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Thursday, November 5, 2015

* Fehn House Open House Today from 3 – 5 PM

TODAY from 3 – 5 p.m., there will be an Open House at the Fehn House (located at 519 S Rotherwood Ave next to the Adult Education building.) The Fehn House is the University guest house open for use by all University departments and student groups. Feel free to stop by to see the house and get information on our services and additions. We would love to hear feedback from all who come. Free snacks will be provided. We hope to see you then. 


What's Happening Today

* OSA Soup for Scholarships Is Today!

The UE Office Staff Association is holding their annual soup fundraiser on Thursday, November 5, from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm in the lobby of Graves Hall. The meal includes a bowl of soup, dessert and water...all for only $5.00. There will be seating in Graves Hall for you to enjoy your lunch or use to-go containers and trays for easy pick-up for the entire department or your roommates.

Choose from 20 homemade soups and more than 15 different homemade desserts. Soups: Chili, White Bean Tortellini Spinach, Tortellini Soup, Chicken Noodle, Cheesy Potato, Vegetable, Taco Soup, Chorizo, Kale and White Bean Soup, Cream cheese Chicken Chili, Creamy Chicken Taco, Tomato Basil Artichoke, Broccoli Cheese, Potato, Beef & Noodle, Ham & Bean.

Proceeds help support scholarships for our students.

* Musical Madness Call Out Meeting

Do you like to sing and act? Do you like 80's movies? Do you have friends in your organizations that like these things as well? If so, your organization should participate in Musical Madness this year! There will be a quick call out meeting on Thursday, November 5 at 7:00 pm in Room 75, Schroeder School of Business Building, for anyone interested. Musical Madness is a philanthropy event where different organizations on campus are paired together and write short 15 minute musicals that will be performed over Roadtrip weekend. Only one person from your organization needs to attend this meeting. We hope to see as many groups there as possible! 


Upcoming Events

* Speaker Series Luncheon

Please join us for the second Speaker Series Luncheon on Thursday, November 12, 12:15-1:15 pm in Eykamp 253, Ridgway University Center. Our speaker will be Alissa Fricke,’12, owner and marketing consultant at Thrive Marketing Strategies. Her topic will be "Branding Yourself."

If you wish to reserve a free boxed lunch, please RSVP to by Monday before noon.

* Charlas: Informal Conversation in Spanish on Mondays

Students of all levels of Spanish are invited to meet at Jazzman's in Ridgway University Center at 4:00 pm on Mondays to practice Spanish in a relaxed atmosphere with Fulbright foreign language teaching assistants from Venezuela and Argentina

* Climbing at Vertical eXcape

Venturing Crew will be going to Vertical eXcape on Saturday, November 7 from 8:00 p.m. to midnight. There will be one more sign up time for this trip on Friday, November 6, in Ridgway University Center from 12:30-1:30 p.m. This is a FREE activity open to the whole campus community and not just Venturing Crew members. The event includes transportation, pizza, and rock climbing. There is a $10 deposit that will be returned on Saturday. If you cannot get to the signup table and you are interested in going email as564. 

* Highlights of From the Ashes Documentary to be Shown at Willard Library

Joe Atkinson will be showing highlights of Court Street Productions’ latest work, From the Ashes, on Monday, November 9, 6:30 p.m., in the Browning Gallery at Willard Library. This event is free and open to the public, but reservations are appreciated. Register online at

From the Ashes is a documentary of the 1977 plane crash that killed that killed 29 people, including the entire UE men’s basketball team. Atkinson, a UE alumnus and digital multimedia specialist in residence in UE’s Department of Communication, edited the film.

For more information on the documentary, go to

* International Education Week: November 16-20

Mark your calendars for International Education Week. IEW events begin on Monday, November 16, with the Study Abroad Fair and the Featured Panel. For details about all the IEW events, visit

* Evansville in WWII, Book Launch and Reading by the Author James MacLeod

Professor James MacLeod will read from his newly released book, Evansville in World War II, on Wednesday, November 11 at 7:00 p.m. in Room 170 in the Schroeder School of Business Building on the University of Evansville campus.

A chapter of the book is dedicated to the students of Evansville College who lost their lives in World War II and who are memorialized on a monument located on campus.

MacLeod’s book discusses the importance of Evansville to the war effort during World War II. The city manufactured hundreds of ships, thousands of fighter planes, and billions of other materials that made a huge contribution to the Allies’ eventual victory. It was an exhilarating time of great change and opportunity for everyone who lived and worked in the city, but also a period of great challenges and profound loss. MacLeod explains how this industry came to be in Evansville, reveals the enormous impact that it had on its social, economic and cultural life, and analyzes how the city dealt with a time of astonishing transformation.

The book will be for sale at the event for $21.99.

