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Thursday, April 2, 2015

Upcoming Events

* SAVE THE DATE: Minister Nyle Fort from Ferguson, MO on Campus April 24

As part of the Stand Against Racism™ a movement of the YWCA that aims to eliminate racism by raising awareness through its annual event. Organizations across the United States are invited to participate by hosting their own “Stand.” Individuals are then invited to join any of the “Stands,” where hundreds of thousands of people will take a Stand Against Racism across the country.

The University of Evansville will bring Minister Nyle Fort a young grassroots activist who has been a part of the movement Black Live Matter.

Minister Fort will speak to the campus on Friday, April 24 from 9-10 am in the Schroeder School of Business Building Atrium.

All campus members are welcome to come out and be inspired by the words of the young minister.

For more information please contact LaNeeca Williams at or call 812-488-2413. 

* Collecting kitchen goods for YWCA & #readingseries

The final installment of the Creative Writing department's #readingseries will be on Friday, April 10. In addition to the reading, we are also collecting kitchen supplies/cookware for the shelter at the YWCA. They are desperately in need of items like cookie sheets, cake pans, pots, pans, pizza pans, and casserole dishes. These items can be lightly used or new.

Please think about joining us at The Slice on April 10 at 4 pm and bringing a kitchen donation with you. If you'd like to donate but can't make the reading, there is a box outside of Olmsted 416B for drop off. Thanks!

* UE to Host Event Announcing Indiana Civic Health Index Results

Former U.S. Representative Lee Hamilton, director of the Center on Congress at Indiana University, and former Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Randall T. Shepard will announce results of the 2015 Indiana Civic Health Index at the University of Evansville on Friday, April 3. The event starts at 11:00 a.m. in Room 162 (Harkness Hall), Schroeder School of Business Building, and is free and open to the public.

The 2015 Indiana Civic Health Index is a report that shows how actively citizens engage in their communities and reveals overall civic health through key measurements:
• Participation in group associations
• Donation of time and talent through volunteerism
• Level of confidence in institutions—such as the media or schools
• Frequency people eat dinner with their family
• Voter registration and turnout

The forward of the report provides an explanation on the importance of civic health: “The American experiment is a testament to a diverse group of people working together… It is this “civic fabric” that holds our country together and makes it strong. Civic involvement does not simply happen however. It takes each generation to demonstrate and teach future generations what it is to be an active, engaged, and enlightened citizen … (the report) seeks to once again measure just how successfully we are doing on this score…Some of these trends are positive and things that we can continue to build on… while others are cause for concern and areas we need to improve.”

The report includes details on community involvement, volunteerism, social connectivity, voter registration and turnout, political involvement and confidence in public institutions. It details how Indiana compares to the rest of the nation and across geographic lines (urban, suburban and rural).

The first Indiana Civic Health index was published in 2011. Four years later, the publication shows the importance of education and the increase in civic participation as education levels increase. The report also explains the improving relationship between civic and economic health.

The full report is available at The Indiana Bar Foundation, Indiana Supreme Court, National Conference on Citizenship, Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement, Indiana University Northwest and Indiana University Center for Civic Literacy are project sponsors.

For more information on the report, contact Indiana Bar Foundation Executive Director Charles Dunlap at (317) 269-7861 or; or Center on Congress at Indiana University Outreach Specialist Phil Duncan at (703) 209-2005 or For more information on the April 3 event at UE, call 812-488-2241 or 812-488-2236. 

* Documentary on Local Food and Panel Discussion

On Tuesday April 7, 6:30 pm, in Room 101, in Koch Center, the short documentary LOCAL will be shown. The documentary discusses how the local food movement is growing and the challenges of finding locally grown food. After the documentary, there will be a panel discussion consisting of members of the Evansville community involved with local food operations like Urban Seeds and River City Co-op. 

* 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. 

* Islamic Center Executive Director and Imam to Speak at UE

Omar Atia, executive director and imam of the Islamic Center of Evansville, will be speaking at the University of Evansville on Thursday, April 16, 7:00-8:00 p.m., Room 170 (Smythe Lecture Hall), Schroeder School of Business Building. A question and answer session will follow the lecture. Atia’s topic will be “Finding the Truth through the Noise – What Does Islam Really Stand For?” This event is free and open to the public.

Atia has been a community activist and motivational speaker for more than 15 years. Before coming to the Islamic Center of Evansville, he led youth and community development efforts in Indianapolis, Indiana; Chicago, Illinois; and Cincinnati, Ohio. Atia’s blend of faith-based learning and real-world social-justice leadership enables him to provide a distinct take on Islam. His thought leadership stays true to faith tradition while providing a vision that is relevant and transformative for America.
Professionally, Atia is an internationally recognized leader in the fields of lean management and applied creativity. As co-founder and chief strategist of Thoughtfire, he has proven success stories with companies around the world, aiding transformations from mediocre performance to consistent, world-class results.

