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Monday, January 11, 2021

* Spring Semester PPE/COVID Testing Stipend

A stipend in the amount of $85 is being made available to assist UE students with the cost of necessary PPE and/or COVID testing.

Traditional students enrolled in the spring 2021 semester who have a valid 2020-2021 FAFSA on file and bank information entered on WebAdvisor, can expect to receive the stipend automatically as a direct deposit on Friday, January 15, 2021. This stipend is made possible through emergency funding from the CARES Act HEERF Grant that was made available for expenses that resulted in additional costs related to participation in academic and college-related activities due to COVID-19.

If you are a traditional student who has not filed a FAFSA and would like to be considered for this stipend, or any future COVID-related assistance, please submit the 2020-21 FAFSA at fafsa.gov and enter your bank information on WebAdvisor prior to the start of the spring 2021 semester.

Please contact the Office of Student Financial Services if you have any questions or need further assistance.

COVID-19 Corner

* COVID-19 Testing Required for All Students

Given the current positive cases of COVID-19 in our local community, state, and across the country, the University has made revisions to testing requirements for the Spring 2021 semester. All full-time and part-time students must complete one of the following before returning to UE or the Stone Center for Health Sciences:

  • Submit a negative COVID-19 test
  • Submit documentation that you have had COVID-19 in the last 90 days
  • Submit documentation that you have received two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine

Negative test results must be:
     • Administered no sooner than seven days prior to arrival.
     • Uploaded no later than two days prior to the requested time. 

Part-time students
Part-time students who are taking classes on the University of Evansville or the Stone Center for Health Sciences campus, or who have a need to be on campus prior to February 1, must submit a negative COVID test prior to beginning classes for the spring semester. 

Students enrolled in All On-Line Courses
Students who are enrolled in ALL ON-LINE COURSES and have no obligation to be on the University of Evansville campus, or the Stone Center for Health Sciences campus, before February 1st are not required to submit a negative COVID test prior to beginning classes for the spring semester.

COVID-19 Clearance:  Notifying Your Professors
After submitting your test result or a certificate of a second shot of the COVID-19 vaccine, you will receive an email from UE confirming your clearance and ability to participate in classes. This email must be forwarded to your professors prior to the start of classes.

Students attending class remotely must also update results no later than two days before the start of class. This requirement is for all students enrolled in online, hybrid, and face-to-face classes.

Submitting Test Results and Vaccine Documentation
The COVID-19 test must be an antigen or PCR test from an approved medical facility with documented results. Students will need to upload their documentation through the designated portal. Once results are uploaded and cleared by the University, students will receive an email confirmation that they are cleared to return to campus. The clearance email will be required upon arrival for move-in, as well as attending classes.

Students may be exempt from the required testing if they receive the COVID-19 vaccine. A validated certificate of a second shot of the vaccination must be submitted prior to your return. If you have only received one shot, a validated negative test must be supplied.

Upload your test: Be Safe - Test Upload 

Students in University Housing
Similar to the fall semester, students living in university housing as well as Approved University Housing (fraternity houses), must schedule an appointment for moving into their assigned space.
Residence Hall Move-In Appointments
Village and Fraternity Move-In Appointments
Move-in appointments will not be approved without providing documentation of a negative COVID-19 test result as described above. 

Students living Off-Campus
For students who do not live on campus, a negative test result must be submitted two days prior to the beginning of classes (January 17) but no sooner than seven days prior to the beginning of classes (January 12).
Additional information can be found on the Spring Testing link on the coronavirus webpage at www.evansville.edu/coronavirus.

Info You Should Know

* Charlas: Informal Conversation in Spanish

Wanting to practice Spanish throughout the winter break? This opportunity is for anyone at the intermediate or advanced Spanish language level. The last Charlas session for the winter break is Tuesday, January 12, 2020. For more information, contact associate professor of Spanish Diana Rodríguez Quevedo at dr130@evansville.edu.

* 2021 Indiana Sales Tax Exemption Certificate is Available

The UE Indiana State Sales Tax Exemption Certificate for 2021 is now available on the My UE portal under the Office of Administrative Services – Pcard, Travel or Purchasing sites under Sales Tax tab for your convenience.

