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Thursday, December 5, 2013

* Inclement Weather Procedures

With a winter storm warning taking effect at 6 p.m. tonight and running through 6 p.m. Friday, please review the following information regarding inclement weather.

Decisions regarding school delays or closures shall be announced in one or more of the following ways:

  • IP telephone. Weather announcement (for students in residence halls and North Hall)
  • RAVE Alert. An emergency alert will be sent as text messages to your cell phone, wireless PDA, pager, or e-mail.
  • AceNotes. An e-mail message will be sent to the campus community.
  • University website and social media. A message will be posted to the main page of the campus website and to official Facebook ( and Twitter ( accounts.
  • TV and radio. Tune in to local radio and TV broadcasts when weather looks severe.

Students, faculty, staff, and visitors are urged to use personal discretion when deciding to travel in inclement weather and asked to contact the appropriate persons in case of an anticipated delay or absence from work, class, or event.

* Grounds Department Announces Winter Weather Action Plan

The grounds department has developed a snow removal action plan. Their prioritization for clearing campus walks is twofold - when school is in session and when school is closed.

School in Session
This diagram depicts in red, the sidewalks to be given first priority for snow and ice removal. These walks give access to each building. Clearing of additional walks will commence once crews are certain conditions will allow the first priority walks to remain open.

School Closed
Should conditions merit the closing of campus or cancellation of classes, then the focus is to provide all resident students access to Ridgway University Center, the Bower-Suhrheinrich Library and the Fitness Center as depicted in green in this diagram.

All users of campus walks are encouraged to become familiar with the routes and always use caution when going outdoors in inclement weather.

Here are some safe walking and foot wear selection tips to help protect you from slipping or falling in the winter.

• Wear appropriate footwear for winter outdoor weather conditions.

• Be sure to wear boots that have deep treads that are suitable for walking on snow covered surfaces.

• Take short, deliberate steps when walking on wet or slippery surfaces.

• Walk with your feet pointed slightly outward, and make wide turns at corners.

• Do not take shortcuts over snow banks or walk on treacherous paths.

• Walk only on clear paths outside and avoid areas that are not
intended for pedestrians.

* Christmas on Campus

Faculty/Staff Appreciation Night
Prior to Vespers
Thursday, December 5 – 4:00 - 7:30 p.m.,
UE Bookstore
With ID, 20 percent discount regular priced items. Additional 5 percent off clearance items. Great gift ideas for stocking stuffers. Door prizes!

A Campus Christmas:
Candlelight Vespers
Thursday, December 5 – 7:30 p.m.,
Neu Chapel
Get in the holiday spirit with Christmas carols!

Purple Friday Holiday Party
Friday, December 6 – 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.,
Ridgway University Center
Have your picture made with Purple Santa, decorate an ornament or stocking, and enjoy refreshments.

Holiday Extravaganza
Friday, December 6 – 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.,
Schroeder School of Business Building, Koch Center for Engineering and Science, and Sesquicentennial Oval
Get your picture taken and put on an ornament, ride a trackless train around the Sesquicentennial Oval, enjoy hot chocolate, and more!

Holiday Pops Concert
Tuesday, December 10 – 7:30 p.m.,
Victory Theatre in downtown Evansville
Bring your family and friends for the Department of Music’s annual gift to the community. Holiday Pops features familiar favorites to enhance the spirit of the season. Free and open to the community.

Holiday break begins
Monday, December 23


What's Happening Today

* A Campus Christmas: Candlelight Vespers Tonight in Neu Chapel

To observe the beginning of Advent, the Christian high holy season leading up to Christmas Day, all are invited to attend the University of Evansville’s annual Candlelight Vespers service tonight at 7:30 p.m. in Neu Chapel.

Approximately 20 minutes before the service begins, the Neu Chapel Jazz Ensemble will perform jazz arrangements of familiar Christmas music. Henry Mauer, UE music major, will also play the organ as part of the pre-service music.

This year’s Vespers service will feature Kantorei, UE’s smallest and most select choir. The service will also include Advent and Christmas carols by candlelight and scripture readings by UE students, faculty, and administrators.

All are welcome!

