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Friday, April 17, 2015

* UE appears on Buzzfeed's list of the 27 Most Underrated Colleges in America

The popular social website, Buzzfeed, has listed the University of Evansville as one of the 27 most underrated colleges in America. Take a look at the full list here and join the conversation on our Facebook page to share the things you think are underrated about UE! 


What's Happening Today

* Reception for Lisa Schum

Lisa Schum in Accounting & Audit is leaving us and we would like to invite the campus community to join in saying goodbye to her on Friday, April 17 from 2 - 4 p.m. in the Office of Accounting and Audit (OH214). 

* UE Theatre closes season with A Streetcar Named Desire

The University of Evansville Department of Theatre proudly presents Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire, opening Friday, Apr. 17, at 7:30 p.m., in Shanklin Theatre. Additional performances are at 7:30 p.m., on Apr. 18, 23, 24, 25, and at 2:00 p.m., on Apr. 19 and 26.

This Pulitzer Prize-winning play opened on Broadway in 1947 and cemented Tennessee Williams as one of America’s most celebrated playwrights. In the steamy heat of the French Quarter, Blanche DuBois arrives on the doorstep of her younger sister, Stella, with a trunk of old furs and a romantic, yet mysterious, portrait of her life as a Southern belle in Mississippi. The tension between Blanche and Stella’s brutish husband, Stanley, grows as thick as the humid New Orleans’ night air.  Ultimately, a mix of desperation and primal passion ignites an explosive encounter resulting in the shattering of the last vestiges of Blanche’s genteel illusions.

Professor R. Scott Lank directs A Streetcar Named Desire; Associate Professor Eric Renschler is the scenic designer; Jessica Intner, a senior theatre generalist from Marietta, Ga., serves as the costume designer; Allie Johnson, a senior design and technology major from Denver, Colo., is the lighting designer; Peter Orkiszewski, a junior theatre management major from Cincinnati, Ohio, is the dramaturg; and Professor Chuck Meacham is the sound designer.
The cast features Olivia Hebert, a senior from Arlington, Texas, as the enigmatic Blanche DuBois, senior, Hailey Lynn Suggs, from Austin, Texas, as Stella Kowalski, and senior, Christopher Hailey, from Friendswood, Texas, as her coarse husband, Stanley Kowalski. The cast also features Raleigh Wade, a senior from Atlanta, Ga., as Mitch, Natalie Tischler, a senior from Houston, Texas, as Eunice, and Aaron R. Johnson, a senior from Floyds Knobs, Ind., as Steve.

Ticket prices are $15 for adults and $13 for senior adults, students and UE faculty and staff. UE students may obtain one free student rush ticket beginning at noon on the day of the performance they wish to attend. Tickets may be purchased by calling 812.488.2031, Monday through Friday, noon to 5 p.m.

* Spanish Film club pays tribute to Gabriel García Márquez

Join us Friday, April 17 and Friday, April 24, at 7:00 pm in Room162 in Schroeder School of Business Building to watch two movies based on Garcia Marquez’s literary work.  Gabriel García Márquez (6 March 1927 – 17 April 2014) was a Colombian novelist, short-story writer, screenwriter and journalist, but is best known for his novels, such as One Hundred Years of Solitude (1967), The Autumn of the Patriarch (1975) and Love in the Time of Cholera (1985). Considered one of the most significant authors of the 20th century, he was awarded the 1972 Neustadt International Prize for Literature and the 1982 Nobel Prize in Literature. For more information please contact Francis Prexl-Orti ( or Dr. Lorena Andueza (

* Wahnita DeLong Reading Featuring Bruce McPherson on April 17

Bruce McPherson will be the speaker for the Wahnita DeLong Reading for the Creative Writing Coffee Hour on Friday, April 17. The event starts at 4 p.m. at the Mel Peterson Gallery. The reading is free and open to the public.

McPherson is the founding editor and publisher of McPherson & Company, an independent literary and arts press located in New York’s Hudson Valley.

In 2010, he published Jaimy Gordon’s fourth novel, Lord of Misrule, which received the 2010 National Book Award for fiction. Among the press’s forthcoming books is an anthology of essays, Every Father’s Daughter, edited by Margaret McMullan. 

A native of Atlanta, Bruce attended Evansville Day School, followed by Brown University and the Annenberg School of Communication at University of Pennsylvania.

