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Wednesday, May 3, 2023

* Commencement

Everyone is invited to the 165th commencement ceremony on Saturday May 6th to honor the class of 2023. 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 will also be live streamed at Seniors should also complete the 2023 Graduation Survey.

Submitted by Emily Ormson

Upcoming Events

* Lytho 1:1 Learning Sessions

The Office of Marketing and Communications is offering 1:1 learning sessions for Lytho, the University workflow system for marketing requests and materials. If you are still trying to navigate Lytho or want to learn more about its tricks and tools, the session can cover:
- Submitting requests
- Marking up changes to your proofs and leaving comments
- Review statuses
- Accessing deliverables (completed files)
- And more

This is open to any faculty, staff, or administrator that has used Lytho or is planning to. For more information, please contact Abigail Perry at

Submitted by Abigail Perry

Changemaker Corner

* Faculty Invitation: FREE ChangeLab Spring Workshop at French Lick

Whether you have coached a ChangeLab or are interested in coaching one, this FREE workshop is for you! Spaces are very limited, so respond soon. RSVP to to receive registration link!

All full-time UE faculty are invited to join the Center for Innovation & Change team for a workshop about ChangeLab at the beautiful French Lick Resort and Hotel on May 29 and 30.

Sessions will start immediately after lunch on 5/29, then you'll check in, stay the night, and sessions will continue till about 3pm the next day (Eastern Time). Full participation required. Whether you've coached a ChangeLab before, or have been thinking about doing one, this will be a great chance to unpack the experience a bit. We'll learn from experienced coaches, provide helpful tools, and help you think about experiential learning in your class or department.

Spots are extremely limited, and will be given first come first serve. Meals, individual hotel room, materials and commemorative item provided. Families are welcome, but meals for family members will be on your own.

RSVP to to receive registration link!

Submitted by Andrew Carter

Info You Should Know

* Purchasing Procedures Announced for May 2023

As the end of the University’s fiscal year approaches on May 31, Administrative Services and Accounting and Audit announce the following procedures related to purchases of goods and services during May.

Pcard Purchases
• Pcard purchases posting on the May statement (cycle end date is May 22) will be paid from FY 2022-23 funds unless a prepaid item. Most shipments post on your Pcard within three to four business days.  However, vendors have up to nine business days to post transactions.
• Pcard purchases posting from May 23 through May 31 will be paid from FY 2023-2024 (new year) funds, unless the item purchased exceeds $500.  Purchases exceeding $500 will be paid from FY 2022-2023 funds.

Office Depot Orders
• Normally, Office Depot orders placed online by 3 p.m. for items in stock are delivered the next business day. Upon delivery, the transaction should post on your Pcard within three to four business days.
• Office Depot orders received by May 15 will likely post on the May 22 Pcard Cycle and be paid from FY 2022-2023 funds.
• Office Depot orders placed and received but posting to the Pcard between May 23 and May 31 will be paid from FY 2023-2024 funds, unless the items purchased exceed $500.  Purchases exceeding $500 will be paid from FY 2022-2023 funds.

Purchase Orders
• Approved requisitions converted into purchase orders and delivered by May 31 will be paid from FY 2022-2023 funds.
• Approved Requisitions indicating FY 2023-2024 in Self-Service with a Requisition Date of 6/1/23 or later and a typed Internal Comment of FY 2023-2024 will be processed with a delivery date of June 1 or later.
• Backordered Purchase Orders not delivered by May 31 will be paid from FY 2022-2023 funds.

Blanket Orders
• All FY 2022-2023 Blanket orders expire on May 31, 2023.
• Approved Requisitions for FY 2023-2024  (new year) Blanket Orders may now be submitted via Self-Service with a Requisition Date of 6/1/23 or later with “Blanket Purchase order for ____________ effective June 1, 2023 through May 31, 2024” included in the line item description.
• Backordered Blanket Purchase Order items not delivered by May 31, 2023 will be paid from FY 2023-2024 funds.

