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Thursday, January 21, 2016

* Davidson Academic Scholar Day on Friday!

The Office of Admission is hosting Davidson Academic Scholar Day and Physician Assistant Direct Entry Day this Friday, January 22. There will be almost 250 families on campus for these events. For this reason, the Sesquicentennial Oval will be closed on Friday 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., so seating will be very tight in the dining area. Please give our visitors a warm welcome.

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

The Sesquicentennial Oval will be closed for Davidson Academic Scholar Day visitors until 9:00 a.m. on Friday, January 22. After that time, the oval will open for general parking. Please give the Davidson Academic Scholar Day visitors a warm welcome.


What's Happening Today

* 21st Century Holocaust? The Syrian conflict and its related human cost.

Please join Scholars for Syria for an opportunity to learn more about the Syrian conflict and its related refugee crisis at a free lecture presented by Dr. Bashar Mourad on Thursday, January 21, at 7:00 p.m. at Aldersgate United Methodist Church. The event is free and open to the public.

After the lecture, brief presentations will be made by Road to Mafraq and UE's Scholars for Syria. Light dessert and coffee will be served.

Mourad was born and raised in Syria, graduated from medical school in Damascus University in 1986, and came to the United States in 1989. He trained in internal medicine in Chicago and in nephrology (kidney disease) in Houston at Baylor College of Medicine. He is a member of the Islamic Center of Evansville. Mourad is currently in private practice with Ohio Valley Nephrology in Owensboro. He has lived in this area with his wife Azza and children since 1997.

Road to Mafraq is a not-for-profit organization working to increase access to education and health care for children affected by conflict in the Middle East.

Scholars for Syria is an initiative founded by students and faculty at the University of Evansville. UE currently has 22 Syrian undergraduate students, one of the largest university percentages in the US. Starting in February, this group will be hosting a series of lecture/panel seminars informing the community about Syria: its history, politics, civil war, religion, and refugee crisis. The goal is to educate the community on how to understand the current conflict, help alleviate the suffering of refugees, and better support our UE Syrian students and their families both here and abroad.

For information on Scholars for Syria, call Gail Vignola at 732-239-4139.


Upcoming Events

* Register for Nerd Wars by January 27!

The Honors Program is hosting Nerd Wars trivia night on Tuesday, February 16, at 7:00 p.m., in Eykamp Hall, Ridgway University Center. Teams of five - consisting of students, faculty, administrators, and staff -will battle in a competition of wit while enjoying pizza, popcorn, and soda. The winning student team and the winning faculty/administrator/staff team will receive $25 MasterCard/VISA gift cards.

Registration materials can be picked up in the Powell Honors Lounge, from Jayme Williams in Room 238 in Koch Center for Engineering and Science, or can be done online by clicking here.

The entry fee is $5 per person.

Those who are unable to compose a team of five may still register and will be matched to make a team.
The registration deadline is January 28. Any questions can be emailed to Stephen at, or Paige at 

* UE's Interfaith Initiatives sponsors statewide interfaith symposium: East Meets West

Interfaith Initiatives will sponsor a statewide interfaith symposium – East Meets West - on Sunday, January 24, in Eykamp, Room 251, Ridgway University Center.

The day’s schedule follows:

2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
“Buddhism, Hinduism, and Sikhism: Practices of Eastern Religions” featuring the Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Cultural Center, Bloomington, Indiana; Indiana Sikh Society, Indianapolis, Indiana; and Tri-State Hindu Temple, Newburgh, Indiana.

3:30 - 4:00 p.m.
There will be a break with refreshments.

4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
“ISIS: What All Americans Should Know” featuring David Carlson, professor of philosophy and religion and Charles B. and Kathleen O. Van Nuys Deans Fellow in Religious Studies at Franklin College.

* Faculty scholarship display and reception

The faculty scholarship display is happening now! Stop by the library to see what your colleagues have been up to. The display runs until January 30. A reception to honor faculty scholars will take place during Fridays @ Five: Friday, January 29, from 4:30 – 7:00 p.m. at the Melvin Peterson Gallery. Hope to see you there!

