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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

* Winter Commencement 2014

Winter Commencement 2014 is Wednesday, December 17, at 2 p.m., in the Large Gym in Carson Center. This year’s commencement speaker will be Jennie Ebeling, associate professor of archaeology, who received the 2014 Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award during May's commencement ceremony. The ceremony will be followed by a reception for the graduates and their family and friends, in the Class of 1959 Gallery and Lounge in Ridgway University Center. This event is sponsored by the UE Alumni Association.

For anyone who would like to watch the ceremony but cannot attend in person, a live, streaming video will be available at:

For more information on Winter Commencement go


* Baccalaureate Today in Neu Chapel

This year’s Baccalaureate ceremony will be Wednesday, December 17 at 11:00 a.m. in Neu Chapel. This interfaith service, led by University Chaplain Tamara Gieselman, is a historical way to celebrate and show thanks for lives dedicated to learning and wisdom.  Degree candidates are not required to robe for this ceremony and are asked to sit with family and friends. Café Court will be open for lunch following Baccalaureate. Graduates will receive a meal coupon via email for their meal, while the cost for lunch for their family and friends will be $7.50.


What's Happening Today

* Book Buyback

The semester ending Book Buyback at the UE Bookstore begins December 10 at NOON and runs until December 17 at 5 p.m. Students are required to show their student ID and you'll get CASH on the spot. Your original receipt is not required. We also buyback books regardless of where purchased or if used on this campus or not. You can sell books back as many times as you like during the week. Special promotions during Buyback as well including a daily drawing for a $100 gift card. 

* Bookstore Holiday Sale

The UE Bookstore is offering 20% OFF all UE Clothing and Gift purchases December 10-17. There are also specially marked items during the week for quick clearance. Clearance items are exempt from additional discount. 


Upcoming Events

* Retirement Reception for Earl Kirk this Afternoon

After over a decade of dedicated service to the University of Evansville and specifically Harlaxton College, Earl Kirk, Director of Study Abroad, is retiring. Please join us to honor Earl and thank him for his leadership at a reception TODAY - Thursday, December 18 - from 2:30-3:30 p.m. in Dunigan Lounge in the McCurdy Wing of the Schroeder School of Business Building. Hope to see you there!


Info You Should Know

* Koch Center Parking Lot Closure

The Koch Center parking lot will be closed beginning late Wednesday evening, December 17, and lasting until noon on Wednesday, December 24. This closure is necessary to prepare the site for construction of the McCarthy Greenhouse. During this time, fencing and barricades will be erected to define the construction area and ingress egress lanes for equipment. The parking lot will be open for the beginning of the Spring semester, with limited capacity. Please call the Facilities office at 2775 if you have any questions or concerns. 

* UE Faculty/Staff Tickets

UE faculty and staff can now pick up tickets for the men's basketball games on December 18, December 21, December 28 and January 1. A ticket to this Thursday, December 18, men's game will also get you into the women's game beforehand. The Carson Center Ticket Office will be open normal business hours this week, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., and will also be open Monday, December 22 during normal business hours. The Ticket Office will be closed from December 23-25 and will reopen at 1 p.m. on December 26.

* Harlaxton Fall 2015 APPLY

The Office of Study Abroad is still accepting applications for Harlaxton Fall 2015. Stop by Room 261 in Schroeder School of Business Building to pick up form and course list or contact 

* Administrative Services' Areas Closed for Lunch

Please note that the Office of Administrative Services including Purchasing, Copy Services, Mail Services, Recycling, Risk Management, and Central Receiving will be closed for a Christmas staff luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 18. 

* Distribution Services' Holiday Reminders

Since UE campus will be closed from Tuesday, December 23 through January 1, please note the following adjustments and plan accordingly. Campus reopens on Friday, January 2.
Central Receiving
• Central Receiving will be accepting shipments on Monday, December 22 until 3:00 P.M.
• Packages will not be accepted after 3:00 P.M. Monday, December 22 through Friday, January 1.
• Central Receiving will not be making campus deliveries over the Christmas break.
• In-House Supply Orders received by 3:00 p.m. on Friday, December 19, will be delivered on the afternoon run of Monday, December 22.
• In-House Supply Orders received after 3:00 p.m. on Friday, December 19, will be delivered on Friday’s afternoon run, January 2.
Mail Services
• The daily mail run will begin at 9:30 a.m. (which is the normal schedule) on Monday, December 22 and Friday, January 2.
• Mail will be delivered to Administrative offices (student accounts, registrar, accounting & audit, financial aid, etc.) on both days.
• Mail will be delivered to offices that notify Mail Services by Friday, December 19, that they will be open to receive mail on Monday, December 22, and/or Friday, January 2.
• A Campus Mail Delivery Services Reminder/Notification will be sent with campus mail the week of December 8 for departments to complete and return if open on Monday, December 22, and/or Friday, January 2.
• All outgoing mail must be in Mail Services on Monday, December 22, no later than 2:00 p.m. to be mailed same day.
• The United States Post Office will be closed on Thursday, December 25 and Thursday, January 1.
Copy Services
• Please plan your copy job requirements ahead of time to provide sufficient turn-around time as Copy Services will be closed over the break.

