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Friday, September 19, 2014

What's Happening Today

* #readingseries is back!

Please join us this Friday, September 19, at 4 pm in the back room of The Slice for the kickoff of our student reading series! This week's #readingseries will feature fiction by Alex Gallo, nonfiction by McKenzie Ellis, and poetry by Oli Ross-Musick. This is a terrific way to support creative writing at UE, so please join us! Readings last about an hour.


Upcoming Events

* You Can Still Register for Family Weekend 2014

Register for Family Weekend 2014 (Sept 26-28)!

Families can now see a detailed schedule of events and register online by visiting Click on the Family Weekend registration button. Also call the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations at 812-488-2586 or e-mail us at

Questions? Contact the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations, at 812-488-2586 or 800-423-8633 x 2586.

* University Worship this Sunday - Tailgate Party to Follow!

Tailgate PartyYou're invited! University Worship this Sunday, September 21, 10:30 a.m. in Neu Chapel! This week we seek to understand God's economics through the story of day-laborers in 1st century Palestine. New words of hope are on the agenda! Neu Chapel student-led jazz ensemble and vocalists will be leading totally new music AGAIN! All are welcome at the table, so join us as we seek to understand better our place in life and God’s love for the world. Donuts and coffee bar opens at 10:00 a.m. Tailgate party with comfort food and fellowship immediately following worship! 

* "Prayers for Peace" Candlelight Service in Neu Chapel on September 22

VespersThe University of Evansville will observe International Day of Peace with a candlelight service in Neu Chapel on Monday, September 22, at 9:00 p.m. All faiths and ages are encouraged to attend as we come together to pray for peace in the world.

The United Nations General Assembly declared September 21 as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples. The United Nations invites all nations and people to honor Peace Day through education and public awareness on issues related to peace. 

* Cheer Team to Hold Fundraiser at Buffalo Wild Wings

On Saturday, September 20, the University of Evansville Cheer Team will hold a fundraiser at Buffalo Wild Wings on Green River Road in Evansville. All day on Saturday, present the coupon from our social media pages to your server and 10% of your bill will go towards supporting the Aces Cheer program!

Social Media Sites:
Twitter: @UEacescheer
Instagram: @UEacescheer
Facebook: University of Evansville Cheer Team 

* UE Cheer Team Plans Car Wash at G.D. Ritzy's

This Saturday, September 20, the UE Cheer Team will hold a car wash at G.D. Ritzy's on Green River road across from Eastland Mall. The car wash will be from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. All proceeds will go towards supporting the Aces Cheer program! 

* Fall Professionalization Talk: Applying to MFA Programs

On Monday, September 22, at 4:00 p.m., Dr. Lisa Nikolidakis will give a talk on applying to MFA programs in Room 162 in Schroeder Family School of Business Building.

Topics covered will include how to research programs, the application process, writing an effective personal statement, etiquette for requesting recommendations, and what to expect from graduate school.

After the 40-minute talk, there will be 20 minutes for Q&A. Following the Q&A, students who are preparing to apply to MFAs this term and have drafts of personal statements are welcome to stick around for more personalized feedback and guidance. 

* Scaffold Call Out Meeting September 25

Learn about a new organization that may use artificial intelligence and robotics to build creative designs from people with big ideas! We hope to recruit anyone who is interested. (You don't have to be an engineer.) If you are or aspire to be a great entrepreneur, engineer, artist, etc., this is the meeting for you. Please come to Room 101 in Koch Center on September 25, 6-7 pm for a full presentation conducted by Julian Erickson. 

* Acettes Fall Auditions

Are you interested in becoming a member of the University of Evansville Acettes Dance Team? The Acettes will be holding a Fall Audition on September 20 from 9 am-1 pm. For more information visit or email Coach Brooks at GO ACES! 


Info You Should Know

* Deadline for Student Charges

The last day to charge textbooks and supplies to your student account for the Fall term is Monday, September 29. If you still need a book or supplies and wish to take advantage of charging to your student account these items in the UE Bookstore, please do so by this date. If you have questions please contact the Bookstore 

* PT Department Need Elderly Participants for Balance Study

The physical therapy department faculty and students are seeking participants to take part in an upcoming balance training study. Participation involves two testing sessions and free balance training sessions three times per week for four weeks starting from October 21. Participants will be paid $20 for their testing sessions. Each testing session will take approximately two hours and include a free clinical evaluation. The balance training sessions will involve balance activities led by UE student physical therapists. We are seeking participants who are 65 years of age or older and who can walk without an assistive device for 10 feet. All participants are welcome regardless of prior fall history.

If you are interested in participating, please contact: Dr. Tzurei Chen at 812-488-2408 or Janet Szczepanski at 812-488-2576. Thank you very much for your consideration.

* Fraternity Bid Night & Passover - Correct Times

The times for Fraternity Bid Night & Passover were listed incorrectly in the Flush Flash. The actual times are 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.


