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Thursday, February 12, 2015

* Founders Day Fun Fact: Activities at Evansville College

With an academic program firmly in place, by 1919 student activities were developed on campus. The first of these to become a reality was a student newspaper, the "Crescent," a name suggested by the faculty supervisor, George B. Franklin, because of Evansville's location at a crescent-shaped bend in the Ohio River.

Continuing along the path well established by Moores Hill, Evansville College was also deeply concerned with the character and conduct of its students. As early as 1920, the "College Bulletin" contained the following stern warning: "Students who seek only a good time, and who mistake the social activities of the campus for the serious business of hard study and the mental discipline acquired by the mastery of their study, are not especially urged to attend Evansville College."

The prohibition against dancing at campus functions was highly controversial during the 1920s, with articles and editorials critical of the administration's position appearing frequently in the "Crescent." By 1928, President Harper felt that the Board of Trustees needed to take a firm stand one way or the other on the issue and indicated that he was not personally opposed to dancing as a social diversion. The Board's decision was to pass the matter back to the President and Faculty. Finally, after many years of student agitation, the prohibition was abolished in 1931 and dancing quickly became an integral part of the College's social program.

Smoking was prohibited on campus until 1940, when Evening College started and adults wished more freedom than that granted to traditional college-age students.... Students were encouraged to use the restrooms for smoking or were urged to smoke outside the buildings.

In the early 1950s, the College enacted a ban on playing cards on campus before 2:00 p.m. Many students were outraged, but college officials argued that the policy was necessary because too many students were found playing cards during the day when they were supposed to be in class.

(Excerpts taken from George Klinger's, We Face the Future Unafraid)


What's Happening Today

* Practice Islam? You're Invited to Religious Dialogue Tonight

If you practice Islam you are invited to attend the Religious Diversity Dialogue tonight at 7:00 p.m., meeting in the Schroeder Family School of Business Building, Room 170 (Smythe Hall).

In order to better understand the religious needs of the UE community, the Offices of Diversity and Equity, Religious Life, and International Programs have scheduled a series of Religious Diversity Dialogues in January and February. All members of the campus community are invited to attend a one-hour informational discussion by selecting the session that best identifies his/her religious affiliation. For example, if your religious affiliation is Islam, you would attend the February 12th session, tonight; if you consider yourself spiritual, but not religious, please attend the February 19 session. Your input is important and will help us understand how best to serve the religious community at UE.

All sessions meet at 7:00 p.m. in Room 170 (Smythe Lecture Hall), Schroeder School of Business Building

* Village Housing Information Meetings Set for Today

Students wishing to reside in Village Housing (Townhouses, North Hall or other Village units) for the 2015-2016 year should attend one of the scheduled information meetings. Information meetings will be February 12 in Hyde 126. There will be 2 meetings per night (4:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.).

For more information, see and select the Returning Student section on the left side menu.


Upcoming Events

* Nerd Wars is Tuesday, February 17 at 7 in Eykamp Hall

Nerd Wars is a trivia-style contest consisting of multi-categorized questions answered by teams of UE students, faculty, administration, and staff. Come see your friends and professors duke it out!

Spectators and participants may also enter in the ELFFAR (this is NOT a raffle, it’s a game) for the chance to win

Seinnheiser Headphones, Blue Tooth Jam Plus Wireless Speakers, Fitbit Flex Wireless Wristband, Donut Bank gift cards, Wal Mart gift cards, Buffalo Wild Wings gift cards, Best Buy gift cards, Orange Leaf gift cards, and Auntie Anne’s gift cards. ELFFAR tickets are 50 cents or 3 for $1. FREE pizza, popcorn, and soda will be provided for everyone! 

* Next Week in Music: Van Cliburn Winner to Speak and Play on Campus

The Department of Music, in collaboration with the Under the Beams concert series in New Harmony, Indiana, is pleased to offer a special event in Wheeler Concert Hall on Friday, February 20, at 1:00 pm. Van Cliburn Competition winner Vadym Kholodenko will be on-campus, speaking about and playing excerpts from his Under the Beams recital program, which will be performed in New Harmony the following evening.

Born in Kiev, Kholodenko is the first musician in his family. He made his first appearances in the United States, China, Hungary, and Croatia at the age of 13. In 2005, Kholodenko moved to Moscow to study at the Moscow State Conservatoire with Professor Vera Gornostaeva. He currently resides in Fort Worth, Texas, with his wife and two daughters. Winner of the coveted gold medal at the Fourteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 2013, Kholodenko captured the attention of jury, audience, and critics alike for powerful, exhilarating performances that “showed the guts of a true superartist” (San Francisco Classical Voice). Also taking home prizes for best performance of the piano quintet and best performance of the commissioned work, he further demonstrated his artistry with a stunning cadenza in Mozart’s Concerto No. 21 in C Major, K. 467 that he composed himself on the plane from Moscow to the Competition. Since then, Kholodenko has continued to build an international reputation for interpretations that are “impeccable, tasteful and vibrant, and also something more: imaginative” (Cleveland Plain Dealer).

The on-campus event is free and open to students, faculty, and community members.

* Celebrate 25 Years of UE Archaeology!

