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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

* Enrollment and Fiscal Update Forums Planned

The University will be conducting forums on September 8 and September 9 to provide enrollment and fiscal updates to the campus community.  The forums will be conducted by Jeff Wolf, Vice President for Fiscal Affairs and Administration, and Shane Davidson, Vice President for Enrollment Management.  The sessions will be held in Eykamp Hall, Room 251 of the Ridgway University Center.  The first session will be from 10:00-11:15 a.m. on September 8.  For those unable to attend that session, a second session will be held from 3:00-4:15 p.m. on September 9.  We encourage all faculty, staff and administrators to attend if possible. 


What's Happening Today

* This Week in Music: Fall Faculty Gala

The Department of Music kicks off the academic year and this year’s First Tuesday Concert Series with the annual Fall Faculty Gala in Wheeler Concert Hall in the Krannert Fine Arts building on Tuesday, September 1, at 7:30 p.m. The concert will feature selections from several works, ranging from the nineteenth century to the modern era, performed by Department of Music faculty members. The concert is free and open to the public, as are all Tuesday night faculty recitals throughout the year. For future events, consult the Concert Calendar on the Department of Music’s website. 

* Student Publications Information Meeting

A Student Publications Information Meeting is planned for Tuesday, Sept. 1 at 5:15 p.m. in Eykamp Hall 253, Ridgway University Center. Attend and learn about positions available with Crescent Magazine and the LinC for the 2015–16 school year. No experience necessary and most positions receive academic credit. (An application must be submitted to be considered)

Open Crescent Magazine positions include writers and a copy editor. Also volunteer positions with the Crescent are open including social media assistants and a marketing assistant. Open LinC yearbook positions include writers and photographers.

Email Tracy Maurer at for more information or for the application link.


Upcoming Events

* UE Faculty/Staff Photography Exhibit

All UE faculty and staff photographers are invited to submit up to two matted and framed photographs for exhibition in the Krannert Gallery, Sept. 21-Oct 23.

Please drop off your work in the Art Office prior to Sept. 15. Include a tag on the back with your name, address, phone and email, as well as the title of the piece, type of photograph, and insurance value. (Also indicate if it is for sale.

For more information, contact Corliss Chastain, director of UE Art Galleries, 207-650-6073 

* I-House: USA

This Wednesday is our first I-House of the semester featuring St. Louis native Dominic Bolt as the presenter! He's a triple major in philosophy, psychology, and cognitive science, and his favorite hobbies are golf, skiing, watching movies, and listening to music. His favorite part about UE is how friendly everyone is!

Make sure you guys come out at 7 p.m. to the 1959 Lounge on the second floor of Ridgway University Center to hear his presentation!

* Monarch Tagging at Audubon State Park

You can bid farewell to the Monarch butterflies migrating south for the winter on Saturday, September 12 and September 19. There will be two programs per day 8 a.m.-noon and 1 p.m.-4 p.m. We will meet at the Audubon Museum for a 45-minute introductory indoor presentation. Next, we will carpool for some outdoor Monarch tagging. Please wear long pants and closed-toe shoes and prepare for weedy and potentially marshy conditions. Tags and nets will be provided. Staff Contact: Julie McDonald at 270-826-2247 or Cost: $5 per person, and the student rate is $4.

* Lunch and Lead Series Starts September 15

The Center for Student Engagement is excited to announce a new lunch time leadership discussion series...Lunch and Lead!

Lunch and Lead is a TED Talk style presentation and discussion session. All members of the UE community are welcome to meet, eat and discover leadership!

For a full schedule and more details visit:

* Harlaxton Reception Planned for September 3 at 4:00

A welcome home reception for Harlaxton students and faculty from Spring 2015 and Summer 2015 programs will also be the occasion for UE Community to welcome Holly R. Carter, director of Harlaxton College Programs. The reception will be held September 3 from 4:00-5:30 p.m. in Dunigan Lounge (Room 160), MCurdy Wing of the Schroeder School of Business Building.

* BiSci Club Call-out Meeting

Interested in biological sciences? Looking for volunteering or leadership opportunities? Meet us at the Organization Fair this Friday from 4-7 pm outside of Ridgway University Center, or join us for our call-out meeting next Monday, September 7 ,at 6:00 pm in Room 101 in Koch Center. 

* Cris Hochwender to Speak at September 2 Andiron Lecture

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, preceded by a social hour with beverages at 3:45 p.m. They are free and open to the public.

