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Thursday, October 28, 2021

Upcoming Events

* SNAP Haunted House

October 28th from 7pm-9pm Student Nurses Association of Peers will be hosting their annual Haunted House in Graves 105. Featuring cotton candy, snap merchandise, and a spooky surprise guest!

* UE Staff and Administrator's Assembly

Join us for the SAA Fall Meeting!
Monday, November 1st
11a.m. to 12p.m.
Eykamp Hall 

* Virtual Career Connections- Surprising Outcomes for Arts and Science Majors

Career Connections allows students an opportunity to talk with UE alumni/employers from all over the US to answer your career-related questions regarding Surprising Outcomes for Arts and Sciences Majors. This virtual event will be held on Thursday, October 28st 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

* Collaborative Online Tools Workshop- New time

Explore various tools that facilitate collaboration among students or teams. We will discuss selected platforms and brainstorm potential applications. Facilitated by Kristen Strandberg and Leslie Barton.
Date: Friday, October 29, 1:00-2:00 PM
*Please note that the time has been changed from what appeared in previous AceNotes
Location: SOBA 173

* 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! 

* 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.”


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

* New Spring Companion Courses: Biological Perspectives on Sex and Gender (BIOL 299-01) and Premodern Sex and Gender (DISC 300-01)

The 2020-2021 Outstanding and Exemplary Teachers of the Year teamed up to create an interdisciplinary learning experience with these companion courses focusing on sex and gender. Students may sign up for each course separately or together.

Biological Perspectives on Sex and Gender (BIOL-299)
T/Th 1:15 - 2:30 PM (3 credit hours)
Dr. Julie Merkle, Dept. of Biology
Through readings and class discussions, this course will examine our understanding of sex determination, reproduction, and the evolution of sex and gender in animals, including humans. We will explore the complexity of gender diversity among animals and the roles of genetics, development, anatomy, and physiology in defining sex, gender, and fertility. Subject matter will cover sex assigned at birth and gender identity, including intersex and transgender. We will also critically evaluate misconceptions regarding the use of biology in sociopolitical discussions of gender identity. Prerequisite: GWS 101 -or- BIOL 119 -or- BIOL 107 or permission of instructor. Counts towards Biology major and Gender and Women's Studies minor.

Premodern Sex and Gender
(DISC-300, 1 credit)
Dr. Sara Petrosillo, Dept. of English and Creative Writing
Discusses theories of human sexuality, reproduction, and the construction of gender from the ancient through medieval west. Applies discussion to a literary case study: a medieval romance centering around a transgender character. Note: The time of this course will be TBA upon consensus among registered participants. Counts towards Gender and Women's Studies Minor.

* UE Center for Innovation & Change Presents at Toyota Mobility Foundation Workshop

Tuesday, October 27th, Dr. Derek Jones, UE CFIC Faculty Director, and Brooksie Smith, UE CFIC Associate Director, highlighted projects the University of Evansville Changemaker students are working on or moving toward, which address mobility from several angles.

Several representatives from Toyota Motor North America, Toyota Financial Services, Toyota Connected, Toyota Mobility Foundation, Energy Systems Network, Ninetwelve, and SBA were in attendance.

Other Evansville Regional partners also present included The Honorable Lloyd Winnecke, Greg Wathen (President, Evansville Regional Economic Partnership), Tara Barney (CEO, Evansville Regional Economic Partnership), Welborn Baptist Foundation, United Way of Southwest Indiana, Junior Achievement of Southwest Indiana, Talent 2025, Henderson Economic Development, and Evansville Metropolitan Planning Organization.

Pictured from left: Gary Rainy (National Manager, Strategic Innovation, Toyota Financial Services), Trey Ingram, (Program Manager, Toyota Mobility Foundation), Brooksie Smith, and Dr. Derek Jones.

* Student Tickets - Men's Basketball

University of Evansville Students may begin to request tickets for Men's Basketball home games! Please come to the Carson Center Ticket Office the week of the game you are planning on attending to request a your ticket. Your Student ID must be shown at the Ticket Window when picking up tickets. Tickets will also be made available at the Ford Center Skywalk entrance on the day of the game.

*For the game on October 30th only, tickets will be made available at the Interior Ticket Office Lobby and the Skywalk Entrance due to the Homecoming Hangout outside of the Ford Center Main Entrance*

For any questions please call 812-488-2237 or email

* Employee Tickets- Men's Basketball

University of Evansville Employees may begin to request tickets for Men's Basketball home games! Please come to the Carson Center Ticket Office the week of the game you are planning on attending to request a maximum of two (2) tickets per employee per game. A valid employee ID must be shown at the Ticket Window when picking up tickets. Tickets will not be available at the Ford Center on the day of the game - they must be picked up in advance. Ticket location will be at the sole discretion of the ticket office staff.

