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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

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* Catholic Mass, Reconciliation tonight in Neu Chapel

Mass will be celebrated at 9:30 p.m. tonight in Neu Chapel, with Fr. Christopher Droste presiding. He will also be available for the Sacrament of Reconciliation before Mass, beginning at 9:00 p.m. Contact campus minister Mike Roesch at mr201 with any questions.

* 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.

* 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

* Vote for People's Choice Award in Student Art Exhibition

Stop by the Melvin Peterson Gallery to view the 52nd annual Student Art Exhibition and cast your vote for the People's Choice Award. Each visitor may cast one vote for his or her favorite piece of artwork. The student whose piece earns the most votes by the end of the exhibition (Monday, April 7, 2014) will be declared the winner and receive a $150 cash award.
The Melvin Peterson Gallery is open noon-6:00 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays and noon-3:00 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

For more information, please contact the Department of Art at 812-488-2043.


Upcoming Events

* 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!

* Campus Community and Friends Invited - Honors Program Project Presentations April 7, 8, 9, 10

The University of Evansville Honors Program offers highly motivated and talented students the opportunity to participate in unique and stimulating academic experiences alongside peers and faculty who share the love of learning and desire to excel.

Through Honors classes and activities, Honors students are challenged to maximize their potential in all areas of study. The Honors experience culminates in the Honors project, an opportunity for students to explore an area about which they are passionate. The Honors project may consist of a research project, thesis, or creative work. Students may use the Honors project to launch areas of interest for graduate study or to expand résumés for employment.

This week’s presentations showcase the project work of the 2014 Honors graduating class. Special thanks are extended to all faculty, advisors, and others who have supported the Honors students in their educational achievements. Please join us as we celebrate their accomplishments.

All presentations will be in Vectren Lecture Hall, Koch Center, Room 100

Monday, April 7 – 3:00 P.M.-4:15 P.M.

• Brodie Gress, Creative Writing
“Short Story Collection Featuring Stories about Gay Men in Southern Indiana”

• Abbigail Uhl, History
“Clothing: The Axis of the Revolution”

• Shannon Young, History
“Facing the Cathar Threat: the Medieval Church's Response to a Strong Heretical Community”

• Amy Rabenberg, Classical Studies / Art History
“Exploring the Forum Baths of Pompeii”

Monday, April 7 - 4:30 P.M. – 5:45 P.M.

• Alexander DiBenedetto, Physics / Mathematics
“Estimating Systematic Uncertainties in the Cosmogenic Background for Next-generation SuperCDMS”

• Dalton Snyder, Chemistry / Mathematics
“Profiling of Phenolic Glycosides in the Leaves of Populus deltoides by Ambient Ionization Tandem Mass Spectrometry”

• Christopher Kuester, Civil Engineering
“Labyrinth Spillway Model Tests for the Beaver Creek Lake Dam”

• Darwin Cordovilla, Mechanical Engineering / Physics
“Modeling and Sizing of Energy Storage Devices for Wind Power Generation”

Monday April 7 - 7:00 P.M. – 8:15 P.M.

• Stephanie Underhill, Sociology / Anthropology
“The Effects of Labeling Gifted Students on Peer Relations and Educational Experiences”

• Jessica Foster, International Studies / Spanish
“Dealing with the Mexican Drug Trade: An Analysis of Mexican Cartels”

• Julia Finder, Business
“Explaining the Dragon”

• Sarah Orler, History
“Fashion in the Face of Fear: Aristocratic Women in the 18th Century”

Tuesday, April 8 - 3:00 P.M. – 4:15 P.M.

• Alex Raby, Theatre - Performance
“Developing a Student Playwriting Workshop Series”

• Lily Steckman, Theatre
“Stage Management and Show-Inside the Rehearsal Room”

• Austin Lauer, Theatre - Performance
“Sweeney Todd Character Work”

• Katie Nykanen, Theatre - Performance & Olivia Shadid, Theatre
“Troubadoctoring: Medical Clowning at St. Mary's”

Tuesday, April 8 - 4:30 P.M. – 5:45 P.M.

