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Friday, March 20, 2015

* Parking During Upcoming Spring Visit Days

Spring is a busy season for the Admissions Office with numerous visitors to campus. We have three scheduled visit days on April 11th, April 24th, and May 15th. Please help us welcome our guests by keeping the parking in front of Olmsted Hall, especially the purple marked areas, open for their convenience. Thanks in advance for helping our prospective students feel welcome!

* Innovation and Re-Investment Fund

Please be reminded that the first round of completed proposals are due to the Programs Task Force by the end of business on April 1.  The online proposal documents can be found in AceLink at  


What's Happening Today

* UELA Collecting Donations for Ozanam Family Shelter

Did you know that Vanderburgh County has the highest percentage of homeless per county capita in Indiana?

Today through Friday, the UE Leadership Academy will be collecting donations (personal care items as well as monetary donations) in Ridgway to help support the Ozanam Family Shelter. Ozanam plays a critical role in the Evansville community to help young homeless families get back on their feet. Please help support this great cause and don't forget to stop by our tables to find out more about our project!

* #readingseries this Friday

Please join the fun folks in Creative Writing this Friday, March 20, at 4 pm at The Slice for the Spring semester’s second #readingseries. This reading will feature fiction from Olivia Tooker, nonfiction from Millie Harlow, and poetry from Sara Pfleiderer. The reading will start promptly at 4 p.m., so if you’re looking to enjoy some delicious pizza while you’re there, please arrive early as The Slice can be charmingly slow. Hope to see you all there supporting our terrific writing majors! 

* SAA's Purple Friday Easter Egg Hunt

Friday, March 20, is Student Alumni Ambassador's Purple Friday Easter Egg Hunt. Eggs will be placed within the first floor of the academic buildings as well as in Ridgway University Center. Keep a look out for a colorful plastic egg throughout the day on Friday, and enjoy a sweet treat on behalf of SAA. Remember that every Friday is Purple Friday, and you never know when we'll be passing out goodies to those wearing purple! Happy hunting! 

* International Club - Origami Fun Hangout

On Friday, March 20, from 6 - 8 pm in the Moore Hall lobby, the International Club's Japanese members will be teaching the creative art of folding Origami paper into beautiful shapes. Come meet new people, learn something new and have fun with us. All are welcome! 

* Spanish Film Club to Show Movies about Women's Stories

Join us every Friday evening in March and April at 7:00 pm in Room162 in Schroeder School of Business Building to watch Spanish-language movies that show the role of women in Hispanic culture. For more information please contact Francis Prexl-Orti ( or Dr. Lorena Andueza ( 


Upcoming Events

* Catholic Mass at 1 PM Sunday in Neu Chapel

This Sunday is the Fifth Sunday of Lent and Fr. Tony Ernst will preside. Readings are from the Book of the Prophet Ezekiel; the Letter of Saint Paul to the Romans; and from the Gospel according to John. UE student Taylor Gates is our reader. UE students Cecelia Cottrill, Fran Prexl and Kat Marcussen are serving as hospitality ministers. Communion ministers are UE students Ashley Knoblauch, Elizabeth Perkins and Nathan Sterling. Michael Novak is the altar server. All are welcome for Sunday's Mass. 

* Religion, Sexuality, and Capitalism Panel Today

UE PRIDE is hosting their annual Religion and Sexuality Panel at 7:00 PM this Monday, March 23, in Eykamp 252, Ridgway University Center. This year's topic is "Religion, Sexuality, and Capitalism: Exploring the Intersection of Faith, Identity, Law, and Economy." It will be a roundtable discussion examining the ways faith and LGBTQ identities interact, with a focus on the workplace and the abundance of relevant new laws being currently discussed. Participants of any background are welcome! 

* This Weekend in Music: Music Education Workshop and Jazz Guest Artist Concert

The Department of Music will host a music education workshop in Carson Center’s Small Gym this Saturday morning, March 21, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The title for the event is “Let’s Create-Orff Workshop,” with Orff being the German composer and music educator Carl Orff (1895-1982) who developed a method of teaching music to children that emphasizes rhythmic activities and movement. Leading the workshop will be Karen Mercer, an elementary music educator from Sewell, New Jersey. Registration for the workshop is at the door, and the cost is $15 for professionals and $10 for UE alumni. Students may attend without charge. For more information, see

Pianist Stephanie Trick, an internationally-recognized master of traditional jazz piano styles, will be featured in the next Jazz Guest Artist Series concert. Co-sponsored by the UE Department of Music and the Evansville Jazz Society, the concert will take place in Wheeler Concert Hall on Sunday, March 22, at 4:00 p.m.

