University of Evansville

AceNotes Today

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

* Final Health Risk Assessment Event

For those enrolled in the university's HSA Medical Plan and have not completed a Health Risk Assessment for this benefit year, please schedule your HRA today! The deadline is March 31st!

March 11th 7:30-10:30AM - Held in the Employee Health Clinic

Those who do not complete this screening will be subject to an increase in your medical premiums for the 2020-2021 benefit year.

To Schedule please click the link below.
2. Select Wellness Screening/HRA
3. Select University of Evansville
3. Scroll and Click on March 11th
4. Select your desired appointment time
5. Enter in your personal information

Please remember an 8-10 hr. fast is required for this appointment. Water and black coffee are allowed during your fasting period. Please take all maintenance medications as long as they are not required to be taken with food. Please email with questions.

Ashley Chipps

* Federal Loan Repayment Counseling Session Required for Students Graduating or Transferring

Students who have used Federal Direct (subsidized/unsubsidized) Loans or the Grad PLUS Loan and plan to graduate in the spring or summer (or transfer after the spring semester) are required to attend a Loan Repayment Counseling Session. The Office of Student Financial Services will hold the first session of the semester on Mon., 3/2 @ 6:00 pm in Eykamp 252. Additional sessions will be held on 4/30 @ 2:00 pm and 5/8 @ 11:30 am.

Amy Sowders


Upcoming Events

* Hiring Summer Counselors

options logo.

• Every summer UE offers camps that introduce middle school boys and girls and high school girls to disciplines within engineering and computer science via hands-on activities and field trips.

WHO can be a counselor?
• Current College of Engineering and Computer Science students (or other STEM majors) who want to participate in an outreach program that supports diversity in STEM, allows you to demonstrate your motivation to hold a leadership position, and encourages people to explore STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields.

WHEN and WHERE are the camps?
• High School Girls - June 14-19 (residential camp) • Middle School Girls - June 21-24 (residential camp) • Middle School Boys - June 22-26 (day camp) • All camps are held on the UE campus

Other Information
• The counselor position is a paid position for all camps. • All counselors will be helping lead various activities, assisting faculty-led workshops, and inspiring young people. • The residential camps for girls will include room and board during the duration of the camp. Counselors will be staying in a dorm with the campers.

HOW to apply?
• If you are interested in being a counselor, please apply in person in Koch Center 250 or email by no later than FEB. 28. Interviews and selections will take place before Spring Break.

For more information about the camps, go to:

Kimberly Higgins

* Crafting for the Kids

Come learn more about Phi Mu while crafting for children at Riley Children's Hospital! We will be in Grabil Lounge (the basement of Neu Chapel) on February 29, 2-4 pm. If you have any questions please contact Jasmine Jones (jj206) or Hannah Fife (hf56)

Olivia Ault

* RecyceMania and Recycling at UE

UE is once again participating in RecycleMania, a recycling tournament for universities. The tournament runs from February through the end of March.
At UE, the following items can be placed in an appropriate recycling bin:
• Empty aluminum and steel cans
• Empty plastic containers and drink bottles
• Paper products such as newspapers, office paper, magazines and empty cereal boxes
• Note: Please place books and used toner cartridges and cardboard next to the recycle bins

Please do NOT put the following items in UE’s recycling bins:
• Glass
• Pizza boxes – these can contain food or grease
• Trash such as leftover food and candy wrappers
• Styrofoam
• Full or partially full plastic or aluminum drink containers
• Plastic bags or bubble wrap
• Used tissues and paper towels
To find out where to drop off recyclables at UE, why it’s important to recycle and more, check out the UE Recycling Guide at Call 2697 or email with questions.

Amber Elkins

* This Week in Music (February 24-March 1)

Wind Ensemble and University Orchestra with Rachel Barton Pine, Tuesday, February 25
7:30pm, Victory Theatre

The UE Wind Ensemble and University Orchestra will perform a variety of exciting works on their February 25 concert. The Wind Ensemble will play Pendulum, composed in 2018 by Steven Bryant. The orchestra will begin with Global Warming by Michael Abels, featuring Graham Cullen (cello) and Alan Snow (violin), before performing with world-renowned guest violinist Rachel Barton Pine. With the orchestra, she will play a concerto featured in her recent “Music by Black Composers” project; she will also perform her own arrangements of songs by Rush, AC/DC, and Van Halen with members of the Eykamp String Quartet.

