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Tuesday, October 19, 2021

* UE AAUP to launch UnitE campaign

The University of Evansville chapter of the AAUP will this week hold a launch event for its new campaign, UnitE.

Day: Wednesday, October 20th
Time: 12:00 – 1:00
Location: East Terrace Lawn (i.e. the grassy knoll just across from Ridgway University Center)
Freebies: T-shirts and cupcakes

All members of the UE community – students, staff, administrators, faculty, and alumni – are invited to attend.

The UnitE campaign will see the members of the UE AAUP chapter opening dialogues with individuals and groups from across the UE community and beyond it. The goals of these conversations are to:

• Share perspectives
• Exchange Ideas
• Promote understanding
• Foster relationships
• Build community

The UnitE campaign welcomes participation from all members of the UE and Evansville communities. If you would like to get involved, please e-mail the UE AAUP chapter at

The day of the UnitE launch will also see the launch of the new UE AAUP website: You can there find all the information you could possibly want on the UE AAUP.

What’s more, the UE AAUP chapter has new social media accounts:

• Facebook at @UEAAUP
• Instagram at @ueaaup
• Twitter at @ueaaup

Thank you for your support. We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday!


Upcoming Events

* October 21 Wear Purple to Support LGBTQ+ Spirit Day

October is LGBTQ+ History Month and is commemorated throughout the month with National Coming Out Day (October 11) and LGBTQ+ Spirit Day (October 21). Spirit Day is the largest global pledge against bullying. To show solidarity with our LGBTQ+ students and employees, and to stand up against bullying, the UE community is encouraged to wear purple next Thursday.

Even in this modern age, bullying continues to be a persistent problem — particularly for students in the LGBTQ+ community.

According to a 2021 survey by the Trevor Project, “the majority of LGBT youth (52%) who were enrolled in middle or high school report being bullied either in person or electronically in the past year.” The Trevor Project in 2020 found that “1 in 3 LGBTQ youth reported that they had been physically threatened or harmed in their lifetime due to their LGBTQ identity.” Furthermore, this treatment has serious effects: “More than half of transgender and non-binary youth have seriously considered suicide.”

The University of Evansville strongly condemns discrimination in any form. In commemorating LGBTQ+ Spirit Day on Thursday, October 21, by wearing purple, we hope to show our support and uphold our core values of integrity and inclusive community.

We value personal integrity that includes practicing informed, ethical decision-making, and respecting ideas, rights, boundaries, and beliefs of others. We also value inclusive community as we aim for openness and collaboration and recognize that inclusion leads to personal growth. Our commitment to actively fostering a diverse range of cultures and perspectives reflects the characteristics required to thrive in an increasingly global society. The University demonstrates and benefits from inclusion by welcoming all.

Join us as we support this global effort to end bullying in our community by wearing purple on Thursday.


Christopher M. Pietruszkiewicz, President
Dr. Michael Austin, Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost
Dr. Dana Clayton, Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students
Dr. Jill Griffin, Vice President for Enrollment and Marketing
Dr. Rob Shelby, Chief Diversity Officer
Mark Spencer, Director of Athletics
Donna Teague, Executive Vice President for Fiscal Affairs and Administration
Abigail Werling, Vice President for University Advancement

* Homecoming is coming next week

Mark your calendar and spread the word for UE spirit events throughout the week next week including a t-shirt exchange at Ridgway tables on Wednesday, the Clay Club Chili Bowl pottery sale Thursday at 11:30, and the Homecoming Hangout on Main for fun downtown before the 1pm men's basketball game. Student organizations can submit banners and nominate members for Homecoming Royalty to the Center for Student Engagement this week. Contact with questions.

Take a peek at the schedule below:

Wednesday 10/27, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. - Collegiate Alumni Board T-shirt Exchange – Ridgway First Floor Tables

Thursday 10/28, 11:30 a.m. - Clay Club Chili Bowl – Ridgway East Terrace Lawn

Friday 10/29, 6:00 p.m. - Women’s Volleyball vs. Valparaiso – Meeks Family Fieldhouse

Friday 10/29, 6:00 p.m. - Resident Students Association Bingo - Ridgway Eykamp Hall, Room 252

Saturday 10/30, 9:30 a.m. - Ace CARE Ace Race Skelefun Run 5K – Ridgway East Terrace Lawn

Saturday 10/30, 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. - Homecoming Hangout on Main - Outside Ford Center, Downtown Evansville
Food trucks, live music, explore Main Street
FREE food voucher and t-shirt for first 100 students!
Need a lift? Student shuttle from campus to downtown from 11:30-12:30. Meet by the UE Bookstore and catch a ride back to campus after the basketball game.

