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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

What's Happening Today

* This Week in Music

The Department of Music kicks off the academic year and this year’s First Tuesday Concert Series with the annual Faculty Gala Recital in Wheeler Concert Hall in the Krannert Fine Arts building on Tuesday, September 3, at 7:30 p.m. The concert will feature selections from ten works, ranging from the early eighteenth century to the modern era, performed by nineteen Department of Music faculty members and consortium instructors, including new faculty member Alanna Keenan (soprano, Assistant Professor of Voice). The concert will culminate in a performance of the finale of Haydn’s beloved Quartet in D Major, Op. 20, No. 4, by the Eykamp String Quartet. For future events, consult the Department of Music’s Concert Calendar at

* University of Evansville Cheerleading Open Gym

The University of Evansville Cheerleading Team will be hosting an open gym on Tuesday September 3rd at 8 p.m. in the small gym of Carson Center. The open gym is not an official tryout, but it will give any interested potential cheerleaders (male or female) the chance to interact and practice with the team. For those who plan on attending this open gym we recommend that you wear comfortable work out clothes and tennis shoes. Please email our captains Madison Hendricks and Mallory Mooney with any questions as well as our head coach Courtney Moore

* Library Tours for New Students

UE Libraries offers tours for our new students as well as for returning students who may wish to join us. Each guided tour will take approximately thirty minutes. Schedule of tours follows. No advance reservation is necessary. Come join us in the entry lobby of the Library. We'll be waiting for you!

Library Tours
* Friday, August 30 at Noon and 4 p.m.
* Saturday, August 31 at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.
* Sunday, September 1 at 2 p.m., 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.
* Monday,September 2 at Noon, 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.
* Tuesday, September 31 at Noon, 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.

* Delta Omega Zeta Recruitment

Delta Omega Zeta, the local sorority on campus, is looking to recruit new women! Delta Omega Zeta is looking for ambitious women who want to make a difference!

All unaffiliated women of any age are welcome to attend one or all of the recruitment events listed. All recruitment events take place at the Delta Omega Zeta house, located at 532 S Weinbach Ave, across the street from Lincoln Garden and behind the Koch Building.

Monday, September 2: Open House, 5 pm - 7 pm. Come meet the women of Delta Omega Zeta and learn more about the organization. Be sure you're ready to eat, we will be providing delicious food!

Tuesday, September 3: Craft Night, 7 pm - 9 pm. Spend some time letting your creative side loose with some fun crafts!

Wednesday, September 4: Game Night, 7 pm - 9 pm. If you're into classic board and card games, come hang out with us! Apples to Apples, The Game of Life, Monopoly... We've got it all! Ice cream sundaes and root beer floats will be the cherry on top of the night!

Thursday, September 5: Spaghetti Dinner, 5 pm - 7 pm. Business casual attire is required for this night! Spaghetti, salad, and garlic bread will be served for dinner. Over dinner, the women of Delta Omega Zeta will be asking you some final questions!


Upcoming Events

* TIAA-CREF Counseling Appointments

The TIAA-CREF representative will be on the UE campus on Tuesday, September 24 and Thursday, September 26 for individual counseling sessions. To schedule an appointment, call TIAA-CREF at 1-800-732-8353 ir 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.

* Employee Fall Healthy Lifestyle Challenge

The fall Healthy Lifestyle Challenge for employees will begin Sept. 16. The top five finishers will receive a $50 gift card. HRA subscribers can earn credit for their account.

If you sign up during the Health Screening on Sept. 9, a personal fitness specialist can assess your body fat percentage. Body fat will also be retested at the end of the 9 week challenge. You may participate without being tested.

Log in to AceLink>Human Resources>Wellness>Healthy Lifestyle Challenge>Weekly Reporting Sheet for complete rules and all the forms.