* Day of Silence

Day of Silence is a national day of action in which students across the country vow to take a form of silence to call attention to the silencing effect of anti-LGBT bullying and harassment in schools. Come to Ridgway University Center during lunch April 16, and 17 to learn more and show support for the LGBT community. 


Upcoming Events

* Final PT Club Meeting!

The PT clubs final meeting will be April 20 at 12 pm. It will be held in Graves Hall Room 104. Hope to see you there! 

* This Weekend in Music: A Joint Choir Concert and a Joint Jazz Concert

The University Choir will join the Evansville Bach Singers to perform George Frideric Handel’s oratorio, Saul, in Eastminster Presbyterian Church this Saturday evening, April 18, at 7:00. Director of Choral Activities Dennis Malfatti, who also founded and conducts the Evansville Bach Singers, will lead the combined ensembles as they perform what has been described as an “epic work of great and noble drama, and of thrilling musical inventiveness.” A work that predates Messiah by some three years, Saul draws its texts from the Old Testament story of King Saul and his increasing jealousy and hatred of the young and rising David. Dramatically and musically, it’s on a par with Handel’s operas. Saturday’s performance will feature Assistant Professor of Voice Eric McCluskey as Saul, and Assistant Professor of Voice Alanna Keenan will sing the role of Michal, Saul’s daughter who falls in love with David. Eastminster Church is located at 5501 Washington Avenue. Admission for the concert will be $10.00 for adults; students and children will be admitted without charge.

The UE Jazz Ensemble I will host the UE Jazz Band Invitational Concert in Wheeler Concert Hall this Sunday, April 19, at 4:00 p.m. Led by Professor of Trumpet and Jazz Studies Timothy Zifer, Jazz Ensemble I will be joined by the Signature School Jazz Band (Becky Simpkins, director) and by the Olney Central College Jazz Band (Suzanne Downes, director) for a concert featuring classic jazz tunes, as well as more recent jazz and popular numbers. Each band will perform separately, and then the three ensembles will join forces for the last two numbers on the program. The concert is free and open to the public.

* UE Newman Club Supports Congregations Acting for Justice & Empowerment (CAJE)

Interested in the Gospel Message of Justice? Meet at UE's Newman Center (corner of Lincoln & Frederick Avenues) this Monday, April 20 for pizza at 5 pm before going downtown to the Old National Events Plaza/The Centre at 5:30 pm to join CAJE for the Nehemiah Action 2015: Supporting Community Members RE: Mental Health & Affordable Housing. NO MONDAY DINNER PROGRAM @ NEWMAN NEXT MONDAY. PIzza only at 5 pm for those participating in CAJE. For more info or if you have questions, please call/text 812-760-8610 or email 

* Type 1 Diabetes Walk

The University of Evansville is forming at team for the Walk to Cure Diabetes on May 17. We would like to identify persons with a direct connection to Type 1 diabetes. We know there are many people in the UE community whose lives have been affected by T1D, and we want to help! If you or a family member or friend has T1D please send an email to so we can include you in our planning. If you would like to sign up for the walk or if you would like to donate, go to and look for the UE team. Together, we can make a difference!

* Best Buddies Friendship Walk

Do you work with individuals with disabilities? Do you support disability awareness? Do you want to learn more about Best Buddies? How about just coming out and supporting a good cause?!?

On Friday, April 24, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Best Buddies will be having its second annual Friendship Walk in the Carson Center Gym. There will be themed laps, music, and more! It will be a fundraiser to support Best Buddies IN which promotes one to one friendships and post-secondary employment for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Contact Haley Anderson at with any questions, or if you are interested in participating or helping out. You can just walk in at the door. It will be $3 per person. 

* Latin Night/Noche latina: Food and Dance

Everyone on campus is invited to come and enjoy tasty Venezuelan, Colombian, and Mexican food and drinks and to practice some salsa and merengue dance moves to the rhythms of DJ Gabo. The event is free and will take place in Eykamp 251, Ridgway University Center, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm on Tuesday, April 21. Bring your appetite, your enthusiasm, and your dancing shoes. No dance partner required. For further information please contact: Luis González: or Bárbara Vera:

Latin Night

* International Club 'KENTUCKY KINGDOM' Theme Park Trip

Join the members of the International Club on Saturday, April 25, as they embark on a thrilling adventure trip to the KENTUCKY KINGDOM theme park. The cost is $25 per person. For more information on the event and how to sign up, email 

Don't miss this fun filled experience!!! 

