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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

* UE's Unique Career Development Process Produces Big Results for 2014 Grads

According to a recent survey, the University of Evansville’s 2014 graduating class has found success after graduation, with 93 percent currently employed or in graduate school. The median salary of 2014 UE graduates employed full-time was $42,500. 

The survey, a collaborative effort between UE’s Center for Career Development, Office of Alumni and Parent Relations, Office of Institutional Effectiveness, and academic departments, produced career information on 95 percent of the 616 members of the class of 2014.

“The findings of this survey reflect the results of our active role in student success and career development,” says UE President Thomas A. Kazee. “Our unique end-to-end career planning process starts with students even before they enroll here and continues on after they step through the doors as a graduate.”

The UE Career Development Center provides comprehensive services to students throughout their collegiate journey. Through the Career Advantage Program, prospective students have the opportunity to actively evaluate and test career options by taking a career assessment, meeting with a career advising professional and developing a career action plan. Prospective students can begin the Career Advantage Program during their first visit to UE.

Current UE students can pursue the Advanced Career Education (ACE) Certificate to hone their professional skills, and graduating seniors and new alumni can sign up for the UE Connect alumni mentoring program. All Center for Career Development services, ranging from résumé and cover letter assistance to mock interviews to the UE JobLink database, are free to students and alumni.

* Rosanne Thomas Named March 2015 IMPACT Employee of Month

Rosanne ThomasRosanne Thomas, administrative assistant in the department of stewardship and capital support, has been named the March 2015 IMPACT Employee of the Month. Rosanne relocated with her family to Evansville from New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina devastated that city. Then in 2006, Rosanne began her career at UE, working in Annual Giving. 

Rosanne is well respected by not only her co-workers in Development, but also by everyone on campus.  She is always enthusiastic and positive, no matter what the circumstances, and her cheerful attitude inspires those around her. She is conscientious about her work, and committed to excellence in everything she does.

Congratulations, Rosanne! 



What's Happening Today

* This Week in Music: First Tuesday Concert Series

The Department of Music continues the First Tuesday Concert Series in Wheeler Concert Hall this Tuesday evening, March 3, at 7:30 p.m. with a performance by the UE Faculty Chamber Players, a chamber orchestra that includes various faculty members and consortium instructors. Assistant Professor and Director of Orchestral Activities Brian St. John will conduct the ensemble in performances of two twentieth-century chamber orchestra works. The concert will begin with Igor Stravinsky’s Concerto in E-Flat, which, as Stravinsky put it, is “in the style of [Bach’s] Brandenburg Concertos.” The work is also known as the “Dumbarton Oaks” Concerto, so named for its 1938 premiere location, the home of a wealthy Washington, D. C. couple who commissioned the work. After a brief pause, the chamber orchestra will conclude the concert with a performance of Jacques Ibert’s Divertissement (1930). The concert is free and open to the public. 

* Volunteer at St. Vincent's Center for Family and Children

Join UE Newman Club members as they volunteer from 5-7:30 pm this Tuesday with the families and children at St. Vincent's. Dinner is provided. To be added to the list of volunteers, please text 812-760-8610. 

* Residence Hall Housing Information Meetings

Students wishing to reside in one of the residence halls for 2015-16 should plan to attend one of the information sessions about the residence hall selection process. Meetings will be at 4:00 pm and 9:30 pm in Hyde 126 on Tuesday, March 3, and Thursday, March 5.

More information about the housing selection process can be found online at

* Commencement Central for May Graduates

All May graduates should attended Commencement Central to finalize their graduation plans. On Monday, March 2, it will be located upstairs in the Ridgway Center from 4-6:30 p.m. On Tuesday, March 3, it will be outside the Bookstore from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Attend either session and it only takes a few minutes, although Monday's session is usually a little longer due to a larger turnout. You will meet with the Registrar, Alumni, and Career Planning offices as well as purchase your cap and gown and/or announcements if desired. The Josten's ring rep will also be present to discuss your class ring options too. Prizes and food will be offered as well. Mark your calendars today! 


Upcoming Events

* Celebrate Holi - Colors Day - in Ridgway this Thursday

Get ready for the Colors Day celebration on Thursday, March 5, at Ridgway University Center, 12:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. This celebration represents the peaceful, colorful and joyful aspects of life. So, wear light color clothes on the day, and celebrate the event by getting your face or hands or tee shirt colored with powder colors. Invite your friends to enjoy this fun and joyful event.

Holi is the most colorful festival celebrated in Hinduism. It is celebrated as a harvest festival as well as a welcome festival for the spring season.

