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Monday, March 23, 2020

* Special Announcement to Members of the Graduating Class of 2020

The deadline for Student Commencement Speaker submissions is being extended.

As the University continues to navigate challenges related to the global pandemic, the Student Commencement Speaker Committee has decided to extend the date of the competition for the Senior Keynote Address. The Committee acknowledges that the disruptions of the last week have been particularly disappointing to those of you at the end of your college experience. Yet we realize, too, that many of you have found wisdom and inspiration in these difficult moments. Many of you may want to reflect on these weeks as a part of a keynote address, and we want to ensure that you have the time to do so. We remain committed to selecting a keynote speaker from the class of 2020, ensuring that your voice is heard.

When next steps regarding Spring 2020 Commencement have been determined, the Committee will provide information regarding the updated process. The Senior Keynote Address has been an especially meaningful moment during Commencement, and we look forward to celebrating that moment during the University of Evansville 162nd Commencement.

* 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. Moreover, the policy announced yesterday regarding COVID-19 Supplemental Leave and Absence Reporting remains in effect. 

* Donate to Aces Haven

We need your help! Aces Haven is a student established resource center that features a fully stocked food pantry, personal hygiene items, and various articles of clothing. Additionally, we have established an electronic food pantry that allows us to transfer donated Ace Bucks. We have some students still on campus and off campus who need our help in the days ahead. Currently open 10am to 1pm, Monday - Friday. Items can be left outside of Neu Chapel at the east door.

* Coronavirus Information for Students, Faculty, and Staff

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

* It's Time to Nominate a Deserving Senior for the Outstanding Senior Service Award

Do you know a senior deserving of the highest award given by UE? Ten finalists will be honored at a breakfast in April and one student will be presented this award at Commencement. Selection is based on academic achievement, demonstrated leadership, and community and campus engagement.

The Guthrie May and Mabel Dillingham Nenneker Outstanding Senior Service Award nominations will be accepted March 16 – April 6, 2020.

You can nominate deserving seniors by sending an email to the student(s) you wish to nominate.  Insruct them that they can accept the nomination online at Please copy on all email messages that you forward to your nominees.

Applications must be submitted to the Office of the Dean of Students by April 6, 2020.

Carleen Barnes


Upcoming Events

* Professional Development Online Workshop – Free to UE Faculty and Staff

The Center for the Advancement of Learning is offering the online workshop “Navigating Generational Differences in the Work Place” free to UE faculty and staff. This workshop will be facilitated by Tad Dickel, PhD, on Tuesday, March 31, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Many employers are trying to navigate three to four different generations working in their organizations. This workshop will introduce characteristics and differences of Traditionalists, Baby Boomers, Generation X, and Millennials. Participants will learn about the unique perspectives of each generation that lead to conflict. A process will be introduced for multi-generational teams to work through these conflicts to get better results.

To register, please email Cindy Felts at by Thursday, March 26.

Cindy Felts


Info You Should Know

* Writing Center Problem & Solution

Hello, Campus Community! I’m sorry if you’ve set up a Writing Center appointment and been unable to communicate with our tutors.They’ve been signed in, just as you have been, but for some reason, the software is not allowing communication. What I’d ask you to do is email the tutor (you can see their names when you make an appointment, but they cannot see yours) and y’all can find the best way to work from there. They’ve all been told to keep their email open, and I’m hopeful that we’ll have the software fixed as soon as possible (at which point I will let everyone know through Acenotes). I appreciate your patience with us as we move our Writing Center, which is normally dependent on being face-to-face, online. To the students who have emailed me so far: your patience and kindness during this time has been exceptional, and I am happy to email your professors and let them know how hard you tried to get in with us. Just email if you need further information or help.

* Essential Staff Update from the Office of Administrative Services & Risk Management

The area of Administrative Services & Risk Management has modified operations as we continue to address COVID-19 changes made by the Indiana Governor late morning.  Like other areas on campus, we have adjusted operations and implemented the following.

