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Friday, January 15, 2016

* Sesquicentennial Oval closed Monday until 9:00 a.m.

The Sesquicentennial Oval will be closed for Open House visitors until 9:00 a.m. on Monday, January 18. After 9:00 a.m., the oval will open for general parking. Please give the Open House visitors a warm welcome.

* Open House on Monday!

The Office of Admission is hosting an Open House on Monday, January 18. There will be around 90 families on campus for this event. The Sesquicentennial Oval will be closed for Open House visitors until 9:00 a.m. After 9:00 a.m., the oval will open for general parking. The visitors will join the UE community for lunch in Café Court between 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Please give our visitors a warm welcome.

* University of Evansville to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day

The University of Evansville will celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day today, January 18. The theme for this year’s celebration is “Rebuilding the Village Through Courageous Conversations and the Initiation of Peace.” All events are free and open to the public. The schedule of events follows.

Monday, January 18
11:30 a.m.-Noon
Bernhardt Atrium, Schroeder School of Business Building
The celebration starts with a rally before the University’s annual symbolic Civil Rights March on Washington re-enactment. The march begins at noon.

1:00 p.m.
Ridgway University Center
The march returns to campus. There will be a Peace Pledge signing with free hot chocolate and coffee. Any participant signing a Peace Pledge will receive a gift.

1:00 p.m.
Rademacher Lounge, Ridgway University Center
There will be a showing of the “I Have a Dream,” speech by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

7:00 p.m.
Eykamp Hall, Room 251, Ridgway University Center
Rev. Terry V. Atwater will be the speaker for the William G. and Rose M. Mays Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Lectureship. A native of Evansville, Indiana, Atwater earned his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering and master’s degree in business administration from UE.  He was a member of the Aces basketball team that won the NCAA Championship in 1965. In 1979, he started his own business, Midwest Engineering & Technical Services. He has been the senior minister for 40 years at North Shore Church of Christ.

Tuesday, January 19
7:00 p.m.
Eykamp Hall, Room 251, Ridgway University Center
Screening of the documentary 3 ½ Minutes: Ten Bullets (The Jordan Davis Story)

Wednesday, January 20
4:00 p.m.
Eykamp Hall, Room 251, Ridgway University Center
Panel discussion on Indiana’s Stand Your Ground Law.

For more information on these events, please call 812-488-2413.


Upcoming Events

* HLC open forums

In preparation for the accreditation visit from the Higher Learning Commission on February 29-March 3, UE’s HLC Steering Committee will hold two Open Forums for campus community members to learn more about what to expect from the visit and to ask questions and raise any concerns. All faculty, staff, and administrators are encouraged to attend.

The forums will be held in Eykamp Hall, Room 252, Ridgway University Center.
Monday, January 18, 10:00 a.m.
Tuesday, January 19 4:00 p.m.

* Venturing Crew spring open house

Outdoor enthusiasts, come to the Venturing Crew spring open house on Tuesday, January 19, 6:00 p.m. in Room 75, Schroeder School of Business Building! You will learn about all of the upcoming activities this semester including extended outings and non-overnight events. You will have the opportunity to sign up for trips and to become a member of Venturing Crew (if you are not one already)!

Please note that all payments for trips must be paid in full and are nonrefundable.

There will also be more opportunities to sign up for events in the future.

To become a new member, the cost is $25, and a membership and T-shirt bundle is $30. Without the purchase of a new membership, T-shirts will be on sale for $8. Nalgene water bottles will also be for sale for $9.

If you are a Venturing Crew member - or anyone who loves the outdoors - we look forward to seeing you at the open house at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday! To add to the excitement, there will be ice cream!

* PT Club meeting today

The first PT Club meeting of the semester will be today at noon in Room 104, Graves Hall. If you are a new member or haven’t paid your dues for the entire year yet, please bring your $5 to the meeting.

* Worship in Neu Chapel this Sunday - homemade chili after!

There will be homemade chili with sides and dessert following worship this Sunday! It’s a new year! #NeuDirections! Sleep in and still attend worship. Join us at 11:00 a.m. in Neu Chapel as we explore what it means to be faithful. All are welcome! As always, Donut Bank donut balls and coffee are available before and after the service. Everyone is invited, and everyone is welcome!

