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Thursday, June 27, 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

* Front Oval Closure

The Front Oval will be closed Monday and Tuesday, July 8 and 9, 2019, for tree work and repainting of the curbs. Any questions or concerns please contact the Facilities Dept. at ext. 2775

Submitted by Jayne Schnacke

* 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



* Robert Dion Appears in National News Media

Robert Dion of the Department of Law, Politics, and Society was interviewed recently about the challenges faced by the presidential campaign of South Bend mayor, Pete Buttigieg. His analysis of the campaign was featured in a long article that first appeared in the Indianapolis Star and then was picked up by USA Today. That article can be found here.

He was also a guest on the SiriusXM political broadcast, “The Big Picture,” last week discussing the same subject. “The Big Picture” appears on the non-partisan political analysis channel called POTUS, and it is hosted by Olivier Knox, who is the chief Washington correspondent for SiriusXM and is also the president of the White House Correspondents Association.

Submitted by Robert Dion

* Atefeh Yazdanparast has a paper accepted for publication in Psychology & Marketing

Atefeh Yazdanparast, Associate Professor of Marketing, has a paper accepted for publication in Psychology & Marketing.
The paper titled "Investigating the Marketing Impact of Consumers’ Connectedness to Celebrity Endorsers" is grounded in parasocial relationship and social connectedness theories and tests a model of connectedness to the celebrity, attitude towards the celebrity, receptivity towards the celebrity-endorsed message, and purchase intention of the celebrity-endorsed market offering using a structural equation modeling approach.

Submitted by Atefeh Yazdanparast

* 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



* 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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