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Thursday, February 6, 2020

* TIAA Individual Counseling Appointments

Please welcome Tim Stout as the new TIAA-CREF representative for our employees and retirees.  Tim will be on the UE campus for individual counseling sessions on Wednesday, February 19 and Thursday, February 20.  Lori Matthews served UE for several years as our TIAA representative, but she has recently resigned. We are confident that our employees and retirees will find that Tim will provide the same high level of service that they have become accustomed to with Lori.

To schedule an appointment, call TIAA-CREF at 1-800-732-8353.

Tim will hold appointments in SOBA room 153, Eades Music Room.

* Deadline to Sign up to be a Road Trip Host is February 7

The Office of Admission needs current UE students who live in the residence halls to host prospective high school seniors for Road Trip February 21-23. If you are available, you can apply to host online or by emailing Ashley Jackson ( or Jordan Hall (, or stopping by the Office of Admission (OH 104).

Jordan Hall


Upcoming Events

* TKE Towers

TKE towers is a competition to see which team can build the tallest tower of pasta and marshmallows. Teams are able to purchase additional supplies or even purchase hinders for the other teams. Teams consist of 2-4 people each.

This event is Saturday, Feb 8 at 6 pm in Rademacher's and supports Saint Jude's children's research hospital.

Brett Jenkins

* Barn Blitz Volunteers Needed this Saturday

Volunteers are needed for component building for Barn Blitz this Saturday at the Community Gardens (underneath the UE sign on the Lloyd Expressway). To sign up, go to  To fill out a waiver to be eligible to work, go to  Thanks for your help!

Timmy Miller

* Pulling Back the Curtain on Campus Diversity - Lecture and Breakout Sessions

On Monday, February 10th, join the Center for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for a keynote lecture with featured guest for Black History Month, Dr. Derrick Brooms. The lecture, "Pulling Back the Curtain on Campus Diversity," will be Monday, February 10 at 6:00 p.m. in SOBA 170.

Additional opportunities to meet Dr. Brooms and discuss the culture around diversity at UE will be offered Tuesday, February 11th.

8:00-9:00 a.m. – Breakfast Open Chat with Derrick in Café Court (use meal plan or pay your own way)
9:30-10:30 a.m. – Workshop Session I: Staff and Administrators – Eykamp 252
1:15-2:15 p.m. – Workshop Session II: Faculty – Eykamp 252
2:30-4:00 p.m. – Student Wrap Session – Eykamp 253-254

Dr. Brooms serves as faculty in sociology and Africana studies and also serves as a youth worker. Dr. Brooms specializes in the sociology of African Americans in urban environments, particularly Black males, with research and activism that focus on educational equity, race and racism, diversity and inequality, and identity. His education research primarily centers on Black male schooling experiences in both secondary and postsecondary institutions. At the secondary level, his work examines the impact of school culture on academic aspirations, resilience, motivation, and sense of self. At the collegiate levels, he investigates the impact of campus climate, mentoring, and involvement on the academic performances and educational experiences of African American men. Additionally, his education research examines Black males’ identity development and expression. In his museum research, developed under the guidance of Ayana Karanja of Loyola University Chicago, he explores racial representation and how museum exhibits and sites play a role in maintaining narratives and counter-narratives.???

Dr. Brooms is the author of?Being Black, Being Male on Campus: Understanding and Confronting Black Male Collegiate Experiences?(SUNY Press, 2017).

The Mosaic Speaker Series is a program of the Center for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and aims to recognize and celebrate the many representations of diversity found within and around the University of Evansville community.

Megan Sicard

* Open Mic Night

Students of Color and Empowerment will be hosting a Black History Month Open Mic Night February 17, 2020. This event will take place in Rademacher’s Lounge at 7 pm. If anyone is interested in participating email The deadline to sign up is February 10th. Students and Faculty may say a poem, a speech, a monologue, sing, or act, but it has to be related to Black History Month.

Lindsay Sullivan

* Paoli Peaks Ski Trip

Come join Venturing Crew and International Club for our annual ski trip to Paoli Peaks! Cost is $10 per person and includes gear rental, transportation, and classes if you need them. Choose to learn to ski or snowboard with all your friends! There is no requirement to be a part of either club beforehand, so bring all your snow-loving pals.

The trip will last from ~5:00pm on February 7th to ~2:00am on February 8th.

Sign up in Ridgway Monday - Wednesday, 11-1 and 5-7, or email if you can't make it to any of those times.

See you soon!

Madelyn Reinagel

* TKE Towers

Come support St. Jude Children's research hospital with TKE's philanthropy. It costs $10 for a team of 4 before the event or $15 at the door.

