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Monday, December 6, 2021

From the President

* Announcement of New Dean of Students and Vice President for Student Affairs

After a national search, Rachel Carpenter has been selected as the new vice president for student affairs and dean of students at the University of Evansville. She will begin her duties with an anticipated start date of June 1, 2022.

In her new role, Carpenter will serve the UE student body and help create a safe, welcoming, and supportive campus community. She will not only work one-on-one with students but also student organizations across campus.

“As someone who grew up in the military, I have rarely experienced the feeling of returning home," said Carpenter. “I am very excited to return to the UE campus, a place I once called home for several years, and work alongside talented faculty and staff. Together, I know we will move the University forward and prepare students to live meaningful lives in a changing world.”

Carpenter brings nearly two decades of experience in student affairs. Currently, she is the interim university dean for students at Pace University, which has two campuses in Pleasantville and New York City, New York. Prior to serving in this role, she was interim associate vice president for student affairs and dean for students, interim dean, and director of the Center for Student Development. While at Pace, she has been working toward her Doctor of Professional Studies in business and is expected to graduate this month.

Dean Carpenter will be familiar with our campus when she joins UE, as she is both an alumna and former administrator. In 2003, she graduated from UE with a Bachelor of Arts in international studies. Later, she earned her Master of Science in public service administration in 2009. She served in various roles at the University from 2003-10, including residential coordinator, dean of students at Harlaxton College, assistant dean of students, and director of the Center for Student Engagement. 

Carpenter will succeed Dean Clayton, who has been an exemplary leader for thousands of students who are making a difference in the world. Clayton is retiring in February 2022 after 32 years of service to the University. Until Carpenter’s arrival, Dr. Rob Shelby, chief diversity officer, will be the interim vice president for student affairs. Michael Tessier, assistant vice president of student affairs and director of residence life, will serve as the interim dean of students. 


COVID-19 Corner

* Required COVID-19 Testing for the Spring Semester

The Coronavirus Task Force thanks the campus community for creating a successful fall semester with very few COVID-19 cases on our campus. Looking ahead at the Spring 2022 semester, UE will continue with the same requirements for students and employees that were in place this fall.

A negative COVID-19 test (either rapid or PCR) will be required for all full and part-time students and employees (including adjunct instructors) who have reason to be on the UE or Stone Center for Health Sciences campuses. Those who submit a negative COVID-19 test will be required to participate in the Random COVID-19 Testing program throughout the semester.

If you submitted proof of full vaccination for the fall semester, you are not required to submit a negative test, participate in the Random COVID-19 Testing Program, or re-upload your documentation.

Those who became fully vaccinated after the fall semester began will need to upload their documentation. Full vaccination is considered two doses of Pfizer or Moderna or one dose of Johnson & Johnson, plus a 14-day waiting period.

Students and faculty participating in study abroad programs, including Harlaxton College, will be provided specific information from the Study Abroad Office regarding testing and vaccine requirements for spring travel.

Please click on the links below for important information specific to requirements, submitting documents, and important deadlines: 

Required Testing for Students

Required Testing for Employees


Upcoming Events

* Retirement Reception for Becky Buxton

The School of Engineering and Computer Science would like to invite you to a retirement reception for Becky Buxton on Thursday, December 9 from 3:00-4:00 p.m. The reception will be held in the second floor lobby (near the concrete canoe, in front of KC 271). Becky is retiring at the end of this semester after 16 years of service to the University. Please come and celebrate with us, showing our appreciation for all she has contributed to the University.

* This Week in Music

Holiday Pops returns to Evansville this Tuesday, December 7 at 7:30 p.m. at Old National Events Plaza in downtown Evansville. The concert features student and community performers from the University of Evansville Music Conservatory’s band, choir, and orchestra programs. The concert is free and open to the public. Join us as we wrap up the semester with Holiday cheer!

Also, this week, the newly formed University of Evansville Community Conservatory marks the end of its first semester with a student recital this Saturday, December 11 at 4:00 p.m. in Neu Chapel. The Community Conservatory is made up of young musicians from throughout the Tri-State region who come to UE weekly to study with Music Conservatory faculty. The program will showcase students ranging from 7th grade through high school on a variety of instruments including flute, oboe, violin, viola, piano, and guitar. The program will be available via live-stream at:

* Conversations & Cocoa-to-go

Have advising questions but don't need to make a full appointment?

