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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

* Veterans Day Events

Campus community, alumni, and friends - please join us for our annual Veterans Day Service set for today, November 11, from 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., in Wheeler Concert Hall, Krannert Hall of Fine Arts. James MacLeod, professor of history, will be the guest speaker. A light luncheon reception to follow. 

Then at 7:00 p.m., MacLeod will be reading from his newly released book, Evansville in World War II, at a book launch in Room 170 (Smythe Lecture Hall) in the Schroeder School of Business Building. A reception will follow. This event is free and open to the public.

MacLeod's book will be for sale at the event and he will be signing copies.

MacLeod’s book discusses the importance of Evansville to the war effort during World War II. He will explain how this industry came to be in Evansville, reveals the impact it had on the city, and how the city dealt with a time of transformation. One chapter of MacLeod’s book is dedicated to the students of Evansville College who lost their lives in World War II and who are memorialized on the monument located on campus.

MacLeod was educated at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. Since 1999 he has been a member of the history department at the University of Evansville, teaching courses in European history and the two World Wars. He has written a book on 19th-century British religion, The Second Disruption, as well as other scholarly publications. He is now working on a book on Karl Kae Knecht, longtime editorial cartoonist of the Evansville Courier, which will be published next year.

For more information on these events, please call 812-488-2141.


What's Happening Today

* This Week in Music: University Symphony Orchestra Concert

The University Symphony Orchestra will present its Fall Concert in Neu Chapel this Tuesday evening, November 10, at 7:30 p.m. Visiting Assistant Professor and Director of Orchestral Activities Jessica Morel will lead the ensemble in a program of works that will include Beethoven’s Symphony No. 2, Sibelius’s Karelia Suite, and the Prelude to Richard Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg. 2015 Vukovich Concerto Competition winner Payton Judd will also be featured singing arias from Puccini’s Suor Angelica and Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte. The concert is free and open to the public. 

* Sierra Club Presentation Tonight

On November 12, The Sierra Club will be holding a presentation at 5:30 p.m. in Ridgway University Center's upstairs lounge. Come to this event and get the chance to win a solar powered USB charger! 


Upcoming Events

* Swing Dance Fundraiser for Phi Alpha Theta

Please join Phi Alpha Theta, the History Honors Society, for swing dancing and fun on Thursday, November 12, from 7:00-10:00 p.m.  The Swing Cats will be directing the event at SWIRCA located on 16 W. Virginia St. The admission fee, with UE ID, will be $8 for lessons and dancing. Please contact with any questions.

* International Education Week - Sign the World Map!

November 16-20. UE celebrates International Education Week. All members of UE community are invited to attend events throughout the week and invited to SIGN THE WORLD MAP on the second floor of Ridgway University Center. For more information visit or contact 

* Psychology Club Panel Set for Thursday

UE’s Psychology Club will host a panel discussion on “The Psychology of Parenting,” on Thursday, November 12, at 7:00 p.m. in Room 170 (Smythe Lecture Hall), Schroeder Family School of Business Building. A panel of psychologists will be discussing parenting techniques and strategies, covering a range of issues parents typically encounter, and offering best-practice approaches. This event is free and open to all UE students and the public. 

* UE Theatre Opens Family-Friendly Musical, Big Fish

The University of Evansville Department of Theatre proudly presents Andrew Lippa and John August’s musical Big Fish, based on the novel by Daniel Wallace, and the Columbia Pictures Film. Big Fish opens Friday Nov. 13, at 7:30 p.m. in UE’s Shanklin Theatre. Additional performances are at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 14, 19, 20, 21 and at 2:00 p.m. on Nov. 15 and 22.

Set in the Deep South, this family-friendly, heart-warming, and fantastical musical is centered on Edward Bloom, a traveling salesman who possesses a strong desire to be a hero, both to himself and his son.  His penchant for spinning tall tales and elaborate daydreams is solely to convince himself there is meaning and purpose to his ordinary life.  This musical’s moving score honors the age-old art of storytelling, by invoking the sense that imagination can transform even the humblest man’s life story into an unforgettable epic adventure.

