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Thursday, May 9, 2019

* University of Evansville Board of Trustees | Front Oval Parking

The University of Evansville Board of Trustees will be on campus for May 2019 meetings on Thursday, May 9, and Friday, May 10. Front oval parking will be reserved by the Office of Safety and Security for members of the Board; thus, there will be limited employee parking on the front oval on both days. 

Submitted by Patti Lippert

* SAVE THE DATE: Brand & Identity Platform Overview & Guidelines Open to Campus May 13 & 14

As you know, we launched new University of Evansville institutional and athletic logos on April 12. Now, the campus community is invited to see the next phase of the project—the branding framework and platform that will facilitate how we share the UE story with the world and differentiate ourselves in the marketplace.

Ologie, our branding partner, will offer two opportunities to see the Brand & Identity Platform Overview & Guidelines. Please join us for one of the following sessions:
• Monday, May 13 at 1:00 p.m.
• Tuesday, May 14 at 8:00 a.m.

Each 60-minute session will take place in Eykamp 251 and all University employees are welcome to attend.

Contact Amanda Campbell for more information.


What's Happening Today

* Hyde Hall Dedication and Grand Opening!

The UE Campus Community is invited to attend the Dedication and Grand Opening of Hyde Hall on Thursday, May 9. The Dedication ceremony will take place at 4:30 p.m. in Shanklin Theatre, and will include the presentation of the annual staff and administrator awards. Refreshments will be available in the Toyota Lounge immediately following the ceremony, and the campus community is welcome to tour Hyde Hall open house-style to see the completed renovation.

Submitted by Molli Duckworth


Upcoming Events

* Federal Loan Repayment Counseling Session Required for Students Graduating or Transferring

Students who have used Federal Direct (sub/unsub) Loans and plan to graduate in the spring or summer (or transfer after the spring semester) are required to attend a Loan Repayment Counseling Session. The Office of Student Financial Services will hold the last session of the semester on Fri., 5/10 @ 11:30 am in Neu Chapel's Grabill Lounge.

Submitted by Amy Sowders

* On Campus Health Screenings 2019-2020

Sign up for your 2019-2020 Health Screening!! Sign-up's for this event are posted on AceLink. Screenings will be held in Eykamp Room 252 on June 10th-13th from 7:00-11:00 AM each day. An 8-12 hour fast is required to complete your screening. Black coffee and water are permitted during the fasting period. Please take maintenance medication as prescribed. Earn HRA credits and avoid higher medical insurance premiums.

Submitted by Ashley Chipps

* Book Buyback at UE Bookstore

Spring semester ending Book Buyback runs Friday, May 3 through Thursday, May 9 at the UE Bookstore during finals week. The Bookstore freely quotes prices on any textbook regardless of where purchased or if used on this campus or not. You must bring your student ID to sell books but you do NOT need your original receipt. If you sell any books you'll get cash. Prices are dependent on a variety of factors including reuse on this campus, edition status, and condition of the book. Make sure workbooks are clean and complete. Bring all components that originally came with the book as it may result in a higher payout. You can sell back books as many times as you want. Look for promotions and discounts during Buyback week as well.

Submitted by Doug Gustwiller 


Info You Should Know

* 27 inch iMac Computer for sale

The UE Bookstore has one 27 inch iMac Computer left for sale at $525. This is a late 2013 model that has been refurbished by the OTS office. All of the 21.5 inch models have been purchased. If interested in this remaining computer please stop by the UE Bookstore.

Submitted by Doug Gustwiller

* Employee Health Clinic Summer Hours

Employee Health clinic will remain open during the summer semester and will operate on normal employee clinic hours. Please visit or call 888-492-8722 to schedule an appointment.

Monday: 8-11am and 3-6pm
Tuesday: 7-11am
Wednesday: 2-6pm
Thursday: 7-11am
Friday: CLOSED

Reminder! XTRA CARE 4U located at 8601 N. Kentucky Ave is available on Fridays 7-11am (acute care visits only)- no appointment necessary!

Submitted by Tara Ulrich

* Student Health Center Starts Reduced Summer Semester Hours Monday, May 13th

The Student Health Center will operate on reduced summer hours starting Monday, May 13. Summer hours of operation will be Monday- Friday 8:00 a.m. - noon with nurse-only visits.

