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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

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* Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn Broadcast

On Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. in Eykamp 253-255 in Ridgway University Center, the National Society of Leadership and Success will be broadcasting a live presentation by journalists Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn.

Kristof and WuDunn are Pulitzer Prize winning authors, New York Times #1 Best-Sellers and activists. Their previous book Half the Sky inspired a worldwide movement and a PBS special. Their upcoming book A Path Appears focuses on people who are making the world a better place, and is the basis of a four hour PBS series airing January 2015. Kristof was also the subject of the documentary Reporter, produced by Ben Affleck. 

* This Week in Music: First Tuesday Orchestra Concert, Weekend Opera Scenes, and a War Symposium

The Department of Music will continue its First Tuesday Concert Series in Neu Chapel this Tuesday evening, November 4, at 7:30 with a performance by the University Symphony Orchestra. Assistant Professor and Director of Orchestral Activities Brian St. John will conduct the ensemble in a program of works that will include Stravinsky’s Four Norwegian Moods for Orchestra and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Symphony No. 2 in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 9, also known as the “Antar” Symphony. USO concertmaster and 2014 Vukovich Concerto Competition winner Natsumi Yamada will also be featured in a performance of Pablo de Sarasate’s virtuosic “Zigeunerweisen,” or “Gypsy Dances,” for violin and orchestra. The concert is free and open to the public.

The Schmidt Family Opera Series presents an evening of opera scenes in Wheeler Concert Hall this Friday and Saturday evening, November 7 and 8, at 7:30. The program, subtitled “Comedy Tonight,” will offer scenes ranging from Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro to Monty Python’s "Spamalot," all with a comical flavor. Assistant Professor of Voice Alanna Keenan will direct the performances, which will include sets and costumes and accompaniment by pianist Kristin Jones. The performances are made possible by the Schmidt Opera Series. Admission is $10.

All members of the UE community are invited to attend an Illustrated and Musical Discussion of Benjamin Britten’s masterpiece, the War Requiem, which is being performed by the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra on November 15. The UE event consists of three parts: “World War I & the Poetry of Wilfred Owen” by Professor of History Dr. James MacLeod, “The Life and Work of Benjamin Britten” by Assistant Professor of Music History John Jordan, and “The War Requiem and its Performance” by Maestro Alfred Savia, music director of the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra. The discussion will take place in Room 170 (Smythe Lecture Hall) in Schroeder School of Business Building this Wednesday evening, November 5, at 7:00 and is free and open to the public.


Upcoming Events

* I-House: Zimbabwe

This week's presentation will be about Zimbabwe! Rebecca is one of the presenters and she is an archaeological major. She loves reading, shooting, traveling, hiking and playing Xbox. She loves the awesome people here at UE. The next presenter is Kudzi. He is a computer science major. He loves traveling, composing music and sports. He loves UE for its amazing opportunities and the awesome people we have here! Now you know a little about them, come see the presentation on Wednesday at 7 pm upstairs in Ridgway University Center! See you all there! 

* UE Veterans Day Events

The University of Evansville Office of Diversity Initiatives and the Office of Veterans Affairs are proud to welcome Brigadier General Ondra Berry for a day of special presentations on Tuesday, November 11.

Berry is originally from Evansville, Indiana, and is a 1986 graduate of UE.  He serves as brigadier general and assistant adjutant general for the Nevada Air National Guard. He is co-founder of Guardian Quest, a company committed to unleashing the untapped potential of individuals and organizations through world-class training solutions. Known as a change agent in personal and organizational transformation, Berry’s vast leadership and training experience spans public and private sectors. His skills were refined in a celebrated 25-year career in the Reno Police Department, where he retired as the assistant chief of police overseeing the administrative division.  For his civilian occupation, Berry serves as vice president of diversity and inclusion, corporate diversity and community engagement for MGM Resorts International.

He has committed his life to inspire those within his sphere of influence to realize and actualize their hidden potential. Berry has been a champion of leadership, diversity, organizational change, and individual personal growth for over 25 years. He is committed to challenging the status quo in human potential and utilized his two decades of experience and studies in the topic of personal leadership and greatness to ignite a movement of unleashing the potential within, one person at a time, worldwide. His goal is to get each person to understand their “Ayoba” the awesomeness and potential that we all have within.   Through his innovative training and keynote addresses, Berry has spoken to many diverse audiences, and is on a quest to leave this world better than he found it!

