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Monday, May 3, 2021

* Summer AceNotes Limited to Tuesday and Thursday

As there are fewer submissions to AceNotes during the summer, AceNotes will only be published on Tuesdays and Thursdays starting the week of Monday, May 10. AceNotes Extras will still be published whenever needed. The regular AceNotes publication schedule of every Monday through Friday will resume when school begins again in August.


Upcoming Events

* Special Bookstore Hours for Saturday, May 8

The bookstore will be open beginning at 8:30 am on Saturday, May 8th, for late rental returns, and closing at 2pm. Please return all rentals by then. If you have already gone home and not returned them by then, please generate the $5 UPS label from our website using this link: The order number is located in your rental return emails.

* Reception Honoring Dr. Kyle Kiesel's Service to UE and Physical Therapy

KyleYou are invited to a reception honoring Kyle Kiesel, PT, PhD, Professor and Program Director of the Department of Physical Therapy, who will retire at the end of this academic year after 21 years of service to the University. He started at UE in 2000 and has contributed to the success of the University in many ways including receiving initial accreditation of the Athletic Training Program, the growth of the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program where he served as Chair from 2014-2019 and the transition to the Stone Family Center for Health Sciences in 2018. He has over 30 peer-reviewed publications with numerous abstracts, recognized globally for his research related to core function and functional movement testing in athletic performance and injury prediction, and has been a guest speaker at many national and international conferences. Kyle has impacted the lives of hundreds of physical therapy students over his two decades as a passionate educator and advisor.

A reception to honor Kyle is planned for Wednesday, May 5th from 4:00PM - 6:00PM in the SOBA atrium.

Due to covid restrictions, staggered attendance is required, so please sign up for a time slot to congratulate Kyle and wish him the best in his next season. If you are unable to attend, well wishes may be emailed to Kyle at or mailed to Stone Family Center for Health Sciences, 515 Bob Jones Way, Evansville, IN 47708.

* Baccalaureate & Commencement Exercises

This weekend is Commencement weekend for our Classes of 2020 & 2021! Please see below important information for UE graduates and their friends and families.


All graduates and their families are invited to attend the 2020/2021 Interfaith Baccalaureate Service, which is a religious service that honors the graduating class. The service provides time to reflect and give thanks to God in the context of high University ceremony.

The service will be available at 4PM on Friday, May 7, and can be viewed on the Commencement webpage. Rev. JillAnn Knonenborg, director of religious life, and Rev. Andy Payton, University chaplain, will lead the service.

Commencement Exercises

UE will hold three ceremonies on May 7-8, 2021. All ceremonies will be held at the Ford Center and are ticketed events. For those who cannot attend in-person, a live-stream of each service will be available at

University of Evansville’s 162nd Commencement
Class of 2020

Friday, May 7, 2021 at 7:00 p.m.

University of Evansville’s 163rd Commencement
Class of 2021

Saturday, May 8, 2021 at 10:00 a.m.
For College of Education and Heath Sciences and College of Engineering and Computer Science

Saturday, May 8, 2021 at 7:00 p.m.
For William L. Ridgway College of Arts and Sciences and Schroeder Family School of Business Administration

The Outstanding Senior Service Award, Outstanding Teacher Award, and Eykamp Prize recipients will be announced and presented at both ceremonies on Saturday.

* 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. Need a cozy place to study during finals? Newman House will be open 1-3PM each day and 10AM-12PM Tuesday-Thursday.

Due to pandemic restrictions, UE will not offer Protestant worship in Neu Chapel this semester. However, there are two churches just across the street from campus that hold services online and in-person.

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

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

The final campus Catholic Mass of the semester was offered on Sunday, April 25. St. Benedict's Cathedral continues to offer Mass online and in-person, Tuesday-Sunday.

1. Pascha (Easter) for Orthodox Christians was on Sunday, May 2. Greeting: "Christ is Risen!"
2. The month-long Islamic fast called Ramadan continues this week. Greeting: "Ramadan Mubarak" or "Blessed Ramadan!"