Please join us as we celebrate 25 years of UE's archaeology program at a reception on Friday, February 20 at the May House. Enjoy desserts and Jezreel Valley wine while learning more UE's unique archaeology and art history program. Archaeology professor Alan Kaiser will be on hand to sign copies of his new book "Archaeology, Sexism and Scandal" about UE professor emerita Mary Ellingson and a silent auction will feature donated items and services from local restaurants, museums, spas, and more! For more information and to register online: 

* Alumni Association Awards to be Presented on Founders Day

The UE Alumni Association Awards will be presented at the Founders Day Luncheon this Sunday, February 15, at noon in Eykamp Hall, Ridgway University Center. Congratulations to the following:
Distinguished Alumna - Carrie Preston '89, actor, director and producer
Young Alumnus - Brian Revalee '03 M'09 - HIV/AIDS Non-profit director
Edie Bates Volunteer Service - Robert '66 and Judith '66 Wargel - retired chemists and super volunteers with UE's chemistry department
Samuel Orr Honorary Alumna - Jean Beckman, emeriti professor of chemistry

For more information contact 

* Dessert Sale Today!

The Phi Alpha Delta Dessert Sale is BACK on Friday, February 13! Come out and buy cake pops and 4-layer brownies (provided by KakePoPs by Kashari) for a good cause! Proceeds benefit Holly's House of Evansville. The sale will be in the Ridgway University Center Lobby from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. 

* International Club: Dance your Heart Out!

This Valentine's weekend, the International Club has a special agenda for all UE students. What about tasting a bit of different worldwide dances? Come to Carson Center's Meeks (Large) Gym on February 14, from 6 to 8 p.m. and learn a little of Swing, Chinese, Dabkeh, Samba and Latino Music Dance! Have fun alone, with your friends or with your partner! If any questions, contact us at

* SAMS Career Colloquium on Monday, February 16

Next Monday, 2/16 is the next installment in the SAMS career series. We will be meeting from 6:00 to 7:30 pm in KC101.

We will be web-conferencing with Drs. David and Jennifer Pollock, two UE alumni, who are co-directors of the Cardio-Renal Physiology and Medicine section at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. They will talk about their research on kidney disease and hypertension, and about the interface between scientific research and medicine.

As always, this is an informal event, with refreshments and lots of opportunity for you to ask questions.

The SAMS career colloquium series is designed to highlight the variety of available job opportunities for anyone interested in a science or math career. All are welcome.

This series is sponsored by the NSF-supported SAMS program, the Center for Career Development, and the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations.

* Spanish Film Club to Show Movie on Saturdays in February

Join us this Saturday evening February 14th at 7:00 pm in Room162 in Schroeder School of Business Building to watch a Spanish-language movie that was nominated to an Oscar award for Best Foreign Language Films. For more information please contact Francis Prexl-Orti ( or Dr. Lorena Andueza ( 

* Huge Career Fair

This event will provide you with access to recruiters from over 100 top companies from Indiana and beyond.

Thursday, February 19
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (Eastern)
Downtown Indianapolis Marriott Hotel

Register for Event:

Fair registration is through UE JobLink.
Click Jobs Tab -> Enter 722253 in the search bar (this is the posting number)

Bus Transportation

The University of Evansville will provide bus transportation. There is a $10.00 deposit required that will be refundable upon attendance. Reserve your seat now.

Additional Information

View registered employers here:

Need assistance with your job, internship, co-op or graduate school search? Please contact the Center for Career Development: or 812-488-1083.


Info You Should Know

* Make Your Voice Heard Regarding Evansville Bus Systems

There is another exciting opportunity to provide your insights on the new directions the Evansville Bus System will take. The survey is brief and your opinions are very important to improve services used in Evansville and Vanderburgh County. The survey is available until February 13 at Thank you in advance for your help with this important research - your opinion counts.

* Free Group Exercise Class for Individuals Post-Stroke through Ace CARE

University of Evansville’s student-run physical therapy clinic, Ace CARE will be offering a weekly free group exercise program for individuals who have had a stroke. Sessions will be focused on improving everyday function in the home and community. Please call 812-431-4832 for more information and to schedule your initial session. 

* Interfaith Travel Scholarships Available for REL 212 Summer @ Harlaxton

Interested in sacred spaces and how they reflect and shape religious beliefs and practice? Want insight into global religious traditions in a global setting? Looking for a unique interfaith experience with fieldwork at mosques, cathedrals, and temples?

Students who sign up for the Harlaxton summer course REL 212 are eligible for a travel scholarship to help fund course travel/field trips.

Sign up today for summer at Harlaxton course, REL 212 "Living World Religions: A Global Interfaith Pilgrimage." Satisfies Enduring Foundations Outcome 4 and Overly A. If you've already taken REL 212, you may take this course as REL 380, "Sacred Spaces and Their Liturgies." The two courses will meet together, with assignments shaped differently for the two courses.

For more information contact Tammy Gieselman, 

* What UEL Can Do 4U: Trial of Readers' Guide Retrospective: 1890-1982

Do you need information on Neil Armstrong walking on the moon, the end of Franco’s dictatorship in Spain, or the Ringling Brothers and their circus?