* Order Textbooks Online Now

The campus bookstore highly suggests your place textbooks orders ahead of the start of classes, as there will be longer than average wait times for in-store shopping due to COVID-19 restrictions. Ordering is available 24/7 at evansville.bncollege.com. We're starting to fulfill orders as Financial Aid is now open.

* Join the March for #54MilestoSocialChange!

During the Civil Rights March of 1965, activists gathered in Selma, Alabama, to complete a 54-mile trek to the state capital in Montgomery. This year, in celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, UE will commemorate those 54 miles by encouraging you and others to continue the same mission. Join us by participating in a virtual march to raise awareness for social injustice in the United States.

Register today for the virtual march - free of charge. From January 1-18, you can log your miles spent walking, running, biking, or even swimming. 

On January 18, the day of the celebration, we will complete the 54th mile together (virtually) at 11:00 a.m.

While this race is free to participants, individuals can make donations toward positive social change. All proceeds, including T-shirt sales, will go directly towards UE’s Zerah Priestly Carter Scholarship and the Center for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. To make a donation, visit uealumnionline.com/MLKDay2021.

For full event details for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration, visit the CDEI webpage.

Congratulations

* Maggie Stevenson Elected President-Elect of American Psychological Association's Section on Child Maltreatment

UE Associate Professor, Maggie Stevenson, was elected President-Elect of the American Psychological Association Division 37's, Child and Family Policy and Practice, Section on Child Maltreatment. The Section on Child Maltreatment of Div. 37 supports and promotes scientific inquiry, training, professional practice and advocacy in the area of child maltreatment.

* Dr. Hochwender Presents on the Importance of Native Plants to Sustain Biodiversity

As part of a pollinator workshop for the Warrick County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD), UE’s own Dr. Cris Hochwender gave a presentation on using native plants to sustain biodiversity entitled “Choosing plants to sustain wildlife: plants that enhance diversity by defending against herbivores and feeding pollinators.” The video can be watched at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XP5wTD3ggUw. He suggests that at 2x speed, the video is almost bearable. Two other talks as part of Warrick County SWCD’s workshop can be found at:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cEBQnSRGGbs&feature=youtu.be and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mIUSnRK-l7s.

Dr. Cris Hochwender has carried out ecological research for 25+ years, and he has developed UE’s Native Plant Garden provides a venue where over 100 species of native flowers, grasses, shrubs, and trees can be viewed. This native plant diversity has great value for several reasons, including beneficial ecosystem services through improved ground water storage, support for native insects (including insect herbivores and pollinators), and the food resources to other animals (e.g., birds via seeds and/or prey items). Unfortunately, habitat destruction has led to the loss of wetlands, prairies, and forests, resulting in reduced numbers of native plant species. As one would expect, the loss of floral diversity has caused a reduction in the number of herbivores and pollinators, and a reduction in ecosystem services. The University of Evansville’s native plant garden represents one effort to restore native plants. Native plants are valuable as host plants for butterfly larvae, as well as beneficial to native bee pollinators. Bees are of special note because native bees are in critical need of help because of habitat loss and pesticides. Moreover, bees are wonderfully diverse, partitioning their niche space based on nesting habit, tongue length, and body size/color. Just in Indiana, 416 species of bees occur, including species from six different families.

You can begin your native plant garden or enhance the native garden you already have. In an effort to encourage homeowners to plant native plants, Warrick County SWCD is selling native plants inexpensively. Orders forms can be found at https://extension.purdue.edu/warrick/article/39667 , but must be submitted by January 15, 2021.

Contact Cris Hochwender (ch81@evansville.edu) if you have any questions about the native plant garden or restoration efforts at UE.

Athletics

* Aces Drop Weekend Finale at the Ford Center

Hitting 62.5% of their shots during the game and 73.9% in the second half, Illinois State hung on to defeat the University of Evansville men’s basketball team by a 73-68 final on Sunday afternoon inside the Ford Center.

Despite the hot shooting by the Redbirds (4-6, 1-3 MVC), the Purple Aces (6-6, 4-2 MVC) were within striking distance in the final moments. The difference in the second half was a 12-5 stretch that saw ISU erase a 7-point UE lead.

