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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

* Fall Conference and Concurrent Sessions 2015

The University of Evansville Fall Conference is set for Tuesday, August 18. Everyone is invited to a cookie reception, held in the Matt Williams Lobby in Shanklin Theatre at 12:30 p.m. President Kazee will address the entire campus and welcome new employees at 1:30 p.m. in Shanklin Theatre. The Fall Conference will continue with the presentation of awards and the Keynote Address by Dr. Julia Williams. The Family Picnic completes the day starting at 4:30 p.m.

Concurrent sessions are scheduled for Wednesday, August 19, for faculty and administrators in the Schroeder Family School of Business Building. Please note that the starting time has been changed to 8:00 a.m. for the Concurrent Sessions.

* Concurrent Sessions Schedule

Concurrent Sessions Schedule for Wednesday, August 19, is as follows:

8:00 – 9:50 AM
From Artifact to Assessment to Evaluation—Closing the loop in Continuous Improvement
Julia Williams SB 172

As faculty, we understand well the process by which we assess students and provide them with feedback on their work; in this way, we “close the loop” in order for students to learn and improve. The same process of assessment and feedback characterizes the institutional improvement loop; by collecting and analyzing a variety of data, we can make informed decisions in order to make improvements. This workshop will focus on the multiple ways in which data can be used for continuous improvement. Program and institutional assessment processes that have been developed at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology will provide models for the workshop, but the intended outcome for the workshop is to allow attendees to design evaluation plans appropriate to the University of Evansville context that can be put into action.

9:00 – 10:00 AM
Faculty collaborations with Career Development: Curriculum for Professional Development Courses – Gene Wells, John Felton, Mari Plikuhn, Abby Michel, Dianna Cundiff SB 273

Learn how two academic areas, Sociology and Psychology, teamed with the Center for Career Development in providing career content for discipline-specific professional development courses.

Electronic Curriculum Submissions – Jennifer Briggs, Amanda Cox SB 272 
Learn about the new electronic format to submit curriculum petitions to the Curriculum Committee. Any faculty member submitting curriculum petitions should attend along with all department chairs, members of the Curriculum Committee and the deans.

10:00 – 10:50 AM
University Financial Update – Jeff Wolf SB 162

This presentation will provide an update on the final operating results for the 2014-15 fiscal year ended May 31. In addition, participants will receive an update on financial projections for the fall, 2015 based on anticipated enrollment census and how those projections, along with new program development, translate into expectations for the next two years.

Global Institute—Panel Discussion on Gap Projects. Jill Griffin, Lora Becker, Amy Hall and Atefeh Yazdanparast SB 173
The GAP Program

Learn about opportunities for faculty and students to engage in cross-disciplinary real-world projects through the GAP program. Past GAP projects have included work for the Jezreel Expedition, the Neuromarketing Lab, Berry Plastics, Mission Guatemala, A. O. Smith, UMC Kenya, and much more. A panel of faculty from across the university will be on-hand to discuss their experiences and answer questions about the program.

11:00 – 11:50 AM
Tobacco-Free Policy and Resources – Michael Tessier, Sylvia Buck, Julie Phillips, (Director of Smokefree Communities) SB 272

In support of the health and well-being of the campus community, the University has moved to a new Tobacco-Free Policy.  Learn more about this policy, our community approach for enforcement, and available resources.

Building relationships through SLATE – Scott Henne and Bhargavi Vemulapalli SB 273
The Office of Admission is building a sustainable student pipeline for UE’s future. Technology and software are required in today’s Admission Office and the SLATE system is a moldable CRM that allows better utilization of UE’s limited financial resources. Those who participate in this session will see how prospective student data lives and grows and how SLATE is helping us to better serve our students.

The University of Evansville among Small Privates in the Mid-Atlantic, Southern and Mid-Western States: A Comparative Analysis – Tony Beavers SB 172
This presentation follows from a year-long study requested by the faculty senate as part of the Best Practices Task Force and which is now being continued by the senate's Market Analysis Task Force. It will consist of a comparison of UE with all small, private schools in the 20 states surrounding us with enrollments between 1,000 and 4,000 students. Among other variables tracked from recent years, the number of applicants, number accepted and number attended, SAT/ACT scores, faculty size, tuition and tuition increases, city size, and athletic costs will be considered. This analysis will be descriptive only, though all data will be made available to any member of the university community for further analysis.

