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Tuesday, June 25, 2019

* The Linden Tree is Getting a Trim

The University’s beloved Linden Tree on the front oval will get a much needed trim in early July.

The tree’s low lying branches have served as a favorite gathering spot for students and community members alike for many years. Due to increased limb weight, deadwood in the tree’s crown, and squirrel damage, two of the lower limbs will be removed in early July. The two limbs identified for removal are marked in red here and the largest of the lower limbs will still remain in place:

Linden Tree with red branches

There’s still time for pictures!
We are working to schedule the limb removal for a date between July 1-14 and will notify the campus community when a final date has been identified. Please feel free to visit the tree for photos before then, but we ask that you use extreme caution and avoid climbing on the damaged limbs.

Linden Tree Fun Facts:
Unique Shape
The shape of our Linden tree is very unique and began to show a much more open structure with low arching branches at a young age. This unique characteristic made it a popular spot for visitors to sit and the University decided to keep it that way as long as possible.

The Linden Twins
At one time, the tree had a twin on the opposite side of the front oval. This tree had a more traditional shape and unfortunately was lost in a storm in the late 1980s.

50 Years Old
University Arborist Bob Dale estimates the tree at 50 years old—fairly old for a tree of this species in an urban environment!

Heavy Branches
The University has braced the lower branches with large stones to support the low hanging limbs and also performed selective pruning over the years to help lighten the load, but the limbs have far surpassed the weight limit. 


Upcoming Events

* Save the Date - United Way Day of Caring is September 13

The United Way Day of Caring will be Friday, September 13. This year, UE will be partnering again with the local council of the Boy Scouts of America, the Buffalo Trace Council. This location is located just down the road off the Lloyd Expressway (behind the State Hospital).

Join us on this exciting day by signing up for one of the listed volunteer opportunities. Employees who choose to participate in the Day of Caring do not need to use a vacation day, but do need to get approval from your supervisor.

To sign up, fill out this online form -

The deadline to sign up is Friday, August 16.

Please let Brian Conner,, in residence life know if you have any questions.


Info You Should Know

* Summer Healthy Behavior Challenge

Earn $150.00 HRA Credits by participating and completing the Summer Healthy Behavior Challenge. To sign up, please contact Ashley Chipps at This 8 week challenge is geared towards exercise and drinking water! Below are links for editable challenge forms and details. These forms can also be found on MyUE under the Employee Medical Clinic Page.

Challenge flyer

Daily tracker sheet

Submitted by Ashley Chipps



* University of Evansville Sigma Alpha Epsilon Chapter Wins Top Honor

Representatives from the Indiana Epsilon chapter, the University of Evansville’s local Sigma Alpha Epsilon Chapter, went to the 163rd Annual Convention of Sigma Alpha Epsilon in Louisville, Kentucky. At the convention, Indiana Epsilon received the John O. Moseley Award for Fraternity Zeal. The Zeal award is the highest award that can be bestowed upon a chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon and is given to the chapter that best exemplifies Sigma Alpha Epsilon’s mission which is to advance highest standards of friendship, scholarship, leadership, and service throughout members’ lives. Indiana Epsilon also received awards for Health and Safety, Alumni Relations, University Relations, and Chapter Achievement. The men of Indiana Epsilon would like to thank all the members of the University of Evansville’s Faculty for providing an experience at UE that helps their chapter uphold and excel at their mission.

Sigma Alpha Epsilon representative holding award on stage

Submitted by Austin S. Hopf

* UE Communication Students Nominated for Student Emmy

UE communication students Brea Mullen and Amanda Ackerman have been nominated for a Student Emmy for their documentary, The Guatamala Project: A Habitat for Humanity Mission.

Each year, UE students travel the globe with Habitat for Humanity. In May 2018, Mullen and Ackerman traveled to Guatamala to document the experience and came out with a moving testimonial of lifechanging aid that #UEChangemakers are providing all over the world. The trailer for the documentary can be viewed on the UE YouTube channel.

