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Monday, July 28, 2014

Upcoming Events

* Employee Wellness Nurse On Campus Every Wednesday in July

The nurse will be on campus every Wednesday in July, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., in Ridgway University Center. Please stop by with your health care questions/concerns or for checks of your blood pressure/weight/body massindex/body fat percentage. 


Info You Should Know

* Connections with Kazee July 2014

This month, President Tom Kazee talks summer travel, Harlaxton principals, new scholarships, faculty awards, summer programs and more in the July 2014 podcast.

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* Greg Rawski Appointed Schroeder Family School of Business Administration Dean

Greg Rawski has been appointed as dean of the Schroeder Family School of Business Administration for the coming year. Greg came to the University of Evansville in 2005 after earning his Ph.D. from the University of Toledo. Currently in the associate dean role, he has been an enthusiastic leader with a strong vision for a successful business program preparing students for their future in a global environment. Well-known for innovative and experiential learning in his classes, Greg has connected his students with regional companies  including Toyota Motor Manufacturing and Koch Enterprises, and his classes have performed community service projects benefiting the 9-11 relief effort, tornado victims, the American Red Cross, and the YMCA. Greg has been recognized as a Global Scholar, and has received the Exemplary Teacher of the Year award, the Berger Award for scholarship, and the Dean's teaching and research awards. 

* Mary Kessler Named Education and Health Sciences Associate Dean

Mary Kessler has been appointed to the position of associate dean of the College of Education and Health Sciences for the upcoming academic year. Mary’s experience at the University of Evansville goes back to her days as a UE PT student. She joined the faculty as a full time faculty member in the Department of Physical Therapy in 1991 and  served as chair of the department for 18 years. After stepping down from that position two years ago she assumed the directorship of the PTA program. Mary’s leadership was instrumental in transitioning the physical therapy program to a doctorate and in founding the highly acclaimed AceCARE pro bono physical therapy clinic. Mary has been the recipient of a Global Scholar award, and a winner of the Berger Award for Scholarship as well as the Dean's award for teaching. She brings a strong background of teaching, scholarship, and service to her new leadership position.


* Vending Machine Price Adjustments

Due to higher costs in raw materials, labor and fuel, there will be a modest price increase on snack and beverage vending machine products between now and August 1, 2014. UE contracted vendors can no longer absorb these costs without making modest adjustments to the consumer. If you have questions or comments, please contact Kim Winsett in the Office of Administrative Services at extension 2940.



* UE Tennis Honored with Team and Individual Awards

The University of Evansville women’s tennis team along with four individual student-athletes were honored by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association for their academic performances in the 2013-14 school year.

For the Purple Aces team, it marked the 19th ITA All-Academic Team Award in a row. Overall, the Aces posted a grade point average of 3.278. They were led by four ITA Scholar-Athletes: Gaby Fifer, Andjela Brguljan, Marketa Trousilova and Mina Milovic.

Posting the highest semester GPA was Fifer, who finished with a 3.893. Fifer majored in mechanical engineering. Just behind her was Brguljan with a 3.769. The business management major completed her freshman season at UE after coming to the United States from Croatia.

Two-time Missouri Valley Conference All-Select Team member Trousilova finished the year with a 3.706. Majoring in communications, Trousilova also earned a nod as an MVC Scholar-Athlete Honorable Mention. Rounding out the individual honors for Evansville was Milovic. The economics major from Serbia wrapped up her junior year with a 3.416.

The ITA All-Academic Team award is open to any ITA program that has a cumulative team grade point average of 3.20 or above (on a 4.00 scale). All eligible student-athletes whose names appear on the NCAA/NAIA/NJCAA/CA JUCO eligibility form and have competed in one or more varsity matches must average into the GPA for the current academic year (including fall 2013 and spring 2014).

In order to earn ITA Scholar-Athlete status a player must meet the following criteria: 1.) be a varsity letter winner, 2.) have a grade point average of at least 3.50 (on a 4.00 scale) for the current academic year, and 3.) have been enrolled at their present school for at least 2 semesters (including freshman through senior year).

Evansville’s ITA honors come on the heels of the program’s second-straight NCAA Academic Progress Rate (APR) Public Recognition Award. The team was honored for its work in May.

* Manolo Concepcion Named to Youth First Board

Since his arrival back in Evansville just over a year ago, University of Evansville head volleyball coach Manolo Concepcion has done a great job of getting out in the community. That effort took a large step forward earlier this month when he was named to the Board of Directors for Youth First.

“This is a great opportunity to first and foremost serve the community, represent the University of Evansville in their efforts to promote social involvement, and become an ambassador of UE Athletics in this project,” Concepcion said. “It is a testimony of how much the Volleyball Program has invested in building strong relationships in the community since our arrival last year.”

Concepcion joined the Board of Directors this summer, along with Jeff Deig, a University of Evansville alum and the President of PCI Skanska, and Christy Gillenwater, President & CEO of the Chamber of Commerce of Southwest Indiana.


“We look forward to continue to create awareness for our team and the University with our commitment to serve our town,” Concepcion continued.

Youth First, Inc. is a homegrown non-profit organization working to transform and strengthen the lives of kids and families in Southwest Indiana. Youth First’s evidence-based programs prevent substance abuse, promote healthy behaviors, and maximize student success.

Most significantly, Youth First places 34 Master’s level social workers in 50 schools across a five county region. Youth First Social Workers handle the social and emotional concerns that often interfere with learning, including anxiety, bullying, depression, divorce, drug use, family conflict, grief, and violence.

Parri Black, the President and CEO of Youth First, welcomes Concepcion to the board and is excited to have him a part of the organization.

“Manolo brings a lot of expertise and enthusiasm to Youth First’s Board. His experience in organizational leadership, youth development, and coaching are great skills to have on any volunteer board,” Black said. “Plus he has a personal passion for Youth First’s cause, which is essential to advocating for the organization. We are also pleased to have the University of Evansville represented on Youth First’s Board of Directors.”

Youth First’s prevention specialists assist students one-on-one, address crises and immediate needs, provide support for parents and teachers, deliver prevention programs for small groups or classrooms, offer educational presentations, and make referrals to community resources.

Youth First also provides evening programs that involve parents/caregivers. Family Foundations is for expectant parents, and Strengthening Families targets families with children ages 3 to 14.

* Erzsébet Gaál Rinne Gives Guest Performance in Mexico

Dr. Erzsébet Gaál Rinne, Consortium Faculty, was invited to perform as a guest artist at the Templo de San Agustín located at the historic center of Guadalajara, Mexico.  The harp concert program included works from renaissance through 20th century music and took place on Thursday, July 24, at 8:00 p.m. Gaál Rinne has been also invited to teach as a guest lecturer at the Summer Festival at the Institute Estudio Suzuku Guadalajara, July 21 through August 1, 2014.  In addition to teaching Kodály and Kovács to group classes at the Suzuki Institute, Gaál Rinne has been conducting a Harp Master Class at the Instituto Mexico Cabanas instructing students from Veracruz, Mexico City, and from Guadalajara Jalisco, Mexico


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