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Monday, April 14, 2014

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* Dinner & Discussion for Interfaith Week at the Newman Center

As part of Interfaith Week, this evening at the Newman Catholic Student Center there will be a discussion on the Catholic celebration of Holy Week leading up to Easter. This discussion wil be led by Dr. Kathy Murphy and Mike Roesch. Dinner begins at 5:30 p.m., with discussion from 6-7 p.m. If you're coming as part of Interfaith Week, please RSVP to mr201.

* It's Interfaith Week!

The campus community is invited to learn about the various practices of different faiths this week! Hosted by: Hillel, Kappa Chi, Muslim Students’ Association, Neu Chapel, Newman Catholic Student Center, and Student Christian Fellowship. Events start on Monday, April 14, and run through Thursday, April 17. Sponsored by Religious Life student organizations, the Department of Religious Life, and the Diversity and Equity Office. Download the flyer (pdf).

Schedule of events:

Tuesday, April 15
Interfaith Meditation and Prayer

4-6 p.m. in Neu Chapel
During this time there will be areas to pray or meditate in the style of various faith traditions. Hosted by Kappa Chi.

Wednesday, April 16
Passover Seder

7-9 p.m. in Eykamp 252, Ridgway University Center (RSVP required)
Learn about and experience the Jewish holiday of Passover (Pesach in Hebrew) while enjoying a FREE home-cooked dinner! Reserve your spot today by e-mailing Hosted by UE Hillel.

Thursday, April 17
Maundy Thursday Foot-washing

3-4 .p.m. in Ridgway University Center
Maundy Thursday is the Christian feast, or holy day, that always falls on the Thursday before Easter. The Christian practice of foot washing dramatizes the humility and servanthood of Jesus, both on the night of his betrayal and his continual presence among us. In washing one another's feet, we are responding to his "new commandment" that we love one another. The word "Maundy" comes from the Latin word, mandarum, or mandate. Hosted by Neu Chapel.

Fast for a Day
7:15-8:15 p.m.  in Eykamp 252, Ridgway University Center
(RSVP required)
The UE community is invited to fast for a day on Thursday, April 17. We will begin fasting at sunrise and break our fast at sunset with dinner at 7:30 p.m. A short presentation will precede the dinner at 7:15 p.m. Hosted by the Muslim Students Association. RSVP with Kareem El-Khodary at

* Benefit Open Enrollment Meetings

During the period of April 14 through April 25, benefit-eligible employees may enroll in the UE health, dental, and ACES flexible spending account benefit plans. This period also provides an opportunity for employees to make changes between levels of coverage. It is the only chance for benefit eligible employees to enroll or make changes until the next open enrollment period unless you have a qualifying change in status.

Enrollment/change forms are available during open enrollment meetings and in the Office of Human Resources. If you don't want to make any change to your coverage, you do not need to complete any forms (unless you want to enroll in the ACES flexible spending account for 2014-15).

Please consider attending one of the following open enrollment meetings to learn about exciting new benefits that will be offered beginning June 1, including voluntary life insurance and an onsite medical clinic for employees and dependents covered on UE health insurance. All of the meetings will be held in Eykamp 251 in Ridgway University Center at these dates and times:
•   Monday, April 14 from 10:00 am to 11:30 am
•   Monday, April 14 from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
•   Tuesday, April 15 from 9:30 am to 11:00 am
•   Wednesday, April 16 from 9:00 am to 10:30 am
•   Wednesday, April 16 from 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm

Please contact the Office of Human Resources at ext. 2943 with any questions.

* Collision: A Writers' Series

Please join us on Monday, April 14th for "Collision: A Writers' Series," an event that will feature students from both UE and USI reading their short works of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction.

The event will begin with an open mic that starts at 5:00 pm, followed by the readings. This is a terrific opportunity to meet some of the fantastic writers studying and working at USI, as well as to see our own creative writers flex their literary prowess.

