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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

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Info You Should Know

* UE Featured in Chronicle of Higher Education Special Report

The University of Evansville is currently featured in a special report in the Chronicle of Higher Education. The article - What it Takes to Make the Class – discusses how UE encourages potential students to apply and those admitted to enroll. You can read the article here.


* Dragon Boat Meeting

There will be a meeting in the UE Fitness Center lobby on Wednesday May 27th at 4:45pm. Anyone interested who has not signed up yet is welcome to attend! If you cannot make it please email la87. 

* Health Screening Information

Employee annual health screenings are June 9, 10, 11 in the Health Center. Schedule up to 2 appointments when you sign in to AceLink. There is a recommendation for a 12 hour fast because triglycerides are included with the blood fat/cholesterol testing. However, if you are selecting a Wednesday afternoon appointment, please arrive with no less than a 2 hour fast (we will not interpret your triglycerides unless you are fully fasting). Triglycerides do not affect your HRA credit.

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* Healthy Lifestyle Challenge, Summer, 2015

The summer Healthy Lifestyle Challenge is June 14 - August 8. Complete rules and a weekly tally form is in AceLink>Wellness>Healthy Lifestyle Challenge. If you want to receive a weekly tally form plus additional health information, sign up during the Health Screenings June 9, 10, 11.
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* Bookstore Closed May 29

The Bookstore will be closed Friday, May 29th so that we may complete our year end inventory. There will be no access to the store that day, please plan your purchases accordingly. 

* July 4 Holiday

The University will observe the July 4, 2015 holiday on Friday, July 3, 2015. 

* Scam Alerts - Copiers/Printers

Individuals on campus are again randomly receiving scam calls from individuals requesting departmental printer and/or copier model or serial information. Keep in mind, UE current printer/copier vendors already have access to UE equipment and will never call departments requesting information to provide supplies. In some cases, scammers are calling for individuals by name, saying that they need copier/printer information for repair purposes. A scammers intent is to obtain information and to bill the University. PLEASE DO NOT GIVE THEM ANY INFORMATION. Simply tell the caller that you are not authorized to provide information and refer them to the Office of Administrative Services. Usually this quickly ends the conversation.

If you receive a scam call, please report it to Kim Winsett, Office of Administrative Services, at ext. 2940.

* UE Partners with Junior Achievement to Bring Celebrity Entrepreneur Daymond John to Evansville on October 20

Junior Achievement of Southwestern Indiana and the University of Evansville have partnered to bring celebrity entrepreneur, Daymond John, to Evansville this fall. The free public event will be held at 7:00 p.m. on October 20, 2015, at the Victory Theatre in downtown Evansville.

“Collaborating with Junior Achievement was a natural fit,” says UE president Tom Kazee. “Both JA and UE support the education of all students at all levels. We empower future generations to make a difference in the world by providing them with a rich educational foundation.”

The event, An Evening with Daymond John, will serve as both the culmination of JA’s 50th anniversary celebrations as well as this year’s special event for UE’s annual Patricia H. Snyder Concert and Lecture Series, which brings renowned speakers to Evansville at no cost to the public.

“This wonderful collaboration with UE comes at a perfect time for our organization as we celebrate 50 years of educating students in financial literacy, work readiness and especially entrepreneurship,” says Junior Achievement of Southwestern Indiana president Theo Boots. “Even if someone never owns a business, entrepreneurial skills can be applied to any career to enhance performance and quality of life. We are excited for Daymond to share his wisdom and life experiences with the people of our communities.”

Over the last 20 years, John has evolved from one of the most successful fashion icons of his generation to a highly sought after branding expert, author, consultant, and speaker. John’s creative vision and strong knowledge of the marketplace created FUBU (For Us By Us), one of the most iconic fashion icons in recent years.

In 2009, John joined the cast of the ABC entrepreneurial business show, Shark Tank, and has since become a household name.  On the show, John and four other prominent executives listen to business pitches from everyday people hoping to launch their company or product to new heights.

“John’s entrepreneurial success aligns well with the ‘anything is possible’ message we send to our students at both UE and JA,” says Kazee. “His expertise will provide students with sound advice for pursuing their dreams and goals in the future.”

