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Tuesday, March 9, 2021

* Faculty Promotion and Tenure

Tenure and Promotion in Rank Recommendations
Appointments Beginning with the 2021-2022 Academic Year


The following faculty members have been recommended for tenure and promotion to associate professor by the Promotion and Tenure Committee, the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs/Provost, and the President of the University of Evansville:

Heather Fenton, Business department.

Dr. Fenton earned her PhD in Business Administration from Florida Atlantic University in 2015 and both her BBA (2008) and her MBA (2010) from the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, Florida.

Dr. Fenton joined the UE faculty in 2015 as an Assistant Professor of Management. She teaches courses in management, including Global Strategic Management, Competitive Dynamics, Managing Global Relationships, and International Business Strategy. Dr. Fenton’s research interests include mergers and acquisitions, interorganizational trust, and strategic leadership.

Bethany Huebner, Physical Therapy department.

Dr. Huebner received her bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Alabama in Huntsville in 2006, and her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Indiana University in 2009. She graduated from the ProRehab and University of Evansville’s Sports Residency program in 2010. She is a board-certified clinical specialist in sports through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. She has also received her manual therapy certification through Evidence in Motion’s program in 2014.

Dr. Huebner teaches within the area of musculoskeletal, foundational sciences and clinical course work in the DPT program. In addition, she is actively engaged in patient care at ProRehab, PC in Evansville, Indiana, and is the Residency Program Coordinator for ProRehab and University of Evansville’s Sports Residency Program. Dr. Huebner’s research interest is with injury prevention through individualized and group training.

Su Jin Jeong, Public Health department.

Dr. Jeong received a BA degree in Communication and Information Sciences from the University of Alabama. She also earned her MPH degree in global maternal and child health and a DrPH degree in maternal and child health policy, both from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Dr. Jeong has extensive global experience, having traveled to numerous countries in Europe, Asia, and the Caribbean, and has conducted public health research both in the US and in developing countries. She was currently chosen for the University of Evansville Global Scholar Award for 2018-2019 to pursue research and collaborative work regarding post-partum care differences in the US versus South Korea and the implications of that difference as related to infant and maternal mortality. Dr. Jeong is also actively involved in assisting students with conducting their own research and implementing community outreach programs. Her specific research interests involvehealth disparities, minority health, immigrant health, global health, access to care, community health, organizational collaboration, and needs assessment and evaluation.

Ling-Yin Liang, Physical Therapy department.

Dr. Liang received her Bachelor and Master degrees of Physical Therapy from the National Cheng Kung University (Tainan, Taiwan) and her PhD degree in Biomechanics & Movement Science from the University of Delaware.

Dr. Liang’s teaching responsibility is related to neurological rehabilitation. She served as a research assistant at the Institute of Biomedical Engineering, National Check Kung University and teaching assistant at the Department of Kinesiology & Applied Physiology, University of Delaware. Her research focuses on neuroimaging and movement control in children with disabilities.

Jessica Lofton, Mechanical and Civil Engineering.

Dr. Lofton earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Evansville, and her MS and PhD degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has a Graduate Minor in College Teaching. She has Graduate Certificate Programs in Citizen Scholar Certificate and Foundations of Teaching Certificate from the University of Illinois Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning.

Dr. Lofton is a faculty advisor for the Society of Women Engineers and the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers. She is also the Girls’ Camp Director for UE’s Engineering OPTIONS summer camps. Her specialty areas include Heat Transfer, Thermodynamics, and Fluid Mechanics.

Dr. Lofton’s professional memberships include the American Society of Engineering Education, American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers, Pi Tau Sigma Mechanical Engineering Honor Society, Society of Women Engineers, Tau Delta Kappa U.E. Engineering Honor Society, and Tri-State Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.

Katie Mullins, Creative Writing department.

Professor Mullins graduated Magna Cum Laude from UE in 2007 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing. She also earned her Master of Fine Arts in Fiction from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, and a Master of Fine Arts in Fiction from Spaulding University.

Professor Mullins has been nominated for both the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net twice. She is the Associate editor of metrical poetry journal Measure, and she has been published or has work forthcoming in journals like The Rumpus, Hawaii Pacific Review, BOAAT Press, Harpur Palate, Prime Number, Big Lucks, Pithead Chapel, and she was a semifinalist in the Ropewalk Press Fiction Chapbook competition and in the Casey Shay Press poetry chapbook competition.

Kate Schwartzkopf-Phifer, Physical therapy department.

Dr. Schwartzkopf-Phifer teaches within the research, cardiopulmonary and musculoskeletal areas of the DPT program. She received her Bachelor and Master of Physical Therapy degrees from theUniversity of Evansville and her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Regis University.

She completed an orthopedic residency through Evidence in Motion and is a board-certified clinical specialist in orthopedics through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. She received her PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences from the University of Kentucky with a specialization in motor control. Her research interests are in injury prediction and prevention, as well as performance in athletes. Dr. Schwartzkopf-Phifer remains actively engaged in patient care at Rehabilitation & Performance Institute, PSC in Owensboro, KY, where she also serves as a faculty member in the RPI and University of Evansville Orthopedic Residency Program.

Kristen Strandberg, Music department.

Dr. Strandberg holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Cello Performance from the University of Minnesota and a PhD in Musicology from Indiana University.