* History Spring Lecture: The Irishness of Georgia O'Keeffe April 23rd

The History Department welcomes Dr. Eamonn Wall as the speaker for this year's Spring Lecture, set for April 23, at 4 Eykamp 252, Ridgway University Center. The title of Wall's lecture is "The Irishness of Georgia O'Keeffe: One Afternoon in Abiquiu, NM."

In his lecture, Wall will recount an afternoon spent visiting O'Keeffe's home in Abiquiu, New Mexico. O'Keeffe, one of the greatest twentieth century American artists, was born into a part Irish American family in Wisconsin, and had settled in New Mexico in 1949 after spending many years in New York. Working on a study of Irish American writers, artists, and musicians, Wall had come to O'Keeffe's home in search of the Irish American elements in her work. The visit to O'Keeffe's home, and time spent the following day in Cerrillos, the hometown of James Patrick McNulty, who managed the nearby Tiffany mine, forced him to further refine and enlarge ideas of belonging and identity.

Wall is the author of Writing the Irish West: Ecologies and Traditions (Notre Dame, 2011) and From the Sin-e Cafe to the Black Hills: Notes on the New Irish (Wisconsin, 2000). In addition, he has published seven volumes of poetry including the recently published Junction City: New and Selected Poems 1990-2015 (Salmon Poetry, 2015). His lecture is part of a new study of Irish and Irish American writers, artists, and musicians. Wall is Smurfit-Stone Professor of Irish Studies at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

* This Saturday - Last Days in Vietnam Movie Discussion

WNIN will be presenting a screening of Rory Kennedy’s Academy Award nominated documentary Last Days in Vietnam in Room 162, Schroeder School of Business Building, on April 18 at 6 p.m. A discussion with local Vietnam War veterans will follow. Space is limited, please reserve your seat at or by calling 812.423.2973 

* Annual Chutney Student Literary Conference April 18th

Please join us on Saturday, April 18 for Chutney, the annual student literary conference sponsored by the Department of English. Student panels are planned for 8:30 and 9:45 a.m. in Rooms 271 and 272 in Schroeder Family School of Business Building. The keynote address will be given by former UE Professor of English Bill Hemminger at 11 a.m. in Room 272. Hemminger, a member of the Department of English as well as the Department of Foreign Languages, taught at UE for 25 years. He won four Fulbright grants to teach at African universities; his book African Son describes some of those teaching experiences. Hemminger’s topic is “The Palm at the End of the Mind: Wallace Stevens and the Wild." Winners of the Grabill and Klinger writing award competitions will be announced immediately following Hemminger’s address. 

* 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! 


Info You Should Know

* Fitness Center closed Saturday, April 18

The Fitness Center will be closed this Saturday due to the Bike Race. Normal hours resume on Sunday. 

* Summer Job Opportunities

Sun Communities, Inc. which staffs Lake Rudolph RV Resort & Campground located in Santa Claus, Indiana has multiple summer jobs available. Review listing #900105 in UE JobLink for details and application information.

Representatives from Sun Communities will be on campus on Tuesday, April 21, from 11:00 am to 1:30 pm in the Ridgway University Center lobby to meet and inform you of their summer job opportunities. They plan to conduct onsite interviews on Tuesday. Come prepared and bring a copy of your resume.

* 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. 



* Bill Baer's second collection of short stories just published

Professor of Creative Writing William Baer’s second collection of short fiction, Times Square and Other Stories, has just been published by Able Muse Press in San Jose, California.  Last month, his collection of twenty-one shorter stories entitled One-and-Twenty Tales was published by Mockingbird Press.  Times Square and Other Stories consists of nine longer stories, including stories previously published in The Iowa Review, The Kansas Quarterly, The Chariton Review, The Dalhousie Review, and other literary journals.  One of the stories in the collection, "The Plagiarist," earned Dr. Baer a creative writing fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. 

* Students Attend 2015 Indiana Chinese Language and Culture Fair

Xinyu Hu, the Chinese instructor of Foreign Language Department, and Han Lai, FTLA, took three students with them to take part in the 2015 Indiana Chinese Language and Culture Fair on April 11th in Indianapolis. The students did a good job in the Chinese Language Competition (composed of speech and word recognition). Yusaku Saito won the second place and Jacquinn Kline won the second place in the Level Two Group.

Yusaku, Jacquinn and Leah also sang a popular Chinese song “the moon represents my heart” in the talent show, which was well received by the audience.

