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Thursday, March 21, 2019

* 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.  

* 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. 

* 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

* Equity Listening Session for students today!

Attention, students!

Today -Thursday, March 21 - at 7:00 p.m. in Eykamp 251, Ridgway University Center, there will be an Equity Listening Session for students. This is open to all! Come share your ideas on how UE can be an inclusive and equitable environment. Not able to make it? Email questions and ideas to EquityDesignLab@evansville.edu.

A faculty session is planned for 4:00 p.m. on March 26 and a staff session at 9:00 a.m. on March 27. All sessions will be in Eykamp 251, Ridgway University Center. Thank you!

Submitted by Erin Lewis el131@evansville.edu

* #YouMatter

Asking someone about suicide is a tough conversation to have. Often, we don’t know what to say or how to act when we are concerned about a friend. The Office of Counseling Services will be hosting a walk-through event on March 22, from 1:00-3:00 p.m., downstairs in Ridgway University Center, opening up the conversation about suicide and how it affects college students. Stop by for resources or to participate in activities geared toward preparing all of us to ask the tough questions.

If you or someone you know is considering suicide, please contact the Office of Counseling Services at 812-488-2663 or Safety and Security at 812-488-2051. The number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255.

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 

* Kurt Vonnegut and Hoosier Quality of Place to be topic of lecture

The University of Evansville’s annual Chutney Literary Conference is set for April 5-6, on UE’s campus. UE students will be presenting critical papers, and will have the opportunity to win awards for their efforts.

The conference starts with the Melvin M. Peterson Literary Forum’s Hemminger-Brown Lecture on Friday, April 5. The lecture will begin at 7:00 p.m. in Room 162 (Harkness Hall), Schroeder School of Business Building. The guest speaker will be Edward P. Comentale, professor of English, associate vice provost for arts and humanities, and director of the Arts and Humanities Council at Indiana University Bloomington. His topic will be “Kurt Vonnegut and Hoosier ‘Quality of Place.’”

“This talk introduces my work in developing “quality of place” programs with communities in southern Indiana," said Comentale, "and then explores how Vonnegut’s fiction provides ways of thinking through vexed questions about the state’s identity, culture, and politics."

Comentale added that, after "a close look at depictions of Indiana and its people in Vonnegut’s early novels as well as his autobiographical accounts of his childhood in Indianapolis, I will examine how, in his later work, he places the state’s cultural history squarely at the center of national history and makes it representative of the problems that plague the nation at large. A widening class divide, political radicalization, the collapse of civic discourse - Vonnegut’s writing locates both the causes and potential corrections to these issues in the traditions and communities he knew in the Hoosier state and then makes a case for writing and storytelling as essential to restoring the country’s democratic institutions.”

Comentale is the author of Modernism, Cultural Production, and the British Avant-Garde and Sweet Air: Modernism, Regionalism, and American Popular Song. He co-edits a scholarly book series on fan cultures for Indiana University Press, through which he has published The Year’s Work in Lebowski Studies and The Year’s Work at the Zombie Research Center.

The conference ends on Saturday, April 6, with student panels planned for 9:30 a.m., 10:45 a.m., and noon in Rooms 271 and 272 in the Schroeder School of Business Building. The Grabill and Klinger Writing Prizes will also be awarded at this time.

For more information on UE’s annual Chutney Literary Conference, call 812-488-2963.

* 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

* 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

* Delta Omega Zeta's Break the Floor

Delta Omega Zeta will be hosting Break the Floor: A 2000's Remix on March 29, at 6:00 p.m. in Room 162 in the Schroeder School of Business Building. Everyone is invited to come partake in a friendly karaoke competition. No skills required! Not comfortable singing in front of a crowd? You can be part of the audience and participate in various mini-games and win prizes that way as well! Come visit our tables in Ridgway University Center on March 25, 27, and 29 from 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. to learn more, or contact Delta Omega Zeta's philanthropy chair, Jessica Elmore, at je146@evansville.edu with any questions.

