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Wednesday, June 10, 2020

* Holly Carter Appointed Interim Principal for Harlaxton College

Beginning June 1, Dr. Holly Carter, director of study abroad and Harlaxton College Programs at the University of Evansville, has been appointed interim principal for Harlaxton College, UE’s study abroad center in Grantham, England.  


Carter has been with the University since 2015 as director of the Office of Study Abroad and Harlaxton College Programs. During this time, Carter has expanded partnerships around the world and has significantly grown the Harlaxton custom program enterprise. 


Carter serves as an Ashoka Change Leader for UE and will also bring those skills to the UK, including an incredible passion for the values of the University. She was recognized for this commitment with a Changee Award as well as Student Organization Advisor of the Year and Club of the Year for her efforts with UE’s Barn Blitz Program. Her work in these areas led to UE winning the prestigious Senator Paul Simon Spotlight Award for Campus Internationalization from NAFSA: the Society of International Educators.


Carter brings over 20 years of experience in academia to the role. She holds a PhD in sociology focusing on the National Health Service (NHS), providing healthcare for all UK citizens, as well as a Master of Public Health focusing on global community health. She also earned a Master of Philosophy in sociology from the University of Glasgow where she completed her doctoral research into service inequalities in the NHS system. Carter’s broad education also includes bachelor’s and master’s degrees in social work and a bachelor’s degree in French language and literature. Carter recently completed an executive program in leadership at the Owen School at Vanderbilt University.


Carter has deep expertise in education abroad. She has managed multiple overseas study sites, including the Paris program for the University System of Georgia, a medical site in Cusco, Peru, and a campus site in Angers, France. Carter serves on multiple national education abroad committees is currently the dean of NAFSA’s Risk Assessment and Crisis Management Continuing Education Program, the chair elect of NAFSA’s Teaching, Learning and Scholarship Knowledge Community, and author in NAFSA’s Guide to Education Abroad.


Carter’s past roles in academic administration include assistant vice president for international affairs at Georgia Regents University and assistant provost at Queens University of Charlotte. She is also a dedicated volunteer for Habitat for Humanity International both locally and globally, having led 35 teams around the world to build houses. She serves as a board member for Habitat for Humanity of Evansville.


Carter is excited about this opportunity to lead Harlaxton through key times and notes:

“Harlaxton and UE have a 50-year relationship that we will celebrate in 2021. It’s an exciting time to see what the next 50 years will hold for us. With the Changemaking opportunities that are now upon us locally and globally, I look forward to the Manor becoming a hub for good in the world.”

UE President Christopher M. Pietruszkiewicz noted, “With nearly half of UE students studying abroad at Harlaxton during their time at UE, it is a crown jewel of the University, and we have never been more invested in, or dedicated to its future. We are thrilled to have Dr. Carter step into this role during a time of transition for Harlaxton College. Her leadership will inspire innovation and position Harlaxton for success in the changing landscape of study abroad.” 

Dr. Carter's appointment comes as Dr. Gerald Seaman ends his tenure as principal.

“Throughout Dr. Seaman’s six years as principal, he and his wife Patti welcomed hundreds of students to Harlaxton, ushering them through the life-changing experience at the Manor,” said President Pietruszkiewicz. “We wish the Seaman family the very best and extend our sincere gratitude to Dr. Seaman for his dedication to Harlaxton College.” 

* 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


Upcoming Events

* Shepard Brass to perform an outdoor concert

The Shepard Brass will be playing an outdoor concert at the Evansville State Hospital Park on Sunday, June 14 at 1:00 PM. In honor of “Flag Day” they will be performing marches, patriotic selections, popular, and jazz music. The Shepard Brass personnel is all related to the UE Music Department.

Timothy Zifer - Trumpet
Kevin Wilson - Trumpet
Emily Britton - Horn
Kenneth Steinsultz - Trombone
Joshua Britton - Bass Trombone
Ross Erickson - Percussion

Kenneth Steinsultz


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

Kenneth Steinsultz

* 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. 



Sympathy to...

* Sympathy to the Family of Dr. Dick Blandford

The UE family is saddened to hear the news of the passing of Dr. Dick Blandford, associate professor of electrical engineering and computer science. Dr. Blandford was an esteemed, respected, and devoted member of the College of Engineering and Computer Science and will be deeply missed by the University of Evansville Community.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Tuesday, June 9 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church. Please keep Dr. Blandford’s family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.



* 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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