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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

From the President

* President Kazee Issues Statement on Religious Freedom Restoration Act

Dr. Thomas Kazee, president of the University of Evansville, issued a statement today regarding Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

The statement reads:

“I have been asked in recent days by many of those in the University of Evansville family about my position on the recently passed Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA).  So let me take this opportunity to explain how I see the issue in terms of the University, the state of Indiana, and the public welfare.  University presidents should not, in my judgment, express personal opinions on matters of public significance without careful consideration of the relevance of the issue for their institutions.  Some issues, however, are especially salient not only for the society at large but have the potential to significantly impact the University, and RFRA is one such example.

A core commitment of the University of Evansville is to nurture a climate of respect, understanding, and appreciation of difference.  Moreover, as an institution we oppose practices and policies that can lead to discrimination against any person on the basis of race, color, creed or religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, or disability.  It is from this foundational premise that I join those voices around the state, including Evansville’s Mayor Lloyd Winnecke, major Indiana corporations such as the Eli Lilly and Cummins, and the presidents of a growing number of Indiana universities who are deeply concerned about this legislation.

I respect Governor Pence’s argument that RFRA is designed to promote religious freedom and prevent government overreach, but this legislation cannot be divorced from the broader context of the national discussion about laws which arguably permit discrimination.  I think we can all agree that we want Indiana to be a welcoming and inclusive state.  Unfortunately, RFRA fuels the perception that we are intolerant and thus is damaging to the public welfare and to the University of Evansville.  I urge the Governor and the state legislature to reconsider this action or, failing that, pass legislation, as has been done in other states, to ensure that the law is not used as a tool for discrimination.”

* Connections with Kazee: March 2015

Spring has arrived on campus! This month, Dr. Kazee joins you from the Schroeder School of Business Building where our accounting and finance program was just named the number one degree program in the country among small colleges. He also discusses the impressive results of our annual graduate outcomes survey for the class of 2014 and more. 

Click here to view the March podcast.


What's Happening Today

* Join Diversity Dialogue tonight with Anti-Bias Team to discuss sexism

Diversity Dialogue sessions are meant to bring better awareness to the University of Evansville by debunking the false stereotypes brought about by prejudice.

ALL are welcome and all viewpoints will be recognized.

The session will be tonight in Eykamp 255, Ridgway University Center, at  7:00 pm

For more information contact LaNeeca Williams at or ext. 2413

* This Week in Music: Faculty Piano Recital

Associate Professor of Piano Garnet Ungar will present this week’s Faculty Recital in Wheeler Concert Hall on Tuesday evening at 7:30 p.m. The recital will open with Ferruccio Busoni’s piano arrangement of J. S. Bach’s Adagio in A Minor, a piece originally composed for organ. The program will continue with several works by Edvard Grieg, including his Suite from Holberg’s Time and selections from two of the character piece sets he entitled Lyric Pieces. Following a brief intermission, Professor Ungar will be joined by violinist Alicia Choi, Violist Rose Wollman, and cellist Kirsten Jermé in a climactic performance of the Quartet in C Minor, Op. 60 by Johannes Brahms. The concert is free and open to the public. 

* 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! 


Upcoming Events

* Employee Wellness Nurse on Campus On April 1

On Wednesday, April 1, the wellness nurse will be in Hyde Hall Lobby from 1 -3 p.m

* UE Bookstore Sale on Wednesday and Thursday

The UE Bookstore is offering 20% OFF the original price of all UE clothing and Imprinted gift items, April 1 and 2, before the Easter break. This includes caps, tees, mugs, etc. Check out the clearance table also for some items priced to move. Clearance items are exempt from the additional 20% off. Also note the Bookstore will be closed April 3-5 for the holiday. 

* Research Panel: Exploring How Stereotypes and Disgust Shape Perceptions of Sex Offenders and Their Loved Ones

Psi Chi will be holding an event open to everyone titled: "Exploring How Stereotypes and Disgust Shape Perceptions of Sex Offenders and Their Loved Ones." on Monday, April 6, 5 pm., Room 170 (Smythe Lecture Hall), Schroeder School of Business Building. UE faculty Margaret Stevenson, UE alum Evan McCraken, and UE student Tyler Plogher will present a series of three studies exploring perceptions of sex offenders and their loved ones. 

