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Friday, January 16, 2015

* University of Evansville to Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day

The University of Evansville will celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, January 19 with several events, including a re-enactment of the 1963 Civil Rights March on Washington, D.C., and the William G. and the Rose M. Mays Martin Luther King Jr. Lectureship. On Jan 20, the film Dear White People, will be shown.

The schedule of events is as follows. All events are free and open to the public.
January 19
Noon: UE’s reenactment of the 1963 Civil Rights March on Washington, leaves from the Bernhardt Atrium, Schroeder School of Business Building. Hot drinks will be served before the March, while a video titled “Why I March” plays.

2:00-5:00 p.m.: The March returns to the Schroeder School of Business Building, for Rosa Parks Bus Reenactment tours. A 20-minute tour takes place every half hour. Dimes will be collected to represent the cost of a bus fare in 1955. (The dimes and other money collected will be donated for bus tokens for the homeless.)

4:00 p.m.: Harlaxton Woodwind Quintet Recital featuring the work of black composers, Wheeler Concert Hall, Krannert Hall of Fine Arts.

7:00 p.m.: William G. and Rose M. Mays Martin Luther King Jr. Lectureship, Eykamp Hall (Room 251), Ridgway University Center. The generosity of William G. and Rose M. Mays funds the keynote speaker during UE’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration.

This year’s speaker is essayist, professor and poet Ramona L. Hyman, who served as speaker for the Alabama Humanities Foundation and poet-in-residence for the Alabama State Council on the Arts and the Huntsville Arts Council. She has a B.A. from Temple University, an M.A. from Andrews University and a PhD from the University of Alabama.

Her topic will be “Let Me Tell You Something About Rosa Parks.” Hyman will discuss the day in 1955, when Rosa Parks refused to relinquish her bus seat to a white man in Alabama, igniting a chain of events that would lead to the Montgomery Bus Boycott.

Immediately preceding the lecture, The Mays Legacy Award will be presented to Sondra L. Matthews, a UE graduate. Matthews is editor and publisher of Our Times Newspaper.

January 20
7:00 p.m.: The movie Dear White People will be shown in Eykamp Hall (Room 251), Ridgway University Center. This 2014 American satirical film was written and directed by Justin Simien. It focuses on black students attending an American Ivy League college.

For more information on these events, please call 812-488-2413.


Upcoming Events

* "Je Suis MLK" this Sunday in University Worship, Neu Chapel, 10:30 AM

What does it mean to put oneself in the place of another, to say that we identify with victims, regardless of their situation? What does it mean to show solidarity or to feel what others are feeling? You're invited to explore these questions this Sunday in Neu Chapel as we look through the lens of scripture and the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. All are invited for coffee and Donut Bank donut balls before and after the service. See you at 10:30 a.m.! 

* This Weekend in Music: Brass Day and the Harlaxton Quintet

The Department of Music will host its annual Brass Day this Sunday, January 18. All area student brass players are invited to attend. Activities will begin at 9:30 a.m. and will include masterclasses, a solo competition, and concerts featuring the UE brass faculty, the Shepard Brass Quintet, the brass section of the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra, the Bend in the River Brass Band, UE Trumpet Choir, UE Horn Choir, and the UE Brass Ensemble. The day’s activities will conclude around 9:30 p.m. Registration for the day is $25.

The Department of Music will celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. day with a recital by the Harlaxton Quintet in Wheeler Concert Hall at 4:00 p.m. on Monday, January 19. The program will consist of music by American and African American composers, including Samuel Barber, Fisher Tull, and Valerie Coleman. Assistant Professor of Voice Eric McCluskey will also join the faculty ensemble for an arrangement of various American folksongs. The concert is free and open to the public.

* Calling All Smart People: Nerd Wars is Set for Tuesday, February 17th!

The Honors Program is hosting Nerd Wars trivia night on Tuesday, February 17 at 7 pm in Eykamp Hall, Ridgway University Center. Teams of five consisting of students, faculty, administrators, and staff will battle in a competition of wit while enjoying pizza, popcorn, and soda. The winning student team and the winning faculty/administrator/staff team will receive $25 MasterCard/VISA gift cards. Registration materials can be picked up in the Powell Honors Lounge, from Jayme Williams in Koch 238, or sign up by clicking here

Entry fee is $5.00 per person.

