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Friday, January 31, 2014

From the President

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To the Campus Community:

Though I would not normally use AceNotes to share family news, a number of you have asked about our daughter, Nicole, who was pregnant with twins.  Sharon and I are thrilled to report that Nicole and Andy are now the proud parents of a beautiful baby girl (Cora Estelle Lewis) and baby boy (Milo Kyung Lewis).  Mother and babies are doing very well, and Sharon and I are quickly getting accustomed to being called Grandma and Grandpa!  Be on the lookout for a proud grandfather wheeling two new Purple Aces around campus.

Tom Kazee

* 2013 W-2s Processed

W-2 forms were processed this morning for all employees and student workers. Employees and student workers who did not provide their consent to electronic W-2’s should receive their W-2 in the mail Thursday or Friday. If you already provided consent to electronic W-2’s, you can view/print your W-2 now. Simply log on to WebAdvisor, click on Employees or Students, click on W-2 Statements, and click on the 2013 tax year.

If you have not already provided consent for an electronic W-2, it is not too late. To take advantage of the electronic W-2 option, you must log onto WebAdvisor and select the option “W-2 Electronic Consent”. Click the first radio button to give your consent. You would then receive a paper and electronic copy this year. However, beginning next year, if you continue to consent to the electronic W-2, that will be the only version you receive. Among the advantages of electronic W-2’s: (1) you will have access to your W-2 a couple days earlier than a paper copy that is mailed to your home (2) you can print as many copies of the W-2 as you need. The electronic W-2 is IRS compliant and can be submitted with your tax return.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Gloria Spencer at ext. 2159 or gs55@evansville.edu.

Upcoming Events

* February 7 - Kickoff of #readingseries

Friday, February 7 will mark the kickoff of #readingseries, readings of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction by UE's Creative Writing majors. #readingseries will meet every first and third Friday of February, March, and April at 4 pm in the back room of The Slice. Join us on the 7th to hear work by Sam Johnson, Liz Crozier, and Kate Sarber.

* Register for the L2L Leadership Conference Today!

Are you a leader prepared to IMPACT the world? Join your peers on March 1, from 8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m, for a leadership conference that will leave you inspired to truly make a difference in your own life, career, and community. Register online. There will be a $10 deposit to reserve your spot. The registration and deposit are due no later than February 14 at 5:00 pm. Contact Victoria Bruner, vb37, or Cara Wood, cf107, with any questions.

* Prayer and Contemplation for Ron Hayes on Friday at noon in Neu Chapel

The campus community is invited to share in a time of prayer and contemplation this Friday in Neu Chapel from noon to 1:00 p.m. You are invited to stay for a few minutes or longer as your schedule permits. Appropriately, time has been set aside to honor and give thanks for the life of Ron Hayes who died last Friday, January 24 in Evansville. Ron volunteered in the Career Development Office and helped with Career events twice a year for the last decade and visited the campus often. He graduated from UE in 1968, earning a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. He was very proud of his education and had an affinity to the University of Evansville that will long be remembered.

Ron was born December 29, 1936 in Battle Creek, MI. He loved playing golf and had many golfing buddies. He was a member of Eagle Valley Golf Club. Ronald wrote poetry and was a handy-man (he could do it all) but his passion in life was business. He was employed by General Foods for 22 years and American Crystal Sugar for 10 years. He was a graduate from UE and loved doing volunteer work.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Leon and Mildred (Babic) Hayes and daughter, Carla Rusk.

Ronald is survived by his wife, Pamela (Hofmann) Hayes; sons, Tim Hayes, Houston, TX, Tom Hayes (Diane) Concord, NC; Michael Hayes, Lawrence, Kansas; sister, Brenda (Jerry) Sakawciz; 9 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.

Services will be 11:00 a.m., Friday, January 31, at St. John's The Evangelist Catholic Church, 5301 Daylight Drive, Evansville, IN 47725 officiated by Father Jason Gries. Friends may visit Thursday, January 30 from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Alexander North Chapel with a Rosary Service at 7:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the UE Scholarship for Women's Golf, c/o Old National Bank.

Condolences may be made online at www.AlexanderNorthChapel.com.
 