Submitted by Tara Ulrich

* Summer Jobs for Students

There are available jobs through UE work-study offered by the Office of Student Financial Services. Students may work multiple positions in summer and potentially up to 37 hours per week. The Student Employment Application may be obtained on WebAdvisor through the Student tab, under the “Student Employment” section. A listing of all available positions (Student Employment Positions Listing All Positions/All Departments) may also be found there. Applications should be directed to the department for which the student is applying. Questions regarding eligibility should be directed to Sean Riley at

Submitted by Sean Riley

* Library Hours during Finals

The Libraries hours for the remainder of the semester are:

  • Sunday, April 28: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 a.m.*
  • Monday, April 29:  7:45 a.m. – 4:00 a.m.*
  • Tuesday, April 30:  7:45 a.m. – 4:00 a.m.*
  • Wednesday, May 1:  7:45 a.m. – 4:00 a.m.*
  • Thursday, May 2: 7:45 a.m. – 4:00 a.m.*
  • Friday, May 3: 7:45 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.**
  • Saturday, May 4: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 5: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 a.m.*
  • Monday, May 6: 7:45 a.m. – 4:00 a.m.*
  • Tuesday, May 7: 7:45 a.m. – 4:00 a.m.*
  • Wednesday, May 8: 7:45 a.m. – 4:00 a.m.*
  • Thursday, May 9: 7:45 a.m. – 4:00 a.m.*
  • Friday, May 10: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

* Upper floors close at 11:00 p.m.
** Upper floors close at 6:00 p.m.

Direct any questions to Meg Atwater-Singer at ext. 2487 or

Submitted by Meg Atwater-Singer

* Request for official excused absences during finals

Please note that the Dean of Students office will not grant official excused absences during finals except for extreme circumstances (i.e.: death of an immediate family member, emergency surgery, etc.). Students who feel they are unable to take a scheduled final exam should work directly with their professors to discuss other possible options.

Submitted by Carleen Barnes

* Textbook Rental Return Reminder

This is a reminder that ALL books rented from the UE Bookstore for the Spring term must be returned no later than 5PM on Thursday, May 9th (the last day of Book Buyback). Rental books returned after the due date are subject to late fees and/or replacement fees if not returned. Please make a reminder on your phone or calendar of this important reminder. Renters will be send emails as well to remind them of which books need to be returned. If you have any questions, please contact the UE Bookstore.

Submitted by Doug Gustwiller 



* Faculty Honored at Celebration of Teaching Excellence

The First Annual Celebration of Teaching Excellence was held on Monday, May 6, and honored faculty teaching accomplishments and activities in pedagogical development during the academic year. This was the first year that the Eykamp Center for Teaching Excellence offered two certificates for faculty members who met requirements of engagement and participation in ECTE sponsored events. Faculty members earning the 2018-2019 New Faculty Engagement Certificate were:
Alison Jones, Lecturer/Transition to Teaching Coordinator, School of Education
Julie Merkle, Assistant Professor of Biology, Department of Biology
Sara Petrosillo, Assistant Professor of English, Department of English

Faculty members earning the 2018-2019 Teaching Development Certificate were:
Heather Fenton, Assistant Professor of Management, Schroeder School of Business Administration
Lisa Marie Hale, Assistant Professor of Education, School of Education
Jessie Lofton, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Department of Mechanical and Civil Engineering
Mary Lombardo-Graves, Assistant Professor of Special Education, School of Education
Diana Rodríguez Quevedo, Associate Professor of Spanish, Department of Foreign Languages and Cultures

Finally, the inaugural Leadership in Teaching Excellence Award was presented to Diana Rodríguez Quevedo, Associate Professor of Spanish, for her commitment to her personal teaching development, supporting the growth of others, and strengthening teaching excellence across the campus community.

Congratulations and thank you to all of our faculty colleagues for their commitment to teaching excellence at the University of Evansville!

The Celebration of Teaching Excellence was hosted by the Eykamp Center for Teaching Excellence and made possible with the generous support of Rita and Richard Eykamp.

Submitted by Eykamp Center for Teaching Excellence

* Congratulations 2019-20 Global Scholars!

The Center for Innovation & Change is pleased to announce the Global Scholars for the 2019-20 academic year. Congratulations to Dr. Amanda Kerr, Assistant Professor of Economics; Dr. David Murphy, Assistant Professor of Economics; Ms. Johnna Denning-Smith, Assistant Visiting Professor and Faculty Director of the MS in Leadership Program; and Dr. Lorena Andueza, Associate Professor, Spanish and TESL.

Amanda Kerr
Assistant Professor, Economics
Dr. Kerr will be studying the impact of time-saving appliances on gender equality, education, and health outcomes in China and India.

David Murphy
Assistant Professor, Economics
Dr. Murphy will study whether accurate plot size information and fertilizer optimization can increase crop yields among small-scale farmers in Kenya.

Johnna Denning-Smith
Assistant Visiting Professor and Faculty Director of the MS in Leadership Program
Ms. Denning-Smith will expand her knowledge of Design Thinking, discover ways to promote that process throughout campus, and make UE the go-to place for Design-Thinking and innovation training in our community and beyond.

