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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

* Photographer on Campus

A photographer will be on campus for a photo shoot Wednesday, April 22, through Friday, April 24. UE students and faculty have always been very cooperative and accommodating during previous shoots. As a result, many great photos have been taken for UE publications. Kim McDonald will try to notify faculty in advance if photos will be taken in a particular class; however, weather often can force the shoot inside, and it is possible that last minute requests will be made. If faculty members know that they will be giving a test or do not wish to be bothered either of these days, please inform Kim McDonald at ext. 2683 and the classroom will be avoided.


What's Happening Today

* This Week in Music: University Symphony Orchestra Performs

The University Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Assistant Professor and Director of Orchestral Activities Brian St. John, will present a concert in Neu  Chapel this Tuesday evening, April 21, at 7:30. The concert will be devoted to the music of Czech composer Antonin Dvoák. For the opening piece on the concert, 2014 Vukovich Concerto Competition winner Elisabeth Bombell (soprano) will join the full USO for a performance of “Song to the Moon,” an aria from Dvo?ák’s opera, Rusalka (he liked to call it a lyric fairy tale). The Vukovich Concerto Competition is an annual event in the Department of Music, held each year in memory of Brandon Vukovich, who graduated from UE with a degree in Music Management in May 2005. The orchestra will then conclude the concert with a performance of Dvo?ák’s Symphony No. 5 in F Major. The concert is free and open to the public.

* UE Bi-Sci Club Plant Sale

The Bi-Sci Club will be having a plant sale Tuesday, April 21-Thursday, April 23 in Ridgway University Center, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. We will be selling basil, cilantro, and tomatoes, coleus, and sedum. Plants will be 50 cents each, or $1 for three. First come, first serve. Email ap190 with any questions! 

* Music, Food & Dance – Latin American Style

Come celebrate the end of classes! Enjoy a break before exams by taking in delicious Venezuelan, Colombian, and Mexican food and drinks and practicing some salsa, merengue, and bachata dance moves to the sounds of DJ Gabo. Bring your appetite, your enthusiasm, and your dancing shoes. No dance partner required. Dress comfortably. The event is free and open to the entire UE community. Tuesday, April 21, 2015 6:00 to 8:00pm in Eykamp 251.

For further information please contact: Luis González: or Bárbara Vera:


Upcoming Events

* I-House: Mexico

This week's presentation is the last one of the semester! We are so thankful for all of your support and hope that you all come out for this last one. Victor Fernandez Rodriguez and Marina Moreno will be presenting on Mexico. Victor is here as a FLTA and Marina is a sport's management major with a business minor. Victor's hobbies include traveling, going to museums, listening to music and watching anime series. Marina's hobbies include reading and hanging out with friends. Victor's favorite part about UE and being in the States is going to the performances by UE students (The Wild Party was something else!!), Traveling in the USA – e.g. with the clubs at UE, and making new friends from different countries (New York is his favorite city in the States, and Japanese kids rock!!). Marina's favorite part of UE is how diverse the campus is and the small school atmosphere! So come watch them present for the final I-House this year will be tonight at 7 p.m. upstairs in Ridgway University Center! 

* Employee Wellness Nurse on Campus

The wellness nurse will be in Ridgway University Center lobby on April 22, 1 - 3 p.m.

* Fridays @ Five This Week Celebrating John David Lutz's 50 Years at UE

President Thomas Kazee, University Chaplain Tamara Gieselman and the Office of Academic Affairs invite you to celebrate John David Lutz’s 50 Years at UE with friends and colleagues during Fridays at 5 this Friday, April 24 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. in the Melvin Peterson Gallery. Complimentary refreshments and light appetizers will be served. 