Dr. Strandberg’s teaching and research is driven by her interest in how audiences hear music based on their cultural experiences and frames of reference. She frequently designs assignments, activities, and class trips that challenge students to consider the mindset and values of past musicians, composers, and audiences. Her classes not only examine music in its historical contexts, but also focus on building students’ skills in researching, writing, and discussing music.

Her research focuses on the reception of violin virtuosity in mid-nineteenth-century Paris, examining concert reviews in the press to explore how critics and listeners perceived and discussed these performers. Her recent publications include articles in the Journal of Musicological Research and the Journal of Music History Pedagogy. She has presented at conferences throughout the US and Europe, recently appearing as an invited speaker at the annual conference of the National Chopin Institute in Poland.



The following faculty members have been recommended for tenure and promotion to professor by the Promotion and Tenure Committee, the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs/Provost, and the President of the University of Evansville:

Michael Roscoe, Physician Assistant department.

Dr. Roscoe earned his BS degree from Butler University (Biology) and his MS (Biology) from Purdue University. He went back to school and received his second undergraduate degree in Health Science from Butler University and then a second master’s from the University of Nebraska. He received his PhD from TUI University. He is also on faculty with the Indiana University School of Medicine – Evansville.

Dr. Roscoe has been a PA for over twenty years (primary specialty is in emergency medicine). He also has experience with military medicine and has had two combat tours (Afghanistan 2004-2005, Iraq 2008-2009). He has authored over eighteen journal articles and received the prestigious AAPA Paragon award for publishing in 2007. He is actively involved at the National and State levels of P.A. leadership. He is currently on the Physician Assistant Education Association Board of Directors and is the current President of the Indiana Academy of Physician Assistants. He has served on the Leadership Mission Advancement Commission and has been a faculty facilitator/mentor for the Program Directors 101 Workshop for PAEA.

Dr. Roscoe also served on several national committees with the National Commission on the Certification of Physician Assistants. He worked on the Automatic Item Generation test writing committee, as well as the Emergency Medicine Certificate of Additional Qualification test writing committee. Additional items of note are that he has been awarded the Distinguished Hoosier Award from then Governor Mitch Daniels, the Bronze Star Medal during his Afghanistan deployment, and he was the Indiana PA of the Year in 2005.

Peter Schmidt, Mechanical Engineering department.

Dr. Schmidt has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering in 1986 from the University of Louisville. From Vanderbilt University, he received his Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering degree in 2006, and both his Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering and a Future Faculty Preparatory Program Teaching Certificate in 2006.

He is a practicing engineer with over thirty years of experience in total. He started full time in academia over ten years ago, after working in government, manufacturing and consulting. He continues to work on projects in conjunction with industry and other external stakeholders via consulting and through supervision of student work. He has continuously been involved in capstone course delivery. Dr. Schmidt has supervised nearly thirty capstone design projects and has been funded on more than ten external research projects. His teaching experience has concentrated in the area of engineering mechanics and in project-based design courses, where he brings expertise as a practitioner to the student experience.



The following faculty members have been recommended for promotion to professor by the Promotion and Tenure Committee, the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs/Provost, and the President of the University of Evansville:

Dan Byrne, History department.

Dr. Byrne graduated with a BA from Notre Dame and received his PhD from Georgetown University, where he worked under some of the most eminent scholars in the area of American foreign policy. He joined the History department in 2005 and has been an extremely active member of the faculty ever since. He studies the history of US foreign policy in all periods but is especially interested in US relations with the Arab world, particularly Algeria in the 1950s and 1960s.

Suresh Immanuel, Mechanical and Civil Engineering department.

From Anna University in India, Dr. Immanuel earned his Bachelor of Engineering in Civil Engineering in 2001 and a Master of Engineering in Highway and Transport Management in 2004. He also earned his Doctor of Philosophy in Civil Engineering from Auburn University in 2007, and he is a 2020 UE graduate with a Master of Science in Leadership degree.

Dr. Immanuel is the Chair of the Mechanical and Civil Engineering department. He is a registered professional engineer and the recipient of the 2018 Dean’s Teaching Award. He received the ASCE Outstanding Reviewer award in 2012, 2014, and 2017 from the American Society of Civil Engineers Journal of Transportation Engineering. Dr. Immanuel has served as the committee member in the national level ASCE Committee on Student Members, Members Communities Committee, and currently chairing the global members task subcommittee. He was involved in many university levelcommittees such as Academic Services Committee, General Education Subcommittee, Curriculum Committee and served as the University Ombudsperson for two years. He is a civil engineering program evaluator for the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc.

Lesley Pleasant, Foreign Languages and Cultures department.

Dr. Pleasant received her BA in German Studies from Dartmouth College and an MA and PhD in German Literature from the University of Virginia. She teaches all levels of German language, literature, and culture, as well as International Film, First Year Seminar, and the senior capstone course for language majors. Her research interests include 19th-21st century German theater/drama (Büchner, Heiner Müller, Franz Castorf), the divided Germany (Sarah Kirsch, Christa Wolf, Wende texts and films), film (especially diasporic cinema), the image of the US in German literature and film, as well as Animal Studies and Environmental Humanities.

Kenneth Steinsultz, Music department.

