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Thursday, May 5, 2022

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Upcoming Events

* Summer Youth Camps Beginning in June

Throughout the summer, UE will offer several youth camps! Registration is now open for each camp, and the deadline for most of them is Friday, June 10. Visit to learn more and register.


In partnership with Black Lemonade, a nonprofit organization “dedicated to turning sour conflict into sweet and powerful solutions,” Springboard will give students the opportunity to learn about stereotypes throughout the world and identify ways to educate the masses on the truth using media outlets. Participants will learn from UE faculty and staff, engage with their peers, and volunteer with several organizations in the Evansville community. 

Springboard is open to high school students and will be held Monday through Friday, June 6 through July 22, from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. The cost is $120, and the deadline to register is Friday, June 3.

Wesley Shepard Music Camp

The UE Music Conservatory will host a weeklong camp for students entering grades 6-12 from Sunday, June 19, through Saturday, June 25. Those who have completed at least one year of band, orchestra, piano, private lessons, or similar experience are eligible to attend.

The music camp will include experiences in band, orchestra, and piano. Students will rehearse and perform, receive specialized instruction, learn musicianship skills, and participate in other music-related activities. Lunch will be provided each day in Ridgway, and the cost to attend is $250.


The UE Departments of Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Physics will jointly host an inaugural STEM camp for high school students.

Rising students for grades 9-12 are invited to participate in hands-on exploration from June 20-25. The weeklong camp will cover several STEM topics, including energy in molecules, ecological interactions, DNA barcoding, data science, and more. Participants will also learn about STEM-based career discovery and undergraduate research. The cost of the camp is $250 and will last each day from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Exploring Art at UE

The UE Department of Art is inviting the local youth to make all types of art in the studios on campus. Participants will get to draw, paint, dye, marbleize, and create jewelry alongside art faculty and students. At the end of the camp, students will take home a 106-piece art kit with a built-in easel for future creations.

Exploring Art at UE will be offered the week of June 20-25, and the cost is $100. The camp will be split into two groups: students entering grades 2-5 will meet from 9:00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m., and those entering grades 5-8 will meet from 1:00 p.m. until 3:30 p.m.

Dance Camp

The inaugural Dance Camp will be held from June 22-25, and students will have the opportunity to learn ballroom, hip hop, modern dance, and more. Ballroom dances will include swing, rumba, foxtrot, and waltz. On the last day, a performance will be held. Campers will also receive in-depth dance lessons, a T-shirt, and breakfast and lunch. The cost of the camp is $200.

Journey to Justice

UE is also leading an 8-day Journey to Justice bus tour through cities of the South to explore the history of the civil rights movement. The trip is scheduled for July 16-23 and open to rising high school juniors and seniors. More information is available at

The University strives to make summer camps accessible to all students regardless of their ability to pay. Thanks to generous funding from Lilly Endowment Inc., financial assistance could cover up to 90% of costs for those in need. Funds are limited, so parents and guardians are encouraged to apply early. Visit to register for all camps, and the pre-registration will include financial assistance questions.  

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* CRNA Whitecoat Ceremony

The University of Evansville Nurse Anesthesia Program held its inaugural Whitecoat Ceremony on Saturday, April 30th. We appreciate all of the administration, faculty and staff, families and friends who helped make this such a special day for our residents. This milestone achievement signifies the end of the residents' didactic year of education and entry into clinical residency.

Congratulations to the Class of 2023!

Submitted by Lisa Jones
* University of Evansville Summer Camps

UE has launched a Summer Camps page on the website, which compiles a variety of camp opportunities available this summer for students in grades 2-12.

Camps range from the arts to STEM. Plus, the new Springboard camp, a seven-week summer camp that runs June through July. The popular Journey to Justice 8-day bus tour comes back in July!

Visit the Summer Camps page at and share with anyone who might be interested!

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* Save the date! Kelly Bargeloh Farewell Reception

Kelly Bargeloh and her family will be relocating to Knoxville, TN this summer. Please join us as we say goodbye and wish her well! Kelly's Farewell Reception will be on Tuesday, May 17 from 2-3:30pm in the Student Life Suite.

Submitted by Amanda Wood
* Save the Date! Gene Wells Retirement Reception

The Center for Career Development would like to say congratulations to Gene Wells, Senior Director of the Center for Career Development on his upcoming retirement. In his 18 years of dedicated service, Gene has made many contributions to the University, our students, and the professional field of career development. A reception in his honor will be held on Thursday, May 12, from 3pm-4:30pm in the Phillips' Alcove on the 2nd floor of Ridgway. Please join us as we wish him well.  Faculty, staff, students, and alumni are all invited to attend, Gene would love to see you all!