Location: PG Cafe, 1418 W. Franklin Street

* Senior Exhibition 2014

Visit the Melvin Peterson Gallery from Monday, April 14 through Friday, May 9 to see featured art from Art Department seniors. Students featured include Sam Wathen, Katie Winiger, Brooke Reneer, Cassie Gutman, Rachel Kohout, Lauren Oates, Emily Lowe, Jordan Gieselman, Amanda Gauthier, and Michael Mann. View a body of unique artwork from the seniors over the course of their careers at UE. Come join the students for the closing reception in Melvin Peterson Gallery on Friday, May 9 at 6:00 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

* 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

* This Week in Music: University Symphony Orchestra Performs

The University Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Assistant Professor and Director of Orchestral Activities Brian St. John, will present a concert in Neu Chapel this Tuesday evening, April 15, at 7:30. For the opening piece on the concert, the USO string section will be joined by the Bosse High School String Orchestra (Kevin Hulsey, conductor). Together, they will perform David Shaffer’s The Chase. The 2013 Vukovich Concerto Competition winner, pianist Joe Luegers, will then join the full USO for a performance of the first movement of Edvard Grieg’s popular Piano Concerto in A Minor. The Vukovich Concerto Competition is held each year in memory of Brandon Vukovich, who graduated from UE with a degree in Music Management in May 2005. The orchestra will then conclude the concert with the two completed movements of Franz Schubert’s famous “Unfinished” Symphony No. 8 in B Minor. The concert is free and open to the public.

* Showing of Inequality for All

The Department of History joins with Tri-State Jobs with Justice to show Robert Reich's documentary "Inequality for All" at 7 PM on Tuesday, April 15 in Room 100 in Koch Center. The showing will be followed by a panel discussion featuring Father Steven Pl. Lintzenich, Dr. Peter Cashel-Cordo, Dr. Daniel Byrne and others.

* Retirement Reception Honoring Dr. John Mosbo

A retirement reception honoring retiring Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs John Mosbo, will be held on Wednesday, April 16, 3:00-4;30 p.m. in Dunigan Lounge, in the Schroeder Family Business Building. Please join us in thanking Dr. Mosbo for his service to the University.

* Career Exploration for Girls

The Tri-State Women in Computing and Engineering (TWICE) organization is partnering with the University of Evansville to offer "The Beauty of Engineering", a career discovery event for girls in grades 4 through 8.

When: Saturday, April 26, 2014
Where: University of Evansville Koch Center for Engineering and Science
Who: Girls in grades 4 through 8
What: A morning of learning about engineering and computer science through hands on projects.
Cost: $7 per participant
Registration deadline: April 18, 2014 or until pre-registration reaches 200, whichever comes first. Registration limited to 200 participants.

This event will consist of a rotation through 4 workshops with projects in civil engineering, computer science, electrical engineering and mechanical engineering.  The activities for civil and mechanical session are brand new this year.  Check in will begin at 7:30 a.m. and close at 8:00 a.m.  The final rotation should be complete by 11:15 a.m.

Rotation stations will be staffed by professional women in the fields of engineering and computer science. 

Pre-registration is required. Organizations are welcome with at least one but no more than two responsible adults rotating with the organization.  Individuals are also welcome and parents can drop off and pick up.

To find out more information or print the registration packet, please go to or to have the packet sent to you, contact Tina Newman in the College of Engineering and Computer Science at 812-488-2651.

* Cisco Systems, Crowe Horwath, & Empower Media Marketing

Join us for power packed presentations featuring three alumni who have climbed their way to success, while working for industry leaders. The presentations will be held on Tuesday, April 15, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., in the Schroeder Family School of Business Building in Room 273.

Please direct questions or concerns to Sethlyn Morgan at or 488-1148.

* UE Acettes Auditions

The UE Acettes will hold auditions for the 2014-2015 school year on April 26. All eligible students are welcomed to audition. Please visit our webpage for more information or contact Coach Arata at or 812-488-1145. We look forward to welcoming new members to next year's team!

For more information go to:

* Today's Summer & Part-Time Job Fair Moving Inside Ridgway University Center

Due to cooler temperatures, today's Summer and Part-time Job Fair is moving inside Ridgway University Center, 2nd Floor Mezzanine. (same time and date.)