Pacing Evansville was Noah Frederking. The 3-point sharpshooter hit five outside shots on his way to a team-best 15 points. Evan Kuhlman hit five of his six 2-point field goals to score 13 points while Shamar Givance went 4-for-6 from outside on his way to 12 points.

“Over the last four games, we have been able to make enough plays and I have been pleased with what we have done,” Aces head coach Todd Lickliter expressed. “Today, you have to give Illinois State credit. We had some defensive breakdowns and when we did, they took advantage of it. That is the way it works; it is a lesson in the process – we will evaluate our performance and learn from it.”

A pair of 3-pointers sent the Aces out to a 6-3 edge in the opening two minutes with Shamar Givance and Evan Kuhlman getting on the board. The next six minutes belonged to the Redbirds. A 12-0 run saw them take a 15-6 lead. ISU hit five out of six attempts in the run before Iyen Enaruna ended a 0-for-7 drought with an offensive rebound and layup. UE was held off of the board for just over five minutes.

After the Redbirds added two more buckets, Evansville got on track with a 5-0 spurt with Givance leading off with his second long ball of the game before Enaruna added his second make. The UE run continued. With five minutes remaining in the half, Evansville began a run that turned a 22-16 deficit into a 24-22 lead. Noah Frederking and Jax Levitch hit consecutive 3-pointers before a Jawaun Newton runner gave the Aces a 24-22 lead. In total – the Aces utilized a 16-3 run to grab the lead with 3:21 on the clock.

Evansville’s defense held Illinois state to one field goal over the course of an 8-minute span while rallying back. The teams swapped the lead three times over the final minutes before ISU wrestled away a 32-20 lead at halftime. Givance was the lone player in double figures at the break, scoring 12 on a 4-for-5 effort from outside over the first 20 minutes of play.

ISU converted a 3-point play to begin the second half and would hold a 37-33 edge before the Aces countered in a big way. Ten of the next 11 shots would find the bottom of the net as UE took its largest lead at 51-44 at the 12:31-minute mark. Frederking drilled two more triples while Newton converted three baskets. Illinois State did not give up as five of their next six 3-pointers were good as they knotted the score at 56-56 with 7:18 left in the contest before going back in front by a 60-58 score with five minutes on the clock.

Hitting eight out of nine attempts, ISU took a 70-60 lead as the minutes wound down before the Aces “never give up” attitude showed. Jax Levitch drained back-to-back triples in the final 30 seconds to get his squad back within four, but the deficit proved to be too much to overcome with ISU hanging on for the 73-68 win.

Antonio Reeves led the Redbird with 21 points while hitting nine out of 11 shots.

A 3-game road trip is upcoming for UE beginning with a 2-game series at Bradley next weekend before a single game at Indiana State on January 20.

* UE Men Defeat Illinois State for 4th Win in a Row

In the weekend series opener, the University of Evansville men’s basketball team won its fourth Missouri Valley Conference game in a row and ended an 11-game skid against Illinois State by earning a 57-48 victory inside the Ford Center on Saturday afternoon.

Junior Jawaun Newton tied his career mark, scoring 19 points in an accurate 8-for-12 effort while connecting on three of his five 3-point attempts. Shamar Givance added another excellent all-around game. He scored 15 points while registering seven boards, six assists and two steals while drawing eight fouls on the day. His six assists came against just one turnover in his 29 minutes of work. With Evan Kuhlman in foul trouble, Iyen Enaruna played admirably, scoring eight points while hauling in two important offensive boards.

“I thought we showed some resilience today. There were times that we got discouraged today, but I reminded them that is not who they are. I told them that they always stay the course and they responded,” Aces head coach Todd Lickliter exclaimed following the win. “Give Illinois State credit – that is the first time we saw full court pressure like that. They also played zone against us, which we do not see a whole lot of either. Our guys made some good adjustments and our staff did a great job. All in all, it was a great team effort.”

