University of Evansville


Wednesday, August 23, 2023

* New Faculty

Juliet Aura, Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology.
Dr. Aura graduated in 2009 from Kenyatta University with a bachelor degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management. From Stephen F. Austin State University, she earned a Master’s in School Psychology in 2019 and a Doctorate in School Psychology in 2021.

Paige Baumann, Clinical Assistant Professor of Nursing.
Professor Baumann graduated from the University of Louisville with a B.S.N. degree (summa cum laude) in 2017, and she received an M.S.N. degree from Ball State University in 2021. She is currently working towards a D.N.P. degree from Northern Kentucky University.

Debsmita Biswas, Clinical Assistant Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering.
Dr. Biswas received her Bachelor of Technology degree in 2014 from West Bengal University of Technology. She earned her M.S. (May 2022) and Ph.D. (December 2022) degrees in Electrical Engineering from Louisiana State University.

Scott Carpenter, Visiting Assistant Professor, Technical Director/Production Manager.
Professor Carpenter is a 2007 University of Evansville graduate who holds a B.S. degree in Theatre Design and Technology.

Billie Chandler, Clinical Coordinator/Instructor for Physician Assistant Science Program.
Professor Chandler earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration/Marketing Emphasis from the University of Southern Indiana in 1996.

Kyle Clark, Visiting Assistant Professor of Archaeology.
Dr. Clark received his B.A. from the University of Oregon in 2012. In 2014, he earned his M.A. from Florida State University, and he received his Ph.D. in 2021 from the University of Missouri.

Emily Denne, Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology.
Dr. Denne is a University of Evansville graduate who earned her B.S. in Psychology and Minor in Studio Art in 2016. She also earned her M.S. in Social Psychology and Law in 2021 and a Ph.D. in Social Psychology and Law in 2022 from Arizona State University.

Kayla Guzman, Clinical Assistant Professor of Nursing.
Professor Guzman earned a B.S.N. degree from the University of Southern Indiana in 2014. She also earned her M.S.N. degree from Western Governors University in Nursing Education in 2022.

Matthew Harmon, Assistant Professor of Nurse Anesthesia.
Dr. Harmon holds an A.S.N. degree from Lincoln Memorial University from 2012, and his R.N. to B.S.N. degree from the University of Kentucky from 2013. He also earned a B.S.N. to D.N.P. degree in 2017 from Murray State University where he is currently pursuing an M.B.A. degree with a concentration in Healthcare Administration.

Tommy Housman, Instructor of Communication.
Professor Housman received a TC/AS/AAS degree in Visual Communications from Ivy Tech in 2016. From the University of Evansville, he earned a B.S. in Visual Communications Graphic Design in 2018.

Fahad Humayun, Assistant Professor of Communication.
Dr. Humayun graduated from National University of Sciences and Technology in Pakistan with a B.S. degree in Mass Communication in 2008. He received his M.A. degree in Media and Communication Science in 2014 from Ilmenau University of Technology in Germany. His Ph.D. degree in Journalism Studies was received in 2023 from the University of Colorado.

Liz Jenkins, Visiting Assistant Professor of Acting.
Professor Liz Jenkins is a UE graduate who received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 2005. She also received her Masters of Fine Arts degree from the University of California-San Diego in 2008.

Doug Johnson, Lecturer, APR Grant Coordinator.
Professor Johnson holds a B.S. degree in Biology Education from the University of Kansas, Lawrence, from 1974. He also has his M.A. degree in Education of Gifted/Talented Children which he earned in 1981 from the University of Connecticut, Storrs.

Kim Johnson, Clinical Assistant Professor of Masters in Education Program/Coordinator.
Professor Johnson earned from Indiana State University her B.S. degree in Elementary Education in 1978 and her M.S. degree in Elementary Education in 1983. She also holds a license in Elementary Administration and Supervision from Indiana State University that she earned in 1996.

Darlena Jones, Assistant Professor of Nurse Anesthesia.
Dr. Jones graduated from Henderson Community College in 2002 with an A.D.N. degree. From Murray State University, she earned a B.S.N. degree in 2005 (summa cum laude). In 2009, she received an M.S.N. degree from THS/MSU Program of Anesthesia. In 2016, she received her D.N.P. degree from Murray State University.

