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Thursday, January 21, 2021

* Student Realignment Forums Scheduled for January 19-21

In December, UE released a draft academic realignment plan as part of a larger institutional realignment plan. This process will require making difficult changes but will position UE for growth and continued success in the years to come. Students are an integral part of our campus community, and we believe your input in the draft academic realignment plan is important.

In collaboration with SGA leadership, UE will host 5 student forums focusing on different areas of study to answer questions about the proposed realignment plan and process:

Tuesday, January 19
5:00 p.m. CST  - Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/94243302880
Or by phone:  US: +16465588656,,94243302880# or +13017158592,,94243302880#

6:00 p.m. CST – Music
Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/91855462583
Or by Phone: US: +13126266799,,91855462583# or +16465588656,,91855462583#

7:00 p.m. CST - Arts & Sciences
Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/96499160307
Or by phone: US: +13017158592, 96499160307# or +13126266799, 96499160307#

Wednesday, January 20
7:00 p.m. CST - General Session 
Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/95735306794
Or by phone: US: +16465588656, 95735306794# or +13017158592, 95735306794#

Thursday, January 21
7:00 PM (CST) - Philosophy & Religion
Zoom Link:  https://zoom.us/j/97140783908
Or by phone: US: +16465588656, 95735306794# or +13017158592, 95735306794#

We request that students and student organizations use this Ask a question form to submit questions in advance of the meeting. This process allows the panelists to be prepared and ready to answer your questions but also to answer questions real-time. If time permits after questions submitted in advance are answered, there will be an option for live chat questions.

As a reminder, the plan that was released is a draft academic plan and we believe input from the campus community may lead to alterations before the plan is finalized. We have been engaging in productive discussions with faculty about revisions to the plan, and we expect those discussions to continue. It is these types of productive conversations that have led to the extension of the comment, discussion, recommendation, and proposal period until the end of February.
 

COVID-19 Corner

* Take the Purple Pledge!

The Spring 2021 semester is just a few days away, and a large majority of our students will return to campus this weekend. As classes soon begin, we would like to remind everyone of the health and safety guidelines that are in place.

This fall was a very successful semester in protecting the campus community, and we greatly appreciate your hard work towards this. The Coronavirus Task Force asks that you maintain this commitment throughout the spring semester, and you can do so by taking the Purple Pledge today.

By taking the Purple Pledge, you agree to:

  • Protect yourself (practice good hygiene, complete the daily CampusClear screening)
  • Respect others (wear a mask, social distance, and limit your close contact circle)
  • Safeguard the UE community (actively work to reduce the spread of COVID-19)

Even if you took the Purple Pledge in the fall, we ask that you complete this again as we begin a new year.

Stay safe and healthy this semester,

The Coronavirus Task Force 

* 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.

Upcoming Events

* Student Alumni Ambassadors General Meeting

Please join and become apart of the Student Alumni Ambassadors. We will have our first meeting of the semester Thursday January 21, 2021 from 4-5 p.m. Attached is the zoom link if you would like to attend. https://zoom.us/j/95680996495

* Department of Art presents: DUALITY-Reagan Furqueron

artwork.

Melvin Peterson Gallery
January 19 – February 27, 2021

Reagan Furqueron is an artist and educator living in Indianapolis, Indiana. He received his BFA from Texas Tech University and a MFA from Rochester Institute of Technology’s School for American Crafts in Woodworking/Furniture Design. He is an Associate Professor at Herron School of Art and Design IUPUI He has work in international and national private and permanent collections including The Museum of Art and Design in NYC. This exhibition is sponsored by The Efroymson Family Fund.

Artist’s Exhibition: January 19 - February 27, 2021
Student Lecture: Wednesday, February 3, 10:00am
Student Workshop in the Sculpture Studio: Wednesday, February 3, 2:00pm
Public Reception for the Artist and Lecture: Thursday, February 4, 6:30, Lecture at 7p.

Masks and Safe-Distancing are required at all events.

Gallery Hours
MTFS: Noon - 3:00pm
WTH: Noon – 6:00pm

Changemaker Corner

* Make a Positive Change in the World with Changelab

Make a positive change in the world with Changelab!

Do you look at the world around you and ask, “What if”?

Are you interested in helping community to innovate for a more just, prosperous, and sustainable world?

Do you need to add/drop a course and not sure what to take?

ChangeLab is for you!

All ChangeLab Students receive presentation coaching workshops, team building guided by expert coaches and project management resume building skills!

Here are just a few of the 22 ChangeLabs you can choose from this semester, including 2 Late Starts!

CHNG 310 Y07 Tiny Homes: Reduce homelessness.

CHNG 310 S03 Indigenous Stories & History: Develop a story telling plan.

CHNG 310 Y06 Outdoor Education for Children: Create a socially responsible program where families can experience the mental health benefits of outdoor activities.

CHNG 310 Y08 Music Technology in a Changing World: Explore musical technology.

* Make a Difference and Get Class Credit

changelab logo.