1:00 – 1:50 PM
Degree Audit is here! – Jennifer Briggs SB 162

View the new degree audit. Learn how to read it, which students it’s available for, what to do about errors or substitutions, and how to do what-ifs for change of majors

International Programs, Harlaxton College, and Education Abroad – Wes Milner, Barbara Pieroni,
Holly Carter and Marissa Mitchel SB 173

All faculty members, staff, and administrators are invited to engage in a discussion about the changing landscape of international programs on our Evansville campus, our Harlaxton College campus, and at other sites abroad. At this session we will begin the discussion with an introduction to our new office structure and name, to new opportunities for faculty, and to our newest colleague, Dr. Holly Carter, Director of Harlaxton College Programs. Topics will include shaping the Harlaxton curriculum, the Harlaxton summer session, faculty development, short-term programs abroad, international research collaboration, and others according to interest of session attendees.

2:00 – 2:50 PM
Athletics Faculty Mentor Program – Mark Davis SB 172

The Faculty Mentor Program at the University of Evansville pursues to better facilitate and strengthen the relationship between athletic and academic lives of the University’s student athletes.  The program reinforces the University’s understanding that intercollegiate athletics are an essential core part of the mission of the University.  Faculty mentors are devoted individuals who are role models that connect with student athletes to deliver support through supplementary counsel and advice when specific issues arise, especially in the areas of social and academic matters.  Faculty mentors are committed to constructing a well-balanced connection between the academic and athletic cultures on our campus.

The overall vision of the program is to have one faculty mentor for each team.  Successful programs like this often raises the morale of both students and faculty.  Example of schools with this type of program are Naval Academy, Washington and Lee University, Bates College, and Williams College.

ACE ANSWERS: How to File a Complaint with the University – LaNeeca Williams SB 272
Employees and students or who wish to share a matter of concern or file a complaint with the university may do so by utilizing “Ace Answers.”  “Ace Answers” can be accessed via WebAdvisor and allows for comments to be officially logged at the University.  The comment will be forwarded to the appropriate department. This session will offer discussion on the importance of the process for HLC Compliance. 

3:00 – 3:50 PM
Live Text—New Features and Back to the Basics – Amanda Cox SB 162

Whether you are a new LiveText user or a seasoned veteran, this session includes information for everyone as we discuss the basics, new features, and tips and tricks for effectively using LiveText.  Please join us as we discuss an overview of LiveText including assignment creation, assessing students, rubric best practices and running assessment reports. We will also dive into new features including LiveText's integration with Blackboard and Turnitin!

RACE: Racism without Racists, the New Coming Out, and Why We Don’t Want to Talk About It.
LaNeeca Williams SB 272

A direct conversation on race today at the university. The Diversity and Equity Officer will discuss current events, changes in how race is constructed, and how to get students talking about race by providing opportunities for dialogue.


Upcoming Events

* University of Evansville Andiron Lectures for Coming Year Announced

The first lecture of this year’s University of Evansville Andiron Lecture Series is set for September 2. UE professor of biology Cris Hochwender will be speaking on “Sustaining Wildlife: Enhancing Native Plant Diversity at Vectren Conservation Park, in the Native Plant Garden in Koch Courtyard, and in Your Backyard.”

All the lectures in the series are at 4 p.m. in Eykamp 252 in Ridgway University Center, with a social hour at 3:45 p.m. They are free and open to the public.

Other lectures in this year’s series include:

October 7: “The Antithesis of Justice” – Matthew Hummel, UE alum and paralegal for the Vanderburgh County Public Defender Agency

November 4: “Salami Tactics and the Future of U.S. Russian Revelations” – Richard Maass, UE assistant professor of political science

December 2: “Evansville on the Ohio” – Thomas Lonnberg, curator of history at the Evansville Museum of Arts

February 3: “Emotional Responsibility and Teaching Ethics: Student Empowerment” – Lisa Kretz, UE assistant professor of philosophy

March 2: “The Hunt for Dark Matter” - Angela Reisetter, UE assistant professor of physics

April 13: “The Prophets of Penzance: The Wesleys Take Cornwall and Devonshire (and They’re Probably Way Cooler than You Thought” – Mitch Gieselman, UE alum and pastor at Aldersgate United Methodist Church

For more information, please call 812-488-1070 or 812-488-2589.


