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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

What's Happening Today

* Blood Drive Today!

Kappa Chi's American Red Cross Blood Drive is today from noon to 2 p.m. in Eykamp 252, Ridgway University Center. Come by and donate blood!



* This Week in Music: First Tuesday Concert Series

The Department of Music concludes this year’s First Tuesday Concert Series in Wheeler Concert Hall this Tuesday evening, April 1, at 7:30 p.m. with a program entitled “A Musical Joke.” The concert will feature numerous Department of Music faculty members performing various pieces from the Classical to the Modern eras that offer a bit of humor in one way or another. These range from Mozart’s well-known chamber piece, Ein musikalischer Spass (“A Musical Joke”), K. 522, for string quartet and two French horns, to works by the American composer and satirist Peter Schickele, better known as P.D.Q. Bach. The concert is free and open to the public.


Upcoming Events

* ESL Writing Bootcamp!

There will be an ESL Writing Bootcamp (academic writing for International students) on Thursday, April 3, at 5:00 in the Writing Center:

How do you know when to use “a,” “an,” or “the”? What about run-on sentences? How can you use the conditional tense effectively? Do prepositions make you crazy? Are your sentences choppy? This workshop will present some strategies for helping you overcome the above obstacles, and for creating effective academic papers in English. Regardless of your level at the university, there are probably areas of grammar and writing that you still struggle with. This session will offer a quick review and an opportunity to polish up your academic writing even further.

* Tickets Still Available for Sunset Concert!

Have you forgotten your FREE Sunset Concert ticket, sponsored by the Student Activities Board? They are still available!

Tickets can be picked up in the Center for Student Engagement on the second floor of the Ridgway University Center from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm until this Friday.

You may pick up one free ticket and one free guest ticket with your valid UE Student ID.

Don't forget your Sunset Ticket today!

* Social Enterprise Week - Define Your own Road in Life

The campus community is encouraged to join us on Thursday, April 10 in Room 252, Eykamp Hall, Ridgway University Center from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. to hear the inspiring story behind the social enterprise Roadtrip Nation. Southern California based Roadtrip Nation co-founder Brian McAllister and team member Jason Manion will be on campus to discuss their story as social innovators who are following their passion to empower hundreds of thousands of students to define their own roads in life and how YOU COULD BE NEXT! 

RTN empowers students to "define your own road in life" through education. Their curriculum provides students with the tools needed to "get out into their communities and around the globe and connect what they learn to the real world." This event is Passport approved, free and open to the public.  Please RSVP at Contact ck116 for more information.

The Institute for Global Enterprise is funded by a grant from Lilly Endowment Inc.


* Social Enterprise Week Kicks off Sunday, April 6 - Ignite Your Passion!

To kick-off the Institute for Global Enterprise’s Social Enterprise Week at UE, these TED-style talks will promote what is often the very core behind great social enterprises -- passion.  Join us on Sunday, April 6 in Room 251, Eykamp Hall in Ridgway University Center from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. for inspiring stories, discussion and networking.  A reception will follow.  This event is Passport approved.  To RSVP, visit  Free and open to the public.  Contact ck116 for more information.  The Institute for Global Enterprise is funded by a grant from Lilly Endowment Inc.

Bryce Weiler

“A Chance to Live my Dreams”
“College basketball has been an important part in my life. Throughout my journey, I have learned how to overcome challenges and to conquer obstacles. I hope to be able to show others how to live their dreams and let nothing stand in their way.”

Paul Medcalf
"Liberia & Lessons Learned that lead to Lyrical Literacy and a Longer Life”
Hear how an entrepreneur is using naval maneuvers in the Midwest through noteworthy networks, to lift up an African country, decimated by civil war for decades, into sustainability.

Joel Nash
“Relinquishing Fears to Enhance Change”
“Through the pursuit of soccer dreams, fears were conquered and true purposes realized revealing a deeper core passion for benefiting every environment. Without the sometimes agonizing journey, I never would have achieved such personal fulfillment.”

President Thomas Kazee
“It’s Good Work”
A useful test of whether a person has made the right vocational choice is if he or she would describe it as "good work."  Dr. Kazee will explore what "good work" means and discuss how such a standard has shaped his own career choices.


* Renowned World Bank Economist to Speak to UE Students

Dr. Farrukh Iqbal will be speaking to UE students via video conferencing (from his office in Washington DC) at 4.00 p.m. in Room 170 (Smythe Lecture Hall), Schroeder Family School of Business Building, on April 15. The title of his presentation is “Global Economic and Financial Prospects: Have We Turned the Corner Yet?”