Payment Requests
• All services completed and items purchased (and on campus) by May 31 must be submitted and approved on a Payment Request in Self-Service by Monday, June 12 to be paid from FY 2022-2023 funds. Any pre-May 31st purchases submitted for payment after this date will be charged to FY 2023-2024.

Submitted by Kim Winsett
* Student Veteran Survey

The University is seeking feedback from student veterans regarding your college search and the veteran section of the UE Webpage. If you're a student veteran, please complete our brief survey by May 12.

Survey Link

Your participation in the survey is appreciated; thanks in advance!

For questions, please contact Hilary Hillenbrand at hm38 or Cherie Leonhardt at CL29. Thank you.

Submitted by Cherie Leonhardt
* Faculty and staff, looking for new ways to volunteer?

Ace CARE is a student-run organization that provides free physical therapy services to the uninsured and underinsured people of the Evansville community. This wonderful program allows students from the physical therapy, physician assistant, athletic training, and health science undergraduate degrees to get hands-on practice with patients while also providing health care to individuals who would not receive it otherwise!

Ace CARE has the amazing ability to provide a vulnerable community with transportation to and from their sessions on campus through the use of a van. There are even one to two physical therapy students riding along throughout the routes to help safely transfer patients into and out of the van. Currently, there is a need for more volunteers to donate their time, and help drive the van on Tuesday nights from 4 - 7:30pm! We need faculty and staff to help us keep the van operating for our patients!! If you are a UE faculty or staff interested in helping out or have any questions, please reach out to Dr. Schwartzkopf-Phifer at

Come be a part of an organization that truly is changing lives and making the Evansville community a better place!

Submitted by Megan Fulhorst
* College Mentors for Kids Volunteers Needed

College Mentors for Kids, a UE student volunteer organization, seeks a Treasurer who will also serve as our Vice President of Fundraising for the next academic year. If you are interested in this leadership position on our Executive Board, don't hesitate to contact Lilly Kolley, our President, at lk165, or Dr. Lisa Hale, our faculty sponsor, at lh241. Anyone interested in mentoring an elementary-aged child should reach out too. We hope to change as many young lives as possible, but we need UE student leaders to make it happen. Please volunteer today.

Submitted by Lisa Marie Hale
* This Summer Archaeology Majors Cross the Globe for Excavations and Internships

One will be excavating the remains of a "cursed" Etruscan palace in Tuscany. Another will be preparing a photography exhibit of Evansville "then and now." A third will be helping to locate the remains of an 1840s farmstead in Illinois built by a freed slave. Those are just three of the sixteen Archaeology majors who will be participating in experiential learning this summer in four foreign countries and five US states. The full list is below. If you see any of these folks before they leave campus, wish them a great summer and ask them to send you a postcard.

Anna R. – University of Missouri, St. Louis’ Iklaina-Pylos Field School Archaeological Project (working in lab at excavation of a Mycenaean palace)

Sophia C. – University of Haifa Excavation in the Lower City at Tel Hazor (Israel’s largest Canaanite city)
Ever G. – University of Haifa Excavation in the Lower City at Tel Hazor
Daniel G. – University of Haifa Excavation in the Lower City at Tel Hazor
Jade H. – University of Haifa Excavation in the Lower City at Tel Hazor
Brenna M. – University of Haifa Excavation in the Lower City at Tel Hazor
Sam P. – University of Haifa Excavation in the Lower City at Tel Hazor
Maddy W. – University of Haifa Excavation in the Lower City at Tel Hazor

Julia R. – University of Massachusetts Amherst’s Poggio Civitate Archaeological Project (excavation of an Etruscan palace)

Sara W. - Caladinho Archaeological Project, Portugal (excavation of a rural Roman fort)

