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Wednesday, June 3, 2020

* COVID-19 Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) Announcement

UE Purchasing is ordering bulk quantities of personal protection equipment (PPE) for campus distribution related to COVID-19. Currently, bulk PPE includes non-medical disposable masks, hand sanitizer and sneeze (plexiglass) barriers. Areas where six-foot social distancing is not possible and face-to-face transactions are necessary, please contact for assistance and additional information on Sneeze (plexiglass) Barriers.

Additional PPE bulk items may be ordered under the guidance of the campus COVID-19 Task force and governmental (local, state, federal, etc.) guidelines. The purpose of buying PPE in bulk includes centrally providing PPE with instructions on proper use, tracking related costs, leveraging purchases, and avoiding the purchasing of a variety of products from a variety of suppliers via departmental budgets.

For questions related to bulk PPE, contact


Info You Should Know

* UE Welcomes Julie Bryant as University Relations Coordinator

The Office of Marketing and Communications welcomes Julie Bryant as University Relations Coordinator beginning on June 1.

Bryant comes to UE from Frontier Community College in Fairfield, Illinois, where she served as coordinator of public information and marketing. She brings with her a wealth of expertise in marketing and communications. As coordinator of public information and marketing, she worked on social media, graphic design, and newswriting, as well as serving as a photographer and videographer.

“I’m really excited to be joining the University of Evansville and have already received a warm welcome from many. I look forward to further connecting with the campus and the community and working towards UE's vision for its students.”

Please join us in welcoming Julie to the team!

* Congratulations to Music Department Student Awards Winners for 2019-2020

Congratulations to our Music Department Student Award Winners for 2019-2020.

Gumberts Solo Competition Finalists (Competition to be held on September 20, 2020):

Isaac Cooper
Brittany Hildenbrand
Kathryn Lee
Rico Martinez

Nicole Gourieux - James Bursen Award
Austin Nickens - Curtis Shirley Award
Paul Nau - Music Service Award
Jessica Smith - Presser Scholar Award

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* TIAA Virtual Counseling Appointments for June

 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, June 24, 2020 - 9am - 4pm
  • Thursday, June 25, 2020 - 9am - 4pm
* Summer II COVID-19 Disaster Preparedness ChangeLab/Public Health Course

A new ChangeLab/Public Health course is being offered for Summer II to address disaster preparedness in the face of a pandemic: CHNG 310/PH 499 - Disaster Preparedness Pandemic.

This course is designed to work with community stakeholders, such as hospitals, clinics, health departments, etc. to create a preparedness plan in anticipation of another pandemic situation that may arise. We will be learning lessons from what’s been done so far with the COVID-19 situation around the world, and utilize those ideas and approaches to create a plan tailored specifically for the greater Evansville area.

Due to the current situation, this three credit hour course will be offered online. For more information, please contact Dr. Su Jin Jeong at

* UE Physical Therapy Announces Neurologic Residency Accreditation

We are proud to announce that the St. Vincent Evansville and University of Evansville Neurologic Residency Program for physical therapists has been granted initial accreditation by the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education! In receiving initial accreditation, the program has successfully demonstrated its commitment to educational standards and ethical business practices indicative of quality, accountability, and continuous improvement that enhances the physical therapy profession.

This makes the third accredited residency program at the University of Evansville and the first neurologic residency program in the state of Indiana.

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* Free online courses

The Center for the Advancement of Learning is offering 10 free online courses. Must register by June 30th.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, employment roles are affected and people in the community are looking for online educational options to assist their career opportunities. UE and the Center for the Advancement of Learning are prepared to step in to provide this support. Please feel free to share this opportunity with friends, family, and businesses affected by the pandemic.

Visit the website to learn more about these courses,or contact Cindy Felts at 812-488-1046. 




* UE Athletics partners with Jeremy Darlow

The University of Evansville Athletics Department has joined forces with one of the top sports marketing professionals in the business – Jeremy Darlow – to provide Purple Aces student-athletes with a one-of-a-kind experience through utilization of the DARLOW Rules program.

