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Thursday, October 25, 2012

What's Happening Today

* Want to Perform in UE PRIDE's Annual Drag Show? Sign Up Now!

UE PRIDE is hosting its 10th annual drag show on December 1 and is looking for individual or group performances to compete. The theme is Apocalipstick 2012. Performances do not have to be related to the theme. The competition is a lip syncing and dance competition where the majority of contestants dress as the opposite sex, however this is not required. This philanthropy benefits AIDS Resource Group, Matthew 25, and Planned Parenthood of Indiana.

If you are interested in competing, please email with the organization you will be representing and the names of the people who are participating by November 15. For more information visit

* Faculty - Are You Interested in Purchasing Your Own Regalia?

Faculty interested in purchasing their own regalia are encouraged to talk with the Oak Hall representative on Thursday, October 25 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the UE Bookstore during Commencement Central.  The representative will be able to custom fit you for your garments and answer any questions you may have in regard to purchasing regalia.  He will also be offering a 20% discount during this day only.  There is no obligation to purchase. 

* Help Pi Gamma Mu with Operation: Care Package

Members of Pi Gamma Mu, the International Honor Society in the Social Sciences, are sponsoring Operation Care Package to collect care packages for our troops stationed overseas this holiday season.  It is their goal to have 50 sponsored care packages for Veterans Day, to reach the troops by the holidays.

If a student organization, department, staff organization, group, or individuals would be interested in sponsoring a care package, please email the group's faculty advisor, Dr. Mari Plikuhn ( for more information.

When you sign up to sponsor a care package, you can select the branch of the military you would like to receive your care package: Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, or Coast Guard.  In addition, you can choose to specify the care package to go to a female or male service member. 

Once you are signed up to sponsor a care package, your organization/group will bring the items that you have collected and $13.45 for shipping to Dr. Plikuhn's office in the Department of Law, Politics, and Society in Room 62 in Schroeder Family School of Business Administration Building.  Pi Gamma Mu will provide the shipping boxes, prepare them for shipping, and send out the care packages.

If you have a family member or friend who will be stationed overseas for the holidays, please contact Dr. Plikuhn.  We would love to send care packages to the friends and family of our UE community.

* Make a Change in Evansville with Ace Advocates!

Tonight at 6:30 pm, Ace Advocates will be attending the Annual Assembly of CAJE (Congragations Acting for Justice and Empowerment), where they will decide what social justice issue they will tackle this year.  The event will be at the Nazarene Missionary Baptist Church, at 867 E Walnut Street.  If you want to help make some change in the city of Evansville, attend this event with Ace Advocates, and you will be able to vote between: Housing and Homelessness, Child Welfare, Ex-offender Re-entry and Recidivism, and Fair Finances.  Help make a change in Evansville!

If you need a ride there, email or We will be leaving campus at 6 pm. If social justice is something that interests you, attend our weekly meetings on Sundays at 5:30 pm in Room 272, Schroeder Family School of Business Administration Building.

* Bible Study on Thursday Night

Adventist Campus Ministries will be having Bible study on Thursday night from 7-8 p.m. in Room153 (Eades Music Room) in the McCurdy Wing of Schroeder Family School of Business Administration Building

This week we will be continuing our discussion of "Pre-Flood" Earth and the Garden of Eden in the Bible.
Anyone is welcome to attend and you can contact: Alexandra Statham ( for more details.


* Halloween Item Donations Needed for Newman Service Project

On Monday, Oct. 29, the Newman Club will be holding its annual Halloween party for the children at the Ozanam Family Homeless Shelter, and needs your help to make it a success! Needed donations include candy, costumes for children 10 and under (or items that could make up part of a costume like funny hats or old dance recital costumes), face paint, and items that could be used for Halloween treat bags for the children. We especially need more boys' costumes this year. You can bring items to the Newman Center, to Mass on campus, or to other Newman events. Volunteers are also needed! Contact Jordan Kendrick at with any questions.

* Zeta Tau Alpha Collecting Pink Yoplait Lids to Fight Breast Cancer

Zeta Tau Alpha is collecting Pink Yoplait Lids to help fight breast cancer. There are pink collection boxes
1.) outside of Aces Place
2.) Outside of Room 170 (Smythe Lecture Hall) in Schroeder Family School of Business Administration Building
3.) First Floor of Graves Hall outside of Room 100.