Rachel Maurer, Clinical Assistant Professor of Music Therapy.
Professor Maurer is a UE graduate who received a Bachelor of Music in Music Education in 2005 and a Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy in 2006 with a minor in Psychology. From Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, she received a Masters of Arts in Music Therapy degree in 2011.

Aleksander Nagornay, Assistant Professor of Nurse Anesthesia.
Dr. Nagornay earned an associate degree in Nursing in 2006 and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree in 2015 both from Western Kentucky University. From Baptist Health-Murray State University Program of Anesthesia, he earned his Doctorate of Nursing Practice degree (Nurse Anesthesiology track) in 2019.

Wesley Oliver, Clinical Assistant Professor of Nurse Anesthesia and Director of Clinical Education.
Professor Oliver earned an Associates of Science in Nursing from Excelsior College in 2012, and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Arkansas in 2018. He also received his Masters in Nurse Anesthesia from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 2021.

Jon Robertson, Sound Design Engineer for Creative Technologies.
Professor Robertson earned a B.M. degree in Music Composition in 2005 from the University of Arizona. He received an M.M. degree in Music Composition in 2011 and his M.F.A. degree in Sound Design in 2016 both from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Jessica Snow, Assistant Professor of Health Sciences.
Dr. Snow received a B.S. in Biology in French from the University of Illinois in 2003, and she received a Ph.D. degree in Biomedical Sciences in 2009 from the University of New Mexico.

Clara Strong, Visiting Assistant Professor of Creative Writing.
Professor Strong earned a B.A. in Psychology in 2016 from Antioch College, and her M.F.A. in Literature and Creative Writing in 2020 from Bennington Writing Seminars.

Michael Turlington, Assistant Professor of Chemistry.
Dr. Turlington graduated in 2016 from Furman University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry. In 2021, he earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Fran Vile, Clinical Assistant Professor of Music.
Professor Vile earned his Associate in Applied Science in Music in 1980 from Onondaga Community College. He also earned his Bachelor of Music in 1982 from Ashland College. He then went on to receive a Master of Science in Music Education in 1984 from Indiana State University.

Submitted by Tobi Audas

Upcoming Events

* Student Job Fair

Looking for a part time job with a flexible schedule to accommodate your classes? Working on campus is a great option! Join us for our Student Job Fair where more than 20 different on campus employers will be looking for you!

Tuesday, August 29th


First floor of Ridgway University Center

Submitted by Amanda Wood
* Diversity Fest Moves Location due to Weather

Due to the inclement weather forecast for later in the week, UE's Diversity Fest has now been moved to Eykamp Hall. The event is scheduled for Thursday, August 24 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and features games, a live DJ, wing bar, and representatives from multiple student organizations. Come enjoy the fun, and stay cool!

Submitted by Noah Alatza
* ChangeLab Fair

Learn about ChangeLab courses, meet other ChangeLabbers, and register for a course. Everyone is welcome.
Monday, August 28 4:00 to 6:00 in the Multicultural Student Commons, 2nd floor Ridgway.

Submitted by Dina Willming
* Tashi Kyil Monks Presentation and Unveiling of Sue Morrison's "Monks"

The Tashi Kyil Monks of India are visiting campus on August 28 at 10 am in Neu Chapel. Their presentation and dance will be followed by a blessing of Sue Morrison's "Monks" stain glass piece, to be unveiled on the second floor of the Ridgway University Center. All are welcome to attend the presentation and blessing. Sue Morrison was a part of the founding class of Harlaxton College. Several of her stain glass pieces are housed around campus, one of her most famous being "We Are All Bigger on the Inside than on the Outside," affectionately known as "The Lion Window" amongst the UE community. More information on the Tashi Kyil Monks can be found here:

Submitted by Morgan Lamberton
* UE Jazz Band Auditions

UE Jazz Band Auditions will take place on Wednesday, August 23 from 5:00 - 7:00 PM and Thursday, August 24 from 12:00 - 1:30 PM. Auditions will take place in the Fine Arts Buidling in Room 130 (Dr. du Preez's office).

More audition information can be found at:

The Audition will consist of:

Blues Scales (you can use the scale sheet)
Two Excerpts (see posted PDF's)
Sight Reading

For further information, please contact Charles du Preez (

Submitted by Charles du Preez
* Save the Date - UE Majors and Minors Fair

Save the date for the UE Majors and Minors Fair on Tuesday, October 17, 2023, from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. in Eykamp Hall.