Since obtaining a PhD in Economics from Yale University in 1981, Dr. Iqbal has been affiliated with the World Bank in Washington DC, most recently as Country Director in the Middle East Region. He has graciously accepted an invitation to speak to UE students from Walayet A. Khan, Research Director, Institute of Global Enterprise in Indiana and Professor of Finance. The event is open to public.

The Institute for Global Enterprise is funded by a grant from the Lilly Endowment.

* I-House: Brazil

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

* Staff Appreciation Dinner

Each staff employee and their guest are invited to attend the Staff Appreciation Dinner at the Log Inn on Monday, April 21. The social hour (cash bar and appetizers) begins at 6:00 p.m. and the dinner will begin at 7:00 p.m. Please join Dr. Kazee in the presentation of staff service awards and for the presentation of the Staff Employee of The Year Award.

Invitations will be sent to staff employees via UE campus mail during the first week of April. Please contact Human Resources at extension 2943 if you have any questions.

* Department of Theatre Premieres Guest Director Curt. L. Toftland's "As You Like It" by William Shakespeare

The University of Evansville Department of Theatre ends its 2013–2014 Shanklin Theatre season with William Shakespeare’s As You Like It, opening at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Apr. 4, in Shanklin Theatre. Additional performances are at 7:30 p.m. on Apr. 5, 10, 11 and 12 and at 2:00 p.m. on Apr. 6 and 13.

Curt L. Tofteland served as the producing artistic director of Kentucky Shakespeare Festival for 20 years and is the founder and producing director of Shakespeare Behind Bars. Tofteland resonates his vision of this popular Shakespearean comedy in the post WWII era of 1950’s Greenwich Village. Where, on the edge of Washington Square Park, Beat Generation artists gather in the Forest of Arden Pub to share their creative work and enjoy the music of the As You Like It Jazz Band. Outside the safety of the pub, the dangers of an apocalyptic world are ever-present. The combined fear of a nuclear bomb and a familial quest for power and money pit brother against brother, thereby forcing our youthful, romantic heroes, Rosalind and Orlando, to flee this urban jungle and seek sanctuary amongst the gentler, kinder folk who inhabit a pastoral world where love flourishes and all things are truly possible.

As You Like It is directed by Tofteland; with scenic design by Taylor Ely, a senior from San Antonio, Texas; costume design by Professor Patti McCrory; lighting design by Sarah Stolnack, a junior from Seattle, Wash.; technical direction by Dylan Kind, a senior from San Antonio, Texas; dramaturgy by Visiting Assistant Professor, Katie Rasor; and stage managed by Stephanie Mendoza, a senior from Kingwood, Texas.

The 25–member cast features seniors Nicholas Selting, from Laramie, Wyo., as Orlando; Brandon Maldonado, from Lewis Center, Ohio, as Duke Senior; Katherine Nykanen, from Duluth, Ga., as Celia; Albert Rubio, from San Antonio, Texas, as Duke Frederick; Austin Lauer, from Louisville, Ky., as Touchstone; Ross DeWitt, from Owensboro, Ky., as Silvius; Kelsey Miller, from Evansville, Ind., as Audrey; juniors Jessica Intner, from Marietta, Ga., as Rosalind; Ben Anderson, from Los Angeles, Calif., as Jaques.

Ticket prices are $15 for adults and $13 for senior adults, students and UE faculty. UE students may obtain one free student rush ticket beginning at noon on the day of the performance they wish to attend. Tickets may be purchased by calling (812) 488–2031, Monday through Friday, noon to 5 p.m.

* Tamara Gieselman to be guest speaker at Andiron Lecture

University of Evansville Chaplain Tamara K. Gieselman will be the speaker at the Andiron Lecture on Wednesday, April 2 at 4 p.m. preceded by a social gathering with beverages at 3:45 p.m. The lecture will be in Wheeler Concert Hall (Room 116), in the Krannert Hall of Fine Arts. (Please note that the lecture location has changed since the distribution of the Andiron Lecture flyer)

“Talk Religious to Me:  Why Sacred, Soul, and Spirituality are No Longer Dirty Words in Higher Education” will be Gieselman’s topic. Some scholars have suggested that the most contested and confusing issue on the university campus today is religion; more, that there is no place for public faith-talk in higher education. However, recent research indicates that colleges and universities need to invite and re-engage the religious/spiritual dimension into the work of higher education, realizing that religiosity is already present within its culture. Gieselman argues that in a pluralistic world where religion appears in the public square more and more, the university campus ought not push the “sense of the sacred” to the educational margins.

