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Thursday, November 4, 2021

* Open Student Forum - Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students Candidate

All University of Evansville students are invited to attend an Open Student Forum for the Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students Candidate. Contact Alex Amick,, in the Office of the President with any questions.

Open Student Forum
Presentation and Engagement with Rachel S. Carpenter
Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students Candidate
Monday, November 8, 2021
4:00 – 4:45 PM
Eykamp Hall 251
Ridgway University Center

* New Employee Headshots

Are you new to UE and/or have not yet had a headshot taken? The Office of Marketing & Communications will be taking headshots next week for those on Monday, November 8, from 9:45-10:15AM. Photos will be taken on the southwest end of the front oval lawn, near Lincoln Street (the photographer will be set up on the brick sidewalk near the green bench). 

If you would like to attend and didn't complete the Doodle, please contact Julie Bryant, university relations coordinator (jb855).


COVID-19 Corner

* Updated COVID-19 Policies

Dear Campus Community,

On Wednesday, October 27, the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) changed Vanderburgh County’s advisory status to yellow on its statewide COVID-19 map. If all the relevant metrics remain below the targets within the two-week window following this date, the University will be lifting the mask mandate beginning Wednesday, November 10. With the mask mandate lifted, masks or face coverings will not be required on campus. However, we strongly recommend that unvaccinated individuals continue masking in public spaces. All other COVID-19 policies and protocols, including capacity limits, will remain in effect.

Individuals and faculty members may continue to require masks or face coverings in their classrooms and office spaces.

Individual departments and administrative units may require masks in their private offices and departmental/administrative spaces. UE supports any members of the campus community who continue to wear a mask or face covering as a personal choice. 

Faculty may choose to require masks in their instructional spaces (i.e. classrooms and labs) and during research activities. Faculty who choose this option should communicate information to students before November 10. 

Health Center and Other Areas Requiring Masks or Face Coverings
Masks or face coverings will continue to be required in the Health Center. If you do not have a mask or face covering, one will be provided. A list of areas requiring masks or face coverings is available on the Coronavirus webpage at Signs may be placed in these and other areas indicating that masks or face coverings are required. Signs may be requested through the Office of Publications.  

Mask Mandate Reinstitution
If any of the following conditions are met, the mask mandate will be reinstituted and will remain in place until all three metrics are below the targets for two consecutive weeks: 

  • The ISDH alert status for Vanderburgh County rises to a status of orange or red
  • More than 20 active cases of COVID-19 on campus
  • A decrease in the campus vaccination rate to lower than 80%

Continued Random Testing
The Random COVID-19 Testing Program will continue throughout the fall semester for those that are unvaccinated.

We are very thankful for your patience and understanding over the past 20 months as we?have navigated this pandemic together. We look toward the future and know that our community will continue to be supportive of all individuals who choose to continue wearing a mask. We also will continue to monitor national, regional, and campus statistics and implement any additional precautions as necessary.


Coronavirus Task Force


Upcoming Events

* CDEI Presents: I-House: Peace Corps Information Session

Join the CDEI on Wednesday, November 10th from 7:00- 8:00 PM on the second floor of Ridgeway for the fourth International House of the semester, focusing on Peace Corps.

This event, hosted by senior Spanish major, HarMonee Baltzel and Peace Corps Recruiter, Andrea Tiller will provide an overview of general knowledge about the Peace Corps including benefits, sectors of service, and countries of service.

Follow along with @uediversity on Instagram for additional programming!

* Campus Culture Panel

Join WRA on Tuesday, November 9th, in Eykamp 252 where the goal is to address harmful and often ignored issues that negatively impact campus culture.

* Climbing at Vertical Excape with the Venturing Crew

Join the Venturing Crew as we climb the night away at Vertical Excape from 8pm till midnight on Saturday, November 13th.
Vertical Excape offers 4 types of climbing in their facility: Bouldering, Top-Roping, Auto-Belay, and Sport Climbing.
Venturing Crew will provide Pizza, drinks and a good time. The event is free and we will provide bus transportation.
We will require a $10 deposit at the sign-up table to hold your place and will be returned once we get to Vertical Excape.
There is a maximum of 75 people allowed for the event and must be a current UE student or advisor to attend.
Sign-ups will be in Ridgway lobby Monday, November 8th at 11am-1pm and 4pm-6pm as well as Tuesday and Wednesday at the same times.