Info You Should Know

* UE VETS Awarded $10,000 Grant for New Veterans Lounge

The University of Evansville student veteran organization, UE VETS, has been awarded a $10,000 grant from Student Veterans of America (SVA) to fund a new veterans lounge on campus. Click here to learn more.


* Discounted Parking Permits for UE License Plate Holders

Students, faculty, administrators, and staff who sport the UE State of Indiana license plate in 2015 (new and renewal plates) will receive a $25 discount off the UE parking permit fee for 2015-16. The registration process for the plates is now handled through the state. If you want to purchase or renew a UE plate, visit If you already have your 2015 UE plate, bring your State of Indiana vehicle registration to the Office of Safety and Security when you purchase your parking permit for the new academic year. If you have not registered your vehicle yet, you will need to pay the full parking permit fee and then bring your registration to the Office of Safety and Security to get a credit for $25. If you have any questions, contact 

* Welcome back to a Tobacco-Free campus!

In support of the health and wellbeing of the campus community, the University is now Tobacco-Free. New this Fall, the use of all tobacco products and electronic smoking devices (e-cigarettes) are now prohibited at school sanctioned and/or sponsored activities or functions on campus.

The use of these products and devices is also prohibited in all University buildings, residential housing, approved University housing, rental properties, grounds, athletic facilities, parking lots, University-owned or leased vehicles, and privately owned vehicles on University grounds.

A full description on this policy and available resources can be found here: 



* Kiesel Conducts Lectures in Singapore on Injury Prevention

Kyle Kiesel, professor and chair of Physical Therapy Program just returned from a week in Singapore where he served as a Health Manpower Development Plan Visiting Expert for the Ministry of Health. He conducted 10 different lecture/learning sessions to over 300 physical therapists, physicians and podiatrists regarding research and clinical application of injury prevention through movement screening, testing, and assessment.  

* Atefeh Yazdanparast's special session at the 2015 American Marketing Association Conference

Atefeh Yazdanparast has programmed a special session on “Future Trends in Marketing of Higher Education: Special Focus on Business Schools” at the 2015 American Marketing Association Summer Marketing Educators’ Conference in Chicago. The special session was proposed and sponsored by the Marketing of Higher Education Special Interest Group, chaired by Atefeh Yazdanparast. Special session speakers were Michael Ahearne, University of Houston, Jagdish Sheth, Emory University, Ravi Dhar, Yale University, Donald Bacon, University of Denver, and Bridget Akinc, Boston College. 

* Text Co-written by Ralph Larmann to be Published in September

Thames & Hudson, the world's most distinguished publisher of illustrated books on art, history, and design announce the release of The Thames & Hudson Introduction to Art by Debra DeWitte, Ralph Larmann (UE Professor of Art), and Kathryn Shields.

International release of this text will take place on September 6, when it will be available everywhere outside the U.S. This text has been adopted by and recommended for preparation for the Art and Design Oxford Cambridge and RSA Examinations (OCR). The OCR is one of the five main examination boards used to measure qualifications for awards and achievement in subject areas in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland.

The Thames & Hudson Introduction to Art is also available outside the UK in the many countries where Thames & Hudson distributes books. There are plans to translate the text into Korean and other languages to be announced at a later date.

This is the second text release that Larmann has been part of this year. In January the Gateways to Art AP edition was released for use by high school students who are seeking advanced placement in college art history. This hard copy version was recommended by the College Board as one of only seven texts highlighted by the organization. The original Gateways to Art text is currently the market leading art text in the world and has sold over 75,000 copies. The second edition of that text is due later this Fall.

* Rania Mousa's Teaching Presentation at the American Accounting Association Conference

Rania Mousa has led an interactive roundtable teaching session on the "The Usage of Board Games to Enhance Financial Accounting Knowledge" at the Annual Conference of the American Accounting Association held in Chicago, Aug. 8-12. Mousa has been assigning "Monopoly Project" as an integral component of her Financial Accounting Principles course (ACCT 210) for five years, and was proven to be a successful and enjoyable learning tool to enhance students' skills in processing basic financial information and building financial statements. The teaching session was attended by 33 accounting faculty members coming from multiple universities across the U.S. and the world. 

