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Thursday, October 21, 2021

* Stop by and Sign the Truss for the New Residence Hall

Construction for the new residence hall at the University of Evansville is well underway. The roof truss, which is the main support structure for the building, will soon be added. Before the installation, it will be painted purple and made available for our campus community to sign. Long after the residence hall is completed and students move in, these signatures will remain on this historic piece.

Please join President Pietruszkiewicz as the first signatures are added tomorrow, October 21, at 2:30 p.m. The truss will be located off Walnut Street between the construction site and Ridgway University Center. If you can’t attend tomorrow, the truss will be available for signatures through next Tuesday during the following dates and times:

Thursday, October 21 from 2:30 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.

Friday, October 22 from 7:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

Monday, October 25 from 7:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

Tuesday, October 26 from 7:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

We hope you are able to join us in celebrating this important step in the building of the new residence hall. The University will continue to provide frequent updates on the installation of the truss and the remaining construction. If you have questions, please contact the office of University Relations at


Upcoming Events

* This Week in Religious Life

Newman Club
• Catholic Mass in the Neu Chapel at 6:00 pm on 10/24 with Father Martin Estrada.
• Newman Night on 10/27 will be held in the Newman House. We will have dinner at 5:00 with Father Martin Estrada speaking on “Why is Catholicism so Rigid?” to follow.
• Service Opportunity: Cleaning Crosses for the memorial of the innocent unborn children on 10/30. We will meet at 3112 Magnolia Ln at 9:00 am. Park behind the house. Pizza will be provided for lunch.
• Join some of the Sisters in Evansville for S’mores after 7:30 PM Mass at Sacred Heart on November 1st.
• Fall Harvest Dance is on November 6th at the Catholic Center.
• There is a camping trip in New Harmony from November 12-14 . RSVP to to Holly Bittner at (812) 664-3780 as soon as possible! 

* Art and Crafts on the East Terrace Lawn with PRIDE

Please stop by the East Terrace Lawn today between 12 PM and 2 PM today for Arts and Crafts and to get your Pronoun Buttons. PRIDE would also like to encourage everyone to wear Purple for LGBTQ+ Spirit Day!

* UE Clay Club Chili Bowl Sale

Due to forecasted rain, the Chili Bowl Sale has been moved to Friday, October 29, from 11:30AM-1PM. The sale will be held indoors in Eykamp Hall instead of the East Terrace Lawn. Please view the map below to see where the line begins and ends. Volunteers will be there to help guide visitors through the lines. 

Plan to stop by to purchase your chili bowls and fill with Chef Brown’s chili (paper containers are available if you prefer not to use the bowls). Seating will be available for those who would like to have their chili in Eykamp. Masks will be required at all times except while eating.

Patrons will be given a number upon arrival at a check in table for a certain group (1, 2, 3, 4, 5). Groups will then be allowed into the sales area to pick out the bowls in 10-minute increments. Subsequent groups will be allowed in after the previous one is finished. Please be respectful of everyone's space.

For $10, customers can buy a one-of-a-kind ceramic bowl and chili. Larger bowls from $15-$50 will also be for sale. Some more artistic larger bowls will be sold at a silent auction as well ranging in price from $75-$125. Customers can only buy a maximum of eight chili bowls. Cash or check (made out to UE Clay Club) only for the event.

The bowls are made by members of the Clay Club and other UE students, faculty, staff, alumni, and members of the community.

This year 100% of the sales will go to St. Vincent de Paul’s Food Pantry. The Clay Club members chose this organization to assist in fighting hunger in our local area.

The purpose of the Clay Club is to help further the knowledge of the ceramic arts at the University of Evansville, to provide activities (social and educational) to all interested students, and to offer visibility of the ceramic arts to the University and the community as a whole.

The Clay Club members raise funds to attend conferences, visit museums and galleries, and host visiting artists.

Professor Matteson, Chair of the Department of Art and Advisor to Clay Club said: “A lot of hours went into creating these unique ceramic bowls. The artists dedicated a lot of energy and hard work. I am blessed to have such a wonderful group to work with on such a great cause.”

