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Wednesday, May 13, 2020

* Summer Hours

For the past few years, UE created a modified summer schedule, reducing business hours from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. as a benefit to our employees. We will again operate a modified summer schedule from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. from Monday, May 11th through ending summer hours on Friday, August 7 and returning to regular hours on Monday, August 10. And, we will reduce hours even further on Fridays in the summer as just a little way to say thank you to our employees -- summer Friday hours will be from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. to help you enjoy the weekend a little earlier.


Upcoming Events

* TIAA Virtual Counseling Appointments

No matter where you are in life - just getting started or planning for retirement - a session with Tim Stout can help you create a plan for your goals. And it's at no additional cost as part of your retirement plan. You'll get answers to these questions and more:

  • Am I invested in the right mix of investments to help meet my goals?
  • Am I saving enough to create a retirement income I need?
  • How do I take income from my retirement account once I stop working?

Register for one of these virtual sessions at

  • Wednesday, May 14, 2020 - 9am - 4pm
  • Wednesday, June 24, 2020 - 9am - 4pm
  • Thursday, June 25, 2020 - 9am - 4pm

Info You Should Know

* Honors Program Students Donate to Local Organizations

HACER, the community service initiative of the UE Honors Program, continues to serve local organizations despite COVID-19 suspending regular HACER activities. Through HACER, Honors Program students have the opportunity to serve the local Evansville community and foster their commitment to community service. In these unusual circumstances, HACER funds were allocated to donate $100 per organization to the Ronald McDonald House, United Caring Services, and the Evansville Rescue Mission. All HACER activities are supported by proceeds from Nerd Wars, the annual Honors Program trivia night.

* Deadline Extended: 2020-21 Dr. Marvin E. Hartig Memorial Scholarship

 Family, friends and loved ones of the late Dr. Marvin E. Hartig are pleased to announce the application process for the Dr. Marvin E. Hartig Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship is dedicated to the loving memory of Dr. Hartig, Dean of Evansville College’s Evening College in 1967, and administrator for the Center for Advanced Study, director of the Evansville chapter of the American Institute of Banking (AIB), and the international student advisor. In 1974, Dr. Hartig was appointed Dean of Academic Services. He retired in 1984 after serving his alma mater for thirty-five years and passed away in 2007.

This scholarship will be awarded annually to a deserving sophomore student. Preference will be given to a student working while being enrolled as a full-time student. International students are encouraged to apply.

Download the Dr. Marvin E. Hartig Memorial Scholarship application.

Deadline: Please return all materials to the Office of Student Financial Services by June 1, 2020. Application and essay can be submitted via email to:
Amanda Wood, administrative assistant to the Office of Student Financial Services, at

The decision will be announced on Monday, June 29, 2020.
Questions: Amanda Wood, administrative assistant to the Office of Student Financial Services, at or 812-488-2364.

* Student Health Center ~ Summer semester hours

The Student Health Center will be operating on reduced summer hours starting Monday, May 11th. The Student Health Center summer semester hours are Monday-Friday 8am-12pm ~ nurse only visits. Please call 812-488-2033 to schedule an appointment. Due to COVID-19, no walk-ins will be accepted.

Employee Medical Clinic will continue to operate under normal business hours.

Tara Ulrich 

* Learn more about Ramadan

What is Ramadan? UE's Director of Religious Life JillAnn Knonenborg speaks with Abdul Ashraf, president of the Muslim student organization, to discuss the month of Ramadan in this video.

Holly Smith

* 2020-21 Margery Florence Kahn Scholarship Application now Available

It was the desire of the donor, Margery Florence Kahn, that her scholarship be awarded to "dedicated and conscientious students who exhibit a true passion for their chosen fields of study, and who, in the opinion of the members of the University of Evansville faculty, are likely to bring the same enthusiasm into the performance of their jobs or the practice of the professions which they will pursue following graduation."

All University of Evansville full-time undergraduate students who will be juniors or seniors in 2020-21 may apply. An essay of about 300 words must accompany the application, along with two to five faculty recommendation letters.