Don’t wait until you graduate – make a difference now! Check out the list of ChangeLab courses available for the Spring semester. For more information, visit https://www.evansville.edu/changelab.

Info You Should Know

* Do you FISH? Bass Fishing Club Update

The Bass Fishing Club is looking to find new members to join their club. All skill levels welcome to check out what the club has to offer. The club has high priority to find a member with prior skill or fishing experience and willing to dedicate and compete at a very competitive fishing level. The club also welcomes new members and can help new and amateur take it to the next level. The club travel's (excluding during Covid) all around and have been successful enough in the past to make it all the way to finish within the top 10 at the National tournament. If this sounds something you would be interested in contact the Director of Club Sports, Drew, @ ah519 and for more info!

* Neu Chapel Access Restored

Normal access to Neu Chapel has been restored. Common areas of the building, including Ace's Haven, can be accessed during their regular hours of operation without prior approval from the Office of Public Safety.

* Welcome New DEI Team Members

Please join the Center for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and the Office of Admissions in welcoming the newest members of our DEI team.

Abagail Catania (she/her/hers) is a Chicago native passionate about promoting diversity, equity and inclusion by creating access to resources and opportunities for all students. Abagail is a 2019 Agricultural Business Management and Legal Studies graduate of the University of Wisconsin- Madison (UW). During her time at UW she was actively involved across campus including four Fortune 500 summer internships, serving the College of Ag and Life Sciences as an Ambassador and Study Abroad Peer Advisor, and across a number of student organizations such as MANRRS (Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences) where she served as a chapter and national officer. Abagail comes to UE after completing a Master of Arts in Cultural and Critical Studies at the University of Westminster in London, England. While in London she served as an Education Abroad Student Helper for the University of Westminster, participated in musical theatre society and held an internship with the NGO, Migrant Voice. Abagail is dedicated to serving current and perspective students, facilitating connections, and working to ensure students from diverse backgrounds feel included, welcomed, and comfortable in any space.

Alfred Ijeomah (he/him/his) is a Nigerian international student currently majoring in Actuarial Science at the University of Evansville. In his three years at UE, Alfred has been a part of the Honors program which has exposed him to multiple advance courses focused on creating and implementing social change on our campus and the world thereafter. In addition, participating in various UE programs like the Harlaxton semester abroad and College Mentors for Kids has allowed him to immerse himself in the UE communities both local and abroad. Experiences from these programs made analyzing the social and cultural dynamics between people from different backgrounds more than an interest as they provided platforms for personal and professional development, as well. Alfred joined the Center of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion with a goal to assist the members of UE’s communities in better understanding how to relate with individuals from various diverse backgrounds.

* Consent to Receive Electronic W-2s and 1095-Cs

The Office of Accounting/Payroll will be issuing W-2s for 2020 no later than January 31, 2021. You may choose 1 of 2 options to receive your W-2:

  • Electronic W-2 – If you provide your consent, you will be able to view/print in Self-Service as soon as they are ready. Notification will be sent through Ace Notes.
  • Paper W-2 – If you prefer, you can continue to receive your W-2 in the mail.

An electronic W-2 will give you earlier access than a mailed copy. It is IRS compliant and can be submitted with your tax return as usual.

To give consent for the electronic W-2, log in to Self-Service (https://selfservice.evansville.edu), and go to “Tax Information”. Select “Receive my W-2 only in electronic form” and save.

If you are eligible to participate in the university’s health plans, you may also give consent to receive your 1095-C form electronically here also. If you choose to withhold your consent to view/print your online W-2 and 1095-C, a paper copy will be mailed to your home address.

If you have questions, please contact Dawn Bury at ext 2159 or db287@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.

Athletics

* UE Volleyball Picked 6th in MVC Preseason Poll

After earning their first Missouri Valley Conference berth in over a decade, the University of Evansville volleyball team was picked to finish 6th in the MVC Preseason Poll, which was released by the league on Wednesday.

The poll, which is voted on by the MVC coaches, saw the Purple Aces finish with 47 points. Preseason favorite UNI earned 96 points overall and four first-place votes while Illinois State was chosen second with 93 points and four top votes. Loyola (77), Bradley (71) and Missouri State (48) round out the top five with UE taking 6th.

Valparaiso (39), Southern Illinois (36), Drake (26) and Indiana State (17) round out the ten conference institutions.

UE finished with 2019 fall season with a 16-14 record on the way to its first conference tournament berth since 2008. Still a young team – the Aces have just one senior in the spring – Allana McInnis. One of the top setters in program history is already in the top five in program history with her total of 2,980 assists. She stands in fourth place in the record books and is 207 away from moving into the top three.

Melanie Feliciano returns as one of the top offensive weapons in the Valley. The 2019 VolleyballMag.com All-Freshman Honorable Mention set the program freshman record with 456 kills. Her 4.18 kills per set was second overall in the MVC and in the top three among freshmen in the entire nation.

Action gets underway in less than a week when the Aces travel to Indiana State on Monday, January 25 for a 2:30 p.m. CT match. UE is home on January 29 for a 5 p.m. rematch against the Sycamores.

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