* Vanderburgh Electronics Fall Recycling Event

Did you know that during the “Fall 2021 recycling days, a variety of electronic materials will be accepted for recycling at no charge. The items will include, but are not limited to computers and computer related equipment, laptops, printers, scanners, TVs, DVD players, DVR devices, digital cameras and fax machines.
Copy machines and appliances, including microwaves, will NOT be accepted.
This program is for Vanderburgh County households only. Items from businesses will not be accepted.”
Fall Event: November 6, 2021, 8:00 am - 2:00 pm, Civic Center parking lot (9th & Walnut Streets)
For more information, please call the Vanderburgh County Solid Waste District at 812-436-7800.

* ECTE Lunch & Learn Today

Join us for November’s Lunch and Learn today in the Phillips Alcove! Lunch will begin at 12:15 and the speakers will begin at 12:30. Dr Lisa Hale (Education) will share her experience in becoming an administrator of the Intercultural Developmental Inventory, including ways that interested faculty might incorporate the IDI into their own courses. In his talk “Bridging behavior and the brain: from basic research techniques to molecular neuroscience,” Dr Vinn Campese (Psychology) will discuss student research being scaffolded across introductory and upper-level courses. Both Dr Hale and Dr Campese are recipients of the ECTE Teaching Innovation Grant.
Lunch is provided, but you can bring your own or just join us for the speakers! This event is part of ECTE's Teaching Engagement Certificate. 

* SAA Drive Benefiting United Caring Services

The SAA Social Committee invites you to participate in a donation drive benefiting United Caring Services!
United Caring Services serves hurting people experiencing homelessness, housing insecurity, and hunger through the generosity of compassionate community partners. Alongside their partners, they help ensure restorative and life-changing services continue to meet the needs of homeless men, women, and children in the Evansville area.

November 8th - 19th

Tables will be set up in Ridgway November 8th – 12th, 11am-1pm each day, to collect items from our community and share more information about United Caring Services.

Donation boxes will be available the full two weeks in Ridgway, Olmstead and Igleheart.

The most prominent needs for the month of November are:
Sugar, Deodorant (men’s and women’s), Bulk Drink Mixes (Coffee, Tea, Lemonade, etc. Not individual packs.)
and Cotton Jersey Work Gloves.

If you would like to volunteer for an hour at one of these tables, visit

* Gamma Phi Omega International Sorority Inc. Tabling and Informational Meeting

Do you want to learn about Multicultural Greek life opportunities on campus?

On Tuesday, November 16th, Gamma Phi Omega International Sorority Inc. will be tabling from 3:00- 6:00 pm in Ridgeway University Center.

Gamma Phi Omega is also hosting an informational meeting on Thursday, November 18th from 6:00- 7:00 pm in SOBA 271.

Stop by the tabling and informational meeting events to learn about Gamma Phi Omega’s commitment to academic excellence, cultural awareness, community service, and sisterhood- and how you can be a part of it!

* Distinguished Historian Sally Roesch Wagner to Deliver Fiddick Lecture on November 5

The Department of History, Politics, and Social Change will welcome Dr. Sally Roesch Wagner for the 19th annual Thomas C. Fiddick Memorial Lecture on Friday, November 5. The lecture will begin at 7:00 p.m. in Eykamp Hall and is free and open to the public. For those who are unable to attend in person, the lecture will be live streamed at

The 19th annual Fiddick Lecture is a centennial celebration (delayed by one year due to COVID-19) of the passing of the 19th Amendment, which gave American women the right to vote. Focusing on the women's rights movement over three centuries, Dr. Wagner’s lecture examines the movement's changing agenda, why it has happened, and how we can move forward today with United States democracy and the very existence of life on the planet hanging in the balance.

Dr. Sally Roesch Wagner was awarded one of the first doctorates in the country for work in women’s studies (UC Santa Cruz), and she is a founder of one the first college-level women’s studies programs in the United States (CSU Sacramento). Dr. Wagner has taught women’s studies courses for 50 years, and she currently teaches for Syracuse University’s Honors Program.