* I-House: Russia

It's time for I-House again! This week's presentation is going to be on Russia! Inna Berchatova will be the presenter! She loves to read and her favorite part of UE is how diverse it is here. We look forward to hearing from her. So come this Wednesday at 7 pm upstairs in Ridgway University Center to see a great presentation! 

* Holy Thursday Communion Service in Neu Chapel, 12:15 PM

The campus community is invited to the Holy Thursday Communion Service at 12:15 p.m. in Neu Chapel, on April 2. The brief service will commemorate the Last Supper based on the accounts written in the Gospels. All are welcome, religious and non-religious. 

* 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! 

* 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.

* 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. 

* Wednesday Morning Lecture Series

Attend Adult Education's Wednesday Morning Lecture Series  on Wednesdays from 9:00 - 11:00 a.m., in Wheeler Concert Hall, Krannert Hall of Fine Arts. 

See website for more info:

* Not Yet Begun to Fight Movie Discussion to feature UE student veterans

UE VETS, Office of Veterans Affairs, and UE Disability Services are sponsoring a movie discussion about the award winning documentary, "Not Yet Begun to Fight" for our campus community and friends in recognition of Disability Awareness month. The film features five veterans as they embark upon an excursion to learn the art of fly fishing from Warriors and Quiet Waters in Montana.

Warriors and Quiet Waters was started by Vietnam veteran and former Marine, Colonel Hastings. According to Colonel Hastings, fly fishing saved his life as he struggled to readjust from war. Warriors and Quiet Waters instructors teach fly fishing but so much more is discovered through the process. One of the veterans featured in the film is UE student and Iraq/Afghanistan War veteran, Erik Goodge. A panel discussion with Erik, and other UE student veterans will follow the showing.

Join us:
• Wednesday, April 8 at 6:00 p.m. (panel discussion following the film)
• UE Schroeder School of Business Building, Room 162
• Limited seating, first-come-first-served
• No cost, free refreshments

The website for Warriors and Quiet waters is

The website for the film "Not Yet Begun to Fight" is 


Info You Should Know

* Fitness Center 2015 Easter Break Hours

The Easter Break hours for the Fitness Center will be:

Thursday April 2: 6:30 am- 7:00 pm
Friday April 3:  Closed
Saturday April 4: Closed
Sunday April 5:  Closed 

* Last Day To Drop With "W"

Any student wanting to drop a class must complete a drop/add slip with required signatures no later than 5 pm this Thursday April 2. 

* Accepting Applications for Fall 2015 Teaching Internship

FYS 499 is a 3 credit hour teaching internship providing outstanding students the opportunity to assist in the instruction of a First-Year Seminar course. Interested students should contact Dr. Valerie Stein at for more information and an application.

* Accounting & Audit Announce Procedures for Summer Travel Expenses and Membership Dues

Traveling this summer on UE business with a return date after May 31, 2015? Paying membership dues for next fiscal year prior to May 31? If you pay for any of these expense before May 31, you will need to contact Lori Harriss ( in Accounting & Audit.

•  If you use WebAdvisor to create a web voucher, you will need to ask for the Prepaid Account number to be added to your choices.
•  If you use your Pcard prior to May 31 to pay for next year’s travel or membership dues, you will need to email the following information:
•  Vendor name
•  Date of purchase on Pcard
•  Dollar amount charged to Pcard
• Description and purpose of purchase
•  Account number charged for purchase

These expenses will be charged to your 2015-16 budget funds.

* 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. 

* Libraries Announces Easter Recess Hours

UE Libraries will observe the following schedule of hours during Easter Recess. Contact the Libraries with questions at 812.488.2376.

Easter Recess Hours

April 2 (Th): 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
April 3 (F): CLOSED
April 4 (S): CLOSED
April 5 (Sn): CLOSED
April 6 (M): Resume Regular Hours 

* Distribution Services Reminder – Good Friday

Since UE campus will be closed Friday, April 3, please note the following adjustments and plan accordingly. These adjustments will help to ensure there is sufficient time to complete deliveries before campus closes on Good Friday.

