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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

What's Happening Today

* I-House: Ghana

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


Upcoming Events

* Senior Nursing Organization Silent Auction

A Senior Nursing Organization Silent Auction Fundraiser is planned for November 7 at 7:00 p.m. in Eykamp Hall, University Center. There will be a $2 entry fee.

* Speaker Series Luncheon

Please join us for the Student-Alumni Mentoring Program 2nd Speaker Luncheon Series 2013-2014 on Thursday, November 14. The event will be from 12:15-1:15 p.m. in Eykamp 253, Ridgway University Center. The speaker will be Wes Milner, executive director of International Programs.  His topic will be “Marketing Yourself on a Global Scale.”  To reserve a free boxed lunch, RSVP by Monday, November 11 by emailing: The campus community is welcome!

* Andy Lampkins to Speak at This Week's CNS Meeting

This week CNS has invited Assistant Professor of Chemistry Andy Lampkins to share some information on his research in medicinal chemistry here at UE. His talk, “Developing New Drugs for Alzheimer’s Disease: A Chemical Perspective” will consist of a primer on what sorts of things his lab is interested in as well as an explanation of the role of neuroscience in his studies. The meeting will be held on Thursday, November 7 at 6 p.m. in Room 75, Schroeder Family School of Business Building. Bring your dinner and your friends and come on by!

* RAD Class Sign-Ups!

We are once again offering the Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) class to any interested female student! This comprehensive course for women begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction, and avoidance, while progressing on to the basics of hands-on defense training. This semester’s course will be held Saturday, November 16, and Sunday, November 17 from 9am-12pm in the Aerobics Room in the Fitness Center. In addition, all participants will need to pick ONE of the below times for an hour-long information session (will meet in the group room in the Office of Counseling Services, 2nd floor of Ridgway).

8am, Wednesday, November 13
12pm, Wednesday, November 13
4pm, Thursday, November 14

Please RSVP by Friday (11-8) if you plan to be there for most or all of the Sat/Sun times, and can come to one of the info sessions as well. We’ll need at least 10 participants in order to have the course, but can only take the first 20 that respond. You can e-mail Jessica Zellers, Coordinator of Health Education and Wellness Programs at to register or for more information.

* Veterans Day Service and Lunch Reception

The campus community, alumni, and friends are invited to celebrate Veterans Day at our special service on Monday, November 11. The event will be from 11 a.m. to noon in Wheeler Concert Hall, Krannert Fine Arts Building. Music selections will be performed by UE Professor Alanna Keenan. A light luncheon reception will immediately follow in the lobby of Krannert Fine Arts Building.

The Alumni Special Guest Speaker will be Captain Eric Moffat, US Army National Guard. Moffat is a 2011 graduate of the University of Evansville’s Master of Science in public service administration program. He began his military career in November 2001 enlisting in the Michigan Army National Guard. Captain Moffat deployed twice with the Michigan Army National Guard to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to work for Joint Detention Operations Group and to Camp Habbaniyah, Iraq, where he served as the forward observer for 2nd Platoon and also the Company Fire Support NCO.
Moffat received his commission through the University of Southern Indiana ROTC Program in 2009 where he majored in finance and economics. He later served as assistant professor of military science for the UE/USI ROTC program. In June 2012, he was mobilized with the 176th Financial Management Support Detachment for Operation Enduring Freedom. He served as the disbursing agent for Regional Command North Afghanistan at Camp Marmal, Afghanistan, until April 2013. Moffat is currently assigned to the 138th Financial Management Support Unit in Indianapolis, Indiana.

His awards include the Combat Action Badge, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, two Army Commendation Medals, three Army Achievement Medals, two Army Reserve Components Achievement Medals, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, Iraq Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, Global War on Terror Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terror Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with M Device and Bronze Hour Glass, Army Service Ribbon, three Overseas Service Ribbons, and NATO International Security Assistance Forces Medal.

Moffat is married to UE graduate, Jenny Moffat ’08. They have two children Aiden and Kathryn and currently reside in Evansville, Indiana.

* Grammar Workshop Is Today

Please join us this Thursday at 5 p.m. in the Writing Center for a grammar review and tune-up of your skills in punctuation, sentence structure, capitalization and more. All students at all levels are welcome!

