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Friday, December 6, 2019

* Bookstore to Reopen Under Barnes & Noble College Management on Friday, December 6

The University bookstore is currently closed in preparation for the transition to Barnes & Noble College management. The bookstore will reopen on Friday, December 6 and will be open late for Christmastime on Campus. A 20 percent discount will be offered to everyone who visits the store during the event. 

Under our new contract with Barnes & Noble College, employees will receive a 15 percent discount (up from 10 percent!) and departments will receive a 20 percent discount on all items in the store.

Students can take advantage of the Barnes & Noble Price Match Program, which matches the advertised price on textbooks offered from local brick-and-mortar stores or online retailers. This program excludes online marketplace prices.

Student Financial Services will have a link for student funds for books, as we had previously. This will be available before the spring semester and details are forthcoming.

The bookstore will be open regular hours on December 20, the last day that UE is open before the winter break. In addition, the bookstore will be open Saturday, December 21 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. for holiday shopping needs.

Book buybacks will take place in the Student Media Center in Ridgway University Center, Room 274. Students should bring their UE ID during buybacks:

• Friday, December 6, from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
• Saturday, December 7, from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
• Monday – Thursday, December 9-12, from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
• Friday, December 13, from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Please join us in welcoming Barnes & Noble College to our UE family!

* The 5th Day of Harlaxton Christmas-guess the Harlaxton facts and win a prize!

It's the 10 days of Harlaxton Christmas! Each day we will give you a chance to guess at the gifts the UE Harlaxton team has gotten this year in our work with Harlaxton to win a prize. We will present a question each day, and the person who emails the closest answer first to will get some Harlaxton swag! We will post answers the following day, so check back here each day for the 10 days of Harlaxton Christmas final facts.

Yesterday's answers were Midway University, Brescia University, University of North Texas, and East Tennessee State University!

On the 5th day of Harlaxton Christmas, my true love gave to me study abroad fairs! Guess how many fairs we represented Harlaxton at this fall.

Submitted by Kaylynn McCalister


What's Happening Today

* Christmastime on Campus

Alumni, guests, and community members are invited to Christmastime on Campus, tonight from 5-9pm!

  • Photos with Purple Santa
  • Reindeer Game
  • Trackless Train
  • Christmas Crafts
  • 20% off at the UE Bookstore
  • And more!

Any and all events for only $5 per family!

This event is FREE for students with their UE ID.

REGISTER NOW to save time during the event.

* Jumma' Prayer Today!

Jumma' Prayer will be held today in the basement of Neu Chapel at 3:00 P.M. today and will be held every Friday.

Submitted by Abdul Ashraf


Upcoming Events

* UE Theatre Presents A Performance By Their Traveling Shakespeare Troupe, The Rogue and Peasant Aces

The University of Evansville Theatre’s traveling Shakespeare troupe, The ROGUE & PEASANT ACES will perform at 11 am, on Saturday, Dec. 7, in Shanklin Theatre. The event is free and open to the general public. The performance is family-friendly and geared toward middle and high school students.

Reviving a tradition that began in 1962, with a high school touring production of THE COMEDY OF ERRORS, the University of Evansville Department of Theatre has reached beyond the walls of Shanklin to present free Shakespeare for the broader Evansville community. The ROGUE & PEASANT ACES is a mobile Shakespeare company that toured to eight schools in the Tri-State performing Shakespeare for over 1500 students this semester.

The performance includes scenes and speeches from William Shakespeare’s most beloved plays and directed by Assistant Professor of Voice and Speech Janel Miley. “It has been a privilege for me to work with UE Theatre students on creating this project and taking it out to area schools.

From contacting organizations to designing costumes to working on the text and devising the narrative, the students have been committed and dedicated to realizing the idea of the piece and achieving our mission.”

Nate Viscaino is a first-year theatre performance major from Redmond, Ore., and he says this of his experience in the troupe, “As an incoming student, I think this production was a great way for me to become more immersed in the department and to learn the different process styles of creating a play. Touring the final product around to schools was such a joy, and the laughter and engagement everyone showed was incredible. Overall, through working with such amazing people and seeing the kids’ reactions, I have learned so much and have enjoyed this experience

* TIAA Individual Counseling Appointments Available

The TIAA-CREF representative will be on the UE campus for individual counseling sessions on Wednesday, December 11, 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

* Volunteers needed for Christmastime on Campus!

Hello Campus community!

We are gearing up for Christmastime on Campus which is THIS Friday, December 6, and we need your help.

We need volunteers and we have lots of spots to fill. Please take a look and help if you can!

Sign up online.

Submitted by Jennifer Whitaker

* THIS Saturday, December 7th! - Holiday Art and Craft Sale

Holiday Arts and Craft Sale
Saturday, December 7, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Melvin Peterson Gallery

The perfect opportunity to find unusual holiday gifts made by local artists, crafts people, and our very own UE family!

From the Department of Art and the Friends of Art.

