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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

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* WNIN Presents "UE Theatre Under the Knife: The Making of Sweeney Todd"

WNIN will air the documentary "UE Theatre Under the Knife: The Making of Sweeney Todd" at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, November 20. The University of Evansville's nationally recognized theatre program is featured in this 25-minute documentary following the cast, crew and creative team during the production process for the musical thriller "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street." With music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by Hugh Wheeler, from an adaptation by Christopher Bond, this UE production is directed by Professor of Theatre R. Scott Lank with musical direction by Assistant Professor of Music Gregory B. Rike.

Watch the sneak peek here!

* I-House: Egypt

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

* Brent Sternberg will speak on Global Financial Markets Outlook 2014

Brent Sternberg, senior vice president and director of equities of Old National Wealth Management, will be speaking to UE students at 4.00 p.m. in Smythe Lecture Hall in Schroeder Family School of Business Building on November 20. His talk is titled, "Global Economic & Market Outlook." Brent will be sharing his thoughts on the current state of financial markets and the outlook for 2014. He is a 1996 graduate of UE and currently serves on the Alumni Board of Directors. Old National Wealth Management has assets over $7 billion under supervision. Brent graciously accepted an invitation to speak to UE students from Walayet A. Khan, professor of finance and research director for the Schroeder School of Business Institute for Global Enterprise. The event is open to public.

* IEW 30 Minute Language Lesson-Ridgway University Center

On Wednesday, Nov. 20 from 11:00 a.m. -3:00 p.m., all are invited for 30 minutes of immersion in language and culture including: Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Spanish, Persian, Portuguese. For schedule and full list of IEW events visit or contact


Upcoming Events

* International Bazaar This Friday!

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 awareness of world hunger!

When: Friday, November 22
Time: 4.30 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Location: 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 for the typhoon victims in the Philippines.

* Global Scholar Reception Adds to Celebration of International Education Week

The Institute for Global Enterprise invites the UE community to attend a reception on Thursday, November 21 from 4:30-7:30 p.m. in the Peterson Gallery. This event is designed for all past Global Scholars, faculty interested in becoming a future Global Scholar, and anyone who is interested in learning about these activities. Past Global Scholars will share a summary of their work and describe how the award has made an impact on their perspectives, teaching, research, and/or service. A special announcement will be made about the future of the Global Scholar Program at the event. An informal program will begin at 5pm. Guests are welcome to drop in as your schedule allows. Space is limited. Please RSVP at your earliest convenience for preferred seating. Open to the public and first come, first served.

For a full schedule of International Education Week events, visit

About the Program
As Global Scholars, faculty engage in scholarship, curriculum development, travel and/or research activities related to globally relevant topics in order to internationalize our learning community. It is expected that the Global Scholar's activities will have a positive impact on the global mindset of many of our constituencies, including our students, faculty, administration and the greater Evansville community.

* Start this Holiday Season Early with UE Hillel

UE Hillel will be hosting its annual Chanukah Party on Thursday, November 21 at 7:30 pm in Grabill Lounge (the basement of Neu Chapel). Join in the festivities as we learn about the Jewish holiday of Chanukah, eat latkes (potato pancakes), and play dreidel! There will also be prizes!!!

* UE Departments of Theatre and Music Present Tony-Award Winning Musical, "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street"

UE Departments of Theatre and Music present Tony-Award winning musical, “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.”

Explore the dark side of the 10th-century English social system in this masterful musical thriller, which was a smashing success in its 1979 Broadway debut, garnering eight Tony Awards. Mad with revenge and angry at the world, Sweeney Todd teams up with his creepily resourceful neighbor, Mrs. Lovett, a widow whose pie shop flounders from lack of meat.