United States
Olivia B. – Southern Illinois University Field School at Ft. Kaskaskia and Miller Grove, Illinois (excavation of an 18th century French colonial fort and a 19th century freed slave’s farmstead)
Grace G. – Cultural Resource Management internship with Two Pines Resources, Minnesota (survey and excavation ahead of highway construction)
Gavriel H. – Archival internship at Willard Library, Evansville
Lily K. – Rhode Island Marine Archaeological Project (processing finds from the excavation of two Colonial-era shipwrecks)
Savannah S. – Internship at the Evansville Museum of Arts, History, and Science (creating a “then and now” photo exhibit)
Zoe S. – Intern at the Maritime Museum Louisiana, Madisonville, Louisiana

Submitted by Alan Kaiser
* Bookstore Reduced Summer Hours

The bookstore will have reduced hours for the Summer, beginning on Monday, May 8th and ending on Wednesday, August 16th.

• Monday-Thursday: 10am-3pm
• Friday: 10am-2pm
• Closed Saturday and Sunday

Please note that we will have extended hours for special events (SOAR, etc). Keep an eye on our Facebook page for updates.

Have a wonderful Summer!

Submitted by Becky Lamont
* Faculty Retirements of Dr. Mark Kopta, Dr. James Ware, and Dr. Tim Zifer

The following long-time faculty members will retire this May: S. Mark Kopta, James Ware, and Tim Zifer.  They will each leave behind a great legacy of successful careers, commendable work ethics, and excellent service to our institution.  Please help us wish them well in their retirements.  From all of your UE family, we wish you all the best.

In honor of them, a Forest Pansy Redbud Tree has been planted between Hyde Hall (on the south side) and Sampson Hall.  (The location of the tree can be seen marked in red on the map at the bottom of this article.)

S. Mark Kopta, Ph.D., H.S.P.P., Professor of Psychology.

Along with teaching at UE, Dr. Kopta is a clinical psychologist in private psychotherapy practice.  He is a leading expert in psychotherapy and mental health, with numerous publications, including a book, a video, chapters in books, published articles, and scholarly paper presentations.  He specializes in researching how adults improve in psychotherapy and the assessment of mental health.  His 1986 and 1994 articles on the dosage model are two of the most cited scholarly works in psychotherapy research.  His dose-effect model was selected as one of the most influential psychotherapy theories of the 20th Century by the Encyclopedia of Psychotherapy.  His research achievements were also noted in the 1988 edition of Encyclopedia Britannica.

With regard to child and adolescent psychiatry, Dr. Kopta coauthored the book, Right Versus Wrong: Raising a Child with a Conscience.  The book delineates how children acquire healthy values through conscience development.  He has coauthored articles on child/adolescent development and mental health published in psychiatry's most influential journals.

James Ware, PhD, Professor of Religion and Classics.

Dr. Ware has taught at UE since 1995, teaching courses in the New Testament, the Gospels, Paul’s letters, ancient Christianity, and ancient Greek language and literature.  He is thankful for the many students he taught during that time, all of whom he remembers fondly and each of whom contributed in a unique way to each class.  Dr. Ware holds an M.A. in Greek and Latin Classical Literature from Washington University, St. Louis, and a Ph.D. in New Testament and Ancient Christianity from Yale University.  He is the author of Paul’s Theology in Context: Creation, Incarnation, Covenant, and Kingdom (Eerdmans, 2019), Paul and the Mission of the Church (Brill, 2005; softcover Baker Academic, 2011), and a new tool for the study of Paul’s epistles, Synopsis of the Pauline Letters (Baker Academic, 2010).  He is currently at work on a book on 1 Corinthians 15, the fullest treatment of the resurrection in the Bible, due out in 2024.  After retirement from full-time teaching at UE, he will continue teaching part-time at UE and at Saint Meinrad Seminary.

Dr. Timothy Zifer, Professor of Music.

