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Friday, April 22, 2022

* Oval Closure on April 22

The front oval will be closed on Friday, April 22. Office of Admissions guests will be permitted in their designated spots. Employee parking will be prohibited. Parking will be available in all other University owned lots. Permits must be displayed.


Upcoming Events

* The Reading-Study Day Tradition Returns: Pancake Study Break

Finals are coming - but so are pancakes! Take a break from studying for finals to join some of your favorite Aces at the Pancake Study Break! This event is free of charge for UE students. A UE ID is required. Pancakes and more will be available on Reading-Study Day - Thursday, April 28 - from 9:00-11:00 p.m. in Cafe Court. Door prizes will be given out, too.

Contact: Chad Hart

* TIAA May 2022 Live Webinars Available

* Class of 2022 Commencement and Baccalaureate


Everyone is invited to attend the 164th Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 7 to honor the class of 2022. The ceremony will begin at 1:30 p.m. at the Ford Center. No tickets are required. For those who cannot attend in-person, the ceremony can also be live streamed at

Cap and gown orders will be available from the bookstore beginning April 25 through May 6. Seniors should also complete the 2022 Graduation Survey.

Baccalaureate Service

The Interfaith Baccalaureate Service will be held Saturday, May 7 at 9:00 a.m. in Neu Chapel. This is a religious service that honors the graduating class. All graduates and their families are invited to attend. The service provides time to reflect and give thanks to God in the context of high University ceremony.

Baccalaureate will include music, prayer, and readings. Music will be provided by the UE Music Conservatory and University Choir.

If you are a senior in need of information for Commencement, Baccalaureate, regalia pick-up, arrival information, and more, please visit Commencement Central.

Submitted by University Relations
* UE LitFest: Student Literary Conference, April 23

The Tenth Annual Student Literary Conference will take place on Saturday, April 22. All are welcome to attend the student panels, which are scheduled for 9:30 AM, 10:45 AM, and at noon in the Schroeder School of Business Building, Rooms 271 and 272.

The Virginia Grabill and the George Klinger Memorial Writing Prizes will be announced during the last panel session of the conference.

* UE LitFest Guest Speaker - April 22

The Department of English and Creative Writing will host the Hemminger-Brown Lecture at the Melvin M. Peterson Literary Forum on Friday, April 22 at 7:00 PM in Smythe Lecture Hall, Room 170 of the Schroeder School of Business Building. Guest speaker Larry Caldwell, Professor Emeritus of English at the University of Evansville, will give a talk on John Keats entitled “The Truth in the Trope: Keats, Youth and the Mists of Autumn.”

Dr. Caldwell is Professor served in the English Department for thirty years, teaching general humanities, Medieval literature, and the Romantic Poets, among numerous other courses. He received his B.A. in English and German from Central College in Pella, Iowa, spending his junior year as a participant in that institution’s study abroad program in Germany and Austria. A regular attendee of the Vienna State Opera during that period (Standing Room Only), he encountered Wagner’s Ring Cycle and through it his first acquaintance with Norse mythology, medieval literature, and the Romantic Movement.

Dr. Caldwell earned a Master’s Degree in English and Germanic Languages at the University of Nebraska, where he subsequently also received his Ph.D. in English, with a focus on Anglo-Saxon poetry.

* Pronouns: A Comprehensive Understanding

Join us for an academic conversation about the history, usage, and modern implications of pronouns! The presentation is in Koch 100 from 5-6 PM on Friday, April 22nd.

* Final Four Performances of UE Theatre's "Heroes of the Fourth Turning" with Free Tickets for All UE Employees

The University of Evansville Theatre closes their spring 2022 season with Will Arbery’s HEROES OF THE FOURTH TURNING. To celebrate the season finale of their “Welcome Back To Shanklin Theatre” campaign, they are offering two FREE tickets to every University of Evansville employee for this production, playing at 7:30 pm, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, and at 2:00 pm, on Sunday. Free tickets for university employees are available for any date.

