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Monday, March 17, 2014

What's Happening Today

* Prioritization Prayer Service in Neu Chapel Today at Noon

The campus community is invited to attend a 20-minute, Prioritization Prayer Service today at noon in Neu Chapel. Prayers will be offered for students, faculty, administrators, and staff as the prioritization process continues in the reading of copious reports by members of our UE family. During the service, each division on campus will be named and prayed for, understanding that we are all in this process together. From its founding, UE has been a close-knit community and has always been a place of support and good cheer. The Prioritization Prayer Service will affirm that history and give a nod to our future together.

If you are unable to attend because of a prior commitment or day-to-day responsibilities, please feel free to send a prayer request to Tammy Gieselman, University Chaplain, All prayer requests will be held in confidence unless otherwise noted as a public prayer request.

* "Father Pontifex" at Newman Center tonight

The speaker at the Newman Catholic Student Center's weekly dinner & discussion series tonight is Fr. Dusty Burns. Father Dusty is also known as Fr. Pontifex, and recently released his second rap album, "The Symphony and the Static." All are invited for a St. Patrick's Day-themed dinner and to hear from Fr. Dusty about his work with music and spoken-word poetry. Dinner is served at 5:30 p.m. at the Newman Center, with discussion afterward from 6-7 p.m. Contact Mike at mr201 for more information.

* SGA Voting Opens TODAY

Voting for SGA president, vice president, Academic Fund Board chairperson, and Student Elected Trustee opens today! Vote on Voting continues until Wednesday, March 19.

* Wellness Nurse on Campus Today!

The employee wellness nurse will be in Koch North lobby TODAY - March 17 - from 1 - 3 p.m. Health care questions can be answered and limited testing can be done (blood pressure, blood sugar, weight, body mass index, body fat percentage).

* Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War Travel Exhibit

Don't forget to visit the Lincoln in the Libraries. The exhibit will be on display until Friday, May 16.


Upcoming Events

* $1000 in Cash Prizes for World Changing Ideas – IGE's Social Enterprise Week & Changemaker Challenge

Join us for food and refreshments as we give details of the Institute for Global Enterprise's "CHANGEMAKER CHALLENGE," a conceptual design competition open to all UE students. Students from all majors are encouraged to participate.

The Institute for Global Enterprise Executive Director will be on hand to discuss the role of the Institute on campus, outline the events of Social Enterprise Week (April 7 -11), and provide details to students interested in participating in the Changemaker Challenge.

The session will take place in the Class of ’59 Gallery (2nd floor open space) in the Ridgway University Center on Friday, March 21 from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Please RSVP:

Contact Cindy at ck116 for more information.

* Women's HER-Story Month Event

March 18
6:00 - 8:00 p.m., Eykamp 252, Ridgway University Center
"You Can’t Be What You Can’t See: Contributing to Stereotypes of Women in the Media"
This panel discussion will be loosely based on the film Miss Representation, a 2011 American documentary film written, directed, and produced by Jennifer Siebel Newsom. Thisdocumentary explores how mainstream media contributes to the under-representation of women in influential positions by circulating limited and often disparaging portrayals of women. The film’s motto, “You can’t be what you can’t see,” underscores an implicit message that young women need and want positive role models, and that the media has thus far neglected its unique opportunity to provide them

* This Week in Music: Piano Recital on Tuesday, March 18

Associate Professor of Piano Garnet Ungar will present this week’s Faculty Recital in Wheeler Concert Hall on Tuesday evening at 7:30 p.m. The recital will feature works by Domenico Scarlatti and Sergei Rachmaninoff, as well as Beethoven’s Sonata in D Major, Op. 10, No. 3. The concert is free and open to the public

* Physical Therapy Club Meeting on Wednesday

The physical therapy club will be holding its March meeting on Wednesday, March 19 at 12 pm. The meeting will take place in Graves Hall, room 104. New members and returning members are welcome to attend.

* I-House: Thailand | Wednesday at 5:30pm

Be sure to attend I-House: Thailand at an earlier time this week. We will meet at 5:30 pm in order to watch "The Muslims Are Coming" documentary at 7 pm.

