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Wednesday, November 20, 2019

What's Happening Today

* I-House: Culture and Gratitude (A round table discussion)

As the Thanksgiving break is coming and we all getting ready for this great holiday, I-House has decided to have a discussion on how different cultures within the United States and all around the world practice gratitude and what it means to their culture! This will be an discussion event which will provide you the opportunity to share your perspective on this idea with your culture and background. The event will be happening on Nov 20th (Wednesday), on 2nd Floor of Ridgway Student Center at 7pm. We hope to see you there!

Submitted by Hussam Taj

* Medical Spanish Practice

Medical Spanish practice is designed to help students practice communication skills in Spanish for medical settings. Students may arrive and leave at any time. The next session is this Wednesday, November 20, from 5:30-7:00 p.m. in Room 64 in the Schroeder School of Business Building. Please contact associate professor of Spanish Diana Rodríguez Quevedo at for more details. ¡Nos vemos el miércoles!

* Sigma Alpha Iota Chipotle fundraiser

Come help support SAI with their fundraiser at Chipotle! 5-9 PM at the Green River location! Come and support your music fraternity!

Submitted by Kiersten Hill

* Mindfulness Workshop Series - November 20th

The Office of Counseling Services, in collaboration with the Fitness Center, will be hosting a monthly Mindfulness Workshop Series continuing October 30th from 4-5pm in the Aerobics Room of the Fitness Center. Attendees to the November session will learn how to use mindfulness skills to breathe deeply, acknowledge negative feelings, and regulate emotions as finals approach. Yoga will be available in the gym from 5-6pm immediately following the workshop.

Submitted by Liz McCormick


Upcoming Events

* Indiana Civic Health Index Results To Be Unveiled On UE Campus On Thursday

A panel of statewide leaders will come together on the UE campus this week to announce the results of a study on civic health in the Hoosier state. This brief presentation will take place in Dunigan Lounge in the Schroeder School of Business on Thursday, November 21, at 10 a.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Among the presenters will be: Randall Shepard, the former chief justice for the Indiana Supreme Court; Chuck Dunlap, the executive director of the Indiana Bar Foundation; and Bill Moreau, co-founder of the Indiana Citizen Education Foundation. In addition to sharing the results of their comprehensive examination of civic literacy and civic engagement in the state of Indiana, the panel will discuss their plans to launch a new non-partisan statewide initiative to increase citizen involvement and voter participation beginning in the 2020 election.

Submitted by Robert Dion


Chili Supper, Rap Session, Music, Games
UE African American Alumni Association (UEA3)
When: Friday, November 22, 2019 @ 6:30 pm
Where: The Diversity House on Weinbach
We are excited we get to spend some time with you!
Menu: Chili, Salads, Desserts, Drinks, Music, Games, Good conversation

Call UEAAA @ 812.204.4997 or see Dalisa McCallum (BSU President) for more information.

* Mosaic Speaker Series launches Thursday with Native American Heritage Month

The University of Evansville’s inaugural lecture in the Mosaic Speaker Series is set for Thursday, November 21, at 7 pm in The Schroeder School of Business room 170 on UE’s campus. The event is open to the public, and there will be no charge for admission.

This new lecture series is aiming to recognize and celebrate the many representations of diversity found within and around the University of Evansville community.

The lecture will be given by Lynn Long, and will be titled, “Kill the Indian, Save the Man”: A Journey of Redemption.

Lynn Long is an enrolled member of the Lac Du Flambeau Indian reservation in northern Wisconsin and the first Native American to earn an undergraduate degree in Visual Arts at Judson University in 1984.  As a first-generation college student, she is a current doctoral student at National Louis University where she also received her Master’s in Curriculum & Instruction in 2016.  Her Middle School endorsements here include Language Arts and Social Studies and a K-9 endorsement in English as a Second Language.  She also earned her Elementary Teaching Certification at Trinity International University in 2012.

In addition to her educational experiences, she also has professional experience as a Graphic Designer in the publishing industry.

She traveled nationwide for 7 years and visited 50 reservations and 2 Canadian Reserves, where she did volunteer work with a nationwide youth organization, On Eagles Wings.  Currently, she is proposing Higher Education Native recruitment initiatives to her alma mater and coalition schools.  For the past 4 years, she is providing tribal initiatives for her own reservation’s public school, while facilitating a Native student group at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, Illinois. 

She has 2 sons and lives in Elgin, Illinois.

The lecture will be held in honor of Native American heritage month and is sponsored by The Center for Diversity Equity and Inclusion. For any inquiries, feel free to contact Megan Sicard at 812.488.2279.

* Newman Night: What are you thankful for?

Join the Newman Club is celebrating all the things we are thankful for including the yummy and FREE home-cooked dinner that will be served after our discussion.

Submitted by Savannah Leigh Cyr

* Thankful and Grateful - Holiday Thankfulness Activities!