Roger McBain of the Evansville Courier & Press writes, “Austin Lauer ’14 anchors the show with his smoldering stage presence and clear, powerful vocals. Kelsey Miller ’14 provides an earthy, comic counterpoint as Mrs. Lovett, driven by both avarice and her longing for more than a business relationship with Todd.” Together the dark duo finds a way to meet both their needs, as they hauntingly plot to slice through London’s upper crust.

Sweeney Todd continues its run at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, November 21 through Saturday November 23, and at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 24, in Shanklin Theatre. 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. Tickets may be purchased by calling (812) 488–2031, Monday through Friday, noon to 5 p.m.

* Spanish Club Game Night on Thursday

The Spanish Club will have Game Night on Thursday, November 21, at 8:00 p.m. in Room 250, Schroeder Family School of Business Building. We will be playing cards and board games in Spanish. Tell your friends to attend!

* Submission Party!

Write anything good this semester? Come to the Writing Center on November 25 for our end-of-the-semester Submission Party, hosted by the UE Editors and Publishing Club, to learn how you can get your poetry or prose accepted by a literary journal. We’ll go over the basic procedures for sending out manuscripts (through snail mail and online) as well as provide a list of literary journals (including ones that only accept undergraduate work). Though creative writing majors will be most interested, the event is open to anyone on campus who needs that extra push to get their poems and stories out into the world. The event will be held in the Writing Center on Monday, November 25 at 5 p.m. If there are any questions, please contact Elizabeth Crozier at

* Free AIDs Testing at Health Center

Free AIDs testing will be offered at UE's Health Center on November 22 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call for an appointment at 488-2033.


Info You Should Know

* Health Center to Close Today at 3:30 PM

The University of Evansville Health Center will close at 3:30 p.m. today.

* November Pcard Cycle Ending

The November Pcard Cycle began on October 22 and will end at midnight on November 21. Cardholders may reconcile transactions anytime during the cycle but should wait to schedule the November SDG2 report until after November 23 to ensure that all transactions are included on the cycle report. Cardholders will have until noon Monday, December 2 to complete the November reconciliation process. Once the General Ledger uploads after lunch on December 2, cardholders will be locked out and no longer able to reconcile November cycle transactions online.

* Calling all Basketball Officials

The Intramural Dept. is looking for basketball officials for the upcoming season. If you are interested email Seth Woodason

* Thanksgiving Cranberry Donation

Help us reach our goal of 500 cans to be donated to the Evansville Rescue Mission Gobbler Gathering. The donations go towards the creation of Thanksgiving Meal Baskets for families in need. To donate, purchase a can of cranberry sauce at Aces Place or Cafe Court for $1 flex or cash by Friday at lunch.

* Libraries Announces Thanksgiving Break Hours

UE Libraries will observe the following schedule of hours during the Thanksgiving Break. Contact William Louden, University Librarian, with questions at 812.488.2376  or

• Tuesday, November 26           7:45 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
• Wednesday, November 27:    7:45 a.m. – Noon
• Thursday, November 28:         CLOSED
• Friday, November 29:               CLOSED
• Saturday, November 30:          CLOSED
• Sunday, December 1             3:00 p.m. – 1 a.m.

Regular hours resume on Monday, December 2.

* PRIDE Competitor Callout

PRIDE is looking for student competitors for their 11th 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 Nov. 27.

* Central Receiving Reminder – Thanksgiving Week

Since UE campus will be closing at noon on Wednesday, November 27, please note the following adjustments and plan accordingly. These adjustments will help to ensure there is sufficient time to complete deliveries before campus closes for Thanksgiving.

• The daily receiving run will begin in the morning at 10:00 a.m.
• UE Central Receiving will close at noon on Wednesday, November 27 and re-open on Monday morning, December 2.
• Please note that campus offices expecting packages are asked to notify Central Receiving for possible alternatives.
• Offices that plan to be closed earlier than noon on November 27 are asked to notify Central Receiving in advance to avoid unnecessary morning deliveries.

For delivery questions, contact Central Receiving at extension 2181.

