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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

* The Linden Tree is Getting a Trim

The University’s beloved Linden Tree on the front oval will get a much needed trim in early July.

The tree’s low lying branches have served as a favorite gathering spot for students and community members alike for many years. Due to increased limb weight, deadwood in the tree’s crown, and squirrel damage, two of the lower limbs will be removed in early July. The two limbs identified for removal are marked in red here and the largest of the lower limbs will still remain in place:

Linden Tree with red branches

There’s still time for pictures!
We are working to schedule the limb removal for a date between July 1-14 and will notify the campus community when a final date has been identified. Please feel free to visit the tree for photos before then, but we ask that you use extreme caution and avoid climbing on the damaged limbs.

Linden Tree Fun Facts:
Unique Shape
The shape of our Linden tree is very unique and began to show a much more open structure with low arching branches at a young age. This unique characteristic made it a popular spot for visitors to sit and the University decided to keep it that way as long as possible.

The Linden Twins
At one time, the tree had a twin on the opposite side of the front oval. This tree had a more traditional shape and unfortunately was lost in a storm in the late 1980s.

50 Years Old
University Arborist Bob Dale estimates the tree at 50 years old—fairly old for a tree of this species in an urban environment!

Heavy Branches
The University has braced the lower branches with large stones to support the low hanging limbs and also performed selective pruning over the years to help lighten the load, but the limbs have far surpassed the weight limit. 


Upcoming Events

* Save the Date - United Way Day of Caring is September 13

The United Way Day of Caring will be Friday, September 13. This year, UE will be partnering again with the local council of the Boy Scouts of America, the Buffalo Trace Council. This location is located just down the road off the Lloyd Expressway (behind the State Hospital).

Join us on this exciting day by signing up for one of the listed volunteer opportunities. Employees who choose to participate in the Day of Caring do not need to use a vacation day, but do need to get approval from your supervisor.

To sign up, fill out this online form -

The deadline to sign up is Friday, August 16.

Please let Brian Conner,, in residence life know if you have any questions.


Info You Should Know

* Office Supplies Up for Grabs in Sampson Hall

UPDATE (6/20/19): All extra supplies have been spoken for, thanks for the interest! 


The marketing office has some supplies up for grabs on a first-come first-served basis!

Items include metal and plastic file racks, a swiveling monitor stand, and other various items. Stop by and take a look or contact Amanda Campbell for more info. 

* Indiana Student Education Association's Transition Meeting

UE School of Education students, Megan Hawkins and Jessica Ybarra attended the Indiana Student Education Association’s Transition Meeting on June 8-9.  Serving as the Region 4 Representative and Vice President respectively, Megan and Jessi look forward to a productive year of advocating for the teaching profession and supporting the growth and success of undergraduate and graduate students across the state.

Megan Hawkins and Jessica Ybarra with group

Jess is 2nd from the right and Megan is 4th from the right.

Submitted by Karen Martin



* UE Communication Students Nominated for Student Emmy

UE communication students Brea Mullen and Amanda Ackerman have been nominated for a Student Emmy for their documentary, The Guatamala Project: A Habitat for Humanity Mission.

Each year, UE students travel the globe with Habitat for Humanity. In May 2018, Mullen and Ackerman traveled to Guatamala to document the experience and came out with a moving testimonial of lifechanging aid that #UEChangemakers are providing all over the world. The trailer for the documentary can be viewed on the UE YouTube channel.

The Student Emmys are presented each year by the Ohio Valley Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. This year's Student Production Award competition received a record number of entries from colleges, universities, and high schools across a four state region.

“Our professional judges are not an easy group to impress. However, the students from our region continue to raise the bar. It’s not unusual to get comments from the judges about high quality of work being produced. so it says a lot about this year’s Student Production Award entrants that they had some of the highest overall scores ever,” said Echo Gamel, co-chair of the Student Production Awards for the Ohio Valley Chapter. “It is exciting to see the NATAS standard of excellence demonstrated in so many student submissions. Congratulations to all of those honored this year."

Award recipients will be announced during the Student Production Awards ceremony on August 10, 2019.

* Director of Risk Management

The Office of Fiscal Affairs and Administration is pleased to announce that Kim Winsett, Director of Administrative Services has taken on the additional responsibility as the Director of Risk Management. Kim’s new title is Director of Administrative Services and Risk Management.

UE Risk Management’s mission is to work with campus constituents to develop and maintain a safe University environment for students and employees. This is accomplished through the development and administration of effective policies and procedures through collaboration with University faculty, staff, administration, students; risk management industry and higher education resources; all the while adhering to federal, state and local regulation. It is the policy of the University of Evansville to preserve the assets of the institution and protect the physical well-being of students, faculty, staff, and the public involved in activities occurring both on and off campus.

Please take this opportunity to review the risk management campus resources below:

Insurance Guidelines for Contracts & Certificates of Insurance
For insurance information, policies and requirements related to outsourced services, student activities, and foreign travel, special events (3rd party) visit the Risk Management AceLink website or contact Anne Dale or Kim Winsett.

Claim Reporting
Contact Anne Dale or Kim Winsett to report claims such as employee injuries, vehicle accidents, property events, etc. For general information and claim forms, visit the Risk Management AceLink website.

Environmental & Safety Programs/Training
For information related to the hazard communication program, lab safety and chemistry hygiene plans, visit the Environmental Management AceLink website for information at or contact Amber Elkins.

