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Wednesday, April 27, 2022

* Last Day to Order Official Transcripts for Current Students

The last day to order official transcripts is April 28, 2022 for all current students.

You can do so by visiting

We encourage students to stop by the Academic Services office in Olmstead Rm 116 for assistance (if needed).

*If you need your Spring grades on your transcript, please select the "hold for grades" option when requesting official transcripts.

Submitted by Jade S Shelby
* Summer Hours and July 4 Holiday

Summer Hours
UE will reduce business hours during the summer from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday, and 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Fridays. This schedule will be in place beginning Monday, May 9 through Friday, August 5. Regular hours will return Monday, August 8.

Friday Jeans Day
You can wear jeans on Fridays in the summer – as long as you wear purple on Fridays. Please dress appropriately and adjust the dress code as necessary on Fridays for visitors or other events.

July 4 Holiday
The University will observe Monday, July 4, as a holiday. In addition, the President’s Council added Friday, July 1 as an additional day off to make a long weekend a little longer for faculty and staff. The University will be closed on Friday, July 1 and Monday, July 4. Please enjoy the extended holiday weekend!

Submitted by University Relations

Upcoming Events

* Don Walters' Retirement Reception

Please join the Athletic Department staff this Thursday, April 28 between 2-3pm in Meeks Family Fieldhouse as we thank Coach Don Walters for 23 years of service to our University! Cake, cookies, and drinks will be served. Stop in and wish Coach Walters well in his retirement!

Submitted by Andrea Wallace
* Relaxation Station Set for Reading Study Day

The Office of Counseling Services is excited to announce the return of Relaxation Station in its traditional format! Stop by Eykamp 253-55 this Thursday from 1-3 pm to join us in taking a break from the stress of finals and studying. Tables will be set up around the room filled with various activities, and we invite you to sit and stay a while if you feel comfortable doing so. We will have games, goodie bags, to-go coffee and tea, create-your-own canvas bags, quiet study/reflection spaces, and more! As a new addition this semester, we will have a Tai Chi instructor offering brief 20-minute sessions beginning at 2pm in the Memorial Plaza (located in the shaded area between Ridgway and Olmstead).


Submitted by Liz McCormick
* Pancakes Are Coming Thursday Night

Pancakes are coming! The Pancake Study Break is happening this Thursday night. 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 and a UE ID is required. Pancakes and more will be available on Thursday, April 28 from 9:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. in Café Court. Door prizes will be given out, too!

Submitted by Chad Hart
* Free Paper Shredding on Thursday, April 28

Free off-site paper shredding by Piranha Mobile Shredding will return to campus once again April 28 (Reading Study Day) from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00p.m. All UE students, faculty, staff, and alumni can take advantage of this free service by bringing paper to the Piranha truck in Koch Center for Engineering and Science parking lot. Paper will be shredded off-site. We will place bins along the parking lot to allow each person to empty their own material for a no contact approach.

So, if mounds of paper are taking over your office, home, or room, this is the time to gather those old files, receipts, cancelled checks, tax forms, etc. No need to take out the staples or paper clips. Avoid identity theft by having confidential information permanently destroyed.

Please - no telephone books, magazines, or newspapers. Also, please note that there is a 100-pound paper limit per visit (number of visits is not limited).

Submitted by Amber Elkins
* Thursday, April 28 Obsolete Electronics Recycling - Hale loop drive from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Students and employees (faculty, administrators and staff) can bring the following personal, obsolete electronic equipment to be recycled at no cost:
• LCD displays, LCD TV’s and LCD monitors, computers, printers, fax machines, laptops, cell phones, PDAs, cables, circuit boards, connectors, electrical equipment, audio video equipment, DVD players, stereos, radios, calculators, speakers, VCRs. Small quantities of batteries will be accepted.

The following items will NOT be accepted:
• CRT TV’s and CRT computer monitors
• Fluorescent light bulbs (including compact bulbs), refrigerators, freezers, microwaves, stoves, vacuum cleaners, dehumidifiers, leaking or enlarged batteries and any other items C&I deems unallowable
• Electronics owned by the University.

NOTE: The cost of processing CRT TV’s and CRT computer monitors has increased significantly, and the University is no longer able to cover these items. However, the City of Evansville is having their Spring Electronic Recycling Event on Saturday, April 30 from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm in the Civic Center parking lot. (9th & Walnut Streets) This is for residents of Vanderburgh county or Students provided you show your UE student ID.
Accepted items included: TVs, computers, monitors, printers, hard drives, laptops, fax/scanners, cell phones, DVD players, digital cameras, modems

Not Accepted: copy machines, microwaves, appliances

For more information or questions contact Amber Elkins at ae152 or 2697.

