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Tuesday, February 22, 2022

* HEERF Grant Distribution Authorization for Spring 2022 Open for All Students

HEERF III Grant funding is available for spring 2022.

  • New students are required to authorize distribution of HEERF grant funds.
  • Previous recipients who wish to alter prior authorization must resubmit distribution authorization.

All educationally related expenses are eligible for HEERF III funding and may be applied to current and/or future student account balances. Please be aware that funding is limited. Grant recipients requesting a refund must have bank information on file as refunds will be issued electronically via direct deposit.

Submit/Review: HEERF Grant Authorization

For those who didn’t meet the previous deadline, the next round of spring 2022 HEERF grants will be processed in mid-March, and the deadline to submit or change authorization for the next round of disbursements is February 25, 2022.


Upcoming Events

* CDEI Presents: Diverse Excellence Series

The Center for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is proud to announce its first segment of the Diverse Excellence Series! Guest speaker, Rose Mays is professor emeritus at the IU School of Nursing at IUPUI and former associate dean for community and international affairs. Join us as we learn about Mays’ cultural background and life trajectory.

Please use the link below or head over to UEngage to successfully pre-register for this event!

We hope to virtually see you on February 28th from 6:00-7:00 pm!

Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

* Wear the Culture Day

Happy Black History Month!

Join the Center for Diversity Equity and Inclusion for 'Wear the Culture Day' on Friday, February 25th! Regardless of what your background culture is, we want to see you representing Black culture (appropriately)! So, dig out those #BLM and social justice t-shirts and lets show out for the culture! If you are Black and want to wear something specific to your ethnic/national background, please do it! We want to see it all!

We can't wait to see what gets represented! Make sure to share on social media and tag us!

If you have any questions regarding what is considered appropriate, please reach out to the CDEI at

* This Week in Music

The UE Music Conservatory presents a concert featuring the UE University Choir and faculty chamber ensemble on Tuesday, February 22. The choir will perform works by Norwegian-American composer Ola Gjeilo, the American maverick composer Charles Ives, and works by Stanford, Gounod, and Schubert. The concert will open with Consortium Instructors of oboe and flute, Elizabeth Robertson and Leanne Hampton joined by Robert Nicholls on harpsichord and Graham Cullen on Cello in a performance of a trio sonata by Johann Joachim Quantz, who was a composer in the court of Frederic the Great. The concert is at 7:30 p.m. in Neu Chapel. It is free and open to the public. Livestream is available at:


The University of Evansville Theatre continues their spring 2022 season with Bertolt Brecht’s THE CAUCASIAN CHALK CIRCLE, English version by Eric Bentley. Teeming with political overtones and a sharp look at human nature, this play, written at the end of WWII, retells the story of an innocent child claimed and fought over by two mothers, resulting in one of the most riveting trials ever staged. This production opens on Thursday, Feb. 24, at 7:30 p.m. in the May Studio Theatre. Additional performances are 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 25 and 26, and at 2:00 p.m. on Feb. 26 and 27.

THE CAUCASIAN CHALK CIRCLE is directed by Obi Roberts, a senior theatre performance major from Arvada, Colo. Angus Creech, a senior theatre studies major from Brooklyn, N.Y., serves as the scenic designer; Sara Mathew, a junior design & technology major from Union, Ky., is the costume designer; Stephen Boulmetis, associate professor of lighting design, serves as the lighting designer; guest artist Araceli Ramirez serves as the sound designer; Rebecca Conaway, a junior theatre studies major from Wellsburg, W.Va., is the dramaturg; Madison Wilson, a junior stage management major from Fort Worth, Texas, is the stage manager, and Blake Cooper, assistant technical director and scene shop manager, serves as the technical director.

The cast features Jake Conrad, a junior performance major from Olympia, Wash., as the singer; Kayleigh Doyle, a senior performance major from McKinney, Texas, as Grusha; Aivelyn Karsten, a junior performance major from Clackamas, Ore., as Simon; Josh Gelman, a senior performance major from Denver, Colo., as Azdak; Ben Bravard, a junior performance major from Batavia, Ohio, as Governor and others; Liv Campbell, a senior performance major from Kingwood, Texas, as Delegate and others; Jack Cory, a junior performance major from Southlake, Texas, as Fat Prince and others; and Bryce Galvan, a junior performance major from West Carrollton, Ohio, as Adjutant and others; Lillie Kolich, a senior performance major from Albuquerque, N.M., as Governor’s wife and others; Kirkland Long, a senior performance major from Canal Winchester, Ohio, as Corporal and others; Jeff Parkinson, a junior performance major from Mercer Island, Wash., as Lavrenti and others; Lindsay Perr, a first-year performance major from Medford, N.J., as Sister-in-law and others; and Brynna Waters, a first-year performance major from Brownsburg, Ind., as Shauwa and others.

