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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

What's Happening Today

* Holocaust Survivor to Speak On Campus

This afternoon, Ela Stein Weissberger will share her experiences as a Holocaust survivor and an original cast member of children’s opera Brundibár at 4 p.m. in the Schroeder Family School of Business Administration Building, Room 162.

Weissberger was 11 years old in 1942 when she arrived at Terezin, a concentration camp in what is now the Czech Republic. Of the 15,000 children who passed through the camp during World War II — on their way to Auschwitz, Treblinka, and other death camps — fewer than 150 survived.

Weissberger arrived in Evansville last week to speak at local performances of Brundibár, a whimsical children’s opera depicting the triumph of the human spirit over oppression. It was originally performed by children in the Terezin concentration camp during the Holocaust. Weissberger portrayed the cat in all 55 performances at Terezin, and she also appeared in the propaganda film The Fuehrer Presents the Jews with a City, for which the Nazis filmed Brundibár in an attempt to hide the atrocities of the Holocaust.

* This Week in Music: The UE Wind Ensemble

The UE Wind Ensemble will present its spring concert in Neu Chapel tonight at 7:30 p.m.  Assistant Professor of Low Brass and Director of Bands Kenneth Steinsultz will lead the ensemble in a program of modern works, including pieces by American composers Vincent Persichetti and Frank Ticheli.  The highlight of the evening will be a performance of Welsh composer Adam Gorb’s Dances from Crete.  The concert is free and open to the public.

* Help Out UE Athletic Training Students

The Athletic Training Club will be selling water bottles for $5 in Ridgway University Center on April 19 and 20. Support your athletic training students so they can continue to help all of UE's athletes.


Upcoming Events

* UE Senior Night!

Attention all 2011 graduating seniors! Please join us for UE Senior Night at the Fox and Hound Grill & Pub on Tuesday, April 26, from 7 p.m. - 1 p.m. There will be free pizza, wings, and soft drinks. Enjoy playing pool, shuffleboard, ping pong, darts and watch big screen TVs. This event is sponsored by: Student Alumni Ambassadors (SAA), UE Office of Alumni and Parent Relations, and UE Senior Gift Committee. No Shuttle Service will be available. Event is free. Please register online at

* Religion Forum - Who is My Neighbor: The GLBT Next Door

Everyone is invited to view the award-winning film: “Fish Out of Water: What does the Bible Say About Being Gay?” at the Who Is My Neighbor: The GLBT Next Door Religion Forum on Monday, April 25. The event starts at 7 p.m. in Room 170, Schroeder Family School of Business Administration Building. Vanderbilt student filmmaker Ky Dickens explores Biblical passages used to condemn homosexuality in this informative yet entertaining documentary. Interweaving whimsical animation with enlightening interviews from the lesbian and gay community as well as with theologians from across the country, “Fish Out of Water” breaks down seven key passages – from Adam and Eve to Sodom and Gomorra – while confronting the debate over translation and historical context that affect today’s interpretations of the Bible. The film is 60 minutes in length and will be followed by a panel discussion. The forum is sponsored by Religious Life and PRIDE. For more information contact: University Chaplain, Tamara Gieselman,

* UE Bookstore Sidewalk Sale

The UE Bookstore will have its annual Sidewalk Sale on Monday, April 25 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (weather permitting) outside the Ridgway University Center on the East Terrace.  Discontinued items and clearance items will be reduced for quick sale.  Don't forget to mark your calendar!

* Entrepreneurship Business Fair

There will be a Entrepreneurship Business Fair on Tuesday, April 19 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. in the Atrium in the Schroeder Family School of Business Administration Building. Come support your favorite student businesses!

* End of Semester Cookout

Members of the Black Student Union (BSU) have planned an end of the semester cookout forThursday, April 21 at 5 p.m. at Hale Court. In case of rain, the event will be moved to Hale Lobby. There is no fee. Just come out and join us and have FUN. 

* Retirement Reception for Dr. Kupisch

President Tom Kazee

Invites the campus community
to attend a

Retirement Reception

to acknowledge the service of

Dr. Susan Kupisch

Wednesday, April 20, 2011
3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
Class of 1959 Gallery and Lounge
Ridgway University Center


* Lecture on Estate Planning and Life Insurance

Rick Watkins, CFP, CLU, ChFC, will be talking to UE students in Room 100 in Koch Center at 4 p.m. on April 20. Rick is an independent financial planner and consultant in Evansville. He graciously accepted an invitation from Walayet A. Khan, professor of finance, to give a presentation titled, “Estate Planning and Life Insurance”. The event is open to the UE community and the public.


* Doug Reed to Perform in Neu Chapel Organ @ Noon Program

Dr. Douglas Reed, University Organist, will present Music for Holy Week on the next Neu Chapel Organ @ Noon program, April 21 at 12:20 p.m. Reed will play and discuss music by Johann Sebastian Bach, Johannes Brahms, and Marcel Dupré.  William Shaltis, percussionist, will join Reed in a rare performance of Russell Peck's In The Garden for organ and drum set.  Light refreshments will be served in the Chapel narthex following the program.  All are welcome.


