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Friday, November 1, 2013

* Show Your Purple Pride on TV – TODAY

WNIN, the PBS television station in the Tri-State, is going to be on campus for a quick video shoot at 11:45 a.m. today. Everyone (students, faculty, staff, administrators, guests) is invited to participate to show our Purple Friday pride. Just show up (dressed in purple, of course) outside Ridgway University Center at 11:45. No lines to memorize. All you have to do is smile and wave. (There will be a thank you prize for the first 25 people who show up and participate in the video!)

* November 2013 IMPACT Employee of the Month

Pam Young, administrative assistant in the Department of Exercise & Sport Science, has received the November 2013 IMPACT Employee of the Month award.

Pam came to the University of Evansville in 1998 as the visit coordinator in the Office of Admissions. She worked in the department of Nursing and Health Sciences Administration before moving into her current position in 2006.

Pam is well known all over campus for her optimistic approach and positive attitude. And she is highly regarded by the EXSS faculty and students for all that she does to keep the department running smoothly. Many nominating Pam noted how she “goes far and beyond the requirements of her job” on a daily basis.

Congratulations, Pam!

* Homecoming 2013 Reunion Weekend is November 1 - 3

Please join us in welcoming alumni back to campus this weekend during the Homecoming 2013 Reunion Weekend festivities. A variety of activities are planned and faculty, students and staff are welcome to take part. To view the full schedule of events, visit

* Homecoming Alumni Speaker: Larry Mackey '73

Each year the UE Alumni Association features an alum with an interesting story to tell as part of the Homecoming Alumni Speaker Series. This year Larry Mackey, member of the Oklahoma City bombing prosecution team, trial attorney and partner at Barnes & Thornburg LLP in Indianapolis, will share his experiences. Hear Larry Mackey speak on Saturday, November 2 at 10:00 a.m. in Eykamp 252 in Ridgway University Center. More information can be found at


What's Happening Today

* Thomas C. Fiddick Lecture Series

Olivia Remie Constable will be the featured speaker at the Thomas C. Fiddick Memorial Lecture TODAY - Friday, November 1. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be at 7:00 p.m., Eykamp 251, Ridgway University Center Constable will be speaking on the “Changing views of Islam in Spain between the Middle Ages and the Early Modern Period.”

A professor of medieval history and the Robert M. Conway director of the Medieval Institute at the University of Notre Dame, Constable taught in the history department at Columbia University for six years. She earned her PhD in Near Eastern studies from Princeton University in 1989 and then moved to the history department at the University of Notre Dame in 1995.

She has published Trade and Traders in Muslim Spain: The Commercial Realignment of the Iberian Peninsula 900-1500 (Cambridge University Press, 1994), which won the John Nicholas Brown Prize from the Medieval Academy of America; Medieval Iberia: Readings from Christian, Muslim, and Jewish Sources (University of Pennsylvania Press, 1997; second edition 2011); and Housing the Stranger in the Mediterranean World: Lodging, Trade, and Travel in Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages (Cambridge University Press, 2003).

She is currently working on a new book project examining Christian perceptions of Muslim identity in late medieval and early modern Spain. Constable has been a member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, she has been the recipient of fellowships from the NEH, the ACLS, and the Guggenheim Foundation, and she was named a fellow of the Medieval Academy of America in 2009.

* UE Bookstore Homecoming Sale

The UE Bookstore is offering 15% OFF all UE clothing and gift items during Homecoming, November 1-3. The discount does not apply to items already on clearance. Store hours during Homecoming are: Friday from 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., and Sunday from noon-2 p.m. Stop in for some great buys.

* First Friday Forum @ 4: Faith and Faculty Presents Judaism

The Office of Academic Affairs and the Department of Religious Life are pleased to welcome Rabbi Gary Mazo, adjunct professor, Department of Philosophy and Religion, to the Faith and Faculty Forum series today - Friday, November 1 - at 4:00 p.m., Room 172, Schroeder Family School of Business Building.

Mazo is an ordained rabbi with more than 20 years of experience in the American Jewish community. He received his BA in Anthropology from Brandeis, then went to Hebrew Union College for his graduate and rabbinic studies. He was born in Massachusetts, raised in Connecticut, and spent the last 12 years on Cape Cod. The path leading him to Evansville and Temple Adath B’nai Israel has been a diverse one. After attending Brandeis University he went to the Hebrew Union College to become an ordained rabbi. He spent the first year of graduate school in Jerusalem and spent four additional years at the campus in Cincinnati, Ohio.

