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Friday, December 7, 2012

* Hanukkah - or Chanukah - Begins December 8

The eight-day Jewish holiday known as Hanukkah or Chanukah, often called the Festival of Lights, begins December 8. Chanukah celebrates the deliverance of the Maccabees from the oppression of the Syrian-Greeks and the subsequent liberation, purification and rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem.

Chanukah, which means "dedication" in Hebrew, begins on the 25th of Kislev on the Hebrew calendar and usually falls in November or December.

When the Maccabees entered the Temple (2nd century B.C.E.) and began to reclaim it from the Greeks, they immediately relit the eternal light. In the Temple, they found a single jar of oil, which was sufficient for only one day. The messenger who was sent to secure additional oil took eight days to complete his mission, and miraculously, the single jar of oil continued to burn until his return. The rabbis of the Talmud attributed the eight days of Hanukkah to the miracle of this single jar of oil.

Hanukkah Traditions

Latkes (potato pancakes) and sufganiyot (jelly donuts)—foods cooked in oil—are traditionally eaten during Hanukkah and serve as a symbol of the jar of oil that lasted for eight days. 

The Dreidel or “spinning top” is the toy used in a popular Hanukkah game. The letters on the dreidel stand for the first letter of each word in the Hebrew statement “Neis gadol hayah sham,” which means “A great miracle happened there” and refers to the defeat of the Syrian-Greek army and the re-dedication of the Temple.

Menorah is a Hebrew word meaning “candelabrum” and refers to the nine-branched ceremonial lamp in which the Hanukkah candles are placed and blessed each night of the holiday. On each of the holiday’s eight nights, another candle is added to the menorah after sundown; the ninth candle is used to light the others. The menorah is prominently displayed in a window as a reminder to others of the miracle that inspired the holiday. Families also exchange gifts every night for eight nights.

Happy Chanukah to our Jewish brothers and sisters at UE and in the Evansville community! We look forward to seeing the light of all the Menorahs shining brightly in windows throughout Evansville.


What's Happening Today

* Take a Musical Break from Studying!

Take a “Musical” break from studying!  UE Musical Theatre students will be presenting two showcases of their work this semester, the first on Friday evening at 7 p.m., and the second on Saturday at 1 p.m, in Wheeler Concert Hall here on campus.  Students of Richard Williams, Gregory Rike, and Stacey Uthe will perform on Friday and students of Elizabeth and Jon Truitt on Saturday.  Come and see an eclectic performance of a variety of musical theatre repertoire featuring our talented students.

* Catholic Masses in Neu Chapel this Evening and Sunday

Mass will be celebrated in Neu Chapel tonight at 5:05 p.m. to commemorate the Immaculate Conception. Father Ryan Hilderbrand, associate pastor of Christ the King Catholic Church, will preside.

The final Mass of the semester will be this Sunday at 1:00 p.m. with Father Dusty Burns, pastor of Holy Spirit Catholic Church. All students, faculty, and staff are welcome!

Contact Newman Center director Mike Roesch at with any questions.

* Bookstore Buyback

"Scratch and Win" Book Buyback starts on December 6 and runs through December 12 in the UE Bookstore.  The Bookstore quotes all books whether used on this campus or not and gives you cash on the spot.  Please bring your ID when selling books. 

Also during Buyback you can win prizes instantly including two Grand Prizes along with merchandise discounts from 15%...20%...25% percent. 

Sell back as many times as you want but remember in some cases the earlier you sell may net you more money based on the quantities the store is buying for itself. 

Bring all CDs and components with you as they may increase the value of your book and clean up workbooks if you can to give them value. 

If you have any questions please contact the Bookstore ... and remember books bought remain on this campus as much as possible to help keep book prices lower.


Upcoming Events

* Exam Treats this Sunday & Monday

Sodexo invites all students to take a break from finals stress and join us for free treats from 9 p.m.-11 p.m.  in the Cafe Court on Sunday, December 9 and Monday, December 10. All students (meal plan or not) are welcome to attend!

* University Worship Celebrates Advent II and Winter Baccalaureate this Sunday

University Worship Celebrates Advent II and Winter Baccalaureate this Sunday in Neu Chapel, at10:30 a.m. Guest preacher, Rev. Dr. Michael Williams from West End United Methodist Church, Nashville, TN and father of Sarah Williams, Class of 2012 will be preaching this Sunday, “Your One Wild and Precious Life.” Everyone is invited to the last worship service of the semester especially our winter graduates, family and friends! Donut Bank donuts and coffee at 10:00 a.m.