UE Mail Services

• UE Mail Services will close at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 2 and re-open on Monday morning, April 6.
• Offices that plan to be closed earlier than Friday, April 3, are asked to notify Mail Services in advance to avoid unnecessary morning deliveries.
• For Mail related questions, contact Mail Services at extension 2197 or

UE Copy Services

• UE Copy Services will close at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 2, and re-open on Monday morning, April 6.
• Offices that plan to be closed earlier than Friday, April 3, are asked to notify Copy Services in advance to avoid unnecessary deliveries.
• For Copy related questions, contact Copy Services at extension 2948 or

UE Central Receiving

• UE Central Receiving will close at 4:30 on Thursday, April 2, and re-open on Monday morning, April 6.
• Offices that plan to be closed earlier than Friday, April 3, are asked to notify Central Receiving in advance to avoid unnecessary deliveries.
• For Receiving related questions, contact Central Receiving at extension 2181 or

* 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




* Phi Sigma Iota holds initiation ceremony

The Epsilon Beta chapter of Phi Sigma Iota, the international foreign language honor society, held its annual initiation ceremony on Sunday afternoon, March 22, in Ridgway University Center.  Six students representing three languages were inducted into membership.  New members include Kaylynn Carver, Tessa McLinden, Hannah Mitchell, Ashley Ring, Sarah Stuckwisch and Joshua Taylor.  Faculty advisor Ann Baker, gave the opening remarks and welcomed the new members. PSI president, Rebekah Calahan, conducted the ceremony along with members Hillary Degenhardt, Alex Schmitt and Jamelyn Wheeler.  Dr. William Hemminger, Professor of English, served as guest speaker for the event.   A dessert reception for members, initiates, faculty and friends followed the ceremony.  Phi Sigma Iota members are elected from among outstanding advanced undergraduate students and faculty in foreign languages.  The Epsilon Beta chapter has initiated 168 members since it was installed here in April 2000.  

* Yazdanparast and Alhenawi Have Paper Accepted for Presentation

Atefeh Yazdanparast, assistant professor of marketing, and Yasser Alhenawi, assistant professor of finance, have had their paper “Personality Traits, Attitude, and Households’ Borrowing” selected for presentation at the 2015 FMA Applied Finance Conference (Consortium on Research in Emotional Finance: Emotional, Neural, and Behavioral Aspects of Decision-making). This is a highly selective consortium, with time devoted to 5-6 high quality papers, discussants, and a limited number of other researchers. The research is an interdisciplinary examination of the impact of psychological factors on households’ borrowing behavior. The results provide strong evidence that personal attitudinal biases towards money, risk, financial planning, and borrowing influence households’ borrowing behavior. The findings have academic and practical implications for social planners, lending institutions, and other financial services providers. 

* Plikuhn and Long Present at Midwest Sociological Society Meetings

Mari Plikuhn, assistant professor of sociology, and Elizabeth Long, junior sociology and psychology major, presented their paper, "When the Baby Never Comes: Stillbirth, Miscarriage, and Social Support" at the annual meetings of the Midwest Sociological Society in Kansas City, Missouri, on March 27. Long also presented her single-authored paper, "Intersexuality and Feminism: Who Will Fight for the Intersex?" at the MSS meetings.

Plikuhn and Long



* With win on Tuesday, UE would host CIT Championship

– With a victory over UT Martin in Tuesday’s semifinal game, the University of Evansville men’s basketball team would be the host school for the championship game of the Tournament on Thursday evening.

Should the Aces pull off the win on Tuesday, fans would be able to purchase tickets immediately following the completion of the game at the Ford Center ticket windows. The ticket office at the Carson Center would also be open beginning on Wednesday morning at 8 a.m. and running through the day on Thursday.

In the event of a UE win, tickets will also be available through TicketMaster on Wednesday at 8 a.m. and at the Ford Center Box Office at 10 a.m.

Tickets would remain at $15 while youth (under 17) tickets cost $5.

Season ticket holders who reserved their seats for the game along with the general public would be able to purchase their seats right away.

For more information or to get your seats for Tuesday’s game, please call 812-488-ACES.