* UE Libraries 2014/15 Wheeler Gift Fund Available

UE Libraries invites applications by Friday, October 10, for the Wheeler Gift Fund. Materials purchased with Wheeler funds consist of books, DVDs, or CDs a faculty member has identified as useful for support of a newly established class, a new academic program, or a cross-disciplinary effort undertaken by colleagues from several departments. Long term commitments, such as online database or journal subscriptions, cannot be supported with Wheeler funds.

The total amount available this year is $1,000. This entire sum may be awarded to one proposal or, depending on the number of proposals received and the merit of each, funds may be divided among proposals received.

The Wheeler Gift Fund was established to honor Walton M. Wheeler, Jr. (1908-60). Mr. Wheeler was a prominent Evansville attorney who served on the Board of Trustees of Evansville College from 1953-1960.

Please contact Kathy Bartelt, Collection Development Librarian, at kb4 or 2486 for an application form or to answer questions regarding the Wheeler Gift Fund.



* Internship Showcase and Humanities and Social Sciences Night

Academic departments in the Humanities and Social Sciences teamed with the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations and the Center for Career Development to sponsor the fourth annual Humanities and Social Sciences Night held Wednesday, September 17, Eykamp Hall, Ridgway University Center. This year, a new program element was introduced: an Internship Showcase highlighting the internships of Humanities and Social Science majors at the University of Evansville. A grand prize was awarded to the student who exemplified the goals and purpose of Experiential Education at the University of Evansville.

Nine students submitted a proposal and five were chosen to present their experience. The four students who were not chosen had the opportunity to submit a poster presentation. The nine submissions were:

Tyler Plogher: Major – psychology and sociology; Internship – Research assistant for Dr. Stevenson’s Research Laboratory; Graduation Date – May 2015

Caitlyn Haake: Major – art history and archaeology; Internship – Art History Department intern; Graduation Date – December 2015

Tim Smith: Major – Archaeology and art history; Internship – Reitz Home Museum; Graduation Date – May 2016

Mallory Mooney: Major – Sociology; Internship – Human Resources intern at Berry Plastics; Graduation Date – May 2015

Cheyenne Wells: Major – Archaeology and art history; Internship – Reitz Home Museum; Graduation Date – May 2017

Amy Niehaus: Major – Communication; Internship – Sales Intern at Cisco Systems; Graduation Date – May 2015

Emily Denne: Major – Psychology and art therapy; Internship – Zionsville Middle School Guidance Department; Graduation Date – May 2016

Mallory Ermler: Major – Psychology; Internship – Research assistant in Dr. Becker’s Research Laboratory; Graduation Date – December 2014

Stephanie Marcotte: Major – Archaeology and classical studies; Internship – Mary Ross Ellingson Internship; Graduation Date – May 2017

The five presenters were: Tyler Plogher, Mallory Mooney, Emily Denne, Amy Niehaus and Tim Smith.  The Showcase winner was Emily Denne and will receive a Kindle Fire. The other four presenters will receive a $25.00 shopping spree at the University Bookstore. The remaining submissions will receive a consolation prize for their efforts.

The Showcase highlighted five outstanding students who secured and completed exemplary experiential education experiences. All of the opportunities significantly impacted the personal and professional development of each student.  The Center for Career Development would like to thank all participants, academic departments, and its program partners in sponsoring a highly successful event.  Thank you!

* Reed Performs at Indiana University

Doug ReedDouglas Reed, Professor Emeritus of Music, performed In Memoriam William Albright (1944-1998) on the C.B. Fisk organ in Auer Hall at the Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University, on September 15. Ross Erickson, UE percussion instructor, assisted. The concert demonstrated the broad spectrum of the noted American composer’s musical vocabulary: electronic music (Pneuma), sacred music (Chorale Partita on Wer Nur Den Lieben Gott), and ragtime (Sweet Sixteenths). The program included the Indiana University premieres of unpublished Albright works edited by Reed - Whistler (1834-1903): Three Nocturnes and Chorale Prelude. Albright’s relationship with the University of Evansville included the commissioning of two major keyboard works: Four Fancies For Harpsichord (1979) with the support of the Mesker Music Trust, and Symphony For Organ (1986) with the support of the Friends of UE Music and a grant from the Indiana Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts. During the 1980s, the composer’s performances in Neu Chapel and Wheeler Concert Hall included the world premiere of his Organbook Iii and Ragtime and All That Jazz, featuring music by Scott Joplin, Zez Confrey, and William Bolcom. 

* Mechanical Engineering Students' Research Featured on the Cover of a National Publication

The research work of mechanical engineering students Brandon Causey, Efoise Eigbobo, and Kevin Schafer was featured on the cover of the national quarterly CURQ on the Web, a digital publication of the Council for Undergraduate Research. Other mechanical engineering students, including Ajanwachuku Okike, Nick Ueblehor, Kyle Schwinghamer, and Alex Miller, were involved in the research to improve the performance of a solar-powered thermosiphon. 



* Women's Soccer Set for Two Weekend Matches

Fresh off of a 1-0 shutout win over Southeast Missouri State, the University of Evansville women’s soccer team is set for a pair of matches this weekend.

On Friday evening, the Purple Aces travel to Belmont for a 4 p.m. match before returning home on Sunday for an 11 a.m. tilt versus Tennessee Tech.