* Welcome Reception for Vice President of Marketing and Communications Don Jones

The University of Evansville community is invited to attend a welcome for the Vice President of Marketing and Communications Don Jones. The event will be Monday, December 10, from 8:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m. in the lobby of Olmsted Administration Hall.  Don will be responsible for overseeing the University’s brand strategy, marketing, public relations, and communications.  A UE graduate, he has previously served as vice president of marketing for MSW Research, a New York-based company that counts Disney, Intel, P&G, L’Oreal, Kraft, and MillerCoors among its clients.  Please join us in welcoming Don to the UE community.


Info You Should Know

* Campus Dining Winter Break Hours

Cafe Court: The last meal of the semester will be Wednesday, December 12  from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Cafe Court will reopen for dinner Sunday, January 6.

Ace's Place & Jazzman's will both close for the semester at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, December 12 and will reopen normal hours on Monday, January 7.

Happy Holidays from everyone at Sodexo!

* Study Abroad Info and Applications

Applications and/or information for Study Abroad Summer 2013 at Harlaxton or with UE Faculty-led programs in China, Israel, Trinidad, Turkey, United Kingdom and South Korea are available in the Office of Study Abroad. The office is located in Room 261, Schroeder Family School of Business Building - or you can email . Harlaxton Fall 2013 and Spring 2014 applications are also still available.



* USPS Rates Increasing

Effective January 27, USPS postage rates are increasing for all classes of mail.  For more information regarding the various increases, contact Kim Winsett at


* News from the Registrar's Office

Winter Intersession
You still have time to sign up for a Winter Intersession course!  The last day to add a WI course is December 13. The last day to drop a WI course without a “W” is December 13.

Summer Sessions I and II
Information regarding Summer Sessions I and II for 2013 can be found on the Office of the Registrar’s webpage

* UE Phonathon No Longer Needs Recycled Paper

Thank you to those departments in the past who have donated recycled paper to UE’s Phonathon.  This campaign went “green” this fall with new software which does not require paper.  We are wrapping up our fall Phonathon campaign with over $130k in gifts and pledges!  It’s not too late to make your gift before December 31.  Visit or call Annual Giving at x2273 to give to UE today.  Happy Holidays from your Annual Giving team! 

* Time to Nominate Individuals for Employee Excellence Awards

The University of Evansville, in pursuit of excellence in service, wishes to recognize a non-faculty employee displaying records of achievement as a leader.  Leadership may be demonstrated in any of the following categories:

• Service to the University community
• Service to students
• Job performance and attitude towards fellow employees

To be eligible, an employee must be a full-time member of administration or staff.

Nominations for the January 2013 Employee Excellence Award are due no later than Wednesday, December 12, 2012.

To nominate someone, or to find out more information about the Employee Excellence Awards, go to


* What UE Libraries Can Do For You: Biblical Archaeology Society Online Archive

If you need information regarding an archaeological dig in Egypt, Italy, or any other biblically relevant area, or you need research about the Dead Sea scrolls, Biblical Archaeology Society Online may have what you need.  The database is the most comprehensive resource on biblical archaeology providing full-text articles from the Biblical Archaeology Review.
If you have any questions, please contact Kathy Bartlet ( or Shane White (

* Call for Proposals

This is a call for nominations/applications of UE faculty to serve as a UE Global Scholar for the 2013-14 academic year.  It is anticipated that up to five appointments will be made.  Global Scholars will engage in scholarship, travel and/or research activities related to the impact of globalization on our learning environment.  Global Scholars will receive a $2,000 stipend and a professional development budget of $3,000 for expenses, e.g., materials, books, travel, workshop registration, etc.  In addition, funds will be available to the Global Scholar’s department to provide a one-course release during the academic year.  It is expected that Global Scholar activities will have an impact on the global awareness and understanding of our learning community through curriculum or co-curricular activities.  We will value both research and pedagogical advancement in the proposed projects.  Projects that impact both of these elements will be given stronger consideration.  An evaluation form and narrative report detailing activities will be required on or before June 28, 2014.  A requirement of the Global Scholars program is to provide a written summary of the project performed upon completion of the work.  We may also ask for updates on progress during the course of the work.

Nominations/Applications should be made to the Institute for Global Enterprise in Indiana, Schroeder Family School of Business Administration Building, Room 260.  Deadline for full consideration is February 8, 2013.  Electronic submissions may be sent to Dan Miller, Executive Director, Institute for Global Enterprise in Indiana at  Materials in support of the candidate should include information that supports the candidate’s appointment and a description of activities proposed by the nominee/applicant, not to exceed one page.  The appropriate Department head and Dean must approve the application in advance. Materials will be reviewed by the Institute and Dr. Steve Standifird, Dean of the Schroeder Family School of Business Administration, in collaboration with the Council of Deans. Please provide your dean a copy of your submission.  Appointments will be announced by February 22, 2013.