Dr. Zifer holds a bachelor's degree in music education from Ohio University, a master of music in trumpet performance from Louisiana State University, and a doctorate in trumpet performance with a minor in wind conducting from Louisiana State University. He teaches courses in applied trumpet, UE Jazz Ensemble I, UE Trumpet Ensemble, jazz studies, and music management.  He received the Dean's Teaching Award in 2010.

Dr. Zifer is the principal trumpet of the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra and is an active soloist and recitalist.  He also serves as the principal trumpet and founding member of the Shepard Brass (UE Faculty Brass Quintet).  Most recently, he recorded Robert Russell Bennett's Rose Variations with the UE Wind Ensemble.

Prior to taking over the jazz program, Dr. Zifer served as director of bands (1996-2008).  During this time, the University of Evansville wind ensemble toured over 20 states and appeared at the 2001 International Trumpet Guild Conference, competed in the 2002 International Hawaiian Music Festival, and performed at the 2006 and 2008 Indiana Music Educators. Association conventions.  The UE Jazz Ensemble I has performed and competed at the prestigious Elmhurst Jazz Festival from 2008-2012, having received two honorable mentions and recognition for an original composition by a student.  The UE Trumpet Ensemble has performed at the 2001 and 2004 International Trumpet Guild Conferences as well as the 2011 University of Kentucky TrumpetFest.  In 2001, Dr. Zifer served as the conference host for the International Trumpet Guild Conference on the campus of UE.  The conference brought in over 800 attendees from around the world and featured recitals, lectures, exhibits, and clinics by some of the world's leading trumpet professionals.

Submitted by Tobi Audas
* New Members of Gamma Phi Omega- Welcome

The University of Evansville and the Center for Diversity Equity and Inclusion would like to extend a warm welcome and congratulations to the newest members of Gamma Phi Omega International Sorority, Inc.

On Wednesday, April 26th, 2023, the Stellar Psi Chapter of Gamma Phi Omega announced three of their newest members- UE second year Sophia Reyes and UE first years Elizabeth Tapia and Mia Melendez.

GPhiO is the first Latin-oriented Greek Organization to have a chapter at the University of Evansville. The newest members are the first UE students to gain membership in GPhiO and we are excited to see all that they bring to their organization and to the UE campus. Congratulations, baby Swans!

Gamma Phi Omega International Sorority, Inc. is a Latina-oriented organization and was founded on April 17, 1991, at Indiana University. The Stellar Psi Chapter was established in 2019 at the University of Southern Indiana. In 2022, the chapter expanded to the University of Evansville to create the Stellar Psi- Metro Evansville Chapter where individuals from both USI and UE have access to seek membership. To learn more about GPhiO please visit their national website here: and follow them on Instagram at @evansville_swans!

Submitted by Abagail Christine Catania
* Plant Sitting

The library is offering to keep students' plants alive over the summer if they cannot take them home. Contact Meg Atwater-Singer at ma35 for more information.

Submitted by Meg Atwater-Singer
* The Crescent Magazines final Issue of the Semester and new episodes of The Crescent Sports Report


And check out the final issue of the semester.

Interested in students’ stories and perspectives while studying abroad at Harlaxton? The Harlaxton Haze is a special section of the Crescent Magazine dedicated to the student experience at Harlaxton sponsored by Honey + Moon Coffee CO.

Tune in for the last episodes of the semester of The Crescent Sports Report.

Interested in writing, design, illustration, web design, photography, video, motion graphics, podcasting, marketing? Student Media is the place for you to learn and develop new skills and talents. Contact Tommy J Housman to learn more th208

Submitted by Tommy J Housman
* AceNotes Going on Summer Holiday

As there are fewer submissions to AceNotes during the summer, AceNotes will only be published on Wednesday starting the week of Monday, May 8. AceNotes Extras will still be published whenever needed. The regular AceNotes publication schedule of every Monday through Friday will resume when school begins again in August.

Submitted by Holly Smith
* 2023-24 Dr. Marvin E. Hartig Scholarship

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 2023-2024 Hartig Memorial Scholarship will be sophomores in the 2023-2024 academic year.