Faculty, students, and alumni along with campus support teams will provide information about their discipline, professional outcomes, education programs, academic support, social innovation, and much more.

Watch for additional information coming soon. Contact Paula Heldt at or 812-488-2479 with questions.

Submitted by Paula Heldt
* Join UE Orchestras

Students, staff, faculty, and administrators are invited to play in the University Symphony Orchestra and String Ensemble. The University Symphony Orchestra meets on Monday at 5:30 p.m. and Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. The String Chamber Ensemble meets on Thursday at 4 p.m. in the Krannert Hall of Fine Arts. Please E-mail Dr. Chun-Ming Chen, director of orchestral activities, at for more information.

Submitted by Chun-Ming Chen
* Choir Auditions for Students, Faculty, and Staff

Anyone with a love of singing is welcome to audition for the UE Choir program. Choir auditions will be held Tuesday, August 22, Wednesday August 23, and Thursday August 24. For current UE students, to schedule an audition:

For UE Faculty or Staff who are interested in singing in choir, please email the Director of Choral Activities directly to schedule an audition:

Submitted by Dennis Malfatti
* UE Wind Ensemble Auditions

Auditions for the UE Wind Ensemble will be:

  • Tuesday, August 22, 2023 2:00 - 4:00pm
  • Wednesday, August 23, 2023 7:00 - 9:00pm
  • Thursday, August 24, 2023 3:00 - 5:30pm

Information and excerpts are located at:

Auditions are held in Krannert Hall of Fine Arts, Room 103. Please sign up for an audition at:

For further information, please contact Dr. Kenneth Steinsultz (

Submitted by Kenneth Steinsultz
* Volunteers Needed | United Way Day of Caring

United Way of Southwestern Indiana's Day of Caring will be held on Friday, September 15! This is the largest service day in the area where volunteers give their time and energy to help non-profit organizations in Vanderburgh, Spencer, and Warrick counties.

This year, UE will continue to partner with the Buffalo Trace Council of the Boy Scouts of America, located at the Eykamp Scout Center. There are many different projects for volunteers to work on, such as general landscaping, pressure washing, organizing program supplies, and more! Participating employees WILL NOT need to use a vacation day but are required to obtain approval from respective supervisors.

Sign up by talking to your division/department Champion (listed below). Registration closes on Monday, August 21!

  • Academic Affairs: Marisa Patterson-Knox
  • College of Arts & Sciences: Kristy Miller
  • College of Education & Health Sciences: Joanie Moyer
  • College of Business & Engineering: Rachel Roscoe
  • Student Affairs: Will McDonner
  • Fiscal Affairs: Jenni Sauls
  • Advancement: Angie Smith
  • Enrollment & Marketing: Catie Taylor
  • Athletics: Morgan McDowell

Please contact Rachel Roscoe with any questions at or 812.488.5004.

Submitted by Rachel Roscoe
* Pop Up Boutique Returning

The University of Evansville's Pop Up Boutique is making a comeback now through September 5.

This is your chance to snag some stylish and sophisticated UE branded professional wear that showcases your pride in being part of our institution.

Placing your order is a breeze! Simply visit the UE Pop Up Boutique website at the following link:

Submitted by Noah Alatza
* Purple Patrol Fall 2023 Volunteers

Purple Patrol is starting back up for the Fall 2023 semester, and we need volunteers!

We are so excited for Purple Patrol this semester!

Submitted by Abigail Perry

Info You Should Know

* UE Planners Are Here

The 2023-2024 UE Planners are HERE! Keep track of your assignments, important to-do list items, and organize your busy academic, social, personal life with this FREE tool. The UE Planner book also includes a student resource guide and built-in important university deadlines and event dates.

Get your FREE planner at the Solution Station table in Ridgway this Friday, August 25, from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

Planners are also available NOW in Academic Services (Olmsted 116). Just ask!

Don’t miss out on this great FREE resource! Come by and ask for one.

Submitted by Chad Hart
* New Campus Key procedure

Facilities Management & Planning has updated both the University Key Policy and Key request submission procedure.

Look for the University Key Policy at;

Find the Key Request Form at; which is in My UE portal/UE Workflow tool and click the Facilities tab at the top, and then click on key request. The online submission process is streamlined and will notify individuals where the key request is in our system.

Key pickup and return can be done on Mondays from 2 PM – 4 PM and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 AM – 2 PM. If you are unable to stop by during these hours, please contact us to setup an alternative appointment.

