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Monday, February 1, 2016

What's Happening Today

* Tetrazzini and the Year of Mercy

Don't forget to join us tonight from 5:00-6:30 p.m., for the Newman Club's Monday night Dinner & Discussion at the Newman Center. Sophomore Isaiah Frey, Newman Club president, will be leading a discussion on the Church's Year of Mercy. Also don't forget to stop by for some of freshman Rachel Smith's delicious chicken tetrazzini! We hope to see you there!

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

* The Movement: 50 Years of Love and Struggle

The Office of Diversity Initiatives is sponsoring a free event to kick off Black History Month - a theatrical production featuring Emmy award winning actor, Ron Jones. Jones will playing multiple characters, taking the audience through a multifaceted journey through the ever-changing face of the African American experience. This performance will include interactive video, powerful and historical context, and some of the most memorable music from the last two generations. The event will be at 7:00 p.m., Monday, February 1, in Eykamp Hall, Room 251, Ridgway University Center. You don't want to miss this!


Upcoming Events

* This Week in Music: First Tuesday Concert Series

The Department of Music continues the First Tuesday Concert Series in Wheeler Concert Hall tonight, February 2, at 7:30 p.m. with a performance by the UE Faculty Chamber Winds, an ensemble that includes faculty members, consortium instructors, and guest artists.

For the concert, associate professor and director of bands Kenneth Steinsultz will lead the ensemble in a performance of three works by the noted English composer Gordon Jacob (1895-1984). Jacob taught composition at the Royal College of Music for some 45 years, and as a composer, he produced a large output of orchestral, chamber, and choral works.

This First Tuesday Concert will include Jacob’s Old Wine in New Bottles, his Sextet in B-flat for Piano and Winds, Op. 6 (with professor of piano Anne Fiedler joining the ensemble), and his More Old Wine in New Bottles.

The concert is free and open to the public. 

* UNICEF presents "Not My Life"

Join UNICEF Campus Initiative today, February 3, at 6:30 p.m., Room 170, Schroeder School of Business Building, to watch Not My Life. This film from Academy Award nominee Robert Bilheimer is the first to depict the cruel practices of human trafficking and modern slavery on a global scale.

The screening will be followed by a discussion session that takes viewers into a world where millions of children are exploited through dehumanizing practices that include forced labor, domestic servitude, begging, sex tourism, sexual violence, and child soldiering.

You can watch the trailer here.

* I-House: South Korea

This week's I-House is about South Korea! Jihyun Oh and Juseok Oh will be the presenters. Jihyun is a journalism major who loves taking pictures. Juseok is a literature major who likes hiking and board games. Their favorite part about UE is that there are a lot of events. Be sure to come to I-House tonight at 7:00 p.m., upstairs in Ridgway University Center, to hear all about South Korea!

* Writing Boot Camp: Thesis Statements

Writing Boot Camp: Thesis Statements is planned for today, February 3, 5:00-5:30 p.m., in the Writing Center. At this Writing Boot Camp, you will learn the basics of thesis writing. This workshop will also address what the thesis statement is, why it is important, and how it should be structured. We will also cover some basic tips on organizing essays. Join us for this brief but important session.

* 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.

* Lisa Kretz to be Guest Speaker at February Andiron Lecture

Lisa Kretz, assistant professor of philosophy, will be the speaker for the Andiron Lecture on February 3. All the lectures in the series are at 4:00 p.m. in Eykamp Hall, Room 252, Ridgway University Center, preceded by a social hour with beverages at 3:45 p.m. The lectures are free and open to the public

Kretz's topic will be "Emotional Responsibility and Teaching Ethics: Student Empowerment."

After overhearing a student complain that her ethics class was depressing, Kretz wondered how she could change her classes to generate a sense of empowerment rather than depression; a sense of hope rather than despair. Drawing from David Hume’s and Martin Hoffman’s work on the psychology of empathy and sympathy, she contends that dominant Western philosophical pedagogy is inadequate for facilitating morally empowered students.

She also stipulates that adequate analysis of the role emotion should play in pedagogy requires tending to the politics of emotional expression and how oppression functions.

In this lecture, she will argue that ethical educators have a moral responsibility to facilitate not only critical moral thinking but also critical moral agency. She will expound upon the idea that ethical education should involve the provision of tools for effective citizen engagement and that reasoning alone is insufficient for this goal. The role of emotion in ethical decision-making and action remains devalued and under analyzed. Approaches that fail to adequately recognize the role of emotion in ethical education are to the detriment of effective ethical pedagogy. In this lecture, Kretz will recommend a number of methods for remedying this omission so as to provide tools for moral action.