Saturday 10/30, 1:00 p.m. - Homecoming! Men’s Basketball vs. Mount Saint Joseph – Ford Center, Downtown Evansville
Join UE alumni to cheer on the Aces and learn who will be crowed UE Homecoming Royalty! 

* Queer History of Evansville with Kelley Coures

Please join PRIDE and the History Club as we host Kelley Coures, Executive Director of the Department of Metropolitan Development for the City of Evansville. Kelley is a lifelong resident of Evansville and has helped to lead the fight for quality and find resources for those with HIV & AIDS. Currently, he uses his position within the city government to advocate for the LGBTQ Community and advise the Mayor on LGBTQ+ issues.

We will be in SOBA 162 from 4 PM to 6 PM on 10/19/21.

* Hug (or air hug) a Transfer Student! It's National Transfer Student Week, Oct. 18-22

We love transfer students at UE and want to celebrate YOU! Please stop by our table in Ridgway for a treat on Monday, October 18 from 9:00-10:00 a.m. or 3:00-5:00 p.m. or Thursday, October 21 from 1:00-2:00 p.m.

* UE Majors and Minors Fair Today

Make the Most of your future - attend the M & M Fair. Students - plan to attend the UE Majors and Minors Fair on Tuesday, October 19, from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. in Eykamp Hall.

Make connections with faculty, students in the major, and alumni to learn how a major or minor might help lead you in your career path. You will be able to change your major or add a minor right on the spot. Get advice to help determine which courses to take before spring registration. Faculty will also be available to present their graduate programs, and campus support teams will have information on various services provided on campus.

For more information, contact Free snacks will be available too!

* Virtual Career Connections- Communication, Marketing and new Media

Career Connections allows students an opportunity to talk with UE alumni/employers from all over the US to answer your career-related questions regarding Communication, Marketing, and New Media. This virtual event will be held on Thursday, October 21st from 4-5:15PM.

Do not miss this opportunity to chat with professionals working in these fields and be ready to learn how to prepare for and navigate your professional career. All majors and grade levels are welcome! A list of panelists and their bios will be available prior to the event. Register for this virtual event in Handshake at

* Toiletry Drive to Benefit Albion Fellows Bacon Center

Through October 31st, the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Indiana Southwest District will be collecting items to benefit the Albion Fellows Bacon Center. One of their many services is to provide emergency shelter as a safe haven to those who have experienced domestic or sexual violence. The items on their wishlist include deodorant, hair brushes, ladies underwear sizes 9-12, lotion, mouthwash, paper towels, plus size pants, reusable tote bags, rubbing alcohol, and toothpaste. Please place donated items in the collection box located in the lobby of Graves Hall. Contact with any questions.


Senior nursing students at the University of Evansville are sponsoring a food drive for the Dream Center. The Dream Center provides children with meals/snacks, assistance with their schoolwork, guide children in faith, and motivate them to have a positive work ethic.
The donation boxes will be located on the first floor of Ridgway and Graves Hall.

* Women Entrepreneurship Week Speaker - Oct. 20

Please join the University of Evansville as Ms. Delna Avari, global business innovator recognized as one of the top 50 influential female leaders in India, shares strategies for navigating the transitions in leadership that occur over the course of a career. Rising leaders in the start-up, corporate, and non-profit sectors will find both inspiration and practical tools to manage their leadership journey.

Date: October 20, 2021
Time: 9:00 am to 10:00 am CST
Register at

Delna is the founder of both Delna Avari & Consultants and Business-360°. A Fulbright Fellow for Leadership from Carnegie Mellon University, Delna has received over 100 industry awards for excellence in business and marketing. In addition to holding senior management positions with Tata Motors and serving as a Director on Board for Concorde Motors Limited, she has consulted on leadership development, diversity, and inclusion across global markets, and has mentored founders, technology start-ups and women-led businesses.

Moderator: Beverly Brockman, PhD - Schroeder Family Dean, College of Business & Engineering
Turae Dabney Mumford - Executive Director, People for Urban Progress
Tara Barney - Co-CEO of the Evansville Regional Economic Partnership


Info You Should Know

* School of Education hosts Renowned Teacher and Author

The School of Education hosted a virtual visit with renowned educator, Erin Gruwell, teacher, author, and founder of the Freedom Writers Foundation. Erin and her students wrote a New York Times bestseller, The Freedom Writers Diary. The bestseller shares the powerful, first-hand accounts from students struggling in the streets of Long Beach who were labeled “unteachable.” These students went on to graduate and publish their stories of overcoming adversity. Erin teaches educators around the world how to fight for equality in education. Her message of helping students reach their fullest potential by understanding the struggles they bring into the classroom was inspiring. Erin and her students have appeared on Oprah, Good Morning America, and The View.