Atia graduated from Purdue University with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering and a master’s in interdisciplinary engineering. He has completed courses with the Islamic American University towards a bachelor’s in Islamic studies. He was born in Illinois, lived in Cairo, Egypt, for part of his childhood, and in Indiana most of his life.

This event is sponsored by UE’s Office of Diversity Initiatives and Department of Religious Life, and hosted by the UE Muslim Students' Association.

For more information on the event, please email:

* 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! 

* disABILITY Awareness Event - iPad Mini Giveaway

On 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

* SGA Election Results

Congratulations to the following individuals who were elected to Student Government Positions for the 2015-2016 academic year.

SGA President: Matt Lundberg
SGA Vice President: Jalen Lee
Academic Fund Board Chairperson: Will Patzke
The Student Elected Trustee that will serve on the board the next three years is Mallory Mooney.

Thank you to all students who voted and for all candidates who ran for positions.

* Sunset Concert is almost here!

Sunset Concert is almost here which means it's almost time to pick up your tickets! Every UE student gets one free ticket and at least one guest ticket. If you are wishing to request more than one guest ticket, all you have to do is put on a waiting list and you will be contacted about being able to pick them up or not.

Student Activities Board will be passing tickets out at a table in Ridgway next week Monday, April 6 through Wednesday, April 8 during lunch and dinner hours. Plus, information on how to win t-shirts will be announced as well. So, stop by and get your tickets!

* Final Day To Drop A Class

Today is the final day students can drop a class for this spring semester with a "W". In order to drop a class you must complete a Drop/ Add Slip with required signatures and turn it in to the Office of the Registrar by 5 pm today. No exceptions. 

* Faculty Regalia Rentals

Faculty that need regalia rented for May Graduation are reminded to contact the UE Bookstore as soon as possible. This will insure that proper garments and colors are provided. 

* Summer/Fall Text Adoptions Now due

Faculty are reminded that textbook adoptions for the Summer and Fall 2015 terms are now due in the UE Bookstore. Please submit your adoptions as soon as possible. Contact the Bookstore if any questions. 

* 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 

* 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 

* 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




* UE Engineering Teams Compete in Firefighting Robot International Robot competition

University of Evansville competed with three teams in the Firefighting Robot International Robot competition at Trinity College in Hartford, CT this past weekend, March 27 – 29. Thirty teams from around the world including Northern Ohio University, Pennsylvania University, and Bucknell University, teams from China, Indonesia and Israel competed and were challenged to program a robot to navigate a model home in search of a fire, represented by a burning candle, and then extinguish the fire. The robot was required to watch out for walls, furniture, animals, and other obstacles.

Team members Victor Nunez Rodrigues/Alejandra Campero Vega (both electrical engineering students) placed 4th and team Narsay Martany/Mahmood Aljumaili, (computer engineering & electrical engineering students respectfully), took 8th place. Thomas Idle/Taylor LaGrange (electrical engineering students) competed as well.

Engineering Students with Robots

Team Martany/Aljumaili and team Rodrigues/Vega both competed in the versa valve challenge while at the competition. This challenge required a unique robot to complete two successful runs while using a Versa Valve. Both teams mentioned above won in their division.

Congratulations to the UE teams!

* Mark Schoenbaum Named an Outstanding Educator of Year

Mark Schoenbaum, art teacher at Memorial High School and UE ceramics instructor for the last 15 years, has been selected as Outstanding Educator of the Year (high school teacher category) in Vanderburgh County. This honor is in recognition of his excellence in teaching at Memorial High School, where he has been the art instructor for decades. While Mark has demonstrated teaching excellence at Memorial, he has generously shared his teaching and ceramics talents with the University of Evansville

* 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. 



* UE Basketball to host NAU in CIT Championship Game

The University of Evansville men’s basketball team will look for a championship on Thursday evening as the Purple Aces welcome Northern Arizona to the Ford Center for the Tournament Championship at 6 p.m.

Tickets will be available until game-time at several venues. The Carson Center Ticket Office will be open tomorrow from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. while tickets may be purchased through Ticketmaster at any time. The Ford Center Box Office will also be open on Thursday until game time. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for those under the age of 17.

For the first time in the Division I era, the Purple Aces will be playing for a postseason championship as UE defeated UT Martin by a final of 79-66 to earn a berth in the CIT Championship game on Thursday. Evansville shot over 50% for the fourth time in as many CIT games, checking in at 57.1% in the victory.

Up 12 at the half, the Aces reeled off the first 14 points of the second stanza and never looked back. Scoring at least 22 points in all four CIT games thus far has been D.J. Balentine; he added another 28 tallies on a 10/16 shooting night. Adam Wing began the day 7-7 from the field on his way to 16 points while Blake Simmons dished out a career-best 7 assists while chipping in 13 points. Duane Gibson led all players with 8 assists in the game as UE was credited with 23 assists on 32 made buckets.