* Crick Lecture this Friday at 2:00 Featuring UE alum, Alex Bies

Crick Lecture in Cognitive and Neural Sciences

Alex Bies, Cognitive Neuroscience Doctoral student at the University of Oregon, UE alum

Friday, April 24, 2015, 2:00 – 2:50 p.m. Vectren Lecture Hall (KC100)

A fresh perspective on drawing with perspective: why some individuals' drawings are more accurate than others are
We performed a series of experiments that address why some individuals draw more accurately than others did.  In our laboratory drawing task, we asked participants to remember and subsequently report the width of a cuboid that was briefly presented on a computer screen. We manipulated the objects by rotating them, providing various amounts of 3D context, and asking the participant to report the physical (i.e., the measurable width if the object were not rotated away) or perceived (i.e., the retinal image as would be drawn from the participant’s perspective) width of the object.  Statistical analyses revealed a common factor across all of our task manipulations that were related to participants’ overall “drawing” accuracy.  Factors that reflected our manipulations also emerged.  Differences in individuals tendencies to systemize and empathize, level of training in realistic drawing, and self-reported drawing ability interacted both with each other and particular facets of our drawing task.  We found that individuals who have taken a class on drawing make more accurate perspective-width judgments than those who have not.  We also found that experience in an art class, individual differences in a specific personality trait, and self-appraised drawing ability interact to explain a large amount of the variability of the precision of individuals’ width judgments on drawing tasks.  Our results may reflect a broader impact of these factors on the veridicality of individuals' memories of objects.

* Bring Paper to be Shredded – Wed. April 29 from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Free off site paper shredding by Piranha Mobile Shredding will return to the campus once again! All UE students, faculty, staff and alumni can take advantage of this free service by bringing paper to the Piranha truck in Koch parking lot. Paper will be shredded offsite.

So, if mounds of paper are taking over your office, home, or room, this is the time to gather those old files, receipts, cancelled checks, tax forms, etc. No need to take out the staples or paper clips. Avoid identity theft by having confidential information permanently destroyed.

Please no telephone books, magazines or newspapers. Also, please note that there is a 100lb. paper limit per visit (number of visits is not limited).

* 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

* RSVP to Staff Appreciation Dinner

The annual Staff Appreciation Dinner will be held on Wednesday, April 22 at the Log Inn. The social hour begins at 6:00 PM and dinner will be served at 7:00 PM.

If you have not already done so, please RSVP to Carol McCraney at Thank you.

* April Pcard Cycle Ending – Reminder

The April Pcard Cycle began on 3/24/15 and ends on 4/21/15. Pcards statements must be reconciled and printed from SDG2 as of 4/23/15 and submitted along with your receipts in a Pcard Envelope. GL will upload on 4/28/15 and cardholders will be unable to make SDG2 edits for the month of April 2015.

* Important "Mail" Notice for Students Living in UE Housing!

The last day for mail delivery and pick-up for all Students living in UE Housing will be Wednesday, May 6, 2015. Students are asked to review the “Office of Residence Life” Website “On-Campus Services”-“Mail Services” link prior to departure from UE campus. Also, students are strongly encouraged to contact financial institutions directly regarding mailing address changes. Please note that UE is not responsible for fines or penalties due to delayed mail delivery.

Those anticipating packages shipped via couriers (FedEx, UPS, DHL, USPS, etc.) that may arrive after their departure, should contact UE Mail Services to make arrangements to pick-up these items prior to leaving UE. Please note Mail Services will not be able to forward items.

Please contact UE Mail Services with questions or concerns via email or phone (812) 488-2197.

* Need internship housing in NYC?

Educational Housing Services offers student housing to make NYC feel like home. Contact EHS ( and they will take care of the rest. 

* 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.



* Doug Reed featured performer on American Public Media's PIPEDREAMS program no. 1515

Pipe OrganDouglas Reed, University Organist Emeritus, is a featured performer on American Public Media’s PIPEDREAMS program no. 1515, “Americans Abroad.” Broadcast across the nation during the week of April 13, the program aired on FM88 in Evansville on Sunday evening, April 19. “Americans Abroad” includes six selections from Reed’s 1998 compact disc, IN MEMORIAM~WILLIAM ALBRIGHT, the first recording of the 1998 C.B. Fisk organ, opus 110, in the Minato Mirai Hall, Yokohama, Japan []. PIPEDREAMS is available on line at: Dr. Reed’s performances begin at minute 94 (hour 2) and conclude the broadcast. The local broadcast of PIPEDREAMS is sponsored by the Evansville Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.   