* Neuroscience Honor Society Now at the University of Evansville

Nu Rho Psi Charter is now at the University of Evansville. Nu Rho Psi is the National Honor Society in Neuroscience, founded in 2006 by the Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience. University of Evansville now houses the 29th charter for Nu Rho Psi and the Alpha chapter for Indiana. Induction ceremony is scheduled for January 2013.  Neuroscience majors who are rising juniors and hold a GPA of 3.5 are able to apply for membership.

The purpose of Nu Rho Psi is to:
• encourage professional interest and excellence in scholarship, particularly in neuroscience;
• award recognition to students who have achieved such excellence in scholarship;
• advance the discipline of neuroscience; encourage intellectual and social interaction between students, faculty, and professionals in neuroscience and related fields;
• promote career development in neuroscience and related fields;
• increase public awareness of neuroscience and its benefits for the individual and society; and
• encourage service to the community.

* Fitness Center Winter Break Hours

Fitness Center Winter Break Hours are as follows:

  • Wednesday, December 5 – 8:00 am to 7:00 pm
  • Thursday, December 6 -8:00 am to 7:00 pm
  • Friday, December  7 – 8:00 am to 7:00 pm
  • Saturday, December 8 – 11:30 am to 5:30 pm
  • Sunday, December 9 – 11:30 am to 5:30 pm
  • Monday, December  10  through Friday, December 14– 8:00 am  to 6:00 pm
  • Saturda,y December  15 & Sunday,, December 16 – Closed
  • Monday, December 17 through Friday, December 21  - 8:00 am to 6:00 pm
  • Saturday, December 22 through Tuesday, January 1, 2013 – Closed
  • Wednesday, January 2 through Friday, January 4 – 8:00 am to 6:00 pm
  • Saturday,,  January 5 & Sunday,  January 6 – Closed
  • Monday, January 7 – 6:30 am to 10:00 pm (Normal  Hours Resume)

Pool Hours are 12:00 to 1:00 pm  - depending on life guard availability

Please Note***The Fitness Center will close early on December 12 due to Winter Commencement

* Grades, Credits and Financial Aid Eligibility

As we approach the end 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.


* Rental Book Return

Just a reminder all UrEntal books (the in-store rental program) must be returned to the UE Bookstore by Wednesday, December 12 at 4 p.m.  Also if you rented books from our affiliate SKYO you can easily return those books to the Bookstore as well and we will check them in and ship them back for you.  SKYO will send you a reminder via email to return your book.  The full Spring 2013 booklist will be posted on the bookstore website no later than the night of December 13 to allow us to post everything properly.  The webiste will show the availability of new and used books, and UrEntal rental (in store) options and also a link to our rental affiliate SKYO for additional rental options.  If you have any questions please contact the Bookstore.

* Copy Services Minimal Downtime Anticipated

Copy Services is scheduled for delivery and installation of a new black/white production copier on Thursday and Friday, December 12 -13.  While installation is expected to go smoothly with minimal downtime, please plan your black/white copy job requirements accordingly. For questions or concerns, contact Doris Cook at extension 1067 or email

* 2012 UE Mail Services Holiday Mail Coverage

Over the 2012 UE Holiday break, UE Mail Services will pick up mail from the downtown United States Post Office and sort it on the mornings of Thursday, December 27 and Monday, December 31 beginning at 8:00 a.m.  While mail will not be delivered to campus areas over the break, any designated department representative may pick up their respective department’s mail at 9:00 a.m. by making arrangements with Kim Winsett (kw83 or extension 2940) or Doris Cook (dc47 or extension 1067) between now and Monday, December, 17.  Be sure to provide a primary contact name and phone number as well as a backup contact name and phone number. 

* Libraries Announces Exam Week Hours

UE Libraries will extend its schedule of hours during Exam Week. Contact William Louden, University Librarian, with questions at 488.2376 or

  • Wednesday, December 5: 7:45 a.m. – 1:00 a.m.
  • Thursday, December 6: 7:45 a.m. – 1:00 a.m.
  • Friday, December 7: 7:45 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 8: 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 9: Noon – 1:00 a.m.
  • Monday, December 10: 7:45 a.m. – 1:00 a.m.
  • Tuesday, December 11: 7:45 a.m. - Midnight
  • Wednesday, December 12: 7:45 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
* Do You Want to Be an Orientation Leader (OL)?

Applications for students interested in becoming an Orientation Leader (OL) will be available beginning January 7, 2013 in the VP/Dean of Students Office.  The office is located in Ridgway University Center, Room 230, in the Student Life Center.  Application deadline is Monday, January 21, by 4:30 p.m.

If you have any questions, please contact the VP/Dean of Students at ext. 2500.



* Baby Announcement

Congratulations to Director of Gift Planning and Capital Support Abigail Werling and her husband, Rob, on the birth of their first child. Grant Robert Werling was born Wednesday, December 5 at 10:41 pm. Grant weighed 9 lbs and 1.6 oz and is 21 inches long. Abigail and Rob posted on Facebook, “He is already the apple of our eyes … Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the genuine messages of support and love. We feel unbelievably blessed.”



