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Monday, December 14, 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 https://form.jotform.com/203224542322038.

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: uesurvey.evansville.edu/COVIDFA2020

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.

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 uealumnionline.com/MLKDay2021. 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: https://www.evansville.edu/advising/academic-peer-tutoring.cfm

* College Mentors for Kids Leaders Needed

College Mentors for Kids needs student leaders interested in organizing and managing our mentoring program in 2021. We've been a student group on UE's campus for a long time, and we don't want COVID to stop our mentoring of youth in the local community. If you are interested in serving as an officer, volunteer, or mentor please contact Carly at ccox@CollegeMentors.org.

Congratulations

* UE Society of Physics Students Designated a Notable Chapter

For the seventh straight year, UE's Society of Physics (SPS) students gained recognition from the National Office of SPS for their accomplishments in the last academic year. The Director of National SPS notes "We are consistently amazed each year at how much time, energy, and effort everyone devotes to their departments and local communities." A certificate of this accomplishment was sent to the department and is posted in the Wormhole.

Congratulations to last year's officers (Zachary Setzer, Richard Gerst, Allison Statler, and Rodrigo Becerra Silva), other members, and advisor (Dr. Harmon) on another successful year.

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