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Tuesday, October 27, 2020

* Flu Shots are Still Available at the UE Health Clinic

Flu shots are still available at the UE Health Clinic for all students and employees!

Getting a flu shot is an important step for protecting yourself and your fellow Aces from getting the flu this season. With COVID-19 still a concern and living in a residential community, this precaution becomes more important than ever, especially as it can help keep valuable resources available to those with COVID-19.

Flu shots are not required by the University, but strongly recommended. This year, flu shots are FREE for all students, as well as employees and their dependents enrolled in UE health insurance. Employees not covered by UE health insurance may receive a flu shot for $20. You always have the option to get your flu shot from your primary care provider or choose the best location or provider for your health.

Vaccines are available Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


Upcoming Events

* CHANGELAB Presentation Management and Tips Webinar


CHANGELAB Presentation Management and Tips Webinar!
Emily Schuster, Founder Jigsaw Digital Strategies
Joe Ellsworth, Adjunct Professor Embrace Student Marketing Agency Changelab, Retired principal/president, Fire & Rain Marketing and Communications
October 29th
7:00p.m. to 8:30p.m.
email to register

* I-House China/Taiwan

Brian Tong is the first American generation of his family. His father is from China and his mother is from Taiwan. He is an exercise science major and this Wednesday at 7pm in Eykamp, he will share a little bit about his story and how was this cultural transition for him and for his family. Brian loves animes, listening to K-pop and playing piano. His favorite part of UE is the "smallness of the campus what allows for close-knit community as well as more of a "family" feeling around campus." Join us at 7pm this Wednesday in Eykamp for I-House!

* UEvents Online Series-Lecture Event – The Neuroscience of Stress and Resilience During a COVID-19 Holiday Season by Lora Becker, PhD

Wednesday, November 4, 2020
6:00 p.m. CST

lora becker.

We look forward to the winter holidays when we gather with friends and family to reflect on the year and share the joy of the season.

This is also a time that can be very stressful! All of the planning, negotiations, family disagreements, and loss of loved ones can make this season of joy quickly turn into a season of anxiety and stress.

This year is bringing a new challenge to the holiday season, COVID-19. In this lecture, Lora Becker, PhD, will explain our human stress response and provide suggestions, backed by neuroscience findings, on how to bolster resilience so that we can enjoy our traditions, if not in the most traditional way.

Register at

* Tonight - Virtual Presentation by New York Times Bestselling Author Stephanie Land

The Honors Program invites the campus community to join us for our common read speaking event, a presentation by New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Land, today at 6:00pm. Ms. Land will join us virtually via Zoom to discuss her memoir, Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and A Mother’s Will to Survive. The book recounts Ms. Land’s struggles as a member of the “working poor”, struggling to provide for herself and her daughter while battling against poverty, homelessness and bureaucracy. Her inspiring true story is currently in development to become a Netflix series.

Maid was the Honors Program common read book choice for this year’s incoming honors freshmen as well as the freshmen from the Fellows Scholars Program.

We invite you to attend the presentation to hear firsthand about Ms. Land’s experiences and learn more about the challenges faced every day by overworked and underpaid American workers.

The Zoom link information is below:
Meeting ID: 981 9558 0638
Passcode: honors

* SAI Sells Candy Grams


As the fall fundraiser for our chapter, Sigma Alpha Iota will be selling candy grams in advance of Halloween from Wednesday the 28th through Friday the 30th from 11 to 1 pm. From a table in Ridgway, we will be selling individually wrapped bags of candy and will offer the opportunity for buyers to write a note (that they will deliver themselves) to a person of their choice. Come stop by our table share some candy and some love this spooky season!!

* This Week in Newman Club

Newman Night
We will be making rosaries this Wednesday (10/28) at 7pm in Eykamp.

We will be playing the "Fatima" movie this Friday (10/30) at 7pm at the Catholic Center.

Snacks and beverages will be provided!

Catholic Mass
We are back with Catholic Mass in Neu Chapel at 1pm on Sunday (11/1)!

Want to be updated about Newman and become a member?! Follow us on instagram at ue_newman and become a member using the link

Newman Club member sign up QR code.

* Art Department Professors and Student Exhibit Artwork

Professor Kyle Darnell, Professor Nancy Lockyear, and Student, Stella Rodenberg exhibit artwork at the Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana exhibit, Spooky Show. The exhibition is a virtual exhibition and can be seen at Please enjoy the Halloween Inspired Exhibition.

* Making a Real Polyjuice Potion

On Halloween night, underneath a full moon, I will be making the iconic Polyjuice Potion based on the recipe given on Pottermore.

This will be livestreamed through YouTube, so come witness the process!

Note: this is a 25+ hour process, you are by no means expected to watch the whole time. However, you are encouraged to leave the video on in the background and check in on the potion's progress.

