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Friday, March 22, 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:

• 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:

• 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:  If you wish to change your investment elections, please contact TIAA at 1-800-842-2776 or  

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.


Upcoming Events

* Department of Art 2019 Student Art Exhibition opening reception

Student Art Expo 2019 PosterPlease join us for the 57th Annual 2019 Student Art Exhibition Opening Reception!

The event is set for Monday, March 25 in the Melvin Peterson Gallery from 5:00-6:00 p.m. Awards at 5:30 p.m.

We sincerely applaud the hard work and talents of all our students.

The 2019 Student Art Exhibition will be on display in the Melvin Peterson Gallery until April 6.

Submitted by Brooksie Smith 


* Research in Gerontology Symposium - Tuesday, March 26

The University of Evansville Gerontology Center, with support from the UE Institute for Public Health, is hosting the Research in Gerontology Symposium on Tuesday, March 26, from 12:30-2:30 p.m. in Ridgway University Center, Eykamp Hall, Room 251, Ridgway University Center.

Professor Katherine Im from University of Maryland University College will present the keynote lecture: “The Good Death: Definitions, Perspectives, and Implications for Public Health” at 12:30 p.m.

Professor Im is the program chair of sociology, behavioral sciences, and gerontology at UMUC. Her research interests are in the interdisciplinary study of issues related to aging, gender, social inequity, and health.

After the keynote lecture, UE undergraduate students will present posters on research topics in death and dying. The poster session will begin at 1:30 p.m. Both Professor Im’s lecture and the poster session are free and open to campus and the community.

Submitted by Mari Plikuhn 

* 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 

* 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 or 812-488-2227.

Submitted by James Sullivan

* Creative writing alumnus Josh Woods to read today

Please join us today 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

Submitted by Rob Griddith

* 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

* 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 is today!

Sigma Alpha Epsilon will be having its annual Paddy Murphy Pageant benefiting Chemo Buddies is set for tonight - 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 or for $7 at the event.

For more information, contact Marcus Gahagen ( or Reid McIntire (

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

* 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

* 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

* 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 with any questions.

Submitted by Jessica Elmore

* 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

* 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

* #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 

* 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


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

ChangeLab logo

Submitted by Cindy Kelley


Info You Should Know

* Fall & Summer Textbook Adoptions

The UE Bookstore is now requesting textbook adoptions for both Summer Sessions and Fall 2019. Departments and faculty should submit their adoptions as soon as possible so that they can be processed. You can visit the UE Bookstore website at and click on the Faculty links tab to submit adoptions. If you have any questions, please contact the UE Bookstore.

Submitted by Doug Gustwiller

* 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:

Submitted by Allison Daggett

* A Salute to Women's History: Althea Gibson

Althea Gibson was born in South Carolina on August 25, 1927. At an early age, she developed a love of sport. Her great talent was in tennis, but in the 1940s and '50s, most tournaments were closed to African Americans. Gibson kept playing (and winning) until her skills could no longer be denied, and in 1951, she became the first African American to play at Wimbledon. Gibson won the women's singles and doubles at Wimbledon in 1957, and won the U.S. Open in 1958. Gibson blazed a new trail in the sport of tennis, winning some of the sport's biggest titles in the 1950s, and broke racial barriers in professional golf as well.

At a young age, Gibson moved with her family to Harlem, a neighborhood in the borough of New York City. Gibson's life at this time had its hardships. Her family struggled to make ends meet, living on public assistance for a time, and Gibson struggled in the classroom, often skipping school all together. However, Gibson loved to play sports—especially table tennis—and she soon made a name for herself as a local table tennis champion. Her skills were eventually noticed by musician Buddy Walker, who invited her to play tennis on local courts.

After winning several tournaments hosted by the local recreation department, Gibson was introduced to the Harlem River Tennis Courts in 1941. Incredibly, just a year after picking up a racket for the first time, she won a local tournament sponsored by the American Tennis Association, an African-American organization established to promote and sponsor tournaments for black players. She picked up two more ATA titles in 1944 and 1945. Then, after losing one title in 1946, Gibson won 10 straight championships from 1947 to 1956. Amidst this winning streak, she made history as the first African-American tennis player to compete at both the U.S. National Championships (1950) and Wimbledon (1951).

Gibson's success at those ATA tournaments paved the way for her to attend Florida A&M University on a sports scholarship. She graduated from the school in 1953, but it was a struggle for her to get by. At one point, she even thought of leaving sports all together to join the U.S. Army. A good deal of her frustration had to do with the fact that so much of the tennis world was closed off to her. The white-dominated, white-managed sport was segregated in the United States, as was the world around it.

The breaking point came in 1950, when Alice Marble, a former tennis No. 1 herself, wrote a piece in American Lawn Tennis magazine lambasting her sport for denying a player of Gibson's caliber to compete in the world's best tournaments. Marble's article caught notice, and by 1952 - just one year after becoming the first black player to compete at Wimbledon - Gibson was a Top 10 player in the United States. She went on to climb even higher, to No. 7 by 1953.

In 1955, Gibson and her game were sponsored by the United States Lawn Tennis Association, which sent her around the world on a State Department tour that saw her compete in places like India, Pakistan, and Burma. Measuring 5-feet 11-inches, and possessing superb power and athletic skill, Gibson seemed destined for bigger victories. In 1956, it all came together when she won the French Open. Wimbledon and U.S. Open titles followed in both 1957 and 1958. (She won both the women's singles and doubles at Wimbledon in 1957, which was celebrated by a ticker tape parade when she returned home to New York City.) In all, Gibson powered her way to 56 singles and doubles championships before turning pro in 1959.