Bhuree Dardarananda will discuss what his life is like in Thailand. Attendees will learn about culture, lifestyle, food, and so much more.

Bring your friends to enjoy the presentation this Wednesday at 5:30pm on the 2nd floor of Ridgway University Center in the Class of 1959 Gallery.

* Buy a Meal for the War on Hunger Today!

The Salvation Army is hosting their annual War on Hunger and this year, the University of Evansville has pledged to raise $500 to provide a full skid of food for those in need. We have an opportunity for you to contribute to the WAR on HUNGER.

First, you can purchase a meal ticket voucher for Cafe Court. The. meal vouchers are $5 and 100% of the money will be donated to the Salvation Army WAR on HUNGER. There are only nine tickets left - to purchase one, please go to Amy Clutter's desk in the Center for Student Engagement.

Second, you can make a monetary donation by going to Be sure to put the University of Evansville as the company name so that we can track our donations.

Locally, the food banks in Evansville and the surrounding area have received cuts in funding and food distribution centers, soup kitchens and food banks have been unable to financially keep up with the demand to offer food for those in need. Please consider making a donation to help fight hunger in the Tri-State area.

* Noon Prayer @ Neu - March 20

Noon Prayer @ Neu: Meditation with Music will be held on Thursday, March 20, at 12:10 p.m. in Neu Chapel. The 40 minute service of meditation and prayer will include readings from the Psalms and the Gospel of Matthew. Music will be provided by Rachel Bennett and Henry Maurer, organ students of Douglas Reed. Rachel is the organist of Old North United Methodist Church in Evansville, and Henry is the organist of St. John's United Church of Christ in Boonville. The service is offered by the Department of Religious Life with the support of the Neu Chapel Society and the UE chapter of the American Guild of Organists.

* Wednesday, March 26 - Safety & Security Silent Auction

The office of Safety & Security will hold its annual Lost and Found Auction on Wednesday March 26. You will be able to view the items in Eykamp 252, Ridgway University Center, from 10 a.m.-3 p. m., on the 26th. This is a silent auction - all bids are confidential.

* Delta Sigma Pi business fraternity awards luncheon

Delta Sigma Pi business fraternity will host the annual Business Recognition Awards on Tuesday, March 18 at 12:00 p.m. in Eykamp Hall, Ridgway University Center. Two awards will be presented. Kathy Briscoe ’72 M’79 will receive the Business Leader of the Year award and Atlas Van Lines will receive the Business of the Year. Register online at or contact Bronda Simmons at 488-2362.


Info You Should Know

* May Graduates

May graduates are reminded to please contact the UE Bookstore as soon as possible if you are in need of a cap and gown and/or announcements for graduation. Masters and Doctoral graduates regalia is custom made and requires additional time to make so it is critical that MASTERS and DOCTORAL graduates place cap, gown, and hood orders immediately. If you have any questions please contact the Bookstore. Please allow 3-5 days for the production of graduation announcements if you so choose to purchase them.

* Faculty Regalia Rentals

Faculty needing to rent regalia for May's Graduation should contact the UE Bookstore so that rental orders can be placed by March 21 to insure the proper colors of garments.

* Reminder to Female May Graduates

This is a reminder to all FEMALE May graduates that if you didn't receive an optional white collar in your cap and gown bachelor package those are available in the UE Bookstore now. The white collars are an optional item. If you have any questions please contact the UE Bookstore.

* Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon

Anyone who has signed up for the Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon on April 19 and has paid their entry fee please contact Jeff Chestnut- jc56 or Angie Stauber- as547.

* Nominations being accepted-Dean of Students Leadership Awards

Nominations are now being accepted for consideration of The Howard S. Rosenblatt “Dean of Students Leadership Awards”.  These awards will be presented at the 21st Annual Leadership Awards Reception scheduled for April 24. 