* UE Mail Services Reminder – Thanksgiving Week

Since UE campus will be closing at noon on Wednesday, November 27, please note the following adjustments and plan accordingly. These adjustments will help to ensure there is sufficient time to complete mail processing before campus closes for Thanksgiving.

• The daily mail run will begin at 8:30 a.m.
• All outgoing mail must be in UE Mail Services for processing on November 27, no later than 10 a.m.
• UE Mail Services will close at noon on Wednesday, November 27 and re-open on Monday morning, December 2.
• Please note that United States Post Office will also be closed on Thursday, November 28 for Thanksgiving Day.
• While UE Mail Services is closed, those needing to mail a letter, etc. may do so by taking their UE Pcard to the Post Office.

Also please note the following UPS information:
• Wednesday, November 27, is the last day to ship UPS Ground since there are no UPS ground pickups or deliveries on Friday, November 29.
• There is no pickup or delivery service by UPS on Thanksgiving Day.
• On Friday, November 29, there is delivery and pickup of air and international packages only. Pickups are available if prearranged by Wednesday, November 27, or via UPS On-Call Pickup® service and at all UPS Drop Boxes. Please note that guaranteed delivery commitment times will be extended 90 minutes on Friday.
• For urgent shipments, UPS Express Critical® is available 365 days a year. For more information on this service, go to

For mailing questions, contact Mail Services at extension 1067.

* 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.)



* Matthew Knoester and Sharon Kazee present on Education panel in Helsinki, Finland

Last week Matthew Knoester and Sharon Kazee met up with a group of international educators to learn about the Finnish education system, which has received a large amount of attention in recent years due to their top performance on the PISA international tests, among other acheivements. Drs. Knoester and Kazee visited schools and other sites, and presented papers at an international panel discussion on comparative education at the University of Helsinki. The Global Scholars program at UE provided funding.

* Bill Stroube

Congratulations to Bill Stroube, professor of health services administration and director of the health services administration program, who has been selected to participate in an international summit on study abroad and health care issues.

The 2014 CIEE Winter Faculty Summit, hosted by CIEE Study Abroad (a national leader in study abroad and exchange programs), will take place January 8-11, 2014, in Santiago, Dominican Republic. The invitation-only summit will bring together faculty experts, thought leaders, and innovators in disciplines such as development studies, education, public health, and nursing.

The summit will examine the trend toward expanded hands-on learning in study abroad, and will develop new ways to enhance such study abroad experiences for students who seek opportunities in service learning, internships, community engagement, independent research, and field studies.

* UE Music Therapy Students to Present at AMTA Annual Conference

Sara Graham (senior music therapy student), Tyler Vest (junior music therapy student) and Melanie Brison (music therapy intern) will be giving a presentation: "Gonna Take a Sentimental Journey;" Musical Life Review at the annual conference of the American Music Therapy Association, Jacksonville, FL. This presentation summarizes a special project they completed Spring 2013 as part of a music therapy practicum assignment



* Men's Basketball Looks For Another Win Tonight

The University of Evansville men’s basketball team looks to defeat back-to-back conference champions from last season as they play host to defending Horizon League champion Valparaiso on Wednesday evening at the Ford Center.

Tip is set for 8:05 p.m. and is part of a doubleheader that begins with the UE women taking on Ball State at 5:30 p.m. The Purple Aces are looking for their first 4-0 start since the 1986-87 season. Evansville improved to 3-0 with Monday’s 89-76 win over Mercer.

As fate would have it, sophomore D.J. Balentine finished with yet another 29-point outing as he hit the mark for the third game in a row to begin the season. Against Mercer, Balentine was 7-of-16 from the floor while draining 14 out of 15 free throws he played 33 minutes and is the league leader with 37 minutes per game. His efforts to open the season are the best in 26 years as current UE head coach Marty Simmons was the last Aces player to open the year with
3 20-point efforts in a row; he did so in the first five games of the 1987-88 campaign.