* Pre-Advising Workshop Today

Pre-Advising Workshops will be held this week and everyone is welcome to join!

• Thursday, October 21, 2021
4:00-5:00 PM on Zoom
ID: 981 4796 5622
Password: 474455

• Friday, October 22, 2021
1:00-2:00 PM in-person

Any major is welcome at all workshops.

We will be going over how to use self-service and answering your questions!

Advising Week is October 25 – 29, 2021
Registration Week is November 1 – 5, 2021

* 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

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

We love transfer students at UE and want to celebrate YOU! Please stop by our table in Ridgway for a treat TODAY, 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

* 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.


Info You Should Know

* Advising for Harlaxton

As you prepare to register for your courses, Harlaxton College would like to encourage you to schedule a meeting with your advisor to talk about your course options at Harlaxton College! Course information is available for the Spring 2022, Summer 2022, and Fall 2022 terms. Your advisor can help you identify the best term to spend abroad as well as solidify your academic plans for your chosen term.

You and your advisor can review your course options on our website here:

If there is anything that the Harlaxton College staff can do to assist you during advising or registration, please let us know by sending an email to

Happy registering!

* Drop-in Academic Coaching Available

DROP-IN ACADEMIC COACHING AVAILABLE. If you need support with organization, time management, stress management, etc. come see us! 

* 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.

* 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. 

* 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

* 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


* 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



* Dr. Kyle Matsel, Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy and Dr. Kyle Kiesel, Emeritus Professor presented live webinar

Professor Emeritus Dr. Kyle Kiesel and Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy Dr. Kyle Matsel recently presented a live webinar on managing athletes with extension oriented low back pain. The course focused on the key aspects of identification and treatment of extension-oriented low back pain, which is commonly encountered in athletic training and other sports medicine environments. The program is designed to return the athlete to full activity safely while reducing the probability of recurrence and long-term disabling consequences often associated with low back pain. Dr. Kiesel and Dr. Matsel's expertise is greatly appreciated and we are proud of how they represent UE.

* 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.



* Aces show well in road loss at Indiana

Hanging with the 2021 National Runner-Up for much of the match, the University of Evansville men's soccer team battled a familiar foe before falling to Indiana, 2-0, on Wednesday evening in Bloomington, Ind.

"Set piece goals were the difference in our match tonight. I'm pleased with the way we played; the shots and the opportunities that we created. Jose Vivas had another great game for us this evening," said Aces head men's soccer coach Marshall Ray. "But we have to correct our play on set pieces and get prepared for Missouri State at home in a very important MVC match."

A trio of players from Spain led the attack on the evening for the Aces as junior Carlos Barcia and freshmen Jose Vivas and Jon Varela all tallied two shots on the night with each putting one on frame. In goal, redshirt-junior Jacob Madden again helped keep the Aces in the match for much of the contest, making four saves.

An active first half for both sides attacks saw a combined 13 shots recorded by the Aces and Hoosiers with Evansville keeping pace with Indiana much of the way. In the 21st minute, Varela nearly broke the deadlock with a shot that was saved in the left corner by Indiana keeper Roman Celentano. Just three minutes later, it was Indiana who found the scoreboard first with Victor Bezerra scoring off an assist by Joe Schmidt in the 24th minute. Evansville would record five shots in the first half, but despite creating good opportunities could not equalize before the break.

The second half began differently than the first 45 minutes as neither side recorded a shot in the first 16 minutes of the second period before Herbert Endeley's attempt for the Hoosiers was saved by Madden. Entering the final 20 minutes of regulation, Indiana scored its second goal of the night as Ryan Wittenbrink found the back of the net on his own to increase the Hoosiers' lead. Evansville got its chances late as the Aces recorded three shots in the late going, but could not pull one back in a 2-0 loss at IU.

Evansville returns home for the first time in 14 days on Saturday for a 5 PM matchup with Missouri State at Arad McCutchan Stadium in Evansville.


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