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Wednesday, December 18, 2019

* Olmsted Hall Water Outages During Winter Break

Due to plumbing work in Olmsted Hall over the Winter Break the water to the entire building will be off on the following days:
Monday, Dec. 23
Thursday, Dec. 26
Friday, Dec. 27
Please contact the Facilities Dept office at ext. 2775 with any questions.

Submitted by Jayne Schnacke


Info You Should Know

* UE Orchestras Seeking New Members

Students, staff, faculty, and administrators are invited to play in the University Symphony Orchestra and String Chamber Ensemble. The University Symphony Orchestra meets on Monday at 5:30 p.m. and Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. The String Chamber Ensemble meets on Thursday at 4:00 p.m. in the Krannert Hall of Fine Arts. Join us!
Please E-mail Chun-Ming Chen, director of orchestral activities at for more information.

Submitted by Chun-Ming Chen

* Engineering OPTIONS Summer Camps

The College of Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Evansville announces open registration for its annual Engineering summer camps.

The High School Girls summer career exploration program is a week-long residential opportunity at the University of Evansville for high school girls currently in grades 9, 10, or 11 who have completed geometry.  The program begins on Sunday, June 14 and concludes on Friday, June 19.  Registration deadline is April 1.

The Middle School Girls summer career exploration program is a 3 ½ day residential opportunity at the University of Evansville for middle school girls currently in grades 6, 7, or 8.  The program begins on Sunday, June 21 and concludes on Wednesday, June 24.  Registration deadline is April 1.

The Middle School Boys summer career exploration program is a week-long day camp opportunity at the University of Evansville for middle school boys currently in grades 6, 7, or 8 and will be held daily Monday, June 22 through Friday, June 26.  Registration deadline is May 1.

Participants in the Engineering OPTIONS programs will gain a better understanding of what types of opportunities are available in fields most closely related to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). 

Dependent children of University of Evansville employees are eligible for a $125 discount towards the cost of registration.  For more information and to obtain an application or apply online, see 

Submitted by Kimberly Higgins

* Spring 2020 Purple Friday Patrol Sign Ups Now Available!

Purple Friday Patrol: Wear Purple—Get Prizes!

Be on the lookout for the Purple Friday Patrol every week and sign up here to pass out the purple praise!

On Fridays, we wear purple, and each week, the PFP will reward students to promote school spirit both on campus and online through the use of the hashtag, #UEPurpleFriday.

Purple Friday Patrol Teams are made up of members of the campus community including faculty, administrators, and other interested parties, usually from the same department or group.

PFP Teams can sign up for one or more Fridays per semester and the Office of University Relations will supply Purple Swag Packs to the designated PFP Team for the week. PFP Teams are invited to add a personal touch to the swag packs, if desired. (ex. departmental swag, promo for an upcoming event, etc.)

Purple Friday Patrol Teams: What’s my responsibility?
1. Sign up for at least one Friday per semester.
2. Visit the office of University Relations in Sampson Hall during the week of your assigned Friday to pick up your Purple Swag Packs
3. Pass out the purple praise. The distribution format is up to you. You can pass out swag packs to the first few purple people you see, or you can stagger the rewards throughout the day. If you’d prefer to reward online participants, you’re free to promote on official UE social media accounts.
4. Pics or it didn’t happen. Remember, we’re trying to promote school spirit both on campus and online through the use of the hashtag, #UEPurpleFriday, so be sure to snap a picture with your purple people! You can either share them online through an official UE social media account if you run one, or send them to to post on the main UE social media accounts.


* 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

* 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



* Sharon Gieselmann Receives UE Exemplary Teacher Award

Sharon Gieselmann, PhD, associate professor and department chair of the School of Education received the University of Evansville’s Exemplary Teacher Award during UE’s winter commencement exercise on Thursday, December 12, 2019.

The Exemplary Teacher Award is given by the University to an exceptional member of the faculty in acknowledgment of his or her teaching excellence.

