the scheduling of an appointment at our clinic to ensure the staff is prepared to serve you. However, they will do their best to accommodate walk-ins.

In addition to the UE medical clinic, Tri-State Community Clinics offers Xtra Care 4U. This service provides an additional four hour time period (7:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.) each Friday for employees and family members who are eligible to use the UE Medical Clinic to obtain care for acute/urgent care needs from a nurse practitioner. Xtra Care 4U is available at Tri-State Community Clinic’s main office located at 8601 N. Kentucky Avenue, just off Hwy 41 and Mt. Pleasant Road.  Appointments are not required. Patients are seen on a first come, first served basis. Just like the UE Medical Clinic, all services provided by Xtra Care 4U are at no cost. However, this service will not provide refills on any maintenance medications or perform routine physicals or wellness exams.

For more details, please review the UE Medical Clinic documents.    

Dental Insurance 
There will be no changes to dental insurance premiums or benefits for this year.

Life and Long Term Disability Insurance
There will be no increase in premiums for Group Life, Voluntary Life, or Long Term Disability insurance.  You may increase Voluntary Life Insurance coverage by $10,000 per year.  

ACES Flexible Spending Account 
If you would like to participate in this program for 2019-20, you will need to enter the amount of your annual ACES election in WebAdvisor Benefits Enrollment On-line. A detailed ACES flexible spending account packet and debit card summary are attached. ACES participants may carry over up to $500 in unused health care flexible spending account dollars into the new plan year.

ACES participants can receive reimbursements via direct deposit to their bank account. A flexible spending account direct deposit authorization form is attached.

TIAA Retirement Plan
This is a reminder that eligible employees may enroll, change salary deferrals, change investment elections, or waive participation at any time in the TIAA 403(b) retirement plan. If you wish to enroll, change your salary deferral, or waive participation, please submit the following form to the Office of Human Resources: https://bit.ly/2FjUdkW.  If you wish to change your investment elections, please contact TIAA at 1-800-842-2776 or http://www1.tiaa-cref.org/tcm/universityofevansville/.  

Dates of Open Enrollment Meetings
To learn more about these benefit changes or to speak with a plan representative, employees are encouraged to attend one of the following open enrollment meetings:  

  • Monday, March 18:   9:00-10:00 a.m., Eykamp Hall, Room 251, Ridgway University Center 
  • Monday, March 18: 11:00 a.m.-noon, Eykamp Hall, Room 251, Ridgway University Center 
  • Monday, March 18:  2:00-3:00 p.m., Eykamp Hall, Room 251, Ridgway University Center 
  • Tuesday, March 19:  9:00-10:00 a.m., Eykamp Hall Room 251, Ridgway University Center 
  • Tuesday, March 19: 11:00 a.m.-noon, Eykamp Hall, Room 251, Ridgway University Center
  • Tuesday, March 19: 2:00-3:00 p.m., Eykamp Hall, Room 251, Ridgway University Center 

Please contact the Office of Human Resources at ext. 2943 with any questions.  

* Share Your UE Story!

What makes UE special? Yes, we have award-winning programs and a beautiful campus. But it’s the people - the members of the UE family - who make the University of Evansville the special place that it is.

Fill out this simple questionnaire to share your UE story or the story of an outstanding student or faculty member you know. Then, we’ll feature it on the UE website, social media, and maybe even select print publications to tell the world about all the great things our Aces are doing!

Don’t forget to submit a photo, too. We’re looking for pics of you in Aces gear, at your favorite spot on campus, or doing anything else that illustrates your UE experience.

What's Happening Today

* I-House: Côte d'Ivoire and Study Abroad Info Session

We hope you had amazing spring break and ready for school. We are excited to be back and resume our weekly I-House. Today, Adom Kouame is our presenter for I-House: Côte d'Ivoire. She is an accounting major at UE and her favorite part of UE is the diverse student body. Her hobbies include reading, watching movies, learning a new language, and taking walks. She will be sharing more about herself and her culture at I-House today - Wednesday, March 20 - on the second floor of Ridgway University Center at 7:00 p.m.

Join us before the presentation to meet a representative from ISEP who can help connect you to non-Harlaxton study abroad options all around the world!  Current and past ISEP participants will be there to answer your questions beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Submitted by Megan Sicard ms331@evansville.edu

* Newman Club Dinner and Discussion: Marriage

Join the Newman Club this Wednesday, March 20, at 5:00 p.m. for our weekly dinner and discussion. This week's topic is "Marriage," and will be hosted by Mr. and Mrs. Wade and Kelly Lowell. We will be serving dinner afterwards. All are welcome!