* UE Baseball Announces Four Additions for 2014

University of Evansville head baseball coach Wes Carroll announced the addition of four newcomers to the Purple Aces’ 2014 squad Thursday afternoon, as the four players signed Intent to Enroll Forms with UE.  The four additions will join the six-player signing class announced earlier in the week.

The additions to the squad include:  Max Foley (Cincinnati, Ohio/Moeller), Stewart Nelson (LaGrange, Ill./Lyons Township), Myles Pasley (Nashville, Tenn./Ensworth), Joe Redburn (Newburgh, Ind./Castle).


Coach Carroll on Foley:  “Max brings great versatility to the class in his ability to play multiple positions.  He has a polished swing to go with his good infield actions.  He also just won a state championship in football, which makes him comfortable with pressure.  I really look forward to seeing him compete for us next year.”


Coach Carroll on Nelson:  “Stewart has a projectable frame with plus speed.  He has great actions and athleticism at multiple positions.  It will be exciting to watch his development throughout his career here at UE.”


Coach Carroll on Pasley:  “Myles is the most athletic player in this class and has tremendous upside.  He covers a tremendous amount of ground in the outfield and will continue to fill out his frame to make him a force in the Missouri Valley Conference.  He just won a state championship in football, so he has the experience competing on a big stage.”


Coach Carroll on Redburn:  “Joe has made a big jump in the past year with his overall athleticism and will continue to develop as an athlete on the baseball diamond.  He has great intangibles and it is always great to add a local student-athlete to our roster.”

* Aces Announce Military Appreciation Night

In conjunction with Fifth Third Bank, the University of Evansville athletics department has announced that the January 5, 2013 men’s basketball game against Southern Illinois will be Military Appreciation Night.Set to take place at 8 p.m., the game will feature free tickets for military personnel who show their military ID or wear their uniform at the time of redemption.  As an added bonus, they can purchase $5 tickets for their families to attend.  Family tickets must be purchase at the time the comp ticket is redeemed.

Military personnel can redeem their tickets today through the game on Jan. 5.  Tickets are available at the Ford Center Box Office and the UE Ticket Office at the Carson Center on campus.  For more information, please call 812-488-ACES.


* Langness Receives MVC Leadership and Service Award

University of Evansville women’s soccer player Danielle Langness was awarded the Missouri Valley Conference Leadership and Service Award in a recognition ceremony Wednesday night and was one of 10 student-athletes honored by the conference for the 2012 fall season.

The award was created in an effort to honor the achievements of exceptional student-athletes around the Valley.  Langness, a senior midfielder, helped the Purple Aces to the MVC regular-season championship by playing a key role on UE’s defensive unit that posted six shutouts and a 1.21 goals against average.  Off the pitch, Langness is physical therapy major and boasts a 3.706 grade-point average (GPA).

“Receiving the MVC Leadership and Service Award puts into perspective the amount of time and work I have put in over the last four years at UE and makes me proud of myself,” Langness said.   “I am glad that I can be recognized and made aware of how much I do for people, even when I do not realize it.  I love volunteering and helping to make people’s lives easier and happier whenever I can.  Hearing the words ‘thank you’ makes my heart happy every time I hear it, because I know that I have done something good, no matter how big or small.”

In addition to her accomplishments on the field, the St. Charles, Mo., native is a member of the National Society of College Scholars and Phi Eta Sigma, and has been a SAAC representative for the last four years.  Her volunteer work includes: Upward Soccer, Just Read program, Salvation Army bell ringer, Little Monster Mash, Ace of Hearts, Build-a-Bear Workshop for children with military parents overseas, Holiday Village Retirement Center and It Takes a Village Canine Rescue.

“Dani has often stepped up in coordinating our community service efforts through SAAC and within her women’s soccer team,” said UE Senior Associate Athletics Director and Senior Women’s Administrator Sarah Solinsky.  “She exemplifies what we want our student-athletes to be—successful in the classroom, on the field and in leadership and service.”

In order to be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be in good academic standing, must demonstrate good citizenship through good sportsmanship and significant community service and must participate in a sport, during the season of recognition.

* Aces Announce 4-$40 Ticket Package

The University of Evansville athletics department has announced a special ticket package that is only available this week.Fans can purchase four lower bowl tickets for just $40!  The games you receive include Saturday’s contest versus Murray State, the January 5 game against Southern Illinois, February 10 against Drake and the home tilt versus Creighton on February 16.

This package is ONLY available until Friday.  Tickets can be purchase in two ways only.  You can call (812) 488-ACES or purchase your ticket pack at the UE ticket office inside the Carson Center on campus.



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