Submitted by Jessica Elmore je146@evansville.edu

* Sunday Mass in Neu Chapel

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

Submitted by Sam Wallisch sw265@evansville.edu

* Ethics Lecture speaker to discuss ethics, environmental advocacy and community organizing

The University of Evansville’s 10th annual William R. Connolly Ethics Lecture is planned for Monday, March 25. The event, which is free and open to the public, begins at 7:00 p.m. in Room 170 in the Schroeder School of Business Building. Rikki Parker, south coast project manager and legal analyst for the Coastal Conservation League, is the speaker. Her topic will be “Boots on the Ground: Ethics, Environmental Advocacy and Community Organizing.”

During her lecture, Parker will tell the story of her road to environmental advocacy, making stops in the worlds of toxic tort litigation and political campaigns (and yoga). She will highlight two campaigns that she led, first describing her ongoing work with the Gullah community on Hilton Head Island to push back against a highway-widening project. This community is concerned that roadway expansion will displace them from their generational homes and businesses. Hilton Head Island’s history is one of rampant development and explosive growth in the tourism industry at the expense of Gullah families and the natural environment. This pattern can only change through citizen engagement, political bravery and creative policy solutions. Parker will close by sharing how a citizen-driven campaign to reduce plastic pollution culminated in implementation of South Carolina’s first ban on single use plastic bags. 

Parker earned her BS in cognitive science from the University of Evansville. She earned her JD from Louisiana State University, where she served as president of the Trial Advocacy Board. After graduation, Parker practiced in the areas of employment discrimination and environmental law. In 2015, she served as policy director to Scott Angelle’s campaign for Governor of Louisiana. In 2016, Parker joined the South Carolina Coastal Conservation League, an environmental advocacy nonprofit where she works to protect local farms, prevent pollution from reaching South Carolina’s pristine waterways, and ensure all citizen have a say in how their communities look and feel.

* 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

* Fiji-A Tour

Phi Gamma Delta will be hosting its annual putt-putt philanthropy event, Fiji-A Tour on Saturday, March 30. All proceeds benefit Easterseals Rehabilitation. The event will be from noon-4:00 p.m. and will be $5 per participant.

Submitted by Corbin Neu cn86@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

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: Dr. Chien-Shiung Wu

Chien-Shiung Wu was a Chinese-American nuclear physicist who has been dubbed "the First Lady of Physics," "Queen of Nuclear Research," and "the Chinese Madame Curie." Her research contributions include work on the Manhattan Project and the Wu experiment, "which contradicted the hypothetical law of conservation of parity." During her career, she earned many accolades including the Comstock Prize in Physics (1964), the Bonner Prize (1975), the National Medal of Science (1975), and the Wolf Prize in Physics (inaugural award, 1978). Her book Beta Decay (1965) is still a standard reference for nuclear physicists. Wu died in 1997 at the age of 84.

Born in the small town of Liu He (Ho) located near Shanghai, China, on May 31, 1912 to Zhong-Yi and Fanhua Fan, Chien-Shiung Wu was the only daughter and middle child of three children. Education was important to the Wu family. Her mother, a teacher, and her father, an engineer, encouraged her to pursue science and mathematics from an early age. She attended one of the first elementary schools that admitted girls, Mingde Women's Vocational Continuing School, which was founded by her father, and after that, she left to attend the boarding school, the Soochow (Suzhou) School for Girls and enrolled in the Normal School teaching program. Later she attended Shanghai Gong Xue public school for one year. In 1930, Wu enrolled in one of the oldest and most prestigious institutions of higher learning in China, Nanjing (or Nanking) University, also known as National Central University, where she first pursued mathematics but quickly switched her major to physics, inspired by Marie Curie. She graduated with top honors at the head of her class with a B.S. degree in 1934.