Changemaker Corner

* UE's Center for Innovation & Change Will Present At Two International Conferences This Year

LogosKaunas, Lithuania: Executive Director Erin Lewis was invited to present at the Civic Education for Lithuanian and Global Success conference, hosted by the Lithuanian College of Democracy and the Vytautas Magnus University Education Academy, May 13th and 14th. She’ll deliver remarks titled Cooperation Between Public and Private Sectors as a Platform for Civic Education.

Milan, Italy: Later this fall, Erin and Brooksie Smith, Associate Director, had two joint paper abstracts accepted to the 13th annual International Social Innovation Research Conference in Milan. Social Innovation Reimagined in Pandemic Era will take a look at how collaborative programming was impacted by the shutdown, with a case study on the potential demonstrated by the COVID Between the Coasts ChangeLab. The Potential for Hybrid Organization in Addressing Social Problems in a Community and On Campus, will take an in depth look at ChangeLab’s evolution over the last decade: from business-focused projects for a few dozen students, to the city-wide resource it has become with hundreds of students engaged in local problem solving each year across many disciplines. It will 1) identify points of inflection in its evolution, 2) clarify how hybrid programs such as this can help achieve community impact, and 3) outline some of the curricular and structural challenges to its scalability and how they might be addressed.

* Kudos to Spanish Professor Cindy Crowe's Latinx Community Health ChangeLab!

ChangeLab logo

Kudos to Spanish Professor Cindy Crowe’s Latinx Community Health ChangeLab, which has worked with a local healthcare provider this semester translating as well as creating materials in Spanish for the Latinx community. They created a pamphlet to explain the importance of the COVID-19 vaccine and dispel myths. In addition, realizing that part of vaccination hesitancy in that community could be the ID requirement, the students reached out to Kelly Paul, Pharmacist in Charge at Ascension St. Vincent’s Vaccine Clinic and to Fr. Martin Estrada, Associate Pastor at Holy Rosary who delivers the mass in Spanish. This group worked together to sponsor a clinic at Holy Rosary where ID would not be required. The ChangeLab students served as interpreters for the clinic where 110 members of the Latinx community were vaccinated. Congratulations to Cindy and her students on this incredible service to our community!!


Info You Should Know

* Bookstore Hiring for Summer

Are you looking for a Summer job on campus? Well you're in luck: the bookstore is hiring!

-Greet customers, answer questions, and assist with the purchase of merchandise or services.
-Shelve, arrange, clean, and organize product or space within the store to maintain an appealing sales floor.
-Assist with processing sales transactions involving cash, credit, or financial aid payments.
-Temporary positions require availability to work on a weekly basis with occasional weekends, and flexibility in scheduling for opening, midday, or closing shifts.

Physical Demands:
-Frequent movement within the store to access various departments, areas, and/or products.
-Ability to remain in a stationary position for extended periods.
-Frequent lifting.
-Occasional reaching, stooping, kneeling, crouching, and climbing ladders.

-Candidates must be a minimum of 18 years of age to be considered for employment.
-High-energy, friendly personality, with strong communication skills to interact with a variety of people.
-Outstanding customer service skills to match customers to products that meet their needs.
-Basic math, keyboarding, and data entry skills.
-Flexibility in scheduling is necessary.

We will be open Monday-Friday 9am-4pm, with the occasional Saturday.

If you're interested, please follow this link to apply!

* Pause in Transcript Orders for Current Students

 No transcripts for current students will be processed between May 3, 2021 and May 14, 2021. Processing will resume on May 17, 2021.

