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Wednesday, September 23, 2020

* Now Available: CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) Grant Application

Emergency funding through the HEERF Grant is available for expenses that resulted in additional costs related to your participation in academic and college-related activities due to COVID-19. Please be aware that funding is limited and a valid 2020-21 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) submission is required for grant consideration. Applications will be processed as received until federal funds provided have been exhausted.

Apply for the HEERF Grant

* Suicide Awareness Month: Myths and Facts

MYTH: People who threaten suicide are just seeking attention from others.

FACT: Regardless of whether a person is “just seeking attention” or is serious in their statements, any threat of suicide should be taken seriously. Do not dismiss statements of intent or attempts as attention-seeking actions. While it may seem as though a person is “getting the attention they want”, taking it seriously may save that person’s life.

The Office of Counseling Services is located on the 2nd floor of Ridgway University Center, the first door to the left inside the Student Life suite. We are available to take appointments and meet with students in the office Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm. We see students for a variety of needs and can also send outreaches to students who may be in need of services. Additionally, our office offers on-call counseling for crisis emergencies, such as thoughts of suicide or self-injury; a counselor is available after hours or on the weekends by calling the Office of Public safety (812-488-2051) as asking for the on-call counselor.
Ph: 812-488-2663


COVID-19 Corner

* Who is included as an active case in the UE COVID-19 Dashboard?

The UE COVID-19 Dashboard includes individuals with active cases who:

  • have a direct on-campus impact (have been to campus)
  • have tested positive for COVID-19 and are currently self-isolating
  • choose to isolate at home or off-campus

Upcoming Events

* Business School Students - Network with UE Alumnus Hassan Taki Eddin '17

Students! You are invited to chat with UE alumnus, Hassan Taki Eddin '17, about his career journey, obtain career advice, and build your UE network. Students can tune in to network face-to-face with Hassan via Zoom or join the event live on the UE Alumni Association's Facebook page.

UE Connect Online with Hassan Taki Eddin '17 - "Your Career, Your Future"
Date: September 30, 2020
Time: Noon - 12:45 p.m. CST

Hassan is a A senior associate with PwC in New York. During his networking session, Hassan will discuss different financial roles and how to prepare yourself for a career in the corporate world.

Register today for the networking event at

Questions or Comments? Contact Nichole Coffey at or 812-488-2900.

* Conversations with Chris to feature FDNY Battalion Chief David Morkal

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Join us for a YouTube Premiere of Conversations with Chris on Friday, September 25! UE's President Chris Pietruszkiewicz will interview Class of 1981 alum David Morkal and discuss his time as a student at UE, his career, and more.

Battalion Chief David Morkal is a 30-year veteran with the FDNY. Promoted to Lieutenant the week after the World Trade Center attacks, Chief Morkal has taken every opportunity to study leadership and enhance his leadership knowledge.
Morkal holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre from UE and worked in technical theatre across the country before joining the FDNY.

Conversations with Chris will premiere at 6PM and can be viewed by visiting (Please note: the interview will not premiere on the webpage until 6PM.)

After the conclusion of Conversations with Chris (approximately 7PM), check back on our Facebook page for a special Facebook Live event!


Info You Should Know

* Good Trouble: Let's Do Something

A couple of weeks ago we gathered to formulate a campus-wide response to the racial injustice plaguing our country. At that time, we worked in breakout groups to generate a list of immediate and sustained actions we can take at UE to make out community more equitable and inclusive.

That list now points us forward in our fight for racial justice. We invite you to join us for our next virtual Good Trouble meeting on Monday, September 28th at 7pm. In this meeting we will again work in groups, this time to move forward on the specific actions we identified to effect meaningful and transformative change.

Please register online for this meeting and select the three actions you are most interested in working on with others in the UE community.

We are inspired by the belief of John Lewis that "Nothing can stop the power of a committed and determined people to make a difference in our society.”

It’s time to do something.

* Online Academic Peer Coaching Now Available

If you need better time management, study strategies, test preparation skills, organizational habits, and a healthier school-life balance, an Academic Coach can help!

Academic Coaches are waiting throughout the week to hear about your situation and offer advice, strategies, and motivation. Coaching is available through Zoom on a drop-in basis nearly every day of the week. Why feel stuck and overwhelmed? Get coaching now!