Come to Ridgway to ask an Advisor question/s and get a packet of hot cocoa to go!

Where: First floor of Ridgway
When: December 9th - 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
December 10th - 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM

* Relaxation Station returning to Reading Study Day

The Office of Counseling Services is excited to announce the return of the Relaxation Station to Reading Study Day! To accommodate some of the ongoing campus restrictions, this event will continue to be open house style but will be a walk-through event with activities rather than the traditional sit-down format it has been in the past.

Relaxation Station is an event hosted each Reading Study Day to promote and encourage wellness for the whole person - body, mind, and spirit! This year, the event will feature giveaway goody bags, a selfie station, custom coloring pages, a photo scavenger hunt with prizes, and the return of RSA's Create-Your-Own Aromatherapy Spray booth and the ACES Dance Party. We look forward to seeing you next Thursday, December 9th, from 2-4 pm in Eykamp 253-55!

* Free Paper Shredding on Thursday, December 9

Free off-site paper shredding by Piranha Mobile Shredding will return to campus once again December 9 (Reading Study Day) from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00p.m. All UE students, faculty, staff, and alumni can take advantage of this free service by bringing paper to the Piranha truck in Koch Center for Engineering and Science parking lot. Paper will be shredded off-site. We will place bins along the parking lot to allow each person to empty their own material for a no contact approach.

So, if mounds of paper are taking over your office, home, or room, this is the time to gather those old files, receipts, cancelled checks, tax forms, etc. No need to take out the staples or paper clips. Avoid identity theft by having confidential information permanently destroyed.

Please - no telephone books, magazines, or newspapers. Also, please note that there is a 100-pound paper limit per visit (number of visits is not limited).

* UE Music Conservatory Hosting Holiday Pops Concert on Dec. 7

The UE Music Conservatory will host the Holiday Pops concert on Tuesday, December 7. The event will be held at Old National Events Plaza beginning at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free, and the public is invited to enjoy the sounds of the season.

Holiday Pops will feature music from the UE Symphony Orchestra, University Choir and Choral Society, and Wind Ensemble. Musical selections will include "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," "Christmas at the Movies," "Christmas and Sousa Forever," and more. Holiday Pops is made possible by the George L. Mesker Music Trust, Anna Bosse Trust, and Raymond B. Preston Family Foundation.


Changemaker Corner

* Climate Change Theatre Action ChangeLab

Saturday, December 11th at 2:30 pm & Sunday, December 12th at 2:30pm
Twelve directors will be presenting over twenty-one short plays about the climate crisis outside at various locations on UE Campus.


Info You Should Know

* Student Media Hiring Social Media Content Manager for Spring 2022

Department: Art
Supervisor Info: Primary
Name: Tommy Housman

Email applications to:

Pay Rate: $9.75/hr Positions Available: 1 OF 1

Federal Work-Study? Y UE Work-Study? Y Non-Work-Study? Internship?

Employment Dates: 01/10/2022 TO 05/05/2022

Application Deadline: 01/10/2022

Position Title: Student Media Social Media Content Manager Spring 2022

Job Description: Work with Student Media and Manage the Crescent Magazines social media by creating engaging content. Interested students should be prepared to familiarize themselves with University of Evansville events, organizations, sports, and news. The social media content manager will be the Crescent Magazines in-field reporter keeping its followers informed and engaged. This Position will be responsible for creating content across all of our social media platforms and with the help of Student Media staff develop a social media marketing strategy to increase awareness and followers. To learn more contact Student Media Advisor Tommy J Housman

Skills Needed: Strong to advanced understanding of social media Smart phone and basic DSLR photography and video - Training available Beginner to advanced understanding of graphic design - Training available Strong writing skills Ability to work independently and with a team.

Required Major: Students with any major may apply

* Training for Freshmen, Juniors, Transfers, and First-Year Grad Students

ALL freshmen, juniors, transfer, and 1st year graduate students are encouraged to complete the U Got This! online bystander intervention, consent, and sexual assault prevention training. Please check your student email for a personal link sent by ‘Catharsis Online Support Team.’ By using the link, the university will be notified once you have completed the training. A few minutes of your time makes our campus safer for everyone! The deadline for completion inDecember 31st.You will not have access to the training after this date.