* Columbia Fleece Sale at UE Bookstore

Now through February 1 the UE Bookstore is offering 15% OFF the regular price of all Columbia fleece. This includes men's and women's garments. There are two styles available for both men and women.

* Deans' List Students Recognized at UE Libraries

Students who earned Deans' List status for Autumn Semester 2013 are recognized in an exhibit at the Library. Exhibit is located in entry lobby. Students merit the honor of being named to the Deans' List at the conclusion of each semester by earning a semester grade point average of 3.5 on a four point scale while carrying a full academic course load of at least twelve hours excluding Pass/Fail courses. Exhibit continues through February 7th.

* Harlaxton Principal Search

Three candidates for the position of principal of Harlaxton College will be on campus during February.  Dr. Wanda Bigham will be on campus Thursday, February 6, and Friday, February 7.  Dr. Bigham served as president at Marycrest College and Huntingdon College.  She is currently a Senior Consultant at Academic-Search, Inc., and at Stevens Strategy, Inc.  There will be an open forum meeting with Dr. Bigham on Thursday from 4:00-5:00 p.m. in Room 173, Schroeder Family School of Business Building.  Material on Dr. Bigham may found at the AceLink site for Harlaxton College.  A copy of the position description is available at the same site.  For additional information, please contact Terri Ames.

* February Creative Writing Coffee Hour to Feature Lisa Nikolidakis

The guest speaker for the February Creative Writing Coffee Hour will be Visiting Profess of Creative Writing Lisa Nikolidakis. The lecture is set for Thursday, February 6 at 4 p.m. in the Melvin Peterson Gallery.

Nikolidakis, a graduate of Rutgers University, earned her PhD in creative writing from Florida State University. Her work has appeared in PANK, Harpur Palate, Necessary Fiction, The Chautauqua Review, Newport Review, River Styx, Press 53’s Open Anthology Awards (First Place, Creative Nonfiction), Night Train, and The Citron Review. She has finished her first memoir and is currently working on a collection of humorous essays.
 

* Free and Confidential HIV Testing on January 31

The Health Center will be having free HIV testing from 9:00 a.m. until noon on January 31. All information is confidential. Please call at 488-2033 to sign up.

* Andiron Lecture - Vincent Harper

The guest speaker for the Andiron Lecture on Wednesday, February 5, will be Vincent Harper. The event will be in Eykamp 252, Ridgway University Center. The lecture begins at 4:00 p.m. A social gathering with beverages begins at 3:45 p.m.

Harper earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Southern University at New Orleans and a master’s degree in educational administration from California State University at Fullerton.  He has over 15 years of K-12 teaching experience as an elementary and special education teacher and as a school administrator. In 2006, he was awarded a Sooner Scholar Fellowship at the University of Oklahoma.  After earning his doctorate degree in educational psychology, he served as an assistant professor of special education at the University of Evansville. 

Harper’s research interests include studies examining services for at-risk families and partnerships between public schools and religious institutions. He has worked with state and local educational agencies across the country to provide professional development education. He and his wife Nina are co-founders of Harper Educational Resources Incorporated, a non-profit, faith-based institution for developing theological foundations as a framework for delivering early childhood educational services for youth up to 5 years old and their families. 

The topic of his lecture will be "Implications of Christian Ideology on Multicultural Education in Public Schooling." The United States of America is one of the most diverse nations in the world. Christian ideology plays a major role in shaping the values, character, and moral behavior within many cultures that make up the American people, both in its historical and current context. Attaining full inclusion and cultural diversity in public school education has become a major priority. As a result, teacher preparation programs throughout the United States provide course work to assist pre-service teachers in acquiring competencies regarding the social and cultural context in which children grow up. At best, these programs examine a wide-range of perspectives concerning the influence of religion on culture. At worst, they exclude or ignore its implications altogether. This lecture examines a number of core Christian principles and their implications for achieving an inclusive school culture that honors all members, regardless of their backgrounds. 

For further information, call the series coordinator M. Christine Mohn at 812-488-2585 or the College of Arts and Sciences at 812-488-2589.

