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Thursday, November 12, 2020

* Share your holiday traditions and greetings!

The holiday season is quickly approaching, and our fall semester is quickly coming to a close! As you prepare to head home for the holidays, UE wants to know: what is your favorite holiday tradition?

The University would like to feature a video sharing the holiday traditions of students around the world and in America, and we need your help! If you'd like to be included in this project, please record a video sharing your favorite tradition. Our students and faculty come from diverse backgrounds, and the holiday season is a great time to learn about cultures and traditions!

Additionally, if you are an international student or come from a multicultural background, we would like to learn more about your holiday greetings. Please record a short video sharing your holiday greetings in your native language and UE will create a video showing holiday messages from around the world!

All videos can be uploaded to a designated OneDrive folder. You may also provide a link to the file on OneDrive, Dropbox, or Google Drive and email Please upload all videos by Wednesday, November 18!

Some video guidelines to keep in mind when recording:

  • Film your video horizontally (wide screen)
  • Don't record your video extremely closeup (in case cropping is necessary)
  • Leave a 2 or 3-second gap before you start speaking so your voice isn't cut off in the videos
  • If you choose to record outside, make sure there is no wind noise or other sounds in the background

If you have any questions, please contact Julie Bryant, university relations coordinator, at


Upcoming Events

* This Week in LCMS-U

We will be delivering care packages to the R.A.'s for all the hard work they have done over this semester!

Sunday Worship Schedule:
Sunday, 8:00 AM - Redeemer Evansville (across Lincoln from UE)
Sunday, 10:30 AM - Redeemer Evansville
Sunday, 11:30 AM - Redeemer Newburgh (7811 Oak Grove Rd., Newburgh)

* Virtual Talk with an Award-winning Forensic Accounting Expert and Book Author

Rania Mousa, Associate Professor of Accounting and Mead Johnson Nutrition Endowed Chair in Business, would like to invite accounting and business students to attend an upcoming virtual talk with Tiffany Couch, a nationally-recognized expert source on the topic of fraud and financial crimes.

author and book.

Tiffany Couch is a Certified Public Accountant, a Certified in Financial Forensics, a Certified Fraud Examiner and is the founder and principal of a forensic accounting firm based in the Pacific Northwest. She has been described as an “energetic, engaging and thought-provoking speaker,” who has 20 years of experience in conducting financial investigations and testifying as an expert witness in state and federal jurisdictions. Her expertise has been used by The New York Times, Forbes, CNBC, The Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio, and Fraud Magazine. She is the former Chairwoman of the Association of the Certified Fraud Examiners' (ACFE) Board of Regents and the winner of the ACFE 2014 James R. Baker Speaker of the Year to honor an individual who has demonstrated the true spirit of leadership in communication, presentation and quality instruction. She is also the book author of “The Thief in Your Company: Protect Your Organization from the Financial and Emotional Impacts of Insider Fraud,” which has been highly rated on Amazon.

The virtual event will take place on Tuesday, November 17, from 4:00-6:00 pm CST. If you like to attend the event, please reach out to Dr. Rania Mousa (rm190) via email to receive a Zoom invite.

* Meditation & Prayer Service

In these stressful times, we could all use a space to re-center, re-focus, and enjoy the quiet. On Monday, November 16, 7PM, the Office of Religious Life will offer a half-hour of Christian meditation to create just such a space in Neu Chapel. Feel free to bring a cushion or pillow to make your meditation more comfortable. If you have any questions, please contact JillAnn Knonenborg, Director of Religious Life.

* Intramural Double's Pickleball and Cornhole Tournament

The intramural department is hosting a double's pickleball tournament and a cornhole tournament! Double's Pickleball will take place Tuesday, November 17th and Cornhole will be Thursday November 19th both beginning at 7:00pm. The tournament will take place in the fitness center, all participants must wear a mask and maintain distance before, during, and prior to the event. If interested, visit to sign up your team, or contact the Assistant Director of Intramural Sports, Drew at

* FREE WITH UE STUDENT ID!! Evansville Philharmonic Mad Hot Ballroom Demonstration. Sunday, November 15th, 1:15pm.


FREE WITH UE STUDENT ID: Evansville Philharmonic Mad Hot Ballroom Demonstration. Sunday, November 15th, 1:15pm. UE Ballroom Club President Joseph Shoup (Vocal Performance Education) and Vice President August Martinez (Communications & Exercise Science) will demonstrate a Bronze Level American Smooth Tango prior to the EPO’s show this Sunday. Students dance at 1:15pm, main show at 2:00pm FREE W/ UE ID!