HEROES OF THE FOURTH TURNING, a 2020 Pulitzer Prize Finalist in Drama, is a meticulously crafted story centering on four alumni of a conservative college whose reunion spirals into chaos over spirituality, politics, and a nearly fanatical desire to be understood.

University of Evansville employees may obtain their two free tickets by calling extension 2031, or by going to the Shanklin Theatre Ticket Office, located in the Matt Williams Lobby in Hyde Hall, Monday through Friday, 12:00 to 5:00 p.m. UE students may also claim their free ticket by coming to the Shanklin Theatre Ticket Office on the day of the show they wish to attend.

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, and remain masked during the performance. It is our hope that these restrictions will allow the student actors to safely perform unmasked.

HEROES OF THE FOURTH TURNING is guest-directed by Dylan Frederick, a 2014 alumnus of UE. Joy Weidenhamer, a senior theatre studies major from Omaha, Neb., serves as the associate director; Robert Tintoc, a 2006 alumnus, serves as the guest scenic designer; Assistant Professor Sarah J. Smith is the costume designer; Associate Professor Stephen Boulmetis is the lighting designer; Araceli Ramirez serves as the guest sound designer; Professor Diane Brewer is the dramaturg; Moira Cassiday, a senior stage management major from Nashville, Ind., is the stage manager, and Assistant Professor Mitchell L. Critel serves as the technical director.

The cast features Delaney Ross, a first-year performance major from Keller, Texas; Gabriel Smothers, a junior performance major from Casper, Wyo.; Becky Rusch, a senior performance major from Newark, Del.; McAllister Reed Stowell, a junior performance major from Lakewood, Colo.; and Delanie Kitzman, a senior performance major from Tomball, Texas.

UE Theatre’s Department Chair, Sharla Cowden, says, “We are truly grateful to our campus community for their continued support of our efforts to produce a full season of in-person productions this year. We hope many of you will take up us on our offer to be our guest for this season finale production, and we look forward to greeting each of you personally. Indeed, Welcome back to Shanklin Theatre.”

* Spring Art Sale from the Department of Art

The Department of Art is having a Spring Art Sale. They will have Paintings, Drawings, Ceramics, Prints, and more. Come support the Department of Art and the Art Students. This event is rain or shine either inside Ridgeway Center or on the East Terrace Lawn. See flier for more details. Cash, check, or charge accepted.

Submitted by Todd Matteson
* The Menstrual Equity Club presents Jampon to fundraise for the YWCA

Jampon is a one night only fundraiser for people with periods and the YWCA, and will be held on April 27 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm on the East Terrace Lawn.

Jampon is a cabaret and presentation of art that promotes the normalization of menstruation. We also sell art from UE students for a monetary donation.

Price of admission is a box of period products or a $5 donation to @JamponUE on venmo

Submitted by Sophie Greenway
* Sexual Assault Awareness Month Upcoming Events

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, also known as SAAM. The Center for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion & Office of Institutional Equity have brought forth activities to bring awareness, education, and support in this time.

April 5th at 7:00 PM Sexual Assault Awareness Panel via Zoom.
The Panel consists of Counseling Services, Public Safety, Institutional Equity, EPD, Albion Fellows Bacon Center, Deaconess, and the Prosecutor’s Office.

Tuesday, April 13th at 7:00 PM in Eykamp: Not Someone Like Us: a collaboration between the CDEI and Evansville Civic Theatre. It is a play about sexual assault based on true stories. The Consent Pledge will take place before the play. The Center will also be hosting a talk back session after the play.

Monday, April 19th at 6:00 PM Bystander Intervention Training via Zoom.
Learn how to safely act when others may be in dangerous situations.

Submitted by Rachael Rose
* Faculty Retirement Tree Planting Ceremony

The following faculty members will be honored at the Faculty Retirement Tree Planting Ceremony that will take place on Sunday, April 24:

• Sharon Gieselmann- Associate Professor of Education/Chair
• Donald Rodd- Professor of Exercise Science and Physical Therapy
• David Unger- Professor of Mechanical and Civil Engineering

The UE community is welcome to attend this event which will begin at 1:00 p.m. on the lawn south of the Schroeder Family School of Business Administration building.


