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Monday, May 6, 2013

* Katherine Linzy Receives Administrator of the Year Award

Katherine Linzy, software support and training specialist in the Office of Technology Services, was presented the Administrator of the Year Award on May 4.

Katherine came to UE a few years ago and in that short time has become a well-respected problem-solver.  She utilizes her talents to improve processes, procedures and functions campus-wide. Nominations for Katherine came from many departments, all citing the ways that she has helped that department or an individual employee.  Whether she is teaching a lab-style training class or working with someone one-on-one, Katherine always shows patience, grace, and humor.

Congratulations, Katherine!

* Melanie Bacaling and Brock Reneer Named Outstanding Seniors

Congratulations to 2013 graduates Melanie Bacaling and Brock Reneer, who received the Mabel Dillingham Nenneker and Guthrie May Outstanding Senior Service Awards during Saturday’s Commencement ceremony.

These are the highest honors the University presents to one female and one male senior. A University committee chose the two recipients based on academic performance, a commitment to service, outstanding leadership, and diverse involvement in campus activities.

Melanie graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Music in performance and a Bachelor of Science in psychology, and Brock graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree with majors in finance and economics.

* Mark Valenzuela Named Outstanding Teacher of the Year

Congratulations to Mark Valenzuela, associate professor of civil engineering, who was named Outstanding Teacher of the Year by the UE Alumni Association at Saturday’s Commencement ceremony. He is the first UE faculty member to win this prestigious honor twice (the first time in 2003).

Students who nominated Dr. Valenzuela for the award noted that he “uses a very detailed and interactive teaching style,” “ensures that his students make ethical decisions and treat one another with respect,” and “is willing to take as much time as necessary to help students understand class material.”

In addition to the Outstanding Teacher of the Year award, Dr. Valenzuela has won the Dean’s Teaching Award for the College of Engineering and Computer Science (2003 and 2013), a UE Global Scholar award (2008), and the ExCEED New Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award from the American Society of Civil Engineers (2002). He came to UE in 1999 and received tenure and promotion to associate professor in 2005.

* Summer Hours

The University will begin a modified summer schedule on May 6 through August 9, 2013.  Business hours for the campus will be adjusted during this period to 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  In all cases, the area supervisor is responsible for the scheduling decisions that will best meet the University’s and their respective department’s service requirements during business hours.  We will return to regular hours on Monday, August 12, 2013.

The modified summer work schedule is incumbent on ensuring coverage to service our many constituencies.  It is important to maintain our commitment and communication with students and their parents during the summer months.  Your assistance in this regard is greatly appreciated.


Upcoming Events

* 2013 Purple Aces Club Golf Classic Set For May 21

The annual Purple Aces Club Golf Classic, which benefits University of Evansville Athletics Scholarships, is set to take place on Tuesday, May 21 at Quail Crossing Golf Club in Boonville, Ind.

Everyone is welcome to play as individuals can sign up for $125 while foursomes cost $500.  Registration and lunch will be from 11 a.m. until 12:15 p.m. before a shotgun start commences the tournament at 12:30.  At approximately 5:30 p.m., a post-event reception takes place followed by an awards ceremony.

For those wishing to be a sponsor, several opportunities are available including the sponsorship of holes, longest drive, closest to the pin and recognition on all carts that will be used at the event.

One of the top courses in the state of Indiana, Quail Crossing is on a natural terrain located just minutes from Evansville.  Known for their minimalist style or lay of the land design, Renaissance Golf Design (led by Tom Doak) complemented the natural terrain of Quail’s 320 acres.

Styling the course in imitation of Shinnecock Hills, with fairway bunkers framed by bluestem and other prairie grasses that were selected in conjunction with Quail Unlimited, provides suitable habitat for the birds after which the course is named. Quail’s links style routing is a real treat for golfers who will see an abundance of natural beauty during their 18-hole round.

Those interested in participating are asked to sign up by May 13.  You can register by sending in the entry form that is linked above, or by contacting Dwight Merilatt.  Sponsorship questions and other inquiries can also be directed to him at or 812-488-2287.

* Douglas Reed's "Amazing Grace" Concert

Douglas Reed, University Organist/Professor Emeritus of Music, will play a concert entitled Amazing Grace in Neu Chapel on May 12, at 4:00 p.m.  A matinee performance of his concert in Siegen, Germany later in May, the program will include music by American composers William Albright, William Bolcom, Sydney Hodkinson, and Daniel Pinkham.

Reed will perform three compositions based on familiar hymn tunes. These include Pulitzer Prize winning composer William Bolcom’s Gospel Prelude on “Amazing Grace” and Prelude on “Abide With Me" as well as Pinkham’s Variations on “Wondrous Love.” 

The program will also include a 35th anniversary performance of William Albright’s Organbook III (1977-78) premiered by the composer on the Neu Chapel Holtkamp organ in 1978.  Albright had strong ties with the University of Evansville who commissioned him to write Four Fancies for harpsichord (1978) with the support of the Mesker Music Trust, and Symphony for organ with percussion (1986) with the support of the Indiana Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts.