Join the Office of Counseling Services in Ridgway University Center on Friday, November 22 from 11-12pm to start the holiday season the right way! Stop by our table of resources and let us know what you are thankful for by writing it on a feather and adding it to our school-spirited Thanksgiving turkey! Not everyone celebrates the U.S. holiday, but everyone can be included in embracing gratefulness during the upcoming festivities! Resources and gratefulness take-home activities will also be available. See you there!

Submitted by Liz McCormick


Info You Should Know

* Domestic Violence Shelter Collection Continues

The DOZ and Dr. Nik are running a goods collection drive during the month of November to benefit the Domestic Violence Shelter at the YWCA. We've created an Amazon wishlist for those who might not have time to stop by the store. Please consider donating. So many of the items are really affordable, and for the people who need them, they're necessities.

We also have goods collection boxes in Ridgway, Koch, and SOBA. Please review the flyer for more information. Let's make a difference in the community for an incredibly vulnerable population.

Submitted by Lisa Nikolidakis

* Barnes & Noble College to Manage Campus Bookstore

The University has partnered with Barnes & Noble College to manage the campus bookstore operations. The store will be closed Monday, November 25 to Thursday, December 5 for the transition process. The bookstore will reopen under Barnes & Noble College management on Friday, December 6.

Rental returns and book buybacks are scheduled for December 6 to December 13 and will be offered in the Crescent Offices on the second floor of Ridgway University Center.

As part of the bookstore transition, members of the campus community will begin receiving emails from the bookstore to help save time and make the textbook adoption process seamless. These emails will include adoption reminders as well as quarterly faculty digests, filled with informative articles of interest in higher education, faculty-focused webcasts, and more.

The Barnes & Noble College bookstore will provide a social and academic hub to drive success for the campus community. Through an extensive offering of affordable learning materials, including new, used and digital books, a robust textbook rental program and a Price Match program, Barnes & Noble College will drive significant cost savings for UE students. Barnes & Noble College will also offer an enhanced assortment of school merchandise including apparel, gifts, school supplies, and more, which students, faculty and alumni can browse both in-store and online.

“We’re thrilled about the Barnes & Noble College partnership,” said Donna Teague, Vice President for Fiscal Affairs and Administration. “Perhaps most exciting are the new access tools for students and faculty, along with cost saving opportunities for our entire campus community.”

The bookstore will further drive access and affordability on campus through its offering of open educational resources (OER) and OER-based digital courseware.

Additionally, faculty will gain access to Barnes & Noble College’s new Adoption & Insights Portal (AIP). The adoption portal was developed by Barnes & Noble College to solve challenges faced by higher education administrators and faculty in the areas of discovering, selecting, and managing course material adoptions. With AIP, faculty and staff can easily manage and submit course material adoptions each term, and academic leadership can view real-time adoption rates and submission progress at the school or departmental level and communicate directly with faculty from within the portal.

“At Barnes & Noble College, our mission is to act as a complete support system for the schools we serve. We are incredibly excited to join the University of Evansville campus community, driving affordability, access and achievement for UE students and faculty,” said Barry Brover, Executive Vice President, Barnes & Noble College.

Barnes & Noble College currently operates more than 770 campus stores nationwide. For more information about Barnes & Noble College’s services and locations, visit

* You're Invited to Columbia Sportswear Employee Store!

The Columbia Sportswear Company has invited all University of Evansville employees to shop at their exclusive employee store November 29 - December 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

* Last day to receive Official Transcripts for current students is 12/5

Official transcripts for current students will not be sent out between December 6th and until all grades are posted and finalized, approximately December 20th. Any orders placed during this time should be ordered "hold for grades".

Submitted by Teresa Haller

* Help SGA Stock the New AcesHaven

It's the season of giving! Please join SGA in collecting items for our newly established student resource center--AcesHaven! We are looking for non-perishable food items, hygiene products, new/un-used cold-weather gear, and other miscellaneous items such as laundry detergent and school supplies. AceBuck donations will also be accepted grow our online food pantry fund. Donations may be brought to SGA table in Ridgway the 21st-26th of November.

Submitted by Hannah Richards

* New Chief of Safety and Security, Jason Cullum

We are excited to announce the appointment of Jason Cullum as the new Chief of Safety and Security for the University of Evansville. Cullum will begin his new role at the start of the Spring 2020 semester.

Mr. Cullum brings a wide range of experiences to the University. With more than 25 years in law enforcement - locally, nationally, and internationally - his experience will allow us to strategically identify and implement future initiatives while continuing to provide excellent safety services to our campus community.