Submitted by Amanda Wood
* 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

Info You Should Know

* Board of Trustees Approves New Degrees

During the spring meetings, the Board of Trustees voted to approve the establishment of three new degree programs.

The Master of Arts in Innovative Leadership in heritage management will focus on learning experiences in heritage, leadership, business, and environmental sciences to learn how to use heritage effectively and inclusively as a tool for community capacity-building and changemaking.

The Bachelor of Science in construction management will meet the growing need for construction professionals and will attracted qualified students who would like to study subjects related to construction, but do not want to be involved in construction design and analysis, which is done primarily by civil engineers.

The Bachelor of Science in anthropology addresses the rising employment gap in Cultural Resource Management (CRM), both locally and nationally. The curriculum draws on the strengths of our acclaimed archaeology program to appeal to students interested in anthropology, anthropological archaeology, or CRM.

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* Rental Openings

Are you an Employee looking for housing close to campus? Facilities Management and Planning may have a few options available for rent starting June 1st

Please contact Fred Wilson, Manager of Residential Maintenance at 488-2666 or for more details.

Submitted by LISA M CRESCI
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* 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
* 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


* Congratulations to Accounting Data Analytics Certificate and Badge Recipients

Professor Rania Mousa, Associate Professor of Accounting and MJN Endowed Chair, would like to congratulate her students for successfully completing the requirements of the Data Analytics Core Concepts Certificate. The certificate is offered by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). It offers an opportunity to understand the language of data analytics and develop data-driven mindset by using three real-world business scenarios covering revenue analysis, financial planning and analysis, and business performance. Students have also earned digital badges which can be shared on professional networks.

The following students have completed their certification and earned their digital badges while enrolled in Professor Mousa’s Accounting Information Systems course in Spring 2022:

  • Olivia Barnes
  • James Buchanan
  • Tyler Denu
  • Ethan Garvey
  • Soomin Ko
  • Garrett Presko
  • Neal Quick
  • Pema Sherpa
  • Elayna Walters
  • Brock Wandel
  • Ben Welp
  • Kyler West
  • Garrett Wood
Submitted by Rania Mousa
* Flavio Felix de Morais Filho Receives Aarstad Award in Political Science

The Arthur B. Aarstad Scholar Award for the Outstanding Senior in Political Science for this year has been presented to Flavio Felix de Morais Filho, who will be graduating this month with a double major in Political Science and International Studies. In the fall, he plans to begin his graduate work for a master's degree in International Studies from Washington University in St. Louis with an eye to pursuing an eventual career in counterterrorism and homeland security. The Arthur B. Aarstad award recognizes the life and legacy of Dr. Arthur Aarstad, who started teaching in the History and Political Science department at Evansville College in 1958 and who served with distinction until his retirement in 1995.

Submitted by Robert Dion
* Mechanical Engineering seniors join the Order of the Engineer

Congratulations to the Mechanical Engineering Class of 2022 on joining the Order of the Engineer as they prepare to enter the engineering profession. Details of the Order from the organization's website are included below.

The Order of the Engineer was initiated in the United States to foster a spirit of pride and responsibility in the engineering profession, to bridge the gap between training and experience, and to present to the public a visible symbol identifying the engineer. At the induction ceremony, engineers are invited to accept the Obligation of the Engineer and a stainless steel ring. The Order fosters a unity of purpose and the honoring of one’s pledge lifelong. The Obligation is a creed similar to the oath attributed to Hippocrates (460-377 B.C.) that is generally taken by medical graduates and which sets forth an ethical code. The Obligation likewise, contains parts of the Canon of Ethics of major engineering societies. Initiates, as they accept it voluntarily, pledge to uphold the standards and dignity of the engineering profession and to serve humanity by making the best use of Earth’s precious wealth.

Submitted by Jessie Lofton
* Thananatthanachon, Lampkins Invested as Wargel Endowed Chairs of Academic Programs

Pictured are Dr. Tod, Prez P, and Dr. Lampkins

On Monday, May 2, UE held an investiture ceremony for two faculty members: Todsapon Thananatthanachon, PhD; and Andrew Lampkins, PharmD, PhD. Both individuals were invested as the Wargel Endowed Chair of their respective programs, which was made possible due to a generous gift from Bob and Judy Wargel.

Thananatthanachon, or known by his colleagues and students as “Dr. Tod,” will now serve as the Wargel Endowed Chair in Chemistry for the Wargel Department of Chemistry in the William L. Ridgway College of Arts and Sciences. As an associate professor, he teaches a variety of courses and maintains an active research group in the area of organometallic chemistry, green chemistry, and catalysis. Dr. Tod also serves as a faculty research advisor for the Chemistry Club, and he established an annual Chemistry Club Lecture Series that invites distinguished researchers in all areas of chemistry to present on campus.