Big Fish is directed by Artistic Director R. Scott Lank, choreographed by Ricki Newman and features a 9¬-person student orchestra, led by musical director Gregory B. Rike, Professor of Music.  Department Chair Eric Renschler serves as the scenic designer; Professor of Theatre Patti McCrory is the costume designer; Assistant Professor of Theatre, Stephen Boulmetis is the lighting designer; Will Koch, a senior from Santa Clause, IN., is the sound designer; Kendall Reasons, a junior from Springhill, TN., is the dramaturge; Alison Clifton, a senior from Temple, TX., serves as the associate costume designer; and Aaron Curry, a senior from Glendale, AZ., serves as the associate lighting designer. The show is stage managed by Hannah Cava, a senior from Las Vegas, NV.

The cast features Taylor Jones, a senior from Las Vegas, NV., as Edward, the larger than life story-teller, and McKenna Ceci, a junior from Peachtree, GA., as Sandra. The 25-person cast also features Nate DeCook, a junior from Holland, MI., as Will, and Konner Rudisill, an 11-year-old resident of Newburgh, IN., as Young Will.

Ticket prices are $18 for adults and $15 for senior adults, students and UE faculty and staff. UE students may obtain one free student rush ticket beginning at noon on the day of the performance they wish to attend.  Including Big Fish, the rest of the Shanklin Theatre Season includes Lily Dale, by Horton Foote, Feb. 19 through 28; and Richard III, by William Shakespeare, Apr. 15 through 24.

Tickets may be purchased by calling (812) 488–2031, Monday through Friday, noon to 5 p.m.

* I-House: United Kingdom

This Wednesday's I-House features the United Kingdom with Lydia Taylor as the presenter! Lydia is majoring in music and theater, and her favorite hobbies are playing tennis, skiing and spending time with friends. Her favorite part about UE is meeting people from all around the world!

Make sure you come out at 7 p.m., to our usual place on the second floor of Ridgway University Center to hear all about the UK!

* Writing Boot Camp: MLA Style Is Today!

Writing Boot Camp: MLA Style is planned for Wednesday, November 11, 5:00 p.m., in the Writing Center. Do you have an MLA paper due soon? This workshop will cover how to format and cite papers according to the MLA style manual, including internal citations and the works cited page. Join for this useful, 30-minute presentation. 

* Don't miss the book launch and reading for Evansville in WWII by 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.

* 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!




Info You Should Know

* Last Day to Drop with a W

Do you still need to drop a class this semester? If so, you have until this Friday November 13, at 5:00 p.m., to turn in your drop slip with all required signatures to the Registrar’s Office. NO EXCEPTIONS. 

* 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,

* Save Energy! See President Kazee in a Polar Bear Suit!

Take part in the Campus wide energy campaign on November 9-13. If we save enough energy then Dr. Kazee will appear on Friday, November 13, and make a speech in a polar bear costume. Turn off your lights around campus, and unplug all electronics while not in use. 

* 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! 

* Can You Host a Student for Thanksgiving?

Do you have an empty chair at your Thanksgiving table? If so, would you be willing to host one or two UE students who are remaining on campus, for a Thanksgiving meal? If you would be willing to donate your hospitality, please contact Michelle Hahn at or call her at ext. 2279. Once we have identified potential host families, then we will accept requests from students with hopes of making the matches by Friday, November 20. 

* 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

* What is the Higher Learning Commission?

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).

The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) is the largest of the six regional accreditation agencies in the United States. It serves higher educational institutions in nineteen states stretching from Arizona to West Virginia.

To make determinations about accreditation, the Commission has established the Criteria for Accreditation, standards of quality that institutions are expected to address. The Criteria emerge out of a set of guiding values that are grounded in shared tenets of the academic community.

Because the standards against which UE will be evaluated are common expectations at colleges and universities, looking at our policies, practices and outcomes will be more than just an exercise in accountability. It will be an opportunity for us to respond to those things that matter both to us at UE and to the larger higher education community.

The HLC’s guiding values undergird the specific criteria and requirements that UE will be expected to demonstrate. More complete explanations for each may be found in the New Criteria for Accreditation.

Click here to learn more about the HLC and what to expect during the visit.


Thank You

* Great News from UNICEF Campus Initiative Club!