Submitted by Michaela Kunkler mk305@evansville.edu

* Medical Spanish Practice

Medical Spanish practice is designed to help students practice communication skills in Spanish for medical settings. Students may arrive and leave at any time. The next session is this Wednesday, March 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 dr130@evansville.edu for more details. ¡Nos vemos el miércoles!

Submitted by Diana Rodríguez Quevedo dr130@evansville.edu 

* Lolly's Pop Bars at part-time fair

Pop on over to the part-time job fair on the first floor of Ridgway University Center on Wednesday, March 20, from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Free Lolly’s Pop Bars for students attending the event!

Submitted by Alison Morris-McDonald am268@evansville.edu

* Stephen Crowley to speak at UE's Crick Lecture on March 20

Stephen Crowley, associate professor of philosophy at Boise State University, will be the guest speaker for the University of Evansville’s annual Crick Lecture in the Cognitive and Neural Sciences. The lecture is Wednesday, March 20 at 4:00 p.m. in the Vectren Lecture Hall, Room 100, in the Koch Center for Engineering and Science. This event is free and open to the public.

The topic of Crowley’s lecture will be “Is There a Virtue in Honesty? Personality Psychology Meets Virtue Ethics.”

Crowley’s areas of academic interest include epistemology, philosophy of science, history and sociology of science, philosophy of mind/psychology, philosophy of logic, early modern philosophy.

Crowley earned his PhD in Philosophy from Indiana University. He grew up in Adelaide, South Australia, and graduated from the University of Adelaide where he focused on the study of logic. He moved to the United States to pursue graduate studies. His areas of academic interest and study include epistemology, philosophy of science, history and sociology of science, philosophy of mind/psychology, philosophy of logic, early modern philosophy.

* Part-time job fair today!

Need a part-time or summer job? Drop by and meet with area employers at the Summer & Part-Time Job Fair set for today - Wednesday, March 20 - from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. on the first floor of Ridgway University Center.

Business casual attire recommended. Bring many copies of your résumé.

Submitted by Alison Morris-McDonald am268@evansville.edu

* Albion and EPD detective present program on domestic and sexual violence and stalking

Albion Fellows Bacon Center, along with a detective with the Evansville Police Department, will be holding an informative presentation on domestic and sexual violence as well as stalking. These experts in the field will give us information on what these types of violence entail as well as ways to protect ourselves and support those we love.

This program is on Wednesday, March 20, from 5:00-6:00 p.m. in Eykamp Hall, Rooms 253-254, in Ridgway University Center.

Submitted by Jennifer Hargus jh693@evansville.edu

Upcoming Events

* Relay for Life of Vanderburgh Colleges set for Saturday

Relay for Life is a 12-hour event planned for this Saturday, March 23, filled with inflatables, food, and special ceremonies! As of now, over 100 people are planning to be in attendance. The event will be held in Carson Center! To sign up, go here to the event's webpage.

Submitted by Darby Ray dr143@evansville.edu 

* Jamey Aebersold Quartet in concert at UE

One of the most popular jazz groups in the Mid-west, The Jamey Aebersold Jazz Quartet from Louisville, Kentucky, will return Evansville to appear on the Jazz Guest Artist Concert Series, co-sponsored by the University of Evansville and the Evansville Jazz Society. The concert will be presented in Wheeler Concert Hall on Sunday, March 24, at 4:00 p.m.

Aebersold is one of the world’s best known jazz educators, in addition to having established an outstanding reputation as a saxophonist. The National Endowment for the Arts has honored Aebersold by naming him a “Jazz Master” in a ceremony at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Among his many endeavors are the renowned Jamey Aebersold Jazz Camps, held annually at various locations around the US and in other countries, and the Jamey Aebersold Jazz Play-along Records, now numbering over 130 volumes, which are widely used in jazz education all over the world.

In addition to Aebersold on alto and tenor saxophones, the performers will be Gabe Evens, piano; Tyrone Wheeler, bass; and Jonathan Higgins, drums. All are among the most sought-after jazz artists in the Midwest.

Admission to the concert is $15 for adults, $10 for Evansville Jazz Society members and $5 for students with ID. Tickets can be obtained by contacting the UE Department of Music at 812-488-2754 or may be obtained at the door.

For more information, contact Edwin Lacy at EL2@evansville.edu or 812-488-2227.

Submitted by James Sullivan js820@evansville.edu

* Creative writing alumnus to read Friday

Please join us this Friday at 4:00 p.m. in the Melvin Peterson Gallery for a reading by UE alumnus Josh Woods from his new books!