* CHEM280 will be offered in summer 2022

If you plan to take Inorganic Chemistry I - CHEM280, the class will be offered in summer 2022 as in-person/hybrid course. Please contact Dr. Tod at if you have any questions.

* UE Townhouse Furniture Delivery - Parking Awareness

In preparation for the delivery and installation of some new furniture for both the Weinbach Commons and Frederick Commons Townhouses, please note the Office of Public Safety will be blocking some of the parking spaces in the following areas on Wednesday, October 20 after 5:00 p.m.:
• Walnut Commons Townhouses – Parking along the street side of the Armory parking lot O fence will be blocked.
• Frederick Commons Townhouses – Parking will be blocked on the South side of Lot Q. However, the North side of Lot O will remain open for parking.

These areas are being blocked off to safely accommodate large dumpsters and 53’ semi-trailers. Please remove your vehicle if parked in these areas before 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday and do not park in these areas until the Office of Public Safety has removed the barriers. Once the semi-trailers are emptied on Friday, October 22, they will leave campus.
We appreciate your patience during this important furniture installation.

* Winter Intersession Financial Aid Application

If you are seeking financial aid to help pay for Winter Intersession courses at UE, please submit the Winter Intersession Application to the Office of Student Financial Services by November 15, 2021. Our office will help you examine your options for aid, which in most cases is limited to loans. 

* Winter Intersession Courses

It's not too late to register for a Winter Intersession course. Classes are held December 17, 2021, through January 7, 2022. Students may take one course.

For registration, payment deadlines, and additional information visit

Winter Intersession Course List

Subject Number Cr Hrs Course Title Instructor
ART 105 3 Introduction to the Visual Arts Larmann
ASTR 101 3 Descriptive Astronomy Braun
AT 180 3 Introduction to Athletic Training Tilly
CHEM 103 3 Chemistry of Adult Beverages Miller
CHEM 118 4 Principals of Chemistry Miller/Morong
EDUC 322 3 Strategies for Special Needs Students in K-12 Schools Jones
ES 103 3 Fundamentals of Environmental Science Thananatthanachon
EXSS 150 2 Introduction to Health Sciences Laughbaum
EXSS 320 3 Nutrition for Performance and Health Rodd
EXSS 453 2 Motor Learning Wilson
EXSS 488 1 to 3 Internship Rodd
EXSS 488 1 to 4 Internship Wilson
FIN 280 3 Personal Finance Brockman
HS 205 3 Pharmacology Pruden
MATH 134 3 Survey of Calculus Salminen
MATH 324 3 Differential Equations Salminen
MUS 156 3 Music in America Strandberg
NEUR 125 3 Introduction to Neuroscience Campese
NEUR/PSYC 355 3 Sensation and Perception Becker
PH 190 3 Introduction to Public Health Patel-Dovlatabadi
PSYC 121 3 Introduction to Psychology Campese
PSYC 226 3 Child and Adolescent Psychology Hennon
PSYC 416 3 Human Sexuality Becker
QM 227 3 Intro to Statistics Khormali
SOC 105 3 Introduction to Sociology Plikuhn
SOC 230 3 Social Problems in the Modern World Plikuhn
STAT 166 1 Intro to R for Data Science Weber




* Music Alumni and Faculty Featured in New Book

Congratulations to UE Music alumni Carina Wahlstrom (2018) and Melanie Baker (2019) and to UE Music Faculty members, Dennis Malfatti, Kristen Strandberg, and Edwin Lacy all of whom are featured authors in the newly published book, The Notes Will Carry Me Home: Writings on Music from Evansville and the Tri-State edited by Joshua Britton. William Hemminger, Emeritus Professor of English at UE is also a featured author in the book. The Notes Will Carry Me Home features writings on music from 28 tri-state authors with chapters ranging from poetry inspired by Beethoven and Tchaikovsky to the use of Classical Music in the films of Stanley Kubrick. The book was released this past Saturday, October 16 at the Evansville Philharmonic Classics concert at the Victory Theater. The book is now available at Your Brother's Bookstore, Bluestocking Social, H&H Music, as well as at the EPO offices, and online at Barnes & Noble and Amazon. It is also on

