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Thursday, October 31, 2019

* October 2019 Risk Management Tip!

Travelers Indemnity Company states that Slips, Trips, and Falls are a major cause of injury that occurs to both visitors and employees. The National Safety Council estimates that 25,000 slip, trip, and fall accidents occur daily in the USA. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), slips, trips and falls on the same level are the second leading cause of injury in the workplace. Falls on the same level are estimated by the BLS to cost $6.9 billion annually. Slips, trips and falls can occur in any business, but are of particular concern to businesses with considerable public and employee foot traffic such as those in retail, medical and service industries, such as higher education. In fact, approximately 40% of UE’s worker’s compensation incidents are due to slips, trips and falls.

So, what can you do to make a positive impact?

1) Be aware of your immediate surroundings
2) Wear comfortable, properly fitting non-slip shoes
3) Be aware to the type of surface you are walking on and its condition
4) Adjust to environmental and walking surface conditions
5) Pay attention to displayed “Wet Floor” warning signs to warn of known hazards
6) Practice Good Housekeeping
7) Keep walkways and hallways free of debris, clutter and obstacles
8) Only carry items that allow you to see clearly where you are going
9) Use handrails when going up or down stairs and not skip steps
10) Eliminate or minimize distractions while walking, such as looking at your cell phone

Report unsafe conditions to the Office of Safety & Security at 812-488-2051.

Be Safe With Each Step! 


What's Happening Today

* Come fly with "Aces Air" on Halloween!

The study abroad/center for innovation and change hallway would like to invite students, faculty, and staff to a trick-or-treat event by flying with us on Aces Air this Halloween! Come to the SOBA second floor hallway via the staircase closer to Olmsted from 11am-12pm for goodies and info on international and changemaking opportunities!

Submitted by Kaylynn McCalister

* Rocky Horror Scream Along

The Rocky Horror Scream Along will take place on Halloween night.

There are two performances, one at 10:30 PM and one at 12 AM. The house will open at 10:00 PM. Each show will run approximately 55 minutes.

It will take place on the FIJI lawn, 227 S Lincoln Park Drive, Evansville, IN, 47714. Wear your quirkiest and/or gayest costumes! Bring sweaters and blankets to protect yourself from the cold/grass! There is free admission.

The Rocky Horror Scream Along is what happens when a handful of Department of Theatre students are left to their own devices during fall break with access to FIJI's lawn. Rehearsing between classes and productions, we bring you this night of pure creeps and treats. 

Submitted by Cameron Wulfert


Upcoming Events

* Diversity Coffee Hour featuring Muslim Student Association!

Diversity Coffee Hour is a fun event hosted by the Center for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Every Friday afternoon from 4-5 we'll meet at the Diversity Resource Center (located on Weinbach across from Hughes. The house with the purple door!) We'll have coffee, tea, and conversations about diversity and inclusion with a special guest from different groups represented on campus. This week's special guest is Abdul Ashraf, president of the Muslim Student Association. Join us for coffee, tea, and conversations!

If you have any questions or would like to represent a group on campus as a special guest, email me for more info!

Submitted by HarMonee Baltzell

* 18th Annual Thomas C. Fiddick Memorial Lecture is Nov. 8th

Date: Friday, November 8, 2019
Start: 7:00pm
Location: Smythe Lecture Hall, Rm 170, Scroeder School of Business Building

"The Traumatic Effects of the 1918-19 Influenza Epidemic"

The University of Evansville's Department of History is proud to welcome Susan Kent, Arts and Sciences Professor of Distinction at University Colorado, for the 18th Annual Thomas C. Fiddick Memorial Lecture.

Between 1918 and 1919, an influenza pandemic – often called the “Spanish Flu” – ravaged the world, killing at least 30 million people, and perhaps as many as 100 million. Professor Kent has said that “It proved more deadly than any other disease since the Black Death in the fourteenth century, and it killed more people than any other single event of the twentieth century except World War II.” Her lecture will examine the worldwide impact of the flu on a variety of people and events and consider how the pandemic had the effect of influencing and even determining some of the most important issues of the interwar period.

Susan Kent is a prolific scholar and an acknowledged expert in several fields, including British History, Imperialism, and Gender History, as well as the history of the Spanish Flu. She is the author of The Global Influenza Pandemic of 1918-1919 (2012).

Submitted by Michelle Lehman

* P.R.I.D.E. Walk

Come join in the first ever UE PRIDE Walk and show ya pride! Saturday, November 2, 2-4pm starting on the East Terrace Lawn!