We look forward to the 2023-2024 Academic Year and our office is always available to assist the campus.

Please contact us at 812-488-2775 or email for any questions regarding our services.

Submitted by LISA CRESCI
* Men's Basketball Sport Science Internship

UE Men's Basketball is looking for students at either the professional, graduate, or undergrad level with a background in Microsoft Office, statistics, and programming (R, Python, etc.), as well as students with an experience in kinesiology and biomechanics to assist with data collection, processing, analysis, and report building for sport science initiatives and projects here at UE. Students will be immersed in the day-to-day operations of the basketball team and sports performance.

If any student is interested, please email a resume to Jeremy Portillo ( Interviews will be conducted immediately.

Submitted by Jeremy Portillo
* Welcome the Evansville Promise Neighborhood Team

The University of Evansville (UE) recently hired five talented individuals who will be joining the Evansville Promise Neighborhood (EPN) team. This significant step forward is a result of UE's commitment to the EPN initiative and our continuous efforts to foster positive change in our community.

As you may recall, in March, UE proudly announced the receipt of a $30 million federal grant program from the United States Department of Education (DOE) to establish Evansville's Promise Neighborhood. This esteemed grant places UE as one of only three neighborhoods in the nation to be awarded this honor in 2023. Our involvement in the new cohort founded this year signifies the tremendous impact we aim to make on education, growth, and prosperity within the neighborhood.

Over the past few months, the Center for Innovation & Change, where the Promise employees will be housed, together with the Promise Neighborhood partners, diligently worked to source applications, and conduct thorough interviews to ensure we select the most qualified candidates for these crucial roles. Today, we extend a warm welcome to the following new members who have now become part of the UE family:

Director – Derek McKillop: Derek brings invaluable experience as the immediate past Director of Community Learning Centers for the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation. His expertise in leveraging federal grant opportunities for youth, resource management, and empowering the communities he serves will undoubtedly contribute to the success of the Evansville Promise Neighborhood. Derek holds a bachelor's degree in business from the University of Strathclyde in Scotland and has received graduate training from Harvard in building partnerships for equity, justice, and student success.

Program Coordinator – Lisa Allen: Lisa joins us with a wealth of experience and a service-oriented mindset. Previously serving as an Employment Specialist for Work One Southwest in Evansville, Lisa's well-connected nature and empathetic approach will be instrumental in coordinating programs and managing calendars. She has been actively involved in various neighborhood organizations such as Head Start, Catholic Charities, Job Works, and Youth Build. Lisa earned her bachelor's degree in early childhood education from the University of Southern Indiana.

Marketing Coordinator – Irais Ibarra: We are delighted to have Irais, a recent graduate of the University of Evansville, on our team. With a bachelor's degree in marketing, Irais brings a fresh perspective and innovative marketing techniques. Her leadership as the former Chief Executive Officer of Embrace Marketing Agency, a student-run ChangeLab at UE, has allowed her to work closely with Promise Neighborhood organizations and partners, fostering her passion for serving non-profits.

Data & Program Evaluation Manager – Dr. Stephanie Doneske: Dr. Doneske, a research scientist and PhD-trained chemical engineer, brings a unique blend of expertise to the team. Previously, she taught math and chemistry in the local school system while working at a biotech start-up in Houston. Driven by a passion for community improvement and a deep love for learning, we are confident she will be an exceptional partner for our data team at UE and with Diehl Consulting.

Grant Accountant – Renee Heil: Renee, previously the Finance and Operations Senior Manager for Junior Achievement, joins us as the Grant Accountant. With her Master's in Accountancy and proven ability to ask the right questions and develop effective solutions, Renee will be an invaluable asset in managing the funds necessary to complete the work of the Promise Neighborhood.

Submitted by Noah Alatza
* Student Handbook Updated

The Student Handbook for the 2023-2024 school year has been updated and is available on the Dean of Students website:

Please contact the Vice President of Student Affairs/Dean of Students Office if you have any questions at or 812-488-2500.