Veterans Day Service
11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Wheeler Concert Hall, Krannert Hall of Fine Arts, University of Evansville

The campus community, alumni, and friends are invited to celebrate Veterans Day on campus for our annual Veterans Day Service. Berry will serve as our key note speaker. A light luncheon reception will immediately follow in the lobby of Krannert Hall of Fine Arts.

An Honest Discussion About Inclusion
3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Room 272, Schroeder School of Business Building

University faculty, staff, and administration are invited to a discussion led by Berry and LaNeeca Williams, UE’s diversity and equity officer.

What is inclusion?  It is about ALL of us. Inclusion is about living full lives-about learning to work together. Inclusion makes the world our classroom for a fife.  Inclusion treasures diversity and builds community.  Inclusion is about our ‘abilities’ - our gifts and how to share them.  Inclusion is NOT just one issue. Your University experience allows you many opportunities to develop your “inclusion consciousness” that will better prepare you for work, life, and social skill sets that allow you to be your best self. This workshop will talk about the mind-set, heart-set, skill-set and tool-sets that can add value to your student and personal life for the future. Different tactics, techniques, and tools, will be discussed so that all feel included and valued at the University. 

What Are You Doing With What You Know
7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Vectren Lecture Hall, Room 100, Koch Center for Engineering and Science

The campus and Evansville community are invited for this special presentation. Berry will be speaking from his experiences and understanding of a leader’s role in life: what are we truly capable of?  He will talk about what it means to unleash your full potential and live beyond how you may define leadership.  Berry will discuss what it really means to be your BEST (Brand, Exposure, Structure, Taking Charge) and will discuss his reasoning for writing on the topic of Ayoba (The Spirit of Awesomeness). Berry lives his life by this definition of leadership; “Leadership is the capacity to influence others, through inspiration, motivated by a passion, generated by a vision, produced by a conviction, ignited by a purpose.” Myles Munroe. Those who attend will be challenged to raise their leadership standards, to develop AIM points for life, and recognize the importance of strategic agility.  

* Employee Wellness Nurse on Campus

On Wednesday, Nov. 5, from 1-3 p.m., the employee wellness nurse will be in Koch North lobby. 

* Save the Date: International Bazaar!

The International Club is proud to host the 28th annual International Bazaar on Friday, November 21 from 5-8 pm. The UE community and the greater Evansville community are invited to learn about traditions, foods, and fun in many of the cultures represented by our students. Feel free to bring family and friends to sample international cuisine, tour many countries, and enjoy cultural performances.

The theme of the Bazaar this year centers on the stars and on the idea that we are all united under a starry sky. The Ridgway University Center will be transformed in this wonderfully expanded event -- with food served in Cafe Court & performances and cultural experiences. Thanks to the generous support of the UE's SGA, all UE students will enjoy free admission to the event. General Admission is $5 with all proceeds going to UNICEF.

* Write-In at the Library

November is National Novel Writing Month. Everyone is welcome at the write-in Wednesday nights in November (November 5, 12 and 19), from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Room 203, the Boardroom, in the Library.  Come join your fellow writers and write your story!  Contact Danielle (dw56) or go to for more information.

* Groundbreaking of McCarthy Greenhouse

Join us Friday, November 7 at 4:30 p.m. for the groundbreaking of the McCarthy Greenhouse. The location is the lot behind Koch Center on the corner of Lincoln and Weinbach. 

* Harlaxton Society Offering Alumni Trip Options Summer 2015: Interest Meeting - November 6

Harlaxton, London, Paris runs from July 27 - August 6; while Harlaxton alone is July 27 - 31. Trips are open to all alumni, parents, faculty and staff.

To find out more about the trips, an interest meeting is being held at UE on Thursday, November 6, at 6:00 p.m. in Eykamp Hall, Room 253, Ridgway University Center. RSVP to Tracy at 812-682-4477 if you plan to attend. If you cannot make it, a webinar is scheduled for Thursday, November 13, at 7:00 p.m. CST.