* UE Bookstore Annual Faculty/Staff Appreciation Night

The UE Bookstore's annual Faculty/Staff Appreciation Night is today from 4-7 p.m. (prior to Candlelight Vespers) At this special event, UE faculty, staff and administrators get 20 percent off the original price of clothing and gift items in the store. (Textbooks, UE cookbooks, and candy are excluded. Items already on sale or discount will only be an additional five percent off)

And remember - if you bring your invitation to the sale with you, you can use it to register for door prizes!

* Strategic Program Prioritization Author Training Schedule

Strategic Program Prioritization Author Training will be held the following dates/times in Hyde Hall 126. 

Tuesday, December 3
8-9 a.m. - Administrative training
4-5 p.m. - Academic training

Wednesday, December 4
8 to 9 a.m. - Academic training
4 to 5 p.m. Administrative training

Thursday, December 5
8 to 9 a.m. - Administrative traning
4 to 5 p.m. - Academic training

Friday, December 6
8 to 9 a.m. - Academic training
4 to 5 p.m. - Administrative training

For more information on the Strategic Program Prioritization process go here on AceLink:

* Women's Awareness Call-Out Meeting

Hey Ladies! Women's Awareness invites you to come their call-out meeting on December 5, at 6:00 p.m. in Hyde Hall 126 for the Vagina Monologues philanthropy, The Vagina Monologues are made of number of monologues read by women touching on different subjects related to the gender experience. It is sponsored by V-Day and benefits our local Albion Fellows Bacon Center. The meeting will be dedicated to assessing how many volunteers would be willing to participate in our philanthropy. If you are interested and unable to attend and/or have questions, please contact Zahra Almaghaslah at or Mary Hoskins at

* Bookstore 12 Days of Christmas

Starting Monday, December 2 and running through Saturday, December 14, the UE Bookstore will be offering special pricing on a variety of items. Each day a new item will be added to list of special offerings. This special sale ends December 14. Check the UE Bookstore facebook page for a list of items and special pricing Items that are exempt from additional discount.


Upcoming Events

* Roundtable Discussion on UE Homecoming

The Center for Student Engagement and the Student Congress are hosting a roundtable conversation on Monday, December 9 at 8 pm in Hyde Hall 103. The topic will be UE Homecoming. Please come to discuss the future of Homecoming on our campus. Whether you have participated in Homecoming in the past or not, we want to hear what Homecoming means to you and what you would like to see to feel included in this annual tradition.

* First Friday Forum at 4: Faith and Faculty Presents Islam

The Office of Academic Affairs and the Department of Religious Life are pleased to welcome Professor of Mathematics Mohammad Azarian and Assistant Professor of Accounting Rania Mousa to the Faith and Faculty Forum series this Friday, December 6 at 4:00 p.m., Room 172, Schroeder Family School of Business Building.

Azarian received his Ph. D. in mathematics from Saint Louis University in 1985. Since then, he has been at the University of Evansville where he is presently a professor of mathematics and a 2007-2008 Global Scholar. While his main area of research is Infinite Group Theory, he has also published papers in Combinatorics, Differential Equations, Number Theory, and History of Mathematics.

Mousa is an assistant professor of accounting at the University of Evansville. She earned her Ph.D. in Accounting from the University of Birmingham, UK (2010) and her B.A. in Accounting from the American University in Cairo, Egypt (2000). She received an MBA degree from Illinois Institute of Technology (2002). Since 2002, Mousa worked as a financial analyst in several financial services companies in Chicago (USA), Cairo (Egypt) and Kuwait. Mousa's main research interests include electronic government, electronic business and financial reporting, and the adoption and usage of Extensible Business Reporting Language (XBRL).

The monthly Forum 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,

* Farewell Reception for Arthur Brown Planned for December 11

A farewell reception for Professor of English Arthur Brown is planned for December 11 from 3-5 p.m. in the Class of 59 Gallery and Lounge in Ridgway University Center.

Professor Brown has been teaching literature, creative writing, and World Cultures or First-Year Seminars at UE since 1995.  He has a Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Davis, and an M.A. in English with an emphasis in creative writing from the University of New Mexico.  In 2008 he received the UE Dean of Arts & Sciences’ Teaching Award.