Submitted by Shelby Gardner
* Employee Columbia Store Dates Coming Soon



08/18/2023 - 09/10/2023

business card | membership card |
company email signature | pay stub |
original email | other form of affiliation

2480 US Hwy 41 North
Henderson KY, 42420
SUN - THUR: 10A - 6P
FRI - SAT: 10A - 7P

Questions? Please email:

*Licensee Product Starts at 25% off. Valid for you and up to 4 guests for multiple visits during your invite period. Columbia reserves the right to modify or cancel this offer at any time. Please present this original invitation to the receptionist for entry and again at checkout. This invitation is non-transferable. You must be present during shopping. The products purchased are intended solely for the buyer’s own personal use, including gifts to others. Resale of products is strictly prohibited. Columbia Sportswear limits the number of items purchased to no more than 10 of the same style. For team and company purchases, please speak to a member of our store management team. Offer may not be combined with any other offer or discount. Valid from dates listed above. ©2023 Columbia Brands USA, LLC.

Submitted by Lori LeDuc
* Employee Fall Health Risk Assessment

Employee & Spouse Fall Health Risk Assessments will take place September 11th -13th from 7:00am -10:45am each day in Eykamp Room 251. Complete your health risk assessment and earn HRA credits. This health risk assessment is available for UE employees and their spouses on the UE medical insurance plan. Please remember, fasting 8-10 hours is recommended. Water and Black coffee are allowed. Please take maintenance medications as prescribed, as long as they are not required to be taken with food. Please click the link below to sign up today!

Submitted by Haley Karges
* Lytho Tip of the Week: how to download deliverables

Read this article on how to download deliverables on Lytho!

Submitted by Abigail Perry
* Lytho one on one lessons

The Office of Marketing and Communications is offering 1:1 learning sessions for Lytho, the University workflow system for marketing requests and materials. If you are still trying to navigate Lytho or want to learn more about its tricks and tools, the session can cover:

  • Submitting requests
  • Marking up changes to your proofs and leaving comments
  • Review statuses
  • Accessing deliverables (completed files)
  • And more

This is open to any faculty, staff, or administrator that has used Lytho or is planning to. For more information, please contact Abigail Perry at

Submitted by Abigail Perry
* Floor Cleaning Notice for Multiple Buildings

Floor Cleaning Notice for Multiple Buildings (See Impact Below)

Questions or Concerns Regarding this Work: Bob Dale,

Description of Work:
A contractor will conduct annual floor cleaning per the schedule listed below. If your building is not listed, it has already been cleaned or will be completed during Christmas Break. Facilities Maintenance Services technicians will move trash containers, recycling bins, chairs, and floor mats. A blue sticker will be placed on the office doorknob when work is finished.

Affected Dates and Buildings:
Sunday, August 6 through Thursday, September 14, 2023
Week of August 6 through August 10: Krannert Hall
Week of August 13 through August 17: Igleheart Building
Week of August 20 through August 24: Sampson Hall
Week of August 27 through August 31: Libraries
Week of September 3 through September 7: Neu Chapel
Week of September 10 through September 14: General Services Building

Impact for Occupants:
There will be intermittent noise, vibrations, and non-toxic odors associated with this work.

Action(s) Required:

  • Remove any paper, boxes, and personal belongings from your office floor prior to the scheduled cleaning date.
  • Please allow time for the floor to dry prior to placing objects on the floor.
  • To have your research lab floors cleaned, contact the Facilities Service Center at 812-488-2775 prior to the scheduled cleaning date.

Thank you for your patience as we maintain our beautiful campus.
To report a facilities emergency, call (812) 488-2775

Submitted by Karen McDonald


* Faculty Members Presented Purple Tams at Academic Convocation

Each year, the University of Evansville holds a Purple Tam Ceremony, which is a significant moment during Academic Convocation. Purple tams are awarded to members of the faculty who have achieved the rank of full professor, which indicates their service to UE. The awarding of a purple tam is symbolic of UE's gratitude to these professors and their contributions to this institution. The purple velvet tams, which are seen at every official academic event, provide a visible sign of achievement.

Purple Tams were presented at Academic Convocation on Tuesday, August 22.

Omer Bayar, Department of Economics

Dr. Bayar received his B.A. degree in Management from Bogazici University in Istanbul, Turkey.  He earned his Ph.D. in Economics with concentrations in monetary economics, international economics, and applied econometrics from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in 2010. He is the recipient of United Methodist Exemplary Teacher Award from the University of Evansville for 2015-2016, Class of 1961 Faculty Fellowship Award from the University of Evansville for 2014-2015, Dean’s Research Award from the Schroeder School of Business at the University of Evansville for 2014-2015 and 2020-2021, Dean’s Teaching Award from the Schroeder School of Business at the University of Evansville for 2012-2013 and 2015-2016, and J. Fred and Wilma A. Holly Fellowship from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, for 2006-2010.