• Gina Filo, Literature
“Manors and Manners: The English Country House in Aemilia Lanyer, Jane Austen, and Emily Bronte”

• Amanda Oaks, Creative Writing / Literature
“Defining Jeanette Sinclair: Writing a Dystopian Novel”

• Uyen Truong, Theatre
“Stage Make-up of Sensitive Skin and in a Spectrum of Color”

• Olivia Shrum, Theatre
“ASLam Poetry”

Tuesday, April 8 - 7:00 P.M. – 7:45 P.M.

• Taryn O’Laughlin, Elementary Education
“The Importance of Bilingualism in American Schools”

• Ashley Shoultz, Health Services Administration
“Healthcare Process Improvement”

Wednesday, April 9 - 6:00 P.M. – 7:15 P.M.

• Jacqueline Carlson, Art Therapy
“Artistic Healing: Utilization of Art in Medical Settings to Benefit Patient Experience”

• Morgan Pruitt, Biology (Pre-PT)
“Systematic Review of Factors Predicting Ankle Sprain”

• Kaitlin Emmert, Music Therapy
“The Effect of Music Therapy on Sleep Quality, Pain, Emotional State, and Quality of Life in Adults Residing in a Sub-acute Rehabilitation Setting”

• Cassandra Gutman, Visual Communication Design / Literature
“Windows in the City”

Wednesday, April 9 - 7:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.

• Melissa Ball, Athletic Training
“The Effectiveness of Prophylactic Ankle Taping in College Soccer Player and the Cost of Ankle Taping vs. Bracing”

• Sophia Pollalis, Athletic Training (DPT)
“Coaches and Parents who Receive Concussion Education Better Recognize the Signs and Symptoms of Concussion”

• Kelsi Schluter, Exercise Science (DPT)
“Focus Study on Families with Children with Developmental Disabilities”

Thursday, April 10 6:00 P.M. – 7:15 P.M.

• Anna Maurer-Batjer, Neuroscience / Psychology
“The Association between Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule and Autism Diagnosis”

• Jennifer McFarland, Neuroscience / Psychology
“Characterizing the Role of the dCIRH1A, a Putative Ribosome Biogenesis Component, in Drosophila”

• Kasey Michel, Neuroscience / Cognitive Science / Psychology
“Utilization of On-Campus Counseling Services”

• Randall Hemmings II, Psychology / History
“The Perceptions of Domestic Abuse in Same-Sex Relationships”

Thursday, April 10 - 7:30 P.M. – 8:15 P.M.

• Joshua Garrett, Theatre
“Playwriting Project”

• Jessica Haswell, Theatre
“Costumes to Scale”

* 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.

* TIAA-CREF Counseling Appointments

The TIAA-CREF representative will be on the UE campus on Wednesday April 16 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, call Carol McCraney at 488-2943.

* Social Enterprise Week - Changemaker Challenge

Join us for the Changemaker Challenge on Friday, April 11 to hear actionable, world changing ideas!  This competition is scheduled to take place in Room 251, Eykamp Hall, Ridgway University Center from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.    Students (individuals or teams) will complete for a cash prize by giving a 5-minute conceptual pitch on the social enterprise startup of their design. The winning pitch will best communicate a social or environmental change that exists due to our global interconnectedness, best present a sustainable, scalable, market-based solution, and best imagine the potential impact on our world, on the participants, and on UE.  Following the competition, be sure to stay for the reception and announcement of the winner!

Judges will include:  Mayor Lloyd Winnecke, UE President Tom Kazee, Old National Bank executive Jim Ryan, and social entrepreneurs from Road Trip Nation and Sustainable Solutions.

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.

* 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.

* 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.

* "Sex on Campus" health program planned for April 3

"Sex on Campus," a sexual health program put on by UE nursing students and sponsored by the Office of Health Education and Wellness Programs, will be in Eykamp 251 in Ridgway University Center on Thursday, April 3, at 5 pm.  Students who attend will learn about ways to keep themselves safe and healthy


Info You Should Know

* Old National Bank University Square to Adjust Business Hours

Effective April 19, 2014, Old National Bank University Square will no longer have Saturday hours of operation; however, the lobby will continue to be open Monday through Thursday, 9 am-4 pm, and drive thru, 9 am-5 pm. On Friday, the lobby and drive thru will continue to remain open from 9am-6pm. Clients are encouraged to take advantage of services available outside of normal banking center hours. If you need cash, our ATMs at University Square and on the second floor of UE's Ridgway University Center are always available. You can also use Old National Mobile Banking anytime to manage accounts from a mobile phone or tablet. You can learn more about this service at

In addition, the Old National Bank locations at 961 Washington Avenue and 4500 Washington Avenue, less than three miles away from University Square, will remain open on Saturdays, 9 am-12 pm. If you have any questions, please call the University Square location at 469-7830.