Info You Should Know

* Important Spring Commencement Information

Spring and summer graduates need to stop by the Registrar’s Office in Olmsted Hall, Room 106, to pick up their May commencement line cards.  The cards contain important information for commencement day and should be brought to the graduation ceremony.  Cords will also be distributed to students earning Latin honors.


* WC-110 and FYS-120 Being Offered This Summer

If you need to take or retake WC-110 or FYS-120, please be aware that both courses are being offered this summer on the timetable listed below.  If you have any questions, please contact Professor Rob Griffith at

Summer I, May 16-June 17
First-year Seminar 120 (FYS-120), writing intensive section (4 credit hours), MTWTF 1-2:15 p.m.

Summer II, June 20-July 22
First-year Seminar 120 (FYS-120), 3 credit hours, MTWTF 1-2:15 p.m.
World Cultures 110 (WC-110), 3 credit hours, MTWTF 9:30-10:45 a.m.
World Cultures 110 (WC-110) writing intensive section (4 credit hours), MTWTF 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

* Hygiene Drive

Members of the Student Nursing Association of Peers (SNAP) are holding a Hygiene Drive until Monday, May 2, to benefit the YWCA Live Y’ers. The Live Y’ers program benefits at-risk girls at Glenwood, Lodge and Bosse High School.  The hygiene drive will provide them with much needed hygiene products that the girls might not otherwise have access to.  You can help by donating personal hygiene products in the bright red boxes placed in Carson Center, the Information desk in Ridgeway University Center, Graves Hall entrance, and outside the Nursing Department in Graves Hall. Items that you might consider donating include deodorant, soap, shampoo, hair conditioner, feminine products, tooth brushes and toothpaste.

* Lunch Meals Added in Café Court over Easter

Usually all dining services are closed over Easter Break. However, because Easter is so close to finals this year, we have designed special dining hours:  On Thursday - Dinner from 4:30-5:30 p.m .in Café Court; on Friday and Saturday - Lunch from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. in Café Court; and on Sunday - Lunch from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. in Café Court, and Dinner from 4:30-6:30 Café Court

* Special Weekend Hours at the Writing Center

In observance of the Easter weekend, the Writing Center will be closed Friday, April 22, and resume normal hours at noon Monday, April 25.


* UE Libraries Announces Easter Recess Hours

Libraries will observe the following schedule of hours for the Easter Recess.  Contact William Louden, University Librarian, with questions at 488.2376 or .
     ~  Thursday, April 21t:   7:45 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
     ~  Friday, April 22:         Closed
     ~  Saturday, April 23:    Closed
     ~  Sunday, April 24:       Closed
     ~  Monday, April 25:     Resume Regular Hours

* Staff Recognition Dinner RSVP

Each staff employee and their guest are invited to attend the Staff Recognition Dinner at the Log Inn on Monday, April 25.  The social hour (cash bar and appetizers) begins at 6 p.m. and dinner will begin at 7 p.m.  Please join Dr. Kazee in the presentation of staff service awards, and for the presentation of the Staff Employee of The Year Award.

Please RSVP no later than Tuesday, April 19.

* Housing Extended Stay Requests

The Residence Halls officially close for Summer Break at noon on Thursday, May 5. All Students are required to check out of their University housing 24 after their last final examination.  If you require additional time please fill out the Extended Stay Request form online at .  Students may be charged up to $35/night depending on the reason for staying.  Requests for Extended Stay must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Reading and Study Day (April 27).




* Bear, Batema and Hochwender Participate in Boy Scout Conservation Project

Vice President for Enrollment Services Tom Bear,  together with troop leader Ken Balczo, organized a conservation project at Vectren Conservation Park (VCP) as a celebration of this year’s Earth Day.  On Saturday, April 16, Boy Scout Troop 362 ( planted a canebreak at VCP, University of Evansville’s Environmental Studies field site (see photo). Guided by Dr. Don Batema and Dr. Cris Hochwender, the troop spent the better part of the morning establishing river cane (Arundinaria gigantea) at VCP. Because more than 90% of cane habitat has been lost to farms and pastures, canebrakes are an endangered ecosystem. Hopefully, with efforts from dedicated conservationists like Boy Scout troop 362, the 1100 acres of wetland habitat at VCP can be restored to native plant species, including river cane. In doing so, the Environmental Studies program has a goal of reducing soil erosion, improving water quality, abating pollution, and enhancing native floral and faunal diversity at the site. This project was supported through a grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NA09SEC4690022). For more information regarding the Environmental Studies program and VCP, go to UE’s environmental studies website (



* Tennis Team Begins Final Week of Season

The University of Evansville tennis team begins the final week of the regular season Wednesday with a 3:30 p.m. match at Carson Center against the University of Southern Indiana.  The Aces host Bradley on Friday at 5 p.m. and then close out the regular season with a 1 p.m. match Saturday against Illinois State.  It will be the final match at home for seniors Kate Chybowski, Ashton Schwerin and Pin Sorensen.

