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Friday, October 3, 2014

* Angie Dawson Named October 2014 Employee of the Month

Angie DawsonAngie Dawson, assistant director of financial aid, has been named the October 2014 IMPACT Employee of the Month.  During the 8 months that Financial Aid was without a director, Angie stepped up to the role of acting director of financial aid to keep the office functioning. While everyone in the Office of Financial Aid took on additional work, Angie took on new responsibilities in addition to acting director such as NCAA compliance. She not only learned and performed the job well, but excelled at it. Angie has a passion for helping students and consistently goes the extra mile to help them.

Congratulations, Angie.  And thank you for your outstanding leadership of the Financial Aid team.


What's Happening Today

* Alumni Reunions on Campus this Weekend

Alumni will be on campus this weekend celebrating 50th anniversary reunions. Congratulations to the women of Zeta Tau Alpha; the Zeta Alpha chapter was founded at Evansville College in 1964 and they will celebrate this milestone at a luncheon Saturday. Members of the graduating Class of 1964 and the class of 1964 nurses will be holding special events on campus Friday and Saturday in honor of their golden anniversaries. Help welcome our alumni back to campus. Questions about any of the reunion events? Contact or extension 2586. 


Upcoming Events

* Writing Center Boot Camp: Outlines, Introductions and Conclusions

Learn to incorporate vivid language into your introductions and conclusions, and learn how outlining can help organize your thoughts and make writing your essays easier. Whether you’re writing a research paper or just want to make your writing more compelling in general, it’s all about detail and organization! Join us at the Writing Center on Wednesday, October 8, from 5:00-5:30 p.m. for this useful presentation. 

* World Communion this Sunday in Neu Chapel at 10:30 AM

World Communion SundayYou are invited to attend University Worship this Sunday, October 5, at 10:30 a.m. in Neu Chapel! This week we will celebrate World Communion Sunday, a day when churches across the globe emphasize the sacrament of Holy Communion and the rich diversity at the table, affirming that in the Church “there is one body and one Lord, one baptism, one God of us all.” (Ephesians 4:4) Join us as we sing a new song and proclaim new words of hope. All are welcome at the table! Donuts and coffee available before and after the service. 

* Year of Service Forum Wednesday

The Year of Service Forum is Wednesday, October 8, 6:30-8 p.m., Smythe Lecture Hall (Room 170), Schroeder School of Business Building. A panel of faculty, alumni, and guests who have participated in distinguished Year of Service programs will discuss program selection processes, applications, program types, national vs. international opportunities, value of these experiences, teaching English abroad, etc. The hour-long Q&A will be followed by an informal reception where students can continue discussions with panelists. All students welcome! This event is sponsored by the Center for Career Development. 

* Barbara Pierce Bush and Jenna Hager to Speak at Snyder Lecture on October 21

Barbara Pierce Bush and Jenna Hager will be on campus Tuesday, October 21 as guests of the Patricia H. Snyder Concert and Lecture Series. The event will take place in Eykamp Hall in Ridgway University Center at 7:00 p.m. on October 21. Doors will open at 6:00 p.m. Barbara and Jenna will both share stories and insights, followed by a moderated conversation and Q&A. Cass Herrington, host and producer at WNIN 88.3, will serve as the moderator.

Please contact Beth Speer, 488-1013 or, if you have questions.

United in their humanitarian missions and the spirit of service - as well as through their close family bond - Barbara Pierce Bush and Jenna Hager have found a shared purpose in giving voice to the disadvantaged while bringing to light stories of hope.

Coming from a unique vantage point as the only twins to grow up in the White House as both grandchildren and children, Barbara and Jenna were inspired to live lives of meaning from an early age. Stemming from their travels to impoverished areas in Africa and Latin America, they have now made it their life’s calling to address the most pressing health, education and economic inequality issues of our time. Whether through Barbara’s creation of Global Health Corps or Jenna’s position as a Today correspondent and UNICEF chair, both women help spread the message that ideas put to action are the best kind.