Josh Woods is author of the short-story collection O Monstrous World! (Press 53, 2019) and the novel The Black Palace (Amazon KDP, 2018). He has edited three anthologies of fiction and has published genre and literary short stories in numerous journals, magazines, and collections, in addition to having published creative nonfiction and craft essays. He is the host of The Monster Professor, a podcast that explores the role of monsters in literature, myth, film, folklore, history, and culture (on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play, and YouTube). His awards include Outstanding Full-Time Faculty Member of the Year, Press 53 Open Awards for Genre Fiction, and multiple nominations for the Pushcart Prize, among others. He is currently an associate professor of English in Illinois.

This event is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Paul Bone at pb28@evansville.edu.

Submitted by Rob Griddith rg37@evansville.edu

* RSA Bingo today

Join RSA for Bingo on Monday, March 25, at 7:00 p.m. in Rademacher's Lounge! There will be really cool prizes, food, and lots of fun!

Submitted by Lily Renfro lr156@evansville.edu

* Civil rights activist Isra Chaker to speak on Thursday

Isra Chaker, civil right activist, campaigning expert, and public speaker, will be at the University of Evansville on Thursday, April 4, to present “College Students Rise Up: Advocation in the Trump Era, Dismantling the Misconceptions of Refugees, the Muslim Ban, and Breaking down Stereotypes on National Television.” The event, which is free and open to the public, is from 7:00-8:00 p.m. in Eykamp Hall in Ridgway University Center.

Chaker serves as the refugee campaign lead at Oxfam, one of the leading international NGOs in the world. In this position, she uses her campaign expertise to manage Oxfam’s campaign, that advocates for vulnerable people such as refugees, asylees, and temporary protected status (TPS) holders. The campaign also opposes discriminatory policies such as the Muslim bans.

Being personally impacted by the Muslim ban, and not being able to reunite with her extended family in Syria, Chaker is passionate in her work in reuniting families and advocating for vulnerable people. Recently, she was a featured speaker at the national #FamiliesBelongTogether March in Washington, DC, an event which drew over 40,000 people.

One of Chaker’s infamous projects that went viral in 2017 was bringing refugees to President Trump’s childhood home in Queens, New York, to share their experiences and their “American Dream.”

Chaker has been interviewed and featured on Democracy Now with Amy Goodman, NowThis, AJ+, ABC News, Al Jazeera, CNN, the Associated Press, VICE News, the Washington Post, and more.

Chaker was appointed Global Ambassador for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency USA (UNRWA) for her invaluable contributions in raising awareness and funds for their projects supporting refugee assistance.

In addition, Chaker was recently chosen as an ICON for the "We The Future" campaign by Amplifier, which recognizes 10 young activists from across the country in their leading work on current social justice issues affecting humanity. Chakra was chosen to represent the refugee and immigration justice theme, known as "We the Future, will not be Banned." She is the only Muslim in the campaign, and her art work, as well as a curriculum she designed to break down the stereotypes and misconceptions of Muslims, refugees and immigrants, will be taught in over 20,000 schools across the United States this academic year.

Event contact: LaNeeca Williams

* Mary Stewart Adams to speak at UE's R. Wayne Perkins Lecture

The University of Evansville’s fourth annual R. Wayne Perkins Lecture Series is planned for Friday, March 29 through Monday, April 1. This year’s speaker is Mary Stewart Adams, star lore historian, storyteller, author, and global advocate for starry skies.

Adams lectures using a humanities-based approach to understanding the celestial world and the cultural influence of astronomy. She speaks about our relationship to the night sky and why it matters that we are losing direct access to the natural dark. Adams led the team that established the 9th international dark sky park in the world in 2011. She has received numerous honors including Dark Sky Advocate of the Year, Environmentalist of the Year, and Dark Sky Defender.

All of the events listed below are free and open to the public.

Friday, March 29
Room 73, Schroeder School of Business Building, University of Evansville
3:00 p.m.
History 290 class

Saturday, March 30
Koch Planetarium, Evansville Museum of Art, History, and Science
2:00 p.m.
Mary Stewart Adams to speak

Sunday, March 31
Trinity United Methodist Church, 213 SE 3rd Street, Evansville, Indiana
9:30 a.m., Sunday Service and 10:45 a.m., Wesley Advocates Class Session

Monday, April 1
Room 100, Koch Center for Engineering and Science, University of Evansville
Astronomy 101 class

The annual R. Wayne Perkins Lectures, sponsored by UE’s Office of Religious Life, bring together religion scholars, theologians, and church leaders to explore biblical and theological questions relevant to our common life together. The lectures are intended to be public in nature, engage a broad gathering of world views, and help inform the complexities of theological understanding within contemporary life. The Perkins Lectures are made possible by the generosity of private donors and the Lilly Endowment Inc., and are designed to generate and foster sustained theological reflection among UE students and alumni, clergy, and the larger community.

* Paddy Murphy Pageant benefiting Chemo Buddies on Friday!

