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Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Info You Should Know

* Forward Volition: UE Art Faculty Exhibition

Forward Volition: UE Art Faculty Exhibition
August 30 - October 16
Melvin Peterson Gallery
Reception for the Artists: Thursday, September 2, 6:30pm   Bring a Friend!

* Want to become an Admissions Ambassador?

We are looking for fun and passionate students to share their love for UE with prospective students! Applications are due September 10th! Please contact Ellen Rohr at if you have questions or click the link to apply.


* Last Day to Add/Drop without Penalty

Last day to add/drop classes without penalty is August 31st, 2021 by 5:00pm in Academic Services. Academic Services is located in the Olmsted Administration Hall - Room 116.

* OZZI Machine is Here

For all Meal Plan users, come get your free OZZI token from the Dining Services office located next to Chick Fil A in Ridgeway. We can also teach you how to use the green OZZI to go container program. We are looking forward to seeing you!

* Now Hiring - Evansville Women's Basketball Managers

UE Women’s Basketball is looking for student managers to assist coaches at practices and games, do laundry, keep stats, participate in film study, and occasionally travel. Along with other duties as assigned by the Head Athletic Equipment Manager. This is a work study position and those with a great enjoyment for the game of basketball, impeccable work ethic (dependable, punctual, willing to work as needed), and an interest in learning the ins and outs of collegiate basketball are encouraged to apply. Please reach out to Max Ethridge ( to express interest. The job posting can be found via Web Advisor under student employment postings! Go Aces!

* Vouchers Are Moving to Self-Service

The Office of Accounting & Audit is happy to announce a new procedure for Vouchers/Request a Payment. The Request a Payment in WebAdvisor has been replaced with creating a Payment Request in Self-Service. Invoices and supporting documents can now be attached in Self-service eliminating the need to email Accounts Payable after a Request for Payment is submitted.

The instructions to Create a Payment Request and Approve a Payment Request in Self-Service are located on the Accounting & Auditing department page on the UE Portal. Request a Payment will be available in Self-Service and WebAdvisor until Sunday, August 29th. Effective Monday, August 30th, 2021 all Payment Requests will only be available through Self-Service.

Travel Pre-Approval Forms are now also online and available on the Accounting & Audit department page on the UE portal. Travel must be pre-approved using the online approval form and then any reimbursement may be submitted using the normal Payment Request process in Self-Service. The approved travel request should be attached with receipts to the voucher request. There is also an Excel travel expense calculator template available on the Accounting departmental page to summarize and calculate total receipts and mileage. This summary can be submitted with the payment request.

* Meal Plan Changes

Students can adjust meal plans for the Fall semester until Friday, September 3, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.

Adjust your meal plan online.

Changes will be reflected the next business day.



* Faculty Members Presented Purple Tams at Academic Convocation

Each year, the University of Evansville holds a Purple Tam Ceremony, which is a significant moment during Academic Convocation. Purple tams are awarded to members of the faculty who have achieved the rank of full professor, which indicates their service to UE. The awarding of a purple tam is symbolic of UE's gratitude to these professors and their contributions to this institution. The purple velvet tams, which are seen at every official academic event, provide a visible sign of achievement.

Purple Tams were presented at Academic Convocation on Tuesday, August 24.

Dan Byrne | Department of History and Society

Daniel Byrne, PhD, earned his bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Notre Dame and his doctorate from Georgetown University. His dissertation and subsequent research focused on the United States foreign policy surrounding the Algerian War of Independence and the decolonization of French Africa. Before joining the faculty at the University of Evansville in 2005, he taught at Georgetown, the United States Naval Academy, Francis Marion University,
the University of Notre Dame, and Bradley University. Since arriving at UE, Byrne has taught courses on the history of United States foreign policy, the American Civil War and Reconstruction, America between the Wars, Cold War America, the Decolonization of Africa, the rise of Modern China and Japan, and first year seminars on American Social Welfare policy. In addition to his teaching, Byrne has been actively engaged in university governance as a member of the Faculty Senate including participation on the Executive Council, service on the Athletics Committee, Academic Services Committee, and the Fiscal Affairs Committee.

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Mark Cirino | Department of English and Creative Writing (not pictured)

Mark Cirino earned his PhD at the Graduate Center-CUNY and a bachelor’s degree from New York University. He serves as the General Editor for Kent State University Press’s Reading Hemingway series, for which he wrote the volume on “Across the River and into the Trees” and co-edited – with UE alumna Susan Vandagriff ’15 – the volume on “Winner Take Nothing”. In all, he has written or edited seven books on American literature, with an eighth to be published by Godine Press in 2022. He is also the author of two novels, Name the Baby and Arizona Blues. His fiction has been published in Drunken Boat, and his scholarly work has been published in The Hemingway Review, The Mailer Review, Papers on Language and Literature, Voices in Italian Americana, and PMLA. He hosts the popular podcast, One True Podcast. He teaches American literature at UE. 

Suresh Immanuel | School of Engineering and Computer Science

Suresh Immanuel, PhD, earned his bachelor’s and masters degrees from Anna University in India, his PhD in civil engineering from Auburn University in 2007, and he is a 2020 UE graduate with a master’s degree.