With their special brand of infectious warmth and kind humor - evidenced in their delightful back and forth banter during their presentations—this dynamic pair will ignite an audience’s passion to serve and inspire future young leaders to give back in their schools, local communities or abroad.

* Fall Professionalization Talk #2: Literary Publishing

On Monday, October 6 at 4:00 p.m., Dr. Lisa Nikolidakis will give a talk on publishing fiction, poetry, and nonfiction in literary journals in Room 162 in Schroeder School of Business Building.

Topics covered will include how to best prepare your work, identifying where to send it, dealing with rejection, and which resources you can use to manage your submissions. After the 45-minute talk, there will be a Q&A session

* Used Book Sale to Benefit United Way - Last Call to Donate!

The 5th annual United Way Used Book Sale will be October 7 & 8. Donation boxes for books are in the following locations:

President's Office (Olmsted Hall)
Human Resources (Olmsted Hall)
Dean of A&S's Office (Hyde Hall)
Theatre Department Office (Hyde Hall)
Music Department Office (Krannart Fine Arts Building)
Publications (Sampson Hall)
Schroeder Family School of Business Area Offices
Igleheart Building
Biology Department Office (Koch Center)
Career Services (Ridgway University Center)
Tapley Multimedia Center (Graves Hall)
Athletics Office (Carson Center)

All genres are welcome except textbooks! If you have a large number of books to donate, please contact Meg Atwater-Singer at ma35/x2487.


* UE Theatre Auditions for Male Child Actors for "Macbeth"

The University of Evansville Department of Theatre is holding auditions for male child actors, ages 6–10, for small roles in the upcoming production of Macbeth, by William Shakespeare. Auditions will be at 4:00 p.m., Sunday, October 5, on the UE campus.

Actors must be available to attend occasional evening rehearsals from October 6 through Nov 13. Actors must be available for ALL performances taking place Nov. 14, 15, 20, 21, and 22 at 7:30 p.m., Nov. 16 and 23 at 2:00 p.m. and, Nov 17, 18, and 19 at 9:00 a.m.

Actors do not need to come with anything prepared, as they will be asked to read excerpts from the script.

For more information or to register, please call Sharla Cowden, UE Theatre Marketing Director, at 812.488.2747.

* GI Generation to Be Topic of UE's Fiddick Lecture on October 10

Theodore WilsonEvansville native Theodore Wilson, University of Kansas professor of history, will be the speaker at the University of Evansville’s Thomas C. Fiddick Memorial Lecture on October 10. The lecture starts at 7:00 p.m., in Eykamp Hall, Room 251, Ridgway University Center. This event, which is sponsored by UE’s Department of History, is free and open to the public.

Wilson’s topic will be "The GI Generation: Sending American Soldiers into Battle in World War II."

“Theodore Wilson is one of the most distinguished historians of the Second World War working in America today, and we are thrilled to bring him to UE to deliver the Fiddick Lecture and interact with students in class,” said James MacLeod, UE professor of history and director of the Fiddick Memorial Lecture.

MacLeod added “As we mark the 70th anniversary of D-Day and other battles where young Americans changed the course of world history, it is the perfect time to hear from one of the world’s foremost authorities on the United States Military between 1941 and 1945.”

Wilson earned his PhD from Indiana University in 1966 and has been a professor at the University of Kansas since 1965. His research has focused on the intersections of politics, national security policies, and foreign affairs between 1940 and 1975, and in recent years chiefly on the military dimensions of World War II. A recipient of Guggenheim and NEH fellowships, Wilson has held visiting appointments at the US Army Command and General Staff College, Leicester University, and University College Dublin. He served as Senior Research Fellow during 1989-91 at the US Army Center of Military History.

He is the author or editor of such works as The First Summit: Roosevelt and Churchill at Placentia Bay, 1941; Makers of American Diplomacy; D-Day 1944, and Victory in Europe, 1945: From World War to Cold War. He is the general editor of the University Press of Kansas series, Modern War Studies. Forthcoming books include Coalition Warfare: A History and Building Warriors: The Selection and Training of U.S. Ground Combat Forces in World War II.