Stephen Boulmetis, Department of Theatre

Professor Boulmetis received a B.F.A. from the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music in 1996 and his M.F.A. from Boston University in 2002.  He has been a member of the United Scenic Artists Local 829 since 2003 coinciding with his first Broadway show Six Dance Lessons in six weeks, as an Assistant Lighting Designer. Professor Boulmetis started teaching at U.E. in 2010 designing more than 25 productions for the campus community.  His professional credits span the entertainment industry in television, fashion shows, cruise lines, theme parks, corporate events, various regional theatre and architectural projects. His additional Broadway credits include Associate Lighting Designer for The Drowsy Chaperone, Assistant Lighting Designer for Ring of Fire, Whoopi, Old Acquaintance, Butley, and Prymate.

Noah Gordon, Department of Biology

Dr. Gordon earned a Bachelor of General Studies degree from the University of Connecticut in 1998 and his M.S. in Zoology in 2001. He earned his Ph.D. in Biology from the University of Missouri in 2008. His research specializes in behavior and physiology of vertebrates. Much of his recent work has been exploring the climate change induced range expansion of green treefrogs (Hyla cinerea). He has received several grants and awards including the Biology Department Ivory Tower Award in 2022, the Sadelle & Sydney Berger Award for Scholarship in 2021, two Global Scholar Awards (2018 and 2021), one for exploring research and teaching opportunities for U.E. students in Namibia, and the other for facilitating student research experiences in Costa Rica. He has collaborated with over twenty students on over a dozen UExplore grants for summer research projects.

Dr. Gordon teaches a diverse array of biology courses for both majors and non-majors. His chair notes that what is especially noteworthy about Dr. Gordon's teaching pedagogy, regardless of the courses he teaches, is his commitment to student-centered learning. In particular, he implements a variety of participation-oriented experiences into each of his courses, allowing students to actively engage in the learning process. Recent student experiences have included practicing grant writing, monitoring animals in partnership with Mesker Zoo, and politely prodding government representatives. Service to UE and the surrounding community has been a cornerstone of Dr. Gordon's work. In the community some of his work has included volunteering for Wesselman Woods, the IN Department of Natural Resources technical advisory committee, and Ohio river cleanup efforts. At UE he has made numerous service contributions. He meets regularly with visiting students, he spearheaded the committee that revised student teaching evaluations, and, as his dean noted, Dr. Gordon "chaired the faculty senate at a particularly difficult time."

Kristina Hochwender, Department of English

Dr. Hochwender received her B.A. from Cornell College, and her M.A. and Ph.D. from Washington University in St. Louis.  Since 2007, she has taught literature at U.E.  Alongside her interest in literature for children, her research centers on the Victorian clerical novel, and particularly the ways in which the clergyman--in the words of Samuel Butler, "a kind of human Sunday"--mediates national and religious identities and crises in novels that captured the Victorian imagination throughout the latter 19th century.  She has published work in the Journal of Victorian Literature OnlineThe Victorian Web, and Religion and Literature.  Dr. Hochwender teaches courses in Children's and Young Adult literature, as well as courses in the British Novel, the novels of Jane Austen, Eighteenth Century literature, and Victorian literature.  She received the Dean's Teaching Award in 2017 and the Berger Award for Service in 2022.

Rania Mousa, Department of Accounting

Dr. Mousa is the Mead Johnson Nutrition Endowed Chair in Business. She earned her B.A. in Accounting from the American University in Cairo, Egypt (2000).  She received an M.B.A. degree from Illinois Institute of Technology (2002), and a Ph.D. in Accounting from the University of Birmingham, U.K. (2010). Dr. Mousa's main teaching interests are financial accounting, accounting information systems, computer accounting, and forensic accounting. Her research interests include accounting information systems, financial and non-financial reporting, forensic accounting, and accounting education.

Mari Plikuhn, Department of Sociology

Dr. Plikuhn received from Purdue University Calumet a B.A. degree in Sociology and Clinical Psychology with a minor in English with Distinction in 2001, and she also received her M.S. degree in Child Development and Family Studies in 2004.  From Purdue University, she received an M.S. degree in Sociology in 2005.  Her Ph.D. was earned from Purdue University in 2010 in Sociology with a graduate minor in gerontology.  Her area of research specialization is in family sociology, specifically in the success of first-generation college students.  She was named U.E.’s Outstanding Teacher of the Year in 2012, presented the Berger Award for Service in 2016, and awarded the Eykamp Prize for Extraordinary Contributions to the University in 2022.  Currently, she is the Director of the Gerontology Center at U.E., and serves as the Director of Sociology Programs.

