University of Evansville


Monday, December 11, 2023

* Your Input Needed: Indiana Department of Health Survey

Your input is crucial! The Indiana Department of Health is conducting a survey on the health and wellness of individuals, families, and communities in Indiana. Your voice matters! Take the survey in English or Spanish at this link: Your input will help shape the future of health priorities in our state. The survey is open until December 15, 2023.

Submitted by Ifechi Umeh
* UE Plans 46th Anniversary Commemoration of 1977 Plane Crash

The University of Evansville will hold a 46th Anniversary Commemoration of the 1977 Plane Crash on Wednesday, December 13 at 12:00 p.m. The ceremony will be held at Memorial Plaza on the UE campus. The order of service will include remarks from University of Evansville President Christopher Pietruszkiewicz.

On December 13, 1977, Air Indiana Flight 216 crashed shortly after takeoff from the Evansville airport. All on board died in the crash or from crash-related injuries, including the University of Evansville basketball team and coaches, two fans, five members of the UE staff, and the flight crew.

During Wednesday’s commemoration, the UE Interfaith Peace Bell will be rung 29 times--once for each of those who perished--followed by a moment of silence and peace in remembrance.

If you cannot attend, the service will be livestreamed on the University of Evansville Alumni Association's Facebook page.

Submitted by Noah Alatza

Upcoming Events

* SAA Book Club Holiday Gathering

December Staff and Administrators Book Club Gathering 12noon-1pm Tuesday Dec 19th (Please note the date change. This has been rescheduled due to the Memorial Service on the 13th)

We will be discussing the book The Holiday Swap by Maggie Knox – but even if you don’t finish reading it you will want to join us for the annual Used Book Swap!

Bring a wrapped used book. (This can be any genre- just something that you think another reader would enjoy) We will play a game and everyone will go home with a new to them book!

Location Conference Room in basement of SOBA (Room 67) Contact Kathy Taylor at ks6 to RSVP or for more information.

Submitted by Katherine Taylor
* First Class of Nurse Anesthesia Students Set to Graduate

Everyone is invited to the inaugural Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice Graduation Ceremony on Saturday December 16 to honor the 16 students in the class of 2023. The ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. in Shanklin Theatre. No tickets are required. For those who cannot attend in-person, the ceremony will also be live streamed at

Submitted by Missy Holzmeyer
* UE Holiday Ceramics Sale

The UE Holiday Ceramics sale will be held in the Melvin Peterson Gallery on Tue 12/12, Wed 12/13, and Thu 12/14 from noon - 6:00 pm. This is a great opportunity to purchase fine art for yourself or for gift giving.

Please pay with checks or cash only.

Submitted by Carol L McCraney
* University of Evansville African American Alumni Association (UEAAA) Presents Extraordinary Black History Month Documentary Event

The University of Evansville African American Alumni Association (UEAAA) proudly presents a special Black History Month event featuring Arnell Hill '80, the award-winning creator of a documentary spotlighting his UE experiences. The documentary, honored at the Indy Fest Film awards and showcased at the Heartland International Film Festival, offers a unique insight into the African American student journey at the University of Evansville. This event will take place at the EVPL Central Library on Walnut Street on February 6th, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. free of charge.

UEAAA invites faculty to include this historic event as an extra credit option in their Spring 2024 syllabi. Sponsored by the Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library, this is a unique chance for students to explore the African American student experience.

For more information, contact UEAAA.

Submitted by Noah Alatza

Info You Should Know

* Plant Sitting

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

Submitted by Meg Atwater-Singer
* New Spring Course on Magic, Shaminism, and Witchcraft: ANTH 224 (Outcome 4)

Magic, ritual, shaminism, and witchcraft are common components of religions across the globe and across time. Why? ANTH 224 takes an anthropological look at how these religious practices operate within cultures by examining real-life modern examples from around the world. Taught by one of UE's newest faculty members, Dr. Kyle Clark, the course highlights his area of research specialization. The course also counts towards the Outcome 4 General Education catagory. It will be taught this spring semester T TH 1:15-2:30. There are no pre-requisites.