The festival of Holi is also regarded as a celebration of the Colors of Unity - an opportunity to forget all differences and indulge in simple fun. It is one occasion when painting colored powder on each other breaks all barriers of discrimination and everyone is reaffirmed. This is one simple reason to participate in this colorful festival. All are welcome!

Happy Holi

* Andiron Lecture Set for Wednesday, March 4

Matthew Hummel will be the guest speaker for the Andiron Lecture on Wednesday, March 4. His topic will be "The Antithesis of Justice." The lecture will begin at 4:00 p.m. in Eykamp 252, Ridgway University Center. A social gathering with beverages will precede the event at 3:45 p.m.

Hummel's topic will be "The Antithesis of Justice."  The abstractness of justice does not stop people from having some sense of what it is, even without really considering it. There exists a great rift among the varying conceptions of justice today. This lecture describes and looks at significant evidence of an antithesis of justice – a communicatory event brought on by epistemological crisis and characterized by counter-rationality and antagonism – which poses a considerable, unyielding threat to conceptions of justice grounded in rational debate. It also outlines suggestions for adapting the antithesis of justice into social philosophy as well as measures for coping with its effects.

Hummel graduated from the University of Evansville with bachelor’s degrees in criminal justice and philosophy. He earned a Master of Arts in liberal studies with a focus in ethics and values from Valparaiso University Graduate School and is finishing up some post-graduate work in humane education. Presently, Hummel works as a paralegal for the Vanderburgh County Public Defender Agency. He is to married fellow UE alumna Caitlyn Prosser. Hummel was recently published in the Blackwell Series of pop culture and philosophy books Dungeons and Dragons and Philosophy. He is also a regular performer with the Evansville Civic Theatre.

* I-House: Pakistan

It's time for I-House again! This week's presentation will be about Pakistan and Sajid and Aatma will be presenting! Sajid's major is economics and political science and he loves to play cricket, travel and hang out with friends. His favorite part of UE is the Adventure Crew trips. Aatma Ram is a pre-med major and he loves to read books and to socialize. He loves how the professors here are very cooperative! So come see them present on their country upstairs in Ridgway University Center this Wednesday at 7 p.m.! 

* Student Activities Board Call-Out Meeting

If you are currently involved in SAB, or would like to be, there is a big committee meeting Wednesday night, March 4. It will be held at 8 pm in Room 271, Schroeder School of Business Building. At this meeting we will be discussing applications/elections for new board members for the next school year and going over events for the rest of the semester. We will also discuss events for the following school year as well and we would love to get your input!

If you are interested but unable to attend, feel free to email the SAB President at dm196 and let her know. 

* Promotion and Tenure Committee Open Meeting with Candidates

The Promotion and Tenure Committee will hold an open meeting on Thursday, March 5, at 4:00 p.m. in the Schroeder Board Room of the Library. Committee members will answer questions about the promotion/tenure process and offer suggestions to those applying in the 2015-2016 academic year. Candidates, their chairs, and all interested faculty are invited to attend. 

* Writing Center Boot Camp: Paraphrasing, Summarizing, and the Argument

How do you build an argument in academic writing? Learn an approach for coming up with ideas, relating them to the thesis, and organizing them logically. We will also demonstrate the techniques of summary and paraphrasing to help effectively incorporate outside sources into your papers. Join us on Wednesday, March 4 at 5 p.m. in the Writing Center for this useful session. 

* Speaker Series Luncheon

Please join us for the March Speaker Series Luncheon on March 18, Eykamp 253, Ridgway University Center, from 12-1 pm. Our speaker is Ben Joergens with Old National Bank who will speak to us about financial empowerment. This event is open to the campus community. If you wish to receive a free boxed lunch, please RSVP to by March 14.


Info You Should Know

* 2015-16 Housing Contracts Available

Returning students interested in living on-campus can log into WebAdvisor and submit a housing contract for 2015-16. Once logged into WebAdvisor, select “Housing and Meal Plan Registration” under the Housing and Meal Plan section. Housing contracts should be submitted by March 6th. More information on the returning student housing selection process can be found online at

* Advising and Registration!

Advising for Fall and Summer courses begins March 16. With registration just around the corner, make an appointment with your advisor today! 

* LOVCIF Scholarship for 2015-16 --Applications now available

Applications for 2015-16 Lower Ohio Valley Construction Industry Fund Scholarship (LOVCIF) are available.  This is an add-on scholarship for UE students and may be combined with their other UE financial aid. 

