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Friday, December 4, 2020

* Meet with Purple Santa Virtually - Today

purple santa.

Visiting with Purple Santa is a holiday tradition each year at UE during our campus festival, Winter on Walnut. While we have gone virtual this year at the Holiday Hub, keep your UE tradition alive by meeting with Purple Santa virtually on Friday, December 4th.

No registration is required. Participants will get an opportunity to meet with Purple Santa on Zoom in a break out room. Be sure to take a screen shot to get your annual Santa photo!

Friday, December 4
4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Zoom Link:
Meeting ID: 912 0137 7011
Passcode: 035935

Note: The Zoom virtual doors will close at 5:45 p.m. to allow all participants an opportunity to meet with Purple Santa within the allotted timeframe.

Questions: Contact the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations at 812-488-2586 or

* Check out The Holiday Hub!

The Holiday Hub logo

The holiday season is finally upon us! In previous years, UE has held a Christmas on Campus event that includes carriage rides, a tree-lighting ceremony, Vespers service, a visit from Purple Santa, and more. Health and safety guidelines prevented us from having our on-campus event, but we still wanted to find a way to celebrate with our students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Let’s welcome the spirit of the season with The Holiday Hub!

The Holiday Hub is an online page that incorporates many of the well-loved elements from our annual event, along with materials for the virtual environment we have come to know so well. We invite you to check out all of the fun and festive content, which includes video messages, coloring pages, a Vespers message, and more. There may even be a visit from Purple Santa!

We hope you have a wonderful holiday season while you are home for the holidays.


Info You Should Know

* The Ohio River and You: Why Should You Care?

view of a river.

The Ohio River and You

Why you should care and what you can do.

What’s runoff?

When water flows, it picks up dirt, dust, and debris with it. On a roadway, those pollutants could include sediment, metal, rubber, oil, fertilizers, antifreeze, cigarette butts, pesticides, etc. The Ohio River, which supplies six states their daily water, is in dire need of assistance to help combat runoff and keep the water clear!

What can you do?

Try carpooling or using bikes as your mode of transport. Do not over-fertilize your yard or use an environmentally-friendly fertilizer. Make sure your car is not leaking any sort of fluid before you drive it. Try and limit your one-use items and find more sustainable options, but most importantly…


* How can you reduce your carbon footprint?

Carbon Dioxide (CO2) is one of the notorious greenhouse gases that give rise to climate change. The United States has one of the highest average carbon footprints per person, leading with 16 tons over the global average of nearly 4 tons.

Why is it important?
With the issue of climate change, conservation, and the countdown for the world to achieve zero emissions, people are starting to build more sustainable lifestyles. Understanding the concept of carbon footprints is a crucial step towards achieving that lifestyle.

Learn more about how you can reduce your carbon footprint in the attached Newsletter.
After you read the newsletter: Take this survey:

Article by Student Cecilia Thon.

* Winter Intersession Courses

There is still time to register for Winter Intersession courses. The online courses run December 10, 2020 to January 15, 2021, and students may take up to two courses. For registration and payment deadlines and information, visit the Registrar area.