After graduation, she taught for a year at the National Chekiang (Zhejiang) University in Hangzhou and worked in a physics laboratory at the Academia Sinica where she conducted her first experimental research in X-ray crystallography (1935-1936) under the mentorship of Jing-Wei Gu, a female professor. Dr. Gu encouraged her to pursue graduate studies in the United States and in 1936, she visited the University of California at Berkeley. It was there she met Professor Ernest Lawrence, who was responsible for the first cyclotron and who later won a Nobel Prize, and another Chinese physics student, Luke Chia Yuan, who influenced her both to remain at Berkeley and obtain her Ph.D. Wu's graduate work focused on a highly desirable topic of that era: uranium fission products.

After completing her Ph.D. in 1940, Wu married fellow former graduate student, Luke Chia-Liu Yuan on May 30, 1942, and the two moved to the East coast where Yuan worked at Princeton University and Wu worked at Smith College. After a few years she accepted an offer from Princeton University as the first female instructor ever hired to join the faculty. In 1944, she joined the Manhattan Project at Columbia University where she helped answer a problem that physicist Enrico Fermi couldn't ascertain. She also discovered a way "to enrich uranium ore that produced large quantities of uranium as fuel for the bomb." In 1947 the couple welcomed a son, Vincent Wei-Cheng Yuan, to their family. Vincent would go on to follow in Wu’s footsteps and also became a nuclear scientist.

After leaving the Manhattan Project in 1945, Wu spent the rest of her career in the Department of Physics at Columbia as the undisputed leading experimentalist in beta decay and weak interaction physics. After being approached by two male theoretical physicists, Tsung-Dao Lee and Chen Ning Yang, "Wu's experiments using cobalt-60, a radioactive form of the cobalt metal" disproved "the law of parity (the quantum mechanics law that held that two physical systems, such as atoms, are mirror images that behave in identical ways)." Unfortunately, although this led to a Nobel Prize for Yang and Lee in 1957, Wu was excluded, as were many other female scientists during this time. Wu was aware of gender-based injustice and at an MIT symposium in October of 1964, she stated "I wonder whether the tiny atoms and nuclei, or the mathematical symbols, or the DNA molecules have any preference for either masculine or feminine treatment.”

Wu was honored with many other accolades throughout her career. In 1958, she was the first woman to earn the Research Corporation Award and the seventh woman elected to the National Academy of Sciences. She also received the John Price Wetherill Medal of the Franklin Institute (1962), the National Academy of Sciences Cyrus B. Comstock Award in Physics (first woman to receive this award, 1964), the Bonner Prize (1975), the National Medal of Science (1975), and the Wolf Prize in Physics (inaugural award, 1978). She was the first woman to receive a Sc.D. from Princeton University (1958), and was awarded many honorary degrees.

In 1974 she was named Scientist of the Year by Industrial Research Magazine and in 1976, she was the first woman to serve as president of the American Physical Society. In 1990 the Chinese Academy of Sciences named Asteroid 2752 after her (she was the first living scientist to receive this honor) and five years later, Tsung-Dao Lee, Chen Ning Yang, Samuel C. C. Ting, and Yuan T. Lee founded the Wu Chien-Shiung Education Foundation in Taiwan for the purposes of providing scholarships to young aspiring scientists. In 1998 Wu was inducted into the American National Women’s Hall of Fame a year after her death.

After being promoted to Associate (1952) and then to Full Professor (1958) and becoming the first woman to hold a tenured faculty position in the physics department at Columbia, she was appointed the first Michael I. Pupin Professor of Physics in 1973. Her later research focused on the causes of sickle-cell anemia. Wu retired from Columbia in 1981 and devoted her time to educational programs in the People’s Republic of China, Taiwan, and the United States. She was a huge advocate for promoting girls in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) and lectured widely to support this cause becoming a role model for young women scientists everywhere.

Chien-Shiung Wu died from complications of a stroke on February 16, 1997 in New York City at the age of 84. Her cremated remains were buried on the grounds of Mingde Senior High School (a successor of Mingde Women's Vocational Continuing School). On June 1, 2002, a bronze statue of Wu was placed in the courtyard of Mingde High to commemorate her life.