Hochwender earned his bachelor’s degree in biology at Cornell College and his PhD in biology at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. He has carried out ecological research for 25+ years, publishing those findings in journals that include American Naturalist, Annual Review of Ecology and Systematics, Oecologia, Evolutionary Ecology, and Evolution. His research has explored plant defense against herbivores, plant tolerance to damage, local adaptation of plants, and structuring forces of arthropod herbivore communities. More recently, he has addressed questions that center on restoration ecology.

Healthy local ecosystems can provide ecological services of great benefit to human society, while providing a refuge for native species. While salvaging remnant habitat and restoring lost ecological communities is the work of restoration ecologists, every backyard gardener can take on similar (although smaller scale) efforts by growing native wildflowers, grasses, and trees. This lecture will explore the importance, the challenges, and approaches to sustaining biodiversity in Southwest Indiana. Weather permitting, the lecture will culminate with a walk of the native plant garden in Koch Courtyard.

* Capture the Flag with Student Christian Fellowship

Everyone is welcome to join members of Student Christian Fellowship as we play Capture the Flag on Wednesday, September 2. Come out for a great time of fellowship on the Neu Chapel Lawn from 9:00 to 10:00 pm! 


Info You Should Know

* Reward: Lost Car Key

A reward is offered for a Toyota car key lost on campus yesterday. The key is black with alarm buttons at the base. It was probably lost somewhere around Hyde Hall or Olmsted Hall. Please contact if found to claim your cash reward. 

* UE Jazz Ensemble II

Do you want to play jazz? Join Jazz Ensemble II. Jazz Ensemble II meets Wednesday evenings from 7-8:50 p.m. in Fine Arts Room 110 (rehearsal hall). Contact Dr. Zifer at for more information. MUS 113-413 Section 02 for 0.5 credit hours. Come SWING with us! 

* Call for UExplore Research Proposals

Students, please consider participating in the UExplore undergraduate research program this semester. The deadline for the Fall Semester student-generated proposals is Thursday, September 10, 2015. Ten copies of your proposal are due in the Office of Academic Affairs before the end of the business day of the proposal deadline. Information about the UExplore program and the proposal template can be found from the UExplore website ( You can request up to $1000 for hardware and services to support your proposed research project. Proposals from nearly every department on campus have been funded. 

* Reminder for First Year Students: IDEALS Survey Coming Soon

PosterFirst year students will be receiving the Interfaith Diversity Experiences & Attitudes Longitudinal Survey (IDEALS) in a few shorts days! Thank you for being willing to participate in this important research! Students who take the survey will be provided $5.00 in cash!!

IDEALS is a national survey that will be used to identify high-impact practices associated with positive interaction across religious and spiritual diversity. According to Interfaith Youth Core, UE will be able to leverage these high-impact practices to create a healthy campus environment, introduce effective programming/experiences, and learn more about the religious climate on campus. This study is the first of its kind. Previous studies have provided a foundational understanding of interfaith interaction, but few tools fully explore the ways in which we can leverage campus experiences to promote effective interfaith work. IDEALS is designed as a longitudinal study that explores the way in which the UE campus can better understand what programmatic experiences are effective and helpful for students.

* Study Abroad-Gilman Scholarship

UE students who are Pell Grant recipients and have been approved to study abroad Spring 2016 are encouraged to apply for a Gilman Scholarship. For more information, contact and visit 

* Alpha Omicron Pi releases new website

The sisters of Alpha Omicron Pi have published a new website! Check it out at for information on their chapter, their campus involvement and how to sign up for recruitment. 

* Attention Indiana 21st Century Scholars and FOC Recipients

Students who receive financial aid from the state of Indiana must earn a minimum number of credit-hours each year to renew grants from the state of Indiana. Students who don’t earn these hours become INELIGIBLE for the 21st Century Scholar Award at all Indiana colleges. 

21st Century Scholars Award and maximum value of Freedom of Choice Award (FOC):
• 30 credit hours at the end of first year
• 60 credit hours by the end of second year
• 90 credit hours by the end of their third year

Students who don’t earn the hours above might be eligible for the Frank O’Bannon Freedom of Choice Award of a lower value. Students must also meet the state’s EFC eligibility criteria and file the FAFSA by March 10. The minimum credits required to receive any funds from the program are:
• 24 credit hours by the end of first year of college
• 48 credit hours by the end of second year
• 72 credit hours by the end of their third year

CORRECTING DEFICIENCIES: Students may take courses during Winter Intersession or the summer (at their own expense) to make up credit hour deficiencies to regain or increase state aid eligibility before fall. Dual credits from high school may also be counted.