Thomas Fiddick, for whom the Fiddick Memorial Lecture is named, was a professor of history at UE from 1963 to 2002. He was a dedicated teacher, productive scholar, and a tireless fighter in the cause of justice. His death on the day of his retirement in 2002 stunned the UE community, especially his former students. It was the efforts of those students, along with Fiddick’s friends and the University, which led to the establishment of the Thomas C. Fiddick Memorial Lecture.

“The Fiddick Lecture is one of the best events of the year, as we get to celebrate the career of a truly outstanding faculty member here at UE,” MacLeod explained. “Tom Fiddick was a brilliant scholar and an incredible teacher who made a life-transforming impact on generations of students.”

For more information, please contact the UE Department of History at 812-488-2963.


Info You Should Know

* Dr. Kazee to do live coverage on WEHT and WTVW of President Obama's visit

University of Evansville President Thomas A. Kazee will be doing live TV coverage of President Obama's visit today with Brad Byrd on WEHT and WTVW from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

You can watch Dr. Kazee and Brad Byrd's live commentary here:

Also, the television in the President's Conference Room in Olmsted Hall will be turned on from noon to 2:00 p.m. this afternoon so people can walk by and listen to the broadcast as they have time. 

* UE Libraries' 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 488-2486 for an application form or to answer questions regarding the Wheeler Gift Fund.

* UE PRIDE Is Looking for Panelists

UE PRIDE is hosting the annual Coming Out Panel on Oct. 8 at 6:00 pm. They are still looking for panelists to tell their coming out stories. If you are interested, e-mail PRIDE at



* Nikolidakis Wins Orlando Flash Fiction Prize

Creative Writing's Dr. Lisa Nikolidakis won A Room of Her Own Fall 2014 Flash Fiction Prize for her story "The Spinning Field." The piece will be published in Issue No. 17 of the Los Angeles Review.

Of her story, judge Kristen Wolf writes, "‘The Spinning Field’ brings the reader immediately and viscerally into the world of the alien among us – the outsider, the immigrant, the ostracized. For its pitch-perfect voice, succinct yet compelling details, and total honesty (even when it ain’t pretty), ‘The Spinning Field’ has the mark of a writer to watch!” 

* Mark Kopta's CelestHealth Research Group Has Paper Accepted for Publication

Mark Kopta, professor of psychology, is coauthor of a paper to be published in Psychotherapy Research.  Kopta collaborated with researchers at the University of Louisville on the article entitled, “Good-Enough Level and Dose-Effect Models: Variation Among Outcomes and Therapists” (Owen, Adelson, Budge, Kopta, & Reese). The article includes psychotherapy outcomes findings on 13,664 patients treated by 586 clinicians.  The CelestHealth Research Group has research sites at the University of Louisville, Johns Hopkins University, Marquette University, and the University of Trier, Germany.

* UE Faculty and Students Publish Entries in New Encyclopedia

Three University of Evansville faculty, one current student, and one alumna had entries published in the recently released encyclopedia, "The Social History of the American Family."

Mari Plikuhn, assistant professor of sociology, and James J. Berry, associate professor of anthropology, co-authored the entry "Arranged Marriage."

Mari Plikuhn and Tyler Plogher, senior psychology and sociology double-major, co-authored the entry "Demographic Changes: Zero Population Growth and Birth Rates."

Mari Plikuhn and Sarah Malik ('14, psychology and sociology), co-authored the entry "Fertility."

Robin C. Sager, assistant professor of history, authored the entries “Frontier Families” and “Westward Expansion.”



* Aces Swimming & Diving Set for First Home Meet

On Friday, the University of Evansville swimming and diving teams are set to officially reopen Wyttenbach Pool as the Purple Aces will take on Southern Illinois.

The meet will be divided into two days with the diving portion set for Friday at 4 p.m. before the swimming meet will take place on Saturday beginning at 11 a.m. It will be the first home meet for the Aces since November of 2013.

SIU and UE meet twice during the season prior to the conference championships. The teams will meet up once again in the final regular-season meet on February 7, 2015 in Carbondale, Ill.