* Employee Health Screening Sept. 9

The annual fall wellness screening is September 9 in Eykamp 253/254/255, Ridgway University Center. Wellness credits for HRA insured will be awarded. If you attended during the summer, please do not schedule an appointment for this session.

Appointments are required. The scheduler is now open until September 6 at 10 p.m. Log in to AceLink to schedule an appointment for you and your insured spouse. You can also cancel and/or reschedule your appointment until close on Sept. 6.

HRA insured attend the health screening at no cost. Non-HRA employees/spouses may also schedule an appointment, but there is a $34 charge (payable by cash or check to the University) at the time of the screening.

If you have any questions, please contact Carolyn Hendrickson at

* Gluten-Free and Dietary Allergen Interest Meeting Today!

A meeting to discuss forming a gluten-free and allergen group will take TODAY at 5:15 pm, by the piano on the 2nd floor of Ridgway University Center. This group is open to all UE students!  If you are interested, or have any questions, please email Brittany Chidester at by noon today. Feel free to bring along some dinner with you to the meeting!

* UE Interfaith Initiatives for Fall Semester, Save the Dates

The Department of Religious Life would like to offer for your information the following Interfaith Initiatives scheduled for the fall semester. More details to follow. All events are free and open to the public. For more information please contact University Chaplain, Tamara Gieselman,

First Friday Forum @ 4:  Faith and Faculty
The Office of Academic Affairs and the Department of Religious Life are collaborating on the interfaith faculty forum series this fall.  The monthly forums will provide an informal venue where UE faculty can present and offer reflections about their own faith traditions/religious practices and engage the University community in informal dialogue. Each Forum will last 50 minutes, 4:00pm - 4:50pm including time for Q & A.
Forums will take place in the Schroeder Family School of Business, Room 172.
September 6                4:00PM           The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints: Mormonism                                     
October 4                    4:00PM            (TBA)
November 1                4:00PM            (TBA)
December 6                 4:00PM            (TBA)

International Day of Peace Concert, September 22, 2013, 4:00PM in Neu Chapel
Sponsored by the Department of Religious Life, the Neu Chapel Society, and the UE Interfaith Council.
Participating Partners:              Signature School String Orchestra
North High School Choir
Joshua Academy Choir
First United Methodist Church Musicians
University of Evansville Music students and faculty

Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on September 21. UE’s Peace Day concert is scheduled on the following day, September 22, to maximize participation by the campus and larger community.
The United Nations General Assembly declared September 21 as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.  The United Nations invites all nations and people to honor a cessation of hostilities during the Day, and to otherwise commemorate the Day through education and public awareness on issues related to peace.

“Jesus, Judaism, and Christianity: The Misunderstood Jew in Context” with A.-J. Levine, Ph.D.
Sponsored by the Snyder Concert and Lecture Series, the Department of Religious Life, and the
Temple Adath B'nai Israel
October 18 – 20, 2013 (Detailed schedule forthcoming)
Major lectures on campus include:  
Friday, October 18 @ 4:00PM          Jesus and Judaism
Sunday, October 20 @ 10:30AM       How to Hear a Parable: The Good Samaritan
Sunday, October 20 @ 4:00PM         Agreeing to Disagree: How Jews and Christians Read
                                                            Scripture Differently