For each lid collected General Mills donates money to Susan G Komen.

You can also give your lids to any member of Zeta Tau Alpha.
Please help us find a Cure for Breast Cancer. The boxes will be up until November 28 (Wednesday after Thanksgiving break).



Upcoming Events

* Doomsday Halloween Bash on Saturday, October 27

The Resident Students Association present Doomsday Halloween Bash on Saturday, October 27, from 8-11 p.m. in Eykamp 252, Ridgway University Center. It is free and there will be food, music, dancing, and much more! The theme is "2012 End of the World," so come ready to party, for it may be the last time according to the Mayans! For more information check out the information table in Ridgway University Center during lunch or dinner, or send questions to Hope to see you there!

* Free "Electoral Dysfunction" Documentary Screening and Panel Discussion Sunday

After playing to enthusiastic crowds at the 2012 Republican and Democratic National Conventions, the nonpartisan political documentary “Electoral Dysfunction” is coming to the University of Evansville — along with film producer/director/writer David Deschamps and one of the film’s principal subjects, Democrat Mike Marshall from North Vernon, Indiana.

The screening of “Electoral Dysfunction” will begin at 7:00 p.m. Sunday, October 28 in Eykamp Hall, Ridgway University Center. After the film, Deschamps and Marshall will hold a panel discussion moderated by Robert Dion, UE associate professor of political science. The event, presented by UE’s Department of Law, Politics, and Society and the Office of University Relations, is free and open to the public. 

“Electoral Dysfunction” follows political humorist Mo Rocca as he sets out on a road trip to see how voting works — and doesn’t work — in America. He heads to Indiana, home to some of the strictest election laws in the country, and meets Republican Dee Dee Benkie and Democrat Mike Marshall, who take him inside their efforts to get out every vote. As he progresses on his journey, Rocca searches for the Electoral College; investigates the debate over Voter ID and voter fraud; critiques ballot design with Todd Oldham; and explores the case of a former felon who was sentenced to 10 years in prison — for the crime of voting.

“Electoral Dysfunction” was written, produced, and directed by David Deschamps, Leslie D. Farrell, and Bennett Singer, whose collective credits include multiple Emmy, Peabody, and duPont-Columbia awards. The film’s host, Mo Rocca, is a correspondent for “CBS Sunday Morning,” a panelist on NPR’s “Wait, Wait ... Don’t Tell Me!,” and a former correspondent for “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.”


* Disability Ultimate Frisbee on November 2

PTA Club Disability Awareness Committee is hosting disability ultimate frisbee on November 2, from 12-1 p.m. The event will take place in the field right in front of Ridgway University Center. The purpose is to promote Physical Therapy Month (October) and to educate the public about certain disabilities. Teams will be divided into two, the rules will be explained that day, and refs will be provided. Come relieve some stress on a Friday! Email Amber Seymour at if you are interested in participating.

* National Comedy Tour "Operation Comedy" Coming to UE

The National Comedy Tour “Operation Comedy” is coming to UE. The show, sponsored by the UE VETS student organization, will begin at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, November 1 in Eykamp Hall, Ridgway University Center. Tickets will be available at the door and cost $7 for the public and $5 for veterans, current service members, and students. Advance ticket and t-shirt sales will be October 29, 30, and 31 between 11:00 a.m. -2:00 p.m. and 4:00-7:00 p.m. outside the dining hall in Ridgway University Center.

Operation Comedy’s mission is to bring together troops and their communities for a night of education, recognition, and laughter. Operation Comedy shows feature a lineup of nationally headlining comedians, led by Jon Stites, founder of Operation Comedy and a U.S. Army infantry veteran who has been featured on “The Bob & Tom Show” and writes for National Lampoon.

The show at the University of Evansville will also feature Troy Davis, who has performed in more than 200 cities and been featured on “The Bob & Tom Show,” and Todd McComas, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran who has appeared on Comcast Cable comedy programs.

Proceeds from ticket and t-shirt sales will be donated to the Evansville Vet Center with a portion also going to UE VETS, the student organization for veterans, current service members, and their families. The Vet Center provides readjustment counseling and services to veterans and their families in the Evansville community.

UE VETS wishes to thank the following local sponsors of Operation Comedy: Veterans Helping Indiana Veterans, Inc.; Woods and Woods, LLP; Graphics Factory, and Rolling Thunder.

