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Tuesday, May 4, 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

* This Week in Music

The last streaming concert of the academic year is also the first announced concert in the newly named UE Music Conservatory. Join us online to hear the singers of the University of Evansville Choirs. The UE University Choir and UE Mixed Choir, under the direction of Dennis Malfatti, and the UE Women’s Chorus, under the direction of Dana Taylor, present an eclectic program of choral music. The singers of UE’s choirs have adapted to the challenges of the COVID pandemic, singing spaced apart, with masks, and rehearsing in short segments. Despite all this, they have risen to the challenge and continue to make inspiring music. Join us online on, or after Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at 7:30 p.m. at the following link:

* 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!"

* BECOMING CENTERED Paintings by Lori Rivera


Local Artist Paints to Heal

Lori Rivera finds that the world nearly disappears when she paints, and she is deeply drawn into the meditative aspects of painting. She loves the healing benefits that painting provides, as she struggles with depression.

At any given time, Lori has a painting in progress on her painting wall in her home studio. Although her roots are in representational painting, she has recently decided to devote the majority of her time to growing as an abstract artist. She sees abstract art as the most fitting genre that allows her to communicate her emotions.

She usually starts with dark colors and then works up to lighter colors in the final layers. She feels this process is symbolic of rising from the darkness of depression and signifies her triumph over it. “As I go through this process with each painting, I am reminded of where I’ve been and how far I’ve come,” says Lori.

She started painting over ten years ago, but her interest in pursuing art as a career was reawakened when she was inspired by artists at Peace Zone, where she served as Executive Director. While working, she painted in her spare time and decided to pursue art full time several years ago.

Lori’s most recent project is creating paintings inspired by music, and she often listens to the music on repeat as she paints. She focuses on how the music makes her feel and communicates that feeling onto the canvas. Sometimes the music matches her mood, while other times the music she chooses is totally opposite of what she is feeling. Ultimately though, she relies on spontaneity and allows each painting to develop organically as each brushstroke guides the next.

Her work has been shown in Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio, New Harmony, and Evansville. You can see her work in person at the University of Evansville’s Krannert Gallery April 11th through May 9th. The exhibit, Becoming Centered, overlaps with Mental Health Month, which is during the month of May. The opening reception is April 22nd at 6:30 pm.

The Department of Art at UE offers a wide range of degree programs and areas of specialization in the visual arts. It houses a number of specialized studios for ceramics, drawing, metalwork and jewelry, painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture, visual communication design, and watercolor. The Krannert and Peterson Galleries are also a vital resource for the students, as well as the Evansville area.

Students can receive BFA, BA & BS degrees in a variety of Art Studies: Studio Art, Art and

Associate Studies, Art Education, Visual Communication Design and Pre-Art Therapy. This exhibition is sponsored by the Department of Art with the generous support of the Efroymson Family Fund. The Krannert Gallery is located on the first floor of Krannert Hall of Art & Music.

Please visit the UE website

Or FaceBook Page: University of Evansville Department of Art & Melvin Peterson Gallery

For more information about Lori and her art, visit

These stunning, abstract paintings can be seen in the Krannert Gallery April 11 – May 9

A public Reception for the Artist is April 22, 6:30pm. Masks & Social Distancing will be observed.


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!

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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

* Brooksie Smith Appointed Associate Director of the Center for Innovation & Change

After serving as Program Coordinator since 2019, Brooksie Smith has been promoted to Associate Director of the Center for Innovation & Change.

Brooksie began her service with the University of Evansville in July 2016. Brooksie joined the Center for Innovation and Change as the Program Coordinator in 2019. She was promoted to Associate Director in 2021. She is a proud UE Alum having received both her Master of Science in Leadership, with an emphasis in Higher Education, and Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership from the University of Evansville.

Brooksie simultaneously serves the UE Change Council, UE CFIC Advisory Board, UE Friends of Art Board of Directors, UE Board of Trustee Spouses as Liaison, and UE Parents Council. Brooksie received the UE Employee Excellence Award for February 2020, and the 2019-2020 UE Employee of the Year Award. Brooksie was elected by her colleagues as the 2021-2022 UE Staff and Administrators Assembly President.

In 2010, Brooksie received the Lifetime Achievement Award, Indiana Congress of Parents and Teachers, Inc. This award is given in recognition of devoted and distinguished service to children and youth. Brooksie Smith has over 25 years of servant leadership in local family, school, and community partnerships.

* 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!

* 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.