* Venturing Crew winter campout

Join Venturing Crew for our annual trip to Shawnee National Forest from Saturday, January 30, to Sunday, January 31! We will leave around 8:00 a.m. on Saturday and return around 1:00 p.m. on Sunday (plenty of time to make it to the UE vs. Wichita State game!).

Enjoy a day hike and explore the frozen wilderness of Shawnee. We will be staying in a cabin with electricity but no heating, so dress for the weather and prepare to enjoy camping, delicious food, and fun activities!

Participants will also have a chance to explore Garden of the Gods and all of its rocky features.

Sign up by Friday, January 22, at 4:00 p.m. To reserve your place, deliver your payment of $25 to Calvin Wertman in the Residence Life Center on the second floor of Ridgway University Center.

You MUST be a member of Venturing Crew to participate. If you would like to become a crew member, contact Alex Schmitt at

We hope you will join us for a great weekend!

* Lunch and Lead Speaker Series luncheon

Please join us for the Lunch and Lead Speaker Series luncheon on January 28, from noon - 1:00 p.m., in Eykamp Hall, Room 252, Ridgway University Center. The speaker will be UE alumnus Andrew Epperson, partner and director of web services at Lieberman Technologies LLC. His topic will be “Employment in a Digital Age.”

Lunch will be provided for those who RSVP by noon on Monday, January 25. RSVP to

This event is in collaboration with the Student-Alumni Mentoring Program and the Office of Student Engagement.

* Newman Club presents "Women in the Church" with Kimberly Baker

All are welcome to join the Newman Club on Monday, January 25, at 5:00 p.m. for its weekly Monday Night Dinner and Discussion. This week we welcome Kimberly Baker who will be discussing the role of women in the Church over the course of history.

Baker is assistant professor of church history at Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology. Her area of specialty is the theology and spirituality of the early church. She received her PhD in theology from Notre Dame, and her particular research focus is Augustine’s preaching on the life of the Church. Baker's interest in theology first developed during her two-year post-college service experience as a campus minister in Cote d'Ivoire, West Africa. More recently, she has been involved in cross-cultural mission and learning experiences in Haiti and Calcutta, India. She is co-chair of the planning committee for a leadership conference, “Women of the Church: Strength of the Past. Hope for Tomorrow,” planned for October 7-9, in Ferdinand, Indiana.

Chicken and gnocchi soup is on the menu this week, and we hope that you will join us for this evening of discussion and friends!

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

* Study abroad Gilman Scholarship information session

There will be an information session on Thursday, January 21, at 6:00 p.m. in Room 250, Schroeder School of Business Building, regarding Gilman Scholarships and other scholarships for study abroad. You must be Pell Grant eligible to apply for the Gilman Scholarship. Questions? Contact

* Distinguished Jewish scholar to speak at UE on February 6

Please mark your calendars and make plans to join us as we welcome distinguished Jewish scholar Rabbi Mark Glickman, scholar-in-residence at Temple Adath B’nai Israel. He will be speaking at UE on Saturday, February 6 at 7:00 p.m. in Room 170 (Smythe Lecture Hall), Schroeder School of Business Building. The subject of his lecture - on which he has written a popular book - is "The Sacred Treasure of the Cairo Genizah." The event is co-sponsored by the Department of History and the Office of Religious Life.

* Collegiate Career Expo - Indianapolis

A free Collegiate Career Expo is planned for Thursday, February 18 in Indianapolis, Indiana, with 130 employers expected to attend. The event is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) at the Downtown Indianapolis Marriott. The University of Evansville will provide bus transportation. There is a $10 deposit required that will be refundable upon attendance. Reserve your seat now (

Fair registration is through UE JobLink ( Click the Jobs Tab -> CSM Jobs -> Posting #722253.

Find a list of registered employers here:

Need assistance with your job, internship, co-op, or graduate school search? Please contact the Center for Career Development: or 812-488-1083.


Info You Should Know

* Be a mentor!

Have you ever wanted to be a mentor? Now is your chance! College Mentors for Kids at the University of Evansville is seeking college students to be mentors to underprivileged children in the Evansville area. These children are elementary students in grades 1 through 5. Mentors would need to be available on Wednesdays from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., although we are flexible if you have a class that ends at 3:50 p.m. or if you need to leave at 5:00 p.m. To apply, go to and then click on the “become a mentor” link. It only take five minutes to apply!