For more information, please visit Operation Comedy’s website.

* Lecture Planned on Mission of American Civil Liberties Union

Ever wonder about the mission of the American Civil Liberties Union? Come to a talk, sponsored by the Department of Philosophy and Religion, given by Jane Henegar, executive director of the Indiana Civil Liberties Union, on the topic of the mission of the Civil Liberties Union. The talk will be held in Eykamp 254/255 in Ridgway University Center on Tuesday, October 30 at 6 p.m. The lecture is free and open to the public. If you have any questions, contact Dr. Dick Connolly at

* Glamour Girl Set for Saturday

Tau Kappa Epsilon's annual philanthropy event, Glamour Girl, is Saturday, October 27 at 4 p.m. in Eykamp 251, Ridgway University Center. This year's theme is "The Old West" and all proceeds are going to Saint Jude Children's Research Hospital.  Tickets are $5 on the day of the show or $4 in advance.  Advanced tickets can be purchased Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.  For more information contact Jourdan Wilson at

* This Year's Fiddick Memorial Lecture Set for October 26

This year’s Thomas C. Fiddick Memorial Lecture is set for October 26 at 7 p.m. in Eykamp 251 in Ridgway University Center. The speaker will be Craig L. Symonds, Professor of History Emeritus at the United States Naval Academy. His topic will be “Lincoln and the Navy in the Civil War.”

The first person to win both the Naval Academy’s “Excellence in Teaching” award (1988) and its “Excellence in Research” award (1998), Symonds also served as History Department chair from 1988 to 1992, and received the Department of the Navy’s Superior Civilian Service medal three times.  He was professor of strategy at the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island (1971-74) and at the Britannia Royal Naval College in Dartmouth, England (1994-95).  After retirement in 2005, he returned to the Academy in 2011-12 to serve a year as” The Class of 1957 Distinguished Chair of American Naval History.” 

Symonds is the author or editor of 25 books, including prize-winning biographies of Joseph E. Johnston (1992), Patrick Cleburne (1997), and Franklin Buchanan (1999), as well as The American Heritage History of the Battle of Gettysburg (2001).  Decision at Sea: Five Naval Battles that Shaped American History, won the Theodore and Franklin D. Roosevelt Prize for Naval History in 2006.  His 2008 book, Lincoln and His Admirals: Abraham Lincoln, the U.S. Navy, and the Civil War, won the Barondess Prize, the Laney Prize, the Lyman Prize, the Lincoln Prize, and the Abraham Lincoln Institute Book Award.   He also won the Nevins-Freeman Prize in 2009.  His latest work is The Battle of Midway, published by Oxford University Press in October 2011. 


Info You Should Know

* UE Libraries Wheeler Fund Awarded

This year the Wheeler Award funds proposals received from Linda Dawes, Librarian and Dr. Caroline Magennis, Harlaxton College and Dr. Robin Sager,  History Department.

The Library and the Centre for British Studies at Harlaxton College proposed the purchase of print and AV resources to support a new course being launched at Harlaxton in the Spring.  Entitled “Modern Ireland in Literature” the class will introduce students to Irish literature in English from the late nineteenth century to the present day.  Dr.  Magennis, Lecturer in English Literature and British Studies, will lead students in examining  important texts produced in this period and relate them to the political, social and historical circumstances in which they were produced. 

The History Department plans to offer five new courses over the next several years.  These courses will encompass introductory and advanced levels of study in early American and hemispheric history.  Course titles include “A History of the Caribbean,”  “Atlantic World,”  “Rogues or Radicals? A History of the Revolutionary Era,”  “Crime, Punishment, and the Law in early America,” and “Family Conflict in Nineteenth-Century America.”  Books focusing on these specialized history topics will be purchased and added to the general collection.

* Attention UE Cardholders

The October Pcard Cycle began on September 22 and ends October 22.  Pcards statements must  be reconciled and printed from SDG2 as of October 25 and submitted along with your receipts in a Pcard Envelope.  GL will upload on October 29


* Grades, Credits and Financial Aid Eligibility

As we enter the second half of the fall semester, the Office of Financial Aid would like to clarify all policies related to the academic standards that govern scholarship and financial aid renewal. Other than the two exceptions* noted below, the Office of Financial Aid does not monitor grades or credit hours earned after the fall semester. The stated Grade Point Average and credit-hours-earned standards that govern UE scholarships and all aid eligibility are monitored each May. Therefore, if a student’s GPA dips below the required minimum at the end of the fall semester, he or she has the spring semester restore the cumulative GPA to the necessary level.  Aid is neither reduced nor restored in mid-year.

