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Wednesday, January 27, 2021

* W-2s Have Been Processed

W-2 forms have been processed for all employees and student workers. If you have provided consent for electronic W-2’s, you can view/print your W-2 now. Simply log into Self-Service, and go to “Tax Information”. Click the option “W-2 Information” and then click on “2020 W-2 Statement”.

W-2’s will be mailed for those employees and student workers who did not provide their consent to electronic W-2’s.

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

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.

Upcoming Events

* I-House

This week in I-House we will receive Dr. Shifflet. To honor International Education Day, Dr. Shifflet will share some of his experiences and thoughts about education and how diversity promotes education.

* Spill the Tea

Join the Center for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Office for a conversation about how racism and implicit bias go hand & hand in our society, and how we can respond to those microaggressions that occur.

VIA Zoom February 1st @5pm

If you have any questions, please contact Abby Martin at am843@evansville.edu.

Topic: 21 Days to Break a Habit: Spill the Tea on Implicit Bias and...racism
Time: Feb 1, 2021 05:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

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Info You Should Know

* UE Theatre Hosted Brandon Kirkham's ’05 Puppetry Workshop

brandon and puppets.

UE Theatre hosted another session of their 2020–21 Workshop Series on Saturday, January 23, 2021. Brandon previously tasked workshop attendees with a challenge in puppetry; the session allowed attendees to showcase their progress.

Brandon received his MFA in Theatre Design from Ohio University, a BS in Theatre Design & Technology from the University of Evansville and holds a graduate certificate in Puppet Arts from the University of Connecticut. He is a proud member of Puppeteers of America, UNIMA USA, Brown County Arts Alliance, and the Indiana Puppetry Guild.

Brandon Kirkham is a freelance designer, builder, and artisan with more than a decade of professional experience in theatres and shops across the country. From his studio in the historic art colony of Nashville, Indiana, he designs costumes, sets, and puppets for theatre, and builds custom puppets, props, and crafts for all types of clients. Brandon brings a wide range of skills and approaches to his work and especially loves projects that combine multiple disciplines and require unique design solutions.

From 2010 to 2019, Brandon worked at First Stage, a theatre organization for young people and families in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He served as Design Supervisor, Costume Crafts Artisan, and Properties Artisan, and designed more than fifty productions for that company. Brandon has also designed for Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, Skylight Music Theatre, Hope Summer Repertory Theatre, Florentine Opera Company, and others. As a builder of puppets, crafts, and props Brandon’s work has been seen at Lyric Opera of Chicago, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Pioneer Theatre Company, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Enchantment Theatre Company, Kohl’s Wild Theatre at the Milwaukee County Zoo, Utah Museum of Natural History, and many more. Brandon spends his summers in New Mexico as Costume Crafts Head for the Santa Fe Opera.

* Meal Plan Changes

Students can adjust meal plans for the Spring semester until Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.

Adjust your meal plan online.

Changes will be reflected the next business day.

* Free Tutoring is Available

Free peer tutoring is now available to you! Drop-in to tutoring during available hours. No need for an appointment!

Please visit this link for classes and times -> https://www.evansville.edu/advising/academic-peer-tutoring.cfm

Questions? Contact Tiffany Crick at tc208@evansville.edu.

* Musical Madness Interest Meeting

It’s that time of year again for Musical Madness!

Each year UE organizations come together to show off their musical (or lack of) skills as they perform a short performance for the UE campus community and potential UE students.

There will be an Interest Meeting on Thursday, January 28 at 5:00 pm. Only one member of your organization needs to attend to learn about the event but please remember that at least three members of your organization will need to be active participants. If your organization is interested but unable to attend Thursday’s meeting, please let me know.

Join the call-out meeting using the information below.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 827 4863 1432

Passcode: musicmad

* Faculty Scholarship Display

The Libraries are currently hosting the FACULTY SCHOLARSHIP DISPLAY until January 31, 2021. Works produced or published or grants received from August 2019 until July 2020 were eligible for inclusion. You should wander over and take at look at your colleagues' impressive scholarship!

* 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!

* UE Library Display Cases

Do you have a club you want people to know about? Do you have an event you want others to attend? How about showing off your class work? If you said YES, then the Library has a display case for you! Contact Julie Wilson at jw223@evansville.edu or (812) 488-1062 for more information or to make a reservation.

* Fitness Center Resumes Normal Hours

The Fitness Center is open and we're resuming our normal hours 6:30am-2pm and 3pm-10pm. Please make sure to remember the Fitness Center will shut down and close from 2pm-3pm each day for sanitizing the equipment and facility. Masks will be required at all times while inside the fitness center at this time. Time to kick those New Years resolutions back into action!

Congratulations

* Physics Department's Dr. Harmon Publishes in Journal of Applied Physics; Article Chosen as an Editor's Pick

Nicholas Harmon, assistant professor in physics, published "A technique to measure spin-dependent trapping events at the metal–oxide–semiconductor field-effect transistor interface: Near zero field spin-dependent charge pumping" in the Journal of Applied Physics with coauthors from the University of Iowa and Penn State. Journal editors designated the article as especially noteworthy by making it an Editor's Pick. Harmon analyzed results from a new experimental approach at Penn State and devised a model to explain the phenomena. It is hoped that the technique will be able to measure microscopic properties of some transistors; the increased understanding could lead to enhanced device performance. The abstract is available at https://aip.scitation.org/doi/10.1063/5.0027214.

* 2020 Nursing Grads Achieve 100% First-Time Pass Rate on NCLEX-RN

The class of 2020 graduates of the University of Evansville’s Dunigan Family School of Nursing achieved a 100 percent first-time pass rate on the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN). The national average for the first-time pass rate was 87.5 percent in 2020.

