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Wednesday, October 20, 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

* Center for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Self-Service Gender Identity Announcement

The observance of LGBTQ+ History Month and National Coming Out Day occurs in the month of October. It’s fitting that several University offices collaborated to activate features for students and employees related to gender identities, personal pronouns, and sexual orientations on Self-Service, Blackboard, and UE email.

Students who wish to include their chosen name, and/or who wish to add their pronouns and gender identity may do so the following way:

  1. Log into Self-Service
  2. Click their username in the upper-right
  3. Select “User Profile”
  4. On the blue bar listing confirmation information, locate the link for “Go To Contact Info”, and click it.

Please take note of the following when making changes:

  • Chosen name, gender identity, and pronoun information is your personal choice – how you would like to be addressed by the University’s faculty, staff, and administrators. Your chosen name will be associated with your Self-Service site, Blackboard site, and email. Faculty members and advisors will also be able to see your chosen name on rosters and advisee lists. Should you require a legal name change, please contact the Office of the Registrar (for students) or Office of Human Resources (for employees).
  • Pronoun information is currently displayed on your Self-Service site. This information is not shared outside of the University.
  • Proxy users—those whom you’ve granted permission to view your information—will continue to see your name as your birth or legal name. Any mail sent to your home address will be addressed using the same information entered in the Self-Service ‘Mail Label’ field.
  • Gender Identity and Personal Pronouns will only be used on campus. If you do not see your appropriate gender identity or pronouns, please contact the OTS Helpdesk through

Please note that this isn’t intended to be a nickname tool (for more information contact the Registrar or Human Resources) – it is intended for individuals who identify using a name that differs from their gendered birth name, gender identity that doesn’t match birth gender, and/or pronouns that differ from those associated with their birth gender. Please contact the Office of the Registrar or the Office of Human Resources if you wish to specify a nickname.

We appreciate your patience as we listened to our LGBTQ+ community members and developed the most comprehensive response available through our platforms.

It’s our collective intent to demonstrate an inclusive community whenever possible.

* 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! 

* School of Education T-shirt Contest

It’s that time of year again! ISTA AE and the Education Ambassadors are launching the Design a T-Shirt contest. Creative artists across campus can submit designs for consideration and have the chance to get their artwork onto students. Attached is a Google Form for you to submit designs. The contest will run until October 27th and is open to any UE student. Here is the link to the Google Form:

Please contact Will McDonner (wm99) or Lindsey Field (lf129) with any questions or concerns.

* 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.

* 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

* Join us for Ace RACE

Come support AceCARE by participating in our Annual AceRACE 5k! Show off your Halloween costume, compete against your friends, and see our best dressed pets! Mark your calendars now, you won’t want to miss out!

Ace Race is on Saturday, October 30th at 9:30 am, starting at the UE main campus East Terrace Lawn, and there is an option to participate either in person or virtually. Registration is only $15 for students and $30 for the general public! Deadline to register and be guaranteed a t-shirt is Saturday, October 9th, and general registration deadline is Sunday, October 23rd. Register at .

Feel free to dress up in your best Halloween costume - there will be a costume contest (and prizes) for both racers and their dogs. That being said dogs are more than welcome at the race (just please make sure they are on a leash). There will be prize giveaways after the race, as well as lots of free food.

Ace CARE is an organization founded by University of Evansville Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) students. Our organization currently has three branches: Ace+PT, ACErcise, and AceBuddies. Ace+PT is an outpatient Physical Therapy clinic that serves community members who are underinsured, uninsured, or homeless. ACErcise serves adults who have had a neurologic injury, and AceBuddies serves children and young adults with special needs. Both ACErcise and AceBuddies are group exercise classes. All these services are completely student-run at no cost to patients and participants.

Thanks for supporting Ace CARE!

* Costume Shop Sale

The theatre department is selling vintage clothing! Come outside the May Studio Theatre October 22nd to get your pick!