Trumpet Studio Recital, Sunday, March 1
1:30pm, Krannert Hall 110

On Sunday March 1 beginning at 1:30 PM in Fine Arts Room 110 UE and private trumpet students of Dr. Zifer will present a Trumpet Studio Recital. Each student will perform a short solo work and the concert will conclude with a combined trumpet ensemble piece. A reception for friends and family will follow immediately after the recital in Krannert Gallery where awards and recognitions will be issued. The event is free and open to the public.

Tower Duo, Sunday, March 1
4:00pm, Neu Chapel

Tower Duo is a flute and saxophone ensemble based in Columbus, Ohio, which specializes in creating engaging musical experiences with a particular interest in performing and premiering contemporary works by living composers. Their program at UE, entitled “Music in Motion,” is a multimedia experience with electronic sounds, video, and live improvisation featuring newly commissioned music.

Student Recital, Sunday, March 1
Isaac Cooper, tenor, senior recital, Neu Chapel, 2:30pm

Kristen Strandberg

* Nerd Wars - Today at 7:00pm

Nerd Wars is tonight - Tuesday, February 25 at 7:00pm in Eykamp Hall! Don’t miss your chance to watch teams of students, faculty, administrators, and staff battle it out in a trivia competition for prizes and bragging rights. Spectators and participants can enjoy pizza and snacks throughout the event, as well as the opportunity to win prizes including restaurant gift cards, an Amazon Firestick, a Roku Premiere, a Keurig, waterproof speakers, and more!

We hope to see you there!

For more information, contact Jayme Williams (jw504) or Blake Elliott (be80).

Jayme Williams

* Entrepreneurship Club Game Night

Join the Entrepreneurship Club on Thursday, February 27th for GAME NIGHT! Get to know your fellow club members and invite a friend to help grow the club! Some games will be provided, but if you have a favorite bring it along. Pizza, drinks and dessert will all be covered.

When: February 27th at 5:00 pm
Where: SOBA Room 173

All students are invited to attend, including new club participants.
Please RSVP to Rebecca Oates at

Rebecca Oates

* Newman Club Events (February 24-March 1)

Newman Night
Come to our weekly Newman Night for dinner and discussion! Fr. Christian will be talking about Sin. Discussion starts at 5pm at Newman Center with a delicious dinner to follow!

Rosary Group
Come and pray the Rosary with us! Every Wednesday at noon in Library Room 208. No experience needed!

Small Group
Join or try out a small group this Wednesday or Thursday at Newman Center! Wednesdays are with Annie at 7pm discussing the topic of Cultivating Fruits of the Spirit. Thursdays are with Michaela and Lesley at 8:30pm discussing How To Build Your Spiritual Armor.

Men's Group
Join or try out the Men's Group! Wednesdays at 7pm at Newman Center.

Ash Wednesday
There will be an Ash Wednesday mass offered on February 26 in Neu Chapel at 5pm. Following mass, there will be dinner in Grabil Lounge (basement of Neu Chapel). Join us so you too can get a nice ash!

Catholic Mass
All are welcome! Join us for Catholic Mass this Sunday! Mass will be held in Neu Chapel at 1pm.

Spiritual Pilgrimage
The Harlaxton Office is offering a unique spiritual pilgrimage to England and Rome. This summer, you can journey to England and Rome, following in the footsteps of St. John Henry Newman. Author of 'The Idea of the University' and numerous other spiritual classics, this recently canonized Catholic saint has a lot to teach us about conversion, forgiveness, friendship, the modern world, faith and reason and MORE! Students will read about these topics, with the potential to earn a 3hr credit while traveling. Dates are May 30-June 7th. Email Kaiylnn McCallister (kc205) for more information on travel or Jenny Koch (je46) for information on the class.

View the event flyer.