The DARLOW Rules is the only online marketing course that is dedicated to teaching college athletics how to build personal brands that transcend sports.  The goal is to set them up for success in life, regardless of what happens after their athletic careers.  Only 2% of NCAA student-athletes make it to the professional level with 98% set to enter the workforce after graduation. 

“We are excited to introduce our student-athletes to the DARLOW rules, which we feel are tremendously educational on how individuals should build and protect their personal branding,” UE Director of Athletics Mark Spencer said.  “The concepts in the program work very closely with topics we already focused on with our student-athletes and their development as marketable individuals and University of Evansville community representatives.”

This course is based on using traditional marketing tactics and techniques to teach college athletes how to build a desirable brand, recognize and grow their influence, target and identify their potential audience and develop strong communication platforms. 

Evansville is just the third mid-major program and only non-football institution in the country to be chosen to participate in the DARLOW Rules course.  UE is the only Missouri Valley Conference school to partner with Darlow.  Student-athletes will watch a short video lesson covering one of Darlow’s philosophies on brand development. At the end of each video they are given a homework assignment found in their copy of Darlow’s new book, The Darlow Rules. Those homework assignments make up portions of the student’s personal brand marketing plan.

Jeremy Darlow is a leading brand consultant and former director of marketing for adidas football and baseball.  He is an adjunct marketing professor, and author of the best-selling books “Brands Win Championships,” a branding guidebook for college sports programs, and “Athletes Are Brands Too,” an athlete’s roadmap to building a stronger personal brand.

“The Evansville staff made it clear to me from our very first conversation that the athletic department’s mission is to set their athletes up for success in life, not just sports,” Darlow exclaimed.  “I fully endorse this athletic department and I’m proud to be a partner.”

Over his career, Darlow has worked with and built marketing plans for some of the most heralded athletes, celebrities, and NCAA programs in and around sports, including Aaron Rodgers, Von Miller, Dak Prescott, Kris Bryant, Carlos Correa, Lionel Messi, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Snoop Dogg, Kanye West, Notre Dame, Michigan, UCLA, Nebraska, Wisconsin, and Texas A&M.

“To be able to partner with someone with Jeremy’s credentials is a huge opportunity for our department, and more importantly, our student-athletes,” Aces Assistant Athletic Director for Marketing and Fan Engagement Scott Peace said.  “The student-athletes will be able to learn from one of the biggest names and brightest minds in brand marketing.”

Current UE student-athletes will be given access to the course over the summer of 2020 with the expectation to have it completed by the start of the fall semester.  In the years to follow, the program will be used to welcome new student-athletes to the University of Evansville.


Todd Lickliter – Head Men’s Basketball Coach
“Preparing our student-athletes for their lives after college is something that we take great pride in with our program and at the University of Evansville.  This partnership provides them with an additional resource that will benefit them throughout their careers.”

Mat Mundell – Head Softball Coach
"I am thrilled that UE is able to give our student-athletes access to the DARLOW Rules! This will be a great opportunity for them to grow off the field of competition and further enhance their future endeavors."

Stuart Wilson – Head Swimming and Diving Coach:
“The DARLOW Rules program is a great opportunity for a lot of these athletes, helping to open up doors and is going to make them more successful as they leave UE.”

Fernando Morales – Head Volleyball Coach:
“I am excited about this partnership, the more I learn about DARLOW and his project, the more I think this is going to be big for UE Athletics. All student-athletes, coaches and the whole department will benefit a lot from this partnership.”

Chris Pfau – Head Women’s Soccer Coach
“What an honor it is to be selected as a DARLOW Rules Program. This program recognizes institutions that value their student-athletes as more than an athlete. It believes in building the character and strength of each student. While fostering this culture, we will equip our Aces for success in their future. UE is the only MVC school selected for this program and the first school that does not carry a football program. That says a lot about UE and our commitment to student-athletes.”

Jim Hamilton – Head Men’s and Women’s Golf Coach
“Sounds like a great opportunity, another strategy to help our student-athlete succeed.”