* UE Diversity Matters presents "Micro-Aggression: Those subtle things we say or do that offend others!"

The Office of Diversity Initiatives' Anti-Bias Team will be presenting a session about micro-aggressions on Monday, November 9, 6:00 p.m., Room 162, Schroeder School of Business Building. Micro-aggressions are the subtle things said or done that offend others.  This session will help students gain an inclusive mindset through dialogue and by debunking false stereotypes. All students are welcome to attend and participate in the discussion.

* Annual Holiday Art and Crafts Sale

The Department of Art is pleased to announce its annual Holiday Art and Crafts Sale. Everyone in the UE community who creates art or crafts is welcome to participate. This includes faculty, staff, students, spouses, children, parents, relatives and friends.

The date of this year’s sale is Thursday, December 3. Barring another car crashing into the building, the sale will be held in the Melvin Peterson Gallery, located immediately across from campus. Doors will open at 7:00 a.m. and the sale will continue until 6:00 p.m. Participating artists and craftsmen may drop work off the day prior to the sale or on the morning of the sale before the doors open. Vendors do not need to stay with their work as Art Department staff and volunteers will be on site to handle the sale.

If you would like to join in this year’s Holiday Sale, or think you might want to participate but need more information, please contact the Department of Art at or 812-488-2043.


Info You Should Know

* Paula Heldt receives Employee Excellence Award

Paula Heldt, academic services coordinator in the Office of Academic Affairs, has been named the November 2015 Employee of the Month.

Since joining the University of Evansville in 2000, Paula has shown her support and kindness to students and co-workers.  Paula’s unending energy and enthusiasm has served UE in the Freshman Edge Program, the coordination of May and December commencement ceremonies and Freshman Convocation.   Paula recently spearheaded the inaugural programming of the Study Skills/Time Management services offered to UE students.  All of these things are in addition to her responsibilities in Academic Affairs!

Paula is known to go the extra mile every day in everything she does, whether it is working with students, their parents, faculty, staff or administrators, you can count on Paula to find a solution and carry it out with a smile.

* Winter Intersession Courses

The University of Evansville offers Winter Intersession courses in the time between the end of the fall semester and the beginning of spring.

These accelerated courses offer students the opportunity to:
Take a course on-line to earn credits towards graduation
Lighten your spring course schedule
Complete missing requirements

The Winter Intersession runs from December 17, 2015 to January 8, 2016. Registration will begin November 2 and end December 15. Students may register for only one Winter Intersession course.

Class offerings:
ART 105 Introduction to the Visual Arts, Larmann
COMM 380 Intercultural Communication, Thomlison
EXSS 320 Nutrition for Performance/Health, Rodd
FIN 280 Personal Finance, Alhenawi
HS 101 Adult Health & Wellness, LaMar
PH 190 Introduction to Public Health, Patel-Dovlatabadi
PSCI 100 World Politics, Kim
PSYC 121 Introduction to Psychology, Hennon-Peters
PSYC 229 Social Psychology, Stevenson
PSYC 416 Human Sexuality, Becker
SOC 105 Introduction to Sociology, Plikuhn

For more information visit

* Support Our Troops with "Operation: Care Package"

In honor of Veterans Day, Pi Gamma Mu honor society is sending good will to our troops deployed during the holidays in the form of care packages, and WE WANT YOU!

For $40, you can sponsor one of four themed care packages, which includes the contents, decoration, and, shipping.

The four themes are:
"Thankful for Your Service" - fall and Thanksgiving-themed items
"A Little Piece of Home" - comfort foods and reminders of home
"Good for a Rainy Day" - games, books, and puzzles
"Our Support Comes Naturally" - healthy food and fitness items

In addition, you can choose the military branch and gender of the service member who will receive your care package, and include a personalized note of support for our troops! Who can sponsor a care package? Anyone! Individuals, departments, programs, organizations, teams, community members, and anyone who wants to support our troops! You can sponsor as many care packages as you want, and each can have a different theme and/or military branch!

To participate, the order form can be found at:

For more information, contact faculty sponsor, Mari Plikuhn, assistant professor of sociology, at or 812-488-2707. The care package drive runs through November 20. 

* Winter 2015 Commencement Location Change

The winter Commencement ceremony will now be held in Neu Chapel at 3:00 pm on December 16. Graduates must arrive by 2:30 pm and report to Grabill Lounge in the basement of Neu Chapel. Please visit the website for additional Commencement information: 

* Spring Adoptions are Past Due

This is a reminder to all departments that adoptions for the Spring 2016 are now past due in the UE Bookstore. If you haven't returned your adoptions please do at your earliest convenience. The early the Bookstore gets your adoptions the more likely it is it can provide cheaper textbooks. 