Lampkins was invested as the Wargel Endowed Chair in Physician Assistant Science for the Master of Physician Assistant Science program in the College of Education and Health Sciences. After earning his PhD in organic and medical chemistry, he completed a Walther Cancer Institute Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Notre Dame. Before he became an associate professor for the physician assistant program, he was an assistant professor and inaugural G. Richard and Rita ’59 Eykamp Endowed Chair in Chemistry. 

Following the formal ceremony, which was held in UE’s Neu Chapel, guests were invited to a reception where UE unveiled the Robert and Judy Decker Wargel Department of Chemistry. The department and its new signage are located on the third floor of Koch Center for Engineering and Science.

Signage of the new department

Bob and Judy Wargel are two alumni and friends of the University whose generosity has supported remarkable student experiences, cutting edge faculty research, and continuously enhanced academics. They met one another at UE, and both earned degrees in chemistry. After successful careers, the Wargels followed their love of volunteering and passion for improving health and wellness in third-world countries. They also gave countless hours to the Department of Chemistry by sponsoring summer internships for students and establishing a planned gift to the department. 

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* UE Students Present at Posters on the Hill

Senior Mechanical Engineering students Jackson Smith, Alek Dunkelberger, and Edward Friesel took part in Posters on the Hill sponsored by the Council on Undergraduate Research. There were two parts to the event: advocating for congressional support for undergraduate research and the presentation of research results. Seventy students from thirty-two states and the District of Columbia presented during the two-day event on April 26 and 27.

The UE students met virtually with staff members from Representatives Jim Baird (4th District) and Larry Bucshon (8th District) to advocate for congressional support of undergraduate research prior to the presentation of their research.

On Wednesday, April 27, the students presented their research in a poster format to students, faculty from various universities, and congressional staff. Staff members from Representative Larry Bucshon, Senator Todd Young, and Senator Mike Braun listened to the students present their work and asked questions about sources of research funding, how to expose K-12 students to research earlier, and how their undergraduate research has impacted their future plans for graduate education among other things.

Submitted by Paula Heldt
* Congratulations to the 2022-2023 Global Scholars

Congratulations to the 2022-2023 Global Scholars! The Global Scholars Program offers support for faculty engaged in scholarship or curriculum development that helps prepare our students and community for global leadership, citizenry, and success. The program is supported and administered by the Center for Innovation & Change and is made possible by the John H. Schroeder Global Scholar Endowed Fund. These extraordinary faculty will begin their work this summer. We congratulate them for:

Dr. Ed Bujak: Certification in Facilitating Intercultural Learning and Intercultural Development Inventory

Dr. Vincent Campese: (Thai cities of Bangkok, Phuket and Pattaya) Ending the pandemic: Reducing persuasion towards misinformation through perspective and personalization in the communication of medical science.

Dr. Mari Plikuhn: Researching First Generation Students Studying Abroad

Dr. Rania Mousa: (Switzerland) Reimagining Financial Inclusion in the Post COVID-19 World: The Case of Grameen America.

Dr. Tamara Wandel: (Italy) Breaking Barriers Within the Deaf Community

Submitted by Erin L Lewis
* New Director of Counseling Services

It is with great pleasure that we would like to announce the appointment of Liz McCormick from Interim Director of Counseling Services to Director of Counseling Services. Liz stepped up from Counselor to Interim when our previous Director, Karen Stenstrom, left the University in March 2022. Liz has been with the University since January 2016 and has been a tremendous asset to Counseling Services and the University. Please join us in congratulating Liz on her promotion!

Submitted by Sarah O'Leary
* Biology Awards

The Annual Biology Awards honoring the outstanding achievements of UE biology students during the 2021-2022 academic year were announced during the Biology Senior Picnic on April 28th.

The recipient of the Jerry T. Seng Freshmen Biology Award was Josie Pagano.

The David and Jennifer Pollock Sophomore Biology Award was granted to Brad Schulte.
Charlie Watts received the P. “Louie” Winternheimer Junior Biology Award.

The James A. Brenneman Student Service Award in Biology was given to Samantha Schmidt.

Sarah Kempf was honored with the Patricia L. Akrabawi Teaching Assistant Award in Biology.

The Charles and Patricia Robertson Senior Biology Award was presented to Kenzie Young.

During the picnic, the biology department also recognized the achievements of Dr. Noah Gordon by presenting him with The Ivory Tower Award.

Congratulations go out to all biology majors for their success over the past academic year.