* This Week in Music (December 2-8)

First Tuesday Concert Series, December 3
Holiday Pops
7:30pm, Victory Theatre

Celebrate the final First Tuesday concert series of the semester with Holiday Pops at the Victory Theatre! Hear the Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, University Choir, Choral Society, and Women’s Chorus perform a variety of holiday music from beautiful choral works to pop favorites. The concert is free and open to the public.

Vespers, December 6
7:30pm, Neu Chapel

Join us for this beautiful holiday tradition of choral music, hymns, and readings held in Neu Chapel.

* Harold Matthews Retirement Reception

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Mark your calendars!

It's a retirement reception to honor Harold Matthews for his 34 years of dedicated service to the University of Evansville.

Wednesday, December 11, 2019
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Class of 1959 Gallery and Lounge
Ridgway University Center


Info You Should Know

* Student Health Clinic Winter Break Hours

The Student Health Center will be CLOSED for Winter break.
CLOSED December 16th- January 10th
The STUDENT Health Clinic will reopen for students on Monday, January 13th at 8:00am and resume the normal clinic hours. In case of emergency, call UE Security at 488-6911 or dial 911.

Submitted by Tara Ulrich

* Employee Health Clinic Winter Hours

The EMPLOYEE Health Clinic will operate on normal business hours during the Winter break.
Clinic will be CLOSED for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day
Monday: 8-11am and 3-6pm
Tuesday: 7-11am
Wednesday: 2-6pm
Thursday: 7-11am
Friday: CLOSED (Reminder- Extra Care 4U open 7-11am at TSCC Mt. Pleasant office for acute visits only, no appointment necessary)

Please call 888-492-8722 or visit to schedule at the Employee Clinic.

The Student Health clinic phone line (488-2033) is not consistently monitored during Winter break.  Please call the main TSCC phone line for all UE employee clinic needs.

Submitted by Tara Ulrich

* Front Oval Parking on Friday

Friday, December 6th is Christmastime on Campus. We ask that all vehicles parked on the front oval be removed by 5pm so that the horse and carriage rides can be set up for our annual Christmas Celebration.

Submitted by Geoffrey M Edwards

* Requests for Official Excused Absences During Finals

Please note that the Dean of Students office will not grant official excused absences during finals except for extreme circumstances (i.e.: death of an immediate family member, emergency surgery, etc.). Students who feel they are unable to take a scheduled final exam should work directly with their professors to discuss other possible options.

* UE Theatre Holding Auditions for Child Role in Upcoming Musical, VIOLET

The University of Evansville Theatre will be holding auditions for young actors on Monday, Dec. 9, in Shanklin Theatre, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.. They are looking for a female actor, between the ages of ten to fourteen, to play the role of Young Violet in the musical VIOLET, music by Jeanine Tesori, lyrics & book by Brian Crawley, directed by Wes Grantom ’03, and music direction by Dana Taylor.

The role description is as follows:

  • A young, female born and raised in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina.
  • Having been raised by her father, she has a wild curiosity and is tough and stubborn.
  • She has a deep emotional well and longs for a connection to her mother.
  • Range: Mezzo soprano

Young actors should prepare 16 bars of a country song or a selection from a musical of a similar style and bring a headshot and resume to the audition. Actors email for an audition confirmation and to receive sides to be read at the audition. Rehearsals begin on Jan. 16 and the musical opens on Feb. 21 and runs through Mar. 1. If you have any questions contact the University of Evansville Theatre at 812-488-2744.

* Early Start Education Certificate Program

We are excited to announce that UE’s Center for the Advancement of Learning (CAL) has partnered with the UE School of Education to offer an Early Start Education Certificate Program for high school students.  Eligible high school students can take online courses and earn up to 13 credit hours towards an Education degree at UE!

High school students may begin classes in the summer following their sophomore year and continue through the last semester of their senior year.  Courses cost just $125 per credit hour, plus book fees for some courses; this is a great value financially, as well as, a great way for students to lighten their load while attending UE.  Please help us spread the work about this awesome opportunity as we are launching the program in the Spring 2020!

Eligibility criteria and a FAQ link can be found online or please don’t hesitate to reach out to or (812) 488-5021 with any questions you have about this exciting new program. 

* Employee Excellence Nominations are now being accepted for January 2020

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 January!

Nominate someone or find out more information about the Employee Excellence Award.

Submitted by Lori LeDuc

* Fitness Center Winter Break Hours

The Fitness Center Winter Hours:

Thursday, December 5 and Friday, December 6 from 8:00 a.m.- 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 7 and Sunday, December 8 from 11:30 a.m.- 5:30 p.m.
Monday, December 9- Wednesday, December 11 from 8:00 a.m.- 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, December 12- Friday, December 13 from 8:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m.
Closed Saturday, December 14 and Sunday, December 15
Monday, December 16- Thursday, December 19 from 8:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m.
Friday, December 20 from 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Closed Saturday, December 21-Wednesday, January 1
Thursday, January 2- Friday, January 3 from 8:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m.