For her part, however, Gibson downplayed her pioneering role.

"I have never regarded myself as a crusader," she states in her 1958 autobiography, I Always Wanted to Be Somebody. "I don't consciously beat the drums for any cause, not even the negro in the United States."

As a professional, Gibson continued to win—she landed the singles title in 1960—but just as importantly, she started to make money. She was reportedly paid $100,000 for a playing a series of matches before Harlem Globetrotter games. For a short time, too, the athletically gifted Gibson turned to golf, making history again as the first black woman ever to compete on the pro tour.

But failing to win on the course as she had on the courts, she eventually returned to tennis. In 1968, with the advent of tennis' Open era, Gibson tried to repeat her past success. She was too old and too slow-footed, however, to keep up with her younger counterparts.

Following her retirement, in 1971, Gibson was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame. She stayed connected to sports, however, through a number of service positions. Beginning in 1975, she served 10 years as commissioner of athletics for New Jersey State. She was also a member of the governor's council on physical fitness.

Submitted by Darrion Culler

* File the 2019-20 FAFSA by April 15th

File the 2019-20 FAFSA by April 15 at

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

* 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

* 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 

* 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.

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

* 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 or 488.2725.

Submitted by Tim Young

* 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:

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

Submitted by LaNeeca Williams

* 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 on all forms that you forward to your nominees.

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

* 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

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

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

* 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 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. 

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 by May 19.
5. HRA credit will be submitted to Meritain by May 19. 

Submitted by Ashley Chipps

* 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 to reserve your spot today.

Submitted by Megan King

* 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 

* 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 

* 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

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

Submitted by Trisha Hawkes

* Sign Up for Barn Blitz (BB2)

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

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

Please sign up to participate here:

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

Submitted by Karyssa Vasquez



* 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. 



* Softball set for weekend series against Loyola

With the opening four home games in the books, the University of Evansville softball team will continue its homestand this weekend with a 3-game series against Loyola.  The weekend begins with a noon doubleheader on Saturday before Sunday’s series finale is set for an 11 a.m. first pitch.

Last Week                                                                                   
- Evansville opened up its home slate with a series against Illinois State last weekend before welcoming UT Martin on Thursday
- The Aces dropped all four games, falling by a combined score of 44-10
- Two UE players finished the opening week of home play batting .500 with Lindsay Renneisen and Allison Daggett accomplishing the feat
- Renneisen was 5-10 with four RBI while Daggett went 3-6 and added three RBI of her own

Hitting for Power                                                                
- As a freshman, Lindsay Renneisen started all 49 games for UE and has continued to be a dependable force, making her way into the starting lineup in each game of the 2019 season
- She is second on the team with her four home runs and 13 RBI
- Renneisen has walked 12 times, increasing her on-base percentage to .349
- In the first four home contests, Renneisen led the team with a .500 batting average, earning five hits in 10 at-bats while notching four RBI, two walks and a run scored

Full Speed Ahead                                                              
- Allison Daggett is hoping to build on some recent momentum that has seen her pick up three hits in her last five at-bats entering the Loyola series
- She had a 2-RBI hit in the finale against Illinois State before adding a hit and RBI versus the Skyhawks
- For the season, she checks in batting .273 with six RBI; as a freshman, she batted .182 with one RBI in 46 games

Scouting the Opponent
- Loyola enters the series with an overall mark of 15-7 and are 0-3 in the Valley
- The Ramblers dropped three games at Missouri State last weekend
- Three Loyola players are hitting over .400, led by Allyson Ivey, who has a .438 average and a team-high five home runs and 25 RBI
- Shannon McGee and Jessica Shields hit .435 and .433, respectively
- The pitching for the Ramblers is also solid as they have a team ERA of 1.25

* UT Martin defeats Aces in midweek contest

UT Martin picked up a 9-1 victory over the University of Evansville softball team in midweek action on Thursday afternoon at Cooper Stadium.

Evansville (10-15) recorded five hits on the day, coming from Eryn Gould, Lindsay Renneisen, Haley Woolf, Katie McLean and Allison Daggett.  McLean scored UE’s run while Dagget had the RBI.  UT Martin (18-10) finished with nine hits on the day with Paige Clark going 3-4 with three RBI and a run.

Both teams notched a hit in the first inning, but it was UT Martin scoring first on a single in the top of the second.  Evansville matched it in the bottom of the frame when Allison Daggett laced an RBI double to right-center.  Katie McLean scored the run after walking earlier in the inning.

UT Martin posted two runs in the third and four in the fourth to push their lead out to 7-1.  UE fought back, loading the bases with no outs in the next half inning, but the Skyhawks picked up three quick outs to end the threat before finishing with the 9-1 win in five innings.

Izzy Vetter tossed three innings for UE, giving up three earned runs.  Emily Lockhart went 2/3 of an inning while Ashleigh Downing allowed two unearned runs in 1 1/3 frames.  Erin Gallagher got the win for UT Martin, going the full five innings.

Another home weekend of MVC action is on tap when the Aces take on Loyola.  The series begins on Saturday with a noon doubleheader before Sunday’s finale at 11 a.m.


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