* Attention: Parking Lot Closures and Limitations

Attention Parking Lot Closures and Limitations
As preparations and excitement continues in anticipation of a new residence hall, the Morton/Brentano Furniture Removal/Relocation Project will begin on Thursday, May 6, which requires parking lot closures and limitations. These parking closures and limitations are necessary for the safe removal of equipment, removal and relocation of furniture, traffic flow of multiple vendor trucks, trailers, and flat beds and placement of dumpsters, and large enclosed storage containers.  Please note the following:

Please use the following information in AceNotes.  Public Safety asked that the info in purple be added!!  Thanks - Kim

Parking Lot Closures and Limitations:

On Wednesday, May 5, at 5:00 p.m. the Office of Public Safety will:

  • Limit parking in Lot J (FIJI/Phi Tau/Sig Ep)
  • Close the Parking Lot F (Lagoon)
  • Students are encouraged to use Lot N, or Lot O.  Also, the “right” hand side of Ridgway Drive only (This is the side of the drive closest to Morton/Brentano.) may be used for loading vehicles for move out.

On Sunday, May 9, at 3 p.m. the Office of Public Safety will:

  • Close/limit parking in Lot G around the perimeter of Schroeder Hall
  • Athletic event fan parking will be accessible in the Armory Lot and team buses in Lot H.
  • Close the parking area North of Powell Hall
  • Re-open the lots on Monday, May 17.

If you have a vehicle parked in any of the above lots, please remove them accordingly.  Vehicle use of sidewalks, Walnut St, the identified parking lot closures/limitations above including the “left” hand side of Ridgway Drive (the side closest to the Ridgway building) for loading or parking is prohibited and subject to being towed.

Your cooperation and patience is appreciated!

* Student Health Center Summer Semester Hours Start Monday, May 10

The Student Health Center will operate on reduced summer semester hours beginning Monday, May 10th.
Hours will be Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 12 p.m., nurse-only visits by calling 812-488-2033.

The Employee Medical Clinic hours of operation are unchanged during the summer semester. Please schedule by calling 888-492-8722 or by visiting your patient portal.

Hours for Employee Medical Clinic:
Monday: 8-11 a.m. and 3-6 p.m.
Tuesday: 7-11 a.m.
Wednesday: 2-6 p.m.
Thursday: 7-11 a.m.
Friday: closed

* Summer Work Study Available

Several Departments seeking students to fill available work-study jobs for the summer. Students are not required to be enrolled in summer classes to participate. Positions are available to all continuing undergraduate students returning for the Fall Semester. View and apply for open positions on WebAdvisor under Student Employment.

* Students: Share your thoughts on the Spring 2021 semester!

With the spring semester ending soon, the Coronavirus Task Force wants to know how the campus supported you during this time – and how we can improve. We’d like to know about:

  • Your overall educational experience while taking in-person or online classes
  • Your emotional health and wellness
  • Your attitudes and actions toward the COVID-19 vaccine

Share your thoughts in this survey:

The survey takes 10-15 minutes to complete, and all responses will remain anonymous unless you provide an email for follow-up.  Please complete the survey by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, May 7.

With your feedback, the University of Evansville can better focus necessary efforts and resources to ensure a safe and successful Fall 2021 semester.

Thank you for your help!

* Jill Griffin Appointed Vice President for Enrollment and Marketing

After serving as interim vice president since 2019, Jill Griffin, PhD, has been appointed vice president for enrollment and marketing at the University of Evansville.

Griffin joined the University in 2004 and has served in roles as assistant professor of marketing, associate professor of psychology, executive director of the Institute for Global Enterprise in Indiana, and executive director of the Center for Innovation & Change.

Under her leadership, the Center for Innovation & Change was established and has promoted and supported changemaking in all its forms at the University, through ChangeLab courses, the Changemaker Challenge, and being designated as a Changemaker Campus by Ashoka U.

Prior to completing her PhD in marketing at the University of Texas, Griffin worked for Dell Computer Corporation as a brand manager and business development manager. She also served as senior consultant at Deloitte Consulting, working primarily in supply chain operations systems.

In addition to her PhD, Griffin’s broad academic background includes an MBA and MSE in industrial engineering from the University of Michigan, an MA in economics from Indiana University, and a BA in mathematics and Russian language from Trinity University. Her research focuses on behavioral decision-making and has appeared in top professional journals, including the Journal of Marketing Research and the Journal of Consumer Psychology.