Download the Applications and Faculty Recommendation forms.

Completed applications and recommendation letters should be returned to the Office of Student Financial Services by May15th via email to Amanda Wood at

Questions may be directed to the Office of Student Financial Services via email or by phone at (812) 488-2364.

Amanda Wood



* Professor Khan Mentors and Publishes

Brent Sternberg, CFA, UE alumni and Senior Vice President of German American Bank (Wealth Management Group) will be mentoring the 2020-21 Purple Aces CFA team which will participate in the annual CFA (Chartered  Financial Analyst) Investment Challenge competition in February 2021. The Zoom meeting will take place at 1.00 p.m. Thursday, May 14. Dr. Walayet A. Khan will serve as faculty mentor.

The CFA Institute Research Challenge is an annual global competition providing university students with hands-on mentoring and intensive training in financial analysis and professional ethics. Each student will be tested on their analytical, valuation, report writing, and presentation skills. They gain real-world experience as they assume the role of research analyst.

Khan has recently published in the Review of Pacific Basin Financial Markets Policies and Review of Quantitative Finance and Accounting. The research is in the area of Islamic finance which has become one of the fastest growing global finance industry segments. 

* Congratulations...

Congratulations to Roslyn Lampkins, assistant professor of chemistry, and Peter Schmidt, associate professor of mechanical engineering, on receiving the Class of 1961 Faculty Fellowship Award. The award was established in May 2010 with gifts and pledges from members of the Class of 1961. It was created to provide support for pre-tenured faculty research projects. Thank you for your contribution to the University through your research endeavors.

* Congratulations in the Schroeder School

The Schroeder School would like to recognize and congratulate its faculty members who received 2019-2020 Dean’s Awards. Thank you for your exceptional contributions to the University, the Schroeder School, and our students.

Dr. Heather Fenton, assistant professor of management, is the recipient of the teaching award.

Dr. Yolanda Obaze, assistant professor of logistics/supply chain management, is the recipient of the research award.

Dr. Laura Dwyer, associate professor of management, is the recipient of the service award.

* UE Theatre Society Hosts Annual Student Awards Event Via Zoom

The annual University of Evansville Theatre Society Awards took place Saturday, May 8, via Zoom, with over 100 students, faculty, and Theatre Society board members in digital-attendance. All classes were recognized, with special attention given to the graduating Class of 2020. In addition, there were farewell videos for two faculty members who are leaving UE: Professor Chuck Meacham and Assistant Professor Janel Miley. We bid both of them and the graduating seniors good luck and Godspeed, as they pursue new chapters of their lives.

Student Award-winners included:
BUDDY BARNES AWARD: This award is given to a first-year student who best emulates the ideals of UE Theatre and is selected by the students. Congratulations to Jimmy Guest, a theatre studies student, from Bettendorf, Iowa.

MARY LOU MOOTH WOOLEY AWARD: This award is given to a sophomore who has made the greatest overall contribution to the department and is selected by the faculty. Congratulations to Corey Cagle, a stage management major, from Nashville, Indiana.

MABEL DILLINGHAM NENNEKER AWARD: This award is given to a junior who has made the greatest overall contribution to the department and is selected by the faculty. Congratulations to Jordan Williams, a performance major, from Edmonds, Washington.

JOHN STREETMAN YOUNG ARTIST AWARD: This award is given to the first-year, sophomore, or junior who exhibits the spirit and attitude of collaboration, commitment, and courage in the classroom and production and is selected by the faculty. Congratulations to Jack Russell, a junior performance major, from Montgomery, Texas.

THE JEANNIE SUHRHEINRICH OUTSTANDING SENIOR AWARD: This award is presented to a senior who has made the greatest overall contribution to the department over their four-year tenure and is selected by the faculty. Congratulations to Sidney McCarty, a theatre studies major, from Clarksville, Tennessee.