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. 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.

* UE Employee Wellness Step Challenge~ Earn $150 in Health Behavior Credits

Join Bracket Busters Today!

This step challenge is modeled after the NCAA's March Madness tournament.

Track your steps each day.

Those with the highest step counts at the end of the week will advance to the next round.

March 14-May 8th

To sign up click the following link and enter your information:

Challenge participants will earn $150 in Healthy Behavior Credits (if not already earned in the 2021-2022 benefit plan year)

All employees are welcome to participate, only those with the HRA Health Plan can be awarded the healthy behavior credit

* David Gamble Reception

The Department of Art is pleased to announce that the reception for David Gamble has been rescheduled for Friday, February 25 6:30 pm-8:30 pm in the Melvin Peterson Gallery. Please join us for light refreshments and the opportunity to meet the artist behind the exhibit “David Unsupervised”.

* Spring Break with the Venturing Crew for $25

What are you doing for Spring Break? Are you interested in having an amazing adventure for only $25?

Join the UE Venturing Crew from March 5th thru the 8th as we backpack Red River Gorge, (an area of absolutely incredible beauty in Daniel Boone National Forest), stay at a luxurious cabin and on the last day, we will be doing a climbing experience like no other, Via Farrata.

We will leave campus early Saturday Morning.

Arriving at Red River Gorge around lunch time where we will eat at the trail head before beginning our trek.

We will spend Saturday night under the stars (in tents) and then wake up Sunday to see one of the most amazing views in the Gorge.

Sunday night we will be under the stars again and will work our way back to the vehicles Monday to have dinner at Miguel’s Pizza.

We will spend Monday night at a luxurious cabin reserved just for us.

Tuesday morning we will fill our tummies with a home cooked meal at the cabin before heading to do a Via Farrata style climbing adventure.

We will be returning back to campus Tuesday evening.

The price for this trip is only $25.

Don’t have the gear? The Crew has you covered from backpacks, sleeping bags to tents and cooking utensils.

Can’t afford $25, borrow it from a friend, check the couch cushions, anything, you need to go on this trip.

The $25 includes all fees, and food (except for 1 dinner at Miguel’s Pizza on your own).

Sign-ups start Thursday (2/17/2022) and will run through Wednesday in Ridgeway from 11am-1pm and 4-6pm.

You must sign up at the tables in Ridgway or email to schedule a time and place to sign up.

Again, this trip is only $25.

* Intro to Python, and Intro to SQL Workshops

The UE Statistics and Data Science Club have arranged the following workshops:

Intro to Python
Presented by Dr. Omid Khormali
KC 102
February 23
4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Intro to SQL
Presented by Dr. Omid Khormali
KC 102
March 2
4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

For more information, please contact

* Village Housing Information Meetings

Students interested in living in Village housing (Jones Hall, Townhouses, Apartments, or Houses) next year should plan to attend an information meeting. The Villages are reserved primarily for students with 60 plus credit hours. In order to apply to live in the Villages, each person in your group must have at least 44 credit hours on file with the University by the end of the Fall 2021 semester.

Information meetings will be Tuesday, February 22, at 6:00pm and 9:00pm in Eykamp Hall, Room 252, Ridgway University Center. During the meetings, we will discuss how you can apply for Village housing for 2022-23.

If you have questions, please contact Residence Life or email Brian Conner at bc32.

* Black History Month Keynote Speaker: Anthony Murdock II

The Center for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is pleased to host a Black History Month Keynote Speaker. Join us as we hear from Anthony Murdock II, an Indiana native and the founder of Murdock LLC. to learn about the importance of storytelling and the power in voice.