Find summer or part-time employment at this week's job fair on Wednesday, April 16 from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

- Professional attire is not required (just stop by)
- Bring many copies of your resume

Sponsored by:
Center for Career Development

* 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.

* Staff Appreciation Dinner RSVP

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 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.

Please RSVP no later than Wednesday, April 16.


Info You Should Know

* Fitness Center 2014 Easter Break Hours

Thursday, April 17 - 6:30 am - 6:00 pm (No evening Fitness Classes)

Friday, April 18- Closed

Saturday, April 19 - Closed

Sunday, April 20 - Closed

* Bookstore Easter Hours

The UE Bookstore will be closed for the Easter holiday from Friday, April 18 through Sunday, April 20. The store will resume regular store hours on April 21.

* Libraries Announces Easter Recess Hours

UE Libraries will observe the following schedule of hours during the Easter recess.

* April 17 (Thursday): 7:30 am - 5:00 pm
* April 18 (Friday): CLOSED
* April19 (Saturday): CLOSED
* April 20 (Sunday): CLOSED
* April 21 (Monday): Resume Regular Hours

Contact William Louden, University Librarian, with questions at 812.488.2376 or

* 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).



* UE Wins Second Overall at Annual ASCE Conference

Twenty-three UE civil engineering students travelled to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for the 2014 American Society of Civil Engineering (ASCE) Great Lakes Regional Conference on April 11-12. They won second place overall!

Civil engineering students from Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin gathered for the weekend of civil engineering design competitions and professional ethics paper presentations. In all there were eight events and UE was represented in all of them: concrete canoe, steel bridge, professional ethics paper and presentation, environmental design, surveying, quiz bowl, concrete materials, and mystery design. 

Senior Jamie Johnson won third place in the professional ethics paper and presentation with her paper: The Engineer’s Role in Natural Disasters.  Seniors Jamie Johnson, James Gabe, Chris Kuester and Heather Passey won first place in the quiz bowl competition, where students are tested on their civil engineering knowledge.  The concrete canoe team with project managers Christina Bernauer and Shannon Osiecki won second place with the canoe “Dark Knight.”  Category awards in the concrete canoe competition included third place in races (led by captain Hannah Okray and paddlers Jaclyn Altstadt, Aubin Fowler, Silas Bohlen, George Carroll, Forrest Plumlee and Levi Leffert), second place in design paper (led by academics captain Abby Browder), second place in presentation (with Alejandro Mojica Cadario, Carroll, Bernauer and Osiecki), and second place in final product.  The steel bridge team, led by senior Alex Schwinghamer and junior Abby Browder, improved the bridge design so that they constructed their bridge 30% faster than last year with the help of team members Hieronymus Mitchell, Noble Rassam, Hannah Kirk, and Forrest Plumlee.  In addition to the above, the other students who were involved included: Danilo Bortoletto, Helena Leon, David Lopes, and Monica Pinto. 

Faculty advisors Dr. Jim Allen, Dr. Immanuel Selvaraj, and Dr. Mark Valenzuela traveled with the students this weekend.

At the conference, the UE team was second to the University of Wisconsin-Madison and beat out teams such as the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Northwestern University, Purdue University (West Lafayette, Calumet, and IP Fort Wayne), Rose Hulman Institute of Technology, Valparaiso University, and the University of Notre Dame. 

* McMullan Featured Speaker at Eudora Welty House

Professor of Creative Writing Margaret McMullan was the keynote speaker at Mississippi’s 2014 Scholastic Writing Competition awards ceremony held at the Eudora Welty House in Jackson, Mississippi on April 13, Welty’s birthday. Over 300 guests were in attendance. McMullan has served as a member of the Eudora Welty Foundation National Advisory Board since 2013.

The Scholastic Writing Awards began in 1923, and the program has grown to become the longest-running, most prestigious recognition program for creative teens in the United States—as well as the largest source of scholarships for young writers. McMullan, who won a Scholastic writing award when she was in high school, presented 101 Mississippi students with Scholastic writing awards. She is the Melvin M. Peterson Endowed Chair in Literature and Writing at the University of Evansville.