We are aware that training such as this can be triggering for some. The university offers resources for students who may experience difficulty completing the bystander training. Please contact Annie Sills:,, or 812-488-5261 if you need assistance.

* Lost and Found services provided by Public Safety

The Office of Public Safety provides lost and found services for the campus. If you would like to turn in any items of value, please contact Public Safety at 488-2051. If you have lost any items of value, please contact the office to se if your property has been turned in. Lost and Found services are available 24/7.

* Employee Headshots on Monday, Dec. 6

Are you a new employee in need of a headshot, or a current employee that still needs one? We will be offering headshots from 1:30-2:00PM on Monday, December 6. These will be walk-up style, so stop by anytime between then. If you plan to attend, please email a heads-up to Julie Bryant, university relations coordinator, at

Headshots will be taken outdoors at the front, southwest corner of the oval. The photographer will be set up with a light near the green bench on the brick sidewalk.

* Do you want to help with Purple Patrol?

Purple Patrol will continue into the Spring 2022 semester once we return from break, and we need volunteers! The first week of Purple Patrol will be Friday, January 14, marking the first week of classes.

Sign up on behalf of your team or coworkers here. Please sign up for one slot only so everyone has a chance to participate. Don't wait, as spots will fill up quickly!

When it’s your week to help, you will receive an email in advance with basic instructions. Purple goodies will be waiting for you on Friday morning in the Office of Marketing and Publications (top floor of the Schroeder Family School of Business Administration Building). There is no specific time or place to hand out these items; the only requirement is that the recipients are wearing purple!

If you have any questions about the sign-up or Purple Patrol, please contact Julie Bryant, university relations coordinator, at jb855.

* Last Day to Request Transcripts for Current Students

The last day to request transcripts, for current students, is December 09, 2021 (Reading/Study Day). To submit a request please visit



* Renschler consults on Brazilian production

Associate Professor Eric Renschler recently served as the design consultant for a Brazilian production of the Broadway musical Chicago. The production at the Teatro Santander in Sao Paulo is set to open in early January. This marks the twenty first licensed production of Chicago for which he has been a member of the design team. Eric served as the Associate Scenic Designer when the current Broadway production opened in 1996, and Design Supervisor for 16 international productions from 1997-2008.


Sympathy to...

* Condolences to the Family of Peggy Louise Averill

Harlaxton College sends condolences to the family of Peggy Louise Averill, former member of the Harlaxton advisory council and faithful friend of Harlaxton Manor. Many will remember Louise and her contributions to the college through the advisory council with her service from 1976 to 2013. She served on the executive committee as Honorary Secretary, the Student Life and Community Relations Committees. Current Chair of the Advisory Council, Mrs. Henrietta Chubb, has much appreciation for the work that Louise provided to the College. "Harlaxton and the many students who have passed through its doors have been incredibly fortunate to have benefited from Louise’s wisdom and advice. Louise and her late husband Charles cared deeply about Harlaxton Manor and we are truly grateful for their valuable involvement in the transformational experience for students which is Harlaxton. Louise will be deeply missed by her friends on Advisory Council, and we join in sending our heartfelt condolences to her family."

The announcement in the Telegraph tells us that Peggy Louise passed away on November 22nd, 2021, peacefully at the Dower House, Winchester aged 97 years. Adored wife of the late Charles, dearly loved mother, a devoted grandmother, great grandmother, and sister. Service at Chesil House, Winchester on Wednesday December 8th at 1 p.m. The funeral home is Richard Steele and Partners, and the family are asking for donations to be made to the British Red Cross.

Tributes are welcome via the funeral home website and the family has asked for donations to be made in her honor to the British Red Cross via this site as well. You can find this at Tribute to Peggy Louise Averill, 1924 - 2021 (



* Aces grind out 59-51 win over Tennessee Tech

Freshman Blake Sisley was one of four double digit scorers for the University of Evansville, who overcame a furious rally by Tennessee Tech to finish with a 59-51 victory on Saturday at the Ford Center.

