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Friday, October 23, 2015

From the President

* Regarding the Acceptance of the QI by HLC

In 2012, the University of Evansville (UE) submitted to the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) our Quality Initiative Proposal (QIP) to further our strategic goals of increased internationalization and greater social responsibility.  As part of the Open Pathways accreditation process the HLC reviews the effort and progress toward the QIP goals.

The QIP had five main goals: to explore and expand partnerships in East Asia; to build reciprocal student exchanges in the Middle East and North Africa region; to increase the number and diversity of international students on campus and to improve the intercultural experience of both the international and domestic students; to expand the variety of short-term study abroad experiences and their social impact; and, to strengthen our global citizenship focus in coursework and co-curricular activities at Harlaxton College.

In August, UE submitted our Quality Initiative (QI) Report to the HLC, and we are proud to announce that the outstanding efforts of so many were recognized by a favorable review by the HLC.  The HLC reviewers noted that the implementation of the QI has been an institution-wide collaborative effort with an emphasis on continuous improvement and innovative approaches to produce an ongoing effort that supports our Strategic Plan.   The best summary of the HLC assessment is the final part of the last line of the HLC review that states “the QIP was significant in scope and impact and supports UE in its role as a leader in international education.”

The QI Report submitted to the HLC and the summary review report from the HLC are available for viewing at: https://acelink.evansville.edu/Areas/HLC/QualityInitiative.cfm.

My thanks go out to all those who have worked so diligently to design and implement the Quality Initiative, effecting real, lasting, and positive changes in how UE carries out its mission of developing responsible global citizens. 

Tom Kazee
President
University of Evansville
 

What's Happening Today

* "Prepare to Register" -- Today 12:00-2:00 PM

Advising and pre-registration for the spring 2016 semester is underway. Stop by for hands-on help to learn how the process works and be better prepared to meet with your faculty advisor.

Eykamp 252, Ridgway University Center
Friday, October 23 from 12:-00 – 2:00 p.m.

Students who attend will be entered into a drawing for a $100 gift certificate from the UE Bookstore. While the events are geared toward freshmen and new transfers, all students are welcome.   

* UE Sweatshirt Sale by College Mentors for Kids!

College Mentors for Kids is selling University of Evansville crew necks for $15 this week! There will be a table in Ridgway University Center today noon to 2:00 p.m. You can also send an email to tw151 with your name and size if you would like to order one that way. The money raised will help support the kids in our program!

* UE Theatre Presents "Marriage" in May Studio Theatre

The University of Evansville Department of Theatre opens Marriage, by Nikolai Gogol, Friday Oct. 23, at 7:30 p.m., in the May Studio Theatre. The show will continue with performances at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 24, 26, 27, 28, 29, and at 2:00 p.m. on Oct. 25.

Considered to be one of Gogol’s best works, Marriage is a quick-witted play which examines the titular institution. Set on a cold afternoon in St. Petersburg, this satirical story follows the misdeeds of Podkoliosin, an indecisive bachelor, who is forced to wed before the day is out. However, he must first win the affections of Agafya, an anxious young bride seeking the perfect gentleman. Utter chaos ensues! This hysterical play probes the merits of marriage and questions the responsibility of such “holy” unions.

Glyne Pease, a senior theatre performance major from Las Vegas takes the helm as director of the production. The cast includes seniors Henry Ragan, from Herndon, Va.; Erdin Schultz-Bever, from Bloomington, Ind.; TJ Baldassare, from Westminster, Colo.; Brogan Lozano, from San Antonio; Carter Caldwell, from Louisville, Ky.; DéYonté Jenkins, from Portland, Tenn.; junior Sam Schanwald from Pittsburgh; sophomores Kira Vuolo, from Westminster, Colo.; Jennifer E. Cunic, from Knoxville, Tenn.; freshmen Kristopher Adams, from Houston; Kathleen Finch, from College Station, Texas; and Julia Toney, from San Antonio.

The creative team for Marriage includes scenic design by junior Grace Guarniere, from Katy, Texas; costume design by junior Emily Westing, from Zeeland, Mich.; lighting design by senior David Dawson, from Arlington, Texas; sound design by senior Andrew Meyer, from San Antonio; the dramaturg is senior Peter Orkiszewski, from Cincinnati; technical direction by junior Tucker Steinlage, from Buford, Ga.; and the stage manager is senior Kylie Jones, from San Antonio.

