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Thursday, March 26, 2020

* 2020 Commencement Announcement

Dear UE Community, 

While this semester has taken an unanticipated turn for all of us, the University of Evansville recognizes the importance of celebrating the educational achievements of our Class of 2020. 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.

After much discussion and input from students, faculty, and staff, we are rescheduling graduation to take place during Homecoming Weekend on the morning of September 19, 2020, at the Ford Center. Your participation greatly enriches the significance of the celebration. We feel this is a unique way to celebrate and reunite our current alumni and welcome the entire Class of 2020 to the UE Alumni Association.

Though the ceremony is rescheduled, the traditions remain. The Outstanding Senior Service Award will be presented during Commencement. Faculty and staff are currently submitting nomination materials to the selection committee, and selections will be made this spring.

As in years past, our keynote speaker will be a member of the graduating Class of 2020. The deadline for submissions has been extended, and we are looking forward to hearing the perspectives and experiences of our students as we select one for this special occasion.

The Homecoming Weekend schedule is being developed now, and it will include time for everyone to enjoy all the festivities (i.e. ballgames, alumni events, etc.). It also promises to be a momentous homecoming as so many of us on campus will reunite after being away for so long. More details are forthcoming. 

Christopher M. Pietruszkiewicz
University of Evansville

* 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.

* Update from the Office of Accounting and Audit

Through March 27th, our office will continue to process checks and payroll in accordance with our regular schedule with one exception.  There will not be a check run on Thursday, March 26th.  Please review the following information regarding the submission of documentation for processing.

Accounts Payable 
• Vouchers submitted by 5:00 pm on Monday (with all departmental approvals) will be paid in the Tuesday or Thursday check run of that week. 
• During this time, vouchers and invoices can be emailed as a PDF or delivered to the Office of Accounting & Audit. 
• Original receipts are required (as always) before we can process a reimbursement. 

• Timecards/timesheets need to be submitted by Saturday, March 14th at midnight.
• Supervisors will need to approve the timecards/timesheets by noon on Monday, March 16th. 

* Coronavirus Information for Students, Faculty, and Staff

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

* Call for Nominations: Dean of Students Leadership Awards

Nominations are now being accepted for consideration of The Howard S. Rosenblatt “Dean of Students Leadership Awards.” These awards will be presented at the 27th Annual Leadership Awards Reception scheduled for April 22, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. Invitations will be prepared by the Center for Student Engagement.

Awards are presented in the following categories:

  • Student Organization Advisor of the Year
  • Student Organization of the Year
  • Student Leader of the Year

Over 80% of UE students participate in at least one student organization or program. These organizations are successful because of the commitment of the student leaders and the advisors who give freely of their time and support. The recipients of these awards are selected based on their commitment to the University of Evansville as well as the development and success of their efforts within their chosen student organization.

The deadline for nominations is March 27, 2020. Submit your nomination.

If you have any questions, please contact the Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students office at 812-488-2500 or

Thank you in advance for celebrating our student leaders’ achievements!

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 Monday, March 30.

* The Politics of Grace

Who: The Rev. Dr. Serene Jones, President Union Theological, Seminary in the City of New York
What: The Stephens-Otterson Lecture, (annual public lecture)
When: Sunday, 29 March 2020, 2:00 p.m., (reception following)
Where: Trinity United Methodist Church, Third and Walnut, Evansville

A respected scholar and public intellectual, the Rev. Dr. Serene Jones is the 16th president of historic Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York. The first woman to head the 182-year-old institution, Jones occupies the Johnston Family Chair for Religion and Democracy.

She is a past president of the American Academy of Religion, which annually holds the world's largest gathering of scholars of religion. Jones came to Union after 17 years at Yale University, where she served as the Titus Street Professor of Theology at the Divinity School and chair of the University's program in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.

Jones has written several books including Trauma and Grace and, most recently, her memoir Call It Grace: Finding Meaning in a Fractured World. Because of her deep grounding in theology, politics, women's studies, economics, race studies, history, and ethics, various media often seek Dr. Jones's comments on major social issues.


