University of Evansville

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Friday, September 6, 2019

* Parking Locations

Parking Designated for Commuter Students and UE Employees
The University has identified available parking for commuter students and employees who have Parking Permits.  The designated areas can be found on the map located at

Parking at Redeemer Lutheran Church
The Redeemer Lutheran Church which is located on the south side of Lincoln Avenue, has graciously made available their back parking lot for our campus community.  Parking permits are not required to park in the Redeemer Lutheran Church lot. 

Parking in the Adjacent Neighborhoods
The University of Evansville is surrounded by residential neighborhoods and city parking is available on some of the adjacent streets next to the UE campus.  Please be good citizens when parking in these residential areas and be mindful of the following:

  • Watch your speed! There is a lot of pedestrian traffic surrounding the campus.
  • Observe time limits for street parking
  • Do not block drive-ways
  • Parallel park appropriately so as not to block passing traffic
  • Be mindful of the littering
  • Watch for children

All city parking is managed by the Evansville Police Department.  Failure to abide by city laws and regulations may result in fines, towing, etc.

* UE Signs Collaboration Agreements with Chinese Universities

Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Michael Austin, Dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science Ying Shang, and Dean of the William L. Ridgway College of Arts and Sciences Ray Lutgring have been working with the Northeast Electric Power University in Jilin, China, on a cooperative educational program in civil engineering and have signed a formal agreement to begin allowing civil engineering students from NEU to receive a dual degree from both universities through a 3+1 agreement.

Austin signing agreement with Northeast Electric Power University

Students in the cohort will take courses from UE in China over two summers and will then come to UE's campus for their senior year. Students may also come to UE for two years and receive a degree from us, or come for three years and transfer back credit to NEU and receive a degree from them.

The goal is to bring between 15-20 students in each year’s cohort and expand a successful agreement to other majors. 

Austin, Shang, and Lutgring also traveled to Changchun, the capital of Jilin Province, where and met with the president and students of the Northeast Normal University, a teacher preparation college. They will also visit Shenyang, the capital of the Liaoning province on the Northeastern Coast, to meet with officials from Shenyang Jianzhu University. The purpose of these meetings is to begin discussions about collaboration agreements, as well as to sign an artuculation agreement with SJZU.

Austin meeting with officials from Chinese universities

This agreement permits Master's of Engineering students to transfer 9 credits from SJZU into that program as part of a dual master's degree. Students will complete the degree at UE and receive a master's degree from both institutions. 

* Apply to Be an Admission Ambassador

As an admission ambassador you have the opportunity to assist with Road Trip, Open House, weekly tours, and meeting many prospective students!

If you are interested, applications will be available from August 29th to September 13th.

Feel free to email Kenlea Meeker at with any questions!


Upcoming Events

* Want to go to a leadership conference with SAB?

Applications to join SAB at this year's regional NACA Conference can now be found on UEngage under the Forms tab. Applications are due by Sept. 11, 2019.

The National Association of Campus Activities (NACA) Conference is a recognized leadership conference in higher education for providing the knowledge, ideas and resources to promote student learning through engagement in campus life. At NACA, students have the opportunity to be a voice for the UE student body in what events (musicians, comedians, hypnotists, special events, etc.) they would like brought to campus. In addition to booking upcoming events, NACA attendees also gain leadership skills through a number of educational sessions.

The NACA Mid America Regional Conference will take place Oct. 24-27, 2019 at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center in Covington, KY. Registration, transportation, housing, and food will all be funded by the Student Activities Board (SAB) for conference attendees. Students will be excused from classes October 24-27. Seniors are ineligible to attend due to the long-term nature of the conference.

Submitted by Megan King

* "Do Ask, Do Tell" - World Suicide Prevention Day!

Join Counseling Services in Ridgway University Center on Tuesday, September 10th, to acknowledge World Suicide Prevention Day! Learn the 5 Signs of Emotional Distress as well as talk about ways to bring up the topic of suicide with peers. "Do Ask, Do Tell" is this year's theme, intended to prepare each and every one of us to ask what needs to be asked and be able to act when needed! Activities, discussion, and take-home information will be available at the table from 11-12pm.