Kathryn Williams

* UE Theatre Presents VIOLET

The University of Evansville opens the 2020 semester with the Tony-nominated musical VIOLET, lyrics and book by Brian Crawley, and music by Jeanine Tesori. Based on Doris Betts’ short story THE UGLIEST PILGRIM, it is the story of a young, disfigured woman who journeys on a bus from her farm in North Carolina, to Tulsa, Oklahoma, in order to be healed. This production opens Friday, Feb. 21, at 7:30 p.m., in Shanklin Theatre. Additional performances are at 7:30 p.m., on Feb. 22, 27, 28, 29 and at 2:00 p.m. on Feb. 23, and Mar. 1.

Resident Director Wes Grantom directs VIOLET. Austin C. Kuhn, a senior from Evansville, Ind., serves as the scenic designer; Hannah Mattingly, a senior from Shelbyville, Ky., serves as the costume designer; Nicholas McCulloch, a junior from Seattle, Wash., serves as the lighting designer; Guest Artist Richard Ingraham serves as the sound designer; Brock McCullough, a senior from Omaha, Neb., serves as the dramaturg; Megan Sizemore, a junior from Cypress, Texas, serves as the stage manager, and Professor Chuck Meacham serves as the technical director.

The cast features first-year Elizabeth Dye from Frisco, Texas, as Violet; first-year David Akinwande from Houston, Texas, as Flick; junior Ethan Davenport from Minneapolis, Minn., as Monty; junior Jack Russell from Montgomery, Texas, as Father; junior Cole Lannert from Evansville, Ind., as Preacher; first-year Allie Forte from New Albany, Ind., as Ameta/Lula; guest actor Colleen Meacham, age 14, from Evansville, Ind., as Young Violet; junior Hannah Stevens, from Arlington, Texas, as Old Lady; junior Amanda Cowan from Mansfield, Texas, as Music Hall Singer; first-year Gabriel Smothers from Casper, Wyo., as Billy Dean; first-year Jimmy Guest from Bettendorf, Iowa, as Leroy Evans; junior Theodore J. Esten from Cedarburg, Wis., as Radio Singer; sophomore Kayleigh Doyle from McKinney, Texas, as Hotel Singer. The ensemble includes sophomore Claire Himstedt from St. Louis, Mo.; first-years Jake Conrad from Olympia, Wash.; Marie Reilly from Spring Hill, Fla.; Amelia Overholt from Fort Collins, Colo.; Brevan Crawford from Houston, Texas; and Nathan Viscaino from Redmond, Ore.

The UE Theatre Society hosts a Pre-Play Chat 30 minutes prior to the show on Saturday, Feb. 22 and Thursday, Feb. 27. All are welcome to attend the presentation and discussion with a student designer about their process on the production. Ticket prices for VIOLET are $20 for adults and $18 for senior adults, students, and UE faculty and staff. UE students may obtain one free student rush ticket beginning at 12 noon on the day of the performance they wish to attend. Tickets may be purchased by calling (812) 488–2031, Monday through Friday, 12 noon to 5 p.m.

* SigEp-A-Popstar

SigEp-A-Popstar is Sigma Phi Epsilon's Spring Philanthropy which benefits the organization Big Brothers Big Sisters. This year, it will take place on February 28th at 6:30 PM. Come join us for a night of fun and laughter! Please sign your team up or buy tickets at our table in Ridgeway.

Jack Patmore

* UE Theatre Presents Post-Show Discussions on "Race and Representation in the Arts"

The University of Evansville Theatre will hold post-show discussions following the Saturday, Feb. 22 and Thursday, Feb. 27, performances of the musical VIOLET, in Shanklin Theatre. Dr. Rob Shelby, UE’s Chief Diversity Officer, will moderate these discussions on the topic of “Race and Representation in the Arts.”

All are welcome and a ticket to that evening’s performance is not required for admission to the post-show discussion, which will commence at approximately 9:15 pm.

VIOLET, music by Jeanine Tesori, book and lyrics by Brian Crawley, opens this Friday, Feb. 21, at 7:30 p.m., in Shanklin Theatre. Additional performances are at 7:30 p.m., on Feb. 22, 27, 28, 29 and at 2:00 p.m. on Feb. 23, and Mar. 1. Call 812.488.2031 for tickets to the production.