For any questions please call 812-488-2237 or email

* The UE Pop-Up Boutique is OPEN

The UE Pop-Up Boutique is OPEN!

THIS is your chance to purchase UE branded professional wear!

We have just a few notes to help with your shopping experience:
-Please click on the apparel item for more color choices.
-Apparel samples/sizes are available by request in the UE Bookstore.
-Shipping costs may be eliminated by simply selecting pick up in the UE Bookstore.
-The Pop-Up Shop will close on November 5th at 5:00p.m.
-Items will approximately be delivered the second week in December.

Shopping Link:

If you have are any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out. We will help you!
ENJOY this carefree shopping experience!
SAA Exec Team

* Career Guides are in for 2021-2022

The Center for Career Development is happy to announce that our 2021-2022 Career Guides are in. The Career Guide provides you with valuable information about how to successfully navigate your career plan. It is never too early to start this process and our Career Guide gives you a step by step (year by year) plan to help you achieve your goals. In addition to the Career Guide, our Center for Career Development staff is always here to help you as well. Call or stop by for an appointment.

Career Guides are available at no cost to all UE students. Stop by the Center for Career Development to get your copy!

* Protection of Children Training for Employees

As part of the New Protection of Children Policy, all employees have been assigned the "Protecting Children on Campus: Preventing Sexual Abuse" training module. Please watch your email over the next couple of days for an external email with the Subject: University of Evansville Vector LMS, Higher Education Edition Online Training. This training module is only sixteen minutes long and you are asked to complete it on or before November 15, 2021.
If you do not find an email by Monday, October 25 and have checked your spam folder, please email

* Drop-in Academic Coaching Available

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

* 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


* Mark Pease: Visiting Artist & Exhibition

Mark Pease is the featured artist with an exhibition on display now through December 11, 2021. Mark's exhibition can be found in the Melvin Peterson Gallery.

A student lecture will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 10. The student workshop will be held on Friday, November 12, from 8:00-9:50 a.m. This workshop will be held in Krannert Hall of Art & Music.

A public lecture and reception for the artist is scheduled for Thursday, November 11, beginning at 6:30 p.m. The lecture will begin at 7:00 p.m.

This exhibition and residency is sponsored by the Efroymson Family Fund with the UE Department of Art. 


Ready for the Weekend



* Dr. Phil Plisky leads team of UE alumni at the inaugural International MLB Combine in the Dominican Republic

Dr. Phil Plisky, Associate Professor of Physical Therapy and Director of all Residency Programs, led a team of 9 UE alumni at the inaugural International Major League Baseball Combine in the Dominican Republic last weekend. Dr. Plisky was part of the planning and implementation of the combine and the team was part of completing necessary testing throughout the combine. "My favorite part was how engaged and inquisitive the Dominican Republic physiotherapists and medical students were in learning the testing," says Dr. Plisky.

We are all super proud of the ProRehab and University of Evansville's Sports Residency team and the Rehabilitation and Performance Institute and University of Evansville's Orthopaedic Residency team for their high quality testing. The team included: Adam Devery, AT, PTA ('19), Dr. Danielle Honnette, PT ('16, Sports Residency), Dr. Kyle Matsel, Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy, Dr. Jenna Gourlay, PT and RPI's/UE's Orthopaedic Residency Director ('15, Sports Residency), Dr. Logan Blair ('16, UEDPT and '17, Sports Residency), Dr. Rolando Rodriguez (Current Sports Resident), Dr. Ervin Velic (Current Sports Resident), and Dr. Logan Wager ('17, Sports Residency).

* Biology students McKenzie Young, Makayla Gomperts, and Audrey Chambers present posters at regional conference

Biology majors McKenzie Young, Makayla Gomperts, and Audrey Chambers presented the results of their summer research projects at the 2021 Midwest Drosophila meeting on October 23-24.
McKenzie and Makayla were mentored by Dr. Julie Merkle.
McKenzie's poster, "Investigating the role of short stop (shot) in eye development and oogenesis" received an Honorable Mention in the undergraduate student poster category.
Makayla's poster was titled "Sar1, a GTPase involved in COPII vesicle trafficking, is important for oocyte fate in Drosophila".
Audrey was mentored by Dr. Joyce Stamm. Her project, "A Flp/FRT eye screen on chromosome 2L identifies enhancers and suppressors of the mosaic AIF phenotype" was performed in collaboration with Dr. Jacob Kagey and his students at University of Detroit Mercy. 

* 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.


Sympathy to...

* In Remembrance of Professor Jerry Seng

Gerald “Jerry” Thomas Seng, 85, died on Sunday, October 17, at his home in Evansville. 