Submitted by Elizabeth McCormick

* Delta Omega Zeta Rush

Join the ladies of Delta Omega Zeta on the 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th from 5-6PM every night at 408 South Weinbach Ave for an out of this world sorority rush experience!

Submitted by Paige Kirkey

* Military and Veteran Students Open House September 10, 2019

Academic Affairs will host an open house for military and veteran students in the veteran's lounge on the 4th floor of the Bower-Suhrheinrich Library on September 10, 2019, from 11-1:00 pm. Please come to meet and greet with faculty and staff. A light lunch will be provided.

Submitted by Tracey Folden

* Professor Kretz to give Tedx Talk on Hope and Climate Change

Professor Lisa Kretz will give a talk titled "Bridging Theory to Action: Hope and Climate Change" at Tedx Evansville 2019 which will occur November 8th from 5-9. Tickets availability will be announced by Tedx soon. See the Facebook page for more information.

* TIAA Individual Counseling Appointments

The TIAA-CREF representative will be on the UE campus for individual counseling sessions on Tuesday, September 10, 2019. To schedule an appointment, call TIAA-CREF at 1-800-732-8353.

Please note that the meeting location has been changed to SOBA room 153, Eades Music Room.

Submitted by Lori LeDuc

* Tryouts for Women's Basketball Team

Tryouts for the Women's Basketball team will be held on 9/10 at 3pm. Please contact Coach KP at if you're interested.

Submitted by Kaitlynn Pacholke

* October 2 Andiron Lecture by Sara Petrosillo - Weaponizing Mary: How Sexism Met Racism in a Pre-modern World

Sara Petrosillo is an assistant professor of English at the University of Evansville. She holds a PhD in medieval literature from the University of California, Davis and a BA in English and Italian literature from Colby College. Her research and teaching interests include: medieval and early modern literature, feminist theories, medieval manuscript studies, poetics, and critical animal studies. She is currently working on a book, Hawking Women: Falconry, Gender, and the Poetics of Control in Medieval Literary Culture, and she has published essays in medieval, early modern, and theory journals and in a book on animals in medieval literature. Her Andiron lecture on medieval antisemitism and the literary genre, “Miracles of the Virgin,” derives from her interest in examining racial and gender biases in discourses from premodern to modern culture.

The most iconic woman in the Middle Ages graced love poems, the stage, stained glass windows, and even personal wax seals. Medieval depictions of the Virgin Mary offer an extraordinary picture of female power. Women from every social class viewed Mary as an exceptional saint but also—and crucially— as someone who shared something with all of them: she was a woman. Yet, at the height of her popularity in devotional literature, Mary became a violent tool in the hands of authors and audience: the persecutor of non-Christians in the literary genre “The Miracles of the Virgin.” How did a figure of motherhood and female power become such a dangerously powerful weapon? This widely popular genre demonstrates how sexism met racism in a premodern world. Tracing the racist weaponization of a female icon sheds light on our own society’s trouble with detecting the roots of oppression, especially when those roots are entangled in popular culture.

The lecture begins at 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday, October 2, 2019
Eykamp Hall (Room 252), Ridgway University Center
A social gathering with beverages begins at 3:45 p.m.

For further information, call Annette Parks at 812-488-1070
or the William L. Ridgway College of Arts and Sciences at 812-488-2589

Submitted by Cheryl Emmons

* Catalyst for Change Application LIVE

What is Catalyst for Change?
Catalyst for Change is an eight week service leadership development program. This experiential program helps you discover what your leadership style is, how to implement your skill set to improve anything you are involved in, and will dig deeper into how to be an innovative servant leader for your community. This is a great opportunity if you are wanting to establish leadership development before you take on a higher leadership role. Our hope is that you walk away with skills to be innovative inside the classroom, in your organizations, and overall in your personal life.