Submitted by Amber Elkins
* 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
* 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
* Department of Art proudly presents the Senior Exhibition 2022 in the Melvin Peterson Gallery

The Department of Art is pleased to present the Senior Exhibition 2022 in the Melvin Peterson Gallery starting, April 21- May 6, 2022. Please come see the artwork of Hannah Girten, Ashley Gray, Greg King, Paige Kirkey, Bailey Korschgen, Autumn Owens, Makayla Stewart, and Jane Tafolla. The gallery hours are Monday, Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday 12-3 pm and Wednesday and Thursday 12-6 pm. A closing reception is on May 6, 5-6:30 pm.

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

Info You Should Know

* Slips, Trips & Falls

As spring and summer showers arrive, slips, trips, and falls are a major cause of injury that occurs to both visitors, students and employees. They can occur anywhere, but are of particular concern to our campus community.

What can you do to make a positive impact?

1) Be aware of your immediate surroundings
2) Wear comfortable, properly fitting non-slip shoes. Avoid wearing flip flops when it is raining as they can be extremely slippery on wet surfaces.
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!

Submitted by Kim Winsett
* Spring 2022 SALUTE Veterans National Honor Society Honorees

The University of Evansville established a chapter of the SALUTE Veterans National Honor Society on January 12, 2022.  SALUTE recognizes the academic achievements among undergraduate and graduate veterans, active-duty military, National Guard, and reservists.

The criteria for undergraduate induction include: 

  • Honorably Discharged from military service
  • Minimum of 45 course credits hours earned at UE.
  • GPA  based on a 4.00 scale and off cumulative GPA at UE.
    Alpha 3.75 – 4.00
    Bravo 3.50 – 3.74
    Charlie 3.25– 3.49
    Delta  3.00 – 3.24

The criteria for graduate induction include:

  • Honorably Discharged from military service
  • Minimum of 12 credit hours earned at UE
  • GPA based on a 4.0 scale and off cumulative GPA at UE.
    Gold 3.50 – 4.00

The Spring 2022 SALUTE Veterans National Honor Society Undergraduate Honorees include:

  • Mr. Dakota Blankenship,  Army Veteran, Nursing Major Graduation: Spring 2022
  • Mr. Robert "Neal" Quick, Air Force Veteran, Accounting Major Graduation: Fall 2022
  • Ms. Megan Yoder, Navy Veteran, Student Veterans Organization President, Accounting Major Graduation: Spring 2022

Direct questions concerning the SALUTE Veterans National Honor Society to Dr. Tracey Y. Folden, Academic Affairs or 812-488-2509.

Submitted by Tracey Folden
* PSYC 229, 320, 405, and 420 Offered Asynchronously This Summer

During Summer Session 1 PYSC 229 (Social Psychology), PSYC 405 (Psychology of Gender), and PSYC 420 (Children, Psychology, and Law) will be offered asynchronously.

During Summer Session 2 PSYC 320 (Psychology and Law) and PSYC 405 (Gender, Psychology, and Law) will be offered asynchronously.

If you have any questions, please contact Professor McCracken at

Submitted by Evan McCracken
* UE Launches "Forward >>," a $125 Million Comprehensive Campaign

On Saturday, April 23, the University of Evansville launched Forward >>, the comprehensive campaign dedicated to raising $125 million and investing in three major priorities for the campus. UE kicked off the multi-year project with a gala on campus, during which it was announced that more than $76 million has already been gifted toward the campaign.

“At UE, we have fostered a culture among our students to create positive change – not in 10 years, not after graduation, but now,” said Christopher M. Pietruszkiewicz, president of the University. “This campaign takes that culture to a new level. With this support, we can create a great impact across every facet of our campus."

Young adults must be equipped with the knowledge and skills to meet the demands of a rapidly evolving workforce. UE has adopted a forward-thinking approach to accommodate future generations of Aces, and the campaign will expand learning opportunities and experiences prior to graduation. The three pillars of Forward >> are listed here. More detailed information can be found at as well as the press release that will be made public.

  • Powering a Transformational, Accessible Education: Support for endowed scholarships; the Center for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; the new Wellness and Recreation Center, and Carson Center revitalization.
  • Bringing Academics to Life: Support for the Center for Innovation & Change, updates and improvements to Wallace B. Graves Hall, Engineering Project Building, and the Harlaxton study abroad experience.
  • Fueling Faculty Who Discover, Teach, and Mentor: Support for endowed chairs and professorships, academic department funds, and student/faculty research.