Sigma Alpha Epsilon will be having its annual Paddy Murphy Pageant benefiting Chemo Buddies on Friday, March 22, at 7:30 p.m. in Eykamp Hall, Ridgway University Center. The Paddy Murphy Pageant features several members of various organizations across campus who show-off their talents. The Legend of Paddy Murphy will also be told. Tickets will be sold in Ridgway University Center for $5 this week and for $7 at the event.

For more information, contact Marcus Gahagen (mg230@evansville.edu) or Reid McIntire (rm263@evansville.edu).

Thank you for supporting Chemo Buddies!

Chemo Buddies

Chemo Buddies is a non-profit organization that provides a group of compassionate volunteers who serve cancer patients while they are in the treatment room receiving chemotherapy.

Submitted by Austin Hopf ah446@evansville.edu

* PA students plan fundraiser with Evansville Thunderbolts

This Saturday, March 23, the UE PA Class of 2019 will be selling pucks as a fundraiser at the Evansville Thunderbolt game! They would love if you would come out and support them!

There are many great things happening at this game:

- Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and game starts at 7:15 p.m. There will be a band in the lobby during pre-game.

- They will be giving away a free team photo to everyone coming in to the game.

- The pucks will be chucked on the ice during the second intermission. People will have the chance to win a number of prizes, including a $100 pizza party from Dominos.

Submitted by Haley Vos hv25@evansville.edu

* Safe Zone Training for STEM offered this Friday

A Safe Zone Ally Training Workshop will be offered at the upcoming Illinois Indiana Section meeting of the American Society for Engineering Education. The workshop will take place on March 22, starting at 5:00 p.m. While this workshop is geared toward STEM faculty, all are welcome, and you need not register for the ASEE conference to attend!

Where do I sign up?
Email Peter Schmidt at: ps125@evansville.edu.

What is a Safe Zone Ally Training workshop?
Safe Zone Ally Training workshops are interactive training sessions that seek to raise awareness for LGBTQ inclusion in STEM and create a visible network of allies to foster a supportive atmosphere for LGBTQ individuals.

These workshops are hosted by the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) and are funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) through Grant Nos. EEC-1539140 and EEC-1748499.

What will I learn?
Participants in these research-informed workshops will:
• Develop an understanding of LGBTQ concepts and terminology
• Develop an awareness of biases
• Understand LGBTQ issues
• Recognize discrimination and privilege

Why should I attend?
Despite recent advances in equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) individuals in the United States, students and faculty on college campuses still experience harassment, exclusionary behavior and discrimination. Progress in STEM departments has been slower than in other disciplines. Safe Zone Ally Training workshops seek to create a network of engineering and STEM faculty with the awareness, knowledge and skills to create a more inclusive environment for LGBTQ faculty and students.

Where can I learn more?
You can learn more about ASEE Safe Zone Ally Training workshops and additional efforts to increase LGBTQ equity and inclusion in STEM at lgbtq.asee.org.

Submitted by Peter Schmidt ps125@evansville.edu

* Creating a Culture of Empathy workshop

A workshop, "Creating a Culture of Empathy," is set for Wednesday, April 10, from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the Stone Family Center for Health Sciences, Downtown Evansville: Students, faculty, staff, and administrators at UE can attend the workshop at the $45 rate. To register, please select the student rate at: www.evansville.edu/centerforlearning/professional-development.cfm.

Empathy is the ability to understand and communicate the feelings of another. On a daily basis we have interactions with colleagues, clients, patients, employees, cashiers, friends, and family, but do we truly have an understanding of their feelings? Understanding and modeling empathy is vital to making us better leaders and human beings. This workshop introduces the theory through interactive design activities that will enhance the empathy in adults.

Submitted by Lindsay Roberts lr155@evansville.edu

* This Week in Music: Zifer/Steinsultz Faculty Recital and Student Recitals

Student Recitals
Saturday, March 23
1:00 and 2:30 p.m.
Wheeler Concert Hall

Kierra Haight, flute, senior recital, Wheeler Concert Hall, 1:00 p.m.

Yida Zhong, violin, senior recital, Wheeler Concert Hall, 2:30 p.m.

Submitted by James Sullivan js820@evansville.edu

* Mindfulness Service in Neu Chapel: Sunday at 9:00 p.m.

The campus community is invited to join the Neu Chapel community for our mindfulness service on Sunday night at 9:00 p.m. This service features beautiful music, guided meditation, times for reflection, and candle lighting. This 30-minute service is a great way to end a weekend and prepare for the upcoming week. All are welcome, and we hope to see you there!

Submitted by Keith Turner kt160@evansville.edu

* Mindfulness Practice in Grabill Lounge: Thursday at 8:00 p.m.