Griffin is deeply engaged in the Evansville community and has served on various boards, including Junior Achievement of Southwestern Indiana, the Growth Alliance of Greater Evansville, the Evansville Philharmonic, and the Rotary Club of Evansville.

* Erin Lewis Appointed Director of the Center for Innovation & Change

After serving as interim director since 2019, Erin Lewis has been promoted to director of the Center for Innovation & Change.

Lewis joined the Center for Innovation & Change as program director in June 2015, then became its associate director in 2018. Prior to joining the center, she served as former United States Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor’s director of outreach at iCivics, directing its national field networks, communications, and partnerships. Lewis also served as a research assistant at the Indiana University Public Policy Institute, Indiana's director of civic education for six years, and is a former United States Marine, having completed Officer Candidate School in Quantico.

Lewis earned her Master of Public Affairs in policy analysis with honors from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at IUPUI. While there, she helped create the Center for Civic Literacy, and completed IU’s rigorous Oxford University summer program in England, which studied climate change from an interdisciplinary lens. In 2013, she was one of only three graduate students to receive the William M. Plater Civic Engagement Medallion for service to the community.

She serves as UE's Ballroom Club advisor and is a proud UE alumna – having earned her Bachelor of Science in political science and psychology from the University of Evansville in 2001.

* Summer Work Study Position Available in Student Financial Services

Looking for extra summer income? Student Financial Services is looking for a summer student worker. Clerical assistant position available for an undergraduate student enrolled full time for the fall 2021 semester. Position is 28 hours per week and entails general office tasks, no experience needed. See job posting on Webadvisor to apply.

* 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



* Schroeder Family School of Business Administration Dean's Awards Recipients

Congratulations to our faculty for their outstanding commitment and service to the university!

  • Dr. Heather Fenton, Associate Professor of Management - Dean's Service Award
  • Dr. Laura Dwyer, Associate Professor of Management - Dean's Teaching Award
  • Dr. Omer Bayar, Associate Professor of Economics - Dean's Research Award
* Dean's Teaching Awards

Congratulations to the faculty members who received a Dean's Teaching Award from their Academic Dean for 2020-2021. Their teaching and support of our students is exceptional and very much appreciated. The faculty members being recognized are:

  • Donna Cobb, clinical assistant professor of nursing from the College of Education and Health Sciences;
  • Laura Dwyer, associate professor of management from the Schroeder Family School of Business Administration;
  • Lesley Pleasant, associate professor of German from the William L. Ridgway College of Arts and Sciences;
  • Kristen Strandberg, assistant professor of music from the William L. Ridgway College of Arts and Sciences; and
  • Wei Wu, assistant professor of electrical engineering from the College of Engineering and Computer Science.
* IACTE Recognizes Outstanding Future Educators at UE

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Each year the Indiana Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (IACTE) recognizes outstanding future educators from universities across the state. This year, recipients from the University of Evansville are Isaac Sellers, Special Education major from Ft. Branch, IN, Kenlea Meeker, History Education major from Lebanon, IL, Alexa Butler, Math Education Major from Evansville, IN, and Alexanderia Bethe, Elementary Ed major from Evansville, IN. These individuals were selected by the School of Education faculty for their accomplishments throughout their education programs and for their exceptional promise as future classroom teachers.

* Class of 1961 Faculty Fellowship Awards

Congratulations to Jason Pitt, assistant professor of physical therapy and Yolanda Obaze, assistant professor of supply chain management on receiving the Class of 1961 Faculty Fellowship Award. The award was established in 1961 with gifts and pledges from the Class of 1961. It was created to provide support for pre-tenured faculty research projects. Thank you for your contributions to the University through your research endeavors. 

* Congratulations to English Honor Society Inductees

The University of Evansville chapter of the International English Honor Society Sigma Tau Delta held an Induction Ceremony on April 30th to welcome 9 new members. Congratulations to Isaac Bates, Blake Froedge, Rebecca Harwood, Hollie Hoffman, Lindsey Phillips, Delaney Rasche, Chris Straeffer, Jane Tafolla, and Charlie Watts on their academic excellence in the field of literary studies!



