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Friday, November 6, 2015

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* This Weekend in Music: Opera Scenes and a Guest Jazz Concert

The Schmidt Opera Series returns to Wheeler Concert Hall tonight and Saturday with Death by Aria. The night will feature scenes and arias from a variety of well-known composers including Mozart, Puccini, and Korngold. From Bellini's tragic The Capulets and the Montagues to Offenbach's comic The Tales of Hoffmann, the evening highlights the role of the aria in opera. All scenes will be presented in their original language with English supertitles.

Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets will be available at the door or may be picked up in the Department of Music in Room 133, Fine Arts Building, between 8:00 am and 4:30 pm, Tuesday through Friday. Admission is $10 or free for students and employees with UE ID.

One of America’s most outstanding jazz pianists, Bobby Floyd, will appear on the Jazz Guest Artist Concert Series, co-sponsored by the University of Evansville and the Evansville Jazz Society. The concert will be presented in Wheeler Concert Hall on Sunday, November 8 at 4:00 p.m.

Bobby’s list of credits reads like a Who’s Who of contemporary jazz. For years, he performed with Ray Charles, has appeared with Sarah Vaughn, Dionne Warwick, Doc Severinson, and many others, and more recently is the featured piano soloist with the Count Basie Orchestra. Bobby's recordings and live performances demonstrate his ability to electrify audiences and have received the highest praise from critics and musicians alike. Whether collaborating with the most outstanding jazz performers in the world, leading his own groups, or performing with symphony orchestras, Bobby engages his listeners with his magnetic personality and outstanding performances.

In addition to Bobby Floyd on piano, the performers will be Derek DiCenzo, bass; and Reggie Jackson, drums.

Admission to the concert is $15.00 for adults, $10.00 for Evansville Jazz Society members and $5.00 for students with I.D. Tickets can be obtained at the door or by contacting the UE Department of Music at 488-2754.

For more information, contact UE professor emeritus of music Edwin Lacy at or 488-2227.

* 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. 


Upcoming Events

* Newman Club Monday Night Dinner and Discussion

Don't forget to join us on Monday, November 9, from 5:00-6:30 p.m., at the Newman Center for our weekly Monday Night Dinner and Discussion. This Monday, we will feature UE sophomore Anna Kalt who will be leading a discussion on Catholic morality. Chicken and dumplings is on the menu this week! We hope you will join us to hear more about the Catholic perspective. See you there!

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

* Catholic Mass on Sunday!

All are welcome to join us this weekend for our Sunday Mass at 1:00 pm in Neu Chapel. Fr. Alex Zenthoefer from Annunciation Parish will be here to celebrate with us and will be available for confessions prior to Mass. Refreshments will be served afterwards! We hope to see you there!

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

* French Club hosting guest speaker

The UE French Club will host a guest speaker at their meeting on Monday, November 9, at 6:00 p.m. in Room 172, Schroeder Family School of Business Building. Nicholas Costeur is a local high school French teacher and a native of France. He will discuss the differences in French and American culture and education. All are welcome to attend. If you would like further information, contact 

* 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

* Runners and Walkers wanted!!

Join other walkers, runners and philanthropists on December 12, at 9 am, at the downtown Old National Bank Building to participate in this year's Jingle Bell Run. This 5k raises funds and awareness in hopes of finding a cure of arthritis.

Use the UE discount code below for $5 off any type of registration!



* 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.

* NSLS Leadership and Team-Building Night Set for Monday, November 9

Attention all NSLS members! There will be a fun evening of team building and leadership practice on Monday November 9 in Eykamp Hall, Ridgway University Center, from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm! This event will be a fun way to get to know fellow members and to get leadership credits for other organizations on campus! RSVP to Lauren Roberts at lr136!


Info You Should Know

* Ace CARE Featured on 44 News

Take a closer look at Ace CARE, the pro bono physical therapy clinic run by UE Doctor of Physical Therapy students, in this story from 44 News:

* Changemaker Challenge Team Featured on 14 News

Team Evolving Evansville Energy won $1,000 for placing second in the annual Changemaker Challenge on campus last week. Hear about their plans for reducing energy consumption on campus and in the community in this story from 14 News,

* The Salvation Army seeking Spanish speakers

The Salvation Army is seeking for Spanish speakers to help with their campaign to get Christmas presents for Hispanic families here in Evansville. For more information, if you are interested please contact Lorena Andueza, assistant professor of Spanish, at 

* Winter Intersession Financial Aid

If you are seeking financial aid to help pay for Winter Intersession courses at UE, please contact the Office of Financial Aid. We will help you examine your options for aid, which in most cases is limited to loans. 