To reserve your ticket, call 812-425-5050 ext. 300, and ask for Jeanne in the Box Office. You can reserve a single seat, or if you want to attend with your student family unit, let her know that when you call. Give the name of any of your UE professors to reserve. You will need your ID to pick up at Will Call (Main Street entrance at the Victory Theatre). All seats are distanced and masks are required. Very limited audience, with temperature checks to get in. Questions? Text 812-449-1044. Come support your fellow students and enjoy the amazing Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra!

* Special Presentation: The Legacy of Racism for Children: Psychology, Law, & Public Policy

Join us on November 17th, 7pm-8pm, for a presentation and discussion with Dr. Margaret Stevenson, author of the recently published Oxford University Press book, “The Legacy of Racism for Children: Psychology, Law, and Public Policy.” In her book, Stevenson reviews the ways in which law and policy shape the lives of marginalized children and adolescents – racial and ethnic minorities – who historically and presently are at heightened risk for experiencing disadvantageous consequences of law and policy. Topics include the intersection of race and ethnicity with child dependency court, familial incarceration, the “school to prison pipeline,” police/youth interactions, and jurors’ perceptions of racial minority child and adolescent victims and defendants.

Hosted by the University of Evansville's Psi Chi chapter, Psychology Club, and the Department of Law, Politics, & Society


* IM Badminton Tournament

The intramural department is hosting a double's badminton tournament, Thursday November 12th at 7:00pm. The tournament will take place in the fitness center, all participants must wear a mask and maintain distance before, during, and prior to the event. If interested, visit to sign up your team, or contact the Assistant Director of Intramural Sports, Drew at


Info You Should Know

* Nearing Retirement?

Thinking about retirement? Check healthcare off your to-do list.

University of Evansville established the Retirement Healthcare Savings Plan (RHSP) as a way to help you prepare and pay for your medical expenses in retirement. As you get older, healthcare costs are likely to take up a larger portion of your budget, and Medicare may not be enough. The Emeriti RHSP also provides access to group retiree health insurance plan options that have no network restrictions and follow you wherever you live in the United States.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic we are not conducting on-site meetings, but we hope you’ll join us for a Zoom webinar to learn more about what your employer is doing to help you prepare for healthcare expenses in retirement.

To join a session, choose one from the chart below. Join from a PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone or Android device using one of the webinar links below. Or, to join by phone, dial 877-853-5257 and enter he webinar ID and passcode.

Institution Date Time Webinar link Webinar ID Passcode
Emeriti National Thu, Nov 12 2 p.m. (ET) Join the Nov 12 webinar 979 3967 5034 798746
University of Evansville Tue, Nov 17 11 a.m. (CT) Join the Nov 17 webinar 979 1527 6901 798746

Need more information? Call the Emeriti Service Center at 866-363-7484 and press option #2, weekdays, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (ET).

* Scholarship Students - Reminder to write a thank you message to your donor

If you have received recent emails asking you to write a thank you message for your scholarship donor(s), there's still time!

Please click the following link:

This will take you to a guided thank you form, or you can send a thank you video to

Sending a message of thanks to your loyal scholarship donor can bring joy to someone's life and will go a long way in ensuring scholarship support for UE students in years to come. And all who send either type of message will be entered to win an iPad! The deadline for all thank you messages is Friday, November 13.

Questions? Please contact Molli Duckworth at

* This Week in Newman Club

Check out what Newman Catholic Club is up to this week! All are welcome!

Newman Night:

Wednesday (11/11), 7pm, Zoom
We will be having a FOCUS Missionary speaker for the first half of the night. For the second half, we will be making thank-you cards for healthcare residents. Email to follow with more information.
**Last Newman Night will be November 18th**


Saturday (11/14), 7pm, Catholic Center (4200 N Kentucky Ave)
We will be joining USI for a Mulan screening.

Small Groups:

Tuesdays at 7pm at the Newman House*
Thursdays at 7:30pm at the Newman House*

Catholic Mass:

Sundays, 1pm, Neu Chapel

Rosary Group:

Sundays, 2pm, Newman House*

*Newman House: 1901 Lincoln Ave

Want to be updated about Newman and become a member?! Follow us on instagram at ue_newman and become a member using the link

qr code.

* Changes to UE International Insurance Program

On November 3, 2020, UE insurance partner announced a few changes to the UE international insurance program including the following:

  • Europ Assistance, UE’s international travel assistance partner has changed its name to Generali Global Assistance (Generali). However, services remain the same.
  • The new GardaWorld program now provides expanded information offerings (country briefings, alerts, medical network, and additional security information) and a mobile phone app that can be downloaded for real-timed information and alerts.

For more information, please visit the Risk Management and Travel websites located on UE MyPortal.

* Extra Credit Opportunity

The neuromarketing lab is conducting a survey for the Habitat for Humanity organization. We are looking for responses to various taglines. The survey will be given through Qualtrics and will ask to record for your visual reaction. Your video will only be for the purpose of this research and will not be shown or distributed to anyone besides the neuromarketing research team. The survey is worth 3 extra credit points. The deadline to complete the survey will be November 13 by the end of the day.