Dr. Steinsultz holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from Quincy University from 1991, and Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. An active performer, Dr. Steinsultz was a guest artist for the Tuba and Euphonium Association’s Midwest Conference in 2013 and 2015. He also performed at the 2014 International Tuba and Euphonium Conference. He has served as principal euphonium in the Evansville Symphonic Band. He has been featured soloist with the Bend in the River Brass Band (Evansville), the Concert Band of Central Illinois, and the Quincy (IL.) Park Band. In 2005, he was guest clinician for the Association of Concert Bands national conference and performed as a guest artist on the finale concert.

In addition to performing, Dr. Steinsultz has been a member of the Board of Directors for the Evansville Symphonic Band, serving as secretary. He has presented clinics at state conferences in Illinois and Indiana. He is a member of the College Band Directors National Association, National Band Association, Indiana Bandmasters Association, International Tuba and Euphonium Association, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia (honorary membership). He has been a member of the Quincy Park Band, Quincy Symphony Orchestra, and Mississippi River Brass Band. He has performed with the Champaign-Urbana Symphony, Danville (Illinois) Symphony, Illinois Symphony of Springfield/Bloomington, and the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra.

As a conductor, Dr. Steinsultz is a frequent guest conductor of district and regional honor bands. His university ensembles have performed at regional festivals and state organizational conferences, most recently the College Band Directors National Association 2016 North Central Division Conference at Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa. At UE, he conducts the Wind Ensemble, University Band, Aces Brass Pep Band, and teaches courses in applied low brass and conducting. Dr. Steinsultz also serves as music director and conductor for The Spirit of Evansville Sweet Adelines Chorus.

Margaret Stevenson, Psychology department.

Dr. Stevenson obtained a BS in Psychology and a BA in French from Ohio State University, and an MA and PhD in Psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has published over thirty peer-reviewed articles and book chapters related to factors that shape juror decision makingand the nature of jury deliberations. These research interests are reflected in her 2018 Oxford University Press edited book titled "Criminal Jury Decision Making in the 21st Century: Psychological Science and the Law." She also explores perceptions of vulnerable individuals, including children and minorities, who enter the legal system. Her work in this field is reflected in another Oxford University Press edited volume she published in 2020 titled “The Legacy of Racism for Children: Psychology, Law, and Public Policy.”

Dr. Stevenson has received national grants for research from various divisions of the American Psychological Association, including the American Psychology and Law Society and the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues. She has also been honored with various teaching, research, and service, including the American Psychological Association Division 37’s Section on Child Maltreatment Early Career Award, the APA Division 37 Early Career Professional Award for Service, the Sydney and Sadelle Berger Award for Research, the Arts and Sciences Dean’s Teaching Award, the United Methodist Exemplary Teacher Award, the University of Evansville Chi Omega Professor of the Year, and the UE Alumni Association’s Outstanding Teacher Award.

Tamara Wandel, Communication department.

Dr. Wandel earned a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University (1992), her master (1997) and doctorate (2002) degrees from the University of Albany.

Dr. Wandel believes in experiential education. A former New York director of public relations and journalist, she understands the value of applied skills. She has conducted media research and data analytic projects with several professional sports teams, including the Boston Red Sox, Denver Broncos, and the Utah Jazz. Through her classes – ranging from sports promotions to media writing – she and her students have been awarded grants from national sources such as the Maurice R. Robinson Constitutional Rights Foundation and the 1 For All First Amendment campaign. She is a previous recipient of the MarCom Creative Award, Dean’s Excellence in Teaching Award, and a two-time Society for New Communications Research Fellow.

Dr. Wandel’s research agenda has focused mainly on the areas of social media on branding and behavioral choices, including published journal articles in the Handbook of Research on Children’s Consumption of Digital Media, Driving Customer Appeal Through the Use of Emotional Branding, Journal of New Communications Research, Planning for Higher Education, and the Journal of the Society for College & University Planning.


COVID-19 Corner

* COVID-19 Vaccinations for 16 and Older at Ascension St. Vincent

Currently, the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) has identified the following Indiana residents as eligible to receive the COVID vaccine:

  • Healthcare Workers
  • First Responders
  • Teachers and school staff in pre-K through high school, child care centers, Head Start and Early Start programs
  • Licensed childcare providers, including center-based and family care providers
  • Age 16 and above
  • Specific groups of patients at highest risk of severe illness from COVID-19 who are identified by their healthcare provider are also eligible. These individuals will receive a unique registration link by text or email.

We will keep our patients updated as eligibility and administration sites broaden. Although currently there is no cost to patients for the vaccine, insurance information will be collected.

Vaccine Scheduling

The COVID-19 vaccine is available by appointment only. No walk-ins will be permitted. Once listed as eligible by the ISDH, go to or by calling 211 or 1-866-211-9966 to schedule an appointment.

Detailed instructions

  • Go to
  • Enter date of birth and attest to being over age 16
  • Enter zip code and Select Ascension St Vincent Vaccine Clinic location
  • Select appointment date and time
  • Complete demographic information including accurate date of birth
  • Confirm appointment

Ascension St Vincent Vaccine Clinic

For your convenience, the Ascension St. Vincent Vaccine Clinic is open 7 days a week and located on the hospital campus in the Manor Auditorium. When scheduling an appointment on the state website, select “Ascension St Vincent Evansville VAX” as site location. Directions: Enter the parking garage off of Bellemeade Avenue, immediately turn left and follow the directional signage to the designated vaccine clinic parking area. Patients should enter the clinic using the doors adjacent to the parking garage. Tri State Clinics patients are encouraged to call our office at 1-888-492-8722 with questions or for assistance with scheduling at the Ascension St. Vincent Vaccine Clinic.