The application can be found on the UE website - go to the Tuition & Aid tab on the site map, and then to UE Students. On this screen, scroll to the bottom of the page and choose “Looking for Additional Scholarships?” Applications are also available from the Office of Financial Aid (Olmsted Hall 116).  Completed applications should be returned to the Office of Financial Aid by April 1.

Questions may be directed to the Office of Financial Aid via email or by phone at (812) 488-2364 or, (800) 424-8634. 

Consider the following criteria and complete and return the application by April 1, 2015 to Angie Dawson, Office of Financial Aid, University of Evansville, 1800 Lincoln Avenue, Evansville, IN  47722 if you meet these criteria:

1. Eligible first-time recipients must be sophomores in 2015-16. 

2. Priority is given to students whose parents or grandparents have worked at one of the following companies in either a management position or as a union laborer.  The companies are Industrial Contractors, Peyronnin Construction, Arc Construction, Deig Brothers construction, Empire Contractors or Traylor Brothers.

3. Students must be United States citizens who graduated from a high school within a one hundred mile radius of Evansville, Indiana.

4. If #2 above does not apply, students may apply who are majoring in a construction related field (i.e., civil engineering) or management in the School of Business.

5. Consideration will be given for both financial need and scholastic ability. 

6. There will be no discrimination based upon race, color, religion, sex, ethnic group, age, or disability.

* Jostens Class Ring Sale

The Josten's ring representative will be on campus Monday, March 2nd from 4-6:30pm upstairs in the Ridgway Center and also Tuesday, March 3rd from 11-2PM outside of the UE Bookstore. Stop by and browse the selections and get all your questions answered. There will also be special pricing on selected styles of rings. You don't have to be an upcoming graduate to take advantage of the offerings. 



* Shala Cunningham and Joni McFelea Have Paper Accepted for Presentation

Shala Cunningham, assistant professor of physical therapy, and Joni McFelea, associate professor of physical therapy, had there abstract “A Description of Kenyan Physiotherapists’ Knowledge and Psychomotor Skills Following Participation in a Post-Graduate Manual Therapy Residency Program” accepted for presentation at the World Confederation for Physical Therapy Congress 2015 in Singapore.

* UE Students Lilia Mast and Jaclyn Alstadt Receive Engineering Awards

UE’s 18th Annual Engineering Banquet was Wednesday, February 25, in Eykamp Hall in Ridgway University Center. During the event, Dr. Jared Fulcher presented the James M. Hall Award to Lilia Mast, a UE student who is majoring in computer science. Each year, the James M. Hall Award honors an outstanding CECS student based on academics, activities, character and the potential for professional growth. 

Also honored at the event was Jaclyn Alstadt, a junior majoring in civil engineering. Alstadt received the PR Brown Engineering Spirit Award.  She is the first recipient of this award that was established in memory of Paul R. (P.R.) Brown.  The purpose of the award is to recognize and provide a financial reward for students who have created a spirit of camaraderie in the College of Engineering and Computer Science and have encouraged their fellow students by exhibiting a positive attitude that is inspiring to others. 

* Margaret Stevenson Publishes Article in "Basic and Applied Social Psychology"

Margaret C. Stevenson, associate professor of psychology, published a peer-reviewed journal article in “Basic and Applied Social Psychology,” entitled “Ambivalent Sexism in Context: Hostile and Benevolent Sexism Moderate Bias Against Female Drivers.” In two studies, this research investigated whether ambivalent sexism predicts bias against female drivers in a simulated civil trial paradigm. Participants were randomly assigned to read a vignette of an automobile accident involving a male or female defendant. In a driving context designed to incite feelings of competitiveness toward women (Study 1), hostile sexism predicted greater responsibility attributed to the female defendant. In a context designed to elicit paternalistic attitudes toward women (Study 2), benevolent sexism predicted increased responsibility attributed to the female defendant. Findings show that hostile and benevolent sexism predict different patterns of discriminatory treatment depending on contextually triggered concepts of women. 


Thank You

* Thanks to Campus Community for Making Nerd Wars a Success!

Thank you for making the Honors Program Nerd Wars a success! Attendees and spectators enjoyed the fun and food sponsored in part by funds from the Student Government Association. Prizes were awarded to the winning student team, Les Quizerables (Toby Kuhnke, Grace Bush, Joey Estes, Grace Hunter, Harrison Mann) and the winning faculty/administrator/staff team, Consilience (Dr. Ann Powell, Dr. John Stamm, Dr. Joyce Stamm, Dr. Daniel Byrne, Dr. Kristie Hochwender). The Nerd Wars trophy grand prize went to Consilience, the team with the most total points. $776.00 was generated from the event and given to Honors Ace Mentors (HAM). HAM is a UE student volunteer outreach program administered by the Honors Program/HAB to provide tutoring, cultural enrichment, and mentoring for grade school through high school students in the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation.

