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Monday, November 30, 2015

From the President

* Connections with Kazee: November 2015

For this month’s podcast, UE President Tom Kazee joins us from the newly renovated Bower-Suhrheinrich Library at the heart of our campus where he announces the winners of the Institute for Global Enterprise’s Changemaker Challenge and reveals why he addressed the UE community wearing a polar bear suit.  He also recaps our annual Veterans Day celebration, discusses International Education Week and the International Bazaar, and more.

Click here to watch the November podcast. 


What's Happening Today

* Newman Club Dinner and Discussion TONIGHT

Don't forget to join the Newman Club tonight from 5-6:30pm for our Monday night Dinner and Discussion. Father Godfrey Mullen, OSB, from St. Benedict Cathedral, will be here to help us usher in the Advent season! We hope to see you there!

Please call/text Kristel at (812) 760-8610 for more information. We hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving!


Upcoming Events

* Lunch and Lead Wednesday!

Meet, eat and discover leadership at Lunch and Lead! We invite you to our final session of the semester on Wednesday, December 2, 12:00 pm-1:00 pm. This week’s presentation is Leading through Mentorship with Patrick Odoyo. Bring your lunch and meet us in Eykamp 253-255, Ridgway University Center. All members of the UE community are welcome.


* This Week in Music: A Jazz Concert "Sell Out"

The Department of Music continues its First Tuesday Concert Series in Shanklin Theatre tonight, December 1, at 7:30 p.m. with a concert featuring the UE Jazz Ensemble I accompanying guest artist Diane Schuur. Commonly regarded as one of contemporary jazz’s leading vocalists, Schuur has collaborated with the likes of B. B. King, Ray Charles, Jose Feliciano, and the Count Basie Orchestra. Her numerous recordings have resulted in two Grammy Awards, as well as three additional nominations. Professor of Trumpet and Jazz Studies Timothy Zifer will lead the UE Jazz Ensemble I as the band accompanies Schuur. Unfortunately, the concert is a “sell out” at this point; no more tickets are available currently. There will be free standby seating at the door in the event of absent ticket holders.

* Honors Program Project Presentations - December 1

The Honors Program invites you to attend the Honors Program Project Presentations on Tuesday, December 1, from 3:00 - 3:45 p.m. in Room 162, Schroeder School of Business Building. Two seniors are finishing the Honors Program this semester, and these presentations will showcase their Honors project work. The Honors project is an opportunity for students to explore an area about which they are passionate. The Honors project may consist of a research project, thesis, or creative work. Students may use the Honors project to launch areas of interest for graduate study or to expand résumés for employment.

We hope you will join us to hear the fascinating work that this semester’s Honors graduates have completed. Special thanks are extended to all faculty, advisors, and others who have supported these students in their educational achievements.

The presentation schedule is:

  • Andrey Biryuchinskiy, Finance / Economics: Correlation Between the Stock Price and Option Series”
  • Andrew Meyer, Theatre Management: Sound Design for Marriage”
  • Question & Answer Session
* Ladies in Pink and Trebles Without a Cause Concert

UE's all-female a Capella group, Ladies in Pink, and the all-male a Capella group, Trebles Without a Cause, join together for their end of the semester concert. The concert will feature contemporary tunes along with a few familiar Christmas jingles. Come join us for the fun on December 5 at 3 p.m. in Shanklin Theatre! 

* I-House: Ireland

This Wednesday's I-House is the last presentation of the semester and it features Ireland with Saorlaith O'Callaghanas the presenter! Saorlaith is majoring in business, and her favorite hobbies are travelling, going out with friends, and dancing. Her favorite part about UE is meeting different people from all over 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 Ireland!

* Department of Mathematics Colloquium Set for December 3

The Department of Mathematics Colloquium is set for Thursday, December 3, 4:00-5:00 p.m. in Room 304, Koch Center. The speaker will be Greg Oman, assistant professor of mathematics at University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. His topic will be “An Independent Axiom System for the Real Numbers.”

“It is well-known that the set R of real numbers is the unique model of the complete ordered field axioms,” Oman says. “It is also known that the axioms are not independent. In particular, one can prove the commutative axiom of addition from the other axioms for a ring with identity (this is a common textbook exercise). In this talk, I will show that the completeness axiom is, algebraically, a very strong assumption. In fact, it makes the majority of the algebraic axioms redundant. I will then present an independent axiom system for the reals. This talk should be accessible to all faculty as well as undergraduates with some exposure and/or interest in logic and proofs.”

* 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.

* Thomas Lonnberg to speak at December Andiron Lecture

Thomas Lonnberg, curator of history at the Evansville Museum of Arts, will be the speaker for the University of Evansville Andiron Lecture Series on December 2.  All the Andiron 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. These lectures are free and open to the public.

The topic of Lonnberg's lecture will be "Evansville on the Ohio." This presentation will examine Evansville’s evolving riverfront from the city’s founding in 1812 to present times. This illustrated talk will detail how Evansville—a city founded on the banks of the Ohio River—has changed and adapted its riverfront to meet the needs of the time. This will include a look at the riverfront during the bustling age of the steamboat, the impact of devastating floods—including the great 1937 flood, and more recent efforts to re-engage with the riverfront.

Since 1988, Lonnberg has curated over 100 exhibitions with a major emphasis on interpreting Evansville’s past. These exhibitions have covered many aspects of the City’s history—including industry, culture, and the community’s home front efforts during World War II. He currently serves on the boards of the Vanderburgh County Historical Society and the Ford Center Corridor of Champions. He recently co-hosted the WNIN-Channel 9 (PBS) mini-series Picture This - a look at various aspects of Evansville’s past through photographs. Tom earned his master’s degree in history from Indiana University and a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Southern Indiana. 

For further information, call Annette Parks at 812-488-1070 or the William L. Ridgway College of Arts and Sciences at 812-488-2589




Info You Should Know

* Christmas Donations

Graves Hall is collecting the following donations for the Evansville Rescue Mission and the Christian Life Center this Christmas season: new gloves, mittens, socks, hats scarves for men, women and children. These items can be placed on the Christmas tree in the lobby of Graves Hall. 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, men's toiletries for the Evansville Rescue Mission (body wash, shampoo, shaving cream, deodorant, disposable shavers, toothpaste, toothbrushes, body lotion) can be put in one of the designated boxes in the lobby of Graves hall. Please No travel sizes; No bar soap; No items containing alcohol. Thank you! 

* Posey County, Indiana Transit Study

The Posey County, Indiana commissioners are working with a consulting firm to develop a Transit (Bus) Feasibility Study. An important part of this study is to gather input from students who commute from Posey County. UE students from Posey County will receive an email with the link to the survey and are encouraged to complete the confidential survey by December 1. 

* Holiday Volunteers Needed

Faculty, staff and students - volunteers are needed to assist with the open times on Saturday, December 5, at three different locations.

  • Salvation Army Bell Ringing at the Washington Ave. Schnucks
  • Gift Wrapping for the Holiday AIDS project at Barnes and Noble.
  • Aurora Gingerbread House Competition at the Old National Events Plaza (formerly the Centre)

Use this link to support our local nonprofits this holiday season. 

* Mitten Drive

The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) is having a mitten drive to benefit those at Holly’s House. Donations may be dropped off at the Christmas tree located in Koch Center lobby on the second floor in the engineering wing. All donations will be collected the last day of finals before winter break. 

* UE Storm Drains

Important information about UE storm drains:

  •  UE has a storm water management program to keep pollutants out of storm drains.
  • You can identify storm drains on campus by the red tag or fish stamp.
  • Water going down a storm drain is NOT TREATED to remove pollutants before going to the river.
  • You can help prevent storm water pollution by fixing oil leaks on your car.
  • If you see a spill other than water near a UE storm drain, you should call UE Security at 812-471-6911 to report the spill.

For more information, go to

* Wheeler Fund Award

The Wheeler Fund was established in remembrance of Walton M. Wheeler, Jr. (1908-60). A prominent Evansville attorney, Mr. Wheeler served on the Board of Trustees of Evansville College from 1953-1960. Each year the fund is used to purchase special materials designed to enhance the library collection. This year the total amount, to be divided according to the nature and merit of the proposals received, is $967.00.

PURPOSE: The materials should be ones an academic department could not ordinarily afford through its library budget and which would make a significant addition to present library holdings. Proposals should fulfill one of the following purposes:

• To purchase library materials for a new academic program:
• To purchase library materials for an existing program;
• To purchase cross-disciplinary enrichment materials.

These materials should NOT include pieces of equipment or computer software. They should NOT entail continuing costs, as do periodicals and databases.

PROCEDURE: Applications will follow a two-step process:

1. Statement of Intent - This should consist of a one-page (200-300 words) description of the overall purpose of your proposal and a description of the type of material you wish the library to acquire.


2. Formal Proposal - Statements considered by the committee to be most promising will be returned with encouragement to prepare a formal proposal. The proposal should include: (1) a 300-500 word rationale; (2) an itemized budget listing materials to be purchased; and (3) any additional supporting data the applicant wishes to present. The previously submitted Statement of Intent is not equivalent to the proposal.




* Maass Publishes on Discrimination and Counterterrorism in the Wake of Paris

Assistant Professor of Political Science Richard W. Maass, who teaches a course on terrorism and counterterrorism, has published an article on discrimination and counterterrorism in the wake of the Paris attacks on the Monkey Cage at the Washington Post.

Maass says that "the bottom line is, rather than discriminating against the broader population a terrorist group wants to represent, counterterrorism policies need to effectively discriminate between those actually responsible for the terrorist threat and the vast majority who prefer nonviolence and pose no real threat."

Read the full article here:

* Scott Wylie and Matt Rowe's TEDx talks posted to TEDx YouTube site

Scott Wylie and Matt Rowe both recently had TEDx Evansville talks posted to the TEDx YouTube site. 

Wylie’s talk is titled “Intentional inclusiveness in community renaissance.” In it, he discusses how throughout history, social justice movements have brought about opportunity and change and been confronted with barriers and set-backs. He explains that it is imperative that we engage in intentional inclusiveness – inviting everyone to the party. Only by including their parents equally in the benefits of economic development and quality of life improvements can we experience a true renaissance.

Rowe’s talk, “In my neighborhood: A primer on architectural styles in Evansville,” is a virtual tour of Evansville's Riverside Historic District. It includes examples of popular 19th century architectural styles and how to distinguish between them. The city's 1974 Historic Preservation Ordinance prevents exterior changes to these historic structures, but they face new challenges with increased development nearby.

Wylie teaches in UE’s PSA and OL programs and serves on the University’s Neu Chapel and Theatre Society Boards. Rowe also serves on the Theatre Board and volunteers in many ways at the University.

To view Wylie’s talk, go to:

To see Rowe’s talk, go to:


Thank You

* Campus Recycling Effort

As part of a Philosophy 121 action project to reduce the amount of littering and pollution in the Ohio River in Evansville, 510 cans were donated by the student body. This was a total of 15 pounds. Thank you to the student body for your support! 


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