Kretz's main areas of research are ethics (with a special emphasis on environmental and non-human animal ethics), critical pedagogy, student empowerment, the theory-action gap, moral psychology, anti-oppression activism, and most recently, food issues. Her articles have appeared in the Journal of Agricultural & Environmental Ethics, the Journal for Critical Animal Studies, Ethics & the Environment, Ethics and Education, and Teaching Ethics. She has given over 50 presentations to various audiences on her research and has three forthcoming book chapters.

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

* Sign up for Venturing Crew ski trip

Join Venturing Crew for a night of skiing and snowboarding on Friday, February 12, at Paoli Peaks! This event will be part of "A Snowballing Weekend" co-hosted by Venturing Crew, RSA, and SAB.

You can sign up for the trip at tables in Ridgway University Center on Wednesday, February 3, and Thursday, February 4, from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., and 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. The cost of the trip will be $15 per person. You must pay with cash or check when you sign up.

This trip is open to all current UE students, so be sure to bring your UE student ID to reserve your place.

A limited number of slots will be available during each Ridgway University Center table time, so sign up as soon as possible! Don't miss a great weekend!

* Space for nine more teams! Register for Nerd Wars by February 10!

It's your lucky day! The deadline to enter a team for Nerd Wars Trivia Night has been extended to February 10! 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 of Engineering and Science, or can be done online by clicking here.

The entry fee is $5 per person.

Those who are unable to create a team of five may still register. Any questions can be emailed to Stephen at or Paige at

Spectators and participants may also enter in the ELFFAR (this is not a raffle) for the chance to win a LG Tone Pro wireless headset, a Sony Blue Tooth wireless speaker, a Fitbit Flex wireless wristband, a Roku streaming stick with remote, Buffalo Wild Wings gift cards, Hacienda Mexican Restaurant gift cards, TGI Friday's gift cards, Orange Leaf gift cards, a selfie stick, and more!

* 1095-C forms delayed

The IRS has extended the deadline for the distribution of the 1095-C forms to employees that are eligible to participate in the University’s health plans. This form will be used to complete questions regarding health insurance offers and coverage on your 2015 tax return. 

We anticipate the forms to be available around the middle of February. An AceNotes Extra will notify you when the forms are ready to view/print from WebAdvisor.

If any questions, please feel free to contact Gloria Spencer at ext. 2159.

* 2015 W-2s processed

W-2 forms have been processed for all employees and student workers. Employees and student workers who did not provide their consent to electronic W-2s should receive their W-2 in the mail Saturday or Monday. If you have already provided consent to electronic W-2s, you can view/print your W-2 now. Simply log on to WebAdvisor, click on Employees or Students, click on Employee Self Service, click on W-2 Information and then click on 2015 W-2 Statement.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Gloria Spencer at ext. 2159 or

* Did you know that UE Libraries provide access to Arstor?

Did you know that UE Libraries provides access to Artstor?

Artstor is a non-profit online digital image library designed to serve educational and scholarly communities with more than one million images on subjects in the arts, architecture, humanities, and social sciences. Artstor provides tools and software to search, present, and share digital images both online and offline for research and pedagogical purposes.

Upload your own images, create folders to share with others, create presentations using Artstor Digital Library Resources.  Webinars are available. 

For more information, contact Danielle Williams at



* Andueza publishes an encyclopedia entry

Lorena Andueza, assistant professor of Spanish, has published an encyclopedia entry on Irony in Enciclopedia de Lingüística Hispánica published by Routledge. This encyclopedia provides comprehensible coverage of the major and subsidiary fields of hispanic linguistics, and it is a reference for graduate and undergraduate students of Spanish and for anyone with an academic or professional interest in the Spanish language and linguistics. 

* Robert Dion Leads Teacher Workshop on the Constitution

Robert Dion was the featured speaker during a daylong seminar last week in Indianapolis that focused on how to teach about the American Constitution. The workshop, which brought together educators from around the state, was sponsored by the Center for Civic Education's James Madison Legacy Project and funded in part by the U.S. Department of Education. Dion is the chair of the Department of Law, Politics, and Society at the University of Evansville. 



* Faculty and staff basketball ticket pick-up

Faculty members and staff can now pick up their two complimentary tickets at the Carson Center ticket office for the Men's Basketball game this Saturday, February 6. You must show your UE ID to get tickets. 

* Aces swimming and diving sweeps Valparaiso

Dominant efforts in all facets saw the University of Evansville swimming and diving teams earn a pair of wins over Valparaiso on Saturday at Wyttenbach Pool.

Evansville’s men won by a final of 188-92 while the women’s team took the victory by a final of 184-74.

“I am very happy for our seniors. They have been the leaders of the team. They took ownership of the team and led by example every day,” UE head coach Rickey Perkins said. “I am very happy for our wins and am glad we can send the seniors off on a high note with this last home meet.”