Register online for the webinar at

More details about both trip options are available on our website at 

* Free HIV Testing

Free & confidential HIV testing will be offered on November 7 from 9:00 a.m. - Noon at the Health Center in Sampson Hall. Please call 488-2033 to arrange your appointment time. 

* Writing Center Boot Camp: Academic Honesty

Writing Center Boot Camp: Academic Honesty is set for Wednesday, November 5 at 5 p.m.

“But Professor, this author writes so much better than me!” In this important workshop, you will learn how to use quotations, paraphrasing and summarizing to support your research while at the same time giving credit to the intellectual property of your sources. Avoiding the "P" word is the main focus of this presentation. We hope to see you there! 

* Events for Science and Math Students, Faculty and the Evansville Community

Everyone is invited to the events planned for the Science Alumni Advisory Council and the Dr. Guy Banta Lecture Series featuring Dr. David Shelton '05. He will be speaking on "Leveraging Academic Partnerships to Start a Technology Company with NO Capital," something that he has experienced firsthand since graduating with a degree in physics from UE. Please join us. 

Schedule for the Science Alumni Advisory Council Events and the Dr. Guy Banta Lecture Series

Friday, November 7

1:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m., Koch Center, Lobby - Student Poster Exhibit

3:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m., Vectren Lecture Hall, Room 100, Koch Center for Engineering and Science - Dr. Guy Banta Distinguished Lecture Series in Natural Sciences and Mathematics: "Leveraging Academic Partnerships to Start a Technology Company with NO Capital" - Dr. David Shelton '05 (Shelton is a University of Evansville graduate in physics and is president and CEO of Plasmonics Inc. based in Orlando, Florida)

4: 30 p.m., Koch Center for Engineering and Science Building - Groundbreaking Ceremony of the McCarthy Greenhouse

4:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m., Fehn House, 519 Rotherwood Avenue, Evansville - Reception. Students, faculty, and alumni invited.

Saturday, November 8

8:00 a.m., Outside Room 102, Koch Center for Engineering and Science - Science Advisory Council Annual Meeting. All are welcome. Student presentations, departmental reports and needs, suggestions from alumni

8:30-10:30 a.m., Room 102, Koch Center for Engineering and Science - Josh Fessel, facilitator. Topics to include:
Departmental updates, Greenhouse construction, New Bachelor of MD program, IU School of Medicine-Evansville update.

* Fall into Health: Family, Fun and Fitness Night

The University of Evansville senior nursing class will be hosting Fall into Health: Family Fun and Fitness Night Thursday, November 6 from 5:30-7:30 at Lodge Community School, located at 2000 Lodge Avenue in Evansville. Make plans now to attend this physically active fun filled event! Visit all the stations to enter for prizes that include: bicycles, spa gift certificates, movie passes, sports equipment and so much more! 

* Half Day Leadership Conference

The National Society of Leadership and Success, the Center for Student Engagement and the University of Southern Indiana will host a half day leadership conference on Saturday, November 15 from 9 am to 1 pm. The keynote speaker will be musician Jason LeVasseur. Jason will be performing his music show at the SAB sponsored Friday Night event on November 14 and will be presenting his Rock Star Leadership presentation on Saturday, November 15. There will be two rounds of break-out sessions as well.

This event is free to UE and USI students. The event will take place in the Schroeder School of Business Building. Please join us for an educational, engaging and interactive leadership training that will allow you to share information with other students from USI.

To sign up for the event, go to

before November 12 to guarantee your attendance.

* Farewell Reception - Whitney Hackler

The Office of Academic Affairs will be hosting a farewell reception for Grants Manager Whitney Hackler on Thursday, November 6, 3:00-4:30 pm in Olmsted 204. Please plan on joining us and wishing Whitney good luck with her new venture! 

* Go Rock Climbing at Vertical Excape with Venture Crew

Venturing Crew is rock climbing at Vertical Excape on Sat., Nov. 15 at 8:00 p.m.–12:00 a.m. You may sign up for this free event on Nov. 5 and 6 at 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. and 5:00–6:00 p.m. in Ridgway University Center. This event is open to all UE students, but space is limited. 

