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Friday, January 18, 2013

* Martin Luther King Jr. Day Events

On Monday, January 21, the University of Evansville will hold its 25th annual re-enactment of the 1963 Civil Rights March on Washington. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the original march. Everyone is invited to join in the events. They are all free and open to the public. Please note there is a new gathering location to begin the march!

10:30 a.m.
Viewing of the 57th Presidential Inauguration
For only the second time, the celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day and the public Presidential Inauguration fall on the same day. The inauguration ceremonies will be shown on the main screen in the Bernhardt Atrium in the Schroeder Family School of Business Administration Building

Noon - 1:00 p.m.
Hear excerpts from Martin Luther King Jr.’s historic speeches on 91.5 WUEV.

12:45 p.m.
Walk for Justice 
Note: New gathering location. Participants gather in the Bernhardt Atrium in the Schroeder Family School of Business Administration Building. Refreshments will be served.

7:00 p.m.
William G. and Rose M. Mays Martin Luther King Jr. Lectureship, Eykamp Hall, Room 251, Ridgway University Center

Through the generosity of William G. and Rose M. Mays, this lectureship funds the annual keynote speaker during the UE’s celebration.

Speaker: The Honorable Timothy C. Evans, Chief Judge, Cook County (Ill.) Circuit Court
Timothy C. Evans serves as the chief judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County, the largest of the 22 judicial circuits in Illinois and one of the largest unified court systems in the world.He was first elected chief judge in September 2001 by unanimous vote of the circuit judges. He was re-elected in 2004, 2007, and 2010. He is the fourth person to serve as chief judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County, and the first African American to serve in the position. During his 10 years as chief judge, Evans has brought sweeping reforms to the court that are both innovative and compassionate. Under his leadership, there has been an unparalleled growth in free legal services for low-income, self-represented litigants, including a free mediation program to help homeowners facing foreclosure. Throughout his career, Evans has been an outspoken voice for equal opportunities for women and minorities.

Please use the hashtag #UEMLK when you Tweet pix and comments from the march and other events.

* Admission Open House Set for Monday, January 21

The Office of Admission will be hosting an Open House on Monday, January 21.  We want to inform you that visitors will be parking in the front oval and various lots on campus.  Visitors will also be dining in Café Court from lunch from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.  Thank you in advance for helping make this event a success.   

* Payroll FICA Taxes To Increase & Take Home Pay To Change Effective January 1

As part of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (i.e., the “fiscal cliff bill”) recently signed by President Obama, the U.S. Department of the Treasury has directed employers to increase the amount of FICA taxes withheld from employee paychecks for Social Security effective January 1, 2013.  In December 2010, as part of legislation that extended Bush-Era tax cuts (the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010); the federal government negotiated a temporary reduction in the FICA payroll tax. This reduction was not extended as part of the new act, which means the amount collected for FICA will be reinstated to its previous rate from 4.2% to 6.2%.

As Congress did not vote on the bill until after the University of Evansville processed its January 4 bi-weekly payroll, we had no choice but to deduct taxes at the old 4.2% rate.  Therefore, we will need to catch up the extra 2% that was not deducted on the January 4 payroll.  This catch-up will occur over the next two bi-weekly payrolls: January 18 and February 1.  Beginning with the February 15 bi-weekly payroll, the normal 6.2% FICA tax will be deducted.  There will be no catch-up for employees paid on a monthly basis, as this payroll will not be processed until the end of January.  However, employees paid on a monthly basis will also be affected by the increase to 6.2%.

If you have any questions, please contact Gloria Spencer ext. 2159.



What's Happening Today

* Jezreel Expedition Information Table at Ridgway this Friday

The UE community is invited to stop by an information table at Ridgway this Friday January 18 from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. to learn more about participating in the 2013 season of the Jezreel Expedition. The Jezreel Expedition is a new excavation project in Israel sponsored by the University of Evansville and the University of Haifa and co-directed by Jennie Ebeling of the Department of Archaeology and Art History. For four weeks this May-June, UE students will have the opportunity to earn three credits by participating in the Jezreel field school. In addition to excavating the biblical site of Jezreel, which was home to Ahab and Jezebel’s winter palace, students will hear lectures on a variety of archaeological, historical and biblical topics, visit archaeological and historical sites in the area, and spend a weekend in Jerusalem.

ALL majors are welcome.

