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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

* Evansville Courier & Press Publishes Article on Dr. Kazee's Five Year Anniversary at UE

The Evansville Courier & Press recently published an article on UE President Thomas A. Kazee's fifth anniversary as head of the University. The story contains quotes from Dr. Kazee and UE Board of Trustees Chairman Steve Harkness and UE Board of Trustee member Andy Goebel. 

To read the complete article, go here:

* UE Faculty, Student and Friends Honored by Arts Council

Several members of the University of Evansville community were recipients of this year’s Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana Awards. The awards were presented on Tuesday, June 23, at a ceremony at the Bower-Suhrheinrich Foundation Gallery at the Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana in Evansville.

Sharon Kazee, UE’s first lady, was the recipient of the Arts Council Educator Award. Kazee, who earned her PhD in educational administration from the University of South Carolina, has used her academic background and research to highlight issues of arts education. She has worked to advocate for inclusion of the arts in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education to create STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) education. She is a board member of the Signature School, the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra, the Evansville Public Art Commission, the Evansville Museum, the University of Evansville Art Collection Committee, the University of Evansville Theatre Society, and other organizations.

Edwin Lacy, UE professor emeritus of music, was given the Artist Award. Lacy retired from the University in 2008 but continues to teach at UE as an adjunct. He served three terms as chair of UE’s Department of Music. He began the Jazz Artist Series, helped reinvigorate the Evansville Jazz Society, and founded the UE Jazz Program and was its director for 40 years. While at UE, he received such honors as the Oramay Cluthe Eades Distinguished Professor of Music and the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. Lacy is principal bassoonist of the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra, and a member of the Harlaxton Woodwind Quintet.

Douglas Reed, UE professor emeritus of music and organist emeritus, also received an Artist Award. Reed provides music for major UE celebrations and performs in major world cultural centers and for educational institutions and chapters of the American Guild of Organists. While at UE, Reed received the Sadelle and Sydney Berger Award for Scholarship and a Global Scholar grant for the study of global Christian song. Recently the Evansville Chapter of the American Guild of Organists honored Reed by commissioning a new work for organ and brass quintet from composer William Bolcom. In April, Reed performed the world premiere of the work with the American Brass Quintet.

Ling Lin received the Young Artist Award. Lin will begin her studies at the University of Evansville this fall. She plans to major in graphic design, with a minor in business. Lin has earned recognition as a young artist in many competitions. Her work has been displayed at the Mead Johnson District Art Show, the Evansville Museum High School Art Show, the PTA Reflections competition in Indianapolis, and in private homes. She recently won the 2015 Congressman Larry Buschon’s Indiana 8th District art competition and as a result, her painting of a riverfront skyline will hang in the US Capitol for one year.

Scott Wylie was the recipient of the Arts Advocate Award. Wylie is an adjunct instructor at UE and a member of the University’s Theatre Society and Neu Chapel Society board of directors. He is executive director of the Vanderburgh Community Foundation, which was chosen by the Indiana Arts Commission as District 10 Regional Partner primarily because of his leadership in embracing the arts. Since this designation, the number of art related applications submitted to the foundation has greatly increased. Wylie is also past president of the USI Society for Arts and Humanities and has served on the Board of Advisors of the New Harmony Gallery for Contemporary Arts.

UE alum Timothy Dickel accepted the Ensemble Award on behalf of the Mater Dei Marching Wildcats. Dickel is executive director at Mater Dei High School.

A Special Recognition Award was also given to Cypress and related partners, which included the University of Evansville. The award was given to recognize a wide range of arts and humanities programs that focused on the heroes, survivors and victims of World War II.



Info You Should Know

* Open Swim Hours

Open swimming will start Wednesday June 24. The pool will be open from 11:00 am -1:00 pm on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. 

* Renewal Time for Pre-Approval Authorization for Distribution Services (PAADS)

It is time to renew “PAADS” (Pre-Approval Authorization for Distribution Services) forms for the new Fiscal Year 2015-16 (June 1, 2015 through May 31, 2016). An approved PAADS pre-authorizes a requestor based on specified account numbers and dollar amounts to make requests for Copy Services and In House Office Supplies without obtaining approving signatures for every Distribution Services request form

Note: Employee status changes (Requestors and Approvers) during a fiscal year will void a PAADS and a new approved PAADS will be necessary.

The renewal process is simple.
1. Print, complete, obtain authorized signature and submit the form via campus mail to Administrative Services/GS.
2. The PAADS form is located on either of the following websites on AceLink Areas under Forms & Instructions at
• Copy Services website at http://acelink/Areas/CopyServices/
• Central Receiving website at http://acelink/Areas/CentralReceiving/

For questions, please contact Terry Voges at extension 2941 or email tv35 or Kim Winsett at extension 2940 or kw83.