The goal for the participants is to build the tallest structure made of dry pasta and marshmallows. Hindrances can be purchased for other teams.

From Saturday, February 8, 2020 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. CST at Rademacher's Lounge, Ridgway.

Brett Jenkins

* Soupapalooza!

Please join the SAA, (Staff and Administrators Assembly) on February 14 from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. in Eykamp Hall, Ridgway University Center. Soup, dessert, and a water for $5! Proceeds help fund the SAA Scholarship Fund!

Thank you so very much your willingness to support Soupalooza! Your kind heart and willing spirit are very much appreciated.

Plan to vote for a winning soup. Winners have the opportunity to win a special prize! Door prizes will be handed out too!


Laura Connors

* Career Day 2020

Looking for a full-time professional position?
Cooperative education opportunity? Internship? Summer Job?
Don't miss this opportunity to network with up to 75 employers!
Tuesday, February 11, 2020
11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Fitness Center Gym, Carson Center
Business professional attire recommended.
Bring many copies of your resume!

Donna Schmitt


Info You Should Know

* Eykamp Prize: Call for Nominations

The Eykamp Prize was established by Richard and Rita Eykamp in 2015 to honor Faculty Achievement at the University of Evansville. Recipients of the prize will receive a one-time award of $10,000 in recognition of extraordinary contributions to the University of Evansville as University Citizens. Examples of such contributions include deep and successful involvement in recruiting students; expanding the number, scope, and competitiveness of grant funding for their department; bringing positive public awareness to the University through scholarship, knowledge, and understanding of their discipline. Up to two prizes a year may be awarded.

Nominations for the Eykamp Prize may come from any member of the University of Evansville Community. Nominees should be tenured or tenure-track faculty members at the University of Evansville who have not received the award in the previous five years. Nominations can be submitted in writing or via e-mail to Michael Austin, Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs/Provost, at by March 13, 2020. Nominations should include the name of the faculty member and a brief statement of the reasons that he or she is being nominated.

Recipients of the Eykamp Prize will be selected by an Awards Committee, appointed by the EVPAA/Provost that includes members of the faculty and staff, academic administrators, and at least one member of the Board of Trustees. Awards will be announced and presented at the May Commencement Ceremony.
Previous Recipients: 2016 – Dr. Mark Valenzuela; 2017 – Dr. Lora Becker; 2018 – Dr. David Dwyer; and 2019 – Dr. Kristy Miller.

Paula Heldt

* Sunday Night Worship

Neu Chapel hosts an informal worship on Sunday night at 7:30PM. This semester, we're learning from the example of great moral leaders. On February 9, we'll begin celebrating Black History Month by reflecting on the life of Ida B. Wells-Barnett.

JillAnn Knonenborg

* Re-Start Workshop Series: Study Skills

Get a new start to the year! The Re-Start Workshop series will focus on starting the year strong and exploring new directions for the new year!
Come to one workshop - or come to them all! Each Thursday the workshop starts at 11:00 a.m and then repeats again at 1:00 p.m.

Thursday February, 6 - Study Skills
Thursday February, 13 - Major Change Workshop

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Ridgway Center - Eykamp 253

Chad Hart

* Apply to be an International Orientation Leader

Apply to be an International Orientation Leader for the 2020-2021 school year! The IOLs are a dynamic group of students who work to welcome new international students to UE in August and throughout the year. Develop your leadership skills, share your UE experiences, and meet new UE students from all over the world! We encourage both international students and students from the United States to apply.

Applications are available in the Forms section of UEngage.

Questions can be directed to Megan Sicard at

Megan Sicard

* V-Day 2020 Tee Shirts: Until the Violence Stops

Women's Rights Awareness selling tee shirts commemorating their 2020 Production of Eve Ensler's The Vagina Monologues. The shirts feature a logo by UE student Jules Iradukunda and will cost $15. You may order your shirt at the WRA tables in Ridgeway between Feb 10-14, at the event on Feb 14 or 15, or contact Dr. Annette Parks. Profits from the tee shirts and ticket sales will go to the Evansville Albion Fellows Bacon Center.

Annette Parks

* Spring 2020 Online Learning Workshops

Video Discussions with Flipgrid:
Thursday, Feb. 20, 12:30-1:00 pm
In this quick workshop, we will walk through how to easily incorporate student video discussions into your classes. We’ll talk about how to set up grids, create topics and topic videos, and discuss possible applications for all subject areas. Find out more about adding another level of engagement to your online or in-person courses!

Capturing Lectures with Panopto:
Friday, Mar. 20, 1:30-2:00 pm
Learn how to easily add your own videos to any of your classes! Panopto is a fantastic tool that lets us efficiently record and manage course videos on our own devices. In this session we’ll discuss various recording options as well as built-in features like discussions, quizzes, and statistics.