* UE Theatre and Mt. Vernon Senior High School Fine Arts Academy host lighting workshop

The University of Evansville Department of Theatre is teaming up with Mt. Vernon Senior High School Fine Arts Academy (Director, Dana Taylor) to present a lighting workshop with representatives of Vincent Lighting. The workshop is Saturday, January 16, at 9:00 a.m. through 3:00 p.m. in UE’s Shanklin Theatre.

Twenty-five students and seven faculty members from Harrison High School, Gibson Southern High School, North High School, Castle High School, and Reitz High School will be in attendance. Mt. Vernon Senior High School Fine Arts Academy and University of Evansville Department of Theatre students and faculty will also attend.

The workshop will feature LED lighting and other theatre technology. Topics include lighting console programming and Computer Aided Design (CAD) and hand-drafting for lighting. 

* Catholic Mass on Sunday!

All are welcome to join us for the first Sunday Mass of the semester this Sunday, January 17, at 1:00 p.m. in Neu Chapel. Father Godfrey Mullen, O.S.B., from St. Benedict Cathedral will be here to celebrate Mass with us. Refreshments will also be served following Mass. We hope to see you there!

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

* Institute for Banking and Finance – financial preparedness program for new and expectant parents

Welcoming a new baby into your family can bring many questions about finances. Being prepared for the expenses of the first few months with your baby, costs for daycare, saving for college, and the overall costs for raising a child can leave parents feeling stressed.

That’s why St. Mary’s Hospital and the University of Evansville’s Institute for Banking and Finance are teaming up to help new parents and parents-to-be learn more about being financially prepared for a family.

The next session will be Wednesday, January 20, 6:30-8:00 p.m. in the St. Mary’s Gift Conference Room. Everyone is welcome. Attendance is free but registration is required. Call Terry Cooper, personal birth consultant, at 812-485-6016 or go online to to reserve your spot.

* Time management and study skills workshop

Start off the spring semester being organized with less stress and better grades. Attend a time management and study skills workshop held in the Writing Center, Room 153, Clifford Library, today, January 19, at 6:00 p.m. 


Info You Should Know

* International Orientation Leader applications available!

Apply to be an International Orientation Leader for the 2016-17 school year! The IOLs are a dynamic group of students who work to welcome new international students to UE in August and throughout the year. Develop your leadership skills, share your UE experiences, and meet new UE students from all over the world! We welcome both international students and students from the United States to apply.

Applications are available at the Office of Cultural Engagement and International Services on the second floor of Ridgway University Center in the Student Life Center. To be considered for the position, your application must be turned in by Friday, January 29.

Any questions can be directed to Megan Sicard at

* Experience British theatre at Harlaxton College during Summer session 2016

Since 1996 the Department of Theatre has been offering an exciting and unique opportunity to students from UE and other campuses to gain first-hand insight into Britain and its theatre. At the same time they satisfied one of their required electives by enrolling in Theatre 110 An Introduction to the Theatre. 

Be one of them in 2016.  See as many as seven plays in five weeks, from London's glittering West End, to Shakespeare's Stratford, to professional theatres within a short drive from Harlaxton. You will get to visit the towns and cities, meet the artists, and see a varied selection of plays, both modern and classic.

You will also enjoy the thrill of living for five weeks in spectacular Harlaxton Manor nestled in the English countryside while finding your own travel adventures.

What former students have to say:

  • It was an amazing experience and a great sample of the variety of theatre.
  • My favorite part was being able to see many parts of England and experience the culture of the towns and cities.
  • The theatres were gracious enough to give us tours. I loved being able to see the props and all the work that goes on behind the scenes.
  • Overall the plays I saw made me aware of how alive the theatre really is.
  • This class has helped me to learn how to reflect on a performance and to share my opinions in a nonjudgmental environment.
  • The single most defining experience of the class was the sense of community within our class.

If interested, e-mail Joseph Flauto, professor emeritus of theatre, at


* Open swim hours announced

Starting Friday, January 15, open swim hours will be 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. during the week, and 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. on weekends. 

* Join the team - become an RA!

Applications to become an RA for the Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 semesters are available in the Office of Residence Life and online.