* Young Kim Publishes Two Articles

Director of International Studies Young KIM has recently published two articles. One entitled “Economic Transition in China and Russia” is in the European Scientific Journal. The other entitled “Institutions and Voter Turnout in the Post-Communist States” is in the Comparative Democratic Studies

* Jeff Chestnut, Brookelle Bailey and John A. Johnson to Appear in Victory Theatre Play

A group of local actors and musicians - including a UE employee, student and alum - are performing in “Yet Holding On”, a musical stage play, at the Victory Theatre on August 22 at 7:00 pm. UE’s own Jeff Chestnut (Fitness Center director), Brookelle Bailey (student), and John A. Johnson (alum) are performing in this play and would love your support on the night of the show. Tickets are available at the Ford Center Ticket Office and are $22 in advance and $27 on the day of the show, so get your tickets early! 



* UE Men's Soccer Wins Preseason Opener 2-1 over Bellarmine

The University of Evansville men’s soccer team (1-0-0) utilized an opening goal from senior forward Nate Opperman and a game winning goal by sophomore midfielder Ian McGrath in a 2-1 exhibition victory over Bellarmine (0-1-0) on Monday night.

“It was a positive step forward for our group,” said Evansville head men’s soccer coach Marshall Ray. “We were able to get all of our incoming guys minutes and see them compete in a college match as well as experiment with a couple different formations. We have a long way to go, but we are moving in the right direction.”

The match was held at Arad McCutchan Stadium and featured three, 30 minute periods.

After a scoreless first, UE went ahead on Opperman’s goal in the 34th minute. He took a loose ball 12 yards out, gained control of it and scored in the lower right corner of the net for the 1-0 Aces’ advantage.

Bellarmine then answered back in the 48th minute with the game tying goal.

Even at one, UE leapt back ahead on a 66th minute corner kick from sophomore midfielder Cameron Cool. His winding ball was deflected by sophomore defender Chris Shuck into the six yard box for McGrath, who deposited the go-ahead goal in the lower right corner.

Trailing 2-1, Bellarmine tallied three shots in the remaining time including a block by UE’s defense and two saves from sophomore goalkeeper Myles Fullen to preserve the Aces victory.

Evansville outshot Bellarmine 11-8 in the contest including a 5-4 margin in shots on goal. Opperman led all players with four shots (three shots on goal). McGrath and sophomore Desmond Dolphy also had two shots each.
Both teams recorded three saves.

UE is back in action on Thursday, August 20 for a road exhibition match at Mercer. The contest will be held in Macon, Georgia and begin at 3:00 p.m. CDT.  Evansville's next home match is on Sunday, August 23 against IUPUI. That match will be held at Arad McCutchan Stadium and start at 5:00 p.m. CDT.

For all of the latest information on University of Evansville men's soccer, log on to the sport page on or follow the program on Twitter via @UEAthleticsMSOC. For more information on giving to UE Athletics or its individual athletics programs, visit the DONATE tab on the top of . To purchase tickets for University of Evansville athletics events, log on to and click on the TICKETS tab on top of the page.

* UE Men's Soccer Receives a Sunrise Shoutout on 14News

The UE men's soccer team woke up Monday morning to a Sunrise Shoutout on 14News!

Here is the video link: 

* University of Evansville Women's Soccer Named 2015 MVC Preseason Favorite

The University of Evansville women’s soccer team was named the 2015 Missouri Valley Conference favorites in the annual Preseason Coaches’ Poll released by the MVC on Monday. UE has won six MVC Regular Season Championships and six MVC Tournament Championships in program history. The Purple Aces are also hosting the 2015 MVC Championship in Evansville November 6-8 at Arad McCutchan Stadium.

Four UE student-athletes also received preseason honors as junior midfielder Brownyn Boswell, senior goalkeeper Simone Busby, and sophomore forward Montana Portenier were named to the preseason All-Conference Team. Sophomore midfielder/forward Nicki Baham received honorable mention.

Evansville finished 11-6-3 in 2014 with the second best mark in the MVC regular season. The Aces were also runner-ups to Illinois State in the regular season and conference tournament championship last season.

Coach Krista McKendree’s team will look to stop the two-time Illinois State Redbirds run as MVC regular season champions.