Info You Should Know

* Lost flash drive

A flash drive was lost sometime on January 28, most likely in Ridgeway University Center. It is black and brown, like a Duracell battery. If you have it or have turned it in somewhere please contact Carissa Kepner at ck146.

* Deadline for Nerd Wars is Tomorrow, Feb. 1!

Get your team of 5 and sign up for the Honors Program Nerd Wars trivia night NOW. There will be prizes for the winning teams, refreshments, and giveaways for all participants. Email your team name and team member names to Jayme at jw504 by February 1. Registration fee is $5.00 per team member.

* 2014 Fall Advising and Registration Information - Office of the Registrar

March 24-March 28:   Advising for summer and fall registration

March 31- April 4:   Priority Registration for summer and fall

April 20:   Summer 1 bills due

May 20:   Summer 2 bills due

* Apply To Be An International Orientation Leader (IOL)!

The Office of Cultural Engagement is hiring new International Orientation Leaders. We're looking for responsible, caring, and flexible student leaders who are up to the challenge of welcoming new international students to UE's campus this fall! This is a great opportunity for you to develop leadership skills and gain valuable experience to add to your resume.

Pick up an application in the Cultural Engagement Office (2nd Floor Ridgway, back of Student Life Suite) or access the application online. Applications are due February 11th to the Cultural Engagement Office.
 

* Fitness Center Spring Locker Fees Due

Spring 2014 Fitness Center locker rental fees are due now. Locker rental fees may be paid at the Fitness Center office or front desk.

* University of Evansville Launches Loan Repayment Assistance Program

The University of Evansville will offer an innovative program to assist eligible students with loan repayment after graduation, beginning with the class arriving in the fall of 2014. Students participating in the Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP) will, at no cost to them or their families,  have confidence that they can repay student loans even if they choose to work in relatively lower-paying but meaningful fields.

After earning a bachelor’s degree from the University of Evansville, eligible graduates who do not obtain full-time employment with annual earnings of $37,000 or more will receive a quarterly check to reimburse some or all of their student loan payments. Loan assistance will continue until the graduate’s income rises above the program’s upper income threshold of $37,000 or until loans are paid off. 

“In a time that is fraught with anxiety about student loans and the tough job market for recent graduates, we believe LRAP will give our students and their families a sense of security and a financial safety net,” said President Thomas A. Kazee. “We know that some of our graduates choose careers in public service or other occupations that, while immensely rewarding in many ways, offer lower levels of pay. LRAP will allay students’ fears about loan payments by allowing them to get a terrific education and focus on their career of choice.”

“LRAP will ensure that the benefits of a UE education – such as personal attention, hands-on learning, and undergraduate research opportunities – are accessible and affordable to students,” added Shane Davidson, vice president for enrollment services. “LRAP will assure students that they will have a financially secure future once they graduate, allowing them to follow their dreams to a career that is enriching and rewarding to themselves and others.”

The LRAP concept began more than 20 years ago at Yale Law School to provide a “safety net” to loan borrowers, protect graduates from debt burden, and empower students to pursue careers in public service.

 

* Sodexo Catering Manager Announcement

Sodexo would like for the Campus Community to know that Todd Megar will be assuming the role of catering manager for Sodexo during the interim.

* State Conference Leadership Positions Open

The University of Evansville is looking to host the Indiana Residence Hall Organization (IRHO) state conference, which will bring approximately 100 students from colleges and universities all across Indiana; including Purdue University, Indiana State University, Ball State University, etc.; to UE. This conference will take place in February of 2015.

In order to make this a successful conference, we need your help! There are many leadership roles that need to be filled. Some of the roles include: Finance Chair, Secretary, Technology Chair, Programming Chair, Philanthropy Chair, and Entertainment Chair. Majors that might benefit from this leadership experience include Accounting, Finance, Communications, Education, or anyone looking to round out their resume with an extra-curricular leadership position.

The Indiana Residence Hall Organization is a student-run organization working to promote and improve student life on college and university campuses across Indiana. This group is primarily focused on providing quality programming and activities for on campus residents that will make their college experience a positive one.

To get involved, please contact Hope Mills by email (hm77).

To learn more about IRHO please visit their website at heyIRHO.com.