Tickets are $11 for adults and $9 for senior adults, students, and UE faculty and staff. UE students may pick up their free student rush ticket beginning at noon on the day of the performance they wish to attend. Seating is limited and patrons are encouraged to make reservations by calling 812.488.2031, Monday through Friday, noon to 5 p.m. 

Upcoming Events

* Newman Club to Host Halloween Party at Ozanam Family Shelter

Looking for a fun way to celebrate Halloween, volunteer in the community, AND put a smile on kids' faces? Come join the Newman Club at their annual Halloween party at the Ozanam Family Shelter on Monday, October 26, from 5:30-7:00 pm. All are welcome to come help the Newman Club as we offer the shelter's 30 children a variety of games, activities, Halloween costumes, and a trick-or-treat trail.

All who would like to join can plan to meet at the Newman Center at 4:45 pm for a light dinner before driving to the shelter. Please feel free to wear your own Halloween costumes, as well!

Questions? Please call/text Kristel at (812) 760-8610. 

* Catholic Mass with the Bishop on Sunday!

All are welcome to join us for the Catholic Mass at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday in Neu Chapel. Bishop Charles Thompson, the bishop of the Diocese of Evansville, will be here to celebrate Mass with us!

Please call/text Kristel at (812) 760-8610 for more information.
 

* University Worship this Sunday, Neu Chapel, 11:00 AM

You're invited! University Worship this Sunday, October 25, 11:00 a.m., in Neu Chapel! This week student intern, Anna Ahrens, will be preaching, "When the Blind Can See," using the gospel of Mark 10: 46-52. Donuts and coffee bar before and after the service! All are welcome!

* UE's Interfaith Initiatives Presents Jason Goulah at Lunchtime Lecture

UE’s Interfaith Initiatives has invited Dr. Jason Goulah to present a special lunchtime lecture during his residence on campus:

Buddhism: Philosophy, Practice, and Social Impact
Thursday, October 29 12:15 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. in Room 162 (Harkness Hall), Schroeder School of Business Building.
All are welcome. Feel free to bring a brown bag lunch to the session.

The interactive talk will focus on universal Buddhist values of inner human revolution, interconnectedness, compassion, wisdom, courage, valuing creation, and treasuring diversity. These values empower individuals toward positive, global change, particularly in the areas of peace, culture, and education.

Goulah received his Ph.D. in Foreign/Second Language Education from the University of Buffalo, State University of New York. He is associate professor of bilingual-bicultural education and director of the Institute for Daisaku Ikeda Studies in Education at DePaul University, in Chicago, IL. He is also director of Bilingual-Bicultural Education and World Languages Education in the College of Education at DePaul University. Goulah is a former high school teacher of Japanese, ESL, and Russian as foreign and heritage languages. He has served as a research fellow at the Center for Latino Research, as a research and translation fellow at Soka University, Tokyo, and as a research fellow in the Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy in the University at Buffalo Law School.

Goulah’s scholarship has appeared in multiple edited volumes and scholarly journals. He is the editor of Daisaku Ikeda, Language and Education (Routledge, 2013), which received the 2015 Critics Choice Book Award from the American Educational Studies Association, and (with Andrew Gebert) Makiguchi Tsunesaburo (1871-1944): Philosophy in Context (Routledge, 2013). He received the 2009 Stephen A. Freeman Award for best language education research article of the year. 

* Interested in medical or graduate school?

Neil Osheroff, Coniglio Chair of the Biochemistry Department at Vanderbilt University, will be on campus October 29 and 30 for a career forum and research presentation. As a medical school professor, PhD advisor, and medical and graduate school interviewer, Osheroff has a lot to offer! The career forum will be held on October 29 starting at 5:30 pm in Room 102, Koch Center. His research presentation on Overcoming Quinolone Resistance in Bacterial Type II Topoisomerases will be held October 30 at 11:00 am in Room 100, Koch Center. Feel free to bring any and all questions you have! 