Awards are presented in the following categories:

  • Student Organization Advisor of the Year
  • Student Organization of the Year
  • Student Leader of the Year

Over 80% of UE students participate in at least one student organization or program.  These organizations are successful because of the commitment of the student leaders and the advisors who give freely of their time and support.  The recipients of these awards are selected based on their commitment to the University of Evansville as well as the development and success of their efforts within their chosen student organization.

The deadline for nominations is March 28.  Please click to download a nomination form or stop by Room 230 in the Ridgway University Center to pick up a nomination form from the Dean of Students Office. 

If you have any questions, please contact the Vice President of Student Affairs/Dean of Students at extension 2500 or by e-mail at

Thank you in advance for celebrating our student leaders’ achievements.

* Alumni Research and Scholarly Activity Fellowships available through UE Alumni Association

The University of Evansville Alumni Association initiated the fellowship program in 1972 to encourage faculty research and scholarly activity and to provide another avenue of funding for such efforts besides that provided by the University. This program, known as ARSAF, is funded entirely by gifts from alumni. Approximately $15,000.00 is awarded annually.

The application deadline for funds for the 2014-2015 fiscal year is 5 p.m. on April 1. More details and the online application can be found at Questions? Contact or extension 2586.



* UE's IEEE Robot Team Places Second!!

University of Evansville’s electrical engineering seniors Jake Schwartz and Austin Deuerling had a successful weekend at the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) SoutheastCon Regional Competition in Lexington, Kentucky on Saturday March 15th. Their robot placed second out of 42 teams. Austin and Jake designed a robot to shoot darts in a simulated basketball goal from various distances to emulate the playing and shooting dynamics of basketball on a simulated basketball court. The winners were decided by the number of points earned by completing goals and completion time. The highest scoring robots were both fast and precise. UE earned 2nd place above teams such as Duke, Virginia Tech, and the University of Florida. Congratulations Austin, Jake, and the University of Evansville!

* Margaret McMullan's 7th book of fiction to be published in 2015

UE Professor of Creative Writing Margaret McMullan’s collection of stories Aftermath Lounge will be published in 2015 by Calypso Editions. Professor McMullan received a fiction fellowship from the National Endowment of the Arts to complete this cycle of stories about the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Stories in the collection have been published in Ploughshares, TriQuarterly, Michigan Quarterly Review, StorySouth, The Arkansas Review, The Montréal Review, The Southern California Anthology, Louisiana Literature, Fiction at Work, Freight Stories, and The Sun among other journals and anthologies including Christmas Stories from the South’s Best Writers. One story, “The Swing,” was highlighted in Southern Living magazine and performed by WordTheatre in Los Angeles, California.

Aftermath Lounge is Professor McMullan’s first short story collection and her seventh book of fiction. She is the Melvin M. Peterson Endowed Chair in Literature and Writing.

* Cris Hochwender Gives Seminar for Southwestern Indiana Master Gardeners Association

Professor of Biology Cris Hochwender was the invited speaker at March meeting of the Southwestern Indiana Master Gardeners Association (*SWIMGA). The March meeting was well attended, with over 150 members present for the event. Dr. Hochwender's presentation, entitled, ‘Enhancing Native Plant Diversity at Vectren Conservation Park: How It Can Apply to Your Backyard,' discussed the efforts being invested in restoration ecology at the University of Evansville. Specifically, Dr. Hochwender discussed restoration efforts at Vectren Conservation Park (the Environmental Studies Program's 1100 acre research property). The native plant diversity that resides in the Koch Courtyard’s Native Plant Garden was also used as a forum to discuss the native plants master gardeners might choose for their own backyards—which plants would be attractive, recruit pollinators, and/or recruit interesting herbivores.

*SWIMGA members are trained volunteers that participate in community outreach to teach the public more about growing plants; SWIMGA is also well known for its May plant sale.

* English Honors Society Presents Papers

Congratulations to members of Sigma Tau Delta, the English Honor Society who presented their work at the annual conference in Savannah, Georgia. Chris Norris, Anna Scheffer, and Emily Kreible represented UE's Sigma Tau Delta chapter and read from their scholarly and creative work. For more information about Sigma Tau Delta, contact Chris Norris (President) at cn72 or Mark Cirino (Faculty Advisor) at mc171.