Senior-level nursing students were halfway through their final semester when the COVID-19 pandemic made its way to the United States. Despite the sudden change in learning formats and clinical rotations, the students adapted quickly.

“I was very impressed to see them maintain a resilient focus and push through adversity,” said Jerrilee LaMar, PhD, RN, CNE, chair of the Dunigan Family School of Nursing. “While they didn’t get to finish their studies in the classroom together or have a pinning ceremony, they did receive a high-quality education that prepared them for success.” LaMar also recognized the compassionate faculty that were instrumental in helping students along the way.

The Dunigan Family School of Nursing incorporates several strategies into the program to prepare students for the NCLEX-RN. Several years ago, the faculty developed a review course for seniors. In the course, students take practice exams that identify strengths and weaknesses in specific areas. The faculty, who serve as mentors, help students write individualized study strategies that prepare them for the NCLEX exam.

To prepare students earlier on in the curriculum to think like a nurse, the faculty developed a course to strengthen students’ understanding of complex issues and decision-making to answer questions seen on the NCLEX exam. This course was piloted with the junior-level students, and the results were so successful that it became part of the required curriculum. Additionally, underclassmen are paired with a senior nursing student as an additional resource for help along the way.

“All of our 2020 graduates are now working as nurses in the healthcare field, and many of them are working with COVID-19 patients,” said LaMar. “We are immensely proud to see them applying their skills and passion to help those struggling most during the pandemic.” 

* Professor Mohammad K. Azarian Appointed to Human Rights of Mathematicians Committee

University of Evansville Professor of Mathematics, Mohammad K. Azarian, has been appointed by the American Mathematical Society (AMS) to serve a three-year term on the Human Rights of Mathematicians Committee. According to the Committee’s charge: The AMS is committed to speaking whenever mathematicians are deprived of the opportunity to practice their profession due to violations of the freedoms enumerated in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Affirmation adopted by the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. This Committee will assist the Society in such matters by reviewing alleged violations of human rights of mathematicians and by recommending appropriate action to the AMS.

Athletics

* Back Home in Meeks, Aces Welcome in Sycamores

After taking on Illinois State last week on the road, the University of Evansville women's basketball team is back home to take on Indiana State in a single game on Wednesday evening at 6 PM inside Meeks Family Fieldhouse.

Evansville vs. Indiana State | 6 PM | Jan. 27
Location Evansville, Ind.

Last Time Out: Illinois State 73, Evansville 48

  • Back in her hometown, sophomore Abby Feit led the Aces, scoring 10 points and adding six rebounds on the evening.
  • Just coming-up short of a double-digit performance, sophomore Sydney Thurwalker recorded nine points and matched Feit with half-a-dozen boards.
  • The Redbirds were led by Mary Crompton with 14 points, leading a trio of Illinois State scorers in double-figures.
  • Evansville put up a valiant effort in the first 10 minutes of action, keeping pace with the Redbirds each step of the way. An important point for early momentum came with less than three minutes remaining in the opening quarter as redshirt-senior Jada Poland knocked-down a pair of triples in three possessions to give the Aces a 12-11 lead.
  • In the second period, Illinois State edged in front with a 22-13 advantage in the second quarter, giving ISU a 36-27 lead at the break.
  • The Redbirds' depth came in handy in the second half as ISU pulled away for the 73-48 victory behind a 37-21 advantage in the second half.
  • Despite the end result, Evansville showed well in the most statistical categories on the night. Showcasing their hustle, Evansville grabbed 33 boards to 39 for Illinois State and the Aces found a good portion of their scoring inside with 20 points in the paint in the game.
  • The defensive effort showed for Evansville, especially in the Redbirds shots from beyond the arc.
  • Illinois State was limited to just 7-24 (29.2%) from three on the evening.
  • The Aces entered the game in the top 150 in the nation in three-point field-goal defense, allowing opponents to shoot 30.1% from deep this year.

Previewing the Matchup: Indiana State

  • Evansville and Indiana State are meeting for the 61st time with the Sycamores owning a 42-18 advantage in the all-time series.
  • Indiana State enters this season's first matchup of the series having won back-to-back games in the series.
  • Evansville is searching for its first win in the series since a 59-56 road victory over the Sycamores on March 1, 2019, the last MVC win for the Aces.
  • Despite the end result, Evansville showed well in most statistical categories against Illinois State. Showcasing their hustle, Evansville grabbed 33 boards to 39 for Illinois State and the Aces found a good portion of their scoring inside with 20 points in the paint in the game.
  • Evansville has posted back-to-back improved games on the glass. On Saturday, the Aces grabbed 35 boards and were just -3 in rebound margin to the Braves. In Thursday's game against the Redbirds, Evansville finished with 33 rebounds and was -6 in rebound margin.
  • Evansville has led for just 11 minutes and 25 seconds in seven Missouri Valley Conference contests so far this season. In five non-conference games, Evansville led for 135 minutes and 53 seconds.
  • The Aces have failed to reach the 60-point mark in each of their seven MVC contests. In non-conference play, Evansville exceeded the 60-point mark in all five contests.

Home Sweet Home

  • Through eight home games this season, Evansville holds a 4-4 record inside Meeks Family Fieldhouse.
  • At home, the Aces are averaging 11.6 more points per game than they are on the road.
  • Evansville is 12% better from beyond the arc inside Meeks Family Fieldhouse than they are when playing on the road in 2020-21.

Stephens Scoring Streak

  • In her first collegiate season, freshman Rylie Stephens has already made an impact on the Aces.
  • After starting the conference season with three combined points in two games at SIU, Stephens has scored six-or-more points in five-straight games, averaging 10.8 points per game during that stretch.
  • INFO: For all of the latest information on University of Evansville athletics, visit GoPurpleAces.com or follow the program on Twitter via @UEAthletics.

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