* USPS Closed - Independence Day.

This is a reminder that the United States Postal Service (U.S.P.S.) will be closed in observance of Independence Day, Friday, July 3. For mailing questions, contact Mail Services at extension 2197. 

* June Pcard Cycle Ending

The June Pcard cycle which began May 22 has ended on June 22, at midnight. As of June 23, cardholders may schedule and run the June Cycle report. June transactions may be reconciled in SDG2 until June 28. On March 29, the general ledger Pcard file will be uploaded and cardholders will be locked out of (unable to make changes) posted transactions for the June Cycle. 

* UE Adds Health Communication to Expand Health Major Options

The University of Evansville has approved a new undergraduate major in health communication that will enable students to develop communication skills that can be applied specifically to careers in the health field. UE will be one of the few universities that offer an undergraduate major specifically in health communication.

The health communication major will give students the basic knowledge and skills needed to go on to careers in advertising, public relations, journalism and multimedia production specifically in the health field. It will also give students an understanding of areas related to public health and health services where this knowledge can be applied. It will provide practical experience to students through internships with professional organizations in the health field.

Specific areas that health communication majors will be exposed to include:
Provider-patient communication
Heath care organization communication
Risk communication / Crisis communication
Strategic health communication campaigns
New communication technologies (eHealth)

Careers in which expertise in health communication can be applied include:
Patient advocacy
Health care marketing
Public health campaign specialist
Health education specialist
Risk communication specialist
Health publication editor/reporter
Health information manager

Advances in communication technology and the growth of the health industry have created an environment for health communication to become one of the fastest growing areas in the field of communication. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects job growth in areas related to health communication will be faster than average from 2012-2022.

For more information on IE’s new health communication major, visit:

UE’s new health communications major joins a rich selection of health profession programs offered at the University, including health services administration, physical therapy, physical therapy assistant, and nursing. Another addition will be the Physician Assistant program, slated to begin in 2017. Physician assistants are nationally certified and state-licensed health care professionals who provide direct patient care and work as part of a physician-led team in delivering a broad range of diagnostic, therapeutic, preventative, and health maintenance services. They work in diverse medical and surgical specialties including family and internal medicine, emergency care, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, general surgery and sub-surgical specialties, and mental and behavioral health care. PAs work in a wide variety of settings including hospitals, clinics, physicians’ offices, and other health care facilities. For more information about the profession visit

The Bureau of Labor projects that the job outlook for physician assistants is very strong. Their estimate is for employment of physician assistants to grow 38 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. For more information visit

* UE Receives Ball Brothers Foundation Venture Fund Grant for New Neuromarketing Center

The University of Evansville has been awarded a Ball Brothers Foundation Venture Fund Grant of $22,000 for its newly instituted Neuromarketing Research Center. Through the Neuromarketing Research Center, interdisciplinary student teams serve clients by testing responses to various marketing elements and tactics using leading-edge neuroscience techniques.

“The Neuromarketing Research Center is a great example of the interdisciplinary training that occurs at the University of Evansville,” says UE associate professor of psychology Lora Becker.

UE assistant professor of marketing Atefeh Yazdanparast explains that neuromarketing is a relatively new research discipline that combines neuroscience with marketing.

“This emerging field goes beyond traditional tools of research and focuses on consumers’ reactions to marketing stimuli. We are proud to equip our students with neuromarketing research techniques, a valuable competitive edge in today’s dynamic and highly competitive market.”

The Neuromarketing Center is a part of the University’s successful GAP program.

“In this program,” explains Jill Griffin, executive director of the Institute for Global Enterprise, “undergraduates of all majors obtain real-world experience and build professional confidence while producing real results for actual companies.”

UE vice president of marketing Don Jones adds that “students and their business clients will both benefit from the unique insights delivered through this innovative approach. The Neuromarketing Research Center will facilitate the convergence of the latest ideas from neuroscience applied to the most challenging opportunities for business.”

The program will also offer opportunities for UE faculty and students to engage in neuromarketing research on a global level. Yazdanparast and Becker will kick off this global research with initial work in Australia and China this year.

The Ball Venture Fund was created in 1999 to enable the Ball Brothers Foundation to take an active role in encouraging and supporting creative efforts at Indiana’s independent colleges and universities. The program, administered by the Independent Colleges of Indiana (ICI), provides seed money for innovative start-up programs at ICI member institutions.

