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Thursday, February 4, 2016

What's Happening Today

* Last day to 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. Today is the last day you can sign up for the trip at tables in Ridgway University Center 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!

* Scholars for Syria Lecture Series: The historical and political context of the Syrian crisis

Wes Milner, executive director of international programs, will be presenting a lecture on the historical and political context of the current Syrian crisis on Thursday, February 4, 6:00 p.m., Room 162, Schroeder School of Business Building. This lecture, which is part of the Scholars for Syrian Lecture Series, is free and open to the public.

The seminar will be followed by a panel discussion and an open discussion facilitated by Scholars for Syria.

As we struggle to deal with the complexities of the current situation in Syria and the broader Middle East and North Africa, we are reminded that these devastating events have not occurred in a vacuum. From a colonial past to the more recent Arab Spring and struggles among regional actors, geopolitical shifts have exacerbated an already difficult scenario.

Milner is responsible for facilitating collaboration across academic and non-academic offices to advance international engagement of students, faculty, and staff on the Evansville campus and at international sites. Previously, he served as director of the International Studies Program and chair of the Department of Law, Politics, and Society. 

If you have questions, please e-mail Gail Vignola at



Upcoming Events

* This Weekend in Music: A viola recital

Eykamp String Quartet member and EPO principal violist Rose Wollman will present a Faculty Recital in Wheeler Concert Hall this Sunday evening at 7:30 p.m. Accompanied by pianist Clare Longendyke, Wollman will perform works by contemporary French composer Emile Naoumoff, a student of Nadia Boulanger, and nineteenth-century Belgian composer Henri Vieuxtemps. The concert is free and open to the public. 

* Ash Wednesday service with Bishop Thompson

All are welcome to join us as we celebrate our Ash Wednesday Mass on Wednesday, February 10, 5:00 p.m., in Neu Chapel. Bishop Charles Thompson will be here to celebrate with us as we begin the holy season of Lent. We hope to see you there! Please call/text Kristel at 812-760-8610 for more information!


* Guest speaker to lecture on amazing discoveries of forgotten Jewish history

Please join Religious Life and the Department of History as we welcome Rabbi Mark Glickman to UE on Saturday, February 6. He will speak at 7:00 p.m. in Room 170, Schroeder School of Business Administration Building. This event is free and open to the public.

Glickman’s talk will be based on his book, Sacred Treasure: The Cairo Genizah: The Amazing Discoveries of Forgotten Jewish History in an Egyptian Synagogue Attic.

The subject of Glickman’s book and lecture is a discovery made in 1896, by Rabbi Solomon Schechter of Cambridge University. In that year, Schechter stepped into the attic of the Ben Ezra Synagogue in Cairo, Egypt, and found the largest treasure trove of medieval and early manuscripts ever discovered. He had entered the synagogue's genizah - its repository for damaged and destroyed Jewish texts which held nearly 300,000 individual documents, many of which were over 1,000 years old.

Considered among the most important discoveries in modern religious history, its contents contained early copies of some of the Dead Sea Scrolls, early manuscripts of the Hebrew Bible, and other sacred literature. The importance of the genizah's contents rivals that of the Rosetta Stone, and by virtue of its sheer mass alone, it will continue to command our attention indefinitely.

Glickman’s book has been described as “Indiana Jones meets The Da Vinci Code in an old Egyptian synagogue.” It is the first accessible, comprehensive account of Schechter’s astounding discovery. It is an amazing story of one of the most important discoveries in modern religious scholarship. The book explains why this enormous collection was amassed, how it was discovered and the many lessons to be found in its contents. It will also show how Schechter’s find, though still being "unpacked" today, forever transformed our knowledge of the Jewish past, Muslim history, and much more.

* Program offered on study skills, time management apps, and strategies

Need to improve your study and time management skills? Love technology? Then join us today at 4:00 p.m., in Eykamp Hall, Rooms 253 and 254, Ridgway University Center, for an informative and interactive program that will show you apps and strategies that will improve your note taking, studying, and time management skills. The presentation is hands-on as Brian Norton, director of assistive technology at Easter Seals Crossroads, will be bringing 50 iPads for participants to use. The apps and strategies demonstrated can be used on a variety of devices. This event is open to everyone on campus and sponsored by Disability Services, Academic Advising, and the Resource Center. Contact with any questions.

* Village Housing information meetings tonight

Students wishing to reside in Village Housing (Townhouses, North Hall, or other Village units) for the 2016-17 year should attend one of the scheduled information meetings. There will be information meetings today in Eykamp Hall, Room 252, Ridgway University Center. There will be two meetings (4:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.).

For more information, see and select the Returning Student section on the left side menu.

Information meetings about selecting a residence hall room will be later in February.

* TIAA-CREF counseling appointments

The TIAA-CREF representative will be on the UE campus on Wednesday, February 24, and Thursday, February 25, for individual counseling sessions. To schedule an appointment, call TIAA-CREF at 1-800-732-8353 or 317-706-6200. The sessions are held in Room 158, the Clifford Rare Books Room, University Libraries.

If you have any questions, call Carol McCraney at ext. 2943.

* Gain access to 130 employers at Career Expo!

If you have not registered for Collegiate Career Expo, the time is now! 130 employers are expected for this huge career fair in Indy. Plus, it's free for you! The fair is scheduled for Thursday, February 18, 2016, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Eastern time at the Downtown Indianapolis Marriott. The University of Evansville will provide bus transportation. A $10 required deposit is refundable upon attendance. Reserve your seat now (

Fair registration is through UE JobLink ( Click the Jobs Tab -> CSM Jobs -> Posting #722252.