A major historian of the suffrage movement, Dr. Wagner has been active on the national scene. She appeared in and wrote the faculty guide for the Ken Burns documentary Not for Ourselves Alone. A prolific author, Dr. Wagner’s anthology The Women's Suffrage Movement, with a foreword by Gloria Steinem (Penguin Classics, 2019), unfolds a new intersectional look at the 19th century women’s rights movement. Sisters in Spirit: Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Influence on Early American Feminists (Native Voices, 2001) documents the surprisingly unrecognized authority of Native women who inspired the suffrage movement. It was followed by her young reader’s book, We Want Equal Rights: How Suffragists Were Influenced by Native American Women (Native Voices, 2020). Among her awards, Dr. Wagner was selected as a 2020 New York State Senate Woman of Distinction, one of “21 Leaders for the 21st Century” by Women’s E-News in 2015, and she received the Katherine Coffey Award for outstanding service to museology from the Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums in 2012.

Thomas C. Fiddick, for whom the Fiddick Memorial Lecture is named, served as professor of history at UE from 1963 to 2002. In his 39 years at the University, he was a dedicated teacher, a productive scholar, and a tireless fighter in the cause of justice. His book, Russia's Retreat from Poland, 1920: From Permanent Revolution to Peaceful Coexistence, is still considered to be the best book on this topic. Tom’s untimely death on the day of his retirement in 2002 stunned the entire UE community, especially his many former students. It was from the former students’ efforts in particular, with the support of Dr. Fiddick’s friends and the University, that the annual Thomas C. Fiddick Memorial Lecture was established.


Info You Should Know

* Virtual Career Connections-Careers in Data Science/Mathematics

Students, join us for Virtual Career Connections-Careers in Data Science/Mathematics! Successful UE Alumni/professionals who work in these areas will walk you through their career journeys and answer your career-related questions. Find out what opportunities (including internships) and pathways await you in these great fields!

Wednesday, November 10 from 4:30-6:00p.m. (CST) To register, click:

All students are invited to attend, especially those majoring/minoring/or considering a career in the arts and sciences!

The event registration is in Handshake…haven’t set up your Handshake account yet? For a quick tutorial click on Handshake, Setting up your profile.

Questions? Contact the Center for Career Development ( or call 812-488-1083.

* Registration Week

It's Registration Week!! Don't miss your assigned registration window on Self-Service. Finalize your registration for Spring 2022! 

* CHEM280 will be offered in summer 2022

If you plan to take Inorganic Chemistry I - CHEM280, the class will be offered in summer 2022 (session 1) as in-person/hybrid course. Please contact Dr. Tod at if you have any questions.

* Musical Madness Call-Out Meeting

It is that time of year again to begin planning for Musical Madness!

Each year UE student organizations come together to show off their musical (or lack of) skills as they perform a short performance for the UE campus community and potential UE students (Road Trip).

There will be an interest meeting on Friday, November 5, 2021 at 5:30 PM. Only one member of an organization needs to attend to learn about the event; however, in order to be considered an active participant of Musical Madness there must be at least least three (3) members of your organization. If your organization is interested but unable to attend the meeting, please email Caroline Duffy (

Join the call-out meeting using the information below:

Topic: Musical Madness Call-Out Meeting
Time: Nov 5, 2021 05:30 PM CT

Join Zoom Meeting

* 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

* 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




* New York, Oct 27, 2021 COVID Between the Coasts ChangeLab Received Edward R Murrow Award

"Difficulty is the excuse history never accepts." - Edward R. Murrow. To the COVID Between the Coasts ChangeLab team, you knew this project would be hard, and you said yes anyway. Forever grateful to you and the students for showing what's possible, and that amazing things can happen right here in our community when people come together for the common good. Official photos from the Edward R. Murrow Awards #RTDNA #Murrow Photo credit: Chorus Photography

* 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).



* UE Swimming & Diving To Host First-Ever Meet At Deaconess Aquatic Center This Saturday

The University of Evansville swimming and diving teams will make Tri-State history on Saturday, November 6, as UE will host the first-ever competition at the new Deaconess Aquatic Center in Evansville. UE will host Saint Louis University and Arkansas-Little Rock in a triangular meet which will begin at 1 p.m. and is open to the public, with admission being $5.

The $30 million state-of-the-art facility opened to the Evansville public on October 4, 2021. It features a stretch 50-meter competitive pool, plus a separate diving well with one-meter and three-meter springboards. The Deaconess Aquatic Center features raised spectator seating for just under 1,000 people, with the ability to accommodate over 1,000 bleacher seats on the pool deck, to make it one of the top competition pools in the region. It is located at 1700 North Main Street in Evansville and is adjacent to historic Bosse Field.

