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UE Named Among Colleges with “A” for Scholarship Transparency

The University of Evansville (UE) recently received an “A” grade for scholarship transparency from University Business. UE was one of just over 100 institutions across the nation that achieved this top ranking. 

University Business based its scholarship transparency ranking on clear, easily accessible information pertaining to merit scholarships. The organization also took into consideration whether or not institutions figure merit scholarships into their Net Price Calculator projections. Because there are no transparency requirements in issuing merit-based scholarships, it’s up to each institution how upfront they choose to be when communicating scholarship details. 

Approximately 650 schools were graded by University Business based on the clarity of requirements and amounts awarded, along with consistency in the application process. Those who received “A” grades provided specific merit scholarship amounts rather than “wide dollar ranges,” as explained in the report. They also provided well-defined criteria on their websites. 

UE’s scholarship opportunities, which include merit-based scholarships, can be found on our Scholarships page

UE Hosting Events for 2023 MLK Day

The University of Evansville (UE) will host a Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service on Monday, January 16, 2023. There will be several activities throughout the day, and the public is invited to participate along with the campus community. The 2023 theme is “Daring to Dream: The Radical Imagination of a Liberated Other America.”

The schedule of events is available below. For full details, please visit MLK Day of Service.

54 Miles to Social Change – December 15, 2022 - January 16, 2023

During the Civil Rights March of 1965, activists gathered in Selma, Alabama, to complete a 54-mile trek to the state capital in Montgomery. In recognition of this historical event, UE invites everyone to participate in 54 Miles to Social Change, a virtual march that raises awareness for social injustice in the United States. Join from anywhere in the world and log your miles spent walking, running, biking, or swimming.

Miles 1-53 will be completed virtually, and the 54th mile will be completed together on the Day of Service. Participants can register for free on our 54 Miles to Social Change webpage.

9:00 a.m. – Faith-Based Service

The Day of Service will begin with a religious service in Neu Chapel.

10:30 a.m. – Rally

The rally will be held in Meeks Family Fieldhouse, located inside Carson Center off Walnut Street. The rally will recap the significance of a day on, not off, and include remarks from Christopher M. Pietruszkiewicz, president of UE; and Rob Shelby, PhD, vice president for talent & community and chief inclusion & equity officer.

11:15 a.m. – Symbolic March

After the rally, UE invites everyone to complete the 54th Mile to Social Change together. The march will begin at Meeks Family Fieldhouse and along nearby streets before returning to campus at Ridgway University Center.

12:00 p.m. – Luncheon and Keynote Speaker

Held in Eykamp Hall on the second floor of Ridgway University Center, the MLK Day of Service Luncheon will include student speakers, award presentations, a performance by the Boom Squad, and the keynote speaker.

Each year, the Martin Luther King Lectureship is made possible by the generous support of William G. and Rose M. Mays. The 2023 lectureship will feature keynote speaker Chris Emdin.

Chris Emdin, PhD is the Robert A. Naslund Endowed Chair in Curriculum Theory and Professor of Education at the University of Southern California. He also serves as Director of Youth Engagement and Community Partnerships at the USC Race and Equity Center. Emdin is the creator of the #HipHopEd social media movement, and he is the author of numerous award-winning works. He was recently named one of the 27 people bridging divides in the United States by TIME, and he has been named to Root 100’s list of most influential African Americans.

To purchase tickets or sponsor a table, visit MLK Day of Service.

2:00 p.m. – Community Service Projects

Four community service projects will run concurrently in Carson Center. Participants will have the ability to participate in a project of their choosing upon arrival. All service projects will go towards benefiting the following local organizations: United Caring Shelter, Youth First, and House of Bread and Peace.

3:30 p.m. – Local Leaders Panel Discussion

Held in Shanklin Theatre, this panel will bring together dynamic individuals from across Evansville to discuss their roles as changemakers and how we as a community can support the next generation in the continued pursuit of ‘a Liberated Other America.’ This panel will be moderated by Dr. J.C. Campbell. Dr. Campbell is the senior pastor at Greater Hope Church and vice president and chief diversity officer at Oakland City University.

4:30 p.m. – Lead Forward Lecture

The 2023 MLK Day of Service will culminate in a final Lead Forward Lecture. This final discussion will amplify the messages and works of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and encourage all community members to ‘lead forward’ with what was learned throughout the day.

5:30 p.m. – Reception

Following the lecture, a reception with light refreshments will be held outside Shanklin in the Toyota Lounge of Hyde Hall.

UE Receives Accreditation for PsyD in Clinical Psychology Program

The University of Evansville has received accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission for its PsyD in Clinical Psychology program. With full approval granted, UE is now accepting applications for the five-year doctoral program. It will commence in the Fall of 2023 with a cohort of 15 students. 

Mental health is a growing issue not only in the tri-state but across the nation. According to the Center for Workforce Studies, there are only 19 clinical psychologists per 100,000 people in Indiana, which is much less than other parts of the country. Providing this program in Evansville will help increase mental health services for all ages, and PsyD graduates may remain in the area long-term as well. In the state, the demand for clinical, counseling, and school psychologists is projected to grow 18.5 percent over the next five years, which is much faster than other occupations. 

“We spent more than a year meeting with community leaders, healthcare professionals, and members of the Mayor’s Mental Health Task Force,” said Michael Austin, PhD, executive vice president for academic affairs and provost. “We asked, ‘what is the most important thing that the University of Evansville can do to address mental health issues in our community?’ Repeatedly, the answer was a need for more people on the ground providing quality care. The PsyD program was specifically developed to meet this need.” 

The PsyD in Clinical Psychology program provides a pathway for individuals who want to become a clinical psychologist. Students will gain discipline-specific knowledge and clinical core competencies as well as supervised experiences in increasingly complex settings. Coursework will span the areas of psychopathology, research methods, ethics, diversity, and more. 

“I am excited for what the future holds for UE and its PsyD program,” said Kevin Jordan, PhD, associate professor and director of clinical psychology. “The students and faculty in the PsyD program will provide clinical services in the greater Evansville area that are much needed. Students who graduate from our program will be well equipped to have a fulfilling career as a clinical psychologist.” 

As they work toward their doctoral degree, students will also earn a master’s degree upon completing their second year of the program. In addition to coursework, clinical experiences, and internship, students will complete an empirical dissertation that contributes to the knowledge base of clinical psychology. 

The first four years of the PsyD program will be on campus. In their second and third years, students will see clients of all ages with a variety of different presenting concerns at a new UE community-based mental health clinic at Talbot Square. During years three and four, students will also be placed in local clinical settings (e.g., Ascension St. Vincent Evansville, Deaconess Health System, Easterseals Rehabilitation Center, Evansville State Hospital) to acquire additional training. The fifth year is clinical internship in which students enroll in a match process that places them in an American Psychological Association approved internship site in the United States or Canada. Upon conclusion of their clinical internship and approval of their dissertation, students will earn the PsyD in Clinical Psychology. 

UE Receives Accreditation for PsyD in Clinical Psychology Program

Athletic Training Adds Performing Arts to Clinical Site Opportunities

The Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) program has added Mercy Health Hospital in Cincinnati as a new site for immersive clinical education. With this location, students in the program now have the opportunity to work in a performing arts environment with the Cincinnati Ballet. 

Adding Mercy Health Hospital will provide a new avenue for clinical rotations, as MSAT students haven’t previously been able to work with performing arts.

“We are always looking to provide our students opportunities in new and developing areas of athletic training,” said Jeff Tilly, program director and assistant professor for athletic training. “This site, along with the other locations, presents another pathway for new and exciting career opportunities.” 

In addition to Mercy Health Hospital in Cincinnati, UE also has partnerships with other universities and organizations across the nation. Current locations include Kentucky Wesleyan College, Louisville City Football Club, Northwestern University, University of Florida, Vanderbilt University, and Western Kentucky University. Classes can be completed online, so there are no geographic restrictions when it comes to a student’s rotations. 

UE Theatre Presents MEASURE FOR MEASURE

The University of Evansville (UE) Theatre opens their fall 2022 season with William Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure, in a modern verse translation by Aditi Brennan Kapil, in an ongoing collaboration with Play On Shakespeare. Being presented on the UE campus for the first time ever, this production opens on at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, September 30, in Shanklin Theatre. Additional performances are at 7:30 p.m. on October 1, 6, 14, and 15; and at 2:00 p.m. on October 16. This 400-year-old tale could be “ripped from the headlines” of today’s world, as it examines themes central to human nature and our paradoxical relationship to justice and mercy. With all its high-spirited bawdiness, this tragicomedy reveals what can happen when sex, religion, and politics collide.

Measure for Measure is directed by visiting assistant professor Stacey Yen. Rebecca Conaway, a senior theatre studies major from Wellsburg, West Virginia, serves as the associate director; associate professor Eric Renschler ’83 serves as the scenic designer; assistant professor Sarah J. Smith is the costume designer; Jamey Pearson, a junior design and technology major from Moody, Texas, is the lighting designer; Maya Barry, a sophomore stage management major from Marietta, Georgia, serves as the sound designer; Devyn Jolgren, a junior performance major from Louisville, Kentucky, is the dramaturg; Zoe Paraskevopoulos, a senior stage management major from Flower Mound, Texas, is the stage manager, and assistant professor Mitchell L. Critel serves as the technical director. 

The cast features McAllister Reed Stowell, a senior performance major from Lakewood, Colorado, as Duke; Tatiana Robledo, a junior performance major from Houston, Texas, as Escalus; Adam Techmanski, a sophomore performance major from Richmond, Texas, as Angelo; Delaney Ross, a sophomore performance major from Keller, Texas, as Isabella; Alijah Roberson, a first-year performance major from Atlanta, Georgia, as Claudio; Aibhlinn Rose, a senior performance major from Clackamas, Oregon, as Juliet; Garrett Hale, a junior performance major from Haslet, Texas, as Lucio; Jacovia Young, a first-year performance major from Houston, Texas, as Provost; Sarah Tuma, a sophomore performance major from Henderson, Kentucky, as Mariana; Christina Tinde Jesenski, a junior performance major from Rancho Santa Margarita, California, as Mistress Overdone; Jeff Parkinson, a senior performance major from Mercer Island, Washington, as Pompey; Jack Cory, a senior performance major from Southlake, Texas, as Elbow; Antonio Cortés Román, a first-year performance major from Metepec, Mexico, as Froth; Drake J. Susuras, a junior performance major from Broomfield, Colorado, as Friar Thomas; Umbra Person, a first-year performance major from Jonesboro, Georgia, as Francisca; Gavin Ramirez, a first-year performance major from McKinney, Texas, as Abhorson; Benjamin Bravard, a senior performance major from Batavia, Ohio, as Barnardine; J. Kenneth Guzman, a first-year performance major from Brighton, Colorado, as First Gentleman; Hauson Anderson, a first-year performance major from Columbia, Maryland, as Second Gentleman; Trace Levens, a first-year performance major from Bryan, Texas, as Officer; Josie Madzik, a first-year theatre studies major from Howell, Michigan, as Officer; Arturo Quepons, a first-year performance major from San Antonio, Texas, as Duke’s Attendant; Andrea Vargas, a first-year performance major from Missouri City, Texas, as Duke’s Attendant; and William Cooper Sanders, a first-year performance major from Jeffersonville, Indiana, as Angelo’s Attendant. 

In following industry standards, as established by the Broadway League, all audience members must remain masked during the performance. Ticket prices are $20 for adults and $18 for senior adults, UE employees, and non-UE students. 

UE students may obtain one free student rush ticket beginning at 12 p.m. on the day of the performance they wish to attend. In addition, UE Theatre is excited to introduce a new “Pay What You Can” initiative. Every Thursday evening performance in Shanklin Theatre is available for any person to pay any price that best fits their budget.

Season subscriptions for the 2022–2023 Shanklin Theatre season are also available and are $50 for an adult subscription and $44 for a discount subscription. This three-play season includes Measure for Measure, the smash–hit musical Cabaret, and the hilarious Noises Off. A May Studio Theatre Discovery Package can be purchased for $18 and includes Circle Mirror Transformation and The Moors.

Single tickets and subscriptions may be purchased by calling the ticket office at 812-488-2031, Monday through Friday, between 12:00-5:00 p.m. You may also purchase single tickets online at theatre.evansville.edu.

The University of Evansville empowers students to think critically, act bravely, serve responsibly, and live meaningfully in a changing world. Through an innovative academic curriculum combined with practical hands-on experiences, UE students engage the local and international community in meaningful ways. With a diverse student body from 44 states and 48 countries, students choose from an array of majors in business, engineering, arts and sciences, and health science. UE graduates engage the world and workplace with the tools and skills to excel in fulfilling careers. For more information, please visit evansville.edu.

UE Named #5 Best Regional University in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report

The University of Evansville (UE) has been named the #5 Best Regional University in the Midwest in U.S. News & World Report’s 2022-2023 Best Colleges rankings. 

The report, published annually by U.S. News & World Report, recognizes public and private higher education institutions across the nation. To calculate the rankings, U.S. News focuses on academic quality and places emphasis on outcome measures, including graduation rates, retention rates, and social mobility. Outcomes contribute to 40 percent of each school’s overall score. 

“This recognition is a true testament to the high-quality education we are offering at UE,” said Christopher M. Pietruszkiewicz, president of UE. “Being considered a top regional university is possible only because of the dedication of our staff and faculty in creating an exceptional student experience. When you combine critical thinking in the classroom and serving meaningfully in our communities, our students graduate ready to have an immediate impact in the world.” 

The complete ranking of the Best Regional Universities in the Midwest can be found at usnews.com/colleges

UE Launching Construction Management Program

In 2023, UE will launch a four-year Bachelor of Science in construction management degree. The program will be housed in UE’s School of Engineering and Computer Science, and applications are now open for Fall 2023 entry. 

A construction manager is responsible for the planning, coordination, budgeting, and supervision of an array of construction projects. The job not only includes in-office administrative duties but also onsite work, monitoring projects and making crucial decisions for both the team and the project. 

This field continues to grow within the tri-state and throughout the nation. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, construction management jobs are projected to grow by 11 percent between 2020-2030, faster than the average for other jobs. In 2021, the median salary was nearly $99,000. 

Over the course of four years, the construction management program at UE will place heavy emphasis on technical and managerial skills. Students will learn design and planning concepts as well as construction methods, equipment, and codes. As safety is a major factor in construction, an upper-level course will focus on safety management methodology and OSHA compliance. 

“The construction management program was created to meet the industry demands for construction managers at the local and national levels,” said Suresh Immanuel, PhD, PE, associate dean in the School of Engineering and Computer Science. Immanuel also serves as a professor of civil engineering and will teach courses for the construction management program. “Due to technological advancements in construction processes and buildings, project management has become more complex which demands specialized personnel for successful completion. The curriculum designed for this program will touch each point of the process, from project planning to full completion.” 

Students will participate in hands-on learning in several classes, but internships with local businesses will provide real-world, immersive experience. In their final year, students will also complete a yearlong capstone project under the supervision of a faculty member or industry partner. Through these opportunities, students will develop a strong foundation in planning, field operations, project scheduling and management, and working in teams. 

The program will be led by Hyunsoung Park, PhD, assistant professor of civil engineering. Park earned a bachelor’s degree in architectural engineering from Hongik University in South Korea, a master’s degree in construction management from Texas A&M, and a PhD in construction management from the University of Florida. In the construction industry, he worked as a project manager for Hyundai. He also served as an Air Force Sergeant on the civil engineering squadron for the Republic of Korea Air Force. 

“Construction is an applied discipline, so practical experience is very important,” said Park. “Our students will learn about every step of construction so they are equipped to handle real projects immediately following graduation. We are ready to fill the demand of this growing market, and this is going to be a great field for anyone interested in construction and engineering.” 

Visit the construction management page to learn more and apply.

UE Launching Construction Management Program

AceBuddies Hosting Zoo Day on September 24

AceBuddies, a group fitness program for individuals with disabilities that is operated by Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) students at the University of Evansville (UE), will host AceBuddies Zoo Day on Saturday, September 24, at Mesker Park Zoo. The event will be held from 9:00 a.m. until noon and is open to 50 individuals on a first come, first served basis. To register, please visit evansville.edu/ZooDay.  

During the event, participants will travel to various animal exhibits where they will then complete an exercise or activity based on the animal. Each participant will be paired with one DPT student who will assist with each exercise. Participants can bring one guardian with them to Zoo Day, who will follow the group throughout the event. 

AceBuddies organizers are hoping to spread awareness of their cause with this event, as they plan to launch regular AceBuddies sessions the following month on October 15. Each semester, six sessions are held on UE’s campus in Carson Center and are open to participants of all ages. The sessions are free of charge and do not require a physician referral. Licensed physical therapists supervise all DPT students that work closely with individuals during these fun and effective fitness sessions. AceBuddies meets on Saturday mornings for one hour, and participants are paired with the same DPT student to build a trusting relationship. AceBuddies is a branch of Ace CARE, a student-led pro bono organization that provides free PT and fitness opportunities to the community.

“This program provides incredible opportunities for our local community to access free, play-based fitness and for our DPT students to apply their skills in new ways,” said Kate Schwartzkopf-Phifer, DPT, PhD, OCS, CSCS, associate professor of physical therapy. “Together, they work hard to meet goals, improve function, gain confidence, and – above all – have fun.” 

The registration deadline is September 10, so parents or guardians are encouraged to sign up soon at evansville.edu/ZooDay. The event is generously sponsored by the Mattingly Foundation. 

UE Holds Ribbon Cutting for New Residence Hall

On August 16, the University of Evansville (UE) held a ribbon cutting ceremony for its New Residence Hall. Breaking ground 15 months earlier on May 18, 2021, the event marked the official opening of the building, which will house nearly 300 first- and second-year students. 

The ribbon cutting ceremony included words from Christopher M. Pietruszkiewicz, president of UE; Bob Jones, board of trustees chair; vice presidents; and the student government association president. Guests in attendance included employees, alumni, members of the Evansville Regional Economic Partnership (E-REP), and more. Afterwards, a celebration was held under a tent on Walnut Street. The Office of Residence Life also provided tours of the New Residence Hall. 

“Our University is very excited about this building and the new home it will become for future generations of Aces,” Pietruszkiewicz said. “The structure of the living spaces stemmed from a survey of our students and is designed to exceed their expectations. We are building for the future, and there is much more to come.” 

The New Residence Hall has four floors and features 293 beds across a mixture of four- and six-person “pod” structures. Each pod includes bedrooms with either single or double occupancy, one or two private bathrooms, and a shared living space and kitchenette. The first floor features an entryway and front desk, laundry room, mail room, living space, and kitchen complete with appliances. The U-shaped building totals 83,000 square feet and has a central courtyard that features landscaping, picnic tables, seating, and grilling stations. 

This residence hall is located near the corner of Walnut Street and Rotherwood Avenue and takes the place of Brentano and Morton Residence Halls. Brentano Residence Hall opened in 1966 and was dedicated to A.A. “Gus” Brentano, who worked for The Evansville Courier and Keller Crescent for many years. Morton Residence Hall opened in 1968 and was dedicated to Ruth Wertz Morton in 1972. She and her husband, Thomas, were loyal supporters of UE, contributing to many scholarships and campaigns over the years.  

UE Holds Ribbon Cutting for New Residence Hall

Learn About the Discovery of an Underwater Castle in Scotland

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to discover an underwater castle? Did you know there even was such a thing? Registration is now open for a free, virtual chat with Dr. Emily Stammitti, a British-American underwater archaeologist, where she will share her personal experience finding a lost castle in Scotland and the treasures it revealed.  

This virtual chat will be held on Thursday, September 8, from 12:15 p.m. until 1:00 p.m. and is offered by the University of Evansville (UE). There is no cost to attend, and you can register any time here

Stammitti serves as a faculty member at Harlaxton College, a Victorian manor that serves as UE's living and learning center in Grantham, England. She joined the college with 15 years of experience and has taught extensively across Scotland and England. There, she also worked as a professional archaeologist and heritage consultant. She now directs the Master of Arts in Innovative Leadership in Heritage Management degree at Harlaxton, and she recently led an archaeology field school on the manor grounds.  

Learn About the Discovery of an Underwater Castle in Scotland

Efroymson Family Fund Supports UE Art, Creates New Endeavors

The University of Evansville (UE) has received support for its Department of Art from the Efroymson Family Fund for the 2022-23 academic year. The generous gift, which marks the 11th year of annual support from the family, will fund existing traditions and create new opportunities for art students.  

“The Department of Art is deeply committed to providing high-quality, unique experiences for students, and the Efroymson Family Fund is helping us do exactly that,” said Todd Matteson, chair of the UE Department of Art. “We are excited to enhance our students’ education and share even more art with the community through this gift.” 

The Efroymson Family Emerging Contemporary Artists Lecture Series will continue into the next academic year. Through this initiative, professional artists will be selected to display artwork in the Melvin Peterson  and Krannert Galleries. During this time, art students interact with the professional artist through lectures and workshops, and the public is invited to view the galleries. 

Each year, the fund also supports a marketing internship for a current art student. One intern is selected each semester to work closely with the department chair in designing print and digital materials that assist with recruitment, exhibitions and receptions, and departmental advertising. The paid internship provides beneficial, hands-on experience that allows for growth beyond the classroom. 

For the second year in a row, the Efroymson Family Fund will provide a Bridge Fellowship Program. The UE Department of Art will extend this opportunity to a recent art graduate who wishes to pursue further art education. This individual will work on research and assist with studio management and teaching. The fellow will also receive a studio space and exhibit their research. The assistance performed by the Bridge Year Fellow will allow current art faculty to dedicate more time to classrooms, student mentorship, and artwork. 

“The Efroymson Family is proud to support the work of University of Evansville and its mission to empower each student to think critically, act bravely, serve responsibly, and live meaningfully in a changing world,” said Jeremy Efroymson, vice chair of the Efroymson Family Fund. 

Learn more about the UE Department of Art, or follow the department and the Melvin Peterson Gallery on Facebook

About the Efroymson Family Fund  

The Efroymson Family Fund, a donor-advised fund of Central Indiana Community Foundation, continues a long family legacy of charitable giving. The Efroymson Family Fund was established in 1998 by Dan and Lori Efroymson to promote the viability of communities, and to date, the family has awarded more than $123 million in grants in central Indiana and beyond.  For more information about the Efroymson Family Fund, visit efroymsonfamilyfund.org

UE, VU Offer Guaranteed Admission Agreement in Engineering

A direct admit transfer agreement is now in place guaranteeing Vincennes University (VU) graduates a spot in the University of Evansville’s School of Engineering and Computer Science with a scholarship worth at least $18,000. 

The agreement applies to the civil, electrical, and mechanical engineering programs at UE. VU students need to earn their associate's degree in one of these concentrations and maintain a 2.5 GPA. After graduating from VU, they can transfer to UE to earn a bachelor’s degree with an academic scholarship award of at least $18,000 per year. 

“We at VU look forward to expanding our relationship with UE. I also extend my gratitude to UE leadership and faculty for their exceptional work and for this partnership creating even more opportunities for the students we mutually serve,” says Curt Coffman, VU dean of science, engineering and mathematics. “With VU’s in-state tuition scholarship, the entire tri-state area could save thousands of dollars on a VU/UE engineering education,” Coffman added. 

Students will graduate from VU confident that they are well prepared to continue their academic journey and are sought after by top employers and top Universities. “We strive to ensure our students are set up for success. Direct admission agreements like this are one way VU offers our students pathways to high-quality educational experiences that aligns with their true goals and passion,” says Chuck Johnson, president of VU. “We expect to see many students taking advantage of the guaranteed admission to UE.” 

“We are thrilled to partner with VU and extend this opportunity to those pursuing a future in engineering,” says Christopher M. Pietruszkiewicz, President of UE. “Students who transfer to UE will receive a high-quality education in our School of Engineering and Computer Science from a talented and experienced faculty. The rigorous curriculum, senior design teams, and internships with local organizations will provide them with the skills and experience for a successful career many years after graduating.” 

VU’s affordable tuition rates allow students to save enough in their first two years to pay for a full year at a four-year college. The guaranteed transfer agreements and surefire scholarships make a VU degree highly attractive to those interested in engineering fields. 

“The students we have been getting from VU for our engineering programs are very well prepared and a perfect fit for our hands on, project-based curriculum.” says Suresh Immanuel, PhD, Associate Dean for the UE School of Engineering and Computer Science. “They are able to transition quickly and play an integral role in all our team-based projects. We look forward to having many more VU students through the guaranteed admission agreement.”  

Visit the School of Engineering and Computer Science to learn more and apply for any of the engineering or computer science programs.

UE Named a 2022-2023 College of Distinction

The University of Evansville has been recognized for its commitment to helping undergraduate students learn, grow, and succeed by Colleges of Distinction, a unique guide for college-bound students. UE has been named a 2022-2023 College of Distinction and an Indiana College of Distinction, and it also received recognition for a multitude of academic programs and campus departments. 

Colleges of Distinction uses a selection process not only of in-depth research but also detailed interviews with the schools, accepting only those that adhere to the “Four Distinctions.” This includes criteria of engaged students, great teaching, vibrant community, and successful outcomes. Combined, these principles ensure that students have a fulfilling and individualized college experience both inside and outside the classroom. 

“At our university, we are deeply committed to providing a well-rounded, transformative education that has a lasting impact on our students for years to come,” said Christopher M. Pietruszkiewicz, president of UE. “This recognition from Colleges of Distinction speaks to our mission and the individual experiences of each of our students.” 

Aside from overall undergraduate recognitions, Colleges of Distinction also awards recognition in individual areas. UE earned recognition in the academic areas of business, education, engineering, and nursing. Colleges of Distinction also recognized the University’s career development, equity and inclusion, and military support

“The success of our academic programs and campus departments speaks to the endless efforts of our staff, faculty, and administration,” said Michael Austin, PhD, provost and executive vice president of academic affairs. “We are proud to deliver high-quality courses for our students while also providing academic quality, personal support, and career counseling  throughout their journey at this university.” 

About Colleges of Distinction 

Since 2000, Colleges of Distinction has been committed to honoring schools throughout the U.S. for true excellence in higher education. The member schools within the Colleges of Distinction consortium distinguish themselves through their dedicated focus on the undergraduate experience. Its website provides dynamic college profiles, customized tools, and resources for students, parents, and high school counselors. For more information, and to learn how to become a College of Distinction, visit CollegesofDistinction.com

UE Recognized by Phi Theta Kappa for Exemplary Transfer-Friendliness

The University of Evansville was recently named to the 2022 Transfer Honor Roll by Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society (PTK) for its commitment to dynamic pathways and support for transfer students. Of the 700 colleges and universities across the nation that were considered, UE was one of just 171 that made the Transfer Honor Roll. 

The Transfer Honor Roll recognizes the importance of creating strong, successful transfer pathways for community college transfer students. It is determined by 40 key metrics related to transfer student support and success, including: college cost and financial aid; campus life; admission practices; and bachelor’s degree completion. Analyses and data came from the National Student Clearinghouse as well as PTK Connect, Phi Theta Kappa’s online tool designed to help students find their best-fit colleges and career pathways. 

“At our University, we have always strived to foster a welcoming environment for transfer students and to make the process as seamless as possible,” said Christopher M. Pietruszkiewicz, president of UE. “This recognition speaks to the excellence of our staff, administrators, and faculty who help transfer students every step of the way towards a degree.” 

UE was included in the Transfer Honor Roll because of its exceptional transfer student outcomes. For those who transfer, UE accepts an average of 95 percent of credits from other institutions, and 100 percent of transfer students receive financial aid consisting of scholarships and/or need-based grants. The averages among the Honor Roll for merit-based financial aid and need-based financial aid were just 68 percent and 59 percent, respectively. 

Enrollment for transfer students is expected to grow in the coming semesters. Fall 2022 applications are up more than 100 percent compared to last year, and the number of students choosing to enroll is up significantly, too. This is due to not only student support but also the financial aid awarded to transfer students. Academic scholarships, which are based on cumulative college GPA, range from $15,000 to $21,000 per year. Members of PTK are eligible for additional scholarships. 

Phi Theta Kappa is the premier honor society recognizing the academic achievement of students at associate degree-granting colleges and helping them to grow as scholars and leaders. The Society is made up of more than 3.8 million members and nearly 1,300 chapters in 10 countries, with approximately 240,000 active members in the nation’s colleges. Learn more at ptk.org

UE Receives $1.7 Million Gift from Zane and Frances Todd

The University of Evansville has been provided a $1.7 million gift from the Zane and Frances Todd Trust. With this generous support, the University will now establish the Zane and Frances Todd Merit Scholarship Fund. 

Born in 1924, Zane Todd was a native of Evansville and a graduate of Central High School. He attended Evansville College for one year before transferring and eventually being drafted into the Army during World War II. He led a remarkable life and had a career with Indianapolis Power & Light Company that spanned four decades. He later retired in Florida with his wife, Frances, until his passing in 2013. Together, they shared a vision for establishing a scholarship fund to support nontraditional students – as Zane was one himself.  

While there is no precise definition, a “nontraditional student” is one who falls outside of the traditional undergraduate student mold by virtue of age, marital or family status, financial independence, full-time work status, military service, or other characteristics less common among typical college-age students. 

This gift will fund scholarships for nontraditional students majoring in engineering, computer science, the sciences, and nursing.  

“Zane Todd led such an impressive life through his military service, career, and beyond,” said Abigail Werling, vice president for advancement at UE. “Both he and Frances understood the powerful change that scholarships can make for nontraditional students seeking a transformational education from the University of Evansville. We are very honored to receive this legacy gift from the Zane and Frances Todd Trust and thank them for their vision to make higher education accessible for all."

Students who want to pursue a degree in engineering, computer science, nursing, or science can apply for admission to the University for free by visiting evansville.edu/apply.   

UE Receives $1.7 Million Gift from Zane and Frances Todd

David Ragland named head men’s basketball coach at UE

David Ragland has been named the 16th head men’s basketball coach in University of Evansville history. The announcement of the 8th Division I head coach in Purple Aces history was made by director of athletics Dr. Kenneth “Ziggy” Siegfried.

As we moved through the search process for our new head men’s basketball coach, David Ragland separated himself from the other candidates and established himself as the clear choice to lead our program,” Siegfried said. “David brings a wealth of experience that will help our program in every way, while his familiarity with the Evansville community will help to reengage our supporters.”

In a coaching career that has spanned nearly two decades, Ragland’s experience has contributed to an impressive group of programs that includes Butler, Utah State, Valparaiso, Vincennes, Northern Kentucky, Bowling Green, Indiana State, and Frank Phillips College. He joins the Evansville program following a 1-year stint as an assistant coach at Butler University.

Prior to his time with the Bulldogs, Ragland enjoyed a successful tenure at Utah State where his squads achieved at least 20 wins in each of his three seasons while finishing with an overall mark of 74-24. The Aggies made two NCAA Tournament appearances during his tenure, while the 2019-20 squad posted a 26-8 mark before the postseason was canceled due to COVID-19.

“I want to thank Dr. Siegfried and President Pietruszkiewicz for putting their trust in me to lead this program. It is a dream come true to return home. Evansville is such a special place for my family and myself and the opportunity to come back to where it all started means the world,” Ragland exclaimed. “Growing up in the city, I understand what the Purple Aces program means to the community. From day one, I will work to establish a program that the entire University of Evansville campus community and the city of Evansville will be proud of. My family and I are excited to be home.”

Ragland has worked at two current Missouri Valley Conference institutions, including a 2-year term at Valparaiso. During his first season with the program, the team accumulated 24 victories in 2016-17 while finishing with a Horizon League regular season championship and a spot in the postseason NIT. Highlighting the roster for VU was Horizon League Player of the Year Alec Peters, who was the 54th pick in the 2017 NBA Draft.

From 2010 through 2014, Ragland was an assistant coach at Indiana State where the Sycamores put forth one of the top stretches by a mid-major program in recent memory. ISU recorded 80 victories along with four postseason appearances, including a spot in the NCAA

Tournament in 2010-11. Ragland was an assistant at Northern Kentucky (2015-16) and Bowling Green (2014-15) following his stint with the Sycamores. He contributed to a 24-11 mark at NKU, which included an NCAA Tournament berth.

His first head coaching opportunity came at Vincennes University where he led the Trailblazers to a 44-19 record in his two years at the helm. The 2009-10 campaign saw them post a 22-10 mark and a run that took the program to the NJCAA District Tournament Finals. Ragland opened his coaching career at Frank Phillips College where he was part of a squad that went 25-5 in 2004-05.

Graduating from Harrison High School, Ragland was named an All-State Honorable Mention basketball player. He began his collegiate career at Missouri Southern State College in Joplin, where his team went on to the NCAA Division II Final Four during his freshman year. Following his sophomore year, he transferred to the University of Southern Indiana where he played for two seasons, propelling the Screaming Eagles to a total of 47 victories and leading the team in assists in both years.

Ragland and his wife, Annie, have two children: Ava and Joshua.

At 6 p.m. on Wednesday, a community introduction will take place at Meeks Family Fieldhouse. The event will be open to the public. Media is invited to cover the event; however, interviews with Ragland and Siegfried must be conducted at the earlier media opportunity.

Over 650 Students Named to Spring 2022 Dean's List

The University of Evansville named more than 650 students to the Dean's List for the Spring 2022 semester. Congratulations to these Aces for their outstanding academic achievement!

Students are named to the Dean's List every fall and spring semester. To merit the honor of being placed on the Dean's List, a student must have carried a full academic load of 12 hours or more and have earned a grade point average of 3.5 or above.

Center for Adult Education

  • Kari Korschgen
  • Lauren Hart
  • Andrew Hartmann
  • Jason Kinder
  • Jana Williams

William L. Ridgway College of Arts and Sciences

  • Ever Gowins
  • Katcha Papesh
  • Evan Barr
  • Kelsey Berner
  • Audrey Chambers
  • Makayla Gomperts
  • Madelynn Jacobs
  • Carlie Schultheis
  • Jordan Bradley
  • Abigail Wight
  • Elias Gray
  • Elizabeth Recker
  • Fadwa Al-Rawahi
  • Lily Waddell
  • Nathanael Kuechenberg
  • Alexa Davis
  • Jalyn Davis
  • Emily Ormson
  • Claire Franzman
  • Abbigail Kaup
  • Antoine Smith
  • Alejandra Aguilar
  • Sarah Curtin
  • Sarah Vreeland
  • Madeline Schneider
  • Nicole Tucker
  • Savannah Wheeler-Bigge
  • Kent Biehle
  • Savannah Cook
  • Mariah Schaefer
  • Malia Metelues
  • Casey Winters
  • Haley Worland
  • Beverley Buchanan
  • Garrett Hale
  • Spencer Marfy
  • Zoe Paraskevopoulos
  • Almale Wheeless
  • Isaac Bates
  • Rachel Neupert
  • Ryan Schneider
  • Megan Adkins
  • Lauren Lovingood
  • Elyse Talley
  • Quentin Yoder
  • Rafay Karim
  • Emma Ault
  • Devon Langley
  • Iryna Tsesiul
  • Caroline Gorman
  • Hannah Garrity
  • Sarah Andresen
  • Jeremiah Sagers
  • Megan Montgomery
  • Brooklynn Moody
  • Liliana Inderstrodt
  • Conner Killian
  • Kaitlyn Wilhite
  • Brandi Borchers
  • James Guest
  • Aivelyn Karsten
  • Charles Shald
  • Madison Wilson
  • Rebecca Bailey
  • Nicholas Buechlein
  • Danielle Monroe
  • Josephine Pagano
  • Devyn Schaetzle
  • Bradley Schulte
  • Amanda Shields
  • Jenna Zirkelbach
  • Abby Feit
  • Garrett Barthel
  • Kira Johnson
  • Keegan Leek
  • Carly Scheu
  • Ali Scott
  • Madelyn Jesop
  • Daniel Hackney
  • Martha Wolf
  • Benjamin Patterson
  • McKenzie White
  • Charles Harad
  • Jaden Hayes
  • Kelsey Breneman
  • Maya Barry
  • Ashly Chalico
  • Elizabeth Dye
  • Marie Reilly
  • Bradley Baumhover
  • Sarah Diaz-Garcia
  • Yumna Al-Hasni
  • Ivy Clark
  • Iljana Krajacich
  • Shauna Mihalyo
  • Andrew Norrington
  • Jacob Overstreet
  • Samuel Ports
  • Julia Ribblett
  • Anna Robbins
  • Sara Wilkens
  • Rachel Fisher
  • Hannah Halbrook
  • Baylee Minton
  • Hope Hartmann
  • Dev Patel
  • Callum Appel
  • Emily Langston
  • Aman Patel
  • Lincoln Smith
  • Abigail Watters
  • Elizabeth Geittmann
  • Carmen Worthington
  • Jackson Caudill
  • Cecilia Odenbaugh
  • Elaine Vazquez
  • Donovan Schultz
  • Hailey Chrapek
  • Trix-Nico Gebele
  • Danielle Parisi
  • Madeline Folz
  • Jordan McKinney
  • Caleb Sellers
  • Chloe Campbell
  • Michael Ikejiani
  • Elizabeth McCook
  • Mitchell Matthews
  • Cynthia Spaetti
  • Sean Froidcoeur
  • Evan Waggoner
  • Cecilia Barmes
  • Koby Durbin
  • Tad Specht
  • Cassidy Hood
  • Madeline Adamson
  • Daniela Castillo Daura
  • Dalton Lampert
  • Alexa Markl
  • Chloe Bontrager
  • Hannah Bryan
  • Katherine Doty
  • Delaney Ross
  • Hannah Tarr
  • Hailey Autenrieb
  • Haley Curtis
  • Olivia Barclay
  • Sally Steffens
  • Anya Arora
  • Hayley Laidlaw
  • Reagan Nowaskie
  • Rachel Shultz
  • Abigail Daniel
  • Sophie Lindner
  • Austin Hernandez
  • Corwin Krippel
  • Nora Ruotolo
  • John Smith
  • Samantha Fowler
  • Brandon Gibson
  • Emily Palmisano
  • Jarett Osborne
  • Savanah Summerfield
  • John Sutter
  • Sydney Wilbur
  • Grant Kay
  • Nicole Benati
  • Daniel Griffaton
  • Allison Enchelmayer
  • Rachel Taylor
  • Allyse Hardy
  • Kaitlyn Collins
  • Brian Woodard
  • Abigail Batdorf
  • Macy Beard
  • Micah Johnson
  • Kylee Peck
  • Isabella Ehrick
  • May Anderson
  • Chloe Brzozowski
  • Jonathan Finn
  • Evelyn Hipp
  • Sara Mathew
  • Gabriel Smothers
  • Sarah Tuma
  • Abigail Marlin
  • Amanda Ward
  • John Erickson
  • Abbigail Lenk
  • Samantha Schmidt
  • Charlie Watts
  • Mayray Sung
  • Alexis Carpenter
  • Samantha Anderson
  • Austin Faulkner
  • Olivia Doyle
  • Claire Stout
  • Joseph Gardner
  • Sadie Scovern
  • Zorah Mehrzad
  • Olivia Wilson
  • Emily Burlison
  • Rebecca Conaway
  • McAllister Stowell
  • Alexys Bolin
  • Chloe Burns
  • Mary Butler
  • Olivia Oswald
  • Noah Stabler
  • Mikayla Duffy
  • Annie Kim
  • Kynzie Combs
  • Chasity Carner
  • Samuel Tarter
  • Annabelle Faith
  • Delaney Rasche
  • Laura Dunlap
  • Benton Simpson
  • Elizabeth Stainback
  • Logan Lampert
  • Natalie Wolf
  • Elnora Stewart
  • Katelyn Thomason
  • Blake Froedge
  • Haley Dreyer
  • Jared Bailey
  • Trenton Barbee
  • Ashley Barnett
  • Xinyue Bi
  • Rachel Black
  • Evan Book
  • Olivia Brames
  • Corinna Cagle
  • Olivia Campbell
  • Kate Clarke
  • Kienan Corcoran
  • Alyssa DeCorrevont
  • Cassandra Dunn
  • Carissa Eckroth
  • Merris Egloff
  • Baylee Geng
  • Hannah Girten
  • Ashley Gray
  • Hannah Hall
  • Keri Hammers
  • Rebecca Harwood
  • Lauren Hill
  • Claire Himstedt
  • Alfred Ijeomah
  • Angela Jansen
  • Fae-Siri Keighley
  • Samantha Kinnevan
  • Paige Kirkey
  • Dallas Koth
  • Bailey Lomax
  • Kirkland Long
  • Gabriela Mancuso
  • Katherine Maue
  • Hannah McAlister
  • Elise Moeller
  • Austin Nickens
  • Olivia Pedersen
  • Herbert Perlman
  • Lindsey Phillips
  • Brynn Radak
  • Tyla Rasche
  • Kylee Rathgeber
  • Rebecca Riggs
  • Benjamin Roberts
  • Erin Rowlett
  • Margaret Scarberry
  • Grace Sinclair
  • Bryan Stevens
  • Makayla Stewart
  • Sophia Toth
  • Kira Ulrich
  • Isabell Vetter
  • Loretta Wachter
  • Paige Webster
  • Macy Wilson
  • McKenzie Young