Gifts can be made toward Forward >> at any time by visiting Updates on the amount gifted toward the comprehensive campaign will also be provided on the same webpage. All gifts will create a lasting impact on the University and support Aces for many years to come.

Submitted by University Relations
* Summer Work Study

On-campus jobs available for summer. Continuing undergraduates can apply for positions online through WebAdvisor. Students can work multiple jobs up to a combined 37.5 hours per week during summer. Summer enrollment is not required.

Submitted by Sean Riley
* Requests for Official Excused Absences During Finals

Please note that the Dean of Students office will not grant official excused absences during finals except for extreme circumstances (i.e.: death of an immediate family member, emergency surgery, etc.). Students who feel they are unable to take a scheduled final exam should work directly with their professors to discuss other possible options.

Submitted by Jenni Sauls
* 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
* Rental returns due May 5

Any late textbooks will be subject to a 20% late fee. If you fail to return rented textbooks, your diploma and transcripts both go on hold. Don't miss this deadline!

Submitted by Niamh Steffens
* Red & Green Flags of Relationships

Check out the Multicultural Student Commons for relationship red flags and green flags.

Submitted by Rachael Rose
* 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
* The deadline to apply for the 2022-2023 Dr. Marvin E. Hartig Memorial Scholarship has been extended to May 6th

Family, friends and loved ones of the late Dr. Marvin E. Hartig are pleased to announce the application process for the Dr. Marvin E. Hartig Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship is dedicated to the loving memory of Dr. Hartig, Dean of Evansville College’s Evening College in 1967, and administrator for the Center for Advanced Study, director of the Evansville chapter of the American Institute of Banking (AIB), and the international student advisor. In 1974, Dr. Hartig was appointed Dean of Academic Services. He retired in 1984 after serving his alma mater for thirty-five years and passed away in 2007.

This scholarship will be awarded annually to a deserving sophomore student. Preference will be given to a student working while being enrolled as a full-time student. International students are encouraged to apply.

Eligible students for the 2022-2023 Hartig Memorial Scholarship will be sophomores in the 2022-2023 academic year.

Apply for the 2022-2023 Hartig Memorial Scholarship

Deadline: Please return all materials to the Office of Student Financial Services by April 22, 2022. The decision will be announced by May 27, 2022.

Questions: Amber Chandler, Administrative Assistant to the Office of Student Financial Services, at or 812-488-2364

Submitted by Amber Chandler


* Psychology Student Casey Winters Presents at Midwestern Psychological Association

Casey Winters presented his poster entitled, "Children of Sex Offenders are Perceived Differently Based on Gender" - along with co-author, Professor Evan McCracken. Supporting hypotheses, participants were more likely to discriminate against offenders' adolescent sons than daughters and were more likely to believe sons, but not daughters, are abnormal and undeserving of sympathy.

Submitted by Evan McCracken
* Congratulations to the 2022 AISC/Indiana Fabricators Association Scholarship recipient

Elisa Cardona, a senior civil engineering student received the 2022 AISC/Indiana Fabricators Association Scholarship. Congratulations, Elisa.

Submitted by Suresh Immanuel
* 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

Thank You

* Faculty Retirement Tree Planting Ceremony

The following were honored at the Faculty Retirement Tree Planting Ceremony that took place on Sunday, April 24th:

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

A video of the event was made and will be shared at a later date. Please join us to wish them well in their retirement.



Dr. Sharon Gieselmann
Associate Professor of Education/Department Chair

Dr. Sharon Gieselmann is an associate professor in the School of Education.  Prior to coming to the University of Evansville, she served as an elementary school principal, elementary school teacher, and staff developer.  She also provided professional development to schools in the south and midwest as a literacy coach and area manager for The McGraw-Hill Companies.  Dr. Gieselmann earned a bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of Southern Indiana, a master's degree in education with an emphasis in Elementary Education from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from the University of Louisville.  She also has a teaching endorsement in Gifted Education and school administrative credentials from Western Kentucky University.  She was the recipient of the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and is listed on the School of Education’s Honor Wall for exemplary contributions to the field of education.

Dr. Gieselmann’s research interests include social justice issues in public schools. Her work has been shared at conferences in Moscow, Russia, Paris, France, and Brighton, United Kingdom.  Dr. Gieselmann’s most recent work is included in two books for aspiring administrators in university preparation programs, Quandaries of the Small-District Superintendency and Snapshots of School Leadership in the 21st Century; Perils and Promises of Leading for Social Justice, School Improvement, and Democratic Community.