Go here to see the online drop-in peer coaching schedule:

Working with an academic coach can help get your academic life back into balance.

Academic Coaches are also available on an individual basis. If you'd like your own Academic Coach to work with you 1-1 each week, please ask!

Chad Hart

* Parking Restrictions in place for Front Oval on 9/25/2020

Parking in the front oval will be restricted beginning at 5:30pm on Friday, September 25th. All vehicles must be moved from the oval by that time. The restrictions are being implemented to allow the Evansville Fire Department to stage a fire truck on the oval in tribute to University of Evansville Alumni and FDNY Battalion Chief, David Morkal. The parking restrictions will be removed at 7:30pm that evening.

* ECO General Assembly Meeting

Don't miss this week's Environmental Concerns Organization meeting on Thursday, September 24th at 7:00 PM! We will be holding this semester's first conservation conversation, voting on shirts and holding signups for several upcoming events! This meeting will be entirely online, so reach out to mw346 for the link to join.

* Display Cases in the Library

Do you have a club you want people to know about? Do you have an event you want others to attend? How about showing off your class work? If you said YES, then the Library has a display case for you! Contact Julie Wilson at or (812) 488-1062 for more information or to make a reservation.

* Writing Center Delayed 24-48 Hours

The online Writing Center will be having a “soft” open on Tuesday, September 22, with a full opening on Wednesday, September 23rd. You will be able to make online appointments starting Monday afternoon via the University of Evansville’s Writing Center website. Thank you!

* Follow @THEUEFLASH on Instagram

Follow @theueflash on Instagram for your UE Student Engagement information. COVID-19 has changed a lot of things on campus including how we get the word out about what you can get involved with. (RIP Flush Flash) We'll post regularly, but if you're just here for the flash, look for it every Friday morning for a roundup of what's happening over the weekend and the week ahead.

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* UE Launches Aces Opportunity Grant for Qualified Indiana Freshmen

The University of Evansville has launched the Aces Opportunity Grant to make its transformative education accessible to students who display the greatest financial need.

Through the Aces Opportunity Grant, qualified freshmen entering in the fall of 2021 whose families earn less than $50,000 will pay no tuition out of pocket. Eligible Indiana students who submit a UE application for admission will automatically be considered for this grant.

"The Aces Opportunity Grant makes UE accessible to all Indiana students so that a financial barrier is not an obstacle to high impact, private education," said president Christopher M. Pietruszkiewicz. "The grant program is a strong statement that all students should have choices about how to plan for a successful future in a small classroom environment and, at the same time, to make a positive impact on our communities by joining our commitment to service in a changing world."

The Aces Opportunity Grant works by bridging the gap between the scholarships and grants students receive and UE's tuition costs.

"We know quality higher education is expensive," said Kenton Hargis, UE's director of admission. "But we want to help more students find a way to say yes to UE." 

For more information about the University of Evansville and the Aces Opportunity Grant, visit the University's website at

* Entering Overtime Hours for Non-Exempt Employees

Please note the clarification made on page four of the Time Entry Online instructions in WebAdvisor for non-exempt hourly staff and administrators who complete a timecard.

The UE TimeOnline system will automatically calculate the amount of overtime you are eligible for based on the hours worked that are entered. Therefore, enter your total hours worked per day and UE TimeOnline will calculate your overtime entitlement. Overtime will not be calculated within the same week that holiday, sick or vacation hours are entered, unless the employee works more than 40 hours during that week, per FSLA guidelines.



* Congratulations to our 2020 Commencement Award Recipients!

The University of Evansville would like to congratulate the following staff and faculty members! They received a 2020 Commencement award for this year's virtual celebration.

Eykamp Prize - Jerrilee LaMar, PhD, RN, CNE

Jerrilee is associate professor and chair in the Dunigan Family School of Nursing. The Eykamp Prize is awarded annually to a faculty member that displays extraordinary service to UE. Dr. LaMar was nominated for her commitment to student recruitment and success, innovation in teaching, and the development and mentoring of students. 

