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Monday, September 23, 2013

* UE's United Way Campaign Kicks Off Today! Return Your Pledge Form by 5:00 p.m. and Be Eligible for the Early Bird Drawing!

United WayUE’s weeklong United Way campaign kicks off today, Monday, Sept. 23, and runs through Friday, Sept. 27. Turn in your pledge card by 5:00 p.m. today and you will be eligible to win an Early Bird prize of an iPad! Turn in your pledge form at any time this week and be eligible to win additional prizes: a day of vacation (3); UE vs. Butler basketball game tickets (2); theatre tickets (2 for each production); Men’s and Women’s basketball tickets to one UE game; a UE fleece blanket and other items from the bookstore; UE bird house/feeder and other items from Wild Bird’s Unlimited; gift bag from Red Poppy, Basket Kases, Penny John’s, Barefoot Cottage, and a “Movie Night” gift basket; gift certificates from Sodexo, the Slice, Café Cottage and Lincoln Garden; and No Fry Zone - Sunless Tanning (2). Please read the information in your packet and if you have any questions, feel free to contact Office of Human Resources at 2943. Take a minute to view Dr. Kazee’s special United Way podcast and also read the daily testimonials in AceNotes this week of how the United Way has impacted the lives of our own faculty, staff, administrators and students. Lastly, make and IMPACT and give to the United Way campaign!

“A community is, in many ways, only as strong as its commitment to the welfare of all of its citizens. Even as we recognize the importance of such a commitment, we often are at a loss as to how we can make a real difference in the lives of our fellow citizens – especially those who are experiencing difficulties due to joblessness, health issues, or other challenges. My experience in Evansville and in other communities in which I’ve lived is that the United Way is a terrific way to have a meaningful impact on those most in need. Sharon and I have had the good fortune to meet many of the people at the organizations supported by the United Way, and I leave those meetings feeling deeply moved. Without the United Way, it is clear to me that Evansville would be a diminished community.”
Tom Kazee, President, University of Evansville

* 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.


What's Happening Today

* Banned Book Exhibit at UE Libraries

UE Libraries now offers an exhibit on Banned Books located on the entry lobby. Exhibit runs through September 28. Observance of Banned Book week is sponsored by the American Library Association as well as numerous scholarly organizations.

* Sigma Alpha Iota Recruitment

Are you a woman with a love for music? If so, you are invited to the recruitment events for Sigma Alpha Iota, the women’s music fraternity. Informal recruitment events will take place September 23, 24, and 25 at 9:00 p.m. in Room110, Fine Arts Building. Both music majors and non-majors are welcome, even those affiliated with social Greek organizations. For questions or more information, please contact Kaitlin Emmert at .


Upcoming Events

* Retirement Reception for Keith Kutzler Planned for Today

Please join the University of Evansville and the Office of Academic Affairs for a retirement reception in honor of Keith Kutzler, associate registrar. The reception will be held on September 25 from 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. in the Class of 59 Gallery and Lounge in Ridgway University Center.

Keith received a BA in History in 1974 and a Master of Arts in Humanities in 1982, both from UE.

Keith was first hired at UE in August 1974. He has had several official titles: admissions counselor, associate registrar, information analyst, coordinator of academic advising and registrar. As UE registrar, Keith guided many staff through the massive conversion to Datatel. Keith has also been responsible for determining the academic eligibility of our student athletes.

Keith has three daughters who each attended UE and earned BS degrees. His wife Sharon earned a Master of Arts in Elementary Education at UE in 1978. Two of Keith’s daughters, Emily and Kasey, were defenders for the Lady Aces soccer team.

Outside of UE, Keith is a member of his church choir, coaches and referees soccer, is a grandfather of 3, and is a very big fan of the St Louis Cardinals baseball team.

* You're Invited: Women Stepping Up Reception & Panel

Join Stepping Up for a reception and panel discussion from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 24. The purpose of the event is to encourage more women to participate in government on all levels.

The event is planned by Stepping Up, a new non-partisan committee designed to encourage women in Southern Indiana to step up by learning how they can participate on boards, run for office, and inspire or mentor other women.

