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Friday, September 11, 2020

COVID-19 Corner

* Singing and Chanting Guidelines During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Due to the increased risk of COVID-19 inherent in these activities, the University recommends that activities during which individuals might raise their voice (i.e., singing and chanting) should be performed outside with the following guidelines:

  • Maintain social distance of a minimum of 6 feet with a recommendation of 8 feet.
  • Wear masks or face coverings.
  • Limit group size to a maximum of 40 people in accordance with our current event guidelines.

If an event must be moved inside due to inclement weather, the following guidelines must be observed:

  • Maintain social distancing of a minimum of 10 feet.
  • Wear masks or face coverings.
  • Room occupancy is limited by the required 10 feet of social distancing guideline.
  • Singing and chanting should only take place at the end of an event or service and should not last longer than 30 minutes.

Upcoming Events

* 2020 Virtual Celebration to Premiere on Friday, September 18

Earlier this summer, our 2020 Commencement was rescheduled from May 9 to September 19 in hopes of celebrating our graduates in-person at the Ford Center. However, due to ongoing health and safety guidelines at the local, state, and federal levels, we made the difficult decision to postpone Commencement until May 2021.

However, we still want to celebrate our Class of 2020! We invite our UE community, as well as our graduates’ friends and family members, to partake in a virtual celebration coming up next Friday, September 18. After 2PM, you can find a series of videos on the Commencement Corner webpage that recognize our graduates and their achievements. This includes the message to the graduating class, Outstanding Senior Award, keynote address, and more.

We also encourage you to visit the Commencement Corner for the announcement of our Eykamp Prize and Outstanding Teacher recipients. This announcement has been under wraps for several months, so we are excited to give congratulatory remarks to these individuals!

While the Commencement Corner will go live at 2PM, the webpage and series of videos will continue to be available for a later viewing at your convenience. 

* History Lecture – Evansville in WWII with Dr. James MacLeod

You're invited to attend the History Lecture – Evansville in WWII with Dr. James MacLeod.

Friday, September 11, 2020
7:00 p.m.

During World War Two, the city of Evansville was one of the most important cities in the country, manufacturing hundreds of ships, thousands of fighter planes and literally billions of other items that contributed hugely to the Allies’ victory. It was an exhilarating time of great change and opportunity for everyone who lived and worked in Evansville, but also a period of extremely difficult challenges and of profound loss. In this captivating lecture, illustrated with scores of images, James MacLeod explains how all of this industry came to be in Evansville, reveals the enormous impact that it had on social, economic and cultural life, and analyzes how the city dealt with what was a time of astonishing transformation.

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Info You Should Know

* Help Uncover the Secret of UE

It has been said that the University of Evansville is the “best kept secret of Southwest Indiana.” It’s time to start uncovering that secret.

The reality is that every student who studies at UE has access to a world-class education and the kind of personal attention that ensures success. For more than 160 years, students’ lives have changed through this institution, and we need to start bragging about it.

There’s no better way to brag about it than by putting into sharp focus the true stories of the magic that happens here every day.

We are asking all faculty, staff, and students to share their UE experiences.

If you have a story to tell, email, and we will connect with you!

* UE Nursing Community Project Survey for Students

Nursing students want to hear how you felt over this pandemic.

Please take our community project survey regarding mental health. It will only take a few minutes.

Mea Adams

* Writing Center to Open September 21

The UE Writing Center is almost ready to “open its doors”— hypothetically, of course! We’ll be opening from 10-6 Monday through Thursday, 10-4 on Fridays, and 12-4 on Sundays starting on September 21st at the latest. However, we have tutors hired and the training is about to start. By September 16th, if you and a professor are concerned and need a tutor, please have your professor email me at kd60 and I will try to get you connected with one of our advanced and already trained tutors. Before that, we’ll still be mastering how to be of best use online. We will be using the online system, My WC, that is already hooked up to the Writing Center website: many of our students who are tutoring aren’t even in the same state. That said, we will always be able to find a way to make it work, and I look forward to solving these problems better and faster than we did last year. I know my tutors are looking forward to working with you, and I’m looking forward to it, too! Thanks for your patience as we learn a new normal.

* Calling All Explorers

UE Venturing Crew 365 is the largest outdoor organization on campus, and we offer a ton of terrific activities each year!

If you enjoy ziplining, rock climbing, camping, kayaking, hiking, spelunking -- don’t miss our open house on Tuesday, September 15th at 7 P.M! Here’s the link This semester may look a little different, but we are planning to make the absolute most of it. We have many great events planned, and we will tell you all about them on Tuesday.