Prior to coming to the University of Evansville, Gieselmann served as an elementary school principal, elementary school teacher, and staff developer. She also provided professional development to schools in the south and midwest as a literacy coach and area manager for The McGraw-Hill Companies. Her research interests include social justice issues in public schools. Her work has been shared at conferences in Moscow, Russia, Paris, France; and Brighton, United Kingdom. Dr. Gieselmann’s most recent work is included in two books for aspiring administrators in university preparation programs, Quandaries of the Small-District Superintendency and Snapshots of School Leadership in the 21st Century; Perils and Promises of Leading for Social Justice, School Improvement, and Democratic Community.

She earned a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Southern Indiana, a master's degree in education with an emphasis in elementary education from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and a PhD in educational leadership from the University of Louisville. Dr. Gieselmann also has a teaching endorsement in gifted education and school administrative credentials from Western Kentucky University.

Dr. Gieselmann was the recipient of the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and is listed on the School of Education’s Honor Wall for exemplary contributions to the field of education.



* Chris Pfau Returns as Head Women's Soccer Coach

University of Evansville Director of Athletics Mark Spencer has announced the promotion of Chris Pfau to head coach of the Purple Aces women’s soccer program Tuesday.

“I would like to thank President Christopher M. Pietruszkiewicz, Mark Spencer, Sarah Solinsky and the search committee for providing me with this incredible opportunity,” Pfau said. “I am very inspired by the vision that Mark has for UE athletics.”

Pfau, who returned to the UE sideline as an assistant coach in May of 2019 will begin his second stint at the Aces head coach. Pfau served at the top spot from 2005-07.

“I am excited that we found our guy,” Spencer said. “We did an exhaustive national search and found the right fit in our own back yard. We are confident that Chris will take the program back to the success of his previous tenure and beyond.”

In his previous tenure with the Aces, Pfau orchestrated the seventh best turn around in the country in 2005, put together three 10-win seasons, made the MVC Tournament each year while leading his team to the finals in 2006.  His student-athletes received numerous accolades including four All-Region players, 22 MVC All-Conference selections, 11 conference players of the week and seven MVC Scholar-Athlete Team honorees.  In 2006, Pfau and his assistants were named the MVC Coaching Staff of the Year.

“We are excited about the momentum at the University of Evansville and look forward to an exciting future for our women’s soccer program and our student-athletes,” President Pietruszkiewicz said.

Pfau’s extensive head coaching resume includes stops as head coach at Akron (2008-12) where he earned back-to-back undefeated seasons against MAC East Division foes and won the MAC East for the first time in school history, and Houston (2012-17), leading the Cougars to their first postseason berth since 2010.

He also brings a wealth of coaching experience from various avenues in the soccer field.  As an assistant at Princeton from 2003 through 2005, he helped his team earn a berth in the College Cup Final Four.  Prior to his that, his coaching experience includes the director of coaching for the Junior Irish Soccer Club (2002-03), head women’s coach at St. Mary’s College (2002-03), head men’s coach at Mount Mary College (1999-02), assistant for the Cincinnati River Hawks of the A-league from 1997 through 1999 and the head coach of the Cincinnati United Soccer Club (1995-99).  In his final stop before coming back to Evansville, Pfau was an assistant coach at Valparaiso from 2017-19.

“UE holds a special place in my heart, I formed great friendships and memories from my previous time at UE,” Pfau said. “I am excited to get started with the team in the spring.  This is a great group of young women and know together we will build something very special.”

Before his coaching tenure began, Pfau was a highly successful player at Old Dominion. He was a team captain, four-year starter and all-region honoree during his collegiate playing days, which spanned from 1985-89. Pfau went on to enjoy a lengthy professional playing career in the APSL, WPSL and WSL from 1989-99.


* Lady Aces take on Chicago State

Last home game for 2019! Come out and support the Lady Aces as they take on Chicago State at 6pm. Wear an ugly Christmas sweater and participate in the half time contest!


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