Info You Should Know

* Science and Math Majors Wanted!

Are you a science or math major? Are you interested in computers, data, or the intersection of both? Have you seen powerful data visualizations like the ones in this article and thought, “Wow, that’s powerful”? or, “Hey, how did they do that?” or even, “Dang, I wanna do that!”

Have we got the program for you!

You are invited to participate in the Computers in Science and Math (CiSM) Certificate Program, beginning Fall 2020! For just a few more credits, you could complete an interdisciplinary certificate which future employers and professional programs will see attests to the fact that you “get it” - the way computers, data, science, and math are all intertwined and integral to modern (and future) society. You will have a few additional ‘marketable’ (or at least useful!) skills to boot!

What’s more, we anticipate that we may be able to provide you with an additional scholarship of up to $2,000 (pending a short essay application and demonstrated financial need) while you participate in the program!

Interested? Any questions? Please check out the CiSM website and/or contact us via email at (Or, if you happen to have taken a class with or know one of us, we’d be happy to tell you about this opportunity too!)

Dr. Joyce Stamm (Biology)
Dr. Adam Salminen (Math / Data Science)
Dr. Nicholas Harmon (Physics)
Dr. Mike Slade (Chemistry)

* Advising and Registration Dates

Advising: begins on March 30 Please schedule an appointment your advisor.

Registration: begins on April 6

  • Monday, April 6: Graduates, Seniors
  • Tuesday, April 7: Honors and Juniors
  • Wednesday, April 8: Sophomores
  • Thursday, April 9: Freshman 
* Pcard Reconciliation/Cycle Report Process Change for MARCH due to COVID-19


The March Pcard cycle ended at midnight last night and cycle reports may be ran as of tomorrow morning, Wednesday, March 25.

Please note the following:

Pcard Reconciliation/Cycle Report Process Change for MARCH due to COVID-19:

1. All cardholders should SAVE their March cycle report, after running it.

2. Please use the following File Format when naming your March Cycle Report File to SAVE as a PDF.

  • The File Format should include the Name on your Pcard as the name appears on the card (Jane Smith or Biology), Month (Mar) and Year (2020).
  • For example: “JaneSmithMar2020” or “BiologyMar2020”

3. Once the Cycle Report file is saved, send the file via email to and “CC” a courtesy copy to your Supervisor.

  • Supervisors are encouraged to review and discuss transactions remotely with the cardholder. Any changes should be made by the cardholder prior to the General Ledger SDG2 “upload/lock out” scheduled for March 28.

4. Cardholders should continue to save all reciepts for the monthly cycle and print a copy of the Cycle report to place in a Pcard envelope. The Pcard envelope may be processed as normal upon your return to campus.

We thank you for your timely reconciliation during this time of challenges and opportunities.

Please watch for additional Pcard announcements via PcardNews and AceNotes as we look to implement future updates.

* New issue of the Crescent is now online!

The Crescent, University of Evansville's student magazine, is available for FREE right now to all students online at Due to complications with COVID-19, we were not able to print a physical copy of the magazine for magazine stands around campus. However, that didn’t stop the hard work and dedication of the staff to still put out a high quality product for the UE community. We hope you will support Student Media and the hardworking students at the Crescent by checking out our latest issue.

The Crescent is a student magazine - by and for the students of the University of Evansville - that is published six times during the academic year. The Crescent serves as an open forum for the UE community. Copies are free to students and the goal is to present relevant content in a fair, accurate, and unbiased manner.

* Library Resources and Assistance

University of Evansville Library has been working with vendors to offer expanded access to collections for the remainder of the school year.