Teaching through the Lightboard
Thursday, April 30, 2:00-2:30
Come find out why lightboard users say that “this is just like teaching.” In this session we will cover lightboard setup, use strategies, and simple video editing. What is a lightboard?

Register to attend

Leslie of Barton

* 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 Feb 14 – March 8, 2020.  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!

* Employee Excellence Nominations

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 March!

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

* Decades Fashion Show Call-out Meetings

Students of Color and Empowerment along with The Epsilon Iota Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc., are having a Decades Fashion Show on April 4, 2020. Fashion trends from the 1950s- 2000s will be highlighted. If anyone is interested in being in the Decades Fashion show, please make sure to attend one of our call-out meetings. The call-out meetings will be.
•February 4, 2020 from 5-6:30 pm in SOBA 170.
•February 6,2020 from 5-7 pm in Koch 100
•February 7, 2020 from 5-7 pm in SOBA 162.

Lindsay Sullivan

* Catholic Mass

Join us for Catholic Mass with Fr. Christian Raab. Mass will be held in Neu Chapel at 1pm.

Kathryn Williams

* Flush Flash Reminder

The Center for Student Engagement would love to start getting the Flush Flash out earlier each week. In order to do so, we need our campus community to make sure all Flush Flash requests for the coming week are submitted by Friday at noon! All events on the Flush Flash are pulled from UEngage, so making sure your event is submitted and approved is required before it will be advertised. If you have any questions about Flush Flash advertisement, please email Lydia at or Jane at for more information.

Lydia Skaggs

* Ally Training

Come learn about how to be a better ally with this training! Everyone is welcome to come! We have faculty training Thursday, Jan. 30th from 4-6pm in SOBA 173, and student training Friday, Feb. 7th from 5-7pm in SOBA 172!

Paige Kirkey

* Summer Sessions Payment Plan

Payment plans for summer session courses including Early Summer, Harlaxton Summer, Summer I, and Summer II are available now. Contact the cashiers in the Office of Student Financial Services (Olmsted rm. 105G) to set-up a payment plan. Payments can be arranged from the point of set-up to the due date of the session. There is no fee for the payment plan.

Students should contact the Office of Student Financial Services no later than Reading-Study Day, May 7, 2020 to determine if financial aid is available for their summer courses.

Submitted by Amy Sowders



* DPT Faculty, Alumni, and Students Publish Research

UE Doctor of Physical Therapy faculty, students and alumni recently published a study “Exercise Intervention for Individuals with Dysfunctional Breathing: A Matched Controlled Trial” in the International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy. This study was supported by the UE Ridgway grant.
The research team included Dr. Kyle Kiesel, professor and program director of physical therapy and students Gabby Stubblefield and Daniel Waskiewicz along with DPT alumni Madison Burklow, Mary Beth Garner, Josh Hayden, AJ Hermann, Elizabeth Kingshott, Greg McCullough, Risa Ricard, Jessika Volz, and Alyssa Englert.

Jennifer Simon

* Wandel Receives Second Grant This Year

Tamara L. Wandel, associate professor in the Department of Communication, recently received her second grant of the academic year for continued work with the First Amendment on college campuses. The grant is funded through 1 For All, a nonprofit educational effort to build understanding and respect for the five freedoms of the First Amendment. Dr. Wandel is one of only three professors in the U.S. to receive multiple campaign grants from the nonpartisan organization in 2019-2020.

Mark Shifflet

* Congratulations to Todd Matteson

Prof Todd Matteson’s piece, The Archer, was selected by Juror, Liz Publika, to be included in the 2020 Working Together exhibit.

The 27th Annual Working Together Exhbition is a collaborative exhibit presented by the Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana and the Evansville Museum of Arts, History & Science. The artwork is displayed at the Evansville Museum from Sunday, January 19th thru Sunday, April 12th.


Brooksie Smith

* Professor Azarian Speaks at National Conference and Serves as a Judge for Undergraduate Research

Mohammad K. Azarian, Professor of Mathematics, presented a paper, entitled, "On Convergence of Some Infinite Series Involving Fibonacci Numbers and Identities" at the joint annual meetings of the American Mathematical Society and Mathematical Association of America in Denver, Colorado, January 15-18, 2020. Also, at this conference he served as a judge for undergraduate poster sessions, sponsored by Mathematical Association of America and funded by the National Science Foundation.

