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Friday, March 27, 2015

What's Happening Today

* AT-Shirt for Evansville

UE's athletic training club is collecting t-shirts and other gently used clothing items for Evansville Rescue Mission. Look for the collection table in Ridgway University Center on Friday, March 27 from 10 am to 2 pm. If you are unable to donate at that time, contact any AT student, Hannah (hl38), or Emma (es182) before Friday afternoon. There is an opportunity to win a gift card and water bottle! 

* Spanish Film Club to Show Movies about women's stories

Join us this Friday evening March 27 at 7:00 pm in Room162 in Schroeder School of Business Building to watch a Spanish-language movie that shows the situation that some women are suffering nowadays in Hispanic society. For more information please contact Francis Prexl-Orti ( or Dr. Lorena Andueza ( 

* Theatre Department opens MACHINAL in the May Studio Theatre

The University of Evansville Department of Theatre opens Machinal, by Sophie Treadwell, Friday Mar. 27, at 7:30 p.m., in the May Studio Theatre. The show will continue with performances at 7:30 p.m. on Mar. 28, 30, 31, and Apr. 1, 2 and at 2:00 p.m. on Mar. 29.

Out of the smoggy, bustling streets of 1920’s New York emerges the story of one ordinary woman who is trapped between her desires and the necessities of her mechanized life. Playwright Sophie Treadwell draws from the true story of the infamous “Black Widow,” Ruth Snyder, the first woman executed by electric chair in the state of New York.

Through Treadwell’s use of Expressionistic language and accentuated soundscapes, she turns a murder scandal into a beautiful exploration of a nightmarish human life, distorted and prohibited from reaching its one desire:  love.

Episodic scenes from various stages of the young woman’s life express the conflict between the rules of the world and the desires of the human heart, leading to tragic and dark consequences.

Anna Rhoads, a senior stage management major from Salem, Ind., takes the helm as director of the production. The cast includes seniors Sarah McAfee, from St. Louis, Mo.; Anders Nerheim, from Minnetrista, Minn.; Ben Anderson, from Los Angeles, Calif.; Emily Daly, from Milwaukee, Wis.; Steffan Clark, from Owensboro, Ky.; juniors Carter Caldwell from Louisville, Ky.; Devin Fluker, from Las Vegas, Nev.; sophomore Nate DeCook, from Holland, Mich.; freshmen Davis Cowart, from Bronwood, Ga.; Baxter Pitt, from Dallas, Texas; Jacob Sellers, from Fort Branch, Ind.; Kira Vuolo, from Westminster, Colo.; and Braden Wilkerson, from Fort Worth, Texas.

The creative team for Machinal includes scenic design and technical direction by senior Logan McGuire, from Fort Collins, Colo.; costume design by junior Alison Clifton, from Temple, Texas; lighting design by Assistant Professor of Theatre Stephen Boulmetis; sound design by senior Aaron R. Johnson, from Salem, Ind.; the dramaturg is sophomore, Robbie Love, from St. Louis, Mo., and the stage manager is junior Serena Montsma, from Hudsonville, Mich.

In its original premiere in 1928 at the Plymouth Theatre, Machinal was described in The New York Times as a ”triumph of individual distinction, gleaming with intangible beauty…an illuminating, measured drama such as we are not likely to see again” and was hailed in the Times as a play that “in a hundred years…will still be vital and vivid.” Indeed the play has prevailed; Machinal was recently revived at the Roundabout Theatre Company in New York City and garnered four Tony Award nominations.

Tickets are $11 for adults and $9 for senior adults, students, and UE faculty and staff. UE students may pick up their free student rush ticket beginning at 12:00 p.m. on the day of the performance they wish to attend. Seating is limited and patrons are encouraged to make reservations by calling 812–488–2031, Monday through Friday, 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm.


Upcoming Events

* Andiron Lecture by Robert Baines on April 1

Robert Baines, assistant professor of English, will be the speaker at the Andiron Lecture on Wednesday, April 1, at 4:00 p.m., in Eykamp 252, Ridgway University Center. A social gathering with beverages will precede the lecture at 3:45 p.m.

Baines’ topic will be “Finnegans Wake: How to Read.”