WILLIAM A. GUMBERTS AWARD: This award given to a student for the single most outstanding artistic accomplishment of the year and is selected by the faculty. Congratulations to Austin Kuhn, a senior theatre studies major, from Evansville, Indiana. This award was presented for Austin's scenic design for the UET production of VIOLET.

* Jackson Bolek publishes research article

Sophomore Jackson Bolek co-authored a journal article entitled "Using Graphical Representation Critiquing Assignments as an Intervention to Strengthen Organic Chemistry Electron Pushing Mechanism Skills" in The Chemical Educator. The article reports the significant impact of applying the Assessment-Calibration-Explanation-Re-Assessment (A.C.E.R.) Learning Cycle intervention, a symbolic-based intervention inspired by Calibrated Peer Review (CPR), a text-based academic intervention that has improved students’ essay writing skills, content understanding, and critical thinking skills across many disciplines over the past two decades.

Both authors wish to thank the Department of Chemistry for supporting undergraduate research.

* Blake Elliott and Luke Steffe Receive Outstanding Honors Program Senior Award

The Honors Program congratulates Blake Elliott and Luke Steffe on receiving the Outstanding Honors Program Senior Award for this academic year. Members of the Honors Program for four years, both Blake and Luke have made valuable contributions to the program during their time at UE.

Blake has served as the Honors Program Student Assistant for the past few years, as well as the president of the Honors Activity Board this year. In these roles, Blake has helped develop and organize many Honors Program events, including Nerd Wars, theatre talk-backs, and the Honors Program banquet. Blake, a Theatre - Stage Management major, completed his Honors project, entitled "Columbinus: Realizing a Crucial and Theatrical Conversation."

Luke has been a leader within the Honors Activity Board, helping to shape Honors students' experiences within the program through the planning and organizing of events. In particular, he created a series of events known as "Honors Night @" in which Honors students attend campus events together such as theatre productions, athletic events, and music performances. A chemistry major, Luke used his Honors project to explore a topic he is passionate about - "Campus Programming: The Costs, Planning, and Benefits to Hosting Large-Scale Events on College Campuses."

The Honors Program thanks Blake and Luke for all of their contributions to the program and wishes them all the best for the future. Congratulations!

* Faculty Receive Teaching Certificates and Awards

The Eykamp Center for Teaching Excellence offers certificates to faculty members who meet the requirements of engagement and participation in ECTE sponsored events. Congratulations to the following faculty who earned a certificate or award for the 2019-2020 academic year, demonstrating exceptional dedication to pedagogy.

New Faculty Engagement Certificate:
Rachael Alley
Demian Kogutek
Susan Laughbaum
Wei Wu

Teaching Development Certificate:
Lisa Hale
Alison Jones
Roslyn Lampkins
Jessie Lofton
Richard Maass
Diana Rodríguez Quevedo
Martha Stilwell
Katie Thomas
Darrin Weber
Angie Wooton

Leadership in Teaching Excellence Award:
Awarded annually to one faculty member demonstrating exceptional dedication to pedagogy through ECTE activities.
Richard Maass

Above and Beyond Award:
A one-time award created specifically for Amanda Ireland of the Office of Technology Service, whose heroic efforts enabled faculty to make the shift to online teaching as smooth as possible.

* Dean's Teaching Awards

Congratulations to the worthy faculty members who received Dean's Teaching Awards from the Academic Deans for 2019-2020. Their contributions to the University and our students is exceptional and very much appreciated. The faculty members being honored are:

Heather Fenton, assistant professor of management from the Schroeder Family School of Business Administration;

Deborah Hwang, associate professor of computer science from the College of Engineering and Computer Science;

Michael Roscoe, associate professor of physician assistant science from the College of Education and Health Sciences;

Katie Aldred, assistant professor of biology from the Ridgway College of Arts and Sciences; and

Kevin Gray, associate professor of sociology and criminal justice from the Ridgway College of Arts and Sciences.