The Aces return 19 letterwinners (nine starters) from last year’s team. Some of UE’s key returners include Boswell (2014 team leader in goals, 2014 MVC First Team), Busby (two time MVC Goalkeeper of the Year) and Portenier (2014 MVC All-Freshman Team). Other returning starters include senior midfielder Allie Arguello, junior midfielder Colleen Dierkes, junior defender Emily Richardson, sophomore defender Olivia Schafer, senior forward Kayla Smith and senior defender/midfielder Abby Springer.

Additionally, Evansville also has seven freshmen including defender Morgan Langhammer, midfielder Molly Lear, forward/midfielder Tess Lombard, midfielder Paige Niemeier, midfielder/forward Jess O’Shaughnessy, forward Sara Osinski and defender/forward Sierra Pagan.

UE starts the regular season at home against Xavier on Friday, August 21. The match will be held at Arad McCutchan Stadium and begin at 7:00 p.m. CDT

For all of the latest information on University of Evansville women's soccer, log on to the sport page on or follow the program on Twitter via @UEAthleticsWSOC.

For more information on giving to UE Athletics or its individual athletics programs, visit the DONATE tab on the top of . To purchase tickets for University of Evansville athletics events, log on to and click on the TICKETS tab on top of the page.

* UE Men's Soccer Signs South Carolina Transfer Trevor Baum

University of Evansville head men’s soccer coach Marshall Ray and his staff have announced the signing of Trevor Baum to begin play with the Purple Aces in the fall of 2015.

A Keller, Texas native, Baum is the son of UE men’s soccer player John Baum (’83). Trevor joins UE after transferring from South Carolina. The defender was a two time letterman in soccer for Nolan Catholic High School in Fort Worth, Texas, where he won two state championships in his freshman and sophomore year. Trevor was also a two time TAPPS State Champion in 2011 and 2012.

With the emergence of the USSDA, Baum was handed a tough decision in his junior year to choose between playing high school or USSDA Academy soccer. The chance to play for Solar Chelsea against some of the best club teams in the country was too hard to turn down, and it proved to be a worthwhile decision. In 2013, Baum was a member of the squad that went on be named National Runner up, in one of the most prestigious youth leagues in the USA.

“Trevor is going to provide us with some tough decisions when we are looking to put out our best back four together,” said Ray. “He has a year of experience training at the collegiate level and it has shown in training so far. We are excited to have the son of a former alumni represent our program on the field this fall. He truly knows what it means to be an Ace.”

Baum graduated high school with high honors and plans on majoring in computer engineering.

Evansville’s first preseason exhibition will take place at home on Monday, August 17 against Bellarmine. The match will be held at Arad McCutchan Stadium and begin at 4:00 p.m. CDT.

For all of the latest information on University of Evansville men's soccer, log on to the sport page on or follow the program on Twitter via @UEAthleticsMSOC. For information on giving to UE Athletics or its individual athletics programs, visit the DONATE tab on the top of To purchase tickets for University of Evansville athletics events, log on to and click on the TICKETS tab on top of the page.

* Updated UE Athletics App Available Now

The next phase of the updated branding campaign for University of Evansville athletics is now in place as the official mobile application for the department is now available for download.

Made available for download one year ago, the app remains free on the Apple and Android markets. Those who have the application just need to download the update while new downloads will automatically contain the new look. Designed exclusively by the UE Athletics Department, the app gives you several features that cannot be found on any other collegiate athletics applications.

Your one stop for everything Purple Aces, the app contains many exclusive features that will help you be on top of everything going on within the department. It contains a live news feed as well as sport pages with links to all of the main items for each of UE’s 14 athletic programs.

The events tab gives you directions and a location of each and every UE athletic contest. That includes all home and road events. Are you looking for an Aces gift for that special someone? The app has a virtual store that has all of the latest items directly from the campus bookstore.

It also makes it very easy to follow your favorite team on social media. All of our programs that utilize social media are contained within the app to make it easy to follow. There are also links to live stats and video, making it possible to follow your favorite UE team in just a few seconds.

For all of the latest information on University of Evansville athletics, log on to the sport page on or follow the program on Twitter via @UEAthletics. For information on giving to UE Athletics or its individual athletics programs, visit the DONATE tab on the top of To purchase tickets for University of Evansville athletics events, log on to and click on the TICKETS tab on top of the page.


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