* 2015 Bike Race Results

Women's Race
1st Place - Chi Omega Cardinal
2nd Place - Zeta Tau Alpha Crown
3rd Place - Chi Omega Straw
Fastest Time Trial - Kristin Pins

2015 All Star Team
Kristin Pins-Chi Omega Cardinal
Tiffany Iseler-ZTA Crown
Athena Haake-Chi Omega Straw
Mary Beth Neise-AOII Rubies
Anneliese Trapp-ZTA Strawberry

Men's Race
1st Place - Sig Ep A
2nd Place - SAE
3rd Place - Sig Ep 1
Fastest Time Trail - Vince Cecil

2015 All Star Team
Vince Cecil-Lambda Choppers
Brian Grant-SAE
Josh King-Fiji
Taylor Allen-SigEp A
Christian Germonprez-SigEp 1

Congrats to all of the riders and their teams on a great race! Pictures and videos of the race can be viewed on the Intramural Twitter and Instagram social media sites under @UEIntramurals. 

* Concrete Canoe Team is Going to Nationals!

The 2015 Aces Concrete Canoe team is going to Nationals!  Led by project managers Jaclyn Altstadt and Alejandro Mojica and team captains George Carroll, Aubin Fowler, Austin Hoops, and Tyler Kovacs—junior civil engineering majors, the team traveled to the University of Notre Dame April 16 through April 19 to compete in the American Society of Civil Engineers Great Lakes Student Conference with their 190-lb, 19.9-ft long canoe, Julie.  Their canoe is named in honor of the civil engineering alumna, Julie (Elpers) Otis, who led Aces Concrete Canoe to its first Nationals Competition in 2005.  Julie Otis lost her battle with breast cancer in 2013 and the team found inspiration in her fight and in her strength.  By coming in second overall in the regional concrete canoe competition just behind the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Aces Concrete Canoe qualified for the National Concrete Canoe Competition, hosted by Clemson, SC.  Out of the more than 250 civil engineering programs in the United States, only 25 schools qualify for competition at the national level.

In all four areas of the competition, design paper, product display, oral presentation, and races, the team came in second behind only the University of Wisconsin- Madison, which has won the National Competition five times.  In design paper where the technical and project management aspects of the year-long project are discussed, Aces Concrete Canoe placed second ahead of the University of Illinois at Chicago.  On Friday April 17, Aces Concrete Canoe used their product display to highlight the construction quality, aesthetics, and durability of their canoe, Julie, and to honor Julie’s fight against breast cancer.  In product display, the team placed second ahead of Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne.  On Saturday April 18, the presentation team of Altstadt, Mojica, Fowler, and Kovacs delivered a summary of their year-long work to a panel of civil engineering judges, answering their questions based on their presentation and design paper, and coming in second, ahead of third-place Northwestern University.  Race day was Friday from 11 AM to 5 PM, consisting of the two-man 600-m slalom and endurance race, the two-woman slalom and endurance, the two-woman 200-m sprint race, the two-main 200-m sprint race, and two-man/two-woman coed 400-m sprint race.  Except for one race, the paddling team consisting of Altstadt, Mojica, Fowler, Hoops, freshman civil engineering majors Erich Hopf, Alexis Sorrell, and Sammi Shuler, and civil engineering Brazilian exchange student Vinicius Fernandes, came in second beating out third-place finishers that included Notre Dame (women’s sprint), Marquette (men’s sprint), University of Southern Indiana (co-ed sprint), and Northwestern University (men’s endurance).  But in the women’s slalom and endurance, the paddling team of Jaclyn Altstadt and Aubin Fowler beat out the University of Wisconsin-Madison team by nearly a minute to take first place, the only time in 15 years that any school has ever beaten the women’s team from Madison!  All 18 schools in the Great Lakes Region fielded canoes this year and they included, in addition to the above: Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Purdue, Valparaiso, Trine, Purdue University-Calumet, University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign, Bradley, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee School of Engineering, and Illinois Institute of Technology.