Gieselman earned a DMin in preaching from Chicago Theological Seminary at the University of Chicago, a master’s degree from Vanderbilt Divinity School, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Evansville. She is an ordained elder in The United Methodist Church. Before returning to UE as chaplain, Gieselman spent 17 years as a parish minister, providing leadership in the areas of preaching and worship, long-range vision, stewardship and personal finance, and practical theology. She has co-led experiential learning excursions to Israel, Rome, England, and Germany, and in 2013, she was awarded a grant from the United Methodist Foundation to lead students at Harlaxton College on an interfaith pilgrimage. Her areas of interest include preaching, liturgy, interfaith relations, and practical theology.

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

* Campus Community Invited to Panel Discussion and Reception at the University

The Schroeder School of Business and Office of Alumni and Parent Relations are honored to host a panel discussion in Room 162 in the Schroeder School of Business Building from 5:00 pm-6:00 pm on April 3. The career focused panel discussion will feature Nancy Lurker M’90, Lynn Penland, Ph.D., Christine Keck, and Jeanne Braun.

A reception will be held prior to the panel discussion at 4:30 pm in Dunigan Lounge in the Schroeder School of Business Building in honor of our distinguished guest and alumni Nancy Lurker M’90. The campus community is cordially invited to attend the reception and panel discussion on April 3.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact Sethlyn Morgan, assistant director of the Office for Career Success, Schroeder School of Business at (812) 488-1148 or

* Disability Awareness Fair - Kindle Fire Giveaway!!

Help us “Disable the Label” by attending the Disability Awareness Fair and enter to win a Kindle Fire and gift certificates. The fair will take place on Thursday, April 3, from 5-6:30pm in the first floor lobby of Ridgway University Center and Rademacher’s Lounge. There will be interactive simulations provided by the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation, assistive technology used by our students with disabilities, music therapy, sign language demonstrations, and much more.

* Family Weekend & Homecoming to Combine

Family Weekend & Homecoming to combine in 2014! Homecoming and Family Weekend are scheduled for October 3-5! The Office of Alumni and Parent Relations has started working on event planning. If your department or organization would like to have an event during this weekend, please complete the "Family Weekend Event Form" by April 18, by clicking on this link:, or by e-mailing the information to This year, all requests will be gathered and will be reviewed for approval. Like past years' successful events, we would like to have a lot of student, school, and department participation! If you have any questions, please contact or extension 2586.


Info You Should Know

* REMINDER – 2014-2015 Letterhead and Envelope Orders

The Office of Publications has distributed letterhead and envelope ordering information. If your department uses letterhead or envelopes during the fiscal year, this is the time to order it. We are able to get a substantial price break on boxes of envelopes (500 quantity) and reams of letterhead (500 quantity) due to the size of the order. Smaller orders placed later in the year will be more expensive.

If you did not receive the ordering information from the Office of Publications, please e-mail or call 2561.

Orders are due April 11, 2014.

* Two Internships Available in the Digital Humanities Lab for Fall 2014

There are two research internship positions open for the Fall semester of 2014 to work on the "Using Technology to Enhance Humanisitic Education" computer modeling project. The aims of the project are to model the dynamics of small humanities classes and then to extend them to models of larger classes. Insights will be drawn primarily from complexity theory. The modeling will be done using NetLogo, a robust, yet simple modeling platform that does not require a knowledge of computer science.

Candidates may come from a variety of fields, including business, computer science, economics, education, engineering, mathematics, social psychology, humanities, and so on. Successful candidates may be invited to continue with the project during the Spring 2015 semester.

Each internship will carry three credit hours. Ten hours of work per week will be expected. The internship carries the possibility of participation on a joint paper that will be submitted for professional publication.

To apply for one of the two open positions, please write Dr. Beavers at asking for an application.

* Grad Announcement Pick Up

Graduates who ordered their graduation announcements prior to March 29 from the UE Bookstore and listed them for pick up in the Bookstore may pick them up at any time. Those listed for ship should keep an eye out for their delivery.



* Plikuhn Named Pi Gamma Mu Governor for Indiana

Mari Plikuhn, assistant professor of sociology, was named Governor for Indiana of Pi Gamma Mu, International Honor Society in Social Sciences. This position serves as a liaison between the regional chancellor and the state's chapters, and is by appointment of the President of Pi Gamma Mu International.