View the Polyjuice Potion livestream.

* UE goes to the Louisville Mega Caverns

The Venturing Crew has organized an excursion into the Louisville Mega Caverns. There will be high ropes, underground zip-lining, and lots of friends and memories to make. Sign up on UEngage before November 4, 2020. If you have any queries, contact

ziplining in a cavern.


Changemaker Corner

* ChangeLab Spotlighted in Evansville Business

Evansville Business Magazine spotlights UE's ChangeLab in an article written by UE and ChangeLab alumna Dallas Carter. You may share on social media. Please tag @evansvilleliving on Facebook.


Info You Should Know

* Research Survey and Potential Award

I'm doing a social psychology study related to education and looking to recruit subjects. The link below is a test for logic ability. There are 10 questions (two sets of questions) that will take you about 10-15 minutes to complete. A $75 award is awarded for the top five overall scores(there are only 20 people complete this survey now). Please note that if you are preparing for or taking the GMAT, please do not participate in this experiment.

If you have questions, prior to participation, you may email the researchers at

Thank you so much for participating in our study.

* Survey exploring political orientation, education levels and attitudes towards COVID-19 precaution Stringency

We're conducting a short survey (10 mins max!) within the psychology department at the University of Evansville. The study will explore attitudes towards COVID-19 precautions. The study will be anonymous and voluntary. By participating in this study, you will be entered into a drawing to have a chance to win a $20 Amazon gift card. Please consider participating!

* Career Connections - Museums, Parks, Cultural Resource Management

Career Connections allows students an opportunity to talk to professionals in their field to learn more about the skills and background necessary for their profession as well as how they advanced in their positions. Students will develop an understanding for the day-to-day activities of these professionals who started their careers with a particular major. Most professionals are UE alumni who support our students with their goals through professional networking and mentoring opportunities.

Register for the event on Handshake:

Join the following UE alumni professionals on zoom at this event: Jennifer Evans, Development Director at Mesker Park Zoo & Botanic Garden, Jalessa Slade, Interim Executive Director at Evansville African American Museum, Kaman Hillenburg, Collections Manager at Evansville Museum, Alyssa Reynolds, Architectural Historian at Cultural Resource Analysts and Laurie Byers, Director of Communication and Engagement at Wesselman Woods.

* Robert Dion Interviewed About Election By National and International Media

University of Evansville political scientist Robert Dion has appeared in the news media recently to offer his analysis of the upcoming elections. In addition to frequently being quoted in the Evansville Courier and Press, he has also been interviewed this week by the Washington newspaper, Roll Call, about the tossup race in Indiana’s Fifth Congressional District. After the final debate in the presidential campaign, Dion did a live interview on the Radio-Canada program, Y’a pas deux matins pareils, on Friday morning.

* Calling All ChangeLab Students - Past and Present


Presentation Management and Tips

Don’t miss our next free webinar containing valuable advice on how to plan your next presentation and polish its delivery. The session will be led by Mr. Joe Ellsworth, retired President, Fire & Rain Marketing and Communications, and Ms. Emily Schuster, Founder of Jigsaw Digital Strategies.

Thursday, October 29
7:00 – 8:30 pm
RSVP to by October 28 to receive the Zoom link.

* Perceived trauma from COVID-19 survey

We are inviting you to participate in a research study. Your participation in this online survey is completely voluntary. If you decide to participate in the survey, you are free to withdraw at any time. This study aims to investigate/understand perceived trauma associated with COVID-19 induced social isolation. You can participate if you are an adult individual 18 years or older in the Evansville community. Although the results of this study may be published, no information that could identify you will be included. This study involves minimal risk, however some of the survey questions may pertain to sensitive topics that could be emotional for some participants. University of Evansville Psychology students may have the potential to earn extra credit in their course as a result of participating however non-University of Evansville students will not be compensated for their participation in our research.

You can participate through the following link:

* Make a Difference and Get Class Credit

Changelab logo.

Don’t wait until you graduate – make a difference now! Check out the list of ChangeLab courses available for the Spring semester. For more information, visit

* Still Available: CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) Grant Application

Emergency funding through the HEERF Grant is still available for expenses that resulted in additional costs related to your participation in academic and college-related activities due to COVID-19.

Please be aware that funding is limited and a valid 2020-21 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) submission is required for grant consideration. Applications will be processed as received until federal funds provided have been exhausted.

Apply for the HEERF Grant.

* 2021-2022 FAFSA is Open

File the 2021-22 FAFSA by April 15 at

Continuing students should file the 2021-22 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to apply for federal, state and University need-based financial aid, including all federal student loans. UE's FAFSA code is 001795.

Filing by April 15 is essential for Indiana residents to receive state aid, and highly recommended for all.