Effective Tuesday, March 24, we are implementing an essential staff schedule for Monday and Thursday mornings as follows:

Campus Mail, Packages and In-House Supply Orders
Departmental mail, packages and in-house supply order pick-up is available on Monday and Thursday in Distribution Services from 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. for those working as essential staff on campus.

For questions contact

Contract Mailings
Departments should contact Anne Dale at

Laundry Issues
Students may submit a service request at

Purchase Orders, Office Depot, Pcards, & Vending
Departments with questions or inquiries may email

Risk Management & Environmental Health & Safety
For inquiries or questions contact

Please watch AceNotes for additional adjustments. Keep in mind that all Administrative Services & Risk Management staff whether working on campus or remotely will continue to be available for questions, inquiries and support Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. via email during this unprecedented time.

* Join us on Facebook Live for March's Mindfulness Workshop

From the comforts of your home, join Liz McCormick on Monday (3/23) at 12 pm for March's Mindfulness Workshop on Facebook Live! Go to the University of Evansville Fitness Center Facebook page to join in. More details will be posted on the Facebook page. If you are unable to join live, the activity will remain posted for replay. Stay engaged and stay healthy!

Liz McCormick

* New EAP Information for Employees Insured with Meritain Health

Get the Health Care You Need—When You Need It

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) are actively monitoring the outbreak of the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19), which has infected thousands of people worldwide.

At Meritain Health®, we are focused on the health and safety of our members. That’s why Meritain Health takes steps to plan on your behalf. We’re here to help.

Fill your prescriptions

If you need to replace your medication or request a refill, that’s okay. Simply call the Customer Service number of your pharmacy plan to speak with a representative. The phone number of your pharmacy plan is listed on your member ID card.

What to do if you’ve lost your ID card

Taking care of yourself and your family’s safety is your number one concern. And if you’ve left home without your health care ID card, that’s OK. You can call 1.888.324.5789 to speak with a Customer Service representative with questions and for more information.

Get the medical care you need

If you need urgent or emergency care but are away from home, you can always visit an urgent care center or hospital no matter where you are*. And when you need non-urgent care, you can visit your online account to search for a provider in your network. It’s available to you around the clock—24 hours a day.

Additionally, Aetna has opened its Resources for Living services, regardless of whether or not you already have this service as part of your benefits plan. You can call 1.833.327.2386 for any questions or concerns you may have.

Find answers to your health care questions

If you have other questions, need help finding a provider, or just need help using your health care benefits away from home, we’re here for you. Simply call Meritain Health Customer Service using the phone number on your member ID card. You can also call 1.888.324.5789 for assistance.

* Applicable plan terms apply.

* Facebook Live - Yoga

From the comforts of your home, join Megan Sicard on Monday (3/23) at 5:00 pm for yoga on Facebook live. Go to the University of Evansville Fitness Center Facebook page to join in. More details will be posted on the Facebook page. Our goal is to keep you engaged.

Lori Adams

* Health Center: How to Schedule an Appointment

Scheduling an appointment with the UE Health Center is easy. Employees and students, please call the clinic at 812-488-2033 Monday-Friday 8am-5pm for your health care needs, including all refill requests. Please note, we are not open for walk-in appointments at this time.

Please visit the UE coronavirus webpage for the university's response to the Coronavirus and updated information.

Tara Ulrich

* Pcard Reconciliation Reminder

Have you been reconciling your Pcard transactions as they post in SDG2? Transactions usually post within 24 to 48 hrs after a purchase. Once a transaction posts in SDG2 it is ready to be reconciled by adding the expense description and the account number including the appropriate object code. The March cycle will be ending at midnight on 3/23/2020. The March cycle report may be ran on 3/25/2020 until the the SDG2 lock-out occurs on March 30 for the General Ledger upload.

For questions contact the Office of Administrative Services at extension 2941.

Kim Winsett

* One-Credit Course on Greek Virtue and Greek Life for Fall 2020

The Department of Philosophy and Religion is offering a one-credit course this Fall (2020) on “Plato’s Virtues” that addresses Plato’s take on key virtues, their centrality in ancient Greek life, and their applicability today.