The GAP Program is supported by a grant from Lilly Endowment Inc.



* Aces Team Competes at ASCE National Concrete Canoe Competition

Congratulations to the ten civil engineering majors who proudly represented the University of Evansville at the 2015 American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) National Concrete Canoe Competition hosted by Clemson University June 20-22.  Aces Concrete Canoe, led by civil engineering juniors Jaclyn Altstadt and Alejandro Mojica Cadario, was among the 22 universities that participated in the 28th National Concrete Canoe Competition, and represented the smallest school.  Out of the roughly 300 ASCE student chapters in the US and Canada, UE finished 16th overall.

The Aces team, which included juniors George Carroll, Aubin Fowler, Austin Hoops, Tyler Kovacs, and Noble Rassam and freshmen Erich Hopf, Sammi Shuler, and Alexis Sorrell, traveled to Clemson, SC, after working hard with their fellow civil engineering students this past academic year to display their canoe, Julie, to deliver an oral presentation to a national panel of civil engineering judges, to find out the results of the design paper portion of the competition, and of course to race.  One of the highlights of the competition was the exciting finish by the Aces co-ed team (Altstadt, Hoops, Hopf, and Shuler) in the petit final race when they were narrowly edged out by the University of California at Berkeley.  For the first time in UE history, the paddling team placed in the top ten in Women's Endurance and Slalom (Altstadt and Fowler) and in the co-ed race.

Dr. Mark Valenzuela, faculty advisor who traveled with the team to Clemson said, "I'm so very proud of the team and what they've accomplished throughout the year.  I was touched that they named their canoe Julie after Julie (Elpers) Otis who led UE to her first Nationals ten years ago and who lost her battle to breast cancer just recently.  These students should be proud of giving it their all get to Nationals and competing toe-to-toe with some of the best schools in the country.  Julie would most certainly be proud."

Aces Concrete Canoe wishes to thank the family and friends of the team who traveled to Clemson this weekend to lend their support and to cheer on the Aces!

* Beavers Publishes Chapter in Macmillan Interdisciplinary Handbook

Anthony F. Beavers, professor of philosophy and director of the Cognitive Science Modeling Lab, will have a chapter appearing in Macmillan's Interdisciplinary Handbook in Philosophy later this year. The chapter, "Philosophy of Technology," is an undergraduate introduction to how philosophers of technology interpret and question the role of technology in the broader context of society. This is the first in a series of articles by Beavers on the philosophy of technology and information to appear over the next two years. Beavers is the 2012 recipient of the World Technology Award in Ethics. For the past two decades, he has lectured nationally and internationally on the role of technology with regard to ethics, pedagogy and artificial intelligence. 

* Angela Williams & LaNeeca Williams Team up for "UE Table" at Tom Joyner Community Fair

Angela Williams, assistant director, Office of Alumni and Parent Relations, was part of the committee to bring nationally syndicated radio host, Tom Joyner, from the Tom Joyner Morning Show to Evansville on June 16 and 17, with The “Meet Every Listener Tour.” UE African American Alumni (UEAAA) members, Ed Lander ’91 (owner of WEOA AM/FM Radio) led the committee and Darin Lander’03 (manager) helped organize this two day community event. The tour included a Community Fair at the Ford Center and networking event at the Evansville African American Museum on June 17. The Community Fair consisted of local non-profit organizations and business w/ info related to job/training opportunities, education, financial literacy, and health and over 20 organizations were represented, including USI and Ivy Tech.

Many thanks to LaNeeca Williams from the Office of Diversity and Robert Galbreath, Office of Alumni summer intern, for working at the UE table and attending networking events with Angela. Thanks to the Departments of Admission, Marketing and Adult Education for providing resources. Several volunteers were solicited for upcoming UEAAA events, Admission Interest forms were completed and the Junior Achievement Organization was provided a space at the UE table to recruit UEAAA as volunteers.

Evansville is one of only 40 cities that will be visited by Joyner. Tom Joyner constantly stresses the importance of an education, and the Tom Joyner Foundation has raised more than $60 million to help keep students in colleges and universities. 

* Mathematics Chapter by Kimberling and Moses

Professor Clark Kimberling and his English collaborator, Peter J. C. Moses, have a chapter in the Proceedings of the Sixteenth International Conference on Fibonacci Numbers and Their Applications, held last summer at Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, New York. The chapter is entitled "The Infinite Fibonacci Tree and Other Trees Generated by Rules". Another chapter on Problem Proposals, compiled by Professor Kimberling, appears in the same volume. The proposals are based on fourteen problems posed at the Conference. 



