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Thursday, September 12, 2013

* Free Event Featuring the Subjects of "The Blind Side"

Evansville's Celebration of Diversity Distinguished Lecture Series is bringing Sean and Leigh Anne Tuohy, the subjects of The Blind Side, to Evansville. They will make a free presentation on Tuesday, October 1 at The Centre in downtown Evansville at 7:00 p.m.

The Tuohys’life was chronicled in a New York Times number one best-seller, The Blind Side, as well as in a record-breaking Hollywood blockbuster that earned more than $300 million at the box office.

The Blind Side tells the story of Michael Oher, a homeless teenager turned first round draft pick NFL football player, with the support and love of an unlikely adoptive family: Sean and Leigh Anne Tuohy.

To quote Leigh Anne from her Twitter account: "We believe in the power of one and making a difference."

The University of Evansville is a sponsor of the Diversity Lecture Series.

* YOU Can Make an IMPACT! Here's How

It is an exciting time at the University of Evansville as we explore the many ways we IMPACT the lives of our students and the community – near and far. Each of us has the opportunity to shape how we demonstrate our UE mission to the world. Among other things, you can share ideas for new projects or new ways to do existing ones, offer constructive criticism, compliment the work of a co-worker, etc. A new process has been implemented to make it easy for you to do that. It’s called Meaningful Connections and we promise, this is not your grandma’s suggestion box! Just follow these easy steps: 1) Go to 2) Select either Students or Employees menu option. 3) Under “Meaningful Connections”, select Make an IMPACT – Share Your Ideas 4) Select the category for your impact (they are self explanatory and if all else fails, choose “other”). 5) Give a description of your suggestion, compliment, or opportunity for improvement (you can even include electronic artwork, pictures, or documents). 6) You will receive a Thank You splash screen acknowledging your Meaningful Connection was successfully entered into the system and it will be forwarded to the appropriate Vice President for review and follow up.


What's Happening Today

* Safety Forum with Evansville Police Department

As part of Safety and Security Week, the Evansville Police Department will present an open forum called "Keeping Yourself Safe On and Off Campus." The event will take place at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, September 12, in the Ridgway University Center, Eykamp Hall Room 252. All members of the campus community are welcome to come learn important security tips. 

* SGA Meeting Tonight!

The Student Government Association will be having a meeting tonight, September 12, at 5:00 p.m. in Room 170 (Smythe Lecture Hall), Schroeder Family School of Business Building. Areas of revision in the SGA Constitution will be discussed.


Upcoming Events

* Sept. 16 – 20 – Innovation Week at UE

The Institute for Global Enterprise presents Innovation Week at the University of Evansville, taking place from Sept. 16-20. Given today’s intense interconnectedness, rapid pace of change and growing complexity of global challenges, innovation is essential for progress and success for our future graduates and our civic, public and private sectors. You are invited to participate in the Innovation Week events, which include the Institute for Global Enterprise Speaker Series event featuring John Kao, the weeklong Design Challenge, a presentation on 3-D Printing and Innovation, and a presentation by Social Innovator Tyler White on his organization, Fields of Dreams Uganda.

For details, please visit

* $1000 PRIZE - Innovation Week Design Challenge - Info Session this Friday!

Students are invited to participate in the Innovation Week Design Challenge to compete for a $1,000 team prize, which will be awarded by Accuride, the Design Challenge corporate sponsor. Join us for an informal info session and to form a team this Friday, September 13 at 4 pm in Room162., Schroeder Family School of Business Building.

Cross-disciplinary student teams of 3 to 6 members will spend a fun-filled week competing to develop a conceptual design that provides an innovative solution to Accuride’s challenge. Students will have access to advisors from the faculty, be instructed in the use of 3-D printing as an innovation tool, be called to action by a special guest speaker, nationally-known innovation strategist John Kao, gain insight during a mid-week informal feedback session with Accuride, and build a proof-of-concept model. Most important, the competition will enable the teams to increase their appreciation of cross-disciplinary innovative problem-solving techniques.