The most recent works on the program are Swing Shift and Zephyrs from Sydney Hodkinson’s Organmusic (2012). Hodkinson conducts the Contemporary Ensemble and teaches composition at the Aspen Colorado Music Festival and School.  A composition professor and conductor of the Musica Nova Ensemble at the Eastman School of Music for many years, Hodkinson wrote Papillons, Book III (1984) for Douglas Reed, and Cantata Sancta (2001) with the support of the McGary Family of Newburgh, Indiana and the Friends of UE Music for the dedication of the Francile MacDonald McGary portative organ.

Sponsored by the University of Evansville Department of Religious Life, the program is free and open to the public.

* TIAA-CREF Counseling

The TIAA CREF representative will be on the UE campus on Tuesday, May 21 and Thursday, May 23, 2013 for individual counseling sessions.  To schedule an appointment, call TIAA CREF at 1-800-732-8353 or 317-706-6200.   The sessions are held in the Clifford Rare Books Room of the University Libraries (Room 158).  If you have any questions, call Carol McCraney at extension 2943.


Info You Should Know

* UE Libraries Announces Summer Hours

Libraries will observe the following schedule of hours during Summer 2013. Contact William Louden, University Librarian, with questions at 488.2376 or .

Summer 2013 Hours  
May Intersession  (May 1-May 12)
• Monday:         8:00 a.m.  -  5:00 p.m.
• Tuesday:         8:00 a.m.  -  5:00 p.m.
• Wednesday:  8:00 a.m.  -  5:00 p.m.
• Thursday:        8:00 a.m.  -  5:00 p.m.
• Friday:              8:00 a.m.  -  5:00 p.m.
• Saturday:        CLOSED
• Sunday:           CLOSED

Summer Session I   (May 13–June 14)
• Monday:            7:30 a.m.  -  8:00 p.m.
• Tuesday:            7:30 a.m.  -  8:00 p.m.
• Wednesday:     7:30 a.m.  -  8:00 p.m.
• Thursday:           7:30 a.m.  -  8:00 p.m.
• Friday:                 7:30 a.m.   -  5:00 p.m.
• Saturday:            CLOSED
• Sunday:               CLOSED

Exception:   Memorial Day  (May 27)  -  CLOSED
Summer Session II  (June 17–July 19)
• Monday:              7:30 a.m.  -  8:00 p.m.
• Tuesday:              7:30 a.m.  -  8:00 p.m.
• Wednesday:       7:30 a.m.  -  8:00 p.m.
• Thursday:             7:30 a.m.  -  8:00 p.m.
• Friday:                    7:30 a.m.  -  5:00 p.m.
• Saturday:              CLOSED
• Sunday:                 CLOSED

Exception:  Independence Day  (July 4)  -  CLOSED

Summer Intersession  (July 20–August 27)
• Monday:                8:00 a.m.  -  5:00 p.m.
• Tuesday:                8:00 a.m.  -  5:00 p.m.
• Wednesday:         8:00 a.m.  -  5:00 p.m.
• Thursday:               8:00 a.m.  -  5:00 p.m.
• Friday:                     8:00 a.m.  -  5:00 p.m. 
• Saturday:               CLOSED
• Sunday:                  CLOSED


* Applications Now Being Accepted for Dr. Marvin E. Hartig Scholarship

Family, friends and loved ones of Dr. Marvin E. Hartig are pleased to announce the application process for the Dr. Marvin E. Hartig Memorial Scholarship.  This scholarship is dedicated to the loving memory of Dr. Hartig, Dean of Evansville College’s Evening College in 1967, and administrator for the Center for Advanced Study, director of the Evansville chapter of the American Institute of Banking (AIB), and the international student advisor.  In 1974, Dr. Hartig was appointed Dean of Academic Services.  He retired in 1984 after serving his alma mater for thirty-five years and passed away in 2007.

Applicants must be sophomores in 2013-14 and must show demonstrated financial need on the 2013-14 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Preference will be given to a student working while being enrolled as a full-time student.  

International students are also encouraged to apply and should include in their essay any particular factors impacting their financial need and how the scholarship money will benefit them since international students do not have FAFSA forms on file. 

Applicants must submit the completed application and a typed statement (not to exceed one page), describing themselves, their scholastic and career goals, why they need this scholarship, and how the scholarship proceeds might be used.   

Completed applications are to be sent to the Office of Financial Aid by June 1, 2013.  Decisions will be announced by August 1, 2013.    Applications may be emailed to; or

* Accounting & Audit Announces Procedures for Summer Travel Expenses and Membership Dues Paid with Pcard

Traveling this summer on UE business with a return date after May 31, 2013?  Paying membership dues for next fiscal year prior to May 31? If you use your Pcard prior to May 31 to pay for some of those travel expenses or membership dues, you will need to e-mail Lori Harriss ( in Accounting & Audit with the following information:

Vendor name
Date of purchase on Pcard
Dollar amount charged to Pcard
Description and purpose of purchase
Account number charged for purchase

These expenses will be charged to your 2013-14 budget funds. 