Those who are unable to compose a team of five may still register and will be matched to make a team. The registration deadline is January 28. Any questions can be emailed to Matthew at mb338.

* Summer 2015 Dominican Republic Study Abroad Informational Meeting

There will be an informational meeting on January 20 at 4:30 pm in Room 240 in Graves Hall. For those who cannot attend this meeting, there will be another meeting on January 21 at 7:00 pm in Room 240, Graves Hall. These meetings will provide information and answer questions concerning the 15-day, 3 credit hour Dominican Republic study abroad course offering (ID 380). Three UE faculty (Jerrilee LaMar, John Layer, & Rick Deer) will co-teach the multidisciplinary student team in this applied process development experiential course conducted in Santiago, Dominican Republic. Students will get an opportunity to assist the people of the Dominican Republic in enhancing a planned medical clinic process while collaborating with an international client and local residents. Please contact one of the above faculty if you are interested but cannot attend either of these meetings. 


Info You Should Know

* Nominations for 2015 Outstanding Teacher Award

The UE Alumni Association recognizes an Outstanding Teacher for exemplary teaching and student service at Spring Commencement. Students, faculty, administrators, staff, and alumni may nominate a teacher who exemplifies the award’s stated goals of “encouraging outstanding teaching and the inclusion of students in as many facets of academic life as possible.”

Click here to nominate a professor who you feel exemplifies teaching excellence.

Complete your nomination by Friday, January 30. Email Jennifer Graban at if you have questions.

Full-time faculty who have taught in the classroom at UE for at least two years and hold the rank of lecturer, instructor, assistant professor, associate professor, or professor are eligible to be nominated.

Past recipients within the last five years are not eligible. They are: ’10 – Jeff Tilly; ’11 – James Berry; ‘12 – Mari Plikuhn; ‘13 – Mark Valenzuela; ‘14 – Jennie Ebeling.

* Admission Ambassador Application

UE Admission Ambassador Applications are now available. Please go to this link to fill out the application: Admission Ambassador Application. Once you fill out the application, send the UE faculty or staff serving as your reference the recommendation form at this link: Admission Ambassador Application Form. Applications can also be picked up in the Admissions Office, Olmsted 104. They can be turned back into Admissions Office. The deadline for admission ambassador applications is Thursday, February 4, 2015. The deadline for the Admission Ambassador Reference is Tuesday, February 9. If you have any questions, please email Dana Owens at or Lauren Winkler at  

* Epic Newman Club Opportunities

Do you love to cook or bake? Do you value community service/outreach to the less fortunate? Maybe you're a whiz at planning social events? Bring it on! Whatever your gifts; whatever it is you enjoy; we'd be blessed by having you share them with us! Contact newly appointed Newman Club campus minister Kristel Riffert at kr53 or text/call 812-760-8610. 

* Weinbach Ave. Closure at Division St. Resumes Monday

Storm sewer installation along Division Street will again impact Weinbach Avenue traffic beginning on or after Monday, Jan. 19, weather permitting.

Through traffic on Weinbach Avenue will be detoured over Franklin Street, Boeke Road and Walnut Street. Existing Lloyd Expressway entrance and exit ramps will remain open, but will only connect with Weinbach Avenue to the south.

Weinbach Avenue is anticipated to reopen in February depending upon weather and conflicts with other utility lines. When the new U.S. 41 and Lloyd Expressway cloverleaf interchange is completed later this year, storm runoff will be collected in dry detention ponds inside the looping ramps and conveyed through a new storm sewer pipe along Division Street.


* Harlaxton Summer Session 2015 - Theatre 110: An Introduction to the Theatre

Experience the excitement of British theatre at the University of Evansville Harlaxton College Summer Session 2015. Since 1996, UE theatre faculty have been offering this unique opportunity to students. Over a 100 students have gained insight about Britain and the theatre, and satisfied one of their required electives by enrolling in Theatre 110: An Introduction to the Theatre.

Those who enroll in this class for Summer 2015 will see as many as seven plays in 5-weeks, from London's West End, to Shakespeare's Stratford, to professional theatres a short drive from Harlaxton. Students in this class will get to visit the towns and cities, meet the artists and see a variety of plays both modern and classic. In addition, they will enjoy living for 5-weeks in spectacular Harlaxton Manor in the English countryside.

