University of Evansville

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Friday, February 4, 2022

* Campus Closed February 4 Due to Inclement Weather

Due to inclement weather, slick road conditions, and the expectation that dropping temperatures will continue to cause dangerous ice conditions across campus, the University of Evansville campus will be closed tomorrow, February 4. All buildings will be locked except for Ridgway University Center. Please use extra caution while crossing streets and sidewalks.

CLASSES: All in-person classes are cancelled unless faculty specify that they will be moved online. Please watch for updates or announcements from your professors. All online classes will meet as scheduled. In the event of power outages, plans may be adjusted as needed.

DINING: Most dining venues should remain open on Friday but will open at 9 a.m. Chick-fil-A  may be delayed further or closed depending on the availability of staff. Details regarding adjusted schedules will be posted on the UE Residence Life Facebook page and any follow-up messages will be communicated through digital media and/or printed signs on the first floor of Ridgway.

EMPLOYEES: Campus is closed. Employees are not to report to campus except for the Office of Public Safety and the Physical Plant, or if instructed by your supervisor. Employees with access to work remotely should plan to attend virtual meetings. Please check with your supervisor if you have any questions.

EVENTS: All on-campus events and activities are cancelled.  


COVID-19 Corner

* Meritain Coverage for At-Home COVID-19 Testing Kits

Under new federal guidelines, Meritain Health Insured members now have coverage for over -the -counter (OTC) COVID-19 tests. These tests can be used to help you diagnose a COVID-19 infection and limit its spread to your family and community.

This new benefit covers eight OTC COVID-19 tests (Up to $12.50/individual test) per member every 30 days without a physician’s order. Eligible tests must be authorized, cleared and approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. These tests can be purchased in store pharmacies by using your Meritain insurance card.

You can be reimbursed for OTC COVID-19 tests purchased on or after January 15, 2022 by logging into your Meritain Health member website. You will simply locate the Pharmacy Benefits Manager (PMB) and follow the claims submission instructions. Once your claim is approved, a check will be mailed to you.

Remember that you can also order four free OTC COVID-19 tests from per residential address. There’s no cost for shipping. Plus, you do not need to enter a credit card or insurance information.

Just check out the latest guidelines on OTC COVID-19 tests at or reach out to us at the number on your ID card.


Upcoming Events


The University of Evansville Theatre opens their spring 2022 season with Erica Schmidt’s MAC BETH, adapted from William Shakespeare’s MACBETH. This new take on Shakespeare’s classic tale of bloody violence explores a symmetry with rebellious teenage girls meeting to stage the play in a parochial school’s parking lot. The production opens on Thursday, Feb. 10, at 7:30 p.m. in the May Studio Theatre. Additional performances are 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 11, 12, and at 2:00 p.m. on Feb. 12, 13.

MAC BETH is directed by Claire Himstedt, a senior theatre studies major from St. Louis, Mo. Angus Creech, a senior theatre studies major from Brooklyn, N.Y., serves as the scenic designer; Delanie Kitzman, a senior performance major from Tomball, Texas., is the costume designer; Herbie Perlman, a senior design and technology major from Bethel, Conn., is the lighting designer; serves as the sound designer; Liv Darshani Pedersen, a senior theatre studies major from Chaska, Minn., is the dramaturg; Katie Lawhorn, a first-year stage management major from Louisville, Ky., is the stage manager, and Keegan Macaluso, a junior design and technology major from Georgetown, Texas., serves as the technical director.

The cast features Cassidy Rogers, a senior performance major from College Station, Texas, as Macbeth; Chloe Shrieves, a senior performance major from St. Cloud, Fla., as Lady Macbeth; Allie Forté, a senior performance major from New Albany, Ind., as Macduff; Cass Dunn, a senior performance major from Brattleboro, Vt., as Banquo; Eli Lomax, a senior performance major from Sellersburg, Ind., as Witch 1; Evelyn Hipp, a first-year theatre studies major from Nolensville, Tenn., as Witch 2; and Kyla Clift, a senior performance major from Arlington, Texas, as Witch 3.

In following industry standards, as established by the Broadway League, all audience members must show proof of COVID–19 vaccination or a negative test result taken within 48-hours of the date on their ticket. Upon arrival at the theatre, proof of vaccination/negative test result and an ID will be checked before each performance. In compliance with the UE Coronavirus Task Force guidelines, all audience members must remain masked when indoors on campus. Additionally, both Shanklin Theatre and the May Studio Theatre will be seated at no more than 50% capacity. It is our hope that these restrictions will allow our student actors to safely perform unmasked in both spaces.

Ticket prices are $12 for all patrons. UE students may obtain one free student rush ticket beginning at 12 p.m. on the day of the performance they wish to attend. Seating is limited and tickets are available by calling 812.488.2031.

* CDEI Presents... I-House: Blackness in other Cultures

The CDEI is collaborating with BSU to hold its third I-House of the Semester! This event will be held in the Gallery (2nd floor Ridgway) on Wednesday, February 9th at 7:00 pm. Join us as we dive into a discussion about Blackness in other Cultures.