Info You Should Know

* Lot "H" Will Close Saturday, April 23, 2022

The Office of Public Safety, in partnership with University Advancement, will close Lot “H” to all student parking on Saturday, April 23.

We kindly ask that all student vehicles be removed from the lot by 6:00 p.m. on Friday, April 22.

Alternative parking is available in all university owned parking lots for the weekend, except for the Front Oval parking spots. As always, a university issued parking permit must be displayed on the rearview mirror while parked on campus.

Lot “H” will reopen on Sunday, April 24.

* Retirement Reception for Dr. David Unger, Professor of Mechanical & Civil Engineering

The School of Engineering and Computer Science would like to invite you to a retirement reception for Dr. David Unger, Professor of Mechanical & Civil Engineering, on Thursday, April 28 from 3:00-4:00 p.m. The reception will be held in the Koch Center second floor lobby (near the concrete canoe, in front of KC 271). Dr. Unger is retiring at the end of this semester after more than 20 years of service to the University. Please come and celebrate with us, showing our appreciation for all he has contributed to the University. and the Engineering Community.

Dr. David Unger has taught mechanical and civil engineering at the University of Evansville since 2001. He has been the faculty advisor for student participation in the National Aeronautics and Space Administration student launch initiatives and accompanied his students to Huntsville, Alabama, in 2010 and 2012, as they competed in NASA high power rocket competitions. Dr. Unger won the University of Evansville’s Berger Award for scholarship in 2005, the Dean’s Teaching Award in 2006, and a Global Scholar Award in 2007.

Dr. Unger completed a BS at St. Louis University and a master’s degree from the University of Illinois in Urbana, both in aerospace engineering. He then earned his PhD from the University of Illinois in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics. His text, Analytic Fracture Mechanics, was published first by Academic Press and is offered now by Dover Press. He has published numerous technical articles and has a particular research interest in how and why materials break. In three years of his free time, David built a wood model of Charles Darwin’s ship, the H.M.S. Beagle from plans he received from the National Maritime Museum near London. For additional information, see

Submitted by Tonya Albright
* Schedule Assistance

Schedule assistance needed? Pop into Academic Services in Olmsted 116 for assistance with your fall schedule before the semester ends and grab a bag of popcorn on your way!

* Seniors: Here's the 411 on Cap and Gowns

Seniors, as long as you have previously ordered your cap and gown, pick-up in the bookstore starts Monday, April 25th and runs through Friday, April 29th. Please come in during normal business hours with you I.D. and a valid form of payment. There will be a designated pick-up area before you head to the register to pay.

* Sexual Assault Statistics

Sexual Assault Awareness is critical for many reasons. Around 20% of women will be sexually assaulted in college while 4% of men will. Most victims are assaulted by someone they know and 42% of women expect to be raped again. Nearly another 42% of college women raped will end up telling no one; only 5% of overall college sexual assaults are reported. These assaults can lead to serious problems. 4 out of 5 victims suffer from chronic physical and psychological conditions. Rape results in about 32,000 pregnancies a year and 40% of the survivors develop a sexually transmitted disease. Even more tragic, survivors are 13% more likely to attempt suicide compared to those who have not. These, and many more, reasons are why Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) should be important to you for more than just the month of April.

* 2022-23 Margery Florence Kahn Scholarship Application Now Available

It was the desire of the donor, Margery Florence Kahn, that her scholarship be awarded to "dedicated and conscientious students who exhibit a true passion for their chosen fields of study, and who, in the opinion of the members of the University of Evansville faculty, are likely to bring the same enthusiasm into the performance of their jobs or the practice of the professions which they will pursue following graduation."

All University of Evansville full-time undergraduate students who will be juniors or seniors in the 2022-23 academic year may apply. An essay of about 300 words must accompany the application along with two to five faculty recommendation letters.