For more information about the partnership and the event, visit

* Participate in Painless Research Interview, Receive $10 Amazon Gift Card

Dr. Lisa Kretz (Philosophy) and Dr. Matthew Knoester (Education) are conducting a research project based on interviews with UE students. The interviews take approximately 30 minutes and questions relate to meanings of "citizenship." Please consider participating in this important research project. To make an appointment or to learn more please contact Dr. Kretz at and Dr. Knoester at 

* Reminder: Time to Reconcile May Pcard Cycle

The May Cycle began on 4/22/15 and ends on 5/21/15. Transactions may be reconciled through out the month and reports printed as of 5/23/15 until the GL lockout on 5/28/15. 



* University Chaplain Invited to Participate in Wesley Day Commemoration

University Chaplain, Tamara Gieselman, was invited to participate in the Wesley Day Commemoration hosted by Wesley's Chapel, the World Cathedral of Methodism on Sunday, May 24 in London, England. The annual celebration marked the 277th anniversary of John and Charles Wesley's conversion experience, May 24 and May 21, respectively in 1738. The commemorative pilgrimage on Sunday began in the Bunhill Fields cemetery on City Road, where Susanna Wesley, the mother of John and Charles, is buried. Here, Gieselman participated in the Office at the Grave of Susanna Wesley. The journey continued to the Conversion Flame Monument at the Museum of London on Aldersgate Street, and concluded at St. Paul's Cathedral with Evensong and the Office at the North Steps where the Laying of the Wreath was offered at the bronze John Wesley sculpture. 

* Gieselman, Reed Invited to Lead Worship in Penzance, England

OrganTamara Gieselman, University Chaplain, and Douglas Reed, University Organist Emeritus, have been invited to lead worship at the historic Mousehole Methodist Chapel at Penzance in Cornwall, England on Sunday, May 31. Rev Julyan Drew, Superintendent Minister has extended the Mousehole pulpit to Dr. Gieselman who will preach and Dr. Reed will provide organ music on the historic Heard organ. The May 31 connection has been made possible through the work of lay minister, Katherine Baxter, who serves with Rev. Dr. Leslie Griffiths at Wesley’s Chapel in Central London.

Gieselman and Reed are currently in residence during the summer session at Harlaxton College. Gieselman is teaching Living World Religions and Reed is serving as guest lecturer and co-guide for a series of field trips related to the course.

Methodism and Cornwall

John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, first visited Cornwall in 1743 and visited a total of thirty-two times before his death in 1791. On one of his very early visits, Wesley and two of his traveling companions were forced to share just one horse during a grueling six-day journey from London, which was made even more difficult because of heavy snow.

As a result of Wesley’s work, historians report that Cornwall took to Methodism like no other county in England. For a community of miners, facing danger at work every day, farmers and fishermen, threatened by creeping industrialization, Wesley's simple doctrine of justification through faith and instant salvation offered comfort, security and hope. John Wesley also set up health and literacy facilities in order to help the impoverished improve their lot, thus making Methodism the religion of the people.

Originally a movement designed to invigorate the Church of England from within, Methodism, certainly in Cornwall, began to drift apart from it. By 1851 Cornwall was the only county outside of North Wales where attendees at Methodist chapels were in the majority and by the mid-nineteenth century Methodism in Cornwall had become so widespread that the vicar of Crowan was forced to admit that 'the religion of the mass is become Wesleyan Methodism'.

Methodism continues to flourish in Cornwall and out of the county's seven hundred chapels over eighty percent are Methodist.

* Congratulations 2015-2016 Global Scholars!

The Institute for Global Enterprise is pleased to announce the Global Scholars for the 2015-16 academic year.  Congratulations to Dr. Robert Dion, Department Chair of Law, Politics, and Society, and Associate Professor of Political Science;  Dr. Lora Becker, Associate Professor of Psychology; and Dr. Atefeh Yazdanparast, Assistant Professor of Marketing.  Each Global Scholar will receive a stipend and travel allowance.