Spencer County Residents

Spencer County Local Health Department
Heritage Hills High School

Perry County Residents

Perry County Local Health Department
Perry County Memorial Hospital

Posey County Residents

Posey County Local Health Department

Illinois Residents

Phase 1A: Healthcare workers, those in long term care facilities.
Phase 1B : Frontline essential workers, residents 65 years of age or older and under 65 with comorbidities.
Phase 1B+ : IL residents 16+ with disabilities or serious medical conditions. Higher education staff, gov workers, and media. Details and scheduling info at:

Kentucky Residents

Phase 1a: Long term care facilities, healthcare personnel
Phase 1b: First responders, anyone 70 or older, K-12 school personnel
Phase 1C : KY residents age 60+ AND 16 and older with serious medical conditions and essential workers
For locations and to schedule appointment go to: or call the KY COVID-19 Hotline - (800) 722-5725 for more information.

Should you have any additional questions, please contact Ashley Chipps at or Stacey Smith at


Upcoming Events

* Pep and Vim 5K

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Calling all Aces!

Pep and Vim, UE's day of giving, is on Friday, April 16, and we’re excited to celebrate UE's Spirit Week with you with an opportunity to participate in our Pep & Vim 5K Run.

This year, the UE Alumni Association is hosting a virtual 5K run/walk to promote a healthy lifestyle while we are all separated during this pandemic. And, by participating in Pep and Vim's Virtual 5K, you'll also be giving back to our beloved university.

The 5K can be completed indoors or outdoors between April 9 and April 16. Participants will enter their times online. All participates will receive an exclusive Pep and Vim T-shirt if registered by April 1*.

We have special pricing for students to make the opportunity more affordable while you run for UE! Your fee includes a gift to the UEvansville Fund and will also count towards the 1,854 gifts needed to unlock the Alumni Board’s $25,000 Pep & Vim Challenge Gift!

On Friday, April 16, Pep and Vim, post a video or picture wearing your Pep and Vim t-shirt on social media using #UEPepandVim and #AcesGiveBack to help spread the word.

Be sure to stay tuned – Pep & Vim is all about inspiring change, so we will be rolling out many different philanthropic opportunities that may ignite your UE passion. Together, with Pep and Vim, we can make an impact while being active and connected across the globe.

If you have any questions, please contact

Go Aces!

The Pep and Vim Committee

*Racers who register after April 1 will still get a T-shirt as long as supplies last, but you may not receive it before the April 16.


* Virtual Internships & More Fair This Thursday

Looking for an internship or co-op, summer or part-time job for non-profit or otherwise? This virtual fair is open to all majors!

Thursday, March 11, 2021 from 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.

Student registration is required through Handshake
Registration for group sessions and 1:1 individual 10 minute
interviews are required.

Questions - Contact the Center for Career Development

* Pre-Advising Workshops

Pre-Advising Workshops are here! Prepare for your faculty advising appointment.

  • Health Professions and Education Workshop
    Wednesday, March 17th at 2:50-3:50 PM
  • Science, Math, and Engineering Workshop
    Wednesday, March 17 at 4:00-5:00 PM
  • Business Workshop
    Thursday, March 18 at 2:50-3:50 PM
  • Humanities and Social Sciences Workshop
    Thursday, March 18 at 4:00-5:00 PM

Information on joining the workshops on Zoom:
ID: 856-620-3357
Password: 635613

Any major is welcome at all workshops.

Advising Week | March 22 - 26
Meet with your faculty advisor this week. Make an appointment now.

Registration Week | March 29 – April 2
Don’t miss your assigned registration window. Finalize your fall registration.

* Center for DEI Presents: Girlfriend Hour


Together. We're there for each other every time! Our second Girlfriend Hour will be held on Wednesday, March 10th at 12pm via Zoom and the topic is- 'We're All in This Together: Mental Health Across Cultures'. Lead by CheaRon Darrett, LCSW the Director of Clinical Operations at Brentwood Springs! This Lunch and Learn serves as a safe space for eye opening, stigma breaking discussion surrounding the relationship between womxnhood, culture, and mental health. Come with an open mind and leave with a full heart.

March is Womxn's History Month! Throughout the month of March the Center for Diversity Equity and Inclusion will host a Lunch and Learn series entitled the Girlfriend Hour every Wednesday around 12pm on Zoom! Please check Acenotes and our social media for weekly topics and links! All identifying individuals are welcome to come, share and learn from our weekly speakers.

Please register for- March 10th: We're All in This Together: Mental Health Across Cultures- here:

Meeting ID: 992 1059 7057
Password: 874482

**Link is not the same for all Girlfriend Hours. Please use the specified link/ Meeting ID and Password listed for the specific week!**

* This Week in Religious Life


1. The Muslim and Christian Prayer Rooms in Neu Chapel are available for use 24/7. Contact the Muslim Student Association for keycard access to the Muslim Prayer Room.