* Janice Mann Presents at Undergraduate Research Conference

Janice Mann, senior sociology major, presented her senior research paper "Drug Use among College Students at a Private University" at the Butler Undergraduate Research Conference on Friday, April 11.

* James MacLeod to write book on Evansville and WWII

Professor of History James MacLeod has signed a contract with The History Press to write a book titled "Evansville and the Second World War". It will appear in the Fall of 2015, and will focus on the social, political and industrial history of the city during the War

* Knoester Presents at AERA Meetings

Matthew Knoester, assistant professor of education, presented a paper at the annual meetings of the American Educational Research Association on April 6 in Philadelphia. The paper, entitled, "Effects of Siblings on the Literacy Development of First-Generation College Graduates" was co-authored with Mari Plikuhn, assistant professor of sociology.

* William Baer to have book published next year

Professor of Creative Writing William Baer’s forthcoming book, Times Square and Other Stories, will be published next year by Able Muse Press in San Jose, California.  Individual stories in the collection have been previously published in such journals as The Iowa Review, The Kansas Quarterly, and The Dalhousie Review, and one of the stories, "The Plagiarist," earned Dr. Baer a creative writing fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.



* Evansville Tied for Fourth at Indiana State

Looking for her third victory, freshman Kayla Katterhenry is in the thick of the hunt as she is tied for third place halfway through the Indiana State Invitational at the Terre Haute Country Club.

Katterhenry posted a 3-over 75 in Sunday’s opening round of play and is tied for third place. The Newburgh, Ind. product is just two strokes off of the lead.

One shot behind her is Cathy Doyle. She carded a 76 on Sunday and is in fifth place overall. In a tie for 30th place is sophomore Paige Crafton. Her opening round of an 82 tied her for 30th place.

Carding an 86 was Maggie Camp while Dana Hayden recorded a 92 in the first round. Individuals Kelly Lamarche and Rachel Marchi posted rounds of 88 and 100, respectively.

As a team, the University of Evansville is tied for fourth place in a field that features six Missouri Valley Conference schools. The Purple Aces finished the day with a 319 and are tied with UNI. Williams Woods leads the way with a 312 while Indiana State is one shot behind with a 313. Drake is in third with a 316, ahead of UE and UNI.

William Woods also features the individual leader as Myriam Hassan finished Sunday’s opening round with a 1-over 73. She is a stroke ahead of Danielle Lemek of Bradley, who had a 74. Katterhenry along with Amanda Smith (Indiana State) are in a tie for third.

Monday will feature 18 more holes of play at the Terre Haute Country Club.

* UE Student-Athletes Honored for Community Service

Community service is one of the most important parts of being a student-athlete at the University of Evansville. At the softball game on April 13, the student-athletes with the top number of hours were honored for their service.

"Community service is a pivotal part of being a student-athlete at the University of Evansville. I am very proud of what our student-athletes have accomplished and the way they represented our university,” UE Athletics Director John Stanley said. "Their work has benefited so many organizations and has made such an impact on the community."

Topping the list was Miranda Liles, who posted 280 hours of service. She assisted in 16 different organizations. Her efforts helped the women’s basketball team garner an impressive 562 hours of service this year, which helped them tied for first among all UE teams. They worked with 19 different organizations. That averages out to 45 hours of community service student-athlete on the team.

Sharing top honors is the Women’s Soccer team with 669 hours of service this year working with 25 different organizations. They averaged 26.76 hours of community service per student-athlete on the team.

“Here at the University of Evansville our student-athletes work hard to give back to our community,” head women’s basketball coach Oties Epps said. “We are honored and humble that our women's basketball program will be receiving this award.”

Head women’s soccer coach Krista McKendree echoed those sentiments.

“I am very proud of not just what my team has accomplished, but the all of our student-athletes,” she said. “The work they do is such a benefit to our community.”