* PRIDE Drag Show Competitor Callout

UE PRIDE is looking for more student competitors for their 11th annual drag show. They are accepting both solo and group acts. Prizes include a $50 Kanpai gift card, Jeannie's Gelato for a year, and a Gattitown outing for four, buffet included.Email for information. Registration deadline is November 27.

* International Education Week

Mark your calendars for International Education Week. IEW events begin Monday, November 18 with the Study Abroad Fair and a featured speaker. For details about these and all IEW events visit

* 11th Annual Chili Bowl Sale!

The Clay Club annual Chili Bowl Sale is set for Thursday, November 7 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the lawn between Hyde Hall and Sampson Hall. This is the eleventh year for the event. Buy a bowl of kettle cooked chili and keep the handcrafted bowl! Vegetarian chili will also be available. Some of the proceeds from this event will be donated to Cedar Hall Grade School for art supplies.

* Freshman, are you in?

All freshman are invited! This free event is will be on 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.)

* TIAA-CREF Counseling Sessions

The TIAA-CREF representative will be on the UE campus on Tuesday November 19 and Thursday November 21 for individual counseling sessions. To schedule an appointment, call TIAA-CREF at 1-800-732-8353 or 317-706-6200. The sessions are held in the Clifford Rare Books Room of the University Libraries (room 158). If you have any questions, call Carol McCraney at extension 2943.


Info You Should Know

* Payal Patel-Dovlatabadi featured in this month's Evansville Business Journal

The director of UE’s Public Health Program, Dr. Payal Patel-Dovlatabadi, is featured in a section called “Fresh Faces” in this month’s Evansville Business Journal. This is a link to the article:

Patel-Dovlatabadi finds her way as director of public health at the University of Evansville
Pam Cassady, special to EBJ
Evansville Courier & Press

Payal Patel-Dovlatabadi learned about hard work early in life.

Her parents ran a gas station and hotel in the small town of Red Bay, Ala., where she grew up. As a child, she wanted to be a mathematician, so around seventh grade, she started doing the accounting for the family businesses.

“And I worked at the gas station,” Patel-Dovlatabadi said. At the time, she wasn’t always happy about all she had to do.

“I would complain about having to work,” she said. “But now, looking back, I’m so thankful. I thank my parents for instilling that work ethic in me.”

That work ethic has already taken Patel-Dovlatabadi quite far, and today she is an assistant professor of public health and director of the public health program at the University of Evansville.

Patel-Dovlatabadi began her journey to becoming a college professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. When she first arrived on campus, she decided to major in math, but her interests changed over the years.

“In my third year, I was becoming more interested in health,” Patel-Dovlatabadi said. She had switched her major to psychology and earned her bachelor’s in only three years. As she neared graduation, she decided to go on to a double master’s degree program offered by UAB. She earned a master of public health degree as well as a master of business administration degree.

While working on her double master’s, Patel-Dovlatabadi was a teaching assistant and conducted research. It was then that she really began to consider a life in academia.

“The research was great,” Patel-Dovlatabadi said. “I started to think that I wanted to teach and do research.”

The work ethic Patel-Dovlatabadi learned as a child really kicked in as she decided to continue her education and go on to earn a doctorate in public health at UAB.

“I didn’t have much free time,” Patel-Dovlatabadi said of her years at UAB. “I didn’t even have a summer off.”

But she did have at least enough free time during her first year of the doctorate program to meet the man who would later become her husband. She married Sorush Dovlatabadi, and as she neared graduation, the young couple began looking for a place to begin their life together.

Patel-Dovlatabadi saw that the University of Evansville had an opening for director of a newly created public health program and was interested in that position. Her husband, who had an interest in farming, came with her to Evansville for the interview.

“As we were about to land at the airport, he saw all the farmland below and said, ‘You’ve got to get this job,’ ” Patel-Dovlatabadi said.

She did get the job, and they moved to Evansville in 2011. They have quickly settled in to the new community and enjoy living here.

“We love going to the Evansville orchestra,” Patel-Dovlatabadi said. “And we really enjoy going to the Newburgh Farmers Market.”