When does it start?
Since this is an eight week program, we will start to meet the week of September 23rd with location, weekday, and time to be determined based off the time that works for the whole group. We will meet seven times during the weekday and once during a weekend for a retreat.

How do you sign up?
1. Click the link >
2. Sign In using your UE email and password
3. Select "Forms" at the top right of the page
4. Find the "Leadership Application Fall 2019" and click the blue button "START"
5. Continue through the application, but to be ONLY considered for Catalyst for Change one must not select UELA as well

How do I find out I am in Catalyst for Change?
Catalyst for Change does not limit people from being accepted into the program, therefore once you apply, you are accepted! We will send out information regarding Catalyst for Change between September 9th and the 18th. Please be on the lookout in your email inbox!

If you have any questions regarding the application, the time commitment, or Catalyst for Change in general, please email Karyssa Vasquez at We look forward to seeing your application!

Submitted by Karyssa Vasquez


Info You Should Know

* You're invited to Columbia Sportswear’s Employee Store!

The Columbia Sportswear Company has invited all University of Evansville employees to shop at their exclusive employee store August 28 – September 22. The invitation, which is required to shop, is located on MyUE at under Documents and Information Links, Employee Discounts. The store hours and address can be found on the invitation. Happy shopping!

Submitted by Lori LeDuc

* Families Needed for UE Theatre Society's Adopt-a-Student Program

The University of Evansville Theatre Society needs two more families to participate in their popular Adopt-a-Student Program. "With a large first-year class of 41 theatre students hailing from 15 different states, we want to make sure that each of them gets the opportunity to become more involved with the Evansville community at-large," says Sharla Cowden, Managing Director of UE Theatre. For more information about the program, please contact Sharla at or at ext. 2747.

Submitted by Sharla Cowden

* Nominate Individuals for Employee Excellence!

The University of Evansville, in pursuit of excellence in service, wishes to recognize monthly a non-faculty employee displaying records of achievement as a leader. Leadership may be demonstrated in any of the following categories:

  • Service to the University community
  • Service to students
  • Job performance and attitude to fellow employees

One award is presented each month. To be eligible, an employee must be a full-time member of the administration or staff. Nominations are due before the 15th of each month. Nominations are now being accepted for the month of October!

To nominate someone, or to find out more information about the Employee Excellence Award, go to

Submitted by Lori LeDuc

* Free Peer Tutoring

Academic Advising offers free peer group tutoring for many classes and subjects beginning Tuesday, Sept. 3. See the tutoring schedule posted on the MyUe and the Academic Advising webpage.

Check back regularly for new additions and updates to the schedule.

Submitted by Cherie Leonhardt

* Fall Health Risk Assessments

Sign up now for the Onsite Health Screenings! Health Screenings will be offered Sept. 10th-13th in Eykamp Room 252 from 7:00AM-11:00AM. If you have previously completed a Health Screening in Eykamp during the summer or at the Employee Clinic ranging from June 2019- present, you do not need to repeat this screening. By completing the screening you can earn HSA credits. Results from this screening will also be used to determine your 2020 Medical Insurance Premiums.

Sign ups for this screening can be found on the Main Page of AceLink or on MyUE. Please do not schedule this health screening with the employee medical clinic.

Email with questions.

Submitted by Ashley Chipps

* Join the UE Leadership Academy!

Do you love to volunteer? Do you want to enhance your leadership skills on campus and in the community? If so, you should join the University of Evansville Leadership Academy!

Applications are open to apply!

In the two-year program, you can learn so many new skills about leadership within yourself, within a group setting, and within the community. If you love community service, meeting other people, and being a leader on campus, this is the organization for you!

Here are the steps to apply:

1. Find the Application on UEngage
-Click the blue "Sign In" tab in the right top corner
-Log in with your UE email and password
-Click on "Forms" at the top of the page
-Find the "Leadership Application Fall 2019" and click the blue button "START"
-Continue through the application. Once you get to page 4, the application is complete!

