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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

* Donna Teague Is the February 2014 IMPACT Employee of the Month

Donna TeagueDonna Teague, assistant vice president of Fiscal Affairs, has been named the February 2014 IMPACT Employee of the Month. Donna has always stepped up to help departments manage their budgets and train personnel on how to work with Datatel, despite having a never-ending workload of her own. She is highly respected across the campus. Despite the demands placed on her, she is also taking a leadership role in the prioritization process by chairing the Administrative Program Committee. Donna embodies the spirit, compassion and dedication to mission that helps make the University of Evansville the great place that it is.


What's Happening Today

* 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.

* 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.


Upcoming Events

* I-House: Greece

All members of the campus and local community are encouraged to attend I-House: Greece. I-House features a different international student each week sharing their story of life in their country. This week, Maria Saderi will discuss what her life is like in Greece. Attendees will learn about culture, lifestyle, food, and so much more. Bring your friends to enjoy the presentation this Wednesday at 7pm on the 2nd floor of Ridgway University Center in the Class of 1959 Gallery.

* TIAA-CREF Counseling Appointments

The TIAA-CREF representative will be on the UE campus on Wednesday, February 19, for individual counseling sessions. To schedule an appointment, call TIAA-CREF at 1-800-732-8353 or 317-706-6200. The sessions are held in the Clifford Rare Books Room of the University Libraries (room 158). If you have any questions, please call Carol McCraney at 488-2943.

* 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.

* 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

* University of Evansville African American Scholarship

The University of Evansville African American Alumni Association (UEAAA) is pleased to announce the application process for the Zerah Priestly Carter University of Evansville African American Scholarship is now open. Alumni members raised the necessary funds to make this an endowed scholarship and named it in honor of Ms. Zerah Priestly Carter ’38, the first African American graduate of the University. The deadline to return all materials to the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations is Friday, March 14. This scholarship will be awarded each year to deserving African American UE student (s). The 2014 scholarship funds are in addition to other financial aid/scholarships awarded to the recipient! Interested and qualified students are encouraged to apply at this time. Go to the UEAAA Website ( to see the criteria for the scholarship or to download an application. Questions? Contact H. Angela Williams at 812-488-2900 or

* 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.



* Baby Announcement - Owen Wayne Howe

Congratulations to Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering Christina Howe and her husband Josh on the birth of their son Owen Wayne Howe.. Owen was born Saturday, February 1. Both son and mother are doing well. Owen was welcomed home by his two siblings, Addison and Ian.

* 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.



* Women's Soccer Announces Spring/Summer ID Camps

The University of Evansville women’s soccer team has announced its Elite ID camp dates for this spring and summer, as the Purple Aces will hold camps on March 30 and June 14 for female high school players graduating between 2014-2017.

Both one-day camps will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on their respective dates and will give high school players a unique opportunity to experience what ti is like to be part of the UE women’s soccer program.

The cost for the camp is $100 per camper if players are registered before March 22 for the spring camp and June 7 for the summer camp. The cost for campers registering after those dates is $135 per camper.

For questions or additional information, please contact assist coach Grant Williams at or by phone at 812-488-2084.

Registration forms can be found at the following link:

* Men's Basketball Hosts Missouri State Wednesday Night

Aces fans, your men’s basketball team is back at the Ford Center on Wednesday, February 5, as they take on the Missouri State Bears at 7:05 pm. During the game, student-athletes will be recognized for their achievements in the classroom, as they were recognized earlier in the school year by the Missouri Valley Conference for the second year in a row with the Missouri Valley Academic Excellence Award. This award is given to the school in the conference whose student-athletes post the highest cumulative GPA, which for the 2012-13 school year, UE’s student-athletes posted a 3.28 GPA.

Also, before the game, there will be a Faculty/Staff recognition for several UE faculty and staff members chosen by the men’s basketball players that have had a positive impact on their academic career so far at UE.

Aces TV will have a green screen set up in the lobby at the Ford Center for you to get the chance to record a message to the players or to record a crowd pump-up message that could be played on the video board at the Ford Center at one of the remaining basketball games this year!

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 Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. 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, such as t-shirts, hats, sunglasses, tumblers and sweatshirts!

Come out and support the men’s basketball team Wednesday night as they hope to gain a key conference victory over the Bears!

* Balentine Earns Third MVC Player Of The Week Award

Sophomore D.J. Balentine was named the Missouri Valley Conference Co-Player of the Week on Monday afternoon, garnering the honor with Missouri State’s Anthony Beane.

For Balentine, it is his third Player of the Week honor in 2013-14, the most of any player in the league. Cleanthony Early has earned the award twice, including last week.

The Valley's leading scorer continued to add to his numbers in a big way against two of the top teams in the league. Balentine opened the week with the third-best game in all of Division I this season as he scored 43 points against UNI. Playing all 40 minutes, Balentine shot 10-of-19 from the field, 4-8 from long range and made his way to the free throw line an impressive 21 times, hitting 19 of his attempts.

He followed that effort up with 26 points at Wichita State. It was tied for the second-most scored by one player against the Shockers this season and the most by an MVC opponent. Balentine knocked down 11 out of his 21 shots and 3 out of 6 triples. For the week, the sophomore averaged 34.5 points while hitting 21 out of 40 shots, 7 out of 14 three's and 20 out of 22 from the charity stripe.


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