College of Education and Health Sciences

  • Luke Robertson
  • Alyssa McMinn
  • Laney Olson
  • Abigail Repking
  • Geordan Blades
  • Madison Donofrio
  • Alexandra Eyler
  • Abigail Faltus
  • Jillian Happe
  • Marah Wood
  • Peyton Beller
  • Emily Burleson
  • Khalesia Lange
  • Hannah Gourley
  • Blake Johnson
  • Chloe Carlin
  • Laura Hart
  • Meghan Hillenbrand
  • Jacy Hughes
  • Julia Libby
  • Michaela Nurrenbern
  • Adeline O'Brian
  • Ianglen Sung
  • Phoebe August
  • Brandi Dore
  • Allison Roach
  • Rachael Walker
  • Kameron Graber
  • Austin Yoder
  • Laura Crouch
  • Caitlin O'Donnell
  • Megan Brenton
  • Sveva Brugnoli
  • MacGuire Butterfield
  • Kristen Harvey
  • Jossie Hudson
  • Elise O'Risky
  • Jeremy Pennington
  • Kimberly Zamora
  • Grace Reisinger
  • Madeleine Vinson
  • Anna Bury
  • Nolan Hobgood
  • Emily McMonigle
  • Savannah Watson
  • Alexa Wheeler
  • Kara Yunker
  • Alayna Acree
  • Zoe Dennis
  • Noah Wolf
  • Hayden Folz
  • Elizabeth Siverly
  • Claire Griffy
  • Elise Payne
  • Meredith Rielly
  • Nishita Trivedi
  • Tressa Hodge
  • Haydn Johnston
  • Georgia Katsonouri
  • Carina Kessens
  • Carson Kline
  • Monique Landrum
  • Elijah Rohleder
  • Tyler Strantz
  • Jerryn Swingle
  • Emily Bonenberger
  • Ava Bourn
  • Megan Criss
  • Kayla Hughes
  • Mallory Singer
  • Chelsie Edwards
  • Zoe Frossard
  • Sierra Knapp
  • Kelsey Miller
  • Hannah Rhodes
  • Carissa Ward
  • Sydney Weatherford
  • Margo Wittmer
  • Lindsey Field
  • Grace Frasier
  • Alon Baer
  • Annelise Brown
  • Elise Deeg
  • Ross Knepp
  • Kyle Billhartz
  • Cassandra Bykowicz
  • Zachary Dove
  • Madeline Ebbott
  • Gwyneth Gorley
  • Abigail Groenewold
  • Joshua Heuck
  • Brianna Kelly
  • Isabel Lynch
  • Sadie Obenauer
  • Lillieann Oelker
  • Kathryn Williams
  • Ellie Cassidy
  • Amberly Jacob
  • Luciano Albanese
  • Rebecca Crow
  • Caroline Laird
  • Hannah Stocks
  • Emily Fortune
  • Mary Franklin
  • Makayla Healy
  • Olivia McIntire
  • Madison O'Daniel
  • Joey Shreve
  • Lyndsay Deal
  • Dyrena Darrett
  • Danielle Henderson
  • Ellen Messer
  • Tiffany Weisman
  • Jodi Willenbrink
  • Emily Vasquez
  • Sarah Dottavio
  • Megan Fulhorst
  • Allyson Jordens
  • Olivia Ommen
  • Shelby Zins
  • Apryl Stahl
  • Carmen Alford
  • Hannah Barger
  • Brady Boring
  • Sara Budd
  • Mackenzie Carter
  • Makenna DeCapua
  • Evan Dekker
  • Haley Elpers
  • Paige Gehl
  • Cara Hand
  • Brooke Lasher
  • Kyleigh Mayer
  • Eli Minar
  • Justin Nichols
  • Adam Oulgout
  • Claire Reiman
  • River Remble
  • Maria Roshel
  • Emma Slavkin
  • Brian Tong
  • Alexandria Treadway
  • Mallory Weber
  • Tasha Wiseman
  • Joshua Wong
  • Keri Zumbahlen
  • Emma McConnell
  • Taylor Rapp
  • Sophia Rodil
  • Delaney Herrmann
  • Sydney Koplinski
  • Faith Macy
  • Kalee Muth
  • Dylan Saint-Pre
  • Isabelle Stapp
  • Tarakate Thompson
  • Luke Watts
  • Allison McDonald
  • Ashton Wilson
  • Dawson Beers
  • Cassandra Gilmore
  • Griffin Hammett
  • Hannah Rawhoof
  • Olivia Frayer
  • Emily Bickel
  • Hannah Conley
  • Neeley Correll
  • Kathryn Heiny
  • Kennah Keller
  • Matthew Lee
  • Hannah Seibert
  • Bailee Speicher
  • Emily Spiller
  • Caleb Stevenson
  • Grace Trefren
  • Imelda Salgado
  • Alyssa Howell
  • Xia Stafford
  • Akane Suzuki
  • Jessica Steele
  • Jara Braunecker
  • Emily Munday
  • Rachel Rosborough
  • Olivia Spencer
  • Francesco Komyatte
  • Karissa Dowd
  • Lyndie Foster
  • Erin Marx
  • Emily Brown
  • Katharine Frerichs
  • Abigail Hatcher
  • Krista Kellar
  • Jenna Littlejohn
  • Giovanni Purser
  • Alexia Recinella
  • Catherine Shafer
  • Justin Zumbahlen
  • Fatimah Albahrani
  • Breah Bailey
  • Ryan Melvin
  • Mallory Russell
  • Caleb Wassmer
  • Sarah Felts
  • Emilee Scheumann
  • Noah Blake
  • Sydney Bachman
  • Elizabeth Bell
  • Katheryn Bell
  • Dakota Blankenship
  • Emma Boebinger
  • Alexandria Brothers
  • Claire Brown
  • Corinne Buchanan
  • Abbey Chapman
  • Raphaello Colasito
  • Madeline Craig
  • Andrew Cvelbar
  • Emily Duckworth
  • Lauren Fischer
  • Nathan Fischer
  • Savannah Freels
  • Janson Garman
  • Nicholas Gerber
  • Brady Gogel
  • Katherine Goslak
  • Joshua Graves
  • Ethan Gray
  • Katlyn Hands
  • Alexa Hopf
  • Jasmine Jones
  • Rachel Jones
  • Sarah Kelley
  • Alan Kerstiens
  • Quinn Kidd
  • Amy Lannan
  • Erin Linscott
  • Karnesha March
  • Hadley Martin
  • Samuel McNichols
  • Julia Meadows
  • Kyli Miles
  • Elizabeth Miller
  • Savanna Mills
  • Kaitlynn Moffatt
  • Gaven Moore
  • Schyler Motz
  • Erin Nixon
  • Jami Nobbe
  • Ashton Padgett
  • Simon Paez Abedanck
  • Brooke Pentecost
  • Marlana Pleak
  • Dasha Pottgiesser
  • Kortney Quinn
  • Lauren Rech
  • Katherine Reed
  • Morgan Ribaudo
  • Sydney Richter
  • Olivia Rodd
  • Kelly Roth
  • Katelyn Sander
  • McKenna Sapp
  • Madelyn Schroeder
  • Kylie Shourds
  • Maggie Southwood
  • Abigail Thomason
  • Sydney Thurwalker
  • Lauren Tomich
  • Emma Vassy
  • Paige Weintraut
  • Nicolette Wickes
  • Emily Wolak
  • Audrey Wuertz

College of Business and Engineering

  • Jeffery Coulter
  • Luke Leffert
  • Eric Harpenau
  • Darian Kuhn
  • Dalton Clark
  • Owen Bryant
  • Wesley Fleischmann
  • Nicholas Gushrowski
  • Henry Hall
  • Sarah Lambright
  • Kaleb Werner
  • Ethan Abney
  • Alejandro Malla
  • Riccardo Di Domenico
  • Justin Fritch
  • Gabriel Gries
  • Brendon Herrin
  • Alexander Sagers
  • Caleb Peters
  • Emily Wiebe
  • Trevor Seufert
  • Bradan Bruce
  • Elayna Walters
  • Ellora Daily
  • Jackson Maurer
  • Kyaw Kyaw Htun
  • Dylan Mofield
  • Auberi Grubb
  • Ashlyn Thompson
  • Ethan Garvey
  • Kourtney Hauk
  • Samer Nassif
  • Macy Campbell
  • Tyler Denu
  • Soomin Ko
  • Alexis Speitel
  • Garrett Wood
  • Carlos Souto Vilas
  • Ethan Ziegler
  • Porter Pomykal
  • Jonathan Scott
  • Benjamin Stuart
  • Henry Kiel
  • Warda Alaisari
  • Sara Albalushi
  • Oliver Hald
  • Abigail Johnson
  • Preston Thornton
  • McKenna Tutt
  • Kaylen Beard
  • Carly Frazier
  • John Gerth
  • David Martin
  • Magdalen Newcomb
  • Jenna Nink
  • Marissa Shook
  • Hannah Watkins
  • Ashtyn Baxter
  • Magdalena Borisova
  • Max Dehen
  • Crispin Ewen
  • Jasmine Hauser
  • Erin Kleffman
  • Carson Parker
  • Katherine Boots
  • Logan Replogle
  • Laura Ruiz
  • Landon Stoll
  • Anna Watson
  • Steven Burkhart
  • Jobe Miller
  • Vidit Patel
  • Pratikchhaya Adhikari
  • Ethan Brawley
  • Emilie Hill
  • Michael Whitehead
  • Zocoyotzin Galindo-Ortiz
  • Sonsoles Aguayo Munoz
  • Dylan Arthur
  • Mark Bauer
  • Elisa Cardona
  • Hunter Davis
  • Parker Dierks
  • Alex Dodson
  • Alek Dunkelberger
  • Edward Friesel
  • Connor Fritch
  • Gage Gossman
  • John Helmerich
  • Connor Luebbehusen
  • Trey Riggs
  • Jackson Smith
  • Ahmed Solaiman
  • Lauren Stevenson
  • Alex Bauer
  • Benjamin Becher
  • James Buchanan
  • Julie Burkholder
  • Crayton Chesnut
  • Adam Dahou
  • Kendyl Guzman
  • Jakub Hall
  • Jacob Madden
  • Kristin Norris
  • Ellen Rohr
  • Joseph Rucinski
  • Daniel Setton
  • Pema Sherpa
  • Spencer Thompson
  • Katherine Tielking
  • Nicholas Tyring
  • Ifechi Umeh
  • Benjamin Welp
  • Megan Yoder

UE Offering Lineup of Summer Camps

Throughout the summer of 2022, the University of Evansville (UE) will offer several youth camps. Registration is now open for each camp, and parents can learn more and sign up their child by visiting evansville.edu/camps. The deadline to register for most camps is Friday, June 10, 2022.

Springboard 

In partnership with Black Lemonade, a nonprofit organization “dedicated to turning sour conflict into sweet and powerful solutions,” Springboard will give students the opportunity to learn about stereotypes throughout the world and identify ways to educate the masses on the truth using media outlets. Participants will learn from UE faculty and staff, engage with their peers, and volunteer with several organizations in the Evansville community.  

Springboard is open to high school students and will be held Monday through Friday, June 6 through July 22, from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. The cost is $120, and the deadline to register is Friday, June 3. 

Wesley Shepard Music Camp 

The UE Music Conservatory will host a weeklong camp for students entering grades 6-12 from Sunday, June 19, through Saturday, June 25. Those who have completed at least one year of band, orchestra, piano, private lessons, or similar experience are eligible to attend. 

The music camp will include experiences in band, orchestra, and piano. Students will rehearse and perform, receive specialized instruction, learn musicianship skills, and participate in other music-related activities. Lunch will be provided each day in Ridgway University Center. The cost to attend is $250. 

STEM Camp 

The UE Departments of Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Physics will jointly host an inaugural STEM camp for high school students. STEM education includes science, technology, engineering, and math. 

Rising students for grades 9-12 are invited to participate in hands-on exploration from June 20-25. The weeklong camp will cover several STEM topics, including energy in molecules, ecological interactions, DNA barcoding, data science, and more. Participants will also learn about STEM-based career discovery and undergraduate research. The cost of the camp is $250 and will last each day from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. 

Exploring Art at UE 

The UE Department of Art is inviting the local youth to make all types of art in the studios on campus. Participants will get to draw, paint, dye, marbleize, and create jewelry alongside art faculty and students. At the end of the camp, students will take home a 106-piece art kit with a built-in easel for future creations. 

Exploring Art at UE will be offered the week of June 20-25, and the cost is $100. The camp will be split into two groups: students entering grades 2-5 will meet from 9:00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m., and those entering grades 5-8 will meet from 1:00 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. 

Dance Camp 

The inaugural Dance Camp will be held from June 22-25, and students will have the opportunity to learn ballroom, hip hop, modern dance, and more. Ballroom dances will include swing, rumba, foxtrot, and waltz. On the last day, a performance will be held. Campers will also receive in-depth dance lessons, a T-shirt, and breakfast and lunch. The cost of the camp is $200. 

Journey to Justice 

UE is also leading an 8-day Journey to Justice bus tour through cities of the South to explore the history of the civil rights movement. The trip is scheduled for July 16-23 and open to rising high school juniors and seniors. More information is available at evansville.edu/journeytojustice

The University strives to make summer camps accessible to all students regardless of their ability to pay. Thanks to generous funding from Lilly Endowment Inc., financial assistance could cover up to 90% of costs for those in need. Funds are limited, so parents and guardians are encouraged to apply early. Visit evansville.edu/camps to register for all camps, and the pre-registration will include financial assistance questions. 

Embrace's Jacobsville Advantage Receives $15K Investment from Fifth Third

Embrace, the University of Evansville (UE) student-run marketing and communications agency, will continue offering discounted services to local businesses through the Jacobsville Advantage. Fifth Third Bank provided an initial $25,000 grant to kickstart the endeavor, and they have recently invested an additional $15,000 to support ongoing services. 

The Jacobsville Advantage was launched in October 2021 to help fuel growth and development for businesses in the Jacobsville community. Since that time, Embrace has taken on six clients, some of which include Foster Care in the US, Gayla Cake, Jacobsville Community Cooperative, The Jacobsville Fine Arts Association, and Zesto. Projects with these businesses have included website creation and redesign, flyers, video advertisements, social media, and more. 

“Working with the Jacobsville community has been one of the best opportunities for Embrace,” said Ellen Rohr, CEO of the agency. “We were able to help a variety of businesses with diverse marketing needs. My hope is that this will be a program that can help small businesses grow for many years to come.” 

Any business owner in the Jacobsville community can apply to receive marketing services at discounted rates. Embrace uses a stairstep approach for pricing, with the initial five hours beginning at $10 per hour. Rates increase up to and max out at $50 after 35 hours of service. To learn more or schedule an appointment with the team, owners should visit jacobsvilleadvantage.org

Although senior students of Embrace will graduate on May 7, the agency wants to continue serving the Jacobsville community and finding innovative solutions for business owners. Seven new members will be added to Embrace, and each bring unique capabilities to the dynamic team. With Fifth Third Bank’s $15,000 investment, the incoming team is eager to continue creating positive change and supporting local businesses. 

"Fifth Third Bank is thrilled to continue supporting the Jacobsville Advantage Program in partnership with Embrace,” shared Neely Pierce, city president of Fifth Third Bank. “This community is extremely deserving of these much-needed marketing and business resources, and we look forward to being a part of their continued success.” 

Eyewitness News covered the story and included interviews from business owners, which you can view here.

About Embrace 

Embrace Marketing and Communications was founded in October 2018 at the University of Evansville to provide students with real-world business experience. Its mission is to provide its clients with innovative, high-quality marketing and communications services. For more information, please visit embracemarcomm.com

UE Men’s Basketball parts ways with Lickliter

Kenneth “Ziggy” Siegfried, EdD, director of athletics at the University of Evansville (UE), has announced the departure of head men’s basketball coach Todd Lickliter, effective immediately.

“I have had the opportunity to meet with Coach Lickliter and it is obvious that he is an outstanding individual who cares greatly for this University and our student-athletes,” said Siegfried. “Todd and his staff have exemplified the true meaning and purpose of a Purple Ace. We wish him nothing but the best in his future endeavors.”

Lickliter assumed the head coaching position on January 21, 2020 and directed the program through the COVID-19 pandemic. The highlight of his tenure came during the 2020-21 season when he orchestrated a 7-game Missouri Valley Conference turnaround while leading the Aces to a top five finish in the league standings.

A national search for Lickliter’s replacement will begin immediately.

Thananatthanachon, Lampkins Invested as Wargel Endowed Chairs of Academic Programs

On May 2, 2022, the University of Evansville held an investiture ceremony for two faculty members: Todsapon Thananatthanachon, PhD; and Andrew Lampkins, PharmD, PhD. Both individuals were invested as the Wargel Endowed Chair of their respective programs, which was made possible due to a generous gift from Bob and Judy Wargel. 

Thananatthanachon, or known by his colleagues and students as “Dr. Tod,” will now serve as the Wargel Endowed Chair in Chemistry for the Wargel Department of Chemistry in the William L. Ridgway College of Arts and Sciences. As an associate professor, he teaches a variety of courses and maintains an active research group in the area of organometallic chemistry, green chemistry, and catalysis. Dr. Tod also serves as a faculty research advisor for the Chemistry Club, and he established an annual Chemistry Club Lecture Series that invites distinguished researchers in all areas of chemistry to present on campus. 

Lampkins was invested as the Wargel Endowed Chair in Physician Assistant Science for the Master of Physician Assistant Science program in the College of Education and Health Sciences. After earning his PhD in organic and medical chemistry, he completed a Walther Cancer Institute Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Notre Dame. Before he became an associate professor for the physician assistant program, he was an assistant professor and inaugural G. Richard and Rita ’59 Eykamp Endowed Chair in Chemistry.  

Following the formal ceremony, which was held in UE’s Neu Chapel, guests were invited to a reception where UE unveiled the Robert and Judy Decker Wargel Department of Chemistry. The department and its new signage are located on the third floor of Koch Center for Engineering and Science. 

Bob and Judy Wargel are two alumni and friends of the University whose generosity has supported remarkable student experiences, cutting edge faculty research, and continuously enhanced academics. They met one another at UE, and both earned degrees in chemistry. After successful careers, the Wargels followed their love of volunteering and passion for improving health and wellness in third-world countries. They also gave countless hours to the Department of Chemistry by sponsoring summer internships for students and establishing a planned gift to the department. 

Thananatthanachon, Lampkins Invested as Wargel Endowed Chairs of Academic Programs

Dr. Kenneth “Ziggy” Siegfried named UE Director of Athletics

Turning the page into a new era of Purple Aces athletics, University of Evansville President Christopher M. Pietruszkiewicz announced the hiring of Dr. Kenneth “Ziggy” Siegfried as the new Director of Athletics. Siegfried will officially be introduced today at a 2:00 p.m. press conference inside Meeks Family Fieldhouse.

“I have been delighted with our partnership with Turnkey. They listened to our campus community and especially our student athletes, attracting a world class pool of candidates,” said Pietruszkiewicz. “We hired a leader with a proven track record of success for our athletic department, our University, and our community. We said we would hire the right person for UE — and we did.” 

Siegfried joins the University of Evansville from California State University Bakersfield (CSUB) where he has served as the Director of Athletics and Associate Vice President for Student Affairs since August of 2015. In his role at CSUB, Siegfried has successfully led an athletic program that is comprised of 16 varsity sports programs with over 300 student-athletes and 90 employees. One of the highlights of his tenure at CSUB was when he succeeded in securing an invitation for CSUB to join the Big West Conference. 

“It is an honor to join the University of Evansville, the athletic department, and the Evansville community. This is a special place with a great deal of potential,” Siegfried said. “I would like to thank President Pietruszkiewicz for presenting me with this opportunity. My appreciation also goes out to the advisory committee and TurnkeyZRG.” 

Siegfried transformed the athletic department during his tenure at CSUB through the development of a new strategic plan, the creation of a comprehensive master facilities plan, and the commencement of a variety of major construction projects. Under his direction, CSUB generated the largest amount of revenue in the history of the department while achieving high ticket sales and securing significant donations and corporate sponsorships.  

Putting an emphasis on academics is a pivotal part of Siegfried’s blueprint. During his tenure, CSUB set records in Graduation Success Rates (GSR), departmental GPAs, and Academic Progress Rates (APR). Siegfried has also been active at the university, conference, and national level throughout his career. On a national level, he serves on the Minority Opportunities Athletic Association (MOAA) Board and is in his third year serving on the NCAA Accelerating Academic Success Program Committee. 

At the conference level, he serves on the Big West Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee, the D1-AAA Athletics Directors Association Scholar-Athlete Team Committee and has served on the conference championships committee for both the Western Athletic Conference and the Big West Conference. 

“I am excited to lead a talented group of student-athletes, coaches, and staff members as we strive to be the best at what we do in the classroom, in competition, and in the community. Together, we will strive to give our student-athletes an experience that is second to none,” Siegfried added. “The Purple Aces are Evansville’s team, and we are going to actively engage our community from day one. My wife, my children, and I are excited to call Evansville home.” 

Prior to his arrival in Bakersfield, Siegfried worked at the University of Memphis for eight years on the Senior Staff within the Athletics Department while serving on the University fundraising leadership team during a successful $250 million campaign. During his time at U of M, Siegfried helped to raise $16 million that went into the transformation of the athletic facilities.  

Siegfried attended the University of Memphis where he earned a bachelor’s degree in education and sports management in 2003. He earned his Master of Science in sports administration from Middle Tennessee State University in 2004 and completed his Doctor of Education from the University of Memphis in 2019. A native of Memphis, Siegfried and his wife, Karen, have five children: William, Samuel, Caroline, Miriam, and their late sister Delilah.

Dr. Kenneth “Ziggy” Siegfried named UE Director of Athletics

UE Leading 8-Day Civil Rights Bus Tour in July 2022

For the second year in a row, the University of Evansville will lead an eight-day civil rights bus tour in July that will explore historical sites and landmarks in cities of the South. Students on this trip will learn important, valuable lessons at each stop for an impactful experience of personal reflection and application within their own communities. Journey to Justice is open to rising high school juniors and seniors and current students of UE, and registration is open through June 10, 2022. Scholarships are available for students in need. 

From July 16-23, 2022, travelers will visit museums, churches, and other culturally rich destinations across the cities of Birmingham, Montgomery, and Selma, Alabama; Memphis, Tennessee; and Louisville, Kentucky. Sites will include the Rosa Parks Museum, Edmund Pettus Bridge, National Civil Rights Institute, Beale Street, and the Muhammad Ali Center. Before departing UE for the trip, students will also visit the Evansville African American Museum.  

Through Journey to Justice, students can earn three college credits that are applied toward general education requirements or the ethics and social change major. Some assignments, such as journal entries and film viewings, will be completed on the trip, while others will be completed after returning home. 

The cost of the trip is $1575 for high school students and includes tuition and travel. For questions about scholarships, please email vs9@evansville.edu.  

Journey to Justice is made possible through the generous support of Lilly Endowment Inc. To register, or for more information, visit the Journey to Justice page. 

UE Offering Archaeology Field School at Harlaxton

This June, the University of Evansville (UE) will lead the first archaeological excavation on the grounds of its overseas study abroad center, Harlaxton College. The 30-day Archaeology Field School is open to both beginning and experienced archaeologists. Learners of all ages from anywhere in the United States and United Kingdom can join. The deadline to register is May 2, 2022.

Harlaxton College is housed in an exquisite, 19th-century Victorian manor located in the countryside of Lincolnshire, England, near the town of Grantham. Every semester, the manor welcomes students from UE and other partner institutions across the nation, and they complete general education and program-specific courses while immersed in British culture. 

The Archaeology Field School will focus on the Walled Garden Project, a carbon-negative initiative that will allow greater access and engagement opportunities to the Harlaxton community and visitors. The dig will begin in the “Thunder House” of the long-abandoned gardener’s cottage. Participants will look to uncover the forgotten lives of those who helped run the manor, reveal traces of the site’s prehistoric past, and investigate WWI training trenches. The Archaeology Field School is offered in partnership with the Enabled Archaeology Foundation and a range of local community history and archaeology societies. 

Regardless of participants’ skill sets, the field-based learning will cover excavation and survey techniques, understanding mapping and recording, and how to correctly trowel. Participants will also attend a British Studies seminar with a leading professor and expert in the field. College students are eligible to earn course credit through the experience and can choose from archaeology or British studies options. 

“The opportunity to have a field school this summer at Harlaxton makes me beyond grateful,” said Emily Stammitti, PhD, program coordinator and director of the Archaeology Field School at Harlaxton. “The support we have received from both the United States and the United Kingdom, as well as the county of Lincolnshire, has been inspiring. Our hope is to report findings after the conclusion of the dig and to continue this good work into the future.” 

Space is limited, so interested individuals are encouraged to register soon. Visit evansville.edu/fieldschool

UE Presents Vanderburgh County Educators of the Year

On Wednesday, April 6, the University of Evansville (UE) presented four individuals in Vanderburgh County with Outstanding Educator Awards. Each educator received a surprise announcement within their school as part of UE’s 31st annual presentation of awards. 

The competition, which is specific to Vanderburgh County, recognizes current classroom teachers and building principals in grades K-12 with at least three years of experience. The Outstanding Educator Awards for Vanderburgh County are sponsored by UE, Evansville Teachers Federal Credit Union, and the Evansville Courier & Press. 

The following awards were presented on Wednesday: 

Outstanding Elementary Teacher of the Year: Kenneth “Kennan” Barnett, sixth grade teacher at Vogel Elementary                                     

Kennan has been teaching for five years, all of which have been spent at Vogel Elementary. This year, he began teaching English and language arts, math, science, and social studies at the fifth-grade level. 

As a teacher, his goal is to ensure each student leaves his classroom having grown academically, emotionally, and socially. By creating a safe learning environment where students respect one another and value hard work and positivity, he hopes students will thrive outside of the school walls.   

“On a daily basis, I remind my students that they have control over very few things in their life, but they will always have full control over their work ethic and attitude,” said Kennan. “Anything they may lack in skill, they will always make up for with these two traits.” 

The pandemic has taught Kennan a lot about adaptability. He was a physical education teacher before COVID-19 arrived. While he planned to continue this path, a large influx of students returning from Virtual Academy required additional teachers in the classroom. Kennan saw this as an opportunity to grow and expand upon his experience. “I went from locomotor movements and manipulative skills in PE to explaining the area of parallelograms and how to write a first-person narrative essay,” he said. “I never saw myself outside of the gym, but now I have built strong relationships with my team and my amazing students, and I can’t imagine leaving the classroom.” 

Last year, Kennan had the opportunity to pilot a program, titled “Gentleman’s Academy,” for sixth grade boys at Vogel. Being the only male teacher in the school, he wanted to ensure the boys had a positive male mentor in life that they could always rely on. The program specifically helps those with a low sense of belonging or high frequency of behavior issues. The boys are paired with a staff member that they trust and meet with daily. The staff members build trust with the students as they support them academically, socially, and behaviorally. Bi-monthly meetings also incorporate helpful lessons, such as budgeting, tipping at restaurants, and spending quality time with family members. 

Outstanding Middle School Teacher of the Year: Lori Kassel-Reed, special education teacher for grades 6-8 at Washington Middle School 

Lori Kassel-Reed teaches English and language arts, social studies, social skills, and resource skills for students in grades 6-8 with emotional disabilities. Some of her additional roles at Washington include being a spelling bee sponsor, coach for girls’ track, and an enrichment teacher for summer school. 

With 16 years of teaching experience, Lori believes that every child can learn and reach their potential when teachers tailor their approaches to student strengths and weaknesses.  

Of those years, she has spent the last eight working with students who have experienced and are working through some type of trauma. This can include abuse, homelessness, incarceration, or self-harm.  

“In this classroom, you will see some amazingly strong and resilient children who are doing their best to better themselves so they can move to general education classrooms,” Lori said. “There is a lot of love, laughter, and healing in this room.”  

Because the goal is to move students out of the room, Lori runs a tightly scheduled class with clearly defined expectations and a focus on behavior. She teaches self-regulation and coping skills; she encourages them to face challenges in life and overcome them. 

“I let my students see my mistakes and share with them my own personal challenges,” she said. “I have a very strong track record of getting my students back into the general education classrooms, and I feel that’s due to building that trust and honesty with them.” 

In nominating Lori for an Outstanding Educator Award, an individual said that “she is the most selfless person [they] have ever met. She deserves the award because she is a genuinely good, caring person and teacher.”  

Outstanding High School Teacher of the Year: Brian Bobbitt, Master Teacher for Project Lead the Way at North High School 

At North High School, Brian Bobbitt teaches engineering and robotics. It’s part of Project Lead the Way (PLTW), which develops STEM curricula for K-12 teachers. For the 2019-2020 school year, he was named the National Project Lead the Way Outstanding Teacher. 

As the Master Teacher of this program, Brian has had the opportunity to train other teachers across the nation to use PLTW curricula for engineering classes. It has proven to be beneficial to him, too, as he is always learning from those he is fortunate enough to teach. 

“Simply put, I love what I do,” he said. “My dad always said, ‘pick something you love to do, and you’ll never have to work a day in your life.’” Brian has always enjoyed teaching, and he especially likes the subject area of engineering. However, his favorite part of the job is watching students develop ideas and come up with their own solutions. In his career, he has seen students grow a love for learning and stretch their expectations to do even better.  

“For all students who make their way to the engineering labs, my goal is to ensure they leave with the ability to solve problems as well as a lifelong passion for learning more,” he said. 

Brian implemented a robotics team at North just a few years ago, and now the students compete at district, regional, and state events. Students not only get a chance to grow beyond the normal scope of the curriculum, but they always have a chance to meet and work with engineers from Toyota, Berry Global, Mead-Johnson, and Sabic. Brian is thrilled to see these students make career connections before graduating high school, several of which have led to summer internships. 

A nomination for Brian noted his enthusiasm for engineering, as well as the confidence he instills in his students. “His passion for STEM projects is contagious, and he helps students see how they can use their skills to give back to their community,” the form said. 

Outstanding Building Principal of the Year: Aaron Huff, Principal of Bosse High School 

Aaron Huff has been in the education field for 19 years, and this is his fourth year as the principal for Bosse High School. He is a member of the National Association of Secondary School Principals, in which he serves as the advocacy chair, governance chair, and executive director of the search committee. He is also part of the steering committee and board of directors. In December, Aaron expects to earn his doctoral degree. 

Since becoming the principal of Bosse, Aaron has been focused on leading the instructional leadership team to improve employee performance and student outcomes. The school has also been working to improve chronic absenteeism among students. He noted that COVID-19 has created additional challenges in navigating this, but he and the teachers have created an environment of seeking continual improvement. 

Aaron firmly believes kids must learn no matter what, and some students will need very little support while others may need coaching or encouragement. “Our ability to create change in students’ lives depends on developing a meaningful relationship with them,” he said. “We are responsible for creating conditions that promote academic and personal success for all students.” 

To unlock students’ success and realization of their own gifts, Aaron says the same must be done with teachers. As an administrator, he is focused on removing barriers to improvement and dismantling systems that maintain the status quo. He thinks it is important to “find ways to get to yes and then get out of the way.” 

Most recently, Aaron struck a collaborative partnership with Toyota Indiana. Course offerings and instruction will align with Toyota’s qualities in entry-level employees, and students will be offered a position with the manufacturer immediately after graduation. The “Toyota 4T” program will launch this fall, and Aaron is confident it will significantly impact the landscape of education and student outcomes at Bosse. 

Holly Carter Appointed Executive Director and Dean of Harlaxton College

On the unanimous recommendation of a search committee consisting of faculty, staff, and members of the University of Evansville Board of Trustees, UE president Christopher M. Pietruszkiewicz announces that Holly Carter, PhD, will be the new executive director and dean of Harlaxton College, the University’s study abroad center. She has been serving in an interim role as principal for the past two years. 

Harlaxton College is housed in an exquisite, 200-room Victorian manor built in the 1850s and located in the countryside of Lincolnshire, England, near the town of Grantham. The first students to study abroad at the manor were welcomed in 1971, and over the last five decades, it has been a second home to thousands of students. Immersed in the culture of British life, students can spend a semester overseas completing both general education and program-specific courses while touring other popular European destinations. Harlaxton provides study abroad opportunities for UE students and for students at the University's partner institutions across the nation. 

Dr Holly Carter

Carter will supervise both the academic services of Harlaxton College as well as its business operations. As the dean, she will join the UE academic affairs leadership team and will be responsible for Harlaxton’s curriculum, assessment, course scheduling, and ongoing partnerships with other universities. As the executive director, she will manage filming opportunities as well as bookings for weddings and conferences. 

"Holly has been an exemplary leader at Harlaxton for the past two years, especially in the midst of challenges brought on by the pandemic,” said Pietruszkiewicz. “She brings a wealth of knowledge, experience, and innovation to this new role, and we are confident she will lead Harlaxton to new levels of outreach and success for the next generations of study abroad students.” 

Prior to taking on the role of interim principal, Carter served as the director of programs for Harlaxton College as well as the director of education abroad. 

“I am humbled and honored to be placed in this position of trust,” said Carter.  “Harlaxton means so much to me and to so many people in Evansville and beyond. In my new role, I will endeavor to keep the manor and the college thriving for generations to come.” 

Holly Carter Appointed Executive Director and Dean of Harlaxton College

Lilly Endowment Inc. Awards UE $1 Million for Youth Programs

The University of Evansville (UE) has received a grant of $1 million from Lilly Endowment Inc. to support the establishment of camps and afterschool programs for youth outreach in the Evansville community and beyond.  

With the grant, UE will also establish a new Office of Youth Programs. This department will develop and oversee PathFinder programs, which are designed to create a spark youth to consider and obtain a college education. With PathFinder, middle and high school students will explore various disciplines and engage in activities to help them intentionally design the future they want for themselves, their families, and their communities. Some of the initial PathFinder programs will include Springboard, STEM, Wesley Shepherd Music, UE Dance Company, and UE Explorers.  

Lilly Endowment made the grant through its initiative, Indiana Youth Programs on Campus, which is helping colleges and universities across Indiana develop new and strengthen existing efforts to provide enriching campus-based programs for students, ages 5 to 18. 

“At UE, we know that education transforms lives and communities,” said Christopher M. Pietruszkiewicz, president of UE. “Our PathFinder initiative will help youth to envision a future for themselves that begins with a college education. We are very grateful to Lilly Endowment for sharing this vision and always striving to support education for all.”  

Springboard  

In partnership with Black Lemonade, a non-profit organization, Springboard is designed to prepare and empower high school students of color and those from economically disadvantaged backgrounds for life beyond grade 12. Guided by UE faculty, staff, and students, youth in this summer program will create positive change through the studying of various cultures and creation of podcasts, news stories, articles, and social media posts.    

Wesley Shepherd Music  

This week-long summer music camp, hosted by the UE Music Conservatory, will be designed for grades 6-12. It will include performances, instrument and vocal lessons, music theory, and more. Wesley Shepherd Music will be led by full-time faculty from the Conservatory, and current music students will also assist and mentor the youth.    

STEM Camp  

STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) is comprised of growing academic fields, and this camp is designed to increase youth interest in them. Heavy emphasis will be given to natural sciences and mathematics, and career options will be discussed for each field. Students entering grades 9-11 will engage in hands-on activities, experiments, and data analyses across chemistry, biology, and mathematics. Camp students will also shadow current UE students conducting undergraduate research projects.    

UE Dance Company  

Modeled after the nationally acclaimed Mad Hot Ballroom program, this five-day summer camp will be available for students entering grades 8-10. Each day, students will learn a new dance, such as the Rumba and Tango, and they will prepare for a showcase at the end of the week. Selected dancers at the camp will be invited to join a newly established Junior Aces Performance team, which performs at UE basketball games and other campus events.     

UE Explorers  

UE Explorers is an afterschool program that will debut in the fall of 2022. Each month, a rotating UE faculty member will lead middle school students in the exploration of a new academic area. This program will be delivered in partnership with local youth-serving agencies Dream Center Evansville, Potter’s Wheel, and the YCMA.    

About Lilly Endowment Inc.  

Lilly Endowment Inc. is an Indianapolis-based, private philanthropic foundation created in 1937 by J.K. Lilly, Sr. and his sons Eli and J.K. Jr. through gifts of stock in their pharmaceutical business, Eli Lilly and Company. Although the gifts of stock remain a financial bedrock of the Endowment, it is a separate entity from the company, with a distinct governing board, staff and location. In keeping with the founders' wishes, the Endowment supports the causes of community development, education, and religion and maintains a special commitment to its hometown, Indianapolis, and home state, Indiana. 

Lilly Endowment Inc. Awards UE $1 Million for Youth Programs

UE Hires Search Firm for new Director of Athletics

In an effort to conduct a thorough national search for the next director of athletics, the University of Evansville has hired TurnkeyZRG to assist in the search process. TurnkeyZRG is universally known as one of the top search firms in the sports industry.  

UE has formed a diverse, nine-person advisory committee that includes current and former student-athletes, faculty, coaches, administrators, and trustees. The advisory committee, along with UE President Christopher M. Pietruszkiewicz, will work collaboratively with TurnkeyZRG, led by managing director Chad Chatlos, in a national search for the next director of athletics. Chatlos specializes in senior executive searches across the sports industry with a focus on senior leadership roles in the ever-changing landscape of intercollegiate athletics. 

"I am confident that this advisory committee will assist in attracting an impressive pool of candidates who will focus on the student-athlete experience in competition and in the classroom, who will engage our campus, our friends, our fan base, and our community, who will build strong competitive programs, and who will support our coaches and athletics staff who build competitive skills and serve as mentors for future leaders,” said Pietruszkiewicz. 

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Mark Spencer steps down as UE Director of Athletics, University to conduct national search for replacement

University of Evansville Director of Athletics Mark D. Spencer announced on Friday that he is stepping down to pursue other opportunities after eight years of leading the Purple Aces. Spencer has served as athletic director at UE since September 2014.

“I am very proud of what I was able to accomplish during my tenure at the University of Evansville,” Spencer said. “The commitment, dedication and collaboration of the entire athletic department led to incredible growth and numerous memorable accomplishments during my tenure. With that said, it is time for a new voice to lead UE Athletics, and time for a new opportunity for my family and me. I look forward to being a fan and supporting Purple Aces Athletics as they are poised for great success.”

While at the University of Evansville, Spencer’s accomplishments included:

  • The women’s golf team winning its’ first ever Missouri Valley Conference championship and advancing to the NCAA tournament for the first time, the women’s volleyball program advancing to the 2021 NIVC Quarterfinals, marking the programs first post-season appearance ever, the men’s basketball team winning at Rupp Arena against #1 UK and the 2015 Collegeinsider.com post-season tournament, which is the first men’s basketball post-season tournament championship since the 1971 NCAA College Division National Championship, and adding the men’s and women’s indoor and outdoor track and field programs.
  • An unwavering commitment for Purple Aces student-athletes to fulfill the University’s academic mission. During the 2020-21 academic year, 55% of all student athletes made the Dean’s List and all seventeen of UE’s Division I sports teams earning a GPA over 3.0. UE was recognized for having the highest Graduation Success Rate of any school in the Missouri Valley Conference.
  • Facility and rebranding of athletic and University marks, transforming the Meek’s Family Fieldhouse for women’s basketball and volleyball, including an Olympic grade TaraFlex volleyball competition floor. The installation of new scoreboards and sound systems for the baseball, softball and soccer facilities as well as a state-of-the-art Field Turf on German American Bank Field at Charles H. Braun stadium.
  • Negotiating the University’s beverage provider agreement with Pepsi, as well as the multi-year Learfield IMG College and Nike/BSN Sports athletic department contracts generating significant revenues and cost savings across the University and athletic department.

“I greatly appreciate Mark’s contributions to the University of Evansville and UE Athletics, especially as colleges navigate all of the changes to higher education and collegiate athletics,” UE President Christopher M. Pietruszkiewicz said. “The department has seen a tremendous transformation during his tenure, and we are enormously grateful for his dedication, hard work, and teamwork. I wish Mark well in his future endeavors and am eager to watch his success.”

A national search for the next director of athletics will begin immediately.

Strong Outcomes Reported for 2021 Graduates

After surveying class of 2021 graduates, the University of Evansville (UE) is pleased to report that 95 percent of graduates were employed or pursuing further education within six months of graduation. The median salary of those employed full-time was $50,000.  