Questions regarding the FAFSA should be directed to the Student Financial Services (Olmsted Administration Hall, Room 105) at 812-488-2364.

* Winter Intersession Courses

Get ahead by taking Winter Intersession online courses. Complete a missing required course, lighten your spring load, and take advantage of the longer winter break. Classes run December 10, 2020 to January 15, 2021, and students may take up to two courses. Discuss it with your advisor and begin registration November 2, 2020.

Check out the list of courses.

Winter Intersession Courses

Winter Intersession Courses
ACCT 398 3 Internship in Accounting Morgan
ACCT 211 3 Introduction to Managerial Accounting Taylor
ART 105 3 Introduction to the Visual Arts Larmann
ASTR 101 3 Descriptive Astronomy Braun
AT 180 3 Introduction to Athletic Training Tilly
BIOL 107 4 General Biology Aldred
BUS 100 3 Introduction to Business Fenton J
BUS 398 3 Internship in Business Morgan
CHEM 103 3 Chemistry of Adult Beverages Miller
CHEM 118 4 Principles of Chemistry Miller-Morong
COMM 380 3 Intercultural Communication Thomlison
COMM 130 3 Introduction to Communication Wandel
COMM 221 3 Media Writing Wandel
COMM 333 3 News Copyediting Wandel
ECON 101 3 Principles of Macroeconomics Bayar
ECON 102 3 Principles of Microeconomics Bayar
ECON 398 3 Internship in Economics Morgan
ES 103 3 Fundamentals of Environmental Science Thananatthanachon
ETH/PHIL 121 3 Introduction to Ethics Kretz
EXSS 150 2 Introduction to Health Sciences Laughbaum
EXSS 320 3 Nutrition for Performance and Health Rodd
EXSS 488 1-2 Internship Rodd
EXSS 488 TBD Internship Wilson
FIN 361 3 Fundamentals of Finance Brockman C
FIN 478 3 Risk Management Khan
GEOL 130 3 Environmental Geology Swenty
GT 225 3 Lifespan Development Hennon
HSA 405/505 3 Health Care Systems Stroube
HSA 498/529 1 Health Service Field Experience Stroube
LAW 201 3 Legal Environment of Business Fenton
LSCM 350 3 Humanitarian Logistics Obaze
MATH 105 3 College Algebra Dwyer-Salminen
MATH 134 3 Surveys of Calculus Dwyer-Salminen
MATH 221 4 Calculus 1 Dwyer-Salminen
MATH 222 4 Calculus 2 Dwyer-Salminen
MATH 323 4 Calculus 3 Dwyer-Salminen
MATH 324 3 Differential Equations Dwyer-Salminen
MATH 365 3 Probability Gruenwald
MGT 497 3 Global Strategic Management Fenton H
MGT 377 3 Organizational Behavior Fenton H
MGT 331 3 International Business Strategy Fox
MUS 156 3 Music in America Strandberg
NEUR 125 3 Introduction to Behavioral Neuroscience Campese
NUTR 304 3 Nutrition Concepts and Controversies Rea
PH 190 3 Introduction to Public Health Patel-Dovlatabadi
PH 195 3 Global Health Issues Patel-Dovlatabadi
PH 488 1-3 Internship Patel-Dovlatabadi
PH 598 1-3 Public Health Practicum Patel-Dovlatabadi
PHYS 121 4 Algebra Physics 1 (includes lab(121L)) Stamm
PSCI 100 3 World Politics Kim
PSYC 121 3 Introduction to Psychology Campese
PSYC 245 4 Statistics for Psychologists Campese
PSYC 225 3 Lifespan Development Hennon
PSYC 226 3 Child and Adolescent Psychology Hennon
PSYC 229 3 Social Psychology Stevenson
PSYC 320 3 Psychology and the Law Stevenson
PSYC 431 3 Stereotyping, Racism, and Prejudice Stevenson
QM 227 3 Introduction to Statistics Khormali
REL 212 3 Living World Religions Gupta
SOC 105 3 Introduction to Sociology Plikuhn
SOC 230 3 Social Problems in the Modern World Plikuhn
SOC 350 3 Popular Culture Plikuhn
SPAN 211 3 Intermediate Spanish 1 Rodriguez Quevedo
STAT 166 1 Introduction to R for Data Science Weber




* Ebeling Presents at Bible and Archaeology Fest

Associate Professor of Archaeology Jennie Ebeling was one of twenty international scholars to speak in the Biblical Archaeology Society's 23rd Annual Bible and Archaeology Fest October 24-25 by Zoom. In a presentation entitled "Expectation vs. Reality: Great Fails in Biblical Archaeology," Ebeling talked about the failures of American Biblical Archaeology in its heyday in the first half of the 20th century and the challenges American archaeologists working in Israel face today.