* UE Gives Back for Students (October 23rd, 2021)

Community Service Initiatives is hosting the UE Gives Back event on October 23rd, 2021 from 8 A.M. to 12 P.M. Students will be able to sign up to volunteer at various organizations in the Evansville community and surrounding area. All volunteer hours will be collected by Community Service Initiatives. In addition, all volunteers will receive a free t-shirt for volunteering after the event. Sign up on UEngage today! A link to the UE Gives Back Sign-Up Genius can be found on the UEngage event post. We kindly ask that all volunteers wear a UE shirt on the day of the event to show our Aces pride! Volunteer slots are limited, so sign up today!


Info You Should Know

* Solution Station Wednesday: Purple Post-It and Highlighter Giveaway

Do you want to improve your study game? You might start by adding some new tools to your routine. Come by the Solution Station table in Ridgway today to receive some free PURPLE Post-Its and free PURPLE highlighters from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM!

As always, let us know if there's anything you need help with or if you have questions that you need the answer to. If we don't know the answer, we'll know who does! We're here to help you find solutions to issues you're facing. Let us help.

Contact: Chad Hart (

* UE Receives $3.6 Million Gift for Lucy Kelly Nursing Scholarship

UE has been provided a $3.6 million gift from the John B. and Lucille S. Kelly Trust. The funds will support and grow the Lucy Kelly Nursing Scholarship, which assists Dunigan Family School of Nursing students who demonstrate financial need and strong academic abilities.

After her marriage to Dr. John B. Kelly, Lucy relocated from St. Louis to Evansville. At age 42 she decided to enroll at UE for a nursing degree. In 1970, she graduated at 46. Looking back on her time at the University, she considered her four years of studies some of the most fulfilling and happiest of her life. Lucy worked as a nurse at Welborn Baptist Hospital for many years, while her husband was a urologist for Welborn Clinic. She eventually moved to a retirement community in Sun City, Arizona, where she lived until her passing at the age of 97.

“We are tremendously grateful for the Kellys’ generosity and foresight in developing a philanthropic plan that will both make the UE Nursing degree more accessible to students and expand the pipeline of professionals in this critical need field,” said Abigail Werling, vice president for university advancement at UE.  “Mrs. Kelly was very proud of her UE degree, and today, we are proud of the Kellys’ decision to invest in the University of Evansville’s future with such a beautiful gift of scholarship.”

Concerned about the nursing shortage and accessibility to education, Lucy established the Lucy Kelly Nursing Scholarship at UE. It was her hope that students in need could pursue their passion for nursing and join the field after graduation. Applicants for the scholarship must be in the top twenty percent of their class and hold a B grade average.

UE was the first institution in the state of Indiana to receive accreditation for a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program. Now celebrating over 60 years of continuous accreditation, the program offers a scientific and creative learning environment in which students work closely with talented, experienced faculty. UE offers direct entry into the program for eligible freshmen, meaning those who meet required standards are guaranteed a spot in the program once they deposit. Direct entry students also receive a nursing scholarship valued at $20,000 per year.

“Nursing careers, especially in the tri-state region, are currently in high demand,” said Jerrilee Lamar, PhD, RN, CNE, the Dunigan Family School of Nursing chair. “We are incredibly grateful for this generous gift from the John B. and Lucille S. Kelly Trust, which will support nursing students for years to come.”

* Advising and Registration Dates

Advising Week | October 25 – 29
Meet with your faculty advisor this week. Make an appointment now.

Registration Week | November 1 – 5
Don’t miss your assigned registration window. Finalize your registration for Spring 2022.

* RA Application Now Live

Looking to get involved on campus and in the residence hall? Applications to become a Resident Assistant are now live on UEngage! Applications are due on Nov. 3rd. Questions can be directed to Will McDonner at

* 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.