Michaela Kent had a stellar day for UE. She took top honors in the 50 free race with a time of 24.36 to finish ahead of teammate Abby Smith. Kent picked up another victory in the 100 free as her time of 53.70 was over a second ahead of teammates Mackenzie Harris and Kristen Myers.

Kent also helped the Aces to a pair of relay victories. Kent, Smith, and Harris joined up with Charlotte Lechner to win the 200 medley relay in 1:51.50, over two seconds ahead of second place. Smith, Harris, and Kent joined Madi Jones in the 200 free relay, winning by nearly five seconds with their effort of 1:39.75.

Lechner also had a nice day of her own, posting a 1:01.29 in the 100 fly to edge out teammate Kasey Rein. She also picked up two more victories. In the 50 fly, her 28.49 was almost a second ahead of the competition while her time of 2:15.11 was over six seconds ahead of Valparaiso in the 200 IM.

Freshman Amy Smith brought home a pair of victories for the Purple Aces. In the 50 breaststroke, her 32.72 edged out Valpo by 0.36 seconds while her time of 1:10.73 in the 100 breaststroke helped her edge out the competition.

Madi Jones picked up a win over her on in the 200 free. Her 1:59.59 was over four seconds ahead of Valparaiso. Taylor Davidson also picked up a win, taking top honors in the 100 backstroke, posting a 1:01.84 while Kristen Myers led a trifecta for UE as they swept the top three spots in the 50 back.

The men had a stellar day of their own. Several Aces picked up victories, beginning with the 200 medley relay. Ethan O’Rourke, Everett Plocek, Matt Duke, and Matt Childress won by over three seconds with their time of 1:34.99. In the 200 free relay, O’Rourke, Duke, and Childress teamed up with Everett Plocek to win by almost three seconds, finishing with a time of 1:26.49.

O’Rourke picked up a nice win in the 50 backstroke. His 24.34 was 1.36 ahead of second-place Reid Mobley. He also grabbed the win in the 100 back as his 52.00 was 3.01 ahead of the rest. Childress came home victorious in the 50 free, running a quick 22.19.

Dan O’Brien came home with a pair of victories on Saturday. In the 50 fly, he won with his 23.39 while he took top honors in the 100 fly, finishing in 52.01. Three others picked up wins on Saturday, including Plocke. He swam a 48.49 in the 100 free. Troy Burger won the 200 IM in 2:01.76 while Jared Sutphin posted a 4:58.90 to defeat teammate Andrew Cotton.

In diving, Courtney Coverdale took the win in both the 1- and 3-meter dives. Her score in the 1m was a 277.87 while her 3-meter final was a 245.70. Miguel Marcano won the 1-meter men’s dive with his effort of 234.97 while Cory Barnes won the 3-meter dive with a 268.65.

* Aces tennis wraps up weekend with loss at SIUE

The University of Evansville women’s tennis team (0-3, 0-0 MVC) wrapped up their opening weekend on Saturday when they traveled to Southern Illinois University Edwardsville to take on the Cougars. The Cougars were able to jump out to a quick 1-0 lead when they grabbed the doubles point from the Aces. SIUE was also able to grab all six singles points to defeat the Aces by a final score of 7-0.

At flight three singles, freshman Doreen Crasta was defeated by a score of 6-0 in her opening set against Madeline Hill of SIUE. In the second set, Crasta mounted a valiant effort but fell short to Hill by a score of 6-3 to take the loss. She also teamed up with fellow freshman Marine Darzyan at flight one doubles. The pair put up a fight but fell short to Mia Fogner and Madeline Hill by a score of 6-2.

Singles Competition
1. Lexi Aranda (SIUE) def. Marina Darzyan (UE) 6-1, retired
2. Mia Frogner (SIUE) def. Delgado (UE) 6-1, 6-0
3. Madeline Hill (SIUE) def. Doreen Crasta (UE) 6-0, 6-3
4. McKenzie Thomas (SIUE) def. Kennedy Craig (UE) 6-2, 6-1
5. Ann-Christine Link (SIUE) def. Leah Helpingstine (UE) 6-0, 6-0
6. Sierra Halverson (SIUE) def. Elizabeth Mendes (UE) 6-0, 6-0

Doubles Competition
1. Mia Frogner/Madeline Hill (SIUE) def. Marina Darzyan/Doreen Crasta (UE) 6-2
3. McKenzie Thomas/Ann-Christine Link (SIUE) def. Elizabeth Mendes/Leah Helpingstine (UE) 6-0

Evansville will have some downtime next weekend. The following weekend they will head to Huntsville, Alabama, on February 12, to take on Alabama A&M. Later that day, they will head to Chattanooga, Tennessee, to take on Chattanooga. The Aces’ first home action will be February 27 when they take on both UT Martin and Eastern Illinois.


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