All are welcome to join in a time for guided meditation, journaling, and reflection as the Neu Chapel community journeys through "The Awakened Life." This 50-minute time is devoted to caring for our inner selves and provides us with tools to handle stress and anxiousness of life. Journeying together is not only necessary but also transformational. Join us as we journey together!

Submitted by Keith Turner kt160@evansville.edu

Changemaker Corner

* Make a difference and get class credit!

Don’t wait until you graduate – make a difference now! Check out the list of ChangeLab courses available for the Fall semester. For more information, visit evansville.edu/changelab.

ChangeLab logo

Submitted by Cindy Kelley ck116@evansville.edu

* Want to make a difference? Start now!

Want to make a difference in your community - or even the world? Start now by proposing your own ChangeLab project. Class credit and financial support is available, and your idea can help nonprofits, for-profit businesses, or civic projects.

Submit your idea for the Spring 2020 semester here by noon on Monday, April 1:

Faculty
Students

Spots are limited, apply early!

For more info on ChangeLab, visit www.evansville.edu/changelab.

Submitted by Cindy Kelley ck116@evansville.edu

Info You Should Know

* Survey on perceptions of preferential academic treatment toward college athletes

Students in Psych 246 Research Methods are conducting a survey on perceptions of preferential treatment toward college athletes. The survey should take no more than 15 minutes to complete. To fill out the survey, go to: uoebusiness.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_4JIeyX90d3yV2ap.

Submitted by Allison Daggett ad256@evansville.edu

* Residence Life Summer Assistant Information Session

The office of Residence Life is looking for summer assistants! Benefits include a single room in one of our residence halls and a stipend! If you are interested in applying, the application can be found in UEngage under Forms and is due Friday at 5:00 p.m. An information session will be held on Thursday, March 21, at 3:30 p.m. in Eykamp Hall, Room 253, Ridgway University Center. We look forward to having the chance to learn more about you.

Submitted by Greg O'Connor go26@evansville.edu

* Dance2Fit class on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:00 p.m.

Dance2Fit class will be offered again starting this week in Carson Center at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Come dance your worries away and burn some calories with your friends!

Submitted by Olivia Voegerl ov4@evansville.edu

* A Salute to Women's History: Eleanor Roosevelt

Born in 1884 in New York City, Eleanor Roosevelt was the niece of one U.S. president, Theodore Roosevelt, and married a man who would become another, Franklin D. Roosevelt. Redefining the role of the first lady, she advocated for human and women's rights, held press conferences and penned her own column. After leaving the White House in 1945, Eleanor became chair of the U.N.'s Human Rights Commission. The groundbreaking first lady died in 1962 in New York City.

After Eleanor Roosevelt became reacquainted with her distant cousin Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1902, the two embarked on a clandestine relationship. They were engaged in 1903 and, over the objections of Franklin's mother, Sara, were married on March 17, 1905, a ceremony that featured President Theodore Roosevelt walking his niece down the aisle. The couple went on to have six children: Anna, James, Franklin (who died as an infant), Elliott, Franklin Jr. and John.

As her husband achieved success in politics, Eleanor found her own voice in public service, working for the American Red Cross during World War I. She also exerted herself more prominently after Franklin suffered a polio attack in 1921 that essentially left him in need of physical assistance for the rest of his life.

When Franklin Roosevelt took office as president in 1933, Eleanor dramatically changed the role of the first lady. Not content to stay in the background and handle domestic matters, she gave press conferences and spoke out for human rights, children's causes and women's issues, working on behalf of the League of Women Voters.

Along with penning her own newspaper column, "My Day," Eleanor focused on helping the country's poor, stood against racial discrimination and, during World War II, traveled abroad to visit U.S. troops. She served in the role of first lady until Franklin Roosevelt's death on April 12, 1945.

Following her husband's passing, Eleanor told interviewers that she didn't have plans for continuing her public service. However, the opposite would actually prove to be true: President Harry Truman appointed Eleanor as a delegate to the United Nations General Assembly, a position in which she served from 1945 to 1953. She became chair of the U.N.'s Human Rights Commission and helped to write the Universal Declaration of Human Rights—an effort that she considered to be her greatest achievement.

President John F. Kennedy reappointed her to the United States delegation to the U.N. in 1961, and later named her to the National Advisory Committee of the Peace Corps and as chair of the President's Commission on the Status of Women.

A revolutionary first lady, Eleanor Roosevelt was one of the most ambitious and outspoken women to ever live in the White House. Although she was both criticized and praised for her active role in public policy, she is remembered as a humanitarian who dedicated much of her life to fighting for political and social change, and as one of the first public officials to publicize important issues through the mass media.

Submitted by Darrion Culler dc199@evansville.edu

* RecycleMania - Last two weeks!