After receiving a BS in biology at Purdue, Dr. Seng joined the Army where he won the Company Marksmanship Trophy. The Army made him a cook and assigned him to the General’s Mess. He was a proud and patriotic American and was touched when he was able to participate in the “Honor Flight” of service veterans in 2018.

After serving in the Army, Jerry married his high school sweetheart Ann Poe in 1959, and the two shared a truly great love over 46 years of wedded bliss.  Jerry was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying fishing, hunting, camping, hiking, sailing, and photography.

In 1976, the strong gravity of family and the hills of southern Indiana pulled Jerry and family back to the Midwest where he became a professor of biology at the University of Evansville.  At UE, he was passionate about teaching and working with students.  He had formal assignments as a freshman advisor, but he always went WAY over and above his normal advising duties.  He really cared about these young people, many of whom were away from home for the first time and still trying to figure out not only what they wanted to do with their careers, but who they wanted to be.  He gave them his time.  He gave them his wisdom.  He gave them his love.  The students reciprocated his love as witnessed by the hundreds of letters, notes, emails, and phone calls he received from current and former students thanking him for his personal touch and care. He was nominated for the Outstanding Teacher Award in 18 of the 27 years he taught at UE, and he won the award in 1999. Of all the formal accolades he received in his career, this was his most prized, but he cherished every heartfelt letter from former students every bit as much as the plaque on his wall.

Dr. Dale Edwards, Professor of Biology and the department chair, stated, “Professor Jerry Seng was a member of the Department of Biology for 27 years, arriving in the fall of 1976 and retiring in the spring 2003.  He taught general biology, genetics, and developmental biology.  Dr. Seng was a gifted and passionate teacher, who truly loved and nurtured his students. His commitment to teaching and relationship-building was cherished by his students.  Dr. Seng won the Outstanding Teacher Award in 1999.  In recognition of his exceptional contributions to teaching and mentoring students during his career at UE, the biology department has fittingly created the Jerry T. Seng Freshmen Biology Award in his honor.”

He was preceded in death by his first wife Ann, his parents Carl and Marcella (Bohnert) Seng, and his brother Robert.  He is survived by wife Kathleen (Boink), children Kris (and Dave) McGill of Newburgh, Phil and Laura Seng of South Bend, Indiana, and Rebecca (and Mike) Fitzmaurice of Granger, Indiana. Grandchildren: Nathan (and Stephanie) McGill, Miriam (and Brian) Reilly, Rachael McGill, Aaron (and Hayley) Seng, Justin Seng, Jenny (and Antonio) Marchi, John Paul Fitzmaurice, and Gregory Fitzmaurice. Great-grandchildren: Gianna-Marie, Felicity, Ambrose, Elizabeth, and Joseph Seng; Aria and Crystal McGill; Mariella and Simeon Marchi.

Visitation will be held Sunday, October 24, 2021, from 2:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Ziemer Funeral Home East Chapel, 800 S. Hebron Ave.  Funeral service will begin at 9:30 a.m. Monday, October 25, 2021, at the funeral home and continue with a traditional Latin Requiem Mass at 10:00 a.m. at Saint Mary Catholic Church, 613 Cherry St., Evansville.



* Postseason Implications on the Line with Regular Season Finale against Missouri State

In the final act of the regular season, the University of Evansville women's soccer team will have plenty to play for on Thursday afternoon in a match against Missouri State at 4 PM at Arad McCutchan Stadium in Evansville.

Previewing the Matchup
• The final matchup of the regular season is the 32nd meeting in series history with the Aces owning a 14-10-7 advantage in the all-time series.
• The two sides did not meet last spring making the last meeting all the way back on Nov. 3, 2019 in the opening round of the MVC Championship with the Bears capturing a 1-0 win over Evansville in Springfield.
• Missouri State has earned a result in five-straight meetings in the series with Evansville last capturing a win in the 2014 regular-season finale, 1-0, on Oct. 29, 2014.
• The Bears enter the regular season finale with a 5-7-4 overall record and a 2-4-1 mark in MVC play. In their last contest, the Bears defeated Drake, 3-2, in double overtime on Saturday.
• The final day of the regular season features plenty of intrigue with nearly every team entering Thursday with something to play for. Only one team, Southern Illinois, has been mathematically eliminated from postseason competition and none of the other eight teams are locked into their spot in the Championship. Evansville could finish as high as fourth or miss the tournament all together depending on results. Missouri State needs a win to qualify for the Championship.
• The regular season title is also on the line on Thursday with Loyola and Valparaiso both entering the final day with 16 total points and facing one another.