* Donation Drive: Personal Hygiene Items

For our philosophy class, we are collecting personal hygiene items to give to the homeless. Please help donate new, unused soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, sugarless gum, shampoo, conditioner, tissues, and feminine hygiene products. NO items containing alcohol. We will provide donation boxes in Ridgway University Center from November 2 to November 20. 

* December Graduate Reminder

December graduates are reminded that if you still need a cap and gown and/or graduation announcements you should stop by the UE Bookstore at your earliest convenience. Don't wait until the last minute so that you're sure you have everything in time. Contact the Bookstore is questions. 

* Are you prepared for the Higher Learning Commission Visit in February?

The University of Evansville will host a visit February 29 - March 2, 2016, with a team representing its regional accrediting agency, the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

While on campus, the peer review team will likely spend time visiting various programs and departments, observing classrooms or co-curricular activities, and meeting with individuals and groups (including open forums with faculty, staff, and students).

The HLC Steering Committee has developed a set of sample questions peer review team members may ask, which is intended to be a helpful guide in preparing for the campus visit. Click here to access the list of questions.



* Changemaker Challenge Results

We are pleased to announce the results of the Changemaker Challenge: Evansville Strong - Local to Global held October 29 in Eykamp Hall, in Ridgway University Center.

Five UE student teams presented their ideas for social innovation before a panel of university and community leaders, including Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke, and a general audience. Congratulations to ALL our Changemakers - we are proud of each and every one of you!

1st place ($2,000 seed money): Feel Fit

The team aims to promote a healthier lifestyle for the Evansville community in order to combat one of the city's biggest issues: obesity. Team members are Willian Mallmann, Monica Morales, and Gabriela Tom.

2nd place ($1,000 seed money): E^3 – Evansville Evolving Energy

This team aims to create an awareness campaign for the environment. Team members are Andrea Onyett, Alyssa Murphy, Seong-Woo Song, Tyler Thompson, Spencer Willem, and Tyler Wintermute.

3rd place ($500 seed money): #eNOugh

The mission of this project is to prevent the mental, physical and emotional abuse of students grades in 6-12 in Vanderburgh County by empowering them through education and confidence building. Team members are Raquel Cundiff, Jessie Earle, Megan Fetterman, Mackenzie Harris, Austin Key, Jamie Settlemyer, and Mary Whelan.

Thanks to all our Changemakers, the Social Innovation Club, our judges (Richard Hawley, Lynn Miller-Pease, Alfonso Vidal, Linda White, LaNeeca Williams, Mayor Lloyd Winnecke, and Scott Wylie), and our generous donors including Robert John and Associates, Water Street Partners, and UE's Office of Diversity Initiatives.

The Changemaker Challenge was sponsored by the Institute for Global Enterprise, funded by a grant from Lilly Endowment Inc.

* NAC&U Posts Article about GAP

New American Colleges & Universities (NAC&U) posted an article about GAP today! To read the article go to:

* LinC wins national award

The LinC was one of only four yearbooks, along with books from the University of Miami, North Carolina State and the University of Oklahoma, that was honored with a 2015 Associated Collegiate Press "Pacemaker" award for its 2014 edition, "Here We Go Again." This is the fourth "Pacemaker" the LinC has won, the highest honor a collegiate yearbook can receive.


* Azarian Published an English Account of a Fifteenth Century Lost Mathematics Treatise

Mohammad K. Azarian, professor of mathematics, published an English account of the treatise Risala al-watar wa'l jaib ("The Treatise on the Chord and Sine") in Forum Geometricorum. The most essential part of this treatise is about the calculation of sine and chord of one-third of an angle with known sine and chord. This treatise is one of the most significant mathematical achievements of the Persian mathematician and astronomer Ghiyath al-Din Jamshid Mas'ud al-Kashi (known as Jamshid Kashani). The original Arabic manuscript which was completed between 1424 and 1427 is lost. However, several of Kashani's colleagues have written commentaries in Persian as well as Arabic regarding this treatise. Azarian's account is based on the commentaries by the Persian astronomer and mathematician Nizam al-Din `Abd al-`Ali ibn Muhammad ibn Husain al-Birjandi, who was Kashani's student and colleague. Mathematics historians believe that Kashani's algorithm was the most fascinating and creative method of approximation and it was the most significant achievement in medieval algebra.


Sympathy to...

* Family and Friends of Helen Mae Arensman

Helen Mae Arensman, 94, died November 2. She was preceded in death by her husband, University of Evansville professor emeritus Ray Arensman.

Mae earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Evansville, and her master’s degree in nursing from the University of Florida. She taught obstetrical nursing at UE, and at St. Mary’s Hospital.