2. Have a UE faculty member, work supervisor, volunteer supervisor, or someone from your high school(only if a freshman) complete the Recommendation Form
-Click the blue "Sign In" tab in the right top corner
-Log in with your UE email and password
-Click on "Forms" at the top of the page
-Find the "Fall 2019 Recommendation Form for the University of Evansville Leadership Academy"
-Have someone that you have worked with complete this form. Make sure they click the blue "SUBMIT" button on the next page

3. Wait to receive an email about an interview
-We will email you about your availability to schedule and interview with our advisory council
-The dress code is business casual or business professional
-The interview will take about 15-30 minutes
-Do not let this worry you because we are all nice and easy going! This is our opportunity to learn more about why you want to be in UELA and to learn more about you!

The deadline to apply and to submit the recommendation form is Sunday, September 8th at midnight. Please have all forms in by this time.

UELA Mission Statement:
The purpose of the University of Evansville Leadership Academy (UELA) is to enhance the leadership potential of members through the honing of individual, organization, and community-related skills while providing a co-curricular education to a select number of promising student leaders through experiential interactions.
The experience will include community service and other organization involvement as well as reflective essays about community service and keynote speakers. The Academy will recognize those who complete the three-tier program at the University’s commencement exercises, in the form of a medal.

If you have any questions about applying, please contact Megan Hawkins at mh445@evansville.

* Join P.R.I.D.E.

PRIDE starts September 9th in SOBA 271 at 9pm every Monday!

Anyone is welcome to attend, everyone is welcome!

Submitted by Paige Kirkey

* 2019 Employee Photography Exhibition

Entries for the 2019 Employee Photo Exhibit will be accepted through Friday, September 6. All employees, as well as retired employees, are welcome and encouraged to participate.

Please take entries to Carol McCraney or Hanns Pieper in the Department of Law, Politics, and Society in the Schroeder School of Business Building (room 50).

Entries should be matted, framed, and suitable for hanging in Krannert Gallery. Color or black/white images are acceptable. Images in frames up to 20” by 16” in size may be submitted.

Please provide the following information for each entry on the back of the image frame:

Your name
Job title/Department
A title for your image (and/or details of the photo)
An estimated $ value for your image (Usually $25)
Photo (including frame) dimensions
Optional: Note if digital or negative
Optional: Note camera type

Presentation cards will be printed with the above information to display on the front of each image.

Entries will be returned in the form that they were submitted at the close of the exhibition.

Please contact Carol McCraney ( or Hanns Pieper ( if you have any questions.

Submitted by Carol McCraney

* Opportunity: Basic Production Copier Training Session

For those who were off campus during the summer months and have returned to campus, there is an additional basic production copier training session scheduled for the D125 black/white and the C70 color copiers. This session will begin at the C70 color production copier located on the 2nd floor of Koch and continue over to the D125 b/w production copier location in OH231. Please email Terry Voges (TV35), if you plan to attend.

Training Dates                      
Monday, September 16

8:30 - 9:30 a.m.

Will start in Koch 2nd floor (C70) and walk over to OH231 (D125)

For copier information, visit the Copy/Print website on AceLink.

Submitted by Kim Winsett



* Zelenak chosen as 2019-2020 Future Educator Fellow

UE Physician Assistant Program is proud to announce PA student Dennis Zelenak's appointment to the PAEA Future Educator Fellowship. Each year, fifteen PA students nationwide are selected to participate in this exciting year-long fellowship, designed to explore foundations in teaching, expose students to the current educational environment, and expand professional development and leadership opportunities. Students have access to a network of mentors and educators who curate an intentional and impactful educational experience for the fellows. Selected applicants will attend a kick-off session at the annual PAEA Education Forum. Fellows will participate in designated sessions at the Forum and then engage in a year-long program, working through educational programming, problems, and competencies designed to foster foundations in PA education. Fellows will also be invited back for the culminating session at the following Education Forum.

Submitted by Billie Chandler


Harlaxton Happenings

* Harlaxton Spring 2020 deposit deadline approaching!