2. The Center for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion now offers a spirituality library, including books from eleven different religious traditions. From Brene Brown to Thich Nhat Hanh, and from Christian bead prayers to self-reiki, there is something for everyone. Stop by the Center's conference room to borrow one for yourself.

3. Newman Club invites freshmen to sign up for the Freshman Five! Come to Newman House for orientation and to receive materials on Tuesday, March 2, 7PM.

4. Interested in joining a Newman small group? Click on the link for more information:


Due to pandemic restrictions, UE will not offer Protestant worship in Neu Chapel this semester. There are several churches in walking distance of our campus that are open for virtual and/or in-person worship on Sundays.

Methodist Temple (masks required)
8:30am, traditional worship
11:00am, contemporary worship

Redeemer Lutheran (masks required)
8:00am and 10:30am, traditional worship

A Catholic Mass is offered each Sunday in Neu Chapel at 1PM.

* The Center for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Invites You to Spill the Tea on Implicit Bias and Disabilities

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Join the Center for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at 6:30 PM on March 10th for the third installment of the Spill the Tea series with Spill the Tea on Implicit Bias and disabilities. Take part in a training by Disability Services, listen to two students as they talk about their experiences and partake in a moderated discussion on implicit biases and disabilities. Please register here:

* Disability Awareness Month/ Womxn's History Month Challenge

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The month of March celebrates Disability Awareness Month and Womxn's History Month. Join the UE DAM/ WHM Challenge sponsored by the Center for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion! In this challenge you will find 31 ways for 31 days of Disability Awareness and Womxn's History Month to actively learn, engage, support, and uplift individual's with disabilities and womxn identifying individuals from Evansville and around the world. Items listed in the challenge can be done personally or in a social group! Hit the library and do some research on why we spell womxn with an 'x', the origins and culture of Sign Language and/ or grab a friend and binge Love on the Spectrum (available on Netflix!). However and whatever you do #DAM/WHMChallenge yourself! To make it extra fun, share what your doing on social media and be sure to tag us!

We can't wait to see the ways in which you all #DAM/WHMChallenge yourself!

Challenge Item List:

  • Research origins, backgrounds and cultures of communication other than spoken language ex: Braille, Sign Language
  • Practice People-first language, not sure what that is? Research it!
  • Bring awareness to a charity or resource in Evansville that supports individuals with disabilities
  • Research UE and the surrounding community’s history with individuals with disabilities and disability awareness
  • Read a biography or autobiography written by an individual with disabilities
  • Watch Love on the Spectrum, Asperger’s are us, and other movies documentaries and TV shows celebrating individuals with disabilities
  • Listen to a speaker with disabilities via TedTalk, Podcast, etc.
  • Learn about prominent current/historic Evansville figures in the disability community
  • Share news/articles/information on social media that spark awareness of different disabilities
  • Incorporate DAM and WHM into your teaching/ learning/ work
  • Buy, read, share, support artists and authors with disabilities
  • Learn 3 facts about a new/ different disability everyday
  • Download 3 new apps that foster disability awareness and understanding
  • Research an influential activist with disabilities
  • Educate others on the importance of celebrating differences found within disabilities through books/cartoons/etc.
  • Attend DAM and WHM programming held by CDEI/ other organizations at UE/ in Evansville
  • Research the origins of modern-day feminism
  • Watch Self Made, a Netflix series about Madam C.J Walker
  • Follow or subscribe to a podcast hosted by womxn about womxn related challenges and celebrations
  • Express appreciation to and for the womxn in your life
  • Read Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide
  • Break the stigma! Research and discuss difficult topics like menstrual cycles, transition surgery, sexual assault, etc.
  • Utilize your privilege to uplift the voice of womxn and/ or individuals with disabilities! Be sure not to speak for them!
  • Research why we spell womxn with an ‘x’
  • Raise awareness to organizations and resources supporting womxn in Evansville
  • Watch movies and/ or tv shows directed by womxn
  • Have a conversation with a womxn from a culture different from your own and learn about their traditions, celebrations, and experiences
  • Research womxn of power in Evansville and what they are doing for the community
  • Utilize social media and your spaces to educate others about influential womxn as artist, activist, lawyers, doctors, etc.
  • Support a business owned by a womxn and/ or individual with disabilities
  • Sign at least 3 petitions advocating for womxn and/ or individuals with disabilities on other petition websites
* THE HUSTACE WORLD VIEW Paintings by Cedric Hustace

Paintings by
February 21 – April 4, 2021
Public Reception for the Artist: Thursday, March 18, 2021, 6:30pm
This exhibit is part of the Emerging Contemporary Artist Lecture Series, sponsored by the Department of Art, with the generous support of the Efroymson Family Fund.


Info You Should Know

* Deadline Extended: 2021-22 Dr. Marvin E. Hartig Memorial Scholarship

UPDATE: The scholarship deadline has been extended to Friday, May 7.

Family, friends and loved ones of the late Dr. Marvin E. Hartig are pleased to announce the application process for the Dr. Marvin E. Hartig Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship is dedicated to the loving memory of Dr. Hartig, Dean of Evansville College’s Evening College in 1967, and administrator for the Center for Advanced Study, director of the Evansville chapter of the American Institute of Banking (AIB), and the international student advisor. In 1974, Dr. Hartig was appointed Dean of Academic Services. He retired in 1984 after serving his alma mater for thirty-five years and passed away in 2007.