Last weekend, Evansville began the season with a trip to the Butler Quad Meet in Fishers, Ind. Evansville's women had a perfect 5-0 day on Sunday. Their top score of 185.00 came against Western Illinois, who tallied a 48. They topped Butler by a 172.00-56.00 final while the other scores of the day were a 168.00-57.00 victory over Valparaiso, a 137.00-101.00 triumph against Saint Louis and a 135.00-93.00 victory over Xavier.

The men were also impressive, going an even 2-2 on the day. They defeated Valparaiso, 144.00-75.00 and took down Western Illinois, 120.00-109.00. Their defeats were to Saint Louis (179.00-54.00) and Xavier (115.00-104.00).

Highlighting the day were several victories by the Aces. A foursome of Micheala Kent, Mackenzie Powell, Danielle Freeman and Abby Smith were victorious in the 200 medley Relay. Freeman, who is coming off of a stellar freshman campaign, was also victorious in the 50 and 100 freestyle races.

Michelle Tipton earned a pair of victories for UE. She topped the competition in the 200 and 500 Freestyle events. Tipton contributed to a team win in the 400 free relay. She teamed with Samantha Montgomery, Abby Smith and Mackenzie Harris. On the diving side, Courtney Coverdale earned the win in the 1 meter and 3 meter dives.

Evansville's men also had a successful day, posting numerous top three efforts. In the 200 medley relay, Ethan O'Rourke, Troy Burger, Daniel O'Brien and Ashton Bishop combined to finish in second place. Burger also recorded a second place in the 200 breaststroke.

* MVC Home Opener on Tap for Volleyball

With two weekends of Missouri Valley Conference play under their belts, the Purple Aces volleyball team returns to the Carson Center this weekend for its first two home league matches of the season.

Bradley will be the first opponent of the weekend. The Aces and Braves will square off at 7 p.m. on Friday before UE welcomes Loyola to the Carson Center for a 6 p.m. match on Saturday.

Last weekend, the Aces continued Valley play at Indiana State and Illinois State. Evansville put forth a strong effort on Friday at Indiana State before falling just short in a 3-1 loss. The Aces hit .234 in the contest, finishing at the .200 mark or better for the fourth time this season. Evansville was 3-0 in the previous matches hitting .200 or better.

Freshman Cathy Schreiber has hit a team-best .312 this season, notching 107 kills in 239 attempts with 35 errors. She ranks ninth in the conference and is the no. 2 freshman in the league.

Over the course of the season, the Aces have recorded an impressive 46 solo blocks. That is 12 more than anyone else in the conference and is 27 more than its competition thus far. Just as impressive is the fact that ten different players have posted a solo block.

The Braves come to Evansville with a 0-14 mark with four of those losses coming in league action. One number stands out looking at the Braves and that is their hitting. As a team, Bradley has allowed the opposition to hit .226 while the offense has hit .105 this season.

Leading the Braves offense is Taylor Thiele, who has notched 139 kills, an average of 2.57 per set. Just behind her is Jamie Livaudais, who checks in with 104.

Loyola begins the weekend with a 5-8 mark, which includes a 1-3 MVC record. In the opening weekend, the Ramblers topped Drake by a 3-2 final with their losses coming against UNI, Missouri State and Wichita State.

With 205 kills, Morgan Reardon sits atop the conference. Her total translates to an average of 4.10 per set. Part of that success can be attributed to Caroline Holt, who leads the Valley with 10.63 assists per set.

* Cross Country Travels to Greater Louisville Classic

One of the biggest events of the season for the University of Evansville cross country teams is set for Saturday as the Purple Aces travel over to Louisville for the Greater Louisville Classic.

E.P. "Tom" Sawyer State Park will be the host to the event, which begins with the first of several races at 8 a.m. The park played host to the 2012 NCAA Division I National Championship and will host the Division II Championship this year.

Two weeks, ago, Evansville ran at the Indiana Intercollegiates in West Lafayette, Ind. Josh Genet led the men once again, coming home in a time of 26:54.7. He came in 33rd in the Big State race while his time ranked him 51st out of 195 runners in the 8K race. Matt Hamilton finished in 37th with his final of 28:03.5. It marked his best 8K time of the season, topping his run at Eastern Illinois by 18 seconds.