For more information, contact Dr. Ebeling at je55, Barbara Pieroni at bp66,  or visit our website:


Upcoming Events

* UE Venturing Crew - Outdoor Club

If you are interested in the outdoors and enjoy camping, hiking, canoeing, and rock climbing, etc., check out the UE Venturing Crew – Outdoor Club!  The group has big plans for the spring semester, including a road trip to Nashville (with stops at the REI Store and Opry Mills Shopping Mall), and backpacking, rock climbing, and mountain biking at Fall Creek Falls State Park.  Are you experienced in the outdoors and looking for an opportunity to hang out with like-minded people?  We are the group for you!  Have you never been camping, but always wanted to learn?  Here’s your chance!

Our first outing of the semester will be camping and day hiking in Shawnee National Forest on January 25–27.  Cost is $30 (includes food, travel, and campsite fees).  Anyone interested in the crew is invited to attend.  Membership does require a $20 annual fee.  For additional information, please contact or pay your fees to Nicky Lodewyk in Olmsted 217.  The deadline to sign up for the upcoming campout is Monday, January 21.

For more information, including photos of past adventures, check out:!/UEVenturingCrew365

* VP and Director of Research at Hilliard Lyons to Speak on January 28

John Roberts, senior vice president and director of research at Hilliard Lyons, will be speaking on January 28 in Smythe Lecture Hall (Room 170), Schroeder Family School of Business Administration Building at 4.00 p.m. The title of his presentation will be “Life as an analyst and 2013 Market outlook”. John has been ranked as one of the leading analyst by the Wall Street Journal and Forbes magazine. Hilliard Lyons is one of the nation’s oldest investment firms which focus on the creation, preservation and distribution of its clients’ wealth.

The event is open to public.       


Info You Should Know

* Writing Center Closed for Martin Luther King Jr Day

In observance of Martin Luther King Day, the Writing Center will be closed Sunday evening, Jan. 20, and Monday, Jan. 21.

* 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 February 2013 Employee Excellence Award are due no later than Wednesday, January 23.

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


* Volunteers Needed for Food Drive

Starting Friday, January 25, colleges in Evansville are participating in a Martin Luther King Jr. food drive at Schnucks locations accross the city. UE volunteers will be collecting at the Schnucks at 3501 North Green River Road. The food drive lasts from Friday evening through Sunday night. Please sigh up for hour slots using this web link

A minimum of 2 volunteers per time slot is needed. Volunteers will be collecting food and handing out fliers. If there are any questions please contact the office of Community Services initiative (488-2538) in Ridgway University Center.

* What UE Libraries Can Do for You: Criminal Justice Abstracts with Full Text

This resource includes bibliographic records and full text covering essential areas related to criminal justice and criminology. The increasing globalization of criminology is reflected in Criminal Justice Abstracts with Full Text's coverage of hundreds of journals from around the world. Criminal Justice Abstracts with Full Text contains more than 300,000 records selected from the most important sources within the discipline. This resource includes full text for more than 200 magazines and journals as well full text books & monographs.

*Contains Both Abstracts and Full-text

*Full text includes Journals, Magazines, Books and Monographs

*International Resources

If you have any questions please contact Kathy Bartelt (kb4) or Shane White (sw69)

* Wanted - Student Callers to Work Spring Phonathon!

Spring Phonathon is looking for Student Callers.  If you love to brag about UE and have great communication skills, why not get paid for it?  This position requires that you have at least 2 evenings available a week for 4 weeks. Training will be provided!  Incentives are given for exceptional work ethic and calling results.  Please call Liz Riffert in Annual Giving at 812-488-2440 or email at if you are interested.

* Nominations for the 2013 Outstanding Teacher Award NOW Being Accepted

Nominations for the 2013 Outstanding Teacher Award are NOW being accepted.

Each year during Spring Commencement, the UE Alumni Association recognizes one Outstanding Teacher for exemplary teaching and student service. Students, faculty, administrators, staff, and alumni may nominate a teacher they feel exemplifies the award’s stated goals of “encouraging outstanding teaching and the inclusion of students in as many facets of academic life as possible.”

Take a couple of minutes to honor a professor who you feel exemplifies teaching excellence with a nomination. The Outstanding Teacher Award form can be found at Please complete your nomination by Thursday, January 31, 2013. If you have any questions you can email Jennifer Graban at or call #2509.