This scholarship will be awarded annually to a deserving sophomore student. Preference will be given to a student working while being enrolled as a full-time student. International students are encouraged to apply.

Eligible students for the 2021-2022 Hartig Memorial Scholarship will be sophomores in the 2021-2022 academic year.

Download the 2021-22 Dr. Marvin E. Hartig Memorial Scholarship application.

Deadline: Please return all materials to the Office of Student Financial Services by April 23, 2021. The decision will be announced by June 14, 2021.

Questions: Amanda Wood, administrative assistant to the Office of Student Financial Services, at or 812-488-2364

* UE Theatre Salon Series Welcomed Jeff Loeb '94, General Manager of the Hollywood Pantages Theatre

Jeff Loeb.

This week’s installment of the UET Salon Series was held on Wednesday, Mar. 3, with Jeff Loeb ’94.

Loeb is the General Manager of Broadway in Hollywood and the Hollywood Pantages Theatre, including oversight of the Nederlander West Coast regional season ticket office that manages the season ticket operations for seven touring markets. For the past 10 years, Loeb has been the chief strategist for the organization’s dedication to patron loyalty, which catapulted their growth to 45,000 season ticket holders. Over the last 19 years, he has been privileged to work with over 190 Broadway touring productions and recently negotiated to expand the Nederlander Hollywood theatrical footprint by agreeing to present shows at The Dolby Theatre, home of the Academy Awards. Prior to working at the Pantages, Loeb was the Assistant General Manager of the Los Angeles Shubert Theatre, Managing Director for Seattle’s UMO Ensemble, Producing Director for Open Circle Theatre in Seattle, and started his career as Assistant to the Producer at the St. Louis MUNY. A volunteer both in the entertainment industry and in the community at-large, Loeb is a member of the Broadway League’s COVID Reopening Task Force and Legislative Council, West Coast Presenters COVID Reopening Task Force, TRG Arts Council, Hollywood Business Improvement District Streetscape Committee (past Chair), President Emeritus of the National Alliance for Musical Theatre, and Vice President Emeritus of the Hollywood Police Activities League.

This semester, UE Theatre students will have the opportunity to experience over 25 workshops and salons with various professionals from the entertainment industry.

* Solution Station Wednesday - Need Help?

Do you need help with something and you're not sure who to ask on campus? Come by the Solution Station table in Ridgway this Wednesday from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM and ask us! If we don't know the answer, we'll know who does! We're here to help you find solutions to issues you're facing. Let us help.

Bonus - Need a UE planner to help you stay organized? Come by the table - we're giving them away!

Questions? Contact Chad Hart at

* Midterm Help - Online Drop-In Academic Peer Coaching


Feeling overwhelmed? Time management, study strategies, test preparation, organization, and school-life balance habits are important concepts to master. If you've found yourself struggling and you want someone to talk through the academic issues you're facing, the Academic Peer Coaches are available for drop-in coaching through Zoom!

Go here to see the online drop-in peer coaching schedule:

Working with an academic coach can help you get your academic life back into balance and finish the semester strong.

Individual coaching is still available as well.

Questions? Contact Chad Hart at

* Share Your Research at the UE Student Research and Honors Symposium

The 2021 UE Student Research and Honors Symposium is scheduled for Wednesday, April 14. This event will showcase the scholarly activities of students of diverse disciplines across UE’s campus, including the graduating seniors of the Honors Program. This year’s symposium will be conducted via Zoom. All students are invited to apply to participate by submitting an abstract for their papers. For more information or to submit an abstract, please visit:

Contact Jayme Williams at with any questions.

* All-Campus Art Project

Whether you are the next Monet or can only scribble a stick-figure, the Office of Religious Life needs your art! Take a normal old piece of 8.5x11 paper and draw what your spirituality looks like. Is your spirituality a swirl of colors or a single line? Does it look like a place or maybe a person? Is it a moment in time or a journey of many years? We want to see it all! Drop your masterpiece off at the Center for Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion in Ridgeway, and in April, we'll put it together with everyone else's to create a "quilt" for Neu Chapel. Students, faculty, and staff are all encouraged to participate. Contact the Director of Religious Life (jk383) with questions.

* Health Risk Assessment for 2020-2021 Medical Plan Year

UE Health Risk Assessments Update:

For those enrolled in the University's HRA Medical Plan, due to the pandemic and current COVID restrictions, offering onsite health screenings has not been a possibility during the 2020-2021 plan year. Due to these circumstances, medical premiums in 2021-2022 will not be affected by your health screening status. If you wish to complete your health risk assessment in order to earn HRA credits for the current plan year, please schedule your appointment with the onsite medical clinic no later than May 1 at 888-492-8722 or message your clinic nurse through the Ascension Patient Portal. Should you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact Ashley Chipps at

* Register for Housing for 2021-22

All students can now submit their Housing and Food Service Contract for 2021-22 on Self-Service. All students who will be living in on-campus housing need to submit a new contract for the next academic year. More information about the housing assignments process can be found here -

* Village Request Cards

Students interested in living in the Villages for 2021-22 should pick up Village request cards in the Office of Residence Life.