Amy-Jill Levine is University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies, E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Professor of New Testament Studies, and  Professor of Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt University Divinity School and College of Arts and Sciences. Holding the B.A. from Smith College, the M.A. and  Ph.D. from Duke University, and honorary doctorates from Christian Theological Seminary, Drury University, the University of Richmond, the Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest, and the University of South Carolina-Upstate, Professor Levine has been awarded grants from the Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the American Council of Learned Societies. She has held office in the Society of Biblical Literature, the Catholic Biblical Association, and the Association for Jewish Studies. Her books include The Misunderstood Jew: The Church and the Scandal of the Jewish Jesus (HarperOne), the edited collection,The Historical Jesus in Context (Princeton), and the fourteen-volume edited series, Feminist Companions to the New Testament and Early Christian Writings (Continuum). With Marc Brettler of Brandeis University, she has edited the  Jewish Annotated New Testament (Oxford), and she has written, with her Vanderbilt Colleague Douglas Knight, The Meaning of the Bible: What The Jewish Scriptures and the Christian Old Testament Can Teach us  (HarperOne).   She has recorded "Introduction to the Old Testament," "Great Figures of the Old Testament," and "Great Figures of the New Testament" for the Teaching Company. In 2011, Professor Levine became Affiliated Professor at the Woolf Institute: Centre for the Study of Jewish-Christian Relations at Cambridge, UK. A self-described "Yankee Jewish feminist who teaches in a predominantly Christian divinity school in the buckle of the Bible Belt," Professor Levine combines historical-critical rigor, literary-critical sensitivity, and a frequent dash of humor with a commitment to eliminating anti-Jewish, sexist, and homophobic theologies.

Interfaith Bread Festival, Saturday, November 2, 11:00AM -1:00PM, Eykamp Hall 251                  
Sponsored by the Department of Religious Life, the Department of Archaeology, and Alumni Relations
“Bread in Religious Culture”
Local communities and bread artisan will come together and share their sacred bread traditions. Join us for presentations and samplings!

Community Interfaith Thanksgiving Worship Service, Sunday, November 3, 10:30AM, Neu Chapel        
Sponsored by the Department of Religious Life and the UE Interfaith Council
“Celebrating Religious Diversity, Giving Thanks Together”

* Upcoming Jewish Holidays

A local Evansville family would like to host UE students who are Jewish for the upcoming Jewish holidays: Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, begins at sundown the evening of Wednesday, September 4 and ends in the evening of Friday, September 6. Yom Kippur, the day of Atonement begins at sundown Sep 13, 2013.

If you would like to be invited to their home to participate please email University Chaplain Tamara Gieselman at, and please include your name, phone number, and campus mailing address.

* Innovation Strategist John Kao at the Victory Theatre on September 17

John Kao will be the next Institute Speaker Series guest on Tuesday, September 17. Kao has been called “Mr. Creativity” and “a serial innovator” by The Economist and is a leading authority on innovation, organization transformation, and emerging technologies. He will address "Global Competitive Innovation for Organizations, Nations, and Individuals."

Kao received his MBA from Harvard and his MD from Yale. He is also a Tony-winning producer of film and stage and spent the summer of 1969 playing keyboards for Frank Zappa. Kao will appear at the Scottish Rite Cathedral in Indianapolis at noon (ET) for a luncheon presentation, and then travel to Evansville for a 7:00 p.m. event at the Victory Theatre.

Visit for ticket information for the Indianapolis luncheon. The evening presentation at the Victory is free and open to the public. For preferred seating in Evansville, RSVP to by September 12.

A free bus ride will be available for UE students between campus and the Victory.

For more information, contact Cindy at ck116 or visit These events are sponsored by the Institute for Global Enterprise.

* Venturing Crew 365 Invites You To Attend Their Open House!

Come and learn about UE's Outdoor Club and all the fun trips and activities planned for this semester! Our meeting will be located in Room 170 (Smythe Lecture Hall) in Schroeder Family School of Business Building on Wednesday, September 4 at 7 p.m. We hope to see you there!

* Ride Your Bike with UE at the Great Pumpkin Metric

The Great Pumpkin Metric is a scenic, rural bicycle tour through southwestern Indiana. Cyclists will ride through portions of Vanderburgh and Posey Counties and enjoy some of the best riding this region has to offer. Riders can choose from a 62-, 31-, or 15.5-mile route. The event will be October 6. The ride begins at 8:00 a.m., but we can start at anytime after that. We will meet at the fairgrounds and plan to be on the road by 9:00 a.m.

