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Wednesday, July 20, 2022

* Fall Conference Opening Session and Concurrent Sessions 2022

The opening session of the University of Evansville Fall Conference is Tuesday, August 16, beginning at 1:00 p.m. in Shanklin Theatre, Hyde Hall. Gather and reconnect with one another at 12:30 p.m. with beverages in the Matt Williams Lobby and Toyota Lounge, Hyde Hall. All faculty, staff, and administrators are welcome and encouraged to attend. Following the opening session, a ribbon cutting ceremony will be held for the New Residence Hall at 4:00 p.m. Everyone is invited to join in this celebration, which will be held in the lobby of the New Residence Hall. Appetizers and drinks will be served afterwards.

Fall Conference will continue Wednesday, August 17, with Concurrent Sessions in the Schroeder School of Business Building from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The campus community is encouraged to attend the informational sessions.

View the Fall Conference Schedule for a complete list of events and Concurrent Sessions.

Please address questions to Tracey Folden at ext. 2509 or or Paula Heldt at ext. 2479 or

Submitted by Paula Heldt

Upcoming Events

* Employees - United Way Day of Caring

United Way of Southwestern Indiana's Day of Caring will be held on Friday, September 16! This is the largest service day in the area where volunteers give their time and energy to help non-profit organizations in Vanderburgh, Spencer, and Warrick counties.

This year, UE will continue to partner with the Buffalo Trace Council of the Boy Scouts of America, located at the Eykamp Scout Center. Projects include general landscaping, fall field day setup, organizing program supplies, pressure washing, painting posts, and more! Participating employees WILL NOT need to use a vacation day but are required to obtain approval from respective supervisors.

If you have been looking for the chance to make a positive impact on our community, this is the perfect opportunity! Sign up by completing this survey - Registration. Please contact Jenni Sauls, Office of the President, with any questions via email at or phone at 812-488-2151.

Let’s have a great showing!

Submitted by Jenni Sauls
* Josenhans Farewell Reception

After more than 17 years, the University of Evansville will bid a fond farewell to Thomas Josenhans, Professor of Music, former Chair of the Music Department, and Principal Clarinet of the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra. Thomas’ family will be moving to South Bend, Indiana where he and his wife Barbara will be pursuing new career opportunities at St. Mary’s College and University of Notre Dame respectively. Please join UE Music faculty and members of the Friends of UE Music for a farewell reception on Thursday, July 21 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Toyota Lounge and Matt Williams Lobby (lobby to Shanklin Theatre). Refreshments will be served.

Submitted by Amy Esche
* UE Summer Ceramics Workshop Sale

The UE Summer Ceramics Workshop is hosting their ceramics sale August 6, 10am -2pm, on UE's campus. The location is the South Lawn of Koch Center. Ceramics will range in price from $20-$300. Parking is available in front oval or the parking lot off Weinbach Avenue.

flyer with ceramic pieces promoting the sale

Submitted by Todd Matteson

Changemaker Corner

* UE Center for Innovation & Change Hosts Ambition Basketball Team & UE Men's Basketball Team & Coaches

The UE Center for Innovation & Change was honored to host Coaches Mitch Lewis and Brad Elliott with Ambition Basketball, the 2025 9th Elite Team (hopefully #FutureAces fresh off their NCAA Ballin’ Under One Roof championship), Assistant Coach Marcus Wilson, and several members of the UE Men's Basketball team. Coach Ragland and his team believe in community service, changemaking, and mentoring, so get used to seeing these awesome young men out in the community inspiring the next generation! Go support your Aces this fall!

Submitted by Brooksie Smith

Info You Should Know

* Employee Summer Healthy Behavior Challenge

The Summer Healthy Behavior Challenge for Employees is underway! This is the 60-Day Total Health Challenge which encompasses all areas of health: movement, nutrition, sleep, social health, and mental health. Earn $150 in HRA credits for successfully completing the challenge!

The challenge will begin August 1st - September 28th. Use the link below to sign up!! Tracking calendars will be emailed to you at the start of the challenge. See the flyer attached for additional information!


Submitted by Ashley Chipps
* Pest treatment

A contractor will be conducting annual pest treatment to the exterior of campus buildings on Friday July 22.

Questions or Concerns Regarding this Work: Contact Fred Wilson

Thank you for your patience as we maintain our beautiful campus.

To report a facilities emergency, call (812) 488-2775.

Submitted by Fred Wilson
* Now Hiring - ScholarCorps AmeriCorps Member

We’re looking for our next ScholarCorps AmeriCorps member at UE. Do you know someone who can make a difference in the lives of UE students from Indiana? Is that someone you?