* Attention All Registered Student Organizations

Every year the Student Congress Budget undergoes a review process. During this process any registered student organization may petition to be put in the SGA budget. If you would like to petition for your organization to be in the budget, please contact the Student Congress Chief Financial Officer, Abram Pentecost, via email at ap183.

* Do you want to be an Orientation Leader (OL)?

Applications will be available beginning January 29. Stop by the dean of students office in Ridgway University Center (Room 230 in the Student Life Center) on or after January 29 to pick up your application packet.

Applications will be due by 4:30 p.m. CST on February 11. A mandatory group workshop will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 25 from 9:00-11:00 p.m.

Congratulations

* UE Students Evan McCracken and Tyler Plogher Win Competitive APPLE Award

Evan McCracken (psychology major) and Tyler Plogher (psychology and sociology major) have both won a competitive APPLE award (Access Path to Psychology and Law Experience Program) from the American Psychological Association to fund their respective research projects with Assistant Professor of Psychology Maggie Stevenson. Evan will be studying the biasing effects of a rape victim's mental illness (depression) on perceptions of her credibility in an alleged rape case. Tyler will be studying the content and consequences of stereotypes about family members of registered sex offenders.

* Angela Williams to be one of the featured authors at Evansville African American Museum book sale

H. Angela Williams, assistant director of Alumni and Parent Relations and author of “Life More Abundantly and other powerful & empowering works,” will be one of the African-American authors with their books for sale at the Evansville African American Museum (EAAM) on Friday, January 31, at 6:00 p.m.  Prof. Frank X. Walker, the first African-American Poet Laureate of the Commonwealth of Kentucky will be the guest speaker.  General Admission is free.  For more information, contact Sondra L. Matthews '77, a UE African-American alumnus, qwner and editor of Our Times Newspaper, founder of the EAAM and president of the Soul Writers’ Guild, at 812-426-7993 or slmourtimes@juno.com or contact H. Angela Williams, at aw162@evansville.edu.

* Annette Parks to Moderate Panel Discussion on Beauty in African American Culture

Annette Parks, Chair of the History Department and director of the Women’s and Gender Studies programs, will moderate a panel discussion as part of a special event - “The Cultured Pearl Affair” – at the Evansville Museum of Arts, History and Science on Friday, January 31 at 6:30 p.m. The event is being presented by the Zeta Zeta Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

The topic of the panel discussion will be the standard of beauty in African-American culture. The panel includes: Dr. Mattie Miller, Mrs. Irene Saucer, Danyelle Granger, Carlada Flowers, and Briony Towler.

Also during the event, guests will view the "Posing Beauty in African American Culture" exhibit which features images of African-Americans dating as far back as the 1850's. The images in this exhibition challenge idealized forms of beauty in art by examining their portrayal and exploring a variety of attitudes about race, class, gender, popular culture and politics as seen through the aesthetics of representation.

Tickets for the event are $10.00. Tickets for students with ID are $5.00. Tickets may be purchased at the door. Appetizers will be served.

Sympathy to...

* Sympathy to Deborah Hwang

Condolences to Deborah Hwang, associate professor of computer science, on the death of her father, Yu-Tang Hwang on January 26. He had worked as a chemical engineer in Illinois. Services will be held at 5:30 pm, Friday at Boone Funeral Home-East Chapel with visitation from 4 pm til service time at 5:30 pm.

Harlaxton Happenings

* Harlaxton Faculty News

Harlaxton College, “the British campus of the University of Evansville,” is pleased to share with our colleagues some recent scholarly work by two of our resident British faculty:

Dr. Caroline Magennis, Teaching Fellow in British Studies and Literature, will be speaking at the American Conference of Irish Studies and the Canadian Conference of Irish Studies Joint Conference to be held at University College Dublin in June 2014.  Her paper is “’That’s not so comfortable for you, is it?’ Sexualising Terror in The Fall:  Post-Conflict Culture in Northern Ireland.”

Dr. David Green, Senior Lecturer in British Studies and History, has published “Colonial Policy in the Hundred Years War,” The Hundred Years War: Wider Perspectives III, ed. Donald Kagay and F.J. Villalon (Brill, 2013), pp. 233-58.

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