The survey, conducted annually, is a collaborative effort between the University’s Center for Career Development, Office of Institutional Effectiveness, and Office of Alumni and Parent Relations. Data was gathered from surveys at the time of graduation, as well as alumni surveys, academic department chairs, the National Student Clearinghouse, and other methods. Approximately 93 percent of 2021 graduates provided career information. 

Outcomes improved from the previous year, which saw slightly lower rates due to the pandemic’s effect on the economy. Those outcomes included 91 percent of graduates employed or in graduate school within six months of graduating, as well as a median salary of $47,500.  

“We are very committed at the University to provide an outstanding educational experience which includes essential career planning,” said Gene Wells, senior director of the Center for Career Development. “In addition to the hands-on training and internships students receive within their program, our office assists them with every step preparing for their future endeavors.” 

For nearly a decade, the Center for Career Development has implemented an “end to end” approach to career success. When a prospective student visits campus, they meet with the Center to review career interests, take a free career assessment, and explore future job opportunities. As a student, the Center offers appointments to assist with resumes and cover letters, mock interviews, and career advising. Job fairs are held throughout the year to connect students with local and regional employers. After graduation, the Center continues its outreach to alums to ensure each individual’s success. 

"It Started with a Moose" Exhibit on Display in Krannert Gallery

The University of Evansville presents "It Started with a Moose," a watercolor exhibit by Diane Ubelhor-Wunderlich, on display at the Krannert Gallery now through March 27, 2022. The gallery is located inside the Krannert Hall of Art and Music. The gallery is open to the public from 8:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. each day. 

A public reception for the artist will be held on Thursday, February 23, 2022, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The reception will be held in the Krannert Gallery. The exhibit and reception are part of the Emerging Contemporary Artist Lecture Series, sponsored by the Efroymson Family Fund and the UE Department of Art. 

Diane Ubelhor-Wunderlich studied at the American Academy of Art in Chicago, where she developed a love for watercolor. In 2001 she attended a workshop in Montana by renowned wildlife artist, Robert Bateman, which advanced her interest in painting wildlife and the nature surrounding it. Ubelhor-Wunderlich has won several awards, and her work has been featured in multiple publications.  

"I have a variety of subjects that I enjoy painting, but wildlife has been one of my favorites," said Ubelhor-Wunderlich. "As I paint, I try to bring out those same emotions that were evoked in me when I took the photo. One of the most rewarding parts of my work is getting out in nature. Photography has recently taken a new place near to my heart - as I’ve gotten out in the field, I’ve learned so much about the birds and wildlife. God‘s beautiful creation indeed has no boundaries!"

For more information, contact the UE Art Department of Art at 812-488-2043, email art@evansville.edu, or visit the gallery's Facebook page

Theatre Presents "The Caucasian Chalk Circle"

The University of Evansville (UE) Theatre continues their spring 2022 season with Bertolt Brecht’s The Caucasian Chalk Circle, English version by Eric Bentley. Teeming with political overtones and a sharp look at human nature, this play, written at the end of World War II, retells the story of an innocent child claimed and fought over by two mothers, resulting in one of the most riveting trials ever staged. This production opens on Thursday, February 24, at 7:30 p.m. in the May Studio Theatre. Additional performances are 7:30 p.m. on February 25 and 26, and at 2:00 p.m. on February 26 and 27.

The Caucasian Chalk Circle is directed by Obi Roberts, a senior theatre performance major from Arvada, Colorado. Angus Creech, a senior theatre studies major from Brooklyn, New York, serves as the scenic designer; Sara Mathew, a junior design and technology major from Union, Kentucky, is the costume designer; Stephen Boulmetis, associate professor of lighting design, serves as the lighting designer; guest artist Araceli Ramirez serves as the sound designer; Rebecca Conaway, a junior theatre studies major from Wellsburg, West Virginia, is the dramaturg; Madison Wilson, a junior stage management major from Fort Worth, Texas, is the stage manager, and Blake Cooper, assistant technical director and scene shop manager, serves as the technical director.

The cast features Jake Conrad, a junior performance major from Olympia, Washington, as the singer; Kayleigh Doyle, a senior performance major from McKinney, Texas, as Grusha; Aivelyn Karsten, a junior performance major from Clackamas, Oregon, as Simon; Josh Gelman, a senior performance major from Denver, Colorado, as Azdak; Ben Bravard, a junior performance major from Batavia, Ohio, as Governor and others; Liv Campbell, a senior performance major from Kingwood, Texas, as Delegate and others; Jack Cory, a junior performance major from Southlake, Texas, as Fat Prince and others; and Bryce Galvan, a junior performance major from West Carrollton, Ohio, as Adjutant and others; Lillie Kolich, a senior performance major from Albuquerque, New Mexico, as Governor’s wife and others; Kirkland Long, a senior performance major from Canal Winchester, Ohio, as Corporal and others; Jeff Parkinson, a junior performance major from Mercer Island, Washington, as Lavrenti and others; Lindsay Perr, a first-year performance major from Medford, New Jersey, as Sister-in-law and others; and Brynna Waters, a first-year performance major from Brownsburg, Indiana, as Shauwa and others.

In following industry standards, as established by the Broadway League, all audience members must show proof of COVID–19 vaccination or a negative test result taken within 48 hours of the date on their ticket. Upon arrival at the theatre, proof of vaccination/negative test result and an ID will be checked before each performance. In compliance with the UE Coronavirus Task Force guidelines, all audience members must remain masked when indoors on campus. Additionally, both Shanklin Theatre and the May Studio Theatre will be seated at no more than 50% capacity. The restrictions are in place to allow student actors to safely perform unmasked in both spaces.

Ticket prices are $12. UE students may obtain one free student rush ticket beginning at 12 p.m. on the day of the performance they wish to attend. Seating is limited and tickets are available by calling 812-488-2031.

Three Civil Engineering Alums, Student Awarded Scholarships by APAI

The Asphalt Pavement Association of Indiana (APAI) has named Alex Marie Dodson '21, Seth Mendel '21, and Samantha Weldon as 2021 APAI Scholars. The Civil Engineering graduates and student were recognized as award winners during the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Scholarship Awards Banquet, held in conjunction with the 2021 APAI Winter Conference and Expo on December 16th, 2021 at the Marriott East Hotel in Indianapolis.

Scholarships are awarded by the APAI Scholarship Committee to students studying construction management, civil engineering, and construction engineering and management at six nationally accredited Indiana universities, including the University of Evansville. Students must complete an in-person interview with members of the Scholarship Committee to receive an award. The total amount of scholarships awarded in 2021 by the association totaled $50,000 to deserving scholars, in anticipation that many recipients will remain in Indiana and seek employment opportunities with APAI's member contractors.

$1.9 Million Estate Gift to Support Music Conservatory

The University of Evansville (UE) has received a $1.9 million gift from the Nancy Shepard Estate, with designation to three separate areas within the UE Music Conservatory.  

Nancy Shepard, who hailed from southern Illinois, attended Evansville College for elementary education. Halfway through college, she decided to change her major. In 1968, she graduated with a Bachelor of Music Education. After marrying her husband, Wesley, she earned a Master of Arts in 1971. She would spend the next three decades of her career as a band director for schools, instilling a love of music in thousands of students. 

The gift will fund three areas: the Nancy L. Shepard Endowed Scholarship for Wind and Percussion Students, the O. Wesley Shepard Memorial Scholarship, and the Nancy L. and O. Wesley Shepard Endowed Guest Artist Series. 

The Nancy L. Shepard Endowed Scholarship for Wind and Percussion Students will provide financial assistance for music education majors who wish to pursue a career as a band director. The O. Wesley Shepard Memorial Scholarship was established by his friends and former students upon his retirement in 1972. The scholarship supports students who are clarinet or music education majors and are part of the University band. 

As husband and wife, Nancy and Wesley were deeply involved in music and saw its purpose in expanding the minds and talents of students. They believed guest artists could have a positive impact on college music programs. The Nancy L. and O. Wesley Shepard Endowed Guest Artist Series will be utilized annually to welcome guest artists of significant stature to UE. The artist will work with students in the classroom or through master classes, and they will hold a music performance available for the enjoyment of the local community. 

“Our Music Conservatory is tremendously grateful for the generosity of Nancy Shepard and her passion for music that will benefit our students for years to come,” said Ken Steinsultz, co-director of the UE Music Conservatory and director of bands. “We are equipping music educators of the future who will carry on Nancy’s legacy and help generations of students, just as she did in her own career.” 

The UE Music Conservatory is a community of students and artist-teachers working together to achieve artistic excellence and professional results. Curriculum combined with active learning gives students the extensive experience needed for any degree offered, including music education, music therapy, and more. The Community Conservatory provides creative outlets for locals, including private lessons, the Suzuki method, summer camps, community ensembles, and classes. Become a member today at evansville.edu/community-conservatory

$1.9 Million Estate Gift to Support Music Conservatory

Alums Join Executive Leadership at NSWC Crane

Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division (NSWC Crane), a Navy federal laboratory located in the Southern Indiana, is pleased to announce the selection of new members of the Executive Leadership Team (ELT). The ELT is a group of 10 senior-level executives responsible for directing departments and leading NSWC Crane’s strategic vision. Two University of Evansville (UE) alums are part of the four new members of the team.

Dr. Kyle Werner

Dr. Kyle Werner has been selected to serve as NSWC Crane’s Deputy Technical Director (DTD). Dr. Werner’s brings more than 23 years of diverse and extensive leadership experience to this unique role.

“Dr. Werner is well versed in the strategic direction of NSWC Crane and provides valuable executive leadership across the organization,” said Dr. Angie Lewis (SES), NSWC Crane Technical Director. “Kyle has served on our ELT for the past eight years and I am confident we will succeed with his leadership as Deputy Technical Director.”

Dr. Werner’s previous assignments on the ELT include having served as the Director of the Applied Science & Demand Management Department, Director of Innovation, Director of Engagement, and most recently acting Director of the Global Deterrence and Defense Department.

Dr. Werner received his bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Evansville. He received his master’s degree in Engineering Management from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, and his Ph.D. in Strategic Management from Sullivan University. Dr. Werner received a certificate in Public Management from Indiana University and a certificate in Executive Leadership & Management from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.   

Mr. James R. (JR) Ross

Mr. James R (JR) Ross has been selected as the Director for the Global Deterrence and Defense Department. Mr. Ross has more than 23 years of experience at NSWC Crane, 11 of which have been in Nuclear Deterrence, Hypersonics, and Missile Defense.

“JR has a proven track record of providing executive leadership in support of Strategic Missions, including Nuclear Deterrence, Missile Defense Agency, and Office of Secretary of Defense to support Hypersonics and Microelectronics,” said Dr. Angie Lewis (SES), NSWC Crane Technical Director. “He has demonstrated exceptional leadership skills and the ability to conceive, plan, and manage complex and innovative technical programs.”

He previously served as the Deputy Director for the Global Deterrence and Defense Department, Division Manager of the Platform and Launch Systems Division, Division Manager of Irregular Warfare Technologies Division, and Deputy Division Director/Chief Engineer of the Expeditionary Systems Engineering Division.

Mr. Ross received his bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Evansville. He received his master’s degree in Engineering Management from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, and his Masters of Public Administration from Indiana University.

NSWC Crane is a naval laboratory and a field activity of Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) with mission areas in Expeditionary Warfare, Strategic Missions and Electronic Warfare. The warfare center is responsible for multi-domain, multi- spectral, full life cycle support of technologies and systems enhancing capability to today's Warfighter.

Theatre Announces Spring 2022 Season

The University of Evansville Department of Theatre proudly presents the Spring 2022 season with two student-directed productions in the May Studio Theatre and one guest-directed production in Shanklin Theatre. Tickets are now on sale for all performances.

The semester kicks off with Mac Beth by Erica Schmidt, based on the play Macbeth by William Shakespeare, in the May Studio Theatre. Directed by senior theatre studies major Claire Himstedt from St. Louis, Missouri, this new take on Shakespeare's classic tale of bloody violence explores a symmetry with rebellious teenage girls meeting to stage the play in a parochial school's parking lot. Mac Beth begins at 7:30 p.m. on February 10, 11, and 12; and at 2:00 p.m. on February 12 and 13.

Next up is Bertolt Brecht's The Caucasian Chalk Circle with an English version by Eric Bentley, in the May Studio Theatre. Originally written at the end of WWII, it retells the story of a child claimed and fought over by two mothers, resulting in one of the most riveting trials ever staged. Teeming with political overtones and a sharp look at human nature, it is directed by senior performance major Obi Roberts of Arvada, Colardo. The Caucasian Chalk Circle runs at 7:30 p.m. on February 24, 25, 26; and at 2:00 p.m. on February 26 and 27.

The finale is Heroes of the Fourth Turning by Will Arbery in Shanklin Theatre. Guest-directed by Dylan Frederick, a 2014 alum, this 2020 Pulitzer Prize Finalist in Drama is a meticulously fashioned story centering on four alumni of a conservative college. Their reunion spirals into chaos over spirituality, politics, and a nearly fanatical desire to be understood. This haunting and brilliant play begins at 7:30 p.m. on April 8, 9, 21, 22, 23; and at 2:00 p.m. on April 24.

After graduating from UE, Frederick attended the Yale School of Drama and ultimately made his Broadway debut in the 2021 Tony Award-winning production of The Inheritance by Matthew Lopez. Frederick will likely be remembered by UE audiences for playing the role of Master Harold in the 2011 smash-hit production of Master Harold...and the Boys by Athol Fugard, directed by John David Lutz. A native of Minnesota, Frederick returns to his alma mater to make his directing debut.

In following industry standards, as established by the Broadway League, all audience members must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test result taken within 48 hours of the date on their ticket. Upon arrival at the theatre, proof of vaccination/negative test result and an ID will be checked before each performance. In compliance with the UE Coronavirus Task Force guidelines, all audience members must remain masked while indoors on campus. Additionally, both Shanklin Theatre and the May Studio Theatre will be seated at no more than 50% capacity.

Single ticket prices for Mac Beth and The Caucasian Chalk Circle are $12 for all patrons. Heroes of the Fourth Turning tickets are $20 for adults and $18 for senior adults, students, and UE employees. UE students may obtain one free student rush ticket beginning at 12:00 p.m. on the day of the performance they wish to attend. Tickets may be purchased by calling (812) 488-2031, Monday through Friday, from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Changemaker Challenge Winners Receive Full Tuition to UE

High school students throughout the tri-state were awarded significant scholarships yesterday at the University of Evansville's seventh annual High School Changemaker Challenge, sponsored by Toyota Indiana.

The challenge, which is supported by the UE Center for Innovation and Change, is designed to motivate young people to take a leading role in identifying and solving challenges in the world around them through innovation and creativity.

UE has committed more than $1 million in scholarships to winners of this competition since its inception. Those who choose UE as their college destination will each receive 4-year scholarships as listed below:

Kerry Ah and Naina Muvva

1st place team: Full tuition
Kerry Ao and Naina Muvva
Signature School (Evansville, IN)
Intertwined Financial Literacy - An online, interactive simulator used in schools to enhance students' understanding of finance through portfolios, stocks, and more

Neva Verbik

2nd place team: $23,000 per year
Neva Verbik
Avon High School (Avon, IN)
Uptown Gardens - Addresses solutions to the constant issues of pollution, increasingly less space for plants to grow, and global warming

Jack Deig

3rd place team: $18,000 per year
Jack Deig
Castle High School (Newburgh, IN)
The Hydration Station - Easily accessible water dispensing units placed throughout Evansville for a healthier, more hydrated community

The January 25 event included pitches from the top 20 teams or individuals who were invited to the in-person competition. Six ideas were then chosen for the championship round, from which judges awarded first, second, and third place. The remaining students who placed in the top six included:

Tyler Myers
Evansville Day School (Evansville, IN)
Driving for Change, Sensory Inclusion - helping individuals with special needs by partnering with local agencies and offering sensory-friendly locations and items

Faith Field
Edgewood High School (Ellettsville, IN)
Restore and Rebuild - a nonprofit organization which would provide housing for the homeless population of Indiana and inspire them to find work they enjoy

Zeke Grant
Perry Central High School (Leopold, IN)
Additive Affordable Prosthetics - prosthetics and biological augmentations that have full range of motion and are truly affordable

Projects from previous competitions can be found throughout the city of Evansville, including the Upgrade Bike Share stations and the solar-powered CommuniTree at Mickey's Kingdom Park downtown. The Toyota Trinity Stormwater Park, which will be developed in 2022, also stemmed from a previous competitor.

Nursing Students Make Donation to Dream Center

Senior-level students in the University of Evansville Dunigan Family School of Nursing recently made a donation to Dream Center Evansville. Funds were raised during the fall semester, and the $1,400 check was presented on January 12, 2022.  

The donation was made possible through a scrub jacket sale offered to Nursing students, as well as the generous support of locally- based Kim’s Scrub Connection. Owner Kim Tenhumberg and her husband, Keith, donated several jackets to the sale in honor of her mother-in-law, Delores Tenhumberg.  

“We chose to donate to Dream Center because it is a local, faith-based organization that strives to teach children how to be self-sufficient, serve those around them, and live a healthy life,” said Rachel Jones, a senior Nursing student and representative for her class. “The goal for our senior project was to promote healthy living and decrease the rate of childhood obesity in the local community. We partnered with Dream Center to make this possible, because they support these initiatives through education and empowerment.” 

In addition to the monetary donation, the students provided healthy snacks and educational materials for Dream Center’s after-school program. Jones and other students in her group also volunteered for a few days with the organization by leading activities, teaching children the importance of a healthy diet and exercise. 

“I didn’t know much about Dream Center’s mission and operations before volunteering, but I’m so glad I had the opportunity to visit,” said Jones. “I quickly learned just how much they do to shape the youth of our community.” 

Dream Center Evansville is a collective impact backbone organization dedicated to helping every child in Jacobsville win by curating the neighborhood’s cradle-to-career continuum. 

Jeremy Evans, executive director of Dream Center Evansville, was pleased with the partnership. “By exposing our next generation of healthcare providers to the challenges facing families in poverty,” he said, “we help to ensure equitable treatment and cast a light on the real difficulties people in poverty face every day.” 

Nursing Students Make Donation to Dream Center

Art Exhibit "David Unsupervised" on Display at UE

The University of Evansville (UE) presents "David Unsupervised," an exhibit by David Gamble, on display at the Melvin Peterson Gallery through Saturday, February 26, 2022. The Melvin Peterson Gallery is located on Lincoln Avenue across the street from the UE campus.

The gallery is open to the public from noon until 3:00 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays; and from noon until 6:00 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

A public reception for the artist will be held on Thursday, February 3, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The reception will be held in the Melvin Peterson Gallery. Gamble will also conduct multiple workshops for art students while visiting.

The exhibit and reception are part of the Emerging Contemporary Artist Lecture Series, sponsored by the Efroymson Family Fund and the UE Department of Art.

David Gamble has over four decades of balancing art and business in the ceramics industry. While making clay art and teaching, he also developed products and designed marketing campaigns. Gamble has conducted hundreds of workshops in North America, and he has participated in five clay symposiums in Eastern Europe. He holds a Master of Fine Arts degree and contributes an educational focus to the kilns and pottery wheels for Skutt Ceramic Products.

"The glaze surface has always interested me more than the sculptural possibilities in clay," said Gamble. "I layer and multi-fire glaze combinations as if I were using oil paints. I have found I am able to produce what many might consider glaze defects, with some control. This allows me to achieve interesting surfaces, depth, and imagery like I were painting."

For more information, contact the UE Art Department of Art at 812-488-2043, email art@evansville.edu, or visit the gallery's Facebook page.

Art Exhibit

Wes Grantom Directs World Premiere at Pioneer Theatre in Salt Lake City

Wes Grantom, assistant professor of theatre at University of Evansville (UE), is in Salt Lake City, Utah, directing the world premiere production of The Messenger at the Pioneer Theatre Company (PTC). Written by Jeff Talbott, The Messenger is an adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People. The production opens January 14 and runs through January 29.

This timely new play deals with the consequences of speaking out about a public health threat. The Messenger is a dramatic roller-coaster ride that examines the relationship between the press and the community and challenges beliefs about when and where to draw the line when public safety and economics clash.

“I have been recently fascinated by classic pieces of theatre containing social and political themes that closely mirror our current climate,” says Karen Azenberg, artistic director at PTC. “Ibsen’s whistleblower story has always been intriguing and even more so in the last year.” This production was part of a new play reading series at PTC, when it was interrupted by the pandemic in March of 2020.

Grantom, a 2003 alum, isn't the only UE connection to the production. The scenic and costume designer is Yoon Bae, who was in residence at the University last fall and designed the set for Three Sisters. 

Grantom has been a UE faculty member since 2018, and he teaches directing, stage management, and a senior capstone in performance. His directing credits at UE include Once in a Lifetime, Spring Awakening, Violet, and this season’s Gone Missing.

In addition to his work at UE, Grantom continues to direct professionally, including Beep Boop by Richard Saudek, at Ars Nova and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland; A Comedy of Tenors by Ken Ludwig, at Pioneer Theatre Company; Older Brother's Almanac by Richard Thieriot, at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival; Toxic Avenger: The Musical by David Bryan and Joe DiPietro, at Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera; Lone Star Spirits by Josh Tobiessen, at NYC’s Crowded Outlet; Eager to Lose by Matthew-Lee Erlbach, at Ars Nova; The Steadfast by Mat Smart; and Mine by Bekah Brunstetter, for Slant Theatre Project.

He also has several Broadway credits as resident and associate director, working alongside James Lapine, Emma Rice, John Rando, Anthony Page and Rufus Norris. Grantom is also a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, a recipient of multiple Drama League Fellowships, and a member of Lincoln Center Directors Lab.

Wes Grantom Directs World Premiere at Pioneer Theatre in Salt Lake City

UE Announces Dean's List for Fall 2021 Semester

The University of Evansville is pleased to announce that over 630 students were named to the Dean's List for the Fall 2021 semester. To merit the honor of being placed on the Dean's List each semester, a student must have carried a full academic load of 12 hours or more and have earned a grade point average of 3.5 or above.

Those named to the Dean's List are:

  • Jason Kinder
  • Kari Korschgen
  • Jana Williams
  • Olivia Barclay
  • Isaac Bates
  • Alexys Bolin
  • Chloe Burns
  • Mary Butler
  • Sophia Caci
  • Ivy Clark
  • Carissa Eckroth
  • Avy Henrikson
  • Lauren Hill
  • Shauna Mihalyo
  • Rachel Neupert
  • Andrew Norrington
  • Olivia Oswald
  • Jacob Overstreet
  • Katcha Papesh
  • Julia Ribblett
  • Anna Robbins
  • Noah Stabler
  • Loretta Wachter
  • Sara Wilkens
  • Dakota Woodard
  • Lilly Boring
  • Hannah Girten
  • Ashley Gray
  • Mari Mueller
  • Shami Sorrells
  • Makayla Stewart
  • Rachel Fisher
  • Hannah Halbrook
  • Ryan Schneider
  • Sally Steffens
  • Hayley Tran
  • Anya Arora
  • Xinyue Bi
  • Nick Buechlein
  • Logan Chanley
  • John Erickson
  • Makayla Gomperts
  • Madelynn Jacobs
  • Joe Jakubaitis
  • Sarah Kempf
  • Annie Kim
  • Anthony Kluemper
  • Abbi Lenk
  • Danielle Monroe
  • Reagan Nowaskie
  • Josie Pagano
  • Dev Patel
  • Elizabeth Recker
  • Samantha Schmidt
  • Brad Schulte
  • Carlie Schultheis
  • Rachel Shultz
  • Darcie Smith
  • Elyse Talley
  • Emily Vasquez
  • Charlie Watts
  • Kenzie Young
  • Jenna Zirkelbach
  • Jordan Bradley
  • Kynzie Combs
  • Abbey Daniel
  • Abby Feit
  • Aman Patel
  • Lincoln Smith
  • Forrest Wade
  • Abigail Watters
  • Quentin Yoder
  • Garrett Barthel
  • Giulia Cardona
  • Ellie Geittmann
  • Pranav Haran
  • Kira Johnson
  • Rafay Karim
  • Keegan Leek
  • Noah McMurtry
  • Carly Scheu
  • Fadwa Al-Rawahi
  • Evan Book
  • Caitlin Caldwell
  • Fae-Siri Keighley
  • Lily Waddell
  • Nathanael Kuechenberg
  • Alexa Davis
  • Jalyn Davis
  • Tiva Frushour
  • Kieren Hall
  • Devon Langley
  • Sophie Lindner
  • Emily Ormson
  • Shamar Samuels-Givance
  • Nataya Partee
  • Austin Hernandez
  • Dallas Koth
  • Dan Murphy
  • Nora Ruotolo
  • Donovan Schultz
  • John Smith
  • Alexis Carpenter
  • Samantha Fowler
  • Trix-Nico Gebele
  • Rebecca Harwood
  • Hollie Hoffman
  • Willow Kruggel
  • Gabriela Mancuso
  • Dani Parisi
  • Sam Tarter
  • Olivia Brames
  • Annabelle Faith
  • Madde Folz
  • Blake Froedge
  • Brandon Gibson
  • Gabrielle Hardoin
  • Jordan McKinney
  • Delaney Rasche
  • Emily Schwartz
  • Caleb Sellers
  • Audrey Theriac
  • Chloe Campbell
  • Michael Ikejiani
  • Elizabeth McCook
  • Emily Palmisano
  • Hailey Chrapek
  • Mitchell Matthews
  • Tyla Rasche
  • Cynthia Spaetti
  • Claire Franzman
  • Keri Hammers
  • Keri Hammers
  • Brynn Radak
  • Laura Dunlap
  • Katherine Fox
  • Abbi Kaup
  • Josie Martinez
  • Megan Montgomery
  • Jarett Osborne
  • Shane Ranschaert
  • Erin Rowlett
  • Antoine Smith
  • Sarah Andresen
  • Payton Boyd
  • Benton Simpson
  • John Sutter
  • Evan Turner
  • Sydney Wilbur
  • Carmen Worthington
  • Sarah Curtin
  • Katie Boots
  • Sean Froidcoeur
  • Grant Kay
  • Sarah Vreeland
  • Evan Waggoner
  • Martha Wolf
  • Cecilia Barmes
  • Kylee Rathgeber
  • Jeremiah Sagers
  • Madeline Schneider
  • Nicole Tucker
  • Savannah Wheeler-Bigge
  • Rachel Basinski
  • Alex Chandler
  • Zeke Metz
  • Ben Patterson
  • Daniel Griffaton
  • Austin Nickens
  • Olivia Doyle
  • Haley Dreyer
  • Koby Durbin
  • Allison Enchelmayer
  • Will McDonner
  • Luke Robertson
  • Claire Stout
  • Haley Curtis
  • Alyssa DeCorrevont
  • Joseph Gardner
  • Allyse Hardy
  • Lizzy Stainback
  • Rachel Taylor
  • Kate Thomason
  • Tad Specht
  • Kienan Corcoran
  • Andrew Garvin
  • Angela Jansen
  • Collin Jones
  • Sadie Scovern
  • Kaitlyn Collins
  • Hannah Hall
  • Logan Lampert
  • Becky Riggs
  • Kira Ulrich
  • McKenzie White
  • Natasha Wolf
  • Madeline Adamson
  • Kent Biehle
  • Rachel Black
  • Nathan Bradford
  • Savannah Cook
  • Max Harad
  • Jaden Hayes
  • Dalton Lampert
  • Grace McGuire
  • Zorah Mehrzad
  • Mariah Schaefer
  • Ellie Stewart
  • Sophie Toth
  • Paige Webster
  • Brian Woodard
  • Macy Beard
  • Kelsey Breneman
  • Emily Clark
  • Katherine Doty
  • Merris Egloff
  • Micah Johnson
  • Conner Killian
  • Elise Moeller
  • Kylee Peck
  • Sue Prasad
  • Chloe Prince
  • Emma Royer
  • Mark Shallenberger
  • Amanda Ward
  • Kate Wilhite
  • Casey Winters
  • Bella Ehrick
  • Jesse McEuen
  • May Anderson
  • Morgan Bailey
  • Maya Barry
  • Chloe Brzozowski
  • Emily Burlison
  • Corey Cagle
  • Olivia Campbell
  • Lilli Carlson
  • Erin Casey
  • Ashly Chalico
  • Chea Coats
  • Rebecca Conaway
  • Kayleigh Doyle
  • Cassie Dunn
  • Elizabeth Dye
  • Avery Finn
  • Allie Forte
  • Jimmy Guest
  • Garrett Hale
  • Claire Himstedt
  • Lillie Kolich
  • Spencer Marfy
  • Sara Mathew
  • Amelia Overholt
  • Zoe Paraskevopoulos
  • Olivia Pedersen
  • Herbie Perlman
  • Lily Rehberg
  • Marie Reilly
  • Benjamin Roberts
  • Laney Ross
  • Becky Rusch
  • Zack Scalzitti
  • Charles Shald
  • Lauren Shinoski
  • Chloe Shrieves
  • Gabriel Smothers
  • McAllister Stowell
  • Drake Susuras
  • Hannah Tarr
  • Joy Weidenhamer
  • Bradley Baumhover
  • Abbie Marlin
  • Samantha Anderson
  • Hailey Autenrieb
  • Ceci Odenbaugh
  • Aaron Tucker
  • Alayna Acree
  • Zoe Dennis
  • Phoebe August
  • Jara Braunecker
  • Abbey Chapman
  • Brandi Dore
  • Emily Duckworth
  • Sarah Felts
  • Lauren Fischer
  • Zoe Frossard
  • Kyla Jaworski
  • Sierra Knapp
  • Allison McDonald
  • Ellen Messer
  • Savanna Mills
  • Emily Munday
  • Kortney Quinn
  • Katie Reed
  • Hannah Rhodes
  • Allison Roach
  • Olivia Rodd
  • Rachel Rosborough
  • Maddy Schroeder
  • Maggie Southwood
  • Olivia Spencer
  • Akane Suzuki
  • Abby Thomason
  • Rachael Walker
  • Tiffany Weisman
  • Jodi Willenbrink
  • Ashton Wilson
  • Noah Wolf
  • Lindsey Field
  • Alon Baer
  • Dawson Beers
  • Elise Deeg
  • Karissa Dowd
  • Cassy Gilmore
  • Kameron Graber
  • Claire Griffy
  • Griffin Hammett
  • Christian Johnson
  • Alan Kerstiens
  • Ross Knepp
  • Gabby Lacour
  • Erin Linscott
  • Erin Marx
  • Laney Olson
  • Hannah Rawhoof
  • Abby Repking
  • Sydney Richter
  • Austin Yoder
  • Kelsey Berner
  • Olivia Frayer
  • Nishita Trivedi
  • Carmen Alford
  • Hannah Barger
  • Kyle Barton
  • Libby Bell
  • Katey Bell
  • Emily Bickel
  • Kyle Billhartz
  • Noah Blake
  • Emma Boebinger
  • Brady Boring
  • Megan Brenton
  • Sara Budd
  • Mac Butterfield
  • Cassie Bykowicz
  • Kenzie Carter
  • Sean Cody
  • Hannah Conley
  • Neeley Correll
  • Laura Crouch
  • Drew Cvelbar
  • Je'naiya Davis
  • Lyndsay Deal
  • Makenna DeCapua
  • Maddy Donofrio
  • Sarah Dottavio
  • Madeline Ebbott
  • Haley Elpers
  • Alex Eyler
  • Lydia Fenley
  • Hayden Folz
  • Maggie Franz
  • Megan Fulhorst
  • Paige Gehl
  • Gwyn Gorley
  • Cara Hand
  • Jillian Happe
  • Kristen Harvey
  • Abigail Hatcher
  • Kathryn Heiny
  • Jossie Hudson
  • Haydn Johnston
  • Ally Jordens
  • Georgia Katsonouri
  • Krista Kellar
  • Kennah Keller
  • Brianna Kelly
  • Carina Kessens
  • Carson Kline
  • Franco Komyatte
  • Monique Landrum
  • Denzel Lasam
  • Matthew Lee
  • Austin Liston
  • Jenna Littlejohn
  • Isabel Lynch
  • Kaitlyn Martlage
  • Brenna McCormack
  • Alyssa McMinn
  • Samuel McNichols
  • Edward Mendy
  • Wesley Messick
  • Eli Minar
  • Gaven Moore
  • Justin Nichols
  • Jami Nobbe
  • Clay Nosko
  • Caitlin O'Donnell
  • Elise O'Risky
  • Sadie Obenauer
  • Lillie Oelker
  • Olivia Ommen
  • Adam Oulgout
  • Alexia Recinella
  • Claire Reiman
  • River Remble
  • Maria Roshel
  • Andrew Saltzmann
  • Kaitlyn Sansone
  • Hannah Seibert
  • Catherine Shafer
  • Emma Slavkin
  • Bailee Speicher
  • Emily Spiller
  • Caleb Stevenson
  • Peter Sullivan
  • Cheyenne Summerfield
  • Sydney Thurwalker
  • Ally Treadway
  • Skylar Tucker
  • Molly Watson
  • Luke Watts
  • Mallory Weber
  • Nicolette Wickes
  • Kathryn Williams
  • Tasha Wiseman
  • Emily Wolak
  • Josh Wong
  • Kimberly Zamora
  • Shelby Zins
  • Justin Zumbahlen
  • Keri Zumbahlen
  • Fatimah Albahrani
  • Peyton Beller
  • Emily Burleson
  • Ellie Cassidy
  • Abbie Lee
  • Emma McConnell
  • Jaren Pfoff
  • Mallory Russell
  • Jacob Soderlund
  • Caleb Wassmer
  • Luciano Albanese
  • Sydney Bachman
  • Emily Bonenberger
  • Corinne Buchanan
  • Megan Buechler
  • Raph Colasito
  • Hannah Gourley
  • Blake Johnson
  • Shelby Jones
  • Kiki Laird
  • Elizabeth Miller
  • Alexandra Pulling
  • Sevannah Ramsey
  • Taylor Rapp
  • Grace Reisinger
  • Link Smith
  • Hannah Stocks
  • Grace Vinson
  • Marysa Bernard
  • Ava Bourn
  • Allie Brothers
  • Hope Brothers
  • Chloe Carlin
  • Megan Criss
  • Kenzie Edwards
  • Emily Fortune
  • Mary Franklin
  • Brady Gogel
  • Katie Goslak
  • Shelby Groves
  • Delaney Herrmann
  • Meghan Hillenbrand
  • Alexa Hopf
  • Alyssa Howell
  • Kayla Hughes
  • Jasmine Jones
  • Rachel Jones
  • Caitlin Kehler
  • Sarah Kelley
  • Julia Libby
  • Faith Macy
  • Hadley Martin
  • Olivia McIntire
  • Emily McMonigle
  • Julia Meadows
  • Kyli Miles
  • Johnna Mitchell
  • Schyler Motz
  • Jemimah Napoles
  • Elspeth Nelson
  • Erin Nixon
  • Adeline O'Brian
  • Brooke Pentecost
  • Lauren Rech
  • Morgan Ribaudo
  • Kelly Roth
  • Kylie Shourds
  • Joey Shreve
  • Mallory Singer
  • Lane Smith
  • Xia Stafford
  • Izzy Stapp
  • Tarakate Thompson
  • Emma Vassy
  • Savannah Watson
  • Alexa Wheeler
  • Kara Yunker
  • Lacey Fulcher
  • Paarami Adhikari
  • Olivia Barnes
  • Alex Bauer
  • Ethan Brawley
  • James Buchanan
  • Macy Campbell
  • Tyler Denu
  • Martin Everett
  • Ethan Garvey
  • Emmalee Gladding
  • Kyana Griffith
  • Kourtney Hauk
  • Emilie Hill
  • Ryan Neumann
  • Joseph Parnin
  • Garrett Presko
  • Alisha Rhea
  • Laura Ruiz
  • Andrew Schuler
  • Pema Sherpa
  • Alexis Speitel
  • Elayna Walters
  • Ben Welp
  • Jordan Wible
  • Megan Yoder
  • Troy Boynton
  • Mackenzie Folk
  • Masatoyo Kato
  • Paige McAllister
  • Cody Mobley
  • Cody Mobley
  • Marissa Shook
  • Ethan Ziegler
  • Cesar Aguirre Aragon
  • Grant Claspell
  • Ellora Daily
  • Kendyl Guzman
  • Emmy Miller
  • Ifechi Umeh
  • Mahdi Alsultan
  • Owen Butcher
  • Ruili Cai
  • Nkosi Graham
  • Jackson Maurer
  • Kevin McCormick
  • Jakob Meyer
  • Porter Pomykal
  • Jonathan Scott
  • Landon Stoll
  • Ben Stuart
  • Brent Widder
  • Pablo Candal
  • Ben Becher
  • Justus Donaldson
  • Abby Johnson
  • Dylan Mofield
  • Eric Roberts
  • Will Simon
  • McKenna Tutt
  • Cole Tyring
  • Kaylen Beard
  • Julie Burkholder
  • Carly Frazier
  • Jakub Hall
  • Evan Hassler
  • Jacob Madden
  • David Martin
  • Maggie Newcomb
  • Jenna Nink
  • Ellen Rohr
  • Joey Rucinski
  • Spencer Thompson
  • Brock Wandel
  • Hannah Watkins
  • Sonsoles Aguayo Munoz
  • Ash Baxter
  • Magi Borisova
  • Steven Burkhart
  • Crayton Chesnut
  • Crispin Ewen
  • Auberi Grubb
  • Nate Hardman
  • Jared Kennedy
  • Samer Nassif
  • Kristin Norris
  • Dan Setton
  • Dylan Arthur
  • Gage Gossman
  • Connor Luebbehusen
  • Lucia Pantigozo
  • Muhammad Ibrahim Dhillown
  • Connor Fritch
  • Alejandro Malla
  • Jianbo Zhang
  • Parker Dierks
  • Elisa Cardona
  • Alex Dodson
  • Wes Fleischmann
  • Nick Gushrowski
  • Henry Hall
  • Brendan Hord
  • Kyaw Htet
  • Trey Riggs
  • Lauren Stevenson
  • Sam Weldon
  • Emily Wiebe
  • Essa Ahmed
  • Michael Boots
  • Gracie Davidson
  • Alek Dunkelberger
  • Edward Friesel
  • Justin Fritch
  • Gabe Gries
  • Eric Harpenau
  • Kaylee Ivy
  • Sam Kluemper
  • Darian Kuhn
  • Caleb McKinney
  • Sam Morgan
  • Caleb Peters
  • Alex Sagers
  • Daniel Santos Lopez
  • Trevor Seufert
  • Jackson Smith
  • Ahmed Solaiman
  • Kaleb Werner

UE will Premiere The College Tour Episode on January 12, 2022

The campus community of the University of Evansville (UE) will soon star in their very own episode of The College Tour, a new TV series that provides in-depth looks into universities across the nation. The 30-minute special will premiere at a watch party on Wednesday, January 12, 2022. UE is inviting students, employees, alumni, and prospective students and families to the party, and those in attendance will be the first to see the final cut. 

The watch party will be held inside UE’s Ridgway University Center, with the pre-show beginning at 8:30 p.m. The pre-show will include free snacks from Café Court, music, giveaways, and photos on the purple carpet. At 9:00 p.m., the episode will premiere in Eykamp Hall, located on the second floor of Ridgway.  

A wide variety of footage and ten student interviews will give extensive looks of the UE campus, as well as the academic programs, student life, Division I athletics, changemaking culture, and more. The City of Evansville is also featured throughout the show, with views including Main Street, the Ford Center, and the riverfront. This 30-minute episode provides an inside view of UE for those who are unable to tour in person due to distance or finances, or for those who are simply unfamiliar with the name and want to learn more. 

"We are absolutely thrilled to share our episode on a national stage and bring to light what UE is all about,” said Jill Griffin, PhD, vice president for enrollment and marketing. “Each student shared their own personal story, but together they paint an authentic picture of our tight-knit community, the exciting academic opportunities we provide, and the empowering experiences that are a unique part of a UE education. Watching our episode will make people feel like they’re standing on our campus and experiencing it for themselves.” 

The College Tour was created by Emmy-nominated and multi-award-winning producers. Hosted by Alex Boylan, each episode of The College Tour tells the unique story of a college through the lens of its very own students. The UE episode will be part of season four, which will be released on Amazon Prime Video in May. All episodes can be streamed on Amazon Prime Video and through the show’s channel on Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire, and more. 

UE will Premiere The College Tour Episode on January 12, 2022

UE Hosting 2022 MLK Celebration

The University of Evansville (UE) will host a celebration for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on January 17, 2022. The event will include activities throughout the day for the campus community as well as the public. Two events in particular will have live streaming availability for those unable to attend in-person. The 2022 theme is “Unrelenting Faith” and highlights one of King’s famous quotes, “Faith is taking the first step even when you cannot see the whole staircase.” 