The 2019 RecycleMania tournament is down to the final two weeks! The competition, which encourages waste reduction and recycling on campuses nationwide, ends March 30.

UE is one of many schools participating this year. UE will compete in several weight-based categories that measure recycling and waste reduction per capita, as well as overall campus recycling weights as a percentage of total waste generated.

RecycleMania is about more than simply winning. It is a time to engage the entire campus community in awareness and action to reduce waste, recycle more, and protect the environment. What to recycle and locations can be found at acelink.evansville.edu/Areas/Recycling/Files/UERecyclingGuide.pdf.

Submitted by Amber Elkins ae152@evansville.edu

* March 2019 risk management tip!

Travelers Indemnity Company states that slips, trips, and falls are a major cause of injury that occurs to both visitors and employees. The National Safety Council estimates that 25,000 slip, trip, and fall accidents occur daily in the USA. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), slips, trips and falls on the same level are the second leading cause of injury in the workplace. Falls on the same level are estimated by the BLS to cost $6.9 billion annually. Slips, trips and falls can occur in any business, but are of particular concern to businesses with considerable public and employee foot traffic such as those in retail, medical and service industries, such as higher education. In fact, approximately 40% of UE’s worker’s compensation incidents are due to slips, trips and falls.

So, what can you do to make a positive impact?

1) Be aware of your immediate surroundings
2) Wear comfortable, properly fitting non-slip shoes
3) Be aware of the type of surface you are walking on and its condition
4) Adjust to environmental and walking surface conditions
5) Pay attention to “Wet Floor” warning signs to warn of known hazards
6) Practice Good Housekeeping
7) Keep walkways and hallways free of debris, clutter and obstacles
8) Only carry items that allow you to see clearly where you are going
9) Use handrails when going up or down stairs and not skip steps
10) Eliminate or minimize distractions while walking, such as looking at your cell phone

Report unsafe conditions to Office of Safety and Security (812-488-2051).

Submitted by Kim Winsett kw83@evansville.edu

* Anything ACES Sale at UE Bookstore

Now through the end of March! Get 33% OFF all merchandise in the UE Bookstore that has either the ACES logo or the Shooting A logo on it in any form. The logos that qualify are displayed below.

Old Aces Logos

The discount is off the original price of the merchandise and cannot be combined with any other discount. Also check out clearance and other items specially priced for a spring clearance. Items are sure to go fast, so hurry to the UE Bookstore and check out the savings.

Submitted by Doug Gustwiller dg57@evansville.edu 

* New graduate certificates offered this fall!

Beginning Fall 2019, four new graduate certificates geared towards those that would like to further advance their education and gain an edge in the workplace will be offered in a hybrid format.

• Graduate Certificate in Higher Education
• Graduate Certificate in Innovation
• Graduate Certificate in Non-Profit Leadership
• Graduate Certificate in Public Health (fully-online)

The nine credit hour programs are accelerated in nature with six week classes. The cohort will meet on campus twice per six week course on Saturdays with the remainder of the coursework being delivered online. The program is competitively set at $525 per credit hour. A graduate certificate can be completed in one semester.

The graduate certificate in public health is completely online. It is 18 credit hours and is offered during several terms. The format is 12-week modules over the calendar year.

For more information about the graduate certificates and graduate program options visit:
www.evansville.edu/admission/graduate.cfm.

Submitted by Lindsay Roberts lr155@evansville.edu

* Summer and fall textbook adoptions

This a reminder to all faculty and departments that Summer I & 2 and Fall 2019 textbook adoptions have been requested by the UE Bookstore with a due date of mid-April. Please submit your adoptions as soon as you can so that the bookstore can begin entering information so that cheaper books can be found. If you have any questions, please contact the UE Bookstore.

Submitted by Doug Gustwiller dg57@evansville.edu

* Reserve a room in a different residence hall

The process for students to select a room in any residence hall for next year takes place on Wednesday, March 20, 9:00-10:30 p.m., in Eykamp Hall, Ridgway University Center. If you are interested in reserving a room for next year in a residence hall different than the one you currently live in, go to Eykamp Hall on that day and time. The building staff will be ready to assist you. Please have a 2019-20 housing contract submitted on Self-Service prior to selecting your room. 

Submitted by Brian Conner bc32@evansville.edu

* Financial aid for summer courses

If you are seeking financial aid for summer courses at UE, please complete a summer financial aid application, and return to the Office of Student Financial Services (Olmsted 106). The application will allow our office to determine the types of aid for which you may be eligible.

Work-Study:
On-campus jobs are available for continuing UE students during the summer. You do not need to be eligible for need-based Federal Work-Study during the academic year in order to apply. You may also apply regardless of your enrollment in summer courses. Applications are available within the Student Employment area of WebAdvisor.