The application can be found online.

Deadline: Please return all materials to the Office of Student Financial Services by May 5, 2023. The decision will be announced by May 26, 2023.

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

Submitted by Amber Chandler


* Congratulations to Data Analytics Certificate and Badge Recipients

Rania Mousa, Associate Professor of Accounting, would like to congratulate her students for successfully completing the requirements of the Data Analytics Core Concepts Certificate. The certificate is offered by the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants (AICPA). The certificate is composed of four individual interactive modules. 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 Accounting Information Systems course in Spring 2023:

• Alley Angermeier
• Hayley Buerster
• Audrie Collins
• Crispin Ewen
• Samuel Hatchett
• David Martin
• Brooke McCorkle
• Samer Nassif
• Carson Parker
• Landon Stoll
• Ethan Ziegler

Submitted by Dr. Rania Mousa
* Abagail Catania to begin as Director of Student Engagement on June 5

The Division of Student Affairs is excited to announce that Abagail Catania will begin a new role as the Director of the Center for Student Engagement. Her first day will be June 5, 2023.

Abagail Catania was born and raised on the South Side of Chicago, however, that did not stop her from finding a passion for agriculture. During her time in high school, she was heavily involved in organizations such as FFA and MANRRS (Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences). After graduating from high school she attend the University of Wisconsin- Madison where she student Agricultural Business Management with a double major in Legal Studies and two minors (certificates) in Criminal Justice and Leadership. During her time in undergrad she continued her involvement with MANRRS, as well as Ask. Listen. Save and a number of other clubs. She spent a semester studying abroad in London and a semester volunteering abroad in Uganda. After returning from her time abroad, she was an RA and simultaneously worked for study abroad for two years until graduating in 2019. After graduating with her Bachelors of Science, she realized she had a greater passion for youth development and diversity. She worked at a summer camp for individuals with disabilities as a Youth Development and Leadership Coordinator before returning to the University of Westminster in London, England where she received her Masters of Arts in Cultural and Critical Studies and worked in study abroad welcoming students to London from throughout the world. Since graduating from her M.A. She has worked in the UE Center for Diversity Equity and Inclusion working to bridge cultural differences across campus through programming and interpersonal relationships. She is currently going into her second year of her Doctorate of Education (EdD) at Vanderbilt University in Higher Education Leadership and Policy.

She believes that the benefits of college do not stop at obtaining a degree. College is the place that people grow into who they’re supposed to become by learning inside and outside the classroom, meeting new people and trying new things. As corny as it may sound this is where people will meet their life long friends, future partners, and develop new passions. She is most excited to be part of that process through student engagement by helping everyone grow into who they’re meant to be!

We are looking forward to June 5th!

Submitted by Rachel Carpenter
* Biology Annual Awards

The biology awards honoring the outstanding achievements of UE biology students during the 2022-2023 academic year were announced during the Annual Biology Senior Picnic and Awards Ceremony on April 27th.

The recipient of the Jerry T. Seng Freshmen Biology Award was Ashleigh Hoskins.

The David and Jennifer Pollock Sophomore Biology Award was presented to John Erickson.

Brad Schulte and Makayla Gomperts received the P. “Louie” Winternheimer Junior Biology Award.

The James A. Brenneman Student Service Award in Biology was given to Devyn Schaetzle.

Charlie Watts was honored with the Patricia L. Akrabawi Teaching Assistant Award in Biology.

The Charles and Patricia Robertson Senior Biology Award was presented to Elyse Talley.

Biology Metamorphosis Award, an award given to a student who has shown exemplary progress and development during their academic studies in the biology program, was presented to Evan Barr.
During the picnic, the biology department also recognized the achievements of Dr. Cris Hochwender by presenting him with the coveted Bunny the Elephant Award.