After his third year of graduate school, Mazo received a Masters in Hebrew Letters and after the fifth year of graduate school, he received his ordination degree. He spent the next 15 years serving congregations in New Jersey and Massachusetts. He wrote many articles for journals and for local papers and decided it was time to write a book. In 2000, Rising Star Press published his book “And the Flames Did Not Consume Us.”

Mazo left the pulpit in 2003 and started a small, non-profit Jewish educational center on Cape Cod. He also began, at that time, to write for three high-tech websites, reviewing the latest in technological gadgets and editing content on the site. He also became the executive director of a Jewish Day School near Boston, as well as an instructor for the University of Phoenix. He started a technical “how to” startup called Made Simple Learning. He published over 20 books and did lots of teaching about technology. That led to him becoming the senior editor of Mobile Nations, the number one network of sites for all things mobile.

Last year, as his youngest daughter was preparing to go off to college, he began the search for a new spiritual home – a congregation where he and his wife, Gloria, could renew their connection to organized Jewish life and which had the potential to feel like “home.” He and Gloria found Temple Adath B’nai Israel and never looked back. The couple has six children and one grandchild located from coast to coast. When Mazo has free time, he is an avid bike rider and piano and guitar player.

The monthly Faith and Faculty forum series provides 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 lasts 50 minutes, 4:00 pm - 4:50 pm including time for Q & A.

By highlighting the religious diversity of our faculty, we aim to demonstrate the variety and richness of traditions represented on our campus. The forums will also encourage students and the campus community to widen their understanding of and respect for traditions different from their own.

As an institution affiliated with The United Methodist Church, we want to continually affirm our call to initiate and promote better relationships between Christians and people of other faiths based on informed understanding, critical appreciation, and balanced perspective. Interfaith discussions can make religion a bridge and not a barrier toward a peaceful world. The University of Evansville is committed to religious diversity and interfaith dialogue as we continue to serve an interconnected, global society.

For more information, please contact University Chaplain Tammy Gieselman, or Senior Vice-President for Academic Affairs John Mosbo,

* Efroymson Sponsored Visiting Artist Lecture

With generous support from the Efroymson Family Fund, a fund of the Central Indiana Community Foundation, the University of Evansville is pleased to welcome North Carolina blacksmith and sculptor Joseph Anderson to the Emerging Contemporary Artists Lecture Series.

Anderson will present a free, public lecture on his career and work at 7 p.m. today - Friday, November 1 - in the Melvin Peterson Gallery, located at the corner of Lincoln and Weinbach avenues.

An exhibition of Anderson’s work will also open Friday, November 1 and run through Friday, November 22. The Melvin Peterson Gallery is open 12-3 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday, and 12-6 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday.

* UE Touching Lives - PT Club Bake Sale to Raise Money for Touch Inc.

The Physical Therapy Club is planning a bake sale to raise money for Touch Inc., today - Friday,  November 1 - from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in Ridgway University Center. Touch Inc. is an organization that helps support families affected by disease in our community. Please come to the bake sale to purchase seasonal baked goods and support this amazing organization!


Upcoming Events

* Buddhist Monk and Teacher to Speak at UE

Arjia Rinpoche will be the featured Buddhist speaker on Tuesday, November 5 at 6:00 p.m., Eykamp 251, Ridgway University Center.

Rinpoche, a Mongolian High Lama (a highly respected Buddhist monk and teacher) established the charitable organization Tibetan Center for Compassion & Wisdom after immigrating to the United States in the late 1990s. In 2005, he was appointed by the 14th Dalai Lama to be director of the Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Cultural Center in Bloomington, Indiana, and he continues to direct both programs today. He also authored, Surviving the Dragon, his personal account of 40 years of living under Chinese rule. All proceeds of his book are donated to support his charitable foundations.

In 2010, Rinpoche established the Center for Compassion & Wisdom in Mongolia. He also initiated a project to build the Cancer Center Treatment Center for Mongolian Children (CCTC) in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Arjia Rinpoche began this project with his own funds, and the help of charitable people. Inspired by the teaching of the Buddha of Compassion, the CCTC aims to help children who are ravaged by cancer. All patients, no matter what their belief, will receive identical care and love.

Rinpoche says that it is important to realize that the children who now need to receive love and compassion from us will soon become our future and will be caring for us. Any generous deeds we do for our children today will bring incredible happiness, support, and comfort to them. All that matters is our pure intention to help those who cannot help themselves.


