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Thursday, September 26, 2013

* Boil Advisory

Members of the campus community may have heard about a precautionary boil water advisory from the City of Evansville that went into effect yesterday near campus. This boil advisory only includes a short stretch of East Walnut Street from Weinbach Avenue to Alvord Boulevard, and therefore does not affect the majority of campus. City officials left notices on all affected buildings, and once the boil advisory is lifted later today or tomorrow, follow-up notices will be left on all affected residences. 

* 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

* 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.

* 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.

* SGA Meeting Tonight!

The Student Government Association will be having a meeting tonight, September 26, at 5:00 p.m. in Room 170 (Smythe Lecture Hall), Schroeder Family School of Business Building. Organizations on campus should remember to send their representatives.


Upcoming Events

* UE PRIDE's Coming Out Panel Set for October 2

PRIDE will be hosting their annual Coming Out Panel on October 2 at 7 p.m. in Hyde Hall 126. This event is .25 points in honors credit. Come and listen to the story of each panelist who will be sharing their experiences with in the LGBT community.

* Catholic Mass Time Change for this Sunday

Mass will be held in Neu Chapel at 9:00 a.m. this Sunday for Family Weekend, instead of the usual 1:00 p.m. Bishop Charles Thompson of the Diocese of Evansville will be the celebrant. All students and their families are welcome, and there will be a coffee and doughnuts reception at the Newman Center after Mass. Contact campus minister Mike Roesch at mr201 with any questions.

* Matt Clark/Gretchin Irons on WUEV 91.5 FM - Friday, September 27

One of the tri-state's most recognizable musical personalities, Matt Clark, and the silky one, Gretchin Irons, will be in the Hinton Studios to talk about their exciting collaboration. The Ultimate Throwback Night will take place on Friday, September 27, at Babel Bar & Lounge at 9:00 pm. Gretchin will sing and present a classy 40's persona and Matt will accompany her like only he can. They will sit down with Paul Mattingly and talk about this performance and how it came to be. Don't miss this broadcast and the Ultimate Throwback Night. Babel Bar & Lounge is located at 323 Main St. in Downtown Evansville. Call (812) 431-9202 for more information. This broadcast can also be heard online at

* Ride the Great Pumpkin Metric

On October 6 at 8:00 a.m., the UE Bike Club will be heading out to ride 15, 30, or 62 miles during the Great Pumpkin Metric bicycle tour! If you want to join us, go online and register at or pick up a registration form at the Student Fitness Center. Registration is $20 until September 21, and then it is goes up to $25. If you have questions, have already registered, or are planning to register, please e-mail Andrew at to let him know so he can be on the lookout for team members. Hope to see you there!

* Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc Rush Event

UE Greek Life is excited to announce that the city wide chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. is beginning rush activities. Interested women should make plans to attend a meeting on Sunday, September 29, at 4 p.m. at the University of Southern Indiana campus, University Center Room 206. Business attire is required. Applications for membership will only be made available at this meeting. For more information please contact Cara Fabrocini, assistant director of Student Engagement at 488-2058 or cf107.

* UE Bookstore Parents Weekend Hours

The UE Bookstore will have extended hours during Parents Weekend, September 27-29. Friday's hours are 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and Sunday Noon-2 p.m. Clothing and gift items will be discounted during the weekend so be sure to stop in.

* UE Theatre Season Opens Friday, September 27

The University of Evansville Theatre will start its 2013–2014 season with Bruce Norris’s Clybourne Park, opening at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 27 in Shanklin Theatre. Additional performances are at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 28, Oct. 3, 4 and 5 and at 2:00 p.m. on Sept. 29 and Oct 6.

Winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the 2012 Tony Award for Best Play, Clybourne Park is a razor-sharp comedy that explores the fertile ground of race and real estate in America. Inspired by Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun, Clybourne Park portrays the acerbic appraisal of a Chicago neighborhood’s ethnic evolution over the span of 50 years. Clybourne Park is sure to be heralded as the most highly acclaimed new play ever produced in Shanklin Theatre.