* Art Professor Stephanie Frasier Attends Virtual Adobe MAX The Creativity Conference

Art Professor Stephanie Frasier Attends Virtual Adobe MAX The Creativity Conference. The virtual event was held Oct 20–22, 2020. The conference provided the latest Creative Cloud products, features, and innovations. A variety of sessions were available to showcase the world's best creative apps and services.

* Biology Faculty Awarded NSF Grant

Dr. Joyce Stamm has been awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) as a co-principal investigator on a three-year, $300,000 project: “ A Multi-institutional Course-Based Undergraduate Research Experience in Genetics”. This project, which is led by Dr. Jacob Kagey at the University of Detroit Mercy, and has co-principal investigators from a total of four institutions, seeks to make research experiences more accessible to undergraduate students, and to examine how the number of different research experiences students have affects their academic and career success. The grant is part of NSF’s Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE) program, which seeks to enhance STEM education for undergraduate students by using different approaches and new knowledge about teaching and learning.

Dr. Stamm has been collaborating with Dr. Kagey on this project since 2017, by incorporating a semester-long research project, where students map genetic mutations that cause tumor formation in fruit flies, in her Biology 331 (Genetics) course. These mutations can offer clues to what goes wrong in similar diseases in humans. To date, two papers including fourteen UE student co-authors have been published describing the results of this work. More recently, Dr. Julie Merkle has also joined the project, which now includes faculty at a total of seven institutions. The NSF grant will allow the expansion of the project to a total of 20 institutions, with a goal of making research experiences more accessible for students historically underrepresented in biomedical research, including those at community colleges and institutions with large minority populations.

* Thananatthanachon publishes paper with undergraduate research students

Dr. Todsapon Thananatthanachon, Associate Professor of Chemistry, along with three former undergraduate research students, recently published a paper in Energy Technology entitled "Sugars as Novel, Effective, and Renewable Hydrogen Sources in Dehydrogenation and Catalytic Transfer Hydrogenation Reactions."

* Clark Kimberling Has Research Article Published

Clark Kimberling, professor of mathematics, has a research paper entitled "Lucas Representations of Positive Integers" in the current volume of the Journal of Integer Sequences.

A pdf of the article can be downloaded from



* Fernando Morales named head coach of Puerto Rico National Team

After serving as the captain of the Puerto Rico National Team in his days as a player, University of Evansville head volleyball coach Fernando Morales has been named the head coach of the Puerto Rico Women’s Volleyball National Team.

This appointment will not have any impact on Morales’ work with the Purple Aces as the national team plays most of their games during the summer.

“It is always an athlete’s dream to be able to represent their country and I was able to do it for 10 years. To get the opportunity to do it as a coach is a dream come true,” Morales said. “We have a great group and having the support from the veteran players in the national team is very big for me. We think we can do great things together and we will work hard towards our goals.”

“I want to thank Mark Spencer and Sarah Solinsky for understanding what this means and giving me the green light to follow this dream,” Morales continued. “I have a great staff in Melissa (Rabell) and Jesus (Echevarria), it is going to be a lot of work but very doable with their help.”

Morales will assume the head coaching duties as the team prepares to make a run to the 2024 Olympics. There are two ways for his team to qualify. They will play in the regional qualifier that includes North America, Central America and the Caribbean with the chance to advance to the Olympics. In 2022, his Puerto Rico will take part in the World Championships in the Netherlands, which also provide the opportunity to become one of the 12 teams that will play in the Olympics.

“We are very happy that Fernando accepted the challenge, he is a very talented young coach who knows how to reach his players. We have no doubts that our plan will be implemented to take our team to the highest level, "exclaimed president of the Puerto Rican Volleyball Federation Dr. César Trabanco.

His college coaching career began in 2018 as an assistant at UE before being named the interim head coach in early 2019. After serving in an interim capacity through the first two months of the season, he was elevated to the head coaching position in October of 2019.

The impact Morales had on the UE program was immediate. He led the team to a 16-14 record in 2019 along with a 6th place finish in the Missouri Valley Conference. It was the first winning record for UE since 2010 and the first berth in the conference tournament since 2008. On the individual side – freshman Melanie Feliciano had one of the best debut seasons in the Aces record books. Her 456 kills was the most for an Evansville freshman in program history and she finished in the top three in kill average in the MVC and among all freshmen in the NCAA.

He directed senior Gabriela Macedo to a record-breaking performance on the defensive side of the floor, setting the single season program mark with 704 digs, second-best in Valley history. She set the single-match mark with 46.

Last year, Morales worked with the Puerto Rico National Team as an assistant coach. The team played in the NORCECA Women’s Qualification Tournament, which also included Canada, Mexico and the Dominican Republic.

His dedication towards his country spans over a decade. As a player, he was the National Team Captain and took his career to the professional level where he played for 19 seasons, 12 of them coming overseas.


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