The sophomore is the first Ace since Andy Elkins in the 1994-95 season to score 29 points in three straight games; Elkins had 29 vs. Bethune Cookman (2/16/95), 29 at Creighton (2/18/95) and 32 in a road game against Drake (2/20/95). Scott Haffner was the last Evansville player to score 29 points or more in four consecutive games; he did so in the 1988-89 season; his streak took place from Feb. 16-25, 1989 with his totals as follows: 32 vs. Xavier, 65 vs. Dayton, 35 at Detroit and 43 at Loyola.

Freshman Duane “Boo” Gibson has given UE a boost at the point guard position as he ranks second on the team in scoring (14.3 PPG), tops in rebounds (6.3 RPG) and assists (14). Gibson is another player who has done a great job of taking good shots; for the season, he has hit 11 of his 17 attempts, 64.7%. The Cleveland native has been even better from the free throw line, hitting 21 out of 25 on the season, an 84% clip; just to make a quick comparison,
Gibson has made 21 FT’s in his first three games.

In each of the three games so far, the Purple Aces have shot the ball over 50% while holding the opposition below that mark. The last time the Aces accomplished that feat came in 2010-11 then they shot 59.2% vs. UMES, 54.3% vs. MTSU and 52.5% against Norfolk State. Through the opening three games, Evansville has outrebounded the opposition in each contest and holds an even +5.0 edge on the boards. Last season, UE had a similar stretch where it outrebounded Creighton, Illinois State and Wright State in February by an average of seven PPG.

Evansville looks for its second- consecutive win over a conference champion from last season against the Crusaders, who won the Horizon League Tournament last season and were regular season champions in 2011-12. The Crusaders opened the year with home wins over Murray State (77-74) and North Park (113-50) before dropping road contests at Illinois (64-52) and Ohio U. (76-72).

Three Valparaiso players average double digits, led by LaVonte Dority’s 15.5 points; Jordan Coleman and Alec Peters also average double figures and are the team’s top two rebounders;
Coleman checks in at 14 PPG and 6.8 RPG while Peters stands at 11 points and 7.0 rebounds.

One of the longest rivalries in school history; the Aces and Crusaders have met on 82 occasions with UE coming out on the winning end 65 times. Since 1988, Evansville has won eight out of nine meetings, including a 69-64 win in the last meeting in Evansville on Dec. 5, 2006; UE is 38-5 all-time in home games vs. Valpo. A season later on Dec. 11, 2007, Valparaiso picked up a home win, taking a 75-67 decision.

* Men's and Women's Basketball In Action Tonight!

Your men’s and women’s basketball teams will be in action tonight, Wednesday, November 20, at the Ford Center for a doubleheader.
The women start the action, as they take on in-state foe Ball State at 5:30 pm. The men will follow, as they take on in-state opponent Valparaiso, with tip-off scheduled for 8:05 pm.

Boomer, the Indiana Pacers Mascot, will be in attendance for both games. Boomer will greet people in the front lobby as they enter before the women’s game and he will be available for autographs in the lobby before the men’s game tips off. Boomer and the Pacers Power Pack will perform their high flying halftime dunk show during both games!

For men’s and women’s basketball games, all full-time faculty, staff and administration receive two complimentary tickets to the games. These tickets can be picked up from the Carson Center Ticket Office during normal business hours by showing your UE ID. Students get free admission with their IDs, and can also earn student rewards points for great prizes just for attending Aces home events. Some of these prizes include a “This is My Game Face” Aces T-shirt, a trucker hat, sunglasses, an Aces tumbler and more! Come out and support the men’s and women’s basketball team tonight at the Ford Center!

* Volleyball Signs Four For Next Season

Purple Aces volleyball coach Manolo Concepcion has announced the signing of four student-athletes to National Letters of Intent to play at the University of Evansville beginning next season.