The UNICEF Campus Initiative at UE would like to share some great news, everyone!

The organization raised 556.54$ from Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF event! The organization is more than THANKFUL to everyone who was part of this initiative!

This money can provide meals for 111 malnourished children for a week, clean water for 556 children for 40 days, 15,400 vaccines to vulnerable children, protect 500 children from malaria, and install a water pump to serve a whole village!

Also the organization raised $87.79 for SYRIA, this money goes directly to the Syrian kids providing nutrition, water and medical supplies!!

Thank you, thank you, thank you! You are making a difference in the world!

UNICEF team 



* D.J. Balentine named to Lute Olson Watch List

University of Evansville senior D.J. Balentine has been named to the 2015 Lute Olson Award Preseason Watch List in an announcement on Monday afternoon.

The Lute Olson Award is presented annually to the nation’s top Division I player who has played at least two seasons. Freshmen and transfers are not eligible. The award is named in honor of Hall of Fame coach Lute Olson, who won 780 games in 34 seasons. Twenty-four of those seasons were spent at the University of Arizona.

Balentine returns for his senior season with the Purple Aces after leading the team through a perfect run in the 2015 Tournament where he was named the Most Valuable Player. That run, coupled with the return of all five starters have UE picked second in the Missouri Valley Conference Preseason Poll.

Beginning the season with a total of 1,750 points, Balentine is the #2 scorer in the nation since the beginning of the 2013-14 season, behind only Tyler Haws of BYU. Balentine has scored 1,475 points in the last two seasons while Haws has notched 1,543.

With a 95-65 win in the exhibition game against Wabash in the rearview mirror, Balentine and the Purple Aces have their sights set on Sunday’s regular season opener against Southeast Missouri State. The game is set for 2 p.m. at the Ford Center.

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* Women's soccer to face top seed Florida State in NCAA Tournament

After defeating Loyola in penalty kicks to win the Missouri Valley Conference Title, the University of Evansville women’s soccer team found out its NCAA Tournament on Monday afternoon as the Purple Aces will head to Tallahassee, Fla. to face the top national seed – Florida State.

The NCAA Tournament match will take place at 7 p.m. ET on Friday, November 13 in Tallahassee.

“We’re excited, obviously it will be a challenge,” Aces head coach Krista McKendree said. “The speed and physical play is something that we have not faced this season, but I think our girls will be energized enough to go out there and put their girls under some pressure as much as possible.”

Florida State earned its third ACC Tournament Championship in a row thanks to a victory over top-seeded Virginia on Sunday. The Seminoles took down the Cavaliers by a 7-6 tally in penalty kicks to earn the win. The defending national champions went 14-2-4 in 2015 and their victory on Sunday came against a 16-1-2 Cavalier squad.

“It is not surprising to me that we are playing such a high seed,” McKendree continued. “I was expecting one of the very top teams and we’ll be ready to play.”

Evansville earned its fifth NCAA appearance thanks to a victory over Loyola by a 5-3 tally in penalty kicks on Sunday. UE’s other appearances in the tournament came in 1998, 1999, 2001 and, most recently, 2008.

Sunday’s win gave the Aces their seventh Missouri Valley Conference Tournament Championship and the first since defeating Indiana State by a 2-0 final in 2008. UE won the league tournament each season from 1996 through 1999 and again in 2001.

The winner of Friday evenings match will take on either LSU or South Alabama in the second round, which will take place between Nov. 20 and 22.

- INFO: 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.

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* UE Men's Soccer Hosts Northern Kentucky and Senior Night on Tuesday

The University of Evansville men’s soccer team (2-13) concludes the 2015 season by hosting Northern Kentucky (8-4-4) on Tuesday, Nov. 3. The match will be held at Arad McCutchan Stadium and begin at 7:00 p.m. CST.

Senior Night
UE will honor four student-athletes, two student managers and a student athletic trainer a pre-match Senior Night ceremony on Tuesday. Those being honored include defender Vince DiPrimio, forward Mark Anthony Gonzalez, midfielder Nick Lewis, and forward Nate Opperman.

How to follow along:

Audio - WUEV 91.5 FM

Live stats – Stat Broadcast

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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