We hope to see you there!

* Build-A-Buddy

Join RSA and SAB for our yearly Build-A-Buddy! Sign up on UEngage for a free stuffed animal and some great desserts!


* Student Leadership Conference

Sign-up for the Student Leadership Conference on Feb.19 from 1-6pm for a day of learning with Jason Lavasseur, national collegiate speaker, a FREE T SHIRT AND A FREE MEAL!

* Register Now for Nerd Wars

The Honors Program invites you to register for this year’s Nerd Wars trivia competition, scheduled for Wednesday, March 30 at 6:00pm. To adhere with social distancing guidelines, Nerd Wars will be held this year in various classrooms in Koch and over Zoom, but will still feature many of its great traditions, including the Nerdiest Dressed competition, snacks/giveaways, and the chance to win fabulous prizes. Form your team of up to 5 participants (students, faculty, administrators and staff are welcome to participate) and join us in a trivia battle for prizes, bragging rights, and the coveted Nerd Wars trophy.

Register online now at this link:

Registration this year is FREE. The deadline to register is Wednesday, February 16.

Please contact Connor Luebbehusen (cl196) or Pranav Haran (ph100) with any questions.

* CDEI Presents: Spill the Tea on Privilege

Join the Center for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion on Tuesday, February 8th at 6:00 pm in SOBA 173 for the first segment of our Spill the Tea Series of the semester. This segment will open the floor for a discussion on privilege and the importance of being understood.
All are welcome!

* Staging Solutions on February 9th

Staging Solutions will be an open forum for discovering constructive and inclusive solutions for a wide variety of campus issues, being hosted by WRA as a follow-up to last semester's Campus Culture Panel. In addition, this forum is part of the recent Passport to Inclusion initiative. Join us in Koch 100 from 5:30-7pm on Wednesday, February 9th to discuss problems brought up at the last panel including LGBTQ+ visibility, racial diversity, personal safety, and more. If you are unable to or uncomfortable with attending in person, a zoom link and form to sign-in are below. Hope to see you there! Feel free to reach out to with any questions.

Zoom link:

Meeting ID: 456 912 9105
Passcode: 400591
Sign in:

* 2022 Career Day- Register now

Early Registration has benefits!
- Nametag ready
- Access to résumé paper
- Follow favorite organizations
- Increase employer views of your Handshake Profile
- Develop Handshake Profile to 100%

Register in Handshake by Monday, February 7, for Career Day! If you are pursuing an internship, part time/summer, or full-time professional job opportunity, attend this event in Eykamp Hall, Ridgway University Center. There are 50 top organizations from Indiana and beyond. Student registration is NOT required to attend. Registration is helpful and has benefits for you!

Career Day
1:00 p.m.-4:00p.m. Central Time
Tuesday, February 8, 2022
Eykamp Hall/2nd Floor, Ridgway University Center

Full-time, internship and part-time positions available, so students in all class years are encouraged to attend. Don't miss your chance to find a great internship or professional position!

All majors are invited to explore Career Day.

Handshake link: Students’ preregistration recommended by Monday, February 7, 2022, by 5pm.

Make sure you have an up-to-date, approved résumé active in Handshake!

As always, you make seek assistance from the Center for Career Development.
2nd Floor | Ridgway University Center | | 812.488.1083

* David Unsupervised Exhibition


Changemaker Corner

* Students! Do you have an idea for a ChangeLab?

Students! Do you have an idea for a ChangeLab?? Let the Center for Innovation and Change know by filling out this quick form before Tuesday, February 8th. We encourage and support you in taking a leading role in identifying and solving challenges in the world around us.
Proposal Form:

* Calling All Faculty! Are you interested in offering a ChangeLab in Fall 2022?

Calling All Faculty! Are you interested in offering a ChangeLab in Fall 2022? Let the Center for Innovation and Change know by filling out this quick form before Tuesday, February 8th. ChangeLabs can be offered with existing classes or overload. Questions? Contact Dr. Derek Jones, dj4
Proposal Form:


Info You Should Know

* BSU Presents: Black History Icon #4

To celebrate Black History Month, we're sending out daily posts to honor icons whose selfless contributions through out history, continue to inspire growth in our various communities. Today's icon is Gordon Parks and you can find more information in the attached poster. You can follow BSU @UEBlackStudentU, @uevansville for more programming during BHM.

* Deadline to Sign up to be a Road Trip Host is February 11

The Office of Admission needs current UE students who live in the residence halls or Jones Hall to host prospective high school seniors for Road Trip February 25-27. If you are available, you can apply to host online or by emailing Heather Cook ( or Jill Fisher (, or stopping by the Office of Admission (OH 104). As a host, you get a FREE exclusive Road Trip t-shirt and access to all Road Trip activities. Deadline to sign up is Friday, February 11.