Submitted by Dale Edwards
* Dean's Teaching Awards

Congratulations to the faculty members who received a Dean's Teaching Award from their Academic Dean for 2021-2022. Their dedication to our students through their teaching and support is exceptional and deserving of this award. The faculty members being recognized are:

Erin Davis, associate professor of mathematics from the William L. Ridgway College of Arts and Sciences,

Patrick Thomas, associate professor of archeology from the William L. Ridgway College of Arts and Sciences,

Josh Fenton, clinical assistant professor of business law from the College of Business and Engineering,

Brian Swenty, professor of mechanical and civil engineering from the College of Business and Engineering,

Alison Jones, clinical assistant professor of education from the College of Education and Health Sciences,

Katie Thomas, clinical assistant professor of nursing from the College of Education and Health Sciences.

Submitted by Paula Heldt
* 2022 Eta Lambda Sigma Induction Ceremony

The University of Evansville Eta Lambda Chapter of Sigma International Honor Society of Nursing inducted new members in a ceremony April 24, 2022. Inductees included Juniors, Delany Herrmann, Faith Macy, Emily McMonigle, and Alexa Wheeler. Seniors, inductees included Julia Meadows, Sophie Treski and Emma Vassy. Additionally, RN to BSN Tracy Pfau and Lacey Risley along with Nurse Leader, Jamey Williams, MSN, RN, CNS, Melissa Fitch DNP, CRNA and Meghan Butcha DNP, CRNA were inducted. Katherine Goslak received the Key Award. Special thanks to 2021 Inductees Alexa Hopf, Katherine Goslak and Katelyn Sanders assisting in the ceremony. Michelle Hamblin MSN, RN gave the keynote address. The mission of Sigma International is advancing world health and celebrating nursing excellence in scholarship, leadership, and service.

Submitted by Theresa Price


* Matthew Ragsdale joins UE basketball program

Another important piece was added to the 2022-23 University of Evansville men’s basketball squad as head coach Todd Lickliter announced the addition of Matthew Ragsdale.

A 3-year player at Western Colorado University out of NCAA Division II, Ragsdale was the leading scorer on his team last season, finishing with 21.5 points per game while shooting 44.5% from the field.

“We are excited to welcome Matthew to UE and know his experience, skill and commitment to team success will make him an invaluable teammate,” Lickliter said.  “We look forward to his arrival on campus and his positive impact on our program throughout his career.”

Averaging 35.7 minutes per game in 2021-22, Ragsdale added 4.1 rebounds, 70 3-point makes while completing the year shooting 82.3% from the line.  The 6-foot-4 native of Colorado Springs, Colorado was named a Second Team All-South Central Region player while garnering Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference First Team All-Conference accolades.

Ragsdale has been a prolific scorer throughout his career with the Mountaineers, completing his sophomore campaign in 2020-21 with 20.8 points per game while shooting 49.1% from the field.  He joined Western Colorado as a freshman in 2019 and posted 12.4 PPG while earning All-RMAC Honorable Mention.

Prior to his college career, Ragsdale played at Lewis-Palmer High School where he helped his team to a perfect 28-0 mark on the way to a state championship in his senior campaign.

Submitted by Athletics

In The News

* Fifth Third Invests $15,000 in Embrace's Jacobsville Advantage

Embrace, the University of Evansville student-run marketing and communications agency, will continue offering discounted services to local businesses through the Jacobsville Advantage. Fifth Third Bank provided an initial $25,000 grant to kickstart the endeavor, and they have recently invested an additional $15,000 to support ongoing services.

The Jacobsville Advantage was launched in October 2021 to help fuel growth and development for businesses in the Jacobsville community. Since that time, Embrace has taken on six clients, some of which include Foster Care in the US, Gayla Cake, Jacobsville Community Cooperative, The Jacobsville Fine Arts Association, and Zesto. Projects with these businesses have included website creation and redesign, flyers, video advertisements, social media, and more.

Any business owner in the Jacobsville community can apply to receive marketing services at discounted rates. Embraces uses a stairstep approach for pricing, and the initial five hours begin at $10 per hour. Rates increase up to and max out at $50 after 35 hours of service. To learn more or schedule an appointment with the team, owners should visit

With senior members of Embrace graduating, seven new members will be added, and each brings unique capabilities to the dynamic team. With Fifth Third Bank’s $15,000 investment, the incoming students are eager to continue creating positive change and supporting local businesses.

About Embrace

Embrace Marketing and Communications was founded in October 2018 at the University of Evansville to provide students with real-world business experience. Its mission is to provide its clients with innovative, high-quality marketing and communications services. For more information, please visit

Submitted by Julie Bryant /

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