* UE Pep Band begins rehearsals

Aces Brass (UE Pep Band) will have a rehearsal on Sunday, October 25, in Krannert Fine Arts Building, Room 110, from 2:00-5:00 p.m. All woodwind, brass, percussion (including drum-set), guitar, bass guitar, and/or keyboard players are invited. Pizza will be served at 5:00 p.m. 

* All UE Employees Invited to Emeriti Workshops for Retirement Health Care

UE employees are invited to attend one of the informational workshops presented by Emeriti Retirement Health Solutions on Tuesday, October 27 in Room 252, Eykamp Hall, Ridgway University Center.

The workshops are scheduled for:
9:30 am – 10:30 am for retirees
11:30 am – 12:30 pm for active employees considering retirement

The Emeriti program provides important benefits such as:
A tax-advantaged way for you to invest and accumulate assets for your future retiree medical expenses.
A retiree health insurance program for you and your eligible dependents that builds on the foundation of Medicare.
A tax-free way for you to pay for other qualified out-of-pocket medical expenses in retirement.

A representative from Emeriti and Aetna health insurance will be on campus to provide information about Emeriti and what you need to do to take full advantage of the program. The meetings will cover such topics as why you need to save for retiree health care, the unique tax advantages of the Emeriti Program, and your options available under the program.  For more information about the Emeriti program, please visit: http://www.emeritihealth.org/.

* American Funds Representative will Speak on Global Investing

Chris Conwell of American Funds will be speaking about global investing to UE students on October 29, at 4.00 p.m. in Room 100 in Koch Center. He has 18 years of investment industry experience and serves as a liaison between American Funds and Evansville branch of Hilliard Lyons.

The event is open to the public. For any questions, please contact Walayet A. Khan, research director, Institute of Global Enterprise in Indiana.
 

* Social Innovation Week Kicks Off with Institute Speaker Series Guest Derreck Kayongo

Come hear Derreck Kayongo as he talks about his journey from being a child refugee in Africa to becoming a social innovator on the worldwide stage. Better still, he will share pearls of wisdom that can help you with your own social innovation interests. Kayongo founded the Global Soap Project, which focuses on recycling partially used soap from hotels into new soap for vulnerable populations in Africa, South Asia, and the Caribbean. He was also named Top 10 CNN Hero of 2011.

Monday, October 26
The Power of Small Ideas in the Land of Giants
5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Ridgway University Center, Eykamp 251
Reception to follow
This is an Aces Passport approved event.
RSVP is requested: http://www.evansville.edu/iss

Other Social Innovation Week events include:

Thursday, October 29
Lunch and Lead
Social Innovation panelists include Lynn Renne, Associate Pastor of Aldersgate United Methodist Church; Susan Odoyo, Local Attorney, Founder and President of It Takes A Village Dog Rescue, and Treasurer of Friends of Dago; and Geoff Bunting, Director of Operations from Uncharted International.
12:15 – 1:15 p.m.
Ridgway University Center, Eykamp 251
Bring your own lunch

Changemaker Challenge Final Pitches
UE student teams present their ideas for improving Evansville and the world beyond while competing for $3,500 in seed money to help their ideas become a reality.
4:30 – 6:00 p.m.
Ridgway University Center, Eykamp 251
Reception to follow

For more information, visit www.evansville.edu/cc

All of the above programs are free and open to the public. Contact ck116 for more information.
 

* Education, Faith, Spirituality, and Buddhism - Visiting Scholar at UE

On October 28-29, Dr. Jason Goulah, Director of the Institute for Daisaku Ikeda Studies in Education at DePaul University, will be on campus lecturing on topics of educational philosophy, the intersection of education with faith and spirituality, and Buddhism philosophy and practices. All sessions are open to the campus community. Call Dr. Paul Parkison for additional information.

Wednesday, October 28
6:00 p.m.
East-West Ecology of Education: ‘Reuniting’ Dewey and Makiguchi
Room 302, Graves Hall (Educ 490)

Thursday, October 29
11:00 a.m.
Faith, Spirituality, Dialogue and the Curriculum
302 Graves Hall (Educ 100)

12:15 p.m.
Buddhism: Philosophy, Practice, and Social Impact
Harkness Hall, Schroeder School of Business Building
Participants are welcome to bring a brown bag lunch.