Paula Heldt

* Dr. Kristy Miller receives Lowell E. Weller Professorship in Chemistry

Please join the Department of Chemistry in congratulating Dr. Miller for becoming the inaugural recipient of the Lowell E. Weller Ph.D. Professorship in Chemistry. This professorship is awarded to a faculty member within the Department of Chemistry in support of excellence in teaching and research.

Sara Davis



* UE athletics volunteers 4,530 hours of service to community

Over the course of the 2019-20 season, University of Evansville athletic programs combined to serve the local community for a total of 4,350 hours.

A total of 286 student-athletes averaged a total of 15.8 hours of service over the course of the year.  Leading the way among the Purple Aces programs was the softball team, whose 20 student-athletes served over 1,459 hours.  That translates to over 75 hours per person.

"Coach Mundell, his staff and student-athletes have displayed a passion for serving our community and the efforts of the student-athletes embodies our mission at UE for our students,” UE Senior Associate AD Sarah Solinsky said.  "The tremendous commitment from our student-athletes to serve the community exemplifies the quality young men and women representing UE athletics."

Of the top 20 student-athletes in total hours, 19 were from the softball team.  Patricia Joseph from the volleyball squad also made the list.  Aside from the softball team, the Aces volleyball and women’s basketball programs averaged over 30 hours of service per student-athlete.

“I am extremely proud of the work our ladies do in the Community of Evansville,” Aces head softball coach Mat Mundell said.  “When I first came to UE, I made it a priority for our team to give back. They have embraced service and take it to new heights every year! We pride ourselves on our servant leadership.

A total of 111 organizations were served by UE student-athletes.  The list includes:

Boys and Girls Club, Breast cancer philanthropy, Bridal Expo, Canines, Cardio for Canines, Caze Elementary, Cedar Hall, Challenger Baseball, CHEMO Buddies,Chicago City Youth, Christmas presents, City Life Church VBS, College Mentors for Kids, Cross country meet, Crossroads Elementary, Day 1 Run, Delaware Elementary, Dexter Elementary Reading, Dog Sitting, Easter Seals, EB Walk, Elite Camp, ERM Race, EUVA, Evansville Half Marathon, Evansville Rescue Mission, EVPL, Feed my starving children, Freshman Welcome, GLVC,  Goodwill Turkey Day 5K, Habitat for Humanity, Halloween Hullabaloo, Harrison Invite, Helfrich Park Middle School, High School Meet, Hitting Center, Holy Rosary, IHSAA Sectionals, International Bazaar, It Takes a Village, JUCO Camp, Kiwanis Backpack Party, KVHS Basketball Tourney, Mater Dei Invite, Matt Ruffing Day Camp, Memorial butterfly, Mesker Park Zoo, Middle School Meet, Miracle Minute,] Mission, Musical Madness,] Nashville Middle School, Newman Center, Night of Memories, North Side Business Association, Nursing Open House, Oak Grove Bingo, Old National Bank Basketball Camp, Parks Fest, Phil's Friends, Play for Kate,  Race for the Cure Set up, Read/Study Day at Schools, Resurrection Hospital, Run the Mounds race, Run with the Yeti, Ruth House Homeless Shelter, Salvation Army, Santa Run, Sayre Christian Village, Schulz family walk, Softball t-shirt stand at BB game, Solabron Nursing Home, St. John the Baptist (Newburgh), St. Matthews Church, Susan G Komen, Swim Meet Timing, SWIRCA, Sycamore Softball camp, THC Hitting Camp, Toys for Tots, Travel ball team workout, Travel Team Showcase,  Tri State Food Bank,  UE Softball camp, USO Bucket Shake, VHS, Vogel School Tutoring, Warrick Humane Society, WGH Christmas Party, Winter Camp, WNIN Kids Fest, YMCA, Young soccer clinic.

* Dzienciol and Tam earn senior scholar-athlete awards

Two of the most prestigious awards given annually by the University of Evansville Athletic Department have been announced as Phil Dzienciol was named the recipient of the Ralph H. Coleman Award and Rachel Tam earned the Lois D. Patton Award.