Submitted by Lori Adams

* New 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 we put free speech on center stage. 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.

Also, be sure to cast your vote for the Best of UE online. The Crescent would like to highlight these little things that make students and UE tick by honoring the Best of UE! Look out for our Feb. issue to see if your #1 made it to the top!

Submitted by Tim Young

* Catholic Theology courses offered at Newman Center

A new series of classes – Catholic Thought and Culture – is now being offered at the Newman Catholic Student Center. The first of these one-hour, for-credit courses will be offered during the Spring 2020 semester, on Mondays from 10:00-10:50 am. All participants can receive a 1 hr credit from Marian University, transferrable to the University of Evansville. Cost is $250 for a 12 week course. Participants can also choose to pay $150 if you do not wish to receive credit. If you are interested or have questions, please contact Instructor and Catholic Campus Minister Jenny Koch at 812-454-0062.

Submitted by Savannah Leigh Cyr

* Winter Window Competition

Come vote for your favorite winter window in the Center for Student Engagement on the second floor of Ridgway! Windows have been decorated with a winter or holiday theme with a touch of UE pride!

To vote, stop by the Residence Life desk to pick up a ballot and may the best window win!

Submitted by Kaitlyn Luczak

* Study space in Chapel

From Tuesday, December 3, through Tuesday, December 10, the Neu Chapel offices will be open during the day to use as a quiet study space. Cookies provided and the coffee machine is available for use.

Submitted by JillAnn Knonenborg

* Vote on the Best of UE!

Help the Crescent magazine with our Feb. 2020 cover story — the Best of UE! We live, eat and go to school here everyday and inevitably form patterns and preferences. Whether its what bathroom we use or the printer we scramble to in-between classes, these small decisions affect us everyday. The Crescent would like to highlight these little things that make students and UE tick by honoring the Best of UE! Cast your votes online, and look out for our Feb. issue to see if your #1 made it to the top!

Submitted by Dallas Carter

* Bookstore Buyback

Book buybacks will take place in the Student Media Center, Room 274, Ridgway University Center. Bring your ID

  • Fri, Dec 6, from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Sat, Dec 7, from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Mon – Thur, Dec 9-12, from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Fri, Dec 13, from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
* 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



* David Unger publishes open access paper on fracture mechanics

David Unger, professor of mechanical and civil engineering, published the article "Visualizing the Crack Driving Force through Fluid Analogy" in the Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Materials 2019; 28:89–94. A PDF of the article can be accessed online for free.

* Professor Katie Darby Mullins has Pushcart nominated essay come out at Barrelhouse

Professor Katie Darby Mullins had an essay, “Unboxing,” come out in the latest issue of Barrelhouse. It has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize by the editors.

* Wylie wins prestigious award

At the recent conference of the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA), Professor of Music Mary Ellen Wylie received the prestigious Service Award from the American Music Therapy Association. Recipients of the Service Award are recognized for their work at the national, regional, and state levels. Wylie served 12 years on the AMTA Board of Directors. She earned a seat on the National Board because of her roles as Assistant Speaker and Speaker of the Assembly of Delegates, and as National President Elect, President, and Past President of AMTA. She also served the Great Lakes Region as Editor of the regional journal, and as Regional Vice President, President Elect, President, and Past President. Finally, Wylie’s committee work was also recognized (including the position of Chair of the Master’s Level Entry Subcommittee).

Submitted by Kristen Strandberg

* Scholars Chosen for the Institute for Public Health

The Institute for Public Health Scholar Program aims to provide support to promote collaborative work in the field of public health. This year's scholars have been chosen and they are:

Kelsey Preocanin (Student Scholar) - Kelsey, a Public Health major, will develop and implement effective strategies to reduce the prevalence of viral infections while at Harlaxton.

Abraham Dalen Traore (Community Scholar) - Dalen, a current MPH student and Deaconess employee, will strive to implement a lactation program at UE to show support to the health of its employees and students who are nursing mothers.

Diana Rodriguez Quevdeo (Faculty Scholar) - Diana, Associate Professor of Spanish, will examine medical/therapy services and barriers to accessing these services for Hispanic Latinx families of children with special needs especially relating to autism spectrum disorder.

Congratulations to this year's Institute for Public Health Scholars!

Submitted by Payal Patel-Dovlatabadi

* Xyan Adkisson from OTS Receives December 2019 Employee Excellence Award!

Xyan is deeply knowledgeable about the various technology systems and has been crafting brilliant tools for use by the campus community.  Xyan always strives for the best possible experience for every user.  His dedication and skills clearly show in the tools that he has delivered.  Xyan is most recently credited with developing the online parking permit system that we were able to use this past fall for employees and students.  He took feedback meeting after meeting, test after test, never once exhausting his “can do” approach, never once cringing, never once hesitating to make the system exactly what multiple departments needed it to be.  His willingness to dive into projects and ability to automate the vision from start to vision is commended.  Please help us congratulate Xyan on his recognition of excellence!

Submitted by Lori LeDuc


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