* Christmas Donations

Graves Hall will be accepting donations of the following items which will be distributed to the Evansville Rescue Mission and the Evansville Christian Life Center the Christmas season: New gloves, mittens, socks, hats, scarves for children, men and women. These items can be placed on the Christmas tree in Graves Hall after November 16.

We are also collecting new or gently used coats for children in grades K-5. The coats can be placed in the box in the lobby of Graves Hall.

Also, toiletries for the Evansville Rescue Mission (full size body wash, full size shampoo, full size shaving cream, full size deodorant, disposable shavers, toothpaste, toothbrushes, full size body lotion) can be put in a designated box in the lobby of Graves Hall beginning November 16. Please NO travel sizes; NO bar soap; NO items containing alcohol.

Please contact Pam Young x2848 or Karen Doss x2360 if you have any questions. Thank you! 

* 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: 

* Holiday Season Hours

The University of Evansville will be closed during the holidays to allow our employees to enjoy this special time with their families.

The following November-December-January holiday schedule will be observed:


Wednesday, November 25, 2015 – close at noon
Thursday, November 26, 2015
Friday, November 27, 2015

Christmas/New Year’s        

Wednesday, December 23, 2015, through Friday, January 1, 2016 – returning on Monday, January 4, 2016

* 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.



* 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.



* Aces volleyball heads to Carbondale to face SIU

Prior to its final home stand of the season, the Aces head to Southern Illinois for a match on Saturday at 7 p.m. Evansville is looking to halt a streak that has seen the squad fall in 13 of its last 15 matches. Just five more matches remain in the season, including home matches next week versus Illinois State and Indiana State.

Genesis Miranda continued to rack up the kills with a total of 52 in three matches last week. She has notched 20 or more in five MVC matches this season while accomplishing the feat just once last season. She has also registered 15 or more in seven league outings.

Making a big impact in last Saturday’s 4-set match at Loyola was senior Gabriela Roman. In her first season with the Purple Aces, Roman set her career mark with 10 kills against the Ramblers. Those kills came in 27 attempts against just three errors as she hit .259.

While Kim Deprez continues to lead the Aces in digs, freshman Mildrelis Rodriguez has done a great job in racking up her fair share of digs. She stands with an average of 3.34 per set this season, just outside the top ten in the league. She has recorded 12 or more in each of the last six matches. Deprez has recorded 517 digs this season, 9th-most in a season for UE. Julie Walroth set the program’s all-time mark for a season with 656 in 2007.

With 41 attempts against Missouri State earlier in the week, Genesis Miranda set the UE program single-season record with 1,272. It breaks the record previous held by Julie Groves, who registered 1,256 attempts in 1998. Miranda is on the cusp of breaking another one of Groves’ marks - her season record for kills. Miranda sits with 444 on the season, just 10 behind Groves mark of 454 from ‘98.

Standing second in the Missouri Valley Conference is Southern Illinois as they have an impressive 10-3 league mark and are 19-7 overall. Andrea Estrada ranks fourth in the conference with 3.43 kills per set while Taylor Pippen ranks as one of the most accurate hitters in the league. Her .392 hitting has her in third place in the MVC. Pippen’s efforts have the Salukis sitting atop the conference, hitting .259 as a team. Defensively, SIU has also been stellar, notching 2.50 blocks per set, tops in the league.

* Five UE Women's Soccer Players Receive MVC All-Conference Honors

Five University of Evansville women’s soccer players received postseason honors from the Missouri Valley Conference on Thursday evening.

Juniors Bronwyn Boswell and Emily Richardson were selected First Team All-Conference as senior midfielder Allie Arguello was recognized on the Second Team. Freshman forward Sara Osinski and senior defender Abby Springer both received honorable mention. Osinski was also named to the MVC All-Freshman team as well.