Stephanie is widely recognized as today’s most outstanding proponent of the jazz piano styles known as Harlem stride and boogie-woogie. A classically trained pianist, Stephanie discovered piano jazz while still in high school. She has thoroughly incorporated the swinging piano styles of James P. Johnson, Willie “The Lion” Smith, Fats Waller and Meade Lux Lewis. She has performed throughout the USA and Europe, and her exciting performances entertain and engage her audiences with prodigious and amazingly accurate technique. She has recorded seven albums and one DVD. Her “Live” CD was awarded the “New Talent Prize of 2011” by the Hot Club of France.

Admission to the concert is $15.00 for adults, $10.00 for Jazz Society members and $5.00 for students with I.D. Tickets can be obtained by contacting the UE Department of Music at 488-2754, or at the door.

For more information, contact:

Dr. Edwin Lacy

* Promotion and Tenure Committee Open Meeting with Candidates

The Promotion and Tenure Committee will hold an open meeting on Tuesday, March 24, 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. 

* UELA Hacienda Give Back Night!

The UE Leadership Academy will be hosting a Hacienda Give Back at the Green River Road location on Monday, March 23, to help support the Ozanam Family Shelter!

Don't feel like dining in? No problem! 20% of any and all purchases between 10:30 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. will come back to UELA when you present this token!

We hope you will come out and help support a great cause! 

* EXSS Career Forum

The EXSS Club and Career Development are putting on the annual EXSS Career Forum Wednesday, March 25. The forum will be from 6:00-8:00 P.M. in Room 170 (Smythe Lecture Hall), Schroeder Family School of Business Building. Panelists from different organizations in our area will come to share their experiences. This event will be a great opportunity for anyone who would like to make acquaintance with local health care professionals. Students are expected to RSVP as soon as possible by accessing the GoogleDoc ( or by emailing Taylor Donaldson at Attendees are asked to dress business-casual. All EXSS students are advised to attend. 

* Summer and Part-Time Job Fair

Need a part-time job for the summer or beyond? Drop by and meet with area employers at the Summer and Part-Time Job Fair!

Wednesday, March 25
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
East Terrace (outside Ridgway University Center)

- Professional attire is not required (just stop by)
- Bring many copies of your resume

Schedule an appointment with Center for Career Development to prepare for the fair and perfect your resume! Call (488-1083) or email (

* William R. Connolly to Speak at UE Lecture Series Renamed in his Honor

University of Evansville emeritus professor of philosophy William R. (Dick) Connolly will be the speaker at the University’s inaugural William R. Connolly Ethics Lecture on Tuesday, March 24 at 7:00 p.m. in Eykamp Hall, Ridgway University Center.

This event, previously known as the Annual Ethics Lecture, was renamed this year in Connolly’s honor. He has been a key figure in the inauguration and support of the Ethics Lecture Series, which began in 2010. In addition to renaming the lecture, a special fund has been created to support the series and the ethics program.

Connolly, who earned his Ph.D. from Michigan State University, is a broadly trained philosopher. While at UE, Connolly was a sought after teacher and lecturer who taught a variety of philosophy and ethics courses, including philosophy of science, bioethics, environmental ethics, ancient Greek philosophy, modern philosophy and philosophy of law.

The topic of Connolly’s lecture will be “Thomas Paine: The Making of a Neglected American Founder.” He will explain how the ideas of Paine, whose pamphlet Common Sense helped inspire the American Revolution, influence current political debate on such issues as Social Security, organized labor and religious freedom. While Paine died in obscurity, it could be said that his moral and political ideals shape modern America in ways that far surpass the influence of more renowned American founders.

Though he came to America as an adult, Paine was born in England in 1737 and served as an excise officer near Harlaxton College in the town of Grantham, England. Today, plaques in the town acknowledge him and his political contributions.    

For more information, contact the Department of Philosophy and Religion at 812-488-2165.

* SAMS Career Colloquium on Monday, March 23

Next Monday, March 23, is the next installment in the SAMS career series. We will be meeting from 6:00 to 7:30 pm in KC 102.

This time, we will be bringing together recent alumni and almost-alumni for a panel discussion on Graduate and Professional Studies. The panelists will discuss their choices to attend graduate or professional school, the application process, and their post-graduate educational experiences.

Confirmed panelists include Cody Baker (Mathematics '15, graduate school), Josh Manghelli (Biology '09, medical school), Mallory Williams (Biology '11, medical school), Elaine Durchholz (Biology '11, laboratory medicine), and Zuzana Kocsisova (Biology '13, graduate school)

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. Please contact js383 or as341 with any questions. 