Mohammad K. Azarian

* Nicholas Harmon Publishes Research

Nicholas Harmon, assistant professor of physics, published a paper entitled "Observation of Radiation Induced Leakage Current in MOS Oxides with Multi-Frequency Electrically Detected Magnetic Resonance and Near Zero Field Magnetoresistance" in the IEEE journal "Transactions on Nuclear Science". The work, collaboration with Penn State, U of Iowa, and Intel, studied leakage currents in essentially transistors that had been damaged with radiation. Radiation produces defects which allows electrons to hop across a barrier and reduces the quality of the device. The research used a magnetic resonance technique (kind of like MRI) to study the defects. It also used a new technique called Near Zero Field Magnetoresistance.

Nicholas Harmon



* Aces take Salukis to Overtime in Wednesday Contest

Trailing by four points inside the final 30 seconds of regulation, the University of Evansville men’s basketball team fought back to send the game to overtime, but a late rally by Southern Illinois in the extra session helped them finish with a 64-60 victory on Wednesday inside the Ford Center.

K.J. Riley had a great all-around game for the Purple Aces (9-15, 0-11 MVC), posting 24 points on 7-of-13 shooting and a 10-for-11 showing from the free throw line.  He added seven rebounds, three assists and two steals.  Sam Cunliffe tallied 15 points while Jawaun Newton hit a pair of triples on his way to 10 points.  Newton did not reach double figures in his first 48 games at UE, but has hit the mark in two of the last four games.  Evan Kuhlman continued to evolve and had perhaps his best game with the program, posting seven blocks, six rebounds, five points, four steals and three assists.

“It was a well-played basketball team.  I cannot fault our guys at all, they executed, moved the basketball and did everything we asked,” Evansville head coach Todd Lickliter said.  “We have not gotten the results that we have wanted, but we will not change our approach.  We will keep working at it and getting better.” 

Both defenses were strong in the first half, leading to a 24-22 score in favor of the Salukis (14-10, 8-3 MVC) at halftime.  Evansville recorded the first six points of the night with Sam Cunliffe and Evan Kuhlman hitting 3-pointers to open the scoring.  Southern Illinois hit one of their first six field goal tries as they trailed by an 8-2 tally.

Their offense would turn around as a 7-0 stretch saw them take their first lead of the game at 12-10 just past the halfway point of the opening period.  A drive to the basket by Artur Labinowicz was followed up by a Cunliffe free throw that put the Aces back on top – 13-12.

Another run by the Salukis pushed their advantage to a game-high seven points – 24-17 – with three minutes remaining in the half.  UE pushed back in the final moments – holding the Salukis off the scoreboard while Cunliffe’s second 3-pointer, coupled with a Jawaun Newton layup, cut the SIU lead to 24-22.  Cunliffe led all players with 11 points in the half.

After the Salukis scored the first four points of the second half, the Aces countered when Cunliffe dunked on a runout and K.J. Riley followed with a pair of free throws to get his team back within a pair.  On the defensive side, Evan Kuhlman put on a clinic.  He had two blocks in the first half and added four more in the opening three minutes of the second.

Southern Illinois took its largest lead at 37-28 with 14 minutes on the clock before the Aces would rally.  Jawaun Newton got it started with a triple before Riley reeled off five in a row to get the Aces back within a possession – 39-36.  With 9:40 left, Noah Frederking got his team even closer with a jumper that made it a 41-40 game in favor of the Salukis.

Still up by one, SIU scored six points in a row to go back up by seven points of the 7-minute mark.  The feisty Aces crew countered once again and battled SIU down to the wire.  With 3:48 remaining, a basket by Riley cut the deficit to 49-46.  Riley added a pair of free throws with 47 ticks on the clock that made it a 52-50 deficit.  After an SIU bucket pushed the lead to four with 28 ticks remaining, the Aces made one final rally with Riley doing it all.  The senior drew a foul and converted both free throws to get his team within a pair.  On the defensive side, he forced a turnover and took the ball back down the floor.  His putback in the final seconds sent the game to overtime tied up at 54-54.

UE got the scoring started with another Cunliffe basket in the first minute.  Two lead changes led to a 60-59 Aces lead as the final minute began.  The tide turned when a Lance Jones bucket put the Salukis in front for good.  His field goal gave SIU a 61-60 lead and following a UE miss, he drained three free throws in the final 19 seconds to clinch the win.

Marcus Domask was SIU’s top scorer with 22 points while Jones scored 15 and Barret Benson registered 14.  He led the Salukis with 10 boards.  SIU finished with a 44-36 rebounding edge and outshot the Aces by a 40.3%-36.1% margin.

A nationally televised contest is up next when the Aces head to Peoria, Ill. on Sunday to face Bradley.  The CBS Sports Network will have coverage of the 1 p.m. game at Carver Arena.


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