Phil Plisky, Department of Physical Therapy

Dr. Plisky received his B.S. and Master of Physical Therapy degrees from U.E.  He earned a Doctor of Science degree in Orthopedic Physical Therapy from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. He is a Certified Athletic Trainer and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with over 25 years of experience and is a board-certified clinical specialist in orthopedics through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. He teaches within the musculoskeletal and leadership/practice administration areas of the Doctor of Physical Therapy curriculum.  He has published 35 original research articles in leading scientific journals, 60 peer-reviewed scientific presentations, several book chapters, and has lectured internationally on injury prevention and field expedient movement testing.  Dr. Plisky has received multiple research grants totaling over three million dollars from federal and private agencies for performance and injury prevention studies.  His current research is focused on comprehensive movement and performance testing and interventions in athletes and military personnel.  He is a performance systems consultant with numerous collegiate and professional teams and the U.S. military. In addition, he serves as a manuscript reviewer for several scientific journals. He is actively engaged in patient care in his own private practice in Evansville, Indiana, and is the Director of U.E. Residency Programs.

Submitted by Noah Alatza
* Biology Professor Published Research Article

Dale Edwards, professor and chair of biology, co-authored a paper with his son Owen Edwards in a recent issue of The Journal of Herpetology. The title of the article is Range Expansion and Dispersal Traits of Green Treefrogs (Hyla cinerea). This research compared femur lengths of H. cinerea from historical- and expanded-range populations to test whether these latter populations may have undergone divergence in a morphological trait to enhance their dispersal ability. Indeed, the results indicate that native expanded-range populations of these frogs have significantly larger femur lengths than those from the historical range. Rapid shifts in a morphological trait among populations of H. cinerea from the expanded range appear to mimic morphological trade-offs observed for invasive species of frogs.

Submitted by Joss Torres-Edwards
* Professor Azarian Speaks at the National Meeting of the Mathematical Association of America (MathFest 2023)

Mohammad K. Azarian, Professor of Mathematics, presented a paper entitled, "Strategies and Challenges in Creating Original, Interesting, and Publishable Mathematical Problems" at the National Meeting of the Mathematical Association of America in Tampa, Florida, August 2-5, 2023.  Also, he co-chaired the contributed paper session, "Problem Creation and Problem Solving" which he co-organized.  He also served as a judge for undergraduate poster session, sponsored by MAA.

Submitted by Mohammad K. Azarian
* UE President Named Vice Chair of NCAA Division I Board of Directors

University of Evansville (UE) President Christopher M. Pietruszkiewicz has been named Vice Chair of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Board of Directors, showcasing his commitment to advancing excellence in higher education and collegiate athletics. Pietruszkiewicz will also continue to serve on the Finance Committee and become the Chair of the Administrative Committee as the NCAA navigates the changing landscape in college sports.

Evansville's sports culture is enriched by NCAA Division I athletics, fostering teamwork, discipline, and pride among our university and Evansville community, both on and off the field. Pietruszkiewicz's appointment comes as he finishes his term as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Independent Colleges of Indiana, the collective voice for excellence in higher education for all of Indiana's 29 private, non-profit, regionally accredited colleges, and universities.

"In a time of great transformation in collegiate athletics, I am honored to serve our nearly 200,000 Division I student-athletes as they work in the classroom to prepare themselves for a lifetime of success and on the field as they pursue their athletic dreams. We know we have work to do in the next few years and I look forward to being a part of the solution," said Pietruszkiewicz. "I take great pleasure in being a member of an institution that values the significance of athletics in higher education and demonstrates the positive impact it has on the lives of student-athletes and our community."

Submitted by Noah Alatza
* David Unger publishes technical note

Professor Emeritus, David J. Unger, of Mechanical and Civil Engineering has published the technical note, Material Stability Criteria for a Plane Stress Asymptotic Solution for Steady Mode I Crack Growth in an Elastic / Perfectly Plastic Solid in the journal Zeitschrift für angewandte Mathematik und Physik 74:174 (2023), pp. 1-10.

Submitted by David J. Unger

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