See the full policies for the renewal of UE Merit-based Scholarships, as well as maintaining Satisfactory Academic Progress for the renewal of all forms of aid, including federal loans. Please direct your questions to the UE Office of Financial Aid at, or 1-800-424-8634 or 812-488-2364. You may also stop into the Office of Financial Aid, Olmsted Hall room 116, to arrange an appointment with a financial aid counselor.

*Exception 1: First-time students who receive need-based grants from the state of Indiana – the Frank O’Bannon Higher Education Award (HEA), Frank O’Bannon Freedom of Choice Award (FOC), and Twenty-first Century Scholarship – must be monitored each semester. See our current student website for the full policy stating the required GPA for state grant renewal.

*Exception 2: Students who are granted a semester of probational financial aid for fall under a specific appeal plan will be monitored at the end of the fall semester for continued spring aid eligibility.


* Housing Cancellation Deadline for Spring 2013

The last day to Cancel Housing Contracts for Spring 2013 is November 1 at 5 p.m. This is only for students who will be:

•Attending Harlaxton or Study Abroad
•Living locally with parents, legal guardians, or immediate family
•Having an internship, co-op, or clinical outside of the Evansville area for the semester
•Transferring or withdrawing for Spring 2013
•Graduating in December and will not be returning for Spring 2013.

Requests that do NOT fall in these categories are typically NOT granted.

Requests to move off campus to live with friends or move into an apartment are not sufficient reasons to cancel a UE housing contract.

Cancellation forms are available in the Residence Life Office on the second floor of Ridgway University Center.



* Beavers Receives 2012 World Technology Award in Ethics

Anthony Beavers, professor of philosophy and director of cognitive science, was presented with the 2012 World Technology Award in Ethics this past Tuesday night at a special ceremony held at Rockefeller Plaza in New York City. He was recognized for his work in moral theory, which attempts to show how and why existing ethical frameworks are insufficiently suited to the information age and why ethicists need to develop other alternatives. The World Technology Awards are presented in association with TIME, Fortune, CNN, Technology Review, and Science and go to the "peer-nominated, peer-elected most innovative people in science and technology" defined as those doing "the innovative work of the likely longest significance."

Thirty awards are offered each year, twenty to individuals and ten to corporations. Winners this year included SpaceX, the first private company to get a rocket to the space station and back, Ekso Bionics for successfully developing technology to allow paraplegics to walk on their own through the use of a robotic exoskeleton, and NASA Engineer Adam Steltzner of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena for his role in successfully landing the rover Curiosity on Mars this past August. Among the more recognizable past recipients of World Technology Awards are Al Gore (for Policy), Linus Torvalds, developer of the Linux operating system (for Commerce / Communication Technology), Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World-Wide Web (for Communication Technology), Larry Page and Sergey Brin, founders of Google (for Marketing Communications), and Mark Zuckerberg, lead developer and co-founder of Facebook (also for Marketing Communications).

* Fall Phonathon Student Callers Raise Over $52,000 in First Week

The 2012 Fall Phonathon Campaign is now underway and the University of Evansville Development Office of Annual Giving would like to congratulate the student callers on a fantastic first week.  The students have been hard at work calling alumni, parents and friends of UE talking about the Big Freeze, upcoming homecoming events and the new Fifth Third Bank Practice Facility.  In the first week they have raised over $52,000 to help fund student scholarships and departments on campus.  Great job and keep up the good work!



* No. 16 Indiana Tops Men's Soccer, 2-0

The University of Evansville men’s soccer team fell 2-0 to No. 16 Indiana in its final non-conference game Wednesday night in Bloomington, Ind.  The Hoosiers scored a pair of first-half goals and kept UE off the score sheet for their ninth shutout of the year.

Eriq Zavaleta netted the eventual game-winner for IU in the 25th minute, scoring on a diving header.  Nikita Kotlov scored the only other goal of the match in the 31st minute to make the final tally 2-0 in favor of Indiana. 

Zavaleta gave the Hoosiers a 1-0 lead midway through the first half with a diving header for his 14th goal of the year.  Zavaleta made a quick sprint through the middle of the box and finished a short cross from Patrick Doody in the 25th minute.