Since becoming the department chair, the School of Education team has increased enrollment in the Transition to Teaching program, added the Accelerated Elementary Education second degree program, and an Early Start Education Certificate program for high school students.  The department has completed successful Pep and Vim campaigns annually to provide new furniture for education classrooms, updated the Tapley Education Center, and purchased Promethean Boards to provide students with improved resources.  The Department has secured over $1 million dollars in grants focusing on STEM activities, Project Lead the Way initiatives, Google Workspace PD for almost 800 educators, and tutoring to help K-12 students with academic challenges associated with Covid. 



Dr. Donald Rodd
Professor of Exercise Science and Physical Therapy

Dr. Rodd graduated from Marquette University with a degree in Medical Technology (now called Clinical Laboratory Science) and worked in hospital settings for many years.  He was a director of a private laboratory in Troy, NY.  He received a master’s degree from Marquette University in Physiology with a concentration in Neurophysiology.  His PhD is from Penn State University in Physiology with a concentration in Exercise and Nutrition.  Upon graduation from Penn State, he was a postdoctoral scholar at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Biochemistry and at the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center in Biochemistry.  His research started in the neural control of metabolism and has evolved to include different areas of Exercise Physiology, and he has mentored several students in undergraduate research.

Dr. Rodd has been in six different departments since he began at the University (Biology, PE, Human Kinetics, Exercise Science, Public Health, and Health Sciences).  During his early years in the current department, he developed the core of the Exercise Science major as it exists now.  He was very active and involved in many different areas of the university including Undergraduate Research, Faculty Governance (being a member of almost every elected faculty senate committee at some point in his career), and twelve years on Faculty Senate and twice Faculty Senate Chair.  His retirement will allow him to spend more time with his beautiful wife, Barbara, and his needy canine companion, Mickey.  His son, Alex, graduated from UE with a degree in Athletic Training and a Doctor of Physical Therapy, and his daughter, Olivia, is scheduled to graduate from UE with a degree in Education.



Dr. David Unger
Professor of Mechanical and Civil Engineering

Dr. Unger graduated from St. Louis University with a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering, and he also earned an M.S. in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering and his Ph.D. in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Dr. Unger is the author of the textbook, Analytical Fracture Mechanics, which was originally published in hard cover by Academic Press (1995), and later reprinted in paperback form by Dover Publications in 2001 and again in 2011. He was awarded the Sadelle and Sydney Berger Award for scholarly activity by the University of Evansville in 2005, the Dean’s Teaching Award in the School of Engineering and Computer Science in 2006 and designated a UE Global Scholar in 2007. He was a professionally licensed engineer for twenty years and has served on the UE faculty for twenty-one years.

Dr. Unger’s specialty areas are Nonlinear and Environmentally Assisted Fracture Mechanics, Solid Mechanics, and Materials.  He has been published over fifty times.



Submitted by Tobi Audas

Harlaxton Happenings

* Harlaxton Archaeology Field School

Harlaxton College is delighted to host our first archaeological excavation on the grounds of the breath-taking Harlaxton Manor. Open to all, from beginners to experienced archaeologists, we are aiming to provide the most inclusive and accessible archaeological field school in Britain. We will be hosting both American and British students, expecting daily visits from members of the local community, and receiving expert input from the Ministry of Defense's award-winning archaeology program, Operation Nightingale. With evidence from the Iron Age to the present, we will be investigating three key areas of the grounds: a suspect iron age enclosure, the 'thunder house' of the early Victorian walled garden complex, and the training trenches from WWI.

The archaeological excavation will take place June 1-30, and there are opportunities for participation for 2, 3, or 4 weeks and for academic credit or just experience. The deadline to apply and make an initial deposit is May 2, so check out the details and register now here:

Please contact the program director, Dr. Emily Stammitti, at with any questions about the program details or Kaylynn McCalister in the UE Harlaxton office at with any questions about the registration process!

Submitted by Kaylynn McCalister
* 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


* Aces Jump Two Spots In Final Standings At MVC Championships

Caleb Wassmer earned the top individual finish for the Purple Aces, taking the 18th position.  His final round score checked in at a 4-over 76 as he totaled 229 strokes in three rounds.  He finished the tournament one ahead of Henry Kiel.  Kiel also carded a 76 in the final 18 holes to finish with a 230.  His score was good for 19th-place.

Carson Parker's 3-round score finished at a 235.  After opening with rounds of 76 and 77, Parker scored an 82 on Tuesday and tied for 25th.  Isaac Rohleder tied for 33rd with a 237.  He opened on Sunday with an 85 but finished strong with rounds of 76 on Monday and Tuesday.