Last Match: Valparaiso 2, Evansville 1
• Generating attacking opportunities late, the University of Evansville women's soccer team battled back from a deficit, but came up short in a 2-1 loss to Valparaiso on Saturday night in Valparaiso, Ind.
• For the second time this season and the second time in her career, fifth-year senior Emily Olson scored a goal, helping Evansville push closer late in the second half. In goal, fellow fifth-year senior Michaela Till moved within four saves of tying the career program record, stopping four shots on the night.
• The Aces generated the first shot on-goal of the night as senior Alex Eyler let go off a shot in the ninth minute that forced a save from Beacon keeper Nikki Coryell. Despite Evansville's early chance, it was Valpo who found the back of the net first, doing so in the 17th minute as Valpo's Kelsie James clipped home a ball to give the Beacons the early advantage. Nine minutes later, the Beacons added another goal with a familiar name doing the scoring. James scored her second goal of the half in the 26th minute, off an assist from Peyton Flynn, earning Valpo a 2-0 lead, an advantage it would hold at the break.
• A more aggressive Evansville attack showed itself in the second half as the Aces recorded seven shots in the second period compared to four in the first 45 minutes. Less than five minutes into  the second half, fifth-year senior Jayme-Lee Hunter challenged the Beacons with a shot on frame that was saved by Coryell. In the 72nd minute, Evansville's increased attack paid off as the Aces halved their deficit. Off a free kick, junior Emilie Hill sent a soaring ball into the ball that was popped up into the air multiple times before senior Emily Wolak headed the ball to Olson who directed the ball to the left of Coryell, putting Evansville on the board. Over the final 15 minutes, the Aces recorded two more shots, but could not find their second goal as Valparaiso held on for the 2-1 win.

Olson Scores Again
• In her fifth year with the Aces, defender Emily Olson has gotten involved on the attacking end twice this season.
• Against Valpo on Saturday night, Olson headed home her second goal of the season after a pass from Emily Wolak in the 72nd minute to push the Aces back within a goal.
• Prior to this season, Olson played 1,619 minutes without a goal, but in 11 appearances this season has scored twice and recorded six shots.

Senior Day
•  Evansville will honor eight seniors prior to Thursday's match against Missouri State.
• These eight seniors combined to record 29,448 minutes on the pitch, score 29 goals, deliver 16 assists, and recorded 373 saves.

* From Start to Finish: Complete performance earns Aces 2-0 win at SIUE

Putting together a complete 90-minute performance, the University of Evansville men's soccer captured a 2-0 victory on the road at SIUE on Wednesday night in Edwardsville, Ill.

"There's no quit in this group. I'm proud of the guys," said Aces head men's soccer coach Marshall Ray. "It's been a struggle at times this season, but we've continued to work hard, battle, and compete. This is a good road win in The Valley for us. Now we have to get prepared for a home match and Senior Day against Drake. The whole season's in front of us."

An efficient attack proved to be just what the Aces needed as Evansville recorded six shots on the night, putting five on frame and two in the back of the net. Redshirt junior Jakub Hall scored his first goal of the season to kick-off the scoring, followed by senior Davis Peck adding his second of the year. In goal, redshirt junior Jacob Madden put on another impressive performance, recording his second shutout of the season, while making five saves.

Keeping possession for long stretches, the Aces played out of the back and it paid dividends. Evansville's first opportunity was converted in the 12th minute as freshman Jose Vivas slipped a clever through ball to a sprinting Hall, who put the ball across the face of goal and found the back of the net. A stout defensive effort showed itself early for the Aces as SIUE only recorded three shots after the 10-minute mark, putting none on frame.

In the second half, Evansville turned-up the heat with run after run from junior Nkosi Graham, Vivas, and Peck. Vivas tallied his lone shot of the evening in the 53rd minute, putting pace behind the ball and forcing a tough save from the Cougars keeper Tor Erik Larsen. Graham got his chance in the 63rd minute, looking to slip the ball in near post, but again Larsen made the save. It was Peck's turn in the 64th minute with a shot that Larsen was able to corral from point-blank range. Less than five minutes later, Peck would get another chance against Larsen in a similar situation. After a giveaway, Peck received the ball at his feet and nutmegged a defender to find himself one-on-one with the keeper. This time, Peck chipped the ball over the keeper, giving Evansville a 2-0 lead with less than 25 minutes to play.

The threat was not over from the Cougars as in the 77th minute SIUE nearly halved Evansville's advantage. A pair of shots from close range came at Madden, but the Round Rock, Texas native calmly handled the first that rebounded out and collected the second to preserve the lead as the Aces captured the 2-0 win.

The win was Evansville first two-goal win on the road since a 2-0 victory at Belmont on Oct. 18, 2016.

Evansville comes back to Arad McCutchan Stadium on Sunday afternoon for Senior Day with a 2 PM contest with Drake.


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