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Wednesday, November 13, 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

* Tom Polger to Deliver Crick Lecture on Wednesday, November 13

Tom Polger, a professor of philosophy at of the University of Cincinnati, will be delivering the Crick Lecture this Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. in Room 100, Koch Center. The lecture is jointly sponsored by the programs in Cognitive Science and Neuroscience. Polger is a leading researcher in the philosophy of mind and cognition.

The abstract for his talk, "Idealization and Identity in the Mind Sciences," follows:

"It is likely that creatures capable of some psychological states and processes have brains that are significantly different than human brains. Hilary Putnam famously argued, on this basis, that psychological processes and states are multiply realized - that is, that it is not possible to identify psychological processes with brain processes. Indeed, the phenomenon of multiple realization is central to the received view of the nature of mental states and the status of the cognitive and mind sciences. But in the last decade questions have been raised about the alleged ubiquity of multiple realization, and about the very coherence of the idea. Some of these critiques of multiple realization, however, make claims that are prima facie incompatible with the mind-brain identity theory. Thus the critique of multiple realization may achieve only a Pyrrhic victory. This talk explores these issues, and considers how the advocate of the mind-brain identity theory can resolve them."

* 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.

* 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.


Upcoming Events

* Departments of Music and Theatre Present Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

The University of Evansville Departments of Theatre and Music present the classic Tony Award-winning musical Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, opening at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 15, in UE’s Shanklin Theatre. Additional performances are at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 16, 21, 22, 23 and at 2:00 p.m. on Nov. 17 and 24.

Exploring the dark side of the 19th-century English social system, this masterful musical thriller, adapted by Christopher Bond, was a smashing success in its 1979 Broadway debut, garnering eight Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Book to Hugh Wheeler, and Best Original Score to Stephen Sondheim. Audiences continue to be drawn to the antics of the vengeful barber and his creepily resourceful neighbor, as they hauntingly plot to slice through London’s upper crust.

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street is directed by  R. Scott Lank, professor of theatre, and features a 9-person student orchestra, led by musical director and professor of music, Gregory B. Rike. Eric Renschler, associate professor of theatre, is scenic designer; Patti McCrory, professor of theatre, is costume designer; Stephen Boulmetis, assistant professor of theatre, is the lighting designer; Diane Brewer, professor of theatre, is the dramaturg; and guest artist Richard Ingraham is the sound designer.

Senior Taylor Ely is the associate scenic designer; senior Jessica Haswell is associate costume designer; and senior Hannah Cypress Staelin-Lefsky is associate lighting designer.

The cast features senior Austin Lauer as Sweeney Todd and senior Kelsey Miller as his pie-baking accomplice, Mrs. Lovett. Sophomore TJ Baldassare, and junior Oriana Lada play the young lovers, Anthony and Johanna. Other leading characters in the 22-member cast include sophomore Grace Theobald as Tobias Ragg; senior Brandon Maldonando as Judge Turpin; and junior Robin Coppock as Adolfo Pirelli.

Ticket prices are $17 for adults and $15 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. Three-play subscriptions for the Shanklin Theatre season are available for $33.50 for adults and $29.00 for senior adults. Including the musical Sweeney Todd, a season subscription also includes Compleat Female Stage Beauty, by Jeffrey Hatcher, Feb. 21 through March 2, and As You Like It by William Shakespeare, Apr. 4 through 13.

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

* 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.

* 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.

* Study Abroad Fair November 18

Students interested in programs abroad for study, research, internships and experiential engagement are encouraged to attend the International Education Week Study Abroad Fair. The event is set for Monday, November 18 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in Ridgway University Center. For more info about this and all IEW events email or visit

* Of Heaven and Earth-IEW Lecture

On Monday, November 18 at 7:00 p.m. Dr. Peter Humfrey, guest curator of an international exhibition of Italian paintings from Glasgow museum collections, will be International Education Week featured speaker. For more info about this and all IEW events visit

* International Education Week Nov. 18-22

Intternational Education Week begins Monday, November 18 with a Study Abroad Fair from from 11 a.m. -1 p.m. in Ridgway University Center


Info You Should Know

* Students staying on campus, what are your Thanksgiving plans?

If you are a student staying on campus this Thanksgiving, would you like to join a local UE family for a meal on Thanksgiving day? There are several UE faculty/staff members who are willing to host interested students. Please contact Karen Martin at or 488-2500 by Monday, November 18 so arrangements can be made.
Additional faculty/staff interested in hosting a student(s)may also contact Karen.

* Handmade Wreath Exhibit Opportunity!

A wreath is defined as a circular band of flowers, foliage or any material created for decorative, celebratory or memorial purposes.  Your handcrafted wreath only needs to be circular.  It does not need to be holiday themed.  It could be painted, hammered, or glued, large or small, traditional or non-traditional.

Feel free to work on a collaborative project wreath and submit on behalf of your club or department.

Have fun and show us your wreaths!

Entries for the Wreath Exhibition will be accepted on Thursday and Friday, November 21 and 22 in either the Peterson Gallery during normal hours of 12:00 PM to 6 PM on Thursday and 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM on Friday or in the Art Office, Krannert Hall of Fine Arts, Room 212, from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM. The Wreath Exhibition will open on December 2 and run through December 13.

For more info, call the Art Department at 488-2043

* 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.