They also enjoy walking and hiking, sometimes taking along their dog, Chance. And having grown up in the warmer climate of Alabama, Patel-Dovlatabadi said she even enjoys putting on layers of clothes on the cold winter days.

At the University of Evansville, Patel-Dovlatabadi has enjoyed developing the public health program from the ground up.

“The university did not have a public health major when I was hired,” Patel-Dovlatabadi said. She began by teaching three public health courses that first fall. Then, in February 2012, the major was officially approved.

“Since then, it’s been an amazing journey,” Patel-Dovlatabadi said.

As she works to build the program, Patel-Dovlatabadi also promotes public health on campus and in the community.

“I try to get students together to do things,” she said. “And I always try to promote health and nutrition on campus.”

Patel-Dovlatabadi reaches out to the community as a public health expert and has been interviewed on several topics including influenza, the cyclospora outbreak and fungal meningitis.

And in only her second year at the university, Patel-Dovlatabadi was named a University of Evansville Global Scholar, which meant she traveled to India to do a comparative analysis of the health care system there and in the U.S.

“I stay busy,” Patel-Dovlatabadi said. “But I tell people that when I go to work, it’s not really work. It’s my passion.”

* Check Out WNIN's New Videos Featuring UE

The University of Evansville has recently collaborated with WNIN, the Tri-State's NPR and PBS affiliate, to produce a series of short video spots that will air locally on PBS and potentially throughout Indiana. Watch for the videos on WNIN and see them online at the links below.

Peter Rosen, associate professor of management information systems, and UE student Mallory Mooney were featured in WNIN's "Success in College" series. With insight from professors, students, and administrators, “Success in College” is designed to offer information that can help better a college student's educational experience. Check out Peter's video here and Mallory's here and here.

Also, thank you to the UE students, faculty, and staff who participated in the "Signs Up!" video shoot last week. WNIN’s “Signs Up!” campaign allows community members and organizations to show their Evansville pride. Watch the TV spot featuring UE here.

Finally, WNIN filmed several spots featuring the beauty of campus in the fall. You can see these (along with all of the videos listed above) on WNIN's YouTube page.

* New Issue of Crescent Magazine

Pick up your FREE copy of the Crescent Magazine on Thursday, Nov. 7 at 18 campus locations ...and look for StudPub staffers passing out copies and free giveaways from 12:15 - 1:30 p.m.!

* Game Players' Society Interest Survey

The Game Players' Society is interested in seeing what we can do around campus. Take a moment and fill out this survey to help guide us to what we can offer the community!


* Holiday Volunteer Service Projects

The Office of Community Service Initiatives has a variety of Holiday Volunteer Service Projects available for the end of the semester. UE students have been participating in three of these for several years now and have always found a way to give back to others during the Christmas Season. If you or your organization are interested in participating, contact or sign up using the links provided under each opportunity.

Sponsor a family for Christmas through Aurora:
If you or your organization are interested in sponsoring a family, please email by Friday, Nov. 22 and we will match you with a family. Presents are due to the Center for Student Engagement by Reading-Study Day, Wednesday, Dec. 11.

Salvation Army Bell Ringing:
Assist those in need with the red kettle campaign. Participants can sign up to ring a bell for donations in the red kettle outside of the Schnuck’s on South Green River and Washington Ave. or at the Walgreen’s on S. Green River Rd. To sign up, go to this form

AIDS Holiday Project:
This is an opportunity to help raise money for low income families impacted by HIV/AIDS. Participants will assist by taking donations to wrap gift items at Barnes and Noble on S. Green River Road. To sign up for time on Sunday, Dec. 8, go to this link:

Sigma Alpha Epsilon and Popeye's Feed the Hungry:
December 7 from 11 am-2 pm at Evansville Central Library in Browning Rooms A & B
We are providing a free holiday meal to local people in need thanks to the local Popeye's franchise. Contact Andrew Abad at to volunteer

* USPS Closed on Monday, November 11 for Veterans Day

This is a reminder of the United States Postal Service (U.S.P.S.) closing on Veteran’s Day, Monday, November 11. Please note UE's Mail Services will not be able to pick up mail from U.S.P.S.on Monday, November 11. The next UE Mail Services mailing (post-marked) date is Tuesday,November 12. Please plan accordingly.

For mailing questions, contact Mail Services at extension 2197.