If you have been accepted to study at Harlaxton next semester, don't forget that your $100 semester deposit is due on Friday, September 13 to Student Financial Services! You can pay your deposit in person in Olmsted 105 or over the phone at 812-488-2565.

Questions about the Harlaxton application process? Contact!

Submitted by Kaylynn McCalister



* University of Evansville inks long-term deal with Pepsi

Pepsi has inked a deal to become the “Official Soft Drink of Purple Aces Athletics” at a ceremonial signing inside Meeks Family Fieldhouse on Wednesday afternoon.

The deal gives Pepsi exclusive pouring rights with the university and includes other drinks such as water (Aquafina) and Gatorade.

“Today was a big day for Aces Athletics and the University of Evansville as a whole,” UE Director of Athletics Mark Spencer said.  “Being able to affiliate our university and athletic programs with a national brand such as Pepsi is a great opportunity for everyone involved.”

Today’s deal with Pepsi is another exclusive partnership that has been created by Purple Aces Sports Properties, a division of Learfield IMG College. Exclusive deals such as Dunn Hospitality Group, Working Distributors, T.R.U. Event Rental, Brinker’s Jewelers, Tri-State Orthopedics, and ProRehab have been signed since Purple Aces Sports Properties was created in the spring of 2018.

Other official long-term partnerships that have been put in place this summer include: Sitex, Slade Print and ProMark. Another landmark agreement for the program saw Mister B’s sign on as “The Official Pizza and Wings of the Purple Aces”.  Mister B’s is now open on Burkhardt Road on Evansville’s east side.

“The Evansville community has always backed Purple Aces Athletics, and it has been a pleasure creating campaigns, social media, and creative inventory for exclusive and official partners at the highest marketing platform,” said Brandon McClish - GM of Purple Aces Sports Properties.

Submitted by Bob Pristash

* Aces set to kick off 2019 season on Friday

With their first weekend of play at the Puerto Rico Clasico canceled due to Hurrican Dorian, the University of Evansville volleyball team travels to Cape Girardeau, Mo. for the Redhawks Invitational. 

The Opening Serve                 

  • The Purple Aces open with Western Illinois on Friday at 10 a.m. and finish the day against Jackson State at 4:30 p.m.
  • UE faces host Southeast Missouri State on Saturday in a 2 p.m. match

Taking it to a new level                        

  • Senior Rachel Tam is coming off of one of the top seasons in program history as she recorded a total of 492 kills, an average of 4.21 per set
  • Her total of 4.21 per frame saw her rank 31st in the country and third in the Missouri Valley Conference; her 492 kills finished with the same ranks
  • With a tally of 538.5 points, she finished the year 34th in the NCAA and third in the league

Trending Upward                      

  • At the end of the 2018 campaign, the Purple Aces were playing some of the best volleyball in the MVC
  • Despite five losses in the last seven matches, UE forced four of those contests to go five sets
  • On November 16, 2018, Evansville picked up its second-ever win over UNI, earning a 3-2 win inside Meeks Family Fieldhouse
  • The Aces clinched the win with a 15-9 decision in the fifth and decisive frame

All-Freshman Performer                     

  • Alondra Vazquez enjoyed a nice 2018 campaign that culminated in her being named to the MVC All-Freshman Team
  • She tallied 2.56 kills per set while contributing 3.08 digs per game; both ranked third on the UE team
  • Vazquez missed the opening portion of the season, but bounced back in a big way, registering at least eight kills in each match from October 5 through the end of the season
  • Her top effort came in one of the biggest victories in program history as she totaled 25 kills and 25 digs in the win over Northern Iowa; both were career highs

Scouting the Opponents                                          

  • Evansville opens against the Leathernecks on Friday morning in a 10 a.m. contest
  • This marks the fourth meeting over the last five seasons between the programs; Evansville is a perfect 3-0, picking up 3-2 wins over WIU in each of the last two seasons in Macomb, Ill.
  • Western Illinois went 1-2 in the Starkvegas Classic as they swept Mississippi Valley State in the opener before falling to Chattanooga and Mississippi State


