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Thursday, June 10, 2021

* Last Day to Withdraw with a "W"

The last day to withdraw with a "W" from Summer 1 is June 14, 2021. Come to Academic Services in Olmsted Room 116 for assistance.


COVID-19 Corner

* #CampusClear No Longer Requested by Task Force

In light of the new recommendations from the CDC, in addition to the updated mask policy for the UE campus, the Coronavirus Healthcare Task Force has announced that the #CampusClear app no longer needs to be completed daily by the campus community. Those with the #CampusClear smartphone app should also stop receiving notifications to complete the check-in. 

If you begin to experience COVID-like symptoms and have reason to believe you may be at risk for a positive exposure, you are encouraged to seek medical care before returning to the campus.  

We appreciate the commitment and diligence our campus community has shown by completing a daily health screening for the past two semesters!


Info You Should Know

* Welcome Back, Emily Wilderman

Please welcome Emily Wilderman as the new Curator of the Peters-Margedant House. Many of you will remember Emily from her previous employment here at the university.

She is currently working full time as the Director of Events and Theater at WNIN and will be working part time as the curator and executive board member. Emily graduated from Indiana University with a degree in anthropology and art history and earned her Master’s in Public Service Administration from the University of Evansville in 2018.

Feel free to welcome her back and/or request a tour of the Peters-Margedant House by emailing

* Welcome to the UE Community

As we say a fond farewell to Michael Kotarski, please welcome Samantha Williams to the UE Community. Samantha is replacing Michael as the Chartwells Dining Services Manager for the University.

Anyone with any catering needs or questions concerning the dining program, Samantha can be reached at ( or 812-488-2061).

Welcome Samantha!



* Dr. Nikolidakis' Memoir Acquired by Little A

The Department of English and Creative Writing’s Dr. Nikolidakis sold her memoir to Little A (Amazon’s Literary imprint). Her book, WE RUN TO CRUSH THE GRASS, is scheduled for publication release in September 2022. See Publisher’s Marketplace press release for more information. Please join us in congratulating Dr. Nik on this wonderful news.

Publishers Marketplace Deal Report

Associate Professor of Creative Writing, Best American Essays contributor, and winner of The Annie Dillard Prize in Nonfiction, Lisa Nikolidakis’ WE RUN TO CRUSH THE GRASS, a memoir of survival and self-restoration, balancing coming of age, family saga, and true crime, to Selena James at Little A, at auction, by Rayhané Sanders at Massie & McQuilkin. (NA)

* Recent Creative Writing Grad Publishes Poems

Creative Writing grad Jenna Sumpter publishes four poems:

Pollux Journal - "The Bus Having Dropped Us in the Irish Part of Ireland, I Poke Around a Restaurant Full of Locals and Head Upstairs Alone"

Orange Blush - "Peeled Lip Skin"

Journal of Erato - "Six Types of Love: A Pantomime by My Grandmother's Cat"

Analogies & Allegories - "Water to Make Me Well"



* Three UE Student-Athletes Earn State Farm MVC Good Neighbor Award

Three University of Evansville student-athletes were recognized on Tuesday when the Missouri Valley Conference announced the recipients of the State Farm MVC Good Neighbor Awards for the 2020-21 season.

Earning the award for the Purple Aces were Ian Alberts of the track and field team, women’s golfer Caitlin O’Donnell and Brock Wandel from the UE men’s soccer squad.  In order to be eligible for the award, the student-athlete must be in good academic standing, must demonstrate good citizenship through good sportsmanship and significant community service, and must participate in a sport, during the season of recognition.  The Valley will recognize 10 student-athletes three times annually (fall, winter, spring), for a total of 30 honorees.  Institutions select their State Farm MVC Good Neighbor Award honorees.

Ian Alberts is a senior who has made the Dean’s List in seven semesters in his time at the University of Evansville.  The Biology major has recorded a 4.0 GPA while earning MVC Scholar-Athlete recognition.  Alberts has served numerous hours at local middle and high school cross country and track & field meets.  He participated in the UE Barn Blitz to benefit Habitat for Humanity and took part in the Aces Holiday Reading Program where he read books to local Evansville elementary schools.

Junior Caitlin O’Donnell has a 3.636 GPA in Exercise Science and has been recognized as a WGCA All-American Scholar-Athlete.  O’Donnell has been named to the Dean’s List four times and is active around campus and in the community.  The SAAC representative has spent time volunteering with Vogel School tutoring, YMCA mentoring and UE Holiday Reading Day.  She has done a great deal of work with UE Athletics Diversity and Inclusion while assisting with the Social Justice Campaign within the UE athletic department.

Brock Wandel, who is a sophomore at UE, has made the Dean’s List on three occasions and has a perfect 4.0 GPA majoring in Accounting and Management.  He started a winter snow removal team on the UE campus to raise funds for Habitat for Humanity.  The group traveled around the Evansville community to remove snow from driveways and walkways with all funds going to Habitat for Humanity.  The SAAC representative has also volunteered with Holy Rosary, EB Walk, Breast Cancer Philanthropy, Easter Seals of Evansville and the USO Bucket Shake.


In The News

* UE Ranked Among Top 100 Best Colleges for Veterans

The University of Evansville has been ranked among the top 100 best colleges for veterans by College Consensus. The complete list of schools was published to the organization's website for 2021.

To establish the rankings, College Consensus used a method that combined ratings from internationally recognized publishers (publisher rating) as well as student reviews (student review rating). To qualify for the report, a college must be a Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges member, have a recognized student veteran organization, be a Yellow Ribbon Program participant, employ dedicated support contact for veterans, and offer credit for military training.

In addition to free tuition through the Yellow Ribbon Program, UE offers constant support to student veterans for an engaging college experience. Throughout their college careers, student veterans can receive one-on-one assistance with advising, tutoring, and résumé and interview preparation. The student organization UE VETS (Veterans Education Transition Support) connects veterans and ROTC cadets for a smooth transition to campus life.

"The resources that UE has made available to veterans have been exemplary,” said Jordan Wright, a student veteran majoring in finance. Wright served in the Navy from 2007-2011. "My experience at the University has been everything I hoped it would be."

U.S. News & World Report recognized UE as the #2 Best College for Veterans in the Midwest for 2021. The University has also been previously recognized by U.S. Veterans Magazine and Military Times as a top college for veterans.

College Consensus is an online organization that highlights the best college programs and degrees offered in traditional and online formats. Studies recognize both public and private institutions at the undergraduate and graduate levels. You can read the complete report about the best colleges for veterans on their website. 


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