Baines earned his bachelor’s degree in English language and literature at Oxford University and his master’s degree in Anglo-Irish literature and PhD in English at Trinity College Dublin. Before arriving at UE, he taught at LeMoyne College in Syracuse, New York. He specializes in twentieth-century British and Irish literature and, most particularly, in the writings of James Joyce. He has published articles and reviews in such journals as The Journal of Modern Literature, European Joyce Studies, and Modern Fiction Studies. He is currently writing a monograph on the philosophy of Finnegans Wake.

After completing Ulysses in 1922, James Joyce spent the next 17 years working on the novel that would be his last, Finnegans Wake. Rather than enjoying the fame of its illustrious predecessor, Joyce’s final work is best known for being unreadable. This idea begs a number of questions: How can one read the unreadable? How can one write the unreadable? Perhaps most importantly, why would one choose to write a novel that cannot be read? This lecture will explore the alleged unreadability of Finnegans Wake by examining the merits and flaws of seven different strategies for reading that infamous novel.

For further information, call the series coordinator Annette Parks at 812-488-1070 or the William L. Ridgway College of Arts and Sciences at 812-488-2589.

* Blessing of Palm Branches Sunday at 1 pm Mass in Neu Chapel

This Sunday we herald with the whole Church the beginning of the celebration of Christ's Paschal Mystery - that is - his Passion and Resurrection. Join us in receiving the palm branches to hail Christ's triumph; and to commemorate the Lord's entry into the city of Jerusalem for our salvation!

Fr. Christopher Droste will preside. UE students Nathan Wallisch and Alexis Niece will lead the congregation in proclaiming the Passion Narrative with Fr. Christopher. Dali Mizidy, Isaiah Frey and Cecelia Cottrill are serving as UE student hospitality ministers; and Bailey George, Kaela Guglielmo, and Michael Novak are UE student communion ministers. Jon Robson is the altar server. Questions? Call/text Kristel at 812-760-8610.

* Writing Center Boot Camp: The "P" Word and Academic Honesty

“But Professor, this author writes so much better than me!” In this important workshop, you will learn how to summarize, paraphrase and use quotations to support your research and give credit to the intellectual property of your sources - essential tools for all academic writing. Join us on Wednesday, April 1 at 5 p.m. in the Writing Center. 

* U.S. Army Marketing Manager Kelley Mustion will speak on Lifelong Service

On Saturday, March 28th, United States Army Marketing Manager and AOII, Ms. Kelley Mustion, will be speaking on the importance of lifelong education and the benefits of living a lifetime of service. The event will take place in Neu Chapel at 3:00 p.m., and it is free and open to the public. 

* This Weekend in Music: Student Recitals

It will be a busy weekend in the Department of Music with several student recitals, all of which will occur in Wheeler Concert Hall. On Saturday, bass Ian Murrell, a student of Assistant Professor of Voice Eric McCluskey, will perform his Junior Recital at 2:30 p.m. A joint Senior Recital presented by mezzo-soprano Josulynne Brown and tenor Grant Hales will follow at 4:00. Josulynne is a student of Assistant Professor of Voice Alanna Keenan, while Grant is a student of Assistant Professor of Voice Gregory B. Rike. On Sunday, cellist Kathryn Von Der Heide, a student of Consortium Instructor Jennifer Wingert, will present her Senior Recital in Wheeler at 1:00 p.m. Clarinetist Jessica Braam, a student of Associate Professor and Department of Music Chair Thomas Josenhans, will then present her Senior Recital at 2:30. The weekend’s activities will conclude with soprano Alexandra Billhartz’s Junior Recital at 4:00, and Alexandra is a student of Assistant Professor Eric McCluskey. All student recitals are given in partial fulfillment of the presenting students’ degree requirements, and all weekend events are free and open to the public. 

* Dirt Day!

April 25th is Dirt Day at John James Audubon State Park in Henderson, KY. We are looking for volunteers to help out with trail work and the beautification of our gardens! Volunteers can meet at the museum by 8:30 am and will work until Noon, at which time, we will serve lunch! No tools or experience is necessary but we do expect volunteers to be properly clothed--closed toed shoes and clothes you don't mind getting a little dirty! Registration is appreciated, but not required. Please contact for any further information or to register for this event. See you out at the park! 

* Palm/Passion Sunday this Sunday in Neu Chapel, 10:30 a.m.

Join us at the doors of Neu Chapel as we commemorate Palm/Passion Sunday this week at University Worship, 10:30 a.m. Students will be leading us in the liturgy as we celebrate the entrance of Jesus into Jerusalem and then look to the cross and the Passion of Christ. All are welcome. 