Illinois State (3-6, 0-3 MVC) jumped out to a 7-2 advantage in the opening moments of the game in a run that saw them hit five of their first seven attempts. Evansville (6-5, 4-1 MVC) fought back to take its first lead at 12-10 when Samari Curtis hit his first triple of the game at the 12:35 mark. The Redbirds countered with an 11-0 stretch that pushed the lead to nine points inside of the 8-minute mark.

Their lead reached as many as 10 when a Dedric Boyd free throw made it a 24-14 game with 5:49 left in the half. That is when Evansville kicked it into high gear. UE kept the Redbirds off the board for over five minutes while scoring ten in a row to tie it up. Shamar Givance and Iyen Enaruna started the rally as the Aces hit four shots in a row. Enaruna struck again with a put-back that tied it up at 24-24. A late ISU triple got them back on track and they would take a 27-26 lead into the break.

Continuing its hot streak from the end of the first half, Evansville hit its first three shots of the second period to take a 33-28 advantage. Jawaun Newton opened it up with a triple before Givance and Noah Frederking hit buckets to open the half. Once again, Illinois State pushed back. An 8-2 run put them back in front by a 36-35 margin, but the Aces came right back.

Jax Levitch knocked down his second 3-pointer before another Enaruna basket was followed by Newton’s second from outside that gave Evansville its largest lead at 43-36 with 11:17 left in the game. Two minutes later, it was Newton connected on another trey to push the lead to double figures for the first time – 51-41. A quick 4-0 spurt got ISU back within two possessions inside of eight minutes remaining, but the story over the final minutes was the Evansville defense.

Holding on to a 51-45 lead, the Aces clamped down – holding Illinois State scoreless for a span of 7:28. The Redbirds missed eight shots in a row while turning the ball over twice. Evansville’s offense struggled over the final eight minutes, hitting two out of 11 attempts, but they were able to hit the big shots when it counted as a drive by Givance with 66 ticks left on the clock made it a 55-45 game and the Aces held strong from there, earning a 57-48 triumph.

Pacing the Redbirds was Antonio Reeves, who scored 11 points. Josiah Strong and DJ Horne added 10 apiece. Dusan Majhorcic led all players with 11 rebounds as ISU finished with a 32-30 edge on the glass.

One of the MVC’s most accurate shooters from outside added to his tally today with Jax Levitch draining two of his three attempts from outside while adding three assists and three rebounds. The 4-1 start to Valley play marks the best since the 2015-16 campaign when the Aces won six of their first seven games. That season also marked the last win over the Redbirds, which was a 66-55 victory at Redbird Arena. The win marked just the third time since the 2000-01 season that Evansville has started league play winning four of its first five games.

Evansville will look to continue the streak on Sunday with another 1 p.m. tilt versus the Redbirds at the Ford Center.

* Aces Falter Due to Cold-Shooting, Turnovers in Loss to Drake

In a game that featured a plethora of turnovers for both sides, the University of Evansville women's basketball could not overcome its giveaways in a 76-43 loss to Drake in the series finale on Friday evening inside Meeks Family Fieldhouse.

Freshman Rylie Stephens led the way for Evansville for the second-straight game, scoring 14 points. Sophomore Abby Feit also finished in double figures with 12 points, adding three rebounds and an assist. Recording a game-high 27 points was Drake's Grace Berg, who hit 10-16 shots from the field and six of her seven free-throw attempts.

Both teams struggled to find their scoring early as Evansville and Drake went the first 4:51 without scoring before Jossie Hudson hit a layup to give the Aces a 2-0 lead. After Evansville captured an 8-6 lead to close the first quarter, Drake ran out to a 33-16 lead at the half after out-scoring the Aces 27-8 in the second period. Drake's hot-shooting continued in the third as the Bulldogs hit 69.3% from the field in the period, pushing their lead to 60-26 with 10 minutes to play. Evansville finished the game strong, out-scoring the Bulldogs in the final stanza as Drake captured the 76-43 win.

Evansville and Drake combined for 54 turnovers on the evening with each team recording 27 giveaways in the game. Rebounds proved to be important in the contest as Drake grabbed 39 rebounds, including 13 on the offensive end, while the Aces finished with 20 boards.

The Aces are back in action on January 15 and 16 as Evansville welcomes in Bradley for a weekend series inside Meeks Family Fieldhouse.

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