This year the new UE Bike Club will ride at the Great Pumpkin Metric! In the past, we have had a UE team, but this is the first year for the UE Bike Club.

This family-oriented ride offers challenges for every type of rider. Each route has rest stops with water and food, and sagwagons will be on the routes to help when needed. There is live music and all-you-can-eat pasta at the end!
This is a wonderful ride for UE families and will be a great first outing for the UE Bike Club! Online registration is available here. It is $20 for an individual and $40 for families. Be sure when you are registering to sign up as a member of the UE Bike Club, regardless of which distance you’ll be riding.

If you have any questions, e-mail

* Investment Consultant Will Speak to UE Students

Jeff Berger, Vice president and financial consultant of Hilliard Lyons, will be speaking to UE students at 4.00 p.m. in Smythe Lecture Hall, Schroeder Family School of Business Building on September 9. The title of his presentation will be “Time to take the Stock”. Berger graciously accepted an invitation to speak to UE students from Walayet A. Khan, professor of finance. Hilliard Lyons offers a full spectrum of financial services, including but not limited to, insurance, college education, retirement plans and investment management. The event is open to the public.

* Topic of September Andiron Lecture - Talking to Molecules with Lasers

The next University of Evansville Andiron Lecture is set for Wednesday, September 4 at 4:00 Eykamp 252, Ridgway University Center A social gathering with beverages begins at 3:45 p.m.

Professor of Chemistry Bryan Lynch will be the guest speaker. His topic: "Talking to Molecules with Lasers: A Sabbatical at MIT."

For some 50 years, scientists have used lasers in their efforts to understand the complex behavior of molecules. Some molecules readily reveal their secrets while others adamantly refuse to do so. This lecture will explore the lengths to which scientists go to “talk” to molecules within a laser experiment; it will also examine the types of behavior observed and their importance to chemists and to society in general.

Lynch earned both BS and PhD degrees in chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh, and completed his postdoctoral training in magnetic resonance at Cornell University. Since 1994, he has taught courses in both general and physical chemistry at the University of Evansville.

In 2001, he received the Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Chemical Research, presented by the Department of Chemistry at Indiana University. In 2009, he was awarded the University of Evansville Sydney and Sadelle Berger Award for Scholarly Activity and the Dean’s Outstanding Teaching Award. His research interest is the study of the structure and energetics of small molecules using laser spectroscopy. He has completed two sabbaticals in this field of research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

For further information, call the series coordinator M. Christine Mohn at 812-488-2585 or the College of Arts and Sciences at 812-488-2589.

* WUEV & AcesTV Call-Out Meetings Set For Wednesday, September 4 At 5 pm

91.5 F.M.-WUEV - the University of Evansville's radio station - and AcesTV - the student-run video production unit on campus - will be conducting a joint "Call-Out" meeting for potential new members on Wednesday, September 4 at 5 pm outside of the WUEV Studios, located on the second floor of the Ridgway University Center. Positions are available for both organization, and no prior experience is required. Both WUEV and AcesTV are open to all University of Evansville students, regardless of major.

Anyone with questions, or anyone who is interested in joining either WUEV or AcesTV but who is unable to attend Wednesday's meeting, should contact WUEV & AcesTV General Manager Tom Benson via email at

* Faculty Scholarship Display & Reception

The Libraries are hosting a FACULTY SCHOLARSHIP DISPLAY on October 14-28. Faculty are encouraged to contribute scholarship to the display, such as articles, books, book chapters, essays, creative works, etc. Works produced or published from August 2012 until July 2013 are eligible for inclusion in the display. Please send items to my attention by October 11.

The Libraries will host a reception honoring faculty on Thursday, October 17 at  2:30 p.m. in the J. Henry Schroeder Boardroom (Room 203) in the Library.

Questions? Contact Meg Atwater-Singer at x2487/ma35.


Info You Should Know

* Meal Plan Changes

Students can adjust their meal plan for the fall semester until 5:00pm, Wednesday, September 4. Adjustments can be made by going to the Dining section of the Residence Life website.