The application and faculty recommendation information can be found here.

Completed applications and recommendation letters should be returned to the Office of Student Financial Services by MAY 10, 2022.

Questions may be directed to the Office of Student Financial Services via email or by phone at (812) 488-2364.

Submitted by Amber Chandler
* Financial Aid for Summer Courses

UE students seeking financial aid or intending to use loan funds for summer courses at UE, please complete a Summer Financial Aid Application and return to the Office of Student Financial Services (Olmsted 105) however is most convenient. The application will allow our office to assess your aid and loan eligibility.


On-campus jobs are available for continuing UE students during the summer. You do not need to be eligible for need-based Federal Work-Study during the academic year in order to apply. You may also apply regardless of your enrollment in summer courses. Applications will be available within the Student Employment area of WebAdvisor.

Submitted by Amy Sowders
* Summer Sessions Payment Plan

Summer session courses can be added to your monthly payment plan now with no additional set-up fee. If your student is enrolling in summer courses, anticipated summer charges can be included in the spring semester payment plan and the plan extended through May (for Summer 1 charges) or June (Summer 2 charges). The undergraduate tuition rate for Summer 2022 is $580 per credit hour. Fees per summer term include a $50 registration fee and a $40 technology fee. Online courses are assessed a $50 online course fee. Payment arrangements are due prior to the start of the summer term.

Students should contact the Office of Student Financial Services no later than Reading/Study Day, April 28, 2022 to determine if financial aid is available for their summer courses.

To modify your current payment plan to include summer, contact the cashiers in the Office of Student Financial Services at 812-488-2565.

Submitted by Amy Sowders
* Summer Housing

Are you staying in Evansville over the summer? If so, Residence Life is offering summer housing in Powell Hall. You can find more information about summer housing and apply online at Contact the Office of Residence Life with specific questions.



* Congratulations 29th Annual Leadership Award Recipients

The Center for Student Engagement would like to congratulate all the winners that were recognized at the University of Evansville 29th Annual Leadership Awards Ceremony & Reception that was held on April 20, 2022.

Here is a list of this year’s winners:

Admission Ambassador Service Award: Shane Ranschaert

Admission Ambassador Leadership Award: Grace Reisinger

Admission Ambassador Vision Award: Crispin Ewen

Lois D. Patton Award: Anna Lowry

Ralph H. Coleman Scholar Student Athlete: Tanner Craig

SGA Vision Award: Alex Ortiz

Mark R. Simpson Award: HarMonee Baltzell

Student Media - Crescent Magazine- The Glue: Rachel Fisher

Student Media - Crescent Magazine - The Hustler: Paris Himes & Maddy Webb

Student Media - Crescent Magazine - The Rock: Rylie Stephens

Outstanding Intramural Supervisor: Drew Cvelbar

Outstanding International Leadership: Pema Sherpa

Outstanding International Senior: Xinyue Bi

Diversity and Inclusion at Work Award: International Club

Champion of Diversity Award: Shane Ranschaert

President's Diversity and Inclusion Senior Award: Ty Meadors

Emerging Changemaker Award: Imelda Salgado

Changemaker of the Year Award: Samantha Kinnevan

Resident Assistant of the Year: Amanda Ward

Donnie Dunville Dedication & Service Award: Lauren Stevenson

Golden Heart Award - Student: Paige Webster

Golden Heart Award - Staff: Dr. Dana Clayton

Senior Keynote Address Finalists: Anh Tran & Katlyn Hands

Senior Keynote Address Speaker: Mohammed Amaan Alikhan

Howard S. Rosenblatt Dean of Students Leadership Award - Advisor of the Year: Dr. Edward Curran

Howard S. Rosenblatt Dean of Students Leadership Award - Organization of the Year: Resident Students Association

Howard S. Rosenblatt Dean of Students Leadership Award - Student Leader of the Year: Mackenzie McFeron