Clybourne Park is directed by John David Lutz, Department Chair, with scenic design by Associate Professor Eric Renschler, costume design by Professor Patti McCrory, lighting design by Sarah Stolnack, a junior and sound design by Anna Rhoads, also a junior. The eight-member cast features seniors Julie Adamo, from Chesapeake, Va.; Dylan Frederick, Alex Raby, juniors Ben Anderson, Anders Nerheim and Raleigh Wade and sophomores Devin Fluker and De’Yonte’ Jenkins.

Ticket prices are $15 for adults and $13 for senior adults, students and UE faculty. UE students may obtain one free student rush ticket beginning at noon on the day of the performance they wish to attend.

Subscriptions for the four-play Shanklin Theatre season are still available for $44 for adults and $38 for senior adults, students, and UE faculty. In addition to Clybourne Park, a season ticket also includes the musical Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by Hugh Wheeler, Nov. 15–24; Compleat Female Stage Beauty, by Jeffrey Hatcher, Feb. 21–Mar. 2; and As You Like It, by William Shakespeare, Apr. 4–13.

Tickets may be purchased by calling (812) 488–2031, Monday through Friday, noon to 5 p.m.

* Career Development Sponsoring Two Graduate School Events on October 2

On Wednesday, October 2, the Center for Career Development is sponsoring two graduate school events!

First – there will be a Graduate School Fair from 1-3 pm on the East Terrace outside Ridgway University Center.

Registered schools:
Adler School of Professional Psychology
Indiana Tech Law School
Indiana University – Bloomington, Kelly School of Business
Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis
Purdue University
Southern Illinois University School of Law
Southern Illinois University – Carbondale Graduate School
University of Cincinnati College of Law
University of Indianapolis
University of Southern Indiana
Valparaiso University Law School

Next there will be a Graduate School Forum from 6:30-8 pm in Smythe Lecture Hall (Room 170), Schroeder Family School of Business Building. Faculty, alumni, and admissions representatives will discuss topics relating to graduate school admissions, programs, and more.

Confirmed panelists:
Janet Beagle, associate director of Graduate Student Recruitment Services, Purdue University

Luke Bickel, School of Public and Environmental Affairs Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis

Cindy Cain, director of counseling, Crawford County Community Schools

Michael Deponai, College of Liberal Arts, MCMA, Recruitment, Southern Illinois University-Carbondale Graduate School

Matt Hanka, director, Master of Public Administration program, University of Southern Indiana

Braden Pretzsch, pursuing Master of Science, Professional Media and Media Management Southern Illinois University-Carbondale

Greg Rawski, assistant professor of management, University of Evansville

Margaret Stevenson, assistant professor of Psychology, University of Evansville

John Stiles, associate director, Admissions & Financial Aid, University of Cincinnati College of Law

Steve Tokar, director, Graduate Business Programs, assistant professor, School of Business, Executive in Residence, University of Indianapolis

Jo Wagner, associate director of admissions, Adler School of Professional Psychology

Brittani Wilson, associate director of student recruitment, Indiana University—Bloomington Kelly School of Business

The hour long Q&A will be followed by a reception where students can talk to panelists informally. All students welcome!


* Spanish Club Meeting

There will be a Spanish Club gathering on Monday, September 30 at 7:00 p.m. in Room 133, Koch Center. We will play icebreaker games and get to know the new members. Like always, feel free to bring your friends along!

* Tune In to Payal Patel-Dovlatabadi Interview on WNIN 88.3 FM on Friday, October 4!

Tune in to WNIN, 88.3 FM (NPR) at noon on Friday, October 4. Payal Patel-Dovlatabadi  assistant professor and director of the Public Health Program in the Department of Exercise & Sport Science, will be interviewed on the program The Trend for a segment about "Extremes in Health and Fitness." If you’re not near a radio, the program can also be accessed at

* Andiron Lecture - The Medieval Islamic World and China by Anya King

Anya King, assistant professor of history at the University of Southern Indiana, will be the speaker at the Andiron Lecture set for October 2. The lecture will start at 4:00 p.m., in Eykamp 252, Ridgway University Center. A social gathering with beverages will precede the lecture at 3:45 p.m.

King’s topic will be “The Medieval Islamic World and China.”