* Jennifer Briggs Named University Registrar

Jennifer Briggs has been hired as University registrar, effective Monday, September 2. She comes to UE from Ivy Tech Community College, where she served as the registrar. Briggs holds a master's degree in public administration from the University of Southern Indiana and a bachelor's degree in middle school education from Kennesaw State University.

Please welcome Jennifer to the UE community!

* Freshman Service Project Announcements Sent to Hometown Newspapers and Online at

Thank you to all who participated in the Freshman Service Project last Monday, making an IMPACT on 20 nonprofit organizations here in Evansville! To recognize participation in this activity, announcements were sent to students' hometown newspapers and are posted online at

You should receive an e-mail notification today with a link to view your story online and share it with friends and family through e-mail, Facebook, and Twitter. You can also log in to via Facebook to customize your profile by adding a photo, activities, and other biographical information.

UE uses to recognize students for their achievements and activities, such as making the Dean's List, studying abroad, and participating in community service. Your online reputation is important – most employers Google an applicant's name during the hiring process for jobs and internships. UE is dedicated to helping students create a positive online profile by providing as a free service.

If you have any questions, please contact the Office of University Relations at x2241 or KL147. We look forward to celebrating your achievements with your local hometown media and online at Keep up the good work, and be on the lookout for more stories about your accomplishments! 

* Deans' List Students Recognized at UE Libraries

Students who earned Deans' List status for Spring Semester 2013 are recognized in an exhibit at UE Libraries. Exhibit is located in the entry lobby. Students merit the honor of being named to the Deans' List at the conclusion of each semester by earning a semester grade point average of 3.5 on a four point scale while carrying a full academic course load of at least twelve hours excluding Pass/Fail courses. Exhibit continues through September 15th.

* Women's Leadership Conference Opportunity

The Indiana Federation of Business and Professional Women is hosting a Student Program at their annual conference in October. Female students interested in preparing for their future careers and competing in this special program should contact Cara Fabrocini, assistant director of Student Engagement, for more information. Cf107 or 488-2058. Application deadline is October 1.

* Requisition for Check or Purchase Order Update

The “Requisition for Check or Purchase Order” has been revised and improved with the new UE Logo. Please discard all previous versions of this form and use only the version with “Revised: August 2013” located on the bottom left of the form. The “Requisition for Check or Purchase Order” continues to be available on the Accounting & Audit website at http://acelink/Areas/Accounting/ or the Purchasing website at http://acelink/Areas/Purchasing/. As of October 1, requisitions submitted on old requisition forms will be returned to the requestor.

* In-House Office Supply Order Form - Revised

The “In-House Office Supply Order Form” has been revised with the new UE Logo and pricing. Please discard all previous versions of this form and use only the version with “rev. 8/2013” located on the bottom left of the form. The “In-House Office Supply Order Form” continues to be available on the Central Receiving website at http://acelink/Areas/CentralReceiving/ or Purchasing website at http://acelink/Areas/Purchasing/. As of October 1, old In-House order forms submitted will be returned to the requestor.

* Evansville Otter's Tickets Available

The Evansville Otters have provided free tickets to UE students, faculty, staff and families for any of their remaining home games. You can pick up tickets in the Center for Student Engagement. To see the Otter's schedule, go to:

* Adding or Dropping a Fall Class?

The last day to add a fall class is September 3 by 4:00 p.m. If you are changing part-time or full-time status, the back of the form must be stamped by Student Accounts. If you are dropping a class, the instructor's signature is only required after September 11. Add/drop forms are available in the Registrar's Office.

* Writing Center Opening Soon!

The Writing Center will open Monday, September 9. Schedule your appointment online and choose a time that’s convenient for you. To reserve a 50-minute session with an experienced student mentor, just visit, click on "Areas," then "Writing Center." Please remember to bring your assignment (the prompt) with you to the session.

