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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

* President Kazee to Host Campus Forum Friday Afternoon

All members of the faculty, staff, and administration are invited to participate in an open forum on Friday, November 15 at 2:00 p.m. in Eykamp 251, Ridgway University Center. During the open forum, President Kazee will discuss the progress of the institutional prioritization process for academic and administrative programs, including adjustments that have been made to reflect faculty, staff, and administrative input.

The forum is an opportunity for members of the UE family to participate in this important conversation about the future of the University.


What's Happening Today

* Want to Give Back to People in Need?

RSA is hosting a personal care item drive for the Aids Resource Group (ARG) in Evansville. ARG is in need of items such as shampoo, conditioner, laundry detergent, floss, and tooth paste. RSA will be giving the hall or organization who donates the most items $100 for further programming. You can simply drop items in one of our several red bins (Ridgway and the residence halls)to participate. If you would like more information or if your organization would like your own bin please email Lexi Olmstead at

* This Week in Music: University Symphony Orchestra Performs

The University Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Assistant Professor and Director of Orchestral Activities Brian St. John, will present a concert in Neu Chapel this Tuesday evening, November 12, at 7:30. The concert will open with the overture from Mozart’s opera, Der Schauspieldirektor. 2012 Vukovich Concerto Competition winner, USO Concertmaster, and Music Therapy major Kaitlin Emmert will then step in front of the orchestra and join the ensemble for a performance of the final movement of Felix Mendelssohn’s beloved Violin Concerto. The orchestra will follow with the first and last movements of Beethoven’s Fourth Symphony, and the concert will conclude with a performance of the “Hungarian March” from Hector Berlioz’s “dramatic legend,” The Damnation of Faust. The concert is free and open to the public.

* Last Third Year DPT Giveback Set for Nov. 12

The third year DPT students are hosting their last Giveback at Wayback Burgers on Crosse Pointe Blvd near the Drury Inn off the Lloyd Expressway. It will be held on November 12 from 4-8 pm. No flyers needed, just show up! All the proceeds will go to aid in the cost of a licensure preparation course that will take place in December. If you have any questions, please email Ashley Gergich at We truly appreciate your support and hope to see you there!


Upcoming Events

* International Bazaar - November 22

The International Club presents the 27th annual International Bazaar! Come experience the wonders of diversity through a variety of performances and dishes from around the world (South Korea, Latin/Central America, Europe, Africa and more) and help spread the awareness of world hunger!

The event is Friday, November 22 from 4:30-8 p.m. in Eykamp 251 and the second floor of Ridgway University Center.

Free admission for UE students (just show your UE ID) and kids under 5 years old, $3 for non-UE students, & $5 at the door for UE faculty, staff, and adults. All proceeds go to UNICEF.

* I-House: Saudi Arabia

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

* Hemminger to talk about recent trip to Africa

Bill Hemminger, professor of English and Chair of the English Department, has recently returned from several weeks in Cameroon, and he will be giving an informal talk about his travels. You are welcome to attend - the event is Monday, November 18, 4 p.m., in Room 105 in Hyde Hall.

* UE: Find Your Fit Evansville

UE faculty and staff: If you have a junior or senior in high school, we would like to invite you and your student to the UE: Find Your Fit Evansville taking place on Wednesday, November 20. There will be a reception at 6:00 p.m. hosted by President Kazee at the May House followed by a UE basketball game at 8:05 p.m. We hope you can join us for this event. Please register today! For information about the event, please contact Catie Taylor in the Office of Admission at or at ext. 1124.

* Want a Home Cooked Meal? Come to Dishes for Wishes!

Chi Omega's annual philanthropy is this weekend! Come to Eykamp Hall in Ridgway University Center on Saturday night at 5:30 pm for a delicious meal cooked by the ladies of Chi Omega. All proceeds go benefit the Make a Wish foundation. This year, the Chi Omegas are also trying to raise money to help grant the wish of a local boy who has been fighting cancer. Come learn more about this wonderful cause while enjoying savory food! Tickets are $6 in advance or $8 at the door. Early (5 p.m.) entry tickets are $10. E-mail Emily Jolly at with any questions.

* Colleges Against Cancer's Relay Through the Decades Kickoff Event

Join UE's Colleges Against Cancer chapter as we kickoff this year's Relay for Life efforts Wednesday, November 13 at 8:00 p.m. in Room 170 (Smythe Lecture Hall), Schroeder Family School of Business Building. Come learn more about the cause and register for the event itself! ALL team captains MUST attend, but everyone who wants to come is welcome to join the fun! We have a great year planned as we raise money to fight cancer and celebrate more birthdays, and we can't wait to see you there. Email ah305 with any questions and like us on Facebook at to keep up to date on all the CAC happenings.


