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Friday, January 14, 2022

* Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration - Today!

Please join us today for our annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration! Various events and activities will be held throughout the day in remembrance of Dr. King and his passionate pursuit of social justice and the work that remains today. Events are for the UE community as well as the public.

Order of Events
10:30 a.m. – Grand opening of the Center for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (CDEI) and the Multicultural Student Commons (MSC). The event will be held on the second floor of Ridgway University Center, near the Center for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

11:15 a.m. – Rally at Meeks Family Fieldhouse; this will include comments from President Pietruszkiewicz, Dr. Rob Shelby, and the president of the Black Student Union.

1:00 p.m. – Local Leaders Panel Discussion; this will take place in Room 170 of Schroeder School of Business (SOBA). For those who cannot attend in-person, you can stream live through the CDEI Facebook page.

2:00 p.m. - Community service projects; various projects will be organized for the campus community. For more information, you may contact Abagail Catania.

6:00 p.m. - William G. and Rose M. Mays Lectureship, 2022 Mays Legacy Award, and Inaugural Rising Start Service Award presentations; this will take place inside Eykamp Hall. The 2022 keynote speaker will be Dr. Lerone Martin, who will provide a live, simulcast lecture. Martin recently became the faculty director for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute at Stanford University. The King Institute supports a broad range of educational activities illuminating Dr. King’s life and the movements he inspired. If you are unable to attend in-person, you may also stream this at

7:00 p.m. – Reception. Light refreshments will be served in the Class of 1959 Gallery (outside Eykamp Hall)


Upcoming Events

* Charlas: Informal conversation in Spanish

Wanting to practice conversation in Spanish? The next session of Charlas is Thursday, January 20 at 5:30 p.m. - Central Time. This opportunity is for anyone at the intermediate or advanced Spanish language level. For more information, contact associate professor of Spanish Diana Rodríguez Quevedo at

* Engineering Career Forum- Register TODAY

Join us Wednesday, January 26 from 6:00pm-8:30pm in Eykamp Hall for the 2022 Engineering Career Forum. Don't miss this opportunity to meet and network with more than a dozen engineering and computer science employers. Panel sessions available to discuss internships, senior year and job search. Contact the Center for Career Development at 812-488-1083 with any questions. Register in Handshake.

* Save the Date: UE Gospel Choir Call Out Meeting

Come One, Come All!

Do you like to sing? Can you play a musical instrument (drums, bass/electric guitar, etc.)?

The Center for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and the Office of Religious Life are hosting a callout meeting for all UE campus members (students and employees) who are interested to learn about UE’s new Gospel Choir.

Thursday, January 20, 2022 at 7:00 pm

SOBA 170

Submit advance inquiries to


Changemaker Corner

* NEW ChangeLab Opportunity: PSYC 489 T04 is now cross-listed with CHNG 310 Y10 – Children's Mental Health Testing

NEW ChangeLab Opportunity: PSYC 489 T04 is now cross-listed with CHNG 310 Y10 – Children’s Mental Health Testing. Students can take the class for either section. The class is going to examine why there is such a long wait list for children to access mental health testing services, and then make recommendations on what our community might be able to do about it. The students on this team will make a huge difference in the lives of children and their families. About your Coach: Dr. Jennifer Braun is the Clinical Director and Chief Psychologist at the Evansville State Hospital in Evansville, Indiana. She also serves as the primary forensic evaluator and educator for the state’s only Jail-Based Competency Restoration Program, which brings mental health treatment and competency restoration services to patients while they are incarcerated. Her path to become a psychologist began as a Philosophy Major at the University of Evansville many moons ago. She has extensive supervision and clinical experience in the assessment and treatment of psychiatric disorders in children, adolescents, and adults. Students have until Friday 1/14 to add this class to their schedule.


Info You Should Know

* Did You Miss the Watch Party?

Did you miss our watch party for The College Tour on Wednesday evening? If you couldn't make it, don't worry! Our very own episode is now available on our website for your viewing at any time that's convenient for you!

To stream the 30-minute video, visit The College Tour webpage ( You can also view indiviudal segments that focus on different areas of UE, including the School of Engineering and Computer Science, Harlaxton, Athletics, and more. 

After watching the episode, or if you did attend the watch party, be sure to share our episode or individual segments on social media!

* Consent to Receive Electronic W-2s and 1095-Cs

Consent to Receive Electronic W-2s and 1095-Cs

The Office of Accounting/Payroll will be issuing W-2s for 2021 no later than January 31, 2022. You may choose 1 of 2 options to receive your W-2:

  • Electronic W-2 – If you provide your consent, you will be able to view/print in Self-Service as soon as they are ready. Notification will be sent through AceNotes.
  • Paper W-2 – If you prefer, you can continue to receive your W-2 in the mail.

An electronic W-2 will give you earlier access than a mailed copy. It is IRS compliant and can be submitted with your tax return as usual.

To give consent for the electronic W-2, log in to Self-Service and go to “Tax Information”. Select “Receive my W-2 only in electronic form” and save.

If you are eligible to participate in the university’s health plans, you may give consent to receive your 1095-C form electronically here also. If you choose to withhold your consent to view/print your online W-2 and 1095-C, a paper copy will be mailed to your home address.

If you have questions, please contact Dawn Bury at ext 2159 or

* Share your Harlaxton story!

Have you had the chance to study abroad at Harlaxton? We want to hear your story! Tell us all about your experience, and it could be a featured yourHarlaxton story on the Harlaxton website!

