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Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Info You Should Know

* July 4th Holiday

This year, the July 4th holiday is on a Saturday. The University will be closed on Friday, July 3 and Monday, July 6. Enjoy the holiday weekend!

Holly Smith

* Summer Healthy Behavior Challenge - Earn HSA Credits!

Sign up today to participate in the Summer Healthy Behavior Challenge. Those who successfully complete this challenge will earn $150.00 into their HSA account. Only those enrolled in the UE HSA Medical Plan can earn the credit, but all are welcome to participate! The challenge begins June 22nd and ends August 16. This challenge consists of tracking your daily water intake and minutes of exercise. To sign up, please email Ashley Chipps at Due to COVID-19, all challenge logs will be emailed to participants and will need to be returned through email as well. 

Ashley Chipps
Employee Health Clinic

* TIAA Virtual Counseling Appointments for June

 No matter where you are in life - just getting started or planning for retirement - a session with Tim Stout can help you create a plan for your goals. And it's at no additional cost as part of your retirement plan. You'll get answers to these questions and more:

  • Am I invested in the right mix of investments to help meet my goals?
  • Am I saving enough to create a retirement income I need?
  • How do I take income from my retirement account once I stop working?

Register for one of these virtual sessions at

  • Wednesday, June 24, 2020 - 9am - 4pm
  • Thursday, June 25, 2020 - 9am - 4pm
* Free online courses

The Center for the Advancement of Learning is offering 10 free online courses. Must register by June 30th.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, employment roles are affected and people in the community are looking for online educational options to assist their career opportunities. UE and the Center for the Advancement of Learning are prepared to step in to provide this support. Please feel free to share this opportunity with friends, family, and businesses affected by the pandemic.

Visit the website to learn more about these courses,or contact Cindy Felts at 812-488-1046. 



Sympathy to...

* Sympathy to the Family of Dr. Dick Blandford

The UE community mourns the loss of alumnus and longtime faculty member Dr. Dick Blandford '68, associate professor of electrical engineering. Please continue to keep his family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Dr. Blandford's obituary is available on the Courier & Press website.

* Sympathy to the Family of Thornton Patberg

The UE family was saddened to hear the news of the passing of Thornton Patberg on Thursday, June 11. Thornton, a 1952 Evansville College graduate, was an employee of the University for 37 years and held several positions, including director of admissions, vice president of student affairs and vice president for development. Please continue to keep the Patberg family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Thornton Patberg's obituary is on the Courier & Press website.

* Sympathy to Dr. Annette Parks

The University extends its sympathy to Dr. Annette Parks, professor of history, in the death of her mother, Dora Turner. Annette had been a loving and dedicated carer for Dora for years, and was by her mother's side when she passed. We send Annette our condolences and good wishes at this very sad time.


In The News

* UE Rated 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 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.

* Reopening Plan Stage 3

On May 1, the University distributed the Limited Reopening Campus Plan. Due to further guidance from the State of Indiana and the Governor’s Roadmap to Reopen Indiana, the University then enhanced to our Stage 2 reopening plan on May 11. We are now moving into Stage 3 and it will be effective as of June 22. The complete plan is publicly available on our website. The main differences between Stage 2 and Stage 3 are as follows:

  • The campus will be open for prospective student visits with safety guidelines in place
  • Athletics will begin voluntary workouts with limited access and implement social distancing guidelines
  • Carson Center will open athletic ticket sales and include safety measures and protection for employees and visitors

In addition to our staged approach, our plan will be to announce next week the date classes will resume for Fall 2020. The Coronavirus Task Force continues to work on additional guidelines for our entire campus on how we will reopen our campus in the most safe and effective manner. 


Holly Smith


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