As an entrepreneur, Murdock is empowering communities to leverage their influence & fuel efforts for Black liberation through people-centric partnerships and community-driven collaborations. He is empowering a generation to “talk that talk” and tell their story.

Please scan the QR Code on the flyer above to successfully register for this virtual event.

We look forward to seeing you on February 22nd from 5:30-6:30 pm!

* Black History Month Local Leaders Panel

As part of Black History Month, we invite you to join the Center for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for a Local Leaders Panel! This event will be held on Tuesday, February 23rd from 6:30-8:00 pm at the Young and Established Center (1308 Van Avenue) here in Evansville.

The panelists, Reverend Gerald Arnold, Dr. Roseyn Hood, and Jessica Angelique will share their experiences, knowledge, and answer any questions that you may have.

We hope to see you there!

* Engineers Week Speaker

Custom Engineered Equipment - Where Business and Technical Applications of Engineering Converge
February 23, 2022
12 - 1 pm CST via Zoom

Please join the School of Engineering and Computer Science as we explore the synergies between a technical engineering education and the broad world of project management and business development. Join UE Alumnus Jesse Schneider (Mechanical Engineering ’06) as he delves into his pathway through career development and continuous education. This presentation will discuss opportunities and challenges facing both current students and alumni. Q&A to follow.

Jesse is currently serving as the Director of Engineering for Kelley Engineered Equipment, LLC after working as a Project Engineer & Engineering Manager at Frontier-Kemper Constructors for 10 years. Since moving to KEE in May 2016 to further his career in mechanical design specializing in custom tunneling equipment, Jesse has led multiple projects through to completion. He earned a B.S in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Evansville in 2006, his MBA from the University of Southern Indiana in 2020, and is a registered Professional Engineer in the states of Indiana, Nevada, New York, and Washington. In his spare time, Jesse enjoys spending time with his wife and two kids by either mountain biking or snow skiing.

Zoom info found at web address listed above.

* SafeZone Training- Employee Session

Join the Center for Diversity Equity and Inclusion and facilitator, Dr. Curran, in Safe Zone Training on February 24th beginning at 5pm! Safe Zone Training is a training that will provide participants with the knowledge and skills to ensure their 'zone' is a safe place for members of the LGBTQ+ community. Your 'zone' is anything from your classroom and your office to any space you are in!

Join us in ensuring every zone is a Safe Zone!


Info You Should Know

* Textbook Purchase Pick-ups Due and Student Accounts Closed for Bookstore


Textbook orders you have placed are ready for pick-up in the bookstore. Any books you need will be mailed back to the publisher at midterms so the pick-up and ordering deadline is ending very soon. If you need to place a textbook order, please remember that student accounts for the bookstore have closed so any future orders placed for Spring 2022 with the student account will be cancelled immediately. If you have any questions, contact the bookstore manager or assistant store manager at (812) 488-2678. Thank you.

* Students Invited to Participate in UE Student Research and Honors Symposium

All students are invited to participate in the 2022 UE Student Research and Honors Symposium, scheduled for Wednesday, April 6. This event will showcase the scholarly activities of students of diverse disciplines across UE’s campus, including the graduating seniors of the Honors Program. If interested, please visit this site for more information about submitting your research abstract:

Contact Jayme Williams at with any questions.

* Black History Icon #15

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 Medgar Evers and you can find more information in the attached poster. You can follow BSU @UEBlackStudentU, @uevansville for more programming during BHM.

* Looking for a Part-Time Job? Become a Career Advocate

Apply to be a Career Advocate at the Center for Career Development at the University of Evansville! The job is only 7 hours a week and is flexible to work around class periods. Working at the Center for Career Development is a great opportunity to build professional skills and connections! The job description and application are on Handshake (link below)

Learn about our current Career Advocates here:

* PSYC246 Survey Participation

We are exploring the relationship between LGBTQ+ mental health and religious experiences, your participation would be much appreciated!

* Honorary Degree Committee Welcomes Your Suggestions

The Honorary Degree Committee is seeking your recommendations for honorary degrees to be conferred at the May 2022 Commencement. We need your help in selecting accomplished individuals to receive one of our university’s highest honors. Nominations may be made on the basis of individual service to the University or individual achievement that exemplifies the University’s mission. Recently selected persons have excelled in a variety of areas--law, medicine, education, business, literature, politics, and entertainment. The committee will forward nominations to President Pietruszkiewicz so he can make his recommendations to the faculty for their approval. Please email the following information to Robert Dion, committee chairperson, at, by Friday, February 25: Your name, the name of your nominee, the rationale for your nomination, biographical information on the nominee, and contact information for the nominee. Thank you in advance for your ideas.