* Stephanie Underhill Wins Pieper Award

Senior anthropology major Stephanie Underhill was awarded the 2013-14 Hanns G. Pieper Sociology and Criminal Justice Senior Research Award for her research entitled, "The Effect of Residential Background on Oral Health Attitudes and Perceptions." This award is given annually to the outstanding independent research project conducted, written, and presented by a major in sociology, anthropology, gerontology, and criminal justice.

This award is named in honor of Emeritus Professor of Sociology Hanns G. Pieper for his dedication to promoting independent student research in sociology and criminal justice.



* Robert Dion to be part of panel discussion about religious freedom in Evansville

Robert Dion, professor of political science and Chair of Law, Politics and Society, will be part of a panel discussion about religious freedom in Evansville on Wednesday, April 2 at noon at Central Library.  First Wednesdays, "Religion in the Public Square," will be moderated by former editor of The Evansville Courier & Press Paul McAuliffe. The event, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana.

Besides Dion, other panelists include Jane Henegar, ACLU of Indiana executive director, and Cheryl Musgrave, a former elected official and businesswoman.

Last July the ACLU of Indiana on behalf of two Vanderburgh County residents won a victory in federal court preventing the City of Evansville from displaying 31 six-foot-tall plastic crosses along the riverfront in violation of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment. In her ruling, Judge Sarah Evans Barker said the city must "stop short of creating a message that overwhelms the nature of the public forum." The case is currently being decided in the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

* Atefeh Yazdanparast Ardestani has research paper accepted in Journal of Consumer Psychology

Assistant Professor of Marketing Atefeh Yazdanparast Ardestani has had a research paper accepted in the Journal of Consumer Psychology (JCP) titled “Revealing obstacles to the consumer imagination.” The Journal of Consumer Psychology is one of the top ranked journals in marketing and is used by the Financial Times in their global ranking of business schools. A link to the paper can be found at:


Harlaxton Happenings

* Further Scholarly Activities by Harlaxton College Faculty

Dr. Graham Baker, “Christianity and Eugenics: The place of religion in the British Eugenics Education Society and the American Eugenics Society, c.1907–1940” – scheduled to be published in Social History of Medicine.

Dr. Graham Baker will be presenting a paper titled “Instructing the Body” about Julian Huxley and the campaign for eugenic sterilisation in the UK at a conference to be held in May at the Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities.

Dr. David Green will be presenting a paper on ‘Interdisciplinary Teaching in the Arts and Humanities’ at a workshop to be held at the Centre for British Studies, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, 11-14 June 2014. Details can be found at



* Gurski Named MVC Pitcher of the Week

Megan Gurski of the University of Evansville softball team was named the Missouri Valley Conference Pitcher of the Week for the first time this season.

The Purple Aces went 2-2 this week, beating Belmont and Northern Iowa and losing to Northern Iowa twice. Evansville is now 14-14 with a 2-6 conference record.

In the circle, the junior from Saskatchewan pitched a team leading 13.0 innings, struck out 12, allowed only five runs on 11 hits and pitched a complete game against the Panthers on Sunday.

Gurski had a 2.15 ERA on the weekend and a 2-1 record. In Gurski’s two wins, she threw 10.0 innings, striking out nine, allowed zero runs and had a 0.00 ERA, leading to the Aces victories in both games.

The junior also had a tremendous week at the plate. Gurski hit .400, scored three runs on four hits, had two homeruns, two walks and five RBI.

Brooke Riemenschneider from Indiana State was the MVC Newcomer of the Week and Megan Stone from Indiana State was named the MVC Player of the Week.

Gurski and the Aces will host UT Martin at Cooper Stadium in a mid-week doubleheader on Wednesday, April 2 starting at 3:00 p.m.

* Katterhenry Wins as Aces Improve in Carbondale

True freshman Kayla Katterhenry won her first collegiate tournament as the Purple Aces women’s golf improved to finish in fourth place at the Saluki Invitational at Hickory Ridge Golf Course on Monday.

Katterhenry became just the third female in University of Evansville history to medal in a tournament. It is also the fourth tournament medal in program history on the women’s side. UE Hall of Famer Andrea Werner won two tournaments while Maggie Wood was the last tournament winner as the Ann Rhoads/BSC in 2010.

After carding the No. 2 round in UE women’s golf history on Sunday (69), Katterhenry posted a 78 on Monday to win the event by one stroke. Her score of 147 bested Ana Fernandez de Mes of IUPUI, who carded a 148 for the event. Much harder conditions on Monday saw scores drop; Katterhenry’s effort tied for the second-best round of the day.