  • JSTOR has agreed to open access to all collections and ebooks beginning March 20 and running until June 1.
  • The University of Michigan Press has opened access to scholarly EBooks, beginning in March and running until April 30.
  • Oxford University Press is offering access to COVID-19 content, in addition to our current collection, for the foreseeable future.
  • JoVE is offering access to their science education videos until June 15, you must create an account first.
  • Elsevier is expanding their collection of online textbooks and is also offering information about the novel coronavirus.
  • Project Muse is working with publishers to offer free ebooks and ejournals through their platform. The length of free access is set by the publisher so could disappear at their discretion.
  • Ovid is offering tools and resources to clinicians and researchers about COVID-19.
  • Pearson is offering tools and tips for academics during the pandemic. Aimed at UK institutions, you may still find some useful information here to get you through the remainder of the semester.
  • I am working with Kanopy, which we trialed last fall, to offer access to their online streaming content. Consultation is still in the works, but you can browse the catalog at the link above. Some of their collections include The Great Courses and PBS publications. I will update you when purchase options are available.
  • UEL offers access to the New York Times. If you haven’t already signed up, follow these instructions to set up your account using your UE email address.
  • Flipster magazines are available as well, which you can access from our website. Or you can download the app to your tablet or phone and download issues to your device. Follow the simple instructions on the app and choose University of Evansville as your institution.
  • As always, we have an extensive collection of Databases available from our website and Quest is available. Use Off-Campus Access and log in using your library barcode.
  • And while we’re sheltering in place, Creative Bug is offering a two month free trial so you can learn a new craft to fill the hours when you’re not teaching or studying.

If you’re looking for something to keep you or your loved ones entertained, a podcast is always a safe bet. Some of my favorites include:

  • Stuff You Missed in History Class, which is offering some past light topic favorites, including one on intentional train wrecks in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
  • Radio Lab is always entertaining and informative.
  • For those who have a taste for the macabre Casefile True Crime, which deals with murders and kidnappings, should be right up your alley.
  • I also recommend Atlanta Monster, Monster: the Zodiac Killer, and their latest Monster: DC Sniper, which profiles serial killings.

If you have any questions (or suggestions for other podcasts) feel free to contact me or any of your hard working librarians. We’re doing all we can to make access to resources as painless as possible.

* 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.

* Reeves Foundation Scholarship

The Reeves Foundation was established in 1966 under terms of the Last Will and Testament of Mrs. Isabel B. Reeves, wife of Judge Ollie C. Reeves, who both resided for many years in Vanderburgh County and firmly believed in the attainment of higher education. Through their frugal efforts and generosity, this scholarship fund has been established to perpetuate their belief.

Applicants must be residents of Vanderburgh County in Indiana and applications are being accepted until May 1, 2020.

Download the Reeves Foundation Scholarship application.

Application and essay requirement can be submitted via mail to:
The University of Evansville
Office of Student Financial Services
1800 Lincoln Avenue
Evansville, IN 47722


* 2020-21 Dr. Marvin E. Hartig Memorial Scholarship

Family, friends and loved ones of the late Dr. Marvin E. Hartig are pleased to announce the application process for the Dr. Marvin E. Hartig Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship is dedicated to the loving memory of Dr. Hartig, Dean of Evansville College’s Evening College in 1967, and administrator for the Center for Advanced Study, director of the Evansville chapter of the American Institute of Banking (AIB), and the international student advisor. In 1974, Dr. Hartig was appointed Dean of Academic Services. He retired in 1984 after serving his alma mater for thirty-five years and passed away in 2007.

This scholarship will be awarded annually to a deserving sophomore student. Preference will be given to a student working while being enrolled as a full-time student. International students are encouraged to apply.

Download the Dr. Marvin E. Hartig Memorial Scholarship application.

Deadline: Please return all materials to the Office of Student Financial Services by May 1, 2020. Application and essay can be submitted via email to:
Amanda Wood, administrative assistant to the Office of Student Financial Services, at

The decision will be announced on Monday, June 29, 2020.
Questions: Amanda Wood, administrative assistant to the Office of Student Financial Services, at or 812-488-2364.



* IndianaComputes! Awarded 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.

For more information, contact Deborah Hwang, Director and Associate Professor of Computer Science at the University of Evansville:

To find out more about the IndianaComputes! Program in southwest Indiana, please visit the webpage at


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