All Design Challenge conceptual designs will be evaluated on Friday, September 20, during a 10-minute student presentation and submittal of a proof-of-concept model to a panel of judges consisting of Accuride personnel and UE faculty/staff. The winning team of the Design Challenge will receive a $1,000 cash prize provided and presented by Accuride during a special reception that evening.

Part of Innovation Week, the Design Challenge is supported by the Institute for Global Enterprise and the Kern Entrepreneurship Education Network.

Full Calendar of Design Challenge Events:

Monday, Sept. 16
4-5:30 pm
Innovation Week Design Challenge Kickoff with Accuride
Smythe Lecture Hall (Room 170) - Schroeder Family School of Business Building

Tuesday, Sept. 17
3-3:30 pm
3-D Printing, Manufacturing and Innovation
Dr. John Layer
Room 100 - Koch Center

3:45-4:45 pm?
Electronic files needed for 3-D Printing
Dr. John Layer instruction for student teams participating in the Innovation Week Design Challenge

Wednesday, Sept. 18
4-6 pm
Accuride Mid-week Informal Feedback Session for Student Teams
Room 273, Schroeder Family School of Business Building (By appointment only)

Thursday, Sept. 19,
4 pm
Deadline for Design Challenge Student Teams to Submit 3-D Printing Requests
(Submit electronically to Dr. Layer)

Friday, Sept. 20
4-6 pm
Design Challenge Pitches and Judging
Smythe Lecture Hall (Room170) - Schroeder Family School of Business Building

6-7 pm
Design Challenge Award Presentation and Reception
Dunigan Lounge (Room 160) - McCurdy Wing of Schroeder Family School of Business Building

* Fields of Dreams' Co-Founder Tyler White, Social Innovator and UE Senior to Tell His Story, Sept. 20 at Free Luncheon

The campus community is invited to enjoy a free luncheon and presentation by UE senior, Tyler White. This event will take place in Eykamp 251, Ridgway University Center on September 20 from noon - 1:30 p.m. Please RSVP to ck116 by Sept 17.

Tyler White co-founded Fields of Dreams Uganda at the age of 19. Tyler will share his story of how he became a social innovator in creating a new organization and model that addresses social needs and is strengthening the civil society of Uganda. Fields of Dreams provides hope for the orphaned and vulnerable children of Uganda through the vehicles of soccer and education.

This is a SSB Passport approved event sponsored by the Institute for Global Enterprise and is part of Innovation Week.

* John Kao Will Be Next Institute Speaker Series Guest on Tuesday, 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

Prior to the Kao lecture in Evansville, the UE community is invited to join Dishcrawl for an innovative menu at Babel Restaurant on Main Street starting at 4 p.m. and leading up to the 7 p.m. lecture. Babel will feature an innovative dish and provide a wonderful networking environment for inspired and like-minded individuals. The cost is $5.00, and the group will be limited to the first 40 who register at

A free bus ride will be available for UE students between campus and the Victory. To accommodate students attending the dishcrawl event, there will be a bus leaving UE at 5:15 p.m. in addition to the bus leaving at 6:15. The bus to return to campus will depart the Victory following the conclusion of the presentation. For more information, contact Cindy at ck116 or visit The Institute Speaker Series is sponsored by the Institute for Global Enterprise.

* Spanish Club First Meeting on Monday, September 16

Spanish Club will be having their first meeting Monday, Sept. 16 at 6:00 pm in Room 271, Schroeder Family School of Business Building. Officers will be elected, and the first few Spanish Club events will be selected. Activities are only limited by students' ideas, so come share your enthusiasm for Spanish!

* Lunch and Learn: Habitat 101

Learn about the History of Habitat for Humanity, how they work today and the needs for the future to help end homelessness and poverty at Lunch and Learn: Habitat 101. This session will be presented by Jo Beth Bootz of Habitat for Humanity of Evansville, on Monday, September16 from noon to 1 pm in Eykamp 253, Ridgway University Center. Attendees are encouraged to bring a lunch.