Shamar Givance and Jawaun Newton were the top scorers for the Purple Aces (4-7, 0-1 MVC), each finishing with 15 points.  Both also led the team with 7 rebounds.  Givance posted the top tallies with 3 assists and 3 steals.  Blake Sisley and Antoine Smith Jr. recorded 12 points apiece.  Smith shot 4-for-6 from long range and blocked two shots.  Sisley knocked down 5 of his 6 attempts to finish with 12 points, his top collegiate effort.

“This was a really competitive game.  I thought our guys were on point on the defensive end,” Aces head coach Todd Lickliter commented.  “Tennessee Tech is a nice team and I really like how they play, so for us to stay focused and play the way we did is a strong accomplishment.”

Jr. Clay tied for the game high with 15 points to lead the Golden Eagles (2-6).  John Pettway finish the day with 10.

Both teams had trouble finding the bottom of the net, combining to miss the opening eight shots before Shamar Givance grabbed a steal and took it the other way for a layup.  Jawaun Newton grabbed a defensive rebound and took it the length of the floor for a dunk to cap off a 6-2 start.  A triple by Blaise Beauchamp stretched the lead to 9-4.

Tennessee Tech countered with its first big run of the game, registering the next seven tallies to take its first lead at 11-9.  After a layup by John Pettway tied it at 9-9, Diante Wood knocked down a layup to put the Golden Eagles on top just past the midway point of the half.  On Evansville’s ensuing trip down the floor, Preston Phillips hit his first shot to tie it back up.  It ended a scoreless drought of 5:24 with UE missing seven shots in a row.

A back-and-forth sequence followed as the teams swapped the lead on ten occasions in the first 20 minutes.  With TTU up 21-20, Givance drained two free throws before Antoine Smith Jr. connected on his second triple of the day to give Evansville a 25-21 lead.  Blake Sisley capped off the first-half scoring with 90 ticks remaining, hitting a triple to send UE to the break with a 28-23 advantage.

The first two baskets of the second half belonged to Tennessee Tech, making it a 1-point game before Antoine Smith Jr. knocked down his third 3-pointer of the contest to push the advantage back to 31-27 in the opening four minutes.  Evansville began the final period 2-of-11 from the field, allowing the Golden Eagles to cut the deficit to a pair (33-31) before Blake Sisley converted a feed from Evan Kuhlman to get back on the scoreboard.

Four of the next five field goal attempts found the bottom of the net with UE taking a 40-33 lead as the halfway point of the second half passed by.  Evansville’s largest lead came at the 5:32 mark when a jumper by Shamar Givance padded the lead at 46-38.  Two minutes later, the lead for the Aces stood at 51-44.  After scoring three in a row, the Golden Eagles amped up the pressure and forced a UE turnover, which Keishawn Davidson turned into a triple that made it just a 1-point game. 

What may have been the biggest shot of the game for UE came on the ensuing trip down the floor when Noah Frederking found Smith open in the corner for a triple that put the lead back at two possessions.  Kuhlman blocked a TTU shot on the next possession before Jawaun Newton knocked down both free throws to make it a 56-50 lead entering the final minute.  Tennessee Tech would not close any further with the Aces taking the game by a 59-51 final.

UE finished the game shooting 42.3% while Tennessee Tech shot 37.0%.  The Golden Eagles finished with a 38-32 rebounding lead.

On Wednesday, the Aces take to the road for a contest at Southeast Missouri State.

* NIVC Quarterfinals set for Monday evening

Postseason play continues for the University of Evansville volleyball team as they take on Valparaiso in the quarterfinals of the Women’s National Invitational Volleyball Championship on Monday evening at 7 p.m.  Live coverage of the match will be on ESPN+.