* Slips, Trips & Falls: Risk Management Tip

Slips, trips, and falls are a major cause of injury that occurs to both visitors and employees. They can occur in any business, but are of particular concern to businesses with considerable public and employee foot traffic such as those in retail, higher education, medical, and service industries.

What can you do to make a positive impact?

1) Be aware of your immediate surroundings
2) Wear comfortable, properly fitting non-slip shoes
3) Be aware of the type of surface you are walking on and its condition
4) Adjust to environmental and walking surface conditions
5) Pay attention to “Wet Floor” warning signs to warn of known hazards
6) Practice Good Housekeeping
7) Keep walkways and hallways free of debris, clutter and obstacles
8) Only carry items that allow you to see clearly where you are going
9) Use handrails when going up or down stairs and not skip steps
10) Eliminate or minimize distractions while walking, such as looking at your cell phone

Report unsafe conditions to Office of Public Safety at 812-488-2051.

Be Safe With Each Step!

* Black History Month @ UE

Happy Black History Month!

This Black History Month the Center for Diversity Equity and Inclusion has a number of amazing programs scheduled for the campus and Evansville community! Keep an eye out on Acenotes, UEngage, and our social media for more specific information related to each program and how to RSVP if necessary!

In addition to Black History Month programming the CDEI will also be hosting other programs this month! Be on the look out for these, as well!

If you have any questions about the programming hosted by the CDEI, please send us an email at

Black History Month @ UE
UE Black History Month Challenge
2/8....................Spill the Tea on Privilege
2/9.....................I-House: Blackness in other Cultures
2/14..................Black Love Trivia
2/16...................I-House: Activism around the World
2/17..................Wear the Culture Day
2/18..................Civil Rights Sip and Paint w/ BSU
2/19..................Muhammad Ali & Roots 101 Museum Trip
2/22..................BHM Keynote Speaker
2/23..................Local Leaders Panel @ Young and Established
2/28..................Diverse Excellence Series



* Dr. Bethany Huebner receives Adopt-A-Doc Scholarship Award at APTA's Combined Sections Meeting 2022

Dr. Bethany Huebner, Chair and Associate Professor of Physical Therapy, received the APTA Academy of Physical Therapy Education's Adopt-A-Doc Scholarship at the APTA's Combined Sections Meeting in San Antonio, TX. The APTA Academy of Education Adopt-A-Doc program seeks to increase the number of doctorally prepared PTs and PTAs by providing financial support to Academy members who are in the dissertation phase of their post-professional doctoral programs. Dr. Huebner entered dissertation phase of her PhD program in August 2021. Her dissertation is titled, "Feedback Matters, but Which Form is Best for Learning Post Computer-Based Assessments." She plans to defend in March 2022 with a May 2022 graduation.

* Dr. Adam Grannan (DPT '21) presents his research at APTA Combined Sections Meeting 2022 in San Antonio, TX

Dr. Adam Grannan, a DPT graduate of UE in 2021, presented his research titled, "High Injury Risk Multisport Athlete: Discharged from Care at 6 months Following ACL Reconstruction" at the APTA's Combined Sections Meeting 2022 in San Antonio, TX. Dr. Grannan was assisted by DPT professors, Dr. Kate Schwartzkopf-Phifer and Dr. Phil Plisky in the development and dissemination of this research. Dr. Grannan is working at Johnson Memorial Health in Franklin, IN as a physical therapist.

* Dr. Whetstone presents at APTA's Combined Sections Meeting 2022 in San Antonio, TX

Dr. Katie Whetstone, Assistant Professor and Assistant Director of Clinical Education in the Department of Physical Therapy, presented her research titled, "Reliability of Visual Estimation for Quadruped Lumber-Locked Position in Determining Thoracic Rotation Mobility" at the APTA's Combined Sections Meeting in San Antonio. Dr. Whetstone's research team included Dr. Kyle Matsel, Assistant Professor, Dr. Kate Schwartzkopf-Phifer, Associate Professor, Sarah Gehres (DPT '22), and Andrew Patton (DPT '22). The APTA's Combined Section Meeting is the largest physical therapy conference held annually to highlight physical therapy research.