Professor Brown has published two books of poetry, Duration and the Second Hand (2013) and The Mackerel at St. Ives (2008), both with David Robert Books.  He has published poems in Poetry, Michigan Quarterly Review, Southwest Review, AGNI, American Arts Quarterly, Malahat Review, Carolina Quarterly, and other journals, and his poems have won the Morton Marr Poetry Prize and the American Literary Review Poetry Prize.  His one-act play won the Arts & Letters Drama Award, and his essays on Poe, Henry James, and Faulkner have been published in journals including Nineteenth-Century Literature, Studies in Short Fiction, American Literary Realism, Colby Quarterly, and Mississippi Quarterly.  His essay on Shakespeare is published in the current issue of Philosophy and Literature.

Professor Brown has served on numerous UE committees, including the Faculty Senate, the Curriculum Committee, and the Promotion and Tenure Committee.  He was Chair of English from 2008 to 2010.  The highlights of his career at UE have been his semesters with his family at Harlaxton, his lunch hours playing racket-ball, the many good discussions with students on serious matters, and the good friendships he has made.

* Retirement Reception Honoring JoAnn Laugel

Please join us for a reception on Thursday, December 12 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. in the Ridgway University Center honoring JoAnn Laugel, director of financial aid, who will be retiring on December 20. She began at the University of Evansville in 1980, a 33-year career.

Over the years JoAnn has selflessly served not only UE’s students, parents, coaches, faculty, and fellow administrators, but has offered herself as a resource to families and high school guidance counselors in the Tri-state area through various outreach efforts. She has volunteered at every College Goal Sunday for the past 24 years, quite often as the main presenter. She has also presented at high school financial aid nights in the surrounding area every year since 1993, serving as the Southwest Regional Financial Aid Night representative since 1999.

JoAnn has both served and been honored by the Indiana Student Financial Aid Association and the Midwest Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators. Of note are:

• 2001 - Began serving on ISFAA Executive Committee; has served as Commissioner for Internal Operations and Training & Development
• 2004-05 - Recipient of the ISFAA Distinguished Service Award
• 2007 to present - Governmental Relations Committee
• 2007-08 - ISFAA President
• 2008-09 - chaired the ISFAA Leadership Symposium held in February 2009 for new ISFAA members
• 2009 - MASFAA Conference Program Committee for the Minneapolis Conference
• 2010 - Chair of the 75th ISFAA Planning Committee
• 2011 - MASFAA State Leadership Award
Please join us to wish JoAnn well as she enters retirement.

* Come to UE PRIDE's Drag Show!

UE PRIDE is hosting its 11th annual drag show this Saturday, December 7. The theme is "Warriors for Change." Come see professional, faculty, and student acts compete for prizes. You can even win some yourself at the carnival-themed Health Fair that precedes the show from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. The show starts at 7 pm. Admission is $7. Tickets can be bought outside of the Cafe Court Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 10 am to 7 pm or at the door. The first 70 people to buy a ticket get a free camo bracelet. 100% of proceeds go to AIDS Resource Group of Evansville, Planned Parenthood of Evansville, and Matthew 25 AIDS Services. Questions? Contact

* Acettes Holiday Dance Clinic

The Acettes Holiday Dance Clinic  is set for Friday, December 20 in the Small Gym in Carson Center. Registration will be from 5:30 to 6:00 p.m. and the clinic from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

On Saturday, December 21. the Acettes will perform at halftime of the men’s basketball game (University of Evansville Purple Aces vs. Butler Bulldogs) Game time is 2:05 pm at the Ford Center

Please RSVP to Coach Arata by December 16 as space is limited!

Registration fee of $30 includes dance clinic fee, child's ticket to men's Aces basketball game on December 21 vs. Butler, pizza party, and t-shirt. Kids of all ages welcome!

RSVP and direct questions to Coach Arata at or 812-488-1145.

More information and registration forms at

* SAA hosts annual Purple Santa Party!

On December 6 from 3-5 pm in Ridgway University Center, the Student Alumni Ambassadors will be hosting their annual Purple Santa Party! Come get your picture taken with Purple Santa, decorate an ornament, and enjoy hot chocolate and holiday treats! This event is open to students and faculty, so come celebrate the holiday season with some UE spirit!