P. Lorena Andueza
Associate Professor, Spanish and TESL
Dr. Andueza will study real conversations between doctors and patients in different Spanish speaking countries, compare their socio-pragmatic strategies, and apply the results of this research to the teaching of Medical Spanish in the U.S.

As Global Scholars, the recipients of this award will engage in scholarship, curriculum development, and activities related to preparing our students and community for global leadership, citizenry, and success. The Global Scholars program is supported by the John H. Schroeder Global Scholar Endowed Fund and the Lilly Endowment.

Submitted by Cindy Kelley

* Strandberg Presents at Lisbon Conference

Dr. Kristen Strandberg will present a paper at a conference in Lisbon, Portugal in mid May. The conference will discuss using the periodical press as a primary source in musicology, and Dr. Strandberg will talk about ways in which music critics expressed bias against foreign composers in 19th-century France.

Submitted by James Michael Sullivan

* Rania Mousa wins the Dean's Teaching Award

Schroeder School of Business congratulates Dr. Rania Mousa on receiving the Dean's Teaching Award for 2019. Dr. Mousa is an associate professor of accounting and has taught at UE for nine years. The award was given to Mousa due to her outstanding teaching evaluations. She has also introduced innovative teaching strategies in her classes, added new courses to the accounting curriculum, engaged with the community, supervised undergraduate research and played a key role in raising the profile of the accounting program on a national level.

Submitted by Rania Mousa

* Dean's Teaching Awards

The Academic Deans have awarded the Dean’s Teaching Awards for 2018-2019. The faculty members being honored are:

  • Kate Schwartzkopf-Phifer, Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy from the College of Education and Health Sciences;
  • Jessica Lofton, Assistant Professor Mechanical Engineering from the College of Engineering and Computer Science;
  • Rania Mousa, Associate Professor of Accounting from the Schroeder Family School of Business Administration;
  • Derek Jones, Assistant Professor of Philosophy from the William L. Ridgway College of Arts and Sciences; and
  • Thomas Josenhans, Professor of Music from the William L. Ridgway College of Arts and Sciences.

Congratulations to our deserving faculty members!


Submitted by: Paula Heldt

* Sullivan Receives Dissertation Award

UE Assistant Professor of Music James Sullivan was recently a co-recipient of the Alfred Mann Dissertation Award from the Eastman School of Music for his dissertation, "Meter, Melodic Parallelism, and Metric Manipulation in Post-Tonal Music." The award is given once every two years for an outstanding dissertation in music theory.

Submitted by James Sullivan

* Jessie Lofton receives Dean's Teaching Award in College of Engineering and Computer Science

The College of Engineering and Computer Science congratulates Dr. Jessica Lofton on receiving the Dean’s Outstanding Teaching Award for 2019.  Dr. Lofton is an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering and serves as the UE chapter advisor for the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE).  She is also the Girls’ Camp Director for UE’s Engineering OPTIONS summer camps.

Jessie Lofton and Dr. Ying Shang

Submitted by Kimberly Higgins



* Gould and McLean Received MVC Recognition

On the morning of the opening round of the 2019 Missouri Valley Conference Softball Championship, a pair of Purple Aces were recognized by the league for their seasons.

Eryn Gould was chosen as a member of the All-MVC First Team while Katie McLean picked up the nod on the All-Defensive Team.

The 2018 MVC Freshman of the Year was named a first-team all-conference player for the second time in as many seasons.  Gould finished the year with a .298 average while starting all 48 games at catcher, second base and in the outfield.  She leads the team with ten home runs, nine doubles, 30 runs and 31 RBI.

For the second time in her career, she earned MVC Player of the Week accolades on April 22; she followed that up with excellent numbers against Indiana State and Valparaiso.  Over the previous 14 games, Gould is batting .421 (16-of-38) while raising her average from .247 to .298; she has added four home runs, 14 RBI, 11 runs and 12 walks in that span.

“Eryn has had a tremendous year,” Aces head coach Mat Mundell said.  “She can do it all offensively.  She has speed and power.  Defensively, she has played all over the diamond for us and really improved in that aspect of her game.”

In her first season with the Aces, Katie McLean was named to the league’s All-Defensive squad.  She led the team with a .304 average over the course of the 2019 season.  The Springfield, Ill. native is second for UE with 38 hits while ranking second with 31 walks and 19 runs scored.

She has started 46 games in the outfield with her top games being perfect 3-for-3 days at the plate against Detroit and Samford.  Her defensive prowess helped her to garner the postseason recognition.  Coach Mundell praised her efforts.

“Katie has played a great defensive centerfield for us all season,” he added.  “She has taken away so many hits from opponents.  She gets great reads on the ball and makes plays that do not show up in the box score.”

At 6:30 p.m., the Aces open up the tournament in Peoria against Valparaiso.


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