IU’s lead was pushed to 2-0 just under six minutes later, when Kotlov scored an unassisted goal in the 31st minute.  Kotlov dribbled down the near end line and snuck a shot just inside the lower corner of the far post for his third tally of the season.

The Hoosiers posted a 13-2 shot advantage in the first 45 minutes and took the only corner kick of the first half.

Indiana controlled possession and tempo in the early part of the second half, but Evansville was able to push forward on a few long balls over the top of the IU defense.  However, the Aces could not beat Hoosier goalkeeper Luis Soffner, who recorded his ninth shutout of the season.

The Aces’ best chance came with 90 seconds remaining, when Soffner made a diving save to keep a header by Nate Opperman out of the back of the net on a loose ball that deflected off an IU defender and into the air in front of Opperman inside the six-yard box.

Dylan Terry led the Aces offensively with three shots, including two on goal.  Three other Evansville players each fired a shot to account for UE’s six chances.  Eric Teppen made six saves in the loss, collecting four in the second half.

Evansville will return to Missouri Valley Conference play on Saturday, Oct. 27, when it travels to take on Drake to take on the Bulldogs at 7 p.m. in Des Moines, Iowa.

* AcesTV Announces Exciting Slate For Basketball

AcesTV, the video production unit of the University of Evansville which handles live-game streaming for the UE athletics department, has announced its 2012-13 basketball streaming schedules and packages. Full-season packages, with access to 16 UE men’s basketball contests and 13 women’s basketball games, are currently available for purchase at $34.95 (for men) and $29.95 (for women) respectively.  Pay-per-view ($6.95), weekly ($9.95) and monthly ($14.95) subscriptions to AcesTV are also currently available.

The basketball streaming season will begin this Saturday at 7:00 p.m. when the UE men’s basketball team battles crosstown rival Southern Indiana in the Vectren Community Classic at the Ford Center.  AcesTV will then provide coverage of the UE Homecoming basketball doubleheader on Saturday, November 3 for free to fans and alumni, as the women’s basketball team will host USI at noon, before the men host Illinois-Springfield at 4:00 p.m.

From there, all remaining home women’s basketball games are streamed live and available on-demand through AcesTV.  The only men’s basketball home dates not broadcast by AcesTV are those games picked up by nationally-syndicated networks ESPN and Fox Sports.  In all, 16 of UE’s 19 home dates for men’s basketball will be streamed via AcesTV, utilizing the camera feeds which power the Ford Center’s Jumbotron.

* Busby, Springer Garner MVC Player of the Week Awards

The University of Evansville women’s soccer team earned two more Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Week awards this week, as freshmen Simone Busby and Abby Springer became the sixth and seven Purple Aces to garner MVC Player of the Week honors this season in an announcement by the league office Tuesday afternoon.

Busby was named the MVC Goalkeeper of the Week, after leading the UE defense to a pair of shutouts and making 14 saves in two wins.  The freshman keeper made six saves in a 3-0 win against Indiana State Wednesday afternoon and posted an eight-save performance in a 1-0 win at Creighton Saturday evening.  Against the Bluejays, Busby turned away six Creighton shots in the second half to preserve the victory.  In Missouri Valley Conference play, Busby owns a 4-1-1 record with four shutouts and leads the conference with a 0.32 goals against average and .935 save percentage.

Springer earned MVC Offensive Player of the Week honors for the second time this season by leading the Aces offensive with three points on a goal and an assist.  The Indianapolis native netted the game-winner for UE in its win over the Sycamores on Wednesday and also tallied an assist on Kayla Smith’s goal later in the match.  In Saturday’s regular-season finale at Creighton, Springer fired a team-high three shots, putting two of them on goal.  Springer leads Evansville with five goals and 12 points this season, scoring four of her goals and posting nine of her points in MVC contests.

The Aces wrapped up their regular season Saturday against the Bluejays, finishing Valley play with a 4-1-1 record.  Evansville is looking to win its first MVC regular-season title since 2008 and will be keeping an eye on Thursday’s match between Drake and Illinois State, as the Bulldogs need a win to claim the regular-season championship and the top seed in the MVC Tournament.  However, if the Redbirds win or earn a tie with Drake, UE would be Valley’s regular-season champion and own the top see for the MVC Tournament.


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