* Honors Program Graduates

Forty May 2013 graduates have earned the distinction of Honors Program graduate.  To complete the program, graduates were required to maintain Honors participation points, complete courses to earn a minimum of 13 Honors credit hours, achieve a 3.3 GPA or higher, and complete and Honors project.  Congratulations to Melanie Bacaling, Eros Bazebizonza Mizidy, Lynn Beaumont, Lauren Bernier, Mason Blankenship, Sarah Blotsky, Bethany Bonifield, Janelle Clausen, Alexandra Cutler, James Drury, Michael Grassmyer, Wolfe Greene, Mollie Hamilton, Marjorie Heideman, Elizabeth Ingram, Emily Jamieson, Collin Jones, Gabriel Kinser, Zuzana Kocsisova, Jessica Kraemer, Danielle Langness, Chris Matlak, Desire Matouba, Kepra McBrayer, Jenna McCord, Deanna Miller, Samantha Miller, Christine Mueller, Klara Nichter, Rosa Palmeri, Patty Schulz.



* Colt Ryan And Jill Enge Earn Top Senior Awards

University of Evansville student-athletes Colt Ryan and Jill Enge were honored with the top senior awards at the UE Leadership Banquet in April.

Ryan was named as the recipient of the Ralph H. Coleman Scholar-Athlete Award while Enge earned the Lois D. Patton Scholar-Athlete Award.  Both are given to the top male and female student-athletes with the Purple Aces.

With 2,279 career points, Ryan leaves UE as its all-time leading scorer.  The Batesville, Ind. product also got it done in the classroom as he notched a 3.43 GPA in accounting.  Ryan had a career that will be remembered forever in the Missouri Valley Conference.  The No. 6 scorer in conference history was also one of the top free throw shooters in school and conference history.

He also leaves Evansville with the most steals in school history and helped UE to a 21-15 mark as a senior, the first 20-win campaign in over a decade.  The Purple Aces have been in the postseason in three out of the four years he was on the squad, including this year’s run through the Tournament.

Jill Enge has been a staple on the UE swimming team since her arrival in 2009.  The physical therapy major has posted a 3.84 GPA while being named to the MVC Scholar-Athlete Team on three occasions.  She has also been honored by the league in each of her four years with the Aces.  Enge was a 3-time All-MVC Honorable Mention swimmer while earning second team honors as a junior.

Some of her top performances came at the 2012 MVC Championship where she earned five top-10 finishes along with assisting UE in a pair of top-3 outings in relay action.  Her relay squads set several school records while contributing in all four years at UE.

Both awards were handed out at the annual Leadership Awards Reception two weeks ago.  Rickey Perkins presented Enge with her award while Aces assistant Geoff Alexander was their for Ryan.

* Evansville Closes Out Win Over Indiana State

The University of Evansville baseball team finished what it started on Friday, as the Purple Aces defeated Indiana State, 3-1, Saturday afternoon in a contest that was suspended due to rain Friday afternoon. 

Senior pitcher Kyle Lloyd improved to 7-2 on the year, as he tossed 6.0 scoreless innings for Evansville (19-29, 9-8 MVC) and scattered just three hits, while notching four strikeouts.  Senior Chris Pearson led the Aces’ offense by going 2-for-5 with a solo homer and a run scored.  Redshirt sophomore Kevin Kaczmarski drove in UE’s other run with a two-out single in the top of the ninth, while freshman Shain Showers finished 1-for-1 with a single and three walks.

Three of the game’s four runs were scored in the three innings that were played Saturday, as Evansville scored a pair of insurance runs in the top of the ninth and Indiana State (18-20, 7-10 MVC) countered with one in the bottom of the frame.

Pearson’s solo homer was the only run of the first eight innings, as Lloyd outdueled Sycamore starter Sean Manaea and ISU reliever Tyler Fehringer in Friday’s portion of the tilt.  Manaea tossed 4.0 innings and allowed the two hits to Pearson, including the solo homer, and pitched around four walks.  Fehringer walked three and struck one out in his 2.0 scoreless innings out of the bullpen.

In the top of the ninth, Showers led off the inning with a walk, before senior Andy Lasher laced a single into left center.  Lasher came around to score on a two-base throwing error by Tyler Wampler that placed Hathcoat at first with just one out.  Two batters later, Kaczmarski singled to shallow left center to put Evansville up 3-0.

Jacob Hayes tripled off the wall in right to plate ISU’s lone run, as he scored Mike Fitzgerald, who reached on a fielder’s choice earlier in the inning.  Johns ended the contest by striking out pinch hitter Owen Conway with a fastball over the outside corner.

Johns picked up his second save of the year, as he allowed just one run over the final 3.0 innings.

The final game of the series was cancelled due to heavy rains, as Evansville will return to the diamond Wednesday, May 8, when it hosts SIU Edwardsville at Braun Stadium at 6 p.m.


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