Born on May 20, 1921 in Huntingburg, Indiana, she was a flight evacuation nurse in the US Army Air Corps. She served in both the European and Asian-Pacific theaters during World War II.

She loved bridge, math, sewing, and travel. Mae was an active member of the Methodist Temple, a volunteer with Meals on Wheels and Planned Parenthood, and a dedicated supporter of her husband and the Temple Airs.

She is survived by children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

There will be a private service. Memorial contributions to the charity of your choice would be greatly appreciated.



* UE Women's Soccer Hosting the MVC Tournament Starting on Friday

The University of Evansville women’s soccer team is hosting the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament beginning on Friday, Nov. 6.

The semifinals will take place on Friday, Nov. 6 with #1 Drake playing #5 Loyola at 3:36 p.m. followed by #2 Evansville and #6 UNI at 6:06 p.m.

The championship match is set for Sunday, Nov. 8 at 1:06 p.m.

All matches will be held on campus at Arad McCutchan Stadium.

Ticket Information
Single-session adults: $7
Single-session children/students: $5
All-session tickets – Adults: $10; Children/students: $10

How to follow along:
Audio – WUEV 91.5 FM (UE matches only)

Live stats – Stat Broadcast

Watch – The Valley on ESPN 3

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.

* Two men's swimmers earn weekly honors

Purple Aces swimmers Daniel O’Brien and Ethan O’Rourke each earned Swimmer of the Week honors on Monday for their efforts against Eastern Illinois over the weekend.

Senior Ethan O'Rouke claimed three victories in the Purple Aces 188-99 victory over EIU and was named the Mid-American Conference Swimmer of the Week for his performances. Along with three of his teammates, O'Rourke helped the Aces win the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:35.50, 2.31 seconds ahead of second place. His best performance came in the 200 back as his finish of 1:56.76 was over 8 seconds better than anyone else. He also took top honors in the 100 back with a time of 52.16.

O’Brien was named the MAC Swimmer of the Week by He had a stellar day on Saturday, picking up three victories. His finish of 1:47.56 in the 500 free edged out the competition. He took top honors in the 100 free with a 47.98 before leading the way in the 100 fly. He swam a 52.25 in that race to come out with the victory.

The men have the next two weekends off before returning to action at the House of Champions in Indianapolis from November 20-22.

- INFO: For all of the latest information on University of Evansville swimming and diving, log on to the sport page on or follow the program on Twitter via @UEAthleticsSWIM.

- DONATE: For information on giving to UE Athletics or its individual athletics programs, visit the DONATE tab on the top of

- TICKETS: To purchase tickets for University of Evansville athletics events, log on to and click on the TICKETS tab on top of the page.

* Evansville's Whitney Biggs Named MVC Goalkeeper of the Week

University of Evansville women’s soccer player Whitney Biggs was named the Missouri Valley Conference Goalkeeper of the Week on Tuesday.

The junior goalkeeper was instrumental in guiding the UE women’s soccer team to a 1-0 win over Missouri State (Oct. 29), clinching the #2 seed in the upcoming MVC Tournament. Filling in for an injured Simone Busby, Biggs made four saves, all in the second half to preserve the victory. The Bloomington, Ind. native recorded back to back saves in the 62nd and 63rd minutes, and turned away an Erin Stewart shot with just four seconds left to secure the Purple Aces’ third consecutive conference win. The solo shutout was the first of Biggs’ collegiate career, helping UE earn a bye into the MVC Semifinals.

“Whitney has stepped up tremendously when her team has needed her and I am happy she is getting recognized for that,” said Evansville head women’s soccer coach Krista McKendree. “She shows up every day, gives 100%, and that is why she has been ready when called upon. She has done an incredible job of focusing on ensuring she was prepared for her opportunities; without that we might not be in this position. Her role in these last games has been instrumental.”

The MVC Tournament will be held at Arad McCutchan Stadium with a pair of Semifinal contests on Friday, Nov. 6 and the Championship match on Sunday, Nov. 8.

The semifinals start with #1 Drake and #5 Loyola at 3:36 p.m. The opening match will be followed by #2 Evansville and #6 UNI at 6:06 p.m.

INFO: 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.

DONATE: For information on giving to UE Athletics or its individual athletics programs, visit the DONATE tab on the top of

TICKETS: To purchase tickets for University of Evansville athletics events, log on to and click on the TICKETS tab on top of the page.

* Faculty/Staff Men's Basketball Tickets Available Starting November 4

All UE faculty and staff are eligible to receive two complimentary tickets to each UE men's basketball game, and tickets to your Purple Aces home opener will be available starting on Wednesday, November 4. The Purple Aces will be facing off against Wabash College at 3:00 pm this Saturday, November 7, at the Ford Center. For more information, please visit us at the Carson Center Athletic Ticket Office. 


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