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Wednesday, June 28, 2023

* University Closed for July Fourth Holiday

The University of Evansville (UE) will be closed in observance of the July Fourth Holiday on both Monday, July 3, and Tuesday, July 4. All campus departments and buildings will be closed. Campus will reopen and resume normal operations on July 5.

Submitted by Noah Alatza
* UE Virtual Benefits Landing Page

During the 2023 – 2024 open enrollment period, the Office of Human Resources introduced our new UE Benefits Landing Page. This page will remain active throughout the year as a quick, easy resource for all UE employee insurance benefit information. Outside of having all the relevant benefit summaries in one location to view and download, you will also enjoy the easy access of searching for providers within each individual benefit. I would encourage employees to bookmark this link to their browser:

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Upcoming Events

* Employee Summer Healthy Behavior Challenge

Welcome to the Water You Waiting For? Challenge!

We all know how important it is to stay hydrated year-round, but especially in the summer months. This is a newer challenge here at Ascension St. Vincent Tri State Clinics to help make staying hydrated a little bit easier for you! It's designed to help make a daily habit of drinking enough water by challenging you to drink at least 64 oz (8 cups) daily for 6 weeks. Of course, we all require different amounts of water each day depending on our environment, how much we exercise, etc. Proper hydration is important for our bodies to function properly and adequately!

Each week, we’ll share tips and tricks to make drinking water a habit as well as the major health benefits to staying adequately hydrated. A printable water tracking calendar will be emailed to you before the challenge start date. However, feel free to make your own!

Earn a one-time $150 in HRA credits for completing the challenge! To make sure you receive your $150 credit, be sure to send your water tracker to Taylor at at the end of the challenge. A reminder will be sent out as the challenge end date nears!

Prizes will be drawn at random out of those who submit their water trackers at the end. There will be four chances to win a $50 gift card!!

Interested in signing up? Follow the link below!


Submitted by Taylor Kollak
* Employee Summer Health Risk Assessment

Employee & Spouse Summer Health Risk Assessments will take place July 17th - 19th from 7:00am -10:45am each day in Eykamp Room 253. Complete your health risk assessment and earn HRA credits. This health risk assessment is available for UE employees and their spouses on the UE medical insurance plan. Please remember, fasting 8-10 hours is recommended. Water and Black coffee are allowed. Please take maintenance medications as prescribed, as long as they are not required to be taken with food. Please click the link below to sign up today!

Submitted by Haley Karges

Changemaker Corner

* Take Changemaking Skills Assessment for a Chance to Win a Free Tablet

The Center for Innovation & Change would like to invite you to participate in a research study evaluating the impact of the Ashoka Changemaker Index™ (CMI) Assessment on students, faculty, and staff at educational institutions like ours. Your participation will help us understand and improve the CMI, and ultimately support our institution in fostering a culture of changemaking. The CMI survey takes 5-10 minutes to complete and will provide you with a snapshot of your changemaking skillset and opportunities for growth. This study is open to all members of our campus community, and one participant will be randomly selected to receive a free tablet from the Center for Innovation & Change. You must participate by Friday June 30th to be eligible for the prize.

To sign up for the study and receive your access code, please complete the form through this Sign-Up Form Link: . Please remember that your participation is voluntary, and you can end your involvement in the study at any time without consequence.

If you have any questions or need further assistance, please don't hesitate to contact Dr. Derek Jones at

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Info You Should Know

* Floor Cleaning Notice for Multiple Buildings

Floor Cleaning Notice for Multiple Buildings (See Impact Below)

Questions or Concerns Regarding this Work: Bob Dale,

Description of Work:
A contractor will conduct annual floor cleaning per the schedule listed below. If your building is not listed, it has already been cleaned or will be completed during Christmas Break. Facilities Maintenance Services technicians will move trash containers, recycling bins, chairs, and floor mats. A blue sticker will be placed on the office doorknob when work is finished.

Affected Dates and Buildings:
Sunday, July 2 through Thursday, August 10, 2023
Weeks of July 2 through July 17: Hyde Hall
Weeks of July 18 through July 27: Olmsted Hall
Week of July 30 through August 3: Ridgway University Center
Week of August 6 through August 10: Krannert Hall

Impact for Occupants:
There will be intermittent noise, vibrations, and non-toxic odors associated with this work.

Action(s) Required:

  • Remove any paper, boxes, and personal belongings from your office floor prior to the scheduled cleaning date.
  • Please allow time for the floor to dry prior to placing objects on the floor.
  • To have your research lab floors cleaned, contact the Facilities Service Center at 812-488-2775 prior to the scheduled cleaning date.