The medieval Islamic world had an eastern frontier as well as the much better known frontier with Europe. This lecture will discuss medieval Islamic contact with China. When Islam arose in 7th century Arabia, China was unified under the powerful Tang dynasty. Merchants from the Middle East were keen to acquire precious goods including commodities from China. Merchants traveled to China both by land and by sea across the Indian Ocean. They brought back silks, porcelain, lacquerware, perfumes, and spices. China had a reputation as a land of highly skilled artisans and just government, intriguing generations of Islamic scholars.

King was born in Dayton, Ohio, and graduated summa cum laude from Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, with majors in classics, art history, and history. She did her graduate work at Indiana University, Bloomington, from which she has a double major PhD in Central Eurasian studies and Near Eastern languages and cultures.

King offers courses at USI on Middle Eastern and Asian history. Her research focuses on the cultural and commercial interactions between the medieval Middle East and Central and East Asia. She is particularly interested in the subject of trade in goods of pharmacy and perfumery as well as Islamic geographical and travel literature. Her publications include “Tibetan Musk and Medieval Arab Perfumery,” “Some 10th Century Material on Asian Toponymy from Sahlan b. Kaysan,” “The Importance of Imported Aromatics in Arabian Culture: Illustrations from Pre-Islamic and Early Islamic Poetry,” and the forthcoming “Early Islamic Sources on the Kitan Liao: The Role of Trade.” She has recently completed a book manuscript, Scent from the Garden of Paradise: Musk and the Medieval Islamic World, and is currently working on her next book manuscript entitled Medieval Islamic Perfumery.

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.


Info You Should Know

* Families Needed for UE Global Friends and Family Program

The Office of Cultural Engagement and International Services matches families with UE international students for intercultural communication and understanding for all involved. The Global Friends and Families Program is not a home-stay program, and matches will vary in length due to differing academic programs offered for international students. Students want to experience true American culture through a meal around your table, the bleachers at your child's soccer game, or simply a conversation over a cup of coffee. We'll provide you with ideas along the way! Find out more and register here to be a Global Family! Please direct any questions to

* 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.

* Used Books & Donation Boxes

The 4th annual United Way Used Book Sale will be October 16-17. Donation boxes for books are in the following locations:

President's Office (Olmsted Hall)
Human Resources (Olmsted Hall)
Dean of A&S's Office (Hyde Hall)
Theatre Department Office (Hyde Hall)
Music Department Office (Krannart Fine Arts Building)
Publications (Sampson Hall)
Schroeder Family School of Business Area Offices
Igleheart Building
Biology Department Office (Koch Center)
Career Services (Ridgway University Center)
Multimedia Center (Graves Hall)
Athletics Office (Carson Center)

All genres are welcome except textbooks! If you have a large number of books to donate, please contact Meg Atwater-Singer at ma35/x2487.



* University of Evansville Wins Second-Straight MVC All-Academic Award

In a total team effort comprised of the 13 sports in the Missouri Valley Conference, the University of Evansville finished the 2012-13 academic year with a cumulative GPA of 3.283 en route to its second MVC All-Academic Award in a row.

The award is given to the institution that finishes with the highest grade point average among its student-athletes that participate in the Valley. Evansville received the award at its annual academic breakfast on Wednesday morning.

“Winning the MVC All-Academic Award for two consecutive years underscores just how much UE is committed to the intellectual growth of its student-athletes,” University of Evansville President Thomas Kazee said. “We compete at the highest intercollegiate level, to be sure, but even more fundamentally we challenge our student-athletes to succeed as students. We know that this growth will serve them in remarkable ways in their lives after graduation.”

Those 13 sports and 213 student-athletes got the job done in the classroom to the tune of a 3.283 GPA. A few amazing stats come out of the work done by the Purple Aces. The first is that the spring of 2013 saw 80.2% (171/213) of the s/a’s at UE amass a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Secondly, 46.9% (100/213) accumulated a GPA of 3.5 or higher over that same timeframe.

“This was an impressive event to see,” Missouri Valley Conference Associate Commissioner Mike Kern said. “The MVC All-Academic Award is in its 11th year and we have had 5 different schools earn the award. Evansville’s performance is very impressive.”