* disABILITY Awareness Events - iPad Mini Giveaway

March is Disability Awareness Month in Indiana. Please help us increase disABILITY Awareness by attending one or both of our upcoming events and enter our iPad Mini and gift card giveaway.

Student Panel Discussion – Tuesday, March 31, at 4 pm in Eykamp 252, Ridgway University Center
Panelists include UE students with various disabilities and Dr. Mary Lombardo-Graves, assistant professor of special education. They will be discussing what it is like to live and attend college while having a learning disability, Aspergers, dysgraphia, and visual, hearing and mobility impairments.

“Accessibility and the iPad” – Tuesday, April 7 at 4 pm in Eykamp 252, Ridgway University Center
Wade Wingler, director of assistive technology and the INDATA Project at Easter Seals Crossroads, will be demonstrating accessible apps on the iPad. The iPad is one of the most accessible tools of technology for people with disabilities. Wade will be bringing 40 iPads for the audience to use so this will be a fun and interactive presentation! 


Info You Should Know

* Dr. Baer's Book Available in the Bookstore

Dr. William Baer's newest publication "One and Twenty Tales" is now available in the UE Bookstore. Published by Morningbird Lane Press, the book sales for $14.95 in a paperback version.

* Still accepting applications for Exploring Asia in South Korea summer program

It’s not too late to apply for the upcoming Exploring Asia in South Korea summer short-term study abroad program. Applications will continue to be accepted through Friday, April 3. This program is open to students from all majors and will take place from June 29 – July 26, 2015.
Information about program costs, travel dates, and other deadlines can be found on the UE Study Abroad page:
The online application is available here:
Please contact Marissa Mitchell, coordinator of short-term programs abroad, at mm353 or 488-2039 if you have any questions. 

* International Leadership Conference Opportunity

Wanted: Developing student leaders who are looking to improve the UE Campus! The Resident Students Association (RSA) is looking for students who wish to be part of a UE delegation to an international conference this summer.

This summer, from May 22nd to May 24th, North Dakota State University in Fargo, North Dakota will be hosting the leadership conference NACURH; NACURH stands for the National Association of College and University Residence Halls.

University students from the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Qatar, Hong Kong, Australia and many other countries will congregate to attend programs to help foster personal growth, community development, and positive college experiences. The conference is a balance of fun activities and workshops. Want to learn more about the conference? Go here:

If this sounds like something that is of interest to you, please fill out our online application:

Applications are due April 4.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at

* Seeking UE Staff Members as Mock Jurors for University of Evansville Research Project

The University of Evansville's Psychology and Law Research Laboratory is seeking UE staff (non-students and non-faculty) to participate as mock jurors in a mock trial, as part of a grant-funded research project. Staff members must be U.S. citizens who are 18-years-old or older. Those participating will receive $40 for their time.

The mock trial will last no more than two hours. All participants will read a description of a mock trial and watch video-taped evidence depicting an alleged murder. All participants will then deliberate as a group to attempt to reach a consensual verdict.

We are purposefully recruiting only UE staff and not students or faculty so that our sample is more representative of the general pool of jurors in a typical community. As you might imagine, it is extremely challenging to effectively recruit a sample of participants who are representative of any given community, and so your participation is very valuable and greatly encouraged.

Moreover, we encourage you to share this opportunity with eligible friends or family members (basically anyone who is jury-eligible and a non-college student). Spreading the word about this opportunity will go a long way toward helping us recruit enough participants (we need 300 total participants).

Those who would like to participate or who have questions, should contact Dr. Margaret Stevenson's research laboratory manager Evan McCracken at 

* Seating Samples Now @ Library

Seating samples are now on display at the Libraries. You are encouraged to try out sample seats and to offer your recommendations. What's comfortable? What's most suitable for the renovated Library? What isn't? Seating will remain during the next several days. Sample seats are located adjacent to workstations on Level 1. 

* Trinidad and Tobago program application deadline extended

The deadline for the upcoming International Cultural Immersion Experience in Trinidad and Tobago has been extended and the charges have been revised. This program is open to students from all majors and will take place from May 25 – June 7. Applications must be received by Monday, March 30.