The ScholarCorps AmeriCorps member will complete a minimum 1,700 hours of service from August 1, 2022 - July 31, 2023, with an option to renew for up to 2 additional years. Our ScholarCorps member will join the Academic Services team as UE’s 21st Century Scholar Support Specialist.
ScholarCorps members receive a living allowance and are eligible for an AmeriCorps education award, as well as student loan forbearance and interest accrual reimbursement on qualifying student loans. ScholarCorps members are also provided health benefits through AmeriCorps.

If you know someone interested in working in higher education and serving Indiana students, please share this information with them! This is a great way to get experience in higher education and student success.

The Indiana Commission for Higher Education’s ScholarCorps AmeriCorps program engages volunteers in full-time AmeriCorps service. AmeriCorps is a network of national service programs that engage more than 75,000 Americans each year in intensive service to meet critical needs in education, public safety, health, and the environment. Members who successfully complete a minimum 1,700 hours of AmeriCorps service will receive a modest living allowance of up to $20,370 and are eligible to receive a $6,345 AmeriCorps Education Award. AmeriCorps Education Awards can be used to repay qualified student loans, or pay the cost of attending a qualified institution of higher education.

ScholarCorps AmeriCorps members are placed at select colleges and universities across Indiana and serve as an on-campus resource to freshman and sophomore 21st Century Scholar students enrolled at that institution. The program aims to increase 21st Century Scholar retention and success by providing on-campus programming, direct support and connecting students to various on-campus resources, information and services needed to be successful in college. Each ScholarCorps AmeriCorps member will be charged with providing Scholars with resources in alignment with four programmatic goal areas, including:
1.) Academic Performance and Persistence,
2.) Student Engagement and Enrichment,
3.) Career Exploration and Preparation, and
4.) Financial Literacy and Debt Management.

Primary tasks and duties:
• Increase student retention and success by providing on-campus programming and direct support to 21st Century Scholars
• Track and monitor the academic performance of Scholars (mid-term and end of semester) and refer at-risk Scholars to on-campus tutoring, advising and academic support services
• Enhance the overall collegiate experience for 21st Century Scholars by providing meaningful networking and social opportunities, leadership development programing and civic engagement activities
• Participate in ScholarCorps Member trainings, orientation and professional development opportunities (e.g., statewide conferences, trainings, events, etc.)

• Must be a United States citizen, national or lawful permanent resident of the United States
• Associate degree or Bachelor degree preferred
• Ability to make a full-year commitment from on or near August 1, 2022 – July 31, 2023
• Ability to work well with individuals from diverse backgrounds
• Ability to drive and access to a vehicle
• Preference will be given to former 21st Century Scholars

A full description and position summary is available. Interested candidates should contact Chad Hart, Manager of Retention, at to talk about the position and to discuss arrangements for an interview. Let's talk!

Do you know anyone who might be interested in this opportunity? Let us know! We want to reach out to them!

Learn more

Submitted by Chad Hart
* Andiron Lecture Series 2022-2023 (Call for Papers)

UE faculty, staff, and administrators are invited to submit an abstract for papers on any aspect of their research or expertise for the 2022-2023 Andiron Lectures Series.  All disciplines and fields of study are welcome to submit proposals.

Please send the following by email:
A 50-word abstract with Name, Academic Affiliation/ Occupation, Paper title, and Contact Information to: Ray Lutgring at with a Cc to Cheryl Emmons at These will be forwarded to the Andiron Lecture Committee for consideration.

Nominations for off-campus speakers can be sent by email to Ray Lutgring at
with a Cc to Cheryl Emmons at; she will forward them to the Andiron Lecture committee for consideration. 

Submitted by Cheryl Emmons /
* Order Textbooks Online and Skip the Lines

Did you know you can order your textbooks online ahead of time and skip the long in-store lines? Simply visit the bookstore online at, click on "Find Course Materials” under the “Course Materials & Textbooks” header, select your courses from the dropdown menus, and the website will pull a personalized list of Required and Recommended titles!

Now if you plan on renting any books, you will need to put in a credit card to secure the rental BUT you can pay a different way! Are you an Athlete? On VA benefits? Or just need to use your Book Loan before your Financial Aid is distributed? You can do that AND rent! When it comes time to check out, make sure you follow the directions, putting in your credit card AND selecting the secondary form of payment as "Financial Aid: Student Account". When the order comes through, the appropriate account will be charged (nothing will be charged to the credit card unless you damage the books or don't bring them back at the end of the semester).

Please allow up to 72 hours for web order processing during the first 2 weeks of class. You will receive 2 emails: one confirming the order, the other to let you know when it is ready to pickup/has been shipped. Please wait for that second email before coming in to pick up your order. If you have decided to have your books shipped, the tracking number will be on that email.

Find out you don’t need the book? You have one week from the start of classes to return the book for a full refund with the book in original condition and a copy of your receipt.

Dropped a class? Get a full refund if you return your book by September 30th, with proof that you dropped the course, the book in original condition, and a copy of your receipt.