Nerd Wars Winners



* UE Baseball Visits #1 Vanderbilt on Tuesday

The University of Evansville Purple Aces baseball team (4-2) plays a mid-week game at #1 Vanderbilt on Tuesday afternoon. The contest will be held at Charles Hawkins field in Nashville, Tenn. and begin at 4:00 p.m.

UE RHP Ryan Billo (0-0, 1.42 ERA) vs. VANDY RHP Walker Buehler (Season Debut)

The game will be broadcast live on WUEV 91.5 FM. Tom Benson and Lance Wilkerson will have the call beginning at 3:45 p.m.

Fans can also follow the team’s progress on twitter. Updates will be posted on the @UEAthletics account as well as @UEMediaMike, the Assistant Sports Information Director and baseball contact.

The Purple Aces swept a doubleheader from Western Kentucky in Emerson, Ga. On Sunday, Feb. 22. UE won the first game 11-10 in 10 innings before claiming the last contest 9-8. The doubleheader sweep secured a series win for Evansville.

Vanderbilt (9-2) is ranked #1 by Baseball America and , #4 according to Collegiate Baseball and #5 by the NCBWA. The Commodores just completed a home sweep of Illinois State, a Missouri Valley Conference member, and have won each of their last five games.

Vanderbilt leads the all-time series 32-18 against UE. Evansville won the last meeting 8-3 on Feb. 26, 2014 when the Commodores were ranked #4 in the country. Outfielder Kevin Kaczmarski was 1-for-3 in the game with a three-run triple. Eight different pitchers threw on the mound for the Aces in the five run win over the 4th ranked team in the nation.

Statistically, Evansville is led offensively by outfielder Kevin Kaczmarski who is hitting .480 this season with a team-best 12 hits. Outfielder Korbin Williams hit two home runs vs. Western Kentucky and tops the UE leaderboard in that statistic. Outfielder Josh Jyawook (8) and infielder Boomer Synek (7) have the highest RBI totals for the Purple Aces this season. Four different UE pitchers have recorded wins and three Aces pitches have at least one save. The team is cumulatively hitting .307 this season with a 4.06 team ERA.

The Commodores paced offensively by infielder Dansby Swanson who is hitting .370 this season with a team-best 12 runs, 17 hits, two triples, and four stolen bases. Infielder Zander Wiel has the most home runs (2) and runs batted in (15) for the Commodores. On the pitching side, Vanderbilt has seven pitchers who have accumulated at least one win each. Reliever Philip Pfeifer has two saves this year, most of any Commodore. Starting pitcher Carson Fulmer has a team-high 24 strikeouts.

Outfielder Josh Jyawook was named MVC Player of the Week on Feb. 16 for his opening series at UALR. Jyawook hit .385 in the set at three runs scored, a grand slam home run, and eight runs batted in. His three runs scored and eight RBIs were an MVC best.

Outfielder Korbin Williams hit two home runs against Western Kentucky in the first game of a doubleheader on Feb. 22. Williams hit his first career home run in the fifth inning, a three run blast, and then hit the go-ahead home run in the 10th for an 11-10 Aces win.

The Aces pitchers held on to sweep both games of a doubleheader from WKU on Feb. 22. UE held a 10-3 lead in the opening contest before winning game one 11-10 in 10 innings. Evansville was also ahead 8-2 in the final game of the doubleheader before earning a narrow 9-8 win.

Outfielder Josh Jyawook was named MVC Player of the Week on Feb. 16 for his opening series at UALR. Jyawook hit .385 in the set at three runs scored, a grand slam home run, and eight runs batted in. His three runs scored and eight RBIs were an MVC best.

The Purple Aces played and won both games of a doubleheader at UALR on Feb. 14 winning the first contest 7-2 before finishing a sweep with a 16-3, seven inning victory in game two. UE also swept a doubleheader from Western Kentucky on Feb. 22 with an 11-10, 10 inning win in the opener and a 9-8 victory in the finale.

The UE bullpen posted a 0.00 ERA on the opening weekend series at UALR. Right-hander Ryan Billo threw 5.0 scoreless innings on Friday, Feb. 13. Left-hander Patrick Schnieders tossed 4.0 innings without allowing a run in game one on Feb. 14 and righty Ryan Brady threw a scoreless frame in game two.