Info You Should Know

* Healthy Lifestyle Challenge Ends Nov. 17

The employee fall Healthy Lifestyle Challenge ends Sunday, Nov. 17. Participants may be re-tested/remeasured on Monday, Nov. 18, in the Fitness Center from 1-3 p.m. Please submit all activity logs by Nov. 25.

* UE PRIDE Competitor Callout

UE PRIDE is looking for student competitors for their eleventh annual drag show. Both solo and group acts accepted. 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.

* Water Department Working on UE's Block on Tuesday, November 12

On Tuesday, Nov. 12, between 7 a.m. and 1 p.m., the Evansville Water Dept will be working in the 1700 block of Lincoln Avenue. Street closure and traffic re-routing will require the closing of one exit from the Front Oval. The Water Department does not anticipate service to the University will be affected. Any questions or concerns please contact the Physical Plant at 488-2775.

* CALL-OUT for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Student Rally Speakers

If you could talk to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., what would you say? The 2014 Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Events Committee is having a call-out to ask students to present 2-3 minutes of what they would say to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. about our world today at the Monday, January 20th rally at 1:30 pm. Would you discuss bullying, religious issues, immigration, gender equity in the workplace, or marriage equality? Would you discuss our triumphs or that there is still work that needs to be done in order to accomplish Dr. King's Dream?

Please submit your thoughts in a 2-3 minute write-up via email to LaNeeca Williams, Diversity and Equity Officer at by midnight on Monday, November 25 to be considered as a Rally Speaker on Monday, January 20 before the MLK Jr. Celebration March on the UE Campus. The five students who are picked to present at the rally will receive a $20.00 dollar bookstore gift certificate.

* Sell your Arts and Crafts at the Annual Holiday Art Sale

The Annual Art and Craft Sale will take place in the Melvin Peterson Gallery on Thursday, December 5 from 7 AM to 6 PM. You do not need to be present in order to sell your work. All artists and crafters wanting to participate can deliver their items for sale to the Peterson Gallery during the regularly scheduled hours of 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 4, 2013.

Again, anyone in the UE community who creates art & crafts is invited to participate in these events. This includes spouses, children, relatives and friends.

Members of the UE Friends of Art and other volunteers will be manning the sale so it is not necessary for sale participants to stay in the Peterson Gallery with their work.

To enter work in the Christmas Exhibition, to register as a participant for the Art and Craft Sale or for more information, please stop the Department of Art Office or phone at 488-2043.  (A sample of work may be requested prior to inclusion as a participant in either event.)



* UE Ranked 7th in the Nation for Study Abroad

The nation’s leading voice on educational and cultural exchange has once again named the University of Evansville one of America’s best universities for study abroad. This year, UE ranks seventh in the nation for study abroad participation among master’s degree-granting institutions, up five spots from last year’s ranking of 12th.

The Institute of International Education’s annual Open Doors report, released Monday, ranks the top study abroad programs in the nation. The report shows that for 2011-12, the academic year considered in this year’s rankings, 63.4 percent of UE undergraduates studied abroad – an increase of more than 12 percent compared to the previous academic year. UE also ranks 20th for participation in semester-length study abroad programs.

So far, in 2013, UE students have earned academic credit on five continents and in 24 countries. 

* Roger Pieroni gives presentation at conference

On November 8, Roger Pieroni, associate professor of French and Chair of the Department of Foreign Languages, gave a presentation titled, "Haitian Adoptions for U.S. Couples: Multitasking and Exploring Historical Context, Social Problems, and Legal Issues," at the 54th Annual Conference of the American Translators Association in San Antonio, Texas.

The presentation was given in French and related to the unique challenges of translating international adoption files from English to French. The translation of a number of documents pertaining to a wide array of disciplines (vital records, financial statements, psychological evaluations, health certificates, etc.) requires the translator to use a variety of styles, registers, and terminology. In addition, a basic understanding of the political, cultural, and linguistic strands that shaped Haitian history is needed to produce a good quality translation for this type of project.

Pieroni, who is an ATA certified E>F translator, discussed those issues and used examples from actual translations to illustrate relevant points.

* James Ware's New Book Receives Strong Reviews

Professor of Religion James Ware’s recent book, Paul and the Mission of the Church, is receiving considerable attention and strong reviews within the academic community. A recent review in the Catholic Biblical Quarterly calls the book "a significant resource for the study of the early church’s mission." Religious Studies Review comments that "Ware’s study is a welcome contribution to the field and will be of interest not only to Pauline scholars but also to present-day missionaries and missiologists." A review in Trinity Journal calls the book "an invaluable contribution to scholarship." Ware’s book was published in 2011 by Baker Academic.