Of course, if you don't feel comfortable ordering online, you're more than welcome to bring your schedule into the store (either printed or pulled up on your phone), we will pull your books at our back counter, and you can pay at the register. Remember, if you're renting, you need to have a credit card to secure the rentals, even if you're using a different form of payment.

Submitted by Becky Lamont


* Shane Gray selected by New York Yankees in 2022 MLB Draft

Following a dominant season on the mound, University of Evansville baseball senior right-handed pitcher Shane Gray has been selected by the New York Yankees in the 2022 Major League Baseball Amateur Player Draft.

A first-team all-MVC selection this season, Gray was the Friday night starter for an Aces rotation that at times overwhelmed its opponents. The West Jefferson, Ohio native finished the 2022 campaign with s team-best 8-3 record, recording a 4.39 ERA with 95 punchouts to just 25 walks. In conference play, Gray allowed three-or-less runs in six of his seven starts and struck-out seven-or-more batters five times.

Gray becomes the Aces first MLB Draft selection since pitcher Adam Lukas was a 12th-round pick of the Kansas City Royals in 2019 and is one of four Evansville products to be drafted by the Yankees, joining Jason Imrisek (1995), John Kremer (1999), and Fred Jones (2007).

Submitted by Athletics
* Former Ace Pagan Joins UE Women's Soccer Coaching Staff

University of Evansville women’s soccer head coach Chris Pfau has announced that Sierra Pagan, a former team captain and starter in the midfield and defense for the Purple Aces, is returning to her alma mater to serve as a volunteer assistant coach. Pagan will assist with all aspects of the Purple Aces’ program.

“It is great to have Sierra not only on staff, but to have her back here at UE,” said Pfau. “Sierra is someone who has great energy, loves UE, and she wants to help continue to have our program succeed both on and off the field. To have someone like that on your staff is very exciting!”

Pagan played in 66 games, with 37 starts both in the midfield and defense from 2015 through 2018 at UE. She was a key reserve for Evansville in 2015 as a freshman and helped the Purple Aces reach the NCAA Tournament. She then fought her way into the Evansville starting lineup three times as a sophomore in 2016, before being a mainstay in the Purple Aces’ lineup her final two seasons at Evansville while serving as a team captain.

Pagan also excelled in the classroom at UE, earning a place on the Missouri Valley Conference’s Academic Honor Roll. Pagan graduated with honors from Evansville with a degree in Criminal Justice in 2019.

Evansville opens training on Tuesday, August 2, with the first exhibition match slated for Wednesday, August 10 at Alabama A&M. The Purple Aces will host NCAA Tournament participant Saint Louis in a free exhibition match on Saturday, August 13 at 1 p.m., before opening the 2022 regular-season on Thursday, August 18 against traditional Southeastern Conference power Vanderbilt at 7 p.m.

Submitted by Athletics
* Sammy Dowd named UE men's basketball graduate assistant

Former Idaho State standout Sammy Dowd has joined University of Evansville men’s basketball coach David Ragland’s staff as a graduate assistant.

A native of Seattle, Washington, Dowd most recently played in the Philippines for the University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons in 2020.

“When I came to Evansville, it was a goal to surround myself with talented but very good individuals.  In my opinion, there is nobody better than Sammy,” Ragland said.  “From the first moment I met him when he was at North Idaho, hit attitude, excitement and positivity were contagious.”

“North Idaho had an undefeated season with one guy who went on to play in the NBA and others who played at bigger schools…none of that would have been possible without Sammy.  The way to get this program where I want it to be is to bring in those who are talented but are even better people.  He exemplifies that.”

In two seasons at Idaho State, Dowd appeared in a total of 56 games while making 10 starts.  As a senior in 2018-19, he notched five assists and 26 minutes, both career highs, against Portland State.  His top scoring effort at ISU came in his junior season where he tallied 13 points also against Portland State.

Following his junior campaign in 2017-18, Dowd was the recipient of the US Basketball Writers Association’s Most Courageous award given at the NCAA tournament Final Four.  He was recognized for the hurdles that he overcame in his life to accomplish one of his goals of playing college basketball at the Division I level.

“I am blessed to have the opportunity to work for Coach Ragland and to learn from him, George Swanson, Marcus Wilson, Craig Snow and Roosevelt Jones,” Dowd exclaimed.  “Learning from some great mentors has prepared me for this position and I am thankful and blessed to be here.”

Prior to his Division I career, Dowd played for two seasons at North Idaho where he averaged 17 points and 7 assists per game.  He was named to the honor roll and helped his team to a conference championship.  In his time at Gonzaga Prep, he lettered in football and basketball.  His basketball squad advanced to the state playoffs on three occasions while finishing as high as 8th in the state rankings.

He is the son of Ron and Jill Miller and has a sister Megan and brother Matt.

Submitted by Athletics

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