The Aces Concrete Canoe team (in addition to the above also included civil engineering freshmen Shannon Gates, Meredith Secrest, and Manuel Jara, sophomore Hashem Hatahet, and juniors Noble Rassam and Stuart Watson, and exchange student Gabrielle Ramos who travelled to Notre Dame) will be proudly displaying their canoe at Engineering Excellence Day on Friday, April 24.  More details to follow!

* We did it! Philanthropy Week Giving Goals Achieved!!

The Department of Development and Alumni Relations is happy to report that the University received well over 500 gifts and far exceeded our $50,000 goal in donations last week.  (The gifts are still be counted, and final numbers will be announced later this week). This was a campus wide effort and deep appreciation and credit goes out to everyone who took selfies, tweeted, posted, shared, emailed, challenged, and GAVE during philanthropy week.  Great job everyone!!

* Winners Have Been Chosen for Student Art Exhibit's 2015 People's Choice Award

The Annual Student Art Exhibition is over and the votes have been tabulated! Thank you to everyone who visited the Peterson Gallery and cast a vote for their favorite piece of artwork.

At this time, the Department of Art is pleased to announce dual winners of the 2015 People's Choice Award, Erin Cary and Madeline Satkamp.  Erin for her scratchboard piece titled: Mother and Madeline for her watercolor and mixed media piece titled: Tropical Vase.  Erin is a Senior, Visual Communication Design major from Centralia, IL and Madeline is a senior, Art Education major from Georgetown, Indiana.

Please join the Department of Art faculty, staff and students in congratulating Erin and Madeline on their awards.

* 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!



* Purple Aces Close Homestand with NKU On Wednesday

The University of Evansville baseball team (20-16) finishes up a four game homestand when they play host to Northern Kentucky (12-23) on Wednesday, April 22. First pitch at Braun Stadium is set for 6:00 p.m. CDT.

Adult tickets are $7 each as senior/youth tickets are just $5.

* Doyle still leads Aces after day two

– Three University of Evansville women’s golfers finished Monday with rounds of 83 as the squad stands in a tie for 7th place going into the final day of the Missouri Valley Conference Championship at Spirit Hollow Golf Course.

Cathy Doyle was one of the three as her score after two rounds stands at 158. That puts her in a tie for 11th place on the leaderboard. Kayla Katterhenry and Giulia Mallmaan also finished the day with rounds of 83. Katterhenry sits in a tie for 20th place with a 160 while Mallmann is one shot behind, tied for 26th place.

Maggie Camp carded an 85 and has a 163 to stand in a tie for 31st place. Dana Hayden rounded out the team with a 180. She finished Monday with an 82.

The Purple Aces enter the final day of the event tied for 7th place with 642 strokes. They are tied with Indiana State in that position. Both are just three strokes out of the top five. Illinois State sits in fifth place with a 639 while Bradley has a 640 to sit in 6th place.

Wichita State continues to lead the way in both the individual and team charts. The Shockers have a healthy 11-stroke lead over Missouri State. WSU has 612 strokes with the Bears standing at 623.

WSU’s Alejandra Arellano still leads the individuals. Her score of 146 is five ahead of the Redbird’s Brianna Cooper. Cooper sits at 151. MSU’s Chiara Citterio rounds out the top three with 152.

Tomorrow marks the final round of the tournament. The teams will play one more round of 18 holes to determine the conference champion.

* UE's Kevin Kaczmarski Named MVC Player of the Week

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – The Missouri Valley Conference announced on Monday that University of Evansville baseball player Kevin Kaczmarski was named Player of the Week.

The outfielder piloted the Purple Aces to four wins this past week, leading the team in batting average (.455), hits (10), triples (one), home runs (one), runs batted in (seven), total bases (17), slugging percentage (.733) and stolen bases (four).

Kaczmarski was 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI in a 13-3 rout of SIUE on Tuesday, April 14. He also had three steals in the game, leading Evansville to a season-high 11 stolen bases, just two shy of a single game program record.

The redshirt senior then added another two hits in UE’s 2-1, 14 inning win at Indiana on Wednesday, April 15.

Kaczmarski had a three hit night in the series opener against South Alabama on Friday, April 17, falling just a triple shy of the cycle. Kaczmarski also hit a two-run home run in the game, his third home run of the season.