* Transfer & Non-Trad Freshmen Students: Sign Up to be a Mentor

Are you a transfer or non-traditional freshman who remembers what it’s like to be the new student? We are looking for students who want to join a new organization centered on mentoring and offering a community to incoming transfer and non-trad students. If you’re interested in volunteering, join us for a brief meeting Monday, October 25 from 3-4 p.m. in SOBA 162. If you're unable to join us but want to volunteer, email Cherie Leonhardt at

* Ridgway Information Desk Hiring Federal Work Study Student Workers

The position of the Information Desk Assistant exists to provide information regarding the Ridgway University Center, University of Evansville campus, and surrounding community via the phone and in person. Information Desk Assistants provide fast, friendly, and professional services to the students, staff, and guests of the University of Evansville.

Skills Needed: Student must be detail oriented, accurate, organized, punctual, and dependable. Students should be able to communicate well verbally and be able to respond to emergencies in a calm manner.

Students eligible for Federal Work-Study of any major may apply.

Apply by visiting WebAdvisor and downloading the application. Email completed application and availability to



* 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.



* Midweek matchup with Indiana up next for Aces

Closing-out a three-game road trip, the University of Evansville men's soccer team makes the trip up I-69 to face (RV) Indiana at 6 PM (CT) on Wednesday evening in Bloomington, Ind.

Previewing the Matchup
• A series with a rich history is revived on Wednesday as the Aces and Hoosiers meet for the 39th time in series history as Indiana owns a 31-4-3 advantage in the all-time series.
• Last meeting in 2019, the Hoosiers captured a 5-1 win on Oct. 22, 2019 in Bloomington over Evansville.
• Five of the 38 meetings in the series have occurred in the NCAA Tournament with the last coming in 1990 with Fred Schmaltz's Aces capturing a 1-0 win over the Hoosiers, earning UE a spot in the College Cup.
• Indiana enters the match on a four-match winning streak, out-scoring its opponents, 14-0, during that stretch.

Last Match: Loyola 5, Evansville 1
• Tasked with limiting an explosive attack, the University of Evansville men's soccer team dropped a road match at Loyola Chicago, 5-1, on Saturday evening in Chicago, Ill.
• Evansville's attack was powered by junior Carlos Barcia on the night, who tallied his second goal of the season, moving just one goal out of the team lead. Barcia's compatriot, Jose Vivas, added his first assist of his collegiate career, assisting Barcia in the 50th minute. Fifth-year senior Francesco Brunetti also got involved in the offense, generating two shots on the night with one coming on frame.
• Loyola's attack was on the front foot early and often during the opening 45 minutes. The Ramblers opened the scoring in the 10th minute as Billy Hency sent a cross in off a corner that Julian Cisneros headed-in near post. The 25th minute saw Loyola double its advantage with a brace from Cisneros. After the ball was played into the box by Oscar Dueso and Tyler Biggs, Cisneros finished the play off from 15 yards out with his second goal of the evening.
• Just 90 seconds later, the Ramblers tallied another as Hency converted a penalty to give Loyola a 3-0 advantage. After his earlier assist, Dueso scored a goal of his own in the 31st minute as the Ramblers saw their advantage increased to 4-0. Evansville found a strong spell of possession inside the final six minutes of the opening half as the Aces recorded four shots, including a shot from Brunetti that came on goal, but UE could not pull one back before the break.
• A fifth and final goal came for Loyola after the half, this time coming from Lukas Ender off a second assist on the night from Billy Hency, giving LUC a 5-0 lead. Evansville would answer with a goal in 50th minute as Vivas played a perfect through ball to a sprinting Barcia, who smashed it past the keeper at a difficult angle to push the Aces within 5-1. Over the final 40 minutes, the two sides combined for just six shots as the Ramblers secured the 5-1 win.

Barcia Scores Again
• In the 50th minute against Loyola on Saturday, junior Carlos Barcia scored his second goal of the season.
• The goal pushed Barcia into sole possession of second place on the team in goals and put him one behind Pablo Guillen for the team-lead.
• Of Evansville's nine goals this season, five have been scored by a player from Spain.