Robert Dion

Dr. Robert Dion
Department Chair, Law, Politics and Society
Associate Professor of Political Science

Dr. Dion will pursue original research into the treatment of religious groups in contemporary Western democracies.  Important cross-cultural tensions have flared up in recent years in Canada, France, the United Kingdom, and the United States – including right here in Indiana this year.  In many instances, the disputes have revolved around how to accommodate the wishes of religious minorities.  A comparative case study could yield a richer understanding of why some nations approach these matters in the ways that they do.

Lora Becker

Dr. Lora Becker
Associate Professor of Psychology

Atefeh Yazdanparast

Dr. Atefeh Yazdanparast
Assistant Professor of Marketing

Drs. Becker and Yazdanparast will collaborate on cross-cultural neuromarketing research examining emotional responses of citizens in a collectivist culture (China) as compared to those living in an individualistic culture (Australia).  They will be consulting with Rafal Ohme, PhD, Visiting Professor at Renmin, University of China; and Saman Khajehzadeh, PhD, Assistant Professor of Marketing and Mr. Lee Marquardt, Behavioral Laboratory Administrator, Department of Marketing, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia about neuromarketing techniques and procedures.

As Global Scholars, the recipients of this award will engage in scholarship, curriculum development, and activities related to preparing our students and community for global leadership, citizenry, and success. The Global Scholars program is supported by the John H. Schroeder Global Scholar Endowed Fund and Lilly Endowment Inc.

* Biology Student Joins Research Lab

Congratulations to Andrew Abab ('15) who will be spending the next year at the University of Alabama at Birmingham doing research under the supervision Dr. Jennifer Pollock ('78). Andrew will serve as a lab technician in the Department Cardio-Renal Physiology and Medicine at UAB. 

* Professor Kretz Featured Poet at Slant, PG Cafe, May 31, 7-9

Professor Kretz will be one of the featured poets (along with the incredibly talented Peggy Pirro) at the Slant Poetry Reading at PG Café (1418 West Franklin Street) Sunday May 31st, 7-9pm. Please consider yourself warmly invited.

* Civil Engineering Faculty Wins the ASCE Outstanding Reviewer Award

Suresh Immanuel Selvaraj, Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering from the College of Engineering and Computer Science has received the 2014 American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Outstanding Reviewer award in recognition of outstanding service as a reviewer for the Journal of Transportation Engineering. He was selected to receive this recognition from approximately four hundred transportation researchers and practicing engineers worldwide who serve as reviewers for this journal. 



* Women's Soccer Golf Classic set for June 29

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – The University of Evansville Women’s Soccer Golf Classic is set to take place on Monday June 29 at Cambridge Golf Course. It is one of the largest fundraisers of the year for the soccer program.

Set for June 29, the event begins with lunch and registration from 11 a.m. until noon. Play commences at noon before an award ceremony will be held at approximately 5 p.m. after all golfers are finished with their rounds.

Cost for a foursome is $400 while individuals may sign up for $100. Hole sponsors are also available for just $100.

For questions or to sign up, please contact head coach Krista McKendree at 812-760-5023 or

* Benefit to be held in honor of former UE Diver

A 2008 graduate of the University of Evansville, Geoffrey Keller gave everything he had to the program and led the way for the men as a team captain. Since his death in 2012, his family and friends have been doing their best to give back to him and benefit a cause that would have been important to him.

In September of 2012, at the age of 26, Geoff passed away due to a condition called malignant hyperthermia (MH). His family has set up an annual event called the Geoffrey Keller Memorial Open Water Swim and Virtual Swim. Funds raised from the event go to malignant hyperthermia research.

Set for Saturday, June 6 at Lincoln Trail State Park in Marshall, Ill., the event will feature two races. Wave 1 is a 2.4 mile race while the second is 1.2 miles.

Keller graduated from UE in 2008 after a stellar diving career that saw him spend time as the team captain. Head coach Rickey Perkins remembers Keller as someone who was a great person and would do anything to help others.

“Geoff was a wonderful teammate, athlete, and friend,” Perkins said. “The type of teammate that would give you the shirt off his back. There was not a person who did not admire him for skills, sense of humor and kindness.”

For more information on Geoff, the event or to donate, please visit the link above. 


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