If you're interested in discussing your time spent studying abroad, please email Julie Bryant, university relations coordinator, at A small list of questions will be sent via email, and you can answer them in your own words. Some of the questions will include:

  • Which semester you studied abroad 
  • How did Harlaxton benefit your undergraduate experience?
  • What was your favorite part of studying abroad?
  • Why do you recommend studying at Harlaxton? What would be your advice to others planning to attend?
* Harlaxton Fall 2022 and Spring 2023 applications open

If you are interested in studying at Harlaxton next academic year, Fall 2022 or Spring 2023, apply now! You can find the courses offered, dates, and online application here: If you have questions or want to learn more, email us at or by come and see Kaylynn McCalister in Ridgway 220.

* Harlaxton Summer 2022 deadline approaching

If you are interested in going to Harlaxton in Summer 2022, make sure to complete your application and pay your deposit by the January 29 deadline! You can find the potential course lists, information, and application here: Accepted students can pay their deposit at the Student Accounts office at 812-488-2565 or at their office in Olmsted.

If you have questions about Harlaxton summer, feel free to email or come by and see Kaylynn McCalister in Ridgway 220.

* 2022 Pcard Monthly Cycle Calendar

The 2022 Pcard Monthly Cycle Calendar is available and posted and available on My Portal on the Pcard website under Dates to Remember.

* NEW 2022 Indiana Sales Tax Exemption Certificate

NEW 2022 Indiana Sales Tax Exemption Certificate
The UE Indiana State Sales Tax Exemption Certificate for 2022 is now available on the My UE portal under the Office of Administrative Services – Pcard, Purchasing or Travel websites under Sales Tax tab for your convenience.

* Become An RA

Interested in creating community? Getting involved? Free Housing? Apply to be an RA on UEngage by Feb.1! If you have question, email Lily Renfro (lr156) or Will McDonner (wm99) for more information.

* 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.



* Professor Khan Published a Global Research Paper

Walayet A. Khan, Professor of Finance, published a coauthored paper titled, “Impact of global residential real estate on portfolio diversification” in the Journal of Real Estate Portfolio Management.

The study uses a comprehensive sample of 23 countries and a new residential real estate index (as opposed to previously used real estate investment trust index) during various market conditions from 1995 through 2018. Results show adding international real estate to a US stock portfolio is beneficial in reducing portfolio risk, and this diversification benefit is consistent over time.

* Senior Nursing Students Make Donation

Senior Nursing Students made a donation of over $1,400 to the Dream Center Evansville. They also provided healthy snacks to their after school program and education on the importance of diet and exercise in prevention of childhood obesity. We are proud of their hard work in the community!

* Congratulations to Dr. Kenneth Steinsultz

Congratulations to Dr. Kenneth Steinsultz, Professor of Music and Co-Director of the UE Music Conservatory. Dr. Steinsultz was the recipient of the 2021 Arts Educator of the Year Award, awarded by the Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana. We appreciate all the years of service and mentoring Dr. Steinsultz has provided to UE students and to the greater Tri-State musical community.


Assistant Professor of Theatre Wes Grantom is in Salt Lake City, Utah, directing the world premiere production of THE MESSENGER, by Jeff Talbott, an adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE, at the Pioneer Theatre Company. The production opens January 14 and runs through January 29.

This timely new play deals with the consequences of speaking out about a public health threat. THE MESSENGER is a dramatic roller-coaster ride that examines the relationship between the press and the community and challenges beliefs about when and where to draw the line when public safety and economics clash.

“I have been recently fascinated by classic pieces of theatre containing social and political themes that closely mirror our current climate,” says PTC’s Artistic Director Karen Azenberg. “Ibsen’s whistleblower story has always been intriguing and even more so in the last year.” This production was part of a new play reading series at PTC, when it was interrupted by the pandemic in March of 2020.

In addition to Grantom, a 2003 graduate of the University of Evansville, directing the production, Yoon Bae is serving as the scenic and costume designer. An international designer, Bae was in residence at UE last fall and designed the set for THREE SISTERS.

Grantom has been on faculty at UE since 2018 and teaches directing, stage management, and a senior capstone in performance. His directing credits at UE include: ONCE IN A LIFETIME, SPRING AWAKENING, VIOLET, and this season’s GONE MISSING.

In addition to his work at UE, Grantom continues to direct professionally, including BEEP BOOP, by Richard Saudek, at Ars Nova and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland, A COMEDY OF TENORS, by Ken Ludwig, at Pioneer Theatre Company, OLDER BROTHER’S ALMANAC, by Richard Thieriot, at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, TOXIC AVENGER: THE MUSICAL, by David Bryan and Joe DiPietro, at Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, LONE STAR SPIRITS, by Josh Tobiessen, NYC’s Crowded Outlet, EAGER TO LOSE, by Matthew-Lee Erlbach, at Ars Nova, THE STEADFAST, by Mat Smart, and MINE, by Bekah Brunstetter, for Slant Theatre Project.

He also has several Broadway credits as resident and associate director, working alongside James Lapine, Emma Rice, John Rando, Anthony Page and Rufus Norris, and he is a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, recipient of multiple Drama League Fellowships, and a member of Lincoln Center Directors Lab.

* David Unger publishes Open-Access Technical Paper

Dr. David Unger, Professor of Mechanical and Civil Engineering, published, "Yield criteria representable by elliptic curves and Weierstrass form," in Procedia Structural Integrity, 35, 2-9, 2022. To access article go to:

* Creative Writing Grad Publishes Poem

Creative Writing grad J.V. Sumpter publishes a poem in The Walled City Journal.


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