The schedule of events is available below. For full details, please visit evansville.edu/MLK

Symbolic March – January 1-17, 2022 

During the Civil Rights March of 1965, activists gathered in Selma, Alabama, to complete a 54-mile trek to the state capital in Montgomery. In recognition of this historical event, UE invites everyone to participate in 54 Miles to Social Change, a virtual march that raises awareness for social injustice in the United States. Join from anywhere in the world by logging miles spent walking, running, biking, or swimming. Miles 1-53 will be completed virtually, and the 54th mile will be completed together on the day of the celebration. 

The virtual march has a $15 registration fee, and all proceeds will go directly towards Journey to Justice scholarships for students expressing financial need. Participants will also receive a T-shirt to celebrate the march. To register, visit https://runsignup.com/Race/IN/Evansville/54MilestoSocialChange

Grand Opening of the Center for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion – 10:30 a.m. 

To begin the celebration, UE will hold a ribbon cutting for the Center for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, as well as the Multicultural Student Commons. This will take place on the second floor of Ridgway University Center. 

Rally – 11:15 a.m. 

The rally will be held in Meeks Family Fieldhouse, located inside Carson Center off Walnut Street. It will recap the significance of the celebration and include remarks from Christopher M. Pietruszkiewicz, president of UE; Rob Shelby, PhD, chief diversity officer; Abagail Catania, assistant director of diversity recruitment and programming; and the president of the Black Student Union. 

Symbolic March – 11:45 a.m. 

After the rally, UE invites everyone to complete the 54th Mile to Social Change together. The march will begin at Meeks Family Fieldhouse and down nearby streets before returning to campus at Ridgway University Center. 

Local Leaders Panel Discussion – 1:00 p.m. 

This insightful discussion will include leaders from the Evansville community. The panel will be led by Melissa Moore, a UE alumna and member of the Legal Aid Society Board of Vanderburgh County. If you are unable to attend in-person, you can stream the discussion live on the Center for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion’s Facebook page at facebook.com/uecenterdei

Community Service – 2:00 p.m. 

UE will provide the opportunity to participate in one of several community service projects, and the impact will last long beyond the celebration. Several departments and student organizations will be spearheading or supporting the projects, which will be announced on the day of the event. 

Lectureship – 6:00 p.m. 

Each year, the Martin Luther King Lectureship is made possible by the generous support of William G. and Rose M. Mays. The lectureship will be held in Eykamp Hall, located on the second floor of Ridgway University Center. You may also live-stream it at evansville.edu/live

The 2022 lectureship will feature keynote speaker Dr. Lerone A. Martin. Beginning in 2022, Martin will become the faculty director for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute at Stanford University. The King Institute supports a broad range of educational activities illuminating Dr. King’s life and the movements he inspired. 

Martin is also the author of the award-winning Preaching on Wax: The Phonograph and the Making of Modern African American Religion, which tracks the role of the phonograph in the shaping of African American religion, culture, and politics during the first half of the twentieth century. 

After the lectureship, UE will present the 2022 Mays Legacy Award as well as the inaugural Rising Star Award.

7:00 p.m. - Reception 

Following the lectureship, a reception with light refreshments will be held outside Eykamp Hall in the Class of 1959 Gallery. 

UE Hosting 2022 MLK Celebration

Toyota Donates $350,000 to Changemaker's Stormwater Project

Robert Lopez, an Ethics and Social Change major, competed in the UE High School Changemaker Challenge during his junior year at Bosse High School. He and his friend came up with an idea for a wetland education park that collects rainwater and cleans it through the park's plants.

After claiming third place, Robert decided to attend UE and continue working on this project for the Evansville community. Through several ChangeLabs focused on the park, he has worked alongside local organizations to bring his idea to life.

On December 13, community partners met in downtown Evansville to announce the next phase of Robert's project. Community partners include the City of Evansville, Evansville Water and Sewer Utility, Toyota Indiana, and Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation. Now, thanks to a generous $350,000 donation from Toyota Indiana, the Toyota Trinity Stormwater Park will eventually be fully accessible to the public while creating a better, more environmentally-friendly community.

"This is a testament to our community’s collaborative spirit," said Mayor Lloyd Winnecke. "Our schools, water utility, businesses, architects and designers came together to provide a unique, sustainable solution to improve our city’s infrastructure and quality of life.”

"Working on this park has been nothing short of a life-changing experience," said Robert. "Starting as a junior in high school, I’ve been able to take this idea from sketches on a whiteboard, to presenting a virtual 3D walk through to the Mayor, and UE’s Center has been there the whole way. Without this project and the amazing team at the Center, I wouldn’t be who I am or where I am today. I only hope that someday I can inspire someone the way they inspired me and help them change their community too.”

Mike Labitzke, former lead Project Director for Evansville Water & Sewer Utility, served as one of Lopez’s ChangeLab coaches for several semesters. His initial concept for a park on top of water filtration was shared with the Center, who then pitched the idea to Robert's AP Biology class at Bosse High School. The team never stopped working on the project.

“We are excited about our partnership with the University of Evansville on what will become the city’s largest green infrastructure,” said EWSU Executive Director Lane Young. “This project allows us to be good stewards of our environment by diverting millions of gallons of sewage overflow away from the Ohio River while preserving historic relics from the former Trinity Catholic Church and incorporating them into an urban garden for our community to enjoy.”

"The collaboration with so many different parts of the community elevates the impact,” said UE President Christopher M. Pietruszkiewicz. “UE is so pleased to do our part in advancing our community, and reinforce that our students, like Robert, demonstrate how we bring academics to life to solve real world issues.”

The Toyota Trinity Stormwater Park will divert approximately 25 acres of downtown storm water runoff from the combined sewer system to reduce combined sewer overflows (CSO) to the Ohio River as part of the City’s CSO Long Term Control Plan. The first phase of the project involved demolition of the buildings on the former Holy Trinity Church property, located at 3rd Street and Court Street in Downtown Evansville, with materials salvaged including the plinth, some limestone and stained-glass. These materials will be incorporated into the design of the park.

The next phase involves storm sewer and storage facility construction below ground to collect storm water runoff and promote infiltration into the sand and gravel layers below grade at the church site. This next phase will also involve finalizing design and construction of the top side amenities, and designing some of the wellness programs to be offered.

Toyota has been named the title sponsor and will work with Lopez and the UE Center for Innovation & Change to identify additional green space funding opportunities from corporations and individuals. Toyota has sponsored each High School Changemaker Challenge at UE, including the 2022 challenge that is currently underway.

“We are extremely honored to be the lead supporter on such a transformative project,” said Ted Brown, vice president of administration at Toyota Indiana. “Robert’s vision for an innovative solution—to what many may have considered a standard infrastructure project—shows leadership, vision and pride for his community. That’s why programs like UE’s Changemaker Challenge are so vital to the evolution and growth of our region, and why we at Toyota Indiana continue to support those efforts. We want to challenge those in our communities to seek out opportunities to pioneer ideas for our future like Robert did, so that together we can build a better future.”

Toyota Donates $350,000 to Changemaker's Stormwater Project

McClain Receives National Recognition for Excellence in Undergraduate Training in Acting

Amelia McClain, assistant professor of theatre at the University of Evansville, has been announced as the recipient of the University Resident Theatre Association (URTA)'s 2021 Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Training in Acting. McClain is currently on leave from UE this year as a member of the Broadway cast in Aaron Sorkin's "To Kill a Mockingbird" at Shubert Theatre.

McClain has been a faculty member at UE since 2018. She graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from UE before earning her Master of Fine Arts from the graduate acting program at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. McClain is a member of the Actors Equity Association and the Screen Actors Guild.

Before returning to her alma mater, she completed a year-long run on Broadway as Sandra in the smash-hit production of "The Play That Goes Wrong". Also on Broadway, she worked on "Foor for Love", "Noises Off", "The Heidi Chronicles", "The House of Blue Leaves", and the Tony Award-winning "Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike". McClain has been in over 20 productions off-Broadway and in regional theatres across the country.

"When I was a student at UE, Amelia encouraged us to take our insecurities as actors and reframe them as strengths," said Madeline Easley, a 2019 UE alumna. "Her ability to perceive beyond the mask of stressed-out college students and cast us as professionals, fully capable of advocating for ourselves, our unique stories, and our natural talents, was the push I needed to pursue every opportunity to carve out a fulfilling and sustainable artistic career after graduation."

"Amelia McClain taught me and my peers with strength, heart, and specificity to each of our needs," added Jack Russell, a 2021 UE alumnus. "Amelia impacted me so much as a student because she led by example. The tools that she was giving to us were the very tools that she uses to book jobs on Broadway. She taught us to be selfless, aware, and precise with our work. She didn't care about creating actors with talent. Rather, she cared about creating actors that knew how to work hard and care about the process. Truly, Amelia gave me the education I've always dreamed of. I am eternally grateful for her impact on my life. Without it, I don't think I could pursue this career path."

Founded in 1969, the University Resident Theatre Association works to ensure the continued renewal of the American theatre by supporting excellence in the professional training of new artists. The 2021 Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Training will be formally presented at the URTAs, an audition event attended by over 1,200 candidates who are pursuing graduate training in theatre.

McClain Receives National Recognition for Excellence in Undergraduate Training in Acting

UE Announces New Dean of Students and Vice President for Student Affairs

After a national search, Rachel Carpenter has been selected as the new vice president for student affairs and dean of students at the University of Evansville (UE) in Evansville, Indiana. She will begin her duties with an anticipated start date of June 1, 2022. 

In her new role, Carpenter will serve the UE student body and help create a safe, welcoming, and supportive campus community. She will not only work one-on-one with students but also student organizations across campus. Carpenter will also oversee areas that support students outside of the classroom, including residence life, student engagement, international student services, counseling services, career development, the student health center, public safety, and the fitness center. 

“As someone who grew up in the military, I have rarely experienced the feeling of returning home," said Carpenter. “I am very excited to return to the UE campus, a place I once called home for several years, and work alongside talented faculty and staff. Together, I know we will move the University forward and prepare students to live meaningful lives in a changing world.” 

Carpenter brings nearly two decades of experience in student affairs. Currently, she is the interim university dean for students at Pace University, which has two campuses in Pleasantville and New York City, New York. Prior to serving in this role, she was interim associate vice president for student affairs and dean for students, interim dean, and director of the Center for Student Development. While at Pace, she has been working toward her Doctor of Professional Studies in business and is expected to graduate this month. 

The UE campus will be familiar to Carpenter, who graduated with her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in 2003 and 2009, respectively. From 2003-10, she served in various student-oriented roles on campus. Two of those years were spent as dean of students at Harlaxton College, the University’s study abroad center located in Grantham, England and the #1 ranked study abroad program in the United States. 

 “We are thrilled to welcome Dean Carpenter back to the University of Evansville, and I am confident our students and our entire campus will benefit from her compassion and enthusiasm,” said UE president Christopher M. Pietruszkiewicz. “She brings a wealth of experience, and I know that she will make a positive impact on our campus community.” 

Carpenter will succeed Dana Clayton, EdD, who has been an exemplary leader for thousands of students who are making a difference in the world. Clayton is retiring in February 2022 after 32 years of service to the University. Until Carpenter’s arrival, Rob Shelby, PhD, chief diversity officer at UE, will be the interim vice president for student affairs. Michael Tessier, assistant vice president of student affairs and director of residence life, will serve as the interim dean of students.

UE Announces New Dean of Students and Vice President for Student Affairs

Music Conservatory Hosting Holiday Pops Concert on December 7

The University of Evansville Music Conservatory will host the Holiday Pops concert on Tuesday, December 7. The event will be held at Old National Events Plaza beginning at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free, and the public is invited to enjoy the sounds of the season.

Holiday Pops will feature music from the UE Symphony Orchestra, University Choir and Choral Society, and Wind Ensemble. Musical selections will include "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," "Christmas at the Movies," "Christmas and Sousa Forever," and more. Holiday Pops is made possible by the George L. Mesker Music Trust, Anna Bosse Trust, and Raymond B. Preston Family Foundation.

UE Hosting 7th Annual High School Changemaker Challenge

The University of Evansville is pleased to announce the upcoming High School Changemaker Challenge, sponsored by Toyota. Any high school junior or senior is invited to participate for a chance to win a four-year scholarship, with the top prize offering full tuition. 

UE believes everyone can be a changemaker, and positive change doesn’t have to wait until college. The Changemaker Challenge, created by the University’s Center for Innovation and Change, encourages the younger generation to identify and solve challenges in the world through innovation and creativity. Students will share their unique ideas (products, services, or programs) in the form of a 2-minute video, and scholarships will be awarded to first through third place. Once they enroll at UE to continue their education, students can continue designing and implementing their ideas to make a lasting difference.  

Interested participants can attend an online information session on Thursday, November 18. Video recordings describing students’ ideas must be submitted by December 8, and the top 20 finalists will be announced on the UE website on December 15. The final round will be held on UE’s campus on January 25, 2022, where winners will be selected. To register for the information session and competition, please visit evansville.edu/cc-hs

The competition is open to any high school junior or senior, and they may compete individually or in teams of up to three. Home school and club entries (e.g. Scouts, Boys and Girls Club, 4-H) will also be eligible. To qualify for a scholarship, competitors must also attend the in-person final round on campus in Evansville, Indiana.  A separate Changemaker Challenge, beginning at a later date, will be virtual and geared towards a national and global audience that cannot compete in-person.  

Competitors may be eligible to receive special prizes for forming ideas that: 

  • Increase girls’ access and exposure to science fields (e.g. a summer camp for girls interested in physics) 
  • Address or mitigate climate change (e.g. decreasing air pollution, rooftop gardens) 
  • Increase access to physical activity or health options (e.g. more dance classes or recess in schools, fitness trails, creative outdoor play options) 
  • Provide creative ideas to improve quality of life in Evansville’s Promise Zone 

Winning students who choose UE as their college destination will receive four-year scholarships to attend UE as listed below: 

  • 1st place: Full tuition 
  • 2nd place: $23,000 tuition 
  • 3rd place: $18,000 tuition 

Students that participate will receive ongoing support from the UE Center for Innovation and Change, including online training and connections to faculty experts. To submit your video or learn more about the High School Changemaker Challenge, visit evansville.edu/cc-hs or email Brooksie Smith, the Center’s associate director, at bs267@evansville.edu

UE Hosting 35th Annual International Bazaar

The University of Evansville will host the 35th annual International Bazaar on Friday, November 12. The public is invited to attend and experience the diverse cultures, history, and traditions of represented countries. The event, sponsored by the University’s International Club, will be held from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. in Eykamp Hall, located on the second floor of Ridgway University Center off Walnut Street.  

From 5:00-6:00 p.m., there will be live performances highlighting each country’s cultural traditions. From 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., there will be interactive booths representing students’ native countries. A total of 10 countries and 4 student organizations will be featured. 

The International Club is dedicated to preserving, sharing, and understanding cultural relationships around the world. The organization holds activities and events throughout the year to bring together UE students of all backgrounds and nationalities. 

To RSVP for the International Bazaar, please select a time slot through SignUpGenius. The link may be found through the UE social media channels. The event is free to students, and the public may attend by purchasing tickets for $8. Tickets may purchased at the door, but guests must choose a time slot in advance. Cash payment will be accepted (please pay with exact change). 

UE Hosting 35th Annual International Bazaar

UE Awarded Grant for Summer Camp to Support ALICE Families

The University of Evansville's Center for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion was recently awarded a $90,000 grant to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives. The grant was part of the COVID-19 Crisis Response Fund of the Greater Evansville Region, which provided $1 million to a total of six organizations in September. The purpose of these funds is to support non-profits that are reconceptualizing systems, environments, and pathways to create a more resilient region.

UE has created "Springboard,” a summer day program that seeks to address the preparation gap for under-resourced high school students before graduation. The program will include STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) curriculum, character development, and leadership training. Intracultural appreciation will also be fostered to improve intercultural competency. Through these efforts, Springboard will improve high school graduation rates as well as college readiness and admission for students from Black and African American ALICE families (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, and Employed).

“This grant is going to help us serve the underrepresented in our local community in a manner that is both effective and entertaining,” said Rob Shelby, PhD, chief diversity officer at UE. “By empowering each student who attends Springboard, we are paving the way for a successful future.”

Springboard is a collaborative project between UE and Black Lemonade, Inc., which is a non-profit organization “dedicated to turning sour conflict into sweet and powerful solutions.” Black Lemonade originally created a summer camp for grades K-8, but the grant will expand its reach to support students up to 12th grade.

"I'm so glad to share this vision of helping my community advance in ways that oftentimes weren’t discussed growing up,” said Kaymi Butler, who serves as founder and chief executive officer of Black Lemonade. “This vision, and more importantly its execution, is more than preparing a student for a future career. It's about instilling in them how to avoid the hate that is often associated with indifference. It's about teaching and showing love, letting go of the stereotypes, and purposefully meeting a person where they are."

The Springboard program will be spearheaded by both UE and Black Lemonade, but current students are developing the curriculum through a ChangeLab titled “Community Race Project.” ChangeLabs are semester-long courses in which students work in teams to tackle a local or regional issue and create positive change in the community. The Community Race Project will continue into the spring semester to further prepare for the camp.

Additional details for Springboard will be added to the UE website at a later date and can be found at evansville.edu/cdei.

UE Recognizes the 4th Annual First-Generation College Celebration

On Monday, November 8, 2021, the University of Evansville will join colleges and universities across the nation in recognizing the fourth-annual First-Generation College Celebration. The awareness day was created in 2017 by the Council for Opportunity for Education (COE) and Center for First-Generation Student Success. The date also coincides with the anniversary of the signing of the 1965 Higher Education Act, which has helped millions of low-income, first-generation students earn college degrees.  

Since its founding 167 years ago, UE has strived to create an atmosphere for success as well as a home away from home for first-generation, or "first-gen", college students. This particular group of students may have faced challenges in the college search, balancing academic coursework, and navigating everyday life in higher education. With personal constant support from faculty and staff, as well as various initiatives instituted by the University, students can successfully earn a college degree and develop lasting skills and talents for the future. For the 2021-22 academic year, approximately 14 percent of UE's full-time undergraduates are first-gen. Of the full-time faculty, staff, and administration, more than 30 individuals are also first-gen. 

At UE, all first-generation college students are encouraged to take a special course designed for them. The class covers a variety of beneficial topics, including career and major exploration, time management, study skills, stress management, and financial aid opportunities. A Student Success Lab is also available, which provides access to supplemental instruction, academic coaches, library services, and more. 

In the spring semester, several students came together to form an organization for their first-gen peers. Ace Scholars, as it was named, formed an executive board that meets weekly to plan and strategize methods of fostering success and extra support. Together, the group meets on an as-needed basis and hopes to see growth in the coming semesters. 

“Looking ahead, we would like to create a mentoring program for Ace Scholars,” said Ty Meadors, president of the organization and biology/pre-medicine senior. “Current students would be paired with an incoming first-gen student, and from the beginning of their freshman year they will have someone to go to for extra support.” 

Chad Hart, manager of retention at UE, serves as the advisor for Ace Scholars. He is excited about helping the organization grow, and he wants to create a safe place for asking questions and feeling understood.  

“Being a first-generation student myself and working in higher education, I always find myself saying, ‘I wish I would’ve known that when I was in college,’” Chad said. “I’m really inspired by what I am learning from the students and the impact they have had on me.” 

You can read several success stories from first-generation students and employees at UE by visiting evansville.edu/first-gen.

UE Theatre Presents GONE MISSING

The University of Evansville Department of Theatre announces the third installment of the 2021–2022 season with GONE MISSING, created by The Civilians, written by Steven Cosson, from interviews by the company, with music and lyrics by Michael Friedman. The show opens on Saturday, Nov. 13, at 7:30 p.m., in Shanklin Theatre. Running in repertory style with THREE SISTERS by Anton Chekov, in a new version by Sarah Ruhl, additional performances of GONE MISSING are at 7:30 p.m. on November 18 and December 3 and 4; and at 2:00 p.m. on November 20 and 21.

This charming show combines real-life interviews about the nature of memory with a scintillating score that effortlessly swings between salsa, ballads, jazzy numbers, and tuneful pop songs. An ensemble of eccentric characters seamlessly intertwines tales of lost objects with fascinating stories of seekers and finders and examines our tendency to place heightened
significance on everyday items. While a global pandemic may be the most opportune time to
explore this “cabaret of loss,” it is the communal experience of shared joy that is sure to resonate and linger in hearts and minds long after the show ends.

Wes Grantom '03, resident director and adjunct instructor of directing, directs GONE MISSING. Tyler Simpson, guest artist, serves as the music director; E. Casey, a junior design and technology major from Kingsland, Ga., serves as the scenic designer; Cole McCarty '10, guest artist, serves as the costume designer; Herbie Perlman, a senior design and technology major from Bethel, Conn., serves as the lighting designer; Richard B. Ingraham, guest artist, serves as the sound designer; Drake Susuras, a sophomore performance major from Broomfield, Colo., serves as the dramaturg; Damian Thompson '03, visiting assistant professor of theatre, serves as the choreographer; Mitch L. Critel, assistant professor of theatre, serves as the technical director; and Hannah Tarr, a junior theatre studies major from Floyds Knobs, Ind., serves as the stage manager.

The ensemble includes Lillian Grace Carlson, a sophomore performance major from
Minneapolis, Minn.; Ashly Chalico, a first-year performance major from Magnolia, Texas; Allie
Forté, a senior performance major from New Albany, Ind.; Davis Jolgren, a sophomore
performance major from Louisville, Ky.; Lillie Kolich, a senior performance major from
Albuquerque, N.M.; Kirkland Long, a senior performance major from Canal Winchester, Ohio;
Riley Katherine Miller, a junior performance major from Crown Point, Ind.; Amelia Overholt, a
junior performance major from Fort Collins, Colo.; Jeff Parkinson, a junior performance major
from Mercer Island, Wash.; and Chloe Shrieves, a senior performance major from St. Cloud, Fla.

The safety of students and patrons is of top priority to UE Theatre. The program boasts a
100% vaccination rate against COVID-19 among the faculty and students. In addition to
compliance with guidelines established by the University's Coronavirus Task Force, UE Theatre continues regular weekly COVID-19 testing of students involved with productions in order to maintain a healthy, safe environment for the coalition of theatre artists working on campus.

In following industry standards, as established by the Broadway League, all audience
members must show proof of COVID–19 vaccination or a negative test result taken within
72-hours of the date on their ticket. Upon arrival at Shanklin Theatre, proof of vaccination/negative test result and an ID will be checked before each performance. All audience members must remain masked while indoors, and Shanklin Theatre will be seated at no more than 50% capacity.

Single ticket prices for GONE MISSING are $20 for adults and $18 for senior adults,
students, and UE faculty and staff. UE students may obtain one free student rush ticket beginning at 12:00 p.m. on the day of the performance they wish to attend. Tickets may be purchased by calling (812) 488-2031, Monday through Friday, 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

UE Theatre Presents THREE SISTERS

The University of Evansville Department of Theatre is excited to continue the fall season of the 2021–2022 school year with Anton Chekov’s THREE SISTERS, in a new version by Sarah Ruhl, based on a literal translation by Elise Thoron with Natasha Paramonova and Kristin Johnsen-Neshati. The show opens on Friday, Nov. 12, at 7:30 p.m., in Shanklin Theatre. In repertory style with GONE MISSING, created by The Civilians, additional performances of THREE SISTERS are at 7:30 p.m. on November 19 and 20 and December 2; and at 2:00 p.m. on November 13 and December 5.

Sarah Ruhl’s modern voice has garnered her a Tony Award nomination, a MacArthur Fellowship, and she was twice named a Pulitzer Prize finalist. Her version of one of Chekhov’s most famous plays exposes the timely struggles of a family living in a small town in Russia and facing gambling debts, a house in foreclosure, and fears of a war on the horizon. These sisters defy despair, celebrate milestones, fall hopelessly in love, and rival as only siblings can. With unyielding resilience and acerbic humor, these women throw themselves into the distance between their dreams and reality and inspire us all to brave our own “new normal.”

Diane Brewer, PhD, professor of theatre history and criticism, directs THREE SISTERS. Yoon Bae, guest artist, serves as the scenic designer; Sara Mathew, a junior design and technology major, from Union, Ky., serves as the costume designer; Stephen Boulmetis, associate professor of lighting design, serves as the lighting designer; Richard B. Ingraham, guest artist, serves as the sound designer; Joy Weidenhamer, a senior theatre studies major from Omaha, Neb., serves as the dramaturg; Mitchell L. Critel, assistant professor of theatre, serves as the technical director; and Corey Cagle, a senior stage management major, from Nashville, Ind., serves as the stage manager.

The cast features Cassidy Rogers, a senior performance major from College Station, Texas, as Olga; Marie Reilly, a junior performance major from Spring Hill, Fla., as Masha; Cass Dunn, a senior performance major from Brattleboro, Vt., as Irina; McAllister Stowell, a junior performance major from Lakewood, Colo., as Andrei; Tatiana Robledo, a sophomore performance major from Houston, Texas, as Natasha; Nathan Viscaino, a junior performance major from Redmond, Ore., as Kulygin; Zachary Scalzitti, a senior performance major from Saint John, Ind., as Vershinin; Brody Ray, a sophomore performance major from Owensboro, Ky., as Tuzenbach; Benjamin Bravard, a junior performance major from Batavia, Ohio, as Solyony; Josh Gelman, a senior performance major from Denver, Colo., as Chebutykin; Caden Sevier, a sophomore performance major from Humble, Texas, as Fedotik; Beverley Buchanan, a sophomore performance major from Tomball, Texas, as Rodé; Jack Cory, a junior performance major from Southlake, Texas, as Ferapont; and Elizabeth Dye a junior performance major, from Frisco, Texas, as Anfisa.

The safety of students and patrons is of top priority to UE Theatre. The program boasts a 100% vaccination rate against COVID-19 among the faculty and students. In addition to compliance with the guidelines established by the University's Coronavirus Task Force, UE Theatre continues regular weekly COVID-19 testing of students involved with productions in order to maintain a healthy, safe environment for the coalition of theatre artists working on campus.

In following industry standards, as established by the Broadway League, all audience members must show proof of COVID–19 vaccination or a negative test result taken within 72 hours of the date on their ticket. Upon arrival at Shanklin Theatre, proof of vaccination/negative test result and an ID will be checked before each performance. All audience members must remain masked when indoors on campus, and Shanklin Theatre will be seated at no more than 50% capacity.

Single ticket prices for THREE SISTERS are $20 for adults and $18 for senior adults, students, and UE faculty and staff. UE students may obtain one free student rush ticket beginning at 12:00 p.m. on the day of the performance they wish to attend. Tickets may be purchased by calling (812) 488-2031, Monday through Friday, 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Dr. James MacLeod Receives Indiana Historical Society's Hubert Hawkins History Award

James MacLeod, PhD, chair of the UE Department of History, Politics, and Social Change, has been presented with one of the 2021 Founders Day Awards by the Indiana Historical Society (IHS). Each year, the IHS presents the Founders Day Awards, which recognize outstanding individuals and organizations whose efforts have enriched the lives of others by conveying awareness and appreciation of Indiana's history on local, regional, and statewide levels. 

The IHS awarded MacLeod with the Hubert Hawkins History Award, which is made annually to a local historian for his or her distinguished service and career in local history. MacLeod is an active local historian, serving on the Boards of the Vanderburgh County Historical Society; the Southwestern Indiana Historical Society; and the Evansville Museum of Art, History and Science.

“I am extremely honored to receive this award from the IHS," said MacLeod. "While it is an individual award, it is a reflection of the hard work being done by numerous people in the field of local history here in Evansville. The work that I have done over the last few years has all been built on the foundation of research produced by others, and it has been done with the help of a group of wonderful people who welcomed me - as a foreigner and an outsider - incredibly warmly into the local history community.”

MacLeod was educated at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, receiving a Master of Arts in 1988 and a PhD in 1993. He taught history and British studies at Harlaxton College in England from 1994-1999. Since 1999, he has been teaching at UE. Currently, MacLeod chairs the Department of History, Politics, and Social Change, and he teaches courses in European History and the two World Wars. In 2009, he received the Outstanding Teacher Award at the UE commencement.

MacLeod is the author of Evansville in World War Two, which was published in 2015, and The Cartoons of Evansville’s Karl Kae Knecht, published in 2017. In 2016, he wrote and co-produced a 2-part documentary on Evansville in World War II for WNIN PBS, titled Evansville at War. In 2000, he published a book on 19th-century British religion titled The Second Disruption. MacLeod has written over 30 other scholarly publications, delivered hundreds of public lectures, and won many awards for teaching and scholarship. In 2009, he was awarded the Outstanding Teacher Award during the UE Commencement.

“Dr. James MacLeod is the heir apparent for local academic history studies in Vanderburgh County,” said Terry Hughes, president of the Vanderburgh County Historical Association. “His books on World War II and cartoonist Karl Kae Knecht fill voids in local history research, and his documentary film on WWII in Evansville will be a lasting treasure for the community.”

“His original research into Evansville’s history is a significant addition to the body of knowledge documenting our community’s development," said Tom Lonnberg, chief curator and curator of history at the Evansville Museum of Arts, History, and Science. "His leadership in this area and ready willingness to share his findings are an invaluable resource.”

Jennifer Greene, chief archivist at the University of Southern Indiana, added, “Dr. James MacLeod has made the old new again through his books and projects about local history. He brings a sense of humor in his editorial cartoons that highlights the issue of the day in much the same way Karl K. Knecht did, a history he brought to life in his recent book about the cartoon editorialist. He supports the community in his work with organizations like Southwestern Indiana Historical Society, of which he has been a long-standing board member, but also in his involvement in civic projects.”

“Founders Day Awards honor the people and organizations who toil in the fields of history to create resources that benefit our state and its many communities,” said Susan Jones-Huffine, chair of the board of trustees of the Indiana Historical Society. “Our history proves that in times like these, we have reason to be hopeful.”

The IHS will honor Founders Day Award recipients during a virtual celebration on November 1, 2021. It will be streamed on Facebook Live beginning at 6 p.m.

Dr. James MacLeod Receives Indiana Historical Society's Hubert Hawkins History Award

UE Clay Club to Host Annual Chili Bowl Sale on October 29

The UE Department of Art and Clay Club will host the annual Chili Bowl Sale on Friday, October 29, 2021 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The event will be held in Eykamp Hall, located inside Ridgway University Center off Walnut Street.

For $10, customers can buy one-of-a-kind ceramic bowls with the option of filling it with chili. To-go containers will also be available. Chartwells, the food service provider of UE, is co-sponsoring the event and providing chili. Chef Brown will be serving his own unique recipe. Larger bowls will be for sale from $15 to $50, and a silent auction will have artistic bowls on display, with price ranges from $75 to $125. Customers may purchase up to eight chili bowls, and cash or check (made out to UE Clay Club) will be accepted.

"A lot of hours went into creating these unique ceramic bowls," said Todd Matteson, chair of the Department of Art and Clay Club advisor. "The artists dedicated a lot of energy and hard work. I feel blessed to have such a wonderful group to work with on supporting such a great cause."

The bowls are made by members of the Clay Club as well as UE students, faculty, staff, alumni, and members of the Evansville community. This year one hundred precent of the sales will go to St. Vincent de Paul's Food Pantry. The Clay Club chose this organization to assist in fighting hunger in the local area.

The Clay Club was established to further the knowledge of ceramic arts at UE and provide activities, both social and educational, to all interested students. Members raise funds to attend conferences, visit museums and galleries, and host visiting artists.

Embrace, Fifth Third Partner for Jacobsville Advantage to Support Local Businesses

The University of Evansville, with the support of Fifth Third Bank, is launching the Jacobsville Advantage, a collaborative effort that assists small businesses in the community with the resources necessary for growth. The overall project was created by Embrace Marketing, a marketing and communications agency managed by UE students. Members of the team hope the innovative program will strengthen Jacobsville businesses and bring strategic growth to the area.

For some time, Fifth Third has been partnering with UE and the Small Business Development Corporation to find innovative solutions and initiatives for the Jacobsville community, in which approximately 460 businesses are located. After conducting research to identify the best ways to support small businesses in the community, Embrace found that marketing assistance was a significant need. Because small businesses often do not have the funds to strategically market their goods or services, they may struggle to be profitable. With a grant from Fifth Third to launch their efforts, Embrace will work one-on-one with business owners to create marketing campaigns and increase brand awareness and reach.

“Fifth Third is dedicated to continuing in our shared vision of creating a Tri-State region where small businesses can truly thrive with exceptional community partners like the University of Evansville and their Center for Innovation & Change,” said Neely Pierce, city president of Fifth Third Bank. “That’s why we have been a proud supporter of this meaningful work and will continue in our philanthropy and resource sharing as the next phase of this program sparks growth and change in the Jacobsville business district.”

Any business owner in the Jacobsville community can receive these services at a very low cost, thanks to the grant from Fifth Third. A stairstep approach will set the initial 5 hours at $10 per hour, with increasing rates up to $50 after 35 hours of service. To learn more or schedule an appointment with the team, businesses can apply on the Jacobsville Advantage website.

“Our team is very excited to bring this project to the Jacobsville area and create real change that will support these business owners and their families,” said Brock Wandel, a UE junior and account executive for Embrace. “While we may not be able to help every single business, we’re confident that those who reach out to us will be impacted for the better.”

Embrace was founded in 2018 by UE alumnus Joe Ellsworth as well as the University’s Center for Innovation & Change. This unique program, now guided by alums Keith Leonhardt and Emily Schuster, is entirely student-run and provides experiential, hands-on learning for students. Clients of Embrace receive affordable marketing and communication services, including graphic design, rebranding, advertising, and consulting.

The Jacobsville Advantage is one of several improvements UE has brought to the community. ChangeLabs, or semester-long courses that seek to create positive change, helped implement Bike Share for the city. Three UE students created the CommuniTree at Mickey’s Kingdom, a solar-powered structure that provides wi-fi and charging ports for mobile devices. The University also obtained $90,000 in solar panels for the Carver Community Organization. Additionally, UE teamed up with Glenwood Leadership Academy to launch the mad hot ballroom program to enhance art education and performance opportunities.

Art Exhibit by Mark Pease on Display

The UE Department of Art presents “You Can’t Call Clouds Clouds Because They’re Always Moving,” an exhibit by Mark Pease that will soon be on display at the Krannert Gallery. The exhibit will be available for public viewing from October 25 through December 11. The Krannert Gallery is located in the Krannert Hall of Art and Music on the UE campus.

The gallery is open from noon until 3:00 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday. On Wednesdays and Thursdays, it is open from noon until 6:00 p.m. Masks are required while indoors.

A reception for the artist will be held on Thursday, November 11, at 6:30 p.m. A lecture will follow at 7:00 p.m. Both events are free to the public and will be held in the Peterson Gallery, located on the corner of Lincoln Avenue and Weinbach Avenue.

Mark Pease creates work in a variety of media, including printmaking, animation, 3D visualizations, painting, and photography. Through his work, he explores visual ideas inspired by consumer nostalgia, simulacra, suburban landscapes, and modernist architecture.

Currently, Mark is an associate professor of digital media at Southern Illinois University – Carbondale. His courses incorporate the use of computer graphics, digital animation, video art, and 3D modeling. Mark’s work has been on display in national exhibitions such as Los Angeles, New York, and St. Louis.

For more information, contact the UE Art Department of Art at 812-488-2043, email art@evansville.edu, or visit the gallery's Facebook page.

UE Receives $3.6 Million Gift for Lucy Kelly Nursing Scholarship

The University of Evansville (UE) has been provided a $3.6 million gift from the John B. and Lucille S. Kelly Trust. The funds will support and grow the Lucy Kelly Nursing Scholarship, which assists Dunigan Family School of Nursing students who demonstrate financial need and strong academic abilities. 

After her marriage to Dr. John B. Kelly, Lucy relocated from St. Louis to Evansville. At age 42 she decided to enroll at UE for a nursing degree. In 1970, she graduated at 46. Looking back on her time at the University, she considered her four years of studies some of the most fulfilling and happiest of her life. Lucy worked as a nurse at Welborn Baptist Hospital for many years, while her husband was a urologist for Welborn Clinic. She eventually moved to a retirement community in Sun City, Arizona, where she lived until her passing at the age of 97. 

“We are tremendously grateful for the Kellys’ generosity and foresight in developing a philanthropic plan that will both make the UE Nursing degree more accessible to students and expand the pipeline of professionals in this critical need field,” said Abigail Werling, vice president for university advancement at UE.  “Mrs. Kelly was very proud of her UE degree, and today, we are proud of the Kellys’ decision to invest in the University of Evansville’s future with such a beautiful gift of scholarship.” 

Concerned about the nursing shortage and accessibility to education, Lucy established the Lucy Kelly Nursing Scholarship at UE. It was her hope that students in need could pursue their passion for nursing and join the field after graduation. Applicants for the scholarship must be in the top twenty percent of their class and hold a B grade average. 

UE was the first institution in the state of Indiana to receive accreditation for a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program. Now celebrating over 60 years of continuous accreditation, the program offers a scientific and creative learning environment in which students work closely with talented, experienced faculty. UE offers direct entry into the program for eligible freshmen, meaning those who meet required standards are guaranteed a spot in the program once they deposit. Direct entry students also receive a nursing scholarship valued at $20,000 per year. 

“Nursing careers, especially in the tri-state region, are currently in high demand,” said Jerrilee Lamar, PhD, RN, CNE, the Dunigan Family School of Nursing chair. “We are incredibly grateful for this generous gift from the John B. and Lucille S. Kelly Trust, which will support nursing students for years to come.” 

Students interested in pursuing a nursing degree can apply for free at evansville.edu/apply. 

Distinguished Historian Sally Roesch Wagner to Deliver Fiddick Lecture on November 5

The UE Department of History, Politics, and Social Change will welcome Dr. Sally Roesch Wagner for the 19th annual Thomas C. Fiddick Memorial Lecture on Friday, November 5. The lecture will begin at 7:00 p.m. in Eykamp Hall, located on the second floor of Ridgway University Center on the UE campus. The event is free and open to the public with a book-signing afterwards. For those who are unable to attend in person, the lecture will be live streamed. 

The 19th annual Fiddick Lecture is a centennial celebration (delayed by one year due to COVID-19) of the passing of the 19th Amendment, which gave American women the right to vote. Focusing on the women's rights movement over three centuries, Dr. Wagner’s lecture examines the movement's changing agenda, why it has happened, and how we can move forward today with United States democracy and the very existence of life on the planet hanging in the balance. 

Dr. Sally Roesch Wagner was awarded one of the first doctorates in the country for work in women’s studies (UC Santa Cruz), and she is a founder of one the first college-level women’s studies programs in the United States (CSU Sacramento). Dr. Wagner has taught women’s studies courses for 50 years, and she currently teaches for Syracuse University’s Honors Program. 

A major historian of the suffrage movement, Dr. Wagner has been active on the national scene. She appeared in and wrote the faculty guide for the Ken Burns documentary Not for Ourselves Alone. A prolific author, Dr. Wagner’s anthology The Women's Suffrage Movement, with a foreword by Gloria Steinem (Penguin Classics, 2019), unfolds a new intersectional look at the 19th century women’s rights movement. Sisters in Spirit: Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Influence on Early American Feminists (Native Voices, 2001) documents the surprisingly unrecognized authority of Native women who inspired the suffrage movement. It was followed by her young reader’s book, We Want Equal Rights: How Suffragists Were Influenced by Native American Women (Native Voices, 2020). Among her awards, Dr. Wagner was selected as a 2020 New York State Senate Woman of Distinction, one of “21 Leaders for the 21st Century” by Women’s E-News in 2015, and she received the Katherine Coffey Award for outstanding service to museology from the Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums in 2012. 

“Professor Wagner is one of the leading historians of Women’s Suffrage in the country, and it is an enormous privilege to bring her to the University of Evansville to deliver the 2021 Fiddick Lecture and interact with students in class,” said Dr. James MacLeod, professor of history and director of the Fiddick Memorial Lecture Series for UE. “On the hundredth anniversary of one of the greatest steps forward in American history, it is important that we reflect and learn some of the lessons of the passing of Women’s Suffrage. Gaining the vote was a hugely important moment for American women, but the women’s rights movement has evolved significantly over the years, and there can be few better-qualified people to tell us this fascinating story than Sally Roesch Wagner.”  