The Student Emmys are presented each year by the Ohio Valley Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. This year's Student Production Award competition received a record number of entries from colleges, universities, and high schools across a four state region.

“Our professional judges are not an easy group to impress. However, the students from our region continue to raise the bar. It’s not unusual to get comments from the judges about high quality of work being produced. so it says a lot about this year’s Student Production Award entrants that they had some of the highest overall scores ever,” said Echo Gamel, co-chair of the Student Production Awards for the Ohio Valley Chapter. “It is exciting to see the NATAS standard of excellence demonstrated in so many student submissions. Congratulations to all of those honored this year."

Award recipients will be announced during the Student Production Awards ceremony on August 10, 2019.

* Director of Risk Management

The Office of Fiscal Affairs and Administration is pleased to announce that Kim Winsett, Director of Administrative Services has taken on the additional responsibility as the Director of Risk Management. Kim’s new title is Director of Administrative Services and Risk Management.

UE Risk Management’s mission is to work with campus constituents to develop and maintain a safe University environment for students and employees. This is accomplished through the development and administration of effective policies and procedures through collaboration with University faculty, staff, administration, students; risk management industry and higher education resources; all the while adhering to federal, state and local regulation. It is the policy of the University of Evansville to preserve the assets of the institution and protect the physical well-being of students, faculty, staff, and the public involved in activities occurring both on and off campus.

Please take this opportunity to review the risk management campus resources below:

Insurance Guidelines for Contracts & Certificates of Insurance
For insurance information, policies and requirements related to outsourced services, student activities, and foreign travel, special events (3rd party) visit the Risk Management AceLink website or contact Anne Dale or Kim Winsett.

Claim Reporting
Contact Anne Dale or Kim Winsett to report claims such as employee injuries, vehicle accidents, property events, etc. For general information and claim forms, visit the Risk Management AceLink website.

Environmental & Safety Programs/Training
For information related to the hazard communication program, lab safety and chemistry hygiene plans, visit the Environmental Management AceLink website for information at or contact Amber Elkins.

Environmental Management/Storm Water Pollution Prevention
Contact Amber Elkins to report environmental events related to chemicals, hazards, pollution, etc. Visit the Environmental Management AceLink website for information.

Contact Amber Elkins for recycle needs related to document shredding, electronic recycling, etc. To report full recycle bins needing to be emptied by contacting WFF at extension 2045. Visit the Recycling AceLink website for information. 

For waiver requirements visit the Risk Management AceLink website or email

Risk Management Staff Extensions and Email Addresses
Kim Winsett, Director/ Office of Administrative Services & Risk Management
Ext. 2940

Amber Elkins, Manager/Environmental Health & Safety
Ext. 2697

Anne Dale, Mailing & Risk Management Specialist
Ext. 2011

Submitted by Michele Adams



* Fernando Morales to work with Puerto Rico National Team

Purple Aces interim head volleyball coach Fernando Morales will serve as an assistant coach with the Puerto Rico National Team in July.

Morales will work with the team at the Pan Am Cup, which will take place from July 5-15 in Peru.  Puerto Rico will take on the United States, Colombia, Chile, Mexico and Trinidad and Tobago in group play at the tournament.

“As a player I always took pride in representing my country.  Now in the start of my career as a coach it will not be any different,” Morales said.  “I want to thank the coach Jose Mieles for giving me this incredible opportunity.  I will go to help and learn as much as I can.”

He will travel to Peru to begin his work with the women’s national team in the coming week.  You can follow the progress of Coach Morales and the team at

Submitted by Bob Pristash

* Women's Basketball Camps

The Aces Women's Basketball team is hosting two camps this summer! The first is the Elite Camp held for high school students on June 30th from 12-4. The second is a day camp held July 1-3rd for kids in grades 1-8. The information for the day camp is attached.

Camp Info card

Submitted by Kaitlynn Pacholke


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