Over the past 100 years, Readers’ Guide to Periodical Literature has become an important index of subjects in the popular press. Its online version, Readers’ Guide Retrospective, offers full coverage of the original paper volumes. The database provides access to over three million articles from approximately 375 leading magazines.

UE Libraries will trial this database until March 6, 2015.

Contact Kathy Bartelt ( with questions or comments regarding Readers Guide Retrospective.

* Physical Therapy Alumni Reception

The Departments of Physical Therapy and Alumni Relations hosted an Alumni Reception last week in Indianapolis, Indiana, at the American Physical Therapy Association’s Combined Sections Meeting.  Approximately 70 UE PT faculty and alumni attended the event.  

* Need service hours? Volunteer on campus!

Later this month, UE will host delegates from all throughout the state for the Indiana Residence Hall Organization Conference (IRHOC). The goal of the conference is to share creative and beneficial ideas that will make campus residential communities even better. The IRHOC Committee is looking for hospitable, energized students who are willing to volunteer for various positions during a portion of the conference that will take place from February 28 to March 1. Each volunteer will be eligible for service hours and a free t-shirt. To learn more about the conference and sign-up for a slot, log on to and select “Volunteers” from the navigation menu. Questions can be directed to Sign-up now to receive your preferred volunteer slot. 

* Bookstore Sale

The Bookstore is offering 20% OFF the regular price of all clothing and gift item purchases in the store February 9th through 13th (Monday-Friday). Clearance items are exempt from additional discount. Get something for your sweetheart or some gear for an upcoming ACES game and save some money! 

* Celebrate Black History Month with a Little Known Fact - First Black Woman to Hold U.S. Patent for Software Invention

Celebrate Black History Month with a little known fact, today, February 12.

Janet Emerson Bashen is recognized as the first African-American woman to hold a U.S. Patent for a software invention. Bashen’s LinkLine software is used by the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to track claims, manage documents, and compile related reports.

Bashen was born February 12, 1957 in Mansfield, Ohio. She attended Alabama A&M University, later moving to Houston, Texas where she currently resides. According to an online bio, Bashen’s background is in legal studies and government affairs with time spent studying at the University of Houston and Rice University.

Bashen is founder, president and CEO of the Bashen Corporation, a human resources consulting firm. The company was formed in 1994 from Bashen’s kitchen and grew by 52 percent between 1997 and 2001 according to Wikipedia. The business has been recognized by national firms and outlets for its solid practices and growth which led to Bashen being named one of the most influential business figures in the county.

In 2000, Bashen testified before Congress on civil rights and employee misconduct investigations being exempt from the Fair Credit Reporting Act. Bashen worked alongside Rep. Shelia Jackson Lee on getting that portion of the legislation addressed.

In 2003, Bashen received the Pinnacle Award by the Houston Citizens Chamber of Commerce and in 2012, she was added to Ebony magazine’s “Power 100” list.

(Little Known Black History facts submitted by the Black Student Union and the Office of Diversity Initiatives)



* Physical Therapy and Alumni Relations Host Alumni Reception

The Departments of Physical Therapy and Alumni Relations hosted an Alumni Reception last week in Indianapolis at the American Physical Therapy Association’s Combined Sections Meeting.  Approximately 70 UE PT faculty and alumni attended the event.


* PT Faculty and Students Present Research at American Physical Therapy Association Combined Section Meeting

UE’s physical therapy faculty and students were busy presenting their research at the American Physical Therapy Association’s Combined Section Meeting (CSM) last week in Indianapolis. Those presenting from UE include:

  • Kyle Kiesel, professor of physical therapy
  • Phil Plisky, assistant professor of physical therapy
  • Yuri Yoshida, assistant professor of physical therapy
  • Kate Schwartzkopf-Phifer
  • Cody Blue
  • Bryan Koewler
* Zoe Post and Rachael McGill Present Papers at Religious Studies Conference

Seniors Zoe Post and Rachael McGill each presented their Senior Seminar papers at the Student Religious Studies Conference sponsored by the Midwest Society of Biblical Literature. Post's paper advocated for a married Jesus based on evidence in Scripture and what that would mean for modern sexual ethics. McGill's paper examined the larger significance of the miracle at Cana, Jesus changing the water to wine, and how it demonstrates the process of God uniting with humanity at the end times. 

* Cognitive Science Professors Edit Collection of Artificial Intelligence Essays

The Journal of Theoretical and Experimental Artificial Intelligence just released a special issue edited by Cognitive Science and Philosophy professors Derek Jones and Anthony Beavers. The issue, "Inforgs and the Infosphere: Themes from Luciano Floridi's Philosophy of Artificial Intelligence," examines the how open issues in the philosophy of information impact how we understand and approach problems in the field of artificial intelligence. For more information, see



* Faculty/Staff Basketball Tickets

Faculty and staff basketball tickets are now available for the women's basketball games this Friday and Sunday. The game Friday is at 7 P.M. and the game Sunday is at 2 P.M. Be sure to wear pink on Sunday if you plan on attending!

Men's basketball tickets for their game on Tuesday are also available now.


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