* Reminder December Graduates

December graduates, if you missed Commencement Central you can still purchase a cap and gown and/or order graduation announcements in the UE Bookstore. However, if you're a MASTER'S graduate you need to get to the Bookstore promptly and order your custom made regalia. Your gown and hood take longer to produce so you need to order them very soon. If you have any questions please contact the Bookstore.



* Peter Rosen Presents LinkedIn Paper

Associate Professor of Management Information Systems Peter Rosen is presenting his paper "Social Networking Websites and Organizational Relevance: Exploring Relationships with LinkedIn Adoption and Use" at the Southern Management Association annual meeting in New Orleans, LA.

* Clark Kimberling Is Editor of Newly Published 15 International Conference on Fibonacci Numbers and Their Applications

Clark Kimberling, professor of mathematics, is the editor of "Problem Proposals" in the newly published 15 International Conference on Fibonacci Numbers and Their Applications, held at Eszterhazy Karoly College, in Eger, Hungary, June 25-30, 2012. Most of the 14 problem proposals, presented by researchers from Germany, Italy, South Africa, and the U. S., are unsolved. One of them, entitled "Triangles with Interlacing Rows," appears in Dr. Kimberling's website, "Unsolved Problems and Rewards"



* Kelby Jenkins Named To MVC Scholar-Athlete Team

For the second year in a row, Purple Aces runner Kelby Jenkins was named to the Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete Team.

Jenkins, an accounting major, holds a perfect 4.0 GPA at the University of Evansville.

The Missouri Valley Conference has announced the 2013 Cross Country Scholar-Athlete Teams, following the completion of the 2013 Missouri Valley Conference Cross Country Championship last weekend in Des Moines, Iowa, at the Blank Park Golf Course.

Scholar-Athlete honors require athletes to meet performance standards, as they must finish among the first 20 runners at the conference championship and hold at least a cumulative 3.2 GPA and be a sophomore in athletic and academic standing to earn a spot on the MVC Scholar-Athlete team.

Seventeen women’s student-athletes met the criteria, while six student-athletes are on the men’s team. Four student-athletes hold a perfect 4.00 GPA, with two coming from Southern Illinois and one each from Bradley and Evansville. Loyola has the most honorees on the men’s side, with two. For the women, Southern Illinois has six student-athletes that have earned the honor while Illinois State has four on the team.

Jenkins’ honor marks the seventh time a UE runner has made the MVC Scholar Athlete Team and she became just the second female to do so for the Aces in 2012. UE Hall of Fame Nick Waninger won the honor on three occasions.

* Alex Turner Rallies To Tie For Third In Hummingbird Int.

Sophomore Alex Turner reeled off one of the top rounds of the day as his 3-under 68 helped him tie for third place as the University of Evansville men’s golf team completed its fall season on Tuesday at the Hummingbird Intercollegiate.

Turner posted a 3-round total of 214 to jump up the leaderboard on the final day. J.T. Poston carded three rounds under par en route to medalist honors with a 204. He plays for host Western Carolina. Taking second with a 210 was Clement Kurniawan of Gardner-Webb.Next up for the Aces was Quinn Vilneff, who tallied a 78 on Tuesday to finish with a 223, tied for 33rd. Rick Voyvodic and Will Knights tied for 45th with a 230 while Jon Pick had his low round of the event, a 77, to tie for 51st.

As a team, Evansville took ninth place, just one stroke behind Colgate for 8th. Wofford rallied on the final day to take the team victory. Trailing Appalachian State by two strokes going into the final day, they shot a 286 to jump over the Mountaineers and take the win, 860-864.

* Marty Simmons Radio Show To Start Wednesday

The Marty Simmons Radio Show will once again be held on a weekly basis throughout the 2013-14 men’s basketball season.

A new location will house the show as the Turoni’s in Newburgh will play host to the show each week from 6-7 p.m. Coach Simmons along with Lance Wilkerson, players and special guests will be on the show each week.In November, a modified schedule will be utilized with more early week games taking place. The show is set to begin on Wednesday, November 6 with the next version taking place a week later on the 13th.

As we get into December, the regular schedule will be back in place with the show being held every Monday from 6-7 p.m. The first Monday show will be held on December 2.


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