Goulah received his Ph.D. in Foreign/Second Language Education from the University of Buffalo, State University of New York. He is associate professor of bilingual-bicultural education and director of the Institute for Daisaku Ikeda Studies in Education at DePaul University, in Chicago, IL. He is also director of Bilingual-Bicultural Education and World Languages Education in the College of Education at DePaul University. Goulah is a former high school teacher of Japanese, ESL, and Russian as foreign and heritage languages. He has served as a research fellow at the Center for Latino Research, as a research and translation fellow at Soka University, Tokyo, and as a research fellow in the Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy in the University at Buffalo Law School.

Goulah’s scholarship has appeared in multiple edited volumes and scholarly journals. He is the editor of Daisaku Ikeda, Language and Education (Routledge, 2013), which received the 2015 Critics Choice Book Award from the American Educational Studies Association, and (with Andrew Gebert) Makiguchi Tsunesaburo (1871-1944): Philosophy in Context (Routledge, 2013). He received the 2009 Stephen A. Freeman Award for best language education research article of the year.
 

* Register now to Meet Nearly 100 Employers at Indiana Means Business

Last chance to register for this career fair.

There are nearly 100 awesome employers ready to meet you at this event! See the list here:
http://cccc-in.org/event-2002713

Register through UE JobLink (Jobs tab --> search for posting 901450

Bus transportation provided from UE. Contact Career Development to reserve your seat.

This event is scheduled for October 28, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 (EST) Indy Marriott Hotel Downtown.

Need assistance with your job, internship, co-op or graduate school search? Please contact the Center for Career Development: career@evansville.edu or 812-488-1083.
 

Info You Should Know

* EMS Roles and Responsibilities:

This is the second in a series of communications about UE’s Environmental Management System (EMS). It is important for you to be aware of the EMS and to understand your role in supporting it and helping to implement it where appropriate. So far we’ve covered UE’s Environmental Policy, which is CREST – Continuous Improvement, Reduce, Reuse and Recycle, Environmental Compliance, Sustainability and Training and Education).

The item covered today is "Roles, Responsibility and Authority."

In order to have an effective EMS, everyone needs to understand what part they play and what they are responsible for. All University employees and students are responsible for complying with applicable regulatory programs and UE procedures.

For other roles and responsibilities under UE’s EMS, please check AceLink at 

https://acelink.evansville.edu/Areas/EMS/Responsibilities.cfm

* RA Application Extended Deadline

Resident Assistant applications are now due to Residence Life on November 4 at 5 pm! If you are interested in becoming an RA for the Spring 2016 semester, or Fall 2016 (if you will be studying abroad next semester), visit https://www.evansville.edu/residencelife/raProgram.cfm to learn more and download an application! We will be hosting an info session on Tuesday, October 27 at 5:30 pm in the Pit in between Morton and Brentano! 

* Be part of a research study!

It’s as easy as breathing! Kyle Kiesel, chair of the Department of Physical Therapy, and students in the Department of Physical Therapy are searching for individuals to participate in a research study investigating the relationship between breathing and movement. Participants should be between 20-50 years old. The testing session is a one-time commitment lasting approximately 45 minutes. Testing takes place Mondays 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Contact aw279@evansville.edu if interested to schedule your testing session. 

* National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week: Know Your Limits!

This week is National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week. If you make the choice to drink, consider these following tips:

Keep track of how much you drink by counting standard drinks

Eat before and while drinking

Alternate alcohol and non-alcohol drinks

Avoid drinking games

Space your drinks over time

Do not drink too much, too fast

Avoid using alcohol with stimulants (caffeinated beverages)

Never leave your drink unattended

Be cautious about drinking too much on dates or where sex is a possibility

Keep in mind: Choosing not to drink is ALWAYS a legitimate option!

If you are interested in better understanding your own drinking patterns and risks go to eCHECKUP TO GO to take a brief, anonymous online survey with immediate feedback or you can contact the Office of Counseling Services at 812-488-2663 to schedule an appointment with Jamie Adams-Kemper, Coordinator of Health Education and Wellness (ja200). 