* Time Change for Informal Italian Sessions

Would you like to learn a little bit about the Italian language and culture? UE's international interns Claudio Ferrario and Flaviano Bulfari will be offering informal Italian language and culture sessions on Wednesday evenings through the fall semester. Session times have been revised and will now take place from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. in Room 273, Schroeder Family School of Business Building. The entire campus community is welcome. The sessions are free, and no registration is required. Those interested in attending should RSVP to Cindy in the Institute for Global Enterprise at ck116.

* Calling All Freshmen!

All students are invited to celebrate fall at the Freshmen Festival! This free event is set for Thursday, November 7 from 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. on the East Terrace Lawn outside of Ridgway University Center. There will be food, games, and prizes! We hope to see you there! (the rain location for the eve nt is Maikranz Family Gym in Carson Center.)

* Roger Pieroni to be Featured Speaker at November Andiron Lecture

Roger Pieroni, associate professor of French and chair of the Department of Foreign Languages, will be the speaker at the Andiron Lecture on November 6. The event will be in Eykamp 252, Ridgway University Center. The lecture begins at 4 p.m. with a social gathering with beverages at 3:45 p.m.

Pieroni’s topic will be “Literary and Cultural Identities in the Vietnamese Francophone Novel.” In the fast developing field of francophone literature, the Vietnamese francophone novel, a corpus of texts written in French between the 1920s and the 1950s by Vietnamese writers in what was then called Indochina, has been the focus of much research in recent years. This lecture will examine literary heritages that these novelists explored to create an original Vietnamese literary genre. It will also examine the cultural/identity issues raised by colonial domination that was imposed upon the Vietnamese society. This presentation will focus on two novels: Nguyen Duc Giang’s Vingt ans, and Bà-Dâm by Albert de Teneuille and Truong Dinh Tri.

Pieroni completed his undergraduate degree at the Université Clermont II in France, and earned his master’s degree and PhD in French literature from Indiana University. He served as associate professor of French at Central College in Pella, Iowa, and as instructor of French at the University of Puerto Rico in Mayagüez. He holds certification with the American Translators Association as an English-French translator and does work for a number of translation companies and providers. Additionally, he has published a number of articles on francophone literature.

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.

* SAB Movie Schedule for November

The schedule for the Student Activities Board movies for November:

November 7- Toy Story (Eykamp Hall, Ridgway University Center)
November 14 - Despicable Me 2 (Eykamp Hall, Ridgway University Center)
November 21 - Space Jam (this movie will be held in Hyde Hall 126).


* LAST Chance to Register for Safe Zone Training

UE PRIDE is hosting Safe Zone training for all students, faculty, and staff on Sunday, November 3 from 2-5 pm in Room 173, Schroeder Family School of Business Building. Safe Zone training teaches participants about issues in the LGBTA community and how you can help tackle some of those issues by encouraging trainees to take action in their daily lives. There will be refreshments. The training is free to attend, but you must register by emailing by November 1. Space is limited, so reserve your spot now!

* Community Interfaith Worship Service: Celebrating Diversity, Giving Thanks

The University of Evansville campus community and larger Evansville community are invited to attend the third annual Community Interfaith Worship Service to celebrate our rich religious diversity and give thanks.

Have you ever heard the Muslim Call to Prayer in a sacred space? Ever heard a Jewish Rabbi talk about thanksgiving? Ever wondered what a Buddhist chant sounded like? Plan to attend the service at 10:30 a.m. on November 3 and learn about various religious traditions in a welcoming environment. UE students, faculty, staff and local religious leaders will be participating again this year.

As an institution affiliated with The United Methodist Church, we want to continually affirm our call to initiate and promote better relationships between Christians and people of other faiths based on informed understanding, critical appreciation, and balanced perspective. Interfaith discussions can make religion a bridge and not a barrier toward a peaceful world. The University of Evansville is committed to religious diversity and interfaith dialogue as we continue to serve an interconnected, global society.

* Interfaith Bread Festival: Bread in Religious Culture this Saturday

The Evansville community is invited to the Interfaith Bread Festival this Saturday, November 1, 11:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m. in the Ridgway University Center, Eykamp 251.

The Interfaith Bread Festival seeks to bring together diverse communities through a common thread: Bread and provide an opportunity for people to present their cultural and religious traditions through the common staple of bread.

Groups from religious cultures will present their bread traditions, offering samples, recipes, and more!

Taste breads from various world religions and local Evansville kitchens; take home various bread recipes from other cultures.

Learn how bread is used in religious holidays.

Special pre-screening of “Bread Culture in Jordan” video created in part through Dr. Jennie Ebeling’s NEH Fellowship in Jordan, fall 2012. The video has recently been screened at the Middle East Studies Association’s (MESA)
Film Fest held during their annual meeting in New Orleans.