Another stellar run through the CIT has seen the Aces advance all the way to the championship after falling a game short two seasons ago. In 2013, the Purple Aces had a stellar run through the CIT, winning three games before falling to East Carolina in the semifinals. It marked the first time the program had won multiple postseason games since the 1971 NCAA Tournament. The win at EIU on March 23 was the second time in 44 years that the team won more than one game in a postseason tournament.

So many things are contributing to the special run by the Aces in the CIT. During the regular season, the Aces shot 36.1% from long range; through its four postseason game, UE has improved that number to 45.9%. One main difference has been the inside shooting; the Aces are hitting 57.1% of their 2-point attempts while the opposition has hit just 43.1%. The 30-second shot clock has resulted in UE pushing the ball much more, culminating in double figures fast break points in two of the last three games; in the first 32 games of the year, the Aces had 10 or more fast break points just twice. Quick starts have also been very helpful - UE has shot 58% or better in the first half of three out of the four games thus far in the CIT.

It has been over a month since Jaylon Moore had his official “Senior Day” at the Ford Center - as it turns out, he had four more games with the last coming on April 2 in the CIT Championship. Moore is finishing up his career on a nice run, averaging 10 points in his last two games. Moore has improved by leaps and bounds every single year with the school. He has started six games this season while shooting an unbelievable 75.3%. Moore currently stands at 428 points and has had a strong season, posting 13 points on two occasions; his top game with the program came last season in the home game against Indiana State where he scored 14 points.

Northern Arizona enters the CIT Championship game with an overall record of 23-14; after beginning the season at 5-9, the Lumberjacks have gone 18-5. Their last game was a 68-61 triumph over NJIT at home in the semifinals. Three NAU players average double figures, led by Quinton Upshur, who has recorded 14.6 points per game, he was NAU’s top scorer versus NJIT with 23 points. Kris Yanku has averaged 13.7 PPG while Aaseem Dixon has registered 13.0. The top rebounder for NAU is Jordyn Martin; in the victory against NJIT, he posted a game-high of 17.

* UE Athletics Participates in National Student Athlete Day

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The University of Evansville Athletics Department participated in the NCAA National Student Athlete Day on Tuesday.

Four student athletes made the trip to Indianapolis representing the Purple Aces - Juan Acosta of the UE men’s golf team, Bronwyn Boswell from the women’s soccer team, Vince DiPrimio of the men’s soccer team and Laura Friday from the women’s basketball team.

The student athletes participated in leadership and professional development programming and a service project with youth from the Indianapolis community.

This year, youth from the Indianapolis Dream Center partnered with student-athletes to pack over 23,000 bags of food for the Gleaners Food Bank.

"I loved working with the other student athletes, NCAA staff, and kids above everything else,” said Bronwyn Boswell, sophomore midfielder on the UE women’s soccer team. “Helping families in need was an important part of the experience, but it was fun because the people involved had a great, positive attitude, were having fun, and were invested in the overall purpose and goal of today. I'm thankful for the opportunity and hope to return!”

NCAA President Dr. Mark Emmert also addressed the group highlighting the importance of performing in the classroom and helping the community.

"We appreciate the opportunity the NCAA provides annually for our student-athletes to celebrate National Student-Athlete Day,” said Sarah Solinsky, Senior Associate Athletics Director/SWA at UE.

The student athletes also visited with two UE alums who work at the NCAA – Binh Nguyen and Joni Williamson (Davidson), who was a swimmer at Evansville.

* The Coach's Box Airs on Thursday at 5 PM on WUEV

The Coach’s Box radio show with University of Evansville baseball head coach Wes Carroll airs this Thursday, April 2 at 5:00 p.m. on WUEV 91.5 FM.

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

The show will feature Coach Carroll, WUEV General Manager Tom Benson, Director of Marketing and Event Management Dustin Hall, and Assistant Sports Information Director/Baseball contact Mike Radomski.

The group will discuss the team’s series win last weekend at Indiana State, a mid-week 15-11 victory at UT-Martin and the upcoming road series at Illinois State.

Evansville (13-11, 3-3) will travel to Normal, Illinois this weekend for a three game series with the Redbirds. First pitch on Friday, April 3 at Duffy Bass Field is set for 4:30 p.m. CDT. The teams will also play on Saturday, April 4 at 2:00 p.m. CDT and Sunday, April 5 at 1:00 p.m. CDT.

The next home game for the Purple Aces is Tuesday, April 7 against UT-Martin. The game will be held at Braun Stadium and begin at 6:00 p.m. Tickets to the game are $7 for adults and $5 for seniors/children.

* Shuttle to CIT Championship Game

UE Athletics will be providing a FREE shuttle for all students to the Ford Center tonight for CIT Championship game against Northern Arizona. The shuttle will be leaving from Walnut Street out in front of the Carson Center and will depart at both 5:30 pm and 5:45 pm prior to the game and will also provide transportation back to campus following the game. Remember to be loud, be proud and wear purple! 

* 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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