Eligible Professors
Full-time faculty who have taught in the classroom at UE for at least two years and hold the rank of lecturer, instructor, assistant professor, associate professor or professor are eligible to be nominated. 

(Past recipients within the last 5 years, ‘08 William Stroube; ‘09 James MacLeod; ‘10 Jeff Tilly; ’11 James Berry,  and ’12 Mari Plikuhn are not eligible).

* 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.



* William Baer

Professor of Creative Writing William Baer’s award-winning play, Three Generations of Imbeciles, has been selected for the regionals of the prestigious Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival.  The five-day regional festival, with attendance over 1300, took place recently at Saginaw Valley State University in Michigan, and Dr. Baer’s play, one of six plays chosen from a six-state region, was performed by Cuyahoga College of Cleveland, Ohio, on Friday night, January 11, under the direction of Robert Ellis.

* Stephanie Fraiser

Chair and Associate Professor of Art Stephanie Frasier has her commercial design and artwork featured in a solo exhibition in the Shircliff Gallery on the campus of Vincennes University. The show runs January 10 through February 7. Frasier will be providing an artist's lecture titled "Faith by Design" on February 7, 11:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.



* Aces Earn Key MVC Road Victory at Illinois State

The University of Evansville women’s basketball team earned its first road Missouri Valley Conference win under second-year head coach Oties Epps with a key, 71-57, win over host Illinois State Thursday night at Redbird Arena in Normal, Ill.

The Purple Aces (5-10, 3-1 MVC) used a 46-point second half and held the Redbirds (11-6, 3-2 MVC) to a 35.5 percent shooting percentage to pull away late in the contest, as sophomore Mallory Ladd tallied her sixth-straight double-double by scoring a team-high 18 points and pulling down 10 rebounds.  Senior Samantha Heck scored 14 points over the final 20 minutes en route to a 16-point, seven-rebound effort.  Redshirt sophomore Khristian Hart also finished in double figures for Evansville by scoring 14 points.

Evansville jumped out to an early lead, as Ladd scored the first eight points for the Aces, and UE led, 8-0, just over four minutes into the contest.

The Redbirds responded after an early timeout, using their defense to hold Evansville without a point for over six minutes, as Jamie Russell knocked down a three-pointer from the left wing to cap a 12-0 run and give ISU its first lead, 16-13, at the 7:02 mark.

Hart ended the Aces’ scoring drought by knocking down a free throw and later put UE back on front, 19-18, burying a deep three with 3:40 remaining in the opening stanza.

The two sides traded baskets for the majority of the final three minutes and Heck closed the half by scoring four-straight points for the Aces, giving Evansville at 25-23 advantage at the intermission.

UE quickly regained momentum to start the second half, extending its lead to 30-23 on a Ladd three-pointer from the left wing with 18:13 to play, but Illinois State quickly responded.  Janae Smith converted on a pair of free throws to pull the Redbirds back within three at 32-29 at the 16:18 mark.

ISU pulled even on a pair of occasions in the second half, with the latest coming at 35-35 with just under 14 minutes remaining in the contest, before the Aces opened up a 43-35 margin with an 8-0 run that was capped by a free throw from senior Taylor Ware.

Jamie Russell ran off six-straight points for Illinois State to bring the Redbirds back within two at 45-43 with 8:50 showing on the clock, but that was as close as they would get.

Redshirt senior Chelsea Falkenstein drilled a three from the top of the arc to push Evansville’s lead to 50-43 with eight minutes to play, before Hart sank a free throw to put the Aces in front by double digits for the first time at 53-43 with 6:35 to play.

UE sealed the game by going on a 14-3 run with just under five minutes to play, as sophomore Juliann Miller put Evansville up 61-46 with a pair of free throws.

The Aces put a cap on the victory by hitting their free throws down the stretch, going 22-for-25 from the charity stripe in the second half for an 88.0 percent clip.

Russell led Illinois State with a game-high 24 points, going 10-for-22 from the field and recording four steals.

Evansville held a slim, 37-32, advantage on the boards and scored 16 points off of Illinois State’s 14 turnovers.

The Redbirds outscored the Aces, 26-24, inside the paint and scored all nine of the game’s fast break points.

UE will look to extend its winning streak to three games Saturday in Terre Haute, Ind., as the Aces will take on Indiana State at 1:05 p.m. inside Hulman Center.


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