Submitted by Paige Kirkey

* Catholic Mass at 1 p.m. this Sunday (with Confession)!

Newman will be celebrating a Catholic Mass at 1 p.m. in Neu Chapel this Sunday, November 3. Since it is the first Mass of the month, we will be having confession starting at 12:30. Fr. Chris Forler will be the celebrant. All are welcome!

Submitted by Michaela Kunkler

* University Worship

Join us for singing, prayer, and meditation on Sunday, November 3, as we celebrate All Saints Day. Service begins in Neu Chapel at 7:30PM. All perspectives and identities are welcome.

Submitted by JillAnn Knonenborg

* MYOP - Make Your Own Pizza with IC!

International Club is having a Make Your Own Pizza Event at the Diversity House (across from Hughes Hall) on Saturday, November 2nd from 12pm-2pm!

There are only 25 spots available so be sure to sign up online as soon as possible.

Submitted by Farrah Beidas

* Free HIV testing at Health Center November 5th 9-11am

Free, confidential HIV testing hosted by Mathew 25 at the Student Health Center on November 5th 9-11am. No appointment necessary.

Submitted by Tara Ulrich

* Delta Omega Zeta Presents Family Feud

This year Delta Omega Zeta will be hosting Family Feud this year on November 1st at 6pm in Eykamp 251. This year will be raising money and goods for the YWCA located in Evansville. The YWCA is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. YWCA provides multiple housing programs and after school and mentoring programs. Housing programs include a domestic violence shelter, emergency housing, and a residential recovery program that help women and families in need. Along with the mentoring program, YWCA provides a scholarship opportunity for children when they reach the college age.

Teams require 4 people and cost $15/teams. Attendance is $5/person, or you may choose to donate a new, unused item from YWCA's wishlist, located below. Ticket tables in Ridgway will begin Monday, October 21st.

Please contact Jessica Elmore at with any quesetions.

* November 6th Andiron Lecture by Lesley Pleasant

Hunting my Grandfather’s Antlers and other Hibernacula
By Lesley Pleasant
Associate Professor of German
Chair, Department of Foreign Languages and Cultures

Lesley C. Pleasant received her AB in German Studies from Dartmouth College and her PhD in German Literature from the University of Virginia. She teaches all levels of German language, literature, and culture, as well as International Film, First Year Seminar, and the senior capstone course for language majors. Her research interests include German theater/drama, the divided Germany, film, migration and national identity, as well as Animal Studies and Environmental Humanities.

Starting with the haunting self-portrait of Frieda Riess (the “lost” Berlin celebrity photographer of the twenties) with a parrot on her shoulder, this talk collects and shares literary, photographic, filmic, and sculptural depictions of non-human animals. Part reflection on mediated animals, part jaunt through Berlin zoos, part wild goose chase, its method will be tangential, anecdotal and potentially interactive.

Key Words (some of which may apply)
Seidenstücker * Kafka * Kleist * Tucholsky * virtual elephants * Gesine’s Katze * Chandos’ eel * Lolabelle * Barnum and Hagenbeck * Donkeys/Antidonkeys * Knautschke * Knut * Hertha * Krümmel * Tapsi * invisible hedgehogs * Schwein haben * white ravens * Geweih * glass jellyfish * ladybug collections * ape suits *Oster- and other Hasen * my grandmother’s scarab

The lecture begins at 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday, November 6, 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

* Azzip Give-Back Night

On November 7, the UE Senior Nursing class is hosting an give-back night at Azzip pizza on North Green River Road to help benefit Borrowed Hearts Foundation. Borrowed Hearts is a foundation that was started to help foster children and foster families with basic necessities that may be needed.

Show the following flyer at the register:

Azzip Flyer


Submitted by Tracy Miles

* 2019-20 CrWrtg Coffee Hour/ Wahnita DeLong Reading Featuring Margaret McMullan

Date: Wednesday, November 6, 2019
Start: 5:30pm
Location: Eykamp Hall, Room 251, Ridgway University Center

Margaret McMullan is the author of eight award-winning books including the novel In My Mother’s House and the anthology Every Father’s Daughter. Her work has appeared in USA Today, The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, among others. She received a NEA Fellowship and a Fulbright in Hungary to research her new book, Where The Angels Lived: One Family’s Story of Loss, Exile, and Return.