* International Opportunities for Students of all Majors

The Institute for Global Enterprise will hold an information session on Friday, December 6 from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. in Eykamp 254/255 in Ridgway University Center. Students from all majors are invited to learn about upcoming international opportunities offered during spring and summer 2014. Opportunities will include on-campus projects that are global in scope, in addition to projects and courses abroad. Destinations abroad may include London and Harlaxton, Guatemala and Jezreel. Participate in one of these transformational opportunities while strengthening your resume. For more information, contact ck116.

* Federal Loan Exit Counseling Required for December Graduates/Transfers

Students who have received Federal Direct Loans while attending UE and plan to graduate, withdraw, or transfer, are mandated by federal regulations to attend an Exit Counseling Session. The Office of Financial Aid will hold the last session of the semester in Room 126, Hyde Hall, on Dec. 11 at 1:30 p.m.

You must arrive on time and bring the names, addresses and phone numbers of 2 people who you will remain in contact with after leaving UE, plus a next of kin at a different address than yours. Session will last approximately 30 minutes.


Info You Should Know

* Lilly Endowment Awards $1 Million to UE, Center for Career Development

The University of Evansville has received a $1 million grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. to support the Center for Career Development. The funding will help create new programs designed to produce career-ready graduates and retain talent in the state of Indiana.

You can learn more about the grant and new initiatives here:

* IMPACT Employee of the Month Nominations

The University of Evansville, in pursuit of excellence in service, wishes to recognize a non-faculty employee displaying records of achievement as a leader. Leadership may be demonstrated in any of the following categories:
Service to the University
Service to students
Job performance and attitude towards fellow employees

To be eligible, an employee must be a full-time member of administration or staff. Nominations for the January 2014 IMPACT Employee of the Month are due no later than Wednesday, December 11. To nominate someone, please go to

* Change in Wellness Nurse Schedule

The employee wellness nurse will not be on campus Monday, Dec. 9, but will be in Olmsted lobby on Monday, Dec. 16, from 1 - 3 p.m.

* Harlaxton College-Apply Now!

Applications and course info are available for Harlaxton Summer 2014, Fall 2014, and Spring 2015! The Fall 2014 priority deadline has been extended to December 6. Summer 2014 priority deadline is January 24. Stop by Office of Study Abroad at SB 261. Contact



* Douglas Reed Performs at Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Kansas City

University Organist/Professor Emeritus of Music Douglas Reed performed with the Canadian Brass for a Holiday Concert sponsored by the Harriman-Jewell Series at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City, Missouri, on December 2. Founded in 1965 by William Jewell College, Liberty, Missouri, in 1965, the Harriman-Jewell Series has presented more than 900 performing arts events for the enrichment of the quality of life in Kansas City. Dr. Reed played the Julia Irene Kauffman Organ in Helzberg Concert Hall.

* UE Student Lauren Wirth Wins National Sweepstakes

Lauren Wirth, a freshman management major from Columbus, Indiana, won the national “Share That U Care” sweepstakes sponsored by Sodexo. Lauren won a $2,500 donation to the charity of her choice, and on Tuesday, she presented a check to the Riley Children’s Foundation.



* Aces Topple IPFW, 80-67, on Education Day

Second-half shooting and strong perimeter defense paved the way for the University of Evansville women's basketball team in its 80-67 victory over in-state foe IPFW Wednesday morning at the Ford Center on Education Day in front of over 3,000 school children. Four Purple Aces scored in double figures, including junior Mallory Ladd and freshman Sasha Robinson, who both finished with double-doubles.

Ladd finished with a season-high 24 points on a 9-for-13 shooting effort to lead Evansville (4-4) offensively and collected 10 rebounds for her fifth double-double of the year. Robinson established career highs by scoring 14 points and hauling in a game-high 14 rebounds, as the Nashville, Ind., native finished 7-for-10 from the field. Fellow freshman Sara Dickey added 15 points and junior Kat Taylor finished with 14.

Amanda Hyde supplied nearly half of the offense for IPFW (4-5), as she scored a game-high 32 points and notched 25 of them in the second half. The Summit League Preseason Player of the Year knocked down 10 of her 13 shot attempts, went 11-for-12 at the free throw line and added a team-high 10 rebounds.