Both awards are given to the top senior male and female student-athlete at UE each season.  The award is based 50% on academic achievement, 25% athletic success and 25% service to the community.  Purple Aces coaches and staff vote for the recipients.

Competing on the UE cross country and track and field teams, Phil Dzienciol exemplified what a true Ace is on the course and in the classroom.  The Actuarial Science major recorded a 3.86 GPA.  After serving as an actuarial intern with Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Chicago in the summer of 2019, Dzienciol used the experience to begin his career in Louisville as an Actuarial Consulting Analyst following graduation. 

Dzienciol was active in the community, assisting with timing of local track meets while volunteering time at Angel Mounds for high school and middle school cross country meets.  He also helped in the setup of the Veteran’s Day Parade on Franklin Street in Evansville.  Dzienciol was a consistent top five runner on the cross country squad, improving each season while posting his 8K PR of 27:31 at the Fast Cats Classic last fall.  On the track side, he led the team with the fastest 800M time at the Missouri Valley Conference Indoor Championship.

“It takes special character to be a student-athlete.  A student-athlete has to be academically, community service, service to others, among other things.  One of the biggest things is that it takes time,” Aces head cross country and track and field coach Don Walters exclaimed.  “Philip checks all of the boxes.  He does an outstanding job – and more.  I am so proud to know and coach Philip; I am proud of him for earning the Ralph H. Coleman Award as the top senior student-athlete at UE.”

One of the top players in Aces volleyball history – Rachel Tam led by an example in all facets of her career.  The Hong Kong native finished her academic career with a 3.80 GPA while earning a degree in Exercise Science.  She was rewarded with a spot on the MVC Scholar-Athlete First Team as a junior and senior.  Tam graduated Magna Cum Laude and earned Dean’s List recognition in each of her final five semesters.  She volunteered time with several local organizations including the Evansville United Volleyball Academy.

Tam wrapped up her UE career with 1,469 kills, a tally that puts her third in the record books.  On September 17, 2019, Tam recorded 39 kills in a victory over Tennessee Tech inside Meeks Family Fieldhouse.  It was the best performance in program history while ranking second all-time in the conference record books, just one behind the top mark.  She capped off her career with a spot on the 2019 MVC All-Tournament Team.

“Rachel Tam came to UE and changed our whole program; she was our leader on and off the court.  Without saying a word, she led our team by being the first one in the gym and the last one to leave,” UE head volleyball coach Fernando Morales said.  “She worked hard on and off the court.  As player, her numbers speak for themselves, but she was so much more than that, she was our leader, our energy and pushed the girls around her to be better.  I am proud of her for winning this award.”

* Eryn Gould earns MVC Scholar-Athlete First Team honor

Twelve conference softball student-athletes have been named to the 2020 MVC Scholar-Athlete first team, including six repeat first team selections, as voted on by the league's softball sports information directors and announced by the Missouri Valley Conference office today. 

Earning the nod for the University of Evansville was junior Eryn Gould, who was named to the first team.  In her sophomore campaign, Gould was a second-team honoree.  The native of Mt. Carmel, Ill. is a Biology major with a 3.54 GPA.

“Congratulations to Eryn.  She is a tremendous representation of the University of Evansville,” Purple Aces head softball coach Mat Mundell said.  “She embodies everything you want in an Ace in the classroom and on the diamond.”

The 2-time All-MVC First Team player wrapped up the 2020 season second on the team scoring 15 runs while garnering four home runs and 13 RBI in the shortened season.  Her bat came alive in the opening weekend of the season, belting home runs against Butler and in the win over Green Bay.

Gould really hit her stride as the season progressed.  After starting the season 5-for-38 from the plate, she finished by going 13 out of 31 (.419) with a 6-game hit streak in the opening week of March where she went 10-for-21.  Gould added two more home runs in the Blues City Classic before going 1-2 with two RBI in the home game against Purdue Fort Wayne.


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