* Men's Basketball welcomes UT Martin on Tuesday

The University of Evansville men’s basketball team will be back at the Ford Center on Tuesday evening to face UT Martin in the semifinals of the Tournament beginning at 6 p.m.

Tickets are still available for just $15 while youth (under 17) tickets cost $5. You may purchase tickets at the Carson Center Ticket Office, the Ford Center, by calling 812-488-ACES or by visiting For those unable to make it to Evansville, you can watch the game live on the CBS Sports Network.

Should the Purple Aces defeat the Skyhawks on Tuesday, they would officially host the championship game on Thursday evening. A release with full information on that possibility will be sent out later.

Evansville played one of its best games of the season in a raucous atmosphere on its way to defeating Louisiana, 89-82, on Thursday at Blackham Coliseum in Lafayette. It was D.J. Balentine leading the way once again, hitting 11 of his 18 attempts on his way to tying his season mark of 35 points. The Aces shot 56.6% in the win, including 60% (15/25) in the first half alone; UL shot just 41.4%.

UE led by 7 at halftime before the Ragin Cajuns cut the gap to one in the second half; the Aces overcame that to lead by 10 in the final minutes. With Egidijus Mockevicius in foul trouble, Jaylon Moore came off the bench to score 10 in the first half; Adam Wing (11) and Mislav Brzoja (10) also finished in double figures.

Thanks to the 89-82 win at Louisiana, the Aces are set to host UT Martin on Tuesday, March 31. It is the latest game in program history; two years, ago, UE faced East Carolina on March 30, which was the previous record. This will also mark the latest home game in school history as the previous late game was on March 22, 1988 as UE hosted Boston College in the NIT. In 2013, UE faced Eastern Kentucky on March 23 in the CIT, but this was played at USI and went in the books as a neutral site game.

Since the beginning of the 2013-14 season, D.J. Balentine has been one of the top scorers in the country, his total of 1,431 points is the second-most in the nation over that span. The only other player to score more was Tyler Haws of BYU, his total finished at 1,543.

The Purple Aces have done a great job this season in their efforts away from the Ford Center. Overall, UE is 10-7 away from home; it is the first time UE has won that many games away from home since winning 12 away from Roberts Stadium in 1998-99. In true non-conference road games, the Aces are a perfect 4-0; in 1994-95, the Aces were 2-0 in those games, prior to that, the top non-conference road mark came in 1964-65 as UE was 12-0 away from home. With wins at Eastern Illinois and Louisiana, the Aces won back-to-back postseason road games for the first time since 1967-68 when UE defeated Lincoln (Mo.) and Missouri State in the NCAA Tournament.

UT Martin was just 8-23 last season, but made one of the top jumps in the nation and is currently 21-12. The Skyhawks also jumped from 3-13 in Ohio Valley Conference play to 10-6 this season. Five players are averaging double figures for the team, including three checking in at over 13 PPG. Deville Smith tops that list with 13.7 points and a team-best 57 steals. Twymond Howard is second at 13.5 while Marshun Newell is third with 13.4 points and a team-best 7.0 rebounds. As a team, UTM is shooting 45.2% from the field and 44.2% (34/77) from outside in the CIT.

* Tuesday's CIT game changed to 6 p.m. start

Due to the CBS Sports Network picking up the CIT Semifinal game between Northern Arizona and NJIT, the Purple Aces’ home game versus UT Martin will now begin at 6 p.m. CT.

With a victory on Tuesday, the University of Evansville will advance to the championship game of the Tournament.

Tickets are currently on sale for just $15 while youth under the age of 17 are just $5. Fans can purchase tickets at the Carson Center Ticket Office on the UE campus on Monday and Tuesday from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. Tickets may also be purchased at the Ford Center Ticket Office or at

* UE Women's Soccer Holding Fundraiser for 2016 Uganda Mission Trip

The University of Evansville women’s soccer team is planning a 2016 Spring Break mission trip to Uganda and will be holding an Open House Fundraiser on Tuesday, April 7.

The Premier Jewelry Open House Fundraiser will take place on April 7 from 4:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Evansville Country Club. Fans and members of the community will have a chance to see the jewelry and meet the Purple Aces. Appetizers will also be served at the event.


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