Thank you for your patience as we maintain our beautiful campus.
To report a facilities emergency, call (812) 488-2775

Submitted by Karen McDonald
* Second USPS Postage Rate Hike Takes Effect July 9, 2023

Ready or not on July 9, 2023, postage rates are going up. This is the second USPS postage ate hike this year. For example, first class stamped letter size pieces will increase to $0.66 each from $0.63. For additional postage rates and prices, visit USPS online at

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* 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!

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! Need to use your Book Loan before your Financial Aid is distributed? Have VA benefits? You can do use these 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 letting 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 in that email. Please note that we do not begin to fulfill web orders until August 1st, so if you don't think they'll arrive before you leave for campus, please select "pickup in-store".

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 29th, 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!

=*IMPORTANT*= If you are a student athlete, we are changing the way you gets your books, so please DO NOT place an online order. You will receive further instructions directly from Athletics.

Submitted by Becky Lamont
* Community Puzzle

Love puzzles? The library always has one on the go. Stop by and add a few pieces. The current puzzle is a called Meowsterpiece of Western Art, based on Johann Zoffany's 18th century painting, Tribuna of the Uffizi.

Submitted by Meg Atwater-Singer
* New Fiscal Year Copy Code Transition

As of 6/13/23, new Xerox Satellite Copy Codes for FY23-24 have been distributed to Dept. Heads and uploaded into the Facilities, Carson Center, Hyde Hall, Olmstead, Fine Arts, Ridgway, Graves and SOBA copiers. The remaining production satellite copier in Koch is being scheduled in the near future to be updated. Watch for signage on the satellite copiers indicating the upload is completed. Reminder: FY22-23 Xerox Copy Codes are no longer valid, once new copy codes have been uploaded.

Submitted by Kim Winsett
* White Printer Paper (Meteor)

Effective immediately, white paper (8.5" x 11" Letter, 20#, Meteor) for office printer use has been discontinued from the In-House Office Supply inventory. Departments may order white paper for office printer use via online by the carton (box) from Office Depot. While several options are available, the Office Depot Brand Business Multi-Use white paper is item # 6028288 and available 10 reams/carton for $39.99/carton.

Submitted by Kim Winsett
* Order your business cards and stationery

Don’t forget to plan for the fall and order your letterhead, business cards, envelopes, and stationery through Marcom.

Visit the Marcom webpage to place an order. If you have never ordered through Marcom, you will be prompted to create an account.

Marcom will provide directions for ordering, create a proof to approve for your order, and also indicate how to enter your budget code for the request.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Wendy Marx at and 812-488-2561.

Submitted by Abigail Perry
* FIN 280 - Intro to Personal Finance now being offered in Fall 2023

FIN 280 - Introduction to Personal Finance is now being offered this fall 2023 on MWF at 11:00 am. This class is generally only offered in the summer, so this is a great opportunity to take a class that is relevant to everyone and will benefit you all in the future! Topics include: Money Management Strategies: Financial Statements and Budgeting; Financial Services; Consumer Credit; The Housing Decision; Property and Auto Insurance; Investing; Retirement Planning; Estate Planning.

Submitted by Chris Brockman
* Floor Cleaning Notice for Multiple Buildings

Floor Cleaning Notice for Multiple Buildings (See Impact Below)

Questions or Concerns Regarding this Work:
Bob Dale,

Description of Work:
A contractor will conduct annual floor cleaning per the schedule listed below. If your building is not listed, it has already been cleaned or will be completed during Christmas Break. Facilities Maintenance Services technicians will move trash containers, recycling bins, chairs, and floor mats. A blue sticker will be placed on the office doorknob when work is finished.

Affected Dates and Buildings:
Sunday, May 14 through
Thursday, June 29, 2023

Week of May 14:
Graves Hall

Weeks of May 21-June 1:
Koch Center

Weeks of June 4 – June 15:
Schroeder School of Business (SOBA)

Weeks of June 18 – June 29:
Carson Center

Impact for Occupants:
There will be intermittent noise, vibrations, and non-toxic odors associated with this work.

Action(s) Required:
- Remove any paper, boxes, and personal belongings from your office floor prior to the scheduled cleaning date.
- Please allow time for the floor to dry prior to placing objects on the floor.
- To have your research lab floors cleaned, contact the Facilities Service Center at 812-488-2775 prior to the scheduled cleaning date.