The Villages are reserved primarily for students with 60 plus credit hours. In order to apply to live in the Villages, each person in your group must have at least 44 credit hours on file with the University by the end of the Fall 2020 semester.

Village request cards are due back to the Office of Residence Life by 5:00 p.m., Friday, March 12.

More information on the housing assignments process can be found on the residence life section of the University website at

* UE Intramurals Now Offering ESports Gaming


The UE Intramural program is excited to announce upcoming E Sports tournaments provided through Recreation Readiness!

Recreation Readiness invites your esports teams to participate in our FREE spring series and compete against top teams across the country to win cash prizes! For rules and eligibility please contact @ah519 or

Games Offered: Valorant, Overwatch, 5v5 Super Smash Bros Crew Battles, 3v3 Rocket League

Sat. 2/27 at 3 pm EST: Valorant ($300 prize pool)
Sat. 3/6 at 3 pm EST: Smash Bros ($300)
Sun. 3/14 at 3 pm EST: Overwatch ($360)
Sat. 3/20 at 3 pm EST: Valorant ($300)
Sat. 3/27 at 3 pm EST: Smash Bros ($300)
Sun. 3/28 at 3 pm EST: Overwatch ($360)
Wed. 3/31 at at 8 pm EST: Rocket League ($200)

Registration closes at Noon EST on day of event

Also, you can find updated info at all social media outlets below:

After registering to play, please contact @ah519 for further instructions.

Recreation Readiness Founders - Jason Gant and Mark Comer

* Eykamp Prize: Call for Nominations

The Eykamp Prize was established by Richard and Rita Eykamp in 2015 to honor Faculty Achievement at the University of Evansville. Recipients of the prize will receive an award of $10,000 in recognition of extraordinary contributions to the University of Evansville as University Citizens. Examples of such contributions include deep and successful involvement in recruiting students; expanding the number, scope, and competitiveness of grant funding for their department; bringing positive public awareness to the University through scholarship, knowledge, and understanding of their discipline.

Nominations for the Eykamp Prize may come from any member of the University of Evansville community. Nominees should be tenured or tenure-track faculty members at the University of Evansville who have not received the award in the previous five years. Nominations can be submitted in writing or via e-mail to Dr. Michael Austin, Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, at by March 12, 2021. Nominations should include the name of the faculty member and a brief statement of the reasons that he or she is being nominated.

Recipients of the Eykamp Prize will be selected by an Awards Committee appointed by the EVPAA and Provost that includes members of the faculty and staff, academic administrators, and at least one member of the Board of Trustees. The award will be announced and presented at the May Commencement Ceremony.

Previous recipients in the last five years are: 2016 – Dr. Mark Valenzuela; 2017 – Dr. Lora Becker; 2018 – Dr. David Dwyer; 2019 – Dr. Kristy Miller; and 2020 – Dr. Jerrilee LaMar.



* Dr. Sara Petrosillo Named Exemplary Teacher of the Year

Congratulations to Dr. Sara Petrosillo! She was recently presented the Exemplary Teacher Award, which is awarded annually to a UE faculty member.

Sara Petrosillo received her BA in English and Italian Literature from Colby College, and her PhD in English from the University of California, Davis. Her scholarship focuses on medieval literature and feminism and she has published articles on medieval poetry and drama in the Journal for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, Exemplaria: Medieval, Early Modern, Theory, Medieval Feminist Forum, and in a 2018 essay collection, Animal Languages in the Middle Ages: Representations of Interspecies Communication (Palgrave-Macmillan). She is currently working on a book about the cultural influence of falconry on medieval reading practices, Hawking Women: Falconry, Gender, and the Poetics of Control in Medieval Literary Culture. She teaches the first half of the British literature survey, first year seminars, world classics, and early English literature.

* EECS students compete in the ICPC Mid-Central Regional Programming Contest

Congratulations to the students in the EECS department who competed in the ICPC Mid-Central Regional Programming Contest on Saturday, March 6. The contest had been postponed from its usual date in November and was held virtually rather than in person. The Evansville Purple team of Linh Trinh (senior computer engineering major), Munachimso Aneke (junior computer science major), and Ruikun Wang (senior computer science major) solved 4 out of 15 problems to place 30th out of 60 total teams competing in the contest and 2nd out of 9 teams at the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith site. The contest was won by a University of Illinois team that solved 14 of the 15 problems. Their coach, Dr. Deborah Hwang, Associate Professor of Computer Science, said "Considering the difficulty in forming a team and practicing due to COVID restrictions, the team did very well against the large D-1 research schools that fielded multiple teams."

* Katie Darby Mullins Has "Dr. Phil" Poem Published

Katie Darby Mullins had a poem, “Dr. Phil and I Play Punks” come out at Rogue Agent on March 1st. It is about her and Dr. Phil just pretending to be punk rockers (or maybe really being punk rockers: neither of them seem totally sure).



* Marah Wood Earns Second MVC Award

In one of the most impressive series in program history, University of Evansville freshman Marah Wood helped the Purple Aces to a 5-1 mark over the course of six games last week and was recognized with her second-consecutive Missouri Valley Conference Newcomer of the Week award.

