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Monday, December 13, 2021

* 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

* This Week in Music

The UE Music Community Conservatory will conclude its first semester with a recital on Friday December 17 at 7:00 p.m. in Neu Chapel featuring the new Junior Horn Ensemble made up of 6th-11th graders from the Tri-State area. The program will also feature private horn students of Professor Rebecca Salo. The concert is free and open to the public.

* The College Tour Watch Party – January 12, 2022

Do you remember earlier in the semester when we announced on-campus filming for our very own episode of The College Tour? This 30-minute video allows anyone in the world to get an in-depth look into our campus, programs, student life, and athletics. If the pandemic or finances get in the way of traveling to the UE campus, our episode helps high school students feel like they’re right here in Evansville!

So without further ado, before you head home for the holidays, mark your calendar for The College Tour Watch Party on Wednesday, January 12, 2022!

The event will be held in Eykamp Hall that evening. Pre-show entertainment will begin at 8:30 p.m. with free snacks in Café Court, giveaways, music, and even a purple carpet! At 9:00 p.m., the episode will premiere. Make sure to get there early to secure your seat!

Whether you’re a student, employee, alum, or a prospective student, we want to see you there. Those who attend the watch party will be the very first audience to see the final cut! We’re so excited to share the completed episode with you. 


Changemaker Corner

* Mon. 12/13 @ 1pm downtown: Mayor and UE student make special announcement

Come support UE Ethics & Social Change Major Robert Lopez, as he joins the Mayor, PrezP and several community partners for a major announcement about his ChangeLab project, Trinity Stormwater Park. Location: approximately 3rd and Court Street, grassy lot. Street parking available. Monday, 12/13 at 1pm. We hope you'll come support your fellow student and be a part of this great moment!


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.

* 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.

* Spring Meal Plan Changes

Students can adjust meal plans for the Spring semester until Friday, January 14, 2022 at 5:00 p.m.

Adjust your meal plan online.

* 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




* Creative Writing Grad Publishes Journal Issue

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


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