Making his final appearance for the Purple Aces was senior Dallas Koth.  His total finished at 243 following an 80 in the final day.  He finished 38th.

Southern Illinois finished on top of the team standings.  The Salukis completed their three rounds with an 874 to come in 17 strokes ahead of Valparaiso.  The Beacons rallied in the final day as Anthony Delasanti posted a 5-under 67 to win the individual championship.  His 213 bested SIU's Matthis Besard by one stroke.

Evansville finished the final round with 308 to jump from 8th to 6th.

Submitted by Athletics
* Aces open homestand with loss to Belmont

Back at home after two weeks on the road, the University of Evansville baseball team dropped a non-conference midweek contest to Belmont, 8-2, on Tuesday night at German American Bank Field at Charles H. Braun Stadium.

"We got tripped up tonight by a hot club. We didn't play well from the start, but had a chance towards the end," said Aces head baseball coach Wes Carroll. "Look forward to the next couple of days of practice to get ready for Bradley."

Third baseman Brent Widder and outfielders Mark Shallenberger and Eric Roberts powered Evansville's offense on the night. Widder recorded his 17th multi-hit game of the season, tied for most on the team, while Shallenberger drove in a run with an RBI base-hit in the fifth inning. Roberts helped UE close within one in the seventh with a solo blast, his third home run of the season.

The Aces got out of a jam early in the contest as the Bruins loaded the bases with just one out in the first. Evansville starter Donovan Schultz was able to get out of the situation with a strikeout and a pop-out. After threatening in the first, Belmont added single runs in the second and third to open the scoring.

In the fifth, Evansville got a run back as Mark Shallenberger drove in Danny Borgstrom to halve the Bruins lead. The back-and-forth contest continued in the next half inning as Belmont got a run to go back in front by two runs.

Evansville got a breakthrough in the bottom of the seventh when Eric Roberts launched a homer to right field, getting UE back within one at 3-2.

The Bruins pulled away with a big inning in the top of the eighth, scoring five runs with only one earned, four of which came with two outs, to secure the 8-2 win.

The Aces continue their homestand with a three-game set against Bradley this weekend, beginning with game one on Friday at 6 PM at German American Bank Field.

Submitted by Athletics
* Softball welcomes Indiana State in pivotal midweek contest

Missouri Valley Conference seeding and a series victory is on the line on Wednesday when the University of Evansville softball team welcomes Indiana State to Cooper Stadium for a 5 p.m. game.  The teams split a doubleheader last Wednesday in Terre Haute and both have an 8-12 league mark entering the game, which will be carried on ESPN+.

Last Time Out
- Things turned around quickly over the course of the weekend for the Purple Aces in their series at Bradley; after dropping the opener by a 10-1 final, UE stormed back to split Saturday’s doubleheader with a 7-3 win before taking a 6-3 decision on Sunday to clinch the series
- Sydney Weatherford recorded both wins in the circle, allowing three earned runs in 14 innings of work
- Alexa Davis paced the offense in the two wins over the Braves, accumulating three RBI in each contest

Three in a Row
- Freshman Sydney Weatherford was a perfect 3-for-3 in the circle last week, earning three conference wins
- After helping UE rebound in game two at Indiana State, Weatherford won the final two contests of the road series at Bradley
- In 21 innings, she accumulated a 1.33 ERA while walking just two batters
- The effort against the Sycamores lowered her season ERA to 2.73, which is 6th in the MVC
- She had the best start of her career at Loyola, throwing a 2-hit shutout while tossing her fourth complete game in the last five starts

Raising the Bar
- Over the course of the last week, Alexa Davis is batting .437 with nine RBI, four doubles and a total of seven hits in 16 at-bats
- Davis recorded three RBI in each of the two UE wins over the Braves
- She provided one of the biggest hits of the season on April 20 at Indiana State, connecting on a 2-run home run in the 5th inning of the 3-2 win
- Davis completed the doubleheader against the Sycamores with four hits in seven at-bats
- In the series finale against UNI, she was 2-3 with two doubles, two runs scored along with a walk and steal to help the Aces take a 6-3 win
- Her season average checks in at .279

Run Rule
- Over the last four games, senior Mackenzie McFeron has posted five hits in 11 at-bats while scoring a total of 10 runs
- Her efforts have been pivotal in UE going 3-1 over that span
- Through the opening 20 games of the MVC slate, she leads the team with a .327 batting average and her efforts in conference have seen her season average rise to .291
- She had the first 3-hit game of her career in the April 10 finale at Illinois State
- McFeron has 12 RBI in her career with nine of them coming in 2022

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