Come learn about all the fun trips we have planned for this semester! We can’t wait to get to know you.

* Cleaning Supply Reminder: Keep Spray Bottles and ½ Gallon bottles with pumps

The pandemic has created many shortages of various products and cleaning supplies are no exception. Spray bottles and pumps are among those items currently in short supply. Please keep spray bottles and ½ gallon bottles pumps. By keeping these, supplies of disinfectant and hand sanitizer can be replenished promptly.

For replenishment of cleaning supplies (disinfectant, hand sanitizer, paper towel, etc.), please complete the request form at

Thank you for your help in keeping campus safe!

* UE Leadership Academy Fall Applications

Do you want to enhance your leadership skills? Would you like to learn how to make a difference on campus and in the community? If so, you should apply to the University of Evansville Leadership Academy!

We are now accepting applications!

In the two-year program, you can learn so many new skills about leadership within yourself, within a group setting, and within the community. If you love serving, meeting other people, and being a leader on campus, this is the organization for you!

Follow this link to the application:

* Class of 2021 - Join the Senior Class Committee

Class of 2021, make your impact at UE by joining the Senior Class Committee. Each year, the Senior Class Committee works closely with the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations, as well as the Office of Annual Giving, to help your class become familiar with the Alumni Office, gain some exposure to alumni, and help you transition from an active student into an active alumnus. We also want you to have fun, be engaged, and ultimately make your senior year memorable!

The committee meets (virtually) 1-2 times a month and communicates through email to plan social and networking events (virtual this year) geared towards seniors and young alumni. The committee also determines what your class gift will be and how to promote the gift to your classmates.

If you are interested in joining your Senior Class Committee, contact Nichole Coffey at or 812-488-2900.

* Free Peer Tutoring!

Free peer group tutoring is available for many classes and subjects beginning Monday, September 7th, 2020.

See the tutoring schedule posted on the Academic Advising webpage:

* Fitness Center Open Beginning Monday, September 7

After careful review and consideration by the Coronavirus Healthcare Task Force, we are pleased to announce the UE Fitness Center will be open beginning Monday, September 7. The complete list of guidelines are available at the Coronavirus webpage, and we have included some of the highlights below: 

  • Masks and face coverings are required
  • Students and employees who enter the fitness center must complete the #CampusClear health screening and will scan their own UE ID for access
  • There will be an occupancy limit in workout spaces, as well as removing or repositioning equipment to accommodate social distancing guidelines
  • Directional arrows will be on the floors to promote a safe traffic flow
  • Towels, showers, and lockers will not be used; access to lockers will only be permitted to those who have paid a fee
  • Student workers and staff will monitor the fitness center and perform enhanced cleaning procedures

The fitness center will be closed from 2-3PM on weekdays (Monday-Friday) for cleaning, but will otherwise be open for normal hours of operation:

  • Monday – Friday: 6:30AM-10:00PM 
  • Saturday: 11:30AM-5:30PM 
  • Sunday: 11:30AM-9PM

UE recognizes the importance of wellness during these challenging times, and we are committed to providing these opportunities in a safe environment for our campus community. 

* Employee Photography Exhibit

The 2020 UE Employee Photography Exhibit will be open from Monday, August 31 through Friday, October 2 in the Krannert Gallery.  Please come by the Gallery to view the interesting and thoughtful photography created by your co-workers and UE retirees.

Lynn R. Penland
Dean Emerita

Keith Gehlhausen
Human Resources & Institutional Equity

Kevin Gray
Law, Politics, and Society

Hanns Pieper
Emeritus Faculty

Mark Valenzuela
Academic Affairs & Civil Engineering

Mark Randall
Electrical Engineering

Eric D. Braysmith

Adam Rager

Mari Plikuhn
Law, Politics, & Society

Nancy Lockyear
Department of Art



* Honors Program Welcomes New Students

The Honors Program is excited to welcome 57 new freshmen and one transfer student to the program this fall.

On Sunday, August 30, these students, along with freshmen from the Fellow Scholars Program, took part in a modified version of the annual honors freshman retreat. Students participated in a Kahoot version of Nerd Wars, with the winners taking home Honors Program swag.

In addition, the students discussed this year’s honors freshman common read book, Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive by Stephanie Land. Special thanks to the faculty who shared their expertise during the discussion – Dr. Dan Byrne, Dr. Mari Plikuhn, and Dr. Rob Shelby.


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