* International Club Road Trip

It's time for the annual International Club Road Trip. This year we will be traveling to Cincinnati, Ohio. The trip will be from March 27 to 29. The cost is 40 dollars, it includes transportation, lodging, breakfast, ticket to the zoo, ticket to theater or Hockey game. This event is open to all UE students. 


Info You Should Know

* Lost: Mp3 Player

A red Sony Mp3 player was lost in the Student Fitness Center within the last few weeks. If found, please e-mail ac116 to return it!

* GAP Program Now Accepting Applications/Nominations for Fall Semester

Put your skills to work on a real-world project
Get valuable experience and build your résumé
Learn to work with people from different majors
Develop professional confidence
Get the coaching and guidance to succeed
Participate in the GAP Program!

GAP is open to all majors.  Students are invited to apply directly to the program.  Faculty or administrators are encouraged to nominate students by completing a brief nomination form online.

To learn more about the GAP Program and fall projects, visit the website.

* Planning to Take Summer Courses to Transfer Back to UE?

If so, then you need to pick up a Transcript Credit Request Form in the Office of the Registrar or online at- . Make sure the form is filled out completely with all required signatures and turned in before signing up for your summer course(s). If you have questions, stop by the Registrar’s Office or call 488-2600. 

* Looking for an opportunity to raise money for your organization (and help the environment)?

The City of Evansville is holding a Rain Barrel Program. Fill out an application and pick up a free rain barrel from 9:00 AM to Noon this Saturday, March 21, at Mesker Park Zoo at the Bement Avenue Entrance. Return the decorated barrel on April 3. A silent auction will be held on Sunday April 18, and any money bid on your organization’s rain barrel goes to your organization. Find the link for an application and program information on UE’s new Environmental Management page on Facebook at:

* Deadline for Zerah Priestly Carter - March 20!

This is a reminder that the deadline for the 2015 Zerah Priestly Carter '38 University of Evansville African American Scholarship is approaching!



Contact the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations with any questions at 812-488-2586

* Help the #FeedTheirLegacy Food Drive

The Muslim Students' Association is asking the UE community to help them collect food for a national food drive.

On February 10, three innocent Muslim students, Deah, Yusor, and Razan, were murdered in North Carolina. Since February 13, a national food drive has been set up to honor the victims.

Why a food drive you ask? These three beautiful souls lived to serve others. Deah's last post on Facebook, before they were killed, showed him feeding the homeless people in North Carolina. We feed their legacy by feeding those in need.

Cans and money are being collected nationwide and the mosque in the Tri-State area is participating in this charity. All cans will be donated to Tri-State Food Bank here locally. All money will be used to purchase cans.

Over 48,000 cans have been collected. You can see the food drive in action on this site:

To donate cans or money, please contact the president of UE's Muslim Students Association Kareem El-Khodary at 

* Vote for People's Choice Award in Student Art Exhibition

Stop by the Melvin Peterson Gallery to view the 53nd annual Student Art Exhibition and cast your vote for the People's Choice Award. Each visitor may cast one vote for his or her favorite piece of artwork. The student whose piece earns the most votes by the end of the exhibition on Friday, April 3, will be declared the winner and receive a $150 cash award.
The Melvin Peterson Gallery is open noon-3:00 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday, and noon-6:00 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday.

For more information, please contact the Department of Art at 812-488-2043.

* Grant Funds Available to Faculty for Research and other Scholarly activity: ARSAF Deadline April 1

The deadline for applying for ARSAF (Alumni Research and Scholarly Activity Fellowships) is Wednesday, April 1, at 5 p.m. Approximately $15,000 will be awarded for the 2015-2016 academic year. Full time faculty are eligible to submit a proposal for consideration. More details and the online application can be found in Acelink under the Academic Affairs area, online forms. Questions? Contact or extension 2586. 

* 2015-2016 Andiron Lecture Series Call for Papers

UE faculty and administrators as well as members of the Evansville community are invited to submit an abstract for papers on any aspect of their research or expertise for the 2015-2016 Andiron Lectures in the Liberal Arts and Sciences. All disciplines and fields of study are welcome to submit proposals. Reading time for papers is approximately 40 minutes. Deadline for abstract submission is April 10.

Please provide the following by email:
A 50-word abstract
Name, Academic Affiliation/ Occupation,
Paper title, Contact Information

Please send submissions to:
Chris Mohn at

Nominations for off-campus speakers can be sent by email to Andiron Lecture committee members Mohammad Azarian, Wes Milner, Annette Parks, John Stamm, and Chris Mohn (chair).