Defense has been the story for the Aces, who begin the weekend with a 5-3-2 mark. Evansville has not given up a goal in the last three matches, shutting out SEMO, Valparaiso and IUPUI.

Montana Portenier was the hero in victory on Wednesday over SEMO, scoring in the 80th minute to give the Purple Aces a 1-0 win. The goal marked the first of her career.

Junior Simone Busby kept her shutout streak alive, making three saves on the night en route to her third-consecutive blanking of an opponent. Portenier recorded two shots for UE in the match while sophomore Colleen Dierkes also posted two.

Belmont has played seven matches, earning a 3-2-2 mark thus far. Last time out, the Bruins defeated UNC Asheville by a 2-1 final on Sunday. The win ended a 0-2-2 streak as the Bruins earned the first victory since August 24.

Belicia Mendiola leads the way for Belmont with four goals. She is the lone Bruin with more than one goal this year. Meg Howard has taken the most shots for Belmont with 22.

Sunday’s opponent at McCutchan Stadium will be Tennessee Tech. The Golden Eagles begin the weekend with a 2-5 record as they begin play on Friday evening at Wright State. The Golden Eagles were 0-3 to start the year, but are 2-2 in their last four with wins over Georgia State and Chattanooga.

The Golden Eagles have recorded just four goals in seven matches this season with Abi Gearing scoring two of them. She has also registered six shots on goal.

Friday’s match at Belmont will be streamed live at the OVC Digital Network. Click here to view.

* Aces Volleyball to Open MVC Play

Conference play is here for the University of Evansville volleyball team as they open up on Friday evening at Southern Illinois beginning at 7 p.m.

The Aces begin Missouri Valley Conference play with a 4-8 mark. Last weekend, Evansville had a stellar tournament, winning two out of three matches as freshmen Cathy Schreiber and Genesis Miranda were named to the All-Tournament Team.

Schreiber continued her success into Tuesday’s tilt at Northern Kentucky. The freshman finished with a career-high 16 kills while hitting .448 in the 5-set contest. She also tallied three blocks.

To begin the week, the Aces ranked fourth in the nation in total blocks. In their five sets against the Norse, UE only added to that statistic, posting 15 more total blocks, including seven on the solo side. Miranda was the leader in that statistic on Tuesday, recording a match-high four solo blocks.

Southern Illinois enters the conference opener with a 5-6 mark. After starting the season at 0-3, the Salukis have improved greatly, going 5-3 since. Included in their opening weekend were losses to No. 11 Illinois and 20th-ranked North Carolina. SIU defeated UT Martin on Tuesday by a 3-0 final and was victorious over Marshall on Saturday.

The Salukis boast the top blocker in the MVC as McKenzie Dorris leads the way with 1.30 per set. The sophomore has notched 35 total blocks in 27 sets. SIU also has one of the top hitters in the league as junior Taylor Pippen has hit .365. Her percentage is just behind Cassandra Willis of Indiana State, who leads the league at .429.

Evansville plays just one match this weekend at SIU before remaining on the road next weekend. The Aces continue Valley play next Friday at Indiana State before playing a rare Sunday match at Illinois State on Sept. 28.

* Indiana Intercollegiates on Tap for Aces

One of the largest races of the season is up next for the Purple Aces cross country teams as they travel to West Lafayette for Friday’s Indiana Intercollegites.

The Boilermaker Cross Country Course will play host to the event, which features four races. A total of 759 individuals are slated to compete with 368 women and 391 men entered in the races.

First up is the women’s 5K open at 3:30 p.m. ET followed by the men’s 8K open at 4:15. The women’s championship will kick off at 5 p.m. with the men’s championship beginning at 5:45. will have a live results link available.

Two weeks ago, the Aces competed at the EIU Walt Crawford Open. A pair of seniors led the way for both teams as Alyssa Moran took 18th place in the 5K race while Josh Genet came home 12th in UE's first 8K race of the fall.

Moran circled the course in a time of 19:35.42. It was her top 5K time in almost two years and her fourth-best overall time in collegiate 5K races. Next up for Evansville was Laurel Wolfe, who came in 23rd out of 132 runners. She finished in 19:46.50.

After leading the way for the Aces in last week's Belmont Opener, Elizabeth Kingshott came home 30th on Friday with her time of 20:04.59. She was followed by Kirsten Perrey, who ran the 5K race in a time of 20:16.08. Rounding out the top five was Loren Oboikovitz.

The junior tallied a 49th with her 20:47.09. In the first two outings of the season, Oboikovitz has run her two best races. She opened the year with a PR time of 20:32.09 before runner the second sub-21 minute race of her Evansville career. Entering the season, her previous top time was a 21:01.04 in last year's UE Invitational.

On the men's side, a pair of familiar faces finished atop the Aces leaderboard. Josh Genet ran a 27:04.40 en route to a 12th place effort. It marked the third year in a row that Genet registered a top 12 race at Eastern Illinois. Behind him was Matt Hamilton, who continued his solid running in his return this season. Hamilton came in 31st with a 28:22.60. A total of 131 runners were registered in the race.


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