The reception begins at 5:00 p.m. in Dunigan Lounge in the the Schroeder School of Business. The panel discussion will follow at 5:45 p.m. in Harkness Hall, Room 162 in the same building.

Dr. Sharon Kazee will moderate the panel discussion. They will discuss why women don’t run for offices, the challenges facing them, and what can be done to improve the trend.

This reception and panel discussion will be followed by a series training luncheons.

The panel includes:
Moderator, Dr. Sharon Kazee, advocate for arts and education initiatives and former dean and vice president for arts and academics at the South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities

Annie Groves, Vanderburgh County coroner

Stephanie Terry, Vanderburgh County Councilman and director of cMoe

Dr. Robert Dion, Chair of UE's department of Law, Politics, and Society

Lynn Miller-Pease, executive director of Leadership Evansville

Sally Becker, President of EVSC Board of Trustees

For more information, contact Jennifer Briggs at 812-488-2602 or

* This Week in Music

Professor Emeritus of Organ Douglas Reed will present this week’s Faculty Recital in Wheeler Concert Hall on Tuesday evening at 7:30 p.m. Dr. Reed will perform a number of works ranging from the early Baroque to the Modern era. In addition, Dr. Reed will give the Indiana premiere of William Albright’s Whistler (1834-1903): Three Nocturnes. The recital also marks the fiftieth anniversary of the design and construction of the Wheeler Concert Hall organ by the renowned American avant-garde organ builder, Walter Holtkamp, Sr. (1894-1962). Holtkamp’s son oversaw the final stages of the construction, and the first of a series of dedication concerts was performed by College Organist Dr. Carl Staplin in November 1963. The concert is free and open to the public.

The Department of Music will present its annual Family Weekend Concert in Neu Chapel this Saturday afternoon, September 28, at 2:00 p.m. The program will begin with the UE Wind Ensemble Brass performing Richard Strauss’s Vienna Philharmonic Fanfare under the direction of Assistant Professor and Director of Bands Kenneth Steinsultz. The University Choir, under the direction of Associate Professor and Director of Choral Activities Dennis Malfatti, will perform four works ranging from Stephen Foster to Stephen Paulus. Brian St. John, Assistant Professor and Director of Orchestral Activities, will then lead the University Symphony Orchestra in performances of works by Mozart and Berlioz, and the program will conclude with two works performed by the University Wind Ensemble with Dr. Steinsultz conducting. The concert is free and open to the public.

* New Events for Family Weekend 2013!

New events at Family Weekend this year include: 1) Biaggi’s Restaurant with employment opportunities, 2) A Nursing Department Open House will be added to the Reception for Nursing Students, for anyone to attend, 3) BSU Presents: Family Feud, 4) A new “Preparing for Graduation and Beyond” Parent Information Session, 5) A Family Weekend Drum Circle, where anyone can play drums, 6) Greek Open Houses will be available to give parents a tour, 7) and finally, a new act for the SAB Show: Derek Hughes Comedy and Magic Show!

Family Weekend is from 9/27 to 9/29. Register: 1) Online at, 2) Complete the registration form inside the Parents Connections Newsletter and mail it back to UE, 3) Call the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations at 812-488-2586, or 4) E-mail us at Register online until September 23 and then call until September 27.

To see a detailed Schedule of Events or to find a list of hotels, go to and click on “Family Weekend” on the left hand side. Questions? Contact the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations, at 812-488-2586 or 800-423-8633 x 2586.


* Humanities Night 2013

Humanities Night is set for Wednesday, Sept. 25, from 6-8 p.m. in Eykamp Hall (Ridgway University Center). Please join us for an evening dedicated to providing post-graduate information to Humanities students. Students will attend their choice of the following academic sessions, featuring panels of experienced alumni and members of the community:

Archaeology, Art History, Classical Studies, English: “Beyond Barista: Applying Your Humanities Skills in the Professional World”

Communication: “Jobs Outside the Box: Careers in Communication”

Foreign Languages, International Studies, Political Science: “The Global UE Experience: The Intersection of Academics, Study Abroad, and Experiential Education”

History: “Career Paths for History Majors”

Religion: “Career Exploration for Religion Majors”

The evening will conclude with a reception for students, faculty, and panelists. Dress is business casual, and student registration begins at 5:30 p.m. This event is sponsored by the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations, the Center for Career Development, and in conjunction with ten academic departments. Contact Career Development (488-1083) with questions.