* UE Baseball

With just one day of rest after a tough conference series with Wichita State, the University of Evansville baseball team is back on the diamond Tuesday, hosting Murray State at 6 p.m. at Braun Stadium. The contest marks the first game of a home-and-home series that will continue exactly one week later after UE travels to Bradley this weekend.

Last Week’s Results
Apr 12 SAINT LOUIS, W, 6-4, 6-13-2/4-5-2, Biggs (W 2-0)
*Apr 15 at  Wichita State, W, 12-1, 12-13-1/11-15-3, Lloyd (W 3-3)
*Apr 16 at  Wichita State, L, 1-11, 1-6-0/11-18-0, Isom (L 3-4)
*Apr 17 at  Wichita State, L, 2-9,  2-7-2/9-12-2, Fick (L 5-2)

Apr 19 vs. Murray State 6 p.m.
Apr 22 at Bradley 7 p.m.
Apr 23 at Bradley 7 p.m.
Apr 24 at Bradley 1 p.m.

Evansville (19-14 overall, 1-5 MVC) comes off 1-2 series loss to Wichita State. After winning game one 12-11, the Aces fell 11-1 in eight innings, and 9-2 in Sunday’s rubber match. Cody Fick leads the squad and co-leads the Valley with his .404 batting average. Six other UE players – Greg Wallace (.357), Jared Baehl (.331), Ryan Oesterle (.328), Nate Smith (.321), Trentt Copeland (.315), and Eric Stamets (.304) – are all hitting above .300, as the team owns a .305 average. Evansville’s pitching staff has a collective 4.88 ERA, led by Fick’s 5-2 record and 3.13 ERA. The Aces own a .975 fielding percentage and have turned 37 double plays.

Murray State (13-21, 4-4 OVC) comes into Tuesday’s game on a five-game skid, including three losses to SIU Edwardsville by scores of 17-7, 4-2, and 15-4. Despite the losses, the Breds are still hitting .314 as a team led by Brandon Elliot’s .425 average. Ty Stetson (.315) is currently on a six-game hitting streak, while the pitching staff owns a 7.11 ERA led by Jake Donze (5-2, 4.00 ERA, 3 CG). Murray State has had some trouble in the field, averaging 1.59 errors per game with a .955 fielding percentage.

Cody Fick, Sr., 3B/P, Freeburg, Mo.
.368 AVG, 4-4 GP-GS, 19 AB, 2 R, 7 H, 1 2B, 1 HR, 6 RBI, .579 SLG%, .368 OB%, 0-0 SB
With two outs and trailing, 8-5, senior Cody Fick belted a grand slam in the sixth inning to give Evansville the lead for good over Wichita State, Friday night as UE went on to win, 12-11. The Freeburg, Mo. native finished a triple shy of hitting the cycle in UE’s game one victory over the Shockers, going 3-for-6 with a single, double, grand slam, and six runs batted in. He also made a diving catch at third base for the last out of the game that ended WSU’s ninth inning rally. Fick hit .368 on the week with a .579 slugging percentage, recording at least one hit in each contest. In Evansville’s win over St. Louis, Fick went 2-for-5 with a run scored.

200 CLUB
With seven hits on the week, senior Cody Fick joined Evansville’s 200-Hit Club with 204 career hits. In game one with Wichita State, Fick’s leadoff single in the third inning put him at the 200 mark, and his go-ahead grand slam in the sixth was the Freeburg, Mo.’s 201st.

Sophomore Eric Stamets is currently tied for eighth in UE’s record books with 64 career stolen bases after just one and three quarters seasons. Stamets stole 43 bases as a freshman, breaking UE’s single-season record, and has swiped 21 bases in 28 attempts this year, leading the MVC.

Freshman James Kohler picked up his first career save last weekend, hurling the final four innings, giving up three runs on five hits, and striking out two, as Evansville topped Wichita State in game one. Evansville’s tallest player at 6’8”, mowed through the Shockers’ batting order, giving up just two scattered hits in the sixth, seventh, and eighth innings, and did not allow a runner past first base. Despite giving up two home runs in the ninth, Kohler was able to finish it off, preserving the win for starter Kyle Lloyd and sealing UE’s first MVC victory of the season.

* Moran and Mehringer Join Cross Country Team

Alyssa Moran and Adria Mehringer  have announced that they will attend the University of Evansville and compete for Coach Don Walters' cross country team in the fall.

Moran is a senior at Strongsville High School who qualified three times for the state cross country finals.  She was an all-conference selection twice and Strongsville's Most Outstanding Runner twice. Moran's best time of 18:49 came at the regional championship. She expects to major in exercise science/physical therapy. Mehringer earned a total of eight letters at Northeast Dubois High School, including three each in cross country and track & field, and two in swimming. She was the school's Mental Attitude Award winner in both cross country and swimming, and helped lead the cross country team to a top 10 finish at the semistate.  Mehringer also expects to major in exercise science/physical therapy.

"Alyssa has experience at the state level in Ohio, and we expect her to be a contributor for our team right away," Walters said.  "Adria is a leader and a competitor.  She'll be an asset to our program on and off the cross country course."


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