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Wednesday, December 13, 2023

* Interfaith Peace Bell to ring Today at Noon in remembrance of 1977 UE plane crash

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.

Today, December 13 at noon, the UE community is invited to honor those who perished. 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.

Please join us to observe the bell-ringing and honor our history.

Submitted by University Communications
* 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
* 2023 Holiday Schedule

The University of Evansville will be closed during the holidays to allow our employees to enjoy this special time with their families.

The following holiday schedule will be observed:

Winter Holiday Break

Closed Thursday, December 21 through Tuesday, January 2

Offices reopen on Wednesday, January 3

Submitted by Noah Alatza

Upcoming Events

* 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
* UEclipse Coming April 2024

UE is thrilled to announce a speaker ahead of the upcoming solar eclipse on Monday, April 8. Maria Weber '08, PhD, a distinguished alumna of the University of Evansville (UE) and a leading astrophysicist, will be delivering a captivating presentation on the mysteries of solar magnetism titled "From Eclipses to Magnetism: The Secret Life of the Sun."

Event Details:

  • Title: From Eclipses to Magnetism: The Secret Life of the Sun
  • Presenter: Dr. Maria Weber '08, PhD
  • Date: Sunday, April 7
  • Time: 2:00 p.m.
  • Location: Eykamp Hall, UE Campus

Weber received her bachelor's degree with majors in physics and philosophy from UE and furthered her education by obtaining a PhD in Physics from Colorado State University. Her extensive research on solar magnetism, particularly magnetic flux emergence, has established her as a renowned authority in the field.

This exclusive presentation by Weber offers a unique opportunity for the Evansville community to delve into the fascinating world of solar magnetism and its significance in our universe. We extend a warm invitation to all interested parties to join us on Sunday, April 7, for this enlightening event.

To register and access further event details, please complete this form by clicking here.

Additionally, we encourage residents near the UE campus to witness the solar eclipse alongside our community on Monday, April 8. For more information, please visit

Submitted by Noah Alatza

Info You Should Know

* Textbook returns DUE NOW

Aces, make sure to bring your textbooks by the bookstore during regular hours to avoid the lines and fees!

Submitted by Niamh Steffens
* 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
* METS Micro Introduced on Evansville's Eastside: $2 Rides

METS Micro Launched on November 28. Here are some Fast Facts

  • The METS Micro Evansville On-Demand Transit Service is a geofenced, on-demand shuttle service operating in an area of east Evansville, Indiana.
  • The service runs 6:15 am to 12:00 am on Monday through Saturdays and 6:15 am to 6:00 pm on Sundays
  • The service costs $2 per ride per person.
  • The service is wheelchair accessible. Please utilize the app or Call (812) 562-5011 to request an accessible shuttle for your trip.
  • Visit to download the app and for more information.
Submitted by Sylvia DeVault
* Student Mentors Needed

College Mentors for Kids connects UE students from all majors with a local elementary school student in grades 1-5 for a brief mentoring session one day a week. Elementary students come to UE's campus on Wednesdays from 3:30 to 5:30 to work with their mentor.

A recent MENTOR 2023 study found that 74% of youth who had a meaningful mentoring relationship said their mentor contributed significantly to their later success. However, another study notes that one-third of youth who want a mentor don’t have one due to a lack of formal mentoring programs in their community. Our College Mentors for Kids group currently has students from a local school on a waitlist, and we want to provide all students desiring a mentor with a UE student who can take an interest in their current and future success.

Please help us meet the needs of local students who would benefit from having a UE student mentor by volunteering to serve as a UE mentor during the spring 2024 semester. You don't have to leave campus to make a difference in a young student's life. Mentoring is transformative, and it takes all of us. We invite you to partner with UE's College Mentors for Kids organization to ensure more kids and college students experience this deep connection, leading to many lifelong possibilities. Please get in touch with Lilly Kolley at or Dr. Lisa Hale at for more information.

Submitted by Lisa Marie Hale
* 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
* Spring Meal Plan Changes

Students can adjust meal plans for the Spring semester until Friday, January 12, 2024 at 5:00 p.m.

Adjust your meal plan online.

Submitted by Brian Conner


* 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
* Dr. Plisky leads an ACL Summit and presents with Dr. Matsel on "ACL Hot Topics: Knee Extension ROM and Open-Chain Strengthing"

Dr. Phil Plisky, Professor of Physical Therapy and Director of Residency Programs and Dr. Kyle Matsel Associate Professor of Physical Therapy and Program Director for PhD in Health Professions Education presented a virtual live continuing education course titled, "ACL Hot Topics: Knee Extension ROM and Open-Chain Strengthening" for physical therapists and athletic trainers via Medbridge learning platform. Additionally, Dr. Plisky organized and hosted a 6 hour summit with professional leaders from around the world including Dr. Clare Ardern, Editor in Chief of the Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy and UE DPT Alumni, Dr. Robert Butler, Director of Performance for the St. Louis Cardinals.

Drs. Plisky and Matsel have over 40 years of combined experience in the field and have produced many scholarly works on these topics which has helped numerous patients. We are proud of their contributions to the professions of physical therapy and athletic training and how they represent the University of Evansville.

Submitted by Bethany Huebner
* 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


* Tomancova earns first Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Week honor

Graduate center Barbora Tomancova earned her first weekly honor as a member of the University of Evansville women’s basketball team.

After a career-high performance against IUPUI, Tomancova was named the Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Week by conference staff on Monday afternoon. In just under 32 minutes against the Jaguars, the graduate center scored a career-high 27 points while also grabbing another career-high in 19 rebounds.

Wednesday night’s performance was Tomancova’s first double-double of the season and the sixth of her career as a Purple Ace. The center’s stat line was the best individual game by a Valley player in over eight years. The last MVC player to put up at least 27 points and over 19 rebounds was Southern Illinois forward Dyana Pierre against Tennessee State in 2015. Tomancova is also the only MVC player to have a double-double with at least 27 points and 19 rebounds in a loss.

Along with having a performance the conference hasn't seen in almost a decade, Tomancova had the second-best performance in the country on Wednesday, behind only 2022-23 National Player of the Year Caitlin Clark. Along with 27 points and 19 rebounds, Tomancova had a block and an assist on her stat line as well.

Submitted by Athletics

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