Thank you for your patience as we maintain our beautiful campus.
To report a facilities emergency, call (812) 488-2775

Submitted by Karen McDonald

Sympathy to...

* Sympathies to the family of Paul Jensen

The UE community is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Professor Emeritus Paul Jensen. Jensen, who graduated from Evansville College in 1965, leaves behind a remarkable legacy as a student athlete for the Purple Aces. His career was filled with notable achievements and contributions.

During the 1964 season, he was the Indiana Collegiate Conference (ICC) champion in two events. He set a new conference record in the 200-yard butterfly and was a member of the record-setting 400-yard Medley Relay. In the 1965 season, Jensen repeated as a double winner at the ICC championships again setting new records in both the 200-yard butterfly and as a member of the 400-yard Medley Relay as the Aces won their first conference championship.

Jensen returned to his alma mater in 1982 to serve as a full-time professor. In 1985, he was selected to serve as Chair of the Department of Human Kinetics and Sports Studies (HKSS). He served in that capacity for two decades until 2005. During his tenure as Chair, the number of students majoring in the HKSS department rose from 28 to 320.

In May of 2012 at the age of 68, Professor Jensen retired and earned Emeritus status voted on by his fellow faculty members.

Please keep Jensen’s family in your thoughts and prayers.

Friends may visit on Friday, June 30, 2023 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Alexander East Chapel.

To read the full obituary, click here.

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* UE Selected To Host The 2024 MVC Women's Swimming & Diving Championships

For the first time in school history, the University of Evansville will serve as the host school for the 2024 Missouri Valley Conference Women’s Swimming & Diving Championships this February.  The four-day event featuring nine teams will come to the Deaconess Aquatic Center in Evansville from Wednesday, February 21, 2024 through Saturday, February 24, 2024.

“We are extremely excited and honored to be named as the host site for the 2024 MVC Women’s Swimming & Diving Championships,” said UE head swimming coach Stuart Wilson.  “The be able to bring an event of this caliber to the Evansville swimming community has been our goal since the Deaconess Aquatic Center became a reality a few years ago.  I am extremely excited to be able to provide this type of experience to our student-athletes as well.”

The Deaconess Aquatic Center opened in the fall of 2021, and UE was able to host the first-ever meet at the $30 million state-of-the-art facility on November 6, 2021.  The facility features the ability for a stretch 50-meter competitive pool, plus a separate diving well with both one-meter and three-meter springboards.  For the Valley Championships, the main pool will feature a 10-lane, 25-yard pool, as well as a warm-up/cool-down area.

The Deaconess Aquatic Center features raised spectator seating for just under 1,000 fans, with the deck-area also able to house all nine competing squads.  The DAC has hosted various competitive meets since its opening, including the Division II Great Lakes Valley Conference Championships, as well as various UE and city swim meets.  It is located at 24 Don Mattingly Way in Evansville, across the street from historic Bosse Field.

Missouri State is the defending MVC women’s swimming and diving champion.  The MVC features women’s swimming and diving teams from regular Valley members UE, Missouri State, Illinois State, Indiana State, Southern Illinois, UIC, UNI, and Valparaiso, and affiliate member Little Rock.

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* UE Swimming & Diving Adds 14 For 2023-24 Season

University of Evansville swimming and diving coach Stuart Wilson announced the addition of 14 newcomers to the Purple Aces’ swimming and diving roster on Thursday, with eight men and six women joining the squad this upcoming season.

“I am really excited to be adding these 14 individuals to our program this year,” said Wilson.  “We lost a very talented senior group this past season, but these 14 individuals will help us fill some of those departures this year.  They are all strong, both in the pool and in the classroom, and I think that they will be great fits with our returning student-athletes.  I am excited to begin working with them when the new school year begins.”

Below are brief bios on each of the 14 newcomers, starting with the six newcomers on the women’s side and concluding with the eight newcomers on the men’s team, all in alphabetical order based off last name:

Evelyn Chin
Butterfly and Sprint Freestyle Swimmer from Beijing, China (International School of Beijing)

Currently swims for LJ Swimming Club and the International School of Beijing in China.  Set personal-best marks in both the 100 SCM (Short-Course Meters) and 100 LCM (Long-Course Meters) Butterfly events this year with times of 1:02.81 (SCM) and 1:06.36 (LCM).

Coach Wilson on Evelyn:  “Evelyn is going to be a great addition to our fly group.  Evelyn has a lot of upside potential, as her underwater kick is very strong.  I think that she will fit in nicely with the team.”