* Dr. Plisky presents "Secrets to Engineering Athletic Performance: From Youth to Professionals" to over 900 attendees

Dr. Phil Plisky, Associate Professor of Physical Therapy and Director of Residency Programs presented a virtual live continuing education course titled, "Secrets to Engineering Athletic Performance: From Youth to Professionals" for physical therapists and athletic trainers via Medbridge learning platform. The over 900 professionals in attendance learned about developing performance systems for high school, collegiate and professional athletes. Dr. Plisky has over 20 years of experience in the field and has produced many scholarly works on these topics which has helped numerous athletes. We are proud of his contributions to the profession of Physical Therapy and how he represents the University of Evansville.



* Cardona accomplishes rare feat MVC feat

University of Evansville volleyball player Giulia Cardona has accomplished a feat that has not been seen in the Missouri Valley Conference since 2014 as she was named the league’s Player and Freshman of the Week on Monday.

Cardona becomes the first MVC player to earn both awards since Oct. 27, 2014 when Abbie Lehman of Wichita State earned both accolades.  This is the second consecutive Freshman of the Week honor for Cardona and she becomes Evansville’s third player this season to be recognized as the Player of the Week.  Alondra Vazquez won the award following the opening weekend of play before Melanie Feliciano took the honor last week. 

Prior to this season, Evansville had just nine student-athletes named the Player of the Week in volleyball.  This fall also marks the first time UE has had more than one player recognized as the Player of the Week in a single season.

Continuing to be a presence for the Aces in every way possible, Cardona recorded 4.75 kills and 1.92 digs per set in leading the Aces to wins over Missouri State, UNI and Drake.  The freshman recorded 57 kills while hitting .301.  She had a total of 23 digs and four block assists. 

The week started with an impressive 3-0 home win over Missouri State where Cardona recorded 17 kills, 5 digs and 2 block assists.  She hit .486 in the contest while adding an assist.  Her top contribution came at the end of the second set, picking up three kills in the final six points to help UE take a 2-0 lead over the Bears.  Cardona opened the weekend with a 19-kill effort while hitting .250 in Evansville’s first-ever road win over Northern Iowa.  She added seven digs and a block assist.  With UE trailing by an 11-8 score in the third set, Cardona made the difference, registering three consecutive kills to erase the deficit.  With the score knotted at 17-17, she had a kill that gave Evansville the lead for good. 

In Saturday’s come-from-behind win over Drake, Cardona fell just one short of her career mark with 21 kills.  She added 11 digs on the way to her fifth double-double of the season.  The win over the Bulldogs marked the fifth MVC triumph in a row for UE, the first such streak for the program since joining the league in 1994.

* Aces complete first day of Braun Intercollegiate

Caitlin O’Donnell continued her recent streak, carding a 78 to open up the Charles Braun Intercollegiate on Monday at Oak Meadow Country Club. 

Coming off of her top event of the season at the Butler Fall Invitational, O’Donnell ranks in a tie for 5th place with one of two tournament rounds in the books.  She is just five shots off of the lead entering the final day.

One behind O’Donnell was Carly Frazier.  She is another one who has played extremely well as of late.  A 79 on Monday has her in the top ten, ranking in a tie for the 9th spot on the leaderboard.  Mallory Russell was third for the Purple Aces.  She recorded an 82 in the opening round to rank third on the UE squad.  Russell is tied for 22nd.

Alyssa McMinn and Allison Enchelmayer both wrapped up Monday’s action with scores of 83 and rank in a tie for 28th.  Freshman Magdalena Borisova made her college debut at Evansville’s home course.  Borisova scored an 86 in her first official round.  Taylor Keating registered a final tally of 91 and ranks just outside the top 40.

Green Bay has a 6-shot lead in the team standings.  The Phoenix combined for a team score of 309 and are six ahead of IUPUI and ten in front of third place North Alabama.  Evansville is tied for 5th place with a 322, but are just three strokes outside of the top three.

Amelie Svejda of IUPUI leads the individuals.  Her 1-over 73 in the first round finished three in front of a second-place tie.  Ashley Kulka of Green Bay and Alissa Fish from Western Michigan are tied for second.  The Phoenix’ Isabelle Maleki is fourth with a 77 while Caitlin O’Donnell is in a 5th place tie with a 78.

Tuesday’s final round will get underway at 10 a.m. at Oak Meadow CC.


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