* Geoff Edwards Named NACA Mid American Region Outstanding Professional Staff Member

Director of  the Center for Student Engagement Geoff Edwards was recently honored by the National Association for Campus Activities (NACA). He was named the NACA Mid American Region Outstanding Professional Staff Member at the regional conference held in Peoria, Illinois. Geoff was nominated by students from the University of Evansville.

* 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.


Sympathy to...

* Hanns Pieper and Family

Condolences to Professor Emeritus Hanns Pieper on the death of his mother, Hubertine "Tina" (Engels) Pieper, on Friday, November 8 at the Good Samaritan Home in Evansville. She was 94.

She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She was an active member of Notre Dame Catholic Church in Denver and Corpus Christi Church in Evansville. She loved the outdoors, classical music and the opera. In her 20's she was the personal assistant to Herbert Von Karajan until she married. She and her husband, Gunter, loved to travel and visited most of the national parks west of the Mississippi River. The owned a small property near Colorado Springs, CO, where they enjoyed many days together. Hubertine and Gunter moved to Solarbron in Evansville in 1999. Tina moved to the Good Samaritan Home in October 2012.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Gunter in 2003 and is survived by her son, Hanns (Elizabeth) Pieper and grandson, Andrew (Connie) Pieper and granddaughter, Tracy (Philip) Lindley. She is also survived by four great grandchildren, Eric and Justin Pieper and Kate and Emma Lindley.

At her request a private family Funeral Mass was held on Monday, November 11, Rev. James Blessinger officiating. Entombment followed at St. Joseph Cemetery Mausoleum.

Memorial gifts may be given in Hubertine's memory to the Good Samaritan Nursing Home or to Asera Care Hospice.
Condolences may be made online at



* Aces Open Road Slate With Thrilling Win At IUPUI

Sophomore D.J. Balentine tied his career-high with his second-straight 29-point game as the University of Evansville men’s basketball team took an 84-78 victory over IUPUI on Tuesday evening at The Jungle.

Balentine hit 7-of-14 shots for UE (2-0) but equally important was his perfect 12-for-12 effort from the free throw line. A pair of freshmen tallied 15 points apiece as Duane Gibson and Blake Simmons accomplished the feat. Gibson posted 15 points to go along with 6 rebounds and 4 assists. He hit 9 of his 11 free throws. Simmons hit six out of 11 attempts on his way to his top collegiate effort.

Sophomore Adam Wing had eight points while tying his career-best with a team-high 8 rebounds.

IUPUI (0-2) drained its first three shots of the game on its way to an early 7-2 lead before D.J. Balentine got going in a big way, scoring 10 in a row, including a 3-pointer that gave Evansville its first lead at 10-9.

As part of a 17-4 run, the Purple Aces went up by a 21-13 score as Egidijus Mockevicius hit his first bucket of the game on a great assist from Duane Gibson. With 8:31 left in the first half, Mockevicius struck again as his layup put UE up by double figures for the first time at 27-17.

The lead would reach as many as 12 points before the Jaguars fought their way back within four points before settling for a 6-point deficit (44-38) as the half. Balentine was stellar in the opening frame, posting 19 points to lead all players. He hit six out of eight shots while going 3-3 from long range. Khufu Najee had a strong half; after scoring just two points in the Jaguars’ opener at Utah Valley, he was 5-5 in the first half, leading the Jaguars with 12 points.

Out of the break, Evansville extended its lead to nine points in the first three minutes as Blake Simmons hit a pair of shots, including a great shot with a helper from Adam Wing as UE went up by a 48-39 score. As they did in the first half, the Jaguars continued to battle in the second as Donovan Gibbs knocked down a pair of free throws to get within four points at 54-50 with about 12 minutes remaining in the game.

In what was a hard battle for the duration of the contest, but UE slowly pushed its lead back to ten points in the next four minutes as Simmons’ 10th point made it a 65-55 lead inside of eight minutes left. The foul count in the half began in favor of IUPUI by a 13-3 tally, which made a difference down the stretch.

Four quick points off of a UE turnover led to a 3-pointer by Ian Chiles, who scored five points in a row before Najee hit a layup to give the Jaguars their first edge since the opening four minutes of the game at 66-65. It marked an 11-0 run for IUPUI as 5:07 remained on the clock.

With adverse conditions facing them, the young Aces showed the poise of a senior laden squad. Gibson stepped to the line and confidently knocked down two free throws to put the Aces back on top. With 3:51 remaining, Chiles knocked down his second trey of the game to tie the game up at 69, but that would be the final tie of the game.

Evansville scored the next seven points, a rally capped off by a Simmons three to make it a 76-69 game. The Jaguars hit consecutive threes in the final 21 seconds, but the Aces calmly all eight free throws in the final 40 seconds to seal the win.

In the second half, UE was a perfect 17-for-17 from the free throw line while finishing at 90.3% (28-31) for the game. For the night, the Aces shot 53.1% in a win that marked their fourth in the last five road outings. It also marked the first win for UE in their road opener since the 1999 season. On the other side, the game was the first loss in IUPUI’s home opener since that same season.

Three Jaguars finished the night in double digits, led by junior Ian Chiles, who scored a career-best 28 points on an 11-of-21 shooting night. Najee tallied 19 while Gibbs finished with 18.

The Aces have six days to prepare for their next game, which will take place on Monday evening at the Ford Center when Mercer comes to town. It will mark the first of four games in the Ohio Classic.


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