Historical, authentic and family-oriented, WHERE THE ANGELS LIVED tells the tale of a somewhat parallel universe that exists even in the 21st century—dealings with Soviet-style bureaucracy; skepticism; anti-Semitism; and ironically the same sort of isolation and rejection Margaret McMullan’s Jewish Hungarian family experienced in 1944 before they were forced into concentration camps. Straddling memoir and reportage, past and present, this story reminds us all that we can escape a country, but we can never escape history. She taught at the University of Evansville for 25 years, serving as chair of the Department of English, and she helped form the Department of Creative Writing. She was formerly the Melvin Peterson Endowed Chair in Literature and Creative Writing until she retired in 2015 to write full time.

Submitted by Michelle Lehman


Info You Should Know

* 2 Laser Toner Cartridges Available

The office of residence life has 2 spare laser toner cartridges available. They are office depot brand, compatible with HP CE250A (black) and HP CE253A (magenta). If your department can use them, please contact Brian Conner at bc32 or x1107.

Submitted by Brian Conner

* Aurora's Holiday Adopt-A-Client

The holiday season is upon us, and Aurora is seeking donors to "adopt" individuals and/or families by purchasing gifts for the holidays. Aurora’s mission is "Creating solutions to prevent and striving to end homelessness in our community." The Office of Community Service Initiatives is searching for student organizations, departments, or individuals to "adopt" these families. The individuals are given a sheet to fill out with the items that they are requesting which include two clothing or household items and one specialty item. The individuals range in age and families range between 1-6 individuals. As a general rule, one individual will roughly cost $40.00 to $80.00 dollars, depending on the items requested and the expense range of the items being purchased. In the past, the most requested item was a winter coat.
In order for the Office of Community Service Initiatives to request an accurate amount of clients, please email Karyssa Vasquez at with the information below by November 4th, 2019.

Please provide this information:
1. The name of the student organization or department
2. The point person for your student organization or department
3. The point person's email
4. The number of individuals you can "adopt" between 1-6

Items are due by Reading/Study Day on December 5th, 2019 at 4:00pm to the Center for Student Engagement.

Aurora is planning to make matches starting next week. Once Aurora sends the matches, then a follow up email will be sent to the point person for the organization or department with the guideline information, the client's requests, and a donation form that needs to be filled out. We appreciate you sharing your joy and warmth this holiday season!

Submitted by Karyssa Vasquez

* New issue of the Crescent is out now!

The Crescent, University of Evansville's student magazine, is available for FREE right now to all students at magazine stands across the campus! This issue, LGBTQ+ individuals can legally marry their partners, but their fight for rights and survival isn’t over. Pick up an issue on magazine racks across campus. The Crescent is a student magazine - by and for the students of the University of Evansville - that is published six times during the academic year. The Crescent serves as an open forum for the UE community. Copies are free to students and the goal is to present relevant content in a fair, accurate, and unbiased manner.

Submitted by Tim Young


COMM 380 Intercultural Communication offered ONLINE in Winter Intersession

Would one class that fulfills several general education requirements and teaches you valuable life skills interest you? Do you want to reduce your course load during the regular fall or spring semesters? How would you like to take such a course NO MATTER WHERE you plan to be during winter break?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you should consider enrolling in COMM 380 ONLINE (Intercultural Communication) in the Winter Intersession.

COMM 380 meets criteria for General Education Outcome 9 (Understanding of Core Concepts of Society, Human Behavior, and Civic Knowledge) and Overlay Component A (Diversity: International Component). It is also the only upper-level course to meet this outcome.

For more information contact Dr. Dean Thomlison at

Submitted by Dean Thomlison

* Flu Vaccines available at Student Health Center!

Protect yourself from the flu this season and get vaccinated! Flu vaccines are available at Student Health Center.
$20 Cash/Card payment options. No appointment necessary.
SHC Hours: Monday-Friday 8am-5pm

Other ways to protect yourself from the flu this season: use good hand hygiene, drink plenty of water, increase rest, take a daily multivitamin along with eating a well balanced diet, quit smoking and disinfect common surface areas daily.

Submitted by Tara Ulrich

* Intramural Volleyball Registration Open!

Registration for Intramural Volleyball is open on through Thursday, October 31st. Men's, Women's and Co-Rec leagues are available, make sure to sign-up before the deadline!

