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Friday, December 11, 2020

* Last Chance: Rapid-Result Testing for Employees

The University will offer a final opportunity for employees to receive free voluntary COVID-19 testing before Winter Break. Testing will be available on December 14 and 15.

The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) provided University of Evansville the Abbott BinaxNOW rapid-result COVID-19 testing kits. These tests, which are much less invasive than standard deep nasal swabs, only swab the inside tip of the nostril. The results of the test will be available approximately 15 – 30 minutes after testing through the NAVICA mobile app.

Testing information: 
Who can get a rapid-result test:
• Individuals who are symptom-free and have not tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 90 days.

Who should not get a rapid-result test:
• Those experiencing symptoms should NOT participate in the rapid-result testing program. If you have symptoms, you will need to receive a standard PCR COVID-19 test at a local medical facility.  
• Individuals who have tested positive in the last 90 days will not be allowed to receive this antigen rapid-result test, as they are expected to have antibodies that will result in a positive test.

Rapid-result Testing Location:
Eykamp Hall, Room 253, Ridgway University Center
• Monday, December 14, from 11 a.m. – noon
• Tuesday, December 15, from 11 a.m. – noon

Register online at

Before your appointment, please follow these important testing steps: 
• Download the NAVICA mobile app.
• Follow the prompts and create an account.
• On the Test Center Page click the blue “Display NAVICA ID” Button.
• Arrive 5 minutes before your scheduled time, use the main stairwell, and check in at Room 253 in Eykamp Hall on the second floor of Ridgway University Center.
• Bring a photo ID. 
• Bring your mobile device to scan your test so you can receive your results.
If you test positive, you will be asked to:
1. Take a standard PRC COVID-19 test (nasal swab) at a local medical facility
2. Complete the UE self-reporting form, and
3. Create a plan to self-isolate. 

* Fall Feedback for Spring Success

We have finally made it to the finish line this semester, and we’re proud of each of our students for helping to make it a successful one!

As we look ahead to Spring 2021, we want to know how we can improve based on your feedback. In particular, we want to know about:
     • Your overall educational experience while taking in-person or online classes
     • Your emotional health and wellness
     • Your experience in quarantine (if you tested positive for COVID or had close contact with someone who did)

Students: share your thoughts in this survey:

The survey takes 10-15 minutes to complete, and all responses will remain anonymous unless you provide an email for follow-up. Having as much feedback as possible before winter break will be very helpful, so please complete the survey by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, December 18. While the survey will remain open through Winter Break, early responses will have a greater impact on our Spring 2021 plans.

With your feedback, UE faculty, administrators, and staff will be better able to focus our efforts and resources in helping to ensure you have a safe and successful spring semester.

* Early Timecard Submission for 12/24/20 Payroll

In order to process the December 24th payroll before the holiday break, the Accounting & Audit/Payroll Department is requesting the following:

  • All students and staff please submit timecards by Saturday, December 12th for the 12/6/20-12/19/20 pay period. Please note that this is a full week early so that your pay is not delayed.
  • Supervisors are asked to approve timecards before noon on Monday, December 14th.
  • Any supplemental pay request forms should be submitted to payroll before Friday, December 11th.

Thank you, and please contact Dawn Bury at EXT 2159 or if you have questions.

* 43 Years Later, UE Remembers

weeping basketball memorial.

On a cold and drizzling night - December 13, 1977 - a chartered DC-3 crashed slightly after takeoff from Evansville’s Dress Regional Airport. Members of UE soon learned that this plane included men’s basketball Coach Bobby Watson, 14 players, 11 team friends, and a plane crew of 3. For those who remember the crash, it’s remembered as “the night it rained tears."

This event was a shocking loss to the UE community. At the memorial service held a few days later, Dr. Philip Ott, then-professor of philosophy and religion, said “we do not choose to live. We do not choose to die. Life is a gift.”

President Wallace Graves reminded the community, “Out of the agony of this hour we will rise.” While this tragedy will always be remembered, the University of Evansville came together in strength and unity to move forward and carry on as a tribute to those who were lost.

43 years later, we remember this fateful event and each life that was taken much too early. Each person on this plane had family, friends, and a future ahead of them. This Sunday, UE will honor these lives with a video tribute on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. The video will be posted at 6:00 p.m.

Additionally, WNIN will air the documentary "From the Ashes" at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. This is an independent film created by Joe Atkinson, assistant professor of communications.

* 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.


Upcoming Events

* "Our Time is Now": Martin Luther King, Jr. 2021 Celebration

The University of Evansville will host a celebration for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on January 18, 2021. The annual event will be held in a virtual format this year to accommodate COVID-19 guidelines. Each activity will be available online, and the event is free and open to the public. Zoom links for each of the day's activities are on the CDEI webpage. The 2021 theme is “Our Time is Now” and highlights one of King’s famous quotes, “The time is always right to do what is right.”