As a team, the Aces tied for the second-lowest round of the day, posting a 318 while improving two spots to finish in fourth place. Fellow Missouri Valley Conference schools Southern Illinois and Indiana State finished 1-2.

Sophomore Paige Crafton improved by five strokes in the second round. Following a day-one score of 84, Crafton carded a 79 on Monday to tie for 23rd place with a 163. Cathy Doyle tied for 26th with a 164. She matched Crafton’s second round total of 79. It was six shots better than her opening round.

Freshman Maggie Camp tied for 39th, besting her opening day total by five shots. She registered an 82 to finish with a 169. Dana Hayden also dropped her score on Monday. She finished the day with an 89 en route to a 179 in two rounds of play.

Individual play saw Rachel Marchi posted a 2-round score of 181 while Kelly Lamarche finished with a 187.

Host SIU ran away from the competition on Monday. The Salukis led by juts two strokes after Sunday’s action, but shot the low round of the event, a 308, to finish with a 617. That effort was 14 shots better than second-place Indiana State. Chicago State took third place with a 638 while Evansville’s rally gave them fourth place with a 643.

Evansville golf has come on strong in the spring on both the male and female sides. Aside from Katterhenry’s victory, the women took second place at the Bobby Nicholls Intercollegiate in March. The men opened up their season with the team win at the Don Benbow Invitational in Jacksonville, Fla.

With their first tune-up versus MVC competition in the books, the ladies will be right back at it next week at the Bradley Invitational. The rare Saturday-Sunday event will feature 54 holes as the men and women will each play. WeaverRidge Golf Club in Peoria, Ill. will play host to the event.

* Walters Honored with Ray Rayl Award

University of Evansville cross country coach Don Walters was honored by The Greater Evansville Runners/Walkers Club with the Ray Rayl Award.

The prestigious award is given by the club in recognition of dedication of cross country to the Evansville community.

There is nobody in the area that has done more to promote the sport than Don Walters. Since taking over as the head cross country coach at UE, Walters has taken the program to heights never seen before. He created the UE Cross Country Course on the north side of Evansville in 2002.

Regarded as one of the top courses in the Midwest, the course plays host to two collegiate meets every year and held the 2005 Missouri Valley Conference Championships.

Walters has also been pivotal in developing the cross country course at historic Angel Mounds. Located between Evansville and Newburgh, Walters helped to develop the course, which is set to host several prestigious events in the coming years.

Aside from his work on the courses themselves, Walters has built the Purple Aces program into a force in the Missouri Valley Conference. His squads boasted two of the top runners in the MVC in 2013 with Josh Genet being the top finisher in each race for the men while senior Kelby Jenkins was a 2-time All-MVC runner.

He turned the Armory on the UE campus into a multi-purpose facility. His efforts helped both cross country teams have their first-ever locker rooms. The facility also houses his offices, the golf practice facility, golf offices and locker rooms as well as an indoor venue used for most other UE sports.

* Baseball Faces SIU Edwardsville in Midweek Game Tuesday

The Purple Aces baseball team will take on SIU Edwardsville in a midweek clash on Tuesday at Braun Stadium. The Aces and the Cougars will get underway at 6 pm.

Faculty and staff receive free admission to all baseball games by showing their UE IDs at one of the ticket windows near Braun Stadium. Students also get free admission by showing their IDs, and can receive Student Rewards points by checking in at a ticket window with their IDs or ID numbers. These Student Rewards points can be redeemed for great prizes at the Carson Center or in Ridgway when an Aces Marketing Staff member is set up at one of the Ridgway tables!

Come out and support the Purple Aces baseball team Tuesday night at Braun Stadium as they host the Cougars of SIU Edwardsville!

* Softball Hosts UT Martin in Midweek Doubleheader Wednesday

The Purple Aces softball team will host a midweek doubleheader against UT Martin on Wednesday, April 2. The first game Wednesday is scheduled to start at 3 pm, with the second game scheduled to get underway at 5 pm.

Faculty and staff receive free admission to all softball games by showing their UE IDs at one of the ticket windows near Cooper Stadium. Students also get free admission by showing their IDs, and can receive Student Rewards points by checking in at a ticket window with their IDs or ID numbers. These Student Rewards points can be redeemed for great prizes at the Carson Center or in Ridgway when an Aces Marketing Staff member is set up at one of the Ridgway University Center tables!

Come out and support the Purple Aces softball team on Wednesday as they host the Skyhawks of UT Martin at Cooper Stadium!


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