Since the Greek virtues are pertinent to the lives and rituals of our Greek campus communities and in order to promote our chapter houses as places of living and learning, the course will be held in the SigEp formal room on Thursdays at 2:45. (Time may be adjusted with permission of those enrolled to a more suitable time if necessary.)

Even though the course may be especially pertinent to students in Greek Life, the course is open to all UE students and will also be of interest to those who enjoy the study of ancient Greek life and culture.

However, seating is limited. If you are interested in tentatively reserving a seat in advance of registration, please contact the instructor, Dr. Beavers, for details at

A full description follows.

PHIL 459.3 – Plato’s Virtues – 1 credit – Thursdays @ 2:45

This seminar explores several of Plato’s shorter works on the nature of virtue along with selections from the Republic. Texts will include the Lysis, which asks about friendship, the Laches, which asks about courage, and the Charmides, which asks about moderation. Other virtues to be considered here include honor, wisdom, and justice. Among issues to be considered in this study, we will address how these virtues fit into the ancient Greek social sphere, their contemporary meanings, and to what extent they remain marks of good character today.

This seminar is geared toward those who are interested in campus Greek Life and/or ancient Greek philosophy and culture. It is also pertinent to those pursuing majors and minors in ethics and social change.

Anthony Beavers

* BIOL 100 Summer Online Course

Are you interested in taking a non-majors biology course with a lab this summer to fulfill one of your scientific literacy general education requirements? Then take BIOL 100 D01 – Fundamentals of Biology during Summer I (May 18 to June 19). Please contact Dale Edwards (de3) for more details.

Dale Edwards

* Campus Mail, Package and In-House Supply Order Update

As UE continues to implement a variety of measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, campus mail, packages and In-House supply orders will be handled differently as of Friday, March 13, 2020, until normal operations resume:
• Distribution Services will “hold” mail, packages, and in-house supply orders for campus buildings (i.e. academic buildings) that are “closed” (locked). However, departmental representatives working in closed buildings may pick-up their mail/packages/supply orders from Distribution Services, anytime between 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday – Friday.

• Distribution Services will deliver mail, packages, and in-house supply orders to “open” (not locked) campus buildings (i.e. Olmsted and Igleheart).

For questions, email

Kim Winsett

* Outstanding Teacher Award

The University of Evansville Alumni Association recognizes an Outstanding Teacher for exemplary instruction and student support at Spring Commencement. UE administrators, faculty, staff, student and alumni may nominate a faculty member who exemplifies the award’s criteria for outstanding teaching effectiveness that inspires the intellectual development of students.

Please use the link below to nominate a faculty member for the auspicious occasion.

Full-time faculty who have taught in the classroom at UE for two years or more and hold the rank of lecturer, instructor, assistant professor, associate professor or professor are eligible for nomination. Past award recipients include: Dr. Margaret Stevenson, 2015; Dr. M. Kevin Gray, 2016; Dr. Mary Ellen Wylie, 2017; Dr. Tony Beavers, 2018 and Dr. Atefeh Yazdanparast, 2019.

The deadline to submit a nomination is Monday, March 23, 2020, at 5 pm. For questions, contact Tracey Folden at

Tracey Folden

* Masters/Doctoral Grads Still Needing to Order Cap and Gown

If you are a Masters or Doctoral grad who still needs to order your cap/gown/hood, you have until March 27th to do so by email. Please email us at with you name, your degree, phone number, best email, and height.

Your prepackaged regalia will arrive in mid- to late April, and we will be sending out an email blast to everyone who has ordered. You will pay the time of pick-up.

Becky Lamont

* Financial Aid for Summer Courses

If you are seeking financial aid for summer courses at UE, please complete a Summer Financial Aid Application. The application will allow our office to determine the types of aid for which you may be eligible.

Amy Sowders



* 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.

David Murphy


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