The schedule of events is available below.

Symbolic March – January 1-18, 2021

To commemorate the 54-mile Civil Rights March of 1965, UE will hold a virtual symbolic march. Between the dates of January 1-18, participants can log miles online through walking, running, biking, or swimming. At 11:00 a.m. on the day of the celebration, UE encourages participants to complete the 54th mile together.

While there is no registration fee, individuals can make donations toward positive social change at All proceeds will go directly towards UE’s Zerah Priestly Carter Scholarship and the Center for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

Virtual Celebration – 11:45 a.m.

The celebration will culminate with the 54-mile march and kick-off the rest of the activities for the day. Speakers will include President Pietruszkiewicz; Rob Shelby, PhD, chief diversity officer; members of the Black Student Union; and lectureship keynote speaker Karith Foster.

Local Leaders Panel Discussion – 2:00 p.m.

The discussion will include leaders from the Evansville community. The panel will be led by Melissa Moore, a UE alumna and secretary for the Legal Aid Society Board of Vanderburgh County.

Lectureship – 7:00 p.m.

Made possible by the generous support of William G. and Rose M. Mays, the 2021 lectureship will feature keynote speaker Karith Foster. For nearly two decades, the speaker, humorist, and author has created a seismic shift in mindsets by addressing issues of free expression, diversity, and inclusion. A nationally renowned public speaker, Foster has presented at the United Nations and to executives of the Chamber of Commerce C100, as well as Harvard, Stanford and other organizations. 


Info You Should Know

* Winter Tutoring Available

tutoring info.

Free tutoring is available for select classes during Winter Intersession! Please visit our website for days, times, and Zoom info:

* Cleaning Supply Reminder: Keep Spray Bottles and ½ Gallon Bottles with Pumps

The pandemic has created many shortages of various products and cleaning supplies are no exception. Spray bottles and pumps are among those items currently in short supply. Please KEEP SPRAY BOTTLES and 1/2 GALLON BOTTLE PUMPS for refills! By keeping these, supplies of disinfectant and hand sanitizer can be replenished promptly.

For replenishment of cleaning supplies (disinfectant, hand sanitizer, paper towel, etc.), please complete the request form at

Thank you for your continue help in keeping campus safe!

* Student Health Center Closed for Winter Session

The UE Student Health Center will be closed for winter session starting Thursday, December 10 - January 18. Normal business hours will resume on Tuesday, January 19 at 8am. Please call security at 812-488-2051 for your emergent needs or email for non-urgent matters.

Employee Medical Clinic hours are unchanged during winter session. Please call 888-492-8722 for all employee clinic assistance.



* Winners of High School Truth, Meaning, and Value Essay Competition Announced

The Department of Philosophy and Religion would like to announce the winners of the 2nd Annual Tri-State Truth, Meaning, and Value Essay Competition. Eligible contestants are high school students who live in counties surrounding the university. This year’s question was provided by Dr. Jones: “How can we be happy and live meaningfully in the Internet age?” Each essay was assessed on its academic merit, creativity, expression of practical wisdom, and proper use of grammar and form.

This year’s first-place winner was Andrew Belcher (Madisonville North Hopkins High School) for his essay, “Hey Siri—How Can I Be Happy?: Finding Meaning in a Digital World.” The second-place winner was Malena Ferrero (Castle High School) for her essay, “Living Your Own Life.” The third-place winner was Reagan Lawrence (South Spencer High School) for an essay titled, “Looking Past the Phone.”

The first-place winner will receive a $500 cash prize, and the second and third place winners will receive a cash prize of $250 and $100, respectively. All three winners will also receive a $1,000 scholarship to the university.

Two awards of “Honorable Mention” went to Emma Willett (Union County High School) and Elizabeth Pace (North High School).

Contestants were given the following context for the essay question which was to be answered with a 1,500 essay:

“Modern technologies have changed how we work, learn, play, and socialize, and have even changed how we think. The internet in particular has revolutionized industry, inspired and fueled achievements that were unthinkable to previous generations, and democratized information by creating and providing global access to the largest information repository in the history of humankind. But despite benefiting from these technological advances, in many ways we have failed to flourish in the new world that we have created. The technology that was meant to bring us together often leaves us feeling more isolated than before. Depression and anxiety disorders are on the rise. Misinformation and conspiracy theories spread rapidly across social media. Political divisions have deepened and become increasingly bitter. Many of us are, to put it simply, unhappy.

Unhappiness is probably not an inevitable result of technology, but our current problems do suggest that we may need new strategies for living well in our new digital world. How can we be happy and live meaningfully in the internet age?”

* 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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