Environmental Management/Storm Water Pollution Prevention
Contact Amber Elkins to report environmental events related to chemicals, hazards, pollution, etc. Visit the Environmental Management AceLink website for information.

Contact Amber Elkins for recycle needs related to document shredding, electronic recycling, etc. To report full recycle bins needing to be emptied by contacting WFF at extension 2045. Visit the Recycling AceLink website for information. 

For waiver requirements visit the Risk Management AceLink website or email

Risk Management Staff Extensions and Email Addresses
Kim Winsett, Director/ Office of Administrative Services & Risk Management
Ext. 2940

Amber Elkins, Manager/Environmental Health & Safety
Ext. 2697

Anne Dale, Mailing & Risk Management Specialist
Ext. 2011

Submitted by Michele Adams



* Aces volleyball announces 2019 schedule

University of Evansville volleyball coach Fernando Morales has announced the Purple Aces 2019 schedule.

Highlighting the slate is a trip to the Puerto Rico Clásico where the Aces open the season on August 30 and 31 against Providence and East Carolina.  It will be held in Bayamoun, Puerto Rico, which is just outside of San Juan.

"Giving our girls from Puerto Rico the opportunity to play in front of their family and friends will be a great booster to start our season,” Morales said.

Following the season-opening trip, the Aces stay close to home for the next three weeks of non-conference play.  On September 6 and 7, UE heads to the Redhawks Invitational, hosted by Southeast Missouri State.  Following matches against Western Illinois and Jackson State, the Aces face SEMO, who picked up 16 wins last season.

Evansville heads to Tennessee State for a Sept. 10 matchup before opening its home schedule with the Dunn Hospitality Tournament.  Making the trip to Meeks Family Fieldhouse will be Purdue Fort Wayne, Middle Tennessee State and Eastern Illinois.  The tournament is set for Sept. 13-14.  Home play continues on the 17th with a game against Tennessee Tech before the Aces travel to Martin, Tenn. for its final non-conference event.  UE faces UTM, Arkansas Little Rock and Mercer.

“After the Puerto Rico trip, we have a tough pre-season schedule to prepare us for the MVC season,” Morales continued.  “We have a young and talented team so it is going to be an exciting season for everyone."

Valley play opens with a trip to Iowa to face UNI and Drake.  The Panthers are the defending MVC Tournament Champions and played in the NCAA Tournament, falling to Pepperdine in their opener.  Evansville split the season series against the Panthers in 2018, earning their second-ever win over the program.  Drake earned a berth in the National Invitational Volleyball Championship (NIVC).  The Bulldogs are one of four UE foes to play in the event in 2018, joining UALR, Bradley and Valparaiso.  UNI won 24 matches last year, including a 16-2 MVC record while Drake went 21-15.

Illinois State will mark the first home MVC contest on Sept. 30.  The Redbirds were 25-8 last season and went 16-2 on their way to an at-large berth in the NCAA Tournament where they were defeated by Cincinnati in their first match.  A 3-match home stretch continues into October when UE welcomes Valpo and Loyola on Oct. 4-5.  Next up is an Oct. 11 game at Indiana State before road matches at Southern Illinois and Missouri State on Oct. 18-19.

UE completes the month with home matches against Drake and UNI (10/25-26) before beginning November with road matches at Loyola and Valparaiso.  The Aces then return home for its final four home matches.  Evansville welcomes Bradley on Nov. 4 and Indiana State on the 8th before taking on Missouri State and SIU in the final home weekend on Nov. 15.  Regular season play wraps up on the road with a Nov. 22 contest at Bradley followed by a visit to the Redbirds on the 23rd in Normal.  The MVC Tournament is set for Nov. 28-30 in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

Submitted by Bob Pristash

* Purple Aces Coaches Caravan set for five stops

Five stops are on tap for the 2019 Purple Aces Coaches Caravan presented by Bud Light, which will feature visits to different venues across the Evansville area.

The 2019 caravan stops include:

  • June 19th – Doc’s Sports Bar, 6:30 p.m. – 1305 Stringtown Road, Evansville
  • July 17th – Mister B’s (Henderson, Ky.), 6:30 p.m. – 2611 UE-41, Henderson
  • August 28th – The Rooftop Food & Drinks, 6:30 p.m. – 112 NW Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Evansville
  • September 19th – Piston’s Bar & Grill, 6:30 p.m. – 2131 W. Franklin St., Evansville
  • October 23rd – Mister B’s (Evansville),6:30 p.m. – Will be located on N. Burkhardt in Evansville and is set to open in the summer of 2019

Hosted by Jevin Redman and Kyle Peach, the caravans will feature various University of Evansville coaches at each stop.  Aces men’s basketball coach Walter McCarty will take part in each stop while each other coach will make appearances as well.

Each caravan is free to attend.  Food and drinks may be purchased at each stop.  Prizes will be given out at each one and will include new logo Aces gear, unique UE experiences, Bud Light merchandise and much more.

Fans will also have the opportunity to receive ticket information for all Aces sports programs and mingle with coaches as they prepare for the 2019-20 seasons.

Dates and times are subject to change.  As each stop draws closer, follow UE Athletics on social media for the most up-to-date news.

* Women's Basketball Camps

The Aces Women's Basketball team is hosting two camps this summer! The first is the Elite Camp held for high school students on June 30th from 12-4. The second is a day camp held July 1-3rd for kids in grades 1-8. The information for the day camp is attached.

Camp Info card

Submitted by Kaitlynn Pacholke


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