“The City of Evansville and the Deaconess Aquatic Center are thrilled to roll out the red carpet for the University of Evansville swimming and diving teams, as well as its competitors from Saint Louis University and Arkansas-Little Rock,” said Mayor Lloyd Winnecke. “This showcase facility will give swimmers and divers a venue in which to perform at the highest possible competitive level.”

“We’re thrilled to begin hosting important local and regional competitions like this,” said Jennifer Brown, COO of the YMCA of Southwestern Indiana.  “Ongoing partnerships with organizations like UE are crucial in elevating awareness and interest of all things aquatics within our local community, which has always been our goal.”

“I am excited for UE, the team, and our fans to get a chance to swim and host our meet at the Deaconess Aquatic Center,” said UE swimming and diving head coach Stuart Wilson.  “The community is really going to enjoy watching the first meet ever to compete in the facility.  With it being our ‘Senior Recognition Day,’ it will also be a great way to thank our seniors for their sacrifice and commitment to competing for UE.”

“We are excited to be able to make this meet a reality for our swimming and diving programs, and for the opportunity to compete in this new, world-class venue,” said UE Director of Athletics Mark Spencer.  “It will be especially fun to be able to share this experience with our fans, family and friends in such a wonderful facility in a safe manner.”

UE was originally scheduled to host Arkansas-Little Rock on November 5 and Saint Louis on November 6 on campus, but the meets were combined in order to be a part of Evansville history. Every first-place time in the triangular meet will be the new pool standard at the Deaconess Aquatic Center, which will begin hosting more competitions at various levels this winter.

The November 6 meet will also be “Senior Day” for the UE swimming and diving programs, as the Purple Aces will honor eight senior males and seven senior females prior to the meet. The meet will be open to the public, with admission being $5.

* UE men host Kentucky Wesleyan in final exhibition

In its final tune-up before the start of the 2021-22 regular season, the University of Evansville men’s basketball team will be back at the Ford Center on Thursday evening to face Kentucky Wesleyan.   The exhibition contest is set for a 6 p.m. start time.

Last Time Out                                                                                                           
- On Saturday, the Purple Aces pulled away for a 74-45 victory over Mount St. Joseph in the first preseason contest
- Shamar Givance and Emmette Page led the way with 14 points apiece while Antoine Smith Jr. added 13
- A back-and-forth battle early on saw the Lions wrestle away an 11-10 lead just over seven minutes into the game before Evansville retook control with a 10-0 run in the final two minutes of the first half to lead by a 40-22 tally at the break
- Preston Phillips tied Givance for the top rebound tally with five while fellow newcomer Blaise Beauchamp added nine points in his first on-court action at UE

Scouting the Opponent
- Kentucky Wesleyan is coming off of a 10-6 campaign that saw them win 9 of their 14 Great Midwest conference games before falling in the first round of the league tournament in March
- The Panthers lose top scorers Tre Cobbs and Zach Hopewell, who combined to average 30.3 points per game but will look to Wyatt Battaile and Jamil Wilson to pick up the slack
- Battaile recorded 12.1 PPG a season ago while Wilson finished with 8.8 points

A Brief History Lesson
- Thursday’s exhibition game will mark the next chapter in a rivalry that has been going since 1948
- While Thursday’s game does not officially count towards the all-time records, the teams have met on 58 occasions with Evansville taking 36 wins
- The teams have met just once in the regular season since 1986 with that game coming in 2018

New Guys Chipping In
- Exhibition games provide the opportunity to try out multiple different lineups while newcomers are able to work their way onto the floor
- Antoine Smith Jr. was in the starting lineup and finished with 13 points and 3 rebounds in 26 minutes of action
- While technically not a newcomer as he played two games last season, Emmette Page was 5-of-6 from the field on his way to 14 points...he led the team with three steals while adding a rebound and an assist
- Blaise Beauchamp was a perfect 4-for-4 from the line on his way to a 9-point game while Preston Phillips tied for the UE lead with five boards while dishing out two assists
- Blake Sisley scored three points in 13 minutes of work while Grant Tichenor recorded a helper in the final minute


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