Mr. Cullum served in South Korea from 1991-1995 as a law enforcement specialist with the United States Air Force where he was the Korean National Police Liaison and named the 380th Security Police Squadron Law Enforcement Specialist of the Year in 1993. Mr. Cullum has served the Evansville community as part of the Evansville Police Department for 21 years where he holds certifications for crime prevention, field training officer, law enforcement instructor, crisis communications, crisis management, and more. Since 2012, Mr. Cullum has served as EPD’s Public Information Officer. He also served as a senior law enforcement fellow with the US Department of Justice in Washington D.C. Additionally, his professional responsibilities and personal engagement in the Evansville community include the Cops Connecting with Kids program and 911 Gives Hope, both of which are indicative of his commitment to servant leadership and leading by example. 

Additionally, as you know, at the end of this semester, Harold Matthews will retire as Director of Safety and Security after 34 years of service to the University. A retirement reception will be held for him in the Ridgway University Center, Wednesday, December 11, 2:00-4:00 p.m. 

Please join us in wishing Mr. Matthews the best during his retirement, and welcoming Mr. Cullum to the UE family when he joins us in January.

* Early Timecard Entry for November 29 Payroll

In order to process payroll before Thanksgiving Break, the Office of Accounting and Audit/Payroll is asking all students and staff members to enter and submit their time on WebAdvisor by the end of the day on Friday, November 22, for the pay period of November 10-23.

Supervisors are asked to approve timecards by 8:00 am Monday, November 25. Payroll will be processed before noon on Monday, so please be sure to submit your time so your pay is not delayed. If you have questions, please call Dawn Bury at 2159 or email Thank you for your cooperation.  

Submitted by Dawn Bury

* Women's Self-Defense Class

The Fitness Center will be offering a Women's Self-Defense Class on Wednesday, November 20th from 5:30 pm-7:30 pm. This is a free event for all female students, staff and faculty. Please email la87 or jc56 to reserve a spot.

Submitted by Lori Adams

* Tree Decorations/Donations for Children K-12 - Graves Hall Lobby

Please consider donating new gloves, mittens, hats, scarves, and socks for community children grades K-12 this season. These items can be placed on the tree in the lobby of Graves Hall from now until Friday, December 13. The Center for Family, School and Community Partnerships will then distribute the items to EVSC schools. Thank you so much for your support!

Submitted by Karen Doss

* Winter Housing

Residence Hall Students - do you need a place to stay this winter? The residence life office has limited winter housing available. Only students participating in official University functions or with approved reasons will be considered for winter housing.

Winter housing is located on the fourth floor of Morton Residence Hall. Students will not have access to their permanent rooms during winter break. Approvals are subject to room availability. Students are charged a flat fee of $400 for winter housing.

Students seeking winter housing must submit a Winter Housing Request Form by noon on Reading and Study Day, available through this link -

Students who live in Village housing can stay in their apartment or house at no additional cost but we do ask that you let us know when you will be on campus by filling out this form -

Submitted by Brian Conner



* Dr. Stein Presents at National Conference

Dr. Valerie Stein, Associate Professor of Religion, was an invited participant on the panel "Choice Without Justice: Protesting the Neoliberal Politics of Reproduction" at the National Women's Studies Association annual conference in San Francisco. Her paper was entitled "Making Orphans: White Savior Syndrome as God's Answer to Oppressive Politics".

* Kiesel Presents PT Research at Belgium Conference

Dr. Kyle Kiesel, professor and program director of Physical Therapy, recently attended the 10th Interdisciplinary World Congress on Low Back & Pelvic Girdle Pain held in Antwerp, Belgium.

Kiesel presented research "Exercise and breath holding intervention for individuals with dysfunctional breathing; a matched controlled trial." The research was supported by the Ridgway Fund and has involved 21 DPT students over the last 4 years. Held every three years, this congress welcomes health care professionals, practitioners, academics, researchers and policymakers from all continents.

Submitted by Jennifer Simon

* Green publishes article

Dr David Green of the Department of British Studies at Harlaxton has published an article on the later medieval aristocracy in a collection on the works of Chaucer's contemporary, John Gower. The essay, 'Nobility and Chivalry' can be found in Historians on John Gower, ed. S.H. Rigby and S. Echard (Boydell Press, 2019), pp. 141-67.


In The News

* UE "AceBuddies" program helps get people with disabilities moving

Making sure everyone can live a healthy life is the mission of one University of Evansville organization aiming to get their participants up and moving through the AceBuddies Program.

According to a national health organization, adults need to get 2 and a half hours of exercise a week, minimum, to promote a healthy lifestyle. UE physical therapy students are making sure even those with disabilities can stay active too.

“The smiles, that’s what gets you out of bed on a Saturday morning when you’re up early all the time studying that’s really what gets you up is seeing the joy and smiles on the kid’s faces and how hard they work. It’s really awesome," said Arlen Magelitz. Magelitz is a second-year physical therapy student and the exercise leader for the AceBuddies program.

Read more on the 14 News website.


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