For questions, contact Kim Winsett at extension 2940 or email or

* Rental Books Due December 17

All rental books rented from the UE Bookstore are due back no later than December 17 at 5 p.m. If you have any questions about whether you have rental books out please contact the Bookstore or visit the Rental Return station during Buyback. 

* 2014 Mail Services Christmas Break Mail Coverage

UE Mail Services will pick up mail from the downtown United States Post Office and sort it on the mornings of Friday, December 26 and Wednesday, December 31 beginning at 8:00 a.m. While mail will not be delivered to campus areas over the break, any designated department representative may pick up their respective department’s mail at 9:00 a.m. by making arrangements with Kim Winsett (kw83 or extension 2940) between now and Friday, December 19. Be sure to provide a primary contact name and phone number as well as a backup contact name and phone number. 



* Chemistry & Chemistry/Environmental Science Students Publish Article with Chemistry & Biology Professors

Recent UE chemistry student Dalton Snyder and current Environmental Science/Chemistry student Christina Schilling published an article entitled “Profiling phenolic glycosides in Populus deltoides and Populus grandidentata by leaf spray ionization tandem mass spectrometry,” with two UE faculty - Dr. Arlen Kaufman and Dr. Cris Hochwender. This D1 research will appear in Analytical Methods, a journal of the Royal Society of Chemistry. This cutting-edge research used leaf spray as an ambient ionization source, along with tandem mass spectrometry (MS/MS) to qualitatively determine the presence or absence of a variety of Phenolic glycosides (PGs) in Populus deltoides (eastern cottonwood) and Populus grandidentata (bigtooth aspen). Functioning as defense chemicals, PGs play an important role in the interactions between plants and herbivores. Given that PGs are among the most intensively studied defensive chemicals in the plant kingdom, this publication is anticipated to impact research methods greatly in the coming years.

This publication is the third published manuscript in a continuing collaboration between Dr. Arlen Kaufman and Dr. Cris Hochwender. Previous publications include “Do exotic generalist predators alter host plant preference of a native willow beetle?,” published in Agricultural and Forest Entomology and “Protein storage and root:shoot reallocation strategies provide tolerance to damage in a hybrid willow system,” published in Oecologia. While this record of publication success is encouraging for the faculty associated with the Environmental Studies program, the faculty in the ES program are more encouraged that so many undergraduate students have been able to participate in research projects that have led to publication; across these three papers, 6 UE students have published research. Moreover, 15 UE students have published with these two faculty members in the last decade! 

Figure 1. Representation of the analytical technique used to quantify PGs.



* UE women's basketball seeks fourth straight win on Thursday vs. Troy

The University of Evansville women’s basketball team (4-4) looks for their fourth straight win when they host the Troy Trojans on Thursday, December 18. The game is set for 5:30 p.m. at the Ford Center in Evansville, Ind. and will start a doubleheader as the UE men’s team plays Ohio University at 8:05 p.m.

UE has won three consecutive games including an 81-40 victory in their last game at home vs. Oakland City on December 9. Sophomore guard Sara Dickey scored a game-high 22 points with a season-high of seven rebounds and a team-best five assists. Sophomore forward Sasha Robinson posted a double-double with 14 points and a career-high 18 rebounds (11 offensive). Senior forward Mallory Ladd also notched a double-double with 18 points and a season-high tying 14 rebounds.

On the stat sheet, Evansville has two players scoring double-figures with Dickey (19.6 points per game) and Ladd (17.4). Dickey and Ladd are both tied for the team-lead with 3.6 assists per game. Ladd and Robinson each have grabbed a team-high 8.6 rebounds per game. Freshman guard Taloni Reese is creating 1.9 steals per game. UE is averaging 67.4 points and 35.4 rebounds per game. The Aces are making 39.8% of their field goals, 31.9% of threes, and 71.3% at the free throw line.

Troy (4-3) has won back to back games after a 70-50 victory over Alabama State on December 13. Ashley Beverly-Kelley (15 points, 11 rebounds) and Ronita Garrett (16 pts, 13 rebs) both achieved double-doubles in the win.

Statistically, Garett has a team-high 14.6 points and 10.6 rebounds per game. Beverly-Kelley is also scoring double figures with 13.7 points per game. Kristen Emerson has pulled in 9.0 rebounds per game. Beverly-Kelley also has a team-high 23 assists and 17 steals this season. The Trojans are scoring 71.1 points and grabbing 43.7 rebounds per game. Troy is shooting 38.0% from the floor, 23.5% from beyond the arc and 69.0% at the charity stripe.

Evansville is projected to finish fourth in the MVC preseason poll, their highest projection since 2008-2009. Dickey was also named to the preseason All-Conference team. The Aces are led by fourth year head coach Oties Epps, who is coaching the Aces in his 100th game on Thursday. Troy is projected to finish fifth in the Sun Belt Conference preseason poll. Beverly-Kelley was named to the preseason conference team. The Trojans are led by second year head coach Chanda Rigby.

UE is 1-1 all-time against the Troy Trojans. The two teams met last year when Troy won 94-86 in Alabama. Dickey scored a team-high 28 points for the Aces as Kat Taylor also netted 21 points. Epps earned his first career win vs. Troy back in 2011.

General admission tickets for the Troy and Evansville game are $5 each. Tickets can be purchased over the phone at 812-488-ACES (2237), in person at either the Carson Center or Ford Center ticket office, or online via


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