Sharla Cowden


Info You Should Know

* IM Inner Tube Bball Registration Deadline

Registration for Intramural Inner Tube Basketball closes this Thursday, 2/27 at 2pm. All equipment will be provided, all skill levels welcome. Make sure to get your teams signed up before the deadline so you can participate and compete to win a Champion's shirt!

Drew Hawkins

* IM Floor Hockey Registration Deadline

Registration for Intramural Floor Hockey closes this Thursday, 2/27 at 2pm. All equipment will be provided, all skill levels welcome. Make sure to get your teams signed up before the deadline so you can participate and compete to win a Champion's shirt!

Drew Hawkins

* NATE and Tower Family Foundation Announce the 2020 Recipient of the Ernie Jones Memorial Civil Engineering Scholarship

University of Evansville Civil Engineering Scholarship is Funded Annually by NATE; Honors Jones’ Legacy as a Structural Engineer, Industry Icon

(Raleigh, North Carolina) - NATE: The Communications Infrastructure Contractors Association and Tower Family Foundation today jointly announced that Elijah Sullivan, a junior civil engineering student from Evansville, Indiana has been named as the 2020 recipient of the Ernie Jones Memorial Civil Engineering Scholarship at the University of Evansville in Evansville, Indiana. The official announcement was made at the NATE Awards & Sponsor Recognition Luncheon on Wednesday, February 19 during the annual NATE UNITE 2020 Conference in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Elijah is at the top of his class academically but especially excels in his major courses related to construction and UE’s structural analysis and design sequences. In addition to his civil engineering major, Elijah is now pursuing minors in both Mathematics and Engineering Management with an anticipated graduation date of May 2021. Ever curious about the way things work, Elijah has participated in the University of Evansville’s steel bridge project, and has been involved with the Aces Concrete Canoe team since his sophomore year. Most recently, he interned with the Indiana Department of Transportation's (INDOT) bridge inspection unit in the summer of 2019. For the summer of 2020, Elijah is actively seeking to obtain a structural design internship.

“Elijah is a dedicated student who demonstrates an eagerness to learn as much as possible about structural design and construction,” stated Dr. James Allen, Associate Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Evansville. “In my structural analysis and design classes I can always count on Elijah to ask insightful questions that lead to an increased understanding by not only himself, but also his classmates. He has a unique ability to frame his questions in a way that leads to deeper discussions of practical design and construction issues. We think this diligence and continuous pursuit for deeper understanding of the behavior of his designs embodies the spirit of Ernie Jones as the recipient of his named memorial scholarship,” added Dr. Allen.

Ernie Jones was a structural engineer who worked in the broadcast tower industry for 30 years. During his career, Mr. Jones served as a Professional Engineer and President of Consolidated Engineering, Inc. and as Vice-President of Structural Engineering at Electronics Research, Inc. Ernie was also a participating member of the TR-14.7 Committee of the Telecommunications Industry Association and Electronics Industry Association since 1986 where he assisted with writing and approving the ANSI-TIA/EIA 222 Standard which is the American National Standard for Steel Antenna Towers and Antenna Supporting Structures.

The Ernie Jones Memorial Civil Engineering Scholarship awards a $2,500 NATE-funded scholarship annually to a junior or senior level civil engineering student at the University of Evansville’s College of Engineering and Computer Science.

For more information on NATE, visit Visit to learn more about the Tower Family Foundation.

* UE Students FREE with ID! Beginner Flamenco Dance Workshop by UE Ballroom Dance

Beginner Flamenco Dance Workshop by UE Ballroom Dance- UE Students FREE with ID! Eykamp Hall Friday, March 6 7pm - 9pm And Saturday, March 7 10am - 12pm. No Experience Necessary!! RSVP via text to 812-449-1044. Community Members may attend for $20.00.


Brooksie Smith

* Village Request Cards Available

Students interested in living in the Villages for 2020-21 should pick up Village request cards in the Office of Residence Life.

