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Friday, May 10, 2019

* 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.


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

* Honoring Women Veterans Conference

Please mark your calendars for the 10th Annual Honoring Women Veterans Conference planned for Saturday, June 15, from 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Submitted by Tracey Folden


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

* 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 next session of the semester on Thursday, May 2, at 2:00 p.m. in Eykamp Hall, Room 251, Ridgway University Center. The last session will be Friday, May 10, at 11:30 a.m. in Neu Chapel's Grabill Lounge. 

Submitted by Amy Sowders

* 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



* Murrell Wins American Prize in Vocal Performance

Ian Murrell, a 2016 UE Department of Music graduate in Vocal Performance, was recently awarded the American Prize in Vocal Performance (men/opera/collegiate division) for 2018-2019. The prize is a national award recognizing achievement in the arts. The full announcement can be found at:

* Please join the University of Evansville in congratulating our 2019 Administrative and Staff Employees of the Year!

The recipient of the 2019 Administrator Excellence Award is Erin Lewis, Associate Director of the Center for Innovation and Change.  Erin is an excellent example of what UE is all about, as her positive impact on student’s lives cannot be measured.  She is committed to the students that she works with and to the University as a whole. She works to inspire students in finding new ways to make a difference not only in the classroom, but in our community.  Erin has been instrumental for her work with the UE certification for ASHOKA and ChangeLab, the strategic planning process, as well as playing a key role in the University’s efforts to ensure we are a campus that promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion as a Title IX Investigator and as a member of the Equity Design Lab. 

The recipient of the 2019 Staff Excellence Award is Lori LeDuc, Human Resources Specialist.  Lori is well known across the UE campus for her “can do” approach to her work.  She is helpful in any situation, kind, and extremely hard-working.  Lori is a problem-solver and will always find a solution for members of the campus community.  Over the last year, she has made extraordinary efforts to ensure the Office of Human Resources continues to meet the needs of employees while the office has taken on a significant number of new projects and responsibilities. During her two years in the HR department, Lori has gained the trust of employees and retirees by not only being knowledgeable and efficient, but most importantly, helping those who sometimes are dealing with significant problems in their professional or personal lives. Known for her professionalism and positive, upbeat personality, Lori is truly a pleasure to work with.

* 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

* 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



* Missouri State Evansville Baseball Preview

With the Missouri Valley Conference tournament on the horizon, the University of Evansville baseball team will look to turn their recent fortunes around in their final home series of the regular season against Missouri State.

SETTING THE SCENE:  • The Aces (21-23, 8-7) are coming off their a rough weekend weekend, which saw them get swept by Southern Illinois. It was their first time getting swept in Missouri Valley Conference play, and only their their third series loss this season.

The Aces’ continued it’s struggles against Murray State Tuesday, falling to the non-conference Racers, 6-4 at Evansville’s Charles H. Braun Stadium.

THE OPPOSITION:  • The Bears (15-32, 6-9) bounced back from a four-game losing streak to take 2-of-3 from Dallas Baptist this past weekend in Springfield.

MSU fell to former league rival Wichita State 9-4 in extra innings at home Tuesday night.

THE STARTING ROTATION:  •  The Aces will open the weekend with junior left-hander Nathan Croner (5-6, 4.35 ERA) to face the Bears. Last time out, Croner pitched 4.1 innings against Southern Illinois, allowing five runs on five hits, while striking four, in taking the loss in Evansville’s 6-2 set back. Missouri State will counter with RHP Logan Wiley (3-5, 3.88.

On Saturday, the Aces will send out senior right-hander Justin Hayden (2-2, 4.20 ERA) for his seventh start of the season. Last time out, Hayden gave up three runs, two earned, on five hits, while striking out seven, but suffered the loss in UE’s 4-1 defeat to SIU. The Bears will counter with LHP Jake Lochner (3-2, 5.33 ERA.

On Sunday, neither team has determined a starter yet.

ALL-TIME SERIES:  • The Aces and Bears have met 97 times previously, with Missouri State holding the series edge 57-40, dating back to 1986. The last time the two crossed paths on the diamond, MSU swept UE out of Hammons Field last season three straight. The last time the Aces took a series victory from the Bears was in April of 2013, taking two of three, April 26-28. 

Weekend Schedule
Friday - MSU at UE - 6 p.m. - The Valley on ESPN - Listen Live - Live Stats
Saturday - MSU at UE - 2 p.m. - The Valley on ESPN - Listen Live - Live Stats
Sunday - MSU at UE - 1 p.m. -  The Valley on ESPN - Live Stats
Evansville Notes
Missouri State Notes

* Men's basketball adds Kentucky to 2019-20 schedule

For the first time in program history, the University of Evansville and the University of Kentucky will meet on the hardwood when the programs square off in November.

In a press release on Thursday, the programs announced the game, which will take place on November 12 inside Rupp Arena.  The game time and possible TV coverage have not been set at this time.  UE head coach Walter McCarty, who won a national championship as a player at Kentucky in 1996, is excited to take his Evansville program to the court where he enjoyed an unbelievable college career.

“To be able to go back to where I played college and had a lot of success is a tremendous opportunity for our program,” McCarty said.  “I am grateful to (UK head coach) John (Calipari) for helping to make this happen.”

McCarty is entering his second season at the helm of the Aces program and hopes that his team will embrace the moment, but also explained that it is just one game and one step in a long journey.

“I am going to tell our guys to enjoy the moment, to go out and be ready to play,” he added.  “It is just another game for all of us and will be an excellent test.  The biggest thing for our guys is just to enjoy the moment.”

* 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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