Thomas C. Fiddick, for whom the Fiddick Memorial Lecture is named, served as professor of history at UE from 1963 to 2002. In his 39 years at the University, he was a dedicated teacher, a productive scholar, and a tireless fighter in the cause of justice. His book, Russia's Retreat from Poland, 1920: From Permanent Revolution to Peaceful Coexistence, is still considered to be the best book on this topic. Tom’s untimely death on the day of his retirement in 2002 stunned the entire UE community, especially his many former students. It was from the former students’ efforts in particular, with the support of Dr. Fiddick’s friends and the University, that the annual Thomas C. Fiddick Memorial Lecture was established. 

“The Fiddick Lecture is one of the best events of the year, as we get to celebrate the career of a truly outstanding faculty member here at UE,” MacLeod added. “Tom Fiddick was a brilliant scholar and an incredible teacher who made a life-transforming impact on generations of students.” 

Masks will be required while indoors on the UE campus. To stream the lecture live, visit evansville.edu/live

Rami Malek, Theatre Alumnus, Stars in New Bond Film "No Time to Die"

University of Evansville alumnus Rami Malek is starring in the upcoming film No Time To Die, the 25th film in the James Bond franchise. Playing the role of Lyutsifer Safin, the nemesis of Bond, Malek is the latest villain in the storied series.

The film is set to be released in the United States on Friday, October 8, 2021. The world premiere was September 28, 2021, in London.

Malek will also be an opening host for the 47th season of Saturday Night Live. He is slated to appear on the show October 16.

A 2003 graduate of the theatre program, Malek's roles at UE included Death and the King's HorsemanThe Kentucky CycleBook of DaysMuch Ado About NothingOthello, and The Real Thing.

Malek has won many awards, including an Academy Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody, which was released in 2018.

Theatre Alums, Assistant Professor Open on Broadway in To Kill a Mockingbird

As part of Broadway’s historic reopening, two University of Evansville Theatre alumnae have roles in TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, by Aaron Sorkin, at the Shubert Theatre on Broadway, opening on Tuesday, October 5.

Amelia McClain (left) and Erin Wilhelmi (right)

Amelia McClain has been on the faculty at UE since 2018 and serves as an Assistant Professor of Acting. She teaches all levels of acting, as well as senior-level audition techniques and directs one production each year. Before returning to her alma mater, she completed a year-long tenure on Broadway as Sandra in the smash-hit production of THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG. Also on Broadway, she worked on FOOL FOR LOVE, NOISES OFF, THE HEIDI CHRONICLES, THE HOUSE OF BLUE LEAVES, and the Tony Award-winning VANYA & SONIA & MASHA & SPIKE. Amelia has been in over 20 productions off-Broadway and in regional theatres across the country. Her favorites include OCTOBER/ NOVEMBER at Ensemble Stage Theatre in New York, Brooke in NOISES OFF at Arena Stage in Washington, DC, and Juliet in ROMEO AND JULIET at the Pioneer Theatre Company in Utah. If you don’t blink, you can catch Amelia in the film INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS, written and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. A Texas native, she received her BFA from the University of Evansville, in 2003, and MFA from the graduate acting program at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. She is a member of Actors Equity Association. In TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, Amelia plays the roles of Ms. Stephanie and Dill’s mom.

Erin Wilhelmi, a native of Louisville, Kentucky, made her Broadway debut in the Tony-nominated revival of Arthur Miller’s THE CRUCIBLE. Her other Broadway credits include TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD (original cast), and A DOLL’S HOUSE PART 2. She has played several roles in Off-Broadway productions, including, GNIT (Theatre for a New Audience), AMERICAN HERO (Second Stage/Williamstown Theatre Festival), THE GREAT IMMENSITY (The Public Theater), CORE VALUES (Ars Nova), and THE GREAT GOD PAN (Playwrights Horizions). In addition to her roles on stage, she is most notably known for her role as Alice in the hit film, THE PERKS OF BENG A WALLFLOWER. Her other Film/TV credits include THE GILDED AGE, BABY RUBY, SWEET, SWEET LONELY GIRL, BETTER CALL SAUL, THE KNICK, TAXI BROOKLYN, MONSTERLAND, LAW & ORDER: SVU, GOSSIP GIRL, and THE ACCIDENTAL WOLF. Erin received her BFA from the University of Evansville in 2008. She is a member of the Actors Equity Association and the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) organization.

Music Conservatory Announces Full Funding for Wheeler Concert Hall Renovations

On October 5, 2021, the University of Evansville (UE) announced the full funding of Wheeler Concert Hall and the Krannert Hall of Art and Music gallery. Members of the UE Music Conservatory delivered the exciting news to the audience of the Ensemble Showcase and through a live stream on the University’s Facebook and Instagram accounts.  

In February 2021, UE announced the creation of the UE Music Conservatory (formerly the Department of Music) as well as plans to renovate Wheeler Concert Hall and the Krannert Hall of Art and Music gallery. The entire project was funded through philanthropy, and a total of $3 million was raised in less than six months. 

Wheeler Hall Renovations Interior

"We are excited about the future of the UE Music Conservatory, and this major renovation to Wheeler Concert will enrich the lives of UE students for many years,” said Tad Dickel, PhD, president of the Friends of UE Music. “Many people have generously supported this project, and we are extremely grateful. The renovated hall will be a place that the campus and community will be proud of." 

Wheeler Concert Hall experienced a water line break in the fall of 2019, causing the space to be unavailable for concerts and recitals. With this fully funded project, the Music Conservatory will now have a first-class concert hall that includes acoustical improvements and arrangeable seating. UE will also add a handicap-accessible entrance to Wheeler Concert Hall. Additionally, improvements to the Krannert Hall of Art and Music gallery will create a more welcoming and open space to visitors and future gallery events. 

The University would like to thank all the donors and Friends of UE Music for their ongoing support and making the renovation project possible. Interested individuals can still name a seat in Wheeler Concert Hall for $2,500 if the donation is made before October 31. To make a gift, please visit uealumnionline.com/HaveASeat

Music Conservatory Announces Full Funding for Wheeler Concert Hall Renovations

Baines Publishes Essay in Collection

Robert Baines, associate professor of English, has an essay in the new collection "Modernism, Theory, and Responsible Reading," edited by Stephen Ross and published by Bloomsbury. Baines' essay is titled "The Positive of the Negative: Joycean Post-Structuralism as Felskian Critique."

Book Cover

UE ChangeLab Brings Vaccine Awareness to Latino Community

Holy Rosary Catholic Church, located on south Green River Road in Evansville, will host a COVID-19 vaccine clinic this Sunday, September 26, 2021, from 1:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. The clinic is targeted toward the youth of the local Latino community.  

The first dose of the Pfizer vaccine will be administered on that Sunday, and the second dose will be administered at another clinic on Sunday, October 17, 2021, from 1:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Anyone age 12 and older can receive the vaccine for free. No identification cards or insurance will be required, and registration will be walk-in only. Individuals must wear a mask while at the clinic. 

Any Latino high school student who receives both doses of the vaccine will be entered to win a four-year, full-tuition scholarship from the University of Evansville. If the student is already fully vaccinated but would still like to be entered for the scholarship, they must bring proof of full vaccination and a friend, family member, or neighbor to the clinic. This individual must receive both doses of the vaccine for the student to be eligible for the scholarship. The drawing will be held after the second vaccine clinic.  

In partnership with Holy Rosary and Ascension St. Vincent, a professor and group of students from UE have worked diligently to increase COVID-19 vaccine awareness in the local Latino community. The idea arose from a ChangeLab – a semester-long UE course in which student teams develop innovative solutions to challenges either locally, nationally, or globally. The ChangeLab was held throughout the Spring 2021 semester and titled “Latinx Community Health.” 

Although vaccination awareness and encouragement has been strong in Evansville, the majority of information has been in English – whether it be online or printed in schools, healthcare facilities, or stores. Coached by Cindy Crowe, assistant professor emeritus of Spanish, the students used medical Spanish knowledge to transcribe English materials to Spanish. In particular, they created a pamphlet completely in Spanish that shared CDC guidelines as well as vaccination locations in Evansville.  

After producing the materials, Crowe and her students looked for a way to provide a comfortable, easily accessible vaccination site for Latinos where no ID was required. This was accomplished by forming a partnership with Ascension St. Vincent and Holy Rosary. Holy Rosary offers Catholic mass services in Spanish on Wednesdays and Sundays, so they knew it would be an ideal location for reaching the community and hosting the clinic. The team of students also translated the registration forms for the clinic, which led to more than 100 full vaccinations.  

“Since our clinic in the spring, the vaccine is now available for high school students, so we wanted the next clinic to focus on supporting them,” said Crowe. “As the coach of this class, it has been extremely rewarding to see these students take their ideas and goals and create a real difference in the community.” 

UE Theatre Announces Fall 2021 Season

The University of Evansville (UE) Department of Theatre proudly presents the Fall 2021 Shanklin Theatre season. After more than a year’s absence from live performances on campus, UE Theatre is ready to welcome patrons back with an extraordinary line-up of plays which includes a humorous interpretation of everyday life, a dashing story of self-willed sisters, and a fascinating cabaret about life and the way people interact with possessions.

The season kicks off with EVERYBODY, written by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins and directed by Visiting Assistant Professor Stacey Yen. EVERYBODY opens on Fri., Sept. 24, at 7:30 p.m., in Shanklin Theatre. Additional performances are at 7:30 p.m., on Sept. 2–5, 30, Oct. 1, 2, and at 2:00 p.m., on Oct. 3.

A finalist for the 2018 Pulitzer Prize in Drama, this innovative play is an immersive and inclusive experience for the cast and audience—as actors draw lots onstage to discover which role they will play at each performance. This brilliant, award-winning playwright gives us a modern take on EVERYMAN, a 15th-century morality play. His inventive interpretation is a provocative and joyful romp about love and death, a whimsical look into the unknown, and, ultimately, an exploration of the ties that bind us on this wondrous journey called life. Who knew that death could be so fun? And absurdly funny!

Next in the repertory line-up is THREE SISTERS from the iconic playwright Anton Chekhov, written in a new version, by Sarah Ruhl. The production is directed by Professor Diane Brewer and opens Fri., Nov. 12, at 7:30 p.m. Additional performances are at 7:30 p.m., on Nov. 19, 20, Dec. 2, and at 2:00 p.m., on Nov. 13 and Dec. 5.

This playwright’s modern voice has garnered her a Tony Award nomination, a MacArthur Fellowship, and she was twice named a Pulitzer Prize finalist. Her version of one of Chekhov’s most famous plays exposes the timely struggles of a family living in a small town in Russia and facing gambling debts, a house in foreclosure, and fears of a war on the horizon. These sisters defy despair, celebrate milestones, fall hopelessly in love, and rival as only siblings can. With unyielding resilience and acerbic humor, these women throw themselves into the distance between their dreams and reality and inspire us all to brave our own “new normal.”

The inventive play GONE MISSING, devised by the groundbreaking theatre troupe, The Civilians, is directed by Wes Grantom ’03 and opens Sat., Nov. 13, at 7:30 p.m. Additional performances are at 7:30 p.m., on Nov. 18, Dec. 3, 4, and at 2:00 p.m., on Nov. 20, 21.

This charming show combines real-life interviews about the nature of memory with a scintillating score that effortlessly swings between salsa, ballads, jazzy numbers, and tuneful pop songs. An ensemble of eccentric characters seamlessly intertwines tales of lost objects with fascinating stories of seekers and finders and examines our tendency to place heightened significance on everyday items. While a global pandemic may be the most opportune time to explore this “cabaret of loss,” it is the communal experience of shared joy that is sure to resonate and linger in hearts and minds long after the show ends.

In following industry standards, as established by the Broadway League, all audience members must show proof of COVID–19 vaccination or a negative test result
taken within 72-hours of the date on their ticket. Upon arrival at Shanklin Theatre, proof of vaccination/negative test result and an ID will be checked before each performance. In compliance with the UE Coronavirus Task Force guidelines, all audience members must remain masked when indoors on campus. Additionally, Shanklin Theatre will be seated at no more than 50% capacity.

Season tickets are available now at $45 for adults and $40 for senior adults, students, and UE faculty and staff. Single ticket prices for EVERYBODY, THREE SISTERS, and GONE MISSING are $20 for adults and $18 for senior adults, students, and UE faculty and staff. UE students may obtain one free student rush ticket beginning at 12:00 p.m. on the day of the performance they wish to attend. Tickets may be purchased by calling (812) 488–2031, Monday through Friday, 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. You may also visit the Ticket Office on campus, located within Shanklin Theatre in Hyde Hall.

UE Theatre Announces Fall 2021 Season

UE Holds Ribbon Cutting for Ace CARE Transportation Van

On September 8, 2021, the University of Evansville held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new transportation van for the Ace CARE program. The event was held at 3:00 p.m. and included attendance from staff, faculty, alumni, and members of Evansville Regional Economic Partnership (E-REP). 

Ace CARE (Community Action through Rehabilitation and Exercise) was founded 10 years ago by several students in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at UE. The organization has three branches of service: Ace+ PT, an outpatient physical therapy clinic for the underinsured, uninsured, and those experiencing homelessness; ACErcise, which serves adults who have sustained a neurologic injury; and AceBuddies, geared toward children and young adults with special needs. 

All Ace CARE services are completely student-run, held on campus, and offered at no cost to patients and participants. In previous years, those in need of Ace CARE services were responsible for their own transportation. For the vulnerable in the local community, however, finding transportation can many times be difficult or unreliable and can result in inconsistent service delivery.

Ace CARE van ribbon cutting attendees

“I have had participants share with me the various obstacles they must work through to make it to our Ace CARE services,” said Christin Donahoe, a Doctor of Physical Therapy student who serves with the program. “With this van, we can solve these problems and enthusiastically assure our patients that they are our priority. For many who may be experiencing an unstable season of life, this van opens doors – literally – and provides them reliability and stability.” 

Early in 2020, discussions were held regarding the need for a transportation van for the Ace CARE program. The idea was launched into reality by March, when University of Evansville parents Mike and Julie Mangan initiated fundraising efforts and provided lead gift money. The Mangans challenged others to support the cause, which prompted others to contribute. In total, 155 donors allowed UE to add the van to Ace CARE’s services. 

“This program was created because our students saw a gap in healthcare services for the vulnerable in our community,” said Mary Kessler, who serves as dean of UE’s College of Education and Health Sciences and oversees Ace CARE. “Ten years later, our students continue to address this growing need and give back to the community. Adding the van to our services is just another way we can help our participants achieve a better quality of life.” 

Ace CARE services have begun for the fall and will continue through the end of the semester. For more information, visit evansville.edu/pt or call 812-431-4832. 

“I hope everyone will see that this van truly moves into all corners of our local community and tells those in need, ‘you and your health are valued here,’” said Donahoe. 

UE Holds Ribbon Cutting for Ace CARE Transportation Van

UE School of Education Reaches $1 Million in Grants Since 2017

The University of Evansville (UE) School of Education was recently awarded a $110,000 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) grant from the Indiana Commission for Higher Education (CHE). This is the third STEM grant the School of Education has received from the CHE. With these funds, UE has now received over $1 million in grants for the School of Education since 2017.

The recent $110,000 grant will be used to fund full-tuition scholarships for students in the Transition to Teaching program who are entering STEM fields, such as math, science, and computer science. Transition to Teaching is an accelerated, 17-credit education program that prepares students to pursue licensure in teaching. During their time in the program, students will receive teaching placements in local schools and are paired with a mentor teacher and University supervisor for constant support. 

The grant will also provide STEM professional development opportunities for current students in elementary and secondary education majors, as well as UE alums and teachers within the region. Additionally, a mentoring program for graduates teaching in STEM fields will be continued and funded.  

The School of Education will continue to implement a Project Lead the Way program for undergraduate elementary education majors. Project Lead the Way is an American organization that develops and provides STEM curricula to create engaging classroom environments. Through this program, students will be equipped with the knowledge, training, and support to incorporate these in-demand skills into their future classrooms. 

“We are thrilled that this grant will bring even more STEM training and opportunities to our students,” said Sharon Gieselmann, PhD, who serves as chair for the UE School of Education. “The teaching shortage in these fields continues to rise as the demand for these skills continues to grow. This grant is going to have a dual purpose. It will equip our students for teaching STEM in the classroom, but it will also give K-12 students a greater understanding of these areas as they think about their own future aspirations.” 

In addition to the three STEM grants from the CHE, the School of Education also received a $735,000 grant in 2020 from the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) fund. The initiative of this grant was to improve distance learning techniques in the classroom. Since receiving the funds, the School of Education has been offering a free community tutoring program as well as professional development opportunities for current students and local teachers to improve student outcomes.

UE School of Education Reaches $1 Million in Grants Since 2017

UE, WNIN Receive National Edward R. Murrow Award

On Tuesday, August 17, the Radio Television Digital News Association announced the University of Evansville (UE) and WNIN as a national winner for the 2021 Edward R. Murrow Awards.

In 2020, WNIN, the Center for Innovation and Change at the University of Evansville, and ¿Qué Pasa, Midwest? collaborated on a seven-month research and reporting project to find stories of the coronavirus pandemic in seven Midwestern states. COVID Between the Coasts (CBC) is ongoing, adding data-driven reporting on the pandemic for the historical record.

CBC Lead Reporter Sarah Kuper said, “The students' hard work and valuable points of view, combined with the expertise of Dr. Tamara Wandel and Dr. Darrin Weber, made COVID Between the Coasts a historic time capsule of Midwestern life during the pandemic. It was their contribution that put us in the position to win one of the highest honors in the field of journalism. I know I personally learned a lot by working with them.”

WNIN Vice President of Radio Steve Burger said, “Because of the UE data and research, we were able to focus our coverage within a large survey area and break new ground. For example, our ¿Qué Pasa, Midwest? team on the ground in Chicago did valuable reporting on inconsistencies in the national data regarding essential workers. We reported on rural Midwestern communities that previously were not part of the national discussion of the pandemic. We showed the differences in the pandemic’s impact across our survey area.”

“UE is proud to have been part of telling the story of our Midwestern region in the first pandemic in 100 years and highlights the significant contributions that our faculty, staff, and students make every day in our ever-changing world,” said UE President Christopher M. Pietruszkiewicz. “With UE and WNIN working together, we were able to make a difference in a way that we would not have been able to do individually and are delighted by the collaboration. 

Since 1971, the Radio Television Digital News Association has honored outstanding achievements in electronic journalism with the annual Edward R. Murrow Awards. These awards are among the most prestigious in broadcast news, and recipients demonstrate the spirit of excellence that Murrow set as a standard for the profession of electronic journalism. Winners will be honored at the Murrow Awards Gala in New York City on October 27, 2021.

UE, WNIN Receive National Edward R. Murrow Award

UE Awarded $50K Elevate Nexus Grant

The University of Evansville was awarded a $50,000 grant from Elevate Ventures to support entrepreneurship programming and curriculum. The funding, which is channeled through the Elevate Nexus program, is designed to strengthen bonds among higher education institutions, community partners, and entrepreneurs. UE was one of four recipients, which also included Ball State University, Indiana Institute of Technology (Indiana Tech), and Indiana University School of Medicine.

UE will use the grant to create MakerspACE, a three-pronged entrepreneurial program that provides access to innovation training and support for K-16 students. The program will address cultural challenges in the region, provide support to teachers, and build an innovative ecosystem on and off the UE campus.

The Center for Innovation & Change (CIC) at UE will create an on-campus summer institute for K-16 teachers and University professors in 2022. This institute will train individuals to utilize design thinking and infuse problem-solving activities into existing curricula. The CIC plans to offer this summer workshop for educators at no cost to them.

The MakerspACE will be housed inside the CIC office on the campus of UE. Here, students will have access to design thinking, 3D printing, light prototyping, business canvas assistance, and graphic design. This will allow students to visualize ideas and bring projects to life, particularly through prototypes. CIC staff can also connect students with a wider range of more advanced resources, for those who want to continue their pursuit of innovation and product development.

“We are so excited to generate innovation support for the educators in this region,” said Erin Lewis, executive director of the Center for Innovation & Change. “Southern Indiana has many talented individuals who want to improve the quality of life for everyone. UE can now be an even bigger part of the process to support them and bring their ideas to life.”

Elevate Nexus Higher Education Grants are made possible through a partnership with the U.S. Economic Development Administration. A total of $600,000 has been awarded. The funding enables higher education institutions to launch and improve programming to support growth of Indiana startups.

“In the last three years, we have seen some exceptional proposals—all of which foster entrepreneurship and innovation across the campus and in the communities they serve,” said Landon Young, executive director of the Elevate Nexus program. “We are seeing the successful execution of programs, the building of cross-campus ecosystems, and high-potential companies starting and growing. I look forward to the future success these universities see from the programming they were able to launch and expand.”

To stay appraised of additional and future programs provided by Elevate Nexus, visit elevateventures.com.

UE Awarded $50K Elevate Nexus Grant

Efroymson Family Fund Supports UE Art, Creates New Endeavors

The University of Evansville is grateful to receive support for the Department of Art from the Efroymson Family Fund. The generous gift from the family, which is in place for the 2021-22 academic year, will not only fund existing traditions within the department but also create new opportunities for art students. 

“We are really excited to create a more impactful learning experience for our art students, thanks to the Efroymson Family Fund,” said Todd Matteson, chair of the Department of Art. “Their contributions help us in preparing our students to be successful not just at UE, but beyond the classroom.” 

With the support from the fund, the department will continue to welcome an artist to Evansville each semester as part of the Efroymson Family Emerging Contemporary Artists Lecture Series. The artist’s pieces will be on display in the Melvin Peterson Gallery as well as the Krannert Gallery. Art students are able to interact with professional artists through lectures and workshops, and the public is invited to view the galleries. 

Each year, the fund supports a marketing internship for a current art student. One intern is selected each semester, and the student works closely with the department chair. The paid internship provides beneficial, hands-on experience, as the student will design print and digital materials that assist with recruitment, exhibitions and receptions, and departmental advertising. 

The Efroymson Family Fund will, for the first time, provide a Bridge Fellowship Program for the upcoming academic year. This new program will deliver invaluable experience for a recent graduate for the Department of Art who wishes to pursue further education. They will work on research and assist with studio management and teaching. The fellow will also receive a studio space and exhibit their research. The assistance performed by the Bridge Year Fellow will allow current art faculty to dedicate more time to classrooms, student mentorship, and artwork. 

“The University is tremendously grateful for the ongoing support from the Efroymson family,” said Sylvia DeVault, corporate and foundation relations officer for UE. “For ten years now, they have been supporters of the arts, which has created a lasting impact on our campus and in the Evansville community.” 

University of Evansville Launches Music Community Conservatory

Earlier this year, the University of Evansville (UE) announced the creation of the UE Music Conservatory to better serve students and the local community. Beginning this fall, the Conservatory will expand its offerings to provide musical opportunities and lifelong learning for all ages through the new Community Conservatory. Lessons and classes will begin in August. 

Community Conservatory membership will allow students to take private instrument or voice lessons from UE music faculty. Lessons are available to all ages and abilities. In addition to one-on-one lessons, students will have opportunities for masterclasses and coaching, recitals with a provided pianist, reduced class rates, a discount toward the UE Summer Music Camp, and a guaranteed talent-based scholarship toward a UE music degree. 

A variety of classes will also be available to the community, accommodating many age groups and skill levels. Course offerings will include chamber music, group piano, audition preparation, drumming, ensembles, and more. Registration for classes is now open. 

UE will continue to offer existing services through the Conservatory, including community ensembles such as UE Choral Society, UE Symphony Orchestra, and the UE Community Band. Rehearsals are held on a weekly basis and performances are presented each semester. The long-running Suzuki Program will also continue as part of the Community Conservatory. Founded in 1972, the program teaches more than 100 students aged 4-17 in the tri-state region. 

“Recognizing UE’s commitment to the community, the faculty are excited to offer and develop new musical opportunities in the area,” said Kenneth Steinsultz, co-director of the UE Music Conservatory. “Music can be a lifelong talent and passion no matter your path in life, and the Community Conservatory will allow anyone to accomplish that.” 

Find more information and register any time by visiting the Community Conservatory webpage.

University of Evansville Launches Music Community Conservatory

University of Evansville Students Earn Prestigious Edward R. Murrow Awards

A group of University of Evansville (UE) students have been recognized for their work on a community journalism initiative that examines the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Midwest.

The UE ChangeLab project, “COVID Between the Coasts,” is a collaboration between two University courses and National Public Radio member station WNIN.

The project, presented in a podcast format, examined seven Midwestern states through the lens of underrepresented populations grappling with the ongoing pandemic.

Over seven months, Aces led by Drs. Tamara Wandel (communications) and Darrin Weber (mathematics) carried out research, conducted interviews, and compiled data to tell localized and human stories.

“The research and reporting for our podcast is broader and richer as a result of the ChangeLab students’ award-winning work,” said WNIN reporter and producer Sarah Kuper.

“COVID Between the Coasts” earned the Excellence and Innovation and Excellence in Writing in the Region 7 group at the 2021 Edward R. Murrow Awards. Since 1971, the Radio Television Digital News Association has honored outstanding achievements in electronic journalism with annual ceremonies.

 “These are some of the most prestigious journalism awards out there, and I’m so proud of our students for their work on this project,” Wandel said.

“My classmates and I were able to do everything from research to interviewing and script writing,” UE student Nicole Tucker. “These were all things that we didn’t have a lot of experience in but with the help of our professors and WNIN, we were able to create a successful podcast series.”

A compilation of “COVID Between the Coasts” is available online.

ChangeLabs at the University of Evansville are semester-long courses in which students create positive change for businesses, nonprofits, and the community. Guided by expert coaches, multidisciplinary student teams provide services or develop innovative solutions to challenges. In addition to the award-winning “COVID Between the Coasts” collaboration, other ChangeLab projects include a city-wide bike sharing program and a $90,000 solar panel grant for a local community center.

For more information, visit the ChangeLab webpage.

UE Ranked a Top 100 Best College for Veterans

The University of Evansville has been ranked among the top 100 best colleges for veterans by College Consensus. The complete list of schools was published to the organization's website for 2021. 

To establish the rankings, College Consensus used a method that combined ratings from internationally recognized publishers (publisher rating) as well as student reviews (student review rating). To qualify for the report, a college must be a Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges member, have a recognized student veteran organization, be a Yellow Ribbon Program participant, employ dedicated support contact for veterans, and offer credit for military training. 

"Our student veterans are a valuable asset to our campus community," said Tracey Y. Folden, PhD, assistant vice president for academic affairs. "Their unique work and life experience as prior service members enriches the academic culture." 

In addition to free tuition through the Yellow Ribbon Program, UE offers constant support to student veterans for an engaging college experience. Throughout their college careers, student veterans can receive one-on-one assistance with advising, tutoring, and résumé and interview preparation. The student organization UE VETS (Veterans Education Transition Support) connects veterans and ROTC cadets for a smooth transition to campus life. 

"The resources that UE has made available to veterans have been exemplary,” said Jordan Wright, a student veteran majoring in finance. Wright served in the Navy from 2007-2011. "My experience at the University has been everything I hoped it would be." 

U.S. News & World Report recognized UE as the #2 Best College for Veterans in the Midwest for 2021. The University has also been previously recognized by U.S. Veterans Magazine and Military Times as a top college for veterans. 

"For many transitioning veterans, the process can be a very overwhelming and scary experience," said Neal Quick, a class of 2022 student veteran. "UE has shown me that they genuinely care about veterans, and they have made becoming an Ace one of the easiest processes to accomplish while going through so many changes."

College Consensus is an online organization that highlights the best college programs and degrees offered in traditional and online formats. Studies recognize both public and private institutions at the undergraduate and graduate levels. You can read the complete report about the best colleges for veterans on their website. 

UE Receives Accreditation for Nurse Anesthesia Program

The University of Evansville (UE) has received accreditation for the Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice program from the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs. UE earned accreditation for five years, which is the maximum amount awarded to new nurse anesthesia programs.

"Achieving this accreditation status is extremely rewarding and exciting for our program," said Melissa Fitch, DNP, CRNA, who serves as program director. "We look forward to welcoming future students to the University and preparing them for successful careers in the field of nurse anesthesia."

The Nurse Anesthesia program at UE is a nine-semester graduate program. Students receive a blend of classroom lecture and lab exercises from faculty members who possess many years of experience as certified registered nurse anesthetists, or CRNAs. During the second and third years of the program, students work directly with licensed practitioners in the tri-state region and obtain over 2,000 clinical hours providing anesthesia for many types of procedures, including general anesthesia, regional anesthesia, sedation, and invasive monitoring line placement.

Students in the first cohort of the program began their classes in January. The application for the second cohort with January 2022 entry will be open June 1 through August 31. For more information, visit evansville.edu/crna.

The demand for CRNAs is growing across the United States. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment is projected to grow by 31 percent through 2026, which is much faster than the average for other occupations. In 2020, the average salary for a CRNA was $189,190.

UE Receives Accreditation for Nurse Anesthesia Program

UE Leading Eight-Day Civil Rights Bus Tour for Local High School Students

The University of Evansville will lead an eight-day civil rights bus tour in July 2021 that will explore historical sites and events in cities of the South. Students on this trip will learn important, valuable lessons at each stop for an impactful experience of personal reflection and application within their own communities. Journey to Justice is open to local high school juniors and seniors, and registration is open through June 30. Scholarships are available for students in need. 

From July 24-31, participants will visit museums, churches, and more across the cities of Montgomery, Alabama; Birmingham, Alabama; Selma, Alabama; Memphis, Tennessee; and Louisville, Kentucky. Sites will include the Rosa Parks Museum, Edmund Pettus Bridge, National Civil Rights Institute, Beale Street, and the Breonna Taylor Memorial. Before departing UE for the trip, students will also visit the Evansville African-American Museum.  

“Journey to Justice will be a transformational experience for young people seeking to make a difference,” said Rob Shelby, PhD, chief diversity officer at UE. “While there are opportunities for high school students to learn about historical watershed moments, this trip will allow them to learn firsthand from the field.” 

Through Journey to Justice, students can earn three college credits. The interactive experience will be part of Social Justice Movements, an ethics course that can fulfill a general education requirement or be applied towards the ethics and social change major. Some assignments, such as journal entries and film viewings, will be completed on the trip, while others will be given after returning to Evansville. 

The base cost of the trip is $800. The tuition cost will be $350 for students as part of the Bridge/Dual Credit Program through UE.  

Journey to Justice is made possible through the generous support of Lilly Endowment Inc. To register, or for more information, visit evansville.edu/journeytojustice.  

ChangeLab Projects Receive Honorable Mentions at Civvys

Two ChangeLab projects of the University of Evansville (UE) Center for Innovation & Change received honorable mentions at the fourth annual American Civic Collaboration Awards, or Civvys. The event was hosted live from Washington, D.C. on Monday, April 19. 

“We are thrilled to see the positive impact of our student and faculty-led ChangeLab projects recognized not just in our local community, but also at the national level,” said Erin Lewis, director of the Center for Innovation & Change. “Both teams that participated in these award-winning projects worked diligently across disciplines to create powerful change through innovation and inclusion.” 

As an Ashoka U Changemaker Campus, UE gives students the opportunity to create a lasting impact in the community through ChangeLabs, which are courses that connect the classroom with the world. Students work together in teams to turn an idea into reality, bringing positive change to businesses, nonprofits, and communities throughout the world. 

The first honorable mention was for “COVID Between the Coasts,” a collaborative ChangeLab project between UE, ¿Qué Pasa, Midwest?, and WNIN. Hypothesizing that news media largely reported on the pandemic from the east and west coasts, this team conducted research to assess COVID-19 exclusively in the Midwest. The project was led by Darrin Weber, PhD, assistant professor of mathematics; and Tamara Wandel, PhD, associate professor of communications. 

Evansville Adaptive Watersports also received an honorable mention at the 2020 Civvys. At UE’s first Community Changemaker Challenge, Philip Jacobs presented a winning idea that would support local residents with disabilities by providing accessibility to watersports. After the event, the ChangeLab project was guided by a team of four undergraduate and graduate UE students: Jamie Born, Jalyn Davis, Brooksie Smith, and Ashlyn Thompson. Evansville Adaptive Watersports successfully launched last fall, and the disabilities served include autism, spina bifida, paraplegic, brain injuries, and more. 

The Civvys highlight best practices in civic collaboration in America, and awards are given at the national, youth, and local levels. The 2020 awards brought a record-setting number of entries, and finalists were selected by the Civvys Review Committee. 

Support for our UE BIPOC Community

The University of Evansville wants to shed light on recent expressions of hate, bias, and discrimination. Less than a month ago, the University sent out a statement to students and employees condemning acts of racism in our country after the tragic deaths in Atlanta. Sadly, times have continued to weigh heavily on our hearts and in our minds as we endure an international pandemic in addition to an emotionally taxing trial. Yet, lives continue to be taken at only 13 and 20 years of age.

The University of Evansville recognizes the systemically discriminate acts taking place in our country and condemns those who uphold those systems of oppression by acting with racism, hatred, violence, and ignorance. The loss of a life cannot and should not be reduced to an “accident.” Throughout our country, around the world, and in our backyard, Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) individuals face a daily charge of images, videos, and experiences clearly depicting the disparities their communities face. It is our responsibility as individuals to learn about these inequities and utilize our spaces and privileges to support and uplift BIPOC community members.

Today, we reach out to our entire University community, focusing on our BIPOC students and employees, to acknowledge the continued pain and frustration they are experiencing as a result of seeking “justice for all.” As an institution, we are dedicated to creating and fostering a space not only for diversity and inclusion, but also for belonging. We are committed to providing support and advocating for our community members affected by acts of hate.

Those outside of the BIPOC community should recognize the immense pain BIPOC community members are facing right now and how that may be affecting them in all aspects of life. It is imperative that we acknowledge and support others different from ourselves and strive to become a more empathic and compassionate community. It is not enough to not be racist. We need to stand up for our community members and be anti-racist. We want to encourage everyone to take care and, in a time fueled by hate, spread love. Love yourself and love each other.

We understand these times are extremely difficult and confusing. The Center for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion will offer campus community members an opportunity to process recent events in a safe and collaborative space during the week of April 19-23. Please look for a posting in AceNotes, UEngage, and on our social media sites for further information regarding this intentional safe space.

If you or any University community member has experienced harassment or bias, we want to know. As part of our continued commitment to creating and maintaining a safe, welcoming, and inclusive community, we encourage you to stand up against hate and contact the Office of Institutional Equity to file a report. Reports can also be made anonymously through the Office of Public Safety online reporting system.

The Center for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and Office of Institutional Equity welcome suggestions on ways to better support our community. We encourage you to reach out to us at center4dei@evansville.edu or titleix@evansville.edu.

Say their Names:
Daunte Wright, Adam Toledo, Anthony Alvarez, Sun Cha Kim, Yong A. Yue, Hyun J. Grant, Soon Chung Park, Delaina Ashley Yuan, Paula Andre Michels, Xiajie Tan, Daoyou Feng, Lieutenant Nazario, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Sandra Bland, Philando Castile, Ahmaud Arbery, Elijah McClain, Michael Brown, Aura Rosser, Botham Jean, Andres Guardando, Eric Garner, Anthony McClain, Tamir Rice, Trayvon Martin, Janisha Fonville, Freddie Gray, Alton Sterling, Atatiana Jefferson, and so many more that have gone unnamed and unpublicized.

Christopher M. Pietruszkiewicz
President
University of Evansville

University of Evansville alumna uncovers ancient fingerprints on Roman oil lamps

A University of Evansville (UE) alumna has unearthed historic fingerprints embedded in a series of ancient Roman oil lamps, helping to build a greater profile of the potters that created them.

Dr. Megan Hagseth, ’12, a graduate of the UE archaeology program, had been collaborating with colleague Rachel Matheny to create three-dimensional digital models of four lamps owned by the Evansville Museum of Arts, History and Science. The pair both currently work for Texas A&M University as part of its Uluburun Shipwreck Project.

Utilizing the UE archaeology lab on campus, Hagseth and Matheny set out to create digital models using photogrammetry; each lamp was captured using a DSLR camera at different angles with proper placement and lighting, with each photo then combined using a special computer program to create a detailed virtual 3D model.

Fellow UE archaeology graduate and Evansville Museum Collections Manager Kamen Hillenburg, ’08, said the project originally intended to virtualize a portion of the museum’s collection to make it more accessible amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The lamps are roughly 2,000 years old and arrived at the museum in the late 1950s and early 60s.

“Digital documentation and modeling with photogrammetry allow us to put the objects in the hands of specialists all over the world instantaneously,” Matheny said. “We can model an object in Indiana, and someone in Turkey can put on a virtual reality headset and hold it in their hands.”

While taking photographs and modeling the lamps, Hagseth and Matheny noticed about half a dozen fingerprints impressed in the clay dating back to when the ancient potter originally cast them.

“These fingerprints help connect us to the past in ways you’d never believe,” Hagseth said. “Specialists can measure the distance between fingerprint ridges and their depth, determining the age and sex of the potter. We have the technology to essentially shake the hands of someone who lived thousands of years ago and that’s remarkable.

“Even small, seemingly unimportant objects can not only connect us to humanity's shared past but also provide insight into the everyday, ordinary person. People like you and me."

While on campus, Hagseth and Matheny held workshops for UE archaeology majors to teach them the basics of photogrammetry and share their work.

“This helps to show them what the possibilities are so when they go to graduate school and they see a problem, here’s a potential solution they have in their back pocket to solving that particular problem,” said UE archaeology professor Dr. Alan Kaiser. “It’s very much a hands-on oriented program. We teach students computer skills to get started and equip them to uncover more on their own in their careers. There are fewer than 20 departments of archaeology in the nation, and ours is definitely one of the best because of stuff like this.”

Hagseth said the lamps will soon be sent to a specialist to inspect the finger and palm prints and establish a profile of the potter that made them.

University of Evansville alumna uncovers ancient fingerprints on Roman oil lamps

UE Receives Gift from Koch Foundation for Doctorate of Psychology Program

The University of Evansville announced on April 12 a $1.5 million gift from the Koch Foundation that will support the development of a new Doctorate of Psychology in Clinical Psychology (PsyD) program. This new opportunity will allow for providers in the region to diagnose and treat conditions associated with the brain, behaviors, and mental health.  

“We feel privileged to invest in the mental health of our region alongside the University of Evansville,” said Robert L. Koch II, chairman of Koch Enterprises. "There is a tremendous need for quality providers, and the establishment of this program is part of a larger vision to create a better quality of life for those in our community.” 

"The Koch Foundation has long been a leader in our community for inspiring change through philanthropy,” said Christopher M. Pietruszkiewicz, president of UE. “The University of Evansville is tremendously appreciative of the Koch family’s spirit of philanthropy, commitment to excellence in higher education, and support of our future through this transformational gift.”  

Mental health was identified as a top priority for Vanderburgh and Warrick Counties in the most recent Community Health Needs Assessments (CHNA). The study was conducted for both counties by Deaconess Health System and Ascension St. Vincent, along with ECHO Community Healthcare, the United Way of Southwest Indiana, the Vanderburgh County Health Department, and the Welborn Baptist Foundation. The demand is high for mental health services in the Evansville community, but there are simply not enough providers to adequately serve the area. 

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, studies estimated that one out of five people will be diagnosed with a mental health condition at some point in life. Recent data now suggests that a third of COVID-19 survivors are suffering with mental health issues, including anxiety and mood disorders, which directly impacts the individuals surrounding them. Through the PsyD program at UE, trained and licensed mental health providers can be placed in the community to provide care and treatment in a timely manner. 

“The PsyD program is a fantastic addition to UE’s academic offerings, and it will benefit our Counseling Services department on campus,” said Karen Stenstrom, LCSW (licensed clinical social worker), who serves as the University’s director of counseling and ADA coordinator for students. “This is a critical piece for increasing much-needed mental healthcare and improving the availability of services for our community.” 

“I am very excited about this doctoral program because of the impact it will have in our community,” said Elizabeth Hennon Peters, PhD, department chair and associate professor of psychology. “Society has known for over 50 years that individuals with the fewest mental health resources are the most likely to be impacted by stress and develop mental health challenges. Through the program, we will be available to offer valuable resources to those who need it most.” 

“The University of Evansville developing a Doctorate of Psychology degree is of particular interest,” said James F. Schroeder, PhD, HSPP, vice president of psychology and wellness at Easter Seals Rehabilitation. “There is a strong need for more highly trained clinical professionals in Evansville; more specifically, this region is undersaturated when it comes to practicing psychologists and thus waitlists, especially services for child providers, are very long. Beyond serving as a recruiting tool for psychologists in the area, the services provided by the graduate student interns will be invaluable to the community. For those who pursue the PsyD program at UE, they will be part of a rich, collaborative, dynamic learning environment that trains students at all levels to pursue a career of service and meaning.”  