* Sisley records career-high 18 points at Valpo

Hitting four of his six 3-point tries, freshman Blake Sisley scored a career-high 18 points for the University of Evansville men’s basketball team in a 74-69 setback at Valparaiso on Monday.

Sisley knocked down six of his nine attempts from the field.  Blaise Beauchamp reached double figures for the fourth time in five games, finishing with 14 for the Purple Aces (6-21, 2-14 MVC).  Noah Frederking added 13 points while Shamar Givance finished with 12.  Preston Phillips paced UE with seven rebounds while Givance was credited with a career-high 10 assists.  The performance marked the first collegiate double-double for Givance.  Kevion Taylor led Valparaiso (13-15, 6-10 MVC) with 23 points while Ben Krikke added 16.

After the Beacons opened the game with the first four points, UE recorded five in a row to jump in front.  Noah Frederking drained a triple before Blaise Beauchamp made a drive to the basket.  Evansville retook a 7-6 edge on a Shamar Givance jumper at the 17:08 mark.

Just past the midway point of the half, things remained close with Valpo up 20-18.  That is when they turned it on, scoring 11 in a row to take their largest lead of the period.  The Beacons drained four shots in a row with a turnaround jumper by Eron Gordon capping off the run to give VU a 31-18 lead with 4:44 showing on the clock.

Triples by Blake Sisley and Blaise Beauchamp helped the Aces complete the half on a 12-5 run to trail by just six points at the half.  Evansville did a great job of spreading the ball around with all seven players who saw time in the first half finding their way into the scorebook.

Out of the half, the Aces reeled off the first 16 points to take a 46-36 lead with just over 14 minutes left.  Sisley connected on a pair of triples to open the period before Frederking was true from outside to put UE in front – 39-36.  Frederking followed up the triple with a steal and he found Givance cutting to the basket, where he was fouled and connected on both free throws.  Following a Beauchamp trey, it was Sisley capping off the stretch with a pair of free throws.

UE hit four of their six field goal tries in the run while Valpo missed their opening five shots while turning it over twice.  Valpo stormed right back, recording nine in a row to cut the UE lead to one before retaking a 50-49 advantage halfway through the period.  As the minutes wound down, Sisley’s fourth triple of the night put Evansville back on top at 56-55, but the Beacons countered with eight in a row to go up 63-56 with under four minutes remaining.

Four in a row from the Aces made it a 1-possession game before a triple by Beauchamp made it a 70-69 game inside of 10 seconds remaining.  Valpo hit a pair of free throws on the other end, giving UE one more chance with a 3-pointer coming up short in the final seconds to seal the win for Valpo.  The Beacons shot an even 50% on the night with UE finishing at 43.5%.

UE remains on the road to face Loyola in a 7 p.m. game on Wednesday in Chicago.

* Men's golf comes home third at ASU Spring Classic

In Monday’s second round of the ASU Spring Classic, Michael Ikejiani had the low score of the day for the University of Evansville men’s golf team, recording a 5-over 77 to help the Purple Aces come home in third place.  The third round of the event was canceled.

Leading the Aces in the final finishing order was Nicholas Gushrowski.  Shooting a 79 in round two, Gushrowski tied for 5th place with a 154.  Carson Parker and Michael Ikejiani tied for 16th in the final standings with a 160.  Parker’s scores finished at 78 and 82 while Ikejiani made a strong improvement as the tournament progressed.  Following an 83, he finished the second 18 with a 77.

Fourth on the UE squad was Issac Rohleder with a 165.  He finished in 23rd.  Masatoyo Kato rounded out the team with a 166, coming home in 24th.  Henry Kiel played as an individual and took 15th.  His rounds finished at 79 and 80.

Top team honors went to Western Illinois with a 616, defeating Alabama State by 12 strokes.  UE came in third with a final tally of 636.  Korbin Allan of Savannah State was the medalist, coming in three strokes ahead of the field.  Scores of 74 and 73 saw him defeat WIU’s Cameron Karney.

Next up for the Aces is the Benbow Invitational, which is set for March 7-8 in Jacksonville, Fla.


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