The Aces used an early run, capped by a three-pointer from freshman Paris McLeod, to jump out to a 10-4 lead in the opening five minutes of the contest, before the Mastodons grabbed their second lead of the game on a jumper by Ariana Simmons at the 11:19 mark in the first half to make the score 13-12.

The two sides traded baskets for the majority of the next seven minutes, before UE was able to put together an 8-0 run and take a 24-17 lead after a pair of free throws by freshman Dakota Weatherford with 3:55 to play in the opening stanza.

IPFW cut the lead to four, 24-20, on its next possession on a made triple by Haley Seibert, but Evansville scored eight of the final 12 points of the half and led 32-24 at the intermission.

Taylor led all players with nine points at the break and Dickey added eight first-half points for the Aces, as UE shot 33.3 percent from the floor, going 11-for-33 in the opening 20 minutes. Defensively, UE limited the Mastodons to a 1-for-12 first-half effort from beyond the arc and held IPFW without a first-half offensive board.

In the second half, Evansville shot 50.0 percent from the floor, in large part to a combined 12-for-14 effort from Ladd and Robinson. Ladd also grabbed four offensive rebounds in the second half and the Aces committed just four turnovers in the final 20 minutes of action.

UE opened the half on yet another run, as Taylor converted a transition layup following a steal by Weatherford to give Evansville a 43-28 lead and force an IPFW timeout at the 16:27 mark.

Hyde began to take over the second half for the Mastodons, as she made two of her 10 second-half free throws with 14:00 left to play to cap a 9-2 spurt and bring IPFW back within eight at 45-37.

A basket by Robinson and a Ladd free throw pushed the Aces' lead back to double digits, 50-38, less than two minutes later, but Hyde once again had an answer, as she assisted on a three by Stefanie Mauk, before sinking two more free throws to cut the margin to 50-43 at the 11:23 mark.

Evansville once again regrouped and would let the Mastodons get no closer than eight points the rest of the way, while maintaining a double-double lead for a majority of the final 10 minutes of the half.

The Aces sealed the victory by going 11-for-13 from the charity stripe over the final 1:17, as IPFW began to foul in an effort to extend the game.

UE finished the afternoon 27-for-65 from the field (41.5 percent) and went 19-for-23 at the free throw line (82.6 percent). In addition, Evansville limited the Mastodons to a 20.0 percent clip from three-point range (5-for-25) and an overall shooting percentage of 39.0 percent (23-for-59).

For the game, both teams tallied 30 points in the paint, but UE outrebounded the Mastodons, 45-32, and turned 13 offensive rebounds into 13 second-chance points.

* Men's Soccer Hosts 'Kick The Cold, Give A Coat' Campaign

For the eighth-consecutive year, the University of Evansville men's soccer team will be sponsoring its annual 'Kick The Cold, Give A Coat' campaign in conjunction with Don's Claytons DCI Fine Dry Cleaning kicking off a winter coat drive for the Evansville community.

The Aces are accepting donations of new or gently used coats to help those in the Tri-State stay warm this winter. Donations can be taken to the UE men's soccer office, located just off the lobby of Carson Center on Walnut Street, weekdays between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. through December 10. The team will also be accepting donations in the lobby of the Ford Center during the men's basketball game on Dec. 7. Don's Claytons DCI Fine Dry Cleaning will clean all of the donated coats for distribution through the Salvation Army and Christian Life Center.

Over the last seven years, approximately 700 coats and jackets have been donated to individuals in the Tri-State through the 'Kick The Cold, Give A Coat' campaign, with many of them going to young children in the community.

* Aces Host RedHawks Saturday at Ford Center

Your men’s basketball team is in action Saturday afternoon, December 7, at the Ford Center. The Aces take on the Miami University RedHawks, with tip-off set for 1:05 pm. There will be a special 1964 Championship Team Recognition at this game, with the first 1,000 fans receiving a commemorative item to remember the Purple Aces’ championship winning team of 1964.

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! Come out and support the men’s basketball team Saturday afternoon at the Ford Center!


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