The Koch Foundation was established in 1945 to fulfill a philanthropic mission to improve the quality of life within communities where Koch Enterprises conducts operations. 

UE Granted Accreditation-Continued Status for Physician Assistant Program

The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc. (ARC-PA) has granted Accreditation-Continued status to the University of Evansville Physician Assistant Program sponsored by the University of Evansville. Accreditation-Continued is an accreditation status granted when a currently accredited program is in compliance with the ARC-PA Standards. 

Accreditation remains in effect until the program closes or withdraws from the accreditation process or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the Standards. The approximate date for the next validation review of the program by the ARC-PA will be March 2031. The review date is contingent upon continued compliance with the Accreditation Standards and ARC-PA policy. 

The program’s accreditation history can be viewed on the ARC-PA website at www.arc-pa.org/accreditation-history-university-of-evansville/

“Since the program’s establishment in 2016, our department faculty, administration, and staff have worked tirelessly to earn this accreditation,” said Andy Lampkins, PhD, associate chair of the Physician Assistant program. “It has been very rewarding to achieve this status, and we look forward to welcoming future generations of students to this program.” 

The Physician Assistant Program at UE is a seven-semester graduate program. Students receive a blend of classroom lecture and hands-on learning from faculty members who provide a wealth of knowledge as medical professionals and educators. During the final three semesters, students complete 12 months of supervised clinical experiences in a variety of medical specialties. The program is nationally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and the ARC-PA. 

UE Granted Accreditation-Continued Status for Physician Assistant Program

UE Presents 2021 Outstanding Educator Awards 

On Wednesday, April 7, the University of Evansville presented four individuals in Vanderburgh County with Outstanding Educator Awards. Each educator received a surprise announcement within their school as part of UE’s 30th annual presentation of awards. 

The competition, which is specific to Vanderburgh County, recognizes current classroom teachers and building principals in grades K-12 with at least three years of experience. The Outstanding Educator Awards are sponsored by UE, Evansville Teachers Federal Credit Union, and the Evansville Courier & Press. 

The following awards were presented on Wednesday:

Cathy Hoffman

Outstanding Elementary Educator of the Year: Cathy Hoffman, fifth grade teacher at Delaware Elementary School

Cathy has been an educator for 16 years, nine of which have been in her current role.

As a teacher, Cathy believes building relationships with students and their families is essential to the profession. She always strives to make her students feel “safe and secure” in the knowledge that she is there to support them in every situation.

“My motto in the classroom is, ‘We don’t do easy. We make easy happen through hard work,’” says Cathy. “Many students want to give up if something is hard. But the relationships I have built with them allow me to show them they can achieve these things.”

When schools suddenly closed in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation (EVSC) asked many teachers to create lessons that could be aired on WNIN for local students without cable or internet access. Cathy carried out this strategy the rest of the semester for her fifth graders so they could feel like they were still part of the classroom.

When summer arrived, she created new lessons for third grade summer school sessions. Cathy knew that her work created a lasting impact when students throughout the community would approach her in public, sharing that they recognized her from the educational lessons on WNIN. “During a time when there were many unknowns about the upcoming school year, this experience gave me the extra push I needed to mentally prepare for my classes,” she said.

Cathy says one of her main goals is to be in tune with her students each day, which allows her to build trust and encourage them.

“In my classroom, I make it a priority to have a conversation with each student, each day,” she said. “Whether it’s about their family, sports, or even favorite foods, I listen to anything they want to share. In return, I tell them about my own life outside of teaching. This reminds students that I’m not just their teacher, but I am also someone who is in their corner and cheering them on.”

Gayle Mooney

Outstanding Middle School Educator of the Year: Gayle Mooney, sixth grade teacher at Scott School

Gayle Mooney has been a teacher for 28 years, and for the last nine, she has taught sixth grade math and science.

Over the last two decades, Gayle has served as a sponsor and coordinator for several organizations, including student council, cheerleading, technology, and book fairs.

Gayle’s teaching philosophy is based upon building relationships with each of her students. “I want my students to know that I care about them, respect them, and want the best for them,” she said. “Students want to feel respected and valued, and I believe my success depends on the success of my students.”

On top of their personal success, Gayle also strives to make learning enjoyable for her classes. She encourages her students to always ask for help when it is needed so they will learn to enjoy coming to school each day.

“I feel like I am fortunate to be in the classroom and learn with my students as they learn from me,” Gayle said.

Peter Barringer

Outstanding High School Educator of the Year: Peter Barringer, English teacher at Harrison High School

Peter Barringer has been a teacher for seven years, and he has been teaching English at Harrison High School for the last five years.

Teaching the full spectrum of English classes, Peter says that each class demands a different skill set and unique approach. He also teaches in the Shepard Leadership and Law Academy, a rigorous four-year program that combine social studies and English. “This program has stretched my abilities as a teacher, and it has provided an additional opportunity for growth in my skill set,” he said.

Peter says his educational philosophy is very simple: “I believe all students are capable of learning and succeeding.” This principle guides his daily instruction, although he says that is just one aspect of his job. “I relish the opportunity to talk with my students on a personal level, because students often apply themselves in class more regularly when I engage with them about hobbies or extracurricular activities,” Peter said.

To put his philosophy into practice, Peter uses three strategies: 1) build both academic and personal relationships with students, especially those who have not experienced much academic success in the past; 2) respond quickly to student struggles through constant feedback and conversations; and 3) provide quality instruction that reaches the needs of all students.

In addition to teaching English, Peter serves as a coach for the speech team and recorder for the Harrison Social-Emotional Learning Team. He also established the Harrison Board Game Club to further engage with students.

Susie Masterson

Outstanding Building Principal of the Year: Susie Masterson, Principal of Evansville Christian School

Susie Masterson has been an educator for 44 years. This is her 34th year as principal for Evansville Christian School, where she oversees pre-kindergarten through sixth grade.

Throughout her career, Susie has been an elementary school teacher, principal, adjunct faculty member at the graduate level, and a professional development trainer. She has also served overseas in Afghanistan and Uganda, training teachers and planting schools.

“In every situation, I have been challenged and equipped for the next opportunity,” said Susie, “And that’s what it means to be a lifelong learner.”

Since 1988, Susie has served in various roles with ECS. This year is a bittersweet one for her, as the elementary school campus prepares to say goodbye to its Bethel Church location and move to a new, freestanding location in Warrick County (near Crossroads Christian Church). “I have loved working on the design and building of this new space as well as planning for new procedures and programming,” said Susie. “This will create a positive school culture for our K-6 students, where our school’s mission will thrive.”

Susie wrote a life mission statement to guide her both professionally and personally. It reads, “Commit to serving God by continuing a spiritual legacy to my children and grandchildren; using my God-gifts of teaching and leading; and pursuing connections that serve as an outreach for the Gospel.” Susie has always aspired to be the leader that she needed at various seasons in her life. Today, she invests in teachers so they can invest in their students.

In nominating Susie for an Outstanding Educator Award, an individual said that she is “the epitome of a selfless leader who is teacher-focused and believes in partnering with parents to positively impact each student’s learning.”

UE Presents 2021 Outstanding Educator Awards 

UE Receives Grant from Lilly Endowment Inc.

The University of Evansville (UE) has received a grant of $5 million from Lilly Endowment Inc. through the competitive Phase 3 of its initiative, Charting the Future of Indiana’s Colleges and Universities. The grant will support the establishment of a shared, cloud-based enterprise resource planning (ERP) system with a single set of standardized business practices.

UE is one of 16 Indiana colleges and universities that will be supported by funding in the final phase of Charting the Future, an initiative designed to help colleges and universities in Indiana assess and prioritize the most significant challenges and opportunities they face as higher education institutions and develop strategies to address them.

Over the span of several months, UE collaborated with three other institutions to request the grant. Those institutions included Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa; North Central College in Naperville, Illinois; and Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Indiana. Valparaiso also received a $5 million from Lilly Endowment through the Charting the Future initiative. That grant will fund Valparaiso’s participation in the collaboration.

Through the collaboration, the four institutions will form an independent, non-profit organization called the College and University Sustainability Project (CUSP) to house the collaborative effort toward providing efficient and effective non-academic services. Once significant progress has been achieved, the intention is to enable additional institutions to join CUSP and achieve similar efficiency and effectiveness.

Concepts and initiatives for the grant were established by a steering committee of members from each of the four institutions. In addition to the four presidents, it was comprised of chief financial officers, chief information officers, and other key administrators.

“The University of Evansville is very grateful to Lilly Endowment for its generous grant and commitment to supporting higher education,” said Christopher M. Pietruszkiewicz, president of UE. “Technology is an ever-evolving industry that directly impacts our University, and this grant will provide remarkable opportunities and expand our capabilities for modernization among core information systems.”

“Indiana’s colleges and universities face myriad challenges as they work to fulfill their educational missions while adapting to growing financial pressures, rapid demographic and technological changes, and evolving needs and demands of students,” said Ted Maple, the Endowment’s vice president for education. “We are pleased with the creative and collaborative approaches the colleges and universities are taking to address these challenges and seize opportunities to better serve their students, institutions, communities and the state of Indiana.” 

Lilly Endowment launched the three-phased Charting the Future initiative in 2019 to help leaders of the state’s 38 colleges and universities engage in thoughtful discernment about the future of their institutions and to advance strategic planning and implementation efforts to address key challenges and opportunities. Collaboration was encouraged, especially in the third phase of Charting the Future, and several schools proposed collaborative programs and strategies. Through three phases of grantmaking, Lilly Endowment awarded more than $138 million to the schools.

Through earlier rounds of the initiative, all 38 schools received planning grants, which were approved in December 2019, and implementation grants approved in June and September 2020. The implementation grants funded strategies to improve efforts to prepare students for successful futures and strengthen the schools’ long-term institutional vitality.

About Lilly Endowment Inc.

Lilly Endowment Inc. is an Indianapolis-based, private philanthropic foundation created in 1937 by J.K. Lilly, Sr. and his sons Eli and J.K. Jr. through gifts of stock in their pharmaceutical business, Eli Lilly and Company. Although the gifts of stock remain a financial bedrock of the Endowment, it is a separate entity from the company, with a distinct governing board, staff and location. In keeping with the founders’ wishes, the Endowment supports the causes of community development, education and religion. The Endowment funds significant programs throughout the United States, especially in the field of religion. However, it maintains a special commitment to its founders’ hometown, Indianapolis, and home state, Indiana.

UE Announces Return to Regular Operations for Fall 2021 Semester

The University of Evansville will return to normal operations and offer most courses in-person for the Fall 2021 semester, offering online and hybrid courses when appropriate. The plans were developed in accordance with COVID-19 trends at the local, state, and national levels, and recognize the increasing availability of vaccines and reduced rates of transmission.  

“Since the pandemic arrived last year, we have been looking forward to the day when we can safely return to normal,” said Christopher M. Pietruszkiewicz, University of Evansville president. “Even if there are precautions in place in the fall, we have every intention of providing the complete in-person college experience that is the foundation of our education at UE.” 

Pietruszkiewicz also noted UE’s success in preventing the spread of COVID-19 on campus. For the 2020-2021 academic year, UE’s Coronavirus Task Force implemented several measures to protect the campus community. This included moving select classes to an online or hybrid format and reducing classroom density. As the task force continues to navigate the pandemic and adjust plans accordingly, the University expects a full return to regular in-person course offerings and activities for the fall. 

“Our entire campus community has been very dedicated to protecting those around them by following the protocols in place,” Pietruszkiewicz said. “It is thanks to the support of each member that we have made it this far and can confidently look ahead to the fall.” 

As safety remains a top priority, UE will continue to follow guidelines at the local, state, and national levels. Following direction from the CDC, some health and safety precautions may be in place for the campus, and it is certainly possible that external conditions could alter these plans. 

The fall semester will follow a normal class schedule and is slated to begin Wednesday, August 25. 

UE Announces Return to Regular Operations for Fall 2021 Semester

UE Announces Career Outcomes for 2020 Graduates

A recent survey of the 2020 graduating class of the University of Evansville revealed that 91 percent of graduates were employed or pursuing further education within six months of graduation. This is remarkable given there was a 45% drop in position openings for recent graduates nationwide. The median salary of those employed full-time was reported to be $47,500.

The survey was a collaborative effort between UE’s Center for Career Development, Office of Institutional Effectiveness, Office of Alumni and Parent Relations, academic departments, and more. Career information was identified from 86 percent of the 518 members of the class of 2020. 

“Given the struggling economy and unemployment trends we saw in 2020, the career outcomes of our graduates are particularly impressive,” said Michael Austin, PhD, executive vice president of academic affairs and provost at UE. “These results can be attributed to the University’s commitment to offering students not only an outstanding educational experience, but also a unique and individualized career planning process.” 

UE takes an active role to ensure the success of each student every step of the way, from their first visit on campus to several years after graduation. For over eight years, the Center for Career Development has taken this “end to end” approach and provided a multitude of services that are free to all students and alumni. 

When a prospective student first visits campus, they can meet with the Center to review career interests, take a free career assessment, and explore future job opportunities. While at UE, students can make appointments with the Center to receive help with resume and cover letter preparation, mock interviews, career advising, job fairs, and more. The department also has a mentorship program that pairs students with alumni to enhance connections and develop professional relationships. After graduation, the Center conducts ongoing outreach and communication to help ensure each alum’s success.  

UE Announces Career Outcomes for 2020 Graduates

Winners of 6th Annual Changemaker Challenge Announced

Several high school students were awarded significant scholarships on Monday during a virtual awards ceremony for the University of Evansville’s sixth annual High School Changemaker Challenge. The competition was sponsored by Toyota. 

In previous years, the High School Changemaker Challenge has been held in person and open to local students who compete in teams. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s competition was hosted in a virtual format and accepted individual entries from students around the world. 

The High School Changemaker Challenge, supported by the UE Center for Innovation and Change, is designed to motivate young people to take a leading role in identifying and solving challenges in the world around them through innovation and creativity. 

UE awarded first, second, and third place to individuals from each of the two categories: social & environmental justice and health. The scholarship amounts, renewable for a total of four years, are: 

  • 1st place: full tuition  
  • 2nd place: $18,000 tuition and $5,000 housing 
  • 3rd place: $13,000 tuition and $5,000 housing 

Below is a list of the winners of the 2021 High School Changemaker Challenge: 

Social & Environmental Justice 

  • 1st place: Grace Davidson; North High School, Evansville, Indiana; Helping victims of sexual assault receive compassionate care 
  • 2nd place: Ilya Budd; Arcola High School, Arcola, Illinois; Rethinking recycling 
  • 3rd place: Barak Hall; Evansville Christian School, Evansville, Indiana; Sustainable housing 

Additional finalists who competed in this category include: 

  • Evelyn Hipp; Nolensville High School, Nolensville, Tennessee; Helping LGBTQ students feel supported 
  • Mosad Kamal Mohammed; El Sheikh STEM School, El Hamoul City, Egypt; Multifunctional Proteins Classification Model 
  • Blayre Walters; Friends’ Central High School, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Improving mental health for children 
  • Aneesh Alapati; Castle High School, Newburgh, Indiana; Working to end gun violence in Evansville 

Health 

  • 1st place: Patricia Solliday; White River Valley High School, Switz City, Indiana; Portable health care for the elderly 
  • 2nd place: Ali Scott; Northeastern High School, Richmond, Indiana; Basic healthcare for K-12 kids in need 
  • 3rd place: Omaima Khan; Signature School, Newburgh, Indiana; Clean needle exchange 

Additional finalists who competed in this category include: 

  • Amanda Deutsch; North High School, Haubstadt, Indiana; Food insecurity 
  • Madison Lucas; Evansville Christian School, Evansville, Indiana; Developing a virtual blood bank 
  • Lydia Preske; Signature School, Evansville, Indiana; Infant formula temperature control 
  • Anish Patel; Woodbridge High School, Irvine, California; The Empowerment Gym 

University of Evansville Announces New Plans for Department of Music

The University of Evansville announced today that it will retain the Department of Music and create enhancements to better serve students and the greater Evansville community. The announcement was made in conjunction with UE administration, Department of Music co-chairs, Friends of UE Music, the UE Student Government Association (SGA), and the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra (EPO).  

“We are delighted that our faculty and the community came together to preserve our rich tradition of music at UE,’’ said University President Christopher M. Pietruszkiewicz. “They not only have made the department financially viable, but also have reimagined our program in a way that will benefit our campus and local community.”  

Pietruszkiewicz said the plan was a collaboration between Department of Music co-chairs, faculty, Friends of UE Music, community partnerships, private donors, trustees, and the administration. 

The department’s new initiatives include: 

  • Retention of all five music degrees: Music Education, Music Therapy, Music Management, Music Performance, and Music – General  
  • Creation of the University of Evansville Music Conservatory, which will benefit UE students, provide private lessons to preschool through 12th grade students and adults, continue to offer Suzuki violin instruction, begin to offer dual enrollment courses in music, and strengthen the University’s enrollment pipeline  
  • Implementation of new offerings, including a music therapy clinic and a redesigned summer music camp which will increase revenue, enhance community engagement, and strengthen recruiting opportunities 
  • Full renovation of Wheeler Concert Hall and the Krannert Hall of Art and Music lobby 
  • Increased fundraising from Friends of UE Music  

“We are grateful for the support of Friends of UE Music, collaboration with administration, and encouragement from the Evansville community to create a solution that retains the UE Department of Music,” said department co-chair Ken Steinsultz. “This plan solidifies our commitment to the community as well as the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra.” 

Kimberly Bredemeier, executive director of the EPO, said she is thrilled about the department’s new direction. 

“The Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra maintains a strong and important relationship with the UE Department of Music and our community,” she said. “This will ensure continued collaboration for many years to come.” 

The plan will make the Department of Music financially sustainable by reducing operating costs through planned retirements, establishing new revenue streams, increasing fundraising commitments, and focusing on recruiting and retaining new students. 

“Because this department is a cultural hub for music in our region, our plan is the result of input from many stakeholders, alumni, and arts organizations.” said Timothy A. Dickel, president of Friends of UE Music. “With financial support from Friends of UE Music and members of the UE Board of Trustees, we will be able to execute this plan immediately.” 

Fundraising is well underway to transform Wheeler Hall and the lobby of Krannert through leadership gifts from G. Richard and Rita Eykamp, Sharon McCarthy (Mrs. Burkley McCarthy), and John C. and Diane Schroeder. The University is incredibly grateful for the generosity of these longtime friends and trustees. UE will soon begin next steps in the renovation.  

This significant development is part of the current draft academic realignment process to resolve a financial operating deficit and bolster the University’s strengths. Michael Austin, PhD, executive vice president of academic affairs and provost, noted this proposal was “one of many” that the administration has seen since the process began in December.  

“We continue to receive proposals from faculty and engage in earnest dialogue to revise programs and make the University financially sustainable well into the future,” he said. 

University of Evansville Announces New Plans for Department of Music

UE School of Business Maintains Accreditation by AACSB International

The University of Evansville Schroeder Family School of Business Administration has maintained its accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International. 

AACSB International is the longest-serving global accrediting body for business schools that offer undergraduate, master's, and doctoral degrees in business and accounting. The AACSB accreditation is the hallmark of excellence in business education. Less than 5% of the world's business programs have earned this distinction. 

Achieving accreditation is a rigorous process in which the school focuses on developing and implementing a plan to align with AACSB’s accreditation standards. After accreditation is achieved, the school takes part in a five-year continuous improvement peer review to maintain high quality and extend accreditation. 

“AACSB congratulates the University of Evansville and Dean Beverly Brockman on extending accreditation,” said Stephanie M. Bryant, executive vice president and chief accreditation officer of AACSB International. “The intense peer-review process confirms a school’s continued focus on excellence in all areas, including teaching, research, curriculum development, and student learning. UE’s dedication to delivering high quality business education will create the next generation of great leaders.” 

The peer review team from AACSB concluded that Schroeder School faculty are deeply engaged in student learning and advising, research, service to community nonprofit boards, and professional consulting. The team also commended the robust program of student engagement within the School. Examples of student engagement include LEAD Forward, a leadership training program for students; the ACES Passport career development program; numerous business-focused student clubs; study abroad opportunities at Harlaxton College in the United Kingdom; and the 100% internship completion rate prior to graduation. 

“It’s a wonderful feeling to maintain our AACSB accreditation and continue the work of preparing business leaders of the future,” said Beverly Brockman, dean of the Schroeder Family School of Business Administration. “Our ongoing goal is to not only provide an exceptional learning environment, but also equip students with the skills and experience to achieve long-term professional success.”  

Brockman also noted the excellent outcomes for Schroeder School graduates. For the graduating classes of 2019 and 2020, an average of 96% were employed or in graduate school within 3 months. Additionally, the starting salary for graduates was over $49,000.

UE School of Business Maintains Accreditation by AACSB International

UE Nursing Graduates Achieve 100 Percent First-Time Pass Rate on NCLEX-RN

The class of 2020 graduates of the University of Evansville’s Dunigan Family School of Nursing achieved a 100 percent first-time pass rate on the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN). The national average for the first-time pass rate was 87.5 percent in 2020. 

Senior-level nursing students were halfway through their final semester when the COVID-19 pandemic made its way to the United States. Despite the sudden change in learning formats and clinical rotations, the students adapted quickly. 

“I was very impressed to see them maintain a resilient focus and push through adversity,” said Jerrilee LaMar, PhD, RN, CNE, chair of the Dunigan Family School of Nursing. “While they didn’t get to finish their studies in the classroom together or have a pinning ceremony, they did receive a high-quality education that prepared them for success.” LaMar also recognized the compassionate faculty that were instrumental in helping students along the way. 

The Dunigan Family School of Nursing incorporates several strategies into the program to prepare students for the NCLEX-RN. Several years ago, the faculty developed a review course for seniors. In the course, students take practice exams that identify strengths and weaknesses in specific areas. The faculty, who serve as mentors, help students write individualized study strategies that prepare them for the NCLEX exam. 

To prepare students earlier on in the curriculum to think like a nurse, the faculty also developed a course to strengthen students’ understanding of complex issues and decision-making to answer questions seen on the NCLEX exam. This course was piloted with the junior-level students, and the results were so successful that it became part of the required curriculum. Additionally, underclassmen are paired with a senior nursing student as an additional resource for help along the way. 

“All of our 2020 graduates are now working as nurses in the healthcare field, and many of them are working with COVID-19 patients,” said LaMar. “We are immensely proud to see them applying their skills and passion to help those struggling most during the pandemic.” 

UE Nursing Graduates Achieve 100 Percent First-Time Pass Rate on NCLEX-RN

Virtual High School Changemaker Challenge Offers Full Tuition Scholarships

The University of Evansville is pleased to announce the upcoming sixth annual High School Changemaker Challenge, sponsored by Toyota, will be held virtually this year. Any high school junior or senior in America and around the world is invited to participate for a chance to win one of several four-year, full tuition scholarships.

In previous years, teams of students have submitted projects for the High School Changemaker Competition. This year, due to the difficulties of gathering amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the challenge will seek online entries from individual students and judging will be conducted virtually.

"As an Ashoka U Changemaker Campus, we wanted to adapt and find creative ways to make this event possible for high school students," said Erin Lewis, interim director for UE's Center for Innovation & Change. "We believe everyone can be a changemaker, and offering the competition virtually allows anyone in the world to share their idea to create positive change."

A virtual session will launch the event and is scheduled for Friday, November 20, from 12:00-1:00 p.m. The Zoom meeting will be led by Lewis; Zac Parsons, local entrepreneur; and Robert Lopez, a former competitor and current UE student. To register, visit evansville.edu/cc-hs.

Students can submit an idea spanning several categories, from health and social justice to environmental and regional issues (ideas tackling something Evansville-specific).

Winning students in each category who choose UE as their college destination will receive four-year scholarships to attend UE as listed below:

  • 1st place: Full tuition
  • 2nd place: $18,000 tuition and $5,000 housing per year
  • 3rd place: $13,000 tuition and $5,000 housing per year

"The High School Changemaker Challenge gives students the opportunity to make their dream a reality," said Jill Griffin, interim vice president for enrollment and marketing. "Our hope is that this competition inspires a generation of youth to think big and positively impact the world around them."

Detailed information is available here. You may contact uechangemaker@evansville.edu for questions.

UE Professor Awarded $300,000 NSF Grant for Genetics Research

Joyce Stamm, PhD, professor of biology at the University of Evansville (UE), was recently awarded a $300,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The grant, in which Stamm is a co-principal investigator, will be applied over three years to an ongoing genetics-focused research initiative. 

The collaborative project, titled “A Multi-Institutional Course-Based Undergraduate Research Experience in Genetics,” is led by Jacob Kagey, PhD, at the University of Detroit Mercy and has co-principal investigators from a total of four institutions, including UE. The grant funds plan to expand the research project to a total of 20 institutions. The overall goal is to make research experiences more accessible for students historically underrepresented in biomedical research. This includes programs at community colleges and universities with large minority populations. 

The grant is part of NSF’s Improving Undergraduate STEM Education program, which seeks to enhance STEM education for undergraduate students by utilizing alternative methods to teaching and learning. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in jobs related to STEM – or science, technology, engineering, and math – continues to be a rapidly growing, in-demand field.  

Stamm, who has worked with Kagey on the project since 2016, incorporates a semester-long research project into her genetics course. Participating students map genetic mutations that cause tumor formation in fruit flies. These mutations can offer clues as to what goes wrong in similar diseases among humans. To date, two papers have been published describing the results of this work.  

Over the last five years, nearly 100 students have benefitted from the research experience in genetics courses taught by Stamm and Julie Merkle, PhD, assistant professor of biology. Stamm said she is excited to continue this initiative and provide impactful opportunities for future biology students. 

“I have a passion for developing college courses with opportunities for conducting original research because it increases student interest and retention in STEM majors and careers,” said Stamm. “Collaborative projects like this grant project are highly beneficial in higher education because they provide important infrastructure and support for professors. We can then turn around and pass on these opportunities to our students.” 

In the past, Stamm has taken advantage of large national projects in genomics and microbiology to incorporate research projects into introductory and advanced courses. Now, she is excited to “pay it forward” through her direct involvement in this project, which will expand research opportunities for future students. 

UE Receives $1 Million Lilly Endowment Grant

The University of Evansville recently received a $1 million grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. to enhance its online education and learning efforts. The grant was awarded through Lilly Endowment’s initiative, Charting the Future of Indiana’s Colleges and Universities, which was launched in 2019. Lilly Endowment invited all of Indiana’s accredited colleges and universities to examine how they could not only educate students and prepare them for successful futures but also maintain long-term financial sustainability as an institution. The organization announced the Phase 2 recipients on Monday, with a total of approximately $62 million awarded.  

After the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic, UE successfully transitioned to an online learning platform for the Spring 2020 semester due to the dedication of faculty and staff. The pandemic helped UE to realize the substantial benefits of robust, technology-based educational capabilities. 

“This generous gift we have received from Lilly Endowment will help us transform the educational experience of our students at the University of Evansville,” said UE president Christopher M. Pietruszkiewicz. “As the world of technology continues to evolve and shape education, we are committed to investing and developing our technological capabilities as a growing sector for the future.”  

With the grant funds, UE plans to implement major initiatives that will enhance the campus as well as the online learning environment. As the University plans for a future after the pandemic, online education will undoubtedly play a larger role in academics. Supporting online education will allow UE to serve traditional, on-campus students in addition to adult and international students.   

UE will create an Office of Strategic Technology and Online Learning within the Office of Academic Affairs. The office will include a director and two full-time assistant directors to lead the University’s efforts in developing online education that ensures the same high-quality experience offered through the in-person experience. Through this office, faculty will have access to training opportunities and one-on-one support as they develop online courses.  

Classrooms will also be renovated on campus to be capable of broadcasting to regional businesses, adult learners working remotely, and international locations, including China and India. The pandemic may create permanent changes to international travel, but specially designed ‘telepresence’ classrooms will allow UE to meet the demand for American programs in overseas settings.  

The grant will provide license software solutions for issues that are caused by technical difficulties discovered in an online environment, such as greater exam security, video capturing, and synchronous course delivery. Moving forward, UE will increase efforts towards program and curricular development for online learning.  

Lastly, UE will develop programs to offer undergraduate and graduate certificates, badges, non-credit professional development programs, and new degree programs for adult learners. This initiative will reach out to displaced workers, help local employers meet the demands of skills needed in their changing workforce, and encourage non-traditional students to enhance their career skill sets.  

“The worldwide pandemic has changed higher education profoundly, and many of these changes will be permanent,” said Michael Austin, PhD, executive vice president for academic affairs and provost at UE. “This generous grant from Lilly Endowment will help prepare us for the world that will exist long after COVID-19 has faded into the background.” 

Lilly Endowment Inc. is an Indianapolis-based, private philanthropic foundation created in 1937 by J.K. Lilly Sr. and sons J.K. Jr. and Eli through gifts of stock in their pharmaceutical business, Eli Lilly and Company. While those gifts remain the financial bedrock of the Endowment, the Endowment is a separate entity from the company, with a distinct governing board, staff and location. In keeping with the founders’ wishes, the Endowment supports the causes of community development, education and religion and maintains a special commitment to its hometown, Indianapolis, and home state, Indiana. Visit lillyendowment.org.

UE Recognized for Student Engagement by Wall Street Journal

The University of Evansville (UE) was recently named to The Wall Street Journal’s annual U.S. College Rankings for student engagement, placing 16th in the nation among over 4,000 four-year colleges and universities in the United States. The complete report was published to The Wall Street Journal’s website on Thursday, September 17. 

Now in its fifth year, the U.S. College Rankings focuses most on student success and learning outcomes. Insights for the report were gathered through the Times Higher Education U.S. Student Survey, which included questions about interactions with faculty and other students, whether a student felt involved and welcome, and whether the student would recommend the school. 

“At the University of Evansville, we strive to offer a welcoming and active campus environment that serves as a home for our students,” said president Christopher M. Pietruszkiewicz. “Here, they can find a supportive network of faculty, administrators, and fellow students that shapes their college experience and prepares them for future success.” 

While the COVID-19 pandemic has caused UE to implement health and safety guidelines for its campus, students can still be involved and obtain an engaging college experience. The University offers over 130 student organizations and clubs, and the Center for Student Engagement can help students participate in community service opportunities, Greek Life, leadership development, and more. 

Earlier this week, UE was recognized by U.S. News & World Report as the #4 Best College in the Midwest, moving up two spots from the previous year. The University also received rankings for school value, veteran support, and international student representation. 

UE Accepting Entries for Second Annual Tri-State Essay Competition

The University of Evansville (UE) Department of Philosophy and Religion is currently accepting entries for the second annual Tri-State Truth, Meaning, and Value Essay Competition. The University first launched this competition in the spring of 2020 to encourage regional high school students to think about the challenges facing humanity today and in the future.

"We want to encourage young adults to think clearly and to think big," said Tony Beavers, professor of philosophy at UE.

For this competition, the department is asking students to answer the question, "How can we be happy and live meaningfully in the Internet age?"

Each essay will be judged by a panel of UE faculty members. The department will award cash prizes for first place ($500), second place ($250), and third place ($100). Two additional entries will also receive honorable mention.

Essays should be around 1500 words in length, and they will be judged based on academic merit, creativity, and expression of practical wisdom. Proper use of grammar and form will also be considered. Entries may be submitted on the UE website at evansville.edu/TMVessay. More information and a complete list of rules are also available on the website. The deadline to submit an essay is October 15.

Aces Opportunity Grant Makes UE Tuition-Free for Qualified Indiana Freshmen

The University of Evansville has launched the Aces Opportunity Grant to make its transformative education accessible to students who display the greatest financial need.

Through the Aces Opportunity Grant, qualified freshmen entering in the fall of 2021 whose families earn less than $50,000 will pay no tuition out of pocket. Eligible Indiana students who submit a UE application for admission will automatically be considered for this grant.

"The Aces Opportunity Grant makes UE accessible to all Indiana students so that a financial barrier is not an obstacle to high impact, private education," said president Christopher M. Pietruszkiewicz. "The grant program is a strong statement that all students should have choices about how to plan for a successful future in a small classroom environment and, at the same time, to make a positive impact on our communities by joining our commitment to service in a changing world."

The Aces Opportunity Grant works by bridging the gap between the scholarships and grants students receive and UE's tuition costs.

"We know quality higher education is expensive," said Kenton Hargis, UE's director of admission. "But we want to help more students find a way to say yes to UE."

For more information about the University of Evansville and the Aces Opportunity Grant, visit the University's website at evansville.edu/AcesOpportunityGrant.

UE Named #4 Best College in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report

The University of Evansville (UE) has been named the #4 Best College in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges Rankings for 2021. UE climbed two spots on the list from the previous year and has appeared in the top 10 for over a decade.

The Best Colleges Rankings is published annually by U.S. News & World Report and recognizes public and private higher education institutions across the nation. The list is compiled by analyzing college data, including student retention, graduation rates, class sizes, acceptance rates, and more. 

“The recognition we have received is a true testament to the quality of education at UE and a tribute to our outstanding and dedicated faculty,” said president Christopher M. Pietruszkiewicz. “We are committed to providing a transformative higher education experience and a foundation that prepares each student for a changing world.”  

The complete ranking of the Best Colleges in the Midwest can be found at usnews.com/colleges. In the comprehensive report, UE was also recognized for school value, veteran support, and international student representation. 

UE was also ranked the #8 Best Value School in the Midwest. To determine which colleges and universities offer the best value for students, U.S. News & World Report factored academic quality and cost after accounting for total expenses and financial aid. 

Climbing three spots from last year’s report, the University was also recognized as the #2 Best College for Veterans in the Midwest. UE is not only an affordable option for veterans but also provides a variety of supportive services, including academic advising, tutoring, and career development. 

UE is committed to international representation on campus, as it provides personal and professional benefits. Once again, the University was named a Top Midwest School for International Students. For the 2019-20 academic year, 11 percent of the student population was composed of international students. 

“The University’s rise up the national rankings, especially in the category of academic reputation, confirms what our students have always known: the University of Evansville is deeply committed to excellence in all aspects of education,” said Michael Austin, executive vice president for academic affairs and provost. 

School of Education Receives $735,000 Grant

The School of Education at the University of Evansville (UE) recently received a grant totaling $735,247 from the Governor's Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Fund, which was created by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). GEER Funds were created to provide support to local educational agencies and higher education institutions to develop and improve distance learning techniques and technologies throughout the state of Indiana.

With the grant funds, the UE School of Education will focus on implementing two main initiatives: 1) a free community tutoring program for students, and 2) professional development for teachers and UE students to improve student outcomes. While working toward these goals, UE will be partnering with seven school corporations throughout Southern Indiana, including the Diocese of Evansville, Warrick County Schools, Loogootee Community Schools, North Lawrence Community Schools, Orleans Community Schools, Shoals Community Schools, and Tell City Schools. While first preference will be given to partner schools, the grant activities will also be open to in-service teachers and students in K-12 corporations throughout Southern Indiana.

The COVID-19 pandemic caused major disruption to schools across the nation, and education systems are working diligently and creatively to meet the needs of students and families during unprecedented times. Many educators fear that the extended delay in classroom instruction could impact learning outcomes and student achievement. Using the grant, the UE School of Education will offer a free tutoring program geared toward community K-12 students. UE students and current educators will be connected with students in partner schools and other K-12 school corporations, and they will provide targeted interventions to assist in closing learning gaps. Tutoring sessions will take place via Zoom or in-person using social distancing guidelines.

Monies from the grant will also be utilized to boost in-service and UE pre-service teachers' capacity to efficiently and effectively provide remote and virtual instruction. The UE School of Education will utilize Zoom sessions to introduce participants to the G Suite for Education, which is a suite of tools designed by Google to empower educators and students and promote innovative learning. Training sessions will focus on teaching in a Google-infused classroom, as well as instructional best practices for online and hybrid learning. After completion, participants will receive Google for Education Fundamentals Training certification.

"We are so honored to provide this support to our students and teachers, which is heavily needed after the last several months," said Lisa Hale, assistant professor of education at UE. "The training this grant provides will not only enhance the technology-based remote learning, but also improve in-person methodology once schools return to full-time classroom instruction."

Hale commented that the grant will enhance the learning experience for students in the School of Education. Additionally, the Google for Education certification will further prepare students for the classroom and provide a competitive edge when entering the workforce.

The grant-writing team was composed of several staff and faculty at the University of Evansville, including Sylvia DeVault, Sharon Gieselmann, Lisa Hale, Alison Jones, Mary Kessler, Shari Millikan, and Leanne Nayden. UE also worked with alumni Rick Roll and Joe Lannon for a united team effort.

Across the state, over $61 million in GEER funding was distributed to educational agencies and institutions. The needs-based, competitive grant program was a collaborative effort among the Indiana Department of Education, the Commission for Higher Education, the Indiana State Board of Education, and the Governor's office. Through their efforts, the grant was created to support the unique challenges associated with distance and remote learning, including device access, internet connectivity, and educator training/development.

School of Education Receives $735,000 Grant

UE Professor Named President-Elect of Phi Kappa Phi

Lora Becker, PhD, was recently elected to serve as president-elect for Phi Kappa Phi (PKP), a collegiate honor society that recognizes scholarship among all academic disciplines. Becker is a professor of psychology and director of the neuroscience program at the University of Evansville. 

In her role, Becker will serve on Phi Kappa Phi’s 12-person board of directors. While her term lasts through 2022, her election is a six-year commitment including the successive terms as president and past-president. Voting for the title took place electronically at the beginning of the month, as the in-person convention was cancelled due to COVID-19. 

Although meetings and activities will look different during the pandemic, Becker is looking forward to working with other PKP leaders and scholars. “Serving in this society has given me a deep understanding of how Phi Kappa Phi promotes academic excellence and provides service to others,” said Becker. “Because of the diversity of fields represented within the organization, Phi Kappa Phi is well positioned to help find solutions to questions we face during these uncertain and challenging times in higher education.” 

Becker has been an active member of PKP not only within the University but also at the national level. After gaining membership in 2014, she became the president of the UE chapter just one year later. Becker has also served as chair of the biennial convention credentials committee (2016) and chair of the national bylaws committee (2016-18).  

Under Becker’s leadership, the local chapter at UE has provided several opportunities for students. One such opportunity includes the Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship, in which nominees across the nation are awarded scholarship at the post-graduate level. This year, graduate Émile Moura Coelho da Silva was selected as a fellow. 

“Moving forward, we need to determine how we can encourage members to show their love of learning through service to others with a goal of engaging their communities and removing barriers to education,” said Becker. She believes these initiatives will improve the narrative surrounding the value of education, support current discussions on social justice, and facilitate future conversations about higher education. 

Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society, with chapters at over 300 colleges and universities in the United States and the Philippines. Inducting approximately 30,000 new members each year, membership is awarded to college juniors, seniors, and graduate students. More information about Phi Kappa Phi is available on their website

UE Physician Assistant Graduates Achieve 100 Percent Pass Rate on Licensure Exam

The Class of 2020 graduates of the Master of Physician Assistant Science (MPAS) Program at the University of Evansville have achieved a first-time pass rate of 100 percent on the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE). This is the second consecutive year MPAS graduates have achieved this level of excellence.

“We are very proud of the hard work and commitment our students have exhibited, including this great achievement,” said Dr. Mike Roscoe, program chair and director. “Our graduates will make excellent medical providers and continue to represent UE and this program admirably.”

Established in 2016, the Physician Assistant Program at UE is a seven-semester graduate program. Students receive a blend of classroom lecture and hands-on learning from faculty members who provide a wealth of knowledge as medical professionals and educators. During the final 3 semesters, students complete 12 months of supervised clinical experiences in a variety of medical specialties. The program is nationally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA).

Classes for the Physician Assistant Program are held at the Stone Family Center for Health Sciences, located in downtown Evansville. This state-of-the-art facility is equipped with modern technology and offers the unique opportunities for interprofessional and real-world experiences while preparing for a medical career. The Stone Family Center, which was opened in 2018 thanks to a generous gift from Bill and Mary Stone, serves as a collaborative effort for health science education alongside University of Southern Indiana and Indiana University.

In 2019, the program’s first graduating class of 20 students achieved a 100 percent first-time PANCE pass rate. With the second cohort also achieving the same pass rate, UE is confident that current and incoming students will continue the trend. “Learning about the pass rates of our graduates was very exciting, because it is difficult to achieve such a rating,” said Roscoe. “To do this with new faculty and curriculum in the initial years of the program is even more impressive.” The national first-time PANCE pass rate is 93 percent.

The application period for the fifth cohort of students is open until August 1. Virtual interviews will be conducted in September to fill the 40 seats, and in-person classes are slated to begin January 2021. Roscoe reports that the application process has become more competitive as the program has seen exponential growth in applications since 2016. Interested individuals may apply for the program through graduate admission, or they may pursue the Baccalaureate to Physician Assistant pathway, in which students earn both their bachelor’s and master’s degrees through UE.