Information sessions will be held in Room 172, Schroeder School of Business Building, at 9:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 20, Thursday, January 21, and Tuesday, January 26. Contact Betsy Whited at with any questions you have!

* USPS closed January 18

This is a reminder that the United States Postal Service will be closed in observance of Martin Luther King Day, Monday, January 18. UE will not be able to pick up mail from the USPS on that day. Any mail picked up from UE areas by Mail Services on Monday, January 18, will be metered and mailed on the afternoon of Tuesday, January 19. For mailing questions, contact Mail Services at ext. 2197. 

* Meal plan changes

Students are able to adjust their meal plans for the spring semester until Friday, January 15 at 5:00 p.m. The link to request a meal plan change is here:

* IMPACT Employee of the Month nominations

The University of Evansville, in pursuit of excellence in service, wishes to recognize a non-faculty employee displaying records of achievement as a leader. Leadership may be demonstrated in any of the following areas: service to the University, service to students, job performance, and attitude toward fellow employees. To be eligible, an employee must be a full-time member of administration or staff. Nominations for the February IMPACT Employee of the Month are due no later than Wednesday, January 20. To nominate someone, please go to

* Harlaxton Summer 2016 applications due today!

Harlaxton Summer 2016 applications are due TODAY! Apply online at




* Chapter by Lisa Kretz included in new book Ecology, Ethics and Hope

The book Ecology, Ethics and Hope (Rowman & Littlefield) was recently published and is now available in paperback. This collection includes a chapter by Lisa Kretz, assistant professor of philosophy, titled "Singing Hope's Praises: A Defense of the Virtue of Hope for Environmental Action."

* Jezreel Expedition featured in Biblical Archaeology Review magazine

The University of Evansville's archaeological project in Israel - the Jezreel Expedition - was one of four excavations featured in the 2016 "Dig Issue" of Biblical Archaeology Review magazine.

Are you interested in excavating an important prehistoric, biblical, and crusader site in one of the most fascinating places in the world alongside an international team of scholars, including UE students, faculty, and alumni? ALL UE students are invited to participate in the 2016 season May 27-June 24. Please contact Jennie Ebeling ( for details! 

* Paper by Yazdanparast and Alhenawi accepted for presentation at conference

A paper by Atefeh Yazdanparast, assistant professor of marketing, and Yasser Alhenawi, assistant professor of finance, has been accepted for presentation at the Academic of Business Research Spring Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana, in March.

The paper is titled: “The Impacts of Materialism and the Need-for-Arousal Traits on Households’ Borrowing Behavior.”

In this paper the authors empirically test if the psychological characteristics of decision makers affects household borrowing decisions. The findings indicate that the attitude toward borrowing and the intuition to borrow do not always match and, more interestingly, the discrepancies between the two vary across personalities. Further, the results strongly suggest that borrowing options are not homogenous and, thus, are motivated differently.

The authors also report strong evidence that personal attitudinal biases toward money, risk, financial planning, and borrowing as well as certain demographic characteristics influence households’ borrowing behavior. The findings have several significant implications for policy makers, social planners, and marketers of financial services.

* Alhenawi to present at conference

A paper by Yasser Alhenawi, assistant professor of finance, has been accepted for presentation at the Academic of Business Research Spring Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana, in March.

The paper is titled: “Toward a Complete Definition of Relatedness in Merger and Acquisition Transactions”.

This paper investigates the interrelation between different sources of relatedness in corporate merger and acquisition transactions. It offers theoretical and empirical investigation of the issue and shows that single-dimensional measures of relatedness are complements, not substitutes, of each other, and their impacts on the market’s reaction to the deal announcement are additive and interdependent. In addition, the author presents strong evidence that the market’s perception of, and reaction to, the presence of relatedness in M&A deals is more sophisticated than the extant literature prescribes. The paper introduces new measures and new methodologies to the literature of mergers and acquisitions and urges researchers toward a more comprehensive definition of relatedness.



* Watch Party set as Aces travel to Illinois State today

University of Evansville Men’s Basketball fans are invited to a watch party this evening as the Purple Aces travel to Illinois State for a pivotal Missouri Valley Conference matchup.