* Mahon Named Assistant Coach for UE Baseball

University of Evansville head coach Wes Carroll announced the hiring of Jake Mahon as an assistant coach for the UE baseball program Monday morning. The team also announced that assistant coach Andy Pascoe is stepping down to pursue a career in a different field.

Mahon was a volunteer assistant coach for the Purple Aces last season and was a four year starter for Evansville from 2011- 2014.

“Jake will transition into an assistant coach position very well,” Carroll said. “He was an outstanding player but will be an even better coach. I am very excited for Jake as he starts in his career.”

During his playing days at UE, Mahon saw time at catcher, first base, third base and designated hitter. He posted a .274 career batting average with 29 doubles, 105 runs batted in and a .389 on-base percentage. Mahon hit a career-best .322 during his junior year in 2013. He ended his career in 2014 with a .295 senior season with 35 runs driven in. Mahon was also an All-Missouri Valley Conference First Team selection in 2014.

A native of Plain City, Ohio, Mahon graduated from the University of Evansville in 2014.

Pascoe has been a member of the Purple Aces for each of the past nine seasons. He was a player on the team from 2007-2010 before serving as a volunteer assistant coach in 2012 and an assistant coach from 2013-2014.

“Andy Pascoe has been with me since day one as a player then transitioned onto my staff,” said Carroll. “He has been a pivotal part of our success here. I’m very happy for him as he embarks on a new adventure. He will always be an Ace.”

For all of the latest information on Evansville baseball, log on to or follow the team’s Twitter account @UEAcesBaseball.

* Kaczmarski Heading to NY Mets Rookie Affiliate in Kingsport, TN

University of Evansville outfielder Kevin Kaczmarski will be reporting to the Kingsport Mets this weekend to begin his professional baseball career. A ninth round pick of the New York Mets, Kaczmarski will be playing in the Appalachian League for the rookie affiliate of the Mets.

The Cary, Ill, native was a six-time All-American this season for the Purple Aces. (ABCA / Rawlings, Baseball America, D1Baseball, Louisville Slugger, NCBWA, Senior CLASS). Kaczmarski leads all Division I baseball players in batting average (.465), triples (nine), and triples per game (0.20). He is also second in the nation in on-base percentage (.543), second in slugging percentage (.746), fifth in runs batted in per game (1.24), and 20th in doubles per game (0.41).

Kaczmarski led the Purple Aces this season in batting average (.465), hits (86), doubles (19), triples (nine), home runs (five), runs batted in (57), total bases (138), slugging percentage (.746), on-base percentage (.543), stolen bases (13), and fielding percentage (1.000).

His .465 batting average is the highest in single season program history. Kaczmarski’s nine triples are second most for a Purple Ace and his 86 hits are eighth highest.

Kaczmarski was the Missouri Valley Conference’s Joe Carter Player of the Year this season, the first Purple Ace in program history to receive the honor. He was also named First Team All-Conference, and selected to the MVC All-Defensive Team this spring. A three-time MVC Player of the Week this season, Kaczmarski was also named NCBWA National Hitter of the Week (Apr. 28). He is a Dick Howser Trophy Watch List Semifinalist, a Golden Spikes Award Semifinalist, and ABCA / Rawlings All-Midwest Region First Team.

In his career, Kaczmarski finished his time at UE second in doubles (66) and triples (22), fourth in runs batted in (171), fifth in batting average (.352), sixth in runs (169), and seventh in at-bats (841).

For all of the latest information on Evansville baseball, log on to or follow the team’s Twitter account @UEAcesBaseball. 

* 2015 UE Baseball Summer League Assignments

A total of 11 University of Evansville baseball players will be playing in summer leagues in 2015. The Purple Aces will be represented in eight leagues and nine teams across the United States. will be providing weekly updates on the UE players in summer leagues beginning next week.

RHP Ryan Brady Dodgers St. Louis Metro
RHP Nicholas Eggemeyer Hoptown Hoppers Ohio Valley
RHP Brian Jestice NW Indiana Oilmen Midwest Collegiate
RHP Brent Jurceka Waterloo Bucks Northwoods
C Billy Lipari Lima Locos Great Lakes
INF Stewart Nelson Sedalia Bombers MINK
1B Eric McKibban Terre Haute Rex Prospects
INF Jonathan Ramon Sedalia Bombers MINK
RHP Patrick Schnieders Anchorage Glacier Pilots Alaska
C Travis Tokarek Sedalia Bombers MINK
RHP Jimmy Ward DuPage County Hounds Midwest Collegiate

For all of the latest information on Evansville baseball, log on to or follow the team’s Twitter account @UEAcesBaseball.


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