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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

* UE's United Way Campaign Is Underway! So far over 79 employees have chosen to make an IMPACT! Cindy Kelley won the Early Bird prize of an iPad

The United Way campaign runs until September 27 so take a moment this week and fill out your United Way pledge form. 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 bags 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!

“In the early morning hours of November 6, 2005, a tornado ripped through my home in Newburgh and turned it into an unrecognizable pile of debris. After the shock and horror started to wear off the reality of what my family was facing was overwhelming. We had the loving support and assistance of family and friends, but it was obvious that we were going to need some immediate financial help to assist us with the demands of this crisis.

I sought the help of the Red Cross of Southwestern Indiana and attended an initial meeting where other victims were present. It was comforting to be with other families who had also gone through this terrible event and talk with them about their situation.

Many of the Red Cross volunteers rushed back to Evansville from working in hurricane ravaged areas to serve our community and they were so patient and caring throughout the long process of assessing each family situation. They had volunteers to provide food, snacks and drinks and also had volunteers who roamed around the room listening to anyone who needed to talk about their stories of the event.

At the end of the session, they provided a MasterCard that could be used for immediate clothing, food and other items that might be needed. They gave out information for other agencies that could provide assistance and emphasized that they would be there in the coming weeks to serve in whatever capacity was needed.

The Red Cross was there for us in many ways. While we were sifting through the rubble of our home, several volunteers visited just to talk; they fed us and made sure that we were drinking water and taking breaks. We had an immediate need and the Red Cross helped fill it and my family is so grateful for the care that they gave us.

Since that time, I have volunteered every year in some capacity with the UE United Way Campaign. Seeing firsthand the benefits of the United Way and their service to the community, I believe that it is right to support them in their efforts.”

Lisa Cresci
Support Services Specialist


What's Happening Today

* 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

* Exhibit in Peterson Gallery - Multi Facets of Professor Brown

You are invited to view the retrospective exhibit "Multi Facets of Professor Brown" at the Melvin Peterson Gallery, on view until October 25. The gallery is open Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday from noon -3 p.m. and Wednesday and Thursday from noon-6 p.m. For more information please contact the Art Department at 488-2043.

* 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.


Upcoming Events

* Register Your Family for Family Weekend!

Family Weekend is this coming weekend - Sept. 27-29! Online registration is closed, but you can RSVP for your family by calling the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations at 488-2586.

You can check-In for your family at the Check-In Table on Friday, from 1-7:30 p.m. or Saturday, from 8 a.m. - Noon. Free Aces athletics passes to Voleyball & Soccer Games will be available at the table.

* First Japanese Club Meeting - September 25th!

The first Japanese club meeting of the semester will be on September 25 at 6 pm in Room 120, Hyde Hall! Come play Dance Dance Revolution with us and try some Japanese snacks. Any questions, contact

* I-House: Japan

All members of the campus and local community are encouraged to attend I-House: Japan. I-House features a different international student each week sharing their story of life in their country. This week, three Japanese students will discuss what their life is like in Japan. Attendees will learn about culture, lifestyle, food, and so much more. Bring your friends to enjoy the presentation this Wednesday at 7pm on the 2nd floor of Ridgway University Center in the Class of 1959 Gallery.

* ISEA: How to be a Tech-Savvy-Teacher

The Indiana Student Education Association is having an event in which we will provide information on how to be a tech-savvy-teacher, including educational Apps, useful websites, and ability to learn about the Promethean board. All Education Majors Welcome! On Thursday, September 26 at 6:15 pm in Room 302, Graves Hall.

* 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.

* Humanities Night Set for Tomorrow Night

Humanities Night is tomorrow night (Wednesday, Sept. 25) from 6-8 p.m. in Eykamp Hall (Ridgway University Center). Please attend 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.

* 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

* Copy Services Request Form Revised

The “Copy Services Request Form (CSR)” has been revised and improved to include the new Marketing object code and the latest UE Logo. Please discard all previous versions of the CSR form and use only the version with “Revised: 9/2013” located on the bottom left the CSR form. The revised form is located on the Copy Services website at http://acelink/Areas/CopyServices/ or the Purchasing website at http://acelink/Areas/Purchasing/. As of November 1, CSR’s submitted using old forms will be returned.

In addition, the “Copy Services Guidelines & Instructions”, and “Copy Services Request (CSR) Submission Options” have been revised along with a revised “Copy Services Instructional Request Form”.

* New Quiet Study Zone @ UE Libraries

Looking for a quiet place to study or to concentrate on your research? UE Libraries has designated Level 3 as a quiet precinct for study and research. New Quiet Zone offers individual study carrels, casual seating, and large study tables. Students using this Quiet Zone are requested to respect fellow students who choose this library level for quiet study.

* Injury Clinic for Intramural Participants

The UE Athletic Training Program will provide a walk-in injury clinic, available for all intramural participants, every Wednesday night starting September 25 through the end of the semester. The clinic will be held in Graves 315 from 7-8 pm and will be staffed by a certified athletic trainer and students from the AT Program.

* 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. 

* UE's Environmental Policy

This is the first in a series of communications about UE’s Environmental Management System (EMS).  It is important for you to be aware of the EMS and to understand your role in supporting it and helping to implement it where appropriate.  The item covered in this memo is UE’s Environmental Policy.

The policy, which was approved by President Thomas Kazee, is the foundation for UE’s EMS.  The entire policy can be summarized by the following slogan:
Ride the “C R E S T”
Continuous Improvement
To enhance the effectiveness of the Environmental Management System by evaluating, correcting, and providing periodic executive review.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
To employ processes, practices, materials or products that produce less waste and/or avoid and reduce pollution. This may include process changes, efficient use of resources, material substitutions and recycling.

Environmental Compliance
The foundation of the University’s Environmental Policy and the Environmental Management System is to meet and maintain compliance with applicable laws and regulations.

To simultaneously meet current environmental and community needs, and to ensure that the needs of future generations are considered.

Training and Education
To provide appropriate training to all employees and students to promote awareness of and competent participation in our environmental programs and procedures, an understanding of the environmental impacts of their work and activities, knowledge of their roles and responsibilities in support of our Environmental  Management System, and the potential consequences of departure from specified procedures.

* 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

* 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.



* Maggie Stevenson Has Three Articles Published

Assistant Professor of Psychology Maggie Stevenson has recently published three journal articles. One manuscript, titled “Socioeconomic Status Influences Perceptions of Juvenile Offenders Tried in Adult Court” was published in the current issue of Psychology, Crime, and Law (vol. 9) and is co-authored with a UE psychology major alum, Katlyn Farnum (Sorenson), who is currently a doctoral student of psychology at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. Another paper, titled “Knowledge of Juvenile Sex Offender Registration Laws Predicts Adolescent Sexual Behavior,” was published in The Journal of Child Sexual Abuse (vol. 22). Stevenson published a third journal article in the same journal (vol. 22) titled “Predictors of Public Support for Juvenile Sex Offender Registration: Educated Individuals Recognize the Flaws of Juvenile Registration Policies.” This manuscript included three UE psychology major alum co-authors Amy Smith, Ady Sekley, and Katlyn Farnum (Sorenson).


* 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.


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