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

* File the 2016-17 FAFSA by March 10

File the 2016-17 FAFSA by March 10 at

Continuing students should file the 2016-17 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to apply for federal, state, and University need-based financial aid, including all federal student loans. UE's FAFSA code is 001795. Also, you are no longer able to use your PIN to log in to the FAFSA. Instead, both students and parents are each required to have a FSA ID. Go to to create a FSA ID before attempting to complete the FAFSA.

Filing by March 10 is essential for Indiana residents, and highly recommended for all. Questions regarding the FAFSA should be directed to the Office of Financial Aid, Olmsted Administration Hall, Room 116, at 812-488-2364, 800-424-8634, or

IRS Data Retrieval Tool
The IRS Data Retrieval Tool transfers parent and/or student IRS tax information to the FAFSA. The IRS Data Retrieval Tool is available through the FAFSA approximately three weeks after the 2015 federal tax return is filed electronically. IRS Data Retrieval can be used for the initial FAFSA or to correct estimated tax information on a submitted FAFSA.

* This is your last chance! Register for Nerd Wars right now!

It's almost time! 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, Koch Center for Engineering and Science, or by clicking here.

The entry fee is $5 per person.

Those who are unable to compose a team of five may still register. Any questions can be e-mailed 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!

* Road Trip host applications due today!

Road Trip host applications are due today, Friday, February 5. Road Trip is February 19-21. Apply now to host at, by e-mailing Ashley Ross at, or Jonathan Kelly at, or stopping by the Office of Admission in Room 104, Olmsted Administration Hall.




* Patel-Dovlatabadi discusses Zika Virus on Eyewitness News

Payal Patel-Dovlatabadi, assistant professor and director of public health, was invited for an in-depth segment on Eyewitness News to discuss the Zika virus. The interview can be found here.

* Special Education program receives national recognition from CEC

The School of Education is proud to announce that its program in special education - mild intervention - has received national recognition from the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC).

The CEC, considered the leading body in the field of special education, requires a lengthy, detailed process to verify that a program qualifies for recognition. Relevant student data must be tracked and gathered, and evidence must show that program quality meets CEC standards.

This recognition increases the program's credibility because of the excellence it requires. Students, professors, and administrators benefit as the program gains additional prestige. 

* Elementary education program nationally recognized by ACEI

The School of Education is proud to announce that its program in elementary education has received national recognition from the Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI), a global community of educators and advocates who unite knowledge, experience, and perspectives in order to exchange information, explore innovation, and advocate for children.

The recognition is data driven. The school’s faculty develop rubrics and provide evidence that the programs meet ACEI’s standards, including that the school’s teacher candidates have demonstrated a high level of competence in the use of the major concepts, principles, theories, and research related to the development of children and young adolescents.

The data also provided evidence that teacher candidates are well educated in collaboration with families, colleagues, and community agencies, and in being able to reflect on their professional growth.



* UNI hangs on for win over Aces Men's Basketball

A back-and-forth contest at the McLeod Center saw UNI hang on for a 57-54 victory over the University of Evansville Men’s Basketball team on Wednesday evening.

Leading the way for the Aces (18-6, 7-4 MVC) was Egidijus Mockevicius, who notched 14 points and 13 rebounds. Adam Wing also finished in double figures, posting 10 points on a 4-of-6 shooting night.

UNI (13-11, 5-6 MVC) saw Wes Washpun lead the way with 14 points, while Matt Bohanon had 13, and Jeremy Morgan registered 12. Evansville outrebounded the Panthers by a 33-29 margin and also had a shooting edge of 41.2%-39.1%. The difference came from the line as UE was 8-of-14 while UNI converted on 15 of their 17 attempts.

UNI jumped out to a 5-0 advantage as Jeremy Morgan hit the first triple of the day. Blake Simmons got UE on the board with a layup on a nice out of bounds play before Adam Wing nailed UE’s first 3-pointer of the day to make it a 7-5 game at the first media time out.

A bucket by D.J. Balentine got UE within one at 9-8 before Wing gave the Aces their first lead of the day at 10-9 on the ensuing possession. The Panthers responded with a quick 5-0 run to go back up by four at 14-10 and would extend that to as many as 11. Inside of the 4-minute mark, a layup by Wyatt Lohaus gave UNI a 29-18 advantage.

Evansville came back in the final minutes, getting within five as Egidijus Mockevicius scored four quick points before Christian Benzon capped the stretch off with a three. With second seconds remaining, Klint Carlson halted the Aces’ momentum, knocking down a triple to send UNI to the break leading 32-24.

UE scored the first three points out of the break to get within five before an Adam Wing triple got UE within a pair at 34-32 less than four minutes into the half. After a Mockevicius free throw, Blake Simmons drove through the lane and hit a shot to put UE back on top at 35-34. The lead reached as many as four at 44-40 midway through the second half as the Aces hit five shots in a row.

UNI came back to retake a 53-50 lead, which they held with two minutes remaining before Jaylon Brown knocked down a pair of free throws to get the Aces within just one. After forcing a turnover, D.J. Balentine found Mislav Brzoja for a fast break layup to put the Aces back on top at 54-53. With 27 seconds left, Wes Washpun posted his 14th point of the game on a layup to help UNI retake the lead. That proved to be the game winner as the Aces were unable to convert on their last attempt.

It will be an early start on Saturday as the Purple Aces welcome Missouri State to the Ford Center for an 11:00 a.m. game.


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