Playing Top Competition
• Evansville heads into a midweek contest on Wednesday with Indiana having already played some tough competition this season.
• Five of the Aces opponents have been ranked at some point this season, including two currently ranked (Kentucky and Missouri State) and two more currently receiving votes (Indiana and Louisville).

* O'Donnell earns top ten at Braun Intercollegiate

Senior Caitlin O’Donnell picked up the top finish for the University of Evansville women’s golf team while sophomore Mallory Russell had the low round of the day to complete the Charles Braun Intercollegiate at Oak Meadow Country Club.

O’Donnell finished the Purple Aces’ home event with an 80 in the final round.  Her final tally of 158 was good for a 10th place tie in the final standings after fin9ishing the first 18 holes with a 78.  The low score for the final 18 on the UE squad belonged to Mallory Russell.  After shooting an 82 in the first round, Russell lowered her tally by four strokes on her way to a 160.  She finished in 16th.

After finishing the first 18 holes in a tie, the duo of Alissa McMinn and Allison Enchelmayer did the same on Tuesday.  Both fired off rounds of 83 to begin the tournament before carding scores of 81 on Tuesday.  Both finished with a 164.  Joining them in a tie for 21st was Carly Frazier.  She registered an 85 in the final 18 to tie her teammates.

Magdalena Borisova was UE’s top individual finisher.  She tied for 37th in her first college tournament with a 171.  After carding an 86 to open play, she lowered her final on Tuesday by one to an 85.  Taylor Keating was seven spots behind her with a 184.  Her scores checked in at 91 and 93.

Evansville took 5th place in the final team standings with a score of 642.  The Aces completed the tournament t just one behind UIC and Western Michigan, who tied for third place.  Green Bay took the team championship with a 618, cruising to an 11-stroke win over IUPUI.

Three players tied for the individual win with Ashley Kulka (Green Bay), Shelby Busker (IUPUI) and Alissa Fish (Western Michigan) each completing the two rounds with a 154.   After two playoff holes, Kulka took the championship.  All three of the individuals who tied for the top spot began the playoff on hole #1, parring the hole (4 strokes).  The second hole in the playoff was #18.  Kulka earned another par of four while Shelby Busker and Alissa Fish each had a bogey.

The fall season comes to a close in Greensboro, N.C. when the Aces take part in the Grandover Invitational. UE’s final tournament of the fall takes place on November 1-2.

* UE Swimming & Diving Sweeps MVC Weekly Awards

The University of Evansville women’s swimming and diving team has swept the Missouri Valley Conference Swimmer and Diver of the Week awards this week after an impressive showing against conference rival Valparaiso.
Junior Sarah Jahns (Lilburn, Ga./Parkview) garnered MVC Swimmer of the Week honors this week after a record performance in the women’s 200-yard backstroke.  Jahns lowered her own pool record at Roy and Mary Wyttenbach Pool with a mark of 2:02.54 in the 200 back to win the event by over 13 seconds.  Jahns also took home first place honors in the women’s 200 free with a time of 1:56.38 earlier in the meet.  
“This is a well-deserved award for Sarah,” said UE head coach Stuart Wilson.  “She has been great so far this season, especially in her training.  And, that hard work in training is really paying off in meets, which you love to see as a coach.”
Senior Maggie Franz (Mundelein, Ill./Mundelein) took home the MVC’s Diver of the Week honor this week, after she won both the one-meter and three-meter competitions against Valparaiso.  Franz won the one-meter competition with a mark of 229.12, while taking home the three-meter competition title with a score of 228.60.  It was her first competition of the year.
“With this being the first meet of the year for the divers, for Maggie to earn the Diver of the Week honor is a great start to the year,” said UE diving coach Dustin Bredemeier.  “I really like the direction we are headed with our diving program, and I am looking forward to competing at Illinois State on Saturday.”
The UE women will return to the pool this Saturday when they travel to Normal, Illinois to take on Illinois State. 


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