Making History?
- A pair of single-season records are on the verge of being broken for UE
- With 484 kills in the fall, Alondra Vazquez is just nine kills away from tying the single season record of 493, which was set by Genesis Miranda in 2015...ten more will break the mark
- Giulia Cardona has 456 kills on the season, which tied Melanie Feliciano’s freshman record from more will give Cardona the record and put her 4th on the all-time UE single-season list

Recapping rounds 1 & 2
- Sam Houston marked the opening-round opponent for UE in its inaugural trip to the NIVC on Thursday
- Behind 21 kills by Giulia Cardona and 18 from Alondra Vazquez, the Aces earned a 3-0 win
- Friday’s second round saw UE face MVC foe Bradley where Cardona set a new career mark with 23 kills in a 3-1 victory
- Melanie Feliciano and Vazquez had 15 kills each while Taya Haffner had 53 assists
- Blakeley Freeman notched 23 kills, the top tally of her freshman career

Finishing Strong
- Over her last five matches, Blakeley Freeman is averaging 4.05 digs per set, including a new career high of 23 in the NIVC contest versus Bradley
- The recent streak has seen her season average jump to 2.73 per set, which is second on the team
- Freeman came in off the bench to contribute 8 digs in the Aces first-ever road win at UNI

Freshman of the Year
- Giulia Cardona became the first player in program history to earn one of the MVC specialty awards when she was named the 2021 MVC Freshman of the Year
- In one of the top freshman campaigns in program history, Cardona leads the MVC with 0.51 service aces per set, a stat ranks 11th in the nation and is the best average among all freshmen
- Over the last 51 sets of work, freshman Giulia Cardona has recorded a total of 32 service aces, an average of 0.627 per set...her numbers have jumped even higher in the NIVC with 0.857/set
- She is currently on an offensive streak that has seen her record at least 10 kills in each of the last 19 matches while raising her season average to 4.00 per set
- Cardona set a new career record with 23 kills against Bradley in the NIVC

All-MVC First Team
- For the second year in a row, Alondra Vazquez was named to the All-MVC First Team after leading the league with 4.25 kills per set
- She has been on an absolute roll over the last eight matches, finishing with at least 14 kills in each contest while averaging 4.75 per set
- Vazquez remains on top of the MVC list with 4.25 kills/set while pacing the league in points (4.89/set)...defensively, Vazquez leads her squad with 2.82 digs per frame, 15th in the Valley...she has had 9 or more kills in all but two matches in the fall
- Nationally, Vazquez is 30th in kills average

* Aces advance to NIVC Quarterfinals

Freshman Giulia Cardona set her career mark with 23 kills to power the University of Evansville volleyball team to a 3-1 win over Bradley in the second round of the National Invitational Volleyball Championship.

With wins over Sam Houston and Bradley, the Purple Aces advance to the quarterfinals where they will face Valparaiso in a road match on Monday at 7 p.m.

“It was a great overall performance. The girls are in great rhythm and followed the game plan exactly how we planned it,” UE head volleyball coach Fernando Morales exclaimed following the win.

Cardona led all players with her 23 kills and added 8 digs and 3 aces.  It surpassed her previous record of 22 kills, which came earlier this season at Miami Ohio.  Alondra Vazquez and Melanie Feliciano recorded 15 kills apiece and each finished with a double-double as they added 11 and 16 digs, respectively.  Blakeley Freeman led UE with 23 digs and Taya Haffner picked up 53 assists.  Kate Tsironis recorded a solo block and two block assists.  Bradley was paced by Serena Sparks, who had a match-high 25 digs.

Set 1 – UE 25, Bradley 18
Evansville set an early tone, jumping out to an 8-2 lead to begin the match.  Giulia Cardona tallied three kills in the opening sequence while Melanie Feliciano added a pair.  Taya Haffner also picked up an ace.  Bradley got within four points before UE extended the lead to 13-5 with Laura Ruiz adding a pair of aces.  Over the remainder of the set, the Braves would not get closer than five points with the Aces cruising to a 25-18 win to grab the first set.

Set 2 – Bradley 27, UE 25
UE scored the first two points of the second frame before Bradley responded to take their first lead of the match at 5-4.  The Braves took multiple 2-point leads including 13-11 before Evansville stormed back with three in a row to retake a 14-13 edge.  The teams dueled it out down the stretch with ten tie scores.  Bradley took a 2-point edge at 19-17 but the Aces came back to take three leads, including 24-23 on a Vazquez kill.  With things knotted at 25-25, the Braves picked up the final two points to seal the win.