* Alex Luebbehusen and Jawad AlDhalemi place third at 2015 IEEE Competition

Two of the University of Evansville computer engineering students competed in the 2015 IEEE SoutheastCon national competition in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida this past weekend, April 9-12. Alex Luebbehusen and Jawad AlDhalemi successfully placed third out of 40 Teams which include Duke University, University of Florida, North Carolina State University, University of Alabama, University of Louisville, and University of Kentucky. SoutheastCon 2015 provided a challenging game of robotics skill. The competition was based on a robot that would navigate a white line (which varied in each round) while driving, play three classic road trip games (Play Simon correctly for 15 seconds, Draw ‘IEEE” on Etch A Sketch, Twist a row on Rubric Cube, Pick up a card from a deck) and cross a finish line in a maximum of 5 minutes. UE’s robot completed all the games under 2 minutes. The competition consisted of three rounds. Luebbehusen and AlDhalemi’s robot had 2 perfect runs.

Congratulations Alex and Jawad!

* UE Nursing Students win AACN Critical Care Challenge

UE senior nursing students competed in the AACN Greater Evansville Chapter’s Annual Critical Care Challenge on Wednesday, April 15. The team completed against Henderson Community College and USI students and were named the winners! They were the highest scoring Nursing program by 9 points and were only 1 point behind the highest scoring Hospital. The team was able to achieve a score higher than 4 area hospital teams and prove how amazing the UE Nursing program is. Congratulations to the students and a big thank you for all of the hard work and preparation. 

* Crescent Magazine places second at state competition

The Crescent Magazine placed second last weekend at the Indiana Collegiate Press Association’s annual awards ceremony. The finish was just three points behind Indiana University’s first place Inside Magazine. Winning individual awards were: seniors Anna Sheffer, Chris Norris, Travis Hasenour, Ashley Matthews, Olivia Tooker, McKenzie Ellis, Ian Heslinger and Autumn Croft; juniors Marisa Patwa and Troy Burger, sophomores MaKayla Seifert and Taylor Williams and a number of 2015 graduates. 

* LinC wins state award for 15th consecutive year

The 2014 LinC was named “Yearbook of the Year” last weekend by the Indiana Collegiate Press Association at its annual awards ceremony. Winning individual awards were: seniors Millie Harlow, Travis Hasenour, Olivia Tooker and Sara Gensler and a number of 2015 graduates. 

* Douglas Reed in Residence at IU

Douglas Reed, University Organist Emeritus, taught undergraduate and graduate organ majors at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music on March 23-27. Lessons and studio class were on the C.B. Fisk organ, Opus 135 in Auer Hall. Reed's residency was part of the spring semester sabbatical replacement program for Dr. Janette Fishell, IU organ department chair, who is doing research in Germany.

Douglas Reed At IU

* Bass Fishing Club Finishes 1st in FLW Tournament

UE students Lee Knies and Nick Uebelhor, members of the UE Bass Fishing Club, competed in an FLW Qualifier at Table Rock Lake in Missouri, this past weekend. The duo completed the weekend catching five fish for 16 lbs., 2 oz., which put them in 1st place out of 80 teams. Lee and Nick have now qualified for the Central Invitational where the top 10 will go to the National Championship next year. They will also compete at Lake Chickamauga, Tennessee this coming weekend. Congratulations to Lee and Nick!

Read the full press release here:



* Lunch with the Aces a success once again

Over 150 supporters of the University of Evansville Athletics Department enjoyed the annual Lunch with the Aces fundraiser at the Outback Steakhouse in Evansville, Ind.

The event is held on a yearly basis to raise funds for the Purple Aces Club to benefit scholarships for UE student-athletes. A unique aspect of the event has the coaches and staff members of the Aces serve and mingle with those in attendance.

Special thanks go out to Alyssa Holton and the staff at Outback Steakhouse for making the event possible through their support of UE Athletics.

* UE Baseball at home this weekend

The Purple Aces baseball team is home to host South Alabama this weekend for a three game set. First pitch is set for 6:00 p.m. CDT on Friday, April 17, 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 18 and 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 19. Adult tickets are $7 each as senior/youth tickets are just $5. 

* UE Outfielder Josh Jyawook Featured on ESPN for Impressive Catch

During the April 15 game against IU, Evansville outfielder Josh Jyawook stole a home run from Indiana hitter Craig Dedelow as he crashed into the waist high wall and somersaulted into the IU bullpen. Jyawook then rose to his feet on the other side of the wall with the ball still in his glove. The grab was the number one play on the Top Plays segment of ESPN Sportscenter that evening.

View the impressive play here 


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