  • Jackson State got off to a 3-0 start at the SWAC/MEAC Tournament in Montgomery, Ala.
  • After earning a 3-1 win over Delaware State in their first match, the Tigers swept South Carolina State and held on for a 3-2 win over Florida A&M
  • Evansville faced JSU in the 2015 Dunn Hospitality Tournament, picking up a 3-0 win


  • Southeast Missouri State went 1-2 in their first tournament - the Dr. Mary Jo Wynn Invitational in Springfield, Mo.
  • The Redhawks dropped a hard-fought 3-2 match against DePaul, falling 15-13 in the fifth set, before earning a 3-1 win over Jacksonville
  • SEMO finished the weekend with a 3-1 loss to host Missouri State

Submitted by Bob Pristash

* Full 2019-20 UE Men's Basketball Schedule Finalized

On the heels of the unveiling of the non-conference portion of the 2019-20 University of Evansville men’s basketball schedule, the Missouri Valley Conference announced the full league schedule on Tuesday afternoon.

Evansville is set to open its conference slate on New Year’s Eve in Springfield, Mo. where the Aces will face Missouri State.  In last year’s meeting at JQH Arena, Evansville earned its first road win of the season, taking a 70-64 decision.

Home league play commences on Saturday, January 4 against Valparaiso.  UE swept the season series against the Crusaders in 2018-19 including a 64-53 win at the Ford Center on February 2.  Another home game is on tap on Jan. 8 when defending MVC Tournament champion Bradley comes to town.  The Braves edged the Aces in Evansville last season by a final of 81-73.

On Saturday, Jan. 11, Evansville travels to Chicago to take on Loyola before making the short trek north on Highway 41 to play Indiana State on the 15th.  Two home games follow, beginning on Jan. 18 versus Missouri State.  It will be just a 19-day turnaround from the first to the second meeting against the Bears.  Another tough home game will see Drake come to town on the 22nd.  In last season’s meeting at the Ford Center, the Aces earned a thrilling 82-77 win in double overtime.

The month of January comes to an end with a pair of road games, starting with a contest on Sunday, Jan. 26 at Valparaiso.  In the regular-season finale last year, UE picked up a 65-63 win inside the ARC.  On the 29th, Evansville makes its way to Redbird Arena to face Illinois State.

Two home games begin the month of February, starting on Saturday, Feb. 1 against UNI.  Four days later, Southern Illinois heads to Evansville.  Three of the next four games will take place on the road, starting on Feb. 9 at Bradley.  Evansville is back home on the 12th to face Loyola.  The Aces had one of their top performances last season in the home win over the Ramblers, taking a 67-48 triumph.

Another Sunday road tilt is on tap on the 16th when UE heads to Drake to face the Bulldogs.  UE then treks to Carbondale, Ill. on Feb. 20 to face SIU.  Indiana State visits the Ford Center on Sunday, Feb. 23 before Evansville wraps up its road schedule at UNI on the 26th.  The Aces complete the regular season on Saturday, Feb. 29, welcoming Illinois State to the Ford Center.

Game times will be released once all TV games have been set in place.

To secure your season tickets, contact the UE ticket office at 812-488-2237 (ACES).

Submitted by Bob Pristash

* Till Earns MVC Defensive Player of the Week Honors

After another strong performance in the net for the Aces, University of Evansville junior goalkeeper Michaela Till was named Missouri Valley Conference Women's Soccer Defensive Player of the Week, for the second time in her career, announced by the league office Tuesday afternoon.

In Thursday's match against UT Martin she recorded three massive second half saves to keep the Aces lead. In the 110-minute battle, the Avon, Ind. native allowed only one goal and posted four saves, off of 10 shots faced.

A rock in goal this season, Till has recorded 23 saves through three matches, keeping her on pace on the UE career saves list with 187, ranking sixth. Till ranks first in the MVC in saves (23) and saves per game (7.67) in the league this season.

The Aces take on SEMO on Friday, Sept. 6 at 6 p.m. on ESPN3 at McCutchan Stadium.

Submitted by Emily McMillan


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