He then added three more hits in a doubleheader sweep of the Jaguars on Saturday, April 18, tacking on a two-run single and a run producing triple. The triple was the 17th of his career at UE, tying Pat Schulz (1990-93) for second most in program history.

This is the fourth Player/Pitcher of the Week award for the UE Baseball team this season.

Outfielder Josh Jyawook was named MVC Player of the Week on Feb. 16 after his .385 weekend series against Arkansas – Little Rock. He scored a team-high five runs, hit a home run (grand slam) and collected 8 RBIs in the three-game set.

Left-hander Brodie Harkness was selected as Pitcher of the Week twice (Mar. 9, 23). The freshman threw 6.0 scoreless innings of one-hit ball in a victory over Western Illinois on Mar. 7. He also struck out a career-high eight in the win. Harkness also threw a career-high 8.0 innings in a win over #18 Dallas Baptist on March 20, yielding just one unearned run on four hits.

UE (20-16) has four games this upcoming week including a Wednesday, April 22 home contest with Northern Kentucky. 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.

Evansville then visits Bradley this weekend for a three-game weekend series beginning on Friday, April 24. 

* Aces Softball Takes on Murray State on Tuesday, SIU Wednesday

The University of Evansville Softball Team (10-36, 2-17 MVC) will host Murray State on Tuesday evening. Game times are set for 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. CDT. The Aces were unable to complete their series with Northern Iowa on Sunday due to the rain. The Panthers were able to get the first two from the Aces last Saturday winning game one by a score of 7-0 and game two 8-7.

Danielle Freeman continues to be force for the Aces. In just 26 games this season Freeman is hitting a team high .357. Freeman has 10 home runs along with 22 RBIs. She has also accumulated 64 total bases while scoring 15 runs this season for the Aces. She leads to team with a SLG% of .762.

Hayli Scott is coming off a solid week of play for the UE softball team. Scott hit .333 while going 4-12 from the plate. Scott was able to score a run and grab an RBI for the Aces. She also managed two walks. She remained solid behind the plate for the Aces as she has all year. Scott had zero errors this week with a fielding percentage of 1.000.

Murray State come into the match up with a record of 27-16 and 14-7 mark in Ohio Valley Conference play. They are also fresh off a doubleheader sweep over Tennessee Tech. The Racers were able to win the first game by a score of 4-0 and the second game by a score of 14-5. Their 14-7 mark currently puts them in third in the OVC behind SIUE and Jacksonville State.

Jessica Twaddle will come into the matchup hitting .450 in 43 games for the Racers. Twaddle has hit five homeruns along with 39 RBIs. Jocelynn Rogers comes in hitting .302 with 12 home runs and 38 RBIs making her the legitimate power threat for the Racers. On the mound, Cheyanne Gaskey comes in with a record of 15-8 and an ERA of 2.54. Mason Robinson also has an impressive record of 10-5 and an ERA of 3.14.

The Aces will turn around and take on the Southern Illinois Salukis in Carbondale on Wednesday for a single came to finish up their annual series. The Aces and Salukis split their doubleheader with Southern Illinois taking game one by a score of 2-0. Evansville was able to take game two in dramatic fashion with a walk off 5-4 victory to win game two.

The Aces will finish off their week with a trip to Wichita State and then will wrap up their regular season the following weekend when they host Bradley.

* UE Women's Soccer Holding Elite ID Camp II this June

The University of Evansville women’s soccer team is holding their 2015 Elite ID Camp II on Saturday, June 13 from 10:00 a.m. CDT to 4:00 p.m. CDT.

The registration is open to all 2015-2018 high school graduates.

This one day elite ID camp will give female high school soccer players a unique opportunity to experience what it is like to be part of the Evansville women’s soccer program.

Participants will be challenged in a competitive environment while being encouraged to show Coach Krista McKendree and her staff the skills and athleticism that will make a difference at the next level.

The camp will be held at Black Beauty Field, the home of Aces soccer.

The cost is only $100 prior to June 5 and $135 afterwards.

Participants are asked to bring cleats, shin guards, a ball, and gloves if they are a goalkeeper.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact assistant coach Grant Williams at or 812.488.2084.


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