Second baseman Brett Synek is currently on a 27-game on-base streak after reaching base in all six games this season and ending the 2014 season with a 21-game on-base streak. The last game in which Synek did not reach base was on April 13, 2014 vs. Wichita State.

The Purple Aces bring back 19 letterwinners from last season. On the hitting side, UE returns 73.3% of its run support from last season but lose 35% of their home run numbers from last year. The Aces also have 70% of their RBI total from last season back for another year. Pitching wise, Evansville lost 62% of their win total and 79% of their saves total due to graduation and the draft.

Infielder Jonathan Ramon will be blogging the entire Aces’ baseball season on . Ramon is in his third season with the Purple Aces and will be blogging once a week on the UE Athletics website. He began the blog on the January 23 and will continue to blog until the completion of the Evansville baseball season.

The University of Evansville baseball team was projected to finish fifth in the 2015 MVC preseason poll. The Aces garnered 28 total points in this year’s poll that was voted on by the league’s coaches. Dallas Baptist was selected as the league favorite with seven of the eight first-place votes and 63 points overall. The Patriots topped Missouri State who received one first-place vote and 53 points for second. Wichita State (43) narrowly edged out the 2014 MVC Tournament champions, Indiana State (42) for third. Following the reigning regular season champion Purple Aces, Illinois State (26), Bradley (18) and Southern Illinois (15) rounded out the poll.

Outfielder Kevin Kaczmarski, who was an All-MVC First Team selection each of the last two seasons, was one of three outfielders named to the Preseason All-MVC Team. The Cary, Ill., native led UE with a .315 batting average, .502 slugging percentage, 19 doubles, 50 runs batted in, 110 total bases and eight sacrifice flies. Kaczmarski has been named all-MVC each of the last three seasons.

UE has their first home game at Braun Stadium on Friday, March 6 when they play Western Illinois as part of a three-game weekend series.

* The Oties Epps Show airs Tuesday on WUEV 91.5 FM

The Oties Epps Show returns on Tuesday, March 2 at noon on WUEV 91.5 FM.

The show will feature head coach Oties Epps, and Purple Aces play by play announcer Mike Radomski.

The duo will discuss the Aces’ recent home game last weekend against Indiana State, upcoming home games with Wichita State and Drake, and get to learn more about the team’s three seniors, Khristian Hart, Mallory Ladd and Kat Taylor, in the final segment.

The show will not be in the UE bookstore this week due to a scheduling conflict, but the program will be returning on-site next Tuesday, March 9.

The show airs live on WUEV 91.5 FM and online at .

Evansville is 11-16 this season including a 6-10 mark in the Missouri Valley Conference.

UE is at home to finish the Missouri Valley Conference regular season. The Purple Aces host Wichita State on Thursday, March 5 at 7:00 p.m. and Missouri State for Senior Day on Saturday, March 7 at 2 p.m. Evansville will look to avenge a 54-44 loss to Wichita State on January 4. UE defeated Missouri State earlier this year 65-56 on January 2, only the second win ever for the Aces in Springfield, Missouri.

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

* Aces offering five camps this spring/summer

The University at Evansville men’s soccer team will be holding one Spring Break camp and several summer soccer camps this year.
The camps will be run by head coach Marshall Ray along with his coaching staff.
“Our staff is looking forward to hosting our first season of camps for the Evansville community,” said head coach Marshall Ray. “The spring break and day camps are always fun and entertaining camps and allow our current players and staff the opportunity to interact with young soccer players from our community and the surrounding area.”
The Spring Break Camp will be held March 23-27. Campers can join the full-day session of 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for $215. There is also a Half-Day option from 9:00 a.m. to Noon for $155. All campers will be dismissed at noon on the Friday session following closing ceremonies.

The Aces summer camps include:
Advanced Boys Camp from June 1 – 5 (ages 8 to 12)
Summer Day Camp ranging from June 8 – 12 (K-6 grade)
Summer College ID Camp on June 11 and 12. (players currently in high school)

“We have had great success with our recent ID camps and look forward to having the top high school players from around the country on our campus for a weekend,” said Ray. “It truly gives them the chance to train like an Ace and experience the University of Evansville while they are with us.

“Many of our current players started their journey with us at our day camps or attended one of our college ID camps.”

For more information regarding any of the UE Men's Soccer camps please go to or contact the UE Men’s Soccer Camp Hotline at 812-488-2294.



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