Winter Intersession Courses
ACCT 398 3 Internship in Accounting Morgan
ACCT 211 3 Introduction to Managerial Accounting Taylor
ART 105 3 Introduction to the Visual Arts Larmann
ASTR 101 3 Descriptive Astronomy Braun
AT 180 3 Introduction to Athletic Training Tilly
BIOL 107 4 General Biology Aldred
BUS 100 3 Introduction to Business Fenton J
BUS 398 3 Internship in Business Morgan
CHEM 103 3 Chemistry of Adult Beverages Miller
CHEM 118 4 Principles of Chemistry Miller-Morong
COMM 380 3 Intercultural Communication Thomlison
COMM 130 3 Introduction to Communication Wandel
COMM 221 3 Media Writing Wandel
COMM 333 3 News Copyediting Wandel
ECON 101 3 Principles of Macroeconomics Bayar
ECON 102 3 Principles of Microeconomics Bayar
ECON 398 3 Internship in Economics Morgan
ES 103 3 Fundamentals of Environmental Science Thananatthanachon
ETH/PHIL 121 3 Introduction to Ethics Kretz
EXSS 150 2 Introduction to Health Sciences Laughbaum
EXSS 320 3 Nutrition for Performance and Health Rodd
EXSS 488 1-2 Internship Rodd
EXSS 488 TBD Internship Wilson
FIN 361 3 Fundamentals of Finance Brockman C
FIN 478 3 Risk Management Khan
GEOL 130 3 Environmental Geology Swenty
GT 225 3 Lifespan Development Hennon
HSA 405/505 3 Health Care Systems Stroube
HSA 498/529 1 Health Service Field Experience Stroube
LAW 201 3 Legal Environment of Business Fenton
LSCM 350 3 Humanitarian Logistics Obaze
MATH 105 3 College Algebra Dwyer-Salminen
MATH 134 3 Surveys of Calculus Dwyer-Salminen
MATH 221 4 Calculus 1 Dwyer-Salminen
MATH 222 4 Calculus 2 Dwyer-Salminen
MATH 323 4 Calculus 3 Dwyer-Salminen
MATH 324 3 Differential Equations Dwyer-Salminen
MATH 365 3 Probability Gruenwald
MGT 497 3 Global Strategic Management Fenton H
MGT 377 3 Organizational Behavior Fenton H
MGT 331 3 International Business Strategy Fox
MUS 156 3 Music in America Strandberg
NEUR 125 3 Introduction to Behavioral Neuroscience Campese
NUTR 304 3 Nutrition Concepts and Controversies Rea
PH 190 3 Introduction to Public Health Patel-Dovlatabadi
PH 195 3 Global Health Issues Patel-Dovlatabadi
PH 488 1-3 Internship Patel-Dovlatabadi
PH 598 1-3 Public Health Practicum Patel-Dovlatabadi
PHYS 121 4 Algebra Physics 1 (includes lab(121L)) Stamm
PSCI 100 3 World Politics Kim
PSYC 121 3 Introduction to Psychology Campese
PSYC 245 4 Statistics for Psychologists Campese
PSYC 225 3 Lifespan Development Hennon
PSYC 226 3 Child and Adolescent Psychology Hennon
PSYC 229 3 Social Psychology Stevenson
PSYC 320 3 Psychology and the Law Stevenson
PSYC 431 3 Stereotyping, Racism, and Prejudice Stevenson
QM 227 3 Introduction to Statistics Khormali
REL 212 3 Living World Religions Gupta
SOC 105 3 Introduction to Sociology Plikuhn
SOC 230 3 Social Problems in the Modern World Plikuhn
SOC 350 3 Popular Culture Plikuhn
SPAN 211 3 Intermediate Spanish 1 Rodriguez Quevedo
STAT 166 1 Introduction to R for Data Science Weber


* 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.



* Dr. Nick Harmon, Department of Physics, Receives $117,000, 3-year Research Grant from the NSF

Nick Harmon, assistant professor of physics, received a National Science Foundation (NSF) award for the proposal "Investigating Spin Currents from Nuclear Field Gradients". The $117,000 award over three years will be used to fund research in the field of 'spintronics' where the tiny magnetic nature of electrons (called spin) is used in addition to its charge for practical devices. Specifically, Dr. Harmon and UE physics students will investigate, using theoretical and computational methods, how nuclear spins can cause electron spins to flow which is a necessity for most spintronic applications. Students on this project will also have the opportunity to visit an experimental group (Prof. Paul Crowell) at the U. of Minnesota where experiments, similar to what are described in the proposal, are performed.

Aside from research, another aspect of the grant is to mainstream concepts from quantum mechanics using spin as an example. This will be done by bringing research examples into the classroom, creating curriculum where students outside the traditional physics program will confront these topics, and addressing issue regarding quantum science in world affairs to the UE/Evansville community.

* Associate Professor and Chairperson of Art Todd Matteson has Three Works Chosen for Juried Exhibition

Associate Professor and Chairperson Todd Matteson has three of his works chosen for FILLED UP: A Ceramic Cup Show.

The cup, one of ceramics more iconic images, has been used as a metaphor, a sculptural element, a sculptural foundation and a functional daily piece of dinnerware.

The exhibition is in historic New Harmony, IN, at the NHGCA, December 5, 2020-January 29, 2021. Whether you choose to fill your cups with beverages, food, pencils, or ideology, this exhibition will feature over 100 handmade creations from artists across the country. This exhibition is made possible in part by the Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana, Lenny and Anne Dowhie Trusts, and the Indiana Arts Commission, which receives support from the State of Indiana and the National Endowment for the Arts. Paul Andrew Wandless, artist, author, educator and curator, was the juror.

* Dr. Campese's Publication Featured on Cover of Learning & Memory

Motivational Factors Underlying Aversive Pavlovian-Instrumental Transfer by Dr. Campese and colleagues was published in the November issue of Learning & Memory as the featured cover piece.


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