* Tomorrow is UE Purple T-Shirt Exchange

Tomorrow from noon to 1 p.m. is UE Purple T-Shirt Exchange! The first 50 students and 25 faculty and staff to bring a shirt from a different university or college will get a free UE t-shirt.

* International Karaoke and Talent Night

There will be a Karaoke night on September 13 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in Eykamp Hall, Ridgway University Center. There will be lots of music, games and food such as popcorn, lemonade and chips provided by the International Club.



Info You Should Know

* Leigh A. Perry Hired as Development Officer

Leigh A. Perry has been named the University of Evansville's new development officer, effective Monday, September 9. She began her fundraising career as associate director of development at Murray State University and has also worked in development at the University of Kentucky, where she served as a regional gift officer in Central Development and director of development for the College of Engineering. Leigh holds a BBA in Marketing Management from the University of Texas at San Antonio and MEd in Human Resource Development from Peabody College at Vanderbilt University. 

Please welcome Leigh to the UE community!

* Student Development Fund Chair Needed

The Student Development Fund Committee is a student committee responsible for distributing funds from the Student Development Fund to registered student organizations. The chair of the Student Development Fund Committee shall have the duty of upholding the SGA Financial Bylaws and working closely with the University of Evansville Office of Accounting and Audit. The position includes a small salary. Contact Patrick Hayden at if you are interested.

* Employee of the Month Nominations

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 October 2013 Employee Excellence Award are due no later than Wednesday, September 18.

To nominate someone, please go to

* Need Soccer Officials!

The Intramural department is in need of more experienced soccer officials. Please contact Seth Woodason ( if you are interested.

* Habitat for Humanity Partnership- Volunteers Needed

This semester, the Center for Student Engagement has developed a Social Responsibility Certificate. Through the certificate, students will learn about issues related to Homelessness and Poverty and will work with Habitat for Humanity of Evansville to build a home for a local family. Guest speakers will present in Eykamp Hall on Mondays from noon-1pm starting September 9th with an introduction to the program. On Wednesdays from Sept. 18-Oct. 23rd, volunteers are needed in addition to those participating in the Certificate program, to help on the build site. If you are interested in knowing more about the Discover IMPACT: Social Responsibility Certificate program, or if you would like to know how you can volunteer on site for the House Build, contact Geoff Edwards, Director of the Center for Student Engagement at or by calling 812-488-1102. The Certificate website is at:

* Fall Locker Fees Due

The Fall 2013 Fitness Center locker rental fees are due now. Locker fees may be paid at the Fitness Center office or front desk.

* Admission Website 'Aces Place' Is Closing

On Friday, September 13, the Admissions website "Aces Place" will be closing. Freshman, be sure to save any content or photos from the site before that date, as you will not be able to access it as soon as it is closed. After September 13, you will no longer be able to access your profile. If you have any questions, please contact Aces Place at



* Derek Jones to Join Board of IACAP

Derek Jones, Director of Cognitive Science and Assistant Professor of Philosophy, will join the executive board of the International Association for Computing and Philosophy this month as the organization's Membership and Promotions Coordinator. Dr. Jones was awarded the 2010 joint IACAP/Carnegie Mellon Goldberg Award for Outstanding Research in Computing and Philosophy by a Graduate Student for his work on animat modeling.

* Beavers Joins Dissertation Review Committee

Anthony F. Beavers, Chair of the Department of Philosophy and Religion, recently joined a group of dissertation reviewers to examine Steven McKinley's Ph.D. Thesis, "The Philosophy of Information: Ethical, Ontological and Epistemic Perspectives," submitted at Charles Sturt University in Australia. Beavers, who is, as of this month, the former president of the U.K. based International Association for Computing and Philosophy, is a frequent journal reviewer for the philosophy of information and publications reviewer for Cambridge, Oxford, MIT and other related University Presses.



* Aces Volleyball To Host Weekend Tournament

After a seven-match road trip to begin the season, the University of Evansville volleyball team will be home on Friday and Saturday, hosting a weekend tournament with six matches to be played over the span of two days.