Wes Carroll – Head Baseball Coach:
“I really look forward to this partnership with DARLOW Rules. This is such a great opportunity for our student-athletes to get prepared for the work force when their playing career is done.”

Matt Ruffing – Head Women’s Basketball Coach
“Anything that you can do to enhance student-athlete’s chance to be successful, especially after graduation, is key. I think this really sets up our student-athletes and our future athletes to be able to brand themselves. It’s going to take off and be something we look back and were happy we were able to be a part of.”

Don Walters – Head Track and Field and Cross Country Coach
“Great opportunity for our student-athletes to brand themselves to be successful in their future plans.”

Marshal Ray – Head Men’s Soccer Coach
“The Darlow Athlete Brand Development Program aligns perfectly with the University of Evansville’s mission of preparing our student-athletes to face the challenges that lie ahead. We recruit individuals who value sport and all it has to offer while understanding the importance of preparing for life after the final whistle, whenever that may occur. Darlow’s program teaches student-athletes how to navigate the ever-changing landscape of social media to best position themselves to succeed in a competitive world.” 

* University of Evansville mourns the loss of Jerry Sloan

The University of Evansville mourns the loss of one of its legends following the passing of Jerry Sloan on Friday at the age of 78.

“Jerry Sloan was one of the most influential legends to ever wear an Aces jersey,” UE Director of Athletics Mark Spencer said.  “He was a true champion at every level of basketball.  We will always remember what Jerry did for our community and university and we are proud that his #52 will always hang in the rafters.  Our entire university sends its condolences to Jerry’s family and friends.”

A native of McLeansboro, Ill., Sloan attended the University of Evansville from 1962 through 1965.  In three seasons with the Purple Aces, Sloan led the team to a pair of College Division National Championships including a perfect 29-0 season in 1964-65.  As a college player, Sloan led UE to a 76-9 record.  The 3-time College Division 1st Team All-American was recognized as one of the best in the country, earning Chuck Taylor Converse 1st Team All-America honors and Sporting News Second Team in 1965.  Both awards encompassed all college divisions.

“Aces basketball is saddened by the passing of Jerry Sloan.  It is impossible to put into words the impact that he made on the University of Evansville, the community and the game of basketball,” Aces head men’s basketball coach Todd Lickliter expressed.  “Our thoughts are with the Sloan family.”

In 1965, Sloan was selected by the Baltimore Bullets with the fourth overall pick in the NBA Draft.  Following one season with the Bullets, he was selected by the Chicago Bulls in the 1966 NBA Expansion Draft.  Sloan played for the Bulls until his retirement as a player in 1976 and became the first player in franchise history to have his jersey (#4) retired.

After spending a season as an assistant coach for the Bulls, Sloan was elevated to the head coaching position in 1979 and led the team to the playoffs in his second season.  Sloan joined the Utah Jazz as an assistant coach in 1985 before being named head coach in 1988.  Having the opportunity to coach Hall of Famers Karl Malone and John Stockton, Sloan led the Jazz to 16 consecutive NBA playoff appearances.  Utah advanced to the NBA Finals in 1997 and 1998.

Sloan coached the Jazz until 2011.  He collected his 1,000th career win in December of 2006, becoming the fifth coach in NBA history to reach that mark.  Sloan is the winningest coach in Utah Jazz history and at the time of his retirement.  He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2009.

Teammate and fellow All-American Larry Humes recounted his relationship with Sloan, which began on the UE campus and continued long after their college days.

“Jerry was a leader and a great teammate.  He was one of my best friends for over 50 years; we always stayed in contact.  Despite all of his success, he never changed, he was always the same person, which is what made him special,” Humes recalled.  “On our 1965 team – he was the backbone.  He handled the defense and I did the offense.  Russ (Grieger), Herb (Williams) and Sam (Watkins) handled their roles so well and made us better.”

“My time with Jerry at the University of Evansville is something I will always remember and cherish.  He always said that some of his greatest memories were in his time at Evansville.”


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