Submitted by Amy Sowders as560@evansville.edu

* Crescent Magazine is hiring

The Crescent - UE's student-ran magazine - is looking for writers, editors, photographers, and designers for the 2019-20 school year. Become a part of our award-winning publication and earn college credit! No experience is necessary. Compensation is available for leadership positions. Contact Tim Young, student media adviser, at ty32@evansville.edu or 488.2725.

Submitted by Tim Young ty32@evansville.edu

* Students can win free prizes by completing the anonymous diversity on campus survey!

The ChangeLab Team for Diversity of Campus is requesting that students complete an anonymous survey about diversity, equity, and inclusion on campus for a chance to win prizes.

The survey is an opportunity for students to participate in a way to help improve diversity on campus by answering questions that allow them to have a voice about their concerns on issues of diversity, equity and inclusion. The survey will take about 10-15 minutes to complete.

The finished survey will then allow the ChangeLab team to analyze the thoughts and concerns from students at the University of Evansville on these issues and recommend changes to appropriate offices and departments.

Prizes will include $20 gift cards for ACEBucks and UE gear from the bookstore.

The survey link is: uoebusiness.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6RL8lII52Yq0Nsp.

For more information on the survey or how to access the link please contact LaNeeca Williams, chief diversity officer/interim Title IX deputy coordinator, at 812-488-2413 or via email at lw161@evansville.edu.

Submitted by LaNeeca Williams lw161@evansville.edu

* Harlaxton stoles for Graduation

Harlaxton stoles are available in the UE Bookstore for those May graduates that would like to wear one. The cost is $30. 

Submitted by Doug Gustwiller dg57@evansville.edu 

* Call for nominations: Dean of Students Leadership Awards

Nominations are now being accepted for consideration of The Howard S. Rosenblatt “Dean of Students Leadership Awards.” These awards will be presented at the 25th Annual Leadership Awards Reception scheduled for April 24, at 7:00 p.m. Invitations will be prepared by the Center for Student Engagement. 

Awards are presented in the following categories:
• Student Organization Advisor of the Year
• Student Organization of the Year
• Student Leader of the Year

Over 80% of UE students participate in at least one student organization or program. These organizations are successful because of the commitment of the student leaders and the advisors who give freely of their time and support. The recipients of these awards are selected based on their commitment to the University of Evansville as well as the development and success of their efforts within their chosen student organization.

The deadline for nominations is March 25. 

Click on this link to submit your nomination https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DOSLeadershipAwards2019.

If you have any questions, please contact the Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students office at 812-488-2500 or by e-mail via cb131@evansville.edu.

Thank you in advance for celebrating our student leaders’ achievements!

* 2019-20 Dr. Marvin E. Hartig Memorial Scholarship

Family, friends and loved ones of the late Dr. Marvin E. Hartig are pleased to announce the application process for the Dr. Marvin E. Hartig Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship is dedicated to the loving memory of Dr. Hartig, Dean of Evansville College’s Evening College in 1967, and administrator for the Center for Advanced Study, director of the Evansville chapter of the American Institute of Banking (AIB), and the international student advisor. In 1974, Dr. Hartig was appointed Dean of Academic Services. He retired in 1984 after serving his alma mater for thirty-five years and passed away in 2007.

This scholarship will be awarded annually to a deserving sophomore student. Preference will be given to a student working while being enrolled as a full-time student. International students are encouraged to apply.

The application can be found here.

Deadline: Please return all materials to the Office of Student Financial Services by April 26.

The decision will be announced by July 1.

Questions: Trisha Hawkes, administrative assistant to the Office of Student Financial Services, at th187@evansville.edu or 812-488-2364

Submitted by Trisha Hawkes th187@evansville.edu

* Spring Healthy Behavior Challenge

Sign up today for the Spring Healthy Behavior Challenge! Earn additional HRA's credits by successfully completing the challenge. Participants will be tracking exercise and fruits/vegetables consumed. To sign-up, email ac375@evansville.edu directly or visit the Employee Health Clinic AceLink page. The challenge is March 18-May19. 

This is an 8-week competition to support a healthy lifestyle.

HRA credits will be issued upon successful fulfillment of some basic healthy behaviors. Employees and insured spouses enrolled in the HRA health insurance program will earn $150 credit. If a credit was earned previously (Summer 2018, or Fall 2018), no additional credit will be issued. Anyone who finishes in the top 4 will receive a $50 gift card regardless of previous gift-card winning status. The challenge begins March 18 and ends May 19. You must submit 8 weeks of data. You can pick up additional pocket-sized logs from the UE Health and Wellness Center. 