Set 3 – UE 25, Bradley 15
Momentum was on Bradley’s side to open the third frame as they scored the opening three points and holding the lead through the opening stages.  The Aces rallied to tie the score at 9-9 on a kill by Cardona.  That was part of an 8-0 Evansville run that saw them turn a 9-7 deficit into a 15-9 lead.  Three points in the run came from Cardona kills.  The Braves chipped away to get within four points (18-14), but the Aces scored the final four points with Blakeley Freeman adding an ace in a 25-15 victory.

Set 4 – UE 25, Bradley 20
Needing just one more set to advance to the quarterfinals, Evansville took a 4-2 lead to open the fourth before Bradley grabbed a 6-5 edge before stretching the advantage out to 12-9.  The pivotal run for UE came at that moment.  Kate Tsironis started a 4-0 run that included two more Cardona kills and one from Madisyn Steele.  Bradley tied it at 14-14, but it was Alondra Vazquez getting UE back in front with a kill to make it 16-15 and the Aces would hold strong from there.  In a fitting end to the match, it was an ace from Giulia Cardona that paved the way into the quarterfinals with a 25-20 win and a 3-1 match final.

Another Missouri Valley Conference foe awaits UE in the next round when they will match up at Valparaiso in a 7 p.m. contest on Monday evening.

* Men's basketball welcomes Tennessee Tech on Saturday

Non-conference play resumes on Saturday when the University of Evansville men’s basketball team welcomes Tennessee Tech to the Ford Center for a 1 p.m. contest.  ESPN3 and the Purple Aces Radio Network will have the coverage.

Last Time Out
- It was a tale of two halves in Wednesday’s Missouri Valley Conference opener that saw the Purple Aces drop a 54-52 decision against Southern Illinois
- UE trailed by 17 in the first half but rallied to tie the game in the final minute before a last-second shot gave the Salukis the win
- For the second game in a row, Shamar Givance reset his career scoring high, tallying 31 points

Two in a Row
- Three days after scoring what was a career mark of 26 points at Eastern Illinois, Shamar Givance went off for 31 versus SIU
- Givance was 11-for-16 from the field while hitting a pair of triples and 7 free throws
- Averaging 28.5 points in the last two outings, Givance has seen his season scoring average jump to 15.0 PPG, which leads the team and is 8th in the Valley
- The senior continues to pace the squad in assists and steals...his 3.7 assists/game ranks 7th in the MVC while his average of 1.5 steals is tied for third in the league
- He has 4 or more helpers in five of the last seven games including a season-high of 7 against DePauw
- Since opening the season with 7 points at Cincinnati, Givance has averaged 15.9 points while scoring 11 in all but once game since the opener

Checking all the Boxes
- It has been an unbelievable stretch for Jawaun Newton who has averaged 17.2 points and 7.4 rebounds over the last five contests
- He opened the Gulf Coast Showcase with a career-high of 30 points, marking the Aces first such effort since 2019
- It took until his 89th game to record the first double-double of his career, but #2 came just four days later...Newton registered 19 points and 10 boards on Nov. 24 versus Akron and followed that up with 13 points and 12 caroms at EIU
- The 12 caroms was Newton’s top career tally and continues to lead Evansville with 6.1 rebounds per game

Scouting the Opponent
- Tennessee Tech enters Saturday’s match-up with a 2-5 record with wins coming over Oakwood and Lipscomb
- In their last contest, the Golden Eagles dropped an 82-65 decision to Chattanooga
- Leading TTU in scoring is Keishawn Davidson, who has posted 12.0 points per contest
- Jr. Clay has recorded 11.7 PPG and paces Tennessee Tech with a total of 41 assists against just 13 turnovers
- Mamoudou Diarra checks in with 10.6 PPG while averaging a team high 5.4 rebounds per contest

* UE Student-Athletes Partnering with Toys-For-Tots

Join us in helping Local Children experience the Holiday’s and Magic of Christmas.

UE Student-Athletes will be partnering with Toys-For-Tots, with two opportunities for collections of New, Un-Wrapped toys for all ages.

These dates are the December 4th Men’s Basketball Game and the December 11th Women’s Basketball Game.

Every donation will receive an Aces goodie bag for your help and generosity.  We look forward to all the great donations and GO ACES!


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