Revised information about reduced costs, travel dates, and other deadlines can be found on the UE Study Abroad page:

The online application is available here:

Please contact Marissa Mitchell, coordinator of short-term programs abroad, at mm353 or 488-2039 if you have any questions.

* Graduate Reminder

May graduates who still need a cap and gown for graduation should visit the UE Bookstore soon. Master and doctoral regalia is custom made and takes about 4 weeks to arrive. Graduates who need graduation announcements can order them in the Bookstore as well at any time. 

* 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.

* 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).

* Libraries Announces Easter Recess Hours

Libraries will observe the following schedule of hours during the Easter Recess. Contact the Library at 488.2462 with questions.

Thursday, April 2:  7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Friday, April 3; Saturday, April 4; and Sunday, April 5: CLOSED

Monday, April 6: resume regular hours



Thank You

* Thank you from the UE Leadership Academy!

UELA would like to extend a huge thank you to all students, faculty, and anyone else who have helped to make our homelessness awareness project a success! Whether you were able to donate at our Ridgway tables last week or participated in our Hacienda Give Back fundraiser, we're grateful for your support! All of the money we have raised will be used to help support the local Ozanam Family Shelter! Thank you! 



* Purple Aces Continue Roadtrip with Weekend Series at Indiana State

The University of Evansville baseball team (10-10, 1-2) remains on the road this weekend for a three game series with the Indiana State Sycamores.

The Friday night contest originally scheduled for 5:30 p.m. CT has been moved up to 2:30 p.m. CT. The game on Saturday, March 28 will begin at 1:00 p.m. CT and the Sunday series finale is slated for a 12:00 beginning.

Friday, March 27 at 2:30 p.m. CT
UE RHP Connor Strain (1-2, 5.65 ERA) vs. INS LHP Jeff Degano (4-2, 1.83)

Saturday, March 28 at 1:00 p.m. CT
UE RHP Patrick Schnieders (1-3, 4.86) vs. INS LHP Ryan Keaffaber (1-1, 2.57)

Sunday, March 29 at 12:00 p.m. CT
UE LHP Brodie Harkness (3-1, 4.02) vs. INS LHP David Stagg (0-2, 6.92)

Audio is available at

The contest will all have live stats provided at .

Video is available through

Fans can also follow the Aces progress on twitter. Updates will be posted on the @UEAthletics account.

Starting pitcher Ryan Billo threw a season-high 7.0 innings, striking out a career-high seven batters as the University of Evansville baseball team (10-10) scored four runs in the ninth to win 4-2 at SIUE on Wednesday night. Down 2-0 entering the ninth, the Purple Aces drew closer with a bases loaded walk from outfielder Kevin Kaczmarski and tied the game on a wild pitch in the next at-bat. Even at two, infielder Jonathan Ramon broke the tie with a two-run single up the middle. Reliever Brent Jurceka retired the final three batters in the bottom half to preserve Billo’s performance and etch an Evansville victory.

Indiana State (9-11) began the season with back to back wins before suffering losses in six of the next seven games. The Sycamores defeated #1 Vanderbilt 8-1 on Feb. 21 and also won the Indiana State Tournament (Mar. 12-15). The Sycamores began conference play by losing two of three last weekend at Missouri State and were postponed on Tuesday night at SIUE.

Indiana State holds a 79-61-1 all-time record with Evansville. The Purple Aces won two of the three meetings last season at Braun Stadium. UE won both meetings at INS in 2013 (final game cancelled due to poor weather). The Aces are 9-9 under head coach Wes Carroll when playing the Sycamores.

Statistically, Evansville is led offensively by outfielder Kevin Kaczmarski who is hitting .392 this season. Outfielder Josh Jyawook (.314) and designated hitter Max Foley (.300) are each hitting at or above .300 . Infielder Jonathan Ramon has a team-best three home runs. First baseman Eric McKibban has a team-high 23 hits and is on an 8 game hitting streak. Right-handers Ryan Brady (2.70 ERA) and Conor Gilligan (2.89) both hold ERAs under 3.00 as six Aces have combined for the team’s 10 wins. The team is cumulatively hitting .253 this season with a 4.53 team ERA.

Indiana State has three batters hitting over .300 including outfielder Andrew Gutierrez (.387), infielder Andy Young (.338) and infielder Derek Hannahs (.324). Young leads the team with 21 runs batted in as infielder Jacob Hayes is the lone Sycamore with multiple home runs (2). Right-hander Austin Conway (1.59) and Ethan Larrison (2.03) have the lowest ERAs on the team. Four of the nine Sycamore victories have come from lefty Jeff Degano. The team is batting .255 and has a .420 earned run average.