Submitted by Alan Kaiser
* FREE, confidential HIV testing at the Health Center 9-11am: First Wednesday of every month

FREE, confidential HIV testing, performed by Matthew 25, the first Wednesday of every month at the Student Health Center. No appointment necessary. 9-11am

Submitted by Tara Ulrich
* Prayer Space for Finals Week

We all need space to breath; a place to rest from the doing to just be. As we enter into finals week, UE’s campus ministries and staff want to create a sanctuary space where you can come to rest, decompress, pray, and meditate. This will be a come and go space set up throughout the week with self-guided stations as well as a scheduled noonday prayer service that will be led each day by Campus Ministry Leaders and UE’s Spiritual Formation Coordinator.

Submitted by Breanna Bondurant


* Baines publishes book

Robert Baines, Associate Professor of English, has published a book titled Philosophical Allusions in James Joyce's Finnegans Wake. The book was released by Oxford University Press in the U.K. on Monday, December 11th and will be available in the U.S. from February 14th.

Here's a brief description of the book:

Philosophical Allusions in James Joyce's Finnegans Wake is the first study to offer complete and comprehensive explanations of the most significant philosophical references in James Joyce's avant-garde masterpiece.

Philosophy is important in all of Joyce's works, but it is his final novel which most fully engages with that field. Robert Baines shows the broad range of philosophers Joyce wove into his last work, from Aristotle to Confucius, Bergson to Kant. For each major philosophical allusion in Finnegans Wake, this book explains the original idea and reveals how Joyce first encountered it. Drawing upon extensive research into Joyce's notebooks and drafts, Baines then shows how Joyce developed and adapted that idea through repeated revisions. From here, the final form of the idea as it appears in the Wake is explored.

In carefully examining the Wake's key philosophical allusions, essential themes within the novel come into focus, including history, time, language, being, and perception. We see also how those allusions combine to create a network of ideas, thinkers, and texts which has a logic and an integrity. Ultimately, Philosophical Allusions in James Joyce's Finnegans Wake shows that the more one knows of the Wake's philosophical allusions, the more one can find meaning and reason in this famously perplexing book of the night.

Submitted by Robert Baines
* Guest Speaking at Castle High School

A group of Business faculty, staff, students and a Special Agent from the U.S. Secret Service were invited to be guest speakers at Castle High School on Monday, Dec. 4th. We spoke to 230 students in six different business classes for an entire day. Students were introduced to the exciting world of forensic accounting and the wide variety of academic programs offered in Schroeder School of Business. Students also learned about our experiential curriculum, professional engagement opportunities, internship experiences, and job placements where UE graduates work.

Here is a list of the co-guest speakers and Schroeder Ambassadors who visited Castle High School:

Rania Mousa, Professor of Accounting, Schroeder School of Business

Michael Moore, Special Agent, U.S. Secret Service

Megan Conapinski, Director of the Office for Career Success, Schroeder School of Business

Brooke McCorkle, Schroeder Ambassador

Alexis Fletcher, Schroeder Ambassador

Moe El Osman, Schroeder Ambassador

Our work could not be complete without the vital assistance of our UE colleagues:

Noah Alatza, UE Chief Communication Officer

Catie Taylor, UE Senior Associate Director of Admissions

Rebecca Oates, Director of Marketing & Recruitment for the College of Business and Engineering

Submitted by Dr. Rania Mousa
* Congratulations Mike Averett

Please join us in congratulating Mike Averett upon receiving his second master’s degree this week! Mike is the Executive Director of Facilities Management and Planning for the University of Evansville. Mike received his Bachelor of Science and MBA from Southern Utah University. Mike now adds a Masters in Facilities Management from the University of Texas at San Antonio to his impressive resume. Mike, we appreciate your commitment to your profession and wish you continued success!

Submitted by Jenni Sauls
* Alejandro Malla's New Sequences

Alejandro Malla, U. E. student majoring in Computer Science and Mathematics, has two newly published sequences in the Online Encyclopedia of Integer Sequents (OEIS) -- you can see it them here: and Malla discovered these sequences while writing computer programs for one of his current courses (Real Analysis, Math 420). At least three past U. E. students have sequences published in the OEIS: Karen Wangel (, published in 1998), Melia Aldridge (, in 2000), and Michelle Huff (, in 2016). The OEIS is an immense database founded by Neil J. A. Sloane in 1964. For details, visit the Welcome page:

Submitted by Clark Kimberling

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