Contact Brittani Bullock, and Lora Becker to participate.

* UE Theatre Hosted Brandon Kirkham's ’05 "Q&A" Workshop

UE Theatre hosted another session of their 2020–21 Workshop Series on Sunday, November 1, featuring Brandon Kirkham’s ’05 Q&A workshop. This workshop allowed students to ask about freelance work for designers, builders, and artisans’.

man and puppets.

Brandon received his MFA in Theater Design from Ohio University, a BS in Theatre Design & Technology from the University of Evansville and holds a graduate certificate in Puppet Arts from the University of Connecticut. He is a proud member of Puppeteers of America, UNIMA USA, Brown County Arts Alliance, and the Indiana Puppetry Guild.

Brandon Kirkham is a freelance designer, builder, and artisan with more than a decade of professional experience in theatres and shops across the country. From his studio in the historic art colony of Nashville, Indiana, he designs costumes, sets, and puppets for theatre, and builds custom puppets, props, and crafts for all types of clients. Brandon brings a wide range of skills and approaches to his work and especially loves projects that combine multiple disciplines and require unique design solutions.

From 2010 to 2019, Brandon worked at First Stage, a theatre organization for young people and families in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He served as Design Supervisor, Costume Crafts Artisan, and Properties Artisan, and designed more than fifty productions for that company. Brandon has also designed for Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, Skylight Music Theatre, Hope Summer Repertory Theatre, Florentine Opera Company, and others. As a builder of puppets, crafts, and props Brandon’s work has been seen at Lyric Opera of Chicago, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Pioneer Theatre Company, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Enchantment Theatre Company, Kohl’s Wild Theatre at the Milwaukee County Zoo, Utah Museum of Natural History, and many more. Brandon spends his summers in New Mexico as Costume Crafts Head for the Santa Fe Opera.

* Last day to drop with a "W"

Reminder Friday, November 13, 2020 at 5:00 pm is the last day to drop a class with a “W”. You cannot drop online. You can either email or visit the Office of Academic Services in Olmstead Hall, Room 116.

* Meal Plan Changes

Students can adjust meal plans for the Spring semester until Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. Adjust your meal plan online. Changes will be reflected the next business day. Student can use this link to enter their meal plan change request -

* November 2020 Risk Management Tip: Slips, Trips & Falls

As winter approaches slips, trips, and falls are a major cause of injury that occurs to both visitors and employees. They can occur in any business, but are of particular concern to businesses with considerable public and employee foot traffic such as those in retail, higher education, medical, and service industries.

What can you do to make a positive impact?

  1. Be aware of your immediate surroundings
  2. Wear comfortable, properly fitting non-slip shoes
  3. Be aware of the type of surface you are walking on and its condition
  4. Adjust to environmental and walking surface conditions
  5. Pay attention to “Wet Floor” warning signs to warn of known hazards
  6. Practice Good Housekeeping
  7. Keep walkways and hallways free of debris, clutter and obstacles
  8. Only carry items that allow you to see clearly where you are going
  9. Use handrails when going up or down stairs and not skip steps
  10. Eliminate or minimize distractions while walking, such as looking at your cell phone

Report unsafe conditions to Office of Public Safety at 812-488-2051.

Be Safe With Each Step!

* 2020 Employee Holiday Schedule

The University of Evansville will be closed during the holidays to allow our employees to enjoy this special time with their families, and this year, we extended the traditional winter holiday break by one week from the traditional . The following November – December – January holiday schedule will be observed:


  • Wednesday, November 25: Open (classes are scheduled, with offices open until 3 p.m.)
  • Thursday, November 26: Closed
  • Friday, November 27: Closed

Winter Holiday Break

  • Closed Wednesday, December 16 through Friday, January 1
  • Offices reopen Monday, January 4, 2020
* Fall Healthy Behavior Challenge- The Great Start-Up

Sign up for the fall healthy behavior challenge today! Email to register for this 8 week challenge. This new challenge is focused on starting your day on the right foot for a successful, healthy day to follow! Participants can earn $150.00 in HRA credits. Challenge will run 11/8/2020- 01/08/2021.

* Volunteering to Make Decorations for International Bazaar


International Bazaar is looking for students to make decorations in the Moore Hall Basement from now until November 20th. Sign-up with a friend, make new ones, or take time to relax after a long school day, all while unleashing your inner artist! No previous skill required!

If you have any questions contact

* 2021-2022 FAFSA is Open

File the 2021-22 FAFSA by April 15 at

Continuing students should file the 2021-22 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to apply for federal, state and University need-based financial aid, including all federal student loans. UE's FAFSA code is 001795.