* Winter Intersession Courses

Winter Intersession courses are held between the fall and spring semester from December 13, 2019 to January 3, 2020. Registration begins October 28. Students may register for one Winter Intersession course. For more information visit:

Class Offerings:

  • ART 105 Introduction to the Visual Arts - Larmann
  • CHEM 103 The Chemistry of Adult Beverages - Miller
  • COMM 130 Introduction to Communication - Wandel
  • COMM 333 News Copyediting - Wandel
  • COMM 380 Intercultural Communication - Thomlison
  • COMM 395 Internship - Wandel
  • ES 103 Fundamentals of Environmental Science - Thananatthanachon
  • EXSS 320 Nutrition for Performance and Health - Rodd
  • EXSS 488 Internship - Rodd
  • EXSS 488 Internship - Wilson
  • HIST 112 World History Since 1500 - Gahan
  • HSA 406-506 Ethics in Health Care -  Stroube
  • PH 190 Introduction to Public Health - Patel-Dovlatabadi
  • PSCI 100 World Politics - Kim
  • PSYC 121 Introduction to Psychology - Hennon
  • PSYC 229 Social Psychology - Stevenson
  • PSYC 416 Human Sexuality - Becker
  • SOC 105 Introduction to Sociology - Plikuhn


* Professor Katie Mullins has two essays and a poem come out this week

Outside of having nearly weekly articles coming out at, where she is the executive writer, Katie Mullins had two personal essays picked up— one at “Entropy” contrasting her disorder with Art Alexakis of Everclear’s recent record about his MS and one about her stroke at “Hobart”— and a poem about Dr. Phil driving her to the back doctor.

* Strandberg presents at College Music Society

Kristen Strandberg, Assistant Professor of Music History and Associate Director of Eykamp Center for Teaching Excellence, gave a talk at the annual College Music Society conference on October 24. She discussed the advantages and feasibility of community engagement projects with music students. As a case study, Dr. Strandberg outlined the activities and outcomes of her spring 2019 class "Music in Evansville from the Civil War to WWII."



* Fernando Morales named head volleyball coach at UE

 After leading the University of Evansville volleyball team to its best start in nine years, interim head coach Fernando Morales has been named the full-time head coach of the Purple Aces.  Morales inked a multiyear deal on Wednesday.

“Personally, this is a dream come true. I knew this was what I wanted to do after retiring from my professional career,” Morales said. “Being a Division I coach is a great challenge, but I am in a great place with the full support of the university. We have an excellent group of girls on our team and a great group of recruits coming in. Evansville provides a family atmosphere that I am proud to be part of.”

UE Director of Athletics Mark Spencer elevated Morales to the interim coaching position in the spring and has been pleased with the direction of the program.  The program has not only been successful at the team level, but his efforts have seen his players win seven Missouri Valley Conference awards since the beginning of the season.

“We are thrilled to have Fernando on board,” Spencer said.  “His professional experience has really translated into a very effective coaching style that our team has wholeheartedly embraced.  We are excited to see that for many years to come.”

Morales joined the Aces in 2018 as an assistant coach after 19 years of National and International playing experience in his native Puerto Rico.  His experience included both indoor and beach volleyball.  Aside from playing professionally in Puerto Rico, he saw time in Spain, Austria, Cyprus, Russia, Lebanon and Greece.  He was a 3-time Pro League Champion and accumulated numerous accolades throughout his career including a silver medal in the 2008 Olympic Qualifiers.  In 2007, he played in the World Cup.

On the coaching side, Morales has worked at several different levels on his way to the college level.  An assistant coach at the professional level at Changas, he has also worked in several positions at the University of Kentucky camps, Cruz Control, Specialized Position Academy and the Fernando Morales Volleyball Camp.

“I want to thank Mark Spencer for trusting me to guide this program to where we want to go.  When he named me interim coach, it was a big risk that he took with me not having the experience a lot of NCAA coaches do.  Naming me the coach officially is something I am very thankful for.  ” Morales added.  “Sarah Solinsky is always supporting us and finding ways to help us.  When I ask for something, she always finds a way to help the program with whatever she can.”

“I am also very appreciative of the support of President (Christopher M.) Pietruszkiewicz.  President P. has done so much for the athletic department and university as a whole.  It is good to see a president that supports both sides and I think that will make this university grow a lot and help us all to be more successful.”

In a short time leading the program, Morales has guided Evansville to its best start since 2010.  His student-athletes have seen excellent growth both on and off the court.  The players have etched their way into the record books as Melanie Feliciano, Gabriela Macedo and Rachel Tam have all set program records this year.

“The girls gave me the vote of confidence,” Morales exclaimed.  “We have a great group of girls who are good players; they care about each other and the program and that is a recipe for success.”

Over his tenure at UE, Morales has put a great deal of effort into community outreach and is thankful for the support that the program has received in return.

“Thank you to the Aces community that has supported the program this year and they have expressed their support to me personally.  We need that from our community to continue getting better."


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