Ace Certificate Recipients: Falicity Atkins, Chloe Bontrager, Claire Brown, Katherine Dowell, Merris Egloff, Michael Furman, Baylee Geng, Dani Hurwitz, Zachary Jakpor, Ava Kelly, Samantha Kinnevan, Alexa Markl, Kausalya Mandipalli, Alec McAlister, Grace McGuire, Autumn Owens, Arian Medina Paredes, NaTaya Partee, Sue Prasad, Tyla Rasche, Anna Schindler, John Sutter, Michela Till, Amanda Ward, Casey Winters, Majestica Weatherford, Paige Webster, Haley Worland

Please take time to congratulate the winners and celebrate the accomplishments of your fellow UE students & leaders. Recipients may request their photo at

* Sociology Programs Announce Annual Awards

The Sociology Programs announced the winners of their annual awards on Tuesday, April 12. This year saw the debut of two new awards to recognize student service and involvement, as well as the 10th anniversary of their senior research award. Each of these awards are named for UE emeriti faculty who were committed to improving the experiences and opportunities of our students.

The James Berry Outstanding Junior Award is given to a junior Criminal Justice or Sociology major for achievement on their Research Methods proposal, their campus or community involvement, and their program commitment. The 2022 winner of the Berry Outstanding Junior Award is Kaitlyn Collins '23 (Criminal Justice).

The Mary Rode and Ludwig Petkovsek Outstanding Service Award is given to a Criminal Justice or Sociology major of any academic year for significant achievement in campus and community involvement, internship, and program commitment. The 2022 winner of the Petkovsek Outstanding Service Award is Destiny Ogburn '22 (Criminal Justice/Sociology).

The Hanns G. Pieper Sociology and Criminal Justice Senior Research Award is given to a Criminal Justice or Sociology senior for their outstanding Senior Seminar research project, presentation, and paper. The 2022 winner of the Pieper Senior Research Award is Natasha Wolf '22 (Criminal Justice).

* UE Students to Present at Posters on the Hill

Posters on the Hill is the signature student advocacy event for the Council on Undergraduate Research. Each year, 60 research presentations are selected from approximately 300 applications. Students are invited from all over the country and Puerto Rico to learn about how to advocate for undergraduate research with members of Congress, present their research, and discuss the impact undergraduate research has had on their college experience and future educational and career goals.

The student researchers selected from UE include Jackson Smith (Team Lead), Alek Dunkelberger, and Edward Friesel, all mechanical engineering seniors set to graduate this spring. The presentation portion of the conference will be held via Zoom on Wednesday, April 27, 2022, between 1:00 and 2:40 p.m. CST. The student’s poster presentation is titled The Investigation into the Existence of Local Minimum and Maximum Locations in Thermosiphon System Efficiency. Their research involves work on a passive thermosiphon, which can be used to provide domestic hot water or supplement domestic heating. It is a green solar energy driven system without any moving parts. Dr. Douglas Stamps is their faculty research advisor.

The presentation is free and open for all to attend virtually. Information can be found at

Click on “RVSP to Support Researchers” to register to attend. The UE team will be in Zoom room 7. Attendees can come and go throughout the hour and 40 minutes period.

Congratulations to Jackson, Alek, and Edward!

Submitted by Paula Heldt

Harlaxton Happenings

* Spring 2023 Harlaxton applications

There are still spaces available for Harlaxton Spring 2023, but we are filling fast! If you have an interest in going to Harlaxton next spring, be sure to talk with your advisor and get your application in by the end of this semester if possible! You can find the course information and application on the Harlaxton website here: Feel free to reach out to the Harlaxton team with questions at!

Submitted by Kaylynn McCalister
* Harlaxton Walled Garden Presentations

Come learn about the plans for the exciting new Walled Garden project at Harlaxton with Dr. Holly Carter and Ian Welsh! These presentations are open to all faculty, staff, and students at University of Evansville, as well as UE and Harlaxton alumni. They will be held in person in the Schroeder Family School of Business Administration building. There will be presentations on Monday, April 25 at 1pm, 4pm, and 6pm, and Tuesday, April 26 at 10pm and 12pm. Please sign up for slot to attend here:, and feel free to contact Kaylynn McCalister with any questions at or 812-488-2039.