Luana Carrotta
Backstroke and Mid-Distance Freestyle Swimmer from Italy

Backstroke and freestyle swimmer with personal-best times of 58.57 in the 100-Yard Backstroke and 2:03.46 in the 200-Yard Backstroke, which would both challenge for spots on UE’s all-time top ten chart currently.

Coach Wilson on Luana:  “Luana is coming from Italy, and will join fellow newcomer Rebecca Lago and current swimmer Sveva Brugnoli as squad members from Italy.  I really think that Luana is going to help us in the backstroke events, and I can see her getting stronger for us in the sprint events as well during her time at UE.”


Hannah Krings
Distance Freestyle Swimmer from Madison, Alabama (Westminster Christian Academy)

A three-time state finalist in the 500-Yard Freestyle at Westminster Christian Academy in Huntsville, Alabama.  Also competes for the Madison Swimming Association, and has posted personal-best marks of 5:15.91 in the 500 Free and 10:51.34 in the 1,000-Free.

Coach Wilson on Hannah:  “Hannah is going to help us in the distance events.  I think that she has a lot of untapped potential, and I think she will see big improvements in her distance events at UE, as she hasn’t really scratched the surface when it comes to distance training.  She will be a great addition to the team, and she is a team player.”


Rebecca Lago
Sprint Freestyle and Backstroke Swimmer from Italy

A strong sprint freestyle swimmer from Italy, who has posted a personal-best short-course meter time of 58.70 in the 100-Meter Freestyle, which would convert to a time that would rank in UE’s career top ten times.

Coach Wilson on Rebecca:  “Rebecca is joining Luana and Sveva as Italians on our women’s swimming team.  She is going to help us in both the sprint and backstroke events.  I think that she will be a great addition to the team.”


Rafaela Makariewicz
Breaststroke Swimmer from Porto Alegre, Brazil (Colegio Monteiro Lobato)

A Brazilian medalist and south Brazilian record holder in the breaststroke events.  Competes for the club team Grêmio Náutico União in Brazil, and owns personal-best marks of 1:04.14 in the 100-Yard Breaststroke and 2:23.29 in the 200-Yard Breaststroke, which would both rank in UE’s all-time top ten.

Coach Wilson on Rafaela:  “Rafaela is going to make an impact in the breaststroke events for us.  She is very strong and quick.  I’m looking forward to using her in other events as well, as she can help the sprint freestyle group.”


Ane Madina Garate
Backstroke and Sprint Freestyle Swimmer from Onati, Spain (Elkar Hezi Ikastetxea)

A Spanish Championship finalist in both the 50-Meter Freestyle and 100-Meter Backstroke events this year, competing for the Aloña Mendi K.E club team.  Has posted personal-best times of 57.87 in the 100-Yard Backstroke, and 2:08.40 in the 200-Yard Backstroke, which would both challenge for spots on UE’s all-time top ten list.

Coach Wilson on Ane:  “Ane is another person who I think will help us in the backstroke events this year.  She will fit in well with the team, as her personality and attitude is very positive.  I can see her making an immediate impact on our team.”


Joseph Capo
Freestyle Swimmer from Luling, Louisiana (Jesuit High School)

The Louisiana state champion in the 500-Yard Freestyle, who is ranked 392nd on’s Top 1,000 recruiting rankings.  Rated as the third-best swimmer in Louisiana by, and owns personal-best marks in both the 500-Yard Freestyle (4:34.19) and 1,000-Yard Freestyle (9:23.09) which would challenge UE’s school record times currently.

Coach Wilson on Joseph:  “Joseph is going to help the distance group tremendously.  Having both Jackson (Caudill) and Joseph together will be a strong combo in the Mid-American Conference.”


Omar Hasson
IM and Breaststroke Swimmer from Doha, Qatar

Claimed the silver medal in the 200-Meter IM at the 2021 Arab Championships and is ranked 758th in the world in’s Recruiting Rankings.  Currently has long-course meter times of 2:08.59 in the 200 IM and 4:36.48 in the 400 IM, which would convert to times that would rank in UE’s career top ten fastest times.

Coach Wilson on Omar:  “Omar and Yousef are twins.  Omar will be a big help in the IM events, and another addition to our breaststroke group.  I can see him improving in a big way in our program.”


Yousef Hasson
Backstroke Swimmer from Doha, Qatar

Gold-medal winner in the 200-Meter Backstroke at the 2022 GCC Games in Kuwait, which features athletes from the Gulf Cooperation Council (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates).

Coach Wilson on Yousef:  “Yousef will add more depth to the backstroke group of our team.  The potential for him is there, as he has a lot of upside, and should fit in nicely with the team.”