Wood batted an unreal .900 in UE’s home-opening series against Purdue Fort Wayne. She was 9-for-10 with three home runs, 11 RBI, 5 walks, 7 runs scored and a .933 on-base percentage versus the Mastodons. Evansville opened the week with a doubleheader sweep at Bellarmine where Wood drew two walks.

When the Aces headed home to Cooper Stadium, Wood made an immediate impact. In the 4-game series against the Mastodons, Wood reached base in each of her first 11 plate appearances through three games and did so in 14 out of 15 trips to the plate over the entirety of the series. The opener Saw her go a perfect 4-4 with two RBI and two runs scored. Saturday’s second contest saw her record the first grand slam of her career, going 2-2 with six RBI, two walks and two runs. Sunday’s opener saw her add another perfect day, belting two home runs to go along with three RBI and two walks.

The fourth contest of the weekend began with a groundout, but she rebounded to go 1-2 with another run scored while adding two more walks. For the week, Wood batted .563 with nine hits, seven runs scored and seven walks, leading to an on-base percentage of .696. Wood recorded three home runs and 11 RBI while slugging 1.188.

* Sophia Rohleder Leads the Field in Jacksonville

With one round complete in the 2021 Don Benbow Invitational, University of Evansville golfer Sophia Rohleder sits atop the leaderboard entering Tuesday’s final round.

Rohleder carded a 4-over 75 on Monday to lead all individuals by three strokes. She leads a trio of contenders who are tied for second place, including UE freshman Mallory Russell. Her first-round tally of 78 has her tied for second with Butler’s Ally Ross and Erica Kerr of Southern Illinois.

Allison Enchelmayer is third on the UE squad. She shot an 84 on Monday and was closely followed by Alyssa McMinn, who registered an 85 and is tied for 17th. Caitlin O’Donnell finished the first round with a 92. Carly Frazier wrapped up the opening 18 holes with an 89 as an individual.

Butler leads the team standings by three strokes over the Purple Aces. The Bulldogs finished with a 319 while UE checked in with a 322. Southern Illinois and Eastern Michigan are also within striking distance. The Salukis completed the first round with a 323 while EMU sits in fourth place with a 327.

* Volleyball Falls in Monday Contest at Drake

The Purple Aces began the match with a 25-17 win, but Drake reeled off three set wins in a row to defeat the University of Evansville volleyball team by a 3-1 final on Monday.

Melanie Feliciano was the top performer for the Aces (3-11, 2-10 MVC), recording 15 kills and 10 digs. Alondra Vazquez added 14 kills and 21 digs. Rachel Basinski paced the squad with 22 digs while Cecilia Thon and Allana McInnis recorded 17 and 16 assists, respectively. Drake (8-5, 6-4 MVC) was led by an 18-kill effort from Haley Bush.

Game 1

With the score tied at 7-7, Evansville made a statement, scoring the next three before extending that run to an 8-2 stretch to go up 15-9. Alondra Vazquez got things started with a kill with Chloe Bontrager adding one of her own before Laura Ruiz capped it off with her second service ace in as many days. The Bulldogs scored the next three points to cut the deficit in half, but the Aces responded with three in a row of their own before pulling away for a 25-17 win.

Game 2

An early run by the Bulldogs set the tone in the second frame. After Evansville jumped out to a 3-1 lead, Drake punched back with 11 in a row to take a 12-3 advantage. A Kylee Macke service ace wrapped up the stretch. From there, the Bulldogs were able to tie the match on the strength of a 25-11 decision.

Game 3

Just as they did in game two, the Bulldogs made a run with the score tied at 3-3 as they reeled off five tallies in a row to go up 8-3. With Thon doing the serving, Feliciano added a kill that helped UE get within a pair at 9-7, but the Bulldogs came back with a 5-2 stretch and would go on to win by a 25-17 final to take a 2-1 lead.

Game 4

In a close battle at the start, it was the Bulldogs who took the first multi-point lead, breaking a 6-6 tie to go o up 10-6. Evansville responded with three of their own with Vazquez and Kate Tsironis registering kills to cut the deficit to one. Drake fended off the challenge to push the lead to as many as seven points at 23-16. UE made a final rally when Vazquez posted three kills and Ruiz added another ace to get back within three at 23-20, but following a timeout, the Bulldogs posted the final two points to clinch the match.

Next up for UE is a home series next weekend against Southern Illinois.

* Isaac Rohleder Leads UE Men on First Day

Isaac Rohleder led the University of Evansville men’s golf team in the opening round of the Don Benbow Invitational at Jacksonville Beach Golf Course.

Rohleder shot a 3-over 74 to rank in fourth place on the individual leaderboard. His efforts have the Purple Aces right in the hunt on the team side. UE ranks in third place with a score of 308, eight shots off of Drexel, who finished Monday’s opening round with a 300.

Dallas Koth, Henry Kiel and Michael Ikejiani each recorded scores of 78 in the first round. The 7-over tally has the trio tied for 12th. Spencer Wagner recorded an 83 while Caleb Wassmer scored an 81 as an individual.

Drexel’s Angelo Giantsopoulos leads the way following Monday’s action. At the midway point of the event, his 1-under 70 paces Butler’s Raymond Sullivan by two strokes. Alex Butler of the Dragons is third with Rohlder four strokes out of the lead in fourth place.


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