For more information, contact Joseph Flauto, professor emeritus of theatre, at

* Harlaxton Summer 2015

Priority deadline for Harlaxton Summer 2015 applications is January 23. Forms and course listings available or in Office of Study Abroad, Room 261, Schroeder School of Business Building. 

* Harlaxton Fall 2015 APPLY

Applications for Harlaxton College Fall 2015 continue to be accepted and reviewed on a space-available basis. Contact or pick up application in Office of Study Abroad, SB 261. 

* 2015 IN State Sales Tax Exemption Certificate

The Indiana State Sales Tax Exemption Certificate for 2015 is now available on three AceLink Area websites (Accounting & Audit, Purchasing and Pcard) for your convenience under Forms & Instructions. 

* Charity Project to Benefit Syrian Refugees

The Office of Religious Life would like to let the UE community know about a charity project benefiting a refugee camp in Syria. The Winter Project is sponsored by United Charity and the Syrian American Foundation. The goal is to raise funds to purchase 100 tents, 100 heaters, 1000 blankets and 1000 winter coats and donate these items to the refugees. Many of the refugees left their homes with only the clothes they were wearing and don’t have sufficient clothing or shelter to survive the snow and cold, winter weather.

Those who wish to find out more about this project or need more information on how to make a donation should call Yasser Alhenawi, assistant professor of finance, at 812-488-2863 or email

* IMPACT Employee of the Month Nominations

The University of Evansville, in pursuit of excellence in service, wishes to recognize a non-faculty employee displaying records of achievement as a leader. Leadership may be demonstrated in any of the following categories: service to the University, service to students, job performance and attitude towards fellow employees. To be eligible, an employee must be a full-time member of administration or staff. Nominations for the February 2015 IMPACT Employee of the Month are due no later than Wednesday, January 21. To nominate someone, please go to

* Meal Plan Changes

Students are able to adjust their meal plans for the spring semester until Friday, January 16 at 5:00 p.m. Adjustments can be made by going to the Dining section of the Residence Life website.

* Residence Life - We're hiring!

Are you are interested in making a real impact in the lives of your fellow students while learning about yourself and developing your skills? Consider applying to be a Resident Assistant for the 2015-16 year.

Information sessions will be January 20 at 9:00 pm in Schroeder School of Business, room 71. Stop by to learn more about the position and pick up an application. Or contact any member of the Residence Life staff.

Applications and reference materials are available in editable formats and are conveniently located on our Website at: .

* Work-Study Available for Spring 2015

There are available jobs through federal work-study offered by the Office of Financial Aid for UE students. Eligibility is based on federal need as shown through the FAFSA. Download the Application. Applications may also be obtained at the UE Office of Financial Aid, Olmsted Hall, Room 116. Questions regarding eligibility and job availability should be directed to Hilary Morales at



* Article by Knoester and Parkison to Appear in Journal Critical Education

An article co-authored by Matthew Knoester, assistant professor of education, and Paul Parkison, associate professor of education, entitled "Where is Citizenship Education in the Age of Common Core State Standards?" will appear in an upcoming edition of the journal Critical Education. The article shows that educational reforms in recent decades have focused on jobs and the economy to the detriment of serious citizenship education and suggests that political discourse and engagement have suffered as a result. 

* Cartoon Goes Global: UE Professor of History Draws Response to Charlie Hebdo Attack

UE professor of history and local cartoonist James MacLeod, joined other cartoonists around the globe to create a drawing in response to the attacks on the satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo, in Paris last week. The message struck a chord with media from around the globe as his cartoon went viral, appearing on the website homepages of such notable outlets as CNN, The Wall Street Journal, TIME, Huffington Post, BBC, Washington Post, CBS Face the Nation and more.

He even appeared in live interviews on the subject, including one with MSNBC where he says his drawing illustrates that “ideas and creativity is a more powerful force than violence”.

Click here to view the full interview from MSNBC.

MacLeod did interviews with several other print, web, television and radio outlets including Voice of America,, WRTV, WFYI, WIBC, Indianapolis Monthly, and 14news, Eyewitness News and the Courier and Press locally.

Click here for a full list of all the places Dr. Macleod’s cartoon was featured as well as links to the many interviews he did on the subject.