The Interfaith Bread Festival is sponsored by the Department of Religious Life, the Department of Archaeology, and the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations.

For more information e-mail Tamara Gieselman at or Jennie Ebeling at

* Register for Engineering Speed Networking by Monday, November 4!

Engineering students, RSVP by next Monday, November 4 if you would like to attend the third-annual Engineering Speed Networking Event. Space is limited, so RSVP and see a list of registered employers now in JobLink’s Events tab (under Workshops).


Info You Should Know

* Search for the New Principal of Harlaxton College

As you likely are aware, Dr. J. Gordon Kingsley, the Principal at Harlaxton College, will retire on June 30, 2014, after more than a decade of visionary leadership.  A search committee has been assembled, consisting of Michael Cullen (chair), David Green, Patrick Hayden, Earl Kirk, James MacLeod, Patti McCrory, Wes Milner, Bill Stroube, and Mark Valenzuela.   With the application deadline of November 15 quickly approaching, the campus community is reminded to urge qualified individuals to submit their applications. The position description is posted online; additional information may be obtained by contacting Terri Ames (

* Senior Showcase Exhibition

Visit the Krannert Gallery from Monday, November 4 through Friday, November 15 to see featured art from Art Department seniors. Students featured include Sam Wathen, Brooke Reneer, Katie Winiger, Cassie Gutman, Dakota Moody and Stephani Mrozinski. View a body of unique artwork as the seniors take a "Road Trip" through their careers at UE. Come join the students for an opening reception in Krannert Gallery on Monday, November 4 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Refreshments will be served.



* Margaret McMullan Gives Talk on Recent Publication

UE Professor of Creative Writing Margaret McMullan gave a Book Talk on October 27 with author Charles Farkas at Briarcliff Manor in Westchester County, New York about their recent collaboration Vanished by the Danube: Peace, War, Revolution, and Flight to the West published by State University of New York (SUNY) Press. President Bill Clinton says the book is "Evocative…we are reminded that resourcefulness and optimism can prevail even in the face of great struggle." Professor McMullan was a 2010 Fulbright Professor at the University of Pécs in Pécs, Hungary and currently holds the Melvin Peterson Endowed Chair in Literature and Writing. Her recent essay, “Already Falling” appears in the October issue of The Sun magazine.

* Heidi Strobel Presents Paper at Conference

Last week, Heidi Strobel, associate professor of art history, presented a paper titled “Portraiture and the Art of Mary Linwood: Copy, Kitsch, or Canonical,” at the Women, Reputation, and Identity in the Long Eighteenth Century Conference sponsored by The Aphra Behn Society for Women in the Arts, 1660-1830, in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

* Douglas Reed to Perform with Canadian Brass

Douglas Reed, University Organist/Professor Emeritus of Music has been invited to perform with the Canadian Brass in a concert at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City, MO, on December 2.  Reed will play the Julia Irene Kauffman Casavant Organ, Op. 3875. With four manual keyboards and 5,548 pipes, the new organ provides a visual focal point for Helzberg Concert Hall, one of two concert venues in the Kauffman Center..

The Canadian Brass is a brass quintet founded in 1970. In addition to maintaining a heavy international touring schedule, the Canadian Brass have recorded over 100 CDs and DVDs. Eric Reed, Dr. Reed's son, has played French horn with the Canadian Brass since 2010.

* Margaret McMullan Honored by Chicago Public Library

UE Professor of Creative Writing Margaret McMullan was one of 70 authors with ties to Chicago honored by the Chicago Public Library on October 23, during the 13th annual Carl Sandburg Literary Awards Dinner, a celebration of Chicago’s literary heritage and the writers who have contributed. The event paid tribute to Carl Sandburg Literary Award winner for fiction Isabel Allende and bestselling author of Moneyball and The Blind Side, Michael Lewis. The evening featured a conversation between Isabel Allende and Michael Lewis, moderated by National Public Radio’s Scott Simon.
Professor McMullan currently holds the Melvin Peterson Endowed Chair in Literature and Writing.


Thank You

* UEMTA Thanks Those Who Donated to Teddy Bear Project

The members of the University of Evansville Music Therapy Association would like to thank everyone who donated to their Teddy Bear Project. Thanks to you, they collected 95 small stuffed animals to give to children having their blood drawn at St. Mary's. They appreciate your generosity. Thank you again for making this project a success!



* UE Men's Golf Finishes Fall In North Carolina

In their final event of the fall, the University of Evansville men’s golf team travels to Sapphire, N.C. to play in the Hummingbird Intercollegiate.