* Beavers to Serve as External Consultant at Northern Kentucky

Anthony F. Beavers, professor of philosophy and director of the Digital Humanities Lab at the University of Evansville, will soon serve as a consultant at Northern Kentucky University, where he will assist faculty in their College of Informatics and their Philosophy Program with transdisciplinary curriculum development between informatics and the arts and humanities. Beavers has had more than fifteen years experience in such transdisicplinary work and has spoken about it widely both in the U.S. and internationally.

* UE Named One of the Nation's Top 120 Colleges for Veterans

For the first time, and on Veterans Day, the University of Evansville has been named to Military Times’ “Best for Vets: Colleges” 2014 list.

These annual rankings include the nation’s 120 colleges and universities that are making the greatest impact in recruiting and supporting military veterans and active service members. UE is one of only 86 institutions named to the list of four-year schools.

To be considered for the Best for Vets: Colleges rankings, colleges and universities were required to submit a 150-question survey on their offerings for veterans. The rankings factored in service member enrollment, percentage of tuition covered by the GI Bill, and availability of specific programs to help service members. The evaluation process also took into account statistics related to student success and academic quality, including retention rates, graduation rates, and student-faculty ratio.

Learn more about the ranking here.

* Lisa Kretz's Article "Teaching Being Ethical" has been accepted for publication

Assistant Professor of Philosophy Lisa Kretz's article "Teaching Being Ethical" has been accepted for publication in the journal Teaching Ethics.

The abstract of the paper is as follows:
Teaching theoretical ethics and teaching being ethical differ pedagogically. Unfortunately, for those interested in inspiring ethical behavior, the dominant tests for moral development focus on moral ratiocination. The relationship between moral reasoning, development and action remains contentious and under-researched. Moreover, the failures of the knowledge-attitude-behavior model of education indicate that knowledge does not of necessity lead to attitude and behavior change. In looking to identify methods for encouraging ethical behavior, I make the case that emotion helps to bridge the distance between knowledge and behavior. Adopting techniques that engage and improve students’ capacities for empathy and sympathy are thus identified as one method of providing tools for enhanced moral behavior, as is study of moral exemplars. Less a case for a particular approach, and more an offering of justification for a particular point of departure, I extend this work as an invitation to dialogue more widely about teaching *being* ethical.



* Men's Basketball Travels To IUPUI For Road Opener

Road play begins for the University of Evansville men’s basketball team as they travel to IUPUI for a Tuesday evening game as tip of is set for 7 p.m. ET at the Jungle.

Evansville opened up its season on Saturday evening with an 87-69 victory over Martin Methodist. A pair of sophomores led the way for UE as D.J. Balentine and Adam Wing each set their career scoring marks in the win. The Aces had a potent offensive attack all night long versus the RedHawks as the team shot 56.6% in the contest.

The top returning scorer from 2012-13, sophomore D.J. Balentine gave a preview of what is to come as he set his career mark with 29 points. Balentine set career highs in several categories including points (29), free throws (9) and assists (9) in the victory over MMC. Balentine’s total was the most points scored by a UE player in a season opener since 11/20/99 when Craig Snow posted 31 in a season-opening win over IUPUI.

Adam Wing quietly finished the Martin Methodist game with his top collegiate scoring effort. Wing drained six out of eight shots on his way to a career-best 15 points; two of those shots were treys as he was a perfect 2-2 from outside. His previous career best was 10 points, which came in his first career start against Creighton last season.

Make it 3-for-3 for Blake Simmons as his two exhibition outings along with the opener have seen him reach double figures in scoring; he tallied 11 points while draining all four free throw attempts. Simmons played a team-high 36 minutes in the season-opening win.

The Jaguars enter Tuesday’s game with an 0-1 mark following a 74-66 loss at Utah Valley State on Friday. Junior Mitch Patton led the way 26 points, hitting 9-13 shots while hauling in 10 rebounds; Patton is the Jaguars’ top returning scorer as he averaged 13.7 PPG last season. Fellow junior Ian Chiles had 14 points at Utah Valley while Marcellus Barksdale was the third Jaguar to hit double figures, tallying ten while posting a team-high 4 assists.

This will mark just the second meeting between UE and IUPUI; the first meeting was on Nov. 20, 1999. In that game at Roberts Stadium, the Aces took a 74-61 victory as Craig Snow led the Aces with 31 points. Road openers have not been friendly to the Purple Aces as they have dropped 13 in a row. The last time Evansville opened its road slate with a victory was on Nov. 23, 1999 when the Aces took down Western Kentucky by a 52-47 final in Bowling Green.


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