* Spring Housing Cancellation Deadline

Students, the deadline to cancel your UE housing contract for the spring semester is November 1. Stop by the office of residence life to cancel your housing contract without penalty for the Spring Semester if you will be:

Attending Harlaxton or Studying Abroad
Having an internship, co-op, or clinical outside of the Evansville area
Moving into a fraternity house
Transferring, withdrawing, or graduating

Requests not falling in the above categories are typically not granted. Requests to move off campus to live with friends or move into an apartment are not sufficient reasons to cancel a UE housing contract. Entering into any other housing agreement or lease with a private landlord will have no effect upon the conditions of your contract with the University of Evansville.

For more information, contact the residence life staff or visit our website at http://www.evansville.edu/residencelife/cancellationsAndRefunds2.cfm
 

Congratulations

* Lank appointed to National Board

R. Scott Lank, artistic director and head of acting in the Department of Theatre, has been appointed to chair the Educational Institutions of Theatre committee at the Actors Center in New York City. Committee members are Dean Irby from SUNY-Purchase, Grace Zandarski from Yale, and Benny Ambush from Emerson. The committee will be responsible for defining national practices in actor education. 

* Protecting, Enhancing, and Restoring Native Pollinator Habitat

Cris G. Hochwender, professor of biology, will be giving an invited talk as part of the Hoosier Chapter of the Soil and Water Conservation Society’s (SWCS) Annual Fall meeting at Angel Mounds State Park on November 20. This year’s meeting is entitled “Protecting, Enhancing, and Restoring Native Pollinator Habitat.” Pollinators are in trouble due to loss and degradation of habitat, natural disease, predation, pesticides, herbicides and adverse weather. SWCS works with private landowners who are seeking to provide, improve or restore habitat.

This year, the SWCS is reaching out beyond their members to invite all interested persons. Registration deadline is November 10th. Please join the SWCS at the annual Hoosier Chapter meeting to learn more about the importance of native pollinator habitat, recommended pollinator plants, large scale pollinator habitat, urban pollinator habitat and more. Speakers will include Hamilton Heath, US Fish and Wildlife Service; Jane Hardisty, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service; John Foster, Wessleman Woods; Cris Hochwender, PhD, University of Evansville; Pam Locker, Oaklyn Meadow; and Deborah Schade, Oaklyn Meadow.

The Soil and Water Conservation Society (SWCS) is a non-profit scientific and educational organization of Professional conservationist. SWCS serves as an advocate for the conservation Professional and for science-based conservation policy. The Hoosier SWCS’s mission is to foster the science and art of soil, water and natural resource management, and to promote and practice an ethic recognizing the interdependence of people and the environment.

Athletics

* UE Men's Soccer Hosts Missouri State, Indiana Youth Soccer Night

The University of Evansville men’s soccer team (2-11, 0-4 Missouri Valley Conference) is back at home to host Missouri State (4-5-3, 1-2-1 MVC) and Indiana Youth Soccer Night on Saturday, Oct. 24. The match will be held at Arad McCutchan Stadium and begin at 7:00 p.m. CDT.

Indiana Youth Soccer Night

The Aces are hosting an Indiana Youth Soccer Night for the match against Missouri State. All children who wear their youth jersey to the match will receive free admission.

How to follow along:

Audio – WUEV 91.5 FM https://www.evansville.edu/wuev/downloads/WUEV_HIGH.m3u

Live Stats - Stat Broadcast http://www.statbroadcast.com/events/statmonitr.php?gid=evan

* UE Women's Soccer Returns to Illinois State on Sunday

The University of Evansville women’s soccer team (3-10-2, 1-2-1 Missouri Valley Conference) are on the road this weekend to play at Illinois State (5-8-2, 2-2 MVC) on Sunday, Oct. 25. The match will be held at Adelaide Street Field and begin at 1:00 p.m. CDT.

How to follow along:

Audio – WZND 103.3 FM
http://portal.stretchinternet.com/isu/

Live stats – Stat Broadcast
http://www.IllinoisState.StatBroadcast.com

Watch – Redbird.HD.TV
http://www.goredbirds.com/showcase

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