Third across the stripe for the guys was sophomore Ben Woolems. He ran a 28:40.4, which was 48 seconds better than his top 8K time this season. Next up Ross Frondorf, who posted a 30:01.8, a 28-second improvement from EIU. Jon Ashby was the fifth finisher for the Aces. He ran the event in a time of 30:40.4.

Leading the women was Laurel Wolfe, who came in 26th out of 50 in the Big State contingent. She ran an 18:42.9 in the 3-mile event. This is the first three mile run for the Aces women and all times will officially count as PR's. Most events for the ladies are 5K, which equals out to 3.10686 miles.

Next up was Alyssa Moran. After leading the women at EIU, Moran came in 28th (D1) on Friday with an 18:42.2 and 40th overall

Loren Oboikovitz was third for the ladies, continuing her strong start to the season with a 19:35.9. She was 37th on the D1 list and 80th overall. Kirsten Perrey was just behind. She came in 1.2 seconds behind Oboikovitz. 

* Women's Tennis Set for MVC Individual Championship

Following two stellar tournaments to begin the season, the University of Evansville women’s tennis team travels to the Missouri Valley Conference Individual Championship, which is set for Friday through Sunday.

Waveland Tennis Courts in Des Moines, Iowa will play host to the event. Drake University is the host.

Evansville has been strong in both singles and doubles play thus far. As a team, the Aces have won 81% of their doubles tiles and 76.7% of its singles efforts. Leading the way in doubles have been the top-flight duo of Marketa Trousilova and Marina Moreno. They have combined to go 7-0 in tournaments at SIU Edwardsville and the UE/USI Fall Invite.

In singles, the Purple Aces have been equally impressive. Freshman Kennedy Craig has had a stellar start to her collegiate career, winning all seven of her matches thus far. In her first doubles action last weekend, she teamed with Mina Milovic to go a perfect 3-0.

Three others have just one singles loss for UE, led by sophomore Andjela Brguljan. Seeing time in the third flight, Brguljan has won six out of her seven tries so far. Senior Mina Milovic has been victorious in four out of five matches while Gaby Fifer enters the tournament at 3-1.

Evansville’s top doubles team of Trousilova and Moreno have also had success in singles. Moreno, playing in the fourth flight, has had a 5-2 start to the year while Trousilova is 4-2. Natasha James has accumulated four single victories so far and teamed up with Brguljan last weekend to go 3-0 at no. 2 doubles.

The draws for the opening round are out with Trousilova slated to take on Alexa Brandt of Bradley at the top flight. James will face Gabriela Porubin of Wichita State in the second flight with Brguljan taking on Valerija Gercar of Illinois State at no. 3. Fourth flight singles will feature Moreno taking on Ekaterina Donetskova of Missouri State and Craig putting her undefeated mark against Jordan Eggelston of Drake in the fifth flight.

Fifer will compete in the sixth flight with Milovic put in the seventh for UE. Top doubles will see the Aces take on Illinois State with flight two taking on SIU and Brguljan/Craig facing Drake in the third flight.

* Heritage Federal Credit Union Awards Scholarships

Heritage Federal Credit Union honored soccer players Bronwyn Boswell and Kevin Schafer with its annual scholarship at last week’s Student-Athlete Academic Honors Breakfast.

Given out each year, the scholarship is given to a male and female who meet four specific criteria. They must have a minimum GPA of 3.5 while participating in at least 20 hours of community service for three or more non-profit service organizations.

The recipients must hold a campus leadership position and also assume a leadership role on their team, which is based on a letter of recommendation from their head coach.

Bronwyn Boswell of the women’s soccer team has earned a 3.952 GPA as a direct admit into the Physical Therapy Program. She has accumulated 40 community service hours while helping out 10 different organizations.

Mechanical Engineering major Kevin Schafer has worked hard to achieving a 3.9 GPA in his first three years. In the community, Schafer has worked 20.5 hours across eight different organizations.


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