With 98 organizations benefited from the volunteering of 247 student-athletes at the University of Evansville. They combined to post 3,941.5 hours of work with those organizations. The top 20 are listed below along with a list of organizations that the teams have volunteered with this year.

Miranda Liles – Women’s Basketball
Emily Griebel – Women’s Soccer
Kayla Fortner – Softball
Miranda Graham – Women’s Soccer
Kelsey Costales – Women’s Tennis
Bronwyn Boswell – Women’s Soccer
Kelli Moran – Women’s Soccer
Kat Taylor – Women’s Basketball
Katie Ellerson – Women’s Basketball
Mallory Ladd – Women’s Basketball
Caitlin Harty – Women’s Swimming & Diving
Ashley Ring – Women’s Volleyball
Meagan Holmes – Women’s Volleyball
Khristian Hart – Women’s Basketball
Jordin Campbell – Women’s Soccer
Kelly Lamarche – Women’s Golf
Abby Springer – Women’s Soccer
Sydney Skiles – Women’s Golf
Emily Richardson – Women’s Soccer
Stephanie Cerino – Women’s Volleyball

* Aces Men Fall to Ninth at Hoosier Invitational

Senior Quinn Vilneff posted a top 20 finish as the University of Evansville men’s golf team finished in ninth place at the Hoosier Invitational on Sunday at the IU Golf Course.

Vilneff was one of three Purple Aces to shoot a 76 on Sunday. His effort put him in a tie for 19th place with a 220. Fellow senior Parker Hensley also finished the day with a 76. He was third on the UE team with a 226, tying for 46th.

In between the duo was sophomore Alex Turner. He carded a 77 on Sunday to tie for 26th. Turner was one shot behind VIlneff with a 221.

Rick Voyvodic registered an 81 on Sunday on his way to a 3-round total of 230 while Will Knights posted a 76 in the final round and wrapped up the event with a 236.

Indiana University began the day in second place, but a 285 was enough to overcome the University of Michigan’s 298. The Hoosiers finished with an 853 to take the win. That was 12 shots better than the Wolverines. IU had four of their five players finish in the top nine.

As a team, the Aces finished Sunday’s final round with a 305 to finish in ninth with an 892.

Medalist went to Brett McIntosh of Michigan. Playing as an individual, McIntosh had the low round of the tournament, an impressive 65 to finish with a 209. He finished ahead of David Mills from IU, who was two strokes behind with a 211.

Two weeks remain until Evansville heads to the Missouri Valley Conference Championship. It is set for April 28 and 29 at T.P.C. at Deere Run in Moline, Ill.

* UE Tennis Falls to Wichita State

Evansville’s No. 2 doubles team of Marketa Trousilova and Marina Moreno won their fifth match in a row, but Wichita State used its home court advantage to take a 7-0 victory over the Purple Aces on Saturday night.

One of the top performances of the night for UE came from flight two doubles. Trousilova and Moreno won their fifth-consecutive match as they defeated Rebecca Pedrazzi and Blasco Fernandez by a final of 8-1.

Top doubles saw Kelsey Costales and Natasha James fall to Lucia Kovalova and Veronika Blaskova, 8-1. In the third flight, Andjela Brguljan and Mina Milovic were defeated by Julia Schiller and Abby Stevens. The final was 8-5.

Trousilova put forth a valiant effort at No. 1 singles. She faced Schiller, who entered the night with a 12-5 mark. The match went to three sets before Schiller clinched the win, 6-3, 2-6, 12-10.

In the second flight, it was Pedrazzi defeating James, 6-1, 6-1. Flight three saw Moreno defeated by Kovalova, 6-1, 6-1. Stevens got past Costales at No. 4 singles, 6-0, 6-1.

Brguljan put forth another gutsy performance against senior Fernandez on Saturday. She came up just short in her match, falling 6-2, 6-3 in the fifth flight. Milovic was topped by Blaskova at No. 6, 6-0, 6-0.

Just two more regular season matches remain for the Aces. They take to the road to face Illinois State on Friday at 3 p.m. before making the quick trek to play Bradley on Saturday for a 1 p.m. match.


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