* UE's Rucinski, Riggs Shine On First Day At Gibson Invitational

The University of Evansville senior Joey Rucinski (Ft. Wayne, Ind./Concordia Lutheran) and freshman Preston Riggs (Ft. Branch, Ind./Gibson Southern) combined to post four personal-best marks on Thursday on the first day of action at the Gibson Invitational in Terre Haute, Indiana.

Competing in the first five events of the decathlon, Rucinski set new personal-best marks in the long jump (5.97 meters) and the 400-meter dash (53.24), while Riggs established new standards in the long jump (6.25 meters) and shot put (7.98 meters). Rucinski also won the decathlon’s shot put competition with a throw of 11.93 meters, while finishing second in the 400-meters. Riggs, meanwhile, placed third in both the 100-meters (11.72) and long jump competitions.

“Four PR marks on the first day of competition is a great way to start the meet,” said UE head coach Don Walters. “Both Joey and Preston did a great job today. Not only did they set four PR marks, but they were close to setting other personal-best marks as well.”

Overall, Rucinski ranks third in the decathlon standings with 2,998 points, with Riggs ranking fifth with 2,796 points. Both men are currently on pace to surpass the school record mark in the decathlon, which is 4,679 points, set by Rucinski in 2019.

The remainder of the decathlon will take place on Friday, on the second day of action at the Gibson Invitational. Friday’s action will begin at 9 a.m. central time in Terre Haute.

* Dr. Kenneth "Ziggy" Siegfried named UE Director of Athletics

Headshot of Ziggy Siegfried

Turning the page into a new era of Purple Aces athletics, University of Evansville President Christopher M. Pietruszkiewicz announced the hiring of Dr. Kenneth “Ziggy” Siegfried as the new Director of Athletics. Siegfried will officially be introduced today at a 2:00 p.m. press conference inside Meeks Family Fieldhouse.

Siegfried joins the University of Evansville from California State University Bakersfield (CSUB) where he has served as the Director of Athletics and Associate Vice President for Student Affairs since August of 2015. In his role at CSUB, Siegfried has successfully led an athletic program that is comprised of 16 varsity sports programs with over 300 student-athletes and 90 employees. One of the highlights of his tenure at CSUB was when he succeeded in securing an invitation for CSUB to join the Big West Conference.

Siegfried transformed the athletic department during his tenure at CSUB through the development of a new strategic plan, the creation of a comprehensive master facilities plan, and the commencement of a variety of major construction projects. Under his direction, CSUB generated the largest amount of revenue in the history of the department while achieving high ticket sales and securing significant donations and corporate sponsorships.

Putting an emphasis on academics is a pivotal part of Siegfried’s blueprint. During his tenure, CSUB set records in Graduation Success Rates (GSR), departmental GPAs, and Academic Progress Rates (APR). Siegfried has also been active at the university, conference, and national level throughout his career. On a national level, he serves on the Minority Opportunities Athletic Association (MOAA) Board and is in his third year serving on the NCAA Accelerating Academic Success Program Committee.

At the conference level, he serves on the Big West Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee, the D1-AAA Athletics Directors Association Scholar-Athlete Team Committee and has served on the conference championships committee for both the Western Athletic Conference and the Big West Conference.

Prior to his arrival in Bakersfield, Siegfried worked at the University of Memphis for eight years on the Senior Staff within the Athletics Department while serving on the University fundraising leadership team during a successful $250 million campaign. During his time at U of M, Siegfried helped to raise $16 million that went into the transformation of the athletic facilities.

Siegfried attended the University of Memphis where he earned a bachelor’s degree in education and sports management in 2003. He earned his Master of Science in sports administration from Middle Tennessee State University in 2004 and completed his Doctor of Education from the University of Memphis in 2019. A native of Memphis, Siegfried and his wife, Karen, have five children: William, Samuel, Caroline, Miriam, and their late sister Delilah.


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