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Friday, December 10, 2021

* Sympathy to the Joan A. Kappler Family

The University community extends deepest sympathy at the passing of Joan A. Kappler, a long-time UE employee and loyal Purple Aces fan.

Visitation will be from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. Friday, December 10, 2021, at Ziemer Funeral Home East Chapel, 800 S. Hebron Avenue. Visitation will continue from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Saturday, December 11, 2021, at the funeral home. Funeral services will begin at 10:00 a.m. with Reverend Mary Hurley officiating.

Condolences may be shared with the Kappler family online at Ziemer Funeral Home.

* 44 Years Later, UE Remembers the Night it Rained Tears

On the cold and drizzly night of December 13, 1977, a chartered DC-3 crashed slightly after takeoff from Evansville’s Dress Regional Airport. Members of UE soon learned that this plane included men’s basketball Coach Bobby Watson, 14 players, 11 team friends, and a National Jet Service personnel of 5. For those who remember the crash, it’s remembered as “the night it rained tears."

This event was a shocking loss to the UE community. At the memorial service held a few days later, Dr. Philip Ott, then-professor of philosophy and religion, said “we do not choose to live. We do not choose to die. Life is a gift.”

President Wallace Graves reminded the community, “Out of the agony of this hour we will rise.” While this tragedy will always be remembered, the University of Evansville came together in strength and unity to move forward and carry on as a tribute to those who were lost.

44 years later, we remember each life that was taken much too early. Please join us for a memorial service on Monday, December 13, by the Peace Bell Memorial at noon. The service will include an invocation, message, special music, and the reading of names.


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

* Department of Art Sale

The Department of Art is having an art sale this Thursday 12/09 and Friday 12/10 in the Ridgway University Center lobby. The sale will be 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM both days. There will be ceramics, drawings, prints, paintings, and more, for sale. Please come support our student artists and the Department of Art! Cash, check, or card accepted. Happy Holidays!

* 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


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

* Distribution Services Temporarily Closing During Lunch on December 15

Distribution Services will be temporarily closed for a staff holiday luncheon from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 15. Please plan accordingly and thank you for your understanding.

* Requests for Official Excused Absences During Finals

Please note that the Dean of Students office will not grant official excused absences during finals except for extreme circumstances (i.e.: death of an immediate family member, emergency surgery, etc.). Students who feel they are unable to take a scheduled final exam should work directly with their professors to discuss other possible options.

* 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.

* Office Party Trash Removal

If your office is having a Holiday party -- please notify housekeeping at ext. 2045 or by email at so that they can tend to the trash pick-up and removal.

* 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.



* Creative Writing Grad Publishes Journal Issue

Creative Writing grad Jenna Sumpter publishes the Winter 2021 issue of The Orchards Poetry Journal with Kelsay Books.

* UE Assistant Professor of Theatre, Amelia McClain, Receives National Recognition for Excellence in Undergraduate Training in Acting

Amelia McClain, Assistant Professor of Theatre at the University of Evansville, has been announced as the recipient of the University Resident Theatre Association (URTA)’s 2021 Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Training in Acting. McClain is currently on leave from UE this year as a member of the Broadway cast in Aaron Sorkin’s TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, at the Shubert Theatre. McClain been on the faculty at UE since 2018.

She received her BFA from the University of Evansville and MFA from the graduate acting program at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. McClain is a member of the Actors Equity Association and the Screen Actors Guild.

Before returning to her alma mater, she completed a year-long run on Broadway as Sandra in the smash-hit production of THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG. Also on Broadway, she worked on FOOL FOR LOVE, NOISES OFF, THE HEIDI CHRONICLES, THE HOUSE OF BLUE LEAVES, and the Tony Award-winning VANYA & SONIA & MASHA & SPIKE. McClain has been in over 20 productions off-Broadway and in regional theatres across the country.

Madeline Easley, a 2019 alumna of UE, said “When I was a student at UE, Amelia encouraged us to take our insecurities as actors and reframe them as strengths. Her ability to perceive beyond the mask of stressed-out college students and cast us as professionals, fully capable of advocating for ourselves, our unique stories, and our natural talents, was the push I needed to pursue every opportunity to carve out a fulfilling and sustainable artistic career after graduation.”

Jack Russell, a 2021 UE alumnus, added this tribute, “Amelia McClain taught me and my peers with strength, heart, and specificity to each of our needs. Amelia impacted me so much as a student because she led by example. The tools that she was giving to us were the very tools that she uses to book jobs on Broadway. She taught us to be selfless, aware, and precise with our work. She didn’t care about creating actors with talent, she cared about creating actors that knew how to work hard and care about the process. Truly, Amelia gave me the education I’ve always dreamed of. I am eternally grateful for her impact on my life. Without it, I don’t think I could pursue this career path.”

Founded in 1969, the University Resident Theatre Association works to ensure the continued renewal of the American theatre by supporting excellence in the professional training of new artists. The “2021 Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Training” will be formally presented at the URTAs, an audition event in which more than 1,200 candidates pursuing graduate training in theatre take part each year in January.

* CFIC Extends KUDOS to Dr. Maria Weber, UE Physics Alumna

CFIC KUDOS to Dr. Maria Weber, UE Physics Alumna and solar scientist for being featured by NASA in an interview on the topic of physics, astronomy and why public outreach in the sciences matters. Congratulations to this talented graduate and advocate for more access to science education. Dr. Weber is now a Physics Professor at Delta State University and director of the school's Wiley Planetarium.



* Men's golf inks Daniil Romaskin

University of Evansville head golf coach John Andrews has announced the signing of Daniil Romaskin to a National Letter of Intent to play for the Purple Aces beginning next season.

World Amateur Golf Ranking currently has him rated as the No. 1 Amateur Male Golfer in Russia.  His currently world amateur ranking is 531 while he has been as high as 470.  Romaskin has excelled in some of the most prestigious tournaments in his country, most recently taking top honors at the 2021 Russian Junior U18 Championship. 

“We are very excited to welcome Daniil to our program,” UE head golf coach John Andrews exclaimed.  “His abilities and experience will fit in extremely well with the veteran group that we have returning next season.”

In 2020, he finished first in the Russian Junior Amateur Tour 3 and the Russian Junior Amateur 2.  Taking part in the most prestigious junior tournament in Russia last year – the Russian Junior Championship – he earned a 3rd place finish.

Highlighting his 2019 season was a victory in the Junior Championship of Moscow.  Romaskin took second in the Cup of President while finishing third in the Russian Junior Amateur Golf Tour 1 during the season. 

Romaskin became a member of the Russian National Golf Team in 2019 and remains part of the squad today.  He has been rated as the top amateur male golfer in his home country since 2019.  His experience in Moscow dates all the way back to 2013 when he first became a member of the Moscow Golf Team, a team he continues to work with to this day.

* 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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