Immanuel is the associate dean of the School of Engineering and Computer Science and professor of civil engineering. He served as chair of the Department of Mechanical and Civil Engineering before assuming his current role. He is a registered professional engineer and the recipient of the 2018 Dean’s Teaching Award. He received the Outstanding Reviewer award in 2012, 2014, and 2017 from the American Society of Civil Engineers Journal of Transportation Engineering. One of his papers received the 2020 Thomas C. Evans Engineering Education Paper Award, which is given to the most outstanding paper pertaining to engineering education. Immanuel has served as the committee member in the national level ASCE Committee on Student Members, Members Communities Committee, and is currently chairing the global members task committee. He was involved in many university level committees such as Academic Services Committee, General Education Subcommittee, Curriculum Committee, and served as the University ombudsperson. He is a civil engineering program evaluator for the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc.

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Lesley Pleasant | Department of Foreign Languages and Cultures (not pictured)

Lesley Pleasant, PhD, earned her bachelor’s degree in German studies from Dartmouth College and a master’s and doctorate 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 through 21st century German theatre/drama, the divided Germany, film, the image of the US in German literature and film, as well as animal studies and environmental humanities.

Peter Schmidt | School of Engineering and Computer Science (not pictured)

Peter Schmidt earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Louisville in 1986. He earned his master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in 1991. From Vanderbilt University, he earned both his doctorate and a Future Faculty Preparatory Program Teaching Certificate in 2006. He is a practicing engineer with over 30 years of experience in total and is professionally registered. He started full-time in academia over 10 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. Schmidt has supervised nearly 30 capstone design projects and has been funded on more than 10 external research projects. His teaching experience has been concentrated in engineering mechanics and in project-based design courses, where he brings expertise as a practitioner to the student experience.

Kenneth Steinsultz | Music Conservatory

Kenneth Steinsultz, DMA, holds a bachelor’s degree in music education from Quincy University. He earned a master’s and doctorate of musical arts from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. An active performer, 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 a featured soloist with the Evansville Symphonic Band, the Bend in the River Brass Band (Evansville), the Concert Band of Central Illinois, and the Quincy (Illinois) Park Band. In 2005, Steinsultz was guest clinician for the Association of Concert Bands national conference and performed as a guest artist on the finale concert. He is currently the trombonist with the Shepard Brass.

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, International Trombone 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/Community Band, Aces Brass Pep Band, and teaches courses in applied low brass and conducting. Steinsultz also serves as music director and conductor for The Spirit of Evansville Sweet Adelines Chorus.

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Tamara Wandel | Department of Communication
Tamara Wandel, PhD, earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism and English from Indiana University (1992), her master’s in communication (1997) and doctorate (2002) degrees from the University of Albany. Prior to joining UE, Wandel was a director of public relations in the State University of New York system and a journalist in New York. She has conducted media research and data analytic projects with the Boston Red Sox, Denver Broncos, Utah Jazz, and other professional sports teams. In her time at UE, she has been the recipient of the MarCom Creative Award, Dean’s Excellence in Teaching Award, and is a two-time Society for New Communications Research Fellow. She has received grants from the Constitutional Rights Foundation and the Free Speech Center. Wandel has published over 20 journal articles, including works 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. Most recently through a collaboration with WNIN and UE’s ChangeLab program, Wandel taught an investigative journalism class that helped create a podcast series having received a regional Edward R. Murrow award and a first place statewide award from Indiana’s chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

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* Vazquez and Haffner Earn MVC Awards

Following a perfect weekend that saw the University of Evansville volleyball team earn three 3-0 shutout victories, a pair of Purple Aces were recognized on Monday by the Missouri Valley Conference.

For the second time in her career, Alondra Vazquez was named the league’s Player of the Week while Taya Haffner was named Freshman of the Week following the first three matches of her UE career.

A spectacular weekend performance saw Alondra Vazquez average an MVC-best 5.56 kills per set on her way to being named the Most Valuable Player at the Purdue Fort Wayne Invitational.  She hit an impressive .380 in the three matches while racking up six service aces.  On the defensive side, Vazquez recorded 2.78 digs per set while wrapping up the weekend with eight block assists as UE won all three matches by a 3-0 final. 

Vazquez opened the year with 14 kills, .423 hitting, nine digs and two block assists versus SIUE.  Her top offensive performance came against Kent State where she had 25 kills and hit .489.  She added seven digs and four service aces.  The weekend finale versus Purdue Fort Wayne saw her tally 11 kills, nine digs and six block assists.

In her first weekend of collegiate action which took place in her hometown of Fort Wayne, Taya Haffner had the top weekend for a setter in the MVC to open the season, posting 12.33 helpers per set, a total of 111.  She also added 27 digs (3.00/set) on her way to a spot on the Purdue Fort Wayne Invitational All-Tournament Team. 

Haffner finished with 33 assists and four digs in her college debut versus SIUE.  Friday’s finale against Kent State saw the freshman register 35 assists and nine digs.  Those numbers continued to climb as the weekend moved along as she totaled 43 helpers and 14 digs in the 3-0 win against Purdue Fort Wayne.

* Evansville Women's Basketball Practice Players Wanted

UE Women’s Basketball is looking for male practice players to assist our team during practices by playing offense and defense, helping coaches with drills, and challenging our players to get better every day. Those with good basketball knowledge and ability, strong work ethic, and general enjoyment for the game of basketball are encouraged to reach out to Max Ethridge ( to express interest!


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