The Villages are reserved primarily for students with 60 plus credit hours. In order to apply to live in the Villages, each person in your group must have at least 44 credit hours on file with the University by the end of the Fall 2019 semester.

Village request cards are due back to the Office of Residence Life by 5:00 p.m., Friday, February 28.

More information on the housing assignments process can be found on the residence life section of the University website at

Brian Russell Conner

* Solution Station Wednesday: Housing Selection

Thinking about where to live next year?

Finding a place to live or a roommate can be challenging. Stop by the Solution Station table in Ridgway this Wednesday to discover all of the options available to make UE your home away from home.

Brian Conner, Associate Director of Residence Life, will available to hand out Village housing request cards, review the residence hall selection process, and answer any questions you have about living on campus.

Don’t live on campus currently? Stop by to talk about the benefits of living on campus.

Wednesday: 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Chad Hart

* Submit Abstracts for UE Student Research and Honors Symposium by March 2

The second annual UE Student Research and Honors Symposium is scheduled for Wednesday, April 1 from 9:00am-5:00pm. This event will showcase the scholarly activities of students of diverse disciplines across UE’s campus, including the graduating seniors of the Honors Program. All students are invited to apply to participate by submitting an abstract for their papers or posters. For more information or to submit an abstract, please visit:
The deadline for submitting abstracts is Monday, March 2.

Contact Jayme Williams at with any questions.

Jayme Williams

* Need a passport?

Representatives from the US Postal Service will be on campus processing passports on Friday, February 28 from 11:00am to 2:00pm in the Eades Music Room (Room 153) in the School of Business building! If you bring all the required documents, you can get your passport photos taken and your passport processed at this event right here on campus. You can also bring your current passport to be renewed at this event.

Here is what you will need to bring to the event in order to get your passport processed:

Photo Identification: US drivers license, and if not from Indiana, a credit or debit card
Proof of Citizenship: Original or certified copy of long form birth or citizenship certificate
Passport Application: Available online at, at the study abroad office, or at this event
Payments: Two checks, money orders, or cashiers checks:
$110 to the US Department of State
$35 to the USPS
Photos On Site: Passport photos can be taken during the event for an additional $15 to the USPS

All members of the UE community-faculty, staff, and students-are welcome to come to this event! Feel free to contact Kaylynn McCalister in the study abroad office at or 812-488-2039 for more information about the event or requirements.

Kaylynn McCalister

* 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



* Annual Engineers Week Celebration and Awards

The College of Engineering and Computer Science held its annual celebration for Engineers Week at a reception in Eykamp Hall on February 19, 2020.  Several engineering majors were announced as new inductees in the Tau Delta Kappa engineering honor society by Dr. Jared Fulcher, assistant professor of mechanical engineering.  Other engineering students were recognized by the college and the Office of Development. 

Linh Trinh, a junior computer engineering major received the Paul “PR” Brown Spirit Award.  This award is presented annually to an engineering major who has been nominated by the faculty and has completed at least four semesters in good academic standing, who is an encouragement and help to his/her fellow students, and who demonstrates leadership in fostering cooperation and camaraderie among the engineering students.

Jesse Batronis, a junior mechanical engineering major received the James M. Hall, Jr. Memorial Award.  This award is presented annually to a student of the junior engineering class who is considered by the faculty to be the most outstanding based on scholastic achievement, extra-curricular activities, character, responsibility, attitude, and potential for professional growth. 

The Engineers Week Reception was hosted by the Dean’s Advisory Council for the College of Engineering and Computer Science.  The College is appreciative of generous donations supporting the banquet by Lead Sponsor ALCOA and Table Sponsors, Control Specialists, Inc., Embry Automation & Controls, IEEE, Lochmueller Group, PCI Skanska, and the UE Student Government Association.

three people.

three other people.

* Kiesel Presents Research at International Conference

Dr. Kyle Kiesel, PT professor and program director, was recently part of an international panel presentation on injury prevention at the 5th International Congress on Soldiers' Physical Performance held in Quebec City, Canada. Dr. Kiesel presented work related to injury prevention in soldiers "Screening for Musculoskeletal Risk Factors: The Evolution of Individualized Risk Categories and Self-Screening." He highlighted research on a self-screening process performed with UE DPT students.