For more information about the Writing Center, click here:

Have a great semester!



* Trisha Brandonisio Featured in New York Times

Trisha Brandonisio, a senior theatre management major from Las Vegas, was featured in The New York Times' recent photo slideshow "Far-Flung Students." The slideshow included photos and stories of students who attend college far from their hometowns. 

"Moving from Sin City to southwestern Indiana, without even visiting the campus, surely must sound crazy to most people! But that is exactly what I did to be a part of the theatre program at the University of Evansville," Trisha said. See her photo and story online here.



* Yasser Alhenawi Publishes Article on Financial Knowledge and Planning

Dr. Yasser Alhenawi, Assistant Professor of Finance, published his fifth paper this year. His paper titled: “Financial Literacy of U.S. Households: Knowledge vs. Long-Term Financial Planning," co-authored with Dr. Khaled Elkhal, will appear in the Financial Services Review. This paper examines the relationship between financial knowledge and long-term financial planning behavior. It is inspired by the recent financial crisis and the current level of economic uncertainty. Survey responses from U.S. households show that U.S. households are financially knowledgeable but exhibit poor financial planning skills. The findings also show that the correlation between knowledge and financial planning is low, albeit positive. In order to promote financial literacy, this paper suggests that public policies strive to embolden financial education during early stages of life – preferably during college years.

* Religion Alumna Publishes Book on Roman Catholicism

Emily Strand, class of 1998, recently published Mass 101: Liturgy and Life with Liguori Press. Strand was a graduate of our old pre-theology and Literature programs where, under the direction of Dr. Tony Beavers, current Chair of Philosophy and Religion, she received the same undergraduate education that would traditionally be available only to male Catholic seminarians. Upon leaving UE, Strand completed her Master's in Sacred Theology at the University of Dayton, where she also served seven years as a campus minister.

* Beavers Publishes Article on Alan Turing

Dr. Anthony F. Beavers, Chair of Philosophy and Religion, recently published "Practically Turing," in CyberTalk magazine. The article situates Turing in the middle of an information age that started in the era of Edison and Bell and that gained momentum with the advent of the computer. Beavers served as a member of the International Turing Centenary Advisory Committee and TCAC Culture Subcommittee, between 2009-2012. He also co-chaired the International Conference on Alan Turing held at the University of Birmingham, UK, during July 2012.



* Tuesday Night Match Up Next For UE Volleyball

Following a successful 2-1 beginning to its season, the Purple Aces volleyball team will travel to UT-Martin for a match on Tuesday evening beginning at 6:30 p.m.

In its opening tournament, the Aces were led by All-Tournament honoree Meaghan Holmes.  Entering 2013, Holmes’ top offensive effort was eight kills, but in three matches over the weekend, she beat that total every time.  She notched nine in the opening two rounds before posting ten in the match on Saturday at North Carolina Central.

Another great sign for UE was that it was a different offensive weapon showing its hand in each match.  In the opener on Friday against Murray State, it was Rachel TenHoor hitting .571 en route to 13 kills.  Match two on Saturday versus Hampton saw Ashley Ring tally 22 kills before the finale saw sophomore Stephanie Cerino set a career-high of 12 kills.

The Aces will look to remain undefeated in true road contests as they take on the Skyhawks, who are also 2-1 this year.  In last season’s meeting at the Carson Center, the Aces swept UTM by a 3-0 final. 

To begin their 2013 campaign, UT-Martin played in a tournament in Peoria, Ill. hosted by Bradley.  They began the year with a 3-0 sweep over Maryland Eastern Shore before falling to Western Illinois.  They rebounded on Saturday evening with a 3-1 win over the host Braves.

Following their trip to Martin, Tenn., Evansville will head to Oxford, Ohio on Friday to take part in the Miami (Ohio) Tournament where they will take on the host RedHawks and Northern Kentucky.


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