* 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.

* 2014-2015 Andiron Lecture Series Call for Papers

You are invited to submit an abstract for papers on any aspect of your research or expertise for the 2014-2015 Andiron Lectures in the Liberal Arts and Sciences. Faculty and administrators from across the University campus as well as members of the Evansville community are invited to submit proposals. All disciplines and fields of study are welcome. Reading time for papers is approximately 40 minutes. Deadline for abstract submission is April 15, 2014.

Please provide the following by email:

A 50-word abstract
Name, Academic Affiliation/ Occupation,
Paper title, Contact Information

Please send submissions to:

Chris Mohn

Nominations for off-campus speakers can be sent by email to Andiron Lecture committee members Mohammad Azarian, Wes Milner, Annette Parks, John Stamm, Bill Hemminger and Chris Mohn (chair).



* 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.





* Natasha James Named MVC Women's Tennis Player of the Week

For the first time in her collegiate career, University of Evansville women’s tennis player Natasha James was named the Missouri Valley Conference Women’s Tennis Player of the Week by the league on Tuesday.

James went a perfect 4-0 for UE as the squad opened up MVC play last Wednesday. In the match at Southern Illinois, James teamed up with Kelsey Costales to top Natasha Tomishima and Meagan Monaghan by an 8-7 final.

At No. 2 singles, James rallied to top Anita Lee in three sets, 1-6, 6-1, 7-5. James remained perfect in Sunday's match at IUPUI. She and Costales defeated Julie Brockman and Abbey Neff at top doubles, 8-6. She earned another singles win in the second flight, defeating Rachel Bridegroom 6-3, 6-1.

Her award was the second in three weeks for the Aces. On March 18, Marketa Trousilova garnered the honor.

This weekend, the Aces will complete their home slate. On Saturday, Evansville welcomes Drake at 1 p.m. before squaring off against UNI on Sunday at 10 a.m. Wesselman Park will host both matches.

* Softball to host UT Martin in Doubleheader at Cooper Stadium

The University of Evansville softball team is set to host the UT Martin Skyhawks in a mid-week doubleheader at Cooper Stadium on Wednesday, April 2 starting at 3:00 p.m.

Evansville (14-14, 2-6 MVC) will enter the doubleheader coming off of a 1-2 weekend conference series against Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

UT Martin comes in with a 15-16-1 overall record, with a 5-3 Ohio Valley Conference record. The Skyhawks went 1-1 against SIUE last weekend.

The Purple Aces come in behind Megan Gurski and Kayla Fortner. Gurski leads the team with a .387 batting average, starting all 28 games for Evansville. The junior has three doubles, a triple, six homeruns and 22 RBI this season to go along with a .634 slugging percentage. Fellow junior Kayla Fortner is third on the team with a .293 batting average, 18 RBI, seven homers and six stolen bases.

Gurski also leads the Aces in the circle. The junior has a 2.99 ERA and a 6-7 record in 77.1 innings of work. Gurski has registered 75 strikeouts and five complete games during her first season for UE.

UT Martin brings in a strong offense, headlined by Lauren Smith. Smith has a .260 batting average, has started 31 games for the Skyhawks, five homeruns, 18 RBI, two doubles and scored 12 runs. Behind Smith, is junior Kenzi Tate. Tate has four bombs, 13 RBI and five doubles to go along with a .273 batting average.

Leading the way for the Skyhawks in the circle is Elizabeth Wiegand. Wiegand has a 9-4 record in 93.1 innings of work, striking out 53 and 10 complete games to go along with a 3.07 ERA.

After hosting the mid-week doubleheader, the Purple Aces will host Missouri Valley Conference division rival Wichita State in a weekend series at Cooper Stadium on April 5-6.


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