Country Club of Sapphire Valley will play host to the tournament, which will feature 54 holes of play with 18 holes taking place from Nov. 3-5. Par at the course will be 71 with a total yardage of 6,767. Ten teams are set to participate include: Appalachian State, Belmont, Cardinal Stritch, Colgate, Evansville, Gardner-Webb, Samford, Tennessee Tech, Western Carolina and Wofford.

The Catamounts of WCU are hosting the event, which marks the seventh season in a row that the school has hosted a men’s event at the course.

Alex Turner shot an even 70 in the final round of the Dayton Flyer Invitational to complete the event in a tie for second place at NCR Country Club. Turner fired the low round of the day for the Purple Aces as he followed up his Monday score of 69 with an even 70 on Tuesday. He tied for second place, just three strokes off of Andrew Bailey's winning pace.

Also bringing home a top ten finish was senior Quinn Vilneff. After his opening day round of 68, Vilneff finished Tuesday's round with a 76 on his way to a 144 and a ninth-place tie. Another senior, Parker Hensley, shot a 2-over 72 to card a 146 and tie for 20th.

Coming in a tie for 76th was sophomore Will Knights. The native of New Lenox, Ill. improved by six strokes on the second day, shooting a 75 to finish with a 156. Finishing with a 160 was fellow sophomore Rick Voyvodic as his tally gave him a tie for 89th. Freshman Jon Pick had the strongest outing of his young career, totaling a 149 for the contest to tie for 39th. He shot rounds of 73 and 76, respectively.

Live stats for the tournament are available by clicking here:

* Aces Fan Fest Set For Saturday Afternoon

All fans are invited to the 3rd Annual Aces Basketball Fan Fest this Saturday from 1-4pm which will take place in between the men’s and women’s basketball games. The Fan Fest tents will be located on the corner of Sixth and Locust streets next to the Ford Center. Admission to the event is free.

The 2013 version of Fan Fest is slated to be better than ever by adding two live bands. Scott Winzinger returns for a second straight year with his large catalog of songs. A performance by Berteal, an award-winning, sister-brother acoustic music duo featuring UE alumni, Kim Gentry ’97 and Chad Gentry ’03 will also be featured.

For the first time, there will be a beer garden. The Fan Fest will have a lot of different food vendors ranging from hot dogs to sushi! Also, the homecoming student chili cook-off will be on display.

Ace Purple will be on hand to take pictures and sign autographs along with children’s activities, including an inflatable obstacle course.

The Lady Aces will host USI at noon and the Aces Men’s team will take on Illinois-Springfield at 4pm.

* Cross Country Travels To MVC Championships

With the momentum gained from the Evansville Invitational two weeks ago, the Purple Aces have their sights set on a bigger prize – the Missouri Valley Conference Championship – this weekend.

Blank Park Golf Course on the south side of Des Moines will play host to the races on Saturday morning. The men take to the course at 10:30 a.m. for their 8K event before the women run their 5K race at 11:30 a.m. It will be a frigid morning as the low in the area on Saturday morning will be 35 with partly cloudy skies.

Kelby Jenkins is amongst the favorites on the women’s side. She is coming off of the best race of her senior career at the Evansville Invitational where she set the program 5K record. Jenkins ran a time of 17:27.27, topping Andrea Sonnenschein's mark that was set in 2007. Her old record was a 17:30. Jenkins was in front for the majority of the race, winning by a margin of 11 seconds over Lindsey Hinken of Western Kentucky.

In last year’s championship, Jenkins had a solid run, taking fourth place while setting a PR at the time with a 17:38.

Coming home in seventh place two weeks ago was Laurel Wolfe, who ran the first sub-19 minute 5K event of her collegiate career as she ran a time of 18:45.23. Just behind her was junior Nicole Kreuzman, who ran a PR of her own, conquering the course in a time of 19:13.64 to take 13th.

Josh Genet paced the men’s team last season, taking 12th place while running the top 8K time of his career. He finished the race in 24:58 for his best time at UE, a mark that is still the best of his career. In the home race two weeks ago, Genet took second place with a time of 25:39.09. He finished behind winner David Mokone of WKU, who paced the 70 runners with a time of 25:20.86. Genet has been the top male runner for UE in every event this season while recording a top 12 finish in five out of six outings thus far.

Freshman Ross Frondorf set a PR at the Evansville Invitational, finishing in 14th with a time of 26:48.55, topping his previous best by ten seconds. He was followed by Jon Ashby, Ben Woolems and Kyle Wilson. Wilson set a PR with a 27:56.62.

For full information on the event, please visit the MVC Championships site at


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