“We give out a lot of awards from All-Conference, Scholar Athlete of the Week and many more, but this is the most important when it comes to what you do after you graduate.”

While those numbers are impressive on their own, here is another – 7.5% of the student-athletes at UE finished the spring with a perfect 4.0. Evansville had 130 student-athletes make the dean’s list in at least one semester last year while 54 did so in both.

“What is important is to have success when we are competing on the field and in the classroom and we are doing great in that regard,” UE Athletics Director John Stanley said. “When we have 80% of our student body making grades of 3.0 or above, it is hard work and I am very proud of what our student-athletes have been able to do in earning this award for the second year in a row.”

This effort by the Aces was a total team effort that saw several programs and individuals recognized for their work in the classroom. For the 18th season in a row, women’s tennis was recognized by the ITA with the All-Academic Team Award. To qualify, the team must finish with a cumulative GPA of 3.20 on a 4.0 scale.

“We are extremely proud to have achieved the MVC Academic Excellence Award for a second year in a row,” Sarah Solinsky (Senior Associate AD, oversees academic and student services for the department. “As great of a league the Valley is athletically, it is an even better conference in respect to academics. This award is shared with our faculty, academic support services and coaches who are vital to the student-athlete experience.”

Cross country earned accolades for both genders as both garnered USTFCCCA All-Academic Team honors. To qualify, the team must finish with a GPA of 3.25 or above and the women were far ahead of that, finishing with a 3.525 to earn the honor for the 16th time overall and 13th season in a row while posting the top GPA in the MVC. The men were recognized for the seventh time and for the sixth in the last eight campaigns.

With a cumulative GPA of 3.491, the Aces volleyball team was honored by the AVCA for the ninth time in ten years. Teams are eligible by compiling a team GPA of 3.30 or higher on a 4.0 scale.

Former basketball player Colt Ryan was honored by the league in March as its Scholar Athlete of the Year. It marked the second-consecutive time Ryan received the honor, making him just the third player to do so in the sport since the inception of the award.

Also in March, Chelsea Falkenstein and Taylor Ware were named to the MVC Scholar-Athlete Team and contributed to a team that finished with a 3.411 GPA, 19th in the country. For those efforts, the squad was named to the WBCA Academic Top 25 Team Honor Roll.

Quinn Vilneff, who has a 3.941 GPA, received the Elite 18 Award at the MVC Championship in the spring. The award is given to the s/a with the top GPA in the top 18 finishers of the tournament. Vilneff took sixth place to become just the second UE recipient of the award. He also was named to the MVC Scholar-Athlete Team and a Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar. As a team, the men earned the GCAA Team Academic Award for the fourth time in five years.

In swimming and diving, the ladies led the way with a 3.53 GPA, which was 11th in all of D1. They earned NCAA All-Academic Team honors from the College Swim Coaches Association of America. Mackenzie Powell tallied a GPA of 3.96 to top the squad and be named to the 12-person MVC Swimming and Diving Scholar-Athlete Team. Joining her were Melissa Ball, Jill Enge, Abigail Yenzer and Jordan Van Wyk.

While the men’s swimming and diving team does not participate in the Valley, their contributions do not go unnoticed. Kyle Tiemann was named to the Academic All-MAC Team while the full team joined the women as an NCAA All-Academic Team with a 3.15 GPA.

Baseball sophomore Kevin Kaczmarski was selected to the MVC Scholar-Athlete First Team on the strength of his 3.31 GPA as an exercise science major. He was one of 12 players named to the team.

* Volleyball & Women's Soccer Teams in Action This Weekend

Aces fans, the volleyball team is in action this weekend at Meeks Family Court in the Carson Center as they take on Missouri Valley Conference foes Loyola and Bradley. The Aces take on new MVC member Loyola on Friday, September 27 at 7:00 pm, while the Aces face off against Bradley on Saturday, September 28, with the match starting at 6:00 pm.

The women’s soccer team concludes this weekend’s action as the Aces host Drake Sunday, September 29 at 1:00 pm at McCutchan Stadium.

Faculty and staff get free admission with their ID. Students also get free admission with their IDs, and can also earn student rewards points for great prizes just for attending Aces home events. Come out and support the volleyball and women’s soccer teams this weekend!


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