Adam Pawlak
Butterfly and Mid-Distance Freestyle Swimmer from Fort Thomas, Kentucky (Highlands High School)

An all-region performer in Kentucky who finished in the top 25 in Kentucky in both the 100-Yard Butterfly and 200-Yard Freestyle this past year.  Competes for the Cincinnati Marlins club program, and a part of the Marlins’ first-place 200-Yard Freestyle Relay team at the 2022 ISCA meet in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Coach Wilson on Adam:  “Adam comes from a strong program in the Cincinnati Marlins.  He will help the team in the butterfly events, teaming with our top flyer, Daniel Santos Lopez.  He also comes to UE with a very strong academic background.”


Joao Guilherme Pereira
IM and Breaststroke Swimmer from Curitiba, Brazil

A talented swimmer from Brazil, who owns personal-best marks in both the 200 (1:51.98) and 400 IM (4:04.32) and 100 (57.36) and 200 Breaststroke (2:02.64) events which would rank among UE’s career top ten all-time.

Coach Wilson on Joao:  “Joao will be a part of a strong breaststroke group here at UE.  His IM events will also help us in dual meets and at the MAC Championship.  I can see him taking off in his first year here at UE.”


Michael Pruett
Sprint Freestyle Swimmer from Nolensville, Tennessee (Nolensville High School)

An NISCA Academic All-America Team selection, who has qualified for the National Futures meet.  Placed seventh in the state of Tennessee in the 100-Yard Freestyle with a time of 46.26 this year, while also ranking 13th in the state in the 50 Free.  Swims for the Excel Aquatics Club Team in Tennessee.

Coach Wilson on Michael:  “Even with the success that he has had so far, Michael is still raw coming out of high school.   He is already showing big improvements in his sprint events since the fall.  I am looking forward to seeing him make an impact for us in the sprint events at UE.”


Boris Tavrovsky
Backstroke Swimmer from Jerusalem, Israel

One of the top backstroke swimmers in Israel, who owns times which covert to short-course yard times of 49.92 in the 100 Back and 1:45.90 in the 200 Back.  Both of those marks would challenge for spots on UE’s career top ten, with his 200 Back time being better than UE’s current school record.  Also could contend for UE’s school record in the 50-Yard Freestyle as well.

Coach Wilson on Boris:  “Boris is going to make a lot of contributions in the backstroke events for us.  He also has the speed in the short freestyle events which will add depth to our sprint group.  I’m excited to have him on our team.”


Brendan Ulewicz
Sprint Freestyle and Butterfly Swimmer from Evansville, Indiana (North High School)

Competes for the Greater Evansville Aquatic Team, and has earned the Kiwanis Award and Most Improved Award during his time swimming.

Coach Wilson on Brendan:  “It is always nice to get a local swimmer to swim at UE.  Brendan has shown a lot of improvements in the last year.  I can see Branden thrive in our program, since he hasn’t done much weight training in high school.”

Submitted by Athletics
* Kate Petrova Wins 2023 Russian Amateur Golf Championship

Continuing a stretch that has seen her win the Missouri Valley Conference Championship along with Freshman of the Year honors, University of Evansville golfer Kate Petrova put forth a record-breaking effort to win the 2023 Russian Amateur Golf Championship.

“I am extremely excited and proud to win this tournament,” Petrova said.  “I feel like the mental part of my game was very good this week and helped my performance, especially when it came to putting.”

Petrova’s victory came in record-breaking fashion.  Completing the four rounds of play with a score of 275, she recorded the lowest score in the history of the event.  Her score was 13 under par.  Setting an early tone, Petrova carded a 6-under 66 in the first round before adding a 2-under 70 and another 66 in the third round.  Completing the final 18 holes with a 73, Petrova defeated her nearest competition by seven strokes.

“I know she is very proud and excited to win this tournament,” Purple Aces Head Golf Coach John Andrews said.  “Although I didn't get to see her play, I know that she played world class golf to not only win the championship but to set a new tournament scoring record and win by 7 strokes. What a great accomplishment for Kate!”

Gorki Golf Resort in the Leningrad region of Russia was the host course for the event, which ran from Tuesday through Friday.  Petrova was not the only UE representative in the tournament as future Aces Evgenia “Jane” Grankina played for the ladies while Daniil Romashkin played in the men’s event.  Wrapping up the final round with a 2-under 70, Romashkin earned a 4th-place finish.  His score was the lowest in the field for the final round. Grankina finished in 20th place with a final score of 317.

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