* Review Course for FE Exam: Register by Sept. 25

This fall, the University of Evansville’s College of Engineering and Computer Science will offer a review course for students and community members preparing to take the 2014 Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam.

The eight-hour FE exam, which will be offered at computer testing centers nationwide beginning in January, is designed for students who are close to finishing an undergraduate engineering degree. It is typically the first step in the process to becoming a licensed professional engineer.

The review class is taught by University of Evansville faculty members and offered only once a year. Classes will take place on Thursday nights from 6:30-9 p.m. in UE’s Koch Center for Engineering and Science.

This year, classes will be divided based on specific majors: civil engineering (classes run September 26-January 23), electrical and computer engineering (classes run October 31-November 21), and mechanical engineering and other disciplines (September 26-December 5). 

The deadline to register for the review course is September 25. For more information or to register, please contact the College of Engineering and Computer Science at 812-488-2651.


Info You Should Know

* Wellness Nurse on Campus Today!

The employee wellness nurse will be in the Fitness Center lobby on Monday, Sept. 23, 1-3 p.m.

Every year, 1 out of 6 people gets sick from foodborne illness. When shopping, pick up non-perishables first, followed by refrigerated/frozen items, and deli counter items last. Place cold items together in the cart to retain coldness. Have meat and poultry bagged separately from other food items. Refrigerate all perishable items immediately upon returning home.

* September Pcard Cycle Ending Reminder

Attention cardholders: the September Pcard Cycle which started August 22 ends on September 23. Cycle statements may be run and printed on September 25.  The GL upload will occur on September 30. At the time of GL Upload, cardholders will no longer be able to modify transaction details for the September Cycle.

* Printable Employee Phone Directory Now Available

The printable version of the employee telephone directory is now available on AceLink. To download and print a copy, log into AceLink, click "Directory" on the top menu, and click on "Employee Directory" (the first link).

This directory is produced at the beginning of every academic year. The searchable version of the directory on AceLink is always up-to-date and reflects changes to job titles, new hires, etc. throughout the year. 

* Callout for Student Fitness Center Committee

Nominations are being made for the Student Fitness Center Oversight Committee for the 2013-2014 academic year. Four students are needed to serve on the committee and will be working in conjunction with faculty and staff in various areas such as the programming of the fitness center. For an application or any questions regarding the committee, please contact Jesse Willingham at

* Join the Admission Ambassador Organization!

Do you have a love for meeting new people and UE? If so, the Admission Ambassador organization is for you! Applications are now available online and will be due Wednesday, September 25. Please notice the deadline has been extended!

To apply:
1) Login to:
2) Select the “Students” tab, and then scroll down to the end of the page
3) In the right column, under the “Student Workers” section, select the Admission Ambassador Application link.
4) Please fill out the application completely and there will also be a section to request a reference from UE faculty/staff.
Thank you, and if you have any questions please contact Victoria Bruner at



* Joyce Stamm and Adam Salminen

Joyce Stamm, associate professor of biology, and Adam Salminen, associate professor of mathematics, have secured a five-year, $610,600 grant through the National Science Foundation’s S-STEM (Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) program to assist students in science and mathematics. The grant is one of about 90 awarded from the 436 proposals submitted to the S-STEM program, and is the largest faculty grant in school history.

The award provides funds for financial, academic, and professional support for students majoring in the sciences and mathematics. The majority of the grant, around $528,000, will fund the new UE Science and Math Scholarship (SAMS), which will provide four-year scholarships to approximately 34 academically talented students with financial need who are majoring in biochemistry, biology, chemistry, environmental science, mathematics, or physics.

The grant also provides funds for new support services for science and mathematics majors at UE. These services include an introductory summer course for incoming students, a semester-long course on study skills and time management, monthly career colloquiums, and a science and math-themed living-learning community in a campus residence hall. These activities will be available to all math and science students at UE and will continue after the grant ends in 2018.