* Kretz Invited to Write Chapter for Macmillan Interdisciplinary Handbooks for Philosophy

Lisa Kretz, assistant professor of philosophy,  has been invited by the Macmillan Reference USA project editor to write a book chapter titled "How Technology Has Changed What and How We Eat" for the Macmillan Interdisciplinary Handbooks in Philosophy series. Tony Beavers, professor of philosophy, is editor in chief of the philosophy of technology volume, which this chapter will appear in.



* Tickets still available for Saturday's game vs. Wichita

A limited number of tickets are still available for Saturday’s men’s basketball matchup pitting the University of Evansville against #13 Wichita State at the Ford Center.

The Purple Aces are set to take on the Shockers at 1 p.m. A special halftime presentation will see fans treated to the Zooperstars.

Tickets are available in the lower bowl in the endzone sections and cost $15 apiece. Youth tickets in those sections are $5. Upper deck tickets are also available. They are $13 for adults, $11 for seniors and $5 for youth.

Fans may also take advantage of a special 4 for $44 ticket deal where you receive a ticket to the game against the Shockers as well as the contests versus Southern Illinois and Indiana State. The final game of the 4-pack is your choice of any of the February home games (Illinois State, Missouri State, Bradley and Drake).

You may purchase tickets by calling 812-488-ACES or by visiting the ticket office at the Carson Center on the UE campus or at the Ford Center. Tickets are also available at

* Purple Aces Begin Weekend Road Trip at Illinois State on Friday

The University of Evansville women’s basketball team (8-7, 3-1) starts the weekend with a road game at the Illinois State Redbirds on Friday, Jan. 16. The game will be held at Redbird Arena and begin at 7:05 p.m.

Evansville enters this game after winning their last contest 86-46 against Bradley at home on Monday night. The Aces set a program record with a 40 point victory. Since joining the Missouri Valley Conference for the 1994-95 season, Evansville has never won by as many points in an MVC game. Four Evansville players recorded double digit scoring efforts including a game-high 28 points from guard Sara Dickey, who also achieved a career-high with seven assists. Forward Mallory Ladd joined the 500 rebound club in the win and tied Kathy Sloan (’85-87) for 8th most blocks in program history with 55.

On the stat sheet, Evansville’s Dickey leads UE with 18.3 points, 3.1 assists and 1.8 steals per game. Ladd is second on the team with15.7 points and 7.5 rebounds per game. Ladd is also first on the Aces with 13 blocks this season. Forward Sasha Robinson owns a team-high 7.7 rebounds per game. UE is averaging 66.1 points and 33.1 rebounds per game. The Aces make 42.0% of their field goals, 37.4% of threes, and 64.9% at the free throw line.

Illinois State (0-14, 0-3) has yet to win a game this regular season and will be looking for their first win since Mar. 14, 2014. The Redbirds lost their last game 73-41 at Northern Iowa on Sunday. Guard Katy Winge netted a team-high 12 points in the loss.

Statistically, forward Octavia Crump leads Illinois State with 11.2 points per game. Winge is also averaging double figures at 10.2 points per game. Guard Colleene Smith is bringing in a team-high 6.9 rebounds per game. Guard Taylor Stewart pilots the Redbirds offense with 30 assists this season. Illinois State is averaging 52.0 points and 37.9 rebounds per game. The Redbirds shoot 33.9% from the floor, 25.4% beyond the arc, and 64.3% at the free throw line.

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 guided by fourth year head coach Oties Epps. Illinois State was slated to finish eighth in the MVC preseason poll and did not have any players named to the preseason team. Barb Smith is the second year head coach of the Redbirds. Illinois State leads the all-time series 27-14 against Evansville but the teams split their meetings last season.

Evansville’s next home game will be on Friday, Jan. 23 when the Aces put their 6-0 home mark and 10-game home winning streak on the line against Northern Iowa. The tip is set for 7:00 p.m. at the Ford Center. 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

* Student Shuttle for Basketball Game on Saturday

A free shuttle will be provided for students for the men's basketball game this Saturday against #13 Wichita State. The shuttle will pick up in front of the Carson Center at 12:30 p.m. and 12:45 p.m. The game tips at 1 p.m. and the shuttle will bring students back after the game. 


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