“It is always nice for the other coaches to recognize our players' hard work and talent,” said Evansville head women’s soccer coach Krista McKendree. “These young ladies have been instrumental to the team. At the end of the day, our whole team has to perform for individuals to get recognition, so these honors directly correlate to the work of the whole group as well as their individual performances.”

Boswell started all 17 matches this season for UE, leading the Purple Aces with three goals and eight points. The midfielder from Frisco, Texas scored two goals, including the game-winner, against IUPUI (Sept. 13) and also recorded two assists as well. This is her second consecutive season being recognized First Team All-MVC.

Richardson also made 17 starts on the back line for Evansville. The defender from Elizabethtown, Ky. played a pivotal role in UE posting four shutouts this season. She also guided the Aces in yielding one goal or less in 10 matches this fall.

Arguello appeared in 15 matches, making 14 starts, for UE. The Las Vegas, Nev. native led the team in assists (three), while also finishing second in goals (two) and points (seven). She also netted the lone penalty kick for UE, a game-winner, in the 1-0 victory over Missouri State (Oct. 29).

Osinski made an immediate impact for Evansville, scoring a goal in her first collegiate match against Xavier (Aug. 21). The Noblesville, Indiana byproduct also tallied goals against Miami (Ohio) (Aug. 30) and an equalizer at Illinois State (Oct. 25).

Springer started all 17 matches this season for UE and played all 1576 minutes this season on the back line. Like Richardson, the Indianapolis, Ind. native helped the Aces yield just one goal during the team’s current three game MVC winning streak, earning Evansville the #2 seed in the MVC Tournament. Springer was also recognized as the MVC Freshman of the Year, All-MVC First Team and All-Freshman team in 2012.

Evansville will host the MVC Tournament (Nov. 6-8) at Arad McCutchan Stadium. The Aces will play #6 UNI in the MVC Semifinals on Friday, Nov. 6 at 6:06 p.m.

“We still have more soccer to play,” added McKendree, “and we are looking forward to trying to reach our team potential this weekend.”

* UE Athletics announces staff additions

University of Evansville Director of Athletics Mark Spencer has announced the addition of three staff members to the Purple Aces athletics department.

The additions include:
Assistant Athletic Director/Producer Purple Aces Productions Tom Benson,
Director of Revenue Development John Rodgers
Director of Business Operations, Athletics Joseph Smolinske.

“We are excited to welcome these three talented individuals to our staff,” Spencer said. “Each one brings a great skill set that will have a great impact on our department.

Benson brings a wealth of experience with over 15 years of experience working at the University of Evansville. Since August 2010, Benson has served as the general manager of WUEV and AcesTV. Prior to that, he worked in the Sports Information office on a full-time basis for ten years.

In his time with the SID office, Benson covered women’s basketball, cross country, baseball, swimming and women’s tennis. He also served as the Interim SID in 2008. A 2000 graduate of UE, Benson earned his degree in Mass Communications.

John Rodgers comes to UE after a 3-year stint with the St. Louis Cardinals. While there, he was a facilitator in their award-winning Cardinals Academic Program (CAP). Rodgers was also a Busch Stadium Tour Guide and Docent in the new Cardinals Museum.

Before that, he spent 15 years with the Cedar Rapids Kernels and was a sales professional and a broadcaster. During his tenure there, the Kernels were a Class A affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. He is proud to have founded and directed a fully-sponsored elementary school reading program, which touched the lives of over 30,000 kids.

Joseph Smolinske comes to the University of Evansville after spending the last years as a Business Office Intern with the athletics department at Xavier University. He also spent the year before as a volunteer assistant swim coach at XU. While there, he played a pivotal role in working with the Deputy Athletic Director with budgeting, planning and forecasting a $17.1M budget for the Musketeers. Smolinske also collaborated on a 7-year, $25M renovation plan for the Cintas Center.

Smolinske spent the 2012-13 academic year as an administrative intern with the athletics department at The Catholic University of America in Washington D.C. Smolinske assisted the Associate AD for Business with revenues and expenses related to the 19 varsity sports at the university. A former student-athlete, Smolinske was a swimmer and diver at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater from 2005 through 2007 and earned his Bachelor of Science in Public Administration. Following his graduation, he attended Xavier where he earned a Master of Education in Sport Administration in 2015.


* 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

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* 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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