Physician assistants, or PAs, are nationally certified and state-licensed health care professionals who provide direct patient care across a broad range of medical services. PAs work in a wide variety of health care settings and specialties. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment of PAs is projected to grow 31 percent from 2018 to 2028, which is much faster than the average for all occupations. In 2019, the profession provided a median salary of $112,260. To learn more about the Physician Assistant Program at UE, visit evansville.edu.

UE Physician Assistant Graduates Achieve 100 Percent Pass Rate on Licensure Exam

University of Evansville Ranked Among the Top 100 Best Colleges for Veterans

The University of Evansville has been ranked among the top 100 best colleges for veterans by College Consensus. The complete list of schools was published to the organization's website in April.

To establish the order of ranking, College Consensus used a method that combined ratings from internationally recognized publishers (publisher rating) as well as student reviews (student review rating). Both ratings were averaged to form a complete list of 100 public and private college institutions across the nation. To qualify for the report, a college had to be a Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges member, have a recognized student veteran organization, be a Yellow Ribbon Program participant, employ dedicated support contact for veterans, and offer credit for military training.

"Our student veterans are a valuable asset to our campus culture," said Dr. Tracey Y. Folden, assistant vice president for academic affairs. "Their unique work as prior Servicemembers enriches the academic experience for all UE students."

UE offers a variety of services to support incoming and current students, including academic advising, tutoring, and career development. The student club, UE VETS (Veterans Education Transition Support), serves students, families, and active service members across the globe as they transition to college life, coordinating events and activities to provide additional support. For more information about services for veterans, visit evansville.edu/veteransaffairs.

"UE has been invaluable with the resources it provides for students with military backgrounds," said Jordan Wright, a disabled veteran and Class of 2023 student majoring in finance. "The University really makes every effort to set us up for success."

In 2019, UE was recognized by U.S. News & World Report as the fifth best college for veterans in the Midwest. The University has also been previously recognized by U.S. Veterans Magazine and Military Times as a top college for veterans.

College Consensus is an online organization that highlights the best college programs and degrees offered in traditional and online formats. Studies recognize both public and private institutions at the undergraduate and graduate levels. You can read the complete report about the best colleges for veterans on their website.

University of Evansville Ranked Among the Top 100 Best Colleges for Veterans

University of Evansville Ranked Among the Top 50 Best Affordable Colleges for Music Therapy

The University of Evansville has been ranked among the top 50 best affordable colleges for music therapy degree programs. The ranking comes from Affordable Schools and was published on the organization's website in January.

The compilation and ranking of schools was created by using the National Center for Education Statistics' College Navigator database. Affordable Schools considered programs based on tuition costs, student-to-faculty ratio, and educational outcomes. Points were assigned for each of the categories to build the final list of 50 schools from across the nation.

"This recognition for our music therapy program demonstrates the University's commitment to both academic excellence and affordability," said Kenneth Steinsultz, co-chair of the Department of Music at UE. "This program provides great value to students, as they can experience small class sizes, hands-on learning, and a high-quality education, all while maintaining affordability."

The Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy degree at the University of Evansville trains students to use music therapy methodology and interventions to address an individual's physical, emotional, spiritual, and cognitive needs. This profession is a growing field in the healthcare industry that has been proven to help patients regain speech, improve motor function, develop communication capabilities, and more.

Students in UE's music therapy program will prepare for a career through behavioral and music courses, as well as music therapy-specific classes that include Psychology of Music and Introduction to Improvisational Methods. Before graduating, students will complete a six-month internship to apply classroom knowledge to real-life scenarios. A music therapy and music education double major is also available, and this route is for students interested in combining their skills and talents to be a therapist and teacher. Visit evansville.edu/majors/music to learn more.

"Becoming a music therapist is a transformative experience for students," said Demian Kogutek, director of music therapy at UE. "Music therapy majors not only learn about the music therapy process, but also about the clients with whom we work and the overall importance of music in the community."

Affordable Schools is an online resource guide that highlights the best, high quality, affordable online and traditional colleges and degree programs. As a leading higher education resource, Affordable Schools provides profiles of a large number of public and private institutions with solid academic reputations. You can read the full article about music therapy programs online.

Holly Carter Appointed Interim Principal for Harlaxton College

Beginning June 1, Dr. Holly Carter, director of study abroad and Harlaxton College Programs at the University of Evansville, has been appointed interim principal for Harlaxton College, UE's study abroad center in Grantham, England.

Beginning June 1, Dr. Holly Carter, director of study abroad and Harlaxton College Programs at the University of Evansville, has been appointed interim principal for Harlaxton College, UE's study abroad center in Grantham, England.

Carter has been with the University since 2015 as director of the Office of Study Abroad and Harlaxton College Programs. During this time, Carter has expanded partnerships around the world and has significantly grown the Harlaxton custom program enterprise.

Carter serves as an Ashoka Change Leader for UE and will also bring those skills to the UK, including an incredible passion for the values of the University. She was recognized for this commitment with a Changee Award as well as Student Organization Advisor of the Year and Club of the Year for her efforts with UE's Barn Blitz Program. Her work in these areas led to UE winning the prestigious Senator Paul Simon Spotlight Award for Campus Internationalization from NAFSA: the Society of International Educators.

Carter brings over 20 years of experience in academia to the role. She holds a PhD in sociology focusing on the National Health Service (NHS), providing healthcare for all UK citizens, as well as a Master of Public Health focusing on global community health. She also earned a Master of Philosophy in sociology from the University of Glasgow where she completed her doctoral research into service inequalities in the NHS system. Carter's broad education also includes bachelor's and master's degrees in social work and a bachelor's degree in French language and literature. Carter recently completed an executive program in leadership at the Owen School at Vanderbilt University.

Carter has deep expertise in education abroad. She has managed multiple overseas study sites, including the Paris program for the University System of Georgia, a medical site in Cusco, Peru, and a campus site in Angers, France. Carter serves on multiple national education abroad committees is currently the dean of NAFSA's Risk Assessment and Crisis Management Continuing Education Program, the chair elect of NAFSA's Teaching, Learning and Scholarship Knowledge Community, and author in NAFSA's Guide to Education Abroad.

Carter's past roles in academic administration include assistant vice president for international affairs at Georgia Regents University and assistant provost at Queens University of Charlotte. She is also a dedicated volunteer for Habitat for Humanity International both locally and globally, having led 35 teams around the world to build houses. She serves as a board member for Habitat for Humanity of Evansville.

Carter is excited about this opportunity to lead Harlaxton through key times and notes:

"Harlaxton and UE have a 50-year relationship that we will celebrate in 2021. It's an exciting time to see what the next 50 years will hold for us. With the Changemaking opportunities that are now upon us locally and globally, I look forward to the Manor becoming a hub for good in the world."

UE President Christopher M. Pietruszkiewicz noted, "With nearly half of UE students studying abroad at Harlaxton during their time at UE, it is a crown jewel of the University, and we have never been more invested in, or dedicated to its future. We are thrilled to have Dr. Carter step into this role during a time of transition for Harlaxton College. Her leadership will inspire innovation and position Harlaxton for success in the changing landscape of study abroad."

Dr. Carter's appointment comes as Dr. Gerald Seaman ends his tenure as principal.

"Throughout Dr. Seaman's six years as principal, he and his wife Patti welcomed hundreds of students to Harlaxton, ushering them through the life-changing experience at the Manor," said President Pietruszkiewicz. "We wish the Seaman family the very best and extend our sincere gratitude to Dr. Seaman for his dedication to Harlaxton College."

University of Evansville Ranked Among the Top 20 Most Affordable Bachelor's in Data Science

The University of Evansville has been ranked among the top 20 most affordable bachelor's in data science for 2020 by Data Science Degree Programs Guide. The ranking was published on the organization's website in January.

This ranking was created using the National Center for Education Statistics' College Navigator database. The top 20 most affordable bachelor's in data science programs were selected based on the program's net price.

“The University of Evansville is deeply committed to both academic excellence and affordability,” said Dave Dwyer, chair of the Department of Mathematics at UE. “I’m proud of the extraordinary work of our faculty, students, and alumni in building an elite program in statistics and data science while maintaining affordability. Our inclusion in this ranking is a testament to their efforts.” 

The bachelor's in statistics and data science from the University of Evansville combines cutting-edge data science techniques with statistics. Students get a top-notch liberal arts education that prepares them to frame questions, work as part of a team, make decisions, and communicate results.

Emphasis is placed on analyzing real-world data using statistical methods with software like R, Python, and SQL. Courses include Machine Learning, Techniques for Large Data Sets, and Statistical Modeling, as well as a data consultancy.

“Our students have an opportunity to work as data consultants for local businesses and organizations that give them on-the-job experience you can’t get anywhere else,” said Darrin Weber, assistant professor and director of the Statistics and Data Science program. “This gives them the type of experience employers are looking for from experienced professionals, and our students have it before they graduate.”

Most students complete their data science degree along with minor or even a second major in four years. Visit the program’s web page to learn more.

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University of Evansville Issues a Statement Addressing Current Events

Our UE community and our nation mourns the recent tragic deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor. I am deeply saddened by the increase in acts of violence and hate rather than understanding and compassion. Many African Americans in our community are experiencing a sense of deep personal loss as a result of these events, and we want you to know that we stand with you during this difficult time. At the University of Evansville, we must prepare our students for an increasingly complex world, and that is not an easy task. It is imperative that we learn from experiences, history, cultures, values, beliefs, and views different from our own and that we strive to become more empathic and more compassionate every day. At UE, we respect and value differences of all kinds, and we depend on the contributions of a diverse community as we face the challenges around us. We recognize that inclusion leads to personal growth and collective clarity. Our commitment to foster a diverse range of cultures and perspectives reflects the characteristics required to thrive in an increasingly diverse global society. Accordingly, we deplore any actions that silence or threaten members of our campus and the local community. We strongly condemn prejudice and discrimination expressed in racial violence wherever it occurs.  

Now, perhaps more than ever before, we must endeavor to fulfill our University’s mission:  

“To empower each student to think critically, act bravely, serve responsibly, and live meaningfully in a changing world.” 

These eighteen simple words carry extraordinary meaning during this difficult time. In a world that has seen far too much inequality, injustice, and racism, now is the time to bravely enact changes necessary to bring about a future where equity and inclusion are the norm and where hatred and violence are not tolerated. 

Christopher M. Pietruskiewicz 
President 
University of Evansville 

University of Evansville Announces Competition Winners

The University of Evansville today announced the winners of the 2020 Tri-State Truth, Meaning, and Value Essay Competition. Sponsored by the University’s Department of Philosophy and Religion, the annual competition asks area high school students to address fundamental human questions of immediate and pressing concern. This year, students were asked to consider the question, “What lessons should humanity learn from the 2020 coronavirus pandemic?” Essays were evaluated by a panel of faculty authors selected from the department and judged based on academic merit, creativity, and the expression of practical wisdom.

This year’s first place winner was Skylar Young (10th Grade – South Spencer High School) for an essay on understanding and appreciating the value of meaningful human interaction both in crisis situations and in the general course of life.

The second place winner was Aidan Kunst (12th Grade – Evansville Day School), who wrote on the value of kindness and the importance of understanding our true relationship with “mother nature.”

Third place went to Natalie Page (10th Grade – North High School) for her essay on the value of collaboration and being prepared for the kinds of contingencies that come with something like a coronavirus pandemic.

Two honorable mentions were awarded to Ally Barnett (10th Grade – Reitz High School), who wrote on the need for equity in education, and Jalyn Smith (10th Grade – Edwards County High School), who noted that though normal may be defined differently by different groups, it may nonetheless be interrupted at any time across all groups.

Cash prizes were awarded to the top three essays along with the offer of a UE scholarship. The offer of a scholarship was also extended to those who received honorable mentions. The University congratulates these fine young students and expresses its gratitude to all the contestants for putting their minds to issues that affect us all.

The Annual Tri-State Truth, Meaning, and Value Essay Competition was conceived to promote local attention to matters requiring critical thinking in times of change and uncertainty and to engage in community outreach as part of the educational mission of the University of Evansville.

University of Evansville to Welcome Students to Campus for its Fall Term

The University of Evansville announced that it intends to return to campus for in-person instruction for the Fall 2020 term no later than August 26.

“Based on feedback from our faculty, staff, and students, we are committed to in-person classes this fall,” said UE President Christopher M. Pietruszkiewicz. “Reopening campus is a monumental task, but we have been working for months on plans to reopen safely. Throughout this pandemic, our guiding principles have included supporting the safety and well-being of our entire campus community, continuing to provide a transformative educational experience, and considering the public health implications of our actions.” 

Based on these principles, the University has been proactive and intentional in its response to the Coronavirus pandemic. A Coronavirus Healthcare Taskforce, consisting of faculty, staff, administrators, and public health experts, has developed robust plans and made recommendations relating to all aspects of the University’s response, culminating in a phased approach to reopening campus and preparing for the fall semester.

Following the guidelines of Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb and in consultation with public health experts and the University’s Coronavirus Healthcare Taskforce, the University has planned a gradual reopening of offices, labs, and other campus spaces. These plans include preparations for in-person campus visits as well as procedures and protocols for students’ return to campus for the fall semester.

Instruction in the fall will be designed for in-person experiences and will include some hybrid and online classes to maintain recommended social distancing and ensure public health protocols are met while providing a high-quality learning experience for students. Other preparations include adjustments in classroom spaces, residence halls, dining facilities, and healthcare protocols regarding testing, masks, temperature checks, and other safety measures.

“We will continue to monitor the health of our community closely and provide updates frequently,” said President Pietruszkiewicz. “We look forward to welcoming our returning students back to campus and extending a warm welcome – at a safe social distance – to the new members of our UE family.”

Stevenson published Oxford University Press edited book

Associate Professor of Psychology, Margaret Stevenson, and her colleagues, Bette Bottoms and Kelly Burke, published an Oxford University Press edited volume available for pre-order and in print July 1, 2020: "The Legacy of Racism for Children: Psychology, Law, and Public Policy."

This volume examines issues that arise when minority children's lives are directly or indirectly influenced by law and public policy. Uniquely comprehensive in scope, this trailblazing volume offers cutting-edge chapters on the intersections of race/ethnicity within the context of child maltreatment, child dependency court, custody and adoption, familial incarceration, school discipline and the "school-to-prison pipeline," juvenile justice, police/youth interactions, and jurors' perceptions of child and adolescent victims and defendants. The book also includes chapters focused on troubling situations that are less commonly researched, but growing in importance, including the role of race and racism in child sex trafficking and US immigration law and policy. Thus, individual chapters explore myriad ways in which law and policy shape the lives of marginalized children and adolescents - racial and ethnic minorities - who historically and presently are at heightened risk for experiencing disadvantageous consequences of law and policy. In so doing, The Legacy of Racism for Children can help social scientists to understand and work to prevent the perpetuation of racial discrimination in American laws and public policies.

Stevenson published Oxford University Press edited book

UE Theatre Welcomes Two New Faculty Members

The University of Evansville Theatre is thrilled to announce the appointment of two new faculty members, Mitchell Critel and Stacey Yen.

MITCHELL L. CRITEL has accepted the appointment of Assistant Professor of Theatre/Technical Director and Production Manager. Since 2014, Mitchell has been an Assistant Professor of Practice at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, where he was named this year's Hixson–Lied Junior Faculty Teaching Award-winner. Prior to joining the faculty at the Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film, Mitchell served as the Technical Director at the Barter Theatre in Abingdon, Virginia, from 2010–2014, and as the Assistant Technical Director at the University of Evansville from 2008–2010. He received his MFA from the University of Missouri–Kansas City and a BFA in Technical Theatre Production from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Mitchell’s current research includes the "Integration of Computer Numeric Controlled Routers into Theatre Curriculum," as well as "Adapting Professional Theatre Technical Management Strategies into the College Setting." He is a frequent presenter at the United States Institute of Theatre Technology’s annual conference and is a member of USITT's Technical Production Commission.

STACEY YEN has accepted the appointment of Visiting Assistant Professor of Acting/Guest Artist for the 2020–21 academic year. Stacey received her MFA in Acting from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts and a BA in American History from Brown University. She has previously been a guest artist at Princeton, Fordham, and New York University, and has extensive performance experience both in theatre and television. Her acting credits include roles at several prestigious theatres including: The Public Theatre, Playwrights Horizons, American Conservatory Theatre, The Goodman, Berkley Rep, Arena Stage, and Williamstown Theatre Festival. Her television guest star appearances include: THE BLACKLIST, THE GOOD WIFE, INSTINCT, ELEMENTARY, MADAM SECRETARY, and TREME. She is a member of the Actors Equity Association and the Screen Actors Guild.

UE Business School Listed as one of 10 Undergraduate Schools to Watch in 2020

The Schroeder Family School of Business Administration at the University of Evansville was included in Poets&Quants’s annual list of the top 10 undergraduate schools to watch. The Schroeder School joins other schools of business such as the Wharton School, Ross School, and Stern School in this prestigious list of programs that are “setting the standard for what students can expect and schools can achieve.”

The Schroeder School’s 100 percent job placement rate was a major factor in achieving this recognition. According to P&Q, the school’s impressive success beat out all “97 undergraduate business programs ranked by Poets&Quants.”

The article notes that Schroeder graduates get jobs, and “These aren’t just any jobs either. … Schroeder ranked #1 for their business degree helping them land their ‘dream career’ – topping highly-decorated programs like the Wharton School and Indiana University’s Kelley School. In the same survey, Schroeder alumni placed their alma mater among the ten-best business programs for alumni help in job hunting.”

Ben Johnson, Schroeder School’s interim dean, touts the school’s Office for Career Success for helping ensure students’ success. Students gain high level job experiences and a build a professional network that sees most students graduating with a job offer already in hand.

The Schroeder Family School of Business Administration currently educates 250 students in seven programs of study, including accounting, finance, global business, logistics and supply chain management, marketing, management, and economics. The AACSB-accredited business school is ranked #4 among small, private schools by U.S. News & World Report with the Finance and Accounting programs ranked #2 and #3, respectively.

Read the Schroeder School’s full profile at Poets&Quants, and learn more about the University of Evansville on our website.

Professor Kretz Invited to International Workshop on Climate Change

Professor Kretz was invited to attend an international workshop focused on creating "An Existential Toolkit for Climate Educators" at the Rachel Carson Center in Germany this summer.

AACSB International Recognizes Schroeder School of Business for Microlending Program

Today, AACSB International (AACSB)—the world’s largest business education network—recognized the University of Evansville’s Schroeder School of Business among 25 business schools as highlights of its Innovations That Inspire member challenge. An annual initiative, the challenge recognizes institutions from around the world that serve as champions of change in the business education landscape. This year’s theme, “Catalysts for Innovation,” emphasizes business education’s efforts to elevate entrepreneurial thinking and new business creation.

The Schroeder School is recognized for its Access to Capital and Expertise for Emerging Entrepreneurs (ACE3) program, which is sponsored, funded, and co-managed by Old National Bank. Students in the program manage a $100,000 portfolio, which offers microloans to women and minority owned businesses. Students interface with clients, review business plans, and serve as underwriters for loans.

“The demand for innovation that engages experts across disciplines and addresses the needs of both local and global communities has never been more apparent than in these unprecedented times,” said Thomas R. Robinson, president and CEO of AACSB. "We are honored to feature the Schroeder School for its valuable role in elevating entrepreneurship through research, teaching, and community engagement.”

Now in its fifth year, the Innovations That Inspire challenge has highlighted more than 120 business school efforts that exemplify forward-looking approaches to education, research, community engagement or outreach, and leadership. To date, members of AACSB’s Business Education Alliance have shared nearly 1,000 innovations, creating a robust repository in AACSB’s DataDirect system to inform and inspire fellow members and the industry.

For an overview of all featured innovations, visit aacsb.edu/innovations-that-inspire.

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About Schroeder School of Business

The Schroeder School of Business currently educates 250 students in seven programs of study, including accounting, finance, global business, logistics and supply chain management, marketing, management, and economics. The AACSB-accredited business school is ranked #4 among small, private schools by U.S. News & World Report with the Finance and Accounting programs ranked #2 and #3, respectively. The Class of 2019 achieved 100% placement in graduate school or full-time employment by September 30, 2019 and earned an average starting salary of $49,720.  To learn more about the Schroeder Family School of Business Administration at UE, visit www.evansville.edu/majors/business.

UE Launches Tri-State Truth, Meaning, and Value Essay Competition

The University of Evansville Department of Philosophy and Religion has launched the inaugural Tri-State Truth, Meaning, and Value Essay Competition in an effort to encourage regional high school students to think about the challenges facing humanity today and in the future.

“We want to encourage young adults to think clearly and to think big,” said Tony Beavers, UE professor of philosophy. “That’s why at UE, we help students to develop their intellectual competence and confidence and find the courage to face the future unafraid.”

The department plans to sponsor the essay competition annually, establishing a new concept each year for students to develop their essays around. This year, the department is asking students to answer the question, “What lessons should humanity learn from the 2020 coronavirus pandemic?”

Each essay will be judged by a panel of UE faculty members. Top three winners will be awarded a cash prize of up to $500, and two honorable mentions will also be awarded.

Essays should be around 1500 words in length, and they will be judged based on academic merit, creativity, and expression of practical wisdom. Proper use of grammar and form will also be considered.

Koth, Ladd, and Wagner Earn MVC Men's Golf Scholar-Athlete Honors

University of Evansville golfers Dallas Koth, Matthew Ladd and Spencer Wagner earned spots on the 2020 Missouri Valley Conference Men's Golf Scholar-Athlete First Team.  The Purple Aces had three of the ten student-athletes named to the first team.

"I am so proud of those three for receiving the honor," UE head golf coach Jim Hamilton said.  "Having three of the ten players on the First Team is something that is a first for our program.  It is a credit to those guys and our entire team for their hard work in the classroom and on the course."

Matthew Ladd finished up his senior season with the Purple Aces and will leave with a career stroke average of 75.88, ninth in school history.  His senior season saw him shoot the lowest round of the year (66) while recording a 73.18 average.  Ladd is a Criminal Justice major with a 3.54 GPA.

The sophomore, Koth is a Sports Communications major with a 3.65 GPA, while junior Wagner is majoring in Management with a 3.50 GPA.

Koth, posted results in all seven events this year for the Purple Aces, earning a 73.13 stroke average in the fall with a season low 69 round at the EKU Raising Canes Invitational. Koth highlighted the spring with a second-place finish at the ASU Spring Kickoff at 5-under par 211, while posting a 72.2 stroke averaged in the two spring meets.

Wagner, also competed in all seven tournaments for the Purple Aces, posting an 73.87 stroke average in the fall, including a fall season low of 68 in the final round of the APSU Intercollegiate. Posted a 74.8 average in the two meets during the spring, including a seventh-place finish at 8-over par at the Benbow Invitational.

University of Evansville Libraries wins “Arch Madness 2020”

The University of Evansville Libraries silk tapestry has won Arch Madness 2020, an artifact competition hosted by the David L. Rice Library at the University of Southern Indiana.

The silk tapestry, a part of the University’s archival collection, defeated USI’s University Archives and Special Collections "Marijuana and the Bible" booklet by a vote of 231 to 156, in the championship round. The silk tapestry automatically receives a bid to defend our title during next year’s Arch Madness competition.

Other participants in the competition included:

  • USI’s University Archives and Special Collections
  • Evansville Museum of Arts, History and Science
  • John James Audubon Museum
  • John M. Lawrence ’73 Library
  • Newburgh Museum
  • USI’s Archaeology Lab
  • New Harmony’s Working Men’s Institute

About the silk tapestry:
The origins of this tapestry trace back to the missionary trips of the City United Methodist Church in Gary, Indiana. The image on the tapestry is known as Azure Dragon, which is one of the mythical creatures in Asian cultures. This item is believed to be a flag from the Chinese Qing dynasty, 1890-1912.

More information about the competition can be found at amusingartifacts.org.

University of Evansville Libraries wins “Arch Madness 2020”

UE Education Students Recognized by IACTE

Each year the Indiana Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (IACTE) recognizes outstanding future teachers from universities across the state.

This year, recipients from the University of Evansville are Louis Kersh, special education major from Indianapolis, IN, Brett Weinzapfel, biology education major from Mt. Vernon, IN, and Megan Hawkins, elementary education major from Shoals, IN. These individuals were selected by the School of Education faculty for their accomplishments throughout their education programs and for their exceptional promise as future classroom teachers.

Photo: Megan Hawkins, Louis Kersh, Brett Weinzapfel

UE Education Students Recognized by IACTE

Kimberling and Moses Publish Research Paper

Professor of Mathematics Clark Kimberling and British engineer Peter Moses have a research article on "Self-inverse Gemini triangles" in the April issue of the International Journal of Geometry. The article investigates special properties of a large family of triangles known as Gemini triangles.

Using methods of linear algebra applied to barycentric coordinates, the conclusions involve several conic curves and cubic curves that are new to the literature. Several recently discovered special points in the plane of a triangle are introduced, having first appeared during 2019 in the UE-based Encyclopedia of Triangle Centers (https://faculty.evansville.edu/ck6/encyclopedia/ETC.html).

A pdf of the paper can be accessed from https://ijgeometry.com/product/clark-kimberling-and-peter-moses-self-inverse-gemini-triangles/.

Richard Maass Publishes Book

UE associate professor of political science Richard Maass, PhD, has written a book titled The Picky Eagle that is being published by Cornell University Press.

In The Picky Eagle, Maass explains why the United States expanded westward to the Pacific but not north into Canada, south into Mexico, or overseas more than it did, focusing on the roles of democracy and xenophobia in limiting U.S. leaders' ambitions. It contains 23 historical case studies of U.S. foreign policy decision-making between 1775 and 1898.

Maass joined the UE Department of Law, Politics, and Society in 2014 after earning his PhD at Notre Dame and teaching as a visiting professor at Cornell. He studies international relations and political theory and is one of the University of Evansville’s 2016-17 Global Scholars. He has published research on annexation, US foreign policy, terrorism, and Cicero’s political thought. The Picky Eagle is Maass’s first book.

The book will be released on May 15 and can be preordered online from all major booksellers. Use code 09FLYER to save 30% when ordering directly from Cornell University Press or by calling 800-848-6224.

More information about The Picky Eagle can be found on the Cornell University Press website.

Richard Maass Publishes Book

Nicholas Harmon Publishes in IEEE Journal

Dr. Harmon's article "Modeling of Near Zero-Field Magnetoresistance and Electrically Detected Magnetic Resonance in Irradiated Si/SiO2 MOSFETs" appeared in the recent edition of the IEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science.
 

This research, in collaboration with the University of Iowa and Pennsylvania State University, introduces a model of a new magnetoresistance phenomena that arises due to electrons in semiconductors recombining through defects. The magnetoresistance originates from the spin-dependence (essentially the Pauli exclusion principle) of recombination (and is a variation of the Shockley Read Hall mechanism). This article has applications for electronic devices aboard spacecraft as the defects examined are produced by radiation similar to which is seen in space.

The abstract can be found at https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/abstract/document/9039723.

UE Appoints Beverly Brockman as New Schroeder Family Dean of Business

Beverly Brockman, PhD, has been appointed Schroeder Family Dean of the Schroeder Family School of Business Administration (Schroeder School) at the University of Evansville. 

The appointment comes at the end of a nationwide search conducted by WittKieffer, an internationally prominent search firm, and a committee chaired by Martha Stilwell, Interim Associate Dean of the Schroeder School. The search committee included faculty, administrator, student, and trustee representatives.

“We are very happy to welcome Dr. Beverly Brockman as our next Schroeder Family Dean,” said Stilwell. “Dr. Brockman has an impressive academic record in both teaching and research, as well as administrative experience at an AACSB-accredited school. In addition, she has the visionary and leadership capabilities necessary to continue moving the Schroeder School forward in fulfilling our mission of preparing globally aware business professionals. We believe her passion for experiential learning and interdisciplinary collaboration are a great fit for UE, and we look forward to working with Dr. Brockman to continue providing a top-ranked business education at a small, private university.”

Brockman comes to UE with more than 20 years of experience in higher education. Most recently, she has served at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC) as the George Lester Nation Centennial Professor of Entrepreneurship. In addition, for the past nine years, she has served as Department Head for the Marketing & Entrepreneurship Department in the Rollins College of Business at UTC.

Brockman earned her PhD in marketing from the University of Alabama and her master’s and bachelor’s degrees from the University of Kentucky.

Coming to UE, Brockman brings with her experience in innovation and entrepreneurship, including establishing Solution Scholars, a self-sustaining interdisciplinary business research student consulting venture. While at UTC, she also oversaw the establishment of UTC Research Services and worked with a team to establish the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, helping to develop the center into a stand-alone, self-sustaining unit.

Throughout her years of experience, Brockman has been nominated or received many awards, including the Carolyn Thompson and Roger Brown UTC Community Engagement Award, Deans Merit Award, Max Finley Merit Award, and Faculty Development Grant.

“I am very excited about my upcoming move to UE! It presents a tremendous opportunity for personal growth, as well as a chance to contribute to higher education in a different way than I have in the past,” said Brockman. “There are some wonderful opportunities to build on the strong programs already in place in the Schroeder Family School of Business. For example, I think there are opportunities for distinct program development in entrepreneurship, connecting with UE’s Center for Innovation and Change, and leveraging its ‘Ashoka Changemaker Campus’ designation.”

The Schroeder Family School of Business Administration currently educates 250 students in seven programs of study, including accounting, finance, global business, logistics and supply chain management, marketing, management, and economics. The AACSB-accredited business school is ranked #4 among small, private schools by U.S. News & World Report with the Finance and Accounting programs ranked #2 and #3, respectively. The Class of 2019 achieved 100% placement in graduate school or full-time employment by September 30, 2019, and earned an average starting salary of $49,720.

To learn more about the Schroeder Family School of Business Administration at UE, visit www.evansville.edu/majors/business.

UE Appoints Beverly Brockman as New Schroeder Family Dean of Business

John David Lutz Endowed Professor Chuck Meacham Named Chair of Theatre and Performance Studies at Kennesaw State University

The University of Evansville Theatre sends congratulations to Professor Chuck Meacham on his being named as the new Chair of Theatre and Performance Studies at Kennesaw State University, in Marietta, Georgia.

Chuck joined the UE faculty in 1998 as the Technical Director, and, over the past 22 years, he has taught a wide array of classes in scenic production techniques (carpentry, welding, rigging, drafting), production and stage management, senior seminar, portfolios, and sound. In 2010, he helped established the degree in Stage Management at the University of Evansville, a program which he heads and also serves as the Production Manager for the Department of Theatre. In 2018, Chuck was invested as the John David Lutz Endowed Professor of Theatre.

Mr. Meacham has been highly active with the United States Institute for Theatre Technology, serving on the leadership team of the Technical Production Commission since 2012. In the summer of 2019, he finished a three-year term as the USITT Commissioner for Technical Production. In addition, he has also been heavily involved on a local, national, and international level with Habitat for Humanity.

UE Department Chair Eric Renschler said, “Chuck has been a valued friend and colleague from the moment I stepped onto campus. His kind manner and generous spirit made him a constant joy to work with. Our great loss is Kennesaw’s indescribable gain. I look forward to watching the great things they do together in the years to come.”

The University of Evansville faculty, students, and alumni have enjoyed the privilege of having Chuck and his wife Karen, as well as their children (Kate, Conor, and Colleen), as part of the UE Theatre family for the past 22 years, and we wish him the greatest success in this exciting new chapter of his career.

Guatemala Project Advances to Final Round

A University of Evansville student-produced documentary, The Guatemala Project: A Habitat for Humanity Mission, was selected for Manchester Lift-Off Film Festival, an international online film festival. After an initial round of audience voting, the film advanced to the final round at #4.

The documentary was made by Brea Mullen and Amanda Ackerman, junior multimedia communication majors at the University of Evansville. The film was previously awarded a Student Emmy by the Ohio Valley Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

“This project has been such a blessing from the very beginning,” said Mullen. “From its planning phases to now, it has been such a wonderful journey of growth both personally and in terms of beginning a career in filmmaking.”

Each year, students travel the globe with UE’s Habitat for Humanity chapter. In May 2018, Mullen and Ackerman traveled to Guatemala with the group to document the experience and came out with a moving testimonial of life-changing aid that UE Changemakers are providing all over the world.

“This was a life-changing trip for me because I got to experience a new culture and people I had never met before,” Ackerman said. “I stand firmly behind Habitat for Humanity’s mission of changing the world in a positive way, which is something I would like to continue to be a part of for trips to come.”

“In times like these when everyone is so isolated, we can lean on film as a universal connector,” Mullen added. “Habitat for Humanity's mission is all about creating positive change and helping it expand and flourish throughout the world. This project is infused with hope, gratitude, and growth, and our hope is that everyone who has been so generous enough to watch the film is filled with these positive emotions when the end credits roll."

The Guatemala Project has advanced to a final round of judging along with nine other films. Network members and Lift-Off's Official Judges will score the films based on multiple aspects. The film with the highest overall score wins and will be selected to form part of one of the live screenings at an upcoming Lift-Off Film Festival.

The Guatemala Project: A Habitat for Humanity Mission can be viewed on YouTube.

Guatemala Project Advances to Final Round

University of Evansville Department of Music Presents Concerts Online

The University of Evansville’s Department of Music will be presenting recorded concerts online for community members to enjoy free of charge.

During the semester, UE’s Department of Music hosts more than 90 concerts on campus and around the community. These concerts feature students, faculty, alumni, guests, and friends of the University. Under the current shelter-in-place guidelines and during the month of April, the department will release a UE concert recorded during a recent academic year.

“The power of music can help us cope with difficult times and bring us some peace,” said Dennis Malfatti, professor of music, director of choral activities, and department co-chair. “Although UE cannot host concerts for the time being, the Department of Music is pleased to share with the UE community recordings of recent concerts.”

Listen online to the first in this series: A University Choir concert from October 30, 2018.

Check the department’s Facebook page or visit the concert series web page each week for a new concert.

Guatemala Project Selected for Festival

A University of Evansville student-produced documentary, The Guatemala Project: A Habitat for Humanity Mission, was selected for Manchester Lift-Off Film Festival, an international online film festival, which is open for an audience choice vote. Voting ends Sunday, April 5.

The documentary was made in 2018 by Brea Mullen and Amanda Ackerman, junior communication majors at the University of Evansville. The film was awarded a Student Emmy.

The top 10 films resulting from the initial round of voting will be promoted to a final round, during which network members and Lift-Off's Official Judges will score the films based on multiple aspects. The film with the highest overall score wins and will be selected to form part of one of the live screenings at an upcoming Lift-Off Film Festival.

Each year, students travel the globe with UE’s Habitat for Humanity chapter. In May 2018, Mullen and Ackerman traveled to Guatemala to document the experience and came out with a moving testimonial of life changing aid that UE Changemakers are providing all over the world.

Guatemala Project Selected for Festival

UE Health Sciences Programs Donate Equipment

The University of Evansville’s Health Science programs have donated personal protection equipment (PPE) to support the efforts of healthcare workers during the coronavirus outbreak.

“Local hospitals, Ascension St. Vincent and Deaconess locations including Encompass Health, Gateway, and Midtown reached out to us to see if we had some extra equipment we could donate, and of course we responded as quickly as possible to share what we have to help keep those front-line healthcare workers safe,” said Jerrilee LaMar, chair and White Family Endowed Professor of UE’s Dunigan Family School of Nursing.

Departments that donated equipment include the School of Nursing, Physician Assistant Science, and the Doctor of Physical Therapy programs. Donated equipment includes six boxes of face masks, 100 isolation gowns, more than 100 boxes of exam and surgical gloves.

 

These items are typically used by University of Evansville’s health science students as they learn and practice skills in laboratories like the Dunigan Family Nursing Lab on UE’s campus or the Stone Family Center for Health Sciences in downtown Evansville.  During their course of study, students engage in real-life simulations and use actual healthcare equipment. Like other institutions, the University’s in-person classes have been cancelled for the remainder of the spring semester, although students are still actively engaged in online coursework. This donation allows our health education programs the opportunity to assist their community partners in their time of need.

“We are proud to partner with our local hospitals to give our health science students high level experience in their respective fields,” said Mary Kessler, dean of UE’s College of Education and Health Sciences. “In times of need, we are honored to be able to help their efforts in any way we can.”

IndianaComputes! Awarded a $600,000 State Contract

The University of Southern Indiana and the University of Evansville are excited to announce that IndianaComputes!, a collaboration of universities across the state of Indiana has been awarded a state contract of more than $600,000 to accelerate and deepen computer science capacity in Indiana.

The contract identifies IndianaComputes! as one of only five organizations approved by the Indiana Department of Education to deliver computer science teacher training, and one of only two organizations approved to train educators across the entire K-12 grade range. USI and UE are teaming up to assist educators in Southwest Indiana, which includes Dubois, Gibson, Perry, Pike, Posey, Spencer, Warrick, and Vanderburgh counties.

The contract will fund services such as workshops, coursework, and resource development. To optimize teacher convenience, the services will be offered online as well as supported by more than a dozen collaborating universities and colleges located around the state. All services will be provided free of charge to Indiana educators. Training launches this coming summer and continues into next year. Three hours of graduate course credit through Indiana University is also available.

To find out more about the IndianaComputes! Program in southwest Indiana, please visit the webpage at www.indianacomputes.net.

For more information, contact:

Deborah Hwang, Director & Associate Professor of Computer Science at the University of Evansville: hwang@evansville.edu

Scott Anderson, Program Coordinator of Computer Science at the University of Southern Indiana: rsanderson@usi.edu

University of Evansville Reschedules Spring Commencement

After much discussion and input from students, faculty, and staff, the University of Evansville is rescheduling its Spring Commencement ceremony to take place during Homecoming weekend on the morning of September 19, 2020, at the Ford Center.

“This semester has taken an unanticipated turn for all of us, and the University of Evansville recognizes the importance of celebrating the educational achievements of our Class of 2020,” said UE president Christopher M. Pietruszkiewicz. “Each one of our students has had a life-changing experience at UE – whether studying at home or abroad, through hours of classroom and out-of-classroom experiences, our students have made lifelong connections. We want to celebrate those moments, in person, at a rescheduled Commencement ceremony.”

This does not affect the timing or award of UE degrees. More details for graduates and graduation attendees will be determined in the upcoming months.

Stay at Home Directive from Governor Holcomb

The University of Evansville has put into place policies following the Governor of Indiana's order for Stay at Home announced on March 23, that is effective at 11:59 p.m. on March 24, 2020 and will continue through at least 11:59 p.m. on April 6, 2020. The University of Evansville instituted a policy limiting staff on campus as identified in the Governor's order as specifically defined in Executive Order 20-08. Personnel designated to be on campus will be notified by their supervisors. In compliance with this order, the University closed all access to campus buildings to visitors. This policy follows the announcement to move to online instruction on March 18.

Murphy Publishes in Top Economics Journal

Dr. David Murphy's paper, entitled "Underground Knowledge: Estimating the Impacts of Soil Information Transfers through Experimental Auctions" has been accepted for publication at the American Journal of Agricultural Economics, an A* rated economics journal.

The paper explores the topic of soil degradation, a serious problem in many developing countries, which often necessitates the use of fertilizers to improve crop yields. However, smallholder farmers usually do not have sufficient information about their soil nutrient levels to make profit-maximizing decisions about fertilizer usage.

In this paper, Murphy conducted two-round experimental auctions to determine whether providing information and fertilizer recommendations from inexpensive soil testing kits to farmers in western Kenya affected their behavior and ability to optimize their input choices.

We auctioned organic and inorganic agricultural inputs, dividing farmers into information treatments. We find that providing soil information has significant effects on farmers’ willingness to pay for inputs. We then use Monte Carlo simulations to show that there is potential for high net benefits to farmers from individualized soil tests. These results suggest that soil testing can be a cost-effective method to increase food security in the region.

The University of Evansville Extends Online Instruction for the Remainder of the Spring Semester

In a press conference today, the University of Evansville announced its decision to extend online instruction and cancel all University events for the remainder of the spring semester. The decision was made public at a joint press conference with the City of Evansville, the University of Southern Indiana, Ivy Tech Community College, and the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation.

"This is the right time to work together as a broader Evansville community and ensure we do our part to promote public health," said University of Evansville President Christopher M. Pietruszkiewicz. "We understand these are extraordinary times that require us to be extraordinarily vigilant to protect our campus and local community. We look forward to delivering the same level of personal attention that is the hallmark of the University of Evansville from our faculty members to our academic and support services. While the delivery will be different, this will be a time for UE to shine."

For more information about the University of Evansville's response to the coronavirus pandemic, and resources available to our students, faculty, and staff, please visit www.evansville.edu/coronavirus.