* Nominations open for Outstanding Senior Service Awards

Do you know a senior deserving of the highest award given by UE?  Ten finalists will be honored at a luncheon in May and one male and one female will be given this award at commencement.  Selection is based on demonstrated leadership, academic achievement and future contribution to society.

The Guthrie May and Mabel Dillingham Nenneker Outstanding Senior Service Award nominations will be accepted March 16-April 10, 2015.  The nomination application is available at this link:

Please print it out and share copies with students whom you would like to nominate so they can complete the requirements and submit their applications.  Copies are also available in the Dean of Students office.   Applications must be submitted to the dean of students office by April 10, 2015.  Questions can be referred to Karen Martin at or 812-488-2500. 

* Now Accepting Global Scholar Applications for 2015-2016

The Global Scholars Program is designed to offer support for faculty engaged in scholarship or curriculum development that helps prepare our students and community (public, private and civic sector partners) for global leadership, citizenry, and success. It is expected that the Global Scholars’ activities will have a positive impact on the global mindset of some of our constituencies, including students, faculty, and the greater Evansville community. The Global Scholars Program is supported and administered by the Institute for Global Enterprise and is made possible in part by the John H. Schroeder Global Scholar Endowed Fund.

Current funding will support two awards per year. Awards include a stipend of $2,000 and a professional development budget of up to $3,000. Appropriate uses of funding include airfare, accommodations, ground transportation, research materials, and conference fees.

The deadline for full consideration is April 30, 2015. Click here for more details.



* Creative Writing Professor Publishes New Book

Creative Writing Professor Margaret McMullan’s collection of stories Aftermath Lounge has just been released and is now available from Calyspo Editions.

Advance Praise for Aftermath Lounge:
“How strange, that the best apocalyptic fiction of the year should come to us, not borne on the maelstrom of nuclear fire or horrific epidemic, but rather in this series of beautifully crafted and masterfully interwoven literary stories. In Aftermath, our humanity is not simply swept away by the fury and chaos of Katrina; rather, it is tested, sometimes broken, sometimes intensified, and ultimately renewed by the deluge. A hopeful Book of Revelation.” —Pinckney Benedict, Miracle Boy and Other Stories!

“I love these stories. They’re so smart, beautiful, true—and so real—that they seemed like part of my own history. I felt homesick in the best way, flooded with a kind of saddened joy. They snuffed the gimlet-eyed adult and brought to life again, for a while, the wondrous child.” —Brad Watson, Aliens in the Prime of Their Lives

“Aftermath Lounge is a beautiful, compelling collection, the emotions as powerfully charged as the winds of a hurricane. Margaret McMullan writes movingly about those living in and pulling themselves out of destruction and chaos and loss to salvage all they can of love and redemption. From the voices of orphaned children to the least likely man to don a Santa Claus suit, there are moments of devastation, comic relief and grace.” —Jill McCorkle, Life After Life

“I like these new stories so much it’s hard to know where to start. But a good place to begin would be...well, Place. She brings it to life like few writers can. You can almost feel the heavy air on your skin. As for her characters, they’re three dimensional people who are so real, you feel like they’re in the room with you. She’s got a great ear, a fine eye, and something else that you can’t buy—namely, a very large heart.” —Steve Yarbrough, The Realm of Last Chances

“In Aftermath Lounge each short story, like a homing pigeon, returns to the Gulf Coast to explore how its people struggle with the ghost of Hurricane Katrina. With riveting prose, Margaret McMullan tracks the weblike connections of family and friends haunted by the storm from Pass Christian, Mississippi, to Chicago." —William Ferris, The Storied South: Voices of Writers and Artists

McMullan is the author of six award-winning novels including In My Mother's House (St. Martin's Press), and Sources of Light (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt). She received an NEA Fellowship in literature for Aftermath Lounge. She currently holds the Melvin Peterson Endowed Chair in Literature and Creative Writing. 



* Aces Soccer Spring Break Camp / Employee Discount

Are you still looking for an activity for your kids over Spring Break? Aces Soccer Camp still has spots available for our Spring Break Camp and we are offering a discount for UE employees. For more information contact the soccer office at 2294. 

* UE Athletics Partners with Buffalo Wild Wings for Fundraiser

With the NCAA Basketball Tournament beginning this weekend, the University of Evansville Athletics Department is reminding fans of their fundraising partnership with Buffalo Wild Wings.

Fans should mention “Home Team D” when visiting the local restaurant. Anyone who does so will help UE receive a donation for 10% of the total bill (not including alcohol).

This is an ongoing promotion that will run through the NCAA March Madness Tournament and does not have an end date. 


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