Filing by April 15 is essential for Indiana residents to receive state aid, and highly recommended for all.

Questions regarding the FAFSA should be directed to the Student Financial Services (Olmsted Administration Hall, Room 105) at 812-488-2364.



* Katie Darby Mullins first poetry book, "Neuro, Typical" debuts November 17th

Katie Darby Mullins’ first book of poetry, “Neuro, Typical: Chemical Reactions & Trauma Bonds” (Summer Camp Press) will be released November 17th. The publisher notes: “So often, it’s easy to look at a moment of swift, tragic growth and see it as the defining line: life was before and after that event. But what if the events just keep coming?

Neuro, Typical is a story in poems of Mullins’s recovery from a brain-stem stroke told in disorganized clips and stories: the focus shifts from the physical to the mental and spiritual, from fixed “timeline” events like a housefire to trying to define a relationship there doesn’t seem to be a word for.” Noted poet Kaveh Akbar says it should be read “because when Horace pronounced, over 2000 years ago, “dulce et util!”, that poems must delight and instruct, he was talking about poems like the ones in this gorgeous little volume.”



* Mundell's 2012 UIS Team Receives Hall of Fame Nod

The 2012 University of Illinois Springfield softball team, which was led by University of Evansville head coach Mat Mundell, will be part of the 2020 UIS Hall of Fame class.

The 2012 UIS softball program made athletics history when it became the first Prairie Stars squad to make a NCAA Division II postseason field. UIS finished the year with a 36-22 overall record and went 22-12 in conference play. It won the GLVC West Division Regular Season title and reached the championship games of the GLVC Postseason Tournament and the NCAA Division II Midwest Regional Tournament.

“I am so excited for the 2012 team to be inducted into the Hall of Fame,” Mundell said. “It was an amazing group of young women. What they were able to accomplish on the field was special, but what they have become off of it is more impressive! I was blessed to be able to coach them.”

UIS ended its regular season by winning 23 of its final 32 contests, and it earned the No. 2 seed in the conference tournament. After splitting the first two games, the Prairie Stars won three straight to reach the finals. After receiving a bid to the NCAA Regional event, UIS lost its first game before winning two straight, including a 5-1 victory over top-seed Indianapolis. The season ended with a one-run loss in the regional finals.

They were led by an offense that averaged 4.53 runs a game, and it ranked seventh in the nation with 2.29 stolen bases per game. The Prairie Stars had three first-team all-conference players in Sarah Gray, Rachel Wood, and Heather Gradishar, and Mandy Smith was a second-team all-GLVC selection.

* UE Men's Basketball Student and Faculty/Staff & Administrator Ticket Update

In consultation with Mayor Lloyd Winnecke, the Vanderburgh County Health Department, the local health care community, and VenuWorks, the seating capacity at the Ford Center for the upcoming University of Evansville 2020-21 men's basketball season has been further restricted.

The Ford Center attendee capacity shall abide by Governor Holcomb’s current state-wide order of limiting large gatherings to 500 attendees or less without written exception from the local health department. In compliance with current CDC standards, the previously developed and approved “pod seating” social distancing plan shall be instituted to all attendees.

This decision was largely based on the rise in COVID-19 cases in Southwest Indiana, the local positivity rate of COVID-19 cases, the increasing census rate at Vanderburgh County hospitals and the overall health and well-being of the Evansville community.

Ford Center attendees shall be comprised of a limited number of UE students, home and visiting team families and guests as determined by the NCAA and the Missouri Valley Conference, designated game day personnel, current Aces Assist Club Members, and other contractually obligated partners. No tickets will be available for sale at this time. We are committed to further evaluating seating capacity with our community partners should circumstance permit reconsideration.

100 student tickets will be made available in advance of each home game. All student tickets will continue to be complimentary. This season, tickets must be claimed from the Carson Center ticket office in advance of the game. Specific ticket pickup dates and times will be provided via Ace Notes throughout the season. A valid UE student ID will be required when picking up your ticket and your ticket and student ID must be presented upon entry at the Ford Center – admission shall not be granted without a valid student ID. Students shall be permitted to sit in pods of up to 6 but must claim their tickets with the party they wish to sit with (all members of party must be present at pickup).

Due to capacity limitations, no complimentary tickets are currently available to current or retired faculty, staff and administrators. Should capacity restrictions be reduced, ticket availability shall be re-evaluated.

All UE men’s basketball home games will be broadcast on the Old National Bank Radio Network on 107.1 WJPS and televised on The Valley on ESPN with select games available on CBS Sports Network or Fox Sports Midwest.

We greatly appreciate your patience and understanding of this challenging situation and hope to have our fans back in full force for the 2021-22 UE men’s basketball season.

Please direct any questions to the University of Evansville ticket office at 812-488-2237.


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