* Aces advance to CIT Semifinals with 89-82 win at Louisiana

Purple Aces junior D.J. Balentine scored 22+ points for the third game in a row as the University of Evansville men’s basketball team defeated Louisiana by an 89-82 final at Blackham Coliseum on Thursday evening.

With the win, the Purple Aces (22-12) advance to the semifinals of the CIT and will play at the Ford Center on Tuesday against UT Martin.

Balentine led all scorers with his second 35-point game in the last three outings. He was 11-18 from the field and 4-7 from outside. He was one of four players to record double figures. Jaylon Moore tallied 12 while Adam Wing had 12 and Mislav Brzoja posted 10 points and a team-best nine rebounds.

“This is a great team effort, this is what it’s all about,” UE head coach Marty Simmons said. “Jaylon Moore gave us a great game from start to finish, but we had great play from everyone in the game.”

A quick start from outside for the Purple Aces saw them take a 6-5 lead in the opening minutes of the game. After UL scored the first points, D.J. Balentine got UE on the board with a triple before Adam Wing hit the second one less than a minute later.

With Louisiana up 9-8, the Aces made their first run of the game, scoring seven in a row to go up 15-9. A Mislav Brzoja layup spearheaded the run while a pair of Duane Gibson free throws capped it off. In the middle was Balentine’s second trey of the day.

Evansville continued to lead at 18-13 before the Ragin Cajuns made their first big run of the game. A 14-8 run saw them go back on top by a 27-26 score with 9 minutes left in the period. Devonta Walker registered three points in the run while Steven Wronkoski posted a trey.

Over the final minutes of the half, the Aces withstood UL’s efforts. With the Ragin Cajuns leading 32-31 with 5:12 remaining, UE outscored Louisiana by a 12-5 margin to head into the locker room up 44-37. Jaylon Moore finished the half with an old-fashioned 3-point play for the Aces.

Balentine posted a game-high 17 points in the opening stanza while Moore had the best half of his career, registering 10 points and three rebounds. He hit four of his six shots in the period. Balentine, who entered the game hitting 9 of his last 16 from outside, hit 3 out of 5 in the first half.

Out of the break, the game remained scoreless over the first two minutes before a Mockevicius free throw gave UE a 45-37 lead. Bryce Washington scored back-to-back baskets to get UL within four before Balentine ended the quick spurt with a driving layup and a pair of free throws to match the 8-point advantage.

With UE up 51-43, Louisiana shot its way right back into the game. The Aces missed four in a row while the Ragin Cajuns utilized a 7-0 run to get back within a point at 51-50 with 12:17 left. Balentine put a quick end to that rally with his fourth trey. Midway through the half, Brzoja took his turn from outside, knocking down the Aces’ sixth three of the night to put UE up 59-51.

Just past the halfway point, Louisiana pushed its way back once again. A Jay Wright triple was the capper on a 6-0 stretch as UL cut the UE lead to 59-57. Evansville received four more Balentine tallies to go up 65-59 with 8 minute on the clock.

UE continued to lead and added to it, taking its largest lead of the game with 1:44 left as Adam Wing moved into double figures to put the Aces up 82-72. That was enough to clinch the 89-82 win.

Louisiana was led by Shawn Long, who had 24 points and 11 rebounds. Kasey Shepherd had 15 while Devonta Walker finished with 13.

* Katterhenry earns another MVC honor

For the second time this season, Purple Aces sophomore Kayla Katterhenry was named the Missouri Valley Conference Women’s Golfer of the Week.

Katterhenry picked up the third victory of her career in exciting fashion last Tuesday afternoon. A final round score of 73 put her in a tie for the top spot with Belmont’s Katie Story at the Bobby Nichols Intercollegiate. The playoff came down to the fifth hole where Katterhenry shot par to earn medalist honors. In day one, she had a 72 before carding a 73 to finish with a 145.

Her efforts helped the Aces take seventh place. Overall, it is her third win in less than one calendar year as she was victorious at last year’s Saluki Invitational and Bradley Invitational. She recorded another top two finish at the Samford Intercollegiate this past weekend. She finished in a tie for second place with scores of 74, 77 and 74 en route to a 225.


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