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

Submitted by Dale Edwards
* Dean's Teaching Awards

The Dean’s Teaching Awards for 2022-2023 have been awarded by the Academic Deans. The faculty members being honored are:

Katie Mullins, associate professor of Creative Writing from the William L. Ridgway College of Arts and Sciences.

Sarah Smith, assistant professor of Theatre from the William L. Ridgway College of Arts and Sciences.

Faith Fox, clinical assistant professor of Logistics and Supply Chain Management from the College of Business and Engineering.

Jared Fulcher, associate professor of Mechanical Engineering from the College of Business and Engineering.

Claire Nutt, clinical assistant professor and program director of Physician Assistant Science from the College of Education and Health Sciences.

Jason Pitt, assistant professor of Physical Therapy from the College of Education and Health Sciences.

Congratulations to our most deserving faculty members, and thank you for all you do for our students and the University.

Submitted by Paula Heldt
* Hannah Tarr Receives Outstanding Honors Program Senior Award

The Honors Program congratulates Hannah Tarr on receiving the Outstanding Honors Program Senior Award for this academic year.

Hannah has been active in the Honors Program throughout her time at UE. She served as the president of the Honors Activity Board this year, leading the group in organizing and running events such as Nerd Wars, the Honors Program banquet, community service activities, and the freshman retreat.

Hannah is graduating with a degree in Theatre Studies. Her honors project was entitled “All Things Here Are Possible: Directing The Moors by Jen Silverman”. After graduation, Hannah will be spending the summer as a stage crew apprentice at the Santa Fe Opera and then moving to New York City.

The Honors Program thanks Hannah for all her contributions to the program and wishes her all the best for the future. Congratulations!

Submitted by Jayme Williams


* Baseball Aces Host Butler Wednesday Night

The May stretch run will begin for the University of Evansville baseball team on Wednesday night, as the Purple Aces will wrap up a five-game homestand against in-state rival Butler at German American Bank Field at Charles H. Braun Stadium in Evansville. First-pitch is set for 6 p.m. and Wednesday’s game can be seen live on ESPN+ and heard live on 107.1 FM-WJPS and the Old National Bank/Purple Aces Sports Network from Learfield.

Evansville will bring a 25-18 overall record into Wednesday night’s game. The Purple Aces are 2-2 on the current homestand, which began with a 9-3 win over Lipscomb last Tuesday and a 2-1 win over nationally-ranked Indiana State, before the Sycamores were able to rally to win the weekend series. Sophomore designated hitter/catcher Evan Waggoner led UE offensively over the four games, hitting .385 last week. Waggoner will enter this week’s action on a streak where he has hit safely in each of his last eight starts, posting a .448 batting average (13-for-29) during those eight games. Junior second baseman Kip Fougerousse was not far behind last week, hitting .357 in the four contests, and he has hit safely in 11 of UE’s last 12 games overall with a .415 average (17-for-41), two doubles, four home runs and 16 RBI.

Butler will bring a 9-34 overall record into Wednesday’s game, after getting swept in a Big East series at Creighton over the weekend. The Bulldogs are under the direction of first-year head coach Blake Beemer. Freshman infielder Joey Urban leads the Butler offense this year with a .290 average, six home runs, 12 doubles and 29 RBI.

All-time, Evansville has dominated the series over Butler, holding a 50-17 edge in the series. The Bulldogs were the first-ever team which head coach Wes Carroll got a win against, as UE beat Butler, 10-1, on February 27, 2009. Former Aces Cody Fick and Peter Tountas had four-hit days to help Carroll earn his first victory as head coach that day at Braun Stadium. Carroll has gone on to win 377 games in 15 seasons at UE, and ranks second all-time in school history in career coaching victories.

Senior LHP Tyler Denu (2-3, 4.73 ERA) will get the start on Wednesday night for UE. He is expected to be opposed by Butler RHP Cade Thune (1-1, 9.88 ERA).

Submitted by Athletics

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