If you would like more information, please contact Taylor Wornica at

College Mentors for Kids connects college students with the most to give to kids who need it the most. Help make a difference in a young child's life!

* Looking for a job? Need some extra cash?

There are jobs available through federal work-study offered by the Office of Financial Aid for UE students. Eligibility is based on federal need as shown through the FAFSA. You can find the application here. Applications may also be obtained at the UE Office of Financial Aid in Room 116, Olmsted Administration Hall. Questions regarding eligibility and job availability should be directed to Catherine Carver at 

* Writing Center Opens Monday

If you have a paper due soon, our tutors in the Writing Center will be available to help starting Monday at noon. If you're already registered, just go to Acelink...Areas...Writing Center...Appointments, and book your session. If you're new to the Writing Center, please review the instructions on how to sign up and what to bring. We hope to see you soon! 

* Information Session for RA Application Tonight!

Come learn more about what it means to be a Resident Assistant! Information session will be held tonight in Room 172, Schroeder School of Business Building, at 9:00 pm.

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

Contact Betsy Whited at ew156 with any questions you have! 

* January 2016 Pcard cycle ending

The January Pcard cycle which began December 22 ends on January 21, at midnight. As of January 23, cardholders may schedule and run the January Cycle report. January transactions may be reconciled in SDG2 until January 28. On January 28, the general ledger Pcard file will be uploaded and cardholders will be locked out of (unable to make changes) posted transactions for the January Cycle. 



* Biology student coauthors research paper

Choudhury (“Spike”) Yusuf and David Pollock ’78 recently had a paper accepted for publication in the Proceedings of the Fourteenth International Conference on Endothelin. Yusuf is a sophomore and a biology major at UE. Pollock is a professor in the Division of Nephrology in the Department of Medicine, University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Their research paper “Ovarian Hormones Modulate Endothelin A and B Receptor Expression” was based on data obtained by Yusuf last summer in Pollock’s laboratory at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Pollock is a world-renowned scientist whose research program addresses questions related to mechanisms of endothelin control of renal hemodynamics and excretory function.



* Balentine and Mockevicius recognized nationally

University of Evansville seniors Egidijus Mockevicius and D.J. Balentine have been recognized for their efforts this season. Mockevicius has been named a candidate for the Senior CLASS Award while Balentine was named a player to watch by Sports Illustrated.

Sixty NCAA® men’s and women’s basketball student-athletes who excel both on and off the court were selected as candidates for the 2015-16 Senior CLASS Award® in collegiate basketball. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition.

Mockevicius was one of 30 men’s players selected to be on the list. The senior remains atop the national rebounding list with 14.6 per game. He has hauled in 20 boards in each of the last two games and four times overall this season. Each of the 30 candidate classes will be narrowed to 10 finalists in February, and those 10 names will be placed on the official ballot. Ballots will be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, coaches and fans, who will select one male candidate and one female candidate who best exemplify excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition.

Balentine, who was named the #2 scorer in the NCAA by Sports Illustrated before the season, was named a Player to Watch on Tuesday. gave him credit for his great all-around talent as he began the week averaging 21.2 points per game to go along with 4.5 assists and 3.2 rebounds.

He has finished all 20 games this season with at least 14 points with his season high of 32 coming in a road win at Murray State. Balentine remains the top scorer in the Missouri Valley Conference and looks for his third berth on the All-Conference First Team.

* Pep rally set for Indiana State road game

On January 24, a pep rally will be held prior to the University of Evansville Men’s Basketball game at Indiana State as the Purple Aces go for the season sweep against the Sycamores. Open to the first 200 fans to register with the UE alumni office, the cost is $20 and includes a game ticket, pep rally buffet, and drinks (lemonade and tea). There will also be a cash bar. Just a three minute walk to the Hulman Center, the pregame event will be held at the Indiana Theater, which is located at 683 Ohio Street in Terre Haute. It will run from 1:00 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. ET with a program starting at 2:45 p.m. The game against the Sycamores is set to begin at 4:00 p.m. ET. Fans can register at the link above by January 20. For more information, contact or call 812-488-2586.


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