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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Info You Should Know

* Summer Employee Wellness

The annual employee Health Screening is set for June 13, 12:30–6 p.m., and June 14, 7 a.m.–5 p.m., in Eykamp 252, Ridgway University Center.  A second screening will be offered in September.  This is the first opportunity for HRA participants to earn credits this insurance-plan year.

A new Healthy Lifestyle Challenge will begin June 20.  You may register at the Health Screening or see the wellness nurse.  Cash prizes and HRA credits will be awarded for participation.

The nurse will be in Olmsted lobby every Thursday, 9–11 a.m., except June 16. Health Screenings and Healthy Lifestyle Challenges are available to any UE employee or spouse.  Additional information will be published next week or contact the nurse, Carolyn Hendrickson,

* Department of Creative Writing

A new Department of Creative Writing, housing the BA in Writing and the BFA in Creative Writing degrees, has been established in the College of Arts and Sciences, effective June 1.  Faculty in the department are William Baer, Paul Bone (chair), Robert Griffith, and Margaret McMullan.  The Department of English, offering the bachelor degrees in Literature and English Education, continues with the following faculty: Arthur Brown, Larry Caldwell, Mark Cirino, William Hemminger (chair), and Kristina Hochwender.  Katherine Martyn, previously administrative assistant in English and History, will also assist Creative Writing. Offices for the Creative Writing faculty will remain in the OH 320 suite until August, when they will move to the fourth floor of Olmsted Hall.   Any questions about this announced change should be directed to the department heads or to Dean Susan Calovini. 




* UE Students Earn Gilman Scholarships for Study Abroad

The University of Evansville is proud to recognize Rachel Cochran and Mary Pugh as its most recent winners of the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship. Cochran, a rising senior English major, will study next fall though the American Institute for Foreign Study at the University of Hyderabad in Hyderabad, India. There she will pursue coursework in literature, culture, and the Hindi language. Pugh, a Spanish major, will start her junior year by studying economics and Spanish language at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Nicaragua, in Managua, Nicaragua. This is a program on culture and economic development sponsored by the Council on International Education Exchange. 

Seven University of Evansville students have received competitive Gilman International Scholarships since 2008.  Whitney Cohen, an International Studies major, has recently completed a semester as a Gilman Scholar at the Arcadia University Center for East African Studies in Arusha, Tanzania.  Last month, graduating senior Danielle Girard was named a 2011-2012 Fulbright Scholar in Kazakhstan. 

The Gilman International Scholarship is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State and administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE). The Gilman Scholarship Program seeks to diversify US students who study abroad and the countries and regions where they go. Specifically, the Gilman program offers scholarships to highly qualified student populations that have been traditionally underrepresented in education abroad.

During the past academic year, the University of Evansville was cited by IIE as one of the top ten master’s degree-granting institutions in America with regard to study abroad participation, with over half of graduates studying abroad during their time on campus. In addition, US News and World Report included UE’s study abroad program as among the top 37 in the United States.  At the University of Evansville, international education is at the heart of the institutional core purpose: to provide life-transforming experiences that prepare students to engage the world as informed, ethical, and productive citizens. 

* Dr. Kopta's Work Featured by Associated Press

The Behavioral Health Measure-20 (BHM-20), developed by Professor of Psychology Mark Kopta, was the focus of an Associated Press article on the computerized assessment of mental health.  Used at several university mental health centers including Harvard, Johns Hopkins, and Indiana University, Kopta’s BHM-20 provides a quick, complete mental health profile.  A sample of the media that featured the story includes Forbes, USA Today, Huffington Post, Fox News, CBS News, ABC News, New York Times, and Chicago Tribune.  Here is the USA Today link for the article--

* Fick Named to MVC All-Tournament Team

Senior Cody Fick of the University of Evansville baseball team was chosen for the 2011 State Farm Missouri Valley Conference All-Tournament team Saturday, voted upon by media in attendance at the tournament. Across Evansville’s two games, Fick hit .333 with two hits, a double, and a run scored. On the mound last Tuesday, Fick threw a complete game, allowing just four hits, and struck out a career-high 11 men in a, 2-1, loss to Wichita State in UE’s first game of the tournament. Evansville finished the 2011 season with a 28-25 overall record.


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