* Aces drop Sunday series finale to DBU

Early and often offense from Dallas Baptist handed Evansville a 20-1 loss in the two sides' series finale on Sunday at German American Bank Field at Charles H. Braun Stadium in Evansville.

"Didn't get the result we wanted today, but battled in three out of the four games this weekend against the Valley leader," said Aces head baseball coach Wes Carroll. "We need to get back to work this week and be better prepared in the fourth game of the weekend on the mound."

The Patriots opened the contest with single runs in the first and second innings, but really got their offense going with an explosive third inning. In all, DBU scored 13 runs in the third, including three home runs to take a 15-0 lead.

On the other side, Evansville struggled at the plate as the Patriots starter Luke Eldred pitched masterfully through three innings of work, allowing just one base runner, while striking-out four and not allowing a walk.

DBU's success on the mound continued with Cole Reeves continuing the no-hitter through the fourth and fifth innings, while recording three strikeouts.

The Patriots added a run in the fifth and then four more runs in the sixth, elevating their advantage to 20-0.

With the 10-run rule in effect, Evansville was down to its final chance to prolong the game in the seventh and avoided being no-hit and being shutout with three hits and an RBI groundout by Tanner Craig that scored Simon Scherry as the Patriots captured the win.

Evansville returns to close-out its home stand on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday May 6, 7, and 8 with a four-game set against Southern Illinois in a non-conference weekend at German American Bank Field at Charles H. Braun Stadium in Evansville.

* Vetter's no-hitter helps UE clinch weekend sweep

For the first time in her University of Evansville career, Izzy Vetter threw a no-hitter to spearhead a dominant 11-1 victory over Bradley to clinch the weekend sweep on Sunday at Cooper Stadium.

Vetter had a masterful effort for the Purple Aces (23-19, 11-12 MVC), striking out five Braves (17-20, 10-14 MVC) batters while allowing one run and two walks.  UE’s offense erupted for 11 runs in the 5-inning win, led by Alyssa Barela, who hit a 3-run home run.  Eryn Gould registered her 11th long ball of the season to lead off the game.  Jessica Fehr had another multi-hit day, going 2-3 with a pair of RBI.  Hannah Hood also had two runs batted in.

Evansville pounced on the Braves early, scoring three runs in the first inning without picking up a hit.  UE drew four walks in the frame including a pair with the bases loaded by Marah Wood and Hannah Hood.  Katie McLean also scored on a wild pitch to contribute to the big start. 

Eryn Gould got the offense rolling once again in the second.  After being hit by a pitch in the first, Gould got a hold of her 11th home run of the year to make it a 4-0 game.  McLean followed that with her second walk of the game before a Haley Woolf double to deep center put them on second and third.  With one out, Jessica Fehr added a double of her own to score McLean and Woolf.

Lindsay Renneisen picked up UE’s fifth walk of the afternoon to set the table for Alyssa Barela, who belted her third long ball of the year to push the lead to 9-0.  Bradley’s right fielder got a glove on the ball against the wall, deflecting it out of the park.  Bradley ended UE’s shutout bid in the top of the fourth with a single run coming on a sacrifice fly, but Evansville countered with a pair in the bottom of the inning to lead by 10 runs.

Hannah Hood had an at-bat in that sequence, which symbolized the entire weekend.  In an at-bat that took 14 pitches to complete, Hood won the battle, hitting an RBI single.  Jenna Lis had an RBI groundout later in the frame to cement the 11-1 lead, which would eventually be the final score.  Vetter took care of business in the fifth on the way to her first UE no-hitter and her 13th win of 2021.  It marked the Aces first no-hitter since February 16, 2019 when Emily Lockhart threw one against Southern in the finale of the Roul’s Deli MVC-SWAC Challenge in Louisiana.

A trip to Missouri State next weekend will complete the regular season for UE.  The Aces and Bears meet up with a Friday doubleheader before a single game on Saturday.


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