Please note that Road Trippers are required to follow the same COVID-19 precautions as current students. This includes being vaccinated or submitting a negative test prior to arriving on campus.

* 2022 Food Festival Interest Survey

International Club is conducting a survey for Food Festival, and this will be used to figure out how many people are interested in participating in cooking for Food Festival, and how Food Festival should be run this year.

International Club will appreciate your participation in this survey very much!

Food Festival Date: April 1st, 2022

Duties for cooking will include submitting recipes of international food you are wanting to cook and going into cafe court on the week of the Food Festival to cook the food yourself with your helpers.

The deadline to fill out this survey is February 4th!

Thank you!

* Eykamp Prize: Call for Nominations

The Eykamp Prize was established by Richard and Rita Eykamp in 2015 to honor Faculty Achievement at the University of Evansville. Recipients of the prize will receive a one-time award of $10,000 in recognition of extraordinary contributions to the University of Evansville as University Citizens. Examples of such contributions include deep and successful involvement in recruiting students; expanding the number, scope, and competitiveness of grant funding for their department; bringing positive public awareness to the University through scholarship, knowledge, and understanding of their discipline.

Nominations for the Eykamp Prize may come from any member of the University of Evansville Community. Nominees should be tenured or tenure-track faculty members at the University of Evansville who have not received the award in the previous five years. Nominations can be submitted in writing or via e-mail to Michael Austin, Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs/Provost, at by March 11, 2022. Nominations should include the name of the faculty member and a brief statement of the reasons that he or she is being nominated.

Recipients of the Eykamp Prize will be selected by an Award Committee, appointed by the EVPAA/Provost that includes members of the faculty, staff, administrators, and a member of the Board of Trustees. Awards will be announced and presented at the May Commencement Ceremony.

Recipients in the previous five years: 2017 – Dr. Lora Becker; 2018 – Dr. David Dwyer; 2019 – Dr. Kristy Miller; 2020 – Dr. Jerrilee LaMar; 2021 – Dr. Joyce Stamm

* Paper Shortages – Plan for increased cost and a need to plan earlier for orders

Due to the pandemic, growing disruptions in the supply chain are affecting a range of paper products.

According to, “Labor shortages and major disruptions in the supply chain, worsened by the pandemic, have caused many businesses and consumers across to the country to see delays in their printing orders. What's more, many paper manufacturers have scaled back their operations due to the highly contagious delta variant. Some paper manufacturers have even shifted to producing cardboard boxes for online orders.

Costs for those who make paper have increased, too. Wood pulp, the raw material used in paper, has gone up 50.2% over the past year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The price of paper rose 14.2% in the same time period.”

Some experts say the paper shortage could last at least through 2023.

What does this mean for you? Plan for increased expenses for envelopes, letterhead, business cards or any collateral orders. Also, plan a minimum of 12 weeks for orders.

* Intramural Intertube Bball, Floor Hockey, Volleyball Registration Open

Intramural's are set to begin the 2022 Spring Semester. Volleyball, Intertube Basketball, and Floor Hockey will be the first sports and registration is available on for students, faculty or staff to sign up a team!
If you have any questions feel free to reach out to Drew @ah519 !

* Peer Tutoring Available

Academic Services offers FREE peer tutoring! See the attachment for details.



* Three University of Evansville Civil Engineering Students Awarded Scholarships by the Asphalt Pavement Association of Indiana

The Asphalt Pavement Association of Indiana (APAI) has named Alex Marie Dodson (BSCE ’21), Seth Mendel (BSCE ’21), and Samantha Weldon (BSCE ’23), as 2021 APAI Scholars. The Civil Engineering students were recognized as award winners during the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Scholarship Awards Banquet, held in conjunction with the 2021 APAI Winter Conference and Expo on December 16th, 2021 at the Marriott East Hotel in Indianapolis.

Scholarships are awarded by the APAI Scholarship Committee to students studying construction management, civil engineering, and construction engineering and management at six nationally accredited Indiana universities, including the University of Evansville. Students must complete an in-person interview with members of the Scholarship Committee to receive an award. The total amount of scholarships awarded in 2021 by the association totaled $50,000 to deserving scholars, in anticipation that many recipients will remain in Indiana and seek employment opportunities with APAI's member contractors.


Sympathy to...

* Condolences to the family of Donald Richardson

The University is saddened to learn of the passing of Donald Richardson, former UE faculty member. Don passed away in his home in Indianapolis on Friday, January 28, 2022. Don joined the UE English department in 1969. During his tenure, he was Chair of the University of Evansville Senate in 1975-76. He received the Outstanding Scholar Award in 1985 and the Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award in 1990. He was chair of the English Department from 1989 to 1995. He spent spring semester of 1973 in England with his family to teach at Harlaxton. He retired in May 1999, serving his final semester at Harlaxton.

In addition to papers, articles, speeches and conference presentations, Don was the author of four published books on themes of Greek mythology and religious experience. Our condolences go out to his wife, Verla, who also worked at UE, and his sons and family. More details can be found at


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