* Annual Chili Bowl Sale - November 6

The annual UE Clay Club Chili Bowl Sale is set for Thursday, November 6, on the lawn between Sampson Hall and Hyde Hall. The event will begin at 11 a.m. and end at 1 p.m. Buy a bowl of homemade chili and keep the hand-crafted ceramic bowl!

Chili Bowls

* Andiron Lecture Set for November 5

Jennifer Drake will be the speaker at the Andiron Lecture on Wednesday, November 5. The lecture will begin at 4:00 p.m. in Room 252, Eykamp Hall, Ridgway University Center. A social gathering with beverages begins at 3:45 p.m.

Drake's topic will be "Why the Smart Money is Investing in Early Childhood Education."

Since 2009, Drake has served as the president and CEO of 4C of Southern Indiana. She holds two degrees from the University of Evansville – a Master of Science in public service administration and a Bachelor of Liberal Studies. Drake also holds a certificate in fund raising management from the Fund Raising School, Indiana University Lilly
Family School of Philanthropy.

She currently serves on three state-level committees: the Indiana Professional Development Network Quality Assurance Committee, Indiana’s Paths to QUALITY™ Coordination and Oversight Committee, and the governor’s Early Learning Advisory Committee Family Engagement Workgroup. Locally, she also holds an informal seat at the Southwest Indiana Business Leaders Roundtable on Early Childhood and serves as a member of one of 17 teams chosen nationally by Ready Nation to participate in an Early Childhood Social Impact Performance Advisor project.

This presentation explores a trend among prominent investors to invest in early childhood education. Notable investments are discussed and linked to the scientific and economic cases that motivated them. The scientific case for increasing the capacity of adults to provide high quality early learning experiences is established by developmental science and by advancements in neuroscience. The economic case is made by exploring returns on investments so robust that they are almost certainly self-financing in the long term. This presentation serves to inform the future of public and private investments by increasing understanding of the benefits associated with high quality early learning.

For further information, call the series coordinator Annette Parks at 812-488-1070 or the William L. Ridgway College of Arts and Sciences at 812-488-2589. 


Info You Should Know

* Keep Up on Bookstore Promotions and Events

Did you know you can keep up on UE Bookstore promotions and upcoming events by visiting the UE Bookstore's Facebook page? Like the Bookstore on Facebook and you'll receive information about new products and special promotions relevant to you including special events. The holiday season is coming soon so sign up today! 



* Aces Soccer Streaking to Top of MVC Standings

The University of Evansville men’s soccer team (4-1-0) has won four straight Missouri Valley Conference matches and finds themselves in second place in the standings.

UE is on an impressive three-year stretch where they have recorded nine conference wins, most since 2008-2010

“The Missouri Valley Conference is one of the toughest in the country,” said UE head coach Mike Jacobs. “We’ve had teams advance to the National Championship and College Cup (Creighton), as well as to the Elite Eight (Bradley and Drake). For this team to have played as well as they have over the past three years is a testament to the leadership of our senior class, and the group’s ability to rise to the occasion of playing in big conference matches.”

UE’s next match is at Missouri State on Saturday, November 8 at 7:00 pm. This is their final game before the MVC Tournament begins the next weekend. 

* Getting To Know Your Aces: Women's Basketball Freshman Guard Kenyia Johnson

Player Name: Kenyia Johnson

Position: Guard

Academic Year: Freshman

Hometown: Orange Park, Florida

Favorite color: Blue

Favorite meal: Steak and baked potato

Favorite class: Intro to Athletic Training

Most inspirational person in your life: My mom because she’s a strong women and believer in God. She is very wise, and she has a huge heart.

Favorite basketball figure: Derrick Rose

Major: Athletic Training

Reason you chose UE: Because my teammates were welcoming, and made me feel at home.

Most memorable UE moment: Touching the rim.

Most important goal as a student athlete: Graduating with honors and taking my game to the next level.

What does being a Purple Ace mean to you: It means a lot to me because I’m getting an opportunity some people are wishing to have. I was blessed enough to be chosen for UE.


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