Outstanding Teacher Award - Mike Roscoe, PhD, PA-C

Mike Roscoe is the director and chair of the Master of Physician Assistant Science program. He also serves as an associate professor for the PA program. Dr. Roscoe was nominated by students and faculty for demonstrating passion for academic excellence, motivating and encouraging students, and inspiring future leaders.

Outstanding Senior Service Award - Megan Hawkins

Megan Hawkins, a graduate of the Elementary Education program, was nominated for demonstrating a commitment to high academic achievement, a commitment to service, and exemplary leadership. The Outstanding Senior Service Award is named for respected alumni Mabel Dillingham Nenneker and Guthrie May.


If you haven't yet had a chance to view the virtual celebration, you can find it on the Commencement Corner.



* Intramurals Are Back

The Intramural department has coordinated with the UE Covid Health Task Force to bring back the return of Intramural Sports for the Fall 2020 semester. Log on to today to sign up!!!

Additional health and sanitizing precautions will be implemented, if interested in finding out more about these check out for all the latest event updates and information or contact the Intramural Director, Drew, at

* MVC Slate Unveiled for UE Men's Basketball

With the non-conference start date set for November 25 for the 2020-21 men’s basketball season, the Missouri Valley Conference has unveiled the league portion of the upcoming schedule as the University of Evansville prepares for its first full season under the leadership of head coach Todd Lickliter.

Conference action will begin on Wednesday, December 30 with a home matchup against Illinois State.  The Redbirds were the #9 seed in the conference last season after going 5-13 and 10-21 overall.  UE returns the trip to Redbird arena on Wednesday, January 27,

A trip to Missouri State will open up the new year.  The Purple Aces and Bears will tangle inside JQH Arena on Saturday, January 2.  MSU is coming off of a 9-9 league mark and were 16-17 overall.  Evansville has an even 3-3 mark in its last six trips to Springfield.  Four days later, the Aces are back home to face Drake, who was 20-14 overall in 2019-20 and 8-10 in the Valley.  Over the last eight home games against the Bulldogs, the Aces have come out on the winning end seven times.

The first 2-game road swing of the league campaign opens on Jan. 9 at UNI.  Last year, the Panthers won a league-best 25 games while taking the regular season league crown with a 14-4 mark.  On Jan. 13, UE continues its road trek at Valparaiso.  In its last trip to the ARC, UE played a spirited game against the Crusaders, trimming an 18-point deficit to just two tallies in the final minute before Valpo escaped with the 67-65 win. 

UE travels back home on Saturday, Jan. 16 to take on a Loyola team that went 21-11 a season ago while finishing second in the conference on the strength of a 13-5 mark.  In its only Tuesday contest of the MVC season, Evansville welcomes Indiana State to town on Jan. 19.  The Sycamores tied for the third-best league mark in 2019-20, going 11-7.

Evansville wraps up its season series against Drake on Saturday, Jan. 23 before heading to Normal, Ill. for the second season match-up against the Redbirds on the 27th.  In what is always one of the most highly anticipated home games of the season, the Aces complete the month of January at home against Southern Illinois on the 30th.

February begins on the road with a return trip to Loyola on the 3rd.  Saturday, Feb. 6 will see defending MVC Tournament champion Bradley make its way to the Ford Center for its first contest of the year against UE.  The Braves posted a 23-11 overall mark last season while winning 11 league outings.  A pivotal home stretch wraps up on Wednesday, Feb. 10 when UNI comes to town.

A pair of short road trips comprise the following two contests as UE heads to Terre Haute to face the Sycamores on Feb. 13 before trekking to Carbondale, Ill. to complete the season series against SIU.  The final week of home action commences on Saturday, Feb. 20 when the Aces welcome Missouri State.  Senior Night is set for Feb. 24 as Evansville plays host to Valparaiso.

Regular season action wraps up on Feb. 27 with a road tilt at Bradley.  The State Farm MVC Tournament is scheduled for March 4-7 at the Enterprise Center in St. Louis, Mo.

Season tickets are currently on sale with single game tickets and mini pack information to be announced when the full schedule is completed.  For more information or to purchase your tickets, call 812-488-2237 (ACES).  Due to the adjusted start date for the 2020-21 campaign, the Purple Aces non-conference schedule will be released as dates and games are confirmed.  Start times for all UE men’s basketball games will be released at a later date.


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