QUESTIONS: Please see a counselor in the Office of Financial Aid if you have questions about maintaining your eligibility for state of Indiana grants. 

* Fall Meal Plan Changes

Students are able to adjust their meal plans for the fall semester until Wednesday, September 2 at 5:00 p.m. The link to request a meal plan change is here.


* UE Discount to Ralphie May at Victory Theatre September 23

Comedian Ralphie May is bringing his “Unruly Tour” to the Victory Theatre, Wednesday, September 23rd at 7:30pm. To help kick off the school year, you can receive a $5 discount on tickets by entering offer code: ACES online at or mention ACES at the Ford Center Ticket Office. Discounted tickets are $30.00. 



* Neu Chapel Staff Participate in Sacred Music and Interfaith Research

Tammy Gieselman, University Chaplain; Douglas Reed, University Organist Emeritus; and Patrick Ritsch, Neu Chapel Organist, travelled to Boston on July 20 to participate in an intensive research expedition sponsored by the Neu Chapel Society. The 5-day mission allowed the Staff to visit several historic organs in the Boston area and to conduct site-visits at university campuses with robust interfaith programs, which include sacred worship space for all students. Of primary interest were university chapels at Wellesley College, Brandeis University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Tufts University.

Their work also included a concentrated visit to the C.B. Fisk, Inc. organ building shop in Gloucester, where Patrick Ritsch participated in a mini-apprenticeship. Fisk president, Steven Dieck, also led the group through the intricate mechanical workings of the new Fisk organ completed in 2013 for Harvard Memorial Chapel. The group’s research included visits to several other Fisk organs including (Old West United Methodist Church and All Saints Church, Ashmont) and historic organs at Holy Cross Cathedral (E. & G.G. Hook & Hastings), MIT Chapel (Holtkamp), and Methuen Music Hall (E. F. Walcker).


Harlaxton Happenings

* Bianca Leggett publishes book

Dr. Bianca Leggett (teaching fellow in British Studies at Harlaxton College) is the editor of new collection, entitled Twenty-Fist Century British Fiction, which is to be published by Gylphi Press on August 25.

Since the turn of the millennium British fiction has evolved in new and unpredictable directions. Its mercurial nature makes the study of contemporary British fiction both dynamic and challenging. New voices, forms and themes sometimes require the discarding of old critical frameworks and the creation of new ones. The volume not only maps the journey of British fiction in the 21st century, but also hints at the path ahead.



* Aces Volleyball back in action at Austin Peay Today

Fresh off of a weekend that saw the University of Evansville volleyball team post a 2-1 mark, the Purple Aces are back in action on Tuesday with a trip to Clarksville, Tenn. to face Austin Peay.

Game time is slated for 6 p.m. Evansville opened up its 2015 slate at the Holiday Inn Classic in Dayton, Ohio. After taking victories over Tennessee Tech and Niagara in its first two tilts, the Aces fell to Wright State in the finale.

Senior Stephanie Cerino paced UE in its first weekend of play, earning a spot on the All-Tournament Team. Cerino posted 32 kills, 18 digs and nine blocks while hitting .221. Her top match came against Niagara as she tallied 13 kills and hit .323 in the victory.

Genesis Miranda also had a stellar start to the season, posting 52 kills, an average of 4.33 per set. After tallying 12 in the opener, Miranda posted a career-best 22 kills versus Niagara. She also added three service aces, six block assists and eight digs. She finished the weekend with 18 more kills against Wright State along with her 11th block of the season. Her weekend finished with 52 kills, 27 digs and 11 total blocks.

In her first weekend of collegiate volleyball, freshman Lizzie Giller got off to a strong start for UE. She had the most accurate hitting effort for the team in its first three matches, hitting .349 while totaling 21 kills and 11 blocks. Her career started off with 11 kills and four blocks in the season-opening win over Tennessee Tech. She came back with six kills and seven blocks versus Niagara before wrapping up the weekend with four more kills against Wright State.

Austin Peay opened its season playing in a tournament hosted by Purdue. The Governors fell in their three contests as they took on Ohio U., Purdue and VCU. Saantha Strother was their top performer, notching a team-best 30 kills in their opening weekend.

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