Rules:
1. Eat a combination of 5 fruits and vegetables at least 4 days a week and exercise an average of 120 minutes weekly (your log needs at least 160 fruit/veggie boxes checked and 64 exercise boxes checked).  
2. Check off boxes daily to avoid “guesstimation” later.
3. Additional logs can be picked up from the UE Health and Wellness Center or on AceLink.
4. Return logs to the collection box at the UE Health and Wellness Clinic or email to ac375@evansville.edu by May 19.
5. HRA credit will be submitted to Meritain by May 19. 

Submitted by Ashley Chipps ac375@evansville.edu

* Free lunch! Have suggestions for Chartwells?

Have feedback for Chartwells? Join the Food Advisory Board! The Food Advisory Board is a student/staff/faculty board who meets a couple of times a semester to discuss any improvements they would like to see Chartwells make to ensure their best dining experience. We will meet March 26 at 1:00 p.m. in Ridgway University Center and FREE LUNCH will be provided to all participants. If you are interested in signing up, please email Megan King at mk225@evansville.edu to reserve your spot today.

Submitted by Megan King mk252@evansville.edu

* FREE books available in Neu Chapel

Once again, the Assistant Chaplain has purged his bookshelves (thanks, Marie Kondo!) and is offering them to the campus community for free! The books are available in the lobby of Neu Chapel and have been arranged according to subject. There are books of fiction, spirituality, theology, history, philosophy and so much more! Neu Chapel is open from 7:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m. each day. Happy shopping! 

Submitted by Keith Turner kt160@evansville.edu 

* 2019-20 Margery Florence Kahn Scholarship

2019-20 Margery Florence Kahn Scholarship applications are now available.

It was the desire of the donor, Margery Florence Kahn, that her scholarship be awarded to "dedicated and conscientious students who exhibit a true passion for their chosen fields of study, and who, in the opinion of the members of the University of Evansville faculty, are likely to bring the same enthusiasm into the performance of their jobs or the practice of the professions which they will pursue following graduation."

All University of Evansville full-time undergraduate students who will be juniors or seniors in 2019-20 may apply. An essay of about 300 words must accompany the application, along with two to five faculty recommendation letters.

Applications and recommendation letters are available from the Student Financial Services in Room 106 in Olmsted Hall and should be returned by APRIL 15.

You may also request application materials by emailing th187@evansville.edu.

Questions may be sent via email or call 812-488-2364.

Submitted by Trisha Hawkes th187@evansville.edu

Congratulations

* Economics students attend conference in St. Louis

University of Evansville economics students attended the Midwest Economics Association Conference in St. Louis over Spring break accompanied by David Murphy, UE assistant professor of economics. While there, they interacted with researchers at various universities and at the St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank, networked, and planned research that they will present at upcoming conferences.

Economics Students posing in front of the St. Louis Arch

Athletics

* Aces Baseball Cancels Wednesday night's game vs. EIU due to weather

With inclement weather forecast for the Evansville area, the University of Evansville baseball team has canceled Wednesday's non-conference match-up with Eastern Illinois, which was set for 6:00 p.m. at Charles H. Braun Stadium.

The Aces will be back in action this weekend, when they make the trip to Cincinnati, Ohio to take on Xavier, beginning Friday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. Central Time.

* Aces softball welcomes UT Martin on Wednesday

With the first weekend of Missouri Valley Conference play in the books, the University of Evansville softball team welcomes UT Martin to Cooper Stadium for a doubleheader on Wednesday. Game one is set for a 3 p.m. start.

UE opened up its league slate last weekend, falling in a series to Illinois State. Sophomore Lindsay Renneisen put forth an excellent effort, going 4-for-7 with four RBI and two walks. Highlighting her weekend was a 2-3 game in the finale with a pair of 2-RBI hits. Her on-base percentage finished at .667.

Fellow sophomore Allison Daggett picked up a pair of hits in four trips to the plate over the weekend. She included a pair of RBIs and a run in the series while swiping a base.

Freshman Mackenzie McFeron has excelled on the base paths, swiping 17 bases in 21 tries. Her tally is second in the league, just seven off of the lead. She went 2-for-2 in the Illinois State series. 

Entering MVC play, the Aces were drawing an average of 3.5 walks per game. In the opening series versus ISU, Evansville saw that rise drastically, recording 15 walks over the 3-game series.

UT Martin comes to town with a 17-10 mark and put a 7-game win streak on the line at Cooper Stadium. Over the weekend, they took three games from Green Bay and two versus Akron. On March 10, the Skyhawks added a 3-2 win over Maryland. Paige Clark leads the way with a .387 batting average while Kenna Garst sits at .354. Haylee Short is batting .320 with a team-high 21 runs scored while Gracyn McBride has a team-best 19 runs batted in.

Game one is today and begins at 3:00 p.m. with the second beginning at approximately 5:00 p.m.

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