Thank You

* Campus Community Helped Make Honors Program Nerd Wars a Success!

Thank you for making the Honors Program Nerd Wars a success! Attendees and spectators enjoyed the fun and food sponsored in part by funds from the Student Government Association. Prizes were awarded to the winning student team, Sexy and Friends (Neil Brookhouse, Anjelica Allen, Cameron Roberts and Caroline Kopff) and the winning faculty/administrator/staff team, Consilience (Dr. Ann Powell, Dr. John Stamm, Dr. Joyce Stamm, Dr. Daniel Byrne, Dr. Kristie Hochwender). The Nerd Wars trophy grand prize went to Consilience, the team with the most total points. $593.00 was generated from the event and given to Honors Ace Mentors (HAM). HAM is a UE student volunteer outreach program administered by the Honors Program/HPSAC to provide tutoring, cultural enrichment, and mentoring for grade school through high school students in the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation.



* Men's Golf Goes After Second-Consecutive Win

The Purple Aces men’s golf team opened the season in style, taking the team victory in the Don Benbow Invitational last weekend in Jacksonville, Fla. Tomorrow, Evansville begins its quest for another win as the men travel to Sevierville, Tenn. for the Bobby Nichols Intercollegiate.

Fifty-four holes make up the tournament as the men play 36 continuous holes on Monday before wrapping up with 18 on Tuesday. The River Course of the Sevierville Golf Club will play host to the tournament and features a par of 72 along with 7,155 yards of play.

Included in that field are teams from Detroit, Eastern Kentucky, Evansville, Longwood, Murray State, Northern Kentucky, Tennessee, Tennessee State, Tennessee Tech, UT Martin, West Georgia, and Wright State.

Reigning Missouri Valley Conference Men’s Golfer of the Week Alex Turner headed the squad in last week’s victory. Turner came home in third place on the strength of a 1-over 143. He opened play with an impressive 72 on Monday before shooting a par 71 on Tuesday.

Quinn Vilneff was equally impressive, bringing home a fourth place finish. In Monday’s opening round, Vilneff carded a 74 before recording the low round of the tournament for the Aces, a 1-under 70, on Tuesday.

Sophomore, Will Knights, also finished in the top ten. He posted a 72 on Tuesday en route to a 146 for the tournament. Parker Hensley completed the event with a 148 and was followed by Rick Voyvodic, who totaled a 161.

Vilneff helped the men finish in fifth place in last year’s Nichols Intercollegiate. A junior at the time, Vilneff tied for the low round of the tournament (69) before tying for third place.

* UE Women Back In Action on Monday

Just a week after opening the spring season, the University of Evansville women’s golf team will be back in action at the Bobby Nichols Intercollegiate on Monday and Tuesday.

Set for 36 holes of play over the course of two days, the women will play as the par-70 Highlands Course of the Sevierville Golf Club in Sevierville, Tenn. Eighteen holes will comprise the action each day.

Schools taking part in the event include Austin Peay, Belmont, Eastern Kentucky, Evansville, Indiana State, Marshall, Murray State, two teams from Northern Kentucky, Presbyterian, Tennessee State, Tennessee Tech, and West Georgia.

The women were one of four UE squads to make a spring break trip for competition in the state of Florida as they opened the 2014 season at the Don Benbow Invitational in Jacksonville, Fla.

Tying for 23rd and leading the Purple Aces was freshman Kayla Katterhenry. The Newburgh product posted the low round for UE on Monday with an 82 before following that up with an 87 on her way to a 169.

Sophomore Paige Crafton was next on the list as she posted consistent rounds of 87 and 86 to finish with a 173 in the event. She tied for 31st. Another frosh, Maggie Camp, had the low round on Tuesday, posting an 84 to tie for 34th place overall.

Last year’s event in Sevierville saw Crafton maneuver her way through a tough course to finish in 31st place overall as the Aces finished in tenth place as a team.


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