For more information on the grant, please see the news release or the SAMS program website.

* "Emotional Solidarity", New Book Chapter by Lisa Kretz Accepted for Publication

Assistant Professor of Philosophy Lisa Kretz has had a new book chapter - "Emotional Solidarity" - accepted for publication.

The title: "Emotional Solidarity: Ecological Emotional Outlaws, Mourning Environmental Loss, and Empowering Positive Change"

Abstract: Environmental mourning and the constellations of emotion attendant to such experiences of loss are understudied in western, analytic, philosophical writing. I wish to make the case that giving voice to this loss, and the sadness that accompanies it, is essential for emotional honesty and morally adequate responses. Community mourning can serve to provide support for, and galvanize the strength of, those grappling with ecological loss. Importantly, emotional solidarity through community support can validate “outlaw” emotions. Community support can likewise counter the threat of ecological despair and terror management, where “management” techniques often involve denial and refusal to deal with the source of the terror. Backward-looking mourning at what once was cannot be the place where we stop. Possibilities for renewal demand forward-looking orientations where emotions serve to empower. I will explore the justified emotion of anger in response to the ecological injustices that predicate ecological mourning. Additionally, an emotional orientation toward hope is identified as a method for fighting ecological despair and terror. At the heart of my analysis is a move toward political recognition of the epistemic import of emotional responses, nurturing appropriate emotional responses to the suffering of human and non-human others, and orienting ourselves emotionally for facilitating positive ethically grounded change.

Volume Details: Environment and/as Mourning, eds. Ashlee Cunsolo and Karen Landman. Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press.

* Jones and Beavers Edit Collection on the Philosophy of Information

Derek Jones, assistant professor of philosophy and director of Cognitive Science, and Anthony F. Beavers, Chair of the Department of Philosophy and Religion, just completed a special edited collection, Philosophy in the Age of Information: A Symposium on Luciano Floridi's The Philosophy of Information, for publication in the journal Minds and Machines. This special journal issue presents eight papers that raise critical objections to Dr. Floridi's recent book and features responses from the author himself.

Dr. Floridi of Oxford University visited UE last November for three days, during which he delivered three lectures, including our annual Ethics lecture, a Crick Lecture, and a special lecture on the design philosophy of Steve Jobs. Floridi also taught a special, three hour seminar session in the philosophy of information for one of our honors classes.

* Mike Zimmer Publishes Research Paper

Professor of Economics and Guthrie May Chair in Business Michael Zimmer has had an article published in the current issue of The Social Science Journal (Vol. 50 No. 3). The paper, entitled "Twice Chosen: Spouse Matching and Earnings Among Women in First and Second Unions", is coauthored with Johanna Astrom and Olle Westerlund, Umea University Sweden, and Robert Nakosteen, University of Massachusetts.



* Aces Women's Golf Makes Trip To SIUE

After an off-week following its first match of the season, the University of Evansville women’s golf team will makes its way to Edwardsville, Ill. for the SIUE Invitational on Monday and Tuesday.

Ten teams will represent the field in the event including: SIUE, Ashford, Eastern Illinois, Evansville, IPFW, Lipscomb, Tennessee State, UNO, Valparaiso and Western Illinois.

Sunset Hills Country Club will play host to the tournament and will feature 6,070 yards of play and a par of 72. Play gets underway at 8 a.m. each day with 18 holes being played for a total of 36.

In the season-opening Redbird Invitational, it was freshman Kayla Katterhenry pacing the squad as she tied for third place in the event, which featured five Missouri Valley Conference squads. Katterhenry finished the opening day with rounds of 70 and 73 before wrapping up the tournament with a 76. For her efforts, she was named MVC Women’s Golfer of the Week.

Finishing behind her was sophomore Paige Crafton. As a freshman, Crafton had the lowest average on the team and saw those efforts carry over into the fall. Her three-round score of 227 was good for a tie for 17th place.

Behind her was junior Dana Hayden, who registered a 242 while fellow junior Cathy Doyle had a 246.


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