Five people.

Jennifer Simon


Sympathy to...

* Sympathy to Mark Valenzuela

We share our deepest sympathy with Dr. Mark Valenzuela, Associate Professor of Civil Engineering and Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs, and his family for the loss of Mark’s father, Mario Piscasio Valenzuela. Mario, also a civil engineer, lived in Lilburn, Georgia with his wife of 57 years, Linda who survives.

Visitation will be from 5:00 - 8:00 PM on Wednesday, February 26th, at Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Lilburn/Tucker Chapel, Tucker, GA 30084.The Funeral Liturgy will be at 11:00 AM on Thursday, February 27, 2020, at St. John Neumann Catholic Church, 801 Tom Smith Road, Lilburn, GA 30047.

Online condolences may be left at Lift up Mark and his family in your thoughts and prayers.



* Aces travel to UNI on Wednesday

On Wednesday, the final road trip of the regular season will pit the University of Evansville men’s basketball team against UNI at the McLeod Center at 7 p.m.  The game will be career on ESPN+ and the Purple Aces Radio Network.

Setting the Scene
- Evansville continues its quest for its first MVC win on Wednesday in Cedar Falls
- The Aces have dropped their last 16 games, the longest losing streak in program history
- The Panthers have had the upper hand in the series as of late, winning the last five games including an 80-68 contest at the Ford Center on Feb. 1
- UE has fallen in its last six trips to the McLeod Center since winning back-to-back games in 2012 and 2013
- Over the last 12 games in the series, the Aces are 2-10

Last Time Out
- In Sunday’s game against Indiana State, the Purple Aces looked to be on the verge of a win, holding a 56-51 lead inside of four minutes remaining
- Indiana State responded with a 7-0 run before finishing the game on a 13-6 stretch to take the win by a final of 64-62
- K.J. Riley led the Aces once again with 15 points while hitting five of his six free throws
- Evan Kuhlman finished with 11 points while knocking down three out of four 3-point tries
- A competitive game saw a total of 13 ties and seven lead changes
- Neither team scored a point outside of the paint until the second half

Four for Newton
- Another efficient effort saw Jawaun Newton hit four of his six attempts while scoring eight points against Indiana State
- Newton has scored six points or more in eight of his last nine games and has hit at least 50% of his attempts in each game over that span
- In that time, Newton has shot 65.2% from the field (30/46) and is 10-of-15 from long range; he has also hit 7 out of 8 free throws
- Through his first 48 college contests, Newton did not reach double figures in points, but has done so in four of his last eight games

Long Distance Calls
- Noah Frederking has regained his 3-point form, knocking down six of his last eight attempts in the last three games
- Frederking has averaged 7.0 points per game over his last three with 18 of those 21 points coming from outside
- He continues to rack up the minutes, averaging 26.6 minutes over the last 13 games; he has played at least 23 minutes in 10 of those contests
- The junior is second on the Aces squad with 40 3-pointers on the season

Scouting the Opponent
- UNI sits atop the MVC standings with a 23-5 overall record and a 12-4 conference mark
- The Panthers are one of the top shooting teams in the nation, ranking 17th in field goal percentage (47.7%) and 4th in 3-point shooting at 39.5%
- They also foul at a very low rate, just 14.3 per game - 7th in the NCAA
- A.J. Green averages 19.8 points per game while hitting 92.0% of his free throw attempts
- Green has a team-best 84 assists
- Trae Berhow and Austin Phyfe average 13.2 and 11.1 points per game, respectively
- Phyfe is their leading rebounder, grabbing 8.1 per contest


Contribute to Purple Pulse
To have content considered for inclusion in Purple Pulse, please submit a Marketing Request Form. Deadline for submission to Purple Pulse is 10:00 a.m. on the requested date of publication. Only articles concerning UE related/sponsored activities will be accepted. Articles submitted to Purple Pulse may be edited for length and clarity. Submitter contact information is at the end of each article.

Facebook   Twitter   YouTube

View Complete Issue