Devoted to science, Wu mentored and encouraged not only her son, but dozens of graduate students throughout her career. She is remembered as a trailblazer in the scientific community and an inspirational role model.

Her granddaughter, Jada Wu Hanjie, remarked “I was young when I saw my grandmother, but her modesty, rigorousness and beauty were rooted in my mind. My grandmother had emphasized much enthusiasm for national scientific development and education, which I really admire.”

Submitted by Darrion Culler dc199@evansville.edu

* Help immigrants in a concrete way TODAY!

Please stop by the Catholic Relief Services table in Ridgway University Center today - Thursday, March 21 - between 11:00 a.m.-noon  or between 5:00-7:00 p.m. to learn about migration issues and write letters to representatives. We'll have supplies and information ready, so it should only take a few minutes. Studies have shown that writing letters to your representatives by hand is the most effective way to communicate with them - writing letters can make a huge difference! There will also be a raffle at the table. Please email ks491@evansville.edu if you'd like to get more involved in the Newman Club's migration initiative.

Submitted by Michaela Kunkler mk305@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

* File the 2019-20 FAFSA by April 15th

File the 2019-20 FAFSA by April 15 at www.fafsa.ed.gov.

Continuing students should file the 2019-20 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to apply for federal, state and University need-based financial aid, including all federal student loans. UE's FAFSA code is 001795.

Filing by April 15 is essential for Indiana residents to receive state aid, and highly recommended for all.

Questions regarding the FAFSA should be directed to the Student Financial Services (Olmsted Administration Hall, Room 106) at 812-488-2364.

Submitted by Trisha Hawkes th187@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

* Nomination open for Outstanding Senior Service Awards

Do you know a senior deserving of the highest award given by UE? Ten finalists will be honored at a breakfast in May and one student will be presented this award at commencement. Selection is based on academic achievement, demonstrated leadership, and community and campus engagement.

The Guthrie May and Mabel Dillingham Nenneker Outstanding Senior Service Award nominations will be accepted March 21-April 2. 

You can nominate deserving seniors by sending an email using this format to the student(s) you wish to nominate. Please copy cb131@evansville.edu on all forms that you forward to your nominees.

Applications must be submitted to the Office of the Dean of Students by April 2.

* 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

* 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 

* Reminder - March Pcard Cycle Ending

The March Pcard Cycle which began on February 22 will end at midnight on March 21. As of March 23, cardholders may schedule and run the March Cycle report. March transactions may be reconciled in SDG2 until March 28. On March 28, the general ledger Pcard file will be uploaded and cardholders will be locked out of (unable to make changes) posted transactions for the March Cycle. 

Submitted by Kim Winsett kw83@evansville.edu 

Congratulations

* Class of 1961 Faculty Fellowship Awards

Kristen Strandberg, assistant professor of music and Bethany Huebner, assistant professor of physical therapy, have received the Class of 1961 Faculty Fellowship Award. Established in May, 2010 with gifts and pledges from members of the Class of 1961, this fund was created to provide support for faculty research projects. 

Athletics

* LEAD Forward Dollar Challenge to benefit Tri-State Food Bank

In a university-wide effort to help the Evansville community, students at the University of Evansville have teamed up to create the LEAD Forward Dollar Challenge to benefit the Tri-State Food Bank.

The challenge will see various entities on the UE campus compete against each other to raise money for the Tri-State Food Bank. With the resources utilized by the food bank, it can provide seven meals for $1. 

Clubs, teams, organizations, faculty and students will nominate other donors over various social mediums to do their part. Every single donation counts and will make a difference by feeding the future.

Fans and supporters are invited to take part in the challenge and can do so by donating or volunteering directly at the food bank.  Links to each are above. 

You can see their progress on Twitter by searching for the hashtags #LFDC and #LFDollarChallenge. UE athletics teams are doing their part this week through March 23 by challenging other athletic programs to donate. They are using the hashtag #aHelpingHandofAces.

The full program runs through April 20. 

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