* 2021-22 Kahn Scholarship Application Available

It was the desire of the donor, Margery Florence Kahn, that her scholarship be awarded to "dedicated and conscientious students who exhibit a true passion for their chosen fields of study, and who, in the opinion of the members of the University of Evansville faculty, are likely to bring the same enthusiasm into the performance of their jobs or the practice of the professions which they will pursue following graduation."

All University of Evansville full-time undergraduate students who will be juniors or seniors in 2021-22 may apply. An essay of about 300 words must accompany the application, along with two to four faculty recommendation letters.

Application is available here:

Completed applications and recommendation letters should be returned to the Office of Student Financial Services by MAY 10th.

Questions may be directed to the Office of Student Financial Services via email or by phone at (812) 488-2364

* Financial Aid for Summer Courses

If you are an undergraduate or graduate student seeking financial aid or intending to use loan funds for summer courses at UE, please complete a Summer Financial Aid Application and return to the Office of Student Financial Services (Olmsted 105) however is most convenient. The application will allow our office to assess your aid and loan eligibility. 

On-campus jobs are available for continuing UE students during the summer. You do not need to be eligible for need-based Federal Work-Study during the academic year in order to apply. You may also apply regardless of your enrollment in summer courses. Applications are available within the Student Employment area of WebAdvisor.

* 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



* Public Health Students Win Award for Best Student Paper

Congratulations to Public Health students, Lexi Sollman and Hannah Patterson along with Dr. Payal Patel-Dovalatabadi on their achievement of Best Student Paper Co-Award for their presentation of College Students Perceptions of Vaccines in 2020. Their paper was presented at the Business and Health Administration Association International conference in March. Congrats again on this award; we are proud of you!! 

* 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!



* Haley Woolf named MVC Player of the Week

ST. LOUIS – Haley Woolf belted three home runs and finished with nine runs batted in to lead the University of Evansville softball team to a perfect 4-0 week and was named the Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Week on Monday.

In a week that featured a road win at Indiana State and a 3-game home sweep over Bradley, Woolf was the difference with a stellar offensive showing.  The junior accumulated a total of three home runs and nine RBI while slugging 1.333.  She added a walk while being hit by two pitches to finish with an on-base percentage of .600.  Woolf batted .500 (6-12) in UE’s four games while scoring six times. 

The week began with a 1-4 game at Indiana State where UE picked up a 7-5 win in 10 innings.  When Evansville returned home, that is when Woolf took it to a new level.  A grand slam in the first inning of the opener versus Bradley set the tone.  She finished game one with a perfect 3-for-3 effort with two homers and six RBI.  Woolf’s third homer of the day in game two helped UE to a 10-4 win; she went 1-3 with a 3-run homer while scoring twice.  In Sunday’s 11-1 victory, Woolf was 1-2 with a double, walk and two runs scored.

It is the first MVC Player of the Week honor of her career.


In The News

* Creative Writing Grad Publishes Poems

Creative Writing Grad Jenna Sumpter published poems in The Augment Review and Clandestine Lit. They can be read online by visiting the links.

* Check out the April 2021 Issue of Crescent Magazine

Check out the April 2021 issue of the Crescent Magazine featuring articles about UE Sports, The Fallen Linden, International Students, and The UE Theater.

Be sure to check out the Crescent’s brand-new website for monthly issues created by student reporters, designers, and photographers! The Crescent is now accepting content submissions and hiring for all positions. See website for more details.

Crescent Magazine is a monthly student magazine published six times during the academic year by and for the students of the University of Evansville. The magazine serves as an open forum for University of Evansville students, faculty, staff, administrators and alumni through its editorials, columns and letters to the editor. With a focus on student life, the magazine provides coverage of campus news, features and sports, and select local and general-interest items of interest to the audience. The Crescent’s aim is to present relevant content in a fair, accurate and unbiased manner, to keep news items free of editorial comment, and to use editorial comment as a tool for informing and persuading through the use of factual information and opinion.

Crescent Magazine welcomes letters from UE students, faculty, staff, administrators and alumni, but material the CMEB regards as libelous, malicious and/or obscene will not be published. Letters should not exceed 250 words. For verification, letters must include the author’s name, class standing or title and email address. Crescent Magazine does not print anonymous letters or those that cannot be verified. Letters will be edited as needed.

Crescent Magazine is committed to helping you bring your products and services to University of Evansville students and the UE campus community. To advertise in the Crescent Magazine or on the website email


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