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Monday, February 3, 2014

What's Happening Today

* Wellness Nurse on Campus Today - Enroll in Spring Healthy Lifestyle Challenge!

The employee wellness nurse will be in Krannert Lobby TODAY - Monday, Feb. 3 – from 1–3 p.m.  Employees may register for the spring Healthy Lifestyle Challenge. See the nurse to enroll in the challenge, to get your health care questions answered, or to have your blood pressure or blood sugar checked.

* 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.


Upcoming Events

* Black History Month Events on Campus

February 4
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Eykamp 252 - Ridgway University Center
NAACP Discussion – Today’s Issues (Voting Rights Act, Trayvon’s Law, Gun Violence, Racial Profiling, and the School-to-Prison Pipeline)

The NAACP is the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights
organization. From the ballot box to the classroom, the
thousands of dedicated workers, organizers, leaders, and
members who make up the NAACP continue to fight for
social justice for all Americans. The Evansville Local
Chapter of the NAACP will discuss justice issues that are
important in our community and around the country.

Speaker will be the Evansville Local NAACP Chapter President, Reverend Gerald Arnold

February, 5
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.,
Room 272 - Schroeder School of Business Building
"Steppin’ Out: Interracial Relationships"

The recently coined term swirling refers to a merging of races and cultures. However, in 1967, in the Loving v. Virginia case, the US Supreme Court struck down a longstanding ban on interracial marriage, which involved Richard and Mildred Loving. Due to the state not recognizing interracial unions as legal, the couple was arrested in Virginia. There are increasingly more interracial couples in America today, and BSU will discuss the opportunities, challenges, and history of interracial dating in America.

Hosted by the UE Black Student Union

* This Week in Music: Songs of Mahler

The Department of Music continues its First Tuesday Concert Series in Wheeler Concert Hall this Tuesday evening at 7:30 p.m. with a concert entitled "Mahler Lieder.” The concert will feature two sets of songs by the Bohemian-born Austrian composer presented by two members of the Voice Faculty. Assistant Professor and soprano Alanna Keenan will perform a set of five songs known as "Rückert-Lieder," or "Songs of Rückert," Rückert being the German poet Friedrich Rückert whose poems Mahler chose to set. Professor of Piano Anne Fiedler will accompany Dr. Keenan. Associate Professor and baritone Jon Truitt will then perform Mahler’s song cycle, "Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen," or "Songs of a Wayfarer." Dr. Truitt will perform the work in an arrangement for voice and chamber orchestra penned by Mahler’s younger contemporary, Arnold Schoenberg. Assistant Professor and Director of Bands Kenneth Steinsultz will conduct the ensemble, which will include ten Department of Music Faculty members. The concert is free and open to the public.

* 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.

* 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.

* Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War Travel Exhibit Opens Thursday, February 6th

A traveling exhibit - "Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War" -  will be hosted by the UE Libraries from February 6 - March 21. The exhibit opens February 6 at 4 pm with a lecture by local historian William Bartelt, titled "We Cannot Escape History." Bartelt is the author of There I Grew Up: Remembering Abraham Lincoln's Indiana Youth. Then on March 19, Assistant Professor of History Robin Sager will present a lecture on the life and times of Loreta Janeta Velazquez, a Civil War cross-dresser from Cuba.

Both lectures will be in the J. Henry Schroeder Boardroom (Room 203) in the Library

Bartelt's lecture will explore Lincoln’s actions in fulfilling the promise of America begun by the founders.

Sager's lecture will discuss Velazquez’s 1876 work, The Woman in Battle: A Narrative of the Exploits, Adventures, and Travels of Madame Loreta Janeta Velazquez.  Velazquez provides a dramatic recounting of her exploits as a cross-dressing soldier fighting for the Confederacy.  Though not a very good fighter, Velazquez places herself in the center of the most hotly contested battles of the war. 

For more information, please contact Meg Atwater-Singer at 488-2487 or ma35.

* 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

* 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.



* Mark Cirino co-edits forthcoming book

Associate Professor of English Mark Cirino is the co-editor of a forthcoming book, IMAGINING SPAIN: 21ST-CENTURY ESSAYS ON HEMINGWAY AND THE SPANISH WORLD. This volume of scholarly essays will be published next year by Kent State University Press and is co-edited by Carl P. Eby.


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