Coming from Marion, Illinois is middle hitter Montana Schafer. In keeping up with the strong academic standards at UE, Schafer has a 4.0 GPA at Marion High School and is ranked 5th in her class out of 270. Her team has won a regional championship along with the South Seven Conference.

The Marion Offensive Player of the Year in 2012 earned numerous accolades including 1st Team All-County, 1st Team All-Area and Illinois State Honorable Mention. She was named a 1st Team All-Conference player in 2013.

“Montana brings an incredible academic pedigree and outstanding raw potential. She is a solid presence in the net, with a lot of up sight,” UE head coach Manolo Concepcion said. “Her contributions will go far beyond the court, because of her extreme work ethic, time management skills, and study habits. She will definitely be a student of the game, and a perfect example of the academic excellence that UE wants to continue to recruit.”

Setter Grace Carter comes to UE after playing for the prestigious St. Joseph’s Academy in St. Louis. The native of Chesterfield, Mo. played for one of the top club squads in the nation as the squad was ranked 11th in the final USA Volleyball National Rankings.

One of the top players from the state of Missouri, Carter was named one of the 2013 “Players to Watch” in the state. She also was named to the 2013 All-State Team, All-Region Team and led her team to the Class 4A District Championship. Her team beat the 8th ranked team in the nation at the 2013 Nike Tournament of Champions.

“Grace brings mental toughness and emotional intelligence. She has proven to make her club and high school teammates better with the kind of leadership and mental consistency that she transfers to her surroundings,” Concepcion added. “She not only has the ability to quarterback a quick & dynamic system, but she can also be an offensive threat in the net because of her hitting capabilities.”

Rounding out the class is a pair of outside hitters in Tathianna Cordero and Genesis Miranda. Cordero transfers to UE from Monroe College in New York and prior to that was a member of the Puerto Rico National Team Program. In 2009 and 2012, she played in the All-Star AAU Junior National Volleyball Championship.

She was named an All-Star for the Puerto Rico Junior Nationals in 2011 and earned even more accolades in 2012. Those awards included: MVP of the Niagara CC Tournament, a NJCAA Regional Championship, a NJCAA District Championship, NJCAA All-American and MVP of the Monroe College Women’s Volleyball Team. Her team won both the regional and district championships again in 2013.

“Tathianna brings pure athleticism. As a former track and field sprinter, her speed and agility are unique,” Concepcion commented. “She fits perfectly with the system that we are trying to implement in this program. Her dad is a former track and field Olympian and a multiple medalist on International competitions, so she was raised in highly competitive environments and expectations.”

A native of Puerto Rico, Genesis Miranda is slated to attend UE and brings with her several world rankings. She is ranked #12 in the world in scoring, #1 in the United States and US Territories and #3 in the North American continent.

Miranda has played on several national teams in Puerto Rico including the Youth National Team (U18), Junior National Team (U20) and the Senior National Team. She is coming off of a 2013 campaign that saw her named a finalist for the 2013 Puerto Rico High School Player of the Year. Attending school at Colegio Carmen Sol, her team won the 2013 NORCECA High School Championship.

Earlier this year, she has played in several tournaments around the world including: NORCECA Senior Women’s Continental Championship (Nebraska), FIVB U20 Women’s World Championship (Czech Republic), FIVB U18 Women’s World Championship (Thailand), NORCECA Volleyball Confederation U20 Women’s Pan-American Cup (Cuba) and NORCECA Volleyball Confederation U18 Women’s Pan-American Cup (Guatemala).

“Genesis is probably one of the most special talents that have ever been recruited here. She brings a world-class resume that will add great experience, passion, and athleticism. Her great achievements go from being one of very few players to ever belong to all three Puerto Rico National Team age levels at once, to most recently lead her high school team to win the NORCECA High School Championships,” Concepcion said. “We wanted to add a terminal and go-to player to our roster, and she is the perfect fit for that.”


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