Aside from Evansville, Memphis, SIU Edwardsville and Valparaiso will take part. This will be the first time that Aces fans can get a look at the 2013 squad and head coach Manolo Concepcion is excited about that opportunity for his players and the fans.

"It will be nice to be home and be in front of our fans and be able to sleep in our own beds," he said. "We are excited to show everyone what we have been working on and how we are capable of playing."

Last time out, the Aces picked up a hard-fought 3-0 win at Murray State. It marked the third time in a row that UE has swept MSU, but this one did not come as easy with two out of the three sets going to extra points.

Ashley Ring had one of the top outings of her career in the victory, getting the job done on both the offensive and defensive sides of the floor. The junior finished with 16 kills and a career-high 24 digs to lead the way for UE.

Rachel TenHoor and Meaghan Holmes also made their presence known, playing extremely efficient offense. TenHoor posted 12 kills while hitting .385 and Holmes was just a solid, hitting .391 to go along with her 10 kills.

The first opponent of the weekend for UE will be SIU Edwardsville. The Cougars are 2-4 this season, but have won two out of the last three times out. In last week's Omaha Classic, SIUE got past Southern Utah by a 3-1 final before sweeping Omaha. Their last contest of the event saw them drop a 3-2 decision against Bradley.

Saturday's first match for the Aces see them square off against Memphis. Standing at 4-2, the Tigers have been strong all season long. In the season-opening Belmont Tournament, they grabbed wins over the Bruins and Gardner-Webb. In their home tournament last weekend, they grabbed victories over Alabama A&M and Southeastern Louisiana while falling to Western Carolina in five set.

Weekend action wraps up at 6 p.m. Saturday evening versus in-state rival Valparaiso. The Crusaders enter the weekend with a perfect 8-0 mark. In their opening trip to the UCF Invitational, they swept past three opponents while taking a 5-set win over the host Knights in their first match of the season.

Last weekend, Valpo hosted the Popcorn Classic and posted another 4-0 mark with wins over Army, Eastern Michigan, Rhode Island and Iowa.

Following action this weekend, Evansville will be back on the road for three matches, heading to Belmont on Tuesday before beginning Missouri Valley Conference play next weekend at Illinois State and Indiana State.

Friday, Sept. 13
5 p.m. – Memphis vs. Valparaiso
7:30 p.m. – SIU Edwardsville at Evansville

Saturday, Sept. 14
10 a.m. – SIU Edwardsville vs. Valparaiso
12:30 p.m. – Memphis at Evansville
3:30 p.m. – SIU Edwardsville vs. Memphis
6 p.m. – Valparaiso at Evansville

* Friday the 13th

Aces fans, on Friday, September 13, women’s soccer and volleyball play host on Friday the 13th. Dress up as your favorite horror movie/show/book character for an opportunity to win prizes, including a $25 Visa Gift Card. Women’s soccer kicks off at 6:00 pm at McCutchan Stadium and the volleyball team is in action at 7:30 pm at Meeks Gym. We look forward to seeing you out there in your best costumes to support the Aces!
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* Upcoming Home UE Athletics Events

Aces fans, we’ve got a busy weekend of home athletic events scheduled. On Friday, the volleyball team plays host to the UE Invitational, as the Aces are in action against SIU Edwardsville at 7:30 pm in Meeks Gym. The women’s soccer team is also in action Friday, as the Aces take on the Belmont Bruins at 6:00 pm at McCutchan Stadium.

Then on Saturday, the volleyball team is back in action in the UE Invitational as the Aces take on the Memphis Tigers at 12:30 pm and the Valparaiso Crusaders at 6:00 pm. The men’s soccer team looks to build off the momentum of toppling the #6 Saint Louis Billikens Wednesday night as they face the Georgia State Panthers at 7:00 pm at McCutchan Stadium.

To cap off the weekend, women’s soccer is back in action on Sunday at 1:00 pm as they host the Valparaiso Crusaders at McCutchan Stadium.

Faculty and staff get free admission with their ID. Students also get free admission and can also earn student rewards points for great prizes just for attending Aces home events. Come out and support your Aces this weekend at all of our home events!!


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