Richard Gerst and Nicholas Harmon "Present" at Conference

Dr. Harmon, assistant professor of physics, and Richard Gerst, senior physics/math major, were scheduled to give talks at the American Physical Society's (APS) March Meeting in Denver, CO during the first week of March. Unfortunately the conference was cancelled. Their presentations were made public on the APS abstract in lieu of live presentation.

The work by Richard was conducted last summer and over the course of the last two semesters thanks to UExplore. Richard studied how electrons move through organic semiconductors and focused on how their spin (internal magnetism of an electron) changed while they moved. A large portion of the work was to develop and improve simulations of the phenomena. Richard's contributed presentation slides, "Simulating Spin Relaxation in Organic Semiconductors", can be found at http://meetings.aps.org/Meeting/MAR20/Session/A11.3.

The presentation by Dr. Harmon, "Magnetoresistance Measurements as an Alternative to Magnetic Resonance Methods for Studying Paramagnetic Defects", dealt with a new technique to explore defects in materials. The technique is an alternative to magnetic resonance (e.g. MRI or EPR) that offers several advantages when studying defects in electronic devices (like transistors). Dr. Harmon's invited presentation slides and talk can be found at http://meetings.aps.org/Meeting/MAR20/Session/S19.3.

UE Announces Proactive Measures Regarding Coronavirus

In response to the rapidly changing coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, and with the safety and well-being of students, the campus community, and our Evansville community in mind, the University of Evansville has decided to extend spring break through Tuesday, March 17, and move all courses to online instruction effective Wednesday, March 18. Online instruction will continue at least through Friday, March 27.

President Christopher M. Pietruszkiewicz issued a university-wide message including updated guidelines that are effective immediately pertaining to travel and campus events.

Additionally, the University has suspended the spring semester in-person instruction at Harlaxton College, the University’s study abroad center in the UK, and will move all courses to online platforms.

UE’s Placement Rate for Graduates Soars to 96 Percent

A survey of the University of Evansville's 2019 graduating class revealed that 96 percent of graduates were employed or pursuing further education within six months of graduation with median salary of $51,250.

This rate far outpaces the national placement rate of 86 percent, according to the 2018 National Association of Colleges and Employers Career Services Benchmark Survey. Students at the University also engage in a variety of experiential education opportunities such as internships and practicums that help them to develop professional skills and experience. In fact, 96 percent of the 2019 graduating class engaged in at least one form of experiential education.

Data from the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) also indicates that the University of Evansville’s 4-year graduation rate is more than double the average rate at Indiana’s state institutions – 61.7 percent vs. 27.6 percent.

“The University is committed to offering students not only an outstanding educational experience but also a unique and individualized career planning process,” said Michael Austin, executive vice president for academic affairs and provost at UE. “UE takes an active role to help ensure the future success of our students from their first connection with the University to long after graduation.”

The University’s Center for Career Development provides comprehensive services to students throughout their collegiate journey beginning when they are in high school. Through the Career Advantage Program, prospective students have the opportunity to actively evaluate and test career options by taking a career assessment, meeting with a career advising professional, and developing a career action plan. They can begin this program during their first visit to UE even before they enroll. UE helps students and alumni at every stage by providing comprehensive services to facilitate their career development. These include programs for career exploration and professional development, career advocates, job fairs, career travel funds, job search support, and more.

The graduate outcomes survey, a collaborative effort between UE's Center for Career Development, Office of Alumni and Parent Relations, academic departments, and others, produced career information on 94 percent of the 529 members of the class of 2019.

UE Electrical Engineering Students Participated in the Indiana Autonomous Day 2020

A team of electrical engineers showcased their senior design, D.E.L.T.A. Scooter, at the annual Indiana Autonomous Day on Tuesday, March 3, 2020 in Odon, Indiana.

The team consists of seniors, Darren Reuter, Donnie Croxton, and Kevin Yeung. University of Evansville’s electrical engineering students presented their project through videos of the scooter in action impressing many attendees at the show.

The D.E.L.T.A. scooter is a semi-autonomous scooter designed to help people with disabilities.

The Indiana Autonomous Day 2020 showcases the future of autonomous technologies in displays, workshops and live demonstrations.

UE Electrical Engineering Students Participated in the Indiana Autonomous Day 2020

Women Stepping Up Features Dr. Jessica Lofton

Women Stepping Up features Dr. Jessica Lofton in its WEDnesday Woman article. Dr. Lofton is an Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering in the College of Engineering and Computer Science.

Stepping Up is a non-partisan, non-profit effort that celebrates women in the Tri-State of every race, class and ethnic background who have made historic contributions to the growth and strength of the Evansville community.

http://steppingupevv.com/dr-jessica-lofton/

University of Evansville Hires Senior Director of Marketing and Communications

The University of Evansville has hired Holly Smith as the new senior director of marketing and communications. As senior director, Smith will oversee the strategic direction of the University’s marketing efforts.

“Holly brings a wealth of experience and dynamic leadership to this position,” noted interim vice president for enrollment and marketing, Jill Griffin. “She is no stranger to UE, having experienced the University from the vantage point of an undergraduate, a graduate student, and an adjunct professor. She knows us well and is passionate about the kind of education UE provides.”

Smith’s extensive experience in marketing and strategic planning spans many years and multiple industries. She joins us from her most recent role as vice president of marketing at Heritage Federal Credit Union. Prior to her role in the banking industry, she worked for nearly 20 years in healthcare marketing and was previously employed at St. Vincent Health at the director of marketing, strategic planning and printing services; Cincinnati Children’s Hospital as a marketing coordinator and strategic planning analyst; and St. Elizabeth Healthcare as a market analyst. She has the unique perspective of working directly in a marketing team at organizations, but also within an advertising agency. She was a senior account executive at Ten Adams. Smith is currently an adjunct professor at the University teaching marketing in the Public Service Administration program.

“I am truly excited about the opportunity to lead the marketing strategy at the University. I have a breadth of experience including digital marketing, market research, and analytics,” Smith said. “I welcome the opportunity to represent the jewel of the community and share its unique value proposition.”

She is very active in the community and serves on the Board of Directors for the Children’s Museum of Evansville and the Evansville Police Foundation and their respective Marketing Committees. She also serves as a member of the St. Vincent Ziemer’s Society, Vanderburgh County Women’s Fund, and A Network of Evansville Women.

UE Faculty, Alumni, & Sports Residents Lead Performance Testing at MLB Spring Training

University of Evansville and ProRehab sports physical therapy residents and faculty members recently performed the preseason screening of the St. Louis Cardinals Major League Baseball team in Jupiter, Florida.

The team was led by Dr. Phil Plisky ’98, Associate Professor of Physical Therapy, and Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy Dr. Kyle Matsel ‘11, as well as current sports residents Drs. Risa Ricard UE '19, Ace Adamson , and Jonathan Kirsch. The team also included Logan Blair (UE '17, Sports Residency '18) and Danielle Honnette (Sports Residency '16). They were invited by UE alum and former PT faculty member Dr. Robert Butler ’09 who is the Director of Performance and Thomas Knox (‘ 09, Sports Residency '10), Assistant Director of Performance.

UE Faculty, Alumni, & Sports Residents Lead Performance Testing at MLB Spring Training

Nikolidakis Wins Short Story Contest

Congratulations to Creative Writing's Dr. Nik... whose short story, "With Mercy to the Stars," took first place in the Lamar York Prize at The Chattahoochee Review.

Judge Anthony Varallo had this to say about the story: "A wonderful and surprising coming-of-age story about two Greek teenage girls, an unwanted pregnancy, and a dancing bear named Callisto. I was totally drawn in from the first page, happy to be in the company of a young narrator who is just starting to glimpse the limitations of the adulthood that awaits her, as confining as the cage that houses her father’s prized bear. The story forces the narrator to make a choice that will have ramifications for her, her best friend, and her family—and fully initiate her into the world of choice and consequence. A powerful story that is a pleasure to read from the opening sentence to the harrowing last line."

Art Exhibit “SOMEWHERE ELSE” on display at UE

SOMEWHERE ELSE: Paintings by Erika Navarrete will be on display at the University of Evansville’s Krannert Gallery from March 1 – April 5, 2020. On Thursday, March 5, there will be a reception at 6:30 p.m.

Navarrete is an Evansville artist and adjunct faculty member at the University of Southern Indiana. About her art, she has said “My work centers on a long-term investigation into the relationships between people, particularly women, and their own self-awareness. Through painting, drawing and printmaking I attempt to visually create moments that cannot be clearly articulated in words. I am interested in the sensation of an awkward silence, an expressive gesture, a pensive moment, the moments that are neither before, nor after, but somewhere in between.”

The Krannert Gallery is located in the University’s Krannert Hall of Art and Music. The gallery’s hours are Monday – Saturday 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., and Sunday Noon – 8:00 p.m.

This event is free and open to the public. It is part of the Efroymson Family Fund Emerging Contemporary Artist Lecture Series, which is sponsored by the Efroymson Family Fund and the UE Department of Art.

For more information, contact the UE Art Department of Art at 812-488-2043, email art@evansville.edu or visit the department’s Facebook page.

NATE and Tower Family Foundation Announce the 2020 Recipient of the Ernie Jones Memorial Civil Engineering Scholarship

University of Evansville Civil Engineering Scholarship is Funded Annually by NATE; Honors Jones’ Legacy as a Structural Engineer, Industry Icon

(Raleigh, North Carolina) - NATE: The Communications Infrastructure Contractors Association and Tower Family Foundation today jointly announced that Elijah Sullivan, a junior civil engineering student from Evansville, Indiana has been named as the 2020 recipient of the Ernie Jones Memorial Civil Engineering Scholarship at the University of Evansville in Evansville, Indiana. The official announcement was made at the NATE Awards & Sponsor Recognition Luncheon on Wednesday, February 19 during the annual NATE UNITE 2020 Conference in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Elijah is at the top of his class academically but especially excels in his major courses related to construction and UE’s structural analysis and design sequences. In addition to his civil engineering major, Elijah is now pursuing minors in both Mathematics and Engineering Management with an anticipated graduation date of May 2021. Ever curious about the way things work, Elijah has participated in the University of Evansville’s steel bridge project, and has been involved with the Aces Concrete Canoe team since his sophomore year. Most recently, he interned with the Indiana Department of Transportation's (INDOT) bridge inspection unit in the summer of 2019. For the summer of 2020, Elijah is actively seeking to obtain a structural design internship.

“Elijah is a dedicated student who demonstrates an eagerness to learn as much as possible about structural design and construction,” stated Dr. James Allen, Associate Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Evansville. “In my structural analysis and design classes I can always count on Elijah to ask insightful questions that lead to an increased understanding by not only himself, but also his classmates. He has a unique ability to frame his questions in a way that leads to deeper discussions of practical design and construction issues. We think this diligence and continuous pursuit for deeper understanding of the behavior of his designs embodies the spirit of Ernie Jones as the recipient of his named memorial scholarship,” added Dr. Allen.

Ernie Jones was a structural engineer who worked in the broadcast tower industry for 30 years. During his career, Mr. Jones served as a Professional Engineer and President of Consolidated Engineering, Inc. and as Vice-President of Structural Engineering at Electronics Research, Inc. Ernie was also a participating member of the TR-14.7 Committee of the Telecommunications Industry Association and Electronics Industry Association since 1986 where he assisted with writing and approving the ANSI-TIA/EIA 222 Standard which is the American National Standard for Steel Antenna Towers and Antenna Supporting Structures.

The Ernie Jones Memorial Civil Engineering Scholarship awards a $2,500 NATE-funded scholarship annually to a junior or senior level civil engineering student at the University of Evansville’s College of Engineering and Computer Science.

For more information on NATE, visit www.natehome.com. Visit www.towerfamilyfoundation.org to learn more about the Tower Family Foundation.

Annual Engineers Week Celebration and Awards

The College of Engineering and Computer Science held its annual celebration for Engineers Week at a reception in Eykamp Hall on February 19, 2020.  Several engineering majors were announced as new inductees in the Tau Delta Kappa engineering honor society by Dr. Jared Fulcher, assistant professor of mechanical engineering.  Other engineering students were recognized by the college and the Office of Development. 

Linh Trinh, a junior computer engineering major received the Paul “PR” Brown Spirit Award.  This award is presented annually to an engineering major who has been nominated by the faculty and has completed at least four semesters in good academic standing, who is an encouragement and help to his/her fellow students, and who demonstrates leadership in fostering cooperation and camaraderie among the engineering students.

Jesse Batronis, a junior mechanical engineering major received the James M. Hall, Jr. Memorial Award.  This award is presented annually to a student of the junior engineering class who is considered by the faculty to be the most outstanding based on scholastic achievement, extra-curricular activities, character, responsibility, attitude, and potential for professional growth. 

The Engineers Week Reception was hosted by the Dean’s Advisory Council for the College of Engineering and Computer Science.  The College is appreciative of generous donations supporting the banquet by Lead Sponsor ALCOA and Table Sponsors, Control Specialists, Inc., Embry Automation & Controls, IEEE, Lochmueller Group, PCI Skanska, and the UE Student Government Association.

Annual Engineers Week Celebration and Awards

Kiesel Presents Research at International Conference

Dr. Kyle Kiesel, PT professor and program director, was recently part of an international panel presentation on injury prevention at the 5th International Congress on Soldiers' Physical Performance held in Quebec City, Canada.

Dr. Kiesel presented work related to injury prevention in soldiers "Screening for Musculoskeletal Risk Factors: The Evolution of Individualized Risk Categories and Self-Screening." He highlighted research on a self-screening process performed with UE DPT students.

Kiesel Presents Research at International Conference

University of Evansville Ranked Among the Top 30 Best Colleges in the Nation for Financial Aid

The University of Evansville has been named among the top 30 best colleges for financial aid in the US college rankings, according to LendEDU.

The rankings take into consideration need-based financial aid, non-need-based financial aid, and financial aid for international students at 829 colleges and universities across the country. The study is based on data from the National Center for Education Statistics’ Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and Peterson’s Undergraduate Financial Aid Database.

“We are proud to be recognized for the way we make life-changing educational experiences attainable for students of all income levels,” said Dr. Jill Griffin, interim vice president for enrollment and marketing. “The median student loan debt for our graduates is just under $27,000. Our generous financial aid along with a stellar four-year graduation rate, high starting salaries, and job placement rates above 95% all combine to make the University a tremendous value to students. Perhaps most exciting is that students can carry over their financial aid to study abroad at Harlaxton, the University’s study abroad center in the UK. This makes international travel a real possibility for students who have never dreamed of this.”

For more information visit, lendedu.com/blog/best-colleges-for-financial-aid.

Rania Mousa Publishes a Chapter in the Encyclopedia of Organizational Knowledge, Administration, and Technology

Rania Mousa, an associate professor of accounting has a peer-reviewed Chapter accepted for publication in a 5-Volume Encyclopedia of Organizational Knowledge, Administration and Technology.

The Chapter is titled “The Risk Assessment Enhancement Process at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation." The Chapter examines how the FDIC developed a bank examination tool application to support its risk assessment process. The Chapter explains the challenges, benefits and development stages through the application of the "Rational Unified Process" which is founded in the System Development Life Cycle methodology. The study is of particular importance to Chief Information Officers and Data Strategists involved in implementing and developing technology solutions in regulatory banking authorities. Publisher: IGI Global. The release date is July 2020.

Robert Dion Interviewed About the 2016 Presidential Election

Robert Dion has been in the news recently both locally and internationally in response to increased attention to the presidential election. Just before the Iowa Caucus voting, he was featured in an in-depth segment with Brad Byrd on Eyewitness News.

He was also interviewed by the French business publication, Les Echos, regarding the candidacy of Hoosier politician, Pete Buttigieg. Professor Dion has been teaching about American Politics at the University of Evansville since 2001 as a faculty member of the Department of Law, Politics, and Society.

Todd Matteson Piece Selected to be Included in the National Ceramic Exhibition

Prof Todd Matteson’s piece, Mountain Pass (wall bowl), was selected by Juror, Eric Knoche, to be included in the National Ceramic Exhibition titled ‘Off the Table: Clay for the Wall’ sponsored by the Missouri Western State University Clay Guild. The Exhibition opens February 21, 2020 in the Potter Fine Arts Gallery located on the Missouri Western State University Campus in St. Joseph, Missouri.

UE Faculty, Students Team for Addiction-Themed Documentary on Channel 9

“Epidemic: Addiction in Middle America,” a five-part documentary series produced and directed by Assistant Professor of Communication Joe Atkinson and narrated by Assistant Professor of Acting Amelia McClain, will premiere on WNIN Tri-State Public Media this Thursday, February 13, at 7:00 p.m.

The series also features work by Visual Communication student Michaela Kunkler ’21, who served as Visual Effects Supervisor. Department of Communication students Amanda Ackerman ’21 and Brea Mullen ’21 contributed cinematography to the film, while Ackerman and fellow Communication student Connor Cleary ’21 worked as production assistants.

The series’ first two episodes will air this week; Episodes 3 & 4 will begin at 7:00 p.m. on February 20, and the series will conclude February 27 at 7:00 p.m.

Funding for the project was provided by UE Arts & Sciences' “See the Reaching” Fund, the UE Alumni Research and Scholarly Activity Fellowship, and the UE Art, Research and Teaching Fund.

Joe Atkinson Directs Play for Evansville Civic Theatre Underground Series

Evansville Civic Theatre's Underground series will open "Circle Mirror Transformation," by Annie Baker, on Thursday, February 13, at 7:30 p.m. The production, which run four days at Studio 321 (321 N. Congress), is directed by Assistant Professor of Communication Joe Atkinson.

"Circle Mirror Transformation" follows four lost New Englanders who enroll in Marty's six-week-long community-center drama class. When the class begins to experiment with harmless games, hearts are quietly torn apart, and tiny wars of epic proportions are waged and won. The play is a beautifully crafted diorama, a petri dish in which we see, with hilarious detail and clarity, the antic sadness of a motley quintet.

Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. on February 13, 14, and 15, with a 2:00 matinee on Sunday, February 16.

Dr Edward Bujak Becomes Senior Fellow

Dr Edward Bujak has been appointed as a Senior Fellow of the United Kingdom's Higher Education Academy in recognition of his contribution to teaching and learning support in Higher Education. Dr Bujak is Chair of the Department of British Studies at Harlaxton College.

DPT Faculty, Alumni, and Students Publish Research

UE Doctor of Physical Therapy faculty, students and alumni recently published a study “Exercise Intervention for Individuals with Dysfunctional Breathing: A Matched Controlled Trial” in the International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy. This study was supported by the UE Ridgway grant.

The research team included Dr. Kyle Kiesel, professor and program director of physical therapy and students Gabby Stubblefield and Daniel Waskiewicz along with DPT alumni Madison Burklow, Mary Beth Garner, Josh Hayden, AJ Hermann, Elizabeth Kingshott, Greg McCullough, Risa Ricard, Jessika Volz, and Alyssa Englert.

Wandel Receives Second Grant This Year

Tamara L. Wandel, associate professor in the Department of Communication, recently received her second grant of the academic year for continued work with the First Amendment on college campuses. The grant is funded through 1 For All, a nonprofit educational effort to build understanding and respect for the five freedoms of the First Amendment. Dr. Wandel is one of only three professors in the U.S. to receive multiple campaign grants from the nonpartisan organization in 2019-2020.

Congratulations to Todd Matteson

Prof Todd Matteson’s piece, The Archer, was selected by Juror, Liz Publika, to be included in the 2020 Working Together exhibit.

The 27th Annual Working Together Exhbition is a collaborative exhibit presented by the Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana and the Evansville Museum of Arts, History & Science. The artwork is displayed at the Evansville Museum from Sunday, January 19th thru Sunday, April 12th.

Congratulations to Todd Matteson

Professor Azarian Speaks at National Conference and Serves as a Judge for Undergraduate Research

Mohammad K. Azarian, Professor of Mathematics, presented a paper, entitled, "On Convergence of Some Infinite Series Involving Fibonacci Numbers and Identities" at the joint annual meetings of the American Mathematical Society and Mathematical Association of America in Denver, Colorado, January 15-18, 2020. Also, at this conference he served as a judge for undergraduate poster sessions, sponsored by Mathematical Association of America and funded by the National Science Foundation.

Brooksie Smith Receives February 2020 Employee Excellence Award

The campus community may know Brooksie as the Administrative Assistant in the Department of Art or as the Program Coordinator for the Center for Innovation and Change.  Brooksie is a valued and deeply appreciated employee for both departments.

Brooksie also simultaneously serves the UE Board of Trustee Spouses as Liaison, UE Friends of Art Board of Directors, UE Parents Council, UE Welcome Committee, UE Social Committee, UE Secret Ace Originator, and UE Book Club Originator, UE Gives Back Day and UE United Way Gives Back Day. Brooksie has also supported 10 of our incoming students through the ‘Connect An Ace’ retention program.  Brooksie is known as an encourager to everyone around her and is a very worthy recipient of the February 2020 Employee Excellence Award!

Brooksie Smith Receives February 2020 Employee Excellence Award

Nicholas Harmon Publishes Research

Nicholas Harmon, assistant professor of physics, published a paper entitled "Observation of Radiation Induced Leakage Current in MOS Oxides with Multi-Frequency Electrically Detected Magnetic Resonance and Near Zero Field Magnetoresistance" in the IEEE journal "Transactions on Nuclear Science".

The work, collaboration with Penn State, U of Iowa, and Intel, studied leakage currents in essentially transistors that had been damaged with radiation. Radiation produces defects which allows electrons to hop across a barrier and reduces the quality of the device. The research used a magnetic resonance technique (kind of like MRI) to study the defects. It also used a new technique called Near Zero Field Magnetoresistance.

Publication Featured in The Nurse Practitioner for Dr. Angie Wooton

Dr. Angie Wooton and coauthor, Lynne Melchior, Diabetes Educator have just published an article, Diabetes-associated cardiac autonomic neuropathy or CAN featured in The Nurse Practitioner. 45(2):24-31, February 2020. Cardiac autonomic neuropathy (CAN) is an under diagnosed cardiovascular complication associated with diabetes. This is the third publication in a series focused on diabetic neuropathy.

Professor Kimberling Publishes Research Article

Clark Kimberling, Professor of Mathematics, has a research article in the current issue of Journal of Geometry, viewable at https://rdcu.be/b0HTu.

Entitled "Polynomial triangle centers on the line at infinity," the article presents newly discovered points in the extended plane of an abstract triangle and their relationships, using homogeneous barycentric coordinates that are polynomial functions of the variable sidelengths of the triangle. The final section of the paper, entitled "Historical comments," cites a prophetic article in the American Mathematical Monthly on "The rise, fall, and possible transfiguration of triangle geometry: a mini-history." Now, 25 years later, Dr. Kimberling's article discusses the actual transfiguration that has taken place, including the development of the UE-based Encyclopedia of Triangle Centers - ETC, https://faculty.evansville.edu/ck6/encyclopedia/ETC.html. The number of triangle centers presented in ETC has grown considerably during the past year with contributions from around the world. Last semester, the number of entries passed 36,000.

Huebner named Chair of the Department of Physical Therapy

University of Evansville’s Department of Physical Therapy announces the appointment of Bethany Huebner, PT, DPT as chair of the department.

Huebner has been a dedicated member of the UE DPT faculty since 2014 and served as the director of clinical education in 2017-19. She earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Indiana University in 2009 and her bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Alabama in Huntsville in 2006. Huebner graduated from the ProRehab and University of Evansville’s Sports Residency program in 2010 and is currently pursuing her PhD in health professions education at Bellarmine University.

A board-certified clinical specialist in sports physical therapy through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties, Huebner also received her Manual Therapy Certification through Evidence in Motion’s program in 2014. In addition, she is actively engaged in patient care at ProRehab, PC in Evansville, Indiana, and is the residency program coordinator for ProRehab and University of Evansville’s Sports Residency Program. Huebner teaches within the area of musculoskeletal and foundational science in the DPT program. Her research interest is in teaching effectiveness and the use of feedback in health professions education.

“We appreciate Dr. Huebner’s willingness to assume responsibility and leadership for the physical therapy department,” said Mary Kessler, dean of the college of education and health sciences. “She is an extremely passionate educator who is committed to professional excellence and to her students, faculty and staff. She is a valuable member of the college’s leadership team and an engaged and dedicated University citizen. I am looking forward to continuing to work with this gifted colleague in her new role.”

Huebner will carry on the leadership and vision of Kyle Kiesel, who has served the department for 20 years as a professor, program director, and chair, and led the program through significant growth and transition to the Stone Family Center for Health Sciences.
The UE Physical Therapy Program has been continually accredited since 1981 and is internationally recognized for providing excellence in physical therapy education and clinical training.

Huebner named Chair of the Department of Physical Therapy

Strandberg to Speak at February Andiron Lecture

Kristen Strandberg, PhD, University of Evansville assistant professor of music, will be the speaker for the Andiron Lecture on February 5. The lecture will begin at 4:00 p.m. in Eykamp Hall, Room 252, Ridgway University Center. This event is free and open to the public.

Strandberg will be discussing “Constructing Otherness: Critical Representation of Musicians in the Press.” Nineteenth-century French critics frequently asserted the superiority of French musicians, often discussing marginalized performers in language that implied their inferiority. Critics especially targeted foreign and female performers by pointing out their “mechanical” playing style to demonstrate a performer’s lack of artistry and nuance. In this lecture, Strandberg will demonstrate the range of cultural meaning behind assertions of “mechanical” playing. Critical and philosophical writings of the period reveal anxieties about the increased mechanization of culture following the Industrial Revolution and the ways those anxieties affected the arts. Meanwhile, the popularity of automata in stage shows and contemporary literature demonstrates a new and widespread fascination with technology as entertainment. In exploring the cultural assumptions and meanings of mechanized performance, we see these simultaneous anxieties and fascinations.

Strandberg holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Cello Performance from the University of Minnesota and a PhD in Musicology from Indiana University. Her research focuses on the reception of violin virtuosity in mid-nineteenth-century Paris, examining concert reviews in the press to explore how critics and listeners perceived and discussed these performers. Her recent publications include articles in the Journal of Musicological Research and the Journal of Music History Pedagogy. She has presented at conferences throughout the U.S. and Europe, recently appearing as an invited speaker at the annual conference of the National Chopin Institute in Poland.

For further information, call the series coordinator Annette Parks at 812-488-1070 or the William L. Ridgway College of Arts and Sciences at 812-488-2589.

Strobel Awarded Grant

Heidi Strobel, Professor of Art History, has been awarded a Council of Independent Colleges Art History Faculty Development Grant. She will use half of the funds to take a group of art history and archaeology majors to research objects in the Ringling Museum of Art in the spring of 2020. The other half of the funds will be used for Strobel's research on textile artist Mary Linwood (1755-1845).

Two University of Evansville Civil Engineering Students Awarded Scholarships by the Asphalt Pavement Association of Indiana

The Asphalt Pavement Association of Indiana (APAI) has named Dalton Selvidge (BSCE ’21) and Holli Buretta (BSCE ’21) as 2019 APAI Scholars. The two Civil Engineering students were awarded with scholarships at the APAI Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Scholarship Awards Banquet on Dec. 12th, 2019 in Indianapolis.

Scholarships are awarded by the APAI Scholarship Committee to students studying construction management, civil engineering, and construction engineering and management at six nationally accredited Indiana universities, including University of Evansville. Students must complete an in-person interview with members of the Scholarship Committee to receive an award. The total amount of scholarships awarded in 2019 by the association totaled more than $52,000 to deserving scholars, in anticipation that many recipients will remain in Indiana and seek employment opportunities with APAI's member contractors.

Two University of Evansville Civil Engineering Students Awarded Scholarships by the Asphalt Pavement Association of Indiana

University of Evansville to Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day

The University of Evansville will celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2020 on January 20. This year’s theme is “2020: King’s Vision and Legacy in Modern America.” The schedule of events follows. All events are free and open to the public.

Monday, January 20
11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Meeks Family Fieldhouse
Symbolic March: Civil Rights March on Washington and Pre-March Rally

Speakers include Christopher M. Pietruszkiewicz, UE president; Rob Shelby, UE chief diversity officer; JillAnn Knonenborg, UE director of religious life; and members of the Black Student Union.

7:00 p.m., Eykamp Hall, Room 251, Ridgway University Center
William G. and Rose M. Mays Martin Luther King Jr. Lectureship and Reception

Keynote speaker is Theo Wilson, executive director of Shop Talk Live, Inc., and founding member of the Denver Slam Nuba team, winners of the National Poetry Slam in 2011.

Wilson began his speaking career in the NAACP at the age of 15 and has always had a passion for social justice.  He attended Florida A&M University, where he earned his BA in theater performance. He returned to Denver and is now the Executive Director of Shop Talk Live, Inc. The organization uses the barber shop as a staging ground for community dialogue and healing.  Due to audience demand, he published his first book in 2017, The Law of Action. In 2017, his TED Talk entitled “A Black Man Goes Undercover in the Alt Right” was seen worldwide, amassing a total of over 12 million views.

The generosity of William G. and Rose M. Mays funds the keynote speaker during UE’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration.

Atefeh Yazdanparast Served as Judge for the American Marketing Association Collegiate Case Competition

Atefeh Yazdanparast, Associate Professor of Marketing, was recently invited to serve as a judge for the American Marketing Association (AMA) Collegiate Case Competition. This nationally recognized competition is a year-long event that brings together top marketing students to work on a business challenge submitted by a sponsoring organization.

Missy Holzmeyer Awarded January 2020 Employee Excellence Award

Missy played a crucial role in not only the transition of UE's key payroll personnel, but also the payroll conversion that took place last summer. Missy can be counted on to step up to offer support to the other positions in her area when needed. She can always be found with an enthusiastic attitude and is credited for being resourceful in any situation and ready to help both employees and students with the large range of questions that come to that office.  Her positivity is appreciated in even the busiest moments of her job.  Thank you for your hard work, Missy!

Missy Holzmeyer Awarded January 2020 Employee Excellence Award

UE Archaeology Alumni Study at University of Cambridge in the UK

Two UE archaeology alumni, Kevin Kay (class of 2013) and Maggie Sullivan (class of 2019) are working toward advanced degrees at the University of Cambridge in England.

“Everyone in the Department of Archaeology and Art History is immensely proud of Kevin and Maggie,” said Alan Kaiser, PhD, chair of the Department of Archaeology and Art History. “While they were at UE, both proved themselves to be outstanding students. Kevin pursued his interest in archaeological theory in class projects and papers, raising questions and offering ideas that made even us professors stop and think. Maggie took advantage her time both with the Jezreel Expedition and at Harlaxton to explore and travel in order to gain first-hand knowledge about the Black Death. Each got the most out of the opportunities UE has to offer.”

Kay earned a BA in archaeology and classical studies and a minor in literature at UE in 2013 and an MPhil in archaeological research at the University of Cambridge in 2014. After a stint in CRM and potato delivery in the US, he was admitted into the PhD program at the University of Cambridge and will submit his doctoral thesis in early 2020. Kevin's research focuses on the role of houses and intimate communities in politics in the Neolithic, especially at the site of Çatalhöyük in Turkey, where he has excavated since 2014.

Sullivan earned her BA in archaeology and gender and women's studies from UE in 2019 and is currently studying for her MPhil in medieval archaeology at the University of Cambridge. Her research interests include everything archaeological about the Black Death, the foundation of military orders during the Crusades, and questions of identity in medieval and Renaissance Italy. Maggie spent one season at UE’s Jezreel Expedition in Israel and surveyed multiple sites around and on Lough Key in Co. Roscommon, Ireland.

The UE Department of Archaeology and Art History is one of the few stand-alone archaeology departments in the nation, and one of only a few to offer a BA in archaeology. Students in the department have countless hands-on opportunities to learn excavation and lab techniques, including at the only ongoing on-campus excavation in the nation called Tin City.

“Having one student admitted to a graduate program at University of Cambridge is something for an undergraduate university to celebrate,” said Kaiser. “Having two students studying there at the same time both from just one department within a university is quite exceptional. UE has one of the top archaeology programs in the nation, attracting students from around the country and even the world. The program provides them with both the practical and theoretical grounding they need to succeed in the field while simultaneously nurturing each student’s own specific passions. As Maggie and Kevin prove, UE archaeology majors can do anything!

UE Archaeology Alumni Study at University of Cambridge in the UK

Schroeder School of Business Rises in National Rankings

The University of Evansville’s Schroeder Family School of Business Administration has risen 19 spots from #71 to #52 in the 2020 Poets & Quants for Undergrads Best Undergraduate B-School rankings, the leading online publication for undergraduate business education news.  The Schroeder School is ranked #3 among small private schools.

This year’s upward movement can be attributed to feedback from the Class of 2017, whose graduates can now reflect on their time at the university and its impact on their post-graduate lives. The Schroeder School is ranked #28 in “Academic Experience” as rated by UE alumni this year, up from #64 last year. The School ranked second among all participants with a score of 9.43/10 regarding whether the alum’s business school experience was life-changing.

“These high alumni rating scores are indicative of the life-transforming student experience provided by the University of Evansville and the Schroeder School,” said Ben Johnson, UE’s interim Schroeder Family Dean. “It is a testament to our faculty, staff, and administrators across campus.”

The Schroeder School received the only perfect score (10/10) on any of the 17 scaled questions, among all schools on this year’s survey. This “A+” question related to business school faculty availability for informal discussions about the course outside of class. The Schroeder School also received an “A” ranking in the following categories based on alumni responses:

  • Business faculty available for mentoring and non-academic topics
  • Extracurricular opportunities which improved business skills
  • Contact with practicing professionals in the business community
  • Effectiveness of business program’s academic advising
  • Accessible alumni willing to help connect with potential employers
  • Business degree will be instrumental in reaching dream career

The Schroeder School’s “Employment Outcomes” are also very strong, coming in at #41 this year. As noted in Forbes as the highest among all schools, 100% of the Class of 2019 graduates were employed or in graduate school by September 30, 2019.

The rankings are based on a representative survey of over 49,000 recent graduates (5,958 respondents) and school-reported data across 97 schools focusing on admissions standards, academic experience, and employment outcomes, each of which accounts for one-third of the final ranking.

UE Professor Awarded Best Theoretical Paper of the Year

Yolanda Obaze, PhD, assistant professor of supply chain management and director of the UE Center for Supply Chain Management, was awarded Best Theoretical Paper of the Year at the 50th annual Decision Sciences Institute (DSI) Conference, November 23 – 25, 2019.

The Decision Sciences Institute is a global society of more than 2,700 academics and practitioners dedicated to creating, developing, fostering, and disseminating knowledge to improve managerial decisions and decision-making involving systems and people. The Institute, which celebrated its 50th Anniversary this year, hosts an annual conference to achieve its mission. The conference, held in New Orleans, Louisiana, was themed on “Transforming Decision Sciences Through Emergent Technologies.”

Obaze’s paper, titled “The Social innovation of community-based logistics and supply chain management,” was one of more than 200 submitted, and was the winner of the Theoretical Paper Category.

The abstract for the paper reads: “The application of logistics and supply chain management (LSCM) into community-based initiatives allows for the collaboration of mixed social and economic networks and the innovative and improved movement of value-added resources to end-consumers in underserved communities. The literature review paper introduces a conceptual framework, accessible to scholars and practitioners that describe how the existing, dynamic and innovative capabilities of using LSCM supports social innovation and further creates social value in the community-based context. The proposed framework offers a basis for further empirical studies.

Sharon Gieselmann Receives UE Exemplary Teacher Award

Sharon Gieselmann, PhD, associate professor and department chair of the School of Education, received the University of Evansville’s Exemplary Teacher Award during UE’s winter commencement exercise on Thursday, December 12, 2019.

The Exemplary Teacher Award is given by the University to an exceptional member of the faculty in acknowledgment of his or her teaching excellence.

Prior to coming to the University of Evansville, Gieselmann served as an elementary school principal, elementary school teacher, and staff developer. She also provided professional development to schools in the south and midwest as a literacy coach and area manager for The McGraw-Hill Companies. Her research interests include social justice issues in public schools. Her work has been shared at conferences in Moscow, Russia, Paris, France; and Brighton, United Kingdom. Dr. Gieselmann’s most recent work is included in two books for aspiring administrators in university preparation programs, Quandaries of the Small-District Superintendency and Snapshots of School Leadership in the 21st Century; Perils and Promises of Leading for Social Justice, School Improvement, and Democratic Community.

She earned a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Southern Indiana, a master's degree in education with an emphasis in elementary education from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and a PhD in educational leadership from the University of Louisville. Dr. Gieselmann also has a teaching endorsement in gifted education and school administrative credentials from Western Kentucky University.

Dr. Gieselmann was the recipient of the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and is listed on the School of Education’s Honor Wall for exemplary contributions to the field of education.

Sharon Gieselmann Receives UE Exemplary Teacher Award

The University of Evansville Will Host Musician Bobby McFerrin at Old National Events Plaza on January 14

The “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” singer will perform, at no cost to the public, with members of the UE Department of Music Choral Program as part of the Patricia H. Snyder Concert and Lecture Series.

The University of Evansville will host musician Bobby McFerrin at the Old National Events Plaza on Tuesday, January 14 at 7:30 p.m. The Don’t Worry, Be Happy singer will perform with members of the UE Department of Music Choral Program as part of the Patricia H. Snyder Concert and Lecture Series.

The event is free and open to the public. Registration is encouraged, but not required, and is available online at www.evansville.edu/speakers/snyder.cfm.

The Patricia H. Snyder Concert and Lecture Series was made possible in 1997 through an endowment from the late Patricia H. Snyder, trustee and longtime friend of the University, to bring speakers or performers of renown to Evansville at no cost to the public.

The University of Evansville Will Host Musician Bobby McFerrin at Old National Events Plaza on January 14

UE Now Guarantees $24,000 Scholarship for Students Who Complete the EVSC Medical Professions Academy

The University of Evansville and the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation’s Medical Professions Academy (MPA) have enhanced their partnership to provide scholarships to MPA students, as well as integrate UE faculty and resources into the MPA program. The partnership also will also help increase the pool of qualified medical professionals in the area.

Through the partnership, students who successfully complete the MPA program and who are admitted to UE will be offered a minimum of $24,000 in annual scholarships with the possibility of more depending on academic credentials. In addition, UE will provide faculty and resources that will help enhance the learning opportunities students receive through the program.

“We’re thrilled to continue our partnership with the University of Evansville with this increased scholarship,” said Dr. Andrew Freeman, MPA and Central High School principal. “This is such an exciting opportunity for us and our students, who will greatly benefit by not only gaining valuable knowledge, skills, and experiences, but also through securing a way to help pay for their post-secondary education. With this partnership, we have the opportunity to make MPA an even better program, and provide more options for our graduates.”

The EVSC created the Medical Professions Academy, housed at Central High School, for high school students interested in pursuing careers in science, health care, and medicine. An integrated science, English, and technology curriculum, paired with hands-on learning and relevant internships and shadowing experiences, prepares students for post-secondary science, medical, and health profession majors. They take courses at both their home high school and also at Central where the MPA courses are offered. Students complete AP courses in the sciences, English language, and psychology and also participate in experiential opportunities at St. Vincent and Deaconess. There are currently 254 students in the 4-year program.

“Students who have completed the EVSC’s MPA program are a step ahead,” said Kenton Hargis, director of admission at UE. “We are excited to partner with such outstanding students and start them on the journey down one of our many health profession career paths.”

Health profession programs at UE include athletic training, clinical laboratory science, exercise science, health service administration, music therapy, neuroscience, nursing, physical therapy, physician assistant, and public health. Additionally, UE offers a baccalaureate to doctor of medicine program for Indiana residents and beginning in 2021 will offer the Nurse Anesthesia Program (pending accreditation approval).

Direct entry programs are also available for high school seniors in the athletic training, nursing, physical therapy, and physician assistant programs. Pre-professional programs at UE include science, pre-dentistry, pre-medicine, pre-pharmacy, pre-physical therapy, pre-physician assistant science, pre-optometry, and pre-veterinary studies.

“Many of our undergraduate programs can be used as a pre-professional foundation to apply to University of Evansville graduate health programs or those offered elsewhere,” said Mary Kessler, UE’s dean of the College of Education and Health Sciences. “In fact, many students who graduate with an undergraduate degree from UE go on to professional health programs and are now working as physical therapists, physician assistants, physicians, optometrists, podiatrists, athletic trainers, or physical therapist assistants.”

Additionally, the state-of-the-art Stone Family Center for Health Sciences in downtown Evansville is now home to UE’s Doctor of Physical Therapy and Physician Assistant programs.

For more information about health professions offered at the University of Evansville, visit www.evansville.edu/healthprofessions.

More information on the Medical Professions Academy can be found at www.evscschools.com/mpa.

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