Chido Mexican Bar & Grill in downtown Evansville at The District will host the watch party tonight as the Aces will face off against Illinois State at 8:00 p.m. on ESPN2. Fans are invited to cheer the Aces on as they embark on a tough road game.

Evansville led wire-to-wire in an 84-65 win over Drake on Tuesday at the Ford Center to move to 15-13 overall and 4-1 in Missouri Valley Conference play. The Aces led by a 38-22 score at the break and added 46 more tallies on the board in the second half. D.J. Balentine scored a game-high 24 points while Egidijus Mockevicius added 21 points and 12 boards. Friday’s game at Illinois State marks the beginning of a stretch that will see UE on the road for three out of four contests.

With his efforts in the win over Drake, D.J. Balentine passed former teammate Colt Ryan in a pair of statistics. Balentine moved to second in the Aces record book in field goals with 717; Larry Humes sits atop the list with 865. He also jumped ahead of Ryan in assists with 407, Balentine is now in 6th place.

For the first time since the 2008-09 season, the Purple Aces have won their first 10 home games. Should UE improve to 11-0, it would mark the first time doing so since the 1988-89 campaign when Evansville won all 15 games at Roberts Stadium.

The Purple Aces lead the MVC in shooting (52.3%) and shooting defense (40.9%). UE is one of just four schools to lead its conference in both categories; Stony Brook, Florida Gulf Coast, and Weber State are the others.

Illinois State enters Friday’s tilt with a 9-9 mark following an 81-78 defeat at Southern Illinois on Tuesday. The Redbirds are 3-2 in the MVC, winning their first three contests versus Missouri State, Drake, and Loyola. Preseason All-MVC First Team member DeVaughn Akoon-Purcell leads the way for the Redbirds with 15.6 points per game, he is shooting 46.7% on the season.

MiKyle McIntosh and Paris Lee are next up with 10.1 points per game each. McIntosh is tied for second on the squad with 12 blocked shots, while Lee has registered a team-best 62 assists on the season.

* Lois Patton to be recognized on February 4

Earlier in the school year, it was announced that Lois Patton will be the recipient of the Missouri Valley Conference John Sanders Spirit of the Valley Award. On February 4, she will formally be honored on the University of Evansville campus for the accomplishment.

A luncheon is set for approximately noon at Ridgway University Center. All are invited to the event to honor Patton, and representatives of the Missouri Valley Conference will be on hand to present her with the award. To register, click here. Cost for attending is $20 and includes lunch and the program.

Patton, who has been a pioneer for women’s athletics for 50 years, is a legend with the Purple Aces. She was responsible for starting varsity women’s sports in the 1970s and built several of the great programs that continue to be successful to this day.

She still remains active with the University. Patton has volunteered countless hours to the athletic department as a photographer and is one of the most supportive fans of each program at UE.

* Men's Basketball tickets now available for faculty/staff

Faculty and staff will be able to pick up their two complimentary tickets to the Men's Basketball game vs. Loyola beginning on Thursday, January 14.

The game will be played on Tuesday, January 19, at 8:00 p.m. 

Tickets may be picked up at the Carson Center Athletic Ticket Office Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. If you have any questions, please visit the Carson Center Athletic Ticket Office or call 488-ACES (2237). 

* Aces Men's Basketball rounding home stretch

It has been a tremendous year for the University of Evansville Men's Basketball program, and it is coming down the stretch. Just six home games remain in the season, which has seen the Purple Aces go 15-3 through their first 18 contests.

Our fans have made the Ford Center one of the toughest places in the country to play, as the Purple Aces are a perfect 10-0 in its home venue this season. One of its top games is quickly approaching as tickets for the January 31 game against Wichita State are selling very fast. As of 11:00 a.m. on January 13, there are just 1,819 tickets remaining for the contest against the Shockers.

To guarantee your seat for the Wichita and four of the other remaining games this season, MVC Mini Plans are still available until Tuesday, January 19. Plans start as low as $55, and you receive a ticket to the Wichita State, Loyola, and Southern